[Everything Changes] Karas Truths

The moment they exited the portal on the grounds of the cottage Ascondia and her guards closed in on Kara, Hades reached over the fence to draw a blade putting him between the guards, Kara and Jade.

“Hades what the hell are you doing?!” Barked Ascondia

“Jade didn’t call for help, nor is she harmed which makes me believe she has this under control, stand down or this gets very messy!” He replied calmly

Ascondia paced in frustration before she growled “Stand down!” The guards lowering their weapons backed up just a step. Hope was now stood off to the side as Hades looked across to Jade.

Jade held a forearm over her abdomen, as there was a hidden pain, but took Kara’s hand in hers. “She is an Elcarus. Look at her, she had the hair and eyes. I know who her father is. Before this was taken on by you Ascondia. This issue is more of the Elcarus family. I gave her my word she would not be harmed, don’t make me go back on my honour.” She gathered Hades’s hand. “We all go to Dentarius. It is time this issue is discussed and instead of drawing blades, resolved.”

Ascondia looked to Hades who just as confused as he shrugged quietly. Finally she looked at Hope then to her guards “We will leave her in your custody, I am required back in Elvera before my absence is noticed, when things are resolved ensure I am informed?” She spoke directly to Jade now once more placing her trust in the young woman “You are my eyes and ears on this, my trust in you complete”

Jade nodded to Ascondia, while giving Hades’s hand a squeeze, glancing to Kara but moving to guide her betrothed and now…niece into their home. Once within she leaned against the closed door with a deep sigh. “Have a seat at the kitchen table Kara. I will make tea, then the three of us will talk.”

Jades discomfort hadn’t gone unnoticed as he moved to her watching Kara sit before leaning to whisper “Everything alright my love? If the realm is having an effect then we can assume?” his words were soft and gentle against her ear.

She lifted the pot that was boiling, as Jade, calmly poured the water into the pot with the tea to seep. Jade looked to him, after his whisper. “I don’t know…let’s not jump to conclusions…just yet. I just feel off and ache that could be many reasons.” Jade mused to him sweetly in the passing, arranging the tray and seeing cups before everyone and offering their tea first followed by her own. Settling down on his lap watching Kara. “It was not my place to reveal whom your father was…it is yours, but Hades has a right to know.”

Kara stared at Hades who had not moved from Jades side, but she squared herself all the same “Haunted is my father, but he was married to Hel-ena at the time, it was a mistake and during the low point after you had all left Dentarius, before he became the leader everyone knew and loved, but to me he was always just dad, no hero, no long legacy of the realms saviours, it took me months before I found out about his death,”

Hades rested his chin on Jades head yet said nothing, his arms wrapped around her from behind, there was no malice in his presence now.

“I don’t care about being a hero, or what’s expected of our blood line, I just want to stop running,”

“Then maybe you should have brought this to us sooner?”

“I tried to tell you, and you broke my arm then tried to have the queen cut off my head, makes a girl a little afraid,” Kara replied softly “And incase you didn’t figure it out, it wasn’t me on the blocks, and the magic that held the glamour was my fathers, he kept me hidden for a while afterward, but the realm is a little out of balance right now and his magic slipped, and Elveran guard spotted me and I did the only thing I knew I ran,”

“Would explain why you jumped across realms, aside from Ascondia, Haunted was on of the very few able to do it, though it taxes our magic really bad, hence no portal hopping for Kane or I,”

“You’re not nearly as they make out you know, you’re actually oddly calm which is the very opposite of what the stories say about you,” Kara tried to smile but chose instead to return her gaze to the table “It’s a lot I know, and if prison is my future then I’ll accept that, but your wife is right hiding the truth is only causing me problems, so there you have it,”

“I keep hearing that lately, might have to go slaughter a village to ensure people don’t think I’m going soft,” Hades chuckled in reply “No in truth my priorities have changed of late, the realm adapts and your being born only means you were meant to be here, I’m sure given time the reason will show itself, right now we should prepare to head to Dentarius, seems we need to have a conversation with my brother, dead and alive,”

“As I told you, Kara. A lot has changed.” She smiled gently to her. “It doesn’t mean that he had lost his ferocity. Just…better managed.” Jade leaned down to kiss his neck finishing her tea. “Yes, it is time we return to Dentarius for a visit, I’d like to see Xander and Terra, plus Stacy.”

