Sela believed that she had found her silent champion but Roy’s feelings and actions had not escaped the King’s notice.
As Sela continued to play with Roy’s emotions, she was tasting freedom. She was not allowed to leave the grounds but he was and she saw him as her ticket out of there.
She would have to win his complete loyalty and make him want to enjoy that same sweet taste of freedom…and they could not do it under the auspices of the King.
Sela had already begun to feel like she, Dr. Burt, Roy, Greta and all the other silent people in the “kingdom” were part of a “glass menagerie,” kept for the Kings’ pleasure. She had heard the whispers and she had seen how everyone stood on ceremony. It was like none of them had an identity of their own. They were just a small part of a whole and that whole was the King.
She began with a casual question to Roy. “Could you just leave anytime you wanted?” His first response was “actually, I’ve never given it any thought.”
Sela looked at him and said “but there’s a whole world out there. Aren’t you curious?” Roy surprised her when he said “there’s a whole world here as well, and it’s a very good world. We, who live here, want for nothing and we’re treated very well.”
“But,” Sela continued. “Don’t you feel almost like you’re in servitude?” Roy answered exactly as Sela had hoped. “We are free to come and go as we please. We’re not prisoners and certainly not servants in the sense that you mean.”
Sela walked over to Roy and looked at him with beckoning eyes as she said “you can leave and you could take me with you. We can make a plan. We can have a life together.”
If Roy, even for a second, believed that would be a possibility, he didn’t reveal his thoughts to Sela. “Do you realize what you are asking of me? You are asking me to betray the King. You are asking me to put my life at risk…to leave the life I’ve known for most of my life.”
Sela gently put her arm on his chest and said “do you really think you’re living? No matter how you much you posture, you are his servant. You are at his beck and call. And remember, you said that you would risk your life for me.”
Roy said “I did say that but you have forgotten the circumstances surrounding that statement.”
Sela sat down on the swing and said “Roy? Where exactly does the King get his money? Did he inherit it? I mean, I never see him go to work in the traditional sense.”
The look Roy gave her left no doubt that she had crossed the mark and she would get no answer. As if she had never pried, Sela cavalierly tried a different ploy. Able to call misty eyes on command, Sela walked over to Roy and said “I need to know if anyone is looking for me. Don’t you know that I need to know if I am missed? I had to belong to someone. Wouldn’t you want to know?”
As she moved closer, she said “don’t misunderstand. I have been treated like royalty here. You have been so kind and helpful but I need to know and I need you to help me.”
Sela’s charm and beauty had certainly captured Roy and he was finding it more and more difficult to resist, especially when she was playing the “I’m so vulnerable…please take care of me” card.
To be continued_______________