"Dark Stag" - Chapter 15


            He stood there staring at me from across the warehouse, as I sat sharpening a flay. There was clearly a lot on his mind, a lot! The guards all looked at me, not liking the fact that I had such a dangerous object in my hand. Eventually, the boy came over, taking a deep breath.
“Okay…” Devari began, “Why are you here?”
“Why am I here?” I responded, continuing to sharpen the blade, “You know…”
“Tell me why the worst mass killing in recent Azerbaijani history took place last night and you had everything to do with it? What are you doing here and will it have adverse affects on how I operate?” He asked.
“You can rest easy… I’m a slave… nothing more, nothing less…” I sighed. Devari’s eyes penetrated deeply as he just stood there staring. He was trying hard to figure me out but couldn’t.
“That guy that came last night and you… I knew you were going to do something crazy, but a fucking mass murder? That’s insane even for the gutter shit that happens in this city! Why? What warranted the killing?” He persisted.
“Look,” I began, “There are worse things going on… What we had to do last night, I’m not proud of it but I was left with no other choice… Let’s leave it at that.”
“I’m not trying to guilt you in any case. I understand all too well about having to do ugly things because you live in an ugly truth! That’s this entire lifestyle… I just need to know where I stand in this.” He said, “Like, I let you do your thing… It was a stupid leadership decision on my part, and I come back the next day hearing about a mass slaying at the Official Guard…” 
            A thin smile spread across my face.
“What all did you hear?” I asked, wanting details from him. The question jarred Devari, he realizing his impression of me was all wrong.
“I heard,” He began, “That there was no trace of the culprit, no word of who did it and no survivors. It was just death. Some sources say that they were harboring a valuable prisoner which was what this was all about. That prisoner was said to be you which doesn’t make since you are here! I’m beyond a doubt confused…”
            It made me laugh. The truth was definitely skewed but due to this place being so small, of course some facts would get out.
“Wow…” I said, still laughing. Devari looked at me, disgust on his face.
“You’re just evil…” He chuckled.
“...And you’re not?” I asked back.
“I mean, I am. But it’s a shock from you! You seem so innocent, so unknowing. I should have known you were lethal that time you kicked the fuck out of my ass back in the Blessed Lands. And how you killed a seven foot tall nearly four hundred pound man. Did you come in here actually knowing what would happen?” He asked.
“Actually,” I said, putting the flay down on the desk, “No… No amount of knowledge prepared me for this shit… I hate it with all my gut…”
“I can definitely say it’s not or you.” He said with a chuckle, “You know, I’m not going to stop harassing you about what actually happened until you tell me? This makes little to no sense! Why are you here?”
“To lose my religion, be broken, become defeated, just to lose myself…” I shrugged, full of sarcasm. Devari rolled his eyes.
“Okay let me play it differently…” He said thinking hard, “Are you here looking for someone?”
“Nope…” I smiled.
“Are you here to find something?”
“Maybe…” It made him, think a bit more.
“Once you… accomplish what you’re trying to accomplish, what’s next?”
“I don’t know…” I shrugged, the boy seeing it was straight bullshit.
“Would you do to us what you did to the Official Headquarters?” He asked, full of concern. I leaned forward, resting my elbows on my knees. My eyes casted deep rays into the boy’s mind. He tensed up, very nervous.
“Nope!” I said, a thin smile on my face.
“I don’t believe you for a fucking second!” He chuckled, full of fear. He paced around, completely distraught.
“Why are you panicking?” I asked. He stopped, looking at me.
“I don’t know, maybe because you’re a MONSTER?” He said.
“I promise you I’m not. I’m not a monster, I just have a demon…” I responded, my eyes cutting deep. Devari and I stared at each other for a long time.
            It was clear he didn’t know what to do with me. The very experienced slave handler was at his wits end with me. However something wasn’t right, something I was missing! I doubt he could possibly be this stressed over me! Something else had to be going on… And I was going to find out! However, I’d have to rein things in, bring down this nature of mine a few notches. These guards watched me like a hawk, very suspicious of everything I did.
            As the days added up, their watch didn’t wain. The liberty I was rewarded went away and it was back to the vigors of this disgusting training. I sat in the training room in robes this time, Devari the same. Guards filled the room as Devari paced back and forth. I really didn’t want any part of this but I had to stick through it.
“This week… You’re going through endurance training. Last week wasn’t too tough for you but this one might be. There will be times when you want to quit, times when what you do is uncomfortable, times when you’re completely exhausted. However, you are getting paid to endure some of the most bizarre, taboo and in some cases painful things. With that being said, you’ll be one of my upper echelon escorts where clients will have to adhere to stricter rules, so your training won’t be as vigirous as some of the lower echelon escorts.” Devari said, not sounding too enthused.
“Okay…” I shrugged, ready to get things underway.
            Devari looked past me, to the guards, nodding. Moments later, a rather tall and lanky man was brought in. He had long, dark, shaggy hair and looked menacing. He looked at me, smirked then his eyes darted away.
“This is the Wolf…” Devari said, looking at me eyeing the man head to toe, “Go on… get up… shake hands. You’ll be getting quite acquainted with each other, this week.”
“Hi… I’m Summer…” I said, reaching to shake his hand.
“As you know, I’m the Wolf…” The hairy man said triumphantly. It was a bit off putting but he seemed to have worked hard for the title so it wasn’t too cringe inducing.
“Sooooo?” I began, slowly turning to Devari.
“You’re just ready to get things started, I see. Well first thing you’ll be learning, is how to orally satisfy a man…” Devari said.
“Eeeew.” I responded, arms folded.
“I knew you’d say that.” Devari chuckled, “Okay… So I’m going to start off by telling you a few rules of the trade. The first rule, you want to keep your mouth on it at all times. When you take your mouth off of it, it breaks the sensation and the rushes go away. Second rule, you want to line your bottom jaw with your tongue and make sure your tongue wraps around the dick. This is because of teeth! Teeth are the arch nemesis of penis!”
            I couldn’t help but laugh. The way he described it was just comical.
“Third rule, you want to focus on the head of the penis. That’s where all the sensitive stuff is that makes everything really electric. Fourth rule, suck with modest pressure. Some people like a ton of pressure others, are really sensitive little cunts that can’t take a hard blowing. So be modest…” Devari continued.
“Be modest? That’s a hard thing to imagine considering someone’s cock is expected to be in my mouth.” I refuted.
