“She has a talent, she either actually enjoys her work or else she is able to convincingly act. The clients we send her to have nothing but great reviews of her, she’s responsible for 2% of our repeat customers.”
Loretta stood before Gregory, the pleasure hub’s owner, with her data pad in hand. Going over the financial report for the last month and reviewing the men and women of their “employ”. It was an activity that Gregory hated doing. It was boring to him and he would much rather be mingling with the girls in the floors below.
Gregory tossed an orange into the air, playing a game of catch with himself as Loretta spoke to him. “How long has she been with us?” He asked.
“4 months” Loretta replied
“Where did we pick her up?”
Gregory thought on this information for a moment. “We could sell her to the Amarr for a decent price. Some of those royal boys there would pay top price for a Vherokior girl that is eager to please.”
“She has already made us more ISK than we could get from selling her to the Amarr.” Loretta said matter-of-factly. “I would recommend that we reserve her to the high rolling clients.”
Gregory grumbled unconvinced “Here’s the thing, some of those Minmatar girls can get…” he searched for the right word. “Spicy… with Amarrian clients. What’s to say that she isn’t going to start slitting throats?”
“She has already been servicing some Amarrian men. Her records show that one of her most frequented clients is the son of an Amarrian diplomat. I think that…”
“Bring her to me” Gregory said, cutting her off. “I want to speak to her. If she is as good as you say, I have a friend from Motsu that would be interested in her.”
“Right away sir” Loretta said. Then motioned to a female servant who was standing by the office door “Go to 318 and collect Ji Yung.”
Ji Yung was laying face down on her mattress, nude except for her lace panties. Her eyes did not blink or move. To someone watching her, the steady rise and fall of her torso would be the only indication of life. The dull light from the ceiling fan gave the room a feel of being a dirty place, though she kept her side of the room as clean as she could. Her head rested on her pillow, her eyes fixed on the wall opposite her bed. She had been in this position for hours, forcing her mind into a trance-like state.
Her mind was completely blank, she forced out all awareness of the physical world around her and simply existed there in a void of her own making. It was how she spent the majority of her free time now, quietly waiting for her time inside of nothingness to expire.
Ji Yung’s subconscious awareness registered a sound. Groaning quietly, her mind began to automatically begin functioning, bringing her back into conscious thought. Colors began to appear back into her focus. She hated this part, coming back into existence. When she was in a trance, it was as if she didn’t exist at all. She preferred not existing to the reality of her life.
The sound came again, this time louder. She recognized it as a knock on her door. She blinked once, wishing to herself that the sound was not real so that she could return to her trance. She cleared her throat, blinking again to wet her eyes from being open for so long.
“One moment please” She croaked. The voice still did not feel like her own, her mind was coming to terms with reality now.
Ji Yung flexed her fingers before pushing herself from her bed, sitting on the edge of the mattress, she twirled her neck slowly to allow the blood flow to return to her brain. She stood and walked to the door. She didn’t bother covering herself, her body had been on display for so many people over the last several years of her life that the exposure didn’t matter to her anymore.
She opened the door and saw the servant girl standing there. Ji Yung noticed right away who’s personal servant this was. She was a pretty girl, though Ji Yung couldn’t recall the girls name, she knew that she was a personal favorite of Gregory and therefore stayed with him throughout his days and nights.
“Master Gregory requires your presence in his office” The girl said.
“Are there any other details?” Ji Yung asked. Usually if she was required somewhere, there were detailed instructions sent to her beforehand.
“None” said the girl
Ji Yung raised a curious eyebrow at the girl. “I need 5 minutes” she said, then closed the door.
Stepping to her closet she analyzed her situation quickly. Gregory wanted to see her, this was not foreign to her, she had serviced Gregory before. He liked to personally try out every new girl to arrive at his pleasure hub. Usually when he picked a girl to entertain him, he requested something specific. This was not to be an entertainment call, which she gathered meant that he was considering a change to her life of some sort. “I need to look casually elegant and susceptible” She said to herself.
She reached up and pulled a white sun dress from its hanger, then slid out a pair of white flats to wear with the dress. This would compliment her tanned skin tone. She didn’t have a lot of time to look like she didn’t just come back from the dead, so she quickly applied some lip plumping gloss and light rose blush before returning to the door. As she walked with the girl, Ji Yung wrapped her hair tightly into a high bun. Gregory did not like hair getting in his way, she remembered.
Ji Yung stood before Gregory’s desk in the center of the room. She made a point to make herself look as if she was attempting to hide fear of what might be said. The look of concern on her face she knew would be noticed by him, and his response would tell her whether this was a pleasure call or if he intended to use her as a bargaining chip. She aimed to appear at a disadvantage, which she had learned worked wonders on men in power.
Gregory looked up at her from his data pad and smiled, it was a forced smile Ji Yung noted. He was attempting to put her at ease, though she knew that he likely did not at all care for her comfort. This smile told her that he was going to be attempting to convince her of something, or that this would be an interrogation, and he wanted a willing subject instead of a defensive one. This was not going to be a sexual interaction.
“Take a seat please” Gregory motioned towards the lounge chair next to Ji Yung.
She returned a nervous smile to him and sat in the chair. Sitting with her knees together and folded her hands on her lap. She began running her thumb over her hand. She wanted him to notice and determine this as a subconscious action indicating that she was nervous of his power. She waited for him to speak, allowing him to control the conversation.
Gregory indeed took notice of her fidgeting and smiled inwardly to himself. He enjoyed feeling in power, and knowing that this asset of his felt weak and nervous, boosted his ego. Now was the time for him to throw her off.
“What do you think of the Amarr?” Gregory asked with a smirk.
