[Everything Changes] Who Watches the Watcher?

Aerian ensured Virra sat upon the make shift throne, taking the weight from her for the moment as she crouched before her, her eyes now looking over room. Domi beside them both with Harley opposite. Aerian stared as she searched out anyone she recognised.

“You know it’s been a weird couple of days, but it’s been worse for you because right now you’re wondering who you can trust, and why Harley is still here, everything Harley is, that’s because of me so I care for her, deeply, she is The Ever Present just as I have come to accept so am I,” Aerian stood now slowly “So I stand, and we take control, to correct a course that has gone horribly awry, The Ever Present was supposed to be the silent sword of justice and somehow that got screwed up,”

“You ran like a coward, so I heard, got tired of laying on your back and being a whore for all and everyone, so you ran away, according to my brother you were a great fuck but a lousy boss, too busy letting the head case fuck you senseless,” A woman called

“So we getting the sex parties back? Cause at least that’s why I joined, never got near a girl, they won’t put out,”

It was sudden but arrows slammed into the roof sending a shower of dust upon the group, as Aerian smiled darkly holding her bow “Yes I screwed everything with a pulse, but I am still the best thief in the realm, why do you think after I left those contracts came to me and not you?  I let an idea become the norm, and that ends now, because ultimately I have to be at peace with myself and well answer to my father,”

“Why who’s yer daddy Kane Elcarus?” Another voice drawled coldly “We are The Ever Present we do what the fuck we want to who we want,”

Aerian looked to him before sending an arrow at his feet “As a matter of fact that’s exactly who my father is, and my mother is Queen Ascondia, so you’d better make peace with that piece of information and make it quick, because if we don’t change they will send their forces to hunt you all down for crimes against the crown and trust me when I say there is no where you can hide, between the Dentarian Army trained by my father and Uncle Hades and the Elveran Forces also trained by my dad, they will cut you down and they won’t think twice about it,” Aerian breathed now feeling the cold rage burn in the pit of her stomach.

“Listen up, you ass holes. Listen good, it never bothered you before about whom who was related to them, why the hell does it matter now? Yes, Aerian left though now has returned to save your sorry asses. Protect her family, the Ever Present from the shit storm that would ensue. She came back.” Virra stated strongly, though looked at the first man that spoke. “You joined for sex and orgies. That was the wrong reason, now the Ever Present has a purpose. A future. You want to throw around names? My father was Bryant. I am the heir of his group. I don’t stand for that shit, which was a sex traffic trade and murderer for hire. You know what happened? He joined the wrong side for the wrong reasons. Don’t be an idiot.” Virra adjusted on the throne. “A joined front is better than a broken foundation. We are here to right the wrongs done to you and others. But mark my word if you are here for a fuck, then you are in the wrong place.”

“Shame,” He muttered now looking at the arrow driven into the rock before him before looking to Aerian “They say you ride like an animal in heat,” there was a leer in his eye that pushed Aerian, the crackle of power over her unmistakable.

“It doesn’t matter what was, but she is right if they send their forces we’re all dead, but you know what happens to these three? They walk away clean, and they will know they tried to save us, I have been to a bad place for a long time because I lost something I cared for more than anything else, Aerian she was my everything for a long time, but seeing her now, with Virra and Domi and the strength she draws from them and them from her, I found something, Aerian built that same thing into me, I didn’t believe in her I just have to believe in myself and I for one,”

“Oh shut up you crazy fucking whore!” The man started but before he finished Harley had cleared the ground landing square on his shoulders sending him to the ground her blade to his throat.

“HARLEY!” Aerian barked causing Harley to look back

“Wasn’t gonna hurt his pathetic ass, just remind who the fuck he’s dealing with,” She stood and stepped back not before driving her boot to the man’s ribs “You should walk away while you can,” She spun on her heel there flashed that’s self-same darkness she had when they first arrived “All of walk if you want, and The Ever Present will rise the stronger for it, but who here doesn’t have a Sheriff or law man hunting for them? Who can walk away and not have to watch their back at all times? You think so fucking small it’s pathetic, at least I know where I went wrong,” Again she kicked the downed member before making her way back to beside the throne.

Domi was quick on his feet to stand behind Harley but never one drew a blade, when she turned to return to Aerian and Virra is when he spoke. “Those words are disrespectful. I had a choice in the war…I made my decision and I don’t regret it. Now, those of you that walk away, turn your back on family and open yourselves up to whatever or whomever–Sheriff or whatever. But stay and take with the changes and the vision that Ever Present was meant to be. To say I was there. I was there when it started to become strong. Respect is standing from this point forward. This is new, a beginning from an end. Now who stands with us!?” Domi stood his words clean, sharp and with authority that was never present before. His dark eyes looking over every individual in the room.

The man glared at Aerian but didn’t move as did the woman, a soft smile curled Aerians lips as she watched none leave, “Interesting, he speaks sense, you all know that, I will reach out to old friends and restore connections that I had severed, our new arrangement is simple the work comes in and we get it done, we do not kill without checking every aspect first, the first to ignore this will be turned over to the authorities of the city they commit the crime, we are not the law, we never were but we are the balance when the law won’t act we will,” Aerian stated firmly now watching the group, “And just incase your wondering we three will conduct the background checks, no assassination contract is taken without us knowing and trust me we will know,”

She settled against the arm of the throne with a dark smile “You are The Ever Present, we are The Ever Present,”

“And Harley? Her crimes under your own rules are punishable,” The man snapped angrily.

“I thought you’d learned your place, you’re still here so you answer to our laws, Harley made her mistakes but I am as accountable as she is, care to question me on that choice? What do you think Virra? Domi? Should we make an example? Or should they just trust me when I say she will behave,”

Domi moved to lounge against the throne, as Virra leaned forward with elbows against her knees with a smirk upon her lips. Cruel. Dark. Sinister. “Hm. Is that what you think? Then ask if you have to be tried for your crimes…in all reality that would take too much time. Harley deserves a chance at redemption.”

“As do all of you.” Domi stated, folding his arms with a casual rest of his chin in the fold. “Changes start now, since none of you wish to leave. I do not think it wise to change the sexual orientation, you want to have a fuck fest. Have at it. Aerian went wrong in joining in. Keep it quiet and with only willing participants, if that will quell those that can’t get any. Do not ask nor EVER insinuate that me, Virra, Harley or Aerian will join. But that is not my decision to make. Aerian, my dark angel…what do you say?”

“It’s their choice, do what you will I’m not your mother, but we are in control,” Aerian replied softly “But you don’t touch Harley, as Domi said she is off limits, sexually or otherwise, and Virra is correct you are all getting a chance, not a second chance I don’t know you, you want my trust earn it. You want our respect, earn it,”

“I thought it’s our choice, does that not extend to Harley as well?” The woman spat her voice dripping in sarcasm now.

“It doesn’t, she has her own problems, and been a play thing to the group orgies isn’t going to help her, she needs to heal, I need Harley back not this broken woman I came to save The Ever Present and believe it or not it starts with her,” Aerian replied firmly “She is off limits plain and simple,”

Virra seemed pleased with this learning back in the throne, tension still in her shoulders, as it was clear to those that know her the pain she was in. “Now, that being said, is there anything else to discuss?”

Domi straightened now, scanning his eyes over the crowd.

“So she’s your fuck toy now?” The woman spat angrily as she shook her head softly “Fine, what about us being paid for a change, your head case pet project over there tends to keep 90 per cent of our contract fees, makes it hard to live sometimes,” She growled the words as she glared at Aerian now.

Aerian looked at Harley who in return, returned her gaze to the floor Aerian sighed softly before looking at the woman “It was always a 50 per cent split, unless you see something else in mind, but dont for a second think I’ll be handing over contract control, remember I don’t trust any of you right now and letting you run wild wouldn’t look good on The Ever Present,”

“Fucking favouritism,” She snapped angrily as she stormed from the room, Aerian laughed darkly before turning to Virra.

“Think I pissed her off,”

Virra smirked to Aerian at her words, though tipped her chin to Domi. He glanced to her and then left the room quickly after the retreating female. “Good, as Firefly said, fifty-fifty. That starts now, we will have to go over the paperwork on the shortage Harley has given to ALL of you to compensate. That in itself was thievery from family. This will not be tolerated from this point forward. We gather and accept, deligate to those capable and you get an even share. I show no favouritism, bring the outside point of view in negotiations. Harley will be NO ONE’S fuck toy. We are speaking of an individual. Yes, she made mistakes, so did Firefly. No one is perfect. Anything else?”

No one spoke as they looked to the new leaders, Aerian nodded and the group wandered off back to their daily lives, as Aerian breathed a sigh of relief now.

“I wonder how they think we paid for all those parties,” Harley sighed “There is no money, they have burned through most of it, what we have barely covers our operating costs right now, when the girls were sore or refused to put out, I just brought … well let’s say most of the men have probably paid for more sex than they’ve had with their counter parts,”

“It’s fine, I can handle it for now, until we run a few contracts, though I won’t be doing anything for a while,” She motioned to her stomach with a smile “Fat girls are not so stealthy,”

Virra leaned back on the throne, rubbing her hands in the arm rest, though looked to Harley. “With no sex parties arranged by us, they will have to dip into their own pockets. That is their half, spend it as they want. You’ll see they will take more contacts given. You please to a certain point, the rest well is up to them. We don’t hold their hand, nor open legs to them. That is where the respect had been lost.” Virra looked to the entrance of the room, taking a finger against the edge. Aerian knew that she was waiting for Domi to return.

“It is time The Ever Present grows up, I’m sure the parties will eventually die down when it stops been the big factor for people joining, for a secret organisation it puts a terrible target on us,” Aerian sighed softly.

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Serah swept through the halls silent and angry as she passed by the infirmary followed by the kitchens and finally into the training room, angrily snapping blades from her hips into the training dummy beyond, there was a venom in every action she made.

As she ran out she walked to the dummy and plucked them from the wood looking at the placement, she shook her head and pulled the last one, before turning on her heel and stepping back to repeat the action.

Just then past the last dagger an arrow flew, lodging within the head of the wooden dummy. Turning Serah would see Domi learning casually against the wall with bow in hand. “You made a stand. Feel better about it, Hm? If I didn’t know any better you actually hold deep feelings for Harley. Much more than those around her.”

Serah chuckled darkly and waved him off with a hand “If you consider outright hatred a feeling then yes, Harley is nuts, and very good at getting people to do what she wants them to for her own amusement,” She looked Domi over slowly biting her lip gently “She pined after that fucking redhead for so long, threatened to have her beaten, raped, dragged back here and slit wide open, but she never did, we’ve had to live beneath the shadow of the untouchable fucking Aerian for as long as I remember, and then she waltzes in her and takes control like we’re all supposed to fall in line and be grateful?”

Serah walked to a table and sat on the edge her eyes never moving from Domi now “Harley is fucking nuts, and her redheaded lap dog is blind by this, between them they’re going to get us killed, but they know we can’t leave else we get ourselves killed and it fucking sucks,”

“You believe as you wish. Aerian, is your leader now. Not Harley, but I tell you what…I have something for you that you may just like. Don’t worry it’s not my dick, you don’t trust Harley. Neither do we. I need eyes and ears. You wish this to be handled, then listen to me. This is your chance to earn that respect for walking out on the meeting.

“Play little rat? Not really my style hot stuff, and as for your dick, well as big and tempting as I’d like to believe that is, again not my style I didn’t come here to have my vagina stuffed by any guy who felt like it. I wanted to replace that wanna be hero Aerian, but crazy bitch wouldn’t let me close, and when she tried to stick her hands down my pants I broke her hand,” She shrugged softly “Though seeing her out on her ass, might not be so bad, or am I supposed to rat on Rian? Lola, Becka, Milo? Harley herself? What does would me selling my pride cost me hot stuff?”

“A chance to change things, instead of watch. I extend my hand in a formal peace to you. You seem more interested in jobs and hires. I wish everyone in Ever Present as it stands would follow your lead. We want to make it worthwhile again, don’t turn your back on Harley nor the others. See the benefit, one that is on display others will follow your example.” Domi chuckled with a straighten. “For the record I’m not interested in anything but the potential I see around me. I had hoped you would too. Think about it, I see you going places within.”

“I see so you say I should just fall in line at reds feet? What have you got over them? One guy and a pair of lesbians, one a thief the other a trafficker? And you?” There was an air Selah clearly had her defences up and trust for her was in this moment low on all fronts, “I like sex as, much as the next girl, I just don’t like people you can see my problem in all this right?”

“All I see is a scared girl, putting up a wall. Instead of climbing it and over coming. It is not, me. Nor Virra or Aerian, even Harley. You, have to learn the potential in all things. Granted you don’t trust, neither do I. But I have learned that Aerian and Virra are to be trusted. Pull the will from your eyes that is what blinds you.”

“I do see, you put an arrow through a girl for harming one of your own, you three will protect each other. Even at the cost of us, Harley cares for no one, except herself, can you really blame me? Red claims murder won’t be tolerated, but murder was her opening line,” Serah shifted now crossed her legs on the table as she looked to him “I will admit things need to change, I’m just not sure you and yours are the ones to do it, considering one of you already abandoned us,”

“Zia while I admit, had this all planned from the moment she came to us. She wanted to take over. Kill all of us, whom is to say she wouldn’t have turned on any of you? One life is far more to me to give peace, then a dozen or a thousand. None of you were there for the war. I saw men fall to defend the Everlands, while you all remained here. You are part of the world and I’d much rather see the Ever Present not be branded as murderers but that line of justice when things fail.”

“You do know we all believed Aerian to be a figment of Harley, she had us hunt 4 people down, Zia who it turns out was locked up in an Elcarus held prison. Kia, who my brother beat to death before that idiot and third target Kellan put a blade through I cut his throat before he knew what hit him and last Tayla,” She shrugged softly watching Domi as she smiled softly “Last we heard she was headed back here with intent to kill our mental doll Harley, should be here fairly soon, and she is sharp as a tack, couldn’t get close without a string of throwing stars coming my way, makes a girl shudder in thought at what she could do, so I came home and now I’m waiting and wondering if our leadership is due another change, tell ya what though hot stuff, I’ll play rat if you tell me how the hell you got to girls to drop their panties for ya, cos they really don’t look the type”

“I earned their trust. Through defence and held my pain asking side them in battle. Tayla, you say. Hm. Well I can guarantee, one thing, stand beside us and we will protect you and the Ever Present as family. Even family runs away at times, it takes guts to come back and fix your mistakes. As for Kellen, he had it coming from what Aerian said, you want further details, feel free to ask her, I’m sure she’d be more than willing to explain.” Domi chuckled. “Basically, we all make mistakes. It takes much more to face them than abandon them.” He pushed from his lean, to place a hand on her shoulder the turned to leave the room.

