[To The Future] Covering all Bases

Kane was sat on the edge of his desk as the messenger appeared, knocking upon the already open door.

“My Lord, a letter from Lord Hades, delivered direct to your hands as instructed,” He stated handing over the letter, Kane turned the envelope over in his hand to see the seal, before nodding.

“Thank you,” he stated softly, the messenger nodded handing another pile of mail and then leaving Kane to his own thoughts, as Kane turned the letter over and stared at the instructions upon the front.

‘To be delivered direct to Lord Kane Elcarus, and no other’

“A little over dramatic don’t you think Hades?” Kane sighed softly.

Aishani appeared within the room with their children, one in each hip and the nanny with her. “What is over dramatic?” She asked nearing him with a kiss to his cheek, Xander and Terra looking around this new room with wide curious eyes.

Kane showed her the letter and the missive it be delivered directly to him, as he shook his head and with a short blade proceeded to open it.

‘Kane,

It seems your daughter harbours more secrets than we were aware of, as of yesterday morning she passed through our home to collect supplies before heading out to Evershore, as I’m sure you’re aware the suspected home of The Ever Present.

While we never had conclusive proof of this I have reason to believe there is truth in this, it also seems that their leadership has become unstable, again something we suspected based on certain actions. You know this was always a personal interest to me, them being the ones responsible for Ravens death. However Kane it seems this choice by Aerian is no accident, I was told by her that she was the original founder, and now seeks to re-stabilise the group, while I am unsure of her course of action, she did ask we did not intervene.

I should probably have sent this a day ago, but the fact is I was a little harsh upon Aerian and so sought to buy her a little time before choosing to clue you in on current events, I also suspect despite her request we should have a failsafe in case things, as is the luck of our little family, go sideways and she is unable to correct the situation. She is pregnant and being led by Zia whom we both know regardless of Aerians faith cannot be trusted.

She is your daughter, so what you chose to do with this information is your choice, just remember she is pregnant and without access to her higher level power, if you need me and Jade and you know where we are, whatever you decide as ever my blade is yours.

Hades’

Kane frowned at the note before passing it along to Aishani “Wonder what he’d do if he knew I already knew half of this ….” His voice trailed off.

Aishani handed Tera to Kane and Xander to the nanny, gathering the letter. Her golden eyes going over the written words, she remained silent and then set it on the desk. She gathered Xander from the nanny and dismissed her for the moment.

Tera gurgled and smiled up to her father.

“What do you mean to do? Anything?” She asked watching Kane

Kane chuckled as he tickled Terra causing the infant to squeak with laughter, a soft smile as he watched her “Seems your sister is out to get herself in trouble again, now what do we do about it?” He grinned as she reached for him and then proceeded giggle, he stood walking to the nanny look to Xander “What about you, what do you think we should do?” Xander cooed in reply.

Finally he turned to shrug lightly “She wants us to keep out, she has Virra and Domi with her, I get why Hades wishes to go after them but if we do, we may only make a bad situation worse, if she needs us she will find a way to send for us, for once she isn’t trying to do this alone and for that I can be thankful my love,” He looked to her and smiled “Unless you believe otherwise?”

Xander gurgled in Aishani’s arms add though talking in a language that was not understood. Aishani looked down then up to Kane. “I will send Shadow to trail them. I’m sure that she can be of use eventually. I do believe we stay out, until we are called for. I know how emotions can run during pregnancy, so we can only hope that Domi can keep both women under control.”

“Not an easy task, though having said that, we did stop you killing Ascondia so I can’t be that bad at it,” Kane chuckled in reply “We should probably ensure Aerian doesn’t see Shadow for the moment, then if needs be Shadow can come for us, and we will go kick down the door as it were, Hades is correct on one point, I hope Aerian has her eye on Zia she cannot be trusted”

He tickled Terra once more before kissing Aishanis cheek “We finally have most of the trade agreements back in place, so things are as they should be easier for us, this rest period has been quite a break, and most welcome”

There was a knock at the door as Elsa now stood, now decked in her usual array of colourful clothes she smiled “Pardon the interruption but I was wondering, seeing how we have now made peace with so many other beings in our lovely realm, my dear Aishani would it perhaps be possible that our new found spider friends could see fit to perhaps part with a little spider silk, most useful for strengthening garbs such as those you use for combat, wickedly strong is that stuff and well supplies have been hard to come by in the Everlands for some time”

Aishani nodded to Kane watching him with Tera with a smile, but glanced to the entrance of Elsa. Turning to face her, chuckling in that rolling purr. “I’m going to speak to Shadow. Join me and I can ask. Though I don’t see it as an issue. It may be delayed due to our need for her at the moment but I’m sure she can pay with some before leaving.”

“Oh there’s no rush my dear, there has been a lack of need for combat gear these last weeks, but it never hurts to be ahead of the game,” Elsa replied with a grin, as she bowed slightly allowing Aishani past before following after her.

“So how is motherhood suiting you and our dear Lord? Well I would hope? And of course remember I always willing to send more childrens clothes at short notice they grow so quick,” Elsa chuckled softly as she continued to stay in stride with Aishani.

Aishani kept Xander with her, while showing Kane time alone with Tera. It seemed as though the infant girl adored him. But Aishani looked to Elsa as she walked. “It’s trying. Sleep is something that I have little of, though it is rewarding. Oh, yes. Thank you for the offer of clothing, it will be much needed.”

She led Elsa out to the courtyard and the forest beyond, as Xander was constantly looking around at the changing world. But soon the trees rustled and the large, pony sized spider appeared. Aishani moved over to kneel, as Shadow moved cautiously over. But lifted one leg and Xander just stared at the spider, then chortled and gasped the leg. Aishani seemed focused in Shadow for a time, then stood and turned to Elsa. “She said that she would be honoured to provide such. But currently she is going to Aerian, then will gladly provide as much silk as needed.”

Shadow lowered the leg, scurrying away into the dense forest. This caused Xander to cry, Aishani cradled and crooned to the baby, soon the crying ceasing.

Elsa bowed to Shadow shortly before she scurried off, there was a soft smile as she watch the spider depart. “There is no rush, as I said though my supplies are low, I do still have some if required, and thankfully the need is less after the war.” Her voice was soft as she ruffled Xanders hair gently “And I hear there will be more children to add to your family?”

Kane remained in his office, as he signed off various deeds and contracts, as well as organising further supply routes and trade agreements, ensuring that Dentarius would thrive as well as its people. All the while he kept Terra on his knee “One day little one this will be yours and your brothers to rule over, though I don’t plan to go anywhere for some time, all that we do now, is for the future and that is the greatest lesson we can teach, everything we do is for the greater good,” Terra gurgled in reply waving her hands before her, Kane smiled watching the action “If I didn’t know better I’d swear you were telling me to be quiet”

Aishani chuckled, while Xander was distracted enough by Elsa looking to her with wide curious golden eyes. Though, she began to lead Elsa back to the mansion. “Yes, it seems Aerian and Virra have been busy with Domi. I don’t right care for the threesome as such. But it seems to make them happy, that I’m all for. Aerian deserves it.” She stepped foot in the mansion grounds and made her way to the office.

Tera smiled up to Kane at his comment. Grasping her foot to bring to her mouth, after a moment stopping to look at the door. Just then Aishani stopped before such and adjusting Xander with an embrace to Elsa.

Elsa returned the embrace with a grin “I shall leave you to it, I have some work to be doing and I really should be getting myself home and start upon Jades dress,” She kissed Aishanis cheek with a smile, before making her way to Kane giving him and embrace.

“Be careful Elsa, and take care,” Kane smiled in reply. She nodded and proceeded to leave the office.

“Shadow on her way to watch Aerian and hers?” He asked softly

“Mhm.” Aishani said moving to stand at Kane’s side behind the desk, as their children looked to one another and gurgled as though speaking with periods of bubbly laughter. “It seems news gets around. Elsa already knows about Aerian and Virra.”

“Considering the size of this place, it’s hard to keep such news quiet, though I should probably inform Ascondia before the rumour mill reaches her,” Kane sighed softly “I suspect if left to Aerian, Ascondia would be left in the dark, yet another conversation I do not relish”

Kane stood now scooping Terra into his arms as he led them to main hall and the area they used for living, there was a large penned area that would allow the children a freedom to play in safety as Kane sat beside placing Terra within.

Aishani sighed. “While I hate to admit it. You are right.” She followed him to the main hall, while slipping to settle in his lap and tipped her lips up to kiss his neck. Watching as Terra and Xander were playing with each other, crawling around and gurgling to each other. “They are growing so fast, almost unnaturally fast. Each have learned how to crawl…” Her hand lowered to curl within Kane’s.

Kane wrapped his arms around her waist as she took her seat in his lap, his fingers entwining hers as he smiled softly “It would not serve anyone to not tell her, it would probably be wise to inform her of things as it relates to The Ever present omitting of course Aerian is or was at one point involved, they have been a headache for half the realm since the original dragon wars,”

“I do not feel safe travelling just yet with our children. Have her summoned here, then we will discuss this. Besides, she can meet the children, not that she would be interested. Though, how do you mean the Ever Present have been an issue? I understand that they are a loose cannon. Perhaps in the end, Aerian can recover the organization to work not just for her but our own benefit.”

“They weren’t always an issue in the beginning they dealt with retrieval of artefacts and things, but once they shifted to assassination, kidnapping that sort of thing , almost every city has a warrant for their arrest, their morals are often questionable assassinations occur in plain sight making them more murder than assassination, and no one has seen their leader in quite some time, not since Aerian left the group,” Kane replied “The issue is they became for more about shock factor than the shadows,”

He kissed her shoulder gently “I will send for our Queen, we likely need discuss other aspects as the High Council are no longer a consideration, our need for the treaty of Dentarius is slightly less, though I would prefer to maintain our independence”

She glanced back to him with a nod, adjusting to lay her legs over his thigh, planning his hands with hers upon her leg. “I think…this is possible. Considered this, we hold Dentarius. Jade and Hades hold another part. Plus I hold the Emerald City. Why not have clear representatives to each portion?”

“It would make sense to not try to rule everything, perhaps she will see the merit in this,” Kane replied his hand now running up her thigh gently “As long as the realm is stable and safe that is what we should be aiming for, together”

“Agreed. All of us are stronger together. Besides, it would be a boost of morale to the people. Lord knows we need something. I’d like to work with the dwarves and Dark Elves to be able to open those trade routes. It would be beneficial to all.” She fell silent for a moment watching as Xander and Terra play. “I’m going to have to return to my city, it can’t be good to be not return after the win.”

“We should return to Emerald City and try to uncomplicated things, we should begin bringing them back into the Everlands, there is no reason they need hide any longer, the rest of realm need learn we stand united or risk falling” Kane replied kissing her shoulder gently “Its time old grievances are left behind for the future of the realm, and our children”

“We have the ear of the realm, I believe it is time we used it for the sake of the future, though not until our children are strong enough to travel, and I’ve had a nice period away from playing politician and can be husband and father first”

“I couldn’t agree more.” She said while content to be this close to Kane, leaving her cheek against his chest. Watching Xander and Terra attempt to put blocks in their mouth but discovering it was far too large, the fascination kept the twins going at it. They gurgled to each other, laughing and smiling. The intelligence in their large eyes was far more advanced than a normal child, one born without the vampire and werewolf in their blood.