Ji Yung pursed her lips, this question was meant to take away her balance. Ji Yung recognized. “The men are handsome and most are very articulate and well educated.” She said “They also almost always try to tip me.” She confessed.
“oh?” said Gregory. He looked back at Loretta, who made a note on her data pad. The rules of the pleasure hub were clearly spoken to clients. Tipping was against the rules. Gregory was not expecting her to begin talking about clients. He had intended to gauge her political views, but decided to run with the conversation to see where it led. Thinking that this girl might actually not have and political views of her own.
“What about the Minmatar?” Gregory asked next. Ji Yung understood then that he intended to rapid fire questions at her to gauge her natural responses.
“Minmatar men tend not to be as in touch with their emotions, they are more direct with their desires than other men, but of course there are always exceptions.” She intended to appear neutral to whatever this line of questioning was meant for.
‘He is trying to see if I am a threat to anyone’ She thought to herself. ‘He intends to move me somewhere for wealthier clients’ She concluded.
Gregory sighed, pressing a finger into his cheek as if contemplating something. He looked up toward the ceiling while he thought.
‘This next question will be intense’ Ji Yung thought. Doing her best to appear uneasy and vulnerable.
After a few seconds, Gregory looked behind him at Loretta as a sort of instruction to play along before bringing his gaze back to Ji Yung.
“If I had a client that we needed to… disappear…” He gave a moment for dramatic effect, and to allow Ji to catch his meaning. “Would you be willing to help us with that?”
Ji Yung looked confused, she wanted the man to underestimate her intelligence. Giving a moment of pause. “I don’t understand” she said finally.
Gregory leaned his elbows on his desk, looking intensely at Ji Yung. “I want to know if you will kill an Amarrian client” He said. He was attempting to appear sincere and very serious.
‘This is the real test’ Ji Yung thought. She presented a face of shock at first, then quickly looked at the floor. Staring for a moment to allow a tear to run down her cheek. She forced a tremble in her chin to show that she understood.
“I…” she choked on her words, giving Gregory time to observe her emotional change. “I don’t know what to say sir. I…” She allowed a few more tears to begin sliding down her cheeks.
Gregory’s face changed from serious to sorrowful. He had not been expecting such a strong reaction, but he was certain now that she held no hostility towards the Amarr.
“Hey” Gregory said comfortingly “it’s ok hun, I’m actually glad that this troubles you. Please forget that I asked.”
Gregory motioned to Loretta, who brought Ji Yung a tissue to wipe her tears away.
Her lips trembling and tears freely falling now, she looked up at Gregory meeting his eyes for a moment and then turning them away in an act of submission. She did not want Gregory to feel like he was not in control. “I just can’t do it sir, I’m so sorry, I just can’t hurt someone.” Ji Yung said, lifting her hands and dropping them back in her lap. Her face was now flush, her intention of showing embarrassment at her inability to conduct violence had hit it’s mark.
“It’s quite okay Ji Yung, I shouldn’t have asked, forget the entire thing. Please lets move on to a less serious topic.” Gregory said, attempting to calm the now distraught Ji Yung. He was desperate to end the discomfort he felt at making the poor girl cry.
“How are things going with your living quarters? Are you happy with your room?”
Ji Yung had to fight a laugh, Gregory had obviously never been to the pit where the girls of his pleasure hub lived. She was sure that he had no idea the living conditions he was subjecting his women to. ‘better that I keep him from that information’ She thought.
Ji Yung swallowed hard, regaining control of herself through some remaining sobs. She smiled weakly “I could use a few new dresses.” Ji Yung said. “There are times when I want to set a certain mood for specific clients and it’s difficult from time to time.”
Gregory nodded and looked back again to his secretary. “Loretta, please see to it that she gets some dresses of her choice, you can use funds from my personal account.” He said, clearly expecting recognition for such a personal sacrifice.
Ji Yung looked up at him and smiled happily, appearing to be a giddy young girl who was told she was allowed to go on a shopping spree.
“Yes sir” Loretta responded. She walked over to Ji Yung and held out her hand. The interview was over. Ji Yung took Loretta’s hand and stood slowly and was lead out of the office. At the doorway, Ji Yung glanced back at Gregory with a happy smile. “Thank you Sir.”
Gregory nodded to her, glad to be recognized for his kindness to one of his girls. He felt quite heroic.
Loretta did not shift her gaze from her data pad. this seemed to be her permanent stature. Head bent down, organizing data for the hub. “I will come and see you at some point this week to order some dresses for you” She said. “Don’t get any wild ideas” she added “there will be a limit to cost.”
With that, the servant girl appeared again to escort Ji Yung back to her room. Walking behind the girl, Ji Yung wiped away the remaining tear from her cheek. A wicked smile rolling onto her face as she walked. She began taking inventory in her mind of the items she would need to pack.
“Gregory. To what do I owe the pleasure of your call?” Eric Lee said, smiling through the holo-projector.
“I have something for you, that I think you will really enjoy” Gregory said, beaming at Eric
“A singular thing?” Eric asked.
“oh yes, exactly what you like. With potential to multiply your earnings if you allow her to teach other girls how to behave.” Gregory raised his eyebrows to enhance the point.
“hmmm, I take it that this is going to cost me quite a bit to acquire her” Eric mocked.
“I’m going to ask you for five billion, but you will be talking me down to three point five.” Gregory said chuckling.
“I will send a shuttle for her, I want to make an assessment for myself old friend.” Eric said, then asked “How old is she?”
“She will be 17 in a month, and… fair enough, I will send Loretta with her in the event that you want to negotiate her price.”
Both of the men smiled, thinking of the rewards they would receive for this deal.