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[Everything Changes] An Arrow to Save Them All

“There is a change in the air, and finally, The Ever Present are free of our leaders’ tyranny, free to be ourselves. As we should have been, when Aerian left leadership it should have fallen to me, Harley held us to ransom and perverted our cause. She made us hunted, hated, feared. Now we are free of her, or we will be soon enough,” Zia was stood before the throne as the members of The Ever Present now stood in the room before her.

“Oh, this I have to hear,” Aerian chuckled keeping the four of them hidden just inside the passageway.

“We will put Harley, Aerian and her two toys to the knife at dawn, the last of the old blood and send a message to the realm all in one, Aerian is Elcarus can you imagine the strike in the heart of the realm that will be?” Zia crowed now.

Aerian sighed and looked to Virra “Can I have some fun with her before you end her,”

Domi folded his arms over his chest watching the scene, while Virra was lightly tapping her strapped throwing knives. “Toys? Pfft.” Domi commented. 

To Aerian’s words, Virra cast her gaze to her. “Be quick.” was all she said.

Aerian stepped out “That would be really clever of your new leader,” It was instant but the room fell silent at Aerians appearance “Um before you do anything. You might want to listen to me, you see she’s right, doesn’t happen often but she is right, killing me would sting my family, but you’re assuming they’d just fall apart. They wouldn’t,”

“They would fear us, they wouldn’t dare strike back,” Zia snapped

“You stabbed my Uncle Hades and he damn near killed you without a second thought, they wouldn’t fear you, Zia, my dad would unleash the entire force of Dentarius against you, a hundred thousand pissed off Dentarians hunting you down, and then the entire force of Elvera at their heels, because my mother is Queen Ascondia herself, so there’s your next revelation, the combined force of the most powerful armies of The Everlands hunting down every last member of The Ever Present, that is your fate,”

The room was quiet now as they looked to Zia, before looking back to Aerian, she had their attention now.

“But you see Zia it doesn’t matter, because you pissed off the one person you absolutely shouldn’t have, even Harley had the good sense not to wind her up, you my traitorous little bitch have a date with my fiancée, Virra baby, she’s all yours,” Aerian stepped aside from the passageway now.

Virra stepped forward and grinned darkly, toying casually with a throwing knife, but in that next moment, her wrist flicked and sent the weapon flying through the air to Zai’s hand that was going for her weapon. Significantly plunging clean through to hilt, causing damage and blood to splatter and drip down her fingers. She didn’t stop now, flicking another wrist to send two more knives flying, one to her thigh and the other to balance out her fall forward to kneel. Her heels clicked in the silence of the hall as she walked to her, grabbing her hair and forcing her to look at Aerian with her cheek beside Zia and blade against her throat. “Kneel before, Aerian Elcarus. She founded the Ever Present, this is rightfully hers. You, blonde bitch, snivel, and cry. Plead for forgiveness, perhaps, you will get a chance to rest in peace yet.”

Zia looked to Virra the pain ripping at her as she coughed more blood, “I did what I had to, just like you are now,” she spluttered, words coming through gurgles and coughs “I won’t bow to an Elcarus, kill them all,” she squealed under the pain.

Aerian had her knives drawn the moment Zia uttered those words, just as Harley stepped beside her with her own weapons drawn “If you wish to wind up the same as Zia, feel free to challenge us, but if it’s my last act as your leader you will not harm Aerian, she is right my vision was clouded, I pushed you on a path that will get us killed,” Harley dropped her weapon and stepped to kneel before Aerian, a hushed whispered made its way through the room before the others followed suit,”

“Fucking traitors all of you, Zia managed to draw a knife and drive into Virras thigh as she screamed out in anger.

Just as the knife sunk into Virra’s thigh, an arrow screamed through the room and plunged directly centred in her chest. It was a deadly mark that didn’t miss the blonde’s dark heart, as Domi lowered his bow. Quickly moving from beside Aerian and Harley to rush to Virra’s side, cradling her before her leg gave out, and blood pooling from the wound at her thigh.

The arrow barely missed Aerian as she took off the moment she saw Zias hand move, she was at Virras side just as quick, her hands already ripping a strip of fabric from her tunic “I’m here, baby, I’m here,” as Domi reached her side she looked to him “She’ll be OK right? Domi help her!” Aerian could feel the blind panic ripping at her.

The chaos caused by Zias attack and death created a gap as two of the crowd drew their weapons heading for the three, as they raised their weapons blood erupted from them, a spray that coated Virra, Domi and Aerian before the two collapsed to the ground, Harley stood above them. Aerian felt the anger rise within her as she turned to Domi “Take care of her,”

She stood now turning to face those that remained, faces etched somewhere between panic and confusion “I’m done, that’s my girl lying on the ground because Zia chose to betray us, you’ve been afraid to stand up and do what you want to do because of Harley, and now as we deliver your freedom you chose to attack us, blind side us? Those will be the last to die or they will be first, make no mistake the three of us are in control now, The Ever Present will return to how it was before I left, we are the balance between those that take and those that are left in the dirt, if you don’t like walk away, but try to attack us again and you will all die here and today,” Aerians words were ice cold, and as sharp as the weapons at her sides in their meaning now, she rolled her shoulders and dropped back beside Virra.

Domi inspected the wound now as Aerian spoke with a nod. But Virra watched silently to Aerian’s words, splattered with blood from the steak that happened only moments ago. But smacked Domi’s hand away and began to stand with his help placing favour on her uninjured leg, to prove that she wasn’t going to be kept down. “Listen and listen good…as the daughter of Bryant and blood thick with you all. I give much more than my blade to Aerian’s cause. Unlike before, this will be a combined effort, things will change. Your purpose will be with blade and heart.”

“You heard her,” Aerian snapped as the rest lay their blades before them now “I didn’t want to kill Zia, ask Virra or Domi I’ve spent the whole damn trip defending her, I didn’t kill Harley even though I probably should have,” She looked to the other two and sighed softly “I don’t take betrayal well, but my blood family instilled in me long ago that family is everything, The Ever Present was first and always a family, a very screwed up one but family, those values got lost and now together, we need to find them again,”

Virra maintained her stance, subtly while Domi was at her side in support. “Anyone object now, draw your blades. We are sick of backstabbing assholes. Either you are with us or against us. No in between. We together will right the crooked path and be in a set line to the old values but with a new view.” Aerian saw Virra shake a slight, though, Domi supported her. “While Zia was a backstabbing bitch, she was family none-the-less and shall be given a burial, don’t you agree Aerian?”

Aerian looked up and nodded as she smiled softly before wrapping her arm around Virra “But first we get you patched up,”

“What about me Aerian?” Harley stated now standing to make her way beside them, Aerian turned her eyes staring at Harley for a moment.

“Clear the pit, as Virra said they’re family, every last one of them, they don’t deserve to be left like that,” There was a dark edge to her voice now as Harley merely nodded and made her way to complete her orders.

“Now come on let’s get you patched up,” Aerian smiled “Pretty sure Domi is dying to get you off that leg and laid down,” She guided them from the room and to what was now their chambers.

Virra leaned to kiss Aerian’s neck, as she grinned. “Nah, he’s just ready to stick that needle in me.” She glanced to Harley as the woman left.

Domi chuckled now while tickling Virra’s side. “That’s not all I want to do with my needle. But I’m hurt…it’s not THAT thin.” He winked.

“Leave it to you too be a pervert.” Virra rolled her eyes.

Once they were in their new chambers, Virra sat down and hissed as the straps of her throwing knives were removed and leathers peeled back. She smacked Domi on the back of the head. “Slowly!” Virra growled.

Domi glared at her but then laughed, inspecting the wound. “It’s pretty deep, Virra…” He said with concern.

“Of course it is, that bitch slammed a dagger in my leg!” She spat.

He gave Aerian instructions to gather clean water and something for her to bite, plus bandages.

Aerian stared at the wound before Domis words finally brought her back to reality, she nodded to his instructions and within moments was gone from the room. She was almost absent as she wandered toward the kitchens to retrieve the desired items, a few more minutes and she was back to their chambers.

“I have it all, here…” She stated softly placing the bowl and bandages on the table beside Domi before handing him the piece of rubber that would serve as something to bite upon “I, I should thank you, had you not put an arrow through Zia, I can’t entirely say what I was planning to do, I saw the knife and I knew she had to die,” She placed her hand on her stomach and walked to the back of the room “My concern was only for Virra, nothing else mattered, I’m sorry,”

“Oh, no you…OW! Fuck!” She smacked Domi again. “Hold on, mister. Firefly, get your ass back over here.” Virra said, extending her hand to Aerian, proving no was not a response.

“Oh, my dark angel, I had to act before more shit hit the wind. If that was you, I’d do the same. Virra’s wounds might be deep, but it is being repaired. It’ll just take the time to heal.” Domi looked to Aerian with a smile. “It was stressful, I think both of you acted like the leaders you are meant to be. So I won’t hear a sob story, get your sexy ass over here.”

Aerian smirked as she made her way over, her eyes tired as she crawled beside Virra “It’s not over, you know that right? I don’t even know how Zia turned them to her side so quickly, though I suspect my ass may have been the deal breaker for them, so now they are led by an Elcarus, that isn’t going to sit well, not just with them but others in the realm,” She smiled softly “Including dear old mom, so we have to make this work, together, and we can’t remain here indefinitely cos I‘ll be damned if I give birth anywhere but Dentarius,”

Domi was focused on his meticulous stitching, as Virra held Aerian’s hand, biting down on the rubber a few times. But afterwards, Domi cleaned the wound ones last time, this was definitely going to leave a scar. Beginning to bind it. “My sweet angel…there is little that we can do right now, other than rest.”

Virra removed the rubber from her mouth to kiss Aerian and adjust to lay her head in her lap. It was clear that she was in pain, but tried to mask it. “Can Harley be trusted? Now, that is. While I agree, we cannot leave at this moment or for a while, I wish to have our children in Dentarius, but we cannot be ghosts to them after all this.”

“I said we were taking control and we are, everything that The Ever Present does from here on out is our choice, together, as for Harley I don’t know, but I would like to believe this has maybe shown her something, but we got burned with Zia so we will have to keep our eyes on everyone until they prove otherwise. Harley does know being on our side is far better than being against us, so maybe it will be enough,” Aerian replied softly

Virra looked up to Aerian, though remained silent, curling closer to her, but soon she heard the even breathing if her fiancé. Virra was sleep on Aerian’s lap.

Domi stood to wash his hands, then moved over to take a seat in the bed beside Aerian, gathering her hand gently in his. Carefully, lovingly he removed the glove to inspect her hand. “How does it feel?”

“Still hurts, you’ve ended up stitching us both back together today Domi, thank you,” She smiled softly as she leant back keeping Virra in her lap but finding her own comfort “Seem to be apologising a lot today, but I am thankful for all you do for us, and more, she means everything to me but I was a breath away from putting our child at risk, you saved them both, you know that right?” There was tense edge in her voice that betrayed the anger she held for herself in that moment.

Domi cleaned her own wound and stitching very well, then wrapped her hand in bandage. “You two will be the end of me. Someone had to keep the level head with all the hormones flying.” He chuckled and kissed the bandage over her wound. “I’m at fault for not acting sooner. Virra wouldn’t have been stabbed. In either case, I promised your Pops, I’d take care of you. I mean to do just that.” Domi caressed the sleeping Virra’s crown for a moment. “She will put up a fight these coming weeks. Virra has to heal, else I fear the damaged muscles may give her a permanent limp. I’ll need your help on that. You saw how she was with the stitching…”

Aerian rubbed her ear with a smirk a reminder of how close Domis arrow had been “Not sure I could have pulled of that shot, I’m glad you did, though an arrow in the back of the head may have given me more to complain about,” She grinned and laid her hand on Virras side before urging Domi to hers, “She will behave, I don’t think having a limp would sit well with her, if not I’ll chain her ass to the bed and make her behave herself”

Domi curled a hand in Aerian’s, pulling her close with an arm around her shoulders, resting his cheek on her fiery crown. “Now that…I’d like to see.” He chuckled.

[To The Future] Hello Harley

The forest fell away as the seaside cove town of Evershore lay before them, the air was filedl with the scent of the sea as Aerian felt a chill run through her, Zia took the lead now as they made their way along the outskirts to a cliff area.

Finally finding an opening to a small cavern entrance “You sure you wanna do this Aery? Last chance to run like hell,” the moment she spoke the rock blocking the entrance vanished, stood was a young woman, dark blue eyes, dark red hair to her ass, her head was cocked to the side as she eyed the new group before, she was decked in dark leather, blades in the outfits many pockets. In many ways, she looked almost identical to Aerian, aside from the drawn face and dark aura.

Aerian felt her blood run cold at the sight, as she instinctively went for her blade the girls eyes followed her “Don’t,” She stated darkly, the moment she did and archers were seen to surround them, Aerian motioned the group to comply, the girl smiled wickedly then waved her hand “Take them,”

The moment one of the men touched Aerian she spun into the grasp drawing her blade and driving it through his jaw and up into his head, the ones about to grab them froze as Aerian pushed him away “Harley we need to talk, now I’ll play your games, I always have, but we are not going to be prisoners, not even for you,”

Harley clapped her hands as she spun and ran at Aerian leaping on her, Aerian felt the way and crumbled to the ground, Harley already had a blade to her throat as she hit the ground “You left me, and now you kill poor Damon for nothing? And then you make demands? No baby it doesn’t work that way. I have missed this fine body though, nights just aren’t the same without you, and these idiots are all so afraid of saving their own hides they won’t touch me? Is that fair?” Harley’s voice was sickly sweet as she spoke.

“I would take that blade off my throat if I were you,” Aerian replied as she spoke Harley increased the pressure feeling the blade bite her flesh, she squeaked in panic before Harley complied moving the blade away and licking the trace of blood, she spun around and stood before helping her up “So where’ve you been baby, and who’s the new cuties, well and Zia who still needs to fulfil her contract and kill that idiot hunter Hades.”

Virra went for her blade, though, Domi caught her hand with a subtle shake of his head, leaving his hands fingers within hers. She glared at him for a moment until returning her gaze forward, silent still showing for Aerian to introduce them. But her expression turned dark the moment Hades was mentioned and a sharp glance was spent too, Zia.

Aerian made her way to Virra sliding beside her “This pretty one here is Virra, she’s the reason I live and breathe, also the reason my head isn’t scrambled every time I get those damned visions, and this fine piece of manliness is Domi and father of my child, both are mine and are my life now,” Aerian was very measured in her words as she stepped behind Zia “Zia tried to take out Hades and it turns out, that anyone with half a brain knows going up against an Elcarus in the heart of Dentarius is a really fucking stupid, she got her ass kicked and locked away, I got her out and here she is,”

Harley watched Aerian as she spoke before she scratched her heads in thought “So you found recruits? Or” It was sudden as she cocked her head “You’re here to kill me?”

“No Harley, I’ve never raised a blade to you, and I won’t start now, but we do need to talk, and I need you to give me your word my family won’t be harmed, and nor will Zia,” Aerian replied gently.