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[To The Future] A New Hunt

Kane caught the guard by the neck a short flip sent him into the dirt with a groan as he groaned and rolled kicking Kanes leg from beneath him, Kane landed flat before striking out, the guard blocked his attack and kicked him clean in the ribs, causing Kane to growl.

As they rolled to their feet Kane smiled and stood “I’m getting slow in my old age,” he chuckled softly before shaking the mans hand.

“You’re not sir, but your attention is other places right now. Though if needed I’m sure it wouldn’t be, you should rest and not worry so much my Lord, the realm is at peace and Queen Ascondia seems to have things in hand without the High Council in the way, we have you to thank for that,”

“Wasn’t just me,” Kane shrugged in reply as he wiped his face with towel “The realm came together when we needed it that, is what ultimately won the war not just me,”

“We all have our opinion my lord and I suspect as humble as you want to be the wider thanks goes to you and yours for saving our collective hides, we followed because you led,” The guard replied Kane rolled his shoulders and smiled “I’m going to go clean up,”

“Of course my Lord, I’m due for guard duty anyway,” The guard extracted himself from Kane and the training area and headed off as Kane again wiped his face and sat on the log in thought.

That was when Kane felt arms wrap around him from behind and the warm breath tickle his skin. Then the voice saturated his senses with Aishani, his wife and mother of their children. “Let’s hunt, my love. I have Stacy looking over the children.”

“Mmm getting away from people, not a bad idea,” he replied leaning his head back against her “As much as I appreciate the love and respect, I wish they would take thanks for their own part and just let us get on with things,” he chuckled softly “Or maybe I should just stop saving the world,”

He turned in her arms to kiss her gently “But I am glad to be with you safe and alive, and now we get to have fun,”

“Right now, the people need a figure, or figures to look to. That is you, my love. Regardless of if you wish it or not. You as an Elcarus have done much.” She kissed his forehead with a caress. “We all know what we did.”

“And that my love is why I believe I am the luckiest man in the Everlands, the day I married you, well since the day we met,” Kane replied softly “Come on let’s go have some fun, before they decide they need us,”

“Don’t have to tell me twice.” She straightened and began to race to the forest. Aishani stopped and sniffed, then took off using not only the trees but rocks to keep up the speed. Clearly she had picked up on a scent, by the way her golden eyes glowed and her incisors glistened with predatory intent.

Kane could taste her in the wind which is where his intent changed, he set his footing and his target upon her, as he tore through the underbrush silent and with intent, he followed her scent through the forest, now forming his plan to take her in that moment.

She didn’t stop as Aishani took the lead with purpose and that is when he saw her target ahead with a doe and buck. The two deer looked up and flicked ah ear in their direction, beginning to dart off. The chase was on now, as she lifted herself into a limb and utilized the push to jump down in the buck, grabbing at his horns to pull the stunned male deer down with claws raking across the flesh of the neck.

Kane remained just on the edge of the kill site, circling as he watched with a smile, the scent of blood enough to draw him closer, that scent was hard for even him to ignore as he watched the buck fall, the blood sprayed from Aishanis claws, again he closed in closer now.

Unlike before, Aishani didn’t dig into the kill the need for blood was solely for him since she no longer had the diet upon it as she had while pregnant. But it was then as he circled closer that the poor buck made a small cry if pain.

He growled as he heard the cry, before striking his fangs sunk into the flesh of the bucks throat spilling more blood into his mouth, his mind clouded as the instinct to feed overrode everything else within him, he drank hungrily feeling the drains of the last few weeks begin to fade. Close enough she would be able to hear the feral growl of his demonic half feeding with no regard for anything but himself in that moment.

When he finished his feed and the heart of the deer no longer beat, a quick look around would reveal that Aishani was gone. Though, her scent was fresh in the air and Kane could taste her on the breeze, such was riddled with arousal. Now, it was his turn to find her.

Kane drew in her scent his eyes narrowing as he smiled wiping the blood from his mouth before taking off into the forest after her, the blood of the deer heightened his sense as he could taste his lover in the wind, easily now moving like liquid through the undergrowth, the close he got the stronger her scent, as he slowed now sensing her ahead his instincts becoming a hunters, he was now stalking a very different prey.

Kane found her now, on the edge of a small hidden lake, standing on the edge with her back to his stalking point, though, silently he watched as she began to peel her clothing from upon her to reveal the beautiful ashen skin that was riddled with thick webbing of scars on her back, even the plump bottom and the strong stems. Her hair down in the tendrils of the black dreads that flowed over her shoulders, though, she glanced behind her and that is when Kane realized that she recognized his presence with a smirk upon her lips, exposing the canines and the glowing golden eyes.

He unhooked his cloak letting it fall to the floor as he crossed the distance between them his arms sliding around her “Somehow I should know better than to try and get the drop on you, but,” he could still taste her now been so close “The hunt, you here open, naked, it’s enough to drive a man insane,” his lips found hers a long deep kiss his body now easing against hers.

Aishani seemed to vibrate, and purr to his words, turning to face him amidst his encroach while her naked form was pressed against his and she returned his kiss with as much depth and hunger, parting with a nip on his lower lip. Not only could he taste her essence which was mouth-watering, but, also the predator that lay just beneath the surface of this dark beauty.

His hands slid down her hips pulling her tight to him, his eyes remained on her as his lips worked over her jaw and down her neck, slowly over her shoulder, each kiss was deliberate as he let his hands slip around her continuing his path as he stepped around her down over her shoulder blades, then down her spine slowly, each one lower than the last as he worked down, to her buttocks, kissing each slowly as his hands moved to her hips her spun her round his next kiss placed against her petals, his tongue quickly moving to search that tender nub.

Aishani remained still, tilting her head back with a moan as each of his kisses left her skin throbbing for more, it wasn’t until he was at her petals searching for her pearl, when her aroused scent hit him like a ton of bricks it was then that she drowned out everything around him. She was ready to mate, this was instinctual and even her musk proved it to his internal predator.

The scent of her overwhelmed the deliberate pace he had intended and within a moment he dragged her to the ground already pushing his way out of his own pants, the moment he kicked them clear he was upon her and driving himself into her with a growl, both of them were suddenly lost in the most primal of acts as he buried himself deep within her.

She cried out, while having little time to react as his monstrous tool plunged into her mercilessly. Now Aishani was in the prime position with her bosom crushed against the ground, claws digging into the earth. But she bucked back against him as her body quivered beneath and around him.

He growled as he drove into her his fangs raking over the flesh of her neck, not breaking his rhythm as he moaned hungrily against her, his body pressed tight into hers. It was deep and hungry as he slammed into her harder and deeper with each thrust.

She hissed as his fangs tore into her flesh, the blood practically black against her dark skin. The metallic liquid sung to his instinct mixed with the heavenly scent of their mixed juices. But now she lifted her hips up to clap more against his, her sound were outside to his ears.

Kane drank her down though in a smaller amount than he would have normally, as he growled now quickening the thrust of his hips into hers, the angle of her hips as he drove into her quickly pushing him toward a release, as it hit his hands slammed into her, his hands landing against her shoulders forcing her into the dirt as his hips ground into hers ensuring every last drop was deliver deep within her.

She cried out in ecstasy as her blood was suckled past his lips, it was the growl that parted her mouth in the shove down. He felt her body tighten around him, as her own climax was reached and drank in his seed. The left her panting, in her claws was bits if moss and grass, with dirt.

Kane held within her for a few more moments before finally moving to her side, kissing her shoulder gently. Almost instantly the hunter in him retreated back beneath the surface, as Kane curled into her in the dirt, the sounds of the forest now echoing over them as he continued to focus on the scent of his wife.

[To The Future] Jealousy, Babies and New Home

Aishani was holding Xander and Terra each in an arm within the master suite, nudging them while this she had found was soothing, not just from the uncomfortable ache of her bosom but to be able to nurture the children. 

Kane was sat just in front of them, his hands gently placed upon each child watching them for moment “It’s good to be home with them my love,”

She looked to Kane while nodding to him, a soft and tender smile upon her plush lips. “Indeed, it is. Strange though, everything said and done, we’ve been dealing with the rise of the war for so long…now that it’s finished and things have returned to normal…” Aishani adjusted Terra to remove her mouth from one bosom, then extended her to Kane in order for him to burp her, while she did the same to Xander. The two infants very sleepy after a full tummy, though, she cradled Xander as the babe slept.

Kane took Terra into his lap his hands placed to gently pat until the youngster released her wind with a resounding burp, “I know before there was always something to deal with and now, we only need worry about our children and each other, my head is oddly empty these days,” he chuckled softly settling Terra against him.

It was in that moment there was knock upon their room door causing Kane to look up “Its open” as the door opened Aerian, Virra and Domi stepped through.

To the knock, Aishani covered herself up and stood to move over and gently settle Xander in the crib and moved to gather Terra to do the same. She turned and moved to settle at Kane’s side, her eye fixed on Aerian for a moment, clearly suspicious. “There is the troublesome trio…”

“Hey Aishani,” Aerian smiled though clearly avoiding the issue for the moment “We have something to tell you,” instinctively her hand found Virras entwining her fingers so as to gather strength from her fiancée, “That is to say Domi sort of, no we all do, argh this is harder than I thought,”

Aishani inclined a brow, glancing to the conjoined hands of Virra and Aerian, then shifted her gaze to Domi that moved to slip a hand within Aerian’s to remind her he was there to support her as well. “We all do,” Domi said in agreement.

She placed her own hands into Kane’s, looking to them expectantly.

“Dad, Aishani I’m pregnant,” Aerian felt the words tumble from her lips as the moment seemed to hold waiting on a response, Kane simply remained quiet looking at the trio now standing before him.

Aishani lowered her brow, remaining as silent as Kane now. But since he didn’t speak, she stood and moved to stand before Aerian. Then embraced her tightly, almost too tight. “I think it is best that you talk with your father. I think he’s stunned…” She whispered to her. “Congratulations.”

Aerian returned the embrace “Thank you,” before making her way to Kane she sat down in front of him as he remained quiet for the moment “Don’t be mad, please, I’m sorry,” her voice was now broken with emotion rarely shown by Aerian as the panic had begun to rise in the pit of her stomach.

Kane remained quiet for a few moments though the tone in his daughters voice was enough to cause him to look at her “Not mad Aerian, just .. a little confused, is all,” Kanes now moved to look to Domi, his gaze was not one of anger but steady enough for Domi to know he was under close watch for the moment.

Finally his gaze moved to Virra “And how are you finding all this? As odd as me? Are you Ok with how things are in all this?” Aerian smiled as ever her father had more concern for those around him than his own feelings, instinctively she threw her arms around him in a deep hug.

Aishani stepped back to move over in order to check on the sleeping twins, though, when finished she turned her attention back to Kane and Aerian, her golden eyes fixed on the situation before her. Virra rolled a shoulder passively, though, grinned. “I’m happy, granted this came as a surprise. Aerian with child is not only going to add to our family but I’m excited. We welcomed Domi, granted we may not have considered this without proper precautions…though part of us knew the chance.”

Domi remained silent, while appearing ready to defend himself should Kane loose it.

“And you, my love?” Aishani moved to settle at Kane’s side, gathering his hand in hers. “Enough of everyone elses feelings, bring your own forth. I believe that is what they want to hear, especially, our daughter.”