“It has to be done…” Devari shrugged with an eyeroll, “Rule five, don’t try and swallow the whole dick. That takes practice… Use your hands and gently twist as you suck. It’s a very, very, VERY good feeling when that happens. Sixth, don’t spit...swallow!”
“Swallow?” I asked, daunted.
“Yes… Swallow.” Devari said, sternly.
“That’s just… WHY?” I asked, nervous. Devari began to smile.
“Surely you can’t be daunted by something as swallowing seeds when you’ve killed men…?” Devari asked.
“That’s not the same… Killing men doesn’t have a taste.” I said with a shutter. Devari burst out laughing, clenching his head.
“You are a character… It’s not that bad… Trust me.” He said walking over. He got on his hands and knees, gently spreading my legs.
            At his touch, my member went from flaccid to erect! I felt so ashamed… He looked at me with a warm grin before slowly beginning to suck my shaft. Almost immediately, I clenched my eyes, the sensation sending shudders through my body.   
“Fuck!” I let out, as Devari sucked and sucked. He was vigorous, his head bobbing with enough force to shake my body.
            It wasn’t long before that infamous tingle began to intensify. My eyes clenched even tighter as the boy literally sucked the semen from my shaft. Soon it was over. I opened my eyes to see Devari just staring at me.
“I followed all the rules I told you… Your reaction will be guaranteed on anyone if you follow those directions.” Devari said.
“Why would I want to do this?” I asked, struggling to wrap my head around this.
“Maybe it’s your youth, but I will say this much. It does something to your soul to know you can pull a reaction like this out of somebody… It’s an almost vampiristic thing! You eventually crave the sensation of control, to be able to make someone feel the intensity of climax with just your lips… or anything for that matter. It’s one that I think even your regal ways won’t be able to resist! Knowing how to please is something you will be proud of, be boastful over!” Devari smiled.
“I still don’t see why I’d want that…” I responded.
“That feeling you felt, that intensity, that jolt… Don’t you want to be able to do that to someone else?” Devari asked.
“It’s not really on my bucket list. I mean sex and pleasure matter very little to me…” I shrugged. It staggered Devari.
“Wow… You need to lighten up, let loose and just enjoy it!” Devari advised.
“I enjoy it,” I began, “When it’s with someone special, someone I have built some history with… I’m having a hard time just putting myself out there for a stranger! How animalistic is that?”
“That’s the beauty of it! It’s raw animalistic passion! The primary purpose of this place is to get that primal sex drive out, to exploit one’s sexual attraction to others to the maximum. It’s that simple…” He said back.
“But that’s wrong…”
“How is that wrong?” He smiled warmly, “That’s denying humans the right to be humans? It’s wrong to suppress one’s sexual urges and nature… This place, is a safe place for them to do it!”
“I guess…” I said with an eyeroll, just unable to see it his way.
“With that being said, you’re going to need some practice and the Wolf will help you. I got some errands to run so I’ll be back…” Devari said getting up, “Don’t kill anyone!”
“I’ll be a good boy…” I smiled. Devari paused, shocked I’d say something like that.
“Whatever…” He said leaving.
            The Wolf looked at me, taking me in from head to toe. He took a deep breathe before beginning to speak.
“You know the native tongue fluently… You seem educated… What is going on, here?” He asked, his accent thick and Slavic, “How can you be a slave?”
“I can say the same for you…” I responded, looking at him with the same suspicion he drew at me. 
“I don’t know the native tongue all that well. I had to learn it when I got here…” The Wolf said, pacing around.
“Why do they call you the Wolf?” I asked.
“It’s just the way I look. I don’t shave and I have long hair… The name stuck.” He smiled with a shrug.
“Interesting…” I said with slight sarcasm.
“Well,” The Wolf began, “Let’s get things underway…” He pulled down his pants revealing a healthy sized cock. It wasn’t too big but big enough to cause problems on someone like me who lacked experience.
“I really don’t want to do this…” I said to myself as he approached.
            Gently I caressed his penis in my hands, hesitant to bring it closer to my mouth. I looked up at him.
“It won’t hurt you… Just put it in your mouth…” He said. I rolled my eyes, doing so. I was trying to remember all of what Devari had said but actually doing this made me forget it all. All I could do was just feel the soft tasteless cock on my mouth. It was almost disgusting! I withdrew shaking my head.
“Fuck!” I shuttered.
“Comeon…” He coaxed. I went back on it, his cock still soft, “You want to actually suck it… you know instead of just letting it sit in your mouth…”
            I wanted to knock the fuck out of him for saying that but some form of restraint kept me from doing it. I did what was told, moving up and down his shaft with the pressure from my jaws. Slowly but surely, his cock began to stiffen filling my mouth until I was only able to get it about halfway down my throat.
“Remember, teeth…” He warned, I suddenly laid my tongue down to line my lower jaw. The Wolf began to nod, feeling I was beginning to do this right.
            After several minutes of this, my jaw began to become uncomfortable. How anyone could enjoy this was beyond me. It truly was terrible...
“This is boring…” The Wolf said. Slowly, I looked up at him, growing tired of his remarks. He began to smile, “That’s right! Look me in the eye when you’re sucking my cock…”
            I cracked, having to withdraw from laughter. Quickly I regained my composure going back on it. I don’t know what I did, but the man seized tightly as my lips went over the head of his shaft.
“Shit…” He whispered. It was strange! In that little instance, his whole body had jolted. A part of me wanted to make him do this again!
            As I grew more comfortable, the things Devari said began to come back to me. I placed a hand on the Wolf’s shaft and began sucking mainly just the tip. Slowly, I began to twist back and forth the Wolf seizing up and thrusting towards the back of my throat. His body trembled involuntarily as I continued.
“FUCK!” He said out, his face wadded up with pleasure.
            A salty taste began to fill my mouth. I couldn’t help but to think he was leaking pee but I said nothing… After several minutes, a fluid filled the back of my throat. I choked hard, pushing the Wolf away as this disgusting tasting fluid flooded from both my mouth and nose. I slowly looked at him, filled with rage.
“You ejaculated in my mouth…” I hissed.
“And you can’t expect for me not to when you’re doing what you just did! You’re a quick study…” He said, “Next time though, don’t spit…”
“I didn’t spit I CHOKED!” I yelled back.
“Same shit!” He responded, getting a cloth from the table. He came over, tossing it to me.
“That was fucking disgusting…” I said, the taste refusing to leave my mouth.
“Grow up… You’ll be doing it all day.” He sighed. He was right. I would be doing this all day and complaining wouldn’t make it any better.
