Prendergast was born precisely at midnight on 1st January 2030 – and as it
happened, died exactly a hundred years later at the same time.
During the first
quarter of that century, he lived an exemplary life, was a perfect baby, never
crying and sleeping through the night.
As a toddler, he had an incredible vocabulary at age two. And throughout his childhood never set a foot
out of place, kept his room neat and tidy, made his own bed and always wanted
to help his parents.
He was sent to The
Southport School, the Gold Coast (of Queensland’s) top boys’ school and
excelled there, too. He was captain of
each of his successive classes, was an excellent scholar and top sportsman
starring in cricket and football teams, a champion swimmer, gymnast and tennis star
and ended up as school captain.
But he was also a
most self-effacing young man, never ever flaunting his own attributes or
achievements and always there to help a less gifted schoolmate when he could.
He then attended
Griffith University where he attained an honours degree in Business Management.
His father, Robert,
was a consultant engineer, and his mother a partner in a prestigious Gold Coast
law firm so their joint income was very substantial. Neither of them believed in ostentation,
though, and while their house was on a canal and was very comfortable, it was
no mansion. Nor did they indulge in
expensive clothes or cars, preferring to invest their surplus funds and enjoy
watching their portfolio grow.
They were both
interested in the stock market and investments generally and over the dinner
table, often talked over their portfolio and how it might be improved. This caught James’ attention and he began to
take an interest at a very early age.
Robert was at first
amused at his son’s rather strange interest even at age seven but as he
perceived the boy really understood this stuff, took him more and more into his
James had always
worked for his pocket money. He mowed
neighbours’ lawns and cleaned their windows.
He ran errands and took on any small jobs they asked of him. And he saved the lot!
At first it was in a
savings account but then he asked his father (at age eleven) if he too could
have an investment account with their broker.
Robert and Evelyn were hesitant at first but then, after putting in
safeguards such as instructions that the broker was never, ever to allow him to
invest a cent he didn’t have, they decided to give him a go.
And they were both
astonished at the results. By now, all
children could use computers, tablets, iPhones, etc as easily as they could
read and while James never abused the privilege (by spending too much time at
it) he began to accumulate a growth that even exceeded that of his parents’
honourable people themselves and trusting James, they never looked into his
accounts although of course the dinnertime discussions continued.
By the time he was
fifteen, he had amassed a quarter of a million dollars; by eighteen, five
million, and by twenty-two, forty-five million.
This level of growth is unheard of but he had merely used his uncanny
nous, business training and an intelligence that had to be genius-level to nut
out the funds, businesses and properties that were going to grow and those that
were on the way down and adjusted his portfolio accordingly.
They were a caring,
loving family and both Robert and Evelyn were justifiably both proud of, and
loved their son deeply.
There was just the
one thing, though.
He never seemed to
keep a permanent ‘best friend’ as most children do. He had dozens of friends but none held the
top position for long. And further, he
never went very far with them sexually; not even as an older teenager or young
adult. His mother particularly watched
the way he conducted himself with his friends and particularly the female ones
He wondered himself,
of course, for he well knew he was different from all his friends.
Sex was nice. Once he discovered masturbation, he indulged
regularly. At first, it was to thoughts
of a particular girl’s body and wondering about her sex. But sometimes it was a handsome male friend’s
muscles and his cock and balls that drove the climax for he was totally
ambidextrous when it came to sex (as in fact were a great number of people,
But the idea of
actually copulating with either a girl or boy had him retreat with
distaste. Every time he thought of the
idea (and of course well-knowing that his friends did it regularly and often
went all the way) he shrank back in disgust.
The act, far from being exciting was dirty and absolutely repugnant to
him. It wasn’t religious or even moral
considerations. And it certainly wasn’t
that he was not interested in their sexual organs, rather that that part of
another person’s body was theirs; private and absolutely inviolable!
And then he thought
of using slaves as his personal servants, something his parents hadn’t seen the
need for, punishing them harshly with cane or whip for their misdemeanours, and
small crimes, for slavery had been reinstated three decades earlier as the only
penalty for middle to serious crime and for failed students and it had been
with a great deal of fanfare for penal slavery in its new form was draconian in
Slaves were stripped
naked and then depilated nude from the eyes down. They were never ever permitted any clothing,
no matter what the weather. They were
put to hard labour for sixteen hours a day, 365 days a year. In short it was a horrible state to be in –
intentionally. But the thing is, it worked. Religious terrorists slunk away; crime was
decimated; and students at school began to take it all seriously, resulting in
a vastly better world all round.
But then he
understood. At age nineteen, he finally
put it all together and he knew where he was going in his life and how he
proposed to live it. He loved his
parents for he was inherently a good man, but he now knew he had to leave them
– permanently – and pretty well break his ties with them for once they
discovered his new plans for his life, they would be appalled.
For a start, he might
never marry. This was for ethical
reasons. He knew he could never involve
another free person in what he was now planning.
