Indentured Companion by Millie Lowelle EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: Millie Lowelle
- Language: English
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The Blue door
My name is Valerie Stone. I am 27 years of age. My parents were
wealthy members of the trade caste, but after my mother died my father made
some…unfortunate choices. Namely about our finances. Now my sister and I
have to make a difficult choice. Do we allow Father’s bankruptcy to leave us
become casteless and homeless in the under slums of our home, colony
station Vega 4? Or do we sign up to be indentured servants until we can earn
enough to make our way once our term is over?
Oh. Maybe I should go back a step.
Terran society in the 23rd century relies upon a caste system. Even
though our colonies span across many planets now, and we are part of the
galactic community governed by the Theskian Council, we unfortunately
have to live the same way all the other races do.
By a caste system. This was
non-negotiable for anyone who lived inside of Terran controlled space. In
essence, as long as you had a caste, you were fine. It meant you had a trade or
skill, and therefore a means to earn Xan. Money. You were born into the
caste of your wealthiest parent. So as you can imagine, marrying up was big
on the list of priorities in Terran space. Regardless of gender or species.
Marriage outside of species was not illegal, but not encouraged unless one or
both of you had existing children to continue your legacy and inherit your
This system has been in place for thousands of years to create a level
playing field in communal space. So the Theskian Council tells us. Often.
As long as you are not casteless you are fine. If, oh I don’t know, your
heartbroken father turns to drink and cards and pisses away your family’s
fortune, then it’s not such a safe bet.
I thought I would be taking over my father’s precious stones business
one day. He trained me my whole life to prepare me for that very purpose. To
take over our registered and legally bought mining company Stone Inc. We
mainly mine precious metals and minerals from asteroids and moons. I was
going to take over operations. Negotiate and deal with jewellers. One day I
would get married…but I was in no rush.
If only I had a husband. Not because I was weak and needed
protecting, but his caste would have protected me and my sister from facing
destitution. Father has ruined the Stone legacy. There is nothing left to
I hope you understand that I’m angry. I feel betrayed. He did this
under my nose and stole my future from me. Now I’m walking my sister with
me into the Vega 4 indentured servitude registration centre. It is basically
legalised slavery via a legal document stating how long the term of
‘employment’ will be for, and what payment will be given upon completion
of the agreed term.
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