“It’s like thick piss… Thick piss that just can’t leave your mouth!” I said, having to get out that last complaint. The Wolf shielded his face as he laughed.
“If you actually enjoyed this, you’d be a joy to work with…” He said.
“There’s nothing pleasurable out of sucking a penis for the person sitting there sucking the penis…” I said back, giving him a dead eye.
“There is! Like boss was saying, there’s a level of control you have over that person when you are fellating them. You control the amount of pleasure they feel.” He clarified.
“Okay.” I nodded, this putting things into a different perspective, “Still disgusting but okay…”
“You’ll get over it… You Illisians always do…” He shrugged.
“What do you mean we Illisians always do?” I asked, looking at him intently.
“I didn’t mean to offend you.” He began.
“I mean, are there more here?” I asked.
“Shit yeah! Illisians are our number one thrill. You’re the only male though which is strange! Our Illisians are the most sought after and as a result the most pricey of all the escorts. You, from what I’ve heard, might have the highest premium yet!” He responded.
“Interesting…” I said, my mind beginning to plot.
“Why?” The Wolf asked, finding this odd.
“Just curious…” I shrugged, “I mean you said we always get over it, implying that I’m not the only Illisian here.”
“Okay…” The Wolf nodded, “You ready for this again?”
“I kind of don’t have a choice…?” I said.
            The Wolf rolled his eyes as we reset. I did all I had done before, making eye contact, using my hands and being gentle.
“Inhale through your mouth…” The wolf advised. I did so, a rush of cool air running over his shaft, “FUCK!” He placed his hands on the back of my head, thrusting slowly into my throat. It was hard not to gag and my jaw was really feeling it but I kept going.
“Okay…” He said, “Run your fingers across my balls… gently!”
            I did so. The Wolf closed his eyes, tilting his head back as I sucked and sucked. This time, it took him nearly an hour to cum. When he did, his load wasn’t as big as last time. It was far more manageable and I wasn’t choking from it so I couldn’t be too upset. It still didn’t change the fact that there was semen in my mouth.
“You Illisians…” The Wolf began, “With your high and mighty, regal ways, are hands down the most sexually talented people on the planet…” 
            I rolled my eyes, getting up.
“I’m not doing this any more. We’re done for the day.” I said.
“Can you help me up?” He asked. I turned, sighing, extending out my hand.
“Why?” I asked.
“Orgasms repetitively can be zapping…” He said, yanking me down on top of him. He pulled me in close for a kiss.
“Nope…” I said, driving my knee into his gut. He clenched his aching belly as I got back up, “Just stay there…”
“Why you gotta be so difficult… No fun after practicing?” He chuckled, still sounding short of breathe.
“No…” I said back.
            The door opened, Devari having returned. He looked glum, his luxurious golden skin giving way to a weak pale look. He looked to his guards and supervisors with a smile.
“We need to have a meeting…” He said.
“Okay boss…” Mardee said.
“Me too?” The Wolf asked, getting to his feet. Devari looked at him for a while.
“Yeah…” He finally said.
            The Wolf grabbed a robe, heading out after them all.
“Ummm?” I said out, everyone forgetting I was here. Devari turned to me.
“Just… don’t destroy shit…” He shrugged, leaving. He was in an obvious hurry.
            He left me alone with the lesser guards. I put on my robes, heading out of the room. Whatever was going on seemed quite important. However I had my own important things to attend to. Constantly looking back over my shoulder, I went to the reception desk. To my surprise the entrance to the warehouse was locked and secured.
“Weird…” I noted, heading to the desk. I opened it, looking for anything that would be indicative of what was going on here as well as my sister. The only thing here were those shitty soul sucking contracts, an appointment log, a check out log and a roster. Going over the information, it was a shock to see a good three-fourths of the the slaves and escorts checked out.
            What was this check out process? Some of them had been checked out for months, some being due back in the coming weeks. It was beyond confusing, too confusing to try and understand right now. I left the reception desk, heading back to the warehouse space, sitting on a workbench.
            Not long afterwards, Devari and his workers came out of one of the rear offices. I watched them, Devari heading to the rear exit of the warehouse, putting on a coat. The upper guards went to the posts, the Wolf coming over to the workbench I was sitting on. He just sat there, deep in thought.
            Soon it was just us alone in there. He slowly turned to me.
“So big boss… hasn’t come back yet and he’s past due his already past due return date. Everyone is presuming he’s dead.” The Wolf revealed.
“Do you know everything that’s going on here?” I asked.
“I know a bit, not everything. I’m still pretty low on the totem pole.” The Wolf responded.
“Okay…” I shrugged.
“You know what this means?” He asked.
“The brothel might be in trouble. If the owner of this establishment is dead, with no beneficiaries, no one to sign over the papers of ownership and responsibilities, the warehouse goes back on the market. The slaves, everyone here, goes to auction. People lose their jobs! Devari and his brother homeless…” The Wolf explained
“Brother?” I asked, taken aback.
“Yeah Devari has a little brother, one that’s a bit of a handful. He gets into a ton of trouble and since Devari has this to worry about, I’m afraid it might be all too much for him.” The Wolf sighed.
“How old is Devari?” I asked, my curiosity peaked.
“He’s a kid himself, about twenty three, twenty four.” The Wolf sighed.
“I figured such… He doesn’t look any older than I do.” I responded.
“There’s also something else going on…” The Wolf noted.
“You got any clues as to what that might be?” I asked.
“A few months ago, way before you arrived… Devari, his father and a business partner got into a huge, huge fight. It was when Devari was first starting to run things here. I don’t know what the fight was about but I’m guessing that business partner fucked them over because immediately after that, Devari was on his own… His father rallied up a caravan that same night and went slave hunting.” The Wolf explained.
“Why? What happened? You know?” I asked.
“My guess… money.” The wolf shrugged, “And you didn’t hear a damn word from me…”
“I got you…” I nodded, the Wolf leaving me.
            I resumed sharpening my flay. It was like filing nails, really soothing and mind freeing… to a degree. There was no way around thinking about the well being of Felker Distribution. What precisely was going on here at the brothel? Would Devari’s father return? What trouble could have caused this? Was my sister even a part of this brothel? Was I wasting my time? Was she one of the escorts scheduled to return in the coming weeks?
            Eventually, the worrying made even the sharpening of the thin dagger in my hand less enjoyable. I slapped it onto the table, clenching my throbbing head. It was hard keeping a strong will in this place. Evenings like this made me want to cry, but tears wouldn’t help. They’d only make me sulk deeper into my feelings.
