A common ordinary maid has the privilege of working for a valiant and noble king. But as these two cross lives with one another, love becomes more apparent in each of their eyes. Will their status bring them down? Or will love find a way? Total GxK, some BxJ. The first chapter has a lot of angst, but it will get better. Rated T for angst and language.
This is the story of Gwen's life before she became who she is now…
Chapter 1: Loss of Hope
These are just some of the few words that describe my life. Everyone says that you are born for a reason…for a purpose. I don't know how or why, but for some reason I was born. I came upon this place for a reason that I have not yet found or discovered. I barely know anything about myself or my life for that matter. I sometimes wish I wasn't even alive…because my life right now is not something I am proud of.
As I said before, I barely know anything about myself. All that I do know is that my name is Gwen. Gwen is short for Gwendolyn, but that I don't even know for sure…it's just a guess honestly. But yes, so far my life has been a ride that I just wish could be different. It is a pathetic excuse for one as well. I may want to start from the beginning…
You see, when I was born, I was found on a witch's porch named Verdona. I was maybe a month old. She took me in and raised me when I was a child. I didn't know anything…nothing of my birth, my parents, or even other family. But what I did know was that I was special…I was different. She told me that I had 'special abilities' just like her and that she would train me as I got older. I guess that meant I was a witch too, in a way.
But I was only a child when I found out. I didn't want to be 'different' like her. I didn't want to be something that was stranger than I already was. She said that there was a 'spark' about me and that I should be proud of what I had, but I didn't care. It only made me more of a freak in this world. I was only a kid though; I felt abandoned so that just made the situation worse.
When I was about five years old, I was looking pretty depressed one day and she noticed. She always noticed when I was sad…and she always knew the way to make it better.
"What's wrong kiddo?" she asked me with a smile that graced her face. You could tell that I was pretty deep in thought.
"Huh? Oh, I was just thinking that's all…you know…of where I came from and all," I replied. "I just wish I knew more about myself."
She smiled at me sort of strangely. She gave me a look that was not expecting at all. She chuckled to herself.
"Well I know where you came from," she replied. "I know all about you and your life." I couldn't believe what she had said. She had been keeping a secret from me for this long? I was roaring with rage with her words; I couldn't believe that she would keep such a secret from me.
"What?" I yelled with fury. I was about to scream some more before she put a hand over my mouth.
"You never asked me before Gwen…let me explain," she began, letting go of her hand off my mouth in the process. "I can't tell you who you are yet Gwen. I can't tell you where you come from yet." I never asked her? Well that was the most stupidest thing I had ever heard!
"And why not?" I asked her again, my little five year old attitude getting to me.
"Because I want to train you first. I want you to know how to use your abilities just like me. When you have mastered them…I will tell you who you are."
I couldn't believe the words that came from her mouth. Training my abilities would take years to accomplish and I didn't want to wait that long…but I had too. I had to know where I came from or who I was. I didn't want to be the girl that was dropped off at someone's house when I was born. I didn't want to be a… nobody. I wanted to be someone that knew who she was.
The years went on and I did learn a thing or two. I was amazed at the things I could do and I was actually proud of myself for the first time in a long time. Verdona said that I was just like her when I was her age and it made her proud. The only thing that was pretty much driving me was to finally know who I am and who I was when I was born.
Verdona and I really bonded and she felt like a mother to me. She and I really connected as one and I didn't feel so alone or ashamed of who I was when she was around me. We enjoyed ourselves together and I never felt happier in my life. She said that it wasn't my powers that didn't make who I was…but it was me. I felt wanted in the world; something that I hadn't felt in a long time. And every time Verdona looked at me with her eyes…I sort of felt that she was actually part of my family.
Then…it was all ruined on that horrible day.
I was ten years old, coming back from the forest to pick up some wood for her fire and ready to train once more. I entered our home and she had a nervous look on her face. She always could sense things before they happened. The skies were dark and the forest did seem more distant than usual. Then we could both see men in the distant riding horseback. I looked at Verdona and she had the most horrible expression that I had ever seen.