“I will send for a carriage, avoid the walk,” He smiled softly kissing her once more before disappearing back out of the door.

“So how it is our dear Queen seems to like you? She even seems tamer than I remember her to be” Kara stated as the door closed behind Hades.

“Ascondia? Well, she’s doing better, I suppose. In the start, acted like a spoiled brat. But she’s grown some, matured and listens to reason from others. Maybe with Hope now, she’ll be happy. There is no council, it is in the world to be formed with inclusion of areas of the realm.” She began to gather the empty tea cups. “Things are changing. For the good. I would like you to be there when it does. Regardless of wanting responsibility. You are an Elcarus by blood, family.”

“I am by blood, one could argue not by choice,” Kara replied softly “I’m not cut out to be a hero, I prefer to just live, I will do what is asked of me so long as I am able. I won’t make promises I cannot keep,”

“I get it. I really do. I’m not a hero, but engaged to Hades. Last of my kind, put a damper on things. That is what I am fighting for, Kara. Life is precious. It is never by choice in our parents. There is a reason that you were conceived with Elcarus blood. The realm doesn’t make those mistakes.”

“So my father keeps telling me,” Kara sighed softly. Hades opened the door and motioned for them to follow the carriage now outside their gate, Kara stood and quietly followed to him before climbing within the carriage, as Hades took Jades hand and locked the door before leading her in as well.

Jade inhaled with a nod, leaning her cheek against Hades shoulder after they situated themselves in the carriage. Very shortly after, she had fallen to sleep.

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[Everything Changes] The Diplomacy of Truth

It was a short lived nap as Ascondia shot from the bedroom with a clatter of the door.

“Hades, Jade wake up, we know where she is,”

Hades stirred rolling to wrap his arm around Jade ensuring they didn’t fall from the couch, his eyes slowly focusing on Ascondia, Hope could be heard in the background talking, Hades guessed she was talking on the cell phone confirming details.

“She’s holed up in a motel not that far on the outskirts of town, but the feds are en route and we need to get there first, if she goes into federal custody who knows what will happen,”

Jade woke with a start, exchanging a glance to Hades. Their reason for being here was coming to a close, without thinking Jade stood. The sight of all the bruises upon her revealed to Ascondia. It was too late to hide beneath the sheet, moving quickly to her kimono by the kitchen table to dress.

Ascondia looked her over then chuckled as Hope wandered from the bedroom, her hand to her mouth to stifle the yelp of shock. Ascondia looked back to her with a frown.

“Oh and the bruise on my ass isn’t something?” Ascondia shook her head, before she looked to the fire then to Jade “Must have been a pain to be so quiet, surprised you didn’t hear our escapades, Hope can be a real squealer when you get her right,” There was a tease in her voice, as her eyes never left Jade in that moment.

Jade pulled in the fabric concealing the bruises on her body, fixing the omi in place them moved to gather Hades clothing. “No we heard everything. Oh, who said we were inside?” As she handed Hades his clothing.

“You got yours, we had some fun of our own, so” Hades slid from under the cover to retrieve his clothes, keeping his back to Ascondia as he dressed “So how long do we have?”

“FBI will be there in an hour or less, gives us a little less than that,” Hope replied as Hades pulled on his shirt and fastened his boots.

“I hate having to do this unarmed, because I dare bet Kara isn’t” He mused darkly

“The report says she has a sword, quite adept with it from what they say too, and enough knives to supply a small thief’s guild if such a thing weren’t fiction of course,” Hope shrugged, as she shrugged Hades smiled.

“Good then I can take a weapon, well then,” He straightened finishing fastened the heavy belt of his pants.