“I’m proud of you all, and if this is the next step in your relationship then as ever I am behind you. I have no reason to question any of you, you laid your lives on the line for this family and now you help ensure it’s future how could a father be any prouder, yes it’s a surprise but one I am indeed happy with,” Kane stated with a smile, Aerian felt her resolve break and launched into her father, Kane wrapped his arms around her with a smile “It’s a lot to take in, but I am always proud of you Aerian, just so long as you watch over her, protect as I would, nothing more nothing less,”

Virra grinned, as Domi stepped forward now. “You have no reason to be concerned, Kane. I will look after Aerian and the unborn child, he is after all my son and part of this legacy.” Though, as he spoke those words, the grin from Virra dimmed a slight with a flicker of sadness in her gaze, she slipped out of the room when Domi moved to stand behind Aerian.

Aishani caught this movement and then moved to lightly place a hand upon Aerian’s shoulder with a squeeze and tipped her chin to the door that just barely closed behind Virra. “I think the three of you may need to talk…if not, just the two of you.”

Domi glanced behind him and made a move to follow after Virra, then hesitated at the placement of Aishani’s hand on his shoulder. “It has just been the two of them, until you arrived. Let her be for now, though, I suggest that the three of you sit and talk. No sense in dimming down this happy time.”

“You should go talk, we’ll still be here,” Kane smiled softly “Don’t lose her in all of this she needs you as much as you need her,”

“I know,” Aerian spoke barely above a whisper as she extracted herself from her fathers embrace “I’m going to go talk to her, Domi can you go see there’s anything Stacy can do to ease this damn nausea?”

“I thought she was happy.” Domi said looking back to Aerian. “Uh…yeah, sure. I’ll meet you back at the cottage.” He moved to give her a gentle kiss, then turned and left.

Aishani sat down beside Kane, curling her hand within his. “Go on. We will be here if you need us.”

Aerian drew her hands around her waist and headed off to find Virra, quickly tracing the path asking guards if they had seen before she finally was coming up behind “Baby, what … I thought, I’m sorry,” she stammered slowly

Virra was sitting on the edge of the fountain, sharpening her dagger with a whetstone, though, looked to Aerian and stopped. “You have nothing to apologize for…I just, it’s not that I am not happy, because, I am. It’s just…I’m jealous, I guess. No, not jealous envious that you are pregnant. I’ve gotten used to sharing everything with you and this…I can’t do. Domi probably didn’t realize it but…when he said that the unborn was his son…” She sighed stowing away the dagger and then whetstone, rising to face Aerian and wrap her arms around her. “Is that just the stupidest thing you have ever heard?”

“Well he is assuming it’s a boy,” Aerian smiled softly now sitting beside Virra “But even with Domi around I’m not doing this without you by my side,”

Aerian took Virras hand gently “You are joined with me so you will feel all this just as much as me, but you could, we could have two babies you know,”

Virra curled her fingers within hers and lifted the knuckles to be graced by her lips in a flitter of kisses, then stopped to look at her. “I know I will…wait, what do you mean, two babies?”

Aerian curled her fingers then walked them over Virras thigh and up along her stomach “We could if you wanted, I mean none of us has exactly been safe while Domi has had his way with us, we already have our own little family and having a child with you is more than I could ask for,”

Virra watched Aerian for a long moment in silence, catching her hand in a strong hold and then relaxed. “No, we haven’t been safe, perhaps, I wanted this to happen for us. Firefly, I’m not sure you understand. I wanted to take that journey with you…I know it is stupid, but, I wanted to be pregnant with you and not just have symptoms. Listen to me, this is your time, not mine. I’m sure my own will come.” She lifted a hand to caress her cheek with a small smirk. “You are the beacon in the night to me.”

“Maybe you already are and it just hasn’t shown yet?” Aerian replied gently with a smile leaning against her “But you really need to talk to Domi he actually looked hurt when you left us, he really does love you and from what I’ve seen he has for some time, you are my life, you are my rock and you are my anchor to the chaos that surrounds us. I can’t do this without you but I don’t want to do it without him either,”

Virra wrapped an arm around Aerian, pulling her closer against her, propping her chin on the fiery crown. “Yeah, right. I hardly think that I am pregnant. I haven’t had morning sickness, like you. The only way would be to confirm with Stacy, if I am or not. Domi? Hurt?” She inhaled deeply, caressing Aerian’s side. “Hmm, it is so different to hear you say that you want him around still, while I don’t mind in the slightest. He balances us out…I told you, Firefly, that I am here for the long run and I have no intention of going anyplace, because, my place is at your side. Do you think we should? Go see, Stacy, I mean?”

“He is a great cook, and he watches our back, I sent Domi to see if Stacy could do anything for this damn nausea, so we can go join him,” Aerian rested her head on Virras chest for a few moments “No matter what you still need to talk to him, it has to be weird for him too, though he does have two girlfriends both who have no problem pleasing him,” she chuckled softly “I love you, that hasn’t and will not change, and it’s you I’m going to marry, I was thinking the old family home of Grandma in town is still vacant, Dad owns the land so maybe he would let us have it? It’s bigger than the cottage but not as grand as the Mansion,”

Virra titled her head and looked down to Aerian, losing her fiery crown. “Yes, that would do. That way we won’t be far. But aren’t you upset that our plans for the meantime of picking up work have changed?” She stood now, then extended her hand to Aerian, walking with her back to the mansion.

“Kind of comes with territory, seems every time we plan one thing the realm kicks us onto another path, besides I can work for now,” As they walked Aerian felt content stepping closer to Virra as they made their way up to Stacys room.

They knocked and Stacy answered inviting them in, Domi was sat in the window seat as Stacy watched her a moment “Are you feeling better Aerian?”

“Queasy, but OK, did Domi ask you?” Aerian replied

“He did, I can assemble something to ease it, but beyond that you’re stuck with it for now unless Domi has something in his cooking arsenal?” Stacy replied throwing Domi a gentle glance before she looked back to Virra.

Domi at the appearance of straightened at the appearance of Aerian, perked a slight, though, reclined back at the sight of Virra and turned his gaze out the window. But, when Stacy spoke, he looked back to Aerian. “Yeah, I might be able to whip something up. But, I think Jade may be able to help with her teas as well,”

Virra looked to Stacy now, while moving to her. “I haven’t felt strange…or anything, but, uh, do you sense anything about me?”

Stacy inclined a brow as  she looked her over for a moment before looking to Domi in thought the back to Virra “I think Domi is going to be a very busy man, when did last have you’re .. or have you just out its non-appearance down to stress? Not all pregnancies follow the same path, each is unique,”

Aerian felt a glow spread through her before she watched Domi taking Virras hand and leading her to Domi, then taking Domis and placing it on Virras stomach gently “Did you hear that Domi? Your girls are both having your babies,”

“You are both indeed with child, and from the auras around a similar point, both having a single child anything beyond that is hard to tell for the moment, when the auras colour we will know what each childs sex will be, I would suggest you all go home and talk properly, I will speak with Jade on tea to help you both along, just remember Aerian cannot tap her angelic side for any reason,” There was a strength to the final words from Stacy “And of course congratulations,”

Virra stared at Stacy, then a smile grew on her lips. “Well, it’s been stressful for all of us recently.” Domi appeared to be as stunned as Virra though turned from his recline to face the interior of the room. When his hand was lifted, the palm pressed against her flat stomach, they locked their gaze for a moment together in silence. “Uh…yeah, I think we should go home.”

“Right, I trust Aerian to not use her angelic abilities but always we will ensure such.” Domi said, rising and moving to kiss Virra deeply and then to Aerian, lacing his hands into each woman’s then walking from the room with them in tow.

As they entered cottage Aerian turned on Virra kissing her with as much depth and passion as she ever had in her life “You got your wish baby, we both did,” She turned to face Domi “Two pregnant women I think your life is about to get a whole lot more interesting, I almost can’t wait!!”

Virra responded to the depth of the kiss, it was almost as though the tension melted between them that only a short time earlier had tightened around them, she squeezed her behind with a lift and then a playful smack.  Though, turned to face Domi with a smirk, yet, lowered her gaze. “Yeah, sorry about that. When Aerian was pregnant, I felt..left out and wanted to share this experience with her. But, now, we are both with kidos.”

Domi groaned. “Great two crazy pregnant women…oh, what will I do?” He moved over and swept Aerian in his arms, shoving her against the closed door to kiss her with a breath-taking emotion and pressure. Then turned to face Virra and stepped up, to her, grasping her wrist to pull her over and press his lips against hers while extending his other back to grasp Aerian’s hand to bring her forward to stand at Virra’s side. Kneeling down, then lifting up their tops to kiss each stomach with a loving caress. “I could just be the luckiest man in Everlands, my two beautiful angels are going to give birth to the perfect children.”

“It is going to be fun, we’re going to get all fat and miserable together,” Aerian giggled as she felt her body shudder to Domis’ kiss, Aerian turned as Domi broke the kiss from Virra, Aerian leant in to take his place “And you get to love our children as much as you care for us,” Aerian was careful with her words now, she knew he cared for them but love in a three way relationship was always going to be a complex thing to handle. She also never for a moment wanted to hurt Virra in any way as she thought she had earlier that day.

Domi looked from Aerian to Virra for a moment, then smirked and stood, offering a hand to Aerian in order for her to rise as well. He swept each woman in his arms, Virra leaned a cheek on his shoulder and placed a hand on his chest with a look up to him then to Aerian. “I love you both, I know I can be a pain but nothing ever changes that fact. This will only bring us closer, though, I will apologize now for my attitude later on.”

He nodded to her seeming pleased, kissing her forehead and squeezing Aerian’s behind. “It’s permanent birth control…but, I honestly have been curious what breast milk tastes like. It must be ambrosial with the two of you.”

“Oh your just going to become a bigger pervert than you already are aren’t you? But I’m willing to share, as long as you keep us both very happy, that’s the rule you keep us happy and we will satisfy anything and everything you want,” Aerians words were full of intent as she watched Virra for a moment “And you have nothing to apologise for, not now not ever, I love both of you as well and our family will only get stronger if we stick together,”

“Well, it’s not much a difference. Only I do know that pregnant women are more horny then otherwise.” Domi wriggled his brows, as Virra laughed. “Don’t you worry, my beautiful angels. You are my women and I love each of you, I will take care of you both.”

Virra winked to Aerian, then tackled her, pinning her to the door and her fingers working to find that sweet ticklish spot, urging Domi to join in the fun. Soon, it was the three of them laughing and turned into a small tickle war, which ended up with them laying on their backs out of breath on the floor.

[Ending A War] Let Them Rest

A chorus of cheers erupted as the carriage rattled its way through the gates of the Mansion, Aerian was caught completely off guard as were the horses, and she flipped from the carriage and quickly moved to calm them. Kane was followed by Hades and the group quickly surrounded by those grateful for their actions.

Kane eyed the crowd for a moment before he bowed in thanks, Hades looked to Kane and then to Aerian with a smile “They’re grateful” he murmured softly.

When the carriage stopped, Domi joined Aerian to calm the horse closest to him while Virra appeared stunned at the cheers, she looked as though she didn’t know whether to draw her daggers or smile.

