Four days later before the sun had risen one of my guards
woke us and told me that the light from the great lighthouse
at Alexandria had just become visible. I got up and pulled
Bara with me.
“This is something that you only see for the first time
On the deck, which was in darkness, all of the guards and
much of the crew stood silently watching a distant light and
the promise of which it spoke. I was naked and cold and then
Bara pulled me back against his warm body and wrapped me in
his arms. We stood transfixed until daybreak and then as if
waking from a dream everyone looked at each other a bit oddly,
a bit embarrassed that they could be held in such thrall by
a mere light.
The skiff from our ship had been busily making trips back
and forth from the ship to the dock, bringing supplies that
would be needed for the next and longest part of our voyage.
Two days ago Marco and four of his men had set off to find
Corvonius and now they had finally returned. This had been
a matter of some worry because the political situation in Egypt,
as usual, was delicate. The Ptolemaic court was a nest of vipers
and they even had many enemies within, what they regarded as,
their own country.
Marco handed me a scroll that I could see had been sealed
with Corvonius’ seal. I turned it over slowly in my hands
admiring the quality of the parchment. I looked up at Marco.
“Has everything been loaded?”
He nodded yes and then reached behind him and pulled forward
a young man wearing a dark grey woolen cloak. “Corvonius
wanted you to have this. He has luggage too.” He was
shorter and slighter than the rest of us and his hair was blue
black and his skin pale, his eyes were a glistening blue and
he possessed a delicate incomparable beauty.
I looked into his eyes. “Who are you?”
He cast his eyes down. “I am Corio, Master and I am
a gift from Master Corvonius.”
This could be trouble. “A gift?”
“Well, Corio, what talents do you bring to me?” He
“Forgive me, Master but the old Master told me that
I was to speak to you only in private.”
“How old are, Corio?”
“Sixteen years, Master.”
“Well, before I take you into my cabin I want to be
sure that there are no weapons under that cloak. Remove it.” He
glanced back nervously at Marco and his men. Suddenly he seemed
incredibly tiny compared to the men who surrounded him.
Marco stepped forward. “Master, you might want to see
him remove the cloak in private. Bara can cut his throat if
he tries anything.”
I felt Bara move up behind me.
“Do you have your dagger, Bara?’
“Well then, escort Corio to our cabin.”
When the cabin door was closed I turned to Corio. “Remove
The cloak collapsed to the deck and I heard Bara’s intake
of breath. Corio wore only a nearly transparent cloth wrapped
around his waist and while it was indeed cloth it concealed
nothing. The young man standing before us was stunning. Seeing
his face alone couldn’t prepare one for the totality
of his beauty. It was like gazing upon the god Eros.
I walked around him and saw the delicate vee of his back as
it almost disappeared into the cloth and the luscious curve
of his buttocks, which were perfect. The color of his skin
and the perfection of his body was a miracle beyond the talents
of the greatest artists. He was shivering.
“Where did you come from, Corio?”
“I was a gift from Her Royal Highness, Princess Berenice
to Master Corvonius.” I could sell this boy anywhere
in the world for a hundred talents of silver. She would not
have given this gift to Corvonius to use, he was too old, this
was a gift to be regiven.
“Do you understand that you are now my property?”
His voice shook when he answered. “Yes Master.”
“What did Master Corvonius tell you about me?”
“That you were the Great Master’s son and that
I was to serve you as I had him. He said that they day would
come when you would rule the House and that I was to please
you and help you.”
“How were you to help me, Corio?”
“I have been trained in medicine, Master, and other
things. Master Corvonius told me that” He blushed deeply. “that
Bara was held close to your heart and that he had been wounded.
I was to make sure that he healed well. I am also trained in
the preparation of poisons and the art of pleasing men.” How
typically Egyptian, poison and sex.
I looked at Bara. “Now what? He can’t sleep out
there, he wouldn’t last but a moment, you saw how Marco’s
men watched him.” I walked around. “Bara, have
them put a cot in the corner here.” I saw the look on
his face. “He’s used to seeing men have sex, Bara.” As
if this could excuse the intrusion.
I looked at Corio. “When anyone other than Bara or myself
is in this room you will wear the cloak. When we three are
alone it doesn’t matter. You will answer to Bara and
obey him as you would me.”
Bara looked at him and frowned. “And no preparing of
poisons unless the Master has directed it.”
