Just a heads up, I made a ToC for this story. Chapter 1+2 I merged into part 1, and now I’m working on part 2. My original desire for this story was to be 12-15k word parts. I wrote a chapter 3, and someone since paid to see chapter 4. I have merged the two chapters as the start of part 2, so part 2 will slowly grow. Not sure how I’ll announce it moving forward if/when I add to Part 2… but this has been added to the original NTR Isekai… and linked it properly. If you didn’t read chapter 3 when it first came out, good chance you didn’t read it. Otherwise, chapter 4 starts about midpoint.
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As I left the room, I ran into the person I wanted to see least of anyone. It was none other than Prince Cole. This was the guy who was spending all of his time with Kate. He had also been the one to condemn Faith to that horrible fate. There had to be some way I could spare her. There had to be something!
“Shouldn’t you be in the store room identifying objects?” The prince asked, his voice sounding snobbish and grating on my ears.
“I know what you’re doing, and it won’t work.” I snapped.
He raised an eyebrow, a small smirk appearing on his face. “Doing? Whatever do you mean?”
“Kate is my girlfriend. We love each other.”
His smile only grew. “Oh? That’s quite cute. You know… in my world, it’s strong who get the women. What strength do you have?”
I took a step forward. “Why don’t you find out?”
“Cole! Cole! I figured it- ah!” It had only been an hour or two since our fight, but seeing Kate run around the corner made me feel like I had been punched in the gut.
She had been calling his name, and she had a glowing smile on her face.
“Kate, you’ve learned the incantation already? You are truly a remarkable woman. Women with your aptitude in magic are extremely valuable for a kingdom.”
Kate blushed. “I-it’s not much… Connor… what are you doing here?”
“It seems he’s shirking his responsibilities. Perhaps he’s hoping all of his classmates can pick up the slack where he is failing.”
“That’s not true!” Realizing I was looking too hostile, I quickly cleared my throat. “I was just asking Riley for some advice.”
“Oh? Is that the girl learning to be a priestess? Yes… the church is quite excited by her presence. Good alchemists are hard to come by.” The prince smiled. “You weren’t saying anything that might cause problems, right?”
“What are you asking?” I demanded.
“Connor!” Kate frowned, shooting me a glare.
“Just that she’ll need to do a lot of studying, and probably has bigger things to worry about than your problems.” He responded flippantly with a shrug. “The initiation only happens twice a year, and it comes in only one week. If she misses it, it’ll be another year before she can join the alchemy guild. They’re very particular about such things.”
“It sounds like Riley does have a lot to worry about.” Kate nodded, accepting his words immediately before shooting me a look. “You probably shouldn’t bother her anymore.”
“You’ll be just as busy.” The prince laughed, tapping her nose in a familiar way that caused her to blush. “Come on, I’ll teach you the next incantation.”
“Another one? Ahhh… my head already hurts.”
“Hah… well, without a little pain, you won’t be able to experience a pleasure.”
The two walked away, engaged in a conversation almost as if I wasn’t there. I glared at Cole’s back. The pair left, and Kate didn’t even look back at me once. How could she be so cold? It had to be that guy’s influence.
I jumped, only to realize Cole had glanced back out into the hall after leading her into a room. “It’s Connor.”
“Heh… like I care about your name.”
“I just wanted to let you know that you really ought to work harder. For example, if you found a device that kept father going, perhaps your cousin wouldn’t need to work so hard to produce.”
My dumbfounded expression turned to fury. “What did you say?”
He shrugged. “It’s your choice, but I’d think you’d want to make things easier on everyone. Any magical device that can do what she does would mean she doesn’t have to do it, right?”
With that, he put his head back into the room. I shook for a minute, realizing that he knew the truth about everything. The prince was an asshole, and he was an asshole who happened to have complete control of me. My first tightened, but he was gone, and even if I attempted to attack him, I wouldn’t get very far. After all, he had the power of magic at his disposal, and I had nothing.
It was an afternoon at this point, half the day gone, but I finally returned to that treasure room. I didn’t know what else to do. Maybe there would be some magical item that could save my classroom. My thoughts went a bit darker. I was looking for a magical item I could use to exact revenge. There had to be some kind of death stick or hero weapon. Once I found it, I would claim it as my own, and then then I would make this kingdom suffer. I just needed to have patience and take my time.