It was as Aishani stepped out with Kane and Jade after Hades, that it made sense after Kane’s explain. Aishani looked exhausted but we’ll as she offered a nod to those that moved to shake hands with her, though Shadow appeared to have departed somewhere along the road to not surprise the villagers.

Jade still lent against Hades but appeared to be the shy girl, again. Even though her face was splattered with dry blood and her beautiful short kimono stained.

Aerian handed the reigns off to one of the stablehands before leading Domi and Virra toward the mansion, Hades, Jade, Kane and Aishani were with them as they made their way into the living area Stacy ran leaping upon Aishani with a deep hug. Elsa merely smiled and bowed slightly to the group.

“The realm is safe once more, no thanks to your efforts,” She stated softly while looking them over “You have all returned safe, and the realm is grateful once more,”

“And now we turn our attention to the future,” Hades stated his arm slipping around Jade drawing her to him as he kissed he top of her head “Jade and I will be leaving the mansion as our home, we have done our part in securing the realm and upholding our name, now I would like to spend time exploring ourselves, though I’m sure Jade will be around enough she does have a wedding to plan, we’re not going far just to Delian,”

“The coast? Didn’t have you as fisherman,” Kane grinned in reply

“Ah but the view from our new home is worth the inconvenience,” Hades smirked softly “At least we will be close by if we’re needed, but I think it’s time for us all to make our own paths, discover whatever is we all lost during this war,”

Aishani grunted as Stacy leapt upon her, unprepared, though gently patted the girls back with a smirk. Kane would be the only one to truly recognize that his wife was exhausted and not quite herself. But she covered it so well that Kane hardly noticed.

“Meh. Did what any sane person would do.” Virra said with a shrug, holding Domi’s hand with the other around Aerian.

Jade blushed to Hades words though nodded. “It is the plan, now with the war over we all can finally breathe and enjoy things a lot more. Oh, yes, wedding. Elsa, I know you would like to help me with a dress.”

Elsa stepped back from Aishani with a smile “Of course my dear, after all we do need our Hades to have the most elegant bride, we shall talk more though I suspect after recent events you all need a rest, the rooms are made, everything is as it was when you left just like promised,”

Kane nodded wrapping his arm around Aishani “I’m going to get my wife to bed, we will speak more tomorrow, thank you Elsa and you Stacy for holding the fort here, as ever your service to our family is above and beyond,”

“Oh don’t be silly, you put your lives on the line it is the least we could do,” Elsa shrugged in reply “Now go rest, see the little ones,”

Kane nodded with a smile and led Aishani from the room and to their chambers.

Aishani chuckled to Elsa’s words, while looking up to Kane with love and admiration in her eyes. Accepting his lead to the bed chambers, though once within moving to the cribs. To check in the children, whom were in the same crib and not separate, content and sleep. She glanced back to Kane then to the sweet innocence. “I can’t believe we created two children together…” She whispered.

“And now we can raise them together, safe from your mother and my father. Raise them to be honourable and strong just like their mother,” Kane replied with a kiss to her cheek “Together we can finally enjoy our children, who knows maybe there will be more in our future, but we do have a future now my love,”

She chuckled, leaning back against him to draw his arms around her those eyes fixed on Terra and Xander. “Yes. A future. No more running. I have my home here with my family.” After a time of watching the children sleep, the two made their way to the bed and laid down to attain their first good sleep in a long time, knowing the realm was safe.

Hades drew Jade close as he watched those that remained for a moment “We should follow suit, get some rest, we deserve it,” Hades bowed lightly before escorting her from the room and to their own room. As they entered their chambers Hades kissed her deeply before looking to her “I know a made a certain promise before our war ended, you look incredibly enchanting all covered in blood, for the moment however I need to rest, I don’t have the advantage Vampires generally have and apparently I am wiped, but that’s not to say I don’t intend to honour that promise,”

Jade responded to the kiss with as much depth and passion, though when he parted she leaned against him. “Yes, rest. I need to clean this blood from my face, then I will join you.” She kissed him again, though fixed him to stand near the edge of the bed. Beginning to remove his weapons, then each arrival of his clothing following. It was meticulous and graceful, as though a type of ritual. “In my culture, it is an honour to remove the clothing of your husband after a battle.” She said softly, while working her magic with her fingers to finish the removal. “It is an intimate act.”

Hades didn’t fight it was always amazing to him that she remained true to her values even as much as she knew he expected no such service from her. If truth was told Hades enjoyed the attention probably more than he should have “Every act with you is intimate Jade, even combat had me drowning in my need to take you. You are the ultimate addiction in every way,”

She knelt to fold and neatly arrange his belongings, while rising with perfect posture to place them on a chair and turned to face him with a wink. Then proceeded to guide him to lay down, leaning over to press her lips against his. “Get some rest, I will be with you shortly.” Jade whispered to him, lifting a hand to caress his cheek and then stand back moving to gather a basin in order to fill and leave the room.

Almost as soon as Hades felt the softness of their pillows darkness took him, moments later his breathing was deep and steady.

Aerian on the other hand was now sprawled out over one of the couches in the main hall, her eyes settled on the flames of the fire that burned as brightly as ever. Stacy had parked herself by the fire and Elsa sat at the bar drink in hand.

Domi held Aerian’s head in his lap, while his fingers wove through her fiery threads to lightly massage her scalp and neck, remaining silent and listening to the crackle from the flames on the greedy logs. Virra sat on the floor a hand curled within Aerian’s on her shoulder, though, suddenly she stood up. “Fuck this. It’s lame. Everyone is silent, no partying or fun stuff.” She grasped Aerian’s hand to yank her up and then Domi’s. “We are going home. Rest, then we go find things…fun to do.” The way her dark eyes flashed with mischief was enticing as it was amusing. “Elsa anything good behind that bar? A bottle of something to celebrate?”

Elsa chuckled and reached over for a bottle of something that resembled Whiskey “Indeed we do, I wouldn’t be too sure of the no partying there are rumblings that the folks in town have a street party planned in your honour, also a young woman told me to remind you her terms still are to met?”

Aerian rolled her eyes and kissed Virra on the cheek “I haven’t forgotten about Zia, but I will deal with her when I’m rested and relaxed,” She took Virra and Domi by the hand and they made their way home.

“We aren’t the hero and glory type. What was needed to protect the realm was done, end of story.” Domi said as Aerian lead them out of the main hall to cross the courtyard to their cottage.

Once within, Virra snatched the bottle to open with a tug of her teeth, sitting out and taking a large swig. Moving over to start the fire in the hearth. Domi wrapped his arms around Aerian from behind to kiss her neck. “I know we don’t want to stay here…I want to fight along side my angels, forever.”

“Here will always be home, but there are things we need to do, for once The Everlands needs a group of good thieves, but that’s for another day, tonight we drink,” Aerian smiled settling behind Virra to take the bottle and then kiss Virra deeply “What do you think baby?”

Domi chuckled but didn’t stop Aerian from moving to Virra, following and sitting the fire as Aerian distracted her with a kiss. She leaned back to get a good look at her. “Not sure…good thieves, sounds rather ironic.” But then tugged her down to settle in her lap as Domi settled beside Virra with an arm around her, as a hand remained within Aerian’s. “At the end of this bottle we sleep and look forward to another day. All of us. Together.”

“I like that idea,” Aerian smiled softly as she looked to Domi she leant forward to kiss him gently then settling back into Virra kissing her as well “But whatever we do, I want us to stay together, in every sense, Virra you’re my world, the one who saved me, loves me for me and Domi, you’re our balance the piece that keeps us moving in the right direction, and you make my baby happy even if she tries to deny it sometimes,”

“Hey!” Virra began but was silenced by a kiss from Domi, though, he stealthily snuck the bottle of liquor to guzzle it down. She snatched the bottle away from him to share with Aerian.

The mood was relaxed and stress free, each finding comfort and relief that they were safe and together.

“I don’t mean to be sour in all this, but…your Pops spoke of the wedding for Hades and Jade. Not that it matters but what about ours? Not that I wasn’t too wear a dress or get all dolled up. But we ARE engaged after all.” Virra popped up as the alcohol has loosened her tongue a bit, since something has been on her mind once they arrived.

“Dad hasn’t forgotten, and we can have our wedding whenever we want, which won’t be all that long now. He loves us just as much, well almost as much as I love you,” Aerian replied softly, her hand now sliding around Virras waist as she turned to nestle into her “We will get our day, though as you said we’re not exactly the wedding dress and giant cake type,”

Domi remained silent, eventually pulling each girl into his lap while Virra was on one thigh and Aerian on the other with their legs extended, his strong arms wrapped around them, his brown eyes on the fire while he urged the two women to finish the whiskey, which in turned formed into an amusing game between them with cards brought out to instigate one that included drinking. By the end of the night, each were too drunk and too tired to move, so Domi gathered the blanket from the bed and him with the two females fell to sleep each female in his arms before the fire.

[Ending A War] It’s Finally Over

 

They had travelled most of the day in unison and strength, a united front that reminded the realm they were going to war united. Several smaller towns had also lent forces, or people joined simply wanting to help liberate their homelands the threat that lay ahead of them.

Hades rounded his horse and motioned for them to halt, soldiers quickly moving to begin making camp. Kane slid from his horse making his way to Hades.

“We should set camp here, the Elveran borders are charmed to alert Ceremon, and those vibrations are hard to miss” He stated as he slid from his horse and then moved to aid Jade from hers.

“Alright, we’ll hold here, send Aerians group ahead to see what’s waiting for us, this is her area of expertise after all” Kane replied

“Who’d have thought you’d be advocating for your daughters skills as a thief,” Hades chuckled, Kane merely waved his hand in reply and made his way to Aishani.

“We can’t get through without letting Elvera know we’re coming, I’m going to send the girls and Domi ahead to see if they can blind them for us, or distract them long enough to get us over that line,”

Aerian had already caught upto her father and heard his plan “Those things are not easy to bypass, you go over them or you go under them”

Aishani watched as Aerian rounded up Domi and Virra, then turned to Kane and Hades. “I need a map.” She said calmly, as Jade tilted her head a slight. “I have an idea, though, I need a map of the area. Aerian said that it is difficult to diffuse. Either over or under, I need to see if there is a cavern that has a tunnel system. Otherwise, my love, we may have to seek the dragons for help.”

Virra kept up with Aerian, while Domi was not far behind. “Is that even possible? To diffuse the charm?”

“Takes a shit load of power, unless you can find its source,” She sighed softly “You can go under them in the right places, but shutting them down is the most effective method.”

It was a few moments before the guards brought a map to them, laying it out on the ground before it sprung to life and hung in the air, caverns did indeed through the area they now resided though far to unstable to take everyone through.

When they stopped Virra straightened and Domi was on Aerian’s left, they looked at what appeared to be nothing but a slight ripple. “Then how do we find the source?” Domi asked while nearing Aerian and looking to Virra whom simply shrugged.

Aerian crouched as she eyed the ripple in thought, watching it vanish into a cavern “The source will be in the centre of wherever this extends, which if I’m guessing right, it would be the castle, and even if we get in we don’t make it out alive,” She sighed softly “We need a new plan…”

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Aishani inspected the map, while cursing beneath her breath, then glancing to Kane. “We can’t go around and we sure as hell can’t place the army in danger by going beneath. These caverns are too unstable, the only thing we can do is wait on Aerian and the others to figure something out. Last option is the dragons and leaving behind the horses which will sorely cut time.”

