[Ending A War] It’s Finally Over

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“What in the…” Hades breathed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aishani couldn’t speak now, but nodded slowly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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[Ending A War] We Leave At Dawn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Ending A War] Trying for the Future

Hades caught the edge of the dummy with his blade a he flash of sparks erupting on contact, he turned as he kicked out catching the dummy with a thud before landing just behind. He spun his sword in his hand a wiped the sweat from his brow.

Since leaving the meeting Hades had trained to the point of exhaustion and yet was refusing to rest for a moment, he looked over his sword, the edge still shone with a darkness, as sharp as it had ever been, Hades was going to war and had every intention of coming out the other side alive and well.

Jade silently watched Hades as she sat upon a crate, the Katana fixed to her hip and hair flowing lose around her shoulders in a dark waterfall. The bruise still around her neck, while rising now and nearing him. The scent of cherry blossom enveloping him in her presence. “You’ve had enough. While it is good to ensure that you are in excellent condition, also it falls in line to not be exhausted.”

“I know Jade, truly I do, but there is so much anger and hatred behind this blade, being that clouded will serve us less to this war” He felt her hand take his sword, just for a moment his grip help before he nodded and released it to her.

“Of course being exhausted will serve us less” He eyed the bruise on her neck, just for a moment he felt a twinge of regret curl at his gut, quickly buried beneath the memory of how responsive and wet she was during the whole thing, “I love you, Jade, you know I’m doing this for you. All of this from me is because I love you, I will lay down my life if it means this realm is safer for you,” He drew her to him with a gentle grin “Not that I have any intention of winding up dead, I refuse to give Ceremon that satisfaction, even if I know he isn’t going to end up dead either,”

She pressed herself against him now, closing her eyes. “Just don’t do anything rash and I believe we will make it out with another win for the realm.” In her lean, he saw those delicate fingers trace the bruise lovingly at her neck. “We are not only doing this for each other but for the next generation of Elcarus to this realm.”

His hand ran over her neck slowly, as his eyes settled on her cleavage. She could hear the thud of his heart as beat beneath his chest, a heart which he often denied existed until she became his. He remained silent but continued to caress the bruise a reminder of her trust in him. And his for her, he had shown the darker side of him to her, the one he protected everyone else from. It was for her and her alone.

“When this war ends you will be bringing forth the next generation, our child” His hand now slid to rest on her stomach.

Her own touch hesitated as his hand lifted to caress her bruise, raising her head to offer him more flesh to touch. But it was as his hands ended on her abdomen, that her own was placed upon his, looking down. “I just…hope it’s possible…” She whispered, reserved. It was true that only Kitsune bred with the same of their kind. Such was not known outside the world if such mysterious creatures.

“I don’t know Jade, truthfully your kind are so rare, you’re almost a legend, but we are meant for each other which means if we have faith in us, what is meant to happen, will happen” He ran his hand over her stomach softly “I was once told the less you think about it, there more likely the odds the realms will deliver, though half kitsune half demon? Could be fun,” There was a softness to his voice, a part of him wanted to assure her that children were in their future but he couldn’t make that promise and he knew it. “I can tell you this for sure though, if you can then that’s incredible and I can’t wait, if you can’t then it doesn’t matter because I still have you, which is more than I could ever want for, no matter what happens with children, I love you and that will not change”

“Oh…I don’t know about legend…” She said with a blush, that shy girl coming forth once more. But Jade listened to his words, nothing was needed in response as her lips were upon his, to act upon his words.

Hades melted into the kiss, his arms wrapping around her waist and hoisting her to his hips before roaming her back gently. Reflected in the kiss was the self same fire she drew out in him, a deep and as passionate as they ever were.

“I think its time we went to bed to finish what we started earlier,” He growled against her ear, with that he slid his arms under her backside and made his way to their room with her still locked around his waist.

To the hoist she compensated by linking her ankles behind his back and wrapping her arms around his neck for ample support, a croon parted her lips to the fierce growl that echoed in her ears. He felt her heart racing as her bountiful bosom wrapped in the fabrics of her kimono thunder against his, but, leaned her cheek against his shoulder as he walked her just this way into the estate and their room.