The real problem was that several weapons had formidable power and skills, but they required either talent as a warrior or magical ability as a spellcaster. I didn’t have either, so these items were worthless to me. More than that, these items were things my enemies could use, so whatever I found would have to be even better than that.
I worked through dinner time. I didn’t want to see the prince flirt with my girl, and I didn’t want to hear rumors flying around. Instead, I picked up an item, identified it, and then I wrote it down. I thought about writing a lie. I could tell them it did something else, something that, when they finally tested it out, would lead to their deaths. I needed to find the right item and the right lie.
If I picked any item, then I could be quickly found out. It’d have to be an item where survivability was nonexistent, and thus the chances of me being found out were also nonexistent. Plus, I needed to know who was going to get the item. I didn’t desire to hurt some random person. If there was someone, I wanted dead, it was that despicable commander who had tied me to the chair and forced me to do things with my cousin. It was the line of men who happily banged her person after person.
“Shit!” I hissed.
I had been thinking about the sights from the previous night, and I had ended up clenching the arrow in my hand so tightly that it cracked. Looking around, I quickly straightened it. The wood returned to looking like it wasn’t broken as long as it was held straight. I had felt that it would have burst into flame midflight, so it wasn’t useless. I logged it on the parchment and then I hid it in a pile of other stuff where it couldn’t be easily seen.
With luck, by the time someone found it, I would be long gone. Given the fact this treasure room was dusty, I had probably been the only one that had been in there in some time. It was late at night when I finally left the treasury room and returned to my bed late in the evening. I wish I could say that I couldn’t sleep. I wish I could say that I stayed up all night fretting over where my poor cousin was getting the same treatment that night that she had the previous. However, I was exhausted, and no sooner had my head hit the pillow than I fell asleep.
The next day, I woke up to a knock on the door. I went to cautiously answer it, only opening a crack just to make sure that it wasn’t the princess, intending to find a new situation where she could embarrass or frame me. When I opened the door, I found it was empty. Sitting on the floor was a sealed envelope. I picked it up. There was no address, so I just opened it up.
I had a chance to speak to the church about things. They’ve opened my eyes. It goes far deeper than either of us could have imagined. I don’t believe we should talk in person. I’m still digging into things. However, the priesthood may be willing to do something. They said that once I join them, we’ll have the complete support of the church. Isn’t that great? Just keep your head down and stay out of trouble. We’ll figure this out together. I promise.
Upon reading her words, I couldn’t help but let out a breath of relief. I hadn’t realized just how tense I had gotten, but her letter had filled me with hope.
“What is that?”
I immediately shoved the letter into my pocket, looking up to see a thorn in my side. The princess approached while I was standing in my doorway. I immediately felt foolish for not closing the door and reading it in private. Riley had gone to such effort to be secretive, yet I had immediately blown all of her efforts.
“Nothing.” I snapped and then added. “Just a note from a friend.”
I prayed that Princess Maria didn’t demand that I hand over the letter. This wasn’t a free country. If a monarch demanded it, it wasn’t wise to refuse. She hadn’t said anything particularly revealing, but it had both our names in it, and it could be misconstrued as us conspiring against the noble family, couldn’t it?
“How has your identification been doing?” She asked, her face just as ice-cold as always. “I didn’t see you at dinner the previous night. I inquired about you but no one knew where you were.”
It was just great. Now, the princess was asking after my well-being, selling that lie.
“It’s doing fine,” I responded showing my teeth. “I worked late into the night to do my part.”
Those words sounded like shit on my tongue, but I knew it wouldn’t hurt to flatter them and seem like a team player. After all, Riley had advised me to play along. Well, I could act the part just as they did.
“I see… however, you must come to dinner tonight.” She responded. “It is an order. I won’t have you getting weak from lack of nourishment.”
“How is that your business?” I wasn’t able to hold back my scorn earlier.
There was a door thud down the hallway, and suddenly the princess jumped forward pushing me into my room. As soon as she was inside, she turned and closed the door. She remained like that with her hands on the door, her back to me.
“What is that?” I asked.
“Shh!” She hissed.
My emotions tumbled in confusion. What was going on? The princess was suddenly acting extremely odd. That was when I realized that I had her alone.
“Yesterday, you lied to Kate about us. Why?” I grabbed her arm
She looked back at her arm, and then at me. “I did no such thing.”
“Yes, you did.”
“What lie did I tell?” She asked.
“You said that we were together, and then you thanked me for a good time!” I snapped back.