There was a ruffle of people behind them as Ascondia made her way to the command tent “There is another option, we can go right through it without tripping it,”

Kane looked up his eyes on hers for a moment before motioning for her to continue.

“I open a portal, enough to get everyone and everything through,”

“You know what that would do to you? You may be powerful Ascondia but even your power isn’t unlimited,” Kane replied flatly “You’d be putting your life at risk,”

“The risk is worth it Kane and you know it, I can get us across. It will drain me fair enough but I can still fight well enough without my powers, you made sure of that.” Her last words caused her to glance at Aishani “It’s our best option, if this extends the whole way around and it’d be really bad implementation if it doesn’t, the centre is the castle, are you willing to risk three lives when we can just risk one?”

Aishani looked to the map, motioning for a soldier to gather it up and turned to face Ascondia. “The unicorns can offer magical stability in this venture to ensure life is kept and maintained. I know the ones that resided in Faerûn could do much the same. Summon them. I want to get one thing straight, Ascondia. You are not going to be a martyr in all this. While I agree, one life is greater then three…” She gave Kane a sharp glance. “I will send Shadow to gather the others.”

“Oh I have no intention of dying,” Ascondia replied sharply “But I can get us across, and they will be unaware of it, we retain the element of surprise, even if we sent the dragons over they would see them, we jump right over the defence this way. I’m doing it to help not some eternal plan to make myself the hero, honestly I’m happy to leave that you and Kane but I’m our best bet and you know that”

“Aishani is right, with the Unicorns you can avoid draining you yourself too heavily, your portals are handy as all hell, but we need you in this war.” Kane added “I have no want to lead the Everlands, Ascondia so I’ll be damned if I let the Queen wind up dead, the realm needs you, we have your back but you need to be alive when all this is done”

Ascondia adjusted her blade on her hip with a smile “I plan to be,”

Aishani chuckled to Ascondia words, though, moved to stand beside Kane. “Good, then we know the plan. Let’s get this done once Shadow has returned with Aerian, Virra and Domi.”

It wasn’t long before Aerian returned to the group, her eyes down cast as she made her way with Virra and Domi toward Aishani and her father “We can get through, but it is a bad idea for us to bring it down, of course we will go,” She stated softly.

Kane smiled softly and threw a glance toward Ascondia “We have a back up plan,”

Ascondia flexed her hands as she made her way to toward the ripple, she eyed the land beyond for a moment before rolling her shoulders, slowly her hands moved from the ground upward, a purple line following the path, as she moved up and then across the line expanded becoming a purple swirling mass, as she reached the ground on the opposite side the purple mass flickered and flashed into a stable picture just a few feet past the ripple.

Her hair was now plastered to her face, as she looked to Aerian with a smile, then to Kane and back to Aishani, as one of the Unicorns made their way to them “We shall hold the line Lord Kane,”

Kane drew his blade and nodded as he stepped through, it always felt odd to him passing through portals, like been pulled forward and then stopping suddenly, no sooner had he set foot on the other side than chaos erupted as hordes of undead sprung from the ground, Kane glanced around and kicked the closest back “Ah to hell with it, Aerian!!”

Aerian reacted to her fathers’ words, snapping her bow into position and drawing back the string a flash of silver shot into the air erupting high above them, within moments dragons descended from the skies above, roaring and reigning fire down ahead of Kane, the undead screaming in pain as they were cooked.

Aishani was close behind Kane, after he stepped through the portal, the instant the ground shook and the undead rose into the pandemonium of rotten flesh and bones, she threw a knife in the direction of an encroaching creature upon her husband with an easy flick of the wrist. When the rain of fire from the dragons, Aishani moved next to Kane while Jade entered through the portal with Hades and Virra with Domi and Aerian. “We have to make haste! The dragons will be seen from the castle. FORCES MOVE OUT!” Aishani bellowed, as the spiders lead by Shadow trickled through, then the other creatures on their side.

Virra spun her daggers in her palms at the ready to work the magic.

Hades was as dangerous as anyone on the field in that moment his blade worked with deadly accuracy. His foot work kept him close to Jade, but his eyes were on the forces now trying to assault them, as the dragons roared overhead. An undead lunged for Jade only to be caught by the back of the head by Hades.

Kane kept the line intact ensuring they moved forward “At this point our element of surprise is gone, though I’m sure they’re scrambling to figure how we got past without them knowing. Stay tight, head for the castle,” a flash of white as arrows streamed past them eliminating several undead in their path.

“We cover them,” Aerian called to Domi “And you make sure we don’t die baby,” she smiled to Virra.

Jade held her own amidst the battle with surprising ease and grace, ducking and reposting with a slice of her katana. The weapon gleaming wickedly, while Hades recognized the fact that her incisors had sharpened and those warm brown eyes were replaced with the humming yellow of the Kitsune. She moved with such stunning beauty, dancing and predicting the movements, as he dispatched the undead behind her, a flash and soft metallic whistle was heard as a throwing star was edged into the throat of an undead. Jade winked to him, as he watched her back, Jade did the same.

Aishani assisted Kane on keeping the line in tact, though, this separated them with the soldiers. Yet, he heard the grunt from her force that met the end of many undead and felt that pull of her ability blinking behind an undead then to stand before another, it was a succession of perfect moves while she remained strong and uninjured. The brilliance of her golden eyes glowing and her fangs grown to reveal the wolf at the surface to offer the strength.

Domi was already at Aerian’s side, positioned to offer the back up needed at the range while Virra kept the undead from attacking them and disrupting their focus.

Whatever they missed was quickly picked up by the rest of their forces or obliterated by dragon and spider alike. It was a focused assault that led them to the castle walls, as Kane called instructions for the dragons not to get too close to Elvera.

“Take what we can, we need to find the necromancers,” Hades called, no sooner had he than a flurry of arrows unleashed by Domi and Aerian were sent up onto the walls, screams told them they had found targets.

Among the scores of undead the necromancers wielded their magic now. The forces spread in a line cutting their route back off as well as blocking those coming upon them. Kane eyed the wall in thought before turning to Hades.

“I so hope you have a plan for bringing that wall down,” Hades chuckled

“We’re going to walk right through it, right into the throne room,” Kane replied

“Um, it’s a seventy foot solid stone wall, and your dragons can’t fly over it,” Hades replied with a grin

Kane kicked at a stone and the wall opened up a long stone corridor stretched before them, Kane threw Hades a told you so look.

“What in the…” Hades breathed

“I wanted to make sure that we could always get Ascondia out if we ever had to, this tunnel is … hard to explain” He replied

Aishani was fighting an undead that was easily dispatched and she glanced to Kane and then Hades, while her eyes hummed softly with a wolfish smirk. Jade at her side, the two nearly looked as twins with the eyes and grins, but, the stark differences were clear. “Then what are we waiting for? It’s time to get this over with.” Aishani said while Virra and Domi with Aerian moved up to the gathering. “Where is Ascondia?” Her eyes flashed to Shadow that appeared and Aishani looked to the creature for a moment with a nod. “Shadow is going to work on the infiltration with the unicorns and dires into the gates, those spiders can climb anything.”

Kane spun his blade in his hand looking down the secret pathway with a smile “They wont see us coming until its too late, we take out the guards, you kill your sister and we force their hand,” he stated firmly.

“Ceremon isnt going to go quietly,” Hades added darkly.

“I don’t believe Ceremon is the problem in all this,” Ascondia snapped as she pulled her blade from an undeads chest kicking it back with her foot,” He seems to be willing to give Z’ress anything she wants, like a sad little puppy looks quite weak pandering to that whore,”

Aishani glanced to Ascondia with a knowing expression and nod. “No, Ceremon is a pawn to all this. It is the culture of the Drow men are the lesser. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s locked up in a cell about now. My…sister Minra is a strong necromancer, it wouldn’t surprise me if she is the cause for the undead necromancers and horde.”

“How many damn sisters do you have?” Virra blurted out.

Aishani glanced to her with a narrow of her eyes and bare of her teeth, though, turned in her heel to enter the passage first.

“What? It was a simple question.” Virra shrugged as hard looks were cast her way.

Jade glanced to Hades, those eyes glowing softly and three sense of her predator beneath the surface was arousing. He had never truly seen this side of her and with the blood on her kimono and some splattered upon her neck and cheek was enticing, the bruise remained as a mark at her neck that his claim. “Well. Let’s get this over with.”

Hades leant down to Jade, placing a kiss just below her ear before he spoke low and only for her to hear “You look so hot, I cannot wait to take you to bed and fuck you”.

He straightened and stepped beside her, as the group made their way through the tunnel into the depths of Elvera Castle. As they neared the end Kane directed Aerian, Virra and Domi off allowing them to access a higher level and provide aerial cover for them.

A few moments later Aishani, Ascondia, Kane, Hades and Jade stepped out into the throne room, guards attempted to rush them only to be cut down without an ounce of mercy. Ceremon looked up with a dark glance, somehow he looked fragile, withdrawn almost.

“I told you not to count them out,” He scoffed angrily.

“We have the grounds, we have the lands beyond, we have the people this is over,” Hades snapped “Oh and your crazy son is dead too, most of your men are either dead or roasted alive by the horde of dragons we have watching our backs, time to stand down,”

Jade appeared to purr softly to Hades as he spoke his words, though, keeping close to him and followed him with the others inside the tunnel. This was methodical, as the tension was thick in the air making their way through the passages. The instant in the throne room, it was when all hell broke loose. The clatter of the guards moving forward to defend, lives lost and blood fallen. Aishani had an aura of danger around her and it positively oozed to her surroundings. Jade was at her side standing ground and not only covering Aishani but Hades as well, it was an out right massacre.

Only a handful of guards remained in position standing just before the risen seat of the throne. Upon the seat was Z’ress, she wore a white shift that sent a stark contrast to her ashen skin and concealed little, including the protrusion of her buds that pitched a tension on the fabric. Her blood red eyes remained indifferent, as her features were calm and composed, surrounded by the shroud of white hair. At her side was a female that held vibrant crimson eyes, white hair and a figure that was equal, if not more scrumptious then Z’ress or Aishani, this must be Xulljra. A small smirk formed on her lips to the sight of the group.

“Oh, that is quaint. You actually thought, I counted them out, Ceremon? Actually…I counted you out.” Z’ress waved a hand and it appeared as though an invisible hand grasped Ceremon to throw him past the guards into Aishani. “You have suited your purpose just fine, Ceremon. Daughter…”

Aishani growled, Kane felt that static pull in the air as Ceremon’s collision was only met with the floor. “You have never claimed me as your brethren since that fateful day…Don’t pretend to play nice now. Where is Xulljra?”

That is when something changed, even the air, as Ceremon began to laugh though it was a wicked laugh and turned female as Ceremon stood and the figure beside Z’ress faded into nothingness. Just then the woman multiplied and Ceremon melted away, they were surrounded by seeming ten of the Drow female. “Hello, sister…it seems my plan was thwarted by that little red head, your daughter needs to be raised proper…hm, where is she now?” The voice seemed to echo from all the figures around them.

“Watching you very carefully,” Kane chuckled in reply, “She has a way of pissing people off, still considering you’re here and Ceremon and Z’ress are not, they have fled already?”