Jade sighed softly. “I could have brought my katanas…Too late now, I have my skills. We have to get her when she least expects it. Do you think she is aware of me? I could be the distraction…don’t you dare say no, Hades. But we better leave, we can discuss it on the way.”

“Three people armed to the teeth would be hard to explain,” Hope stated softly “Not to mention I dread the encounter with Luke had he been armed, and losing limbs is even harder to explain, you needed to blend in it was the right choice,”

Jade nodded moving to gather Hades hand in hers, looking between him and Ascondia. Beginning to walk to the car. “Neither of you answered my question. Does she know of my relationship to Hades?”

“She bolted the moment she got the chance and has been isolated for some time, it is extremely unlikely she is aware of your relationship. You may indeed be our distraction,” Ascondia shrugged softly as she plucked a knife from the drawer before tucking it in her boot with a smile “It isn’t my sword but it’ll do in a pinch,”

“She has a few to spare, I’ll arm myself that way,” Hades added softly “But putting Jade in her line of sight,”

“Oh shut up Hades, she just went toe to toe with your evil side and came out just fine, in every sense of the word, if she can take you on in that frame she won’t struggle with your halfwit of a sister, stop treating like a fragile doll I’m sure you don’t fuck her like one,” There was an edge to Ascondias words a reminder she wouldn’t sit for Hades’ macho attempts and a reminder she was just as smart as he was. She knew Jade could handle things and they wouldn’t be far away for anything to go too wrong “We get there, we assess then we decide on the next course, easy as that,”

Hope pulled a gun from a safe hidden in the wall, checking the clip and smiling softly “I am a cop,” there was an innocence to her words.

Jade gave Hades hand a squeeze, tipping up to kiss him gently. “You are always surprised to learn new things about me, my beloved. I do not need a weapon for this.” She now stood by the car, waiting to get in.

They were in the car and on their way fairly soon afterwards, Hope drove, her eyes focused on the road, as she kept a glance to the panel on the dash, a combination of Sat Nav and the Police System that gave her up to date information.

Hades and Jade had opted for the back of the car, namely so Hades could remain close to Jade, Ascondia in the front as she was now sorting her hair, “Once we arrive let Hope take the lead, we have better odds if we let her lead, then Jade, you and I get to clean up this whole thing,”

“You’re assuming we’ll need to,” Hades replied in reference to Jades’ earlier words “Our best hope to do this quietly is to see if Jade can convince her to come quietly, and I am in no mood to get myself shot again, so the less mess the better,”

Jade leaned against Hades shoulder in the back seat, agreeing with him. “He’s right. Would she not know me the plan for me to go in would be best. I’d say give it  ten minutes. That should give me time.”

As they pulled to the now isolated motel, there was an eerie quiet, a police car further down the road had waved Hope through, as she pulled the car up she looked back and pointed to the room “Room 109, building has been cleared quietly but apparently she’s been cagey all day, if she’s one of you she may have an inkling as to what’s going on,”

“Take your time, she will likely know you’re from our group the moment you get close, but she will be unaware of your intent unless you tell her, use everything to your advantage and if you need us, just scream,” Ascondia smiled as she now opened the door, “Hades and I will be close by, and if needs be a distraction when the federal authorities arrive, we have about fifteen minutes,”

Jade nodded to Ascondia, inhaling deeply, giving Hades hand a squeeze and a kiss. “I’ll be fine…trust me.” She then left the squad car to make her way to the door if the room indicated.

As she knocked there was a noise within, before the door cracked open just a slither, a dark haired female peering through, slowly she eyed Jade before looking beyond to see if there were any others “You’re the bounty hunter? Come to cut my throat? Drag me back to an Elveran Prison? Or otherwise make my life miserable?” There was panic in her voice, and yet a strange air of confidence, her eyes held that unmistaken emerald that was present in all Elcarus’

“May I come in, please?” Jade offered her a smile. “I have no weapons, though, we do not have much time. The group called the FEDs are on the way.”

