The rest of the meetings went swimmingly on both ends. Jeff and Cor split up the rest of the men into tasks they would be well-suited for. Ash was going to work in the castle, which wasn’t the most ideal place for someone with a doctorate degree. Still, Jeff would be able to keep an eye on him. Some of the men were put on custodial duty. Cor thought they could practice cleaning up after their species now, so he let all of them assigned to that position out of their pods.
They actually did a pretty good job. Jeff did notice one thing, however. Even though these custodians were free from most of the aliens’ control, their eyes still glowed white, with no visible irises. It was a bit freaky to talk to them at first, but Jeff quickly got over it.
A couple days passed, and the ship had finally arrived at Bef. The landing team got ready, and they started to separate men out of their pods into specific groups, that would be taken away for their tasks. The palace had their own group, and Jeff made sure Ash was next to him. They then exited the ship. Cor had alerted his guards that Jeff was not a threat, yet, and so they didn’t respond when a human with irises exited the spaceship. He traveled up front with the King to his castle, which overlooked the planet’s main city.
“I would tell you its name, but since you can’t pronounce the planet’s itself, you can call it Homeworld.”
Jeff thought that was a ripoff of Steven Universe, but he was just excited he didn’t have to know another complex name. Cor escorted Jeff to his room. He was given a hand-picked bodyguard, so he naturally chose his father, Ash.
Once the door was closed, Ash went over to close it, and then said, “Jeff, help me!”
“Dad! What the fuck? What do you need help with?”
“I can fight the effects, but it’s ‘huff’ tough. Can you fix it?”
“Cor said it was something in the atmosphere.” Jeff didn’t know that that was an utter lie.
“Well, can you talk to him, ‘pant’, and see if there’s a cure?”
“Sure, Dad. I’ll get right on that.”
Meanwhile, Cor was in a meeting with the High Council.
“King Corianiolaus, what is the reasoning for bringing a non-doctrinated human male to our planet?”
“He has provided some new insight on our use of our men for their various jobs. He has been very helpful, but his time will be up very shortly.” There was then a knock on the door.
“Hello, King Cor? It’s Jeff. Can we talk.”
“In a moment,” announced Cor. He motioned for the Council to leave, and then opened the door. “Hello, Jeffrey. What do you need?”
“So, I heard from my dad that some men can fight the atmospheric demands of their conscious.”
“Is that true?”
“Fuck yeah! I wanted to ask if there was a way to cure them completely, or if I could get to working on that.”
“Yes, come with me. I’ll bring you to my science department.” As Cor escorted Jeff away, he was stuck between a rock and a hard place. He had never noticed any men actively resisting. The only problem was that the device used to ensure the men was now deactivated DNA in their bodies. Nothing Cor and any scientist could do would reactivate it. They passed by Ash on the way to the lab.
He watched as his son was taken away from him, not knowing the real reason why. Jeff and Cor continued walking, until they reached a room at the end of a long hallway. It had murdery vibes coming off from it, but Jeff naïvely assumed that the scientists wanted to work in peace and quiet. It was only when the door opened to reveal a room covered with screens that Jeff put two and two together.
“You’re being indoctrinated, Jeffrey,” announced Cor, with a smirk on his face.
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