[Everything Changes] The Human and the Gifted

Hades had lost track of how long they had been in this metal contraption Ascondia referred to as a car, between the ache in his side and bruising of his ribs he was finding it hard to focus. The gun had gone off at point blank range against his lower abdomen the very thing he had been afraid of in this encounter. He was, however, grateful it had been him and not Jade.

The car turned off the road and onto a dirt road, the bump causing him growl this time the pain all too clear, as Ascondia looked round to them “Is he OK? Hades what the fuck happened out there,”

“I told you, he got lucky,” Hades bit back

“How is he even conscious right now, you know he got shot, right? I’ve seen guys try to hide gunshots a thousand times before and there is no way Luke missed,” There was a tone of fear in her voice in that moment as they finally came to a halt, the wooden cabin just ahead, it was run down and even from the outside looked dirty. Hades sighed softly, much like Jade he wished in that moment he was home.

Jade looked to him now, as Ascondia’s words were more than clear. She smacked Hadess hands away from the cradle of his abdomen. Eyes widening at the sight of his clothing saturated in blood, then up to him. “Damn, you…” Was all she said. “Hurry, we have to get him inside I can’t focus in this metal box on wheels.” Jade left her side of the car, reaching to the strange handle and pulling to open the door, leaning down to gather his arm in a gentle pull to drape over her shoulder. Then urged Ascondia to do the same, in order to lead him to the cabin. Jade was frightened she didn’t know how to mend a sound from such a strange weapon.

Hades was still on his feet though took the help, as instinct made him search the area on their way in, Hope turned off the engine and climbed out before joining them, it was dingy within though Hope lit one of the gasoline lamps to spread out some light “The generator is out so we have no power until that’s fixed,”

Hades nodded as he sank onto a couch with a groan, Ascondia looked at him before she looked at Jade, there was a part of her that knew this would be the outcome “He’ll be OK, you know I wouldn’t have put him at risk if I wasn’t sure of that,”

Hope was quickly pulling things out of a cupboard tossing bottles to Ascondia “Water from the well, I have a camping stove here we can boil it before she uses it, though it would just make more sense to take him to a hospital, Connie what is going on, how does someone survive a gunshot wound like that,”

“Happens all the time, but we can’t take him to a hospital, he isn’t exactly,” She breathed in thought looking to Hades as if help he simply shrugged and began working the blood soaked shirt out of his way.

“I’ll be fine, just have to stem the bleeding,” He smiled weakly

“Bullet has to come out first,” Ascondia replied blankly before gathering the bottle and exiting the cabin.

Jade sat beside him, assisting on pulling off his shirt, looking to Hope and requesting a bottle of liquor. When this was presented Jade washed her hands in the beverage and then offered Hades the bottle. Now with her hands cleaned, Jade began to inspect the skin and the depth of the wound with a fingertip, then up to him. “It’s…deep…” She muttered, accepting a towel from Hope. “I need something to grasp the item and pull out with a bowl, plus a needle and thick thread to stitch him…this isn’t going to be easy, beloved. It’s near an organ…next time, we do this together. Two eyes are better than one…Don’t you dare think I’m going to hear your lip, you are going to be a father and we ARE going to be married. Got that?” Her eyes began to glow that yellow but kept out of Hope’s view to not frighten her.

Hades smiled softly as he watched her before he spoke “Don’t waste time stitching, hot knife, I can’t afford to be thinking about stitches if we go after Kara,” He breathed softly

“How is he even conscious,” Hope stated softly before she handed Jade a towel and pair of long nose pliers “I’m sorry but we’re not exactly an ER here, gotta make do with what we have, I’m gonna go make sure Connie is OK,” she was quickly gone

“I think I’m making her nervous, though I suppose people don’t tend to walk around after they get shot here, seems demon side is still intact, just not as frontal as he would be at home, I’m Ok I promise I just needed her to get her act together so we could leave, though I have probably complicated our job more than we need,” Hades let his hand slide over hers gently “Just pull the bullet and then seal it few hours of rest and I’ll be good,”

Jade watched as Hope left the room, then looked up to Hades as his hand was set on her own. Those yellow eyes fixed on him while Jade sighed softly. “You are in no position to tell me what to do.” She growled to him, exposing her incisors, then snagged the bottle of liquor from him to wash off the pliers, giving him back the bottle. “No, you are right. Stitches aren’t needed, because, I will be healing you to speed up the process. This is going to hurt, take a swig or two.” Jade stated while looking at the wound and working the pliers within the open wound, working around for a few moments then wiggling the bullet free. Each movement she made was calculated and expert. Once the bullet was free, she pressed the towel hard upon the wound. “Keep the pressure, while I do my work,” Jade said softly.

She closed her eyes as Hades felt the hairs on the back of his neck stand on end, electricity was in the room. Any remaining from the lines to the electric were utilized. He then saw the form of the kitsune aura present itself around her, then her hand was placed against his skin. That is when he felt the stinging pain of his ribs, adjusting and being pulled together followed by the punch of pain to his abdomen. Then the burning itch extending from within him outwards, the very fibres of his flesh, veins and beginning to meld and heal. Just as it was about to reach the surface, there was a light bulb that blew.

Everything happened very slowly, as the aura of her kitsune faded and Jade fell back with her eyes closed. Hand holding the pliers released causing the bloody bullet to fall from the grasp and Jade had fainted. She was still barely breathing now, as the dark threads spilled around her head with the exposure of her sea gifted collar.

Hades was on the ground beside her the moment she fell back, his hand catching the back of her head, he scooped her up to lay her where he was, throwing his jacket beneath her to avoid laying her in his blood.

“Well this is going to be awkward to explain,” Ascondia chuckled as she now stood with Hope looking as if she’d seen a ghost “Glad you’re OK though, I know we can’t do this without you,”

“Getting shot sucks, you know that right?” Hades bit back with a smirk and she nodded before closing the door and pushing Hope to sit down opposite Hades.

“OK, so you’re not going to buy the she’s a nurse deal now, so listen carefully. All those myths and legends are usually based on some kind of fact, based on some story of some encounter from another time,” Ascondia sighed softly as she made her way to sit beside Jade resting her hand on her forehead “She’s warm, but hopefully in saving your ass, the worst is over now, let her rest, we’ll be safe here,”

“So what’s the plan now, moving through the city isn’t going to be easy while they are looking for me,” Hades replied

“They won’t be, Hope is going to make those reports vanish, and once we have Kara, if she chooses she can come with us, don’t start Hades,” Ascondia held her hand at him before he had a chance to argue “She can’t stay here Luke will end up killing her, and she’s already seen too much, also apparently I can’t use my memory magicks here anymore or just on her unsure which, so our options are limited. So here’s the deal you’re right he’s not normal he’s half human part demon, and a sprinkle of vampire and by vampire yes I mean the bite your neck and drink your blood kind, though not quite what you think, they’re as alive as you or I, and can be shot, and hurt and killed just easily, no silver or garlic,”

“You know how this sounds?” Hope stated as she stared now at the three opposite her and what about her blowing out bulbs?”

“She’s Kitsune, a fox of sorts with more power than even I’m sure of, she is harmless to you and is here with her husband to be, she had to tap into a lot of power to access that level of power here our natural powers get dulled in this realm,”

“Our …” Hope stated “As in? You aren’t?”

“Human?” Ascondia chuckled softly “God no, I’m an angel and I mean that in the literal sense, big feathered wings and all, though I lost my wings when I was young because I made some wrong choices, got kicked out of what you would deem as heaven and fell into my home The Everlands which over the centuries has had limited contact here hence the myths and legends, it’s a lot I know but Hope we’re on borrowed time chasing down a fugitive from our own realm and this girl is ten shades to wind of bat shit crazy. She kills without concern, and I suspect is hiding somewhere I need to know if there’s anything logged recently that doesn’t quite make sense, that’s why we came to you, I need to take her back and I need your help to do it,”

Jade remained still, while her breathing grew more and more steady, head laying on Hade’s lap with the dark halo of her hair pooling in and over his legs. She appeared content, while in her slumbering state beads of sweat glistened on her forehead now, displaying the fever that had taken her from absorbing the power in that moment. Stunning and beautiful, even in this moment. She had sped up the healing within Hades, even now, he continued to feel the throbbing remnants of her focused mend. Meaning in just an hour, he would be as good as new, no scar only the bullet on the floor.

Hades stayed with her head in his lap his hand working gently through her hair as he watched Hope try to process the information dropped on her by her former best friend.

“So twelve years ago, when everyone thought you’d been taken, and after your daughter disappeared? Where have you been?” Hope stated her mind racing over what she was being told now.

“I had to go home, and my daughter is fine, after the fire I had no choice but to send her home ahead of me she was becoming dangerous, it was the best place for her, please is there anything you can do to help us track Kara?” Ascondia replied softly. Hope sat now looking at Ascondia, the bruising on her face had subsided a little as she thought on her words.

While everyone was intent in conversation, Jade’s eyes had opened, silently watching everyone. As Hope paused to consider Ascondia’s words, Jade felt her stomach cramp, this broke her silence now, as a whimper escaped her lips and she curled over with her hands over her abdomen. But when Hades made the concerned move, she simply held a hand up to stop him. “Just a reflection of your pain…I’m fine now. Just really tired. Please, Hope…this Kara is far more dangerous than Luke. Unstable and doesn’t belong here. She will cause more damage than good. We need your help to find her.”

“I can’t exactly walk into the precinct looking like this, but I can make a few calls, at least throw them off with Luke, and see if anything weird … er has happened the last few days,” Hope replied her head already thudding inside her own skull.

“Just be quick Hope, we’re on borrowed time with her, lives are at risk,” Ascondia replied now.

Jade looked to Hope while considering her. “Ascondia, boil some water for tea. She needs something to relax.” She adjusted a slight offering her a small cloth bag. After Ascondia was busy, she looked up to Hades, lifting a hand to caress his cheek. “Better now?”

“Sore, but I’m OK,” Hades replied softly “But I’m not concerned about me, how are you?”

Ascondia took the bag and made her way to the small camping stove, a flicker of the flame as she ignited it before placing a pan upon it. Quietly she poured the water into the pan and watched as it began to heat up.

“I’ll be fine. Just took a little out of me. I’m not used to the electrical charge of this realm. Seems it is more powerful then I realized. As long as you are safe and feel better, I’m good.” Jade smiled up at him taking his hands in hers to kiss his palm.

He took her hand and brought it to his lips in a soft kiss “Good, and yea the electricity is a little temperamental here, in our realm we can control it, here it tends to do as it wants, no more tapping into it again unless you need to,”

Hope had disappeared into the back bedroom and could be heard pacing and talking in a lowered tone, Ascondia was keeping herself close just in case Hope decided they were worth more betraying than helping.

