This novel's story and characters are fictitious. Individual long-standing institutions, agencies, and public offices are mentioned, but the characters involved are wholly imaginary.
This story is not insinuating that human trafficking is alright, is nothing but a part of the story that needed to be convey in order for the story to flow the way it supposed to be.
Please, keep it in mind that it's all fiction and coming from my head, it's only a story.
[How it all began]
It was late in the evening when Ashley's plane landed at Narita International Airport. She remembered the phone call she had promised her family and reached for her phone, but it wasn't there. She realized she must have left it in the confusion of her encounter earlier.
Ashley rushed out of the terminal looking for a landline to call her family. Public telephones were outdated, and she couldn't find one. Her search was cut short when she a middle-aged Filipina holding a sign with her name on it. She approached the woman. "Are you Ashley Gusman?" The woman asked her.
"Yes, I'm Ashley. How about you? Oh, I mean, who are you?"
"I'm Mrs. Gutieres," the woman replied as she scrutinized Ashley from head to toe.
"If you don't have any other luggage that needs to be collected, we should go now. It's getting late. We have a long drive ahead of us." The woman told Ashley, rushing her in the process.
"Mrs. Gutieres, could I ask a favor? You see, I lost my phone, I think the person who has it is here in Japan."
Irritated, Mrs. Gutieres asked, "What is that you want?"
Sensing the woman's irritation, Ashley changed her mind and responded that she needed nothing more.
"Then what are you waiting for? Let's go. It's getting late." With that, Mrs. Gutieres turned and walked to the vehicle that was waiting for them.
Exhausted, Ashley followed without asking any questions. After driving for an hour, they reached their destination.
Ashley looked out the window. When she saw where they were, she was in shock. A moment later, the car door opened, and two big men stood in front of her.
"Down!" one of the men shouted at Ashley.
"Huh?" She asked, eyes wide and shaking with fear.
"Did you hear me? I said down," the angry man yelled.
When she didn't move, a hand holding some kind of cloth cupped her mouth from behind. Within seconds, Ashley passed out…
Sometime later, the car stopped suddenly. Ashley looked out her window and was dumbstruck by what she was seeing. They were stopped in front of a very tall wall with substantial metal gates.
A moment later, the gate opened automatically. A long road came into view. The setting was serene, almost like a photo she had seen in a gallery.
Although they were still within the city, she felt as if they had entered a peaceful, beautiful valley somewhere far away from city noise.
They passed through a vast garden. It was lush with different types of flowers, bushes, and trees all varying in size, shape, and color. It was a truly fantastic sight.
Ashley was stunned. Her mouth was agape, and her eyes widen as she took in the sights. She uttered to herself as she took it all in. "Oh wow…" escaped her breath loudly enough for Tanaga to hear.
He sat watching her, smiling involuntarily. So enthralled with the view, she didn't notice. He quickly turned his focus back out the window so she wouldn't catch him gazing at her.
The car pulled up to the entrance of a palace-like house. She stared at it intently, thinking to herself that it could be compared to Malacañang Palace, it was so massive.
All her fear and anxiety were instantly replaced by excitement and astonishment. She was overwhelmed by the wealth that was displayed all around her. Ashley couldn't believe the sights she was witnessing.
Is this real? Is this place where I'm going to be living from now on? She thought to herself.
The entrance to the house was an impressive, intricately carved wooden door. Someone opened it from the inside. There stood an older man, standing perfectly straight, giving orders to the male housekeepers.
"Bring all of the lad's belonging in and place them in the back of the house," he ordered to the line of servants who stood to wait for them to get out of the car.
Tanaga got out of the car and walked directly into the mansion. Moments passed, and he realized Ashley wasn't following him.
He didn't want to seem as though he was waiting for her. So, he walked to his office, took a contract from the desk, and started reading it thoroughly.
The contract he was inspecting was the contract he wanted Ashley to sign. It outlined all the things he expected from her in detail and an outline of events that would unfold if the agreement was fulfilled.
He wanted her to be the mother to his heir. It was stated in the contract that they would be sleeping together until she conceived. Once she conceived, their sexual contact would no longer need to continue.
If the first child was a girl, they would try to conceive again, hoping to produce a male heir.
If the second child conceived was also a girl, they would pursue the contract no further and Ashley would be released from any further obligations. She would leave with two million in hand, one million per child born.
But she would be expected to leave the children behind…