“We were together, and if you do not wish to be thanked for your time, then I won’t.”
“That’s not how it was-” There was a knocking on my door causing me to stop in mid-sentence.
“Connor? It’s Kate.” A voice came through. “Are you there?”
What were the chances that Kate would come by again just as the princess was there? No, was that why she had pushed her way into my room? Did she hear Kate coming and decide to set me up again? I saw her opening her mouth to answer, and in desperation, I reached out a grabbed her, covering her mouth. Her eyes widened, but she said nothing.
“I’m here! I am… oh, but I’m in the middle of bathing!” I closed my eyes shut.
“R-really… I heard voices, were you in there with someone else?”
Why did I have to say that? Now, if I said the princess was present, it’d be even more suspicious. I wasn’t guilty of anything. Damn it, this was awful.
“Ah… no… I’m here alone. It’s just me. What did you want?”
The princess crossed her arms, but she otherwise didn’t react to me keeping her mouth covered. There was a brief silence.
“Connor… I came to apologize about yesterday. It’s just… the stress of the new world. I’m finding out all about this new power in my body. I didn’t mean to snap. I was hoping you could join me for breakfast?”
“Ye-yeah… I would love to. J-just go on without me. I’ll be there. Just need to finish up.” There was another long silence.
“O-okay… I love you.”
“You too.” I bit my lip.
“I remained holding the princess until I could hear her steps walking away. Finally, I let go of her and let out a breath.
She straightened her clothing and sniffed. “Well, if one of us is a liar, we know which one.”
“I wouldn’t have to lie if you didn’t push me in here. Why are you trying to ruin my relationship with my girlfriend?” I demanded.
“I don’t know, maybe I’m just jealous!” She shot back, her cold exterior twisting for a second.
Those words stunned me so much that I didn’t have an answer to respond. She sniffed, turning her back and opening the door. As soon as it was open, I could see Kate standing there. She hadn’t let at all but had remained to wait. When her eyes landed on the Princess, she nodded, tears forming in her eyes.
“A simple sound spell…” Kate spoke quietly.
“I told him to be honest about us, but he chose to lie instead.” The princess responded, and then straightened herself, turned, and walked away.
As she put it, she hadn’t said a single lie, but the way she said it was misleading. Worse of all, I had fallen right into it again.
“It’s not what it looks like.” I lifted my hands.
“Then… what does it look like?” Kate asked.
“They’re trying to get between us,” I explained. “The prince thinks you’re too good for me. He’s working with the princess. It’s more than that, though. This whole place is rotten. Please, you need to listen to me.”
“I… want to listen.” She said hesitantly.
At that moment, there was the sound of armor clanking. She turned, her eyes widening at something going on down the hallway. I stepped out to see a group of five guards quickly moving up. I grabbed Kate to pull her to the side, but then the guards stopped right in front of us.
“Are you Connor?” One of the men asked.
“Then you’re under arrest.”
Connor blinked. “What? Why?”
“Destruction of palace property!” He held out the arrow broken in two.
It looked like they had found it faster than I had thought, and before I knew what was happening, I was already taken down to the dungeon and thrown inside. Although I had been on field trips and seen dungeons before, they weren’t actively being used, and the walkthroughs couldn’t even begin to prepare me for the reality I was forced to endure.
It was incredibly dark, and the smell was horrendous. The waste of decaying and half-dead humans mixed with mold, mildew, and feces. The floor was wet and muddy, and I could only hope that what I was sitting in was mud. Even the sounds were horrendous, a continuous whistling noise of wind escaping through some cracks, and the occasional moan and cry of some lost soul who had been left to rot. I had only been in there an hour before the cold started to seep into my bones, and I started to realize that if hell had a temperature, it wouldn’t be hot, but something more like this.
“Several classmates have already appealed to your case.” My teacher spoke quietly, adjusting her glasses.
It had been a night that I had sat in the dark, holding my knees and shivering. It had been the longest night of my life, and every time I tried to sleep, I felt a rodent biting at my toes and ended up jerking awake. I stayed up the entire night and felt impossibly tired. Just when I thought this hell would never end, a light had come in the darkness, and that light was none other than my teacher. As soon as she arrived, I felt a sense of calmness wash over me. Ms. Diane was here to free me. That’s what I thought, but when she spoke, there was a tinge of regret in her eyes.
