Wolf Slave 16 – Alex Ankarr

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Wolf Slave 16 – Alex Ankarr

He’s beautiful, but that’s no surprise and no big thing. Wolves are made beautiful: it gets to be annoying and more than annoying, the effortless superiority in every direction. Penn doesn’t look further as Hotstaat – as Ree pulls his clothes off, throws them behind him. He doesn’t join him, either: quietly takes the reins of both horses and walks away, back to what’s some kind of home for him now.

It seems safer.

***

After that Hotstaat requests his presence fairly often: not every day, but every few days at least there’s some job he’s required for. It generally involves not much work, as such, and a lot of bearing Hotstaat company. Except it’s hard to think of him as Hotstaat, now, although Penn tries. He’s careful at least of his mouth: it’s still all ‘sir’ and ‘if you please’, all the formal signifiers of submission and deference. He’s not an idiot. Hotstaat – Ree – may have sentimental memories of their early years, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into presumptions of an equal footing. Well, in fact, it certainly doesn’t: Penn isn’t such a fool.

He thinks that if he had any sense, he would take all the sly advantage he can of Ree’s evident lingering preference for him: would work it to his advantage for all he’s worth, while being careful to continue to please as a good slave, not to transgress every explicit and assumed rule of deferential behaviours towards wolf masters. He could, conceivably, wind up as a senior member of the clan’s staff: could even – it’s not impossible – be freed, perhaps after long service. The thought tingles through him like sparkling wine: to have his papers stamped, his documentation as a free human, to be able to direct his own life, perhaps to travel, to start a business with the contacts he’s developed through years of assiduous networking with anyone he’s come into contact with. You never know who’s going to be useful. As a slave it’s all the more vital to be on the best terms with anyone and everyone.

© Copyright Alex Ankarr 2013  All rights reserved to the author. No inspirations for characters drawn from real-life individuals, no resemblance to real individuals intended.

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