She adjusted to sit up, eyeing him. “No more doing stupid shit, without me. You know we are stronger together.” Though, Jade leaned against him while watching Ascondia silently with Hope pacing in the other room. “Is she trustworthy? That man may have scrambled her noggin,”

“With my life,” Ascondia replied with a soft smile “But it’s been 12 years, mostly she has been asking questions, doing her job. She hasn’t told on us yet, which means she is considering my offer, which also means it was real bad,”

Hades drew her closer “Wasn’t planning to get shot,”

Ascondia raised a brow in thought then returned her attention to the door,

“OK maybe I knew he might be armed, it’s why it had to me,”

Jade adjusted to slip into his lap, learning her cheek against his chest, leaving a hand within his. “It’s why it had to be you? What do you mean?” She sided watching Ascondia from her lean.

“I knew I could take the bullet, I also knew you’d keep my dumb ass alive,” He smiled kissing her neck gently, “I knew you’d have my back,”

“He knew you’d talk him out of it and we needed the distraction,” Ascondia watched them for a moment before moving away from the door as Hope re-emerged.

Jade lifted her head offering Hope a smile while waiting for the tea. “What is the update, Hope?”

“Girl kicked the ever living crap out of 4 guys who tried to have their way with her, two of them are badly beaten, one got his spine shattered and the other,” She grimaced darkly “Got his head crushed,”

Ascondia sighed darkly as she heard the news “And do they know where she is?” She was now looking out over the lake.

“Not yet, but a friend will call if they have anything else, I also told them I was taking a few days after Luke attacked me and some nice guy put him on his ass, it won’t hold but it buys time” Hope sighed as sank down on the couch opposite them now.

Jade listened silently, looking to Hope, but kissed Hades on the cheek. Rising slowly but steadily to kneel before Hope. “It’s hard. You are strong. You don’t need to be alone in this. Believe me, I….know. See I was forced to until the slave caravan was stopped. I was meant to serve…every twisted fantasy with any man. It was not a good life. It wasn’t a life, circumstances…may be different, between me and you. Even world. But I found my rock, you will find yours. You feel like…you can’t hide. Perhaps, hiding is…not the answer. A new life. A new home…Ascondia. A little help here.”

“She is trying to tell you we have your back, I had to leave to go home, I want to help you, but I can’t until we bring in Kara,” She smiled to Jade “He’s already taken a bullet to get you out, she let her fiancée get shot to help you,” Ascondia paused “OK let is probably bending the narrative, still we have already put time into saving you now I need your help,”

“I have no more, all we can do is wait unless you know how to track her,”  Hope replied softly

“Well…let’s think about it like this. Start from the first attack? Maybe there is some kind of money or tavern type trail? I don’t know how those things work here.” Jade said, returning to Hades side.

“That’s the problem, this was a single attack, four men and her, they didn’t come out of it so well, they are tracking her movements via cameras through the city but it’s taking time, Connie the world has changed a lot since you left. We will find her but how do you stop her? How do you stop someone who can take out 4 guys?” There was a panic in Hope now that she was having a hard time dealing with everything she had seen.

Ascondia smiled and pointed to Hades and Jade “That’s how, in our realm he is a bounty hunter, or he was before he became a family man, but we did just stop a war, tangle with dragons, giant spiders, Unicorns,” She smiled “Yup those are real too, I know how it sounds, but how do you think I was able to tell you all those stories at our slumber parties? I didn’t make most of them up, they were real events, I just need you to trust me, just like always,”

“I thought you were dead, but it’s a lot Connie even for me, but then I have nothing left here, my dad was killed a few years ago, mom died last year, I guess starting again wouldn’t be so bad, I’m going to see if I can get that generator running, it’s going to get cold out here tonight and we will need to stay put for tonight,” She smiled softly and made her way out of the house.

“She OK?” Hades repeated quietly as he watched Ascondia now beginning to prepare the tea.

“A lot to take in, humans aren’t built to be exposed to our world so fast, look at their history and what happens when they are, she just needs to deal and we keep our eyes on her, she will lead us to Kara that we can count on,” Ascondia replied

Jade rose still a little weak to help Hades with the tea, one it was done, she poured it into four mugs and offered them to Ascondia and Hope. “What is…these cameras?”

Ascondia chuckled softly pulling her cell phone for a moment before the loud click she spun the screen to show Jade the picture she had taken of Jade “Kinda like memories, but so people can watch or see,”

“You don’t have technology in your world?” Hope looked almost disturbed by Ascondias implication now.

“We lead a far simpler life, more like your medieval period only less violence and more magick,” Hades shrugged in reply “Which is about when I was born here,” he added with a shake of his head.

Jade blinked at the way Ascondia held the phone and a click was heard. Curious, she learned forward to pet at the picture, within faintly was an orange glare. “Hm. Not very good at it. I don’t know it seems like…weird. Do people have privacy? I mean if what you say is true about moving pictures like this one…”

“We have video too,” Ascondia smiled and again aimed the camera at Jade for a few minutes before showing her the replay “Privacy in this world, kinda hard, hell some even record things just for fun, some for memory, some for revenge, the human realm is strange that’s for sure,”

“Really no phones, no video, what do you people do for fun,” Hope replied now wondering what she was getting herself into.

“Usually each other in wild sex parties,” Ascondia smiled before shaking her head softly “Our lives are simpler, well most, I am Queen so little hard for me to relax, his brother has a whole realm to watch over and twins, my daughter is apparently a mercenary for hire so life is never dull I promise you that,”

“His brother? Isn’t he the father of your daughter? It’s a lot to process Connie, I think I’m going to go lay down, there’s nothing to do now but wait, unless you can somehow fix my face,” Hope sighed softly as she walked past Ascondia she placed her hand on her shoulder “You coming?”

Ascondia placed her hand over Hopes for a moment before she nodded “I just need a minute,”

Jade moved over to Hope. “I can try. Your face wounds are not as life threatening as Hades. That is…if you’d allow me to. It will sting initially as I speed the body’s natural healing process.” She offered the woman a small smile.

Hope looked confused but nodded now, as she halted in her approach toward the bedroom “OK, I guess,”

“Did you get that generator working Hope?” Ascondia asked as she moved toward her

“Y.. Yea it just needs fuel and I couldn’t see straight, just pour it in the tank and hit the green button, should fire straight up,” Hope replied

“I got it,” Hades replied and headed off out of the door, a few minutes later and the generator was heard coughing and spluttering before the last bulb flickered to life, the cabin now becoming a little brighter.

Jade glanced to Ascondia as Hades left. “We should do so in the bedroom, she will want to sleep.” She then moved past Hope into the bedroom, while settling in the edge of the bed and instructing her to lay down. Jade waited and then when Hope was in position, she moved to settle at her side. “I need to know if there is any more injury on you.”

Hades made his way back inside as Jade was taking Hope to the bedroom, he had already scouted to ensure there were no surprises “Any chance you can throw up something to alert us of unwelcome guests?” His words to Ascondia

“I can but it won’t be able to tell the difference between animal and person, power isn’t as accurate as I’d want and to be honest I’m saving as much of my energy as I can to deal with Kara and take us home,” Ascondia replied

“Give us ten metres in all direction, if it’s closer than that then there’s good chance it isn’t dinner,” Ascondia nodded and made her way to window as Hades now leant in the doorway of the bedroom watching Jade.

“No just bumps and bruises, he was always careful enough not to break bones, otherwise he’d have the rest of my squad to deal with, guess I should have told them sooner this is the first time he ever really made a mess where it could be seen, he..” She started

“Don’t say he was a good man, before or he wasn’t like this until, he is what he is, you can’t change that and one day it’s going to get you killed,” Hades stated darkly, Hope looked to Jade and fell silent.

Jade glanced over her shoulder to Hades, inhaling deeply. She shifted her hands to place very gently against Hope’s face. “Take a deep breath. Trust me.” She said to Hope, add her eyes began to grow yellow and those canines appeared. In the next moment, Hope felt the sting at her face as the damage done began to mend itself and lower the inflammation, until it returned normal upon Hope’s face. The swelling going down, while the woman’s beauty was revealed and Jade lowered her hands with a soft smile. “I’ve been where you are…get out now, while you have this support.”

“Thank you, so much” Hope threw her arms around Jade sobbing deeply. Hades smiled softly as he watched her for a moment, as Hope lay back down she was asleep within a few minutes. Ascondia slipped past Hades and crawled in bed beside her

“I’ll keep an eye on her, thank you Jade,”

Jade was taken by surprise by the embrace from Hope, even more so by the tears. She simply held the woman, before guiding her down to watch her. When Ascondia returned, Jade simply nodded while rising from the bed and leaving the room to settle on the couch.

Hades drew and blanket over her then settled to sit on the floor beside resting his head against her, it wasn’t long before he too was asleep.


[Everything Changes] Another Life

There was a commotion outside, followed by the loud sound of gun shots causing Hades to sit upright his eyes to the door, a moment later the wailing of a siren as he slid out of bed, still naked and making his way to the window, easing the blind apart to the street below. Figures huddled over a fallen body, the fray of paramedics as they arrived on scene, the red and blue lights of police and ambulance alike.

Jade turned over now, reaching for Hades as he stood, but her eyes widened and slipped from the bed to move closer behind him. Trying to cover her ears. “What is that? What is happening?” She whimpered, though, peeked down at the sight, trying to see the cause of the commotion.

Hades shrugged softly as he stared down into the street “Honestly I have no idea, but it has them in a panic, their world is so far from ours it’s actually unnerving,” His arm wrapped around her as she came close. His head resting atop her head gently, he continued to stare down into the street and the events below.

Suddenly, Jade felt her heart drop and panic settle in. “Ascondia…she gave me that little box thing. Um, a cell phone? She said that she’d be in touch. Had she called?” She moved into the room beginning to look around through the fabric in the floor, before finding it.

Hades made his way to join her, as they fumbled with the screen it lit up startling him somewhat before he stared at the screen, there were however no messages. After a few moments and as if somehow the world around them knew the screen lit up and a tone rang out, the display now read “Ascondia”.

She sat in the floor, eyes wide embraced by the dark threads and legs spread out like a fallen fawn. Jade stared at the glowing display, reading the name Ascondia. But then looked to the green button that stated answer and red button decline. She hit the green button, then offered the device to Hades. “I don’t know how this works…”

“Hades?! Jade?!” The voice called causing Hades to glance around “Press the green button again, I can talk to you both then” the voice was seemingly coming from nowhere but he did as instructed.


