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Toki looked up at Charles. Pale blue eyes met warm hazel ones, and silence fell between them.
"Charlies?"
Charles looked up again from his work, wondering what Toki wanted, and followed the Norwegian's gaze out the office door to a huddle of Kokateers guarding the entrance against possible asassins. He understood what Toki wanted, but he didn't want to admit it. After all, he employed the Klokateers, he was responsible for their inhumane treatment and sub-human standards. He had known from the beginning that it was wrong, but he couldn't bring himself to admit it. He couldn't do that to Toki. Or the other boys, but especially Toki.
"They want this, Toki.", he lied. Just last night, he had seen two of them drunk in the kitchen, crying, complaining to Jean-Pierre that they wanted to go home, that they didn't want to deal with this anymore. And Toki seemed to know he was lying. The reproachful glare he gave him told Charles so immediately, and he turned away angrily. Why couldn't he simply take the truth? So the Klokateers didn't want this, big deal. They had signed up for it, and they had known what they had been signing up for.
"Toki."
The younger man turned to face him again, and Charles sighed. "Toki, I know that a lot of them don't like it. They want to leave. I would too if I were them. But they knew what was going to happen, they can't pretend that they didn't know, that I asked them to do something that wasn't in the bargain."
"Charlies, dey didnt's know dey woulds be treateds likes de animals. Likes... likes pigs. You didnt's never tells dem dat, dids you?", Toki blustered, and Charles blinked. Toki was right. He had mentioned undying loyalty, unwavering service and adamantine devotion, but not once had anything about animalistic treatment been said. Shame burned in his face as he watched Toki sit up from the wood-tiled floor. Perfectly arranged, real wood. The Gears had to contend themselves with sleeping on cots and crates and sacks of flour in the basement. And here he was, sleeping in the best bed he'd ever slept in, getting Prime Italian and Jamaican Brandy whenever he wanted it, working but never overworked. Toki was right. He had ruined hundreds of thousands of lives.
One of the Klokateers entered the room with a bow and asked politely, "Milord, shall we arrange for more Brandy to be brought up?"
"No, thank you. Go and take the day off.", Charles offered, and at the man's stunned look, he smiled.
And to ensure he would be listened to, he added gently, "That's an order."
Title: That's An Order
Rating K
Characters Charles, Toki, a Klokateer, some Klokateers mentioned in passing.
Summary Charles and Toki discuss Klokateer rights, and one of the Gears ends up getting a day off.
AN This is for ~Verve-Soliloquy , who asked me for a fic about Charles, Toki, and Gears, I didn't quite know what else to do with the idea, so here. It's pretty short, but it's the best I could come up with at the time. I hope you like it :)
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Verve-Soliloquy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Very nice! Thank you so much!! It very nearly broke my heart, until the end.
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Letseatpeople Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Aw, it wasn't meant to do that at all. I'm sorry for getting you emotional; but I'm glad you liked it. I was starting to wonder whether you ever saw this. 
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Verve-Soliloquy Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
One word: COLLEGE.

Seeing things beyond my accounting textbook (that I'm thoroughly in love with) is kind of difficult. But I'm chipping away at it!
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Letseatpeople Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Student General Artist
How's it going? Did you get into Berkley?
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Verve-Soliloquy Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
I did get into Berklee, but I could not gather enough scholarships/financial aid to go, and I had absolutely no one to co-sign a student loan, so those dreams are, for the most part, dead. It was very depressing, but now I'm enrolled in a great 2 year with intent to transfer at a semi-reduced rate. I'm majoring in accounting, and by the age of 28/29, if all goes well, I should have my masters in finance, at least my bachelors in law, and my bachelors in liberal arts. Overall I want my masters in law as well. It's pretty exciting. Other than having a freakin' BALL with my math class (good lord I love math), enjoying my other classes, and getting very geared up for my Accounting 101 class on Monday, not much happening. No social life. Work. The usual. You?
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Letseatpeople Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh pfffffffft hearing that makes me think of my football practice and my semifinals as unimportant. It does not compare to college. 
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Verve-Soliloquy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Football. Is. Awesome. Congrats! How'd you do?!
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Letseatpeople Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Soccer for you, but yeah we won :B 2:1, such a success u_u
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SuzakuGirl13 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What does K rating mean? O.o
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Letseatpeople Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student General Artist
That it's safe for kids.
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