“Family? You mean? Aerian what have you been doing while you’ve been away,” Harley made her way to Virra looking her over slowly before stepping behind her then looking over Domi. “They are pretty, I’ll give you that but I can’t have you all wandering my home, so you will have to stay in the dorms, or there will be trouble,”

“House arrest? That’s your solution? Tell me my room is at least still around we can stay there, put guards on the door for all I care, but I’m not staying in the dorms,” Aerian stated firmly.

Harley smiled and then turned on her heel, and waved her hand. Finally they made their way into the cavern, from wall to ceiling was trinkets and books, fires burned in fireplaces, and couches held other members of the group who would quickly engage in conversation as they passed by. They made their way to a door at the end of a long hall, as Harley opened it the room beyond lavish, a huge four poster carved bed, velvet sheets in dark reds, the shelves of the room were stacked with coin and books, Aerian stepped in and sighed deeply.

“Don’t go sneaking out Aerian, I will know,” Harley stated then taking her men disappeared leaving the four of them.

“Well…that was interesting…” Virra murmured, moving to look at the various shelves. “Wonder if she knows whom I am. I know I heard my Pops mention a Harley before.”

“Your Pops, held a lot of business, Virra. It is possible. Damn, Aerian, nice digs.” Domi mentioned moving to sit on the edge of the bed.

“So it seems, she had a suspicion as to a result of your presence, Firefly. Remember, we go where you go, end of story.” Virra commented though glanced to Zia.

“I know, and trust me she knows that too, we just have to tread carefully she seems to jump from one mind set to the next, but we got through the door and I only had to kill one person to get us in,” Aerian replied with a smile.

“You didn’t have to kill him Aerian, that was pissing contest and you know it,” Zia snapped darkly now looking to Aerian “It was murder how does that make you any different to her? She’s bat shit crazy and now you look just as fucking whacked!”

“Exactly” Aerian replied with a smirk as she crawled upon the bed “I won’t lie I have missed this bed,” she crawled along the bed and then curled up on it, “I had to make her realise I’m just as dangerous as she is, especially after she tried to cut my throat or did we miss that bit? Harley has always responded to strength, why the hell do you think she stayed with me for so long?” Suddenly Aerian sat her eyes flashed coldly “Besides I still owed that prick, you remember the Elcon job, the one I slipped broke my arm? Damon claimed I slipped, had he not, he knew Harley would have slit him from stomach to stern, thing is I didn’t slip Zia, I was pushed by that clown trying to get into Harleys pants, but I backed his story and told him I would square the score one day, now he knows I wasn’t lying, so call it murder if you like, but I call it closing a contract,”

“He was always a prick, got real nasty because Harley stopped putting out after you left, heard she fractured his jaw cause he tried to force her,” Zia almost laughed in her words as Aerian now lay back upon the bed.

Virra chuckled at Zia’s words, turning to look at the bed and Aerian with a smirk. “Sounds like he had that and the dagger coming to him.”

Domi adjusted in the bed to lean against the headrest and pull Aerian to settle between his open legs in a rest of her cheek to his chest. “Finally does. So now what is the plan? She will have time for hers, now we have time to work on our own. I’m not sure talking will be on her mind.”

“We let her lead, Harley has a thing for control, and I was the chaos which is why we worked so well, though it’s a strange contradiction when you consider her affliction for murder without purpose,” Aerian stated softly “We will be OK as long as we don’t directly provoke her,” Aerian ran a hand over the nick on her neck “Though she puts a knife to my throat again and I may just let Virra end her ass,”

“Wouldn’t that defy your, I’m not gonna hurt her,” Zia stated as she stood now by the bookshelf.

“I did say unless I had to, besides I said I wouldn’t, I made no mention of Virra did I?” There was a dark smile on Aerians lips now.

Virra winked to Zia at Aerian’s words, moving to crawl into the bed resting her cheek against Domi’s shoulder. He lifted an arm to wrap around her a grin on his lips. “Not me.”

“Oh I’d let you kill her too,” Aerian chuckled as she curled into Domi her hand now resting on Virra “We just need to..” There was a knock cutting off Aerians words as Aerian looked to Zia who had moved to answer the door.

The other side saw a man, dark blonde cropped hair and in green garb that barely kept him covered “Lady Harley asks you join her in the main hall, she also states that you may come alone or with the others, so long as you come unarmed,”

“She’s not as dumb as we thought,” Zia mused softly

“You are to remain here Zia until we determine your crime and a suitable punishment, you are to answer to the court in due time,” The man replied to Zia, who shrugged and walked back to the bookcase.

“Fine!” She spat coldly

“Well least she didn’t execute you on sight, be grateful, we got this. Tell Harley we’ll be there in a few minutes, I just want to get changed,”  Aerian nodded and the door closed as she sat and pulled herself from the bed “And thus the game begins,” She sighed now opening a wardrobe and digging within, as she peeled out of her top and pulled on the dark leather one from within, this much like the one worn by Harley only without the knifes, as she pulled out holders that would hold blades strapping them to her thighs. She pulled her hair back tying it off before tossing her weapons into the wardrobe.

“Oh, goodie…” Domi said as Aerian stood from the bed and smacked her bottom and then swept Virra in his arms, kissing her deeply before letting her go.

“I don’t like being unarmed,” Virra muttered after, taking Domi’s nose and removed the throwing knives upon straps at her thighs and at her hips, boots and lower back and upper back, tossing them with Aerian’s. Domi inclined a brow and Virra looked to him. “What? A girl has to be prepared.”

He simply chuckled and shook his head, removing his weapons to join with his two lovers. “Let’s get this done.” But abruptly drew Aerian close to whisper in her ear. “Virra still has the mechanism of a blade in the sole each boot.”

“Good,” Aerian replied softly, a sharp click was heard showing him the blade hidden under the sleeve of the garment she now wore “Not dumb enough to in unarmed, dragon bone ribbing, on the top hides the blade hidden within, just in case Harley tries to be cute in any way,” She flicked her wrist and the blade retracted as she turned to face Zia “Lock the door, don’t need you ending up dead all over my nice room,” Aerian swept past her and out of the door, quickly flanked by several guards they made their way to the large open room.

Harley was propped on a large chair that was clearly meant to represent a throne as Aerian rolled her eyes and walked down the few short steps.

“Holy, yummy I’ve missed that view walking down those stairs Aerian,” She looked past Aerian to see Domi and Virra with a smile “And they follow, I must admit I wondered if they would,”

Virra was on Aerian’s left and Domi on the right. “You knew we would.” She stared calmly, there was a darker edge to her words.

“True, you are correct I knew you would, it’s clear you are a package, a family, we were once too, Aerian and I, we reigned chaos on this world, well no we didn’t but we did have fun, though I admit I was the lost puppy back then and now I am what she was,” Harley smiled softly “I’ve become you Aerian, right down to the hair,” she tossed her hair in a mock motion with a grin “Still the hottest girl I ever did see though, you’ve grown baby, I have missed you so much and all these ingrates they just want me to curl up and die so they can take over my empire, even you’re little pet Zia she tried to blow me up you know, led me to a cavern filled with dynamite and boom!! Just like that, the blast knocked me into a mining shaft and well I got lucky on the water bath landing, so mean of her right?”

She slid up from her seat as she made her way to Virra rising on her tip toes to try and stand over her but remained a few inch too short “Wow you’re tall! And pretty and smart, and sexy and everything to her I used to be, that makes me sad,”

Virra adjusted with an inclined brow, though appeared passive, whatever she felt internal was not revealed. “Is that so? There is much you don’t know about me, bug.”

“I know your father used to run the slave trade, we would take down rogue girls for him from time to time, you always looked so sad at his side, I suspected one day you’d get away though admittedly wish you would have come work for us, same with this one, always looked so miserable, but never far from your side,” She grinned watching Domi then Virra “Even now he fiercely protects you without ever revealing he is, last I heard your daddy ran afoul of Kane and his family, went and got himself all dead, Ceremon has fled to the outskirts after his grand plan to take over fell flat on its face,” She shook her head with a chuckle “Again, and you place yourself in the heart of my baby and simply cast me aside as if I meant nothing to her all those years, is that fair? Should I just be ignored because I wanted to be so much like her, strong and a killer and fierce and loyal and I never ever let her down, and one night she just ups and leaves, no note, no word, no message just vanishes into the wind,” Harley actually sounded hurt as she spoke, before she stepped back “She broke my heart, but I get it, she was afraid of me, afraid I’d become every bit as good as her, she never did love herself though, so I get it,”

Aerian recognized that flash of fury in Virra’s dark eyes when her father was spoken of, though tilted her head calmly. Domi remained just add calm, composed. “You done? Yes, I can understand bring hurt. But did you really stop and think as to the real reason she left?” Domi spoke.

“They whisper, and talk as if I don’t hear,” Her words were louder now as she turned around motioning to those around her “They say I’m crazy and out of control, that I kill because I love to, that I drove her away,” Harley sighed as she made her way back to her throne “And they may be right, maybe my baby did leave me because I’m crazy, but if I’m so crazy why are they still standing? I mean most of them have slept with Aerian, or me, or both and no craziness from me, I like to kill because it reminds me how fragile life is,”

“No Harley you kill because it gets you wet, then you come back here expecting them to service whatever sick desire you have, but in reply to your question not all of them are here, my closest friends now lay in a grave because they were an issue for you, where’s Kia or Kellan? You drove Zia out because she is scared witless, they are afraid of you Zia,” Aerian cut her off as she turned and sat she smiled softly.

“Because I am the leader, and a leader needs to be feared or they take liberties, Kellan tried to hurt me, so he had to go,” Harley began.

“Kellan wouldn’t harm you, he was loyal, he is the only reason I didn’t cut you in half myself, you killed them because they were a threat, Kia wouldn’t harm a fly she was a thief through and through, she liked the shadows and to take and to give herself, you’re a scared child Harley controlling them through fear,” Aerian kept her voice level but the anger was there as they spoke now.

“Not as much as they’re afraid of you, you come to my home armed to the teeth, with your pretty man and your pretty girl, and the traitor,” She eyed Virra “Tell me something is she here to cut my throat and take back The Ever Present? And you three will lead, with me out of the way?”

Virra looked to Harley for a moment, stepping forward. “Is that what you want? Because we did not have such a plot, it’s amusing that you think so, Harley. Unless you truly are paranoid as the whispers say. You loved her once, take that and listen to her. She wants to help you.”

“Not once, still do, always will,” Harley replied darkly “But she left, left me to these heathens and betrayers,”

“You’re wrong. The family, is that what you think of them? Just a bunch of betrayers? Think. What did you used to find them as? You have lost a part of you and that can be traumatic. If what you’re doing is true, you are no better than her.” Virra stated.

Harley looked to Virra before rolling her hips to return to being sat as she eyed Aerian “And what about you Aerian? Just why are you here, with your two pretties?”

“Because you need help Harley, Virra is right you lost part of yourself, and if I’m honest I am afraid that one day you will come looking for me and I will have no choice but to end this twisted game once and for all,”

“And kill me?” Harley clapped with a glint of joy in her eyes, Aerian remained quiet her previous words more than clear in their intent, Harley slumped back now the glimmer gone as she sighed heavily “I don’t want to fight with you Aerian, let’s be honest I couldn’t take you in a one on one fight and even if I got lucky those two would cut me down before your dead body hit the ground, which does leave us with a pickle,”

“They would, probably before you had the chance to finish me off, so either way doesn’t work out well for you, and honestly Harley you dead is the very opposite of what I want, I’m here I’m unarmed, and I’m already risking losing my family because they didn’t know about you until Zia showed up and opened up this wound I was ignoring,” Aerian had while talking made her way closer to Harley, as she got closer Harley sat then sprung clear across onto Aerian again pinning her to ground.

“Now, now, there’ll be no sneaking up on me,” Aerian had been well prepared for the move jamming her hand between the blade and her throat as it bit through the flesh of her palm she snapped her hand into Harleys hair yanking her off of her chest, rolling back and landing on her feet, as Harley made her way to her feet to rush Aerian, Aerian caught her clean on the side of the head sending her to the floor.

“Damnit Harley I’m trying to fucking help you, but I swear to god you raise a blade to me one more fucking time and I will end your crazy ass!” Aerian snapped her hand in frustration sending blood to spatter into the ground.

Domi neared Aerian. To gather the injured hand in an inspection, going into a pocket to remove some cloth and wrap it around her wound though he never spoke, not a single word.

Virra on the other hand kept her dark gaze on Harley. “Do you even want help?” She came back, extending a hand. “You don’t bite the hand that had nurtured and fed you, when you needed it. Counterproductive, if you think about it.”

Aerian let Domi dress her wounds before looking to Harley “We’re done for now, I can’t deal with you while you’re so damn irrational, when you’re ready to talk like an adult you know where we are,” Aerian took Virras in her now bandaged hand and Domis with the other leading her out to the bedroom they occupied before.

Once they entered the bedroom, Virra turned Aerian’s hand over and removed the bandage. Guiding her to sit on the bed. “You know. That blade could have been poisoned. Be more careful. Domi get the health pack from my bag, we need to clean this up and stitch it.”

He nodded moving to search her bag.

 

[ To The Future] Who’s Game Are We Playing

It had been a week as they had travelled, the time had passed mostly without incident and for the most part Zia had kept herself out of Virras cross hairs. The group had set down for the evening and camp was as ever made. The fire burned as Aerian sat watching the flames.

Zia was on the outskirts sat in the entranceway to her own tent, as she had spent each day simply watching the group. Though today she was working a brush through the tangled mess of her hair.

Domi was cooking food with a pan of the freshly caught rabbit to make a stew, while focused on such to feed the hungry party.

Virra sat to Aerian’s left and was running her daggers over the whetstone. But her eyes periodically were watching Aerian. “She’s just going to sit there and watch? Firefly, can we truly trust her?” She asked in a low voice.

Aerian glanced over to Zia, her own mind elsewhere in that moment as she leant her head to Virras shoulder “Wish I knew, the longer she’s around the more unnerved I get, I trusted her without condition all those years ago, but things have changed, something is off, I just can’t figure what and it’s really starting to bother me,”

Zia had silently begun to sharpen her own blade, her yet never moving from the stone as her blade as it made its way down the stone. She hadn’t so much as spoken in the last day.

Aerian shuddered as she sighed softly “We just as always need to be careful, as long as we have each other’s back, it doesn’t matter what she has planned, we’ll deal with it like always,” She said softly “That or she’s just pissed I haven’t tried to screw her since I let her out,” There was a tone of amusement in her voice now, that ever clear attempt to deflect her awkward train of thought with humour.

Virra rolled a shoulder a moment while considering Aerian then returned to the sharpening if her blades. Domi, who had heard the conversation casually stirred the pot. “I understand. I feel as though, this is a trap. But to what end?” He spoke softly.