“Summer… it’s time for you to head to your quarters…” Someone said. I slowly turned, seeing Mardee standing behind me.
“Okay…” I said back.
            He escorted me to my room. Long gone were the nights of sleeping on the hard floor of the warehouse. I was moved to one of the many studio living quarters at the front of the warehouse. They were nice, very comfortable with a ton of amenities. The best part about them was the privacy.
            I could work out, and work out and work out without a soul seeing. That was precisely my plan for the night. If sharpening my flay didn’t work, then surely a few hundred pushups, toe touches, cycle kicks, and contortium de mal would. Indeed it did! Eventually, I was too sore to continue.
            I showered, washing the sweat off of me. Then it was off to bed. The next day, rolled around, a sense of gloom falling over the brothel. Everyone went to breakfast, more quiet than normal. It seemed word had spread of the dreadful news. I sat at a table alone, eating my kiss fruit and bread before the Mammoth came and sat across from me.
            I looked up at the giant man.
“Hi…” I said, chewing.
“Hey…” He smiled warmly, “You doing well this morning?”
“Certainly…” I nodded.
“How’s your training been going?” I asked.
“Things have lightened up significantly from the first week. Conditions are still rough, but I can’t complain.” I smiled.
“That’s good to hear. It only gets better from here. When you start getting clients, they’ll only have love and respect for you! Your training ends in four more weeks…” He smiled, then you’ll be one of us.
            I don’t know why, but a joyous smile came across my face. Surely I wasn’t anticipating this. I don’t know, but the Mammoth made this feel almost like a family. He was such a sweet giant.
“I can’t wait…” I said.
“Who’s your trainer for the week?” I asked.
“The Wolf…” I responded, wanting to know the Mammoth’s thoughts on him.
“He’s good… Very good. He’ll do right by you.” The Mammoth nodded.
“Why is it so dreary in here today? We’re like the only one’s talking…” I asked, looking around the longue.
“We got some pretty bad news last night. The entire brothel is shaken.” He said.
“Ah, about Devari’s father?” I asked. The Mammoth looked at me penetratingly.
“How do you know? You’re still a trainee. Things like this aren’t supposed to be discussed with you.” He said.
“Don’t worry about it.” I said, shaking my head.
“Don’t go repeating this around here. With all that’s going on, the last thing you want is to be a subject to a lashing…” The Mammoth warned.
“Well, what is going on around here?” I asked. The Mammoth looked at me in dismay.
“If I could tell you, I would…” He shrugged.
“I’ll find out on my own.” I smiled.
“...And get yourself all hurt?” He asked, worried.
“No, I specialize in getting information… I’m really good at it!” I said back, still smiling.
“No, you’ll end up getting fucked up in here. I’d rather just tell you than to let this happen…” He sighed, hating to do so.
“Okay…” I said, placing my elbows on the table, resting my chin in my palms.
“An old time partner of old boss Felker, crossed him. I mean he crossed him bad! He had went behind Felker’s back and signed to a drug contract with the Socoshian dealers. As a result, Felker started distributing drugs in house but the partner didn’t tell the Felker family about the high premium. The amount they were selling the drugs for weren’t cost covered so guess what happened over the course of a few months? A huge amount of debt accumulated and when the Felkers saw the red ink flowing, they flipped shit! For months they didn’t know they were operating in the red, and they scrambled to fix it. Boss left on a slaving expedition and never came back… Devari was left in charge and he has been doing all he can to support this place, but everyday something happens and it just falls apart more. He’s really been fighting off the debtors…” The Mammoth explained.
“That sounds terrible… Like, I hate this place but for the Felkers to be doublecross like that. I can’t imagine what they’re going through, to have built this place up, then for it to just fall apart.” I said shaking my head.
“Everyone here is affected. For a lot of people, this is the best thing that could have happened to them. They went from this life of poverty, no guaranteed meals on a regular to this pampered lifestyle where all they have to do is fuck or get fucked and come back with the money to prove it…” The Mammoth responded, revealing just how substantial this actually was. Again, this put so much into perspective for me!
“I assumed this place was just all terrible. Everything about it.” I said.
“You’ll eventually grow accustomed to it all. Surely it had to be better than where you came from…” The Mammoth insinuated.
“Maybe to some… I’m from central-eastern Illisia so it’s pretty cut throat out there but I’d prefer to do what I did out there than be in here.” I smiled.
“What exactly did you do?” The Mammoth asked, his curiosity drawn. It then hit me! I know had to be careful with what I revealed.
“Um… I was an average everyday nomad typical of the Illisian regions. I would travel very far to hunt then go back home. We had a number of tribes that lived through drought and famine as well as through abundance and prosperity. These tribes kept good relations with each other communing during the times of prosperity but dispersing during the harder times. Fewer mouths to feed made things easier! So tribes would break down to a family level and send goshawks with letters back and forth to stay in touch. We’d travel extremely far to hunt and since Illisia is a big place, we could go weeks without seeing signs of other humans. It was a peaceful way of life… With that being said, we Illisians are a warrior people. From the time we can walk, we’re trained to hunt, kill and fight for what’s ours. At the same time, we’re also taught to be regal, disciplined and open to cultures foreign to our own. We’re taught to be accepting and friendly, but to be honest, I’m neither of those two… When the times of prosperity would come, tribes would bring their finest warriors and have these contortium and feget competitions.” I explained.
“Feget?” The Mammoth asked.
“It’s a form of martial arts from my region. It’s pretty much a way to kick everything to death… My coming of age ceremony revolved me facing off with a scimitar cat and guess what? I killed it with one kick!” I responded.
“Was that how you took down the Nok Giant?” The Mammoth explained.
“Sort of… I um, used my leg to break his neck. I didn’t really want to kill him… But he was a very big and strong man and could have easily killed me.” I said.
“He was special needs… He couldn’t talk properly and he was very primal. The man was literally handed to the Felkers but he was more of a curse than anything. Devari devised a way to clicker train him like he was some type of animal. He eventually got the man to be able to listen to commands and respond to them.  He decided that the Giant of Nok was perfect for breaking in new people which… he was. Then you felled him and Devari had to rethink his way of workings… Crazy enough, I thought you’d have been executed by now… You’re not breaking…” The Mammoth noted.
“Damn, really?” I asked shocked.
“Yeah… Devari though, he decided to work with you at your own pace relatively speaking. He, unlike his father, legitimately cares for us… I mean his father is a great, great business man and one with a smooth mouth, but money is his concern. Devari, there’s passion in there somewhere. He loves this shit! I mean he checks up on us regularly. He makes sure everything is comfortable for us…” The Mammoth smiled.