"Quickly Gwen, you need to hide now," she said frantically. I was about to object when she scooted me away and opened the closet door. She pushed me in under the clothes and jackets, hiding my red hair. "Don't you dare come out until the coast is clear. Don't make a sound no matter what and whatever you do Gwen…" I could tell she was nervous. She couldn't fine the right words to say to me. "Just please, under any circumstances, do not come out. That's a direct order from your magic teacher!"
I nodded my head frantically as she shut the door. Unfortunately, the closet door never shut all the way, so there was a crack for me to see everything perfectly. I didn't know what was going on…all I did know was to listen to my feelings and not come out of this closet, no matter what.
I heard the horses stop at the house and Verdona tried to act calm as possible. She was cutting up vegetables for the soup she always made, I will never forget that. Then a knock was heard at the door, a hard and sturdy knock. She waited a couple of seconds and opened it, only to reveal what looked like soldiers of a distant kingdom.
"Is this the home of the witch Verdona?" the soldier asked her. It seemed like he recognized her when he got a good look.
"Why yes…yes it is," she said keenly. She seemed to know who he was as well.
"I am sorry, but we have strict orders from the King of the Null Void to take you into custody and strip your powers for good," the soldier smirked. She didn't seem surprised for some reason. Her expression stayed the same as she looked at the man. "Are their any other people in this house?" He obviously noticed that she was cooking for two people, not one.
"Oh no, it's just me. I can't stand other people being around me," she replied to the horrid man. "And I am sorry to disappoint you, but I am not going anywhere…nor my powers going away either."
"Listen, I'm afraid you have no choice. Either you come with us to the Null Void, or we will use deadly force," he explained to her.
"Then let's dance boys," she chirped, as her energy fired up through her arms. I was surprised that she was willing to fight them, especially soldiers from the Null Void. The Null Void was a horrible place, especially with its King in charge too…King Hex.
"You do realize the consequences if you fight back, Verdona!" yelled the man, protecting himself from her energy blasts. She didn't care though…and I was scared what the consequences would be, but I did have a guess. I didn't understand why she would fight them…now I do though.
Unfortunately, the soldiers were prepared for the attacks Verdona was throwing at them. She was good, there was no doubt in my mind that she could ever lose, especially to soldiers. But that was until the soldiers got handy with their weapons.
Of course King Hex would send his best men for situations like these. There had been rumors going around about King Hex and his necessities. He was just a freak in my eyes though…wanting power for all the wrong reasons.
I turned back to the fight. Verdona was winning at the beginning, but she was slowing with the weapons they had. I think they were specially made for this…for her. She must have known that they were coming for her, she must have known. She had been distant from me for a couple of days before hand and I know I realize that this was the answer.
They had her pinned down. I wanted to scream and run out to save her…but I knew I couldn't. All I wanted to do myself was fire my powers at them, to show them that I had the spark as well…take her instead of me. She gave me orders though; if I burst out of here and show off, I would go against her, and that was something I was not willing to do.
"I warned you Verdona; if you do not come with us, we'll use deadly force. You know the consequences Verdona," he repeated his statement. She had to have known…she just wanted to protect me from them. She wanted to let them know that she was the most powerful magic user in the kingdom, aside from Hex…and obviously Hex knew it. Hex didn't know that Verdona's pupil was watching the whole scene right from the closet.
She fired another blast to get the soldier off of her. She was on her game again, thrashing them into walls and sent them flying out of the windows. She was winning again, and I was so excited for them to retreat and run to her side.
But then something happened that I wasn't expecting…
The lead soldier came from behind and…and struck her, right in her back. How pathetic was he to come from behind and strike then? She collapsed to the floor in pain and the soldier smirked. I had to bite my lip from screaming and crying, but the silent tears came anyway.
"I warned you Verdona," he sighed, pulling out his weapon. "Men, let's go. We'll come back for her body in the morning. We have others to find in this wasteland. Come on!" He signaled his men, who were exhausted, and led them back to the horses. They rode off back on the road and disappeared in the distance.
When I heard nothing else, nothing at all, no soldiers and no more fighting, I ran out of the closet to Verdona. She was still on the floor, in pain, trying to escape it.