“I will tell Marco to bring your baggage and to place
a cot in the corner. Then you can attend to Bara’s wound.” I
started to go and then stopped. “Don’t leave this
cabin without Bara.”
As I walked out of the cabin I looked back to see Corio staring
rapt at Bara. Jupiter!
“Marco! The man turned from his group and walked to
me, grasping the rail for an instant as the ship rolled with
an ocean swell. I told him about the cot and then asked him
to call over the captain.
When we were all together I said. “We are to have an
escort until we are a days sail west of where Carthage stood,
two ships heavily armed.” I looked at the Captain. “How
much will they slow us down?”
“They will cut our speed almost in half, Master but
at least they will be with us for the most dangerous part of
I looked at both men. “The boy Corio is a gift from
Princess Berenice, indirectly.”
“Marco, did you get any feel for what that was about,
did Corvonius say anything?”
The captain said. “She’s probably looking for
support in case she goes to war with the rest of the family.”
“Is she likely to do that?”
“Yes, Master. Sadly for Egypt, the fighting within that
family never seems to end.”
I spoke to them both. “I’ve instructed the boy
not to leave the cabin without Bara. Warn your men. Anyone
who touches him dies. There is more to this gift than appears
on the surface and I need time to decide its nature.”
I was about to turn but then spoke to Marco. “Do we
have a normal tunic on board that would fit him? See what you
can find. Maybe one of mine can be tailored down to his size.”
I smiled at Marco. “Can’t have him walking around
like that.” He rolled his eyes at the nature of the added
burden that had been placed upon him.
That afternoon as a breeze came up we maneuvered our ships
out of the great harbor and then turned them to the west. The
crews of all the ships scampered over the rigging and the oarsmen
moved in their perfectly synchronized dance. When all seemed
settled I returned to our cabin.
Bara lay on our bed while Corio worked on his wound with materials
from the two open boxes that sat on our bed. Beneath the cloth
that he was wearing Corio had an erection that looked painfully
hard. It didn’t stick straight out but curve upward like
a horn. He seemed to totally ignore it.
I stood next to him and asked. “Doesn’t that hurt,
it looks like it would be painful?”
Corio thought that I was speaking of Bara’s wound. “No,
Master, the herbs will remove the pain and make things heal
more quickly.” His face became animated when speaking
of his specialty or at least one of them. I looked at Bara
and he had a stupid smile on his face.
“No, Corio, I was talking about your penis. It looks
He stopped what he was doing and looked embarrassed. “I…….I’m
sorry, Master. It doesn’t hurt………….it’s
the way that I was trained…………..I’m
very sorry.” He looked like he felt that he had failed
“Surely it’s not always that hard?”
“No, not always but when I’m with men………………well…………it’s
what I’m trained for.”
Bara spoke. “Master, he was taken when he was seven
and sent to be trained. He doesn’t really remember his
parents but then they were just slaves. At first he was trained
to please men and then later they added the other things, the
poison and the healing.” Bara’s eyes were misty.
I climbed up on the bed and lay next to Bara and stared into
his eyes. “What do you want done with him, Bara? He will
be whatever you wish.” I was afraid of loosing Bara to
this boy and yet I knew that the only way to keep him was to
let him run free.
Bara spoke more passionately than I had ever heard him speak. “Master,
he has no one, no father waiting to welcome him home, no friends
to have a cup of wine with at the end of the day, no one………………..just
us. He was torn from the only home he knew, the palace, and
given to Corvonius who didn’t care about him and who
gave him to us. If we don’t help him, keep him, then
he will die.”
I patted the bed with my hand. “Come here, Corio.” He
leapt onto the bed and sat where I had indicated his erection
still pointing straight up. I reached out and gently held his
chin with my hand. “Corio………it will
be as Bara wishes, you will be part of our little family.” He
turned his head and kissed the palm of my hand.
“Thank you, Master, I won’t disappoint you. Or
Later, supper was brought to our cabin, the boy knocked and
set it down outside, it was brought in by Bara and while he
and Corio ate I went forward and ate with the Captain. On either
side of us and slightly behind us the two immense warships
cut slowly through the low swells. As the sun was setting the
decks of the ships were lit here and there with braziers while
the men leaned against the rails or sat in groups talking.
After swallowing a mouthful of food I asked the Captain. “What
are the chances that we’ll be attacked even with the
He was holding onto a rope that came down from the mast and
attached to the deck. “Not likely. For one thing there’s
not as many of them as there used to be and for another we’re
prepared for them. Your average merchantman isn’t ready.