She stepped back opening the door, it was as Jade stepped through she would see the dagger behind the door “Jeez you beat up a couple of low lives and they want to put you in prison, should have stayed where I was, except the beatings and mistreatment sucked, still with a little back up I’m sure I’ll be fine, unless as I said you’re here to take me back?”

Jade caught the glint of the dagger, recognizing the threat. Now in the room and looked around, then to her placing a little distance between her and the woman. “I never said I was here to take you back. My intention is to warn you of the FEDs with our limited time. The issue stands that you have much explaining to do to the Elcarus family. They never knew if your existence and from what I understood you had your head separated from your shoulders. Instead of running and fighting, you know your wrongs and the only way to make right is to face them. I will do what I can to keep your head intact and your life just that. But you need to work with me.”

“Mmm I did lose my head, well some poor girl did, my father allowed the magic to stay long enough for them to be fooled, and I hid in the caverns for some time, at least until that damned war forced me to flee, I was hidden and I was safe, now I’m back to being hunted like an animal, you could of course let me go? Just as a matter curiosity who did they send after me? Kane? Or his daughter perhaps?” There was a calm in Karas voice, her hair covered most of her face, but she was relatively young, not much older than perhaps Aerian herself.

“I figured you had some poor girl beheaded instead. But right now, that’s neither here nor there. You are being hunted here, with all the technology…I’m even amazed at such. You would be caught, either way. I don’t know what they do in this realm but learning you are from another place…wouldn’t be good for you.” Jade settled in the bed watching her, shaking her head. “Kane has a family to tend to. As well as Aerian. The last war…was something. You are an Elcarus. I’m curious how is it you were not known? Come with me peacefully, please. I will do what I can to protect you from death. But you have to try, the Eclarus’ and Ascondia want answers…”

“So if not Kane or his daughter that leaves Hades,” A smiled curled her lip darkly “Ah that makes sense being the one responsible for me not being dead and all, but how is it you come to be able to guarantee I’m not separated from my head this time? I’m sure Hades is very upset I survived the last encounter with the axe man,” She crossed the room and placed herself on the bed beside Jade, she watched her a moment before taking her hand placing it over her breast, the beat beneath strong “They labour under misconception, I am not sister to Kane or Hades, nor am I am some product of Ceremon or that lunatic Hareavor, I am Elcarus by blood, but forced to hide my, heritage isn’t exactly clean, my mother was,” She paused as she sighed softly watching the clock for a moment “My mother was a tradeswoman, paid for her company and unlucky the realm had alternates to her own ideas, I have survived this long because despite his death my father tries to watch over me to ease his guilty conscience,”

Jade hissed with a snap of her teeth in her direction to the pinch of her sore bosom. “That was very uncalled for. I may not be able to guarantee I can make it happen, but I will fight to do so. I’ll take the bait. You said your mother was a trades woman…of what? Secondly who IS your father if not psycho Ceremon? They consider you their sister.”

“My mother was a comfort girl, or more commonly a whore, she spent the night with my father and well,” Kara shrugged softly her attention drawn by the sirens now growing ever closer as she looked to Jade in thought “My father is Haunted Elcarus, I am not their sister but their niece, but anything that would alter the image has long been denied no one knows who I truly am, hence the sister theory,”

She stood now walking to the window “He took care of me, on the quiet for some time but after his death I became forgotten, and then well you pretty much know the rest. I don’t want to die nor do I want to live a life where the realm expects of me, yes I’m and Elcarus but my life has far from been theirs,”

She glanced to the door at sound of the sirens. “Then you are family. That gives an advantage. Those sirens are for you, much has happened and changed. Leave with me, no fighting and we all can talk once back to Everlands. Clear up this mess. But running, hiding and brandishing your sword will solve nothing.” Jade took her hand and stood, looking to Kara.

There were the screech of tires as Hades and Ascondia bolted through the door, quickly followed by Hope who proceeded to close the door before looking to them “Whatever you’re going to do now is the time to do it,”

“Working on it,” Ascondia replied as with a flash and a roar the portal sprung to life, Hope stared at in sheer shock before Ascondia took her hand with a smile “Doesn’t hurt, but we got to go,” With that she dragged the young woman into the portal and they were gone, Hades stared at Kara before kissing Jade.