There was something in Hades that simply switched, all emotion simply vanished as his blade plunged into one of the females, despite her been a mere image it collapsed instantly his blade already targeting the next, “Anyone ever tell you that your sisters are real pains in the ass?”

A flurry of arrows splintered the through the air erupting into a volley that rained down over them, perfectly placed to avoid her parents and their group, but with enough precision to eliminate more cloned images”

“Or she could be just screwing up another of your plans,” Kane laughed darkly now “You seem to think at this point we care, let me clue you in, we don’t, we have one goal and I will burn this city to the ground if need be,”

It was exactly as Hades predicted the vision of Xulljra dissipated, as did the next. Yet, when the rain of arrows flew down dispatching five more visions leading to only a handful left. Z’ress hadn’t dissapeared, standing in her position behind the guards and the throne, watching with idle interest, just as a glisten of metal was seen and a throwing star lodged into the neck of one multiples of Xulljra causing her to scream in pain, only to have it gurgle and a body slumping to the floor. A pool of blood spilling about the body, as Jade moved over to dislodge the weapon, licking it briefly, then looking to Z’ress.

Aishani never moved but held her glowing golden gaze upon Z’ress with deadly purpose. “You have sufficiently killed your daughter…”

“She was too weak. Now. For you, my dear sweet heritic…” Z’ress stepped forward as the two guards looked confused and shaken, almost as though, they felt the tides turning and the traitor title to end their lives in a trial. The way she moved was oozing with sexuality and prowess, it didn’t take a genius to figure out that Aishani had taken that walk.

Aishani spun her blades in her hand now, gripping the hilts. “You are NOT my family. My family is here with me and backs me up. One more move and my daughter will strike you down with her arrows…Go on. I dare you.” She growled with a low rumble, fingers flexing on the daggers. “You have lost this war, Z’ress. No more lives will be lost under your reign.”

As if to make the point ever more clear arrows slammed into the ground at Z’ress’ feet, another whistling eerily close to her ear and into the throne behind her, the air held tense and dark in that moment. Hades stood beside Jade with a dark smile, the darker Jade became in her actions the more in love with her he found himself, something given a chance he knew was going to bring them together in a way they couldn’t have predicted.

Kane had all but removed himself from the scenario now as Aishani made her warning and Aerian made it crystal clear. Ascondia now stood blade in hand “Now get the fuck out of my home, because if they don’t end you, trust me you crazy bitch I fucking will, this is my home and I’m tired of watching them gush over each other,” she threw a look back to Aishani “No offence,” before her eyes slid back to Z’ress “Walk away or I will make sure you don’t,”

Jade licked her lips, glancing back to Hades with her upper lip curled back in a silent growl, exposing her fangs to him but then stood back watching with keen eyes.

Aishani rolled a shoulder dismissively, though, moved to stand at Ascondia’s side. Daggers at the ready, while suddenly sheathing one and lunging to catch onto Ascondia. The static pull was felt in the air as both, Aishani and Ascondia disappeared, then appeared beyond the guards and behind Z’ress. The Drow female had little time to react, as Aishani stabbed a dagger into Z’ress’s side with the blood staining her white shift. Such surprise written on her face, as Aishani nodded to Ascondia, giving her the right to end this woman and claim her throne.

Ascondia didn’t need a second offer as she grabbed the back of her head causing her to yelp in surprise, it was quick and clean but her blade was across her throat almost as quickly as they had appeared, a well placed foot to the spine sent her crashing to the floor “You were warned,” she snapped angrily, wiping the blood on her cloak before turning and seating herself on the throne.

“Anyone else care to defy the Queen of the Everlands?” She stated darkly looking to the fallen forms of Z’ress and Xulljra.

Kane bowed with a smile not in respect but more a mock defiance a reminder to Ascodnia they had her back, but weren’t hers to command at will. As guards now began filing into the throne room, it was clear the city was now theirs.

Hades sheathed his blades and grabbed at Jade kissing her deeply, a low growl from his throat as did so. Aerian, Virra and Domi also now joined them in the throne room “Is it over?” Aerian asked quietly.

“By the fact these two are out of the picture, Ceremon seems to have split so yes, it’s finally over,” Kane replied sheathing his own blade, making his way to Aishani “You alright? I get they’re not family really but still, thank you,” His words loud enough for Ascondia to hear a reminder again where things stood between Dentarius and the throne.

Aishani glanced to Ascondia as she sat on the throne, while no movement from her head but the eyes lowered to the bodies of Z’ress and Xulljra, the expression on her face unreadable for the moment, though tipped her chin down to Ascondia and walked down the steps.

Jade bit and suckled on Hades’ lip within the kiss, but, that fire was more primal then it had been before. Though, once Aerian, Domi and Virra arrived in the thrown room, Jade grinned ruefully to her. “I’m rather disappointed at the fact that it was easy…”

“Yes, a build up to a killing as easy as this, has me hesitating…” Virra commented, while wrapping an arm around Aerian, while Domi moved to near the steps of the throne and appearing to inspect for something on the ground.

“If Z’ress had Ceremon wrapped around her finger, I do not think he would flee.” Domi said, just as a guard looked to him then the others.

“He is locked in a cell, she used him up until. The enchantress had played his roll since we came to the castle.” The guard said with his head bowed down.

Aishani hit the last step while considering then, suddenly, crumbled to her knees hard. This was unexpected, as even her gaze appeared surprised but now she was having a problem breathing.

Kane was at her side within a moment his blade drawn as he leant to her “You Ok?” His eyes already searching the room for the cause, Hades too had his weapon drawn as he followed Kanes path of searching the room.

She appeared to struggle to breathe, while the colour had drained from her face, shaking her head. “Shadow…Find…” Aishani managed to gasp.

Virra looked confused to Aerian, then Domi. But it was Jade that spoke. “She…is she bound to the creature?”

Aishani couldn’t speak now, but nodded slowly.

Aerian was on her heel before Aishani squeezed the second word out, as she tore through the castle and out into the courtyard, it was an ease that she vaulted up onto the wall and took off toward Shadows last know location.

Kane remained with Aishani as he looked to Hades who nodded and leant to guards issuing orders to secure the last areas of the castle.

Aishani looked to Kane, while her golden eyes were dulling as every second passed. Mouthing the words. ‘I’m sorry’.

Aerian took off in such a rush that it left Virra and Domi behind, stunned at her speed. Though, Jade took off shortly after her, the speed was incredible and the Kitsune could easily follow the scent. But, the last known location of Shadow was to secure the entrance of the castle, that is where Aerian found the large arachnid as a female Drow stood over the creature with a dagger drawn to come down to end Shadow’s life as the arachnid lay on the ground with the legs spread out.

Aerian leapt from the wall drawing her blades in mid-flight with speed as she dropped, her blades driven into the shoulders of drow female, landing clear ontop of her there was a crack indicating broken bones. She with withdrew one blade and proceeded to drive it into her rib cage with force.

“Not going to happen bitch,” Aerian snarled darkly, she shifted turning the female over now pinning her to the ground by the throat her blade poised to end her “You don’t screw with Elcarus family or did they not teach you that bit?”

As Aerian grew closer to this Drow female, it was then realized that this was not a living being. The flesh was partially rotten from the bones and the eyes glowed an unnatural blue, but, as the weight crumbled under the creature, it was then that Aerian realized that it was controlled.

Jade appeared a few moments later, landing easily on the ground, straightening and moving to Shadow and kneeling down. That is when Aerian saw it, a strange aura growing around Jade in the form of a fox. Her hands were on Shadow now, as her eyes were closed in concentration.

Looking around Aerian only saw the wounded and dead, nothing denoting the caster to control this dead but a dagger was on the ground of a gold with the detailing of a spider at the hilt.

“Did I ever mention I fucking hate necromancers,” Aerian muttered, her blade driven into the forehead of the undead drow to ensure it stayed dead, before she stood and made her way to Jade “Can you help?” Her voice trembled as she picked up the dagger looking it over in thought “I’m guessing we’ll be ending another one of Aishanis family before today is out,” again she returned her attention to Jade now.

Jade glanced to Aerian, while inhaling deeply and rising, looking to Shadow that appeared to be alive then to Aerian. “I have healed the wounds, best I can…though, the rest has to heal on their own. It will take too much power, which I don’t have to heal the life threatening wounds. I think that Shadow will be fine.” She paused while coaxing Shadow to rise, sure enough the spider rose but it was weak. “Let’s get back to the others. I think, that this was a diversion for an escape.”

Aerian spun her blades in her hand before sheathing them and nodding, she bowed lightly to Shadow and then led Jade through the courtyards to the castle. As they moved through the main doors soldiers were pulling the dead out the castle. Staff had already began cleaning blood from the floors and walls, as they reached the throne room Ascondia was still sat on the throne.

Kane remained at Aishanis side though was grateful when Aerian returned, she crouched to them and sighed “I’m sorry, some necro was trying to take down Shadow, I got to it’s thrall, before it was fatal, Jade healed as best she could and the necro got away no doubt to become a thorn in our collective asses later,” She kissed Aishanis cheek gently before making her way back to Virra and Domi.

Dutifully, Shadow followed Jade while the arachnid had difficulty a few times and Jade stopped to help the creature with a smile. When they entered the throne room, Aishani was still laying weak with her head in his lap and hand within his. She inhaled deeply with a smile as Aerian kissed her cheek, this was the first time that Aerian had ever displayed such affection aside from an embrace.

“No, fucking doubt. But, at least the threat is over. What about Ceremon?” Virra asked, turning her gaze to Ascondia. “I suggest you reconsider the Council Members, it seems that half of them are dead and sided wrong on this war.”

Shadow moved to lay next to Aishani, as her hand was placed on the spider with her eyes closed. “Minra…She used that necromantic Drow to escape. Shadow nearly had her…No, you did not fail me, my friend…” She smiled weakly to Shadow, as the leg lifted to caress her face with the fine fibers of the tips.

Virra curled an arm within Aerian’s waist, watching Kane with Aishani, while Domi draped an arm over Aerian’s shoulders. She was surrounded by those that loved her and weren’t afraid to display this to everyone.

Jade moved to stand near Hades, though, what no one saw was that she was leaning against him the healing clearly took much from her.

Hades hand slipped around her waist ensuring she was subtly supported, so as only he knew she needed the help.

“If he’s in the cells, keep him there for now, let him think about his actions maybe this will teach him though I highly doubt it,” Hades stated firmly.

Ascondia nodded in reply before looking to Aishani and Kane “I have decided to rule, the council will be made of representatives of each city but I will be the one who makes the choices now, I’m sure if my choices are wrong you’ll make sure I know it,”

“Just be careful Ascondia,” Was all Kane said before returning his attention to his wife “We should get you both home, now this war is done we can finally breathe easy. We’ll speak with Arak’neth and ensure she keeps her kin inline,” He eyed Ascondia once more “You need to inform the people they are equal as any other here now, give them no reason to be a threat, I made a choice and they saved our asses,”

“They did and I won’t forget it,” Ascondia replied softly “I want to thank you all from me and the realm, we lost a lot of people, innocent people but we survived because of you,”

Kane waved away the thanks, before helping Aishani back to her feet holding her to him. Hades had already begun to escort Jade into the courtyards beyond to a carriage already now waiting for them.