"Verdona!" I cried. She looked up and smiled at me, a weak smile but it was a smile no less. I grabbed her hand.
"Hey kiddo," she smiled at me.
"Verdona…" I cried some more. "This can't be happening."
"Oh Gwen…I knew they had to be coming sometime…"
"But why? Why did they do this! Why did Hex do this?" I screamed.
"It's been happening for a long time Gwen…ten years ago in fact. King Hex wants everyone in the world to not have powers like you and I. He's had his eye on me for years, but I kept diverting him. Only he and his niece, the princess, can only have powers in the world. And since he is the strongest ruler so far…" she stopped to wince.
"But why would he do that? Aren't their other kings and queens to stop him?" I said frantically. I was only ten; I couldn't understand that people were so selfish and arrogant.
"Forever it has been his dream to get rid of everyone that has powers…and I knew that I would be next soon. I am sorry Gwen…but it would take hours to explain where you came from, and unfortunately I don't have that sort of time right now."
"What about King Max? He hates King Hex! He should be able to stop him! He has the power to do so!" I screamed some more. I didn't know why…but she smiled even bigger when I mentioned King Max's name. I knew she was fading fast…but I just wish that she would give me some answers.
"Sometimes when a person has so much power, all you can do is watch so your kingdom does not suffer as well."
I couldn't stop crying. I couldn't stop being mad. Why are people so weak sometimes? Why can't they get up and fight…stand up for themselves for a change. All my life Verdona has taught me to stand up for myself and not let anyone get in the way of my beliefs and strengths. And now we have multiple kingdoms letting the Null Void to whatever it wants. It made me sick, honestly.
"I have to go now Gwen…I wish I could have told you more. I think I made a mistake in not telling you the truth."
"No Verdona, don't be ashamed…you taught me so much, and I'll never forget it. I learned so much from you, so much."
"Never tell anyone that you have powers, or they will come after you too," she coughed. I was actually surprised that she was able to hold this long; it was probably because of her powers. "I love you dear."
She didn't say anymore, and neither did I. All I did feel was her hand loosen up in mine and her eyes closed. I sat there for about ten more minutes, then got up and left. I stayed the night across from the house, by a tree. The night was cold and alone, but I had never felt so alone in my life before. In the morning, those soldiers had come back and toke her away. They destroyed and burned the house down; leaving no sign that she had ever lived there.
For the next five years, without her, I walked around the different kingdoms and places. I became a street kid, living on the streets and stealing anything I could to survive. I hated to steal…absolutely hated it. No one should ever have to go through so much work, and then having others steal it later. It was horrible, but I had to do it.
It also taught me self defense. I knew how to protect myself from others that wanted my food, with out using my powers. I would never tell a soul that I had them; others would rat me out for sure to the Null Void. I would also train myself with my powers too. I had to go to a deserted forest and practice…and I did get better, a whole lot better.
I also had to wear a hat to hide my long red hair; I would stick out like a sore thumb, especially to the people I stole from. I would travel everywhere, visit different kingdoms to look at the different palaces of the royalty.
My favorite palace, though, would have to be the Kingdom of Bellwood. It was the greatest palace I had ever seen; even better than the one the King Max owned in Omnitrix. But this one was great; there was a prince that lived there, him only. His parents sadly died a couple of years ago, so he would inherit the throne when he turned eighteen. At least he knew what happened to his parents. But still, his age and to have so much power among him was incredible.
He probably was some spoiled brat though. I didn't know his name, but he probably was just some kid that got whatever he wanted with a snap of a finger. That was what was wrong with kingdoms these days…they care more about themselves than the people that resided in them. If I was a ruler, I would make sure that everyone was happy and somewhat prosperous.
I usually stuck in Bellwood for most of my time. When I turned fifteen, I was old enough to realize that stealing was getting me no where…especially when I got caught. I had no way of getting out or doing anything so that I can escape. They caught me red handed and I was totally ashamed. I thought I was going to get my head chopped off for sure.
It was a maid service. I wanted some new clothes so I didn't look so nasty in what I was wearing. But some lady caught me red handed and I was taken to the warden. I thought for sure I would be taken to the prince and he would have to kill me. Stealing wasn't exactly the best thing to do in Bellwood.
