Suell pale gray eyes rested on her. He let out a long sigh. “You aren’t going to trust me if I don’t answer.”
Neela knew it wasn’t a question. She waited. For once in her life, she found she had patience.
“Do you know how I came to be born, Alaget?” Suell asked in calm, soothing tone.
She shook her head. “I know little of you Woellian culture, High Lord Suell.”
“Of course not,” He muttered. Those strange blue hands ran through his fight hair mussing it out of place. “Woellian live to serve the Leader Females. It isn’t cultural behavior. It is pure instinct. A proper Woellian would crawl over broken glass at a single spoken word. There is not questioning, there is no doubt. All of them are united in their loyalty, and commitment to them. They exert a subtle control over us.” His brow wrinkled very slightly. “Their morals, their beliefs are yours. That’s why our society is so liberal in some respects. Deviate behavior isn’t a threat when we all believe as one.”
“In a way there are three genders for them. Male, female, and leader. Leader females are a breed apart.” His eyes turned inward the pale gray darkening. “Beautiful, strong, brave, intelligent, deadly, protective, and leadership instincts to their very cores. “ Suell stopped speaking.
Neela wriggled in her seat. In a few minutes she’d learned more than she’d ever known of the Woellian. Yet, none of this answered her question. “Thank you, High Lord.” She stood up to leave.
His hand snapped out with blurring speed. “Please sit, I’ll tell you the rest.” He didn’t speak again until she was seated. “My mother was born with a genetic flaw. Many Woellian are our genetics are weak prone to random mutations due to damage inflicted on us a long time ago. Sometimes we adapt in marvelous ways. And, sometimes whole generations die from horrid diseases.”
“Qwe-Fale-eiaa, my mother, was told she wouldn’t be allowed to breed. They couldn’t risk the disease from passed on. However, she wanted children. She pointed out to the leader female in charge of the Qwe that if she managed to breed with an Alaget the child wouldn’t be flawed. Qwe Leader Female didn’t agree. My mother, who was once a high rank, grew angry and spilt off from her people. She probably had a tendency to be an eiaa in her. Otherwise, she never would be able to defy a leader female. She searched out a male Alaget willing to accept children dying until the managed to breed one who might go insane before adulthood.”
Neela bit her lip. “I don’t understand.”
“My mother was an eiaa. Eiaa tend to breed other eiaa. My mother’s defiance doomed me. Yet, if she hadn’t rebelled I’d never been born.” His eyes flickered with red, his face growing taunt across his delicate bones. “No one should have that right over others.”
“But,” Neela started without thinking, “didn’t this prove the Qwe leader female right. Breeding was a bad idea.”
Suell’s face slackened as his mouth hung open. Then, he laughed. “Perhaps, you are right, Citizen Neela. But, I’ll never agree. Do you trust me now?”
“No,” She said. “I’m beginning to have faith you do not lie, High Lord Suell.”
“Good, someday I hope to earn all your trust.” He tipped his head at the door. “You may go and rest. If you are hungry let someone know.”
As Neela dragged her weak body out the door, she began to hope.