“That part is obvious, she wants me. It’s want me dead or alive which seems to be the bigger question,” Aerian replied softly “She lured me away from Dentarius, obviously wasn’t aware you and Domi would be with me, now she is likely trying to figure out how to separate us, knowing that killing you will remove any willingness on my part to co-operate, so she continues with her plan of having us deal with Harley while she figures out what she intends to do next,” She shrugged softly “But then she could be everything she’s claimed to be, and is merely sulking,”

“From what I’ve understood, it’d be safer to be wary. Maybe we can break through that barrier and get her to second guess her plan, whatever that may be.” Virra commented softly, accepting a bowl that Domi dishes out, while he offered the other to Aerian.

“I’m not sleeping with her,” Domi stated simply with a grin.

“Damn, there goes that plan.” Virra chuckled with a roll of her eyes, then looked to Zia. “Hey blonde, get over here and stop being so damn antisocial,” Virra shouted to her, as Domi lifted up the bowl.

Zia looked up to Virras words, before placing her knife in her boot and standing, making her way to accept the bowl “Thank you,” She stated simply and sat opposite them as she stared at the liquid for a few moments.

Aerian smiled to Domi “Thanks, it’s been a long day,” She took the bowl and immediately began eating, the warmth of the liquid moved through her causing her smile “How did we ever do without your cooking before you got here,”

“Pitifully. I’m sure.” Domi winked to Aerian, settling down next to her with his own bowl and began to eat.

“It’s not poison, Zia. Eat up. It’s delicious.” Virra chuckled beginning to dive in making passing sounds to the flavour. After eating and getting a second helping she settled next to Zia. “Cat got your tongue? You’ve been silent all day.”

“It’s nothing, I’m just keeping myself out of your way it will be better for us all, you have your little family and I could not be part of that, I prefer my own company and we have a lot ahead of us,” Zia replied as she began to eat.

“So you go from trying to get into our pants to avoiding us on a cross realm journey? Zia if I didn’t know better I’d begin to wonder if there is something else going on, and you’re track record isn’t my biggest leap of faith with you,” Aerian snapped sharply “Out with it,”

“I haven’t been back to Evershore in a while, that’s all, I took my contracts through the network, and sent my payments back the same way, so much like you I don’t know what waits for me when I get back there, like you I don’t like uncertainty it makes my life more complex than it needs to be,” Zia replied in a very measured tone now. The moment Zia finished speaking Aerian felt a prickle run through her as she instinctively moved closer to Virra.

Virra glanced to Aerian chewing thoughtfully but wrapping an arm around her. “Zia being antisocial makes it seem you are purposefully trying to not get involved. It makes me wonder. We want to trust you but that only goes so far. Be honest, you may not know what awaits but you have an idea and from what I gathered it is not good.”

“I’m the last of the original guard, Harley, Aerian, Kallan, Kia and myself. Kallan had an accident while attempting a break in,” Zia stated softly though the way she worded accident would make it seem more “Kia I think was executed by Harley, so there’s only my left,”

Aerian looked to Zia “We know this, but you’re not dead yet, and we are here. So why not come for me too because this is starting to look really suspicious and you know I’ve never failed to escape a trap I’ve willingly walked into,”

“You’re Harleys beloved golden girl, even now she thinks you’ll be back, I told her you wouldn’t, told her she’d driven you away but she wouldn’t have it, so that’s why she never came for you, she thought you’d come back,” Zia replied flatly “No matter what we did, we just couldn’t be you to her, everything became punishable just because she was having a bad day, or you looked at the crazy bitch wrong, any wonder I’m afraid for my life? I don’t want to die Aerian, I actually like living,”

“Oh drop the dramatics it doesn’t help your case,” Aerian snapped in frustration.

“Fight to live, in other words. You believe bringing Aerian back to Harley on a silver platter will right wrongs. But you didn’t intend on us coming, isn’t that right? We are the wrench in the gears so to speak.” Domi stated breaking his silence.

“It seems that way,” Zia replied “You go in and kill Harley, I’m happy, Harley kills you then me, and it won’t matter either way,”

“Well aren’t you just a happy ray of fucking sunshine,” Aerian sighed darkly “You do know, if she is half as paranoid as you claim her to be then it is very high probability Harley already knows we’re coming, in which case why aren’t you dead already? Because if you were bringing me, my girl, back and I was a fraction as paranoid, you’d be dead the moment you entered Evershore,”

“That’s it isn’t it, Zia? You know that Harley is aware. She will kill you.” Virra said, tightening her hold protectively around Aerian. “We are at least a day away from Evershore. You are bringing Aerian in to save your own ass.”

“The only problem is you know when I figure this out, I’m going to kill you,” Aerian replied flatly her hand now resting on her own blade “So now you’re stuck, and conflicted, take me in and hope Harley doesn’t kill you, or tell the truth and know I WILL kill you for landing my family in the middle of all this, because above all else you know I will kill to protect my own,”

Domi was quick to place himself between Virra and Aerian with Zia on the other side. “You are really lost, it doesn’t matter because no one will hurt MY family. So be cautious of your words…Aerian one was one of the Ever Present. Circumstances being as they do not place idle threat upon my angels. Instead of brooding, combine with us and we all will resolve this.”

Aerians eyes flashed dangerously as she looked to Virra “I wonder what Harley would do if I turned her over instead?” It was a half joke and yet in the same, she was deadly seriously.

“That won’t solve shit, you know it. She isn’t much better than you leaving.” Virra spat.

“And there in lays the difference, I wouldn’t pull such a cowardly act and she knows it,” Aerian replied calmly now “You can walk away Zia, no one will think less of you, but you know as well as I do, we were called Ever Present for a reason, because we were everywhere, and we knew all we needed at a given time, now I’m going to assume most of those contacts are either gone or thinned somewhat based on Harleys affinity for punishment on a whim, but she will know we’re coming, which means my family is in danger, you can make sure we get in unharmed, what happens beyond on that, as usual, we’ll figure it out as we go, we can do this, providing you trust me,”

“I was never big on the whole unconditional trust thing Aerian you know that,” Zia replied

“And look where it got you, time to get off your high horse,” Aerian replied with a  shrug “I’m not going to play the damsel in distress, never have before, not about to start,”

“That is the problem, Zia. You trust no one but yourself. Look at where that has gotten you, fearful for your life. Us, three, stand as a front with trust in each other. Far stronger than your wall, build it up with us. I cannot guarantee safety but I can guarantee that you will have s cause worth fighting for. We carry unborn children. That is worth fighting for. Life.” Virra said, placing a hand on Domi’s shoulder.

“I did love you once Aerian, but you had her and the rest of us were play things,” Zia began before she fell silent.

“Yea, but that was a whole other life to me, Zia, I was like you once, out only for myself, angry at the world for letting me down, but when it all came tumbling down and I had nowhere to go, my Dad was the one there to pick up the pieces, and now Virra and Domi have finally put them all together again, so here I stand ready. And walking into the whirlwind that is my past, maybe this is your start to setting things right,” Aerian smiled softly as she settled in to Virra, taking Domis hand “The Ever Present were family once, a happy fuck anything that moves, kinda family but family no less, and as a result we had free run of the realm, the vision got screwed up, but it can be repaired and we can set it right,”

“You still love her. Don’t deny it, you can’t just up and say the opposite. Because a small part of you will cherish it. She trusts us, you can too if you let that happen.” Domi said giving Aerian’s hand a squeeze with a lift and kiss.

“Look, let’s all make this right. There is time, nothing is ever set in stone. It’s only the rock that won’t move. You and I don’t see eye to eye, but one thing we can agree on is to protect our loved ones. You call the Ever Present family, Aerian is my heart and family as is Domi. Don’t fight the current. Flow with it. See where it takes you in the end but that means getting to that point.” Virra stated, kissing Aerian’s neck.

Aerian squeezed Domis hand in reply as she whimpered to Virras kiss, yet her eyes didn’t move from Zia “This is going to end one way or another, so in the interest of being open and honest, I sent word back to Dentarius of my intent, if they don’t hear from us in a week then they come looking and they bring the full force of Dentarius with them,” her words were soft “But if you think I’m going to just up and murder Harley then know I’m not, not unless I have to, and if it comes to it then we will get it done, everyone deserves a chance Zia, and if she’s lost then we remove her,”

“She is lost Aerian, putting her down is a kindness, trust me on that,” Zia replied flatly

“We do not take a life without just cause. Isn’t that what the Ever Present, used to do? This had nothing to do with trust, as Aerian said everyone deserves a chance, especially family. You were given a chance, Zia. Don’t let me or Domi regret it.” Virra stated, placing a hand unconsciously upon her abdomen.

“She may be lost, but I may be her one chance to find her way back” Aerian replied softly “I’m not about to create a power grab with The Ever Present, we’re taking control and I need you to make sure the rest fall in line,”

“Is it that easy in your mind Aery? You walk back in and we just fall in line?” Zia replied as she smiled darkly “Lady Elcarus walks in takes her throne and we just fall at her feet?”

“I could just turn our asses around and let Harley finish the job? Zia stop playing like this isn’t what you want, you want me back with The Ever Present and I may be knocked up, but you know damn well I can still hold my own against anyone, and failing that you know The Ever Present wouldn’t survive and all out witch hunt by my father, I mean you’ve met my step mother, pretty sure she’d have no trouble ripping out your spine and every other one of Ever Present, now stop making me threaten you, admit I’m right and this is how it should be, and we can get on with getting the job done,”

“You do make me wet when you get all angry,” Zia chuckled softly “OK fine, I’ll let you deal with Harley as you see fit and as promised I’ll keep the rest out of our little game,”

Domi stood now, while gathering the pot with a cloth, splitting the remaining between Virra and Aerian. “Good that settles things. Now eat up. We all need our strength.”

Virra kept her gaze on Zia for a moment longer. “You haven’t seen me or Domi angry, so just keep too your part and we will keep to ours.”

“I’ve seen Aerian angry, that’s enough to remind me of my place,” Zia replied with a nod.

“And I’ve had a few years since then, so you may want to rethink that,” Aerian replied as she awkwardly made her way to her feet, “I need to um …” she stated before making her way into the forest.

[To The Future] To Right A Wrong

Jade was busy in the garden, tilling the ground and planting seeds, even sprouts. She wore a kimono but was wrapped in an apron that was dirty. But her hair flowed down over her shoulders, it seemed that her skills with gardening had already bloomed tea leave plants and herbs.

Hades spun the axe before driving through a log, tossing the pieces aside, placing another log on the stump, proceeding to split it as well. He paused for a moment looking to Jade, spinning the axe before driving it into the stump with a thud, he made his way to the newly built garden occupied by his bride to be “How’s the ground?”

She glanced to Hades over her shoulder, dusting her hands off on the apron and stood. Wiping the back of her forehead with her forearm, sneaking some dirt on her forehead. “The ground is full of nutrients. I’ve planted some seeds that took well…some are already thriving.” Jade neared him and leaned over the fence to press her lips against his.

He returned the kiss with a grin “I’m glad you picked this place for our home, seems we got lucky, the ground is easy to work, which is making building the storage cellar much easier.” He kissed her again before he stepped back “Stay there anyway I got you something when I went into town yesterday”

Hades disappeared into the house, reappearing a few moments later with a large box, placing on top of the fence in front of her with a grin.

She watched him curiously as he left, then when Hades returned with the box Jade inclined a brow. “What’s this?” She inquired lifting the box to open it.

Inside lay a blade made in similar fashion of the one Kane gave to Aishani shortly before their wedding, though larger and more in line with her own weapons, beside a collar now made of a flexible metal that seemingly was more liquid than metal, implanted within were the shells they had retrieved from the beach.

“Wedding presents, from me to you, the blade should allow you to transfer your Kitsune abilities right into it, if you need to, the collar well that will just look almost as sexy as that bruise did,” Hades smiled softly

Instantly she brightened into a brilliant smile, removing the weapon and testing it. Balance. Even the way it cut through the air, nodding seeming pleased. Then caressed the collar and looked at him, extending her neck. “Do the honours, my beloved…”

He smiled softly picking up the collar, he ran it through his hand for a moment before moving to place it around her neck, the material flexed as the magicks within adjusted, before locking at a comfortable position around her neck, he ran his fingers over it gently and smiled “Perfect,”

Jade closed her eyes and then opened them, looking to Hades with a caress against his cheek and followed by the touch to the collar. Running over the shells and metal, pressing her lips against his. “I love it, my beloved. The sword and collar are beautiful.”

“I’m glad,” He smiled softly as he slowly drew her close kissing her, the sounds of foot’s steps soon causing him to sigh “Just once, I would like our moments not to get halted so abruptly,”

Aerian, Virra, Domi and Zia now made their way toward the cottage on the cliff. She saw the interaction of her Uncle and cringed “Oh bad timing,” She chuckled as she made her way toward him “I’m sorry Uncle H, I promise it’s a flying visit,” She looked at the collar and the blade and smiled a sparkle flickered through her eyes “Wedding presents Jade?”

Jade closed her eyes as their lips met, though, at his words and the broken kiss a smile formed on her lips to the sight of Aerian, Domi, and Virra. She moved to sit on the edge of the fence, watching the group curiously. “It’s your niece, Hades. Family. What can we do for you?”

“Damn this looks like you’ve been busy,” Virra commented looking around, while Domi nodded in agreement.

Aerian hugged Jade tightly for a moment before she stepped back “We have to attend to some business, so we’re going to be gone a while, Virra and I were wondering if perhaps you would have some supplies for your tea? It’s been a godsend in helping ease the queasiness, our dear man has inflicted upon us,” Aerian smirked as she looked to Domi, “I don’t want to intrude on you too long I promise,”

Hades was already eyeing up Zia curiously before it hit him he looked to Aerian “You’re going .. with them?”

“I’m going to correct a mistake Uncle H, she’s part of it,” Aerian replied with a soft smile “And no my dad doesn’t know, and no I don’t plan on telling him until it’s done,”

“You don’t give your dad enough credit, honestly you think he doesn’t know why she came back? He knew something was up, you disappearing with her will only confirm it, and you’ll be lucky he doesn’t send the entire Dentarian Army after you, so I’ll inform him you’re headed out to take care of something personal and try to stop him sending an army after your rag tag group a serial killers,” Hades chuckled softly “And yep we’ve been busy getting our house in order, then a wedding, so your asses better be back here alive and well before then,”

Jade responded to the embrace from Aerian, though when she leaned back a smile formed on her lips. “I can put some together for you. How much do you need?”

Though she fell silent as Hades spoke to Aerian looking between the two appearing confused.

“She isn’t dealing with this alone, Hades. Domi and I will be there. Plus, Zia. Yes, that’s a good idea to alert her Pops, don’t need any complications from this to arise.” Virra commented while moving to stand beside Aerian.

Domi then looked to Jade. “We need at least a month supply. I don’t intend on being gone that long, but they each are having morning sickness something horrible.”

Jade tilted her head a slight, considering him. “I see so the nausea is helped by the tea, but morning sickness is tricky. I will put together the tea and there is a root that they cream to nibble on with the sickness. Come with me. I can tell you where and what to look for.”

