The Price of Peace

by Ka Hmnd

Caution: This Science Fiction Story contains strong sexual content, including Ma/Fa, Consensual, .

Desc: Science Fiction Story: The price of peace was the forced or arranged marriage between a prince who wanted to be a soldier and a princess raised to rule. War had brought more than fighting. The prince suspected merchants and senior military on both sides of using it to make credits. When he brought his suspicions out into the open with the princess and her father, he triggers attacks. Only they made a mistake and missed and now it is his turn.

I was the youngest son with six sisters older than me. We had been at war for two years, mostly it was just skirmishes. I do not think either side had really wanted war, they just had not been smart enough or brave enough to avoid or stop it. My mother was the empress and my oldest sister would follow her.

The empire of Mist was not really that large but it did have a thriving economy. I was on my way into the fleet just as soon as I finished the academy. I should say I had been before I was summoned home. My sisters were married or had already taken a consort. I was sixteen and I had an attitude.

I ignored the guard and the body man as I grabbed my own float and started off the shuttle. Of course the guards hurried to catch up as I entered the starport and headed to the slide walk. Four men in fancy suits moved to intercept me and I ignored them too. They finally caught up and one cleared his throat, “sir we are here to...”

I closed my eyes, “tell one of the aids or give whatever you have to them.”

They fell back and when I walked out the door I saw the line of vehicles. I shook my head and knew I could not escape. I grinned at a thought and let the float go and walked between two vehicles and flagged down a public hack. I shoved the guards back as I got in, “the palace.”

I leaned back as I remembered my mother’s words again, “you are my son Michael and you will do as I tell you!”

I had objected and pleaded and it still came out the same. The old emperor was in bad health and his heir and granddaughter was my age and without a consort or a match. To seal the surrender I was going to marry her. In my mind I was going to be a prisoner and what I wanted with my life was gone. The public hack slowed and stopped at the large gate into the palace complex.

I paid and got out and walked to the guards, “I am Michael Henry William Sinclair. I am here to see the emperor.”

They looked at each other and one moved to look at a comp before looking at me. I sighed, “can you get it done a little faster before the damn leaches catch up?”

The guard looked at me and then grinned, “sure.”

Two minutes and I was being escorted through the huge palace. Finally the guard entered a large outer office and a woman opened the inner door, “his highness prince...”

I snorted as I walked passed her, “just call me mud.”

There were several people in the room and the old man behind the desk frowned. I walked straight to the desk and ignored everyone except him, “I am going to be blunt. I did not want to come or marry your granddaughter. I had plans for my life and they are dead now. This forced marriage is crap and we both know it.”

He sat back and his lips turned up in a slight smile as the people in the room gasped and whispered. I turned as the door opened and a girl my age walked in. I stared and could not look away as she slowed and our eyes met. I do not know how long we stood or even what was said. I woke as she took another step and glanced passed me.

She cleared her throat, “I still do not like this grandfather. I do not want some power grabbing prince telling me what I should do. I...”

I grinned, “do you like sex?”

She blushed as our eyes met, “I am promised.”

I snorted, “you mean we are being chained to each other. What I want to know is do you like sex?”

Her eyes widened, “you are the prince.”

I waited and she blushed and shrugged, “yes.”

I smiled, “that is one. Do you like adventure? Flying or subsurface swimming?”

She grinned, “diving and reef swimming.”

I nodded, “two. How about hunting? I do stalking and tree hunts but with a single shot vid camera.”

She started to frown and then grinned, “you take vids?”

I shrugged, “my rule is I can only take one vid picture.”

She smiled and shook her head, “I never tried that. I free climb.”

I grinned, “that is three. Do you like holo vids?”

I glanced at all the people leaving and looked at her as she nodded, “some of them.”

I nodded, “music?”

She nodded again and I looked passed the emperor and finally sighed, “okay.”

It was more to myself and I reached out to touch her cheek, “I am Michael. I am not here to rule or tell you how. I would not even know where to start.”

She blushed again, “and you asked about sex because?”

