A Slave to the Servants Ch. 21byDoctorWolf©
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The long awaited coupling finally came for Damien and his Brothers. I hugged and kissed them all good-bye in our rooms. Before I was taken to their friends' I reminded them to ask about Hannah, Damien promised he would.
My men were gone an unheard of five days. The delay panicked me and my Keepers put the calming cream on me at least once. I feared they were gone for good.
I was with Rose's family when Damien and his Brothers finally returned. We had been in their apartment when my men entered the room. As soon as I saw my family I covered each of them in kisses and affection. They returned it, in a fashion, but something seemed to be holding them back.
We went downstairs to the alcove in the bathhouse and the men disrobed after removing my ornamentation. They were bitten and bruised. Surprisingly they also had whip marks on their backs.
The deep bloody furrows had been placed wickedly and looked like they would take time to heal. Perhaps this pain had gotten to them, I thought. It certainly looked as though it hurt badly.
I cleaned my family gently and thoroughly. Touching their backs seemed to irritate them, so I was very gentle cleaning the evil looking marks. Most of them appeared to be healing already, which was good. While I worked they watched me with wary eyes. It was a bruise to my ego that they disliked my touch after being with the women. Of course it was normal, but it didn't mean I liked it.
"I will not hurt you, my love," I told Damien softly.
"And we do not wish to hurt you," he replied.
It was a strange comment and I wanted to ask him about it. I would have, but this wasn't the place. Instead I finished cleaning him and washed his Brothers in silence.
They didn't stay downstairs to mingle with their friends. Basin and his Brothers tried to start a conversation about the whip marks. Damien ignored him and bid him good night. It was an abrupt and brusque end to the conversation.
We walked silently to our dwelling and I took brief glances to examine their backs again. It wasn't a recent whipping. This must have been done when they first went to the coupling. Several of Damien's and Christof's marks would scar, I could tell.
Upstairs, behind the closed door, I tried to ask about the marks. They ignored me as we ate dinner in silence. After the meal, Damien put me in my linen night dress and told me to go to bed.
"Will you all be joining me?" I asked touching his arm.
Damien jerked away and pointed to the bed. They had things to do, but I should rest, he told me. A normal schedule would keep me healthy.
My temper flared and I started to say something. The hard look on Damien's face stopped me. He wasn't in the mood for disagreement or even friendly banter.
"Go," Christof said quietly, "we will join you later. We have had a...difficult time these last few days. You need your rest and it would be better for us to be alone for a while."
I hadn't felt like an intruder on their family life in a long time. In a flash I turned on my heel and went into the bedroom. Of course they needed time to be together after getting smacked around by the women for five days. Mortified by my insensitivity to their feelings, I even closed the leather drape.
On the bed I lay so I could look out the window. I wasn't tired at all, so I just watched the stars. At some point I must have drifted to sleep, because I woke up and they were all snoring around me.
Quietly as I could I walked to the bathroom. I was taking a sip of water in the kitchen when Christof came out from the bedroom. He sat down at the table and watched me with sad eyes.
Softly, I told him if he needed to, he could talk to me. He passed a hand over his mouth and chin. There seemed to be some internal battle going on in him.
"I won't push you," I said brushing his hair out of his eyes. "Only tell me this, are we being separated?"
He paused and watched me before he spoke. My heart almost stopped waiting for his answer.
"No, we are being left together. As long as we do what they want, we will not be taken from you," Christof answered.
"The rest we will deal with," I told him stroking his neck.
We went back to bed and lay down. Everyone else was awake, but none of us spoke. Eventually I fell back to sleep, but I think it was a long time before they did.
Breakfast was a strikingly subdued affair. Evan had cleaned me in silence and now we ate in absolute quiet. It was the most uncomfortable I had been in a long time. I barely tasted the food.
The little cup I always took was placed in front of me. I took it like a shot, because it was unfailingly nasty. Long ago I'd learned not to let it wash over my tongue.
For a moment I sat smacking my lips and looking at the cup.
"That was different," I said to the group.
It still tasted medicinal, but it was not the same. This liquid was slightly sweet and less bitter. Terror struck me, what if someone had tampered with the drink?