“Hey, you guys OK? I was on my way back but can’t get through there’s cops outside looks like someone got themselves shot, I wanted to make sure it wasn’t one of you two,” Her voice sounded oddly panicked as she spoke.

“No we’re fine,” Hades replied still unnerved at talking to the little black box

“Jade you OK? Everything, go well?” Ascondia switched gears “I forgot to tell you how to operate this thing, should have thought that one through, but anyways back to my original question,”

Jade felt a rush of relief to hear Ascondia’s voice, sighing, though adjusting to slip into Hades lap. “Yes. We are fine. Po…police? Is that like guards? A little shaken up. Someone was shot? Hades, let’s get dressed and go investigate…something tells me, it is either bad timing, it is her. This is a trap to drawn us out…”

“It’s the city in general, there’s no way Kara could get her hands on a gun this quick,” Ascondia replied “That’s not to say I couldn’t use the help, my friend is a police officer now and yes the equivalent of our guards, only they do as they please half the time, the problem is I can’t get close to her because of her asshole of a boyfriend, could use a little man power,”

“You mean you want someone who you can put between you and him and know if they get shot they’ll survive,” Hades sighed softly

“I don’t know, but he is three times the size of me, and if I kick his ass it’s going to be hard to explain, and trust me explaining where I’ve been for the last twelve years is going to be complicated enough,” Ascondia replied there was something in her voice that gave away she was nervous “I need to put your husband to be in harms way Jade, but Hope is our best chance to get to Kara,”

Jade looked to Hades, then to the phone. “He’s a big boy. Danger is his middle name. Desperate times call for desperate measures…” It didn’t take a genius to catch on to the unease in her voice.

“OK I’m across the street, small place called Midnight Chicken,” She replied “I want say hurry in case you want any more time to..” Her voice fell quiet as Hades looked at the phone.

“We will be there soon, what do we do take this stop talking?” Hades replied.

“Just press the red button, I’ll see you soon,” The line fell quiet as Hades did as instructed

Jade now stood, moving to look out the window, tugging down the blinds. As the red and blue lights flashed with the crowd growing below. “I’m not sure what Ascondia means to do…but, we have to find out. This realm is so strange to me…” She moved over and began to dress back in her kimono, then slip the coin into a pocket and cell phone. “Midnight chicken…I wonder what kind of place that is…”

“Hard to believe I was born here,” Hades replied softly “But that was quite literally another life time ago,”

Hades was beginning to dress as he watched her, then pulled on his shirt “I hate the idea of being unarmed, that is what bothers me the most,”

She fixed her ubi, then faced him working her fingers through the knots in her hair. “Think of your body as the weapon…come to think if it. I would like to teach you the style I know. Maybe I should do this?”

“I think Ascondia is counting on the fact that if we get into something I can take whatever comes, she also knows I would never allow you to put yourself in this predicament, I may not have all of Kanes vampirism qualities but I have enough,” Hades made his way to her kissing her cheek “Besides it’s going to hurt like he’ll, you’re the back up while I’m down in tremendous amounts of pain,”

Hades smiled softly “And between us I’d still rather know it’s you watching my back, not our dear Queen,”

She responded to the kiss with a turn off her lips to his, inhaling deeply. “I always have your back, beloved. Come. Let’s get this over with…”

Hades smiled and nodded as he grabbed a coat from the door and led her out, the building had a second exit allowing them to avoid the police out front, before they crossed the street and then walked down reading each of the shop names.

The shop in question was a take away fried chicken, Ascending was leant on the window waiting for them, as they approached she waved, she was now wearing all leather, “She’s at home, but the boyfriend is in the way, I went through my options Jade I promise”

Jade sighed now, while standing a long side Hades, giving his hand a squeeze. “I know. But I’m not going to be far.”

“Too right you will, when she gets him hurt or Hades drops her sex toy, I’m going to let you put the fear of God in her,” Ascondia chuckled darkly tossing the last of her box of chicken in the trash.

They made their way through the city and down into a residential area, the houses were slightly run down, but still in good shape. As Ascondia peered at the piece of paper she pointed “417 Field Pine” She tucked the paper away and led them along.

Jade grinned to Ascondia, it was different to have the strange connection the two had now. It was a mutual respect and understanding. She took Hades hand and walked with them to the location. “So Hades goes in there and focuses on the boy toy, while we hope to get what? I thought this was your friend…or am I confused. Is this Hades sister?”

“Hope was the only girl who gave me the time of day when I came here to hide, her dad was a police officer, she was always kinda sweet but then she got with this guy Luke,” Ascondia was watching the door calmly “I left not long after that but he was always a prick. I saw them earlier and let’s just say he isn’t going to let me just walk back in there,”

Hades looked to her then the door “And he’s armed with one of those gun things?”

“Most likely, but he will likely try to hit you first just the question of how we get him to answer the door, then as I said we find if the police know anything about Kara, she will have created some chaos since arriving here, she isn’t the type to just go quietly into the night,” Ascondia replied softly.

“Hm. Let me be the one to ring the doorbell. A pretty girl, that lost her dog? If she is or isn’t home, it will get his attention. Then Hades can surprise him. Since to most I appear young, it could work.” She looked between the two. “Right?”

Hades smiled softly “Lost your dog jealous boyfriend catches you talking to another man, should get his pants in a bunch?”

“And while you drop his ass, Jade and I will have words with my friend,” Ascondia smiled softly “Unless you don’t want him yelling at you?”

She glanced to Ascondia then to Hades. “That settles it then. Stay close to me, but keep out of sight until the door is open and I place my hands together to indicate it is the male.” Jade kissed Hades deeply, in that moment, Ascondia was a memory while her lips and slick muscle drew into the kiss to lend him her support. But broke it, while nodding to Ascondia, “Be ready.” Jade moved up to the door, ensuring that Hades was close and lifted her hands to knock in the door.

The door opened the man covering the while door around six foot ten and built like a wall, as he looked at Jade then over the street.

“Can I help you?” His voice was almost a low growl as he took a swig from the can in his hand. Hades felt the hairs on his arms prickle as he caught sight of the guy, he steeled himself for what was to come.

Jade smiled to him while looking to the can of beer then up. This man towered over her, making her seem small and fragile. “Oh, wow. You’re a big guy…um, I’m sorry to bother you. But you see, my boyfriend and I got in a fight. He left the door open and now my poor Onika is missing. I wonder…have you seen her?”

“Lil thing like you wandering around? Are you new to town?” He stared watching her and yet kept looking past her to the streets “I ain’t seen no dog missy”

Ascondia was creeping her way toward the house, allowing her to listen in on the conversation before she looked across ensuring she had lines of sight on Hades and Jade now.

“Yeah. Boyfriend dragged me to come with him. Then he did this, I’m so angry and frustrated.” She clapped her hands together over her face as Jade began to cry. “I…I think I’m lost…to top it off.”

Hades remained watching the scene ahead as he waited for the signal, the moment he heard the clap he stood and made his way toward her, steeling himself in that moment before grabbing her wrist and spinning her around to him, “The hell are you doing!” He barked there was a darkness in his voice that carried easily “I told you to get your ass back in the house, I swear I’m going to kick your ass for the waste of time I’ve had tonight looking for that stupid fucking dog,”

Jade looked to him, while those fake tears were rolling down her cheeks, meeting his gaze with a spark in them. “I’m sorry.” She muttered with her shoulders slumped, but then it happened suddenly. Jade curled her hand in his to give him momentum and spun gave him a shot at the man. Though it was at seeming the same instance that her for lifted and kicked out the front of his knee to give Hades a clean shot at his face to knock him out.

Hades caught him clean though was stumbled as he pushed Hades aside, Ascondia edged from her hiding place to pull Jade out of the way of the ensuing brawl. Hades got a clean boot to the ribs before another to the jaw.

“Come on we need to move while Hades has his attention,” Ascondia whispered pulling Jade toward the now vacant door.

Jade looked to Hades apologetically, but nodded to Ascondia, while being pulled through the door to find this girl.

“He’ll be OK, I don’t know many who are better in a hand to hand fight than your husband,” Ascondia whispered as they crept into the house, the kitchen was a wreck piled high with plates and unwashed dishes, as they made their way to the front room. A woman was sat on the sofa eyes glued to the screen of the TV flashing images about the shooting earlier.

“Hope?” Ascondia sounded shocked as she spoke, the woman jumped suddenly before turning, her face swollen as she looked at the two women.

“Connie?” Hope whispered softly, Ascondia was at her side in only a moment.

“Oh my god, what has he done,” She growled there was an anger in her voice now usually reserved for those who crossed her path.

“Connie, you can’t be here, you can’t, Luke he will, he doesn’t,” Hope tripped over her words as she stared at her friend.

“Oh I wouldn’t worry about him, he has his hands full with something with a far worse than his temper,” Ascondia chuckled in reply.

“He’s armed,” Hope sighed darkly, no sooner had she spoke that the shot rang out, followed by a crash.

Ascondia looked up and back toward the door, the moment held as if for hours before Hades finally made his way in, he nodded softly and looked to Hope.

“He’s unconscious, for now, I’m taking it you been a law maker you can make him go away now? Seriously, you’re not going to keep being lucky with him,” Hades kept his place in the doorway as he mustered a smile.

“You OK?” Ascondia asked there was a concern to her words now.

“Yea,” Was all Hades replied.

Jade stared at this woman anger billowing in her, at the sight of the woman’s face. Hope. It was as she mentioned the gun that Jade’s heart sunk to the soles of her feet and then that gunshot sounded like thunder in her ears, she yelped and placed her hands over her head ears. That sound echoing in her head, regret instantly instilled, it seemed as though she held her breath remembering that a shooting killed someone just outside their hotel until Hades appeared. Without a second thought, she moved to him and kissed him, not taking his word for an answer and inspected him.

She turned to Ascondia and Hope. “We need to get out if here. Especially, you, Hope before he wakes up and I kill him…no one deserves the way he had treated you. He doesn’t love you, all he uses you for is a punching bag.” Her words were cold and full of a darkness that Hades, not Ascondia have seen, she was trembling. “You can do better. But it means you walking out. Now.”