The warden looked at me and made her decision. I didn't know what she would do with me, and I could tell that she hated robbers. She lifted up my hat and my red hair flew to my back, as the wind blew it from the window. My green eyes glistened in the sun as I looked at her. I also got a good look at her; she had dirty blond hair and brown eyes, and looked to be in her late forties.
"Have you ever worked as a maid before?" she asked me. I looked at her, still pretty shocked that she hadn't wasted me yet.
"Um, no I haven't actually," I said quietly. I said it very politely, so nothing else would happen to me. I was worried that she was going to slap me or something, but I didn't feel threatened. The woman was actually sort of nice to me.
"Well you are now," she replied, getting up and starting a bath full of water.
"Um excuse me?" I asked, with some attitude that time. Oh, I also gained that too; I definitely had an attitude and could be very smart when I wanted to be, but I guess I have always had that.
"It's your debt to pay me. Since you tried, unsuccessfully, to steal some of my customers clothing, you must work for me now,' she explained, putting soap in the water. Did I honestly have a choice? "Or I could always turn you in to Prince Kevin and he can deal with you instead."
My eyes widened and I hurriedly said no. My thoughts began running again. This was actually a good thing. I would have a place to stay and food every night to eat. Maybe I wouldn't get paid, considering it was my debt, but at least I was occupied.
"I am Cassandra by the way. You'll be working with other girls your age. Most of the girls here are orphans, so none of them have a choice but to work here. Every morning you'll get up around six and work till the end of five. When you have completed your work, by my judgment, you'll be able to go again. May I ask what your name is?"
"Gwen," I replied, as she started to take off my clothes.
"Gwen huh? Well Gwen, we are going to get you cleaned up and into some normal clothes," she suggested to me. "Oh and if you try to escape, you'll suffer the consequences just like the other girls here do. You red hair and green eyes won't be too hard to find in this city." I gave her a smile that told her I wouldn't try it, and she seemed to believe me.
For the next few years I had been working in that industry. I was good at cleaning and became a full pledged maid, if that is even something to be proud of. The girls my age, though, were really annoying. The only downside of it was I didn't get along with them at all. Every single one of the hated me for reasons I just didn't understand. I think it was because I came from the streets. Cassandra said I could leave because my debts were paid, but I didn't want to go, even if the girls were monsters. I had a place to stay and food; I didn't leave and she was fine with it. She thought I was crazy.
She was another woman that was really kind to me…but then, luck wasn't on my side once again, and that changed too. One day, she suffered a heart attack and left the world for us to manage the maid service. Unfortunately, the Cassandra's assistant, the same woman that caught me stealing in the first place, became the warden…giving all of our lives more living hell. Her name was Rojo, and was not the kindest woman ever. She worked us harder, way harder then Cassandra ever did. And the worst part of it was that I couldn't leave at all. I had already told Cassandra that I wanted to stay and be an official maid in the business; and that meant having to serve under Rojo's rule too.
I was stuck. I was stuck in a hole that I couldn't get out of. Many girls tried to leave, but Rojo was quick. It was if she knew when they were going to leave before it happened. And if any girls actually got the chance to leave, they would be found and whipped several times. I was just glad I was smart enough to leave; I could have easily used my powers and escaped, but it would just be a waste of time and ended up in something that would be ten times worse. I also made a promise to Verdona. We were pretty much slave girls from the way Rojo had been treating us; it was almost like a prison. We were treated like slaves, and the orphans had no choice but to stay, considering they had no home at all.
So this was the life I had lived so far…
I was happy, and then I wasn't. It was like walking into a place where everyone stared at you for being different. I felt alone…no one was around that liked me or wanted me.