“How can they do this?” I asked, knowing my voice had a tinge of a whimper and sounded far more pathetic than I had intended.
“This is a foreign place.” Ms. Diane let out a sigh. “We have to follow their rules and customs while living here. That artifact had a great deal of value. Had you admitted it at the time, they might have gone easier on you, but damaging something from the royal vault is akin to attacking the kingdom itself. That’s why this is so serious.”
“I can’t believe this…” I lowered my head in despair. “No, they’re just doing this to hide what they did to my cousin!”
I had only told Riley about what had happened. I was so embarrassed about what I had done, that I had been threatened to keep my mouth shut, but it just occurred to me that I was already in prison. Things couldn’t get much worse for me. My only option was to try to explain everything to Ms. Diane. She was our teacher, after all, and she should be able to do something to protect her. At the very least, I’d have another person working on the outside.
“What about your cousin?” Ms. Diana asked. “Now that I think about it, I haven’t seen her in a few days.
“What about me?” A voice sounded out, causing both of us to turn.
From the darkness of the hallway, a familiar girl came walking out. It was Faith. She was wearing a simple dress from this world and a pair of leather shoes. Her hair was combed, and her makeup was done. A small smile formed on her lips as she looked at me.
“Faith!” I cried out, my mouth opening and closing a few times.
“Hello, cus.” She giggled.
Ms. Diane looked back and forth between Faith and me, her eyebrow raised. “Is there something the matter?”
“The guards…” I began but found my voice getting caught under Faith’s eye. “She… Faith?”
I realized I couldn’t get it out. She was standing right in front of me now, and all of my energy seemed to drain out like a plug had been pulled.
“It’s fine, cousin. You look like you’ve seen a ghost.” Faith smiled awkwardly.
“Are you doing alright?” Ms. Diana asked, still looking between us consideringly.
“I’m doing great!” Faith smiled. “The guards found a way to make my powers useful. That’s why I’ve been so busy. I’ve out training hard.”
“Oh? Is that so?”
I shook my head slightly. “You don’t have to lie… don’t protect me. Tell the truth! Tell her about what happened. About how they…”
Damn it! It kept getting caught in my throat. I was still a coward. I couldn’t just say it.
“Cousin!” She let out a laugh. “They were a bit rough at first, but that was just part of the training. That’s all it was. We all have to work hard. There are no free tickets.”
Ms. Diane looked her up and down suspiciously. “Are you sure? There is nothing wrong?”
“Of course!” Faith laughed. “You see how much the guys training with the soldiers gets hurt. My Cousin just saw me getting overworked and overreacted. However, for him to try to punish them by breaking things, that’s a big no-no!”
She wagged a finger at me teasingly, and I stared at her in disbelief. I knew my cousin. I had grown up with her. My cousin could be teasing a bit, but she was never like this. She used to look at me lovingly, but now when her eyes met mine, I felt nothing. It was like there was nothing there behind her eyes anymore.
Ms. Diane let out a sigh. “So, that is what happened. Connor, in the future, you can’t let your childish feelings affect your judgment. This is a world where you’re considered an adult at 13. In my eyes, you may still be my children, but this world sees you all as adults capable of your own decisions. Don’t forget it from now on.”
“That’s not-” I was shaking my head as Ms. Diane seemed to come to her conclusions.
“Don’t worry! I think we’re all growing up very quickly here.” Faith cut in. “I’ll make sure Connor man’s up too.”
Ms. Diane nodded, looking my way once before her lips tightened. “I’m going to check on your release status. I’ll see if I can’t leverage some of the student’s powers to facilitate your release.”
Before I could say anything more, Ms. Diane turned her back on me and started to walk away. Faith remained behind, though, a small smile still on her lips. When Ms. Diane was out of earshot, I leaned toward Faith.
“What are you doing? Why didn’t you tell her the truth?” I demanded in a hushed voice.
“Tell her what?” Faith asked, cocking her head and touching her cheek cutely. “That cousin couldn’t control himself and had to taste his relative?”
“You! That’s not what happened!”
“Hmm? Are you sure that’s not what happened? Connor got so excited watching me work, he couldn’t help but join in.”
“No!” I cried out. “They forced you… they forced me. Look, they freed you now. You have a chance to escape.”
She shrugged. “I got a message from Riley worrying about me, so I had to show my face. Everyone has been super nice, but I’m feeling a bit itchy.”
“Itchy?” I asked.
