5 years old
"Alice, we have a gift for you." Announced her mother.
"What is it?" asked the little girl with long red hair.
"Your father and I know you always wanted to know what its like to own a servant, so we looked and we found one that's about your age." She stepped aside to show Alice her new servant. He was a blonde boy with ice blue eyes.
"What's his name?" Alice asked.
"At the moment he goes by Leo, but you can call him what ever you like."
"Very well, for now on you will be known as Servant Boy."
10 years old
"Servant Boy, will you make me some tea?" Alice asked.
The boy didn't say a word, but he did as she asked.
"You know, I've had you for five years and you've never spoke. Can you talk?" she asked.
The boy stared at her for a moment. Then he sighed and said, "Yes, I can talk." Then he handed her the tea.
"Why haven't you talked before?"
"Because my job doesn't require it."
"From now on, you have to talk to me at least once everyday unless I say otherwise."
The boy stared at Alice once more. Then he said with a hint of a smile, "As you wish Alice."
"Don't call me Alice! Call me Lin."
"As you wish Lin."
18 years old
"Good morning Lin, sleep well?" The servant boy asked.
"Yeah, I had that strange dream that you taught me how to sword fight again." She replied.
"That is rather strange indeed. Since I don't know how to sword fight."
"I could teach you if you want."
"As you wish Lin."
"No, as you wish Servant Boy! I don't care either way, do you want to learn or not?"
"I'd love to."
"All right, now draw me a bath and then get breakfast started. This time make enough for yourself. I hate it when you don't make anything for yourself!"
"As you wish Lin."
Leo did as he was told and drew her a bath, after that he went to the kitchen and tried to think of something to cook. He thought about making some eggs, but she's had that to death. He decided he'd just mix a bunch of random food together and hoped it turns out. He grabbed a few eggs from the hen house and some herbs from the garden. Then he grabbed some meat from the pig Lin's father brought home last night and made them into sausages. After that he cut some bread that Lin's mother made earlier that morning and quickly threw it on a plate and placed it at Lin's seat. Then he took the leftovers and make what he could for himself.
"Servant Boy, is breakfast ready?" Lin asked.
"Yes, and no, it's not just eggs this time!" Leo replied.
Lin walked into the dinning room and sat at her seat. She looked at the plate and smiled.
"Well you still made eggs, but at least there's more to it this time." She said. Then she looked at Leo's plate and glared at him.
"Is that all you're going to eat?" she asked.
"Well, yes, I'm really not that hungry." He said.
She glared at him some more. He sighed.
"As you wish Lin." He got up and grabbed a few more eggs and some more sausage meat.
"When I said make something for yourself, I didn't mean just the leftovers from mine." She said.
"Forgive me." He said
"You know, you don't have to speak so formally to me. I've known you since I was four. What are you six months older?"
"Yeah about six months."
"Remember when I was six and I asked you to get me the moon and you tried to jump off the roof of the castle to grab it?"
"Yeah, if it wasn't for your father, I'd be dead by now."
"And when I was eight when I fell and asked you to carry me to my mother."
"I remember that too, you kept asking me if we could stop to look at the kittens in some lady's barn."
"And when you finally did my father caught us."
"Yeah, I got in a lot of trouble for that one."
"Sorry about that."
"Its no big deal. I just had to recite your father's laws by memory twenty times."
"Remember when I was sixteen and a bully tried to hurt me?"
"Yeah, I punched him in the face and knocked him out. You were grateful but your parents weren't. Hey how come I'm always the one getting in trouble here?" he joked.
They laughed at the memories.
"My favorite memory was of my first soon to be husband my father tried to make me marry a few months ago."
"Yeah that guy was a pain."
"I ordered you not to do anything he said and as always you said, "As you wish Lin."
"That guy nearly stabbed me for that, but the look on his face when your father kicked him out was priceless."
Leo finished cooking and sat down with his plate. Just before he put the food in his mouth Lin glared at him.
"Are we forgetting something." She asked
"You don't expect me to drink air do you?"
He quickly got up and grabbed a random bottle and pored it into her chalice.
"What's with you today?" She drank the liquid and spit it out. She quickly grabbed the bottle and read what it was. "This is my father's bottled beer."
"I'm terribly sorry Lin, let me try again!"
"Just get me some water!"
He took her chalice and quickly rinsed it out and filled it with water. He gave it back to Lin and waited for another glare of disapproval, but she drank the water without any complaints.
"All right, now lets start your sword training." Lin said.
"You're not holding it correctly! You need to hold the sword from the bottom or you'll have a bigger risk of losing your hand!" Lin spat.
Leo did as he was told, but it didn't feel right to him.
"This sword doesn't feel right. Are you sure I'm perfect for a claymore?" Leo asked.
