Pairing: Aiba Masaki/ Matsumoto Jun; Ninomiya Kazunari/ Sakurai Sho
Rating: up to NC-17, but PG-13 most of the time
Warning: It’s dystopia mixed with steampunk and futuristic elements combined with elements from the 18th century, I guess... So it’s a little bit darker at some points, but nothing too dark, I promise.
Summary: The world in 2300 has changed. The society is divided in humans and slaves. Slaves are born and sold to fulfil their masters’ needs and desires. There are only a few masters who see their slaves as humans – like the Sakurai brothers. But it’s hard to hide this, when the rest of the world wants to see the slaves as ‘things to use’ and not as humans.
Note: I tried my best with the steampunk genre, but I think it became a mixture between some genres, nevertheless I hope you’ll like my new multi chapter <3 Sakumiya and JunBa will both have a lot of spotlight, and Ohno will be part of the story too ^__^
Sho guided Nino into a small room right next to the kitchen. “Here, this is your room.” Nino walked into it. He stunned. It was small, but this should be his? He had never had a room for his own. Again he felt some tears in him coming up. He still had the food in his hands. He wasn't able to eat much, it tasted too good, and he was afraid that he wouldn't get something that delicious soon again.
Nino stood at the door to his room. “The bed, ...” Nino whispered. He looked at Sho, who stared at him, irritated.
“Is something wrong? You don't like the bed?” Sho asked.
Nino shook his head. “I never had a bed before. Except the times I was allowed to stay with Master. But after he used me, he mostly threw me out of the house.”
Nino could see Sho's eyes getting dark. Was he mad? “I am sorry that I talked about my old master, that won't happen again, I know you own me now.” He bowed.
Sho shook his head. “No, I just don't want to hear how they treated you.” Sho guided Nino into the room. “In the closet are some basic things, but we need to go shopping soon. My clothes won't fit you, so you need your own things.”
“Yes, Sho-san,” Nino said. “Thank you.”
“No need to thank me. It was Masaki's idea after all, and he chose you.” Sho smiled. “Okay, eat your food and then go to bed, okay? You need some rest.”
Nino looked at the food. He could feel his stomach grumble again. Yes, he'd eat this now, and he'd enjoy it, even though this dream was just lasting a few hours, but it was better than Nino had ever believed it could be.
“Thank you.” Nino bowed. “I leave the door open, if you need me, call for me.”
Sho shook his head. “I don't think I'll need something today from you.”
Nino smiled. “I am here to fulfil your needs, Sho-san.”
He could see Sho blushing. He nibbled on his lower lip. Was he really embarrassed? This was so different from all the masters Nino had experienced. “Please go to sleep and rest well.” Sho bowed.
“I will,” Nino answered with a smile. For the first time since he could remember he felt save and just good.
“I am downstairs with my brother now, if you need something, use this.” Sho handed him a walkphone. “Please don't roam around in the house on your own. I don't want to imagine what happens when the wrong people see you.”
“Yes, Sho-san.” Nino took the item and brushed over it. He had never had something like this. “Sho-san?”
“How does this thing work?” Nino asked a little embarrassed.
Sho stepped closer to him again. “See, you turn it on here.” He pressed one button on the right side of the mobile. You can see the four lights up there?
“Yes.” Nino looked at the different colours blinking in the corner of the display.
“Green is Masaki's phone, red is mine, blue is Satoshi and purple will be Jun's. You can see that these are connected with your phone. You are able to call them when you want to,” Sho explained.
Nino pressed the small red button on the right side and shrieked a little when the mobile in his hands started vibrating. “Is this normal?”
Sho laughed. “Yes, it just means that you are able to call the other person.” He took his mobile out of his pocket and showed Nino the incoming call. “I think you don't need to know more for now. I'll show you more options during the next days.”
“Yes, Sho-san, thank you.” Nino said with a bow. He stepped back when he saw a big shadow appearing behind Sho. And when the shadow barked, Nino had the feeling to jump backwards.
Sho laughed out loud. “Oh, I forgot, this is Akira. He is my dog. The big brother from the one you have seen at Masaki's place.”
Nino felt uneasy. He really didn't like these animals. He shivered when the dog came closer and sniffed on his hand. Nino shrieked when a cold tongue licked his hand. Nino pulled his hand away immediately, which Akira seemed to understand as play and jumped up and down in front of Nino. Slowly he felt like panicking. He could here Sho laughing and soon he pulled Akira down from Nino. “He is really young and he likes toying around. Sometimes he is a little bit wild, but he really doesn't do something bad.”
“Okay,” Nino said, his heart still pounding against his chest. “I am not used to dogs.”