“Mmm… I haven’t had a cock in me in a few hours.” As she spoke, she lifted her skirt revealing she wasn’t wearing underwear. “It’s making me wet.”
Her pussy was completely shaved and on full display. It was engorged and red, and there was even some stuff leaking out of it. There was writing on her inner thighs and abdomen in this world’s language. We all got the ability to read this world’s language when we were summoned, so I could see the words ‘whore’, ‘slut’, and ‘insert dick here’ with an arrow pointing at her slit.
My entire body shook. For a second, I was hoping that perhaps I was just going insane, but this confirmed everything that had happened was real. It had become the entire barracks cumdumpster for three days now while I had done nothing. I couldn’t feel anything but guilt.
“Why is cousin sad?” She asked, her expression looking genuinely confused. “I’m an onihole, the kingdom’s cumdumpster. The prince gave me that official position after using me.”
“Even the prince used you?” I made a face.
I knew it was a small thing, but I had already hated that man. He was working his magic on my girlfriend, but he was still banging my cousin on the side. He was a piece of shit!
“Ah… it was nice.” She sighed and then looked down. “Oh, it looks like cousin is getting excited and wants another round?”
“What?” I followed her eyes, and to my shock, my penis was erect.
I was surprised that I felt excited because my mind was anywhere but sex right now. Rather than feeling horny, I was wracked with guilt and regret.
She pursed her lips for a second and then giggled. “Well, if cousin wants me, he can have me. I’m horny, so please use my holes. You can pick whichever one you want.”
I shook my head. “I’m not going to do that!”
“Are you suuureee…” She spoke in a drawn-out voice, and to my horror she bent over, pushing her butt right against my bars. “My pussy needs it so bad.”
As she rubbed her butt against the bars, they pushed her buns to the side, spreading her open and revealing her cunt and butthole on full display. I swallowed, realizing my mouth was watering. What was coming over me? I was feeling extremely tempted to stick it in through the bars. I felt like that time before…
“Now that I started making them, I can seem to stop.” She spoke in a pouty voice. “But that’s a good thing since it makes everyone aroused. Kate was so cute. The prince invited us both to lunch, and by the end she was squirming in her seat, eyeing him with such desire. I thought she’d mount him right there…. Ahhh!”
I had leaped up and reached through the bars, grabbing onto her sides. “What did you say? Is she fucking him?”
Faith was breathing hard, pressing her ass back against the bars even as she leaned into me. “I don’t know. I left and came down here shortly after. For all I know, she’s riding his cock right now. She – kek…”
“You!” I realized one of my hands was tightened around her throat, while the other slid down between her legs, rubbing her clit.
I loosened my grip on her neck and she purred. “Don’t think about her, cus. I want your dick in me. Fuck me, daddy. Fuck your cousin. Ahhhn!”
She hadn’t even finished the words before my dick was shoving into her. Although she was on one side of the bars and I was on the other, I was plowing into her from behind through the bars. Her pussy was warm and tight, and it felt like heaven, especially after the dank cold and fright. I was angry, frustrated, and lonely, and despite my best efforts, this appeared to be the only thing that I could outlet all of my frustration on.
A tear fell down my cheek, but I continued to roughly fuck my cousin, one hand fingering her clit while the other choked her. I was angry that I was in jail. I was afraid that my cousin seemed to have lost her wits. I was upset that my girlfriend was with that bastard. I was frustrated that no one seemed to believe me. And so, I thrust my frustrations out into my cousin’s waiting twat.
“Ahh! Yeah! That’s it!” She squealed as I kept pounding into her pussy. “You’re gonna make me cum like a little slut!”
I grunted. “Shut up.”
She moaned. “Make me cum! Make me cum for you!”
As I continued to pound her and she goaded me on, I found my anger melting away. This was an opportunity to vent my frustrations, and she was taking them all. My cock throbbed within her tight pussy and I growled.
“Let me hear you say it again,” I whispered in her ear.
Her body quivered with each thrust, and she began to gyrate her hips back against me. “Yes! Yes! Oh god yes! Fuck me, daddy! Let me hear you say it! Cum inside me! Fill me with your cum!”
I thrust harder and harder into her, grunting. “Fuck! I don’t fucking care!”
“Oh god! Yes! Please! Cum in me! I need it! Need your cum!” She begged erotically.
“Fuuuuck!” I cried, letting go of her neck and yanking her hair, pulling her head back against the bars. “Cum for me, you whore!”
