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Freshly bathed and still dripping wet, Adalina came around the corner of a stand of trees, planning to run and jump into the waiting arms of her lover. Instead, three helmeted soldiers, with loaded spear-guns, were standing around him. She started to run to him when someone grabbed her from behind.
Adalina stomped on his foot and broke away, but another soldier grabbed her before she advanced three paces. Swinging her fisted right hand and connecting with her new assailant, she broke free once more only to find herself corralled by the original attacker, who'd recovered. He grabbed, and held both of her arms behind her, pushing her towards the other soldiers and Mitheas.
The leader spoke, "A Fala and a pretty one. Prince Mitheas, you know better than that. Co-mingling with Falas out of season is forbidden. Your grandfather, the king, will be sorely disappointed."
"As I am sorely disappointed in you, Cap'n Magis. Sneaking around and following me."
"The law is clear and applies to everyone. Even royalty. However, because of your status, I will grant you and your tramp Fala a favor. I will not mention in my report that you were seen fornicating the Fala."
"Do as you will. I've got nothing to be ashamed about. I will proudly proclaim my love for Ada to grandpa, and that we have made love."
"Humpf!" Cap'n Magis turned to his men and said, "Take the wench to the castle and place her in detention."
"Yes Cap'n," answered the sergeant.
They placed a pole behind Adalina's back and between the crook of her elbows and bound her hands. Wide-eyed, Ada stared imploringly at Mitheas. Tears had welled up in her eyes. Groping her as they did, the soldiers tied arope around her waist and strung it to the large six-legged boonsan, then led her off.
"Don't worry, my love. Everything will be fine. I'll see to it," yelled Mitheas.
She turned, and forced herself to smile. Now Mitheas was worried. He whispered to the Cap'n. "I will personally hold you responsible should anything befall her. You hear!"
Cap'n Magis, concern now revealed in his eyes shouted, "Oh sergeant!" The sergeant turned to the Cap'n. "One more thing. Make sure that you and your men keep your hands off the sexy, Fala whore."
The Sergeant bowed his head and said, "As you wish, sir"
"What about my clothes?" yelled Adalina, not liking the long stares she was getting from the soldiers.
"What clothes? I see no garments."
"They're scattered about." Mitheas said.
The sergeant asked his commander, "Should I gather her clothing?"
"Nay. I want Lor D'ana to see the Fala harlot the way we found her."