Carolyn, Liz will find out some more here. Liz is uneasy about being a slave, but she knows that she doesn't have to remain one forever.L-J-L 76
Lol! All your questions! Liz and Maria will meet here. Liz has to have lessons in how to act at a formal dinner. She has never been to anything like that. As for Kyle, he had been a solider on earth before they turned on him. He may have heard her name then. Don't forever Liz was an anti government rebel! Liz learns more here.begonia 9508
Yes Liz has a lot of reasons to be scared. But I think that one dark haired prince might be able to make her feel safe.
Maybe a few others too.
Alex Whitman stayed in the shadows of the crumbling building. He was fed up with how the government seemed to know what everyone was doing. There was no freedom on earth any longer. The rebels still worked to try and over throw the government. A girl he had known who took over leading a group of them had disappeared nearly a year ago. She like him would only be sixteen. He knew that she hadn't been killed by the government, they would have made it very public as an example of what would happen to those that betray the government. He made sure no one was watching and ran for the gate to the complex belonging to the Antarians. He made it thru the gate and was taken to an office to meet with representative of Antar.
"Mr. Whitman why have you come here?"
"I want to go to Antar. I want to escape this shitty life."
"This government. There is no freedom. The government chooses what you do. You go to their schools. They are the only schools. You learn what they want, the way they want. You question or disagree with them, you are labeled a trouble maker. Those deemed trouble get sent to either the factories or farms, where they work you almost to death. Crime is out of control. Women and girls, girls as young as ten are beaten and raped by gangs. These gangs will bribe the government to stay out of prisons. There are groups fighting the government."
"Yes the rebels."
"I had a friend as a kid. Her parents were part of one until their deaths. She joined up with the group. She disappeared almost a year ago. She last seen being dragged away by soldiers. Hasn't been heard from since."
"This girl is in prison or dead?"
"I don't know. I don't think she is dead. They would have made her death public. There is a theory I have. I know the Antarians, will buy slave labor, and sex slaves from Earth's government. I think that for the right price one of the government leaders would sell her."
"There maybe a place for you. But you will have to pass some tests. Medical and educational."
Alex was lead to a room with a desk. On the desk sat ten test booklet and a pen. He was told to start. It took him six hours to finish all the tests. He was then taken for a medical exam. When it was completed he when into a room to wait his fate.
Liz walked down the hall to Maria's room. The guard opened the door for her and she stepped in. Liz looked to see a girl about her age with blond hair and green eyes sitting at the table picking at her food.
"You will get use to the taste after a while."
Maria turned to stare at Liz. Her eyes narrowed as she looked at her.
"Who the hell are you?"
"Liz, I'm human just like you. I've been here about a month."
"So, you have spent the past month as some alien's fuck."
"No Maria, I haven't. The people here in this palace don't treat me like that. They won't treat you like that either."
"Why should I believe that?"
"Because Maria I have no reason to lie to you. Let's face facts. The government of earth decided to get rid of you."
"Didn't they do that to you?"
"Sort of. I was in a prison cell when the antarians bought me."
"Why were you in prison?"
"I was one of the leaders of a group of rebels trying to take down the government."
"You would have been put into a reeducation program?"
" No. Maria they stopped those years ago. I would have been put to death. They would have made it very public and painful as an example of what happens to those that turn on the government."
"So these people saved your life?"
"Yes and I think they had an agent working in the prison I was in. I only think that because prisons are co-ed. There were gangs in the prison. Maria, I should have been raped! But I wasn't. I saw other woman and girls raped in my time in the prison."
"Oh my god Liz!"
"Maria, I don't regret my choices. The government is corrupt. They only care about their own greed."
"But you are a slave here."
"But I also have more freedom then I knew on earth. Here on Antar most slaves have more freedom then anyone on Earth. Maria, the bans you wear are gold like mine. That means you have a chance to be free of them. But, the only way that will happen is to marry a citizen of the antarian empire one that has some kind of power."
"I don't understand."
"In time you will. I'm still learning myself. Hell I have to take classes on how to act at a formal state dinner."
"I have to attended with the crown prince. I kind of belong to him."
"So what does he make you do?"
"Nothing. I didn't even meet him until yesterday. Maria, forget everything you learned about slaves on earth. It doesn't mean the same thing here. Yes there are those that will mistreat their slaves. But when that happens the slave in removed if injured treated and place back on the market. I don't approve of this, but I can't change it either. You should talk to Serena or Isabel they know more about this then I do."
"OK. I'll talk with them."
"Good. My choices are my own. But before the world government there was much more freedom. Though there are people that everyone has a destiny. I don't know if I believe that. But I do know that my life is better here then it was on earth. Think about it."
Liz left and ran right into Diane.
"Liz, have calmed her down?"
"Yes. She will speak with someone that can explain things better."
"I should thank you for saving my life. I'm not stupid. I know that I was to be put to death. I feel that you had something to do with the fact that none of the gangs came after me."
Diane smiled at the young woman. She took Liz's hand and held it.
"That is true. Liz, you understand that we will start to shape you into becoming the next queen right?"
"Yes. I'm beginning too."
"You are already a leader. So it's more about learning about our government, and polishing you in a more refined way."
"Get something to eat. You will begin your classes in a couple hours."
Liz nodded and walked off down the hall.
Serena sat at a table in the library waiting for Liz to arrive. Liz's first lesson was going to be in protocol. Not one of Serena's favorite topics. She couldn't understand why Isabel couldn't cover this topic.
"Am I late?" Asked Liz walking in.
"No. Take a seat Liz. We are going over protocol today."
