The moment he stepped into the palace he was knocked over by a small mass of force that proceeded to tackle him.
Of course, it was Wanda. She had such a personality on her just like her mother.
“Hey, Princess! How was your day?”
“It was awesome me and auntie Nat played dollies all day long!”
“And it was exhausting” came a sigh.
He turned his head to see the red-headed beta walking towards them with a knowing smile on her face.
“You look like you’ve seen a ghost Rogers, what’s eating you?”
She took his cue. She then went down on her knees to look Wanda in the eye.
“Why don’t you go to your daddy’s room? He has something important to tell me. But don’t worry its nothing bad ok?” she said with a smile
For a four-year-old, she could already understand when adults were lying. She could easily see through them but didn’t voice it. But none the less, she went not before turning around to look her father in the eye and say: “Don’t worry daddy, you’ll be a great king.”
He let out a laugh. She always had a way with words and not a day went by without any surprises from her.
“Thank you, princess. I’ll meet you in my room for lunch ok?” he said before enveloping her into a hug and whispering “I love so much”
“I love you more!” she said with a kiss to his cheek, and then proceeded to skip away.
“She can see right through you can’t she?” came a voice from his right
“I should expect it by now but a part of me still believes she’s still the innocent little girl I know.”
A silence settled between them. Mutually knowing what the other wanted to say. After years of knowing each other, it became second nature for them.
As he was about to speak she beat him to it “Don’t worry Steve you’ll be a great king”
“How do you know I won’t mess up or worse hurt people?” he whispered
“C’ mon Steve I know you well enough that you would rather be the one who gets hurt than have anyone else suffer. You’re too self- sacrificial.”
“Look at me” she said with such force that he had no choice but to meet her gaze.
She had the most beautiful emerald eyes but hidden beneath it was a force that no one wanted to reckon with.
“You are by far the kindest, compassionate and loving person that I’ve ever met and that’s saying something and not to mention a self-sacrificial idiot.”
“Gee thanks, Nat.”
“Cut the bullshit Rogers and give me a hug”
Not a moment later they enveloped each other in a hug and stayed like that for several minutes. Her scent had always managed to soothe him whenever he was upset probably because she smelt the most like his mother. Strong yet nurturing. They finally pulled apart when he remembered that Wanda was waiting for him.
“I better go before Wanda wonders where I ‘am”
“Make sure you do; she probably thinks there’s something going on between us.”
“She thinks that of any beta or omega that I interact with.”
“Even Sam and Clint?”
“Haha, very funny. She just misses having a mother figure.”
“There are plenty of mother figures in the harem pick anyone out” she said with a wink
“You know better than anyone that I try to avoid going there as much as possible.” He said with a sigh before realization settled in “Don’t tell me you’re trying to set me up again?” he looked at her with accusing eyes
“I was but the way you’re looking at me right now makes me second guess it.”
“C’ mon Steve I know there’s someone out there for you. You just gotta look.”
“Nat, you know since Peggy that I don’t…”
“I know that you loved her Steve but sometimes you gotta move on. God knows that Wanda needs you to.”
“Yeah, you’re right I guess…”
“Look, today a new arrival of omegas are coming in. By tomorrow they’ll be ready. The least you can do is look around and see if someone catches your eye ok?
“For me, please?
“Fine but only because you asked so nicely” he said with a smirk.
“There’s the Steve I know!” she smiled before scurrying away to harem not before calling over her shoulder “Who knows you may even find the love of your life.”
“I doubt that, but it doesn’t hurt to dream right?”
“Atta’ boy. See you soon!”
As he walked to his room he kept replaying the conversation they had ‘Love of my life? As if. He accepted a long time ago that he was just going to live out the rest of life by himself. Not entirely by himself since he had a daughter and friends but romantically speaking. He was ok with that; it wasn’t like he needed anyone else. When he needed a good lay he just went to the harem. So yeah, he was ok. He just needed to complete his promise to Natasha and be done with it. Besides he already got all the love he needed from Wanda
“Look at all the new omegas!” one of the concubines snickered out as they watched the new group of omegas march in.
“They’ll never amount to anything. At best they will be servants.” another chimed in
The trip to the palace had been exhausting for everyone, especially for Bucky. He continued to fight tooth and nail. He was physically and emotionally exhausted. He didn’t know how much more he could take.
“All right ladies form a line. I don’t have all day!” a red-headed beta ordered
She walked up to every one of them picking out the ones she deemed worthy enough to be concubines.
“The ones I select are to be branded and sent to the baths for medical inspections. We don’t want the king getting any diseases.”
As soon as heard the word branded ice settled in his stomach.
“What do you mean branded!?” he screamed
Natasha sighed. She really didn’t have time to deal with unruly omegas. Steve owed her big time.
She walked up to him looked him in the eyes and sighed. “All omegas are to be branded to represent their loyalty to the king and empire. That way if anyone were to capture you-you would be able to be returned.”