Domi perked and nodded. “Lead the way, anything to help my beautiful angles.” Jade nodded with a smile and beckoned him to follow her. This left Virra, Aerian, and Zia alone with Hades.

“Trust me, Hades. Your niece will be in good hands. I won’t let anything happen to her.” Virra stuff with a grab at her bottom and pull close.

Hades nodded “Oh you and Domi I trust, it’s the attempted murderess I have a problem with, she has never done anything that doesn’t serve herself and now she is leading family away to who knows where,”

Aerian looked to Hades “I have this under control, we got this please just trust us,”

“She’s Ever Present Aerian you know that right? You know what they do, they are killers Aerian, devoid of anything that makes them reasonable,” Hades snapped back darkly.

“Wasn’t always that way, not when I started it,” Aerian replied flatly.

Hades was stunned as he stared at Aerian, his eyes flashed angrily as he attempted to process things in that moment.

“We are going to right a wrong, last thing we need is to put our children at risk or ourselves later in the pregnancy.” Virra stepped forward in that moment.

Hades stared at Aerian hardly able to believe the words that had just left his nieces mouth, he watched her for a moment and then walked off waving his hand in frustration.

Aerian could feel her heart bounce from her rib cage as she began to pace in the dirt, she glared at Zia now “This is your fault, they never knew! I wanted it that way, needed to set those worlds apart, I should have known fucking better!”

See sighed and lent on the garden fence before shaking her head “The sooner this is done the quicker I can get back to some level of being a normal pregnant girl who doesn’t have to worry her family will wind up hating her for letting killers loose on the realm, I beginning to get why dad gets so irritated by my grandfather,”

“It was never your intent Aery, you have to remember that, they will get over it,” Zia stated softly.

“You don’t know my Uncle Hades,” Aerian bit back coldly.

Virra shook her head while kissing Aerian and taking off after Hades. Grasping the retreating man’s wrist. “What’s wrong with you! Listen, it might now be kosher, but she doesn’t want another killer let loose in Everlands. Lord knows we have enough to last a lifetime. It was never her intention, but you know how things go. Don’t walk away from her. She needs you more then you know. Right now Firefly is struggling. Don’t you see that? She respects and loves you.”

“Easy for you to say, it isn’t personal to you Virra,” Hades bit back angrily as he snapped his hand from her grasp “The Ever Present, always watching, and they are even now so there’s a high probability they already know you’re coming, the blonde bitch is one of them and should have lost her head,” He continued to walk toward the house knowing she would follow as they entered he closed the door rounding on Virra “But those serial murdering clowns are kids with weapons, who don’t care who they take down even a woman whose only crime was loving me, I should drop that bitch for been this close to Jade, but I haven’t because I trust you and Aerian, or until a few minutes ago I did, I hunted them for weeks but they vanished just as quickly as they arrived, and where the fuck were they? While we were the ones putting our lives on the line? They serve only themselves Virra!”

Virra’s dark eyes snapped with anger now, as her voice was cold as ice and sharp as daggers. “Isn’t personal? Isn’t personal?! The life of Firefly is personal to me. It should be too you as well. Look, whatever angst you have against the Ever Present, I don’t know. But I can hear the loss in your voice, it doesn’t take a genius. Just remember, you don’t want to lose Firefly when she is alive and carrying your family.” She stepped closer to him. “You said it yourself, they are kids with weapons. Scared kids, that’s why they didn’t join. Right now, Harley has a taste for blood that she craves it. About time that a lame horse is put out of its misery.”

Suddenly, the voice of Jade spoke and Hades felt her calming touch to him. “My beloved, what is the reason you raise your voice?” She held the love only for him in her eyes, though concern was prevalent.

Domi held a bag in his hands, looking between the two.

“The serial killing blonde out there is one of the ones responsible …” His voice trailed off “I never knew Aerian was one of them, or that she would let this happen,” He sank into a chair at the table and sighed deeply.

“I wouldn’t and you know I wouldn’t, I had left by that point and that, yea that’s another thing I have to live with, do you know how hard it’s been everyday living with that and not telling you for fear of pushing one of the only two men in my life I trust unconditionally,” Aerian had made her way into the cottage and now stood in the door as she paused looking to Domi “Three men,” she corrected before looking back to Hades “I would have given my life to stop it, but I didn’t know, I left because it became a twisted image of what it should have been, I was afraid of what I’d created,”

“You put weapons in the hands of children, trained them to kill anyone who paid enough, we don’t do that Aerian,” Hades replied his voice now calming.

“Oh please, before Uncle Haunted, Dad and Krys, the Elcarus’ were a bunch of murdering psychos, who raped killed and pretty much ran rough shot overt the fucking realm, your history isn’t much better until you ran into my Dad and because you couldn’t beat him you learnt your place,” Hades glared at her there was anger in his eyes as Aerians words bit deep, “But you know what, blame me if it makes you feel better, but the fact I have always had your back even when you were an asshole, I seem to remember a twelve year old girl standing between you and her father begging him not to kill her Uncle, crying and pleading because she believed family should come above all else, I didn’t tell you because until later I never knew who had killed Raven, but I can tell you the one who did, didn’t fall from that cliff by accident, and I would do it time and time and time again, so we have something to deal with, stay here and wallow in your own self blame me for a mistake I made after having my head messed up by a war that killed two of my Uncles, and be half burned to death by dragon fire, I screwed up but it’s not like you haven’t,”

Aerian spun on her heal shoving Zia out of her way “Come on we have work to do,”

Virra looked torn though followed after Aerian, while Domi looked to the disappearance of his lovers. He turned to Jade and offered her a smile while lifting his hands to rub at the back if his neck. “Thanks, Jade. This will help, a lot.” But he turned to rush after Virra and Aerian.

Jade remained, still her hand on Hades’ shoulder, but leaned down to press her lips just behind his ear.

“I’m sorry my love,” Hades sighed softly laying his hand over hers, “Kane almost killed her that day, he went for me and she stood clear between us, the first time we knew the extent of her abilities, threw Kane clear across the court yard with that shield of hers, and I’m too wrapped in self-pity to see she is as afraid now as she was then,”

She placed her hand over his while looking in the direction the others left. “That is why she needs you more than ever, my beloved. Turn her away and show anger, you will be met with the same. She is terrified, one can only hope that Virra and Domi can keep that down in her. Else the child is at risk.”

“She needs to do this her own way, this is one of those rare times I need to stay my blade for her sake, I will speak with her when she returns, should give me enough time to think of an apology worthy of her,” He sighed softly kissing her hand “But the fire in her, I wouldn’t want to be on the end of it, The Ever Present may have bitten off more than it can chew with those three coming for them,”

Jade smiled at him. “It pleases me to hear you speak of an apology to her. Oh, I agree. The Ever Present will have a handful with those three. At least that should put you at ease, knowing that. I’d let them get a head start before telling Kane.”

“I plan to,” Hades replied as he stood now turning to her “And in the meantime, you and I have something to finish,” He teased now walking behind her as his hand drew his blade he pressed it to her back before gently tracing it up her spine “Wouldn’t you agree?”

Jade tilted her head a slight at his words, a prickle following the race of the blade with a scented croon. “Indeed, that we do.”

Hades smiled kissing the back of her shoulder and neck before taking her hand, spinning her in place his blade hitting the ground as he in one motion sat her upon the table, kissing her deeply, his hands quickly removing her kimono revealing her to him.

Jade reached behind to release the tether of her apron, allowing him more ease to peel the kimono from her. Each inch of flesh more desirable then three next. Her lips were against his in feverish delight, insinuating the depth and passion for him, as her hands now moved to work against his belt and pants too release the proud member. As it sprung forth, Jade wasted no time to grasp and begin stroking the length.

As her hand wrapped around him he growled, there was a hunger within that now burnt, he scooped her from the table walking to their bedroom as he remained deep within the kiss, he landed them both upon the bed his hands already in her hair his lips along her neck and shoulder kissing her flesh hungrily now.

She gasped to the sudden lift but fell back into the kiss with much enthusiasm, one arm around his shoulder while her hand was at the nape of his neck. Jade grunted to the fall back to the bed, moaning to the trail of kisses against her flesh. Her hand returning down to regain the stroking against his length, she was exposed and vulnerable to his intentions.

As she stroked his length he growled before his hands slipped down over her side and flesh over her breast pinching her nipples before continuing down and over her stomach, as he slid down over her warmth his fingers curled teasing just inside, tracing against her nub for a moment before sliding back to her hip “I believe the threat was I’m going to fuck you until you beg me to stop?” his words were a low growl against her ear.

She yelped to the pinch upon her buds, grasping his length in her hand for a moment, before a moan slipped past her lips to the pearl that was teased. A prickle of excitement traced up and down her spine to his words that were carried on three moist breath. Her warm brown eyes were now replaced by the yellow essence of the Kitsune and her lips turned to crush against his own.

He growled against the kiss, that dangerous edge now flickered across him as he moved up over her his hands pressed against the bed over her, his lips finding hers in a deeper more aggressive manor, he moved now wrapping his hands through her hair this time kissing her harder and deeper his free hand now positioning himself at her warmth.

As his slick muscle sought to deepen the kiss, Hades felt the light scrape against her grown incisors. She tensed as his digit sunk into her tight passage, he hand stroking faster with a twist at her wrist. The fire was burning and soon enough it was going to explode. The intense sexual urges of mating increased, it was strong and passionate.

Hades didn’t need to wait any longer as he drove into her his grip on her hair tightened as he began to drive into her, a near primal need to claim his lover, each time he was within her he growled darkly.

It was a stunning visual as his hands in her hair takes back and his manhood plunged into her. Her face contorts into a beautiful visual of pleasure and the sound of her voice fed the beast in him. Her eyes were a brilliant yellow as he saw those canines exposed. Her passage was tight and molten hot, embracing him.

He plunged into her repeatedly now, his primal need exerting upon him now, each thrust was harder than the last as his hips slammed into hers with the sound echoing around them, his groans were deep and hungry his grip on her hair would tighten for a few moments before letting it slacken. His lips now capturing her nipples, biting and suckling for a few moments before switching to the other.

The harder their hips crashed against each other the louder her sounds grew, until his primal urge hit max to the tell and scream as his intention to each bud only increased her threshold of pain. His thrusting grew deeper and harder breaking cruelly past her pearly gate and into her inner sanctum and womanly cradle.

His grip on her tightened as he slammed into her with a primal grunt, his manhood swelled before flooding her deep with his seed, he collapsed upon her now his breathing deep and broken as he let free of her hair, he straightened after a moment his hands at her hips pulling her deep upon him to ensure every drop went within her.

Jade screamed out at the press of his took within her, forcing her to arch her back with the hold in her hair, securing the connection and pressing into the back of her inner sanctum. Hades felt that glorious throbbing and her own release add his seed flooded her. Plugging her enough to keep the flow contained, she turned her lips to bite and lick against his neck.

He growled to her bites as his lips sought her in a deep hungry kiss, his whole body now pressed tight to hers, his hands now roaming her thighs and sides slowly.

[To The Future] The Ever Present

Morning came with a rap loudly at their door causing Aerian to wake with a start, before groaning her body still exhausted from last night’s event. It didn’t take Aerian long to figure who was at the door as the only person to come would be Zia.

“I’m going to kill her myself,” She muttered before attempting to sit a second time, finally able to climb out of bed and pull on her pants she made for the door, pulling it open and glaring at Zia “You don’t have to knock so damn loud,”

“Sorry baby, but your sexy significant other said breakfast,” Zia replied as she looked Aerian over slowly licking her lip with a grin “Long night?”

“Shut up Zia, we’re not even awake yet, but come in and take a seat and try not to get yourself in too much trouble with my loves, else I’ll let them kill you instead of being me,” Aerian shook her head yawning and then stumbled back toward the bedroom peeking her head in “We have a guest, ten points for whoever guesses it right,”

Domi was already up, sitting on the edge of the bed and finished slipping his shoes on. His lengthy brown hair loose today as he shot Aerian a grin. “I’ll get breakfast ready. The sleeping beauty here won’t budge.” He smacked Virra’s behind as her back was to him, she grumbled and pulled the covers over her head.

He rose to near Aerian, kissing her deeply. “Morning, angel,” Domi then left the room after a loving caress of her face.

Aerian pressed into his hand with a gentle sound of content before pouncing on the bed landing on the small of Virras back, she stretched up Virras body yanking the covers down and kissing the back of Virras shoulder “Hey you, time to wake up, before I’m forced to kill our guest and leave you to clean up the mess,” she kissed the flesh of Virras shoulder again then nuzzled the back of her neck.

Virra grunted to the land of Aerian but squirmed to the kiss at the back of her shoulder. “Oh? Yeah, next time I’ll say dinner. It’s fucking early…” She rolled over and pinned Aerian, kissing her deeply but then suddenly took her lips away. Only in her top, rising from the room. It was only a manner of moments before the sound of retching could be heard echoing forth the hall.

Aerian raised a brow in thought knowing all too well before making her way to the stairs “Erm Domi, better make an extra cup of Jades tea,” She called, before thinking and looking over her shoulder “You OK Baby?”

“Yeah…I’ll be down soon…” She managed before the sound of retching returned. “I’ll meet you down there…” Again with the sound.

“What’s that?!” Shouted Domi at the bottom of the stairs.

Aerian made her down kissing his cheek “Your kids are playing havoc with us both, better make tea for us both,” She smiled and kissed his cheek again “She’ll be down in a minute, how’s breakfast coming?”

Aerian made her way to the front room as Zia was crouched in front of the fire warming her hands she looked up to Aerian “Everything OK?” Zia raised a brow with a smirk. She stood and turned now to face Aerian, her eyes taking in the form of her slowly.

“Fine, just a little morning sickness,” Aerian replied flatly, “Domi is cooking, so we’ll have breakfast and then we will talk,”

“Oh? Yes. I’ll make both my angels tea.” He turned to enter the kitchen. “Almost done, he said over his shoulder.

Zia settled back by the fire as she stared into the flames “We miss you, but our little family is all kinds of broken, you were the heart of it Aery, without you, we lost our way and Harley she is just …” Zias voice trailed off

“Nuts?” Aerian snapped back

“I think she was nuts before you left, but after yea, she really lost the plot. Too much blood on her hands, but you want to know the really funny thing?” Zias voice dropped now as she turned standing to face Aerian, instinctively Aerians hand moved to the blade at her back, “All those years, and we never knew, none of us,”

“Knew what?!” There was a rise in Aerian, feeling a prickle run over her flesh that made her nervous.

“Who you really were, all that time and none of us, knew you were Elcarus, royalty, running around with rats,” Zia smiled darkly as Aerian felt the panic subside she moved her hands back over her stomach.

“It didn’t matter then, still doesn’t, and to be honest the only family I have to worry about now is the one under this roof, there’s blood on all our hands Zia and not always for the right reasons, the difference is I made a choice to walk away to save myself, can you say the same?” Aerian replied softly.