I was a maid…not really expecting it, but I had a job and tried to live my life the way I wanted it…
Up to now…well I haven't gotten that far…yet…
A young twenty year old girl with long red hair was scrubbing some clothes in water. The girls around her were doing the exact same thing, some even receiving whips from the guards; yes, the warden had put guards in her industry so that no one was out of line. Her emerald eyes wandered everywhere; everywhere she could to catch a glimpse. Gwen was trying to get a chance to see the girls trying to escape in the back of the room. Like they have a chance…
Rojo practically transformed the maid industry into her own business. Not only were maids washing clothes or cleaning, but they were now sewing, hemming, pressing, and different things to keep her business running. She treated her employees horribly. It almost like she was running a slave trade, or so that was what it seemed. She hired more women to keep watch of the girls that were her age, in case of males ever entering the complex.
King Hex had fulfilled his dream. No one, not a single person, had powers anywhere, except him and his niece. They say that King Hex is now the most powerful conqueror in the land, and if anyone gets in his way, he would simply crush them. Everyone was afraid of him and his power and no one got in the way of him…ever. No one else in the world had powers…or so he thought.
The woman over Gwen's should saw that she was working hard, and went on to the next. This gave Gwen time to catch a glance at the girls in the corner. They were still pretending to wash the clothes, but Gwen over heard their plan from the night before. There was a window right above them, a perfect spot for them to hop through, if it wasn't for the metal bars attached. A girl got on her knees and helped the other girl when none of the women were looking. The girl took out a nail file and started to rub the rough exterior onto the bar. The third girl was the look out.
What made Gwen sick was that they were using the youngest girl to file the bar; not to mention put her life at stake instead of the other older two. These were the same girls that never talked and hated Gwen, but she was on better terms with the younger one.
It was perfect timing for the other girls to do this, for it was their lunch break, a perfect opportunity where they will be gone and the women would be away. The younger girl filed as fast as she could. She got two bars in the meantime, but Gwen knew it wouldn't last. Lunch would be over in five minutes and they knew they were running out of time. No one else seemed to notice or care at all. All of them just sighed that they would even go for it
"Hey! You girls!" screamed one of the women that had entered the room. Many girls started screaming and backed off from the hungry woman that was about to take down the girls. It was inevitable…they should have just quit when they had two bars down, and then started again tomorrow.
The girl that was on her knees, pushed down the younger girl and tried to get up on the window herself. Selfish arrogant brat… The third girl also took a chance and fought between the one that was now on the window. The large woman pulled one girl off.
"I need some help in here!" she screamed so that her companions would arrive. The younger girl watched as the other two tried to wrestle her down. She was smart to act like she didn't know them. Another woman entered the room as she grabbed the other one. Gwen couldn't believe that they would be fighting with the large women, or the fact that the younger one grabbed onto the window and tried to escape herself again. Unfortunately, the younger on was small and could barely get up from her weak muscles.
"Hey get down from there now!" yelled the woman. The young one struggled, as more women entered the room. Tears filled the girl's eyes, wishing that there was some way to escape this awful place. She knew she wouldn't be able to make it, she was done for…
Gwen sighed. With her hands still in the water of her clothes, they started glow a pink color. Suddenly, a pink step was formed under the little girl's feet and she was able to get through the window and jump from the building. She ran as fast as she could, to escape from that horrible place. Gwen looked around and saw that no one had noticed her step suddenly appearing; of course she only made it last a second, just enough time for the girl to get her strength.
"Alright girls, back to work," came Rojo's dark voice. "As for you two…in my office, now." She smiled at them darkly, and then looked at the other girls who were suddenly working at a faster pace. She looked at each one and saw Gwen. "Gwen! My office too."
Gwen sighed once more. That usually meant that she wanted her office swept and mopped. She grabbed the mop and broom from the closet, and met up with Rojo in her office, where two girls were being whipped on there backs. Gwen started to sweep and kept her mouth shut while Rojo was getting her pleasure. She was never, and has never, been afraid of Rojo, but all the other girls were, that was what probably separated her from the others. Plus, Rojo hated Gwen even more for being Cassandra's pet, so she got most of the hardships.
"This will teach you brats from trying to run away, and your friend won't be so lucky when we find her too!" Rojo said, as she smiled wickedly. When Rojo was finished, she let the girls go, who were sobbing, and she sat down to talk to her assistant, who was knew to the facility. Gwen stayed silent as she mopped.