"Damien," I said and he looked up at me with haunted eyes, "that wasn't what I usually take. It was different. You have to get me the right drink and find out what happened."
"It is a health drink," he said slowly. "It is different now."
No one else spoke and Damien did not continue. I mumbled apologies for interrupting breakfast and looked back down at my plate.
Christof spoke next, "We were told it would help build your blood and keep you strong," he informed me.
My eyes were curious, but I held back the questions. The tension was rising in the room. Whatever was bothering them seemed to be coming to a head.
"Hannah is strong," Bane said out of the blue. "She is a very good fighter."
"Her curiosity," Kein added, "has allowed her to learn about the world quickly. She is an asset to the women. Hannah will be powerful, like Damien's other daughter."
My excitement peaked and I spoke, "You saw Hannah? Did Nu-reeh say I could see her?"
"We did not see her," Damien said staring at me. "You may see her when you have done what the women wish you to do."
"What...?" I asked looking around.
What could the women possibly want me to do? I was a slave to their men. And why was Hannah suddenly a topic of conversation?
No one spoke, but I could see the rapid display of emotions on their faces. Damien rose and stood staring at a wall for a moment. Evan and Bane both looked pointedly at Christof.
I knew suddenly what they wanted. My family knew how I had hated to give Hannah up. It would have killed them to tell me I had to do it again, so they couldn't bring themselves to say it.
The women wanted another Hannah, they would breed me.
Breakfast rushed into my throat and I bolted for the bathroom. Everything I had just eaten came right back up. Kneeling on the bathroom floor, I panted and cried.
"I won't do it," I kept repeating.
The men wiped my face and I slapped at their hands while scooting back from them on my knees.
"I won't do it," I said louder. "You cannot make me. I gave away my firstborn, never again..."
I stood and kept retreating for two steps. Literally and figuratively I found myself in a corner.
"You must," Christof said quietly. "It is what they want from you, from us."
"No, I won't let you put a baby in me," I shouted shaking my head. "None of you will touch me. The women will get bored with the game and they'll leave me alone."
Evan took a step toward me and I flattened myself into the wall behind me. He spoke and it chilled me to the bone.
"If we do not put the child inside of you," he said slowly, "the women will give you to a group of men they find suitable. They know how fertile you are. We only had you for five days..."
I was hyperventilating.
My thoughts were suddenly of Earth. The women in my mother's family were all good breeders. Grandmother had eight children, my great grandmother had eleven. Despite her alcohol issue Mom had been, too. She had six elective abortions after she had me. Children had not been in her plan. Her tubes were tied finally. Mom had sworn I'd do just like all the other women and raise a brood.
"Your children will be strong," Damien's voice broke into my thoughts. "The women tested you, somehow. They know any child you bear will take up the Paterian traits well. We do not understand how they can know this."
Genetic testing was the assumption I made. My mind swam with the implications of what Hannah had told me. Huge living computers had studied me and found me a suitable breeder.
"Can we get away?" I asked softly. "Can you send me off this planet?"
Damien's fist crashed into the stone wall in the bathroom. Again and again his fist slammed into the structure in front of him. Bane stopped him finally with Evan's help.
"No," Christof said watching Damien warily, "we cannot. The women watch the ships that leave here. If we tried to take you through the portals, they only lead back to the slave auction."
Evan spoke as he held Damien's arm, "All the portals from there lead to planets that use slaves or are ones the slavers hunt on."
It wasn't safe in those places. The men would have to come with me and who knew what dangers we would face. None of us would know what was poison, or what we could eat or even touch. There may not be water or air and all of us needed those things.
The men were not educated about other planets. Their knowledge of anything past the flat lands they lived on was nonexistent. We were woefully unprepared to leave this world.
"We swore," Damien said hoarsely, "to protect you. You are ours to protect, our Sister...our family."
I nodded silently. It had not been a lie. I knew they had tried. The marks on their flesh were testament to the women's resolve. My family had tried to protect me. When the whip did not break them, Nu-reeh had threatened them with a worse fate for me.