“We have got to go,” He stated above the roar of the portal.

Jade glanced to the door as it burst open, then to Hades as he neared her. Once the portal opened the hairs stood up on her neck, returning the brief kiss from her betrothed. Nodding, securing her grip on Kara’s hand to pull and push her through the portal. Gathering Hades’s hand to rush through before it closed.

[Everything Changes] Early Morning Riser

Hades stretched before groaning the position been sat while laid back had taken its toll as he shifted awkwardly. He shuddered feeling the cool air creep around him as she slowly stood feeling bones crack and pop in response to the awkward position. Quietly he made his way to the window peering out, it was still early and yet still dark outside.

His attention was drawn by sounds from the bedroom, as he strained to listen it wasn’t hard to work out what was going just beyond that door, he shook his head and continued to watch out of the window, “The sooner this is done the better,” He mused softly and keeping his voice low.

Initially Jade only stirred when Jades had stood, though, now he smelt the heavenly presence of cherry blossom behind him. Jade had moved to stand at his side, though glanced to the door. “I’m surprised, Ascondia goes both ways? Now I see where Aerian gets it. At least they could be a little quieter.” She sighed, curling a hand within his while shifting her gaze out the window. “Our time is limited here, my beloved…”

“Ascondia takes her comfort where she finds it,” He stated softly before drawing her close and resting his head upon her head his arms wrapping around her waist gently “Hopefully we will be done here quickly, once we get a lead on Kara we can go get her and take her home, though I won’t lie I would like to see who she really is, a sister we have no knowledge of how does that even happen, even in The Everlands,”

“I am not sure, but we were meant to be here. In this realm, perhaps…we should take advantage of it? Surely once isn’t enough…” Her hands lifted to caress over his forearms, it was more than clear to the implication in her words. The reflection in the mirror displayed the yellow glowing in her eyes, almost as though beckoning that demon to come forth.

“Well our dear queen is occupied” He teased in reply, it then it hit him as he took her hand and quietly led her from the cabin, closing the door quietly before leading her away the air was cool, and damp yet the scent of nature was around them, quietly he led her to the edge of the lake before turning her to him, his hands now caressing her jaw and cheek before he leant to kiss her deep and passionate.

Jade smiled, it was sly and mischievous. Without hesitation she allowed Hades to lead her from the cabin into the forest. Nothing was as important as him, her eyes fixed on him with the yellow flicker. She watched him as he watched her, though, responded to the kiss with as much depth. Her fingers working the fabric away from her until the kimono was shrugged off and pooled around her ankles. That collar catching the light just right to display the only article upon her.

Hades drank her in as that glow in his eyes returned the predator in him “Let’s make it fun,” His words were cold and drained of any emotion as he let his hand trace over her skin before moving away “Run!” it was clear his intent was to hunt her, another game for them.

Jade looked to him, while her eyes glowed yellow in response to the demon, his predator rising to the surface. Breathing growing deeper, at his words, Jade turned on her heel and darted into the forest with no location in mind. This was the times she savoured, his darkness.

Hades gave her a short start then took off into the forest himself, the demon in him easily able to track her on the wind, the race of his heart as the dark intent ran through every fibre of himself. Instinct led him through the trees and the scent of his lover drove him forward, it didn’t take long for him close the distance and even less time to end his hunt. He shot through the undergrowth his hand catching hers as he spun her into him before forcing her into the damp ground, one hand blocking the back of her head hitting the floor the other already crushing against the flesh of her breast, his eyes flickered dark now the usual emerald green all but disappeared among the darker hidden demon.

Jade was surprisingly fast, though, it appeared nothing could out run the determined demon that sought control. He was almost within a fraction of a second too late to grasp her hand but managed.

