“Take a shot in three…two…one…NOW!”
“Shit, I missed!” The blond beta rolled his eyes. This imbecile couldn’t shoot to save his life.
“Yeah, No shit…You’re just a bad shot Rogers”
All the alpha could do was swear under his breath. “Hardy Har Har Clint, very funny”
“Cut the man some slack, he is the one trying to teach you after all” came a voice from behind him.
“What the…Sam? How many times do I have to tell you to stop sneaking up on me”
“Apparently not enough ‘cause I keep doing it” he quipped back
“You’re such a riot”
They glared at each other before bellowing over with laughter. Out of all the stupid things he’d done in life the only good thing was befriending Sam.
The day he met Sam was when he knew why he was put on this earth for. He was playing hide and seek with his mother when he saw a child getting beaten. He couldn’t just stand there and watch, so he immediately stepped in between them.
“I order you to stop!!!” he commanded the guard. The guard couldn’t believe his luck first he had to discipline some slave now he had to deal with the runt of a prince. “But your highness, he was stepping out of line. I was simply correcting his error.” “
"I don’t care he’s my…BROTHER!!!” Wow. Brother, he’d always wanted a brother.
“Brother? That’s preposterous!”
“No, it’s not. And you should know that hurting a member of the royal family can result in death!” He couldn’t believe what he was saying, but he couldn’t stop now. “So, I order you to release him!!!”
“As you wish your highness.” The guard hissed out before striding away
“Are you ok?” he asked as he knelt to assess the child’s injury
“Why did you do that?” the child meekly asked
“Because you’re my brother.” he stated
“Brother? But we don’t even look alike?”
“That doesn’t matter. All that matters is that we’re in this together now. Me and you till the end of the line. Ok?”
The smile that blossomed on the kids’ face was all the answer he needed.
Since then the both of them were inseparable. Both grew up like Steve said they would, as brothers. Both experienced life’s’ up and downs. Sam was there when his mother passed away and when he lost Peggy and his newborn son. After losing what he thought was the only love of his life he fell into a depression and started to train and fight to get stronger than what he was before. Eventually, he accomplished his goal but not before he had a breakdown. He felt like he had no purpose in life and pondered why he was here. Before he could any further with his thoughts; Sam once again, like he had done multiple times before setting him straight reminding him that he had a daughter and that he couldn’t let her down. He honestly didn’t know what he would do without Sam. He truly was his brother.
Right as he was about to ask where Clint was a voice shouted: “If you two could stop gazing into each other’s eyes you would see a trio of men approaching us.”
“Shut up Clint, we weren’t…Wait are you up in the tree again?”
“No, I’m right in front of you, Yes I’m up in the tree again! Who do you think I ‘am?”
“Nice one Sam”
“Can the both of you stop yapping for a second. Didn’t you hear what I said?”
“Yeah, you’re right. Sorry Clint”
“Everyone to your battle stances!” the alpha ordered.
“What do you think they want Cap?” Sam whispered
“Hopefully nothing but be prepared to fight.”
As the trio approached them a million thoughts ran through the alphas head. What did he do this time? He hadn’t done anything reckless in the past three days, which was a personal record for him. So, what did these men want? Did his father want him to take a concubine again? How many times did he have to tell him he was over with his matchmaking. He couldn’t do it again, especially after Peggy. His mind kept racing until a voice shook him out of his stupor.
“At ease Gentlemen, I bring news from the campaign.” the tallest of the trio spoke.
“You couldn’t have just wait for us at the palace?” Clint shouted as he dropped down from the tree and proceeded to snatch the scroll from the messenger.
“Be careful Steve, I don’t like the vibe of this.” Clint whispered as he handed the scroll to the alpha.
“Me neither, but that’s why I have the two of you. Stand guard.” He whispered back.
As he began to unravel the scroll the words that appeared were words that he never thought he would see:
On the evening of March 30th, shortly after his evening prayer, King Joseph closed his eyes for the last time. He is now in the presence of many great kings. His name will in infamy. As per the royal decree, His one and heir Steven Grant Rogers will now ascend the throne and lead us into the future. ALL HAIL THE NEW KING STEVEN ROGERS!!!
He was now the king. Him a king. He was now not only responsible for millions of people, but now he had to live up to his father’s name. The look on his face must have been of shock because suddenly, he saw Sam waving his hand in front of his face.
“Earth to Steve, Earth to Steve. Are you ok?”
“I’m the new king.”
“I’m the king”
Everyone then dropped to one knee and shouted: “Long live his majesty, Steven Grant Rogers!”
“Hey Bucky, Hey!!!”
“Shh, not now Becca”
“C’ mon Bucky, C’mon, C’mon, C’ mon”
“Be quiet Becca can’t you see that dad is in the middle of a sermon?”
“I know but this is important. Close your eyes and open your hands.”
