The Parthian emperor would send for him. He’d ordered “Menander” to Hellgate. He expected him broken when summoned to court. Yothin could not know when that would be .. it could happen any day .. Tomorrow! That had to put the prick on edge. Vologases could send word tomorrow ….. He’d expect this once-time prince to bend the knee …. he’d bend over and take it up the arse when ordered.
But if Maciste wasn’t broken …..? If Vologases got a rebel prince who spat contempt in his face ……? Where did that leave the fucker? What happened to Yothin then …..?
Could there be any stronger motivation? Maciste’s best payback. Courtesy of the emperor he disdained. Keep this up. Keep fooling the arsehole. Pretending Yothin had him over a barrel .. his prisoner was caving in.
But when the summons came …….? More fool you, Yothin. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!
Any chance he got of escaping ….. Maciste would seize it with both hands. Not been the slightest glimmer as yet, though …… But Maciste was not giving up hope.
Failing that …… How many days between Hellgate and the Parthian court? Days of opportunity. The chance of breaking free. He had to believe that the gods had his back.
Till then ….. Survive. Till the chance came ….. Buckle under. Trick these bastards. Keep up appearances …. And pray for the day when Yothin and his goons got what was coming to them. What they deserved. That thought could keep Maciste going. Whatever that bastard threw at him. Best motivation yet.
To be continued ……
…. Sometime ……..
Maciste gets summoned to the Parthian court