Slave

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"Well, this sucks..." Faith grumbled as they sat inside the dark, dank cell with the rest of their fellow captives in chains. It especially sucked since they had been given the really heavy duty shackles to keep them restrained after all the trouble they had caused. "Scar-face and his little friend better hold up their end of the bargain, or—"

"Shh! Not so loud!" Hope chided her in a low voice. The last thing they wanted was to let their captors in on the fact that they had gotten caught on purpose in order to smuggle the little critter inside their base, so they could set him loose after marking their hideout's location on a map, so he could bring it back to the boss. In return for helping him and the others escape, the boss had promised to come riding in with the cavalry to rescue them. So it would be a disaster if their furry friend got caught on his way out. "Besides, at least we know where Aladdin is now..." she added, glancing over her shoulder at the sleeping boy. Other than a bump on the head, he seemed perfectly fine. As far as she could tell, there weren't any signs of him having a concussion, so as long as they could avoid being sold before their rescue arrived, they'd be golden.


When Aladdin regained consciousness, Hope examined him again, and the twins explained what had happened. Needless to say, he was extremely touched that they would get themselves caught on purpose for his sake so the three of them could stay together, but he also felt a little guilty about it and blamed himself. The twins weren't having any of that and promptly gave him a flick and a poke on the forehead.

"!?" Aladdin exclaimed as he held his sore forehead, surprised. "W-What was that for?" he asked, a bit startled.

"For being an idiot," Faith deadpanned.

"We've said it before. We're here for you, Aladdin," Hope said with a smile. "Besides, you'd do the same for us, right? So don't worry, I'm sure we'll be rescued soon."


Unfortunately, this was easier said than done. The hideout of the group of thieves, situated along the passage to Balbadd, was a huge cylindrical walled city that was once a quarry. However, the group of thieves wanted it due to its stable structure, and now they used it as a fortress... which had become a place where even the army couldn't step into. It was hard to measure time in their dark cell, but as the days went by, more and more people were brought in to join them. One poor couple, who had been separated from their daughter, tried to comfort themselves with the hope that maybe the little girl had managed to avoid being taken, and that was why they couldn't find her amongst the other soon to be slaves. They tried to pass the time and cheer everyone up a little by sharing stories and singing the occasional song. They thought they heard a commotion outside one day, but as far as they could tell from their room nothing ever came of it, and Faith began to grow increasingly impatient.

"Ugh... This is taking too long!! And the food's terrible!" she groaned in frustration one day. She was getting real sick of not even being able to feed herself. Because the twins' hands had been bound behind their backs, they often needed Aladdin's help to eat. "Why don't we just bust ourselves out!? It'd be so much faster!"

"Faster than what?" one of the slave traders asked as he entered the room. They were pretty sure they had heard the others call him Fatima.

"Dying of boredom while rotting away in this hellhole," Faith quipped sarcastically in response without missing a beat. She really didn't like this guy. He was creepy, and for a drag queen he had a really bad sense of style. That lipstick was so not his color.

"Well, you won't have to worry about that any longer," Fatima said with a smirk. "You and your sister are going to be brought to your new owner in a couple of days!"

"!!" the twins and Aladdin gasped in alarm.

"What!?" the twins shouted incredulously.

"Haha! Surprised?" Fatima laughed. "You shouldn't be. Twins are often in high demand among a certain clientele... They're extremely rare after all, and matching sets are very 'in' right now," he leered at them before exiting the room and locking the door behind him.

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