As he kicked their door closed behind him he made his way to the dresser sitting her upon it as he was now between her legs, his hands once more returning to roaming her back beneath her kimono, his touch light barely touching the tender flesh yet letting his fingertips glide over every inch of flesh. His lips now working down over her neck and collar bone in soft kisses.

Jade eagerly clawed at his tunic while her lips parted in a rush of pleasure while his own touch invaded the fabrics of her kimono to present the silken surface beneath his greedy touch. She tilted her head to expose more of her neck and shoulder to him, that bruise lingering in the release of his previous darkness but such a side that he shared with her.

Hades kept his touch light, as he worked down over her shoulder, slowly he kissed her shoulder slowly. His hands slid down her back around her hips and slowly up along her stomach slowly. Before sliding back free of her clothing and began working her clothes from her body.

She sat on the dresser now, cradled with the fabric of her kimono pulled around her. Each touch of his hands and lips caused a soft croon from Jade. While the exotic beauty was revealed to him in the most intimate detail. Now she leaned forward to peel his clothing from him in a ritualistic manner.

Hades allowed her to undress him, offering no resistance to her revealing him to her, his hands now working back to run over her breasts before pinching her nipples a little. Before moving in to capture her lips in a deep longing kiss, his hands now returning to roaming her flesh slow and tenderly back to taking his time.

She yelped softly to his administration to her buds, this caused the delightful buttons to peak and tense. Though she fell into the kiss with a shudder, slowly within the tangle of the slick muscle the depth intensified. Her hands lifted to tangle within his hair in order to keep him close and locked into the kiss.

His hands now slid to her hips as he stepped forward his manhood pressed against her, his hands worked her hips for a moment to position her before he repositioned himself to enter her.

As the position was prime, she lifted her legs to curl around him with heels pushing him forward. A cry of sheer joy parted her lips as his tool plunged within her molten depths, holding still, and then clamping her lips upon his and scooting to near the edge of the dresser.

His motion was slow and measured, easing back from her before slowly sliding back into her each time holding within her for a moment before sliding back, his hands running over her back slow and deliberate now there was a deep passion in the way they were entangled with each other, Hades kept his rhythm slow and tender now, the very opposite of the last encounter they had with each other.

Her sounds were incredible within this encounter, it seemed not only her mind but body reacted with the lubrication her honey provided. When he would sunk within her, those legs tightened almost as though silently pleading for him to remain only to be denied. As his fingers caressed and kneaded at her tattooed back caused a gasp to part her lips, her own hands kneading into his upper shoulders.

Hades moaned her name gently as he plunged into her, his eyes one hers intently as he now withdrew this time holding back from her, as she was about to protest he slid into her this time slow and deliberate allowing her to feel every ridge along his hard tool as it entered her until he was deep within her.

Her eyes met his causing this time to be intense and passionate, indeed her mouth posted to protest but was silenced by the plunge forming into the deliverance of her praising sounds. Jade tiles her chin back this have him a view of the bruise on her neck. Her hands had lowered to knead against his lower back pleading for him to speed his movements.

He didn’t, Hades had control and this was just another way of tormenting her, a reminder she was his world and he would show her every piece of him. As he withdrew and slid into her slow again his breathing unsteady in that moment, a control of her also meant he had to control his own wants. The heat of her as surrounded him inch by inch was still as enticing as the first time and as hot as the last, he groaned hungrily but remained slow and controlled.

Jade cried out, while his show deliberate movements proved to be pure torture for her as she begged and pleaded to be taken harder and faster. While after her lips crushed against his, his control reinstated even with her begging, lips folding against his and slick muscle tangled. Her body went rigid, that is when he first felt the throbbing and all at once a powerful rush of juices flowed, again and again, washing him with her ambrosial nectar.

He held deep within her feeling her muscles as they clamped against him, he moaned softly before he withdrew from her a soft smile, he broke the kiss for a moment “I love you,” he stated gently.

Jade was groggy still but to this new position, her eyes widened and the sound of joy parted her lips. He felt her shudder and silken fold clamp upon him. The two were parted for just a moment and combined again, it was sheer rapture. One hand was placed upon his chest, as her hips began to roll, slowly at first.

