Demeter. The world was once peaceful, inhabited as it was by the three intelligent species similar to the wolf, fox and cat found on Earth. The world was temperate climate was ideal for the thriving biologically diversity that could be found there. There was one major continent with smaller landmasses situated off the coastline. The seas were calm helped by the gravitational pull of two moons orbiting the planet at distances just perfect to maintain the tides so they rose and fall only a matter of feet.
With the natural weapons of the sapient three species the need for technology was limited. Where there was no necessity the mother of invention was redundant. The species lived peacefully for the most part and when disagreements did occur their teeth and claws were enough to settle arguments swiftly.
Humans had long since started to spread their influence in the galaxy and with them went all the diseases they had become immune to. They had not learned their lessons from the colonisation campaigns on their own world. The pneumonia spread like wildfire through the native population of the once peaceful planet, decimating their numbers. Not content with killing the population with disease the natural arrogance of the human species felt obliged to reduce the beings of the newly settled planet to commodities to be bought, sold and used as humans saw fit.
Nathanael sat back in his chair and put his hands behind his head as he lifted his feet and spun round triumphantly. He had just succeeded in breaking into a bank. The machine in front of him popped up a new window and the shrill ring of an old fashioned telephone blared out through the speakers. As he returned to his start point he grinned and reached down to answer the incoming call.
“You bastard. How the fuck did you manage that?” the voice coming through was more amused than angry. Nathan just laughed. “Seriously Nathe, how’d you get through all that? I’ve spent days going through it, there were no holes in that security at all.” The voice was a little upset that all the hard work had gone to waste in a matter of hours.
“I’ll send you the full report in the morning Frankie, I’ve got an appointment in an hour and have to get going or I’ll be late,” Nathanael replied, still laughing at his friend’s disappointment. He’d send in the report on how he’d managed it, then he’d be paid a lot of money. It would get fixed and then in about a month he’d be asked to try it again. It was the circle of his life, breaking into places and then telling them how he’d done it.
“You aren’t finally getting a Demeterian are you?” the voice queried, “About bloody time, I’ve seen the state you leave that place in.” It was true, Nathanael Tassinari was many things but he was definitely living the eligible bachelor lifestyle. Tidiness was not high on his priority list. Oh it was neat enough for bringing equally eligible young women to but it would never have stood up under close inspection.
“Yes, yes I’m finally getting one,” he sighed knowing he was way behind in the trend of having one of the native creatures in his home. He had held back because he wasn’t sure about the moral repercussions, there was just something that grated him deep down. However, time and time again it had been shown to him that the Demeterians were just very trainable creatures, that’s all. “You know,” he continued, “you haven’t been over to visit for a while.” He grinned as he knew what the answer would be. “Nathe, you know damned well I’m in a relationship now… no matter how good you are you aren’t getting me back,” she said it with a laugh at least. It didn’t matter, he would have any woman he wanted in his bed tomorrow night.
He ended the conversation and stood, walking to the door he picked up his jacket and took a look out over the city from the huge windows that graced the wall of his penthouse suite. It never ceased to be a breath-taking sight. Pulling on his coat he patted the breast pocket to make sure his Lumion was there, he had every intention of spending money this evening and it would do no good to leave it behind.
The ride into the city itself wasn’t too bad for a change, it was after the rush hour but it seemed even they had cleared quickly. He pulled into the underground parking area for the dealer’s building and headed to the elevator. The door swished open and a Demetarian was there waiting, she bowed to him and checked the list on her Lumion, “Mr Tassinari, welcome to Amadej Tschida’s emporium. A private booth has been reserved for you and Mr Tschida will meet you there.”
He nodded and thanked the girl who looked a little surprised that he even acknowledged her. He spent the rest of the ride up the building in silence, a little unsure of whether he had broken some protocol. He was grateful when the elevator came to a halt and the girl bowed, “This is your floor Mr Tassinari. I hope you enjoy your visit.” This time he said nothing to her and stepped out of the elevator into a very plush reception area.
A man approached, he was rotund to say the least and kept mopping his brow free of the glistening sweat that beaded upon it. “Ahhhh Mr Tassinari!” he called out and waddled across to shake his hand, “It is such a pleasure to finally have you visit my humble premises.” Nathan would hardly have called it humble but it was obviously his usual routine so he left him to it. “Well,” he replied, “I finally gave in to the idea and I thought I would visit the best.”
This pleased Amadej no end and he grinned broadly, “Please come with me, I have selected the best for you to look at. I have assumed you were looking for something female, I hope I did not overstep my bounds.”
Nathanael shook his head and they made their way into another room where a red velvet couch was seated at one side of a room and the other was a bare, brilliantly lit, white wall. Amadej indicated to Nathanael that he should be seated, “I realise you have never done this before so I will guide you through it. I will discuss the merits of each Demeterian that comes out for you to view, if you wish to take a closer look then just say so. I will bring them close to you for inspection.” Nate sat down as instructed and Amadej called for the first one to come out.
“This one, about 20 Earth years old, well trained, speaks clearly. I think this would be a good first time purchase.” The young creature he brought out looked well beaten into submission perhaps but not trained. Nathanael wondered if this was actually a good idea after all, he shook his head and this one went back and a second was brought out. Amadej discussed the merits of several female Demetarians of varying species and looked as though he was getting a little frustrated with the consistent head shaking from Nate. Finally he brought out a bright little thing, vulpine, had only basic training but was showing potential. This young creature had a spark still about her and Nathanael sat forward a little. Amadej noticed the change in body language and sent her closer to him. She seemed so innocent despite what she must have seen and been through. There was something so pure about her that he had forgotten existed in the world that he just looked at the other man in the room and nodded.
“Excellent choice sir!” he exclaimed, happy that he had finally found something to keep his client happy. “Come with me and we shall get all the paperwork and finances sorted then you can take her away.” He sent her off again and they walked out of the room and to his office. He transferred the not insignificant charge for her through his Lumion and signed the necessary documents of ownership. R25,000 (or 25,000 Rupiah) was a lot of money by anyone’s standards. He hoped this was worth it.
“Oh, I know it’s only a little thing and you can feel free to let me discard it for you but your choice was wearing this when she was captured,” he held out a necklace with a wooden charm attached. Something squirmed uncomfortably inside him again but he reached out and took the primitive jewellery anyway, “No, I’ll take it.” He didn’t know why, he just knew he should.
She was already waiting in his car when he arrived back at the parking area. He was sure he would get used to this but it felt very strange to have a Demetarian staring at him in the rear view mirror. He didn’t know if he should speak to her or not and waited to see if she would say anything first.