He looked at her a scowl. The last time he trusted her she put a big, old fat toad in his hands which almost made him faint. So yeah, he was naturally wary, sue him.
“Ok fine, But so help me God if you do what you did last time I swear I’m going to…”
“Be quiet and open your eyes”
As he looked down, he released a breath he didn’t know he was holding in. There in his palm was what looked to be a necklace. As he inspected it further, he saw that the chain was cheap string, but the pendant caused him to lightly gasp. The pendant was none other than a sapphire that appeared to be crafted into an oval.
“Where did you find this?” he whispered softly
“Well, you know how I like to explore?”
“ Well, I was looking for fairies, when I spotted a small cave. So naturally I decided to crawl inside and that’s when I saw them. The whole cavern was covered from head to toe with those little blue crystals, so I decided to take some home and make you a necklace because you know, you deserve it.”
“Becca, I don’t know what to say?”
“Well, for one you could say thank you?”
“Thank you!” For a ten-year-old, she sure had a moth on her.
“Can you put it on me?”
“Sure thing big bro”
Just as she finished tying the knot and both were going in for a hug, the doors burst open revealing a frightened beta screaming “The raiders are here!!! Arm yourselves! Get ready for…” before he was abruptly cut off by someone slicing his throat. That was when panic ensued. He went to grab his sister but found nothing but air. He frantically looked around for her when he heard what sounded to be someone gurgling in their own blood. He turned around to find his father being stabbed repeatedly by a sword.
As he went to go tend to him, he heard a scream followed by a thump. He forced himself to turn around only to find his mothers lifeless body lying on the floor with a gash on her throat. Too many things were happening all at once, and all he knew was that he had to find his sister. As he ran out of the church he was met with chaos. Omegas were being rounded up like cattle, dead bodies littered the paths and children were hovering over their parents’ bodies crying. He had to find his sister.
“Becca, Becca, where are you?” he cried out
“Over here Bucky! Help me please!” came a shout.
He followed her voice as his life depended on it. Eventually, he found her hiding under a wagon. The moment he saw her he enveloped her in a hug.
“Thank God you’re ok!” he whispered breathing in her scent
“I’m scared Bucky” she whispered
“I know me too, but we have to go. Stay close to me alright?
He picked her up and started to run. As he ran, he tripped over a body causing them to fall to the ground. Once he came to his senses, he found her standing over a body.
“Goddamit Becca, what do you think you’re doing? Stop before you get yourself…”
At that moment time seemed to stop. It was as if he was moving through some type of jelly and all he could do was sit back and watch with horror as his sister’s body dropped to the ground. Before he could process what happened a pair of hands hoisted him up and threw him into a wagon full of weeping omegas.
“What are you doing let go of me!!! I need to see my sister! Let go…”
All the omegas gasped as the air rang with the sound of someone getting slapped. With tears running down his face Bucky looked up and found himself face to face with a brute alpha. The alpha looked at him with disgust and sneered. “All omegas from here on out are the property of Shield Empire. Rejoice for you are saved!!!” As he uttered those last words Bucky was sure his life was over.
He woke up to someone slapping him across the face.
“Wake up omega, Chow time!” the same alpha from yesterday growled out.
“I would rather die than eat your dirty food!!!” he screamed as spit in his face.
]“You insolent little bitch!” the alpha growled as he lunged at him only to wrap his hands around his throat
“Let go of me! I’ll kill you” he roared
“Say that again bitch!”
Before he could rebuke him, he was punched in the stomach and fell to the floor.
“How many times do we have to teach you this lesson? You’re property now and property doesn’t fight back.”
“I’m no one’s property!!! I’d rather die than be considered property!” he cried tears falling down his face.
“You crazy little bitch! Only the king decides whether you live or die.”
More tears fell down his face as his body was racked with sobs. This couldn’t be happening to him! Did God want him to suffer? Was this payment for his sins? He didn’t know anymore, he just wanted to die.
“Tie him up to the frame. No food or water until we arrive.” the alpha ordered
“You can’t do that to him!” one of the omegas cried.
“I can’t can I? How about you take his place?” the alpha sneered backed
Her response died on her tongue as she looked away
“Until we reach the palace no one is to talk or help him. If you do, you’ll be punished. Do I make myself clear?”
All the omegas nodded in union.
“Who are the assassins bitch?"
“All of you are assassins!!!” he whimpered out
“You really don’t learn, do you?"
More sobs shook his body as he screamed manically “What more can happen to me? I lost my father, mother, and sister. All my loved ones are dead! Now I’m being branded as a slave! What more can you do? Kill me there’s nothing left for me!!!”
The alpha sighed “Gag him.”
As the other alphas held him down all he could think about was how he wanted to die. It wasn’t until they gagged him that his lost his resistance. That night he cried himself to sleep thinking about his family.