He breathed deeply, the feeling of himself so deep within her was incredible to him, as her hips began to roll, his hands reached tracing over the flesh of her stomach and breasts slowly, his touch light and tender now.

Jade tilted her head back while the soft sounds she made and the way her flesh rolled beneath his touch voices the pleasures this have her. Her hips moved causing his tool to feel every ripple within, it was magnificent as the love to his life was so vulnerable to him. Even with the bruise around her neck as the mark to the darker side that she had accepted. While to others saw her as was fragile, he knew better. She was a strong and amazing woman, not very many could see past her layers.

But her rocking grew to a higher speed and urgency, taking forward to integrate a deep passionate kiss.

Hades growled in reply now his back arching forcing himself deeper within her as he shuddered, a groan and he released himself deep within her.

It was a tender but powerful moment as her warm lips caressed his when her folds clapped down upon him and he felt the essence drip down his thighs. The two had hit their climax at the same time, Jade collapse on his chest panting as his throbbing flesh remained in her living flower surrounding him.

His arms instantly slid around her waist holding her to him, his breathing broken and ragged from the passion a moment they shared, a reminder that their world was their own, his hands ran over her back then to her ass and back to resting against her lower back.

[Ending A War] The Plan to End a War

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Seems your girl …” Hades began

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Ending A War] It’s Time to End This

It had taken them 76 hours as Aerian, Virra and Domi finally made it back through the gates of the Mansion. Aerian had the young child now strapped to her front keeping her both close and warm, as they headed in Aerian asked a guard the location of her parents and was quickly directed back to the Master Bedroom.

As she knocked upon the door she stood and she waited on the reply.

There was a response to enter the room. Once the trio and the baby entered, they were met with the sight of Hades, Jade, Stacy, Ascondia gathered around a table with a map upon it, while the only two with the back to the door was Kane and Aishani. Aishani wore fitted leather with a harness over her torso, gifted blade from Kane to her hip as her other.

To the side was two cribs, one held a sleeping babe.

When Aishani turned, her eyes widened briefly at the sight and she moved quickly over to Aerian. “You were successful…Let me hold my daughter…please.” Her voice quivered, as her hands were held out to accept the child.

The baby stirred as Aerian unclasped the harness holding her, she smiled softly as she placed the baby into Aishanis hand “She’s Ok, but your sister was able to escape us, we can go back out and try to hunt her, but odds are she is back in Elvera by now, I’m sorry”

Kane had already crossed the distance between them as Aishani took the child Kane held Aerian just for a moment “Thank you,” was all he managed before turning his attention his wife and their new born.

“The important thing is, that she has been returned and safely. I’ll deal with my…bitch of a sister and family.” The infant girl looked up to Aishani, it was more then clear that she was happy, as a gurgle occurred as though attempting to talk to Aishani, extending a hand to claps around her finger and investigate with the digit brought to the small mouth. She smiled down upon the child, it could be felt, as pure love was sent from mother to daughter, Aishani looked to Aerian. “Thank you…Thank you all…” She whispered and moved away to place the child in the same crib as the other. Brother and sister reunited, gurgling and chirping happily to each other.

Jade then went to embrace Aerian and Virra, though, hesitated at the presence of Domi, glancing to Hades. “Who is he…”

“This is Domi, he helped with us returning my sister,” Aerian replied as she nodded to Domi “I said he could stay with us, at least until the war is done with, he helped us it’s the least we can do to repay that debt”

“Can you be trusted? I sense there is more to the story than my dear niece is willing to say, so Virra is he to be trusted?” Hades stated though still bent over the map his eyes glanced at Domi then to Virra, it was clear enough that Hades would take Virras word even above his nieces, not because he didn’t trust Aerian but simply because of Aerians want to protect the world, a quality she only showed in small amounts.

Virra looked from Aerian to Jades at his question, appearing torn. “I grew up with him. Aside from his perversions…yes, he is. Now that my Pops is gone there is no order, he is on our side.”