I was pulling her hair painfully through the bars while thrusting into her like an animal. Even if I wanted to stop at that moment, I was no longer able.
She screamed. “Ah! Ah! Aah! Fuck! Fuck! Ahhhhh!”
And then, just as I thought I would cum myself, she orgasmed. I felt her pussy spasm around my shaft and heard her scream. I pounded her hard, pushing my hands onto the metal bars over her head. I pulled her hair back, keeping her head pinned in between the bars. Her body was nearly stuck in between. Her mouth hung open as she drooled, tears of joy running down her cheeks. I kept my hips pinned between the bars and pounded her mercilessly until my climax overtook me.
“Ah! Ah! Ah! Ugh! Ohhh! Fuck! AHHHHHHH! FUCK!” I bucked my hips repeatedly, emptying my load into her hot pussy.
Her legs shook as I continued to pound her, holding her trapped between the bars, her knees bent, and her arms hanging limply at her sides. Finally, I collapsed, panting.
After a few moments of silence, she let out a small whimper and slowly moved her body away from mine. When she turned to look at me, her eyes were filled with regret.
For a moment, I thought that she had come to her senses, and realizing what I had done, I felt like a monster again. Yet her, next words made me feel cold.
“Was that all you had?” She asked, looking down at my softening member. “I barely even cummed once and you’ve already spent? I’m sorry cousin, your cock isn’t enough for me anymore.”
She seemed more resigned than anything.
“I’m going to go find more cock and work hard for the kingdom. Cousin, you work hard too, and don’t cause any more trouble, okay?”
I opened my mouth, but then closed it again. She let her dress fall back down, stuck her tongue out at me playfully, and then she skipped back down the hallway. She seemed completely unconcerned about what we had just done, or that I was still in prison. I felt cold once again, and even more alone than before. The respite from fucking her went away all too quickly. However, the sleep I had been waiting for finally reached me. I collapsed into the mud and wrapped myself in a fetal position as I passed out.
My nightmares were filled with dreams of Kate being violated by Prince Cole, although the waking world felt no better.
I spent another cold night in the prison. This time, I wasn’t able to stay on my feet and ended up collapsing in the muck. Although there was a myriad of nasty smells, the one that assaulted my nose the most was the smell of Faith’s wet pussy. I naturally couldn’t wash my hand or my cock, and so they both smelled like her erotic body. It left me hard and feeling like I might break at any second. Worst of all, whenever I could manage to sleep, I awoke to the painful bites of rats.
I wasn’t sure how much time passed by after that, but I knew I was starving. It was to the point where the rats themselves were starting to sound tasty. I considered pretending to sleep to draw one out and then grabbing it before they scattered so that I could eat something. My stomach felt as hollow as my soul.
That’s when the door opened with light one more time. I raised my hand shakily as a short bald man in a robe walked in. Beside him were two guards. I watched as they approached and then stopped in front of my cage. I looked at them hopefully.
“This is the guy.” The man declared. “Free him.”
I could only stare blankly as the two men unlocked the door. A moment later, they entered my cage and undid the shackles. I was still staring blankly.
The bald man smiled gently. “Yes, all crimes have been dropped. You will have to thank your friend thoroughly for this.”
“M-my friend?” I blinked. “Ms. Diane?”
The man didn’t say more, gesturing to the guards who helped me stand. As they pulled me out of the dungeon, the light was extremely bright. The next few hours became a bit blurry. I knew I was given a warm bath. I was able to clean off the gunk all over me and warm myself from the chill that had seemingly sunk deeply into my body.
When the bath was finished, a servant brought a spread of food. I quickly got dressed into a simple commoner’s garb. As I did so, I looked in the mirror and barely noticed myself anymore. My skin was pale, and my hair looked a bit greasy. My eyes were sunken and my toned body now looked a bit too skinny. I wouldn’t say I was ugly, but the handsome aura I once gave off was long gone.
The smell of the food sitting nearby hit my nose and my stomach growled. I couldn’t hold back any longer, sitting down and immediately consuming it all. It was simpler food than the nobles typically ate, but for me who hadn’t eaten in what felt like days, it was delicious. I aggressively ate it like I was afraid I’d never be able to eat again.
“You should eat slower. If you shove it in your mouth, it will make you sick.” A voice sounded out.