Now once we get past Carthage it’ll be another story
but we’ll cut straight across for Spain and we’ve
I climbed naked into bed and reaching out slowly drew Bara
into a kiss. I knew that Corio was watching either openly or
covertly but this time was for Bara and me and I wanted it
to remain that.
“Our escorts have moved further away for the night.” It’s
impossible to know what the weather might be or what the sea
conditions might be during the night and it was much safer
if the large ships pulled away to minimize the risk of collision.
Bara turned me over so that I was lying on my stomach and
began massaging my shoulders. “Master if the large ships
pull away how will we know where they’re at?”
“There will be braziers burning fore and aft but if
there’s fog it gets more complicated and much more dangerous.
We’d have lookouts posted but there’s always risk.” His
cock was hard and resting on my ass.
Bara’s large hands were under my chest slowly massaging
it and he began to kiss my ear. Underneath me my penis was
as hard as stone. He lubricated his erect phallus and began
to enter me gently. It was then that I heard the sound. I thought
for a moment that it might be coming from outside of the cabin
but then it came again and I realized that it was Corio.
Looking down to the floor he was half lying on his cot with
his back pressed to the wall and he was staring at us, his
penis was rock hard and he appeared to be in great distress.
His eyes had a wild despairing look to them and at first I
thought that he was hurt.
Bara whispered in my ear. “Master he has been trained
not to relieve himself sexually and has behaved that way for
so long that now he can’t do it. When he was younger
they would beat him if he had an orgasm by himself, it’s
made it extremely difficult for him and very painful.
I pushed my ass back against Bara’s cock and groaned. “Jupiter,
Bara, what would you have me do?”
“He wants you to penetrate him, Master. That will give
him the release that he needs and will also make him feel that
he’s doing his duty to you. His only value as a slave
is the importance that you attach to him.” On the one
hand this was our time together, Bara’s and mine and
on the other hand Corio was indescribably beautiful and obviously
this was something Bara wanted me to do.
I felt more than a little foolish but turned and looked down
at Corio. “Come here!”
He climbed a little cautiously onto the bed his eyes never
leaving mine. I pulled his narrow hips around so that he was
in front of me, his buttocks in front of my phallus. The skin
of his back was glowing a soft pink brown in the low lamplight.
I said to Bara. “This is what you want?” I wouldn’t
have thought it possible but as I was positioning Corio in
front of me Bara became even harder inside of me.
Bara was gasping, the strain of suppressed sexual tension
in his voice filling the room. “Yes, Master. Corio was
trained to give pleasure and his giving you pleasure gives
me more pleasure than you can imagine. Just in the last few
moments your body has tightened around me and you’re
now gripping me with an unbelievable tightness. He grasped
my hand and poured some oil into it. “Apply this to Corio,
Master and then enter him, he is yours to use and it is what
he wants, what he is entitled to.”
My fingers were coated with oil and I applied them to Corio’s
ass. I put one hand on his shoulder and guided my penis with
the other. As soon as I began to enter him Corio screamed softly
and then exploded shooting four great looping arcs of semen.
Then he seemed to collapse and was mumbling something as he
lowered his head into his hands. I gave him a few moments to
recover and then began to penetrate him roughly.
With every forward stroke I made I pulled myself slightly
off of Bara huge phallus and as I pulled back from Corio I
was impaling myself back onto it. After a minute Corio seemed
to regain some control and raised his head and it was then
that I realized how great his talent was. Suddenly my penis
was not moving freely within him but was being gripped in a
series of waves created by his muscles. I had to slow down
immediately and I reveled in the unbelievable sensations of
being gripped and slowly release only to be gripped again.
Meanwhile Bara was beginning to move more urgently into me
and soon was gasping as he filled me with his semen as I was
filling Corio with mine.
After we had untangled Bara and I looked down at Corio who
was fast asleep in the middle of the bed. I motioned for Bara
to follow me outside. We stood by the rail watching the lights
of the warships. Bara’s arms were tight around me.
I whispered to him. “What does he mean to you, Bara?
Are you in love with him?
I could feel him smiling. “No Master, not in that way.
I…………I think of him as a little brother.
I think that I had one many years ago. It’s an old memory
and maybe it’s something that I just wish was true. To
have a brother is to have a family. Master………does
that upset you?”
I was touched by Bara’s words and by his compassion. “No,
Bara, it doesn’t upset me at all.”