The idea of being passed around and handed to other men terrified me. I would do anything to stay in the safety of my family.
"It is late," I said softly. "You must get to work..."
We got ready quickly. Christof fed me the root to settle my stomach. They ornamented me and dressed themselves in silence. Our ride to the Keepers' compound was quick. When the transport landed I turned and looked at their strained faces.
"I know you tried and I am grateful. Don't worry, we will survive this," I told them simply.
Inside the Keepers' was the usual flurry of activity. Music and dancing were the themes that predominated. Many girls lounged and talked casually. No one noticed as I found a quiet corner and settled myself.
Thoughts raced in my head as I looked out the window at the open sky. I fought to find the positive in this situation. It seemed that it might be the thing to finally break my resolve.
Yes, it was good Hannah was strong. That hardly meant I wanted to be a breeding bitch for the women here. Perhaps my next child was male or weak? Where was the good in that?
Rose and Fuji suddenly bounced in front of me and settled down. Fuji's grin turned to a frown and Rose immediately calmed herself.
"Something is very wrong," Fuji stated taking my hand.
Rose nodded and put a comforting hand on my leg.
There was no reason to burden my friends with my problems, but I couldn't resist. I told them everything. In a fierce whisper the truth spilled out of me.
Even with them, I had never been as honest as I was now. Before I had led them to believe this society was organized as the men saw it. Now the brutal candor seemed to stun them.
"The women own...?" Fuji said stunned.
"The men," I finished, "are sold by their mothers to strong women who will protect them. They are moved to the compounds to be raised and kept."
"Will they try to breed the rest of us?" Rose asked touching her own stomach.
There was so much I didn't know. I doubted they would, because they hadn't in the past. In truth, I had no way of being sure, I told them that. Honestly, none of us did.
The lunch bell rang and I walked toward where my pad usually sat. I was surprised to see it outside. After all the stress this morning, I would have assumed my family wouldn't want to be alone with me.
"Come," Damien said softly when he arrived.
I looked up to smile at him and was stunned at his appearance. His lip was split and his fists were freshly bloody. He looked like he'd been fighting all morning.
We walked into the forest and I found the nerve to ask him what happened.
"I wanted to fight with someone," he said simply, "so I did."
"Are your Brothers all right? Which one did you fight with?"
I'd seen Kein after being attacked by them. It worried me to think he'd taken his aggression out on his Brothers again.
Damien laughed, short and humorless. "We fought with another family. There is a young group of Warriors in the compound. They are exceedingly easy to draw into an argument."
We sat down in a quiet spot and Damien uncovered what he'd brought. There was a small cup with the bowl. It was the new health drink. I'd vomited it this morning, so he'd brought more. We ate in silence for a while before a sound came from deeper in the forest.
Damien sprung between me and the sound while drawing his weapon. He pulled a smaller knife and tossed it back to me. I picked it up and copied his defensive stance.
"My Brothers are coming," he hissed softly.
The voice that rang out from beyond the trees was slightly gruffer than I remembered, but I would have known it anywhere.
"Daddy, if you attack me, I'll fight back. That's going to make Mama angry. My Sister and I just came to talk," Hannah said clearly.
I stepped toward the voice and Damien held me back.
"Show yourselves," he said.
Hannah stepped from between the trees and another woman walked beside her. I gasped and covered my mouth. My knife dropped to the ground.
"Mama, if you tell me how big I am this time, I'm going to take it as an insult," she said lightly.
Damien dropped his arm and I ran to Hannah. I had to jump to throw my arms around her. Tears leaked down my face as I held her. She lifted me and returned the hug with a bone cracking squeeze.
I kissed her face and stroked her shoulders. She was enormous, fanged, and brutal looking. Hannah was a perfect woman for this place.
The familiar nose still sat in the middle of her face and the skin I could see was pale and white. Her dimple on her left cheek was still visible. Hannah was covered in the coarse hair that women on this planet had. Her talons were long and her wings looked fierce. I was so very happy my girl looked as tough as she did.
"Mama, this is Ra," Hannah said putting me down and drawing back.
The creature beside Hannah made my daughter look lithe. The burly muscles in her counterpart were impressive. She was almost as tall as Nu-reeh it seemed.