I looked up, and couldn’t help but gasp at the sight of Riley. She was wearing the simple robes of the church, but she looked very beautiful. It was hard to say what was different about her. Her hair was a bit wavier and fuller. Her skin was white and free of blemishes. Her lips looked a bit deeper red, and her eyes were more piercing. It was like all of the damage I had taken the last few days, making me pale, scrawny, and sunken, had happened in reverse to her.
“You’re beautiful,” I said before I could stop myself.
Riley blushed, her beauty even becoming more enhanced. “The church takes good care of me. They get first pick over many of the alchemic potions made. They insist I use a variety of products. They are magical. There is a saying in this world that women of the church never age, and after seeing their beauty products that defy logic, I believe it. Many of the other girls are jealous. Some of them have even tried to flirt with the priests as if they weren’t celibate!”
She let out a long giggle, seemingly carefree as she sat on the chair across from me. I forced myself to finish what I was eating and swallow before turning to her.
“You sent me a note earlier. Are you the one who helped me?”
Riley bit her lip and nodded. “I had to agree to become a priestess to get the church to intervene.”
“A priestess? Is that… like…”
“It’s for life.” She lowered her head. “Originally, I was only working with the church to learn alchemy, but they’ve revealed a bit about the nobility here.”
“What about?” I asked, trying to look uninterested, even though the legitimacy of the nobility was a subject of great interest to me.
“The items to do alchemy are extremely difficult to obtain.” She explained. “A normal person isn’t able to obtain them at a market, which means that someone who wants to do alchemy has to have special connections.”
“Like the nobles?”
“Yes, nobles want to rope an alchemist in, but doing so ties your fate to that noble. You’re left with whatever recipes nobility can get their hands on. You might live a little better, but your life belongs to that noble, and your ability to grow is almost nothing. You’ll spend most days manufacturing the same potions over and over again which the nobles will trade for the potions they want. Most alchemists opt to join the priesthood instead.”
“Is the priesthood better?” I asked uncertainly.
“Oh, yes, much better.” She declared enthusiastically. “They have a library of potion recipes. They’ve allowed me to access a few of the simple ones, but the ones I’ve been using on my skin, as well as most of their best, are kept under lock and key. Only by joining them will they allow you to study these potion recipes. You also gain the right to use them at will. Of course, there is a point system, so you have to sell potions to the church to earn points to buy ingredients and recipes, but it’s all fair, and the church sells those potions to the public and nobles, so we’re doing a service as well, but on our terms.”
“You’d think they’d worry about someone running off with the recipe.” I contemplated.
She shook her head. “They use a magical contract. There is something called the purification ceremony, and once the initiate’s body and soul are clean, they become a permanent member of the church.”
I frowned. “This sounds serious. If you become a priestess… didn’t you mention something about celibacy?”
She gave a half smile. “You caught that, huh? I had to do this for you, you know?”
I lifted my hands. “I didn’t mean to, I mean, I’m sorry!”
She let out a little giggle and then leaned across the table. “Do you want to hear something?”
I blinked. “What?”
“To join the priesthood, I have to take a vow of celibacy.” She explained. “However, that doesn’t speak to what I do before then. I carefully talked to several priests, and many of them weren’t virgins before joining.”
I raised an eyebrow. “What are you trying to say?”
Her face turned slightly pink. “The ceremony is in one week. That means I have one week before I have to commit to my life as a priestess.”
I thought about her words for a few moments, and then I gasped. “You’re not saying…”
“Yes,” She looked around nervously like she was afraid someone was looking at her. “I think I’m ready. If I can only have it one time, I want to do it with you.”
We talked for a little bit longer. I told her about Faith, although I didn’t mention the part about us having sex. I merely warned Riley that Faith was likely brainwashed and couldn’t be trusted.
“I’m not sure Kate can be trusted either. Prince Cole… I think he’s gotten in her head.” I hesitantly gave that warning at the end.
I was worried I’d lose Riley’s trust by blaming the other girls too much, be she merely nodded. “You’ve suffered a lot, Connor.”
For a second, I felt choked up. After suffering from all of this, I finally had someone on my side. Riley wasn’t just my friend, but we were about to make it official too. I knew that she was going to become a priestess, but we could figure that out. I’m sure that once Riley tasted it once, she wouldn’t be against repeats. What the priests didn’t know wouldn’t hurt them.
“Is there anything else I can do? For the church, I mean.” I asked uncertainly.
