~ Chapter 109: Keltaru's story (Part 1) ~
[Keltaru's point of view]
The sounds of rustling chains echoed around me. They belonged to the slaves who were about to be sold in the upcoming auction. Many of them stifled their tears and tried to put on a poker mask, to pretend like they didn't care or weren't bothered by this at all. Yet, for those who looked at them carefully, they could see the dark circles under their eyes and the traces left behind by the salted tears. On mine there was no such things. I had no reason to cry or weep.
I was sitting inside the cage for males, while in front of me was the one for females. Soleya and Neya were there. The two draconians were hugging their knees and looking down at the dirty ground in front of them. Fear, sorrow, and even hope were long gone by now. Neither of us was expecting to see a change in our current status. We knew all too well that we couldn't escape the chains of slavery anymore. Even if we did, there was nowhere for us to run off to, no place to call a home.
From servants to royalty, we had fallen to mere slaves sold by humans.
It was then when my name was called out.
I got up and walked to the door. From here, I was led to a platform on which I stood still while the people bid for me. In these moments, other slaves usually looked around and tried to appeal to the masters they found more to their liking, but I just stared ahead at empty space.
Simply put, I didn't care what happened to me anymore...
“125 Gold Coins!” someone shouted.
That voice... but... it can't be... I thought, and for a moment, I glanced around.
The humans were looking at me as though I was a piece of meat, judging my uses and possible skills, or maybe how they could train me. Such disgusting way of thinking was typical for all those who went about to purchase a slave.
At one point, even I held the same gaze in my eyes.
“150 Gold Coins!” the woman called out again.
It wasn't that hard to spot her. The draconian species was rather tall when compared to the human one. She looked like an adult among small children, who looked old and ugly as if they had been pummeled by a sturdy log several times.
Those red eye, those scales like beautiful flakes of gold, that red hair which flowed like a crimson river, that aura of absolute elegance, without a doubt, only one person in the world could possess them.
“500 Gold Coins!” she called out again, a sum that surpassed the previous offer by 150%.
In an auction, it was ridiculous, but at the same time, it showed the determination and seriousness of the bidder.
It can't be... She's supposed to be dead... I denied such thoughts.
I couldn't believe it was possible to be her, but then I felt the pull of the chains, and I was returned to a special area where I was to await my new mistress.
While I waited, I couldn't help but doubt what I saw and rack my brains over how to explain it. Was it just my imagination playing a nasty trick on me? Was it a ghost or maybe a look-alike? It couldn't have been her, certainly, not Princess Ayuseya Pleyades. The curse should have killed her years ago, no actually it was supposed to have been that Supreme Dankyun Alttoros who ended her life.
It's got to be someone else... but just as I was thinking this, I saw Soleya being brought over by one of the men working for the slave merchant.
“Sit down next to the el'doraw.” ordered the man with a gruff appearance.
“Yes...” she replied in a quiet tone of voice and nodded once.
Without her eyes glued to the ground, she took a seat next to me and coiled her tail around her legs.
Once the man turned around and left, I looked at her and saw her frowning over something.
“Did you see her too?” I asked.
She turned her head and looked at me with lips parted and big open eyes.
“But she's supposed to be dead...” Soleya said.
The draconian woman was one of the Princess' former personal maids, and for a time she was... no, that was a very long time ago.
“How have you been?” I asked her with a whisper.
She pulled her legs closer and then shook her head “I don't want to talk about it...”
Well, this isn't exactly the perfect place where we can have a conversation, and that was certainly one of the most stupidest things I could have asked... I reflected.
After a few moments and seeing how more and more slaves were brought over, I let out a sigh and placed my hand on her shoulder.
“It's going to be alright.” I told her with a soft smile.
Soleya tossed me a quick glance and nodded once. This was her only reply.
Later, Neya joined us as well.
“So you too, huh?” she said as she sat down next to Soleya.
“Yes.” I nodded.
That was the end of our conversation. Given how the three of us had spent our time ever since the slavery collar was put around our necks, such a small exchange of words was the best we could we do.
As such, we remained silent and waited...
When the auction was over, the contract with our new buyer was written and the magic in our collars was bound to her. It was then when I noticed that she had a companion, a tall woman with a long thin black scaly tail, which moved around restlessly. The armor she wore gave off an air of intimidation, and it felt like she was glaring at everyone around us.
As for our new master, she looked exactly like Princess Ayuseya Pleyades, but maybe I was mistaken, maybe I was seeing things.
Or maybe it's just one of her relatives... I thought.
“Ayuseya Drekar Deus. Is this correct?” the slave merchant asked to verify her name.
“Yes.” she nodded.
Ayuseya? But... wait no Pleyades? It can't be... Unless she changed her name, but that's impossible. A royal's family name can't be overwritten that easily unless she renounced it of her own will... or she entered a more powerful family, but that's impossible, right? I thought while looking at my new mistress.
Next to me, Neya and Soleya both wore an expression of shock and confusion. Luckily though, the formalities for transferring the slave ownership was finished quickly without any trouble. The draconian woman paid in full only with Gold Coins, afterwards, she grabbed our chains and dragged us out of there.
Not long after we left that place, I felt the urge to ask her if she was the real Princess, if she was the one I had served for so many years. Yet, despite my desire to ask who she was, another question came out of my mouth.
“Why? Why are you still alive, your Highness?”
I immediately regretted my poor choice of words and froze on the spot.
Of all the stupid things to ask! What if she's not Ayuseya Pleyades?! What then?! She could punish me or worse! I thought as I feared my now bleak future.
“Because my husband is a wonderful Dungeon.” she replied in a calm tone of voice while showing me a small smile.
“Huh?” I blinked surprised and looked at her as if I was the most stupid el'doraw in the world.
“Nyahaha! I guess the kid's surprised!” the woman who wore the intimidating armor laughed, but where had I heard that voice before?
“It is possible, indeed.” Princess Ayuseya nodded.
“Keltaru, it's me, Nanya!” the woman with a big toothy grin said while pointing at her.
“Huh?” I said and then looked at her chest. “Impossible.” I shook my head.
I don't know what happened next, but when I opened my eyes, I found myself with a bleeding nose and looking up at the sky.
“Are you alright?” Soleya asked me while leaning over and wiping my blood with a handkerchief.
“What happened?” I asked and then tried to get up, but my head was hurting.
“Teacher Nanya slapped you so hard you fell unconscious.” she replied with a wry smile.
“Teacher? You mean to say that it's really the woman from Fellyore?” I asked as I looked up at her.
“Who else were you expecting? Tuberculus in a dress?” the one in question said while raising an eyebrow and glaring at me.
[At the same time, in another part of the world]
“ACHOOO!!!” I sneezed. “Hm, I think someone's talking about me.” I said and wiped my nose with my sleeve.
“Forget about that and KEEP RUNNING!” the lovely pink haired elf beauty told me while countless giant spiders were trying to catch us and turn us into lunch.
“Yes, good plan, my love!” I said while I ran holding my hat.
“Geesh! Tuby is an idiot! Why did you have to grope my chest while I was trying to sneak past them?!” she complained.
“Because it's the law of the universe, my beloved Yandrea!” I declared while showing her a thumbs up.
“You stupid pervert human!!!” she cried out.
Ah... she's mad at me... But she did let out such a lovely squeak! I thought.
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