“That’s… Wow… I just… He seems so fucked in the head to me! Like, he’s a pretty sadistic person!” I said, having difficulty believing this.    
“Oh he is… When he’s upset, I mean really upset… You won’t believe what he’s capable of. That old business partner of his father, Devari fucked him UP!” The Mammoth said, his eyes bold. It made my throat tense.
“I can imagine…” I said with a thin smile, “But back to your point about being executed… really?”
“No, I mean… Devari is a mixed bag. You don’t know his next move. A lot of people here were worried about you. You might not know this but people are curious. Every time someone checks into here, other slaves and escorts want to know who they are. And everyone could kind of see that you’re different, that you might work your way up through the food chain fast!” The Mammoth smiled.
“I don’t know if I care to be at the top… I can definitely say I’ve learned a lot, though. Sex is an art, man…” I said, more so daunted by it than just plainly disgusted by it.
“It is…” The Mammoth nodded.
            Soon the Wolf came over. He looked like he had just woke up, not even ten minutes ago. Upon seeing the Mammoth, the two shook hands smiling.
“I haven’t seen you in a while!” The Mammoth smiled.
“Yeah. I had just got back from a two week escort and not even then, they gave me a training job.” The Wolf chuckled.
“So, you’re training Summer this week?” The Mammoth asked.
“Yeah… I heard you trained him his first week.” The Wolf said.
“Yeah… I did.” The Mammoth said shyly, as he looked at me.
            Indifference was written across my face.
“You excited about today?” The Wolf asked.
“What will I be doing?” I asked, not too enthused.
“You’re gonna practice sucking dick a little more… You’re good though. You know what you’re doing. Then, I’m gonna get you used to power fucking…” The Wolf said.
“Power fucking?” I asked, the very name sounding incredibly daunting.
“Yeah, I’m telling you now, it’s gonna be more intense than anything you’ve ever done.” The Wolf explained.
“Give me a fucking break…” I said to myself with an eyeroll.
“Hey, it gets better! Bottom training ends next week with toys and then you’ll start learning how to top!” The Wolf said, hoping it would make me feel better.
“Okay…?” I shrugged.
“God, you’re just so impossible!” The Wolf said, scratching the back of his head.
“I think deep down,” The Mammoth began, turning to the Wolf, “He likes it…”
“Yeah!” The Wolf said, both looking at my reaction. I was as expressionless and indifferent as ever. The two laughed, seeing that these feelings were genuine.
            Hours later, time for training commenced. I was sitting on a large pillow in the training studio waiting for Devari and the Wolf to show. Eventually the Wolf came but Devari didn’t come. It was a shock because he was always here. Whatever was going on had to be quite serious then.
“This is strange…” The Wolf noted.
“It is…” I agreed.
            Minutes later, Mardee, Devari’s close assistant and general  manager came in. He didn’t look happy at all.
“I’ll be supervising your training today.” He said. The Wolf and I looked at each other, knowing something definitely was wrong.
“Are you ready?” The Wolf asked.
“Yes…” I responded.
            He began the vigors of training. As we continued, it was clear Mardee had a hard time watching. He even seemed disgusted in a way. After several hours, it was all over. I couldn’t walk, the Wolf plowed me so hard. My entire body felt like living jelly. He helped me to my feet, seeing I was sore.
“You okay?” I asked.
“Yeah… I’m just gonna shower and go to bed.” I sighed.
            It caught, the Wolf by surprise. He never heard me sound so defeated. Of course I was tired, but I was just trying to get back to my room to pen up a letter I didn’t want to forget.
“I told you it was going to be tough…” He said, sounding a bit guilty, “You have a week of it left..”
“Okay…” I responded, making my way to the door.
            Worry was written across the Wolf’s face but truthfully, he had nothing to be worried about. Getting up the stairs was hard for sure though. I managed to do so, getting back to my room. The chair at the desk was just daunting. Slowly, I eased onto it.
“FUCK…” I cringed, finally taking a seat.
            The Wolf had plowed me for so long and so hard, even sitting down was a chore. I pulled out some pen and paper and began writing.
I just found out that Felker Distribution might be in serious trouble. Turns out that a business partner put the brothel in serious debt! The Felkers are trying hard to right the ways they were wronged, the Brothel Lord traveling far to capture slaves so he can auction them. It’s a last ditch effort to get money to pay off the debt. Not only that, but they’ve put a lot of their higher end escorts on big foreign missions, which is another effort to bring in money. I’m a little over a week and a half into my training and will be continuing onward.
My goal is to still find information on my sister but I’m letting you know, things have hit the fan and I don’t know the extent of the damage. My mission could be in jeopardy because the Brothel Lord didn’t have any beneficiaries. Since he’s been gone for far longer than he was supposed to, he’s been presumed dead by overseers and as a result the warehouse goes back to the city, unless somehow, the money is made.
If all fails, the mission will be lost…

I folded up the letter, sealing it with tar. It was then time to make it up to the roof and see if Bazahra or Silver were above. Indeed Bazahra was circling, the mighty raptor diving down at great speed to greet me. It had been days since we last seen each other and the mighty bird missed me.
“Give this to Gou…” I smiled, the bird taking the letter in her beak. She took off disappearing in seconds.  
            Watching her impressive speed made me miss training our coordinated efforts. Hours later, she returned with a letter. I opened it, seeing it was from Gou. It read:

‘It shouldn’t be you in that brothel Kijus! One of my agents should be there. You still are a royal asset whose family is uninformed about your current situation. If I could I would pull the plug but I know you’d refuse. Get as much information as you can about this debt! Be careful though! You are in a very, very dangerous environment and I don’t need you getting ahead of yourself. It is precisely why I want someone trained for extreme conditions to be there instead of you. Just be careful!
With that being said, I really need you to get information on this debt! I feel like it could be related to the debt scheme that Sir Socoshian is running. I need to know what caused the debt, who’s affected, its parameters and workings, it’s relation to Sir Socoshian and if it’s a separate entity entirely! This information could help us in shutting the debt down…’
Suddenly I was restrained from behind, the letter snatched from my hand! It was several guards, Mardee holding the letter, beginning to read it. Bazahra grew upset, puffing up to make herself look twice as large. She screeched drawing everyone’s attentions.
“No, go!” I told her. She looked at me with concern before taking off.
“What the fuck is this?” Mardee asked, me shocked, “Who are you writing?”