Second, he needed
vastly more wealth. He was already a
millionaire but he needed much, much more to properly indulge his now
Third, he began
looking (on the Net) for private islands in the Palm Island group on the
Barrier Reef. Here, he was going to
indulge in the most far-out sexual fantasies.
And all this time, he
remained a dutiful, caring, helpful and loving son to Robert and Evelyn while
completing his university studies.
These, of course, he breezed through as he did all studies. One wonders what he might have made of his
life if his personality hadn’t developed in the way it had.
It is often said of
geniuses, that they are so finely intelligent, that normal social intercourse
is impossible for them. If that was the
case with James Prendergast, it certainly didn’t show for he was the epitome of
what is often described as one of ‘nature’s gentlemen’. Possibly it was his innate honesty, once he
put two and two together, that prevented him from hiding it under a cloak of
respectability but howsoever the case, he decided to really work hard at his
investments until he reached his goal of five billion.
His parents had no
idea of his real worth, simply assuming that he was successful just as they
were and they were too honourable ever to ask his total worth.
And so he stayed at
home, helping them out, studying the stock (and other markets) and going out
with friends at weekends and evenings.
And still he never
indulged sexually with either his female or male friends. They tried, oh boy, did they try, for he was
fabulously handsome and had probably the most athletic body in school and at
He was tall,
beautifully built, handsome with golden curly hair and violet-blue eyes and the
definition of his muscles, while not overdone, was superb. His skin was soft, velvet-smooth and without
a single blemish. His penis (which he
usually hid from them unless in the showers with his male sports friends) was
long and thick and his testicles were also large and well-formed.
He had been naturally
almost hairless, like his father, but hair on the human body was another fetish
of his and as soon as he could, had it all permanently removed so that his
whole body was now a dream to behold!
continued as he rather rapidly built up his portfolio. In one sense, he was excited as his target point
approached but on the other, he was saddened for he knew when the time came, he
was going to be honest with them and explain why he was leaving them for good...
He faced them at
dinner one night and laid it all out”
“Mum, Dad, I’m afraid
I have news for you that I know you’re not going to like.” He paused and smiled at them in that way that
so endeared him to them and then went on.
“I want to start by
saying that I love you both very dearly and it is because I do so love and
respect you that I am going to be leaving you…”
They stared at him in
horror. “Leave us? You mean for a holiday?”
“No, I don’t mean
that and you know it. I will be leaving
you and this house for ever. Let me
“I have worked out
that I have a very peculiar personality.
I may never be marrying, nor will I ever be able to have what is called
a normal family household. The thing
that burns in my soul is a need to inflict pain and suffering on others…”
Again, they stared at
him in horror. Evelyn spoke first: “But
you are such a loving young man, James?
Why would you want to hurt others?”
that is the driving force behind my whole ethos. I believe that in every other respect, the
qualities you have come to expect from me are still there and I have no
difficulty in living them out. But it is
a façade and one I am not prepared to live any longer.
“I don’t want to hurt
you two, either personally or in your social and professional lives here on the
Gold Coast of Queensland where you are both eminently respected. But I am determined to work out this bizarre
quirk in my character and to do this, over the last dozen or so years, I have
built up an estate of over five billion dollars…”
Again, they stared at
him but now in awe. “Five billion, you said, son?”
“That’s right, Dad. Here are the figures. With this I am in the process of purchasing
an island in the Palm Island group up north and there set up an almost medieval
or at least feudal operation with slaves as my only companions and there act
out my fantasies, away from oversight, for the island I am buying is remote
from the others and is not easy of access to watercraft.
“I have been taking
flying lessons and have bought a Bell helicopter as I don’t want uninvited
visitors. I am hoping, both of you, that
I may be able to work out this dreadful quirk, for yes, I am well aware it is
dreadful, but at this point all I can see is a burning need to play it out and
see what comes...”
There was silence in
the room as his parents tried to digest the idea that their so loving, dutiful
and intelligent son had a monster inside him.
They were reminded of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson’s
1886 novella that has become a part of our culture.
But then the ever
practical Robert nodded. “We are glad
you have seen fit to apprise us of this, James and not simply walked away from
us.” He took his wife’s hand and stared
at her with tears in his eyes.
“We also know that
this is something you have to do on your own.
For once, we are unable to help you.
We know that your so strong sense of what is right and wrong will help
guide you through it but we just hope these apparently so strong emotions don’t
break loose from your control and that you go beyond the pale with your
He pressed his wife’s
hand comfortingly while she stared from him to her son and just wept a
little. But then she pulled herself
together and echoed her husband’s words.
“Of course, James. We do
understand, sort-of, anyway, and we want you to know that we will always be
here for you. When you are able and feel
the need, know that we will expect you home, either for a few days or
The island he bought
was, as already mentioned, a little more remote than the others in the group
but he chose it carefully. The
destructive cyclones that regularly ravage the north Queensland coast are not
to be trifled with.