"No, but I want to see how well you do with a heavy sword before I let you use a different one. So bare with me."
"As you wish Lin."
"And don't say that when we train!"
Lin drew her rapier and charged Leo. He blocked it with his sword and tried to swing at her, but the sword was so heavy, she moved out of the way before he was able to bring the sword half way. Lin quickly moved behind him and laid the blade on his shoulder.
"So a heavy sword isn't for you." Lin said
"What about a long sword?" Leo asked
"We could try." She took the claymore and dragged it back to the sword rack. Then she grabbed two longswords and handed them to Leo.
"So, lets see how you do with longswords." Lin got into battle possession.
Leo tied one to his belt and kept one in his right hand. He charged and clashed swords with Lin. Lin kicked him back and jumped out of the way.
"If you don't try, you'll never learn. Ignore that I'm your owner and really cut lose." Lin spat
"Cut lose." Leo repeated. Then he closed his eyes for only a second. Then he reopened them and charged Lin again. She blocked his attack without any trouble. Leo didn't waste anytime recovering from the recoil and quickly went in for another strike. Lin dodged it and tried to strike back, but Leo drew his other longsword and blocked her attack. Then he took his first sword and laid it on her shoulder.
"I learn quickly. So you don't go easy on me either." Leo said.
Lin smiled and they went back to starting positions. They charged each other and clashed swords many times before Leo ended up on the ground with a sword at his throat. Leo rolled away from Lin's blade and tried to strike her leg, but Lin blocked his sword and kicked him into a wall. Then she grabbed his shirt and pinned him there.
"Nice try." She said.
"I said I was a quick learner. I didn't say I mastered it yet. One day, this is going to be reversed." Leo joked.
"You think so?"
"Maybe, if I get good enough."
"That's enough practice for today. Will you draw me another bath?"
"As you wish Lin."
"Servant Boy, fifteen years ago, I was told your real name, but I've never heard or used it since then. Do you remember what it was?" Lin asked.
"Yeah, its Leo. Why?" he asked.
"Oh no reason, it just bugged me that I couldn't remember."
"I see, well I'm off to the merchants guild to pick up that order of herbs. Would you like anything while I'm out?"
"You're going at this time of night? What if you get attack by a thief?"
"Don't worry, I'll be fine. I'll get you some wine or something."
"Servant Boy wait!"
Leo stopped and Lin quickly ran to him with a longsword in her hand.
"At least take this and make it back in one piece ok?" Lin asked. The worry in her voice shocked Leo for a moment. He knew that if anything ever happened to him she could always buy another slave.
"As you wish Lin." He said, like he always did and then he left.
"Excuse me sir, but I made a large order of herbs a few weeks back." Leo told the man at the counter.
"Yes there was an order for the Slava family, but I need proof that you're part of that family." Said the man.
Leo pulled a small scroll out of his traveling bag and handed it to the man.
"So you're the loyal Servant Boy. You've served the family for a long time. Why haven't you tried to run away or kill yourself?" ask the man.
"Because they saved me from starvation when I was a boy. My parents died when I was young and I was about to die, when this woman throws food at me. She promised me food water and shelter if I served her daughter for the rest of my life. I agreed and have been Alice's ever since." Leo explained.
"Is that the only reason?"
"No, I have other reasons, but that's personal."
"Here's your herbs sir. If you want my advice, run away from the castle. Every man was born equal. No one deserves slavery."
"Thanks, but I like my job. Good day sir."
"Lin, I've returned." Leo yelled.
"Servant Boy, have you seen Jake or Ester?" Lin asked.
"No I haven't."
"They must have finally run away. I don't blame them, if they don't want to work for me, I'm not forcing them."
"Have you ever thought about running away?"
"Of coarse not! I love serving you!"
"It would sure be different without you."
"There will be no more slaves in my kingdom!" Lin's father yelled and everyone cheered.
Lin stared at Leo who didn't seem to care.
"What's wrong?" She asked
"I don't want to be free. I'm happy serving you and I don't know anything else. Sure I know a little swordplay, but that won't get me very far." Leo explained.
"No one said you had to leave or stop serving me. You always have a place here Servant Boy."
"I hope you're right."
"I am right! My father is going to start something called Maid and Butler services. It's pretty much slavery, but for a small amount of gold each day for there work and a place to live."
"So you'll have to hire me as a Butler."
"Yeah, but a little gold in your pocket won't hurt you. Think of it as a bonus for all of your hard work."
"I guess you're right."
"Hey lets get back to the castle, I have a party to attend."
"I don't remember that in your plans."
"It was last minutes, anyway lets get going."
"As you wish Lin."
Leo and Lin walked into the castle. It was dark and quiet which was odd. When suddenly the torches all let at once and everyone jumped out and yelled, "Surprise!"