            I said nothing, this man not knowing who he was dealing with. Without warning I twisted, both shoulders popping out of their sockets, the two men losing their grips on me. They tried to regain leverage but were met with flying feet to their chins.
“The fuck?” Mardee questioned, unnerved as he made a run for the stairs. He still had the letter in hand! Just I began to chase him, my legs were grabbed, causing me to fall.
            It was a guard. I really didn’t want to hurt these men but this was starting to become annoying. He crawled over me, met with a sharp elbow to the neck. I then pushed him to the roof’s ledge, getting to my feet. I placed a firm foot on his neck, the man unable to move. He struggled, soon blacking out.
            I turned my attentions back to Mardee. I chased him to the stairs, the surprisingly fast man making it there well before I did.
“BOSS!” He screamed as he rushed. Everyone in the warehouse began to look at us. This was about to get bad…
            Without further hesitation, I lept from the top of the stairs as Mardee made it to the bottom. I landed on his back, taking him down! His head slammed to the wall as he tumbled down another flight before coming to a halt. I held the letter in my hand, wishing I could resume reading it.
            However, guards were rushing over. With no other choice, I crumpled up the letter and put it in my mouth, bringing up both my fists. Every guard in the warehouse rushed over to me, wielding those painful stun staves. I’ve yet to be shocked by one and today wasn’t going to be the first day either.
            I backed up the stairs as the first guard made his way over to me. Before he could lounge with his stave, I bolted forward, running up the wall as another guard rushed up as well. I inverted, building up momentum for my foot as it careened into that guard’s head. He fell, his mass being a cushion for my momentum as more guards came.
            One lounged at me with his staff. I rolled out of the way, the man shocking his unconscious friend instead. He was met with a sweeping foot underneath his feet that sent him toppling backwards. As he fell, I placed a swift hand on his throat to expedite his meeting with the ground. The man hit the ground with such concussive force, the sound echoed all over the staircase.
            Another guard rushed forward trying to tackled me. He was met with a side step and a swift kick to the jaw. He collided with the wall, landing on his friend. Another, less giddy guard came, swinging his staff with more precision. Still, he wasn’t much for me. I dodged his quick taps as he geared for an over the head power strike. He did so, bringing the staff over his head, slamming it down with force in an effort to incapacitate me. I rolled backwards as the crackles of electricity sounded like lightning hitting the ground just inches from me.
            The powerful strike left the man open! I got to my feet far faster than he could react, kicking him squarely in the jaw. As I did, a large mass slammed into me! It was another guard, one with immense strength! He picked me up and slammed me to the hard floor of the warehouse. The blow was almost stunning! Almost…
            He put his hands around my neck in an attempt to strangle me, placing his weight firmly on my stomach. That was a big mistake! It still gave my core and hips leverage! With this advantage, I sprung the man forward, the man having to use his hand to keep his face from hitting the ground. It was then I swooped an arm, underneath his then grabbed his shirt, pulling it over his head.
            I wrapped my legs around his body, as I twisted the shirt as tight as I could around his neck. I brought his face dangerously close to mine! I smiled as the man could feel the lack of air consuming him. His strength was fading fast as he tried to get away. However, he was too close to me to have any type of leverage.
            Still more guards came, and slowly strangling the man was not going to work. I threw him off of me, elbowing him in the jaw, as more guards surrounded me. I spat the letter out, it being ruined by my saliva. These men had to be addressed.
“I just took out seven of you all,” I said panting, addressing the remaining fourteen or so, “And I can take the rest of you out… Or, none of you will have to get hurt and you can stand down… I’m not here to fight…”
            My words meant nothing. Man after man rushed forward, fighting me aimlessly with no coordination or skill. One by one, they’d either take themselves out or I’d take one out. Eventually there were only four left. These men were hesitant.
“Don’t do it to yourself…” I warned.
            Still though, the men were brave. One rushed forward at impressive speed, bringing the butt of his staff up. I stepped back, not expecting him to suddenly redirect it and send the crackling staff towards my head. Somehow I managed to dodge it, the move leaving me impressed.
            I was expecting for him to be left wide open after such a strike but he was standing firm with the staff in one hand. He knew martial arts of some form. I pointed to him.
“I’ll save you for last…” I said, before rushing to another guard. I put him down within two seconds, the man having lost will to fight. The three remaining guards stood behind the one who had some type of combat training.
“Last chance…” I said, truly not wanting to fight.
“Summer…” A firm voice said.
            I turned, seeing Devari standing next to a man that looked nearly identical to him. Devari’s face was expressionless as ever. The man standing beside him, not so much. His eyes darted back and forth between the numerous men littered across the warehouse floor. Devari’s then nodded. As he did, I was struck from behind, a shock spreading through my body. Everything went dark.
            I woke up sitting in a chair, my ankles and hands tied down extremely tightly. My vision was slowly adjusting to the dim light. My back was in pretty serious pain from where I had been struck. I didn’t know how much time I had been out.
“Wow…” Someone said, “Just wow… You took down most of my men and would have definitely taken them all down if you hadn’t been distracted…”
“I’m sorry…” I responded, my eyes falling to the floor. I could barely see in the dimness but this was definitely Devari.
“Everyone is telling me to kill you…” Devari said, reaching across his desk to turn on a light. He sat on the corner of the desk, sharpening that same flay he held for me. My heart began to pound. I knew just how crazy Devari was, “My guards are saying having someone that could kill them so easily within these walls is bad. They say you’re a threat to not only them, but me, this brothel!”
“I promise, I’d never hurt you…” I said, fearing for my life. Devari looked at me peculiarly, this not being something he’d expect me to say.
“Who the fuck are you?” He asked. I took a deep breath, just unable to tell him, “You don’t trust me? You think I’d take your truth and use it against you? Is this why you’re lying to us? You think I’d hurt you?”
“I just can’t… say.” I said, trying to hold back these tears. Devari looked at me with frustration.
“You randomly came here and became apart of this brothel. You took down a giant with one move! Shortly after that, you killed an entire night shift of Official Guardsmen. Fast forward several days, you have knowledge on the situation of the brothel and a number of other things. Why are you here and what are you trying to do? Who are you fighting for?” Devari asked, more so concerned than anything.
“Myself, really. Have you ever been chased by a demon your whole life and now you have to stand and fight it? You know how that battle is yours and yours alone? I’m sorry, but this is my battle and I’m doing everything I can to fight it…” I said, a tear escaping.
            That expressionless face returned. The long pause after the fact just added more agony to this situation.
