Vorenus kneels before a shrine to Janus, praying fervently.
Vorenus should really be home right now, though, because Evander is bugging Niobe again. He tells her to say she loves Vorenus, and he'll never come back. Niobe takes his hand. Pullo comes in at just that moment wearing a dopey grin, unseen by either of them. Niobe swears to Evander that she loves Vorenus, and then spots Pullo. She greets him overenthusiastically and asks, "They let you go alive, then?" Pullo, J. No at his side, confirms it and asks where Vorenus is. Niobe says that Vorenus is off making amends to Janus, and introduces Evander. "Evander, you say?" Pullo asks, nodding dumbly. Evander gives Pullo a hearty "Good health, soldier" and handshake. Pullo giggles a bit, and returns the sentiment. Niobe invites Pullo to stay for some water. He sits at the table, and Evander sits across from him. The wheels turn under Pullo's metal plate.
Inside the Temple of Jupiter, the Chief Augur stands with his hand on the head of the kneeling Caesar, who's back in his Senate toga. The Chief Augur asks Jupiter for the signs, and everyone turns to watch as a servant leaves the room. Outside, in a little courtyard, the servant claps his hands at a couple of guys who put a large basket of doves into position and remove the lid. The birds fly straight up, past a square window that opens into the temple chamber. If Steve the Wisecracking Time-Traveler were here, he'd make some remark about using the flight paths of birds to predict the future. But he's not, and the room is quiet until the Chief Augur announces, "The auguries are good!"
A hooded priest goes out to the front of the Temple and stands at the top of the steps. After taking a moment to build suspense, he raises both arms out in front of him. The crowd of citizens gathered in the Forum cheers. Caesar, still kneeling with the Chief Augur's hand on his bowed head, smiles to himself. Well, of course they're cheering, Caesar. Everyone on Pompey's side either left Rome days ago or is over at Julii Cooper's house drawing cartoons of your penis on her walls. What did you think was going to happen, genius?