The problem, thought Columbine, with being a prisoner on Gor, was that even if Little Levy managed to reach Gor, which was unlikely, there was no warrant or mandate to allow an Earthling to demand access to, or the freedom of, a Slave; there were a chiliad of abducted Earthlings here, enslaved, the property of Gorean Masters or Mistresses who would never consent to their release; the prevailing view here was that Earth's objections to the customs of Gor was that of Nimbys, pathetic, self-centred, believing that they were right and everyone else was wrong; if Levy did get here, he would only be putting his own freedom at risk. for there was no chance that he would be able to find and rescue Columbine – unless . . . . . it was probably only grasping at straws, but if Lucifer had received Columbine's plea, and been able to organise something with Levy, there might, just possibly be a chance. a slim one, a very slim one, but at least a possibility; that was the trouble about being an optimist, it gave one hope, and on Gor, hope was usually crushed, mercilessly!