“I know this demon you speak of… This demon makes you do things you don’t like but have to. You think I want to run a brothel? You think I like being a slaver? You think I like shipping out human beings and expecting them to bring me back money simply for opening their legs? You think I like sitting here on this desk with you in front of me, deciding what the hell I need to do with you? No… But guess what? I got to do it and I’m not going to psych myself out about doing it either! Since you know quite a bit about me and according to Mardee, you know of our issues… I’ll just be plainly honest with you. If I do this, will you tell me who you are, why you’re here, and I’ll see what I can do to help?” Devari said, sounding exhausted.
“I don’t know… Just, I promise this won’t happen again. Let’s just forget this evening and continue onward…” I said, growing desperate.
“Yeah, I could just kill you and forget this all ever happened…” Devari smiled. His smile made my stomach twist with fear. I didn’t know if he was serious or not. With so much on the line, this was not the way I’d want to be taken out. All I could do was shake my head, “See, this is it plainly. You don’t trust me. You won’t tell me anything because you see me as an obscurity, as someone that can stop your plans if I found out. Yet, look at me now? I’m sitting here trying to figure out what to do with you because you’ve given me so little to work with. You don’t trust me? I don’t trust you! You’ve been sneaking around, getting information on me and my livelihood when you’ve killed so many people! You can look scared and terrified all you want! I know what you’re capable of. I watched you take down all my men…”
“Then kill me…” I said, growing frustrated. It shocked Devari, the boy staring at me for a long time.
“I can’t really do that… See, that letter… Mardee said it did confirm you are some type of royalty. Whatever your business is here must be big and killing you, it could be bad news for me. I just don’t know what you’re trying to do. Are you using my brothel as a coverup for bigger things or are you here for specific reasons? Can you atleast tell me that?” He asked.
“No…” I said.
“Okay then, I’ll take a little bit of a gamble and tell you some information on me, just a little. Then…. You tell me a little on you.” Devari suggested, “Does that sound fine to you?”
“Why not…” I sighed, seeing this was clearly a mind game.
“Brock Majdaniec, a long term business partner with my father, decided he didn’t like the sanctions we were hit with from the audit about seven months ago. We deserved them… We knew the regulations and possible consequences of it if it was discovered we had a literate slave. So he was approached by a man on a corner with these vials, these flasks. The man said these drugs can bring in a lot of revenue because they’ be super addicting to those who’d try them. Of course money hungry Brock was willing to try them and he was given a big pallet of them! The man said he’ll swing by to pick up a percentage of what we’ve earned the next month at the exact same time. Never did it occur to Brock to ask about a revenue, a premium, a rate of interest and marginal profit. He just took what he thought were cheap drugs and begin selling them to in-house clients. We did notice a huge spike in revenue, but never bothered to ask why. Months went by before I start noticing an actual loss in profits. It went from two percent, to a staggering fifteen percent and I couldn’t just stand by. We did an investigation and it turns out that Brock was in serious debt due to these drugs! The first batch we received was okay. However, the second and third batch put us in the hole because the supply was too high for the demand and Brock didn’t bother to communicate this to us! Instead, he siphoned money from our revenue stream and used that to pay for his growing debt. I mean it put us in the hole bad! Since we were hit by sanctions, it was something we couldn’t just bounce back from. What made it all worse was how unapologetic Brock was. He blamed us for it despite him being the one putting us in debt! We managed to pay off the sanctions without debt but it made us no profits for the month. His greed put us in that situation and the fact that he didn’t want to take responsibility for it really made me mad. I’m a man of honor. When I say something, I’m going to stick to it no matter how bad it us. But when you cross me, you’re dead to me! What Brock did was so bad I, just lost it… I stabbed him. I stabbed him so many times he looked like grounded lamb packed together in the shape of a human. And he deserved it! My father, an advocate for peace, didn’t even stop me! He had to scramble and put together a slaver caravan. He left that night and never returned. That was the night the leadership of the brothel turned over to me…” He explained.
“Wow…” I said, shocked to know the explicit details.
“You?” He responded, demanding I tell him something.
“I was in the King’s court. I left, for reasons… But as soon as I did, things started getting very strange there. Essentially, the King was strung out on drugs. To my knowledge, he died and now there is a big power struggle going on between prince Richard and Sir Socoshian… I want more details but that’s all I know. What I’m trying to do is stop Sir Socoshian by finding out as much about him as a I can.” I said, this not being the total truth.  Devari leaned back with his arms folded. I wasn’t sure if this was what he wanted. He sighed gearing to speak.
“He puts people in debt. People owe him money and are forced to ally with him. His debt goes deep. He can’t be shut down either because it will cause not only this Ziggurat to collapse but all.” Devari said.
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“He made this industry drug dependent. Everyone who’s anybody was scammed the same way we were. Sell these drugs but we won’t tell you the premium and as a result you owe us because there’s no fixed premium! The rate is variable! That’s how it works… People are willing to do anything for these drugs, including borrow and borrow what they don’t have and owe debt. Threats and checks are the name of the game after that point…” Devari clarified.
“Wait, how does that work? Wouldn’t the money eventually run out that everyone’s borrowing?” I asked.  
“The drugs, have a high premium, the premium so high no one can pay for it! Everyone wants the drugs because they are incredibly addictive… As I said, the debt is a scam that you can’t claw out of. When you have people borrowing actual money that is lent from local banks, they give it to Sir Socoshian’s debtors who just bring it to him. He puts the money right back in the banks, now his money, and the cycle repeats itself. He’s getting richer! He’s just scamming people with debt money to make himself more money…” Devari responded.
“That makes sense now…” I said.
“It’s not just that. The money loaned out for other reasons, such as to buy a home or start a business is his money. When it comes time to pay it back, the interest rate is so high the person or group who took out the loan would never be able to pay it off! Drugs literally got him one foot in the door and somehow this man has managed to put the vast majority of this town into a financial sinkhole.” Devari explained.
“Damn. Can I write my source and tell him this information? He’d want to know about the status of the brothel since I’m in it and the debtor situation.” I asked. Devari looked torn.
“How helpful would this source be?” He responded.
“This source is the same source that helped me do what I needed to do the Official Guard…” I said back.
“What was that even about?” Devari asked.
“I had someone in the Official Guard helping cover my trail. My trail was still cold but his trail was hot so they called him in for questioning and the Official Guard can get pretty torturous… I didn’t want him to die so I did what I could. My source told me to leave no trail or witnesses and that’s precisely what I did. Everyone who saw me had to die that night.” I sighed.
