5 Know your place
Maciste had blown it. A disastrous mistake. He’d acted .. promptly. Had to pre-empt Menander doing something rash. Like surrendering. Maciste hadn’t been thinking straight.
Rash. Reckless. Stupid. What had induced him to think he could deal with this Parthian? The same brute who’d threatened to behead a woman every day? In front of the others .. to terrify them. Slaughtered before children. Scaring people to giving up Menander. Why-the-hell had Maciste believed he could negotiate with a monster?
Hasty. Careless. Maciste had jumped to stop his prince from acting hastily. And he had acted impulsive himself. Jumped into this with his eyes shut. Trusting in the protocols .. when an enemy general surrendered, the rules were clear.
Madness. Thinking Tiradates played by any rules. He went by only one rule .. the end justified the means. Stupid .. He knew this Tiradates fought dirty. Maciste had set his own trap. And strolled tight into it.
Disastrous blunder. And now Maciste was going to pay for his mistake.