“She has a point, and I warned you about him,” Ascondia replied now slightly unnerved by the last few minutes as she watched Hades and Jade before turning back to Hope, “Your parents had that place out by the lake, we should go there, lay low and if he follows, well he will be made to disappear,”

Hades was remaining still as he could, as Jade kissed him he smiled softly, “I really am OK, he hits hard but I’m fairly sure he learnt a lesson, don’t piss me off,”

“The cabin has been abandoned for years, probably since the last time we went up there,” Hope replied barely above a whisper as she looked at Hades “I know him, he took your daughter, and I know you have a daughter Connie I was there,”

Jade looked to Hope now, sliding her hand in Hades. “Yes. We will protect you. Right now, is not the time to play catch up. Get your things, we can gather more on our way to this lake. Hope, times change. A lot has happened since you last saw Ascondia from what I hear. I don’t want to be here when that abusive man wakes up. I’ll tend to your swollen face, I bet it’s beautiful beneath.”

Hope stood shakily as she made her way to a drawer plucking out a set of car keys, before leading them out of the house and into the garage, Luke was crumpled in the corner by the door with a trail of blood down his face, Hades stirred Jade toward the car as Hope climbed in awkwardly.

“You fit to drive?” Ascondia asked, Hope grumbled something in reply and started the car the engine catching Hades off guard and causing him to jump then double over with a growl “Get in, as Jade said we have to go,” there were sounds of sirens now in the distance clearly headed in their direction.

A few moments later and Hope peeled out of the garage and away from the sirens into the darkness.

Jade eyed the strange vehicle, as Hope and Ascondia got in. Jumping in reaction to Hades while his voice in that demanding growl overrode the fear of the strange machine. She quickly got in while settling in the comfortable seats, then heading Hades hand as the vehicle moved away. But looked out the rear window, watching as those lights come closer and lifting her hands to cover her ears, curling up her legs and leaning against Hades. “I don’t like this place…I miss our home…”

“It’ll be OK Jade, the lake is far quieter,” Ascondia replied from the front, she turned to look at Hope “We’ll be there soon enough, just rest, and make sure he’s OK”

Jade nodded to Ascondia, though in the back seat. She inspected Hades, especially his abdomen since he doubled over earlier. Looking at him with concerned eyes. “Beloved, I need to know now. Did that gun hurt you? Are you in pain? I may be able to help you heal…”

[Everything Changes] Another World and New Rules

As Hades came through the other side into the back alley, he bent over, feeling his breath ripped from his lungs. It took a moment as his brain tried to clear the strange fuzziness it now had. Finally finding his centre he stood turning to see Ascondia, who simply shrugged with a smile, he quickly turned on his heel to find Jade.

Jade was found after looking for a moment hunched over a garbage can while attempting to breath, her chest rising and falling as though attempting to catch her breath.

Hades made an unsteady few steps toward her his hand resting on her back for a moment “Are you OK?” he breathed softly letting his hand run over her spine gently “Just let it pass, it’ll be OK”

When his hand moved over her spine, Hades felt her trembling beneath his touch. After a moment the gaping lessened, then she straightened and gave him a slow nod. But it was clear that she wasn’t ready to move just yet. “The world…is spinning…”

“The first time sucks the worst, even a few trips later it still sucks,” He smiled softly, “We can take a few minutes, take as long as you need,”

“Be patient, it takes a moment,” Ascondia added softly “We will need a place to stay, and money things aren’t exactly as they are at home, I trust we have something we can use?”

“Kane has kept a small string of contacts over the years. Dedicated to ensuring we can get a job done if needed, they are secretive, but once I know where we are I can do the rest,” Hades replied though his eyes didn’t leave Jade now.

Jade nodded to Ascondia’s words, though, challenging herself in taking a step forward and nearly crumbled. But then another and another until her steps were steadier. Finally she glanced to Hades and extended her hand for his. “Let’s get this started.”

He slid his hand into hers with a smile and nodded, “Alright let’s rock and roll,” He smiled as they made their way from the alleyway. The street was insanely busy as people went about their business, staring at phones or other such devices. Hades actually looked lost for once “I do prefer our way of life” he sighed softly.

“The street was chaotic, but the roads are what caught Hades’ attention, vehicles that came in all manner of variety as stared lost for some time, finally Ascondia shook her head and chuckled “Come on this way, and don’t go getting ideas, it was the dark ages when they took you, this is the future and their world, though they have updated since I left, seems cell phones have improved a whole lot,”

Hades nodded drawing Jade closer to him as they proceeded to follow Ascondia.

Jade stared her, completely stunned by the sights, sounds and smells. Her hand in his tightened, as a few people bumped into her without apology. Though, moved closer to him with confusion in her eyes. “Cell phones? Are those three brick looking things three people are holding?”

“Yup magical talking boxes” Ascondia chuckled softly, she paused by a window before looking within “Seems we’re in my home town, wonder why that crazy bitch chose here, makes it easier though,” They made way a little further along before she pulled something from her pocket, a passport she waved it at Hades the pointed to the bank “I’m gonna go in there, grab some stuff from my safety box that I left before I came back to the Everlands, so stay here OK”

Hades stared at her blankly but drew to him now “Be quick,” He snapped softly.

Jade was busy looking around at this concrete forest with moving vehicles, but then when Ascondia spoke and walked away, her eyes rested on Hades. “I guess besides waiting in her, this gives me a chance…My beloved…she revealed something to me and I want your opinion on it.” She paused ensuring that she had his attention, though looked down. “I guess I’m transparent enough…she told me that here we are human. This would be a place I could conceive. Offering protection when we travel through the portal back home. To let the realm catch up…I’m not sure. This is her way to right the wrong that she had done to me…”

“We’re not human, but everything that makes us, ourselves, it’s just deeply supressed, though if there was anything between you and I there that was preventing us having a child, she is correct it wouldn’t be present here,” Hades smiled softly as his hands rested on her shoulder “We could get pregnant and when we return the realm will rebalance itself, though it would be a little uncomfortable for a short while. Her information would be correct which is good news for us?”

Jade looked to him in silence, then thrust her arms to wrap around his neck in a tight embrace. “I can finally bare your child, Hades. I won’t be a disappointment.” She whispered, kissing his neck and then cheek and finally his lips. “You and Ascondia say it will be uncomfortable for a while…what do you mean?”

“It will be as the realm adjusts, when we get back the realm, will need to take our heritage and transfer that to our child, no harm to baby but you will feel like your head is being split wide open,” Hades kissed her gently as his hands rested against her “It sucks but someone has to bear the burden, something I remember all too well as the realm made me what I am, then Ceremon turned me into an Elcarus and that sucked even worse,”

He smiled softly “You will have the worst headache, and well effects unique to your kitsune that I couldn’t guess,” He smiled softly “This is the cost to bend the rules,”

She swallowed hard to the reveal from Hades, but he saw a spark of determination. A woman willing to do anything for another, smiling to him. “Then we will do it. I was rather enjoying the practicing.” She chuckled and curled her fingers at the nape of his neck to bring his lips down against hers in the deepest and most passionate kiss yet, as their fate was sealed and the prospect even more grand.

He returned the kiss with a moan caught out with the sheer passion that flowed from her now, “I like the practice too,” He chuckled softly, a woman was now staring at them as she saw the image before her. Hades looked to the woman in thought “Can I help you?”

“She is so young, why would you not chase someone your own age,” The woman snarled angrily as Hades for the first time was hating the fact he was unarmed.

“Mind your business lady, she’s probably just as old as him, and so much better looking,” Ascondia sighed as she exited the bank and made her way to them, the woman looked at her before she stormed off “Urgh always having to meddle, we should limit those we interact with, I have money, with interest it turns out so we can get hotel rooms,”

Jade furrowed her brow to the woman, though chuckled to Ascondia’s interruption, as the three of them took leave of the disgusted female. She nodded to Ascondia, while unwrapping herself from Hades but slipped a slender hand into his. “This is your home. Lead the way.”

They made through the city as Ascondia led, others would look as they passed by, and a few younger boys whistling to the two females would raise Hades’ ire for a moment before he returned his attention to Jade.

They finally arrived at the hotel as Ascondia slid up to the desk with a smile “Hey there, my friend over there screwed up and booked us at the wrong hotel for the convention this weekend, and I’d rather not have to walk ten blocks when I can walk three,” She threw Hades a wink then returned her attention to the clerk.

“I see miss, we have only one room left a double on the 4th floor but with the couch and the convention in town we can bend the rule to allow three in a single room,” She replied, Ascondia nodded and handed her payment as she received the key card, Ascondia smiled and then turned back to them, making their way to the elevator, as they stepped in she turned to face Hades and Jade “I will make myself scarce tonight, I have a friend who’s dad used to work in the police department, hopefully they may have a lead on Kara, I’m sure she’s gotten their attention by now,”

Jade blushed to the whistle by the boys, curling closer to Hades. When in the hotel it didn’t take a genius to catch in to her disappointment at sharing a room, but didn’t say much. A smile formed in her lips to Ascondia’s words with a nod, kissing Hades neck with a playful nip.

As they stepped out of the elevator Ascondia handed Hades the keycard, taking Jades hand from him for a moment before taking her aside leaning in to whisper “I’m glad you’re taking my information, I see that sparkle and I will make myself scarce for a little while, tell Hades not to worry I’ll be in touch,” She placed a cell phone in Jades hand then moved away and back into the elevator.

They made their way along the hall before he slid the card through the lock and the door opened “The room beyond was a luxurious, the view out over the city, Hades rounded on her almost immediately kissing her deeply for a moment before stepping back “I love you, more with every day that passes,”

She looked down curiously to the strange block that was very light in her hand then to Ascondia with a smile and nod. Though returned to slip her hand in Hades, walking down the hall with him to the room. Jade watched as he slipped the key in the slot, hearing a click with a green light flashing.

Jade inhaled deeply at the sight of the room with the city landscape beyond, though that moment was stolen away when his lips crashed against hers. Curling her arms around his shoulders to deepen the kiss just as he parted, a blush lifted to her cheeks. Her foot kicked the door closed while leaping up to curl her legs at his waist, pressing her lips against his eagerly.

Hades was lost as she leapt into his arms, his arms sliding around her pulling her tight into him as he returned the kiss deep and hungry, all the while he carried her through the room to the bed before turning to sit keeping her in his lap, his hands now moving to remove the kimono between him and her body.

After the obi was removed, it was easy for Hades to peel back the fabric from her shoulder, every inch of skin slowly being revealed to him. The delicate material slipped from her shoulders, down her arms to cause the fabric to part only revealing the curves of her hidden bosom. The more the fabric slid down, the more was in display, until the kimono was dropped on the floor. Now, Jade wore nothing but the sea gifted collar, it was stunning in the light offered by the city scape.

Her hands lowered now to curl at his top, learning a slight to remove the fabric, as her hands marvelled over sculpt of his torso, as it had grown more muscular with the labour of their home. She learned down and praised his neck and chest with her lips.