“So you busted someone out of holding at the Official Headquarters?” Devari asked, shocked.
“I had no choice. They would have inevitably got the information they wanted…” I said, trying to shrug but the ropes were keeping me locked in one spot. Devari chuckled, getting to his feet.
            With the flay, he cut me loose. Still though, I was frightened to move.
“So, I’m guessing we’re on the same team?” He asked.
“Yeah…” I said, the man extending out his hand to help me up. I took it, Devari pulling me to my feet.
“This never happened, okay? I want things to go back to what they were! I’ll make sure of this!” Devari said.
“Yeah, this never happened.” I responded.
            We walked out of the office, everyone on the main floor looking at me in shock. As I scanned around, their eyes began to cower. This was not what I wanted. I didn’t want these people to fear me! People didn’t need to know what I truly was, a savage, a warrior of indiscriminate bloodlust.
            I returned to my room, seeing it had been searched. I rolled my eyes, closing the door behind me. Before it could close entirely, a foot caused it to stop. A hand gently pushed it open. It was Devari! I backed away sitting at my desk.
“I want to see you write this… what happened to your room?” He asked.
“I should be asking you that, to be honest.” I sighed.
“What ever… Let me see you pen it out.” He responded.
“Very well.” I shrugged, “I mean, I was gonna shower and get some sleep but very well.”
            Devari looked at me with a furled lip then an eyeroll. It made me laugh. I began writing:
‘Did some digging. Turns out that the brothel is in debt to Sir Socoshian and that the debt situation is caused by Sir Socoshian’s drug scandal. He bribes less than bright individuals into a high premium deal that doesn’t have a fixed rate. As a result the premium can fluctuate and it typically does to the point that the person can’t pay it of.
As a result, people take out more loans to pay off Sir Socoshian. Sir Socoshian puts the money directly into the bank so the money being lent out from that point on is his.
Loans being taken out for other reasons work the same way. It’s all Sir Socoshian’s money so every penny he gets paid is fed right back into the bank… It’s a poisonous and predatory system that many are trapped in.
            I’ll update you as things develop. I’m still going to be here for a while, so watch the seasons!

Devari snatched the letter, reading it meticulously. I was nervous, because I placed in some keywords that Gou could decipher in case a scenario like this happened. It was relieving to see Devari being content with the letter. He handed it back to me.
“I’ll send it in the morning. It’s too late out for Bazhara to attempt to fly.” I sighed, the exhaustion coming through my voice.
“How was training today?” Devari asked.
“Brutal. The Wolf fucked me like he hated me.” I said.
“Well, out there in the client world, it happens. We always try to put our trainees through scenarios they’d inevitably go through. There are some weird and crooked people out there and some of them are our highest paying clients. If anything happens out of contract with our clients that brings harm to our escorts then we take them to court and sue them for brand defacement and contract breach.” Devari shrugged. It made me laugh.
“Brand defacement?” I asked.
“Yep… you’re mine! If someone fucks with you I gotta go after them. It’s the way it is, mate.” Devari said. I don’t know why but it made me feel this warmth.
            Devari was not at all the monster I thought he was. He was a smart businessman of the most passionate and cutthroat kind. In many ways he was very much like myself.
“That’s reassuring…” I said. Devari seemed taken aback.
“The sarcasm!” He gasped.
“I was not being sarcastic.” I smiled, the smile not helping.
“Sure…” He said, getting up, “Get some rest…”
“You’re gonna be supervising tomorrow?” I asked.
“No, I’m going to be training my brother on some managerial stuff. Hopefully he doesn’t fuck up. But anyways, go easy on Mardee. He’s a bit intense but he has a good heart.” Devari said, walking to the door.
“I will.” I smiled.
“Goodnight.” He said with a nod.
“Goodnight.” I responded.
            He was gone. He left me in the room so I could freshen up and get some sleep. I did so. The next morning came about and the training commenced. It was awkward, all the way up until the end of the week. It was some quite intense fucking, sex so intense it continued to make walking hard. On the last day of the week, Devari finally showed up. It was so gladdening to see him, I couldn’t help but smile. I just wanted to hug him.
            Mardee also was glad to see him.
“How’s the training been going? Good I hope…” Devari asked. 
“Well, of course, boss.” Mardee smiled.
“I got it from here…”Devari said, patting him on the shoulder, before turning to us, “Well, well… let’s see how things are… From the top of the week, I want to see it all!”
“Okay…” The Wolf said.
            We went right into oral. Devari watched, scanning meticulously as the Wolf and I devoured one another. Soon, it was the intense, almost violent anal. Still Devari watched without much expression, only that typical deep analyzing he always did. We climaxed, finishing.
“How’d we do?” The Wolf asked.
“To be honest,” Devari said, scratching his head, “It was like watching two machines at a factory collide into each other repeatedly. There was no passion, nothing… not even a kiss, a hug, a look, a glance… This is my fault. I’m going to give you an extra week to learn how to be intimate… Even, to fake it to you make it…”
“I’m sorry…” I said.
“You’re still learning and your heart’s not in this. It’s okay.” Devari said, not seeing it as a big deal.
“Boss…” Mardee said, rushing back into the training studio, “You won’t believe what’s going on!”
“What?” Devari said back, immediate concern for the well being of his brothel.
“The Official Guard is marching on the upper ring!”Mardee said.
“What?” I responded, my heart sinking to my stomach. Devari slowly turned to me, unsure why I was having this reaction. I grabbed the closest robe I could, rushing out of the door.
            The guards didn’t move out of my way fast enough.
“Move…” I demanded, pushing straight through them.
“Summer…” Devari aid, running after me. I didn’t slow down, rushing towards the stairs. I ran up them, Devari following the best he could, “Where are you going? Slow down!”
            I reached the rooftop, rushing to the front of the warehouse. Devari was right there. His eyes followed what I was searching for. However, the buildings were obscuring my view.
“I can’t see shit!” I said, taking off in a mad sprint. I leapt from the warehouse roof to another.
“FUCK!” Devari said, daunted by the jump. However, the boy made it, albeit without the same grace as I, “Summer, what are you doing?”
            I continued to run, jumping from roof to roof until I reached the edge of the warehouse district. It was a major road that divided the warehouses from the markets. There, a huge number of Official Guardsmen were marching into the middle ring. It was then I knew precisely what this was.
“Summer,” Devari panted, finally catching up, “Tell me what is going on…”
“Mutiny…” I said, tears cascading down my cheeks. He looked at me in shock. He knew precisely what this meant. Sir Socoshian was taking over!


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