“Keep your head mom, you can do this,” Aerian smiled softly before taking Domi and Virras hands and following Hades.

In the carriage, Aishani simply lent against Kane while it was still apparent that his wife was weak even still. Jade and Hades sat across from them, as Virra insisted on kicking off the coach man to drive her new family home. Besides the carriage wasn’t large enough for everyone. Virra showed her fist to the driver and shouted for him to get off, as the man scrambled away too shaken by the events of the day to argue. Domi helped Shadow upon the roof of the carriage, as Virra grasped Aerian’s hand to pull the fiery red head up to join her and Domi on the drivers seat. Not before too long, they were on the ride home to Dentarius.

Virra held a hand with Aerian since her other was needed to drive the reigns, while Domi held an arm securely around her. All of then watched the world move by and it was suffice to say that the bodies that lined the path was a horrific sight, even if most were that of the undead but even still there were guards and soldiers.

Soon after within the carriage, Jade fell to sleep upon Hades’ shoulder while Aishani mirrored much the same on Kane’s, each woman held the hand of their significant other. Now, since this war began time was given to Kane and Hades, a chance, to talk to each other, as the tension had melted away and relief that all this was done gave the realm a breath of fresh air.

 

[Ending A War] We Leave At Dawn

It was early morning as the pale pink light had begun to wake up the realm. The courtyard beyond the cottage was chaotic to say the least. Calls from soldiers and the rear of horses. The clatter of equipment being moved. Today the realm was ready for war.

Aerian felt the breathe forced from her as she pulled tight the leather of her bustier, the jacket she wore over was woven with chainmail magically enchanted by Elsa to be weightless, the jacket would flow in her motion as if made of water. It’s colour on the other hand also concealed by magic allowing her blend with environments.

She pulled on the leather pants and then her boots, before strapping her blades to her thighs, she checked the tenseness of her bow string before she stood. There was no need for her quiver of arrows, this war required something more and Aerian had a surprise in her they wouldn’t see coming, the ability to conjure arrows from the very ether of the realm. Aerian was ready in that moment.

The smell rose from the kitchen, as it was clear to Aerian that Domi was making their last solid meal before marching and the faint sound of blade against whetstone was heard grinding a weapon into sharp precision. Virra and Domi did not have as exquisite items as Aerian, though, leaving the bedroom, she would see Domi busy by the fire and Virra reclining casually working her daggers to a fine sharpness.

She looked to Aerian as her fiery haired lover entered, lowering a leg and placing down the whetstone, beckoning her over to the kitchen table and pulling her into her lap, while returning to sharpening the daggers while her lips placed subtle kisses and nips at her neck. Virra’s sturdy but flexible leather was pressed against Aerian’s back. The clothing was as the first that she had met her within.

Domi moved from the fireplace brandishing the small cauldron to set on the middle of the table to move and kiss each woman softly, he was wearing a thick overcoat with a bow and arrows in his quiver, then proceeded to dish out the stew.

Aerian leant into Virra taking the moment to feel her lover, a soft kiss to her neck “I love you, now and forever” As Domi kissed her she purred softly.
She turned to look at the bowl of stew with a smile “We all need to come back, alive,” She smiled softly watching Domi then turned back to nuzzle Virra gently.

Domi handed Aerian a bowl of stew while placing the other before Virra, settling down to chow down. As Virra lifted her hand from Aerian’s thigh, kissing her neck again and beginning to eat. After everyone held a full stomach, Domi gathered the dishes to rinse and clean off. “We all will come out alive, my angels. I will be there to cover your backs, as you will be with me. Plus the realm is on our side, remember?”

Virra smirked and chuckled giving Aerian’s bottom a small pinch to cause her to jump up and stand, sheathing her daggers and move to a traveling pack. “We look out for each other.”

“Now and forever.” Domi agreed. “Let us go meet with your father and the others.”

Aerian nodded softly watching them before they made their way out through the front door into the chaos of the courtyard beyond. Hades was barking orders among the commotion directing troops and supplies into the neater more organised lines.

Kane stood by the Mansion his eyes surveying the troops as they busied themselves making ready to take Dentarius to war. A second contingent clearly preparing to hunker down when they left. He wrapped his arm around Aishani softly “Are you ready for this my love,” he knew better than to ask, but the husband in him asked anyway.

Ascondia let loose a dagger striking the fighting dummy clean between the eyes as she walked to retrieve it her hand plucking it from the wooden dummy. She turned to look at Kane and Aishani then Hades and Jade. She smiled softly knowing the realm was in the safest of hands and that by the time this was done they would come through in one piece.

Elsa stood behind Kane and Aishani now “We will keep the fires of home burning, stay safe all of you.”

Stacy remained silent beside Elsa, the comings and goings were far beyond anything she could process, the Everlands still made her nervous even if she had been here a while now. She too as to remain within the Mansion along side Elsa.

Aishani was before Kane, dressed the same as she had the first day he met her, wrapped in leathers and the corset that did little to hide her bosom but this opted for freedom of movement. Though, her bosom was full of motherly milk and very amplified, the daggers at her hips and throwing knives strapped to her thighs gave her the dangerous appeal that drew him to her in the first place. She was ready for war, placing her hands over Kane’s as they came around her. “I’m ready to take back our home.”

Jade was silent beside Hades, dressed in a short kimono, crossed katana’s on her back and soft boots reaching her thighs, laced and secured, though, a strange throwing star upon her oni. Her hair was pulled up in a topknot, watching everything going on around her.

Everyone looked to Aerian, Jade and Domi as they arrived, Aishani nodding to Kane now and Shadow skittering to her side. “Let’s be about this. I am growing tired of this game set by Ceremon and Z’ress.”

Aerian looked to her father with a grin “The oddest part of all this is you have some how managed to hide a dozen or more dragons, good old grandad ain’t gonna know what hit him,” She turned and looked out over their troops.

Kane laid his hand on her shoulder gently “Not until it’s too late, two will remain to watch over Dentarius the rest will come when we call, and now it is indeed time for this to end,” with that they made their way to their horses, Kane held one for Aishani to mount before turning to whistle, the troops saluted then proceeded to either mount their own horse or march in formation beside carts and troop commanders, the head of the forces led by Jade and Hades, Aishani and Kane held the middle.

Aerian, Virra and Domi held their own ground among the trees and higher ground, Aerian had always been more comfortable on the ground. The procession began to move from the courtyard and out toward the forest.

Aishani kept her head high while riding on her horse, which was prepared for war with proper armour and the heavy feet of the troops behind her and before her with the thump of hooves. She glanced to Kane then forward, as Shadow and the blade spinner spiders of the realm following her.

Virra was quick on her feet as was Domi keeping up with Aerian while they kept the forests with their presence, while it appeared Domi was still hesitant on the presence of the large arachnids. But, Jade sat perfectly positioned on her horse, eyes forward and alert.

The time was now, everyone felt the adrenaline of such a battle to come in their veins, and it was electric and ready to explode at any moment. But, the strength of the army and the realm on their side, it was only a matter of time until the plan was pushed forth.

[Ending A War] The Plan to End a War

Stacy had barely left the Master Suite since she had been found in the cells, there was a part of her that somehow felt guilty for what had occurred and the young female twin been placed in harm’s way and subsequently kidnapped. She didn’t mind admitting she was relieved when Aerian and Virra had returned with the child.

Ascondia had also been around for the most part, as she watched Kane and Aishani now there was a knot in her stomach, a realisation deep within that Kane no longer belonged to her, and that it was time to accept that fact. There was a dawning sense that she was needing to fix things with her own daughter, a puzzle she barely even knew where to start with.

Kane, on the other hand, had one arm around Aishani as he stared at his children, proud and concerned all in the same, “They are strong, even apart, our daughter is stronger than ever, our family is stronger”

As Kane referred to Aerian as their daughter Ascondia looked at him pain in her eyes now before she excused herself, it was hard even for her to hide the tears that flooded down her face before she left.

Aishani nodded, while leaning against Kane but glanced to the leave of Ascondia, sniffing the air a slight. “Excuse me, my love. It seems that Ascondia is crying, I can smell the salt. After I return we will name the children. We cannot have her upset at this time.” Aishani departed after a brief kiss to him and their children. Following the scent of Ascondia.

Ascondia had chosen one of her more favorite places to sulk, one of the towers around halfway up had a window that looked out over the forests to the rear. She wiped her eyes angrily now as she simply stared and watched, somehow trying to process this raging whirlwind of emotions that ripped at her from within.

A handkerchief was offered to her from behind, held by the sudden hand of Aishani. “What could possible have a Queen in tears?” The silky voice of Aishani purred.

“Just watching what I thought was all I ever wanted fall apart,” Ascondia stated darkly “I never thought I’d lose Kane if I just waited eventually he’d see we were supposed to be together. But it was never going to happen and I knew that the moment I saw you all those years ago, the way he looked at you, the way he looks at you makes your heart skip a beat. I hate him for it, he made me love and I destroyed that faith in us,” Ascondia looked at Aishani with a soft smile “You have your children to look out for you needn’t worry about my meltdown, I will get a grip in time for us going to fight, I’m just feeling a lot and not so sure about how to deal with something I taught was weakness and to be suppressed, though as I said not something to concern yourself with.”

“As much as I hate to say this, you are part of this family. The reason I don’t like to say that is because it is hard to admit Kane still cares for you. There will always be a place for you in his heart, I know this. You are the mother of Aerian, his first child. I can never compete with that even if I tried, which I realize is rather fruitless. This isn’t a competition, Ascondia. I still have my insecurities. Though sometimes, you never know what you have until it’s gone. The war has everyone on edge and we are preparing for the worst. You are still a part of this family. Love for me was always a weakness too. I overcame that, men were viewed as lessers only a tool for pleasure amongst the society of Drow. It was when they turned on me, I saw the truth. Don’t let what you were taught, to overrule your heart.”

“We were born to change the worlds we were sent to, a guide by non interference. My Master said I would not only change one world but them all, then I started dreaming of the Everlands and they turned, I was barely 13 when I ran, blind luck opened the portal that brought me here and in horror, I had to watch as my nightmares came to light. It’s funny the first time I changed the fate of the Everlands and they hailed me a hero. Made me Queen, and I did, as best I could with the visions to guide me, the Everlands found peace and I found Hades, who then brought me Kane and the rest you already know. The oddest part was running and hiding to save our daughter, among humans who quite honestly scare the crap out of me. I gave birth and Aerian began to exhibit her powers so I sent her home, she never forgave me for that, not because I sent her home to Kane but because I couldn’t come with her, afraid I guess, I’ve watched her grow and yet never been a part of her life, when he said your daughter,” She stopped wondering why she had laid half her life story down to this woman she barely even knew “It hurt, worse than I ever expected it, I’m sure your not trying to replace me, but in her eyes you already have. Again though, we have a war to end because we won’t win, winning implies we lose nothing but we already have each of us has lost something to this war, a piece of ourselves, let’s hope the other side allows us to build a future for us all. Now haven’t you children to name, I promise I will be fine,”

“The day, she stops calling you, mom is the day that she has replaced you. But she still calls you that, I’d suggest that you talk to her. She does love you and knows that you do, it’s the way you show it that confuses her. I think with the share of her talent with Virra had given her some levelheadedness. The two are engaged now. I’ve seen the ring and know Kane has.” Aishani chuckled. “I can help to talk things out. I don’t mind. Just we have to keep it together for not just the family but our people. It’s a heavy weight. Yes, I think I know a name for both. Will you join me? I’d like for you to be there.”