He watched her intently as she revealed him to her, the leaner form of his body, as he smiled softly watching her “This is our best chance so I say we take full advantage of each other,”

He kissed her deeply, then down her jaw and neck over the collar, before reaching her shoulders, his hands sliding down over her spine and lower back, and then over her thighs.

She lifted her head to relish in the kiss, a hand lifted to rest upon his shoulders, the moment his tool plunged within her fingers bit into his shoulders. Jade lifted her hips with legs curling around his to tangle arms secure the position. She prayed from the kiss now pressing her cheek against his, while revealing to him in a subtle growl. “I want your child, my beloved. Don’t hold back.” That’s when he saw the yellow in her eyes and the fangs. Even though they were more human in this realm, together the suppressed essence of their being came to the surface.

There was a flash beneath those emerald eyes just for a moment as his demonic half flickered within, then it was gone as his hands forced her legs to his shoulders now once more driving down into her with a hungry force, his need to send his essence as deep in her as he could, while giving her just as much pleasure.

No sooner had the Kitsune surfaces did it return to the depths, yellow eyes returned to brown and canines sheathed. This new position offered a depth that feed his inner demon and desires, Jade was incredibly flexible while he bent her almost in half. A hand slithered between them, stimulating her pearl in such a way that her folds clamped upon him and began to bloom with the throbbing. She learned up to bite his shoulder, growling, until the fateful moment her body erupted in ecstasy and Jade squirted again and again. This was the point Hades knew she was beyond the point of no return, kneading her own bosom to pinch and pluck her buds.

He growled hungrily as the tightness of her pushed his body to the brink, his rhythm slowed as each thrust was now forceful driving as deep into her and driving her down into the bed, with each time he tore into her waiting gateway.

His body tensed forcing him deep as a growl ripped from his throat, his hands clamped against her buttocks his nails biting into the tender flesh, he held himself as deep in her as he could ensuring she was bent allowing him the depth to deliver him to her waiting womb within.

As he continued to pound her mercilessly and Jade’s own actions, a trickle of drool escaped her mouth with her eyes rolling into the back of her skull with the immense pleasure. It was not long lived, while his fleshy tube expanded, as it angrily thrashed against her pearly gates before exploding to release the wave of seed within her. She cried out as the heat poured into her womanly cradle, curling her hands at the back of his thighs, nails biting into the flesh. In the aftermath, she was panting with her flesh dusted in sweat and an attractive pink flush.

He collapsed beside her panting just as quickly, his hand already returning to continue teasing that tender pearl, far from done with her in that moment as he rolled to her kissing her deeply, and with a renewed hunger his fingers slipping into her coating them in a mix of their juices before returning to working her pearl.

Jade cried out in surprise and pleasure, as it appeared Hades wasn’t finished just yet. The instant his fingers focused upon her succulent pearl, her flower throbbed and body quivered. Unable to control herself, Jade reached down with her hand to grasp at his in order to pull way. But the slickness of her arousal showed otherwise, it seemed she still was over simulated.

He kissed her deeply and hungrily before nipping her lip gently “I love you” he breathed softly his hand now tucking stray strands behind her ear.

She cried out again as that hand remained with a steady purpose, Jade fell into the kiss. But to the draw back from the kiss, Jade lifted her brown eyes to his, glossy from passion and her release. She was a vision; dark hair spread beneath her like a dark halo, skin glistening with every rise and fall of her chest, even the subtle glowing flush from her skin. That collar, born from the sea and now the only possession upon her exposed form.

He smiled softly as he curled into her tightly, his arm pulling her close. Breathing in her scent, lost in the ecstasy of their encounter.

[Everything Changes] Secrets, Answers and Apologies

Hades stretched as he sat on the edge of the bed, rubbing his eyes and looking to Jade with a grin. They had spent the last days finishing the new cellar and smoke room, with the largest part of the work done, Hades planned to spend the day planning the wedding.

A rap on the door downstairs quickly diverted his attention as he shook his head and still barely dressed made his way to answer the door, looking through the window he saw the Elveran guard before making his way to open to door to Ascondia.

“You do know it’s the middle of the day?” She sighed softly though not avoiding her eyes looking him over “Get dressed we need to talk,”

Jade stirred, as Hades sat up. She was glorious in moments like this, deep in sleep. Wearing absolutely nothing except the beautiful collar around her neck. It wasn’t just the hard labour but the many nights tangled within the sheets. He had yet to utilize the playroom created in the basement. She was in her front with the entire bank piece of her tattoo revealed, the bold colours of that glorious phoenix.

When he left the sight behind him to another of Ascondia. Unknowing of the guest, she stirred and discovered Hades missing. Jade gathered the sheet to wrap around her to make her way downstairs, though at the foot of the stairs, she froze. Now seeing Ascondia, holding her hand at the gathered sheet, everything about the woman came crashing upon her. That look in her eyes upon his exposed torso caused the possessive Kitsune in her to growl.

“My beloved…?” She said, even to her the sound of her voice was foreign to her ears. The hair framed her face in a tangled mess of darkness.

Hades looked over his shoulder the sight of his wife to be mid form caused his heart to skip as he snapped his gaze to Ascondia “Stay there, I’ll be back” he closed the door and crossed the kitchen to her, his arms slipping around her waist to kiss her deeply.

“Seems we have company, though had I known it was our Queen I wouldn’t have answered the damn door,” There was an edge in his voice as he now felt the dull ache of the work they had done begin to catch on him “We should dress, I doubt this is a social call,” He kissed her once more before heading back to the bed room to dress.

She remained with her hand curled at the fabric of the sheet, eyes fixed on Ascondia but after a moment Jade followed Hades up to their room. She removed the sheet with a place in the bed, quietly dressing in a black and red kimono. Sitting in the vanity chair to brush her hair, watching Hades in the reflection of the mirror, but left her hair down. The Kitsune was growling possessively within her, as she then stood. “I’ll get the tea prepared…” Jade stated rising to escape the room before Hades could stop her, moving down the stairs to hear to the kitchen.

Hades sighed darkly as he pulled on his shirt, and then his pants, finally his boots, before a brush through his hair and then back down to the kitchen, he looked to Jade for a moment before making his way to the door, Ascondia looked irritated as she glared at him now.

“Finally, as I said we need to talk,” She stated firmly, Hades merely stepped aside and invited her.

“What’s so urgent Ascondia, and why the hell is the Queen of the Everlands on my door?” Hades sighed softly, the guards eyed him as he looked past her then simply closed the door.

“My apologies for the interruption Jade,” Ascondia stated, there was actually a tone genuine apology in her words “You and I will need to speak as well, I owe you a bigger apology in all this”

Jade glanced over her shoulder to Ascondia with a brief nod, though remaining silent while preparing the tea. She scooped the leaves within a small metal container and poured the streaming water within to slow it to seep. And then gathered some cups to place on the kitchen table before Hades and Ascondia, then the tea pot. Garnishing her own, to our out the tea to Hades and Ascondia then herself, the Kitsune in her settling on Hades lap to prove her claim upon her fiancé without words.

His arms slipped around her waist, his hand creeping between her thighs in a reminder she was all he wanted, he kissed her neck with a soft smile then to Ascondia “Start talking, why here and what is so damn urgent,”

“Kara Kilrin” Ascondia stated simply, Hades coughed before his look turned to a glare as he moved his hand back to her thighs now there was a darkness that suddenly seemed to surround him.

“You had better be screwing with me, I didn’t chase that bitch across the realm, twice for her to show up and screw up my life again, and she is dead, pretty damn hard to not notice her head getting removed from her shoulders!” There was force in his voice Jade had seldom seen now.

“Oh calm yourself,” Ascondia bit back with the tone becoming of a Queen in that moment “We did, or so we thought, though now we suspect she may have altered someone else, she is Elcarus which means she could make such a thing stick even in death, she isn’t coming after you she fled the realm, to the human one, and we three need to go and get her and bring her back before she causes us more of a headache,”

Jade seemed pleased to Hades actions between her thighs, though, sipping her tea, this quelled her Kitsune for the moment. Listening to Ascondia, but the instant Hades voice changed and the drained emerged the Kitsune came back to the surface fed by the demon in Hades. “So, Hades and Kane have a sister…all we know is she has fled. Do we know why? Or what purpose? For all we know it could be a trap. Something the Queen would not allow to go unnoticed and take action.”

“Oh she’s no sister of ours, she may have Elcarus blood, but that’s where the association ends, still Jade has a point,” Hades replied to his wife to be.

“I do not know, I do know we can’t leave her there, we have caused enough problems in the human realm as it stands and they fear us, if they are able to tap into your sisters magicks they can come here and it would be all out war between the two realms, you know we cannot allow that,” Ascondia replied “I have already been to your brother, but with the children so young, they do wish to leave them, though them staying here should allow us to maintain the balance of power, you’re half human, you can blend in, I can open the portal that takes us there and brings us back,”

She hesitated for a moment “And of course your fiancée goes where you do, and one more pair of eyes would be helpful,”

She quietly sipped her tea, watching Ascondia over the rim of her cup, selling to lean back and against Hades. “I have not been to any realm but our own. Yes, since it seems that Hades has tracked her down more than once. This Kara…I need to know if she had a scent like you or Kane, my beloved. I can still track as such. Though, one thing I demand is that someone tend to my garden whilst away. Hades can tend to my own.” She turned to ours her lips against his, openly a display with her Kitsune allowing Ascondia the showing off claim in a soft growl amidst the ours if their lips. But she leaned her forehead against his neck. “You are correct. Where he goes, I go.”

“It’s likely her scent will be close to ours,” He smirked at her comment about her own garden then shrugged innocently to Ascondia “I promise someone will watch over your garden my love,”

“We shouldn’t waste further time, she already has a head start,” Ascondia sighed darkly now as Hades quickly scribbled a note before kissing Jade deeply.

“Just need to hand this off then we can get going, realm hopping sucks, you know that right?” Hades chuckled to her, “I need to make a quick trip to the neighbours, is there chance you can avoid me having to explain why my wife killed the Queen of the Everlands in my absence?”

“I’m not here to fight Hades, this has to be done and you’re our best chance at getting it done quickly and painlessly, Kara needs to be brought back, and her damage limited it’s that simple,” Ascondia replied as she now turned her gaze to the window.

“I will be quick I promise,” Hades whispered his words against her ear letting his fingers press against her once more “At least in this, perhaps not so many other things,”

Jade stood, responding to his kiss, though settled down in Hades empty chair to sip on her tea in silence. It was clear that Jade had little to say to Ascondia from their last encounter alone. Soon enough, she stood gathering the cups and went upstairs to gather her katanas, this was an addition with Hades gift to her. Returning with the blades fixed to her hips, lounging against the kitchen counter.