Now on her back his dark eyes meeting that of her yellow, growling and moaning to the grasp of her bosom, clear that he was determined to claim her. A fox like grin appeared on her lips with the glisten of her incisors. She nipped in his direction, while grasping his hand to silently demand for him to let the demon out without fear.

His eyes were locked upon hers as his leant to bite the flesh of her breast, it was hard as his nails now raked along her thigh, each move deliberate a need to inflict pain and yet provide pleasure. His other hand continued to kneed the flesh of her breast with force, the weight of his body now pinning her to the cold damp ground.

Jade shivered as the cold blanket of the ground was beneath her, pinned underneath his weight. Her pale flesh displayed the travel of his fingers in red lines. She growled in response to the bite at her tender and sensitive bosom, conflicted with the pain and pleasure. Her aura throbbed faintly with the sensual presence of the fox, her hands lifted to urge him to feast more upon her mound, pushing him to release all that the demon held.

He shifted his position now kicking out of the pants that prevented him from been closer, followed quickly by his shirt before pressing back against her, warmth of her flesh against his made him hungry, a flash in the skies above was quickly followed by rain causing him to growl as he returned to his assault, biting her flesh repeatedly her breasts and over her stomach and shoulders.

While not spoken it seemed that her body sighed at the physical contact, instead of the cold ground his body warmed her like a blanket. The force of his hunger caused marks upon her body, which would likely leave bruises against her skin. Now her hands rose to choose into his back with her nails, this only served to leave her own meals bit fed the demon in him. As her sounds increased, primal with the need to mate, the power that surged from her only have the instinct that he was in control of a powerful creature.

His hand wrapped against her throat with a dark look pressing against the collar and removing her air for a few moments as he restricted her ability to breath he positioned himself, releasing his grip on her and driving deep into her with force enough to shift them in the dirt.

Jade looked up to him, those stunning yellow eyes blazing now, as her sounds were muffled against the grip of her throat. A hand lifted to close against his own wrist, but not to remove the grasp, only to tighten it more. After he released she gasped to the fill of her lungs, growling in that guttural sound of pleasure as his tool sunk, unforgiving and demanding into her tight passage. His entry was easy due to the drooling flower that was already saturated by the rough housing.

Her hands returned to his back, which was nose growing raw, clawing his flesh and kneading with a kitten like precision at the back of his thigh. This gave him the mixture he desired of the pain and pleasure, while her silken folds tightened around him in such a way only Jade knew how.

There was nothing gentle in Hades now his hand wrapping into her hair and yanking it back as he drove into her with long violent thrusts, the demon in full control now as it was for pleasure and a hunger that drove his hips against hers the resounding slap echoing through the air around them, his mouth continuing to bite and nip her flesh now closing in on her nipple, nipping hard against the sensitive flesh.

Jade snarled to the pull of her hair, the passage tightening in reflex around his sunken tool in her treasure. A howl parted her lips to the bite at her bud, those glorious canines exposed now to the angle. Since she couldn’t move her head by the reigns, the aura of the Kitsune grew stronger until the orange was a transparent visage over her physical form, those yellow eyes now coming to life with a fire. Jade clawed at his back, Hades felt that blood rise in the warmth in his skin. Just then the thunder growled and the rain began to fall upon their bodies. Such heat was in contrast on their skin that it steam began to rise, the harder he bit the sweet essence of blood flooded his pallet.

The hunger drove him now as he withdrew from her biting the flesh of her thigh and then over her stomach before he pulled her up and pushed her over, now behind her his hand struck the flesh of her ass with a resounding clap, a crack of thunder seemingly in reply before he bit the flesh, then drove back into her with the same hungered force, his nails driven down over her back before returning the same violent strokes of before.

She gasped as the hair was free, though before Jade could react she was on her stomach. Bending up on her knees to display her dripping flower, holding as those teeth bit her flesh again. The red marks leaving trail in her back and a growl to the smack, while caused her bottom to juggle. The violence in the way he took her was greedy but animalistic. She bucked back against him, displaying her need and depth, that furious member bursting past her pearly gates into her womb. This nearly seemed too much, losing the support of her elbows and reaching behind to spread her cheeks to display his manhood plunging into her, each time was met with the splash of her saturated ground. The rain now came harder, as it appeared to react to her clamp on his tool and those glorious juices off her climax that took control.

