Beatrice was in the middle of explaining that all D classes were there to nourish theirs and her Master's and that Deppo was to be one of his, in his
later years once he himself had passed the transition, undertaken through the taking of the 'Oath of Allegiance to the Prince's', when he calmly
walked over to her and slapped her hard across the cheek.
Beatrice winced, her eyes looked shocked and fearful into his own and bowed her head down apologising for any of her wrong doing. Alto in that moment
felt a rush of satisfying power fill his body. He wanted more.
He dismissed Beatrice and waited for her to arrive after he awoke. Beatrice didn't come, instead Brody took over her role, explaining that Beatrice's
teachings were complete and was no longer fit to further serve Prince Alto. Brody quietly advised the Prince the position of B and C classes again,
in that without those two classes, the D's could eat what they wished or had opportunity to eat leaving their blood impure and prone to a sour,
displeasing taste, much to the annoyance of their superiors. It was all about control. Treating even D's too badly could bring disruption and
displeasure onto them too. Brody explained how history had a habit of repeating itself and that wise rulers treated history with repsect.
The B's were superior to the C's in intellect and managed public affairs under the guidance from their Master's. The C classes generally looked after
the B classes and kept watch over the D class dwellings, ensuring all the D's were fed with the correct types of food ensuring their Master's had a
variety of flavoured blood and sometimes flesh to gorge and feast upon. The E's and below were not worthy of any significance, beyond hard labour.
It was Brody who entered his room following the attachment of the somewhat painfull looking ear modification mechansim. A crude looking device that
clamped the ears whilst holding in place the newly inserted metal strip that pushed the ears outwards to a point at the tip. Prince Alto winced in
pain, his anger muted by the sheer joy at having the procedure started. Oh how he so wanted to look so very different to Brody. Alto noticed Brody
holding something in his hands.
"What is that?" Alto hissed.
"This, is a boat Sir." Brody looked down and stretched out his arms to give it to Alto. "Its a model of the boat that will take you to Whitby Sir".
His eyes remained fixed to the floor.
Alto snatched the boat from Brody and marvelled at its shape and dissappeared off into his study slamming the door shut behind him.
Prince Alto liked Brody but would often think about killing him once he matured and returned from Whitby.
He never stabbed Deppo again too, his best friend. He did keep making a point of finding out what foods Deppo didn't like and telling him that's what
he was gong to make him eat, for the rest of his life, always without a smile or a hint of it being a joke, because it wasn't.
15 Nov 10 years later.
Prince Alto stood on the deck, dressed smartly in black, his hat balanced perfectly on his head, the castle which once he called home lay behind him.
He looked out into the dark night beyond and smiled contently. Noticing a series of black marks on building near the shore, he glanced, eyes strained
reading the words written under what looked like a drawing of a black bird. 'DEATH TO THE SUCKERS"
"What is that Brody?" he snapped.
Brody looked nervously at the image and message before bowing his head and not quite knowing what to say, then looked back up at the Prince and
"It's a bat, Sir."
"What does it mean?" Alto probed.
"Errrmm." the awkward silence Brody gave infuriated Alto and he hissed "I'll ask you one more time Brody, tell me what it means!"
"Sorry Sir, it's the lower classes Sir. Well some of them. They," Brody's voice quietened and looked sheepishly at Alto, " they, errr, think you look
like Bats Sir..."
Prince Alto forced a smile and Brody's fate was sealed.
edit on 20-3-2015 by ProleUK because: typo and baad gramar
edit on 20-3-2015 by ProleUK because: typo