Published at 27th of December 2018 05:59:36 PM

Chapter 16

Agatha hugged Kiba from behind to denote he was no longer alone in this world .

She thought perhaps his parents have a reason for discarding him in slums, but she couldn't think of any reason which would justify the act .

No! There was nothing in this world which could justify discarding a child in a slum . The slums are the true hell on Earth . Agatha knew the true conditions of the slum .

After the arrival of Evolution Comet in the year 1900, the era of mutants started . The new era was crueler than the previous era as far as the people at the bottom of society were concerned . The governments around the world started taking poor people for experiments as they tried to study the mutation around the world . Conditions of poor only got worse as the entire resources were spent on decoding the secrets of Evolution with them being forced to become a slave for the powerful mutant .

While the formation of the World Government in the year 1935 did stop the atrocities on poor in the open; the truth was even the World Government sacrificed more than a million people in their experiments . It was in the guise of employment overseas or mining incidents which would be used to justify the mass disappearance of people .

In the present year 2024, the weak and poor are forced to live in the slums with next to zero support from World Government or any other organizations . On paper, the World Government has given billions of dollars for the benefit of slums but in reality, those funds were embezzled by the officers .

To develop goodwill and increase publicity, the corporate would host annual charity events for slum people but that money was also embezzled . In this case, the money was embezzled by the powerful few in slums who are almost like overlords of the slum .

The lack of resources has made the slum a place of living hell . People would kill each other for a grain of food much less entire bread . Man would sell away their daughters or wives if it could bring food to their table . If one is orphan then the best case would be working for an overlord and the worst case would be used in human trafficking with a fate worse than death . The only chance of survival is having strong powers but even that require resources and hence making the life in slums a vicious cycle .

"I'm sorry for what you have suffered but now you are no longer alone," Agatha said while continuing to hug Kiba from behind . She could feel his tears on her hands .

Kiba left her hug and turned his face towards her . He took a deep breath to calm his emotions .

"A few minutes ago, I couldn't stop hugging you but now you are same as me," Kiba said with his signature flirtatious smile .

Agatha gave a smile at his words . Her smile was more beautiful than any flower he has seen .

"If you continue to smile like this then I won't be able to control myself," Kiba said while thinking it felt good to open his heart with someone .

It was the first time he has shared his past with anyone in his identity as 'Kiba' . The only woman who knew he has other identity is Eva but even she isn't aware of his past in slum .

He felt something familiar from her when she hugged him but then he thought it was just his excitement for having someone who cared about him .

The words Agatha has spoken has planted a seed in his heart . They might be just plain words but for him they were special .

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"Agatha, if you want to leave . . . I will help you," Kiba said .

"Leave? Where would I go then?" Agatha asked .

"Anywhere you want to go," Kiba answered .

"Kiba, this prison is better than the freedom elsewhere . There are compromises I have to make but I have also benefited," Agatha said with a sigh .

"It is your choice . . . I just want you to have freedom . " Kiba said .

"Kiba, you need to learn that the choices we have are not really choices . The freedom you think of doesn't exist in this world; not even for the strongest in this world . The strong ones are worried about losing their strength and dreading the enemies who would take advantage of their weakness . I don't even need to talk about weak ones who are ruled by the strong," Agatha said .

Kiba was talking about her marriage when he said she could 'leave' . The marriage was a compromise between two rivaled factions for stability . In the current era, rarely someone from the strong background is forced to marry against their will . Agatha was one of the rare ones who didn't have any say in her own marriage . Same applied to Jack who is her husband . This is why their marriage was full of troubles .

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Before marriage, she thought of running away but then her friend reminded of the conditions in the world . How could she survive in the world after offending her family and her future in-laws? They might not kill her but make her life a hell wasn't impossible .

Even if they didn't, she knew she couldn't handle the dull lifestyle outside . She enjoyed the rich lifestyle she had . Her very backing became a chain for her . She couldn't escape from the clutches of the vanity .

"True freedom is an illusion . . . You just need to learn it, my friend," Agatha said .

"Illusion?" Kiba thought of her words . It was not like he didn't know how freedom was a lie sold by the government to fool people but now it being addressed as Illusion still shocked him .

"There is no true freedom but only Illusion unless you can gain eternal life and break out of the shackles which bind us," Agatha concluded .

"I guess you are right . Still, I would rather spend my life on chasing realistic dreams instead of illusory eternal life," Kiba said .

He believed the present mattered more than the future . Future was illusory just like true freedom and eternal life . Why spend the entire life chasing after an illusion?

"Realistic dreams? What are your dreams" Agatha asked with curiosity .

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She really wanted to know what could attract a man more than power and eternal life . For a person from a slum, the dreams of power and eternal life were even more inviting .

"I dream of simple pleasures of life and not something grand," Kiba said with a smile .

"Just tell me no matter how simple they are," Agatha said .

"I dream of enjoying every phase of my life whether it is as a student or as a professional or an old man waiting for his death . "

"My dream is to taste the best delicacies, drink every fine liquor, and making love with the most beautiful women out there . I want to enjoy the vanity which only the rich could afford . And lastly, I dream of stealing others wife for an affair while their husbands die of envy and shame! "

Agatha: " . . . . . . . . "

"Is this too much to ask?"

Agatha: " . . . . . . "