Domi remained silent looking over those in the room, then speaking. “I don’t want the realm to fall to tell crazy bitches. They will kill Ceremon when he grows weak…that is coming. I’ve heard plans on being an army from Faerûn through a portal.”

“That requires some real power, there aren’t many ways to open a portal in the Everlands,” Ascondia stated softly “It would explain what they wanted with me, the easiest ways are for me or Stacy to open those portals,”

“There are of course other ways, enough mages in the right place, and its not like Ceremon struggles to draw in people who want to cause chaos and misery” Kane added as he watched Domi for a moment “But at least we have a good idea of their next move, and unfortunately we are running out of time”

“We need to end this soon Kane, we have everything we need, we hit Elvera before they try to pull this off and maybe we can end this” Hades retorted sharply “We need to stop sitting on our hands, the children are born that’s why you were holding off, we have dragons, unicorns, dires half the realm is on our side, we outnumber their living easily, we can end this”

“One step wrong and we lose everything..” Ascondia started only to get cut off by Kane

“He’s right, we’re out of time, get some rest everyone, tomorrow we end this” He turned to face Aishani “Now our daughter is home, we really should name them?”

Jade moved close to Hades now, while placing a hand on his shoulder. “I agree, this needs to end. If not for peace of mind, for the twins. Already they have tasted what it is like during war…We are a strong family and will stop at nothing to bring this fight to an end.”

Aishani was watching the twins, gurgle and speak to each other, but, turned her gaze to the others in the room. “Yes, a good nights rest will be good for all of this. After breakfast in the morning we will come with our plan to push back the forces and finish this. It has gone on for far too long. We have the future here before us and can not make it without keeping that in mind.”

Jade nodded in agreement, gathering Hades’s hand to lead him from the room. Domi lingered for a moment, though, awkwardly stepped out into the hallway with the others.

“In all this, I haven’t thought of a name for the children…perhaps, that makes me a terrible parent…” Aishani chuckled, while the girl looked to her with a scrunch of her brow causing her nose to crinkle, as though scolding her.

“You’ve been busy, worrying, giving birth, fighting a war, don’t be so hard on yourself” Aerian smiled softly before she made her way to the door “We’ll leave you be for the night, rest well”

She ducked out of the room and standing in the hall looked from Domi to Virra “He can take a guest room, or he can come with us?” It was an opportunity for Virra to hit the brakes on what was likely about to occur, a soft smile from Aerian as she took her hand leading her back toward the entrance hall and to their cottage. Virra knew Aerian would not mind her decision nor would she force the issue, but a gentle reminder that for the moment they were stuck with him.

Domi stood a few feet away, hands linked with the strap of his weapon’s belt, appearing to be standing awkwardly a way away. Virra glanced to him then to Aerian, rolling her shoulder with a chuckle, though, curling her hand within Aerian’s. “He reminds me of a lost puppy…this is so out of his element.” Though, glanced over her shoulder with a whistle. “C’mon, boy. You can sleep in the front room in the cottage.”

He looked to them then to the closed door of the master suite, pushing from his lean against the wall. “I’m not a fucking dog.”

Virra laughed even more, turning and patting her legs as though calling the canine companion. “C’mon, boy! Whose a good boy!”

Domi appeared irritated though growled and gave chase after her.

 

[Ending A War] Every Gift Has a Price

It always amazed Hades that despite the size of the Mansion and the solid stone walls, some sounds always carried through. The cries of children being the one currently that echoed through the halls, it also made him wonder if perhaps it was realms way of telling him.

He slipped his hands around Jade with a soft smile before drawing her close “Looks like the twins have made their arrival,”

Jade smiled to Hades that special expression that for him and him alone, caressing his face. “So it seems. Shall we see to the new family members?”

“Let them rest a little while, then we will go see what mayhem they have brought for us,” Hades replied “You and I have another task to attend first,”

Jade looked a little disappointed, though tilted her head to his statement. “We do?”

Hades nodded with a smile as he pulled some papers from his desk assembling them to reveal a map of the Everlands, and one of Dentarius as a whole “I was thinking of getting somewhere of our own, well was thinking of leaving Dentarius, but it’s a decision we should make together, either way,”

She looked down to the maps them to him. “Hades right now…isn’t the time to think about this. While I agree it will be fun.”

