Chapter Dedication: this chapter is to all my reviewers, Arigato.

Chapter VII: Feed Me….

Botan entered the room and closed the door behind her. The room was very spacious. It was dominated by a massive four poster bed. The bed was covered in white sheets and a crimson duvet. The privacy curtains were tied at each posts of the bed. On each side of the bed were two nightstands, each holding a candleholder. The room was also furnished with two loveseats, a small table and a dresser. Facing the bed was a French door which led to a balcony. Her eyes landed on Kurama. He was leaning against the balcony without a care in the world.

"Well, are you coming in or what?" He asked.

She took a step forward but stopped.

"Well?"

"What do you want from me?" She asked.

He raised his eyebrow at her outburst.

"You're my slave."

"I'm nobody's slave." She said.

He was in front of her before she had the chance to blink. Till now, she didn't realize how tall he was. He towered over her at least by a foot and a half. Never in her life had she felt so small in front of a man. His golden eyes bore into hers, daring her to repeat what she said.

Botan took a step back.

"You are my slave. I brought and paid for you. According to the laws of the land, you must obey and respect your master."

She swallowed her response.

"And as for what I want from you. I think it's quite simple. I'm in need of pet."

"I don't think I quite follow you."

He sighed.

"I want pleasure. Since you're a woman, I think you can provide that."

"You think I'm going to sleep with you?"

"I don't think. I know. It's not as if I'm giving you any choice."

"You're going to rape me?"

The reaction she got from him was the last she had expected. He laughed. Right in her face.

"I can assure I have no need to rape a woman for physical pleasure. I know many women who would be more that willing to share my bed."

"Then why do you need me for?"

"Because you're a challenge."

Before she could answer, a knock was heard from the door.

"Enter?" Kurama said.

Akina's head appeared behind the door. She shot Botan a murderous look before she brought her gaze to Kurama.

"The food you've requested is here, master."

"Bring it in."

"Yes, master."

The Neko demon brought in a tray of food and set it on the small table in the middle of the room. It was mostly finger-food. Slices of fruits, pieces of meat and slices of cheese. She also brought in decanter filled with pink liquid.

"Would you like anything else, master?"

"No, that would be all."

Akina was almost at the door when Kurama called her back.

"Akina?"

"Yes, master?"

"What do you think of my new pet?

"She's okay." Akina mumbled.

"Is that jealousy, I sense?"

Akina didn't answer. Instead a red blush covered her face and neck. The Kitsune threw back his head and laughed.

"You may go." He said.

Akina quickly left the room. Kurama turned to Botan and scrutinized her body. She was well proportioned. Her legs were long and toned. Her waist was narrow and her hips were a bit wide. Her breasts were faultless. His palms itched at the thought of touching them. She had a cute little nose and full lips with high cheekbones. Her most striking features were her cerulean hair and her amethyst eyes. She was very beautiful. Granted, he had been with women that were far more beautiful than her but it was the fire in her eyes that attracted him the most.

While he was busy studying her, Botan was busy drooling over the food that Akina had brought in. She was starving. She hadn't eaten anything since this morning.

"Feed me."

Botan turned to face him.

"What?"

"I said feed me."

She hesitated for a moment.

"Do I have to?"

"Yes. It's your duty as my concubine to feed me when I ask you to."

She took a deep breath to steady herself. She knew she had to obey him if she wanted to keep living. At least long enough for her to escape. She went to the table to get the tray of food and Kurama followed her. He sat in one of the loveseat and mentioned for her to sit next to him. She took a piece of peach and slowly brought it to his lips. His golden eyes were locked with her amethyst ones. She continued to feed his pieces of fruits meat and cheese. Once he had his fill, he drank a bit of the rose wine from the decanter and went back to the balcony.

Botan ate the rest of the food that was on the tray. Once she was finished, she put the tray back on the table. She looked around the room, wondering where she was supposed to sleep.

"Where am I going to sleep?"

"Here."

"With you?"

"Yes."

"In your bed?"

"You have a problem with that?"

"None."

"Good."

She stayed on the loveseat till the sun was long set. She was dreading sleeping next to him but she had no choice. The love seat was too small to sleep on. The marble floor wasn't looking too comfortable either. Defeated, she moved to the bed. She stood there, staring at the bed occupant. She was startled when he spoke.

"There's a room across this one. You can sleep in there."

She quickly bolted out if the room. The room she entered was just as spacious as Kurama's. It was dimly lit by candles. She put them out before crawling into bed. The events of the day played in her mind. She was now Kurama's slave. She found her situation quite ironic. She was running from a man only to be trapped by another. Rivers of tears flowed down her cheeks. She missed her parents and her brother. She missed Shadow and Kitana. She long to see them again. She didn't want to be here. She wanted to be home with her family and friends. It didn't look as if she would see them any time soon. If she managed to escape from the Kitsune's crutches, she wouldn't know how to get back home. She wouldn't be able to defend herself against predators.

Her only consolation was that soon her parents would notice she was missing. She was sure they would be looking for her. She just had to hang on until the find her. Till then, she'd have to do everything that the lord the castle asked of her.

Author's Note: I've been feeling a bit lazy lately but now I'm back, sort of. I'll try to update my stories as soon as I can.