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23
Jan
19

Success

Co-conspirators

6 Change of heart

It can’t happen in a minute. it will take time to plan. Tiradates will still have his moment “paying his dues”. By then he’ll be with the rescue plan for sure.
What’s a pair of leg-irons when the whiff of freedom is in the air?

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22
Jan
19

Cooperate

Cooperate

6 Change of heart

That thought had been nagging away at him. The wind was strong, the sails were full, the slaves at rest. But Maciste couldn’t rest. That thought kept playing on his mind. The slaves behind .. strong from enforced hard labour, grabbing the chance of a rest. Tiradates next to him .. the general fallen from grace .. slumped over his oar after a day of remorseless punishments. But the thought would not let Maciste be.

21
Jan
19

Vow

Co-conspirators

6 Change of heart

Frustration ate away at Tiradates. He’d come from nowhere, not of noble stock. His rise hindered at every rung up the ladder. He’d battled against court intrigue.
Awarded the army. Put down the rebellion. The captured rebel prince brought back in chains. And then intrigue had swayed the lord emperor.

20
Jan
19

Joke

Co-conspirators

6 Change of heart

A warped sense of humour. Vologases had to have a twisted mind. Seeing how it would torture Tiradates. Inseparably bound to the man who’d plotted his fall from grace. Tortured by looking him in the face. Tortured by memory of failed ambition.
Exhausted. Brutalised. Mentally broken every waking moment of an endlessly tortured life.

19
Jan
19

Thoughts

Co-conspirators

6 Change of heart

Vologases had reprieved them. Not destined to die in agonies on that twisted cross. He’d decided, it seemed to Maciste, that life in perpetual slavery was a more fitting destiny for a failed general. Feeling his fall from grace with every breath he took. Brutalised. Shamed. Starting with rape. To pay his dues.

18
Jan
19

Picked on

Co-conspirators

6 Change of heart

Emperor or no fucking-emperor .. this was his ship. Instructions from on-high .. straight from the fucking-horse’s mouth ….. he didn’t give a shit. This pair of fuckers would get it … not because some fucker-of-a-captain had dragged it out as he knocked back the free liquor ….. not because he was promised amnesty …… Because that was the way things worked.

17
Jan
19

Magnanimous

Co-conspirators

6 Change of heart

That emperor’s man had knocked the booze back freely. Acting like he owned the ship. Instructions were clear. The pirate was notorious. His slaves brutalised, few made a round trip.
Same treatment, worse …… But the fuckers were returned. Alive, in one piece. The lord emperor not finished with them yet. Please him …. and an amnesty was in the bag. Piracy would go on unchecked.




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