“That my love is where you may be wrong, now is exactly the time, we will be done with this war soon enough, especially now the little ones are here. Kane wont want this dragging out longer than it needs to and in truth, we have all but won with the Dragons on our side there is little to nothing that Ceremon can do to stop us retaking Elvera, it is a matter of time after all. So I think we should be thinking forward, to our life, our family” Hades replied

A deep blush lifted to her cheeks at his words, a beautiful colour against her skin tone. “Yes. That you are right. You did say you were going to take me away. Let’s go over the ideas that you had on the map.

“I was thinking by the ocean, there’s plenty of land out there,” Hades replied, “Sun, sea, sex, that seems like a good deal?”

“I need plenty of land, a basement, a room just for you, a room for our children, and plenty to expands as the family expands,”

“You mean to build us a home? Yes. It sounds lovely. I’ve never been to the sea before only seen pictures in books and paintings.” Jade smiled while looking down to the map.

“Ceremon built this house, then Kane rebuilt it after the Dragons Wars destroyed, Haunted built his home, and Krystal built … well something that served as a house, so it’s a tradition among us, we build our home like we do our family from the ground up” Hades replied with a soft smile “Every step of who we are will be hand built by us, together”

Jade looked to Hades now with a nod and smile. “Yes. I want a home together for us and our children when the time comes.”

“Well, then I think we should go see our new comers?” Hades said softly as he tucked away the papers “Now I know we are in agreement I know the perfect place for our home, so all is in hand,”

Jade nodded quite eagerly, the glint of excitement in her dark eyes with the prospect of seeing the new-borns. She gathered his hand to lead them to master suite. Nearly colliding with Stacy in the hallway, in her arms was a swathed bundle. “Oh! Hello. I’m just taking this wee one to clean up. Finished with the other feel free to check on the remaining one but be quiet. Kane and Aishani are sleeping. Poor things, two and a half days…it was hard on Aishani.” But Stacy bustled away quickly without waiting on a response.

Hades looked on for a moment instinct telling him to follow and yet he didn’t as he slid into he room behind Jade. With a soft smile as he looked down on Kane and Aishani, “Its going to be interesting with the new babies around, wolf vampire hybrids are almost unheard of, but the realm must have a plan for us all” He mused softly.

Jade watched as Stacy disappeared down the hall. “She’s just as excited as us.” When they entered the room, she moved almost instantly to the cribs. Finding the little boy and smiled as the child too was asleep. Placing her hands on the edge of the crib and looking in. “So sweet…” She whispers as to not wake the child.

“Hope the lil one is OK,” Hades remarked quietly “At least they look like Aishani, means they have good chance in” There was a tone of teasing in Hades voice now, as he wrapped his arms around Jades waist gently, “He is a cute one though,”

She leaned back against Hades, her arms resting over his, while fingers pranced over his hands. Jade angles her head to present her lips against his in a tender kiss. “Imagine…me pregnant…I get so excited but have to remind myself not to, just in case…” Her voice faded as Thurs little boy, gurgled happily in his sleep.

“I think you would indeed look good, I would need to tame myself as well, which is unfortunate as I’m only just starting to play rough” Hades spoke softly against her ear, “But just imagine frustration built up over those months unleashed after our child arrives within the world” there was something sinister in his words and yet gently all, in the same way, his words were against her ear and barely above a whisper the whole time.

Jade shivered in his embrace, clearly, the excitement revealed by his words. Her hand clutching to his, yet, this moment was shattered by the sudden screams of the babe in the crib. She learned forward quickly while parting from Hades, to sweep up the child. The golden eyes fixed on Jade curiously, but the screaming continued as she tried so desperately to ease the babe. Cradling and walking with the bundle, add it appeared upon weak neck the new born tried to see the empty crib of his sister.

Hades looked at the baby then to Jade “He senses his sister is missing?”

He lay a hand on the child’s arm gently for a moment “She will be back soon enough, I promise you that little one”

Jade did her best to rock the child, attempting to hush the screaming babe. The child looked at him then to Jade but writhed more and continued the sound.

