The Emperor is just to all his subjects – The Emperor.
Multiple times cycles had now passed. Yet Timothy still found himself on the top tier. He had been totally consumed by grief till very recently but then he found it increasingly odd that he wasn’t being told to return. Not that he was complaining. The longer he stayed on this tier, the better and better he felt. It wasn’t just something in his head either. When he looked in the mirror, his skin and hair looked clearer and fuller. He felt full of energy. And he could see those changes in those around him too. Their health just got better and better. His father now looked more like his brother. He guessed that it was more than just the cleaner air. It must be something that was in the food or drink. All he was certain of was that he was happy of it and hoped that it would never end.
Audrey was now spending every night with him. But they were now doing far more than resting. It started off with some kissing but had now progressed to her straddling him twice per night. He enjoyed it more with her than all the others. There was closeness, an intimacy that he craved. They had declared their love for one another, and it all felt right.
Still more time passed.
“I think you’ve been retired,” his Da joked.
“No, I don`t think so. Not going to happen, wouldn’t be that lucky.”
Three time-cycles later, a red light shone on the wall. It was a sign to go to the main meeting area.
They were met by three Imperial Guards, dressed in their purple robes and carrying their standard machine guns.
“Timothy the Impaler (for that is what he is now known), you and Audrey the Destroyer have been called for an immediate audience with the Governor. Your battle chairs will be required.”
Timothy knew that the time for more bloodshed was upon him.