“I am sorry, for how I was before, truly, Hades is the one person who deserves his share of happiness, and I have come to realise that perhaps my actions have done more harm than good, something I am trying to correct. He was my greatest ally before I knew about Kane he was the one that saw me right, the strength of my rule was built on his back,” Ascondia sighed softly “I don’t regret my time with him, nor would I want to be with him now, he is a good man and he has found the woman he truly loves in you, my actions were cold and selfish for that I can only apologise, each day if I must,”

Jade looked to her with those warm brown eyes, pushing from her lounge. “You just may have to. Because to me actions speak far stronger than words. I’m glad you see his happiness, because he makes me just as happy. It is a step in the right direction so do not think your words have fallen in deaf ears.”

“I wouldn’t blame you if they had, but I do have something you might find useful. There is a chance when we cross realms that your powers do not go with you, your strength and your brains will, but the kitsune essence will not, which means you would be as close to human in that realm as possible, Hades will also revert to his human side,” Ascondia placed a coin on the table with a smile “Forgive the language but if you can get him to fuck you while you are over there, your chances of giving him the one thing you want to give him more than anything are much higher, when we return the realm will do the rest, we will be there a while and certainly long enough to ensure the deed is done, just something to keep in mind,”

She blinked to Ascondia’s words, appearing stunned into silence, though looked to the coin. Tears lifting to moisten her eyes, then looked to Ascondia. “How…did you know…?”

“Aishani and Kane, my daughter and her lover, and you know your history it isn’t a stretch, I also remember telling you it would be foolish of me to be Queen and not be smart about knowing the people,” Asconida replied softly, there was a warmth to her voice as she spoke now, “Now tell me I am incorrect in my assumption? And tell me you haven’t be racking your brain trying to decide if there is a way for you to get pregnant to a half demon? And then tell me the one thing you desire more than being his wife, is bearing his child?”

Jade lifted her hand with deft fingers to touch the coin, remaining silent. “I do. But I don’t understand. If I become with child, will such not affect through a portal? I ask the lady of my line and I do wish a true conception. Not one conceived by not being out true selves…”

“It will be you, but without question, only how, the child will not be harmed coming back. And the realm will make its choice as to what they will be, sometimes Jade we have to circumvent the rules to get what we want, you may fall pregnant here with time, but if you do as I suggest then you will carry Hades’ child, and you will both get what you want,” Ascondia pushed the coin to her “I cannot tell you what you to do, but I can tell you paths others won’t, the choice of course will always be yours. You will still be you Jade, just as he will be him, the only difference will be your chances of having his baby are much higher,”

“The risk of cross realm travel is dangerous, going out of The Everlands is much more dangerous, hence we cannot take Aerian and Virra. But coming back I can protect you until we arrive back, after that it may get a little uncomfortable while the realm catches up to what we’ve done, but your baby will be fine and it will grow with you and then be born in our realm to parents who love that child,” She removed her finger from the coin leaving it before Jade “The coin is nothing special, only a reminder of my words,”

Jade stared down to the coin, while moistening her lips, but gathered it to set in her pocket. “We will just have to see.” She lifted a finger to remove a stay tear from her cheek. It was clear that Ascondia offered her something that she desired.

Ascondia nodded softly “As I said it’s your choice, and this isn’t some secret I’m telling you, I don’t expect you to keep it from Hades, that isn’t what this is about. You don’t trust me right now and I’m fine with that, but I do need you to trust me at some point Kara won’t come quietly. And your husband to be isn’t exactly known to play well with people he doesn’t like,” Ascondia smiled a she stood now walking back to look out of the window in thought “That means us pulling this off actually rests in your hands, because he listens to you. And I need him to not kill his sister, I will help you with this little bit of information and if you so choose Jade, you make sure I get her back alive so we can finally get to the bottom of who she is, and I can start making peace with the realm,”

“You’re wrong. It is not my choice, but ours, Hades and I. I do intend to speak upon this to him. Though, I do not pretend to understand. I do know however that this is crucial to the balance of the realm. I will do what must be done to maintain that. For the future of not only Xander and Terra but that of Aerian and Virra’s children.” She inhaled deeply now, beginning to pace. “What is taking him so long?”

“Everything will be as it is meant to be Jade,” Ascondia replied, as in that moment the door opened and Hades stepped in, unhooking his blades and placing them in a trunk, before turning to look at Jade and Ascondia.

“Everything OK?” He looked to Jade before to the trunk “We can’t go armed, it will make blending in very difficult, not a prospect I’m looking forward to but it is what it is, Ascondia you should ready yourself to open the divide, and try to land us somewhere close to where Kara is, it will make this easier,”

She looked to him, as Hades was all about business the instant he returned, then to Ascondia. “Uh…right.” Jade hesitated, then looked down at her kimono while moving over to place reach blade reluctantly within the chest. “Is my clothing okay?”

“I’m not happy about being unarmed either,” Hades smiled kissing her head gently “But you look great, the town will send someone to tend the garden, so for the moment everything is covered here,”

Ascondia dropped her blades in the trunk and Hades closed it, she nodded and made her way to the garden, as Hades drew Jade close kissing her deeply. “The next part sucks, when you get to the other side just breathe, take as much time as you need, it can feel off over there, let’s just hope it’s not the middle of winter” He smiled taking her hand then leading her to the garden. A moment later a flash left a portal hanging in the middle of their garden as Hades stared for a few moments, Ascondia nodded then vanished amid the swirling mass.

Hades led them to the edge, it was hard to ignore the energies that whipped and crackled within as he stood behind her kissing the back of her head with a smile “I’ll be right behind you”

“I just don’t want to stick out too much.” Jade said in response to the words and after the kiss, though laces her hand within his. She had never been through s portal and this made her anxious, Ascondia’s words rolling in her mind.

Now standing before the portal in the garden watching Ascondia walk through. Then to Hades words in a nod, gripping the coin tightly in her hand, she advanced and stepped into the swirling mist.

[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] Wedding Plans on the Beach

Hades stirred as the sun rose, quietly he slipped from the bed and made his way to the gardens, picking a rose from the flower beds and making his way back to the house. For a moment he stared beyond to the ocean, the waves breaking upon the shore causing him to smile gently.

Finally he headed back to the house and back to the bedroom placing the rose beside Jade before making his way to the bathroom, and from there making his way into the shower.

When his shower was finished, stepping out he was met with Jade in a simple silk robe and a towel open for him, tucked behind her ear was the rose he left on her bed side. She proceeded to next methodically dry him from the top of his head to his feet, lifting his leg up to rest the foot on her though in her kneeling position. Then proceeding to the other, before rising to move behind to wrap the towel around him, he saw that the bruise had all but disappeared, only the shadow remained. Jade has her hair lose and it was thick with length down to the back of her knees, but she kissed him in the side of the neck. “Breakfast is ready, my beloved.”

“Good morning,” Hades smiled softly before returning the kiss to her neck, and then leading her to the kitchen, he pulled a chair allowing her to sit before taking the seat beside her, “I thought we could go down to the beach, enjoy it while we have the time, pick a spot for the wedding?”

She leaned forward to fill his cup of tea in that graceful manner, as on the table was some toast with cream cheese, an orange and an omelette with spinach, plus a side of some sort of soup. A quick look at the soup told him it was a broth that had vegetables from the night before. “Oh, yes. That sounds like fun, since we are close to the ocean I would like to gather some seaweed. It is good in cooking.”

“We have a path right down, we should take some lunch, spend the day down there together,” He replied as he began to eat the broth, he had conclusively decided that anything Jade cooked for him was decidedly better than food from the Mansion kitchens, which only served to make him want to eat more. He also knew that being here with his wife to be had left him with a desire only to spend time with her for the moment, their decision to move away been one of the better ones he’d made, “I’m also going to build a second cellar out the back, for cold storage of anything you wish to store from the gardens, and speak with the town butcher to have meats delivered once it’s ready,”

“I have yet, to work on the garden. I’ve been thinking of things to plant. Such as herbs for medicinal, vegetables and flowers and of course tea plants.” She smiled to him with a nod. “That is a good idea, we also need chickens that are laying eggs. After breakfast, I’ll make us lunch to bring with us to the beach.”

“I can assemble a chicken coup easily enough, and we’ve only been here a day so there is plenty of time yet,” He replied softly “It’s just nice to have you all to myself, and not have to consider anyone else,” He had almost finished the broth as he reached for some toast eating quietly for the moment “We have all the time in the world Jade,”

Jade nodded, a glint of excitement entering her brown eyes. “Yes that we do,” She ate breakfast with her poise and grace, this came naturally to her as it flowed smoothly. The rose tucked behind her ear accented a natural blush to her cheeks and darkened her lip colour enshrouded by the flowing black mane. But she stood to gather the dishes to wash, humming a song while she worked.

As she finished up washing Hades had already begun packing a picnic basket, complete with blanket, as she was washing up he moved behind her his hands slipping to her hips, a soft kiss to the back of her head “Sometimes I really do wonder how I got so lucky,” he whispered softly against her ear.

She somehow had managed to finish the dishes already and was making a bowl of fruit salad and brought small sweet biscuits with some fresh herbs, plus a jar of what appeared to be tea. Jade leaned back with a small sigh, placing a hand over his. “Well, the realm thought it time.” She turned to kiss him. “I want to find a place to fish. We can gather large sticks along the way to spread them.”

“There’s a net out by the shore,” He replied with a grin, as he closed the basket and taking it and her hand led her from the house, around to the side of the house before the cliff fell away to the beach below. A path of stairs had been carved from their home to the beach below, it wasn’t the easiest of journeys down but they made it easily enough. The sand now stretched out before them before disappearing into the ocean beyond.

She seemed completely at ease, Jade hadn’t dressed being still in her silk robe. But the steps down were easy enough, her eyes held a sense of excitement and adventure he hasn’t seen. Jade sniffed the air briefly, looking up and down the beach in her bare feet. The waves lapped at the shore in sweet whispering that stirred her hair gently. “Take your shoes off, my beloved. Feel the ground of our new home. Let’s set the net up and hopefully will catch something!”

He bent to untie the heavy boots he wore, as his bare feet settled in the sand he smiled softly “I wonder how long it’s been since I last saw the ocean, at least this close anyway,” he mused for a moment before following her toward the nets that were stretched along the shoreline “I do hope the ocean decides to be generous,”

“We will make do if she isn’t. One day she will be, my father taught me how to fish with various techniques. Can you build a lobster trap?” She asked while waiting on him to cast out the net.