If we were talking about bringing the church down, then I wanted to help. Nothing would make me happier than seeing Prince Cole lose everything. Then, there was that bitch Princess Maria. I would tie her up and then fuck her in every hole until she was just an onahole, then give her to her troops. I’d let her experience what they did to my cousin!
“You just need to have patience,” Riley spoke quietly. “The church believes that the nobility has been corrupt for some time. However, they still don’t have enough power where they can just take over. Even if there was proof, they still have an army. Just keep your head low. If anything comes your way, pass it to me, and let me know before you do anything foolish!”
Riley finally nodded, satisfied by my promise. She finally parted after making sure I had eaten enough. She told me that the church had cut a deal with the kingdom. The church had given the kingdom potions equaling the value of the magic item I destroyed. With the debt squared away, my crime was wiped out. It was as if nothing ever happened. In other words, I could return to my room.
Once Riley had left, I finished everything left on the plate. I poked the empty dishes a few times as if I could magically cause more to appear from them, but when that didn’t happen, I could only sigh and get up. I left the room, and it didn’t take long before I was walking through familiar hallways.
“Connor!” I heard a yell and turned to see Willow.
“Willow!” I smiled, holding out my arms.
She ran down the hallway and threw her arms around me. The force of her body striking mine very nearly threw me on my back. I was a bit shocked. Willow’s arms were thicker now, and she had a lot of strength in them. I felt like I was being bear-hugged. As soon as she noticed my struggle, she let go with a blush.
“S-sorry!” She cried out. “I didn’t realize my strength!”
After days of being in a cell, my body was weaker than I had ever been. Meanwhile, Willow had been training nonstop. Even there, she was wearing training armor. She was in the best shape of her life. At some point, the power dynamic between the two of us had shifted, and she was now the stronger one between us. I didn’t know how I felt about that, but I wasn’t going to make Willow feel bad. I smiled at her approvingly.
“You’re doing good with your training.” I gave her encouragement.
“It has been tough. Every day has just been swinging a sword until I collapse unconscious and then get up to swing again. I didn’t even hear you were in jail until last night.” Willow’s beaming smile slipped slightly. “Are you okay?”
“Yeah,” I reassured her, showing her my body. “It was just a misunderstanding. It’s resolved now.”
Seeing Willow’s smiling face, I didn’t have it in me to tell her all of my problems. Willow had always been a bit simple-minded, and she wouldn’t be able to keep a secret like Riley. She would assuredly worry about it, possibly talking to her trainers, who would then pass the word on to the nobles. At that moment, it was better to just see her be happy and carefree.
Upon hearing my words, she relaxed a bit, giving me a beaming smile. “You just wanted me to worry. You’re lucky you got out today.”
“Why’s that?” I asked.
“We’re going on an expedition that will take two weeks. I would have been worrying about you the entire time.” She explained. “There is a small goblin outpost and the soldiers need to go clear it out.”
I frowned. “Is that safe?”
“We’re training to be warriors.” She made a face. “Of course, it’s not safe.”
“But, are you ready? Isn’t it a bit too soon? You could get hurt?”
She took a step back, her smile slipping. “I’m not a complete newbie. I already had a talent for it and my mentor taught us well. Besides, the experts will be there right alongside us the entire time. Don’t you trust me?”
Seeing her originally happy expression sink as I questioned her, I realized I needed to put my doubts behind me. I quickly swallowed them and then smiled at her.
“No, of course, you’ll be great. I just love you and will miss you.”
She blushed, her good humor returning with a bit of shyness. “I missed you too.”
I started to feel a bit excited. Before the transmigration, my relationship with Willow had only recently become open and accepted by my girlfriend. We had been doing it almost every day. Then, we came here and hadn’t touched each other in over a week. It seemed like Willow was having the same idea as me.
“Want to go to my room?” I asked, looking her up and down and thinking she looked pretty sexy in armor.
She had lost weight and gained muscle. She looked much fitter than she had before, and I already found myself wanting to see her toned naked body. She looked at me with desire and temptation.
Biting her lip, she regretfully shook her head. “Not now. I have to head back. I just saw you while I was returning to practice from lunch. I’m already late and will probably be chastised.”
“Oh…” I lowered my head, feeling regret once again.
She leaned forward. “Tonight.”
“Come to my room tonight. We can do things then. I promise.”
My eyes lite up. “It’s a promise.”