“This is bullshit! You don’t have the right to do that to me!”
This omega was beginning to get on her nerves. The captains from the ship warned her about this one so she guessed she should’ve expected it beforehand.
“You’re the property of the empire now. We have every right to do what we please with you.” she spat out
“Who do you think…” was all he could say before he was backhanded by her.
“Take this one to the baths as well” she ordered as she walked away with the other omegas in tow. With that said two beta guards came for him and hooked an arm under his armpits and dragged him to the baths. No matter how much he screamed and kicked they didn’t let him go. He was unceremoniously dropped on the floor once they reached their destination.
“All right girls, each and every one of you is to go through the doctor and then be branded. No funny business ok? Ok!”
As each omega went through the process of being inspected and branding he was silently having a panic attack. There was no way he was going to go through with this, he would rather die than go through this but before he could make an attempt to run two burly alphas tackled him to ground as the doctor began her inspection. He thought he was going to die from humiliation as the doctor spread his legs and poked and prodded his hole. One he was deemed clean and a virgin he was sent to a beta caressing a branding iron as he met his gaze all he saw was ice and hatred. It made him stop dead in his tracks.
“Please don’t do this!” he pleaded as he started to cry hysterically
The beta stepped closer to him and just as he was about to beg he was met with the scorching pain of his skin being melted. He could smell the putrid scent of his flesh burning. He tried to scream but all that came out was silence. There on his left arm was a symbol that looked like a star inside multiple circles. A continuous stream of tears fell as his last resolve finally broke.
As they marched back to harem they were sent to a raised platform covered with curtains and inside were rows of beds.
“All right girls, this is where you will live from here on out. Beside your bed, you will find a dress. New clothing will be assigned tomorrow. As of right now, you are to go to bed!” the redhead spat out
“What do you mean dresses?!” he hissed out.
“All omegas are to wear dresses. It is the law.” she deadpanned back
“But I’m a guy!!”
“Male or female doesn’t matter all omegas are to wear dresses because that how thing are done around here!” she gritted out
She marched over to him and took him aside.
“Look you may have come here as a slave but if you behave yourself you will not always be a slave. Shut your mouth, educate and behave yourself and you will prosper. All omegas await to be called by the king. If you satisfy the king and give him a child you will be the Kings' favorite concubine and you will live in paradise. But its all up to you. Make the right choice.” And with that, she walked away leaving him to stand there contemplating.
He clutched his sisters necklace as he tried to go to sleep. Right as he was about to drift off he felt someone caressing his face. He sat up and looked around only to find himself all alone. When he looked ahead he saw three figures standing behind the curtains.
Slowly he walked up to them and found his family smiling at him. He raced to each of them and gave them a hug. Upon further inspection, he found that their injuries were healed.
“Your injuries are healed. I too want to die. There is so much pain and sorrow here. Please don’t leave me alone.”
“James my sweet little boy, you can’t come with us. You have to stay here and avenge us. You must live and accomplish great things. Become powerful. If you do we will find peace.”
“I lost all of you, don’t leave me. I’m not strong enough.”
“I know you can do it. My son can do anything” his fathers’ calm voice came
As he started to cry he found himself all alone once again
“Wake up! Wake up!”
With a startle, he jumped up and found the omegas hovering over him with concern etched on their faces. As he looked down he found his hand bleeding around the amulet.
“My family came to help me.” was all he said
“As of today, your education begins. Every day you will go to school and learn to good, beautiful and smart concubines. If you do as I say this palace will become a paradise, if not it will be hell.” the beta he learned was named Natasha boomed.
She walked straight toward him met his gaze and said: “Did you comprehend what I just said?”
“Yes, ma’am. I understand”
She looked at him with a relived smile.
“All right girls let go to the classroom for the first lesson.”
As they formed a line he happened a chance looking up and found a balcony full of gossiping concubines looking at his group with disgust.
“That up there is the floor of the favorites” a voice to his right came.
“What’s a favorite?”
“If the king takes a liking to you that’s where you will live. But only those who are astute and behave themselves.”
He glanced up there again and waved his hand, but no one returned the favor. With that, they marched off to their lesson. As they left the harem they were quickly stopped by a guard that shouted “Attention, His Majesty King Steven Rogers”
“Everyone bow down your heads! And don’t look up until the king is gone.” Natasha hissed out.
As he bowed his head he managed to sneak a glance of the king. He was tall, strong, handsome and an alpha. With newfound courage, he lifted his head and called out “King Steven Rogers!”
That stopped the king in his tracks. He turned around and met his gaze. He started to walk over to him and once he was face to face with him Bucky sighed and proceeded to fall over only to have the king catch him in his arms.
As blue met mercury he uttered words that would change his life forever.
And with that, his body went limp.
“Oh God, Steve I’m so sorry that wasn’t supposed to happen” she squeaked
“It's alright just make sure he’s ok” he muttered back
As the servants took the omega away for once in his life Steve was left speechless.