That first night at Tiziano’s palazzo I couldn’t sleep, I was put a collar, it had a chain attached to it which was in turn fixated to a wall. I felt like a trapped beast for a possible exhibition. Even if the chain was long enough to allow me walk around the room with certain freedom, it made a lot of noise and when I tried to see how strong it was I realized I wasn’t going to be able to tear it apart on my own with pure strength.
The room I shared with at least 10 other women was still beautifully decorated; it was weird because there wasn’t just one bed, there were couches, pillows and comfortable spots to lie on the ground, the rest didn’t had chains around the neck and later on I found out that if you “behaved” and “learned the rules” your chain will be eventually removed; the question was how long will that take?
I couldn’t stop thinking and dreaming with Solomon what night, I felt lonely and cursed my luck to think it will be just a matter of getting in the building, waiting for a chance and killing that bastard. I woke up before sunrise and walked to the window trying hard to make as little noise as possible, we were in a fourth floor and the window looked to the inner court.
I observed the inside, there were few guards positioned in the different levels in strategic positions to watch over the place, two of them patrolling the garden in the court and at least four walking around the rooftops that I could see.
I was feeling really discouraged when I noticed turmoil in the opposite side and guards running towards it, a dog had managed to come in and the guards were running behind trying to catch it. I gasped when a friendly face hanging upside down showed up and gave a note before leaving.
“Don’t worry, I’m close and ready when you are!”
I felt relieved, and wonder how did Anka managed to get in the state and cause trouble. Just when I was relaxing, Laetitia showed up from nowhere and hugged me tightly from behind kissing my shoulder.
-Don’t worry, dear… I know your first night is the most difficult one, but you have been good, not trying to escape and not whipping the whole night unable to rest not allowing the others to do the same.
-I… I’ve accepted… my… fate
-Shhh –she kissed me again-, don’t be melodramatic… but I’m telling you, is good you behave.
-Thanks… I guess.
-Well, you didn’t thought you were left in this room for no reason, right?
-I’m sorry, I don’t understand.
-Silly, this is the “first night away” room, the ones in here know how to handle those that could be hard to deal with, they will alert the guards if by any chance you got a way to break free from the chain or tried to go out the room after the candles were blown off.
-This means you passed the first test! Well, the second actually after the bath time… that is considered the first one, but for me it is the first night… It doesn’t seem like I’ll need to break you like Faye did with me… you are cleaver than I was back then. -She let go of me and pulled me towards the wall to the left giggling and smiling merrily, I didn’t want to think what Faye might have done to her or what she meant by breaking.
-Where are we going?
-You need to learn your daily routine but in order to do so I need to know, do you have any talents?
-Yes, dancing, singing or something?
-I… do… know how to sing.
-Good! Our last bird met a tragic end a couple of weeks ago.
-Yes, Sylvie… she was part of this family for almost five years; but Master found she had been fooling around with a guard from the night patrol and she was… well… put to rest.
-Don’t worry, as I said, you are cleaver than that and I’m sure you won’t commit the same mistake.
-Then what am I suspired to do?
-I’ve seen you naked, you are gorgeous and have a really strong frame. You exercise a lot in your daily life, don’t you?
-I guess… I do.
-Pity the scars you have, you seem really clumsy… specially the one in your waist… -she said placing her and in the exact spot-, so to keep you fit, you will exercise with the others, then singing class to improve your skills and then free afternoon as long as you keep yourself entertained with appropriate activities.
-Yes, like reading or practicing something. Now that I think about it, I was told you killed the brutes sent to get you the last time… maybe if you are good, I can put a word for you and get you to be part of Master’s Tiziano army, I mean, once you finish your training.
-What is this training about?
-Don’t worry, you will eventually find out.
She guided me to get garments to go exercise as instructed and I soon realized that all the women in the house seemed to be in love with Tiziano, calling him Master and even discussing about how good was he in bed and how long since they had been called to be with him, the honor it represented to be called alone and how sometimes he called for more than one at once. The whole thing was making me feel ill.