"What is this?" Leo asked.
"It's your congratulations you're free party! We knew that you'd still be with us even after you were free and would still serve us for a long time. So we threw a parry!" Lin explained.
Leo smiled and gave Lin a hug.
"It must have been hard keeping all this a secret from me." Leo said.
"Yep and for the rest of the day, we're switching roles. You'll be Leo and I'll be your servant, Servant Girl, but don't get any funny ideas!" Lin said.
"Are you sure you want to do this?" Leo asked.
"As you wish Lin."
"What will you have me do then?" She asked.
Leo thought long and hard about the first thing he'd have her do.
"I'd like you to draw your sword and spar with me." he said.
"As you wish Se-I mean Leo."
Leo hid behind a tree in the castle garden. He waited for Lin to come and strike. He'd practiced for three years on his free time waiting for a chance to face Lin in battle again. The first time they fought, she won easily. This time it was his turn. Suddenly he heard a twig snap in the tree, he looked up and saw Lin jumping down to strike. He dodged her with a graze on his shoulder, but he could still go on. He charged her before she had time to recover from the recoil. Lin quickly ducked under Leo's attack and tripped him with her legs. Then she pulled her sword out of the ground, but Leo got up and pushed her on the tree and pined her.
"Didn't I say that this would be in reverse the next time we fought?" Leo asked.
"I think you did, but this is far from over." Lin stomped on Leo's foot and quickly escaped.
"That was a cheep shot!" Leo yelled.
"You do what you can to survive!" Lin said.
Leo ran towards the flowers and hid in the tall grass. Lin looked around for him, but seemed to be oblivious to where he was. He slowly and quietly creped behind her, but he broke a twig and Lin stabbed at the grass. Luckily she missed every shot. He got up and clashed swords with her. They both stopped for a moment to catch their breath.
"Have you gotten stronger since we last fought?" Leo asked
"Yes, a lady has to be able to protect herself." Lin replied
"I say we're equally strong."
"Yeah, when did you find time to get this good?"
"When I wasn't doing things for you, I would practice in my room. I would get about two hours a day."
"I see. Lets stop for today."
"Yes, and Gw-Servant Girl, would you draw me a bath?"
Lin smiled at the request and said, "As you wish Leo."
"Servant Boy, how are you feeling?" Lin asked
"Like I'm dying." Leo whispered. Then he coughed really hard. Blood soaked his fingers.
Lin placed a cold rag on his head to try to bring down his fever.
"What will you have me do today?" Leo asked.
"Rest, if you try to do anything, it could kill you! Stay in bed I mean it!" Lin spat
"As you wish Lin." He said.
She sat at the edge of Leo's bed. She knew he would serve her till the very end. She stroked his hair till she was sure he was asleep.
"Please don't die one me." She cried.
Someone knock on Leo's bedroom door, which made Lin jump. She quickly ran to the door and opened it.
"You know how long it took me to get him to fall asleep! If he wakes up you're fired!" Lin spat quietly.
"Forgive me Lady Slava, but Lady Miro is here." Whispered the maid.
"Have her wait here at this door. I'll just be another minute."
"Yes, my lady."
The maid left and Lin slowly closed the door.
"You've been trying to get me to sleep?" Leo asked.
Lin jumped and turned to see him.
"Yes, you need your rest!"
"As you wish Lin." He closed his eyes and went back to sleep. Lin watched him for a moment. Then she left and waited in the hall.
"Lin, I got your letter, is something the matter?" asked Lady Miro
Lin quickly grabbed her and started to cry.
"Leo isn't going to last much longer." Lin cried
"What do you mean?"
"He's deathly ill. The doctor says he won't last three days!"
"Where is he now?"
"He's in his room sleeping at the moment. I told him not to leave his bed."
"Will he listen?"
"Yes, when ever he says, "As you wish Lin," that means he'll do it."
"I have to leave now."
"But you just got here."
"No, I've been her for the past hour, but I'll come by tomorrow ok?"
Lady Miro said her goodbyes and left the castle. Lin ran back into Leo's room and sat next to his bed.
"Your awake." Lin said
"Yes, it appears that I am." Leo whispered.
"How are you feeling?"
"I need you to do something for me."
"Don't die on me!"
She waited for him to say, "As you wish Lin," but he remained painfully silent. Lin knew it was a stupid thing to ask, but she was too worried to care.
"Remember when we were kids and you asked me why I didn't speak?" Leo asked.
"Yeah you said your job didn't require it."
"And you ordered me to talk to you at least once everyday unless you said otherwise."
"Yes, and remember when you made me so angry that I told you not to talk to me."
"Yeah, I back then I thought I was dying."
