Tell me. Tell me about your meetings with that man.
Malik and I grew up together. Our fathers' lands adjoined each other and when we were old enough, we were betrothed.
He was captured during the battle, and was sold as a slave. He had a kind master who let him keep a portion of what he earned when he hired out, and he saved every coin. He bought his freedom 2 years ago, and has been looking for me ever since.
One day last year,when I was at the market, he finally found me. He told me he wanted to buy my freedom and saved almost half of what he would need. Whenever he can get away, at the dark of the moon, he comes here. We meet for just a few minutes-I'm so afraid of being find out. We talk-I give him any coins that come my way-that's all, I swear it!
And what makes you think you can buy your freedom? I can raise your price to any level I want!
I have already spoken to your mother while you slept. She is the one who purchased me, so she knows what is my worth. She has named a fair price for my freedom.
How do I know he isn't plotting to overthrow my father?
He cares nothing about politics!He was a farmer's son, just as I was a farmer's daughter.Malik has no interest in who leads the empire. Nor do I!