It didn’t take much more as Kane rose to Jade’s side, taking the child gently as he lay him against his shoulder with soft sounds “Where’s his sister?” He asked still off slightly having only just woken.

“Stacy took her to clean her up, she should be back though quite honestly” Hades replied softly he got his sword

Aishani had stirred now, her ashen skin is offset of the dark hue while speaking calmly. “Let me see him…” She managed in a husky tone. “I want to hold our son.” Her arms were held out, while adjusted to sit up in accommodation.

Kane smiled softly before gently handing over the new-born before he turned back toward Hades.

“He’s so sweet,” The air shimmered as a tall blonde appeared, her face youthful and yet the wisdom could be seen “You did good, both of you finally a new generation of Elcarus’ is born in the Everlands, however I bear bad news, there is a problem,”

“Mom what’s going on,” Kane spun to face her now his hand instinctively laid on Aishanis shoulder.

“All isn’t as it seems, and Stacy is in trouble, locked away in the cells, the one who was here was not Stacy but Aishani’s sister,” Her words came slow and measured “A move no doubt intended to make you act in haste and make a mistake, the realm, however, has decided to act, Stacy is hurt and cannot link with us, so they sent Haunted and I to bridge the gap, right now he follows the child to keep her safe, but he cannot retrieve her,”

Aishani cradled the baby gently as she opened her shirt to remove a breast that was swollen with milk to offer the child. Once the feeding began and Kane spoke, Aishani growled softly baring her teeth. “Xulljra…” She looked down to her child, planning a finger within the small first. “It was only a matter of time.” Aishani lifted her gaze. “That at least gives me a small piece of mind to know Haunted is looking after her. I do not trust, either, Z’ress or my sister. My love…this war had been pushed too far. I have yet to lay eyes upon our daughter, she had yet to do such to me…”

“I think it may be time to stop playing around, I wanted to give you time to rest, recuperate but it seems we have a need to end this war and take the full force of Dentarius against Elvera” Kane sighed softly “We need to end this so we can breathe easy,”

“That doesn’t bring the child back Kane, that needs to be our priority here,” Hades retorted firmy

“It is but its all hand in hand, Z’ress took our daughter, it’s not an accident or random choice,” Kane replied calmly looking to Aishani “Any ideas what they want? Beyond taking our daughter to thoroughly piss us off?”

Aishani looked up from caressing the tuft of freak hair upon the feeding baby boy, a hand on the back of his neck in support. “In…Drowish society. The women are riveted for their close association to Lloth. Perhaps to steal my daughter and be taught properly…besides to piss is off and force us to move.”

“You need to be careful, to act rashly is exactly what they are hoping for Kane, I love your father but you are my children, and my grand child is at stake in all of this, Haunted can keep her running for now at least, buy you time to make your move, but Hades is correct rescuing her should be your priority, then you can end this war,” Nelliah now stated firmly “Please Aishani, see reason in not acting rashly, take back your daughter then let them end this war,”

Aishani was clearly conflicted, while the babe suckled. “Kane, we have to get our daughter back. If it means we end the war in the process so be it…but I haven’t even met her yet, I’ll be damned if anyone is going to take that from me.”

“Then we need our tracker, Hades we should send Aerian and Virra, you and I will prepare the assault on Elvera,” Kane stated firmly, the instinct now to fight back and take back what was theirs, Hades knew better than to question him.

“Aishani and Jade should talk Ascondia, see if she remembers anything else before we go in, the last thing we need are any surprises” Hades replied

Aishani nodded removing her bosom from the child tired with a full belly, placing him against her skin and kissed his head. “Don’t worry. We will get your sister back. Jade get our wet nurse, she will have to be present for feedings. For fuck sake, which cell is Stacy in? Get her care,” She tucked away her bosom and moved to the edge of the bed to rise but fell back to the bed, still weak from the labour. But she held her hand up as others were ready to come to aid, the only ones that came close was Jade to take the child and place him in the crib, then turned to help Aishani up.

[Ending A War] A Little Distraction Can Be Fun

As Jade made her way through the house, she would turn into one of the darker corridors, struck from the darkness and dragged into one of the empty rooms, not a word said as the figure forced her into the wall keeping her turned away from him his body pressed tight into hers now.