“No problem, he stays outside your room. Go and get some rest now.” Sho smiled at him. Nino nodded and closed the door behind him. Finally he was alone, and he had a place for him - only him. It was strange but he missed Jun next to him. He had always been the one who calmed Nino down when he was about to cry or to scream. Even though the room was small, it felt almost too big for him. Nino stood up. He could feel the cold floor touching his naked feet, but it didn't feel bad at all. Nino opened the door and peeked outside. He smiled when he saw the dog on the other side. “Akira?” He asked.
The dog looked up at him and came closer, his tail wiggling. “You won't bite me when I let you in, right?” He asked. He sighed and knelt down. “I can't be alone, you know.”
He slipped back into his room and waited till the dog joined him. His fear of being alone was bigger than the fear from dogs. He closed the door and Akira was already lying on his bed, using almost the half of the space. “Fine, we share a bed,” Nino murmured and climbed back under the blanket. At least he wasn't alone anymore.
Masaki took a sip of his wine. He had experienced this day to be calmer. He didn't know why he thought that buying a slave would be something easy, but now he was back to reality.
“What are you thinking about?” Sho asked.
Masaki looked at him. “Their life isn't only a mess, it's horrible. I think I'd have jumped down somewhere.”
Sho nodded. “I wonder if I really want to know the whole story about them. I don't know if I go and kill someone when I get to know about it.” Sho's eyes rested on the closed bedroom door. “Is he alright?”
Masaki nodded. “He threw up a few times, but I think he'll be fine now.” He bit his lips. “Sho-chan?”
“He told me that I can use him, if I want to, and even though he might be unconscious, I can still use him. I never heard such horrible words,” Masaki said. He could already feel some tears in his eyes. Damn, he wanted to stop being a crybaby. But sometimes he couldn't prevent himself from crying, especially not when something touched him like this. His feelings turned upside down. He felt angry, sad, frustrated and helpless.
“Yeah, Nino said something similar. It reminds me that we really have a good life, even though we sometimes complain about it,” Sho said. “But they got a second chance now, Masaki. You gave them a place to stay and something to be worth living.” Sho still stared at the door. “At least I hope that they'd like it here.”
“I hope father's friends won't come here often. I don't want to see things like today again,” Masaki grumbled. “Yamamoto-san is one of the ugliest persons I have ever seen.”
“You know, I checked something before I came back down here.” Sho smiled at him. “I searched in the W-net for law basics, and I found something interesting.”
Oh no, Masaki already knew this face. His brother was in law-mode. Next to being a doctor he had started studying law, just for fun. Masaki would never understand it, but sometimes it was really interesting - just sometimes, okay, rarely...”What did you find?” Oh god, he'd so regret the question.
“Based on the rule from 2135, there is a paragraph in general after war-law. You know that they started with getting themselves slaves back then, but it had been not that cruel as it is today,” Sho explained. “But there is a paragraph in the law saying that no one is allowed to touch your property. They don't call it by name there, but in another paragraph it's said that slaves belong to your property - so basically no one is allowed to touch them.”
Masaki blinked. That sounded good, but what should he do with this information? “So if Yamamoto-san or someone else comes and touches Jun I shall say that ... ?” Masaki asked.
“You tell them based on paragraph 134a no one is allowed to touch your things,” Sho chuckled.
“And you think the men listen to me?” Masaki tilted his head. He knew these shabby old men wouldn't react to such words.
“Yeah, it's law after all,” Sho insisted. Maybe it was better if Sho would tell them this. He would be able to think of more wise law-words when they'd retort something.
Masaki could hear a noise from the other room. He drank the rest of the wine in his glass and smiled at his brother. “I think I need to take care of him now.”
“Sure,” Sho said. “Masaki?” He asked when Masaki was already on the way to the bedroom.
“Why did you choose this two slaves?” Sho wanted to know.
Masaki shrugged. He had seen Jun looking at him with his dark brown eyes. And he had seen Nino, his eyes were well aware of Jun and he watched out every step Jun made. He would have protected him, no matter what. It reminded Masaki of him and Sho. “I think they are similar to us.”
"I see." Sho nodded. “Good night, little one.”
Masaki giggled. “Little one, who's taller than you are.” He could see Sho rolling his eyes. “Good night, big one.”
Masaki turned off the lights and went to his bedroom.
A/N: Here we are again <3 So Nino seems to have a new friend with Akira? :D He can't stay alone in the nights, maybe he should stay with Sho? ;)
And Sho seems really interested into law? Maybe this paragraph will help them? ^^
Thanks for reading my dear friends, like always <3