Zia took a step toward her then stopped seeming awkward as she though for her answer “You could have saved us all, instead you ran and left us to your whack job creation, now it’s caught up and you may have your little family here but you know in time she will come looking and when she does you won’t be able to stop her,” it was a threat now as Aerian eyed Zia.

“Let the crazy bitch come,” said a calm but cold voice from behind Aerian. “Firefly is who she is. Not defined by the royal blood in her veins, not the shadow of her Pops. It’s good that you don’t care, but remember she made a choice. Just like the choice that brought you on OUR doorstep. I don’t care for your tone or you waking us up. It is what it is, but the important thing is, that the issue is dealt with.”

“So you’re going to help?” Zia asked flatly now her eyes straying to Virra, suddenly she looked from Virra to Aerian then back raising a brow “Wait, the guy that lives here, he knocked you both up?!”

Aerian rolled her eyes and slid back into Virras grasp “Yes, we’re both pregnant, both carrying Domis children, and it still doesn’t concern you, however, once we’ve eaten, we are going to prepare to deal with Harley and The Ever Present, and you’re going to help us,”

Virra chuckled, nearing Aerian to wrap her arms around her from behind and perching her chin on Aerian’s shoulder. “Catches on quick doesn’t she?” Virra stayed in her dry sarcastic way, sobering. “Anything she does, all of us do. Together.”

“I have your back, just as I always have, this is for family Aery,” Zia replied softly “I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I always was the most dangerous next to you,”

“You were also the first to admit when it came to loyalty, yours was to yourself so you can see my dilemma in all of this? But Virra is right, everything we do is done together, so let me tell you what you once told me, I have your back until it’s my front that’s at risk, at that point us surviving is what’s count and the three of us will do what it takes to survive together,”

Zia looked from Aerian to Virra then back “I guess if that’s how it has to be, then I have no choice,” She smiled softly, though the glimmer in her would suggest there were other things in her head in that moment.

“Don’t guess Zia, accept, that’s how this works,” Aerian stated, there no intent in those a reminder of the leader she once was, as Zia nodded again this time coming to understand Aerians words.

“Splendid. Seems we are all in an understanding. I wonder…Is Domi finished with breakfast yet? I’m starved.” Virra commented straightening, though glancing behind her. “I’ll see what’s taking him. Seems like the two of you have catching up to do. By the way on even ground, one fracture could crumble that bridge.” Suddenly Virra spun Aerian and claimed her lips in a deep passionate way, displaying to Zia the possession and claim. Spanking Aerian’s bottom in the passing to the dining room.

Aerian watched Zia as she watched the passionate interaction, before Aerian sank into one of the chairs, she kept her eyes on Zia.

“She likes to make her point,” Zia remarked softly.

“You’re lucky she’s not making it with her blades, its love Zia,” Aerian replied softly, as she touched her lips in thought, then looked back after Virra.

“You loved us once, we had everything, then we didn’t, she still does you know that right? Absolute and unconditionally, she was convinced you’d come home, then paranoid you’d come to kill her, then crying you’d left her, but she does love you,”

“Who are you trying to convince Zia, me or yourself? Because I’m beginning to wonder,” Aerian stated softly before finally pushing herself to her feet “Come on lets go eat, Domi is a hell of a cook,” she walked past Zia, as she did Zia grabbed her wrist, Aerian turned knocking her wrist away “Don’t!” She growled darkly.

When Aerian arrived in the dining room, she found Virra placing down a bowl of sliced fruit, those dark eyes glanced to her with a smirk. As the table was arranged with four place settings, pancakes with butter and a small glass pitcher filled with syrup. It smelled delicious, though, unlike before there was no smell of eggs or meat. Domi entered then with a tea pot and two cups, as well as some juice within glasses. “There are my beautiful angels.” Domi said with a grin and moved to pull out the chairs for not just Aerian and Virra but for Zia as well. Virra sat on one side of Aerian while Domi took the other place and began to pour the two women the special tea. “Jade told me to send message to their new home when we were in need of more tea leaves or anything else we should need.”

“I think Jade is … I dunno mad at us I guess, I think that’s why they left so suddenly,” Aerian stated softly as she watched Virra with a soft smile, thankful for the lack of anything that might induce her reaction, she pulled over the plate of pancakes placing  a couple on her plate.

Zia was stunned as Domi pulled her chair, she sat quiet as she watched the three of them she remained silent now, as Aerian took the pancakes she felt a twist within her, realising suddenly “You shouldn’t go, I can’t be the one who lives with any more regret if you end up getting yourselves killed, let it go please,”

Aerian pulled her blade and slammed it into the table in one motion before looking at Zia “You put this in motion and now Zia we will see it through, together, like every damn time before, we made a choice together and just like always we will see it through, one way or another Harley needs to be stopped, together we will do this and when it’s done The Ever Present will be stronger for it,”

Virra sipped on her tea while watching the interaction between the two, though, gathering a few flapjacks herself and then placing some on Domi’s plate. Plucking a few grapes too much on, though, she hardly reacted to the slam of Aerian’s dagger into the table, reclining back with an amused expression on her face. “Now, she wants us to back out. Hold on, Firefly, I want to hear this…Regardless, we are all going, but, I want to know. Why?” She gathered Aerian’s hand to curl around the hilt of the dagger to withdraw it.

“I can’t be the one who is responsible for getting you all killed,” She looked to Virra “You’re not the only one who loves her, she is the only one that can get near Harley, but there is a chance that Harley will simply kill Aerian the moment she lays eyes on her,” Zia eyed the dagger and Virra in thought for a moment before she looked at the remnants on her plate “Harley is the very definition of crazy, paranoid, and more than insane, but, love it has pushed Harley over the edge when Aerian left, Harley killed three of our own just for telling her,”

“When I came here, I wanted Aerian, leader of The Ever Present, but I found Aerian, lover, fiancee, friend, I don’t want to be the one who screws that up,” Zia sighed softly “Surely you can understand that,”

Virra leaned back with a pleased expression flowing across her features, folding her arms over her chest. “Will you listen to that, Firefly? She seems to think that WE cannot handle a maniac. Look, Zia, we worked together on this war and you mean to not give us the honour of backing out of our end of the bargain? It was set in stone then, it still remains as such now.” She plopped some pancakes past her lips in a chew, this plumped her cheeks with the full contents.

Domi began to laugh now, suddenly breaking his silence. When everyone turned to look at him he sobered after a short time. “For fucksake, look at us, Zia. REALLY look at us. Virra was the daughter of Bryant, standing on his only heir. I was within those ranks, though, found it best to change sides. What happened between was provided by the realm, you coming was nothing short of that either. I fight best with both my angels at my side, as they are pure demons in battle. Sexy as hell, but, that is beside the point. You really are coming to ask for our help to secure you the position at the head of the Ever Present, don’t hand me the line that isn’t the purpose in that little mind of yours. I’ve seen that look before, especially on Virra’s face. You are terrified that this…Harley will get too out of control and you want her put down like a lame horse. From what I have gathered it has been boiling beneath the surface and I for one agree, I want to secure our future and will do so, as my angles are in agreement. It is best to handle this before their pregnancy gets too far along. Now, enjoy your meal, then we will move out afterwards.” He then looked to Aerian, his tone softening, while placing a hand on her belly. “As for Jade, no. I do not think she is mad at us. Perhaps, a little jealous. I mean, after all, you all have me.” Domi grinned and puffed up his chest, while Virra poked it with her butter knife and he deflated.

“Nah, nice try. I think, it is that Hades and Jade, have a wedding to plan. Can’t see that it would be easy for a kitsune to birth outside of her kind…maybe she is fearful of such not happening and letting Hades down.” Virra shrugged but returned to her meal.

“Uncle Hades will stay by her side regardless,” She eyed Zia dangerously now “Loyalty is what drives Elcarus blood, above all and you of all people know how deep my loyalty lays, you were between my legs before I knew I could trust you Zia, so don’t try to tell me this is about love or anything short of as Domi said a power play” She pushed her plate back with a smile “So let me put it like this, I made a mistake with Harley,”

Aerian stopped as her mind spun she drew a breath before placing both hands on the table in an effort to stabilise herself “I … ” she struggled for a moment in thought before she looked to Virra then to Domi “She may be crazy, but she never wanted to die, but if I have to then WE will shut her down for good, but I’ll be damned if I leave The Ever Present in your hands, control is coming to us and you either fall in line, or you leave, same choice you’ve always had,”

Zia smiled softly “Not quite, right now its fall in line or get your throat cut,”

Virra placed a hand atop, Aerian’s as her own were flat against the table, curling her fingers to lace within hers. A small reminder that Virra felt, that which Aerian would. Though, glanced to Zia at her words. “Then the Ever Present will fall to all of us, but, right now it is an exploding time bomb. We need to deal with Harley, then sort it out afterwards, I am not willing to jump to the gun on this just yet. Everyone makes mistakes it is those that stand up and right the wrong that is important. It should be if WE have to not you alone, Aerian.” She gave her hand a squeeze.

Domi sighed leaning back with a hand on his stomach. “Food comatose. Sometimes, I surprise, myself.”

Aerian chuckled softly with a smile “One of the many reasons we love you,” She turned her hand in Virras with a smile “It’s a trip to Evershore, we should be prepared for that, it will give me time to think how we handle this, it’s not like we can walk the front door,” She smiled softly “We got this,”

Zia watched remaining silent now lost for words, even if she had the words there would nothing to say but “Thank you,”

“Wouldn’t thank us yet, you will be walking through the front door,” Aerian replied softly before finally feeling things “But right now,” Aerian pushed from her seat and raced from the room.

“What in the…” Zia exclaimed

Virra looked up in surprise to the rise from Aerian, when she made the move to give chase, Domi was already up and placed a hand on Virra’s shoulder. “I got this.” He said, then glanced to Zia and Virra. “Don’t kill her.” Domi left for the door Aerian disappeared through.

Virra looked at Zia, standing and beginning to gather the dishes. “Well don’t sit there like a wart on a witches nose, get up and help clean up.”

Aerian heard Domi coming and kicked the door closed “Trust me you don’t wanna come in here!” right before her own bout of morning sickness hit in force, she groaned awkwardly.

Zia looked after Aerian before looking back to Virra “She OK?” she asked before beginning to gather plates from the table, she remained quiet as she simply helped carry things to the kitchen sink, before coming back for more.

As they finished up Zia made her way back to the fire crouching before the low burning embers “So how was it you met Aerian, last I heard she was in Elvera, working her own contracts,” she asked trying to find some ground common between her and Virra, though Aerian was continually that only thread now.

While Aerian was distracted with her upheaval, that is when she felt her hair gathered and a hand in her back. Running up and down in caress, even gentle pats of comfort. It was Domi, he spoke nothing but let her know he was there.

Virra looked to Zia now, then the flames. “It was when I was with my Pops. He had turned sides in the last war and was working with Ceremon and that crazy bitch. In either case, Aerian was locked up in the dungeon. Hareover had his way, so did Z’ress. I would watch her from the door, she never knew. I found her strong and beautiful…That’s when I knew my Pops had overstepped his boundaries. I was always trying to prove myself as a daughter and assassin. But one day I ran into Kane and Aishani, then when we broke Hades out and then Aerian fought. She didn’t want to go, Z’ress did a number mentally on her. Suffice to say, I knocked her out to get her out. We’ve been together ever since.”

“Sounds like she was lucky, I heard tales of Z’ress, she was supposedly some real magician with the mind, Ceremon tried to bring us in on his war but we refused to involve ourselves. I’m glad you got her out, this world would be less happy without Aery in it, though I’ve never seen her look at anyone the way she looks at you, it is something to be envied, we never saw that none of us,” Zia now wrapped her arms around her knees as she rested her chin upon them remaining to stare into the flames “And you place yourself before her in front of any harm, much as we used to, at least before, now it’s enough work watching our own backs in case one of our decides you’re in their way up the ladder,”

“It’s a dog eat dog world. I know that all too well. It’s a good thing you didn’t involve yourself in the war. I didn’t have a choice. Zia, what’s your real angle on all this? I would hold no reservations to bring Aerian back to take the reins, though it would be all or none.” She turned her gaze from the flames to rest on Zia. “Look, I know you love Aerian. I love her too, she and I share a bond. A link, so to speak. What she feels, I feel. She was torn up after you left. Speak to me plainly, I’m looking out for our best interest.”

“My angle is simple Virra, my life, I’m the last of Aerians highest, which means my life is danger at all times while Harley is in control, and she has made no bones that she wants me dead, but if my life means The Ever Present returns to what it was, then it’s a sacrifice I can live with. I don’t hold malice against Harley, I’d rather this isn’t how we deal with it, but I fear she is beyond saving and I can’t get close, Aerian can, right into her arms to sink the knife into her heart and that’s what it will take to stop her,”

“And how does that make me any better?” Aerian stated now stood in the doorway resting against Domi “My father raised me to believe we all deserve a second chance, my family took in Virra and Domi both who would have killed us given the right chance, they didn’t. It may come to it, but it isn’t going to be the first thing I do, that makes me no better than Harley and I’m not sure how more blood I can spill for the sake of it,” She smiled to Virra rubbing her stomach with a grin, before returning her gaze to Zia “The Ever Present never killed unless we knew why,”

“Because she’s fucking crazy,” Zia snapped in frustration, the moment the words left her mouth Aerian crossed the room her knife now to Zias throat as she held her in place “What the!” Zia spat angrily.

“You forget who taught Harley, who taught you, you want Harley out I get that, but I don’t see you leading any better, I know you Zia never forget that, I always protected all of you, that isn’t about to change because you deem one a lost cause, because you’re the last of the original group, ever consider that’s why you’re not dead already?” She released the hold and stood walking back to Virra.

“But you left, how is that protecting us?” Zia snapped back “You left us to die with that crazy bitch in control, you get that right? While you were out playing hero, we were fighting for our lives,”

Aerian spun the blade in her palm now watching Zia before she answered “If I hadn’t have left, I would have killed Harley, the closest to me, closest to the one I loved above the rest of you, and yes the sex parties were great, the love we shared as group, but she was the top always, I left because I had to, not because I wanted to, why do you not understand that,”

“You created us, and now we are all afraid,” Zia replied flatly

Domi allowed Aerian to move from his support to Virra, leaning against the door frame. Virra glanced to Aerian with a grin as her hand caressed over her abdomen, brushing her fingers against Aerian’s own. A brow inclined from Virra to the mention of group sex, but she never commented.

“Fear is a powerful tool, but the trick is to not let it rule you. Misjudgement can rise due to that.” Domi commented idly in his lazy lean.

Virra nodded now, expression never changing when Aerian drew her blade on Zia. “So, it is time we go investigate and deal with this.”

“We should pack, as I said it’s a trek,” Aerian replied softly before nuzzling Virra gently, she looked at Domi “How much of a supply of Tea do we have, we’ll be gone for a while, Evershore is the other side of the realm, kind of on purpose I went as far from Dentarius as I could get all those years ago, hopefully we’ll get back before the winter hits,”

“The tea won’t last for that long…We should stop before heading to the destination. Unless you both think you can handle it?” Domi said lifting a hand to rub at the back of his neck.