As her release struck he growled plunging deep into her with a hungered force, his manhood swelling before unleashing his seed deep into her, a growl ripped from him so deep and raw, he held within her until every drop had been delivered, though remained just as hard, as looked her over the exposure of her hands separating herself for him suddenly sent a shudder through him, easing back from within her, as he eyed the hidden starlet his hand helping to reposition, before pushing against her now,.

She whimpered at the force of his release within her ground, her flower thriving against him greedily add her womb took the entire flood.

When the shift happened, the sweet pucker tighter than her own flower, she howled as no adjustment was found before the target was made. Now the sight of her dripping flower with the mixture and three way her body latched upon his was inviting.

His hand reached to slid his fingers against the wetness, the mixture of them was intoxicating before his hips edged back short shallow thrusts each time allowing him to penetrate her further until he was now deep within her, his fingers moved to pinch and flick against the swollen pearl for a moment before he straightened his hand taking hers and pushing it to her heated core, it was now he began to ease back a little.

Jade growled to the punch if his fingers upon her plump pearl this only created more juices to flow. This pain mixed with pleasure, she enjoyed greatly. Now with his guidance, she penetrated herself with a shudder. Hades could now feel the brush of her hidden fingers through the veil, maddeningly intoxicating fit both her and him.

As she adjusted to him his rhythm began to build, steadily growing quicker and more powerful with each thrust until he able to return to the same violent rhythm of before his hands now gripping her hips and each time he drove into her would force her back against driving him that little bit deeper.

She howled in delight, the feeling of her fingers grew more and more quick, that is when the speed if his own began to cause her legs to tremble and it appeared as though Jade was about to collapse. He heard and smelt the power of each release as it reflects in her back passage, it seemed that this double penetration was arousing her quite thoroughly. The sound she made were a mix of primal and pleasure, finally the hand left her flower to claw into the dirt, her muscles twitching as she fell forward with shoulder dig into the ground. But against each pound she thrust him deeper into she couldn’t keep up and howled his name. Again and again the rush flowed like a geyser.

As Jades release struck Hades drove into her with a guttural growl, his hands landing flat and hard against her hips as he again delivered his seed deep into her, his whole body shuddered with force against hers.

Jade lay now with her cheek against the ground, panting and crooning, he saw a faint bruise forming on her bottom and the light of the Kitsune fade. Her body was economic sound him now, hips the only part of her hoisted, torso and shoulders downward. The rain continued to fall, a light mist now that gave a halo around their bodies. Jades skin was blotched with patches of red as she was coming down from her high. Her shape was divine from this angle with wide hips and the skin was too her legs.

His hands slid up her inner thighs gently before he slowly removed himself from her to sit on the now rain soaked forest floor, the cool barely even notable within their bubble of warmth, he placed a kiss against her bare bottom before helping her to his lap, now kissing her once more.

The shift into his lap, revealed the bite marks that speckled her breasts, to the sides and one deep and dark on her bud. Some in her shoulders and even her stomach, she looked beaten but it didn’t seem to phase her. Jade lifted her head from his chest to lift a hand to cup and bring his lips down against hers in a tender and loving kiss. When parted her exotic brown almond slanted eyes were fixed in his with a softness and affection.

He returned the kiss, now content to remain with her as the rain fell upon them, before finally kissing her and helping her stand picking up his now soaked clothes he chuckled softly. They made their way back toward the cabin as he eased open the door and peered within. The kitchen and room still empty they crept in, he tossed his clothes by the fire and pulled a spare sheet around himself, Jades, kimono still on the table where they had begun.

She moved to cuddle with him beneath the blanket, shivering. Such could be because she was cold or the powerful moment, quite possibly both. Nuzzling into his neck followed by a yawn.

[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.

“Ascondia?”

“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] 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.