The slaves were toiling away at their oars, the guards roaming back and forth giving a lash or two to anyone who seems to be slacking on the oar. Then the Head Master strides up to the head of the rowers and calls for a halt in the action and demands that everyone pay attention to what he has to say.
“Alright you creations, listen up. I have some good new and some bad news. First, the good news. Everyone will be getting a double ration of fresh meat and potatoes with goblets of fresh water for dinner.”
The slaves yell out their pleasure and praise for the Head Master and the Captain. Then the Head Master holds up his arm for silence.
“Now for the bad news. This afternoon after dinner the Captain wants to go water skiing.”