Virra wrapped her arms around Aerian as reflex to the nuzzle, doing her lips down to kiss her fiery crown.

“We’ll have to detour and pick up some more, it’s kind of on the way” Aerian replied softly “It helps the after effects, which is nice cause the vomiting bit sucks” She smiled at Domi “It’s all your fault you know”

An hour saw them packed and ready to leave, as they filed out of the house Aerian closed and locked the door tucking the key away in her back pack. As they left Dentarius Zia was qutte, Aerian had one hand in Virras the other in Domis, the twang of jealousy pulled at Zia from the inside.

[To The Future] Finding a Future in Your Past

Kane handed Aerian the keys as they stood before the home that had once been his mothers. During that time it had been the blacksmiths at least before his father stole the heart of the Blacksmiths daughter and married her sweeping her off to the mansion. After her father died the house had remained empty save for a few would be squatters here and there which had promptly been removed by either Haunted or the Dentarian authorities.

“It will need some work,” Kane sighed softly, looking to his daughter but he knew better than to argue. Aerian, Virra and Domi had their own family to raise and away from the mansion would be the best place to find their footing.

“I know Dad, but we need the space, and it’s about time Grandma’s house was brought back to life, she would approve and you know it,” Aerian replied with her arm wrapped around the waist of Virra.

“I’m sure we’d know if she didn’t, well if you need anything you know where we are,” Kane smiled walking to hug his daughter and then Virra in turn “Take care of each other, “He whispered to them before making his way to Domi “You just make sure they are safe, if you need anything don’t hesitate,”

Virra glanced to Aerian as she began to move to the house then to Kane at his words. “I’ve always looked out for her. That hasn’t and won’t ever change.” She then joined Aerian, as Domi going back.

“Uh, Kane…? I uh…all not familiar with pregnant women, though I feel as though I have my work cut out for me. I’ll take care of them, don’t you worry. Tomorrow can you have Stacy stop by with some books so I can understand?” He lifted his hand to rub at three beach of his neck.

“Of course I will, though when it comes to pregnant women,” He chuckled softly “They are less predictable, and no book will prepare you for that, so yes you have your work cut out for you, but nothing compares to the bond you now share,”

“That’s dads way of saying you’re stuck with us,” Aerian called over her shoulder as she put the key in the front door, it resisted at first but finally clicked, as the door opened the stale air flooded out, old wood, but within was still in fair shape, as Aerian looked around she smiled wrapping her arms around herself “Wow this is gonna be so great,”

Kane watched as the girls vanished within the house before he smiled to Domi and headed off back toward the Mansion. Leaving them to work out things in their own time now, Kane wouldn’t involve himself where he wasn’t needed at least for the moment.

Virra chuckled to Aerian’s words, though patiently waited on her to open the door, coughing a slight as the stale air hit her lungs. “I was so not prepared for that…” She said while looking around.

Domi watched Kane leave, then hurried to enter behind the two. “Let’s open some windows and air this place out.” He said moving to the two from windows to let light in and a gentle breeze blew.

The furniture was covered with heavy blankets. “Well, let’s get to work on this place. Make it more homely,”

Aerian was giddy as she bounced around, the fire place had remnants of a fire as she bent down to investigate, before poking and pushing them around. As she stood she looked over a few trinkets that while covered in dust she knew belonged to her Grandmother once upon a time.

“It’s only right this is where a new generation is born, and I want it to be a home with both of you,” She stated softly now walking to around before walking to a window wiping some of the dirt to see out into the town, “I liked our cottage but there will be five of us soon enough, and we didn’t have the space, this place has six rooms, and it’s all ours now,”

As Aerian looked out, it was then that something firm tapped the top of her head, when she looked Virra placed a broom in her hand. “Mmhm. It’s cleaning time.” Virra held one too, as Domi settled to be absent for the time being but Virra explained he was going to be working on the kitchen.

Aerian looked at the broom then Virra “Makes me miss the Mansion help,” she chuckled softly before taking the broom and starting on one side began to sweep the debris that cluttered the floor, a job she had done before so this was nothing new to her. She found it oddly calming in knowing clearing the chaos would prepare their home and their future.

“At least Jades tea is helping ease the nausea, I swear that’s the worst part of all this, well at least until I get all fat and can’t walk,” Her tone was a tease as she continued to sweep and occasionally kick a piece of dirt away from her.

“Well from now on it is us, three. I won’t complain. Soon enough it will be five.” Virra chuckled it seemed that she was pulling off the covers from the furniture and testing the items to see if any work needed to be done. It took them several hours to clean up the living space of the house. Though, sure enough it was spotless, Virra checked the chimney to ensure that there was nothing blocking the air passage with the flue. But, began to make a fire, afterwards, she looked around and then brought Aerian into her arms with a deep kiss. Then looking around the room, to the trinkets. “We still need to work on the bedrooms, soon enough we should focus on the children’s room.”

The more they cleaned the more the stale scent of air and dirt began to fade, Aerian was light on her feet with the new found home making her incredibly giddy, as Virra kissed her, her arms wrapped around Virras neck creating a kiss with as much passion as she could for her lover.

“I agree, Dad has contracts with any merchants we may need to use, his gift to our children,” She smiled softly. As she was there was a knock at the door which caused Aerian to freeze and then looked confused at Virra “I didn’t think beyond Dad and AIshani and Stacy anyone knew we were here,” the knock repeated this time with more force.

Aerian shook her head and slid to her feet making for the door, as she opened the other side stood the all too familiar blonde “Hey sweet cheeks, your dad finally let my fine behind out, and you and I still have a little business to conduct,” Aerian rolled her eyes in reply.

“Oh Zia, your timing sucks you know that right?”

“Just about to get down and dirty with that fine piece you’re engaged to? Does she taste as purdy as she looks?” Zia replied with a wide smirk.

Virra glanced to the door and at the presentation of the blonde female, she sighed more in irritation, though, moved to stand at Aerian’s side with an arm curled around her waist. “Of course her timing sucks. You only say that because you want between my thighs, Zia. Keep dreaming, blondey.” She stated with a roll of her eyes.

“Hey! I heard the door, who is it?” Domi stated while entering the room, but, falling short at the sight of the female, glancing to Aerian and Virra questioningly. “I didn’t think anyone knew we were here.”

“They don’t unless they are almost good as me in their line of work,” Aerian replied to Domi, as he appeared Zia looked him over licking her lips with a grin, she looked to Virra and nodded with a smirk.

“I’d enjoy been between those legs honey pie, but you guys, look at this pretty fella, he’s sticking it to one or both of ya?”

Aerian rolled her shoulders in annoyance now looking Zia in the eye “Both, now what is it you want?”

Domi lifted his hand to rub at the back of his neck, looking between all the females and chuckled a slight. Virra simply rolled her eyes to his reaction and moved to place herself before Aerian and pressed a hand across the frame with a lean. “Get to the point, blondey. It doesn’t matter to you if he is fucking us both, together or separate. I’m sick of your games, be straight with us. We don’t have time to go back and forth, as you can see we are working on getting our home situated. Out with it, Zia. We owe you a favour, intending to pay up. So spit it out before you have your teeth to spit out with it…”

“Damn she’s spunky, bet she’s a squealer too,” Zia chuckled rocking on her heels before she shrugged “Very well, the arrangement was I got your mom out of Elvera, and you would owe me, so seeing how old fire britches here has herself full of love, and I’m getting none,” She eyed Domi again with a smirk “Our guild is looking to bring you back to the fold, we need your particular, skills, we lost a lot of work when you left and Harley is, she’s unstable and she is leading us down a bad path which is going to get us all killed, come back, help me stop her then we’re even,”

Virra lowered her arm now, glancing to Aerian, appearing to incline a brow but allowed the separation to be lowered. “Get your blonde ass inside.” She said turning now, while Domi stepped out of the way. “Understand this, all of us will be involved. But, I’d really like to understand…” Virra glanced to Aerian her words sharp, since clearly Virra was unaware of this group. “…what guild?”

As Zia stepped in she let her hand wander over Virras stomach lightly tracing her abdomen, she grinned as she passed Aerian and caught a handful of Domi between the legs before heading for the front room, Aerian merely growled in reply as she shook her head “Knock it off!”

Zia planted herself by the fireplace now turning to look at Aerian, Virra and Domi, “After the last war, not the one you guys just had but you know hell, dragon fire, lots of people dead and dying and Dentarius all but rubble,” Zia began solemnly now “Not many know but Aerie was really hurt, half dead by the time she escaped Dentarius and Harley Brankredge was the one to find her, small time crook but smart as hell, helped save Aerian kept her alive and nursed her,” Aerian shifted awkwardly as her past now began to come to light “Anyway skip the boring crap and get to the fact that Aerian was before all that a damn good thief, never missed a mark always delivered on her contracts and she taught Harley all that, together they formed an alliance that became known as The Ever Present, a band of thieves and assassins, me among them, we were good, and we lived well, until Harley went off and killed a whole family for nothing more than being between her and a contract”

Aerian sighed “The rule was simple, we don’t kill unless we’re paid to and only after we made sure they deserved to die, Harley came to like it and I couldn’t handle that so I left, I headed for Elvera and not long after that I came home, but from what I heard they became more assassins for hire under Harleys watch,”

“I headed here to take out the Captain of the Dentarian guard didn’t bloody realise the Elcarus’ were back in force, Hades threw me in the cells and you know the rest, but The Ever Present is being hunted and killed without question the only one off limits is her,” Zia nodded now to Aerian “But the rest of us, we just want to go back to what we do best, hurt no one, retrieve lost treasures, we can’t do that while Harley is in command she will kill anyone who dares challenge her authority, you were the best of us Aerian, and with the big boy there and the dark haired wonder you can take her down, kill her, arrest her I don’t care, I just want her gone so we can go back to the shadows,”

Virra caught Zia by the wrist and wrenched her arm to shove her forward, though, Domi inclined a brow while looking between Aerian and Virra. It was clear he was not pleased with Zia’s grab of his goods, though, the three followed her to the fireplace. Virra sat to pull Aerian into her lap on the couch, as Domi settled beside them. Virra looked to Aerian, it was clear by her expression that jealousy reigned and curiosity of the truth behind Harley’s relationship with her was in question.

“So she essentially broke the rules and this is where the story turns…Some, as I have seen, learn to crave that adrenaline and the lust for killing.” Virra commented.

Domi nodded. “Yes, as I have heard some say there is something powerful in killing another. Watching the life leave their eyes. I’ve never been one for that. So now, you say that Harley is out of control? It is amusing in this, that the services were not used during the war.”

“Perhaps, she was too much of a loose cannon to be reliable.” Virra snuck a hand behind Aerian’s back, out of view of Zia but Domi would notice if he looked, a finger slithered down between her plump valley to trace the hidden pucker.

Aerian squirmed against Virra now laying back into her “Harley wouldn’t risk coming to Dentarius, there is a long standing warrant for her arrest, she also made a slight miscalculation,”

“Mmm she did try to assassinate Lord Hades, knife to the gut if I remember correctly, thought he was the nut job brother? Wouldn’t have been so bad had she got the right target, she likes the thrill of killing but she doesn’t do it for free, hence the no show,” Zia replied as she eyed Aerian and Virra for a moment “She rarely leaves the lair now, paranoid as all hell,”

“And me turning up is going to help that? Zia ….” Aerian swallowed for a moment “I want to help, I’m responsible for what Harley became but, if we do this and I mean if, it’s not just my life at risk,” Her hand now ran over her stomach as she spoke “I made Harley a promise I would watch her back, even die for her if I had to, and by the laws I set down I am a target if I go in there she will try to kill me on sight, and if try to kill her what of the rest?”

“They won’t intervene, you have my word, the self-same rules you laid down state its between you and Harley, we’re honour bound to stay out of it,” Zia replied flatly “Someone has to stop her, lord knows we’ve tried but we just can’t get close to her now,”

Virra propped her chin on Aerian’s shoulder, watching Zia while the tip of her finger subtly penetrated past the starlet. Though, her breathing grew a little thicker while shaking her head. “Aerian, we are all in on this. If from what Zia is saying is true, you may need more than just yourself. Like hell if I am going to allow you to deal with this situation alone.”

Domi glanced to Aerian then to Virra with a smirk on his lips. “Count me in. I am not going to let my beautiful angels have all the fun without me.”

Aerian moaned deeply feeling the penetration as her eyes close, her hips rocked encouraging Virra. She moaned softly having forgotten about their house guest for a moment.

“I guess I should let you think about it, I can come back later,” Zia sighed softly as she watched Aerian, a smile curled her lips before she looked to Domi “Don’t you just have the luck, and they say blondes have more fun,”

Virra smirked to Aerian’s moan, while the digit wriggled within that back pipe, leaning to kiss her neck while Domi turned her cheek in his direction to press his lips against Aerian’s.

“Hm. For someone that’s all talk, gets squeamish when things are brought to the open…” Virra chuckled tracing Aerian’s ear with the tip of her tongue. “Yes, you better leave. I don’t share. We will discuss this and be here for breakfast tomorrow. By then we will have an answer.”

Zia watched the scene before her, an amusement in her eye as she did “Oh I suspect you won’t want me anywhere near that fire cracker of yours, though I am curious as to what hides beneath that icy exterior of yours,” Zia smiled darkly watching as Aerian was already lost to the invasion of her starlet and her lovers actions.

“But I do thank you for considering my request,” She reached to tie back the dark blonde hair adjusting her corselet before stepping toward the door.

Virra waited until the door closed and Zia was gone, then looked to Domi and Aerian, dipping thumb and forefinger down to pinch at her pearl before slipping her thumb within the flower to wriggle around in a determination to cause her lover to come to a swift and powerful release. Aerian had answers to give and in her current circumstances it wasn’t morally right to do such. Domi licked his lips and leaned back, watching Virra then to Aerian.

Aerian writhed against Virras hands her body already on edge from the invasion by Virra, as her thumb penetrated her hips tensed her body shuddering as she moaned out loud her whole body suddenly trembling as her release spilling down over Virras hand.

“So not fair,” She whimpered now laid back against Virra her whole body trembling against her lover.

Virra removed her hand, though not before squeezing Aerian’s bottom, while Domi snatched Virra’s hand to lick at the juices that coated the dark haired vixen’s hand and digits. “I’ll tell you what is not fair…you never told me about Harley or even that group you ran with. I think before we move forward, that Domi and I need to understand the situation better. From start to finish from your words and not that blonde.”