He groped her still not giving away his identity as he did so, his breathing heavy against her ear as he growled into her ear “I’m going to fuck you, and you’re going to enjoy it!” It was rough and dangerous in tone, as his hand slid round  to close around her mouth before he stripped her free of her clothes.

Jade, taken by complete surprise struggled against the unknown assailant, though before she could call out for help the hand kept her sounds at bay. She still struggled to keep her clothing on but inevitably the crisp air clashed with her skin and the cruel wall crushed her bosom painfully against the stone surface. The only thing she could do was attempt to bite the hand out of reflex, just enough flesh to get a good hold to surprise her attacker enough to release her.

He growled darkly as he felt the bite before releasing her, turning is back so as to hide his identity though his words would inevitably give him away “Damn it, didn’t see that one coming and so unfair I don’t heal as quickly as my brother!”

Hades turned her to face with a smirk his eyes on her “Miss me?!”

Jade blinked to the reveal of Hades, part of her knew it was him but at the time it happened so fast that it left her head spinning. From the inside of her thigh, the succulent juices from her flower trickled down from her own burning loins. Though neared him to lift her hand to gently take his, looking to him as in this dim light he saw that fiery aura begin to grow, while the fox head illuminating over her own. The bite on his hand began to burn, then sting as the flesh repaired itself only leaving the remnants of blood. Now the fox reversed into his fiancée, as her tiny pink tongue lapped the blood.

“Well aren’t you just full of surprises my feisty little fox” His words rolled off his tongue as he smiled softly “I suppose I should have warned you ahead of my plans, but you looked so lost and vulnerable I couldn’t help myself, now how about you apologise properly?” The last of words came darkly his eyes watching her as he stripped himself.

She smirked, to most it was simply a small bashful smile, though Jades knew better. “Whatever do you mean…Master?” Jade stood back purposely exposing herself to his greedy eyes. No clothing upon her save for one mark, the bruise at her neck.

Hades drank her in, his eyes held that same predatory look that had surfaced before as he watched her for a moment, before the idea hit making him smile wickedly.

“Make yourself cum, right here,” He pointed the ground in front of him “Then we will see what I do with you,”

Jade appeared surprised at his words, looking down to the floor he indicated and lowered herself down upon the cold surface. She spread her legs to openly display the forming glistening petals, though began to glide a hand down to part the veil and with a diligent finger caressed her pearl. Tilting her head back with a moan, yet returning her brown eyes to rest on him, lower lip caught between her teeth.

Hades crouched watching her intently as she did as commanded, he edged close enough for her to see the rock hard form of his erection but not close enough for her to do anything, but as he had instructed. As he watched he growled “You little tease!” His words were dangerous and dark but his eyes remained on her actions as he let his hand stroke his own erection in reply to her.

She reached down to spread her flower open to him, while the other finger massaged the plump pearl giving him the visual of her dripping gates as it pooled beneath her. But then it happened he saw her waterworks as a squirt occurred in her release, a gasp followed by a whimper.

Hades slid forward to kneel between her thighs as he grunted a spurt of his own hot liquids landing across her stomach and breasts, a second spurt just below the third landing and mixing with her own juices as he smiled wickedly “Sometimes not touching can be just as fun,”

Jade gasped as his molten seed painted her skin, glistening in the dim light. She scooped up some with a finger from her bosom to lick clean, while still her legs were spread and Hades saw the throbbing of her flower.

Hades smiled watching her flower for a moment before he stood “Get dressed, we have work to do” there was a tone in his voice that made it all too clear he was going to draw things out with her for a while now.

Jade looked to him surprised by his change of course. “But…you said…” She whimpered adjusting to settle on her ankles while looking playing at him.

Hade began to dress as he looked over his shoulder “Oh you’re going to get fucked, you’re just not going to know when”

Jade blinked at his words, though, stood on trembling legs while moving to get dressed. She moved to be at his side looking up to him. “Then it’s time to teach you Tai Chi.”

“Sounds like a very good idea,” Hades replied with a soft smile.