“Who would have though you and I could be civil, even for a moment” Ascondia chuckled softly “Perhaps you are right and the end of this war will be a new start for us all” She slid from her place in the window and with Aishani made her way back to the Master Bedroom.

Kane was in conversation with Stacy as they entered “Everything OK?”

“Just moving on Kane, little more than I’m used to processing, I’m fine” Ascondia replied softly “We should get to naming these two before they begin to believe baby boy and girl are their actual names”

Kane raised a brow as he tried to figure if that was a genuine statement of concern or a dig at him in some form. He shook his head as he walked to Aishani taking her hand gently “Any ideas my love?”

Aishani smirk to Ascondia’s words. “Don’t get too comfy.” She chuckled walking with her to the master suite. Well with she accepted Kane’s hand and moved to the cribs to look over the babes. “Terra…” The girl squealed and made a gesture of clapping her hands but did so in a miss.

“I think she likes her name my love,” Kane smiled softly as he watched her, “And So welcome Terra Elcarus”

Aishani chuckled to the sight of Terra, leaning down to give her a kiss, when suddenly beside her, the boy grabbed her hair. Looking at her questioningly, but began to tug in a playful manner, she then scooped up the boy and parted his small hands from the dreads. “Hm, looks like he’s impatient.” She scolded the boy in a playful tone, but then looked to Kane. “What about Xander?”

Kane laughed as the boy grabbed at Aishanis hair “He is indeed going to be a handful, and I think Xander fits just perfectly,” Letting Xander take his finger with a soft smile “What do you think? Shall we call you Xander?”

“Terra and Xander, they hold such strength, and are beautiful just like their parents,” Stacy added still on the far side of the room “I think they will play a great part in things to come, all of your children will eventually be just as strong as you and lead just as well” She wasn’t supposed to give such clues on the future but a part of Stacy simply couldn’t keep all she knew to herself, a soft reassurance that they would, in the end, be alright.

Aishani gave Kane a sharp glance when he found amusement in Xander’s grab at her hair. “Indeed.” She handed of Xander to Kane while scooping up Terra, cradling her as the infant looked with a strong neck for her brother in which she complied and leaned against Kane. “It starts soon. This war will be finished.” Aishani subtly commented on Stacy’s words but to the children.

Kane held Xander to him as he watched Aishani take Terra, his eyes soft and determined now. “We do all this for you, we do it for the realm and for our children” he stated softly now talking to the twins.

Terra gurgled with the incoherent baby jibberish, while Xander seemed to smile and squeal in excitement. Aishani grinned revealing her sharp canines to Terra whom appeared curious and extended a hand up as though she hadn’t quite figured out that such was out of her reach. Aishani leaned her cheek against Kane’s bicep. “They are smart and already taking in everything…”

“That may not work out too well for us in the future” Kane grinned in his reply, as he watched the twins as they visually took in every detail around them. “When they go for their nap we should talk,” He looked around the room now “All of us,”

Aishani nodded now while moving to settle and open her top to reveal the breasts, swollen with milk. Though arranged one to feed Terra and then extended an arm for Xander, it would be clear now. Once the children had fed, it would make them sleepy, this giving them time to all speak. It worked like a charm, though, in the sight, it was rather erotic with a child latched to each bosom, yet perfectly natural. She rose after tucking away her bosom, placing each carefully in the crib. “Prepare the wet nurse, I don’t need them going hungry.”

Kane watched the whole scene with admiration in that moment, Kane had made his way to the door and was now in conversation with guards ensuring that this room would be well secured in their absence. The mages had now finally managed to strengthen the protection wards around the mansion ensuring that no one would get in unless they were allowed.

“The gates are to sealed shut the moment we leave, no one in or out no matter the circumstances, Dragons will also be left outside the gates, do I make myself clear?”

“Yes my Lord, of course, we will watch the babes with our lives, as always,” Kane nodded as he turned to see the children settling he pointed to the room just beyond. Hades had already made himself comfortable on the desk as they filed in.

Jade was between Hades’ legs in his comfortable sit on the desk, watching as they entered and motioned to the table. Where a small protein packed snack was prepared. “Eat up. We need the strength.”

Kane nodded, as Heart entered the room from the other door now looking a little less broken down.

“I’m not going to say we’ll be OK, or that we will all make it home because I don’t know, I do know that Stacy is staying behind, the last thing we need is another realm healer dying. As for the rest of us we can’t win if we’re not all there, The Dires and Unicorns will ensure our backs are watched, the Spiders will ensure we’re not surprised from the side along with forces from Emerald City, the dragons are going to clear our path and we along with our armies are going to breach Elvera and take the castle by force. The biggest issue will be taking down the outer walls, they were built to withstand. I should know I helped build them.”

“So how do we get through them?” Hades stated darkly already not liking the plan laid out before him.

“I want them to see us coming, so we drop the gates, enough magic and dragon fire thrown at them they will fall, the city is according to Ascondia already clear, aside from their own forces, so no need to play nice, our issue lies once we are beyond the gates we’re on our own. The magicks above Elvera are designed to repel dragons and well anything else you want to throw at the city, we don’t have the time to bring them down, we need to stop Ceremon and Z’ress and it has to be now, we are out of time.” Kane’s words were deliberate in not hiding what lay ahead of them now.

Jade placed a hand on Hade’s thigh, she was now wearing a shorter kimono with a sword attached to her hip that held a gorgeous golden sheath and two throwing stars at her waist that glistened and appeared to be liquid, yet solid, magically bound. “Yes, while, I agree that the reign of fire will not withstand the wards. The grounding forces, I believe we may have a better chance at the spiders. They can move quickly enough to get within before even we can.”

Aishani considered Jade silently. “This may be perfect, Shadow and I share a bond. I can see through her eyes, this can get us a pin point on Ceremon and Z’ress, inside the castle.”

“We will have to use our vices on the ground to break through into the fortified city.” Jade nodded a slight while inhaling deeply. “But one thing they will not count on is the Spiders to breach first.”

“That could work, I’ll see what I can build upon with Shadow. She remains close due to the kidnapping of Terra, though, will after some coaxing listen to me. Considers, Terra one of her own due to it being our child…But, I need you all to understand something. Should any harm come to Shadow, I will take the damage. She is best at scouting. That will do well for our benefit.” Aishani said, now, she was wearing her leather armor, the set that Kane first laid eyes upon her on with her hair drawn back into a dread pull. “I say we come at the front but keep our best scouts in the back to enter through. Ascondia, is there now emergency escape from the castle itself? An ambush may be best.”

“The back routes to the castle were sealed off, Zia used the only remaining one. I made a mistake as I opened the portal and the tunnel collapsed as we escaped,” Ascondia replied “One way in and that’s through the front doors after we breach the city gates” Ascondia herself was now in dark leather armour, her hair pinned back. Twin swords on her back.

“It doesn’t surprise me, the High Council were paranoid as all hell,” Kane was about to speak further when the door opened again bringing to conversation Aerian, Virra and the newcomer Domi.

“Sorry we’re late, Domi was trying to treat us to breakfast. The realm it seems had other ideas, gave me a glimpse, lots of combat, death, mayhem, fire and Elvera burning, beyond that I’m still trying to figure it out. We all survive so far as I can tell,” Aerian made her words quickly as she looked around the room at the very heart of the realm itself in her father Kane, his wife Aishani, his brother Hades, his fiancée Jade, her mother Queen Ascondia, his best friend Heart, the healer Stacy, the Dress maid turned warrior Elsa, her lover and fiancée Virra, and their latest addition Domi, it wasn’t an army but it was a force to be reckoned with.

“Keeping us guessing, you’d think they’d give us more to work with” Hades scoffed with a mock smile as he slid his hand over Jades, a reassuring gesture to his fiancée, “Still if there’s anything you missed let us know before we all trust your keen visions and wind up dead?”

“Not today Uncle Hades, we will prevail, we’re a family” Which she was fairly certain was the point of the vision a reminder that together they could indeed accomplish anything.

“So the spiders will lead the infiltration, the problem now it’s still going to take a shit load of magic to open those gates” Kane sighed softly.

Jade glanced took Hades and curled her fingers within hers, placing a squeeze of reassurance to him. Aishani inclined a brow while watching Domi for a moment then simply chuckled with a slow shake of her head returning to the conversation. “Yes, then, let’s be about this. We have a fight ahead of us.”

Kane also had his eye on Domi and to Virra before he decided he actually didn’t want to know and would, in the end, trust their judgment. It seemed they now had a plan and all they needed now was to execute things.

“We should leave at daybreak we’re still a few days out,” Hades stated firmly “Heart you will have time to get ahead of us and send in Emerald Cities reinforcements as of Aishanis orders, of course, we should have forces defend the gateway into the city as well”

Kane nodded in agreement, “Virra, Aerian, and the young man will be our support, I trust no one more to cover our backs, and ensure you’ll have cleared out the city”

Domi and Virra nodded to Kane’s words, assisting ready. Aishani spoke then, “We get a good night’s sleep and then leave. No one is any good without such, make sure your heads are on straight and we proceed to take back Elvarian lands and secure the castle. This is our home and as such we fight for it.”

“So we leave tomorrow?” Aerian looked up with a grin “Cool, well I’m gonna go get my breakfast, and relax for today, may be my last chance for a while,” She took Virras hand and smiled toDomi “Come on you, you started now you gotta finish,”

Kane watched as the trio left before looking to Aishani “Why do I get the feeling I shouldn’t ask?”

“Seems your girl …” Hades began

“I don’t want to know” Kane groaned in reply

Domi was already leaving holding the door for Virra and Aerian before the trip left the room.

Aishani tilted her head with a smirk and chuckle to Kane’s reaction. “Because she’s your little girl–women rather. It’s amusing, I agree Hades.”

“As long as she is happy, that is what counts?” Ascondia finally stated having watched the whole thing unfold before her.

“As long as she is careful,” Kane replied before turning to Aishani “We should go get some rest, all of us should. Tomorrow we begin the steps to end this”

“I will head home to Emerald City, your orders Aishani?” Heart stated softly he had taken all that was said in and understood the stakes now as he waited to once again play his part.

Aishani agreed with Ascondia, perhaps for the first time but glanced to Heart. “Be quick about it Heart. My orders are as follows, gather Emerald City army to walk against the threat of the realm. Add your own touch to get into the hearts of the people and ready them to match in Elvera. Every moment counts now.”

Heart bowed lightly and was gone just as quickly, as Ascondia as well left them, it wasn’t long before Kane and Aishani were back in their chambers beside their children.

He had already peeled out of his shirt and was now sat simply watching as the children slept, a reminder of why they were fighting. Oddly for him, he was at peace with that fact now.

Aishani climbed into the bed behind Kane, wrapping her arms around him from behind with chin perched on his shoulder. Her bare skin of her bosom crushed into his back. “I feel it too. This will end soon and we can enjoy our children.”

“The future is worth protecting, for us all, I want a safe world for us to raise our children, together,” He drew her hands around him to his lips kissing them gently “We should get some sleep,”