“I’m quite capable with my hands you know,” He replied with a smirk, as he watched her before aiding her in casting out the net, once the net was set he settled back on the sand stretching himself out.

Jade watched the net for a moment, then looked to Hades with a smile. “On your feet! We have more to explore. We need seaweed for dinner tonight. I have something planned and I think you’ll like it. Plus, we have to find a wedding spot.”

“Hey come on an old man you know,” he smiled as he sat tossing a handful of sand her way, as he moved back to his feet he made his way to her capturing her hips and kissing her with deep passion “But then I have the most beautiful woman by my side and I cannot wait to make her my wife,”

She grinned impishly to him, living up a little sand in his direction as repost. Jade watched him as he neared her, lifting her arms to circle around the beach of his neck and responded with vigour to the kiss. “You’re not old. Though, I agree with you. I can not wait to be your wife.” She lowered her arms to curl a hand within his, passing to walk with him soon the beach and she at one point cursed the waves out then came running back to him laughing as the waves washed back up. She was full of energy and it was an innocence and liveliness about her, asking the way they found some seaweed that had risen to the show for the high tide.

There was a freedom to Hades that had long retreated beneath duty and the Elcarus family code, but in that moment she saw him in a way no one had, just Hades a man with a purpose, even if that purpose was her it was also for the first time in his life his own. As they collected the seaweed and walked a little further up then beach met a higher cliff than the one their house sat upon, it also had trees and an arced rock formation. It was here Hades stopped his eyes looking over the area as he smiled “I think here, beneath the arch of rock is where I would like to make you my wife,” The tone in his voice was different now, as if the realm itself had opened its hands to him.

Jade followed his gaze to the beautiful rock formation, imaging sharply and moving closer to investigate. Now she stood beneath the rock formation, running her fingers over the stone. But then was distracted for a moment and bent down to gather something that caught her eye. Jade scooped the items up, lost now on the beauty, but she stood still beneath the arch, a sight in her silk robe with the rose and hair stirred by the wind.

Hades made his way to her “Something interesting?” His eyes were quietly taking her in as the wind caught her hair his mind wandered, just for a moment before he returned to looking at her discovery.

She looked to him while opening her hands to display three shells. One was a stunning blue, the other a peach with brown lines and the other a curled green.

Hades looked over the shells in thought as his hand ran over her wrist “They will look good here, set in perhaps silver or mythril. A bracelet that compliments as much of your beauty as it shows my love for you?”

She looked to him with a smile, the special one that was only for him, nodding and turning her hand over to place the shells in his palm. “This alone, goes to prove this is the location for the wedding.” Jade inhaled deeply while looking at the arch, as her cheeks were darkened in a blush to his compliment.

Hades kissed her cheek gently “I’ll head into town tomorrow, I have something to pick up from the blacksmith anyway so this will be something else for him, I promise it will be beautiful,” He took her hand now kissing it gently with a smile, he led her back to where they had the nets in the water and their picnic basket, stretching the blanket out over the sand.

“I think this wedding is going to be one to remember,” He crawled onto the blanket and began placing down the foods they had packed up earlier.

She beamed to him, looking over her shoulder at the arch as they walked back down the beach to the nets and their picnic basket. Jade watched as he lay out the blanket and took seat next to him. “You are still okay with that? I mean with your last…was she a wife or just a woman to you?”

“We were to be married, but she was kidnapped by a slaver caravan then executed for trying to run, truth be told I wasn’t ready to be a husband, if I had been she may not have died. It seems our family didn’t have much luck, all of us lost something out of revenge by another,” he sighed softly “But I would turn the world over to protect you, I wont repeat mistakes of the past,” he rolled onto her side and crawled across laying his head in her lap gently “I would kill anyone who even thought to do you harm,”

She caressed his hair, gently running her nails against his scalp, leaning to gather some food to feed him. “As I would you, my beloved.”

He remained in her lap silent as he watched the waves break upon the shore, content just to be where he was in that moment, at least until he finally sat and looked to her “We should check the nets, see what we have to work with, then head home?”

He pushed himself to his feet, taking her hands and aiding her to her feet before dusting off the sand from the back of himself.

Jade gently fed him while the waves added to the ambiance, it was peaceful and calm. Her fingers caressed his face and shoulders, even running through his hair. Though, as he stood she looked up to him and accepted Hades hands to rise. At the mention of the nets, she seemed to bubble over with excitement the closer they got and began to tug him now behind her to help pull in the fishing device.

He was actually impressed the nets were more than full, which only made him wish he’d got to that cellar a little quicker, he smiled and grabbed a few placing them in a bucket, as well as a few “Well there’s more here than we can eat, or store right now,” there was a smile on his face that made him look much less imposing than was normal for him, a lighter side of Hades.

He had in a few minutes finished sorting through the nets throwing back as many as he put in their bucket, before looking to Jade “That was almost fun!”

Jade was beyond ecstatic at the amount of fish that the net had caught, but quickly assisted him on gathering the fish to place in a bucket. One jumped out and caused her to yelp, then he saw something he had never seen with her, a playful innocence. Her eyes turned a golden hue, a sign of the kitsune brought to the surface and she began to play and try to gather the fish as it wriggled on the wet sand. But, managed to wrangle it in and drop it into the bucket, looking to him those brown eyes returned. “Almost fun? It was a blast. We need to get the cellar situated…Oh! A smoke house too!”

“First things on my list I promise,” He smiled gently watching her that innocence was always what drew him to her, so innocent and yet a strength that he had very rarely seen in the Everlands. It was one of the many reasons he had fallen in love with her, he kissed the top of her head and picked up the bucket.

They made their way back up the carved steps the water would occasionally splash up over the buckets edge causing him to grumble, but as they reached top and made their way through the back yard Hades was already sizing up where to add the new additions to their home. Leading them to the house he opened the door and placed the bucket on the kitchen table.

She was light and quick on her feet, carrying the picnic basket, though, when they entered the house with the fish Jade began to set about descaling and cleaning the fish. Each move she made was with expert precision, smiling to Hades. “Shoo, I’m making a treat tonight. It is a surprise and you can not be here when I make it else it will spoil it.”

Hades chuckled as he grabbed a coat “Fine I’ll go into town, I need to go get something anyway it should have arrived from the Dentarian blacksmith by now, and see if I cant turn these shells into something worthy of my wife to be,” He leant to kiss her cheek with a soft smile “I love you,”

Jade smirked while glancing to him, fish guts and blood on her hands. “You do that. I love you too, my beloved.” Before he left, he saw her return to her work and in a pot on the stove was rice cooking.

[ To The Future] Our New Home

A knock was sounded on the master suite, which is when Aishani set down Terra to join her brother in the crib, handing her a small toy to suckle on, walking to answer it and smirked. “Hello there, Jade.” She stepped aside for Jade to enter. “Just keeping the children entertained, come in.”

Jade entered through and walked with Aishani to the crib, scooping up Terra with a perfect cradle. She looked to Jade with wide golden eyes, attempting to reach out to something, yet, Jade simply gave the child her finger while rocking her. “I wish this was a pleasantry call. I guess that all depends on your view.” She chuckled, as Aishani lifted up Xander to walk with him to the window in order for those curious eyes to look out at the sky. “I want you to be my maid of honour, please say yes.”

Aishani glanced to her with a smirk, then to Xander. “Oh for fuck sake, Jade. Of course I will say yes, we have been together through much. I would be honoured, I know Kane will be busy with Hades and the planning. For me, Kane said he would take care of everything and he had.”

Kane made his way in through the door carrying breakfast “Did I hear my name??” He grinned as he looked to the children then Aishani before back to Jade “Everything OK? What did I miss?”

He placed the two trays on the bed and made his way Aishani kissing her cheek then tickling Xanders tummy playfully, repeating the action with Terra before heading back to open his tray and his breakfast.

Jade looked to her for a moment with a small shrug, it was evident the pain on her eyes. “It doesn’t seem fair…my family was taken and a new life in their place?” She turned quickly to make her leave, while heading to her room adjust the many that she shared with Hades.

As Jade was about leave Stacy paused for a moment “Oh Jade, um I don’t know if anyone has told you, but Aerian is pregnant but is feeling a little off, queasy seems her morning sickness is making her a little miserable, Domi asked if perhaps there was something you could do for her?” Stacy looked down knowing her words would not go down too well in that moment, “As healer I can do so much but her situation is complex with her angelic half it makes my methods a little incompatible with her,”

Before Stacy finished, Jade was gone but the Kitsune in her definitely had to have heard.

Once past the door, she entered the room and closed the door quickly, this sent the parchment rustling. But it was when she turned that she snatched the brush from Hades. Guiding him to sit and nestle up behind him, instead of a brush she methodically worked her fingers through the shaft of the hair from the base up to release the knots. “You get in a fight with the wind, beloved?”

Hades caught the parchment with his hand before it blew from the bed, “No just have been neglecting it with all our hell in the last few weeks, which I should at my age know better than to do, I look like I got into a fight with half the damn forest,” He chuckled softly kneeling down before her, purposely pushing the parchment back into place beside her.

She in part massaged his scalp while working through the knots, since her hands were busy, she couldn’t exactly grasp it to look. But she leaned to gain a better look. “What is this?”

“That is a land deed, to our new home, sign sealed and waiting for us, on a cliff a direct path to the beach, magically sealed so we don’t wake up in the water one morning, we can leave when you are ready,” Hades replied gently now looking at the ground for a few minutes “Are you OK? You seem a little out of sorts”

She reached to gather the brush, surprisingly as it was guided through his hair with no catches. “I have seen your niece and Virra, they have agreed to be bridesmaids. Aishani my maid of honour…Domi will be the one to walk me down the isle.” Jade stopped brushing his hair, curling her hand so tightly around the brush. “Aerian smelled strange to me this morning, so did Virra. It was confirmed by Stacy only a short time ago, they both are pregnant…so many children…” She muttered. “Stacy also assured me that I will have a child. I have to be patient. Patient!” Just then the wood splintered in her grasp and she growled as one shared dig into her flesh, quickly lifting the bleeding flesh to her lips to nurse.