The island is
horseshoe-shaped and has its own mountain ridge that ran its length with a
lovely sheltered harbour inside the two arms of the horseshoe. But there is a most hazardous reef across the
mouth that is far too dangerous for even smallish yachts. Powered boats up to cabin cruisers may enter
if their skipper knows the convoluted passage but huge signs on both arms of
the reef warn all visitors off. The
mountain provides a degree of shelter from cyclones but they are unpredictable
and may change direction without warning.
Accordingly, James had an architect design his building with a Category
6 cyclone in mind.
The island he might set
up as a plantation or some such, much as he imagined the cotton farms of the
southern United States might have been.
He thought he might
invite a suitable, single free person to share it with him but that could wait and
once he had set in train the design and building of his cyclone-proof (he
hoped) structure, he then went looking for slaves to stock it.
He had given these
slaves a great deal of thought. Yes, he
was going to punish them physically and ruthlessly for all and any
offences. But he would be fair. He had studied sadism and its corollary,
masochism in great detail and knew almost as much as a psychologist about its
intricacies. He would be ultra-careful
not to indulge his sadism unless it was legitimately called for.
Slaves may be made by
the courts for criminal offences and the term may be anything from ten years to
life (with no remissions). They may also
be imposed by an Assessing Officer of the Department of Education for students
who have not only failed their exams, but are also not likely to succeed as
free persons in society. A third
category is for a person, male or female, to sell their bodies to a free person
in lieu of debt. But once made a slave,
all classes were treated as the same.
speaks for itself.
Schools, however had
become places of terror for some students – and for most teachers. The civil-libertarians had so emasculated all
forms of discipline in the home, school and society generally, that parents and
teachers were powerless to control their children and teaching them anything at
all had become near-impossible.
The last category came
about because personal debt had also spiralled out of control and simple
bankruptcy was a joke. To sell one’s
body (if one had a half-decent one to sell, of course) might wipe out a whole
debt in one fell swoop.
The right to
discipline one’s own and school children was restored, with suitable checks and
balances to prevent abuse or an over-zealous approach, but in the immediate
term, slavery was seen as the best answer.
And what’s more, it
worked! Almost overnight the reforms
meant that the whole wide world, (for it was adopted by the UN without a murmur),
became a better place to live.
In the initial
stages, government institutions known as State Slave Centres were established
in capital and regional cities and to them were taken criminal slaves for stripping,
denuding and preparation for sale, usually on the following Saturday morning.
dealerships soon sprang up to service the new institution and many of these are
top class, Scabbard and Drass being the world leader with branches all over the
world. They not only deal in slaves,
however but have become veritable department stores catering for every aspect
of the ownership, treatment and discipline of slaves.
In these, and
prowling around the SSCs and other dealerships, he discovered a huge range of
quality in what was on offer. The SSCs
particularly had a distinct bias on the scrawny, ugly, obese, evil or generally
disreputable among its stock, whereas the better dealerships, and especially
Scabbard and Drass, which he soon discovered was the clear leader in the field,
stocked not only top-class slaves, but its premises, marketing techniques and
its urbane and competent staff made the experience a real pleasure – opposed to
the SSCs and low-class dealerships where it was almost sleazy. As a result, he then restricted his
inspections to S&D alone.
This phase continued
right through the construction period for Slave Rock which was estimated to be
about eighteen months and as a result, he bought an apartment in the better
part of Townsville and flew out to the island in his chopper whenever he
But then, as he
considered the island completed and stocked with a dozen or so slaves, he began
to see he was creating a millstone around his neck. This project was supposed to be designed to
work out his weird cravings to inflict pain on another human being, not to
create a monster in which he was tied to the life of a slave overseer 24/7!
And so, he cast his
mind about, recalling his school and university friends and acquaintances. And then he remembered Marcia de Winter.
He had been attracted
to her the moment he met her. More from
her magnificent physique and commanding nature than anything else. Not that she was a body-builder or was in any
way overbearing. Far from it. She was a Physical Education student at his
university and she was also a gymnast of no mean ability. What is more, against all custom, she
delighted in performing on male-only equipment such as the horizontal and
parallel bars, the vaulting horse and box and the roman rings and she became as
expert in them as the best of her male counterparts. Of course, this built her superb body which
he truly delighted in.
He decided to look
her up and see what she was doing these days.
To his delight, he found her unemployed.
She had always called a spade a ‘bloody shovel’ and had been dismissed
from her school post for insubordination.
He flew down to Brisbane, called her and asked her out for dinner which
she accepted with pleasure.
He didn’t apprise her
of his plans or his extraordinary wealth, merely intimating he was ‘into’
investments. During the dinner, in which
he found a new interest in her – and not only her body, either, although in
that regard she was truly the epitome of everything he liked in a female.
But no, as he appreciated
their likeness of mind in things generally, he gradually, and very carefully
led the conversation around to the subject of slaves and slavery and her eyes
went almost misty. Clearly she had
dreams of her own about them.
He smiled, but only
to himself. Could she be…?