"Hello, Ma'am," I croaked out still crying.
"Oh my God, Mama," Hannah said rolling her eyes, "she is my Sister. Please call her Ra and don't be afraid of her. She's as good as the family you claim. Just give her a hug and say hello."
I heard Damien's uncomfortable grunt behind me, but I did as Hannah asked and hugged her Sister's waist tight. I thanked her for showing Hannah the world. She had protected my daughter when I could not. There was sincere gratefulness in my voice.
"It was a pleasure, Mama," the large girl said. "I was so glad to find a Sister. Hannah and I get along so well. It was a relief."
Hearing her refer to me as Mama surprised me. There wasn't time to ponder it as the girls tensed and pushed me behind them.
"Daddy," Hannah asked quickly, "is that your Brothers?"
"Yes, move Ciara on this side of you," he ordered.
"As soon as they show themselves, we'd be glad to," Ra said cooly.
Bane and Evan emerged first, followed closely by Christof and Kein. They all looked wary and had their weapons drawn.
"Put those away around my child," I said shrilly. "What is wrong with everyone?"
I was frustrated and stamping my feet. It looked like my daughter and her father were about to go to war.
Damien slipped his sword in it's place and looked at Hannah.
"Can you stop Nu-reeh?" he asked referring to the breeding.
Hannah pulled me in front of her and ran a hand through my hair.
"No more than you can Daddy," she said quietly. "I'm so sorry, Mama," she sobbed suddenly. "I wanted to survive and do well. You told me to do well. I didn't know what they would do to you..."
I hugged her waist and Ra hugged her shoulders. Hannah shuddered between us, apologizing profusely. The faltering apologies changed to angry curses and I felt Hannah's body tense.
Ra pushed me back and I felt the men's hands pulling me away. Despite my struggles I was moved behind Bane.
"Control, Sister," Ra said gruffly, "the other men do not know we are here. Mama is with us. You must not lose your temper."
Damien spoke in a calming voice, he reminded Hannah the importance of control. Ra was right, he told her. If she made too much noise or flew up the Keepers would sound the alarm.
"We thought," Hannah said sounding calmer, "that we could take you away."
The men tensed and Evan's grip on my arm increased.
Hannah spoke and the men relaxed some. They had thought to put me on a ship, but there would be no one to protect me from the aliens. They could go with me, but there was nowhere to go close to here. The other planets that were inhabitable were not suited for humans.
The men had already told me the portals were not a good idea. They led to dangerous planets where slaving and slavery were common. I would be in more danger there.
"What about beyond the mountains?" Christof asked. "Could you take us there to live?"
Ra snorted and Hannah rolled her eyes. Not a chance, they told us.
The men would suffer first. There was an electromagnetic field that would disrupt their bond. If the men made it past that without breaking it would be a miracle.
It was intended to stop men from sneaking past the mountains. They had already gotten the small effect from it where they'd stayed in the mountain and that was just the edge of the field. When the men moved into it the disruption to their bond would make them crazy.
"We are bonded," Hannah said, "and we have felt it. We have to fly high above not to be disrupted by it."
The planet beyond the mountains was dangerous and wild. Without women to protect them the men would be killed. I would never survive.
"We would stay with you," Ra said, "but we are still young and there are only two of us."
"The women we talked to say it used to take three or four groups of mature women to protect the men adequately. That's as small a settlement as you would want," Hannah said sitting.
Since she was calm I walked over and was pulled onto her lap. Ra sat beside us. Damien and the men followed me over and sat right in front of the women.
"The next one will be strong, too," Kein said thoughtfully. "One more strong female, Ciara, you can do that."
Hannah tensed beneath me and I looked up at her. A tear slid down her cheek and she closed her eyes. I looked to Ra for the answer to this strange behavior.
"Nu-reeh and the other owners in this area," Ra said carefully, "have been very careful to not let the slaves breed. Hannah is so strong and was bred so quickly....They turned the question to their computers. There is a certain...amount of humanity that is acceptable. The computers say your numbers will help the planet as long as they stay under a certain percentage of all the births."