I reddened, “I do not wish to hide having sex. If you enjoy it and are willing...”

The emperor chuckled, “he means he was hoping you would be his sex toy.”

She giggled and looked from him to me, “we can see.”

Two hours and we were having dinner, just us, the ambassador and her father. Plus his advisors and his Sky Marshal and a few distinguished guests. One made a rude remark about us and the war and I looked down the table. I glanced at the emperor, “you think the war was all our fault?”

He sat back and sighed, “it does...”

I gestured and sat back, “let me give you a history lesson. Before the war started the cargo ship Craig’s Hope was reported missing in deep space. They missed their arrival date at their next port.”

The emperor cleared his throat which I ignored, “almost a year later it turned up outside one of your systems beyond the heliopause. What happened next was so stupid I would have fired all the fleet officer involved on both sides. Sure my mother made threats and they were taken out of context just as you made answers we took the same way.”

I shook my head, “what gets me is it took three month for the ship to reach the point where your fleet destroyed it. What I want to know was why? No one ... not from your side or mine even thought to board the ship? The first thing your and our custom inspectors do is board a ship entering a system.”

I looked at the emperor, “so the ship was unresponsive. Your fleet deemed it a threat but you were not notified for two weeks? A full fleet stayed with the ship and not one officer thought to send a boarding party across? My mother, her advisors and her military never considered sending a courier to board the ship?”

They were looking at each other and I looked at their Sky Marshal, “the destruction of the ship was unnecessary. So you destroyed the ship and we both declared war. So why did neither side attack? Not one system was attacked by either side. The only engagements were in deep space and as far as I can determine by accident.”

I looked at the emperor again, “I do not know about your empire but I am ours and I think the only ones to profit were the damn merchants. The prices for everything increased anywhere from ten to one hundred times or even more. What is worse, the quality of new equipment or parts dropped until they were sub standard.”

He nodded and looked at his Sky Marshal as the ambassador looked at me and cleared his throat, “that will be enough young...”

I growled, “shut up. You are one of the profiteers that made billions.”

I shook my head and looked at Alexandra who was grinning as she spoke, “want to be our imperial material inspector?”

I snorted as I stood, “your military suppliers would not like that.”

I held out my hand and she stood and slipped hers into mine, “where are we going?”

I smiled, “to see if you enjoy sex as much as I.”

Everyone gasped and started talking as I led her out and her guards fell in behind us. I glanced back at the royal commander that was the head of her guards, “where is the darkest place on the palace grounds?”

He looked at me hard and finally cleared his throat, “the outer gardens beyond the north wall.”

I nodded, “that is where we are going.”

I looked at Alexandra, “have you ever laid in the dark and watched the stars?”

She was blushing and blinked, “no.”

By the time we reached the garden she had my jacket around her. Her guards whispered and the commander cleared his throat, “you are carrying a weapon.”

I nodded, “with two extra magazines. I am also wearing a body screen.”

I turned and pulled Alexandra into a small grassy area. I pulled her down and laid back, “look at the stars.”

She shifted and moved closer and put her head on my shoulder, “this is how you find out if I like sex?”

I grinned in the dark, “no but it made all those nosy ... people talk.”

The commander chuckled and she giggled and I relaxed, “looking at the stars in the dark relaxes me. They seem to beckon and call out like some will-o-wisp.”

Alexandra sighed, “they are pretty.”

We lay there for almost an hour before the guards jerked up and we heard firing in the distance. I turned my head and looked at the commander, “what?”

He gestured, “we need to get the princess back to the palace.”

I sat and then stood, “what is going on?”

He looked around the empty and dark garden, “we have a major attack on the royal wing.”

Alexandra gasped, “grandfather?”

He shook his head, “in his study and safe.”

I frowned, “everyone knows he works late. Why would they...”

I looked at Alexandra and pulled her back, “they are after you.”

I looked around, “any reports of attackers outside the palace?”

The commander growled, “no.”

I nodded and pulled my pistol, “then we stay here.”

I gestured to bushes, “in there.”

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