Aerian sighed as she sat curling into Virra “I never spoke of it because I never quite figured how to resolve it, what happened with The Ever Present and Harley is all down to me, I wanted to forget, that’s why I only turned to Zia when all our other options were gone because I knew it would lead here eventually,”

Aerians voice had dropped now, a dark edge to each word as she spoke “But you’re right I can’t lead you or Domi in blind, so if you’re willing to listen and,” She looked to Virra her eyes cut with a helplessness “I will tell you everything, about The Ever Present, about me back then, Harley, Zia every detail,”

“The resolve perhaps was never down to just you, which is why until now it has never been brought back up.” Virra placed a hand on Aerian’s thigh and adjusted her to sit across her lap, while Domi took Aerian’s in his. The support that was oozing from both was more than enough for Aerian to get the story out. “Anything that affects you will affect us, we are all in this together.”

Domi nodded while lifting a hand to caress Aerian’s cheek. “We are by far not perfect, that is why we equal each other out. But, we have to be careful on how to proceed. As Stacy has said, you have to NOT use your abilities. I’m sure it would affect our child.”

“Right, then. So, start from the beginning, Firefly.” Virra said to her those dark eyes unreadable.

She looked to Domi and shook her head softly “There’s a reason I’ve been repeatedly told not to use my angelic abilities while I’m carrying our child, each time I tap into them I rip a piece me from the realm, it’s small enough to not really harm me but eventually it will catch up, which is why I don’t unless I have no other choice, using them with child the results would …” She swallowed hard “Be unpredictable, and if the realm is telling Stacy to ensure I don’t then I’d rather not find out why”

She shifted against Domi and drew a short breath in thought “So from the beginning? Then I guess that would be the Dragon Wars, after Uncle Haunted and Krystal brought down Kyrus the Dark, Dad gave the order to evacuate, we got everyone we could out, while he opened the void to rid the Everlands of Dragons, that time at least, unfortunately for yours truly whilst making my retreat I wasn’t paying attention and missed the edge of a cliff.” She pulled her shirt to show a scar just above her hip “The one on my thigh just above the knee too, where I ended with a branch put through me, should have died, should be dead but a young girl found me, dragged me to what was left of her house after the Dragons totalled it, she kept me alive, that was Harley, I saw so much of Maya in her. Harley was naïve, she was funny, she was sweet, she was innocent to the world, the worst she saw was her family’s death by dragon and even that she managed to settle with,”

Aerian rubbed the back of her neck awkwardly as she spoke of those days now “After I recovered I should have walked away, let her grow up in her own vision of the world, but I couldn’t, something kept me with her. We finally left, travelled together I had a reputation as thief anyway, a girl has to make money and that’s how I made mine,” She sighed softly now watching Virras face, before looking to Domi.

Virra remained composed in her expression, nothing but a mask, while Domi lifted Aerian’s hand to kiss each knuckle. “You did, that which you had to do, my beautiful angel.”

Virra’s voice was sharp and cut through the moment. “That is not all, Firefly. You are skipping around. I will not pry into Maya, though, this relationship that you had with Harley…was it close?” Now, Aerian caught that flicker of possessiveness that she had seen on more than one occasion with her fiancé.

“I’m not skipping baby I promise you said everything, and I will lay it all out, you just may not want to hear it. So Harley and I travelled I picked up small contracts, things that wouldn’t take long, and I could be done within a few hours, she hated me leaving her, it was hard to handle sometimes. So eventually I did the only thing I could and I began to teach her what I knew, what I did, and she picked it up really quick she was good and having a partner meant we picked up bigger jobs which ultimately was more money and more money kept Harley happy.” She sighed softly in thought it was clear there was pain for her in these memories “She spent money like I have never seen, spoilt rich kid at times doesn’t even begin to cover it, but slowly the jobs began to be bigger and too much for two of us, one night I picked up a small contract and when I came back …. she was pinned between three guys she was trying to play tough and I tried to break it up and got my arm broken in the process, next thing in the guys are in a puddle of blood on the ground and Zia is there, Zia had been hunting us under contract she was the daughter of Riverfields Sherrif charged with bringing us in but she never did and she never left our company that’s when we started using the name The Ever Present”

She slid to her feet beginning to pace the room as the memories hit her harder than she could have expected “You asked if I had a connection to Harley like I was close to Maya, no, never had that until you Virra. I’ve never lied about that to you, omitted pieces maybe but never lied,” There was a plead in her voice as she spoke to her lover, “You have seen inside, you are connected to me, you’d know if there was ever anyone else, but Harley and I, we took comfort in each other, we took comfort in Zia, in fact I doubt any member of The Ever Present hasn’t slept with every other, we were a unit without limits it’s why we were damn good at what we did, and what we did was set right what was wrong, we were cautious with the jobs we took, only for the right reason, rich guy ripping of the poor guy, treasure from a distant city in the wrong hands, magic in the wrong hands, never did we do things for our own gain. At least outside of the money we made, and we made plenty, and Harley still spent it like an over privileged brat. Still it didn’t matter it wasn’t even about the money, it was about us and what we could do”

She stopped her pacing now staring into the fire “One night a man came to me, I was looking for our next big score, he offered me a lot of money to set right an injustice, his daughter had been murdered and her killer had walked free and clean, shouldn’t have taken it, but I did and I finished the contract, didn’t take long for more, didn’t take long before we needed more in the fold and we brought in more, at our strongest we were twenty five all of us trying to set the Everlands right, until I screwed up,” Her tone dropped now dark and cold.

Virra considered Aerian in silence, while Domi provided a squeeze to Aerian’s hand just before she stood and began to pace. Each of her lovers sat upon the couch, watching her as she moved about. As he voice dropped Aerian heard a shift and then felt the arms wrap around her with a kiss to her neck. “Listen, Firefly, we all have done things…unspeakable things, though, I will say this…The Ever Present needs to have a fit leader again. We are breaking out on our own and this is a possibility for growth, Firefly. We can secure a future not just for us but for our children. I think, we should go in there and set Harley straight. In the world that we all have lived in you keep what you kill…”

“There’s more,” Aerian sighed softly “Harley she was good at what she did, perfect in an out, or easy on the eyes, a perfect distraction, but she wanted in on the assassination contracts, again her looks made her ideal, so I trained her and she was good, really good, almost too good, but a few months in I started to realise Harley was only taking kill contracts and worse she wasn’t doing the research simply fulfilling them, she was killing because she liked it,” Aerian turned to face Virra her eyes completely unhidden the raw emotion beneath, her cheeks stained with tears now “I tried to talk to her, to get her to stop, her answer was a knife to my throat and I did as was in our own rules I beat her down, we don’t raise a blade to one of our own, differences were settled on the score card plain and simple, I beat her down that night she came to my room tried to take me out again, but as she was trying to put the blade through my heart she was repeating ‘I love Aerian, this is because I love you’, I couldn’t take the guilt nor could I bring myself to stop the monster I’d created so the moment she wasn’t paying attention I took off, I’ve never been back, Zia kept me informed for a while and Harley just got worse killing anyone who challenged her, anyone who was in her way, not because she had to but because she wanted to, she honestly gets off on killing, like wet as hell off, she is screwed up and I fear she is beyond repair,”

She sank to her knees on the floor turning back to face the fire now, I should have killed her even against the rules I knew I should have, the fact she got a second chance, she put a blade to my heart, it hurt, I cared for her maybe it was some weird version of love, but I had to leave or I’d have become her, I would her killed her and every part of who I am would have been gone, after a while Zia stopped coming, and I stopped thinking about it, the next I heard was when Zia tried to assassinate Uncle Hades, she’s been in the cells for almost two years, I don’t even know what state that will put Harley in, it was all sex, money and the thrill of knowing we were a power in our own right,” Her arms wrapped around herself now as she spoke softly “It has to be me, you know that both of you, I know you have my back, and will protect me no matter mater but Harleys life if it has to end, I want it to be by my hand let me give her the piece she so desperately seeks,” her chest heaved as her eyes remained on the fire as hard as she wanted to hiding the fact she was crying was lost in that moment.

Soon after she stopped her talking, Aerian felt strong arms scoop and lift her up, instead of returning back to the couch Aerian felt an ascension upstairs. A look up told Aerian it was Domi that was carrying her, while Virra was behind him, soon she was placed upon the bed and Domi lay at her right with Virra to her left, each of them curled close to her. Virra tipped her chin to kiss along her jawline while Domi simply dipped his hand beneath her top to caress her abdomen. Nothing was spoken though, it was a silent agreement that the two would be there to support and work through this. Virra wiped her tears and kissed her cheek. “Baby, you have us. We will have to see how things play out, I make no promises. Though, we have heard you.”

Aerian said nothing as she remained silent, the wave of emotion had over loaded her for the moment, and even Virra would be able to feel the knot of guilt that sat deep in Aerian. As Domi touched her abdomen her hand covered his above her top. Her head turned into Virra feeling the dread subside as she felt the safety of her lovers cover over her “I never wanted this, and I never wanted it to come to this, but we have to watch Zia too, her loyalty for a long time has been to herself, above all else if we get in too deep we’re on our own,”

Aerian felt the smaller hand of Virra placed atop her own over Domi’s. “Sometimes things come to a head, Firefly. The fact that we are NOT on our own in this and together is far more than being alone. I know you feel guilt, though, don’t let that rule you. Says me, a pregnant woman along with you. We need to keep our heads on straight. Now, matter what, I will love you, forever and always.”

Domi kissed Aerian’s cheek. “You know, you two are my beautiful angels. No matter how darkness comes, you are my guiding light. Don’t lose hope. I love each of you, as the sun loves the flowers.”

“The one thing I’ve come to realise, after this last fight is we can set things right so long as we are willing, Dad and Aishani gave everything to protect the realm, even my mom saw fit to fight. I can put this right, with you and Domi by my side I can fix my mistake,” Aerian replied softly “And my god he is so sweet,” she smiled leaning to kiss Domi “I really am a lucky girl, the woman I love, a man who makes me very happy and two babies on the way, all this wrapped up in our own little house, how could I want more?”

Virra smirked to Aerian’s words while Domi held a wicked grin. “Food, can make it better.” He learned over to kiss Aerian and Virra, then took across the room quickly.

“He’s going to spoil us…” Virra said with a chuckle, though adjusted to lean her cheek on Aerian’s chest, inching up her shirt too reach her abdomen.

Aerian squirmed under her touch with a soft moan, “He does like looking after us,” she grinned as she took Virras hand and placed it firmly between her legs, moaning softly, as her hips instinctively pushed against her.

Virra blinked to Aerian’s gesture with those implementing hips, though recovered with a coy smirk. Though leaned to suckle on her lobe, while her free hand worked her pants loose and that hand dipped beneath the surface to search out the sweet pearl, clicking it a few times with her digit.

Aerian whimpered as she felt the invasion, the tap upon her pearl sent shudder through her as pushed eagerly against Virras hand, there was a fire within her, a need that was pushing Aerian to want more, she turned grabbing at Virras head pulling her into a deep kiss with a passion that flooded through now.

As Virra’s lips crushed against Aerian’s a digit slipped within the silken passage without a moment of hesitation began to wiggle and thrust. A second pressure plopped into Aerian’s starlet, as the pumping never stopped or slowed.

Aerian was fully driven by Virras touch a deep squeal of pleasure as her hips ground into the invading digits, the more Virra worked her the more desperate Aerian became, and she bucked into Virras hand lost in her own need before she found a level of control long enough begin undressing Virra.

Peeling the clothing from Virra was challenging as Virra quickened the movements to fuel that fire within. Also it would mean that Virra would have to stop the focus on Aerian to remove her top. Though her bosom spilled forth while assisting with a free hand to writhe free from her leggings, soon only her top remained as her lower half was exposed. Virra began to work the shirt of Aerian up to her chin and broke the kiss to lower her lips to feast on her breast, flicking the bud with the tip of her tongue with a nibble of her teeth.

Aerian breathed deeply as her hands ran down Virras thighs, her own fingers finding their way into her, her rhythm was broken as her own body was being pushed by Virra, her mind driven into a frenzy as Virra worked her.

The molten centre of Virra was tight, silken. Though Virra moaned against Aerian’s bud, nipping the tender surface in reaction to her fiery lovers’ intent but this proved to only drive Virra faster and deeper, a thumb added to the pearl increasing the intent to push Aerian over.

Her body shuddered, the more she tried to force control the faster her body reacted, her hips clamped against Virras hand as she screamed her release hitting hard, her whole body shook from the force as she trembled left laid on the bed panting heavily.

A smirk formed on Virra’s lips to the scream that shattered the room, removing her mouth from Aerian’s bosom. Then her digits, but yanked down her pants, placing a hand on the back of each thigh and pushing her back. Without hesitation diving down to clap her lips upon Aerian’s quivering flower, to suckle and plunge her tongue in deep as possible to not let that be all.

Aerians hands clamped to the back of Virras head her hips forcing her against her lovers mouth and tongue, for few moments before she fell back into the bed her hands twisting into the sheets as she writhed feeling every touch of Virra almost multiplied throughout her body.

It didn’t take Virra long to press more upon the back of Aerian’s thighs, driving down more deeply with slick tool ravaging her passage. Though stealthily a digit slipped into her starlet followed with another. The movement and speed mixed with Virra’s determination on bringing Aerian to a second release that was even more powerful than the first was apparent.

Aerian moaned aloud as she felt the invasion of Virras fingers, her body tensed just for a moment before she wriggled against her fingers, her back arched from the bed as she moaned heavily. The more Virra worked her the higher Aerian felt her body push. Suddenly her hips snapped down into the bed as again she screamed out in pleasure, the force of her release sent a flood of wetness from her into Virras waiting mouth, her whole body shuddering violently.

Virra lapped and filled down the sweet nectar from Aerian, though she didn’t stop and only quickened her intentions. She parted from her flower now. “You are going to scream and beg for me to stop.” Now Virra returned her slick tool to plunge and withe within Aerian’s core.

Aerian couldn’t fight her body already left weakened from the last orgasm as she tried to breath and gain control, the more she tried to control the more sudden it struck, the last orgasm barely passed as she arced and grunted sent thundering into the next. Her mind was clouded only feeling the pleasure that tugged at her very being, she was mewling softly until another struck causing her body to force itself down against Virra.

Virra took every thrust and squirm, holding her down to just get that taste of her lovers’ ecstasy. Until, the moment that Virra stopped and shifted to lay on her back, panting. Hours must have gone by, since Virra fell asleep. As Aerian would adjust, she saw out of the corner of her eye a figure slumped in a chair in the hallway with dark brown hair fixed back and a tray of three plates at his feet. Domi had given them time to themselves, while falling asleep.

Aerian shifted feeling every muscle in her body resist the attempt as she groaned, the force of Virras assault upon her was still taking its toll. She sat and shook her head trying to straighten her hair to a degree, moving slowly she made her way to the hallway, shaking Domi gently “Hey you, come on to bed with us,” Aerian kept her voice soft and low, though with enough for Domi to hear, shaking him gently a second time.

Domi opened his eyes slowly, groggily, yawning. But he stood stepping over the tray and scooped Aerian up in his arms to walk with her to the bed. Seeing her down carefully not to disturb Virra, hovering over her and kissing her as he settled between them.

Aerian settled into him, but with her hand laid on Virra, as she smiled softly before just as quickly disappearing back into sleep.