"Why do I get the feeling that you don't want to do this."
"I hate protocol. It's not a fun topic. But it has to be done."
"So what do I need to know?"
"First thing you need to know is, at the dinner do not speak unless spoken to."
"OK. Is this because of the fact I'm listed as a slave?"
"Partly. It has partly to do with who Max is. You will have to remember that you will be on the arm of the crowned prince. So will have to think before you speak. You can't say anything that may cause embarrassment to the royal family."
"So better not say anything then."
"Liz as long as you are careful you can talk. But there will be people there that may try to bait you into saying something you shouldn't. If they ask you about what you think of the fact that we have slaves and you are one, if it is negative then keep it to yourself. I personally don't like that I'm a slave but I understand the need for slavery. I don't have to like it though."
"A good answer to the question on slavery would be something along the lines of, there is a need for it at this time. If that is what my king wants then I support what he decides."
"Serena, do you think Max likes me?"
Serena stared at Liz and wondered where this was coming from. Serena took Liz's hand and was hit with a wide a ray of emotions from the human girl.
"Liz, Max will never hurt you. He needs more time to get to know you. But I do believe that he will grow to care deeply for you. Maybe even love you. You may even grow to love him."
"I'm not sure I even know what love is."
"Liz, one of my gifts is that I can pick up on how others feel. I'm only telling you this because right now I'm getting a lot of different ones off you right now. Too many to block."
"It's fine Liz. It's good that you can feel a lot of things. When you think about I feel like you want to know him better, that you wouldn't mind spending more time alone with him."
Liz, knew that Serena was right. She did want to get to know Max a lot better.
Max stood outside the library and listened to what Serena and Liz were talking about. He knew he had to be careful to block his emotions from Serena. Not that he really believed that she would tell Liz what he was feeling. But she would say something later about spying.
"Max it's not nice to spy." Said Isabel coming up to him.
"I know Iz but I wanted to know how it was going."
"Max, I promise Liz will be ready in time for the dinner."
"I'm not worried. I just know that Lord Kivar is going to try and bait her. If she were to say the wrong thing then...."
"Kivar will demand that she be punished. I know."
"I could never hurt her."
"Max, Serena and I will make sure that doesn't happen."
"Unless we can keep him away from her, I don't know how that will work."
"Don't worry. I don't want anything to happen to Liz. She is destined to be a great queen."
Max wondered what everyone in his family seemed to know that they weren't telling him. He would never ask, he knew that he wouldn't get a straight answer.
After her lesson Liz when out to the garden and found Maria in the mist of a argument with Michael.
"Look Space boy, I don't give a shit what these things mean! I will not be treated like a piece of property!" Yelled Maria
"Damn it woman! I would never do that! Yes I have a fucking piece of paper that says I own you. But I don't see you as property! I see you as this woman that has a chance to be something great here! Tell me something Maria. Did that government on Earth give a shit if you lived or if you ended up dead?"
"Most likely not."
"Well I can tell you one thing the people in this house do. The money my Aunt and Uncle paid to have you brought here was a lot. We found more then one person in the Earth government that had an interest in lining their pockets rather then helping the people of their planet. Maria, I promise that I will never force you do do something you don't want to do. I get that trust is going to take time."
"Trust does take time."
Liz turned to head back before they caught her spying when she found Max staring at her. He just grinned at her.
"Think they will work it out?" asked Max
"Uh I don't know."
"Well at lest Maria isn't trying to kill him."
"Liz are you scared to be around me?"
Liz bit her lip not sure how to answer the question. She didn't know what her feelings were.
"I'm not sure what I feel. Max, I do believe that you will not harm me."
"That is good to know."
Max walked off and Liz wondered why she felt the need to open up to him. Liz, took a deep breath and ran after Max.
"Max! Wait please!"
Max turned to face her. He looked at Liz wondering what was going through her mind.
"Can we talk? I know you more then likely won't tell me everything I want to know. But I do have a lot of questions."
Max smiled this was what he had wanted. He had wanted her to come to him.
"Yes. Come with me I know a place that we can talk."
Max lead Liz through the garden to a pond. Where they both sat down.
"So what do you want to know?"
"Well, your mom told me the plan is to shape me in to the next queen."
"That is true. Liz, for the past few years we have had people on Earth watching different women, trying to find who we felt would be best to become my wife. My queen. While you weren't the only choice, you were the one I hoped for the most."
"Why me? I mean I'm a nobody."
"You're not a nobody Liz. You are this beautiful, smart caring young woman. You saw something that you felt was wrong. Something that you wanted to change. Something that you would risk your life to change."
"How can I become this queen when I am nothing but your slave?"
Max gently took Liz's hands in his. He had to come up with the best way to explain this to her. Taking a deep breath he began to speak again.
"Liz, you are a slave yes. But you are much more. You will not remain a slave forever, and I will never treat you like one. I want us to be friends."
"Yeah. I mean I don't want you to hate me."
"I don't hate you."
"That's good to know."
"Max, have you ever used a slave for sex?"
"Never! I never will. Liz, if that happens between us then it will be your choice."
"OK. There are girl, brought here to be sex slaves aren't there?"
"Yes. I don't like it. But it is done. There are, some people that own I guess you would call them whore houses. My dad doesn't like woman used like that. But there is this council he works with. They are the ones who make rules about that. There have been cases where a slave has been mistreated, the owner is punished. The slaves are removed and resold to new owners."
"That is a lot to take in. I need to think about this."
Max leaned over and kissed Liz on her cheek and got up to leave her to her thoughts.