"Yeah, but only for a few days, eventually I allowed you to speak to me again. You never looked happier."
Leo smiled at the memory.
"Do you remember your fourth fiancé your father assigned you?" Leo asked.
"Yeah, he was rude!" Lin spat.
"Remember the rumor he started about me hitting you because I didn't want to do something."
"Which we both know is impossible. You love serving me. That and I know you would never harm me."
"And remember when he suddenly left."
"Yeah, I thought we scared him away with the glares everyone was giving him."
"That's not what happened."
"What? Then what did?"
"I headed him talk about rapping you to one of his buddies from his country. I told him to leave before I make him. He punched me in the chest and broke that necklace you gave me. After watching the shuddered pieces fall to the ground I lost it. I started beating him and his friend up. If it weren't for your father stopping me, I would have killed them. Your father knew if I was that angry with him, then he had done or said something wrong and ordered him out of the kingdom forever. We agreed to keep it our little secret and I made up that story of getting attacked by a bear. I'm sorry I lied to you."
"I don't like that you lied to me, but I'm glad you got rid of that jerk. I'm also glad you protected me like that. "
Leo spit more blood out of his mouth. Lin flinched in pain at the sight of it, but pretended not to notice for Leo's sake.
"I'm glad I finally got that off my chest." Leo said.
"Yeah, the whole bear story wasn't very believable anyway." Lin joked.
"Well it was a last second thought."
Leo's smile turned into a frown. His eyes began to darken and his skin began to feel cold.
"This is the end Lin. I'm sorry I had to go like this; I wanted to see you marry and have children of your own. Even if it was with another man because we both know that I've had a crush on you since the day we've met." Leo whispered.
"I know." Lin cried, no longer able to hold in tears.
"I'm sorry, I hope in sixty years I'll see you in heaven. I'll wait for you at the golden gates."
"Don't wait at the gates, go in and be happy. I'll be there someday."
"But the only way I can be happy is by serving you. I won't have that in heaven for a long time."
"I order you to go in!"
Leo gazed into her eyes for a moment and grabbed her hand and with his last breath he whispered, "As you wish Lin."
"Leo was…different than the rest of the servants we had in the house. He loved serving me and found happiness in doing so. In fact it was the only thing that truly made him happy. His last words to me where his favorite phrase in the world, "As you wish Lin." Lin wiped her eyes and continued to speak. "I first met him when I was four years old. He was a shy boy and didn't talk till I was nine. I knew he had a huge crush on me. In fact I think everybody knew. He wasn't very good at keeping secrets. I pretended I didn't notice anything until the day of his death when he admitted it to me." Lin held back her tears and continued. "When the slave strike started, he was the who didn't join in. He stayed by my side the entire time, serving me till the end. When we were little, I hurt myself and he tried to carry me to my mother, but I wanted to stop by an old barn to see some kittens, and after we stopped, father came out of nowhere and ordered a maid to take me home. Leo was put under house arrest for a while after that. I also remember asking him for the moon. He climbed to the highest point in our castle and almost jumped for it. My father caught him just in time. Servant Boy was an important person in all of our lives. He's only disobeyed one order that I gave him. Right before he died," Lin couldn't hold the tears back any longer. Once she started, everyone else started too. Even the merchants who tried to kill him themselves cried, like they never intended to actually go through with it.
"Now, if everyone will take a rose and take turns visiting and throwing your flower into his coffin." Lin ordered and everyone follow. Each person walked by and threw a white rose in the coffin. After about an hour and a half, Lin walked towards the coffin. Her heart felt heavy and each step she took was like getting stabbed in the chest. She stood over Leo's body; he looked like he was sleeping. Like if she whispered in his ear, he would open his blue eyes and ask if she need anything. She laid her rose in the coffin over his chest. The only difference was her rose was red, his favorite color of rose.
"Lady Slava?" Asked one of her maids.
"Yes?" Lin asked.
"When we were dressing Leo into his dress attire, we found this in his coat pocket. I think it was meant for you."
Lin took the bag from the maid and opened it. It had two gold coins and a small box inside. She opened it and saw a green-cat's eye necklace with a gold chain and a letter.
I wanted to tell you that I've always had this strange feeling about you. When I'm near you (or serving you) I feel happy and complete, but when I try to talk to you, I get nerves and my heart won't stop pounding. When I'm away from you I feel sad, but not in a great depression, I'm not obsessed with you, but I think I…Oh this whole thing is so confusing! Well anyway, happy birthday Lin, I hope this doesn't make you want to throw me in a dungeon.
Servant Boy (Leo)
Lin put everything back in the bag and ran to her room. She quickly emptied the bag on her nightstand and grabbed the necklace. She walked to her mirror and put it on.
"Thank you, Servant Boy."