Hades glanced up to look at her his eyes soft and gentle as he watched her for a moment, before his eyes lowered watched her for a moment “I love you, and if Stacy says it will happen then I’m just going to have you fuck you every chance I get until you are swelling with my child, and when that one is born I will fuck you again and again until there is another baby, because there is nothing I want more than to see you walk down that beach on our wedding night, looking like the brightest star in the heavens before I take you home to our home, and raise our children together, we have gone from not knowing if it is possible to knowing it is going to,” His hands slid up her thighs as he smiled softly “And until then I am going to mark you, I am going to punish you and I am going to fuck for all I am worth to ensure I give you what you want the most,”

Jade stared at him, seeming all words were lost on her with those yellow hues bright and then transforming back to the warm brown. Never before had he seen this woman cry but her injured hand lowered from her mouth, those fangs still exposed in a smile. Though she leaned down to press her lips against his, hard and hungry. The roughness amidst the kiss brought forth a sweet metallic taste that fuelled the emotion in that moment and it was electric. When she parted, her hands curled upon his and her forehead leaned against his. “I’m sick of all the babies here. Let’s leave now, don’t tell anyone…and just go…”

“We can be gone in less than an hour, everything is already in place to have our things sent afterward,” Hades replied as he watched her for a moment there was knot deep within him at the woman he loved so deeply hurt, something ultimately he had a hand in, his failure would weigh on him in those moments as he shifted and stood taking her hands leading her back to her feet, he let a hand tuck stray strand of air back before simply watching her, he sighed softly as he stepped back.

“I’m sorry,” He breathed softly before turning and heading for the door “I’ll go speak with the stable hand and have a carriage ready to go, pack anything you want with you and meet me down there,”

Jade caught his hand before he left through the door, those exotic almond slanted eyes peered into his. “What are you apologizing for? You have nothing to do so for it. Regardless of the outcome, you have made me the happiest woman in Everlands. Do not put such a weight upon you, my beloved. I will gather is some clothing, I have to make a tea remedy for Aerian. Then we will travel and start our new life together. You and me. Whatever may come.”

“As always,” Hades smiled gently slipping from her grasp, it didn’t take long for him to have the carriage ready to depart, as he sat upon waiting of Jade he sighed softly, it would always be home but the time had come to leave and begin his life where only Jade mattered to him.

Jade arrived a short time later with some workers carrying two large bags, she moved to press her lips against his, then turned to look at the mansion. “I won’t lie I’ll miss it here. But home is where the heart is and that is with you. We began here and now it is time to spread our wings.”

He couldn’t help but smile at her words and nodded for her to enter the carriage, moments later and they were heading out of the Mansion gates. As they travelled Hades kept his eyes on the road ahead his mind still on their plans for marriage as well to have children. The road was surrounded by forest as they made their way through, the beauty of the Everlands had never failed to impress Hades as they travelled through it.

Jade watched with appreciative eyes the every changing landscape, every so often pointing things out to him. Either about the vegetation or wildlife they passed, her excitement on this journey kept things light. She mentioned to him that she had chosen a dress and style for the bridal party, once or twice Jade fell to sleep, resting her head on his shoulder and hand in his.

As the day began to dim the roar of the ocean cold be heard, the carriage rattle along a harder path before he finally pulled the carriage to a halt in front of a large stone cottage, it sat nestled on a cliff the beach and ocean below.

Hades smiled softly as he shook her gently “We’re here,” he said softly.

Jade was stirred by Hades, initially she was groggy but at his words, her lids lifted and she looked to the cottage. A smile on her lips, closing her eyes as though to listen to the sound of the waves, then looked to him. “It’s beautiful…” She said with a soft voice, eyes unable to remove from the rather moderately sized cottage with two stories.

“And it’s all ours,” Hades smiled softly watching her for a few moments before he urged her down from the carriage “Go take a look around,” He grinned handing her the keys, before sliding off to begin unloading the carriage, “There’s a kitchen, a living area, a utility room on the ground floor, 3 bedrooms and the bathroom on the upper. Granted it’s not the mansion but it is ours my angel all ours,”

She accepted the keys from him, then eagerly moved to the cottage to unlock the door and enter to investigate the interior, hanging three keys on a small hook near the door.

Hades followed her quietly watching her,  the happiness in her had made things all the more worthwhile, as she made her way to the bedroom the master suite was dominated by the huge carved four poster bed that was already made with dark purple sheets and duvet.

“Can we make a home here?” He asked softly though it was more a statement of they would rather than if they could.

She ran her hands over the comforter as her eyes were glistening with excitement and happiness. Jade has moved from room to room like a child excited for a holiday, then she turned to face him. “Yes. Oh, yes.” She moved to look out the window, the expanse of the beautiful blue sea and beaches lay before them with a few seagulls hiding in the breeze. “It’s so beautiful here. Peaceful.”

“We have a basement too, but that’s for a whole different kind of fun,” Hades grinned wickedly as he made his way to her, his hands slipping around her waist kissing her neck and looking out over the view with her “It will be a slower pace of life than we’re used to but it will be our life,”

She lifted her hands to place atop his, while leaning back against him, head tilted back against his chest. But when it sunk in to the gravity of his words, she turned to face him with that going back in her eyes. “Oh…show me the basement. Unless of course you want to surprise me.”

His hands slid up her body and against her throat gently then back to her hips as he kissed her gently, there was the self same gleam in his eyes she had come to know well “I don’t know I’m not sure you’re ready,” he teased softly with his words.

She closed her eyes as his hands caressed upon her figure, as the hand grasped her throat a gap parted to the firm yet gentle hold. The bruise almost completely faded save for the light yellow, but the yellow glow was beginning to surface in her eyes. “Oh?” She grinned exposing her incisors.

He was curious but there was a defiance in her he admired as he took her hand and led her back through the house, as they passed through the kitchen to another door he smiled, his hand slid over the door and it slid open, stone stairs led down into the darkness of the basement.

Quietly he slipped behind her and before she knew a blindfold was placed over her eyes, as he made his way back in front he took her hand and slowly led her down the stairs making sure to inform her each time she needed to step down. As they hit the bottom he led her through the room before finally placing her still, he moved away she could hear the rustle of things before he finally moved back she would feel the cold clasp of something at her wrist then the other before he removed the blindfold.

The room was all though dark lit by candlelight enough for her to see the chains around the wall, various other devices many things he could use in those moments where they both allowed their darkness to shine, things she could be tied to or bent over and locked to. The chains she was in would only allow a short amount of movement but he remained stood just before her.

She didn’t fight the blindfold only displaying her trust in him with each step that was guided down into the basement. Her skin pricked to the chill and moisture in the air, as he clasped the cuffs at her wrists, Jade seemed to test the durability, but with the blindfold removed, she inhaled sharply to the bunker if devices that last before her. He saw her chest rise and fall rapidly, adjusting a slight on her feet.

“So what do you think? I thought a space like this would be fun, of course if it’s not your thing all this can be returned easily enough,” Hades looked her over longingly for a moment as he watched her test the chains, his body prickled waiting on her reply, there was a held breath it seemed.

“It’s perfect…” She breathed, dragging her upper teeth against her lower lip, the yellow dominant in her eyes. It was clear that this prospect excited her, gaze swept on the various objects and devices.

“Good I wasn’t sure if this was a step too far,” Hades stepped away from her as he circled her for a moment before reaching for the chains and unlocking them “Now I promise soon enough I’m going to lock you up down here and have my way with you, any and every way I desire, but today has been a long day and I am rather hungry,”

She rubbed her hands at the lack of the cuffs, then looked to him. Jade moved to embrace him with a kiss. “I’ll make us something, my beloved. I slept while you drove, it’s your turn.”

He smiled and nodded leading her back up into the kitchen, before making his way to the door “I need to finish unloading the carriage, then I can relax and eat,” he smiled softly and disappeared through the door to continue unloading the carriage of their belongings.

She nodded to him and went about to explore the kitchen, preparing food that Hades had the chance to smell in his venture out to offload and enter.

As Hades loaded the last of their things into the utility room, he dusted off his hands and made his way to close the kitchen door finally closing the world out of their world. He headed to seat himself at the kitchen and returned to watching his fiancée as she prepared their meal.

Everything about Jade was graceful, even the way she made the food with a care. She placed a pot of tea in the table and presented to him some vegetables and a type of meat that appeared to be raw and a steaming soup between them. “You dip the meat into the soup to finish cooking it and swirl the vegetables around. Like this.” She demonstrated and lifted the fork to him to taste. Then stood to pour him the tea.

He repeated her motion and swallowed down the meat a reminder of how good a cook she was, he wondered on things for a moment before he smiled softly “I left enough room in the garden for you to plant whatever you need, cooking or medicinal, We also own a little of the land beyond the fence, so we have room to grow if we need to, and I can always buy the whole hillside later if needed,”

He continued to eat quietly as he thought things through for the moment, before taking a moment to eat quietly, watching his fiancée intently now “Now we can talk about how you are doing, and why you were so off when we left, not that I would have trouble working it out, I want it to come from you though,”

She looked to him as he spoke, while her special smile beamed, a reminder of that was for him alone. “Oh, yes. I’d love to cultivate the area for a garden, the soil as I’ve read is rich with nutrients this close to the sea.” Though now, she drank her tea, watching him over the rim before speaking. “I never meant to place pressure on you about a child. Please do not think, I wouldn’t be pleased just with you. It was all the hormones and scents that were overwhelming to me. At certain times, I can smell more clearly, usually closer to a full moon. Then to see, Aishani happy with Terra and Xander, then to Aerian and Virra being pregnant, it just…”

Hades glanced up staring straight at her before smiling softly “I do feel for the fact I haven’t been able to get you pregnant, that’s a failing on my part as a husband and as a lover, but I don’t intend to give up and I don’t have a nice shiny new playroom without the want to use it,”

As he slid up from his seat and grabbed the plates to place them in the sink, he returned to take her hand and lead her to the bedroom, thinking for a moment he placed her in he centre of the room with a smile “So it’s just?”

She reached a hand to gather the plates but sat stunned as Hades took out upon himself to trend to such. Though when he extended his hand, Jade took it and rose but looked to him confused by his words tilting her head. “Just?”

“Back in the kitchen you said it’s just, it honestly sounded like there may be more to it, more to what’s bothering you,” He moved behind her his hands slipping to her shoulders, his fingers working into the flesh and muscle of her shoulder, it was slow and gentle yet every motion had purpose to help unwind and relax her, he continued down massaging her back and spine and then down further over her thighs, working the muscle and moving down slowly as he reached her ankle he repeated the entire process back up along her body to her shoulders.

“No. Not really. It gets hard for me around the full moon and the new moon. That is when the energies are higher.” She muttered and closed her eyes, as his hands worked upon her, he found a few knots especially at her shoulders.

Hades slid his hands around her waist with a soft smile kissing the back of her neck before guiding her to the bed, stepping back and then climbing in behind her wrapping his arm around her and curling tight against her “As long as you are OK, that’s all I care about Jade, nothing else matters to me now.”