The moment they exited the portal on the grounds of the cottage Ascondia and her guards closed in on Kara, Hades reached over the fence to draw a blade putting him between the guards, Kara and Jade.
“Hades what the hell are you doing?!” Barked Ascondia
“Jade didn’t call for help, nor is she harmed which makes me believe she has this under control, stand down or this gets very messy!” He replied calmly
Ascondia paced in frustration before she growled “Stand down!” The guards lowering their weapons backed up just a step. Hope was now stood off to the side as Hades looked across to Jade.
Jade held a forearm over her abdomen, as there was a hidden pain, but took Kara’s hand in hers. “She is an Elcarus. Look at her, she had the hair and eyes. I know who her father is. Before this was taken on by you Ascondia. This issue is more of the Elcarus family. I gave her my word she would not be harmed, don’t make me go back on my honour.” She gathered Hades’s hand. “We all go to Dentarius. It is time this issue is discussed and instead of drawing blades, resolved.”
Ascondia looked to Hades who just as confused as he shrugged quietly. Finally she looked at Hope then to her guards “We will leave her in your custody, I am required back in Elvera before my absence is noticed, when things are resolved ensure I am informed?” She spoke directly to Jade now once more placing her trust in the young woman “You are my eyes and ears on this, my trust in you complete”
Jade nodded to Ascondia, while giving Hades’s hand a squeeze, glancing to Kara but moving to guide her betrothed and now…niece into their home. Once within she leaned against the closed door with a deep sigh. “Have a seat at the kitchen table Kara. I will make tea, then the three of us will talk.”
Jades discomfort hadn’t gone unnoticed as he moved to her watching Kara sit before leaning to whisper “Everything alright my love? If the realm is having an effect then we can assume?” his words were soft and gentle against her ear.
She lifted the pot that was boiling, as Jade, calmly poured the water into the pot with the tea to seep. Jade looked to him, after his whisper. “I don’t know…let’s not jump to conclusions…just yet. I just feel off and ache that could be many reasons.” Jade mused to him sweetly in the passing, arranging the tray and seeing cups before everyone and offering their tea first followed by her own. Settling down on his lap watching Kara. “It was not my place to reveal whom your father was…it is yours, but Hades has a right to know.”
Kara stared at Hades who had not moved from Jades side, but she squared herself all the same “Haunted is my father, but he was married to Hel-ena at the time, it was a mistake and during the low point after you had all left Dentarius, before he became the leader everyone knew and loved, but to me he was always just dad, no hero, no long legacy of the realms saviours, it took me months before I found out about his death,”
Hades rested his chin on Jades head yet said nothing, his arms wrapped around her from behind, there was no malice in his presence now.
“I don’t care about being a hero, or what’s expected of our blood line, I just want to stop running,”
“Then maybe you should have brought this to us sooner?”
“I tried to tell you, and you broke my arm then tried to have the queen cut off my head, makes a girl a little afraid,” Kara replied softly “And incase you didn’t figure it out, it wasn’t me on the blocks, and the magic that held the glamour was my fathers, he kept me hidden for a while afterward, but the realm is a little out of balance right now and his magic slipped, and Elveran guard spotted me and I did the only thing I knew I ran,”
“Would explain why you jumped across realms, aside from Ascondia, Haunted was on of the very few able to do it, though it taxes our magic really bad, hence no portal hopping for Kane or I,”
“You’re not nearly as they make out you know, you’re actually oddly calm which is the very opposite of what the stories say about you,” Kara tried to smile but chose instead to return her gaze to the table “It’s a lot I know, and if prison is my future then I’ll accept that, but your wife is right hiding the truth is only causing me problems, so there you have it,”
“I keep hearing that lately, might have to go slaughter a village to ensure people don’t think I’m going soft,” Hades chuckled in reply “No in truth my priorities have changed of late, the realm adapts and your being born only means you were meant to be here, I’m sure given time the reason will show itself, right now we should prepare to head to Dentarius, seems we need to have a conversation with my brother, dead and alive,”
“As I told you, Kara. A lot has changed.” She smiled gently to her. “It doesn’t mean that he had lost his ferocity. Just…better managed.” Jade leaned down to kiss his neck finishing her tea. “Yes, it is time we return to Dentarius for a visit, I’d like to see Xander and Terra, plus Stacy.”
“I will send for a carriage, avoid the walk,” He smiled softly kissing her once more before disappearing back out of the door.
“So how it is our dear Queen seems to like you? She even seems tamer than I remember her to be” Kara stated as the door closed behind Hades.
“Ascondia? Well, she’s doing better, I suppose. In the start, acted like a spoiled brat. But she’s grown some, matured and listens to reason from others. Maybe with Hope now, she’ll be happy. There is no council, it is in the world to be formed with inclusion of areas of the realm.” She began to gather the empty tea cups. “Things are changing. For the good. I would like you to be there when it does. Regardless of wanting responsibility. You are an Elcarus by blood, family.”
“I am by blood, one could argue not by choice,” Kara replied softly “I’m not cut out to be a hero, I prefer to just live, I will do what is asked of me so long as I am able. I won’t make promises I cannot keep,”
“I get it. I really do. I’m not a hero, but engaged to Hades. Last of my kind, put a damper on things. That is what I am fighting for, Kara. Life is precious. It is never by choice in our parents. There is a reason that you were conceived with Elcarus blood. The realm doesn’t make those mistakes.”
“So my father keeps telling me,” Kara sighed softly. Hades opened the door and motioned for them to follow the carriage now outside their gate, Kara stood and quietly followed to him before climbing within the carriage, as Hades took Jades hand and locked the door before leading her in as well.
Jade inhaled with a nod, leaning her cheek against Hades shoulder after they situated themselves in the carriage. Very shortly after, she had fallen to sleep.