"King Kevin is looking for a maid," Rojo said, to vent to her assistant. "But only the ones that are the ages between eighteen and twenty-five. I have to give him my best…he plans to pay me very well."
"Why does he need a maid? Doesn't he have a lot as it is?" the warden asked. Rojo shrugged.
"I don't know, but he wants his own personal maid, someone that hasn't been around the palace before. I guaranteed him the best…I just hope these wash ups don't start sobbing the moment they step outside."
"And he wants to look at all of them?"
"Yes, every one. I just wish that King Hex was looking for a maid…hell I'd offer myself up if he was looking," she replied, playing with a pen at her desk. "Did you get all of that Gwen?" Gwen looked up at her, after hearing her name. Of course she heard the whole thing, and what was the best was that she was old enough and maybe had a chance to get picked by the King himself. "Don't get your hopes up though; I'm sure he's looking for more pretty girls, not some ugly one without a purpose in life."
Gwen kept a straight face and continued to mop her floors. Gwen didn't realize it, but she was beautiful; gorgeous in fact. She was tall and slender, but had the curves anyone would dream of. Her long red hair, which was up in a bonnet at the moment, was radiant that went along perfectly with her emerald orbs. Her lips were full and her clear skin was the perfect touch to top it off. Even her breast size was actually a good size; most of the women around here weren't exactly as full as they wanted to be.
"And yet, I have to waste my time and put you in there anyway, such a shame, but it is the king's orders," Rojo continued to blabber, and Gwen on the other hand didn't really give a damn to what she had to say. Rojo noticed. "You know what? Why don't you make yourself useful and make me some dinner. The kitchen is right around the corner."
Gwen put down her mop in the bucket and walked out of the room. She wanted nothing more than to sock her right in the face; a local street kid taught her how to do that when she was around twelve. Or better yet, use her powers to strangle her…but she knew the reason why she couldn't do that. Maybe she could poison her food…but where was she going to get poison? If anything, she'd survive from the poison, like the hard ass that she was, and have to whip Gwen two hundred times.
Gwen finished cooking for Rojo and returned. To her surprise, Gwen actually cooked better than the chef himself. She let Gwen return to her room, leaving a smirk while exiting, which made sure that Rojo saw.
She lay in her bed, as the other girls whispered about the events that happened between the three girls today, looking at the moon through the window. She could be social and talk about how she over heard Rojo sending girls over to down town square, so that King Kevin himself would be picking the maid he wants for personal affairs, but she liked having a secret.
She then thought about Verdona, wondering if this is what she expected her to do with her life. She could become a magician or something productive in that manner, but how lame would that be if you suddenly became accused for using magic? She would totally be caught and stripped of her powers, just as Verdona was, except with a more unfortunate ending.
Tomorrow would be an interesting day. She wondered who Kevin would choose for his own necessities. Then again, she was infuriated that he was willing to pay for women. What were we? Slaves? Sure one of them would be free from Rojo, but still. What a jerk. And Rojo made it sound like the young girls were perfect and the most amazing people he would ever see.
Then she would be anywhere but here. She would go anywhere, just to be away from this place Cassandra had created, then Rojo destroying it after. Plus, she would totally rub it in Rojo's face if she ever was chosen…
A tear went down her face at the thought of her life and what it would become…
She had it. If she wasn't chosen, she would run away herself and get the hell out of here. No more staying here ever again, she was ready to be free once more. Screw Rojo, what Gwen was capable of didn't even matter. She could probably kick all of their asses in one fight, with out powers. But what she did know was that she was done. Rojo would give the news in the morning to the girls, all of them would start to freak out, some blonde would get picked, and later that night she would run away and go back to Omnitrix for a couple of weeks.
That was the plan and she would stick to it, for her sake…
I just want to live
I wish I could breathe…
That was the first chapter of Rescue Me. I hope all of you liked it…ok, it had A LOT of angst in the first chapter, but I do plan to make it better…
Oh, and if any of you were wondering, I made Rojo normal in this story…
Who will the king choose to be his personal maid? Isn't it obvious? I am pretty new to Ben 10 archive, so be easy on me.