[Everything Changes] Triage and Love

There was a commotion that woke Aerian as she stretched and rolled out of bed, she made her way into the hall a group was closing in on Harely who was on the ground and looked to have taken a beating.

It was an instinct that saw Aerian draw her blade and slid beneath one of them about to drive his own sword through Harley, the blade deflected by Aerians in a shower of sparks. Aerian rolled and was crouched between the small group and Harley as she stood the group backed up.

“Did I not say she was off limits?” Aerian barked the flash of anger through her eyes.

“She deserves everything she has coming to her,” The guy from yesterday now snapped at Aerian, she didn’t blink as her right hand sent him to the ground.

“You’re not wrong, she probably does, but that’s not your choice unless you’d like your chance,” Aerian replied darkly “We do this the old way, my way, you and Harley if you win she’s out of here,”

“And if she wins,” He asked coldly

“That’s up to her,” Aerian replied as she turned offering her hand to Harley, the moment her back was turned she felt him move toward her, again on an instinct, she turned her blade blocking his attack as she turned past kicking the back of the knee with a crack sending him to the floor.

Aerian would have driven her own blade through him had Serah not caught her wrist “You said no more murder,”

Aerian flicked her blade in her palm and then with a flick of her wrist snapped it into the ground at her feet.

Domi was in the hallway now, rubbing his eyes, while Virra lounged against the door in just the large tunic with her bandaged thigh exposed.

“What the hell…?” Domi said, motioning for Harley to near their room. “What happened?”

Harley ducked past the small group as Serah shoved the guy away “Alistair doesn’t fucking listen,” she snapped angrily “You’re girl just gave him a chance to put it right, then he tried to jump her and likely got his knee broke for his trouble, had I not stopped her she would have ended his miserable existence,”

Aerian picked her blade up glaring at Alistair before she walked toward Harley and pushed her into their room “You need to accept we’re taking control, and ignoring the rules is not going to fly any longer, if you have a problem then you take it to the pit simple as that, and you fight until you can’t stand,”

“So we kill in the pit, just not in the halls?” Alistair spat in frustration.

“She never said kill,” Serah replied darkly “And breaking you’re knee probably just saved your ass the embarrassment of getting your ass kicked for the third time today,”

Virra straightened as Harley was pushed to the room, while Virra has been leaning with little weight put on her leg but a limp was noticeable, as small as it was. “I agree with Serah. The pit before was to sort out issues not a vice to kill. Come, Firefly and Serah. It’s time we talk. Domi, you deal with Alistair.”

Domi yawned but moved to point to another and himself to host him up. “Off to the infirmary.”

He walked while supporting Alistair, once back on the table, he inspected the damage. “Damn, she’s still got a kick.” Domi proceeded to give him a bottle, then began to work on a cast. “Everyone is so uptight. So why even bother, you know that things are changing, you’re pushing the envelope.”

“So she won’t kill but she has no problem breaking my leg? She really is good as they said she was, but all our problems started with Harley they should end with her death, she would have killed any of us just as easily,” Alistair sighed darkly, the pain now ripping at him from the knee “I just want her dead, to answer for all those we’ve lost to her recklessness or even her own hand, why is that so wrong?”

“Hm. Perhaps she had no problem breaking your leg to defend herself, which is easily repaired. But as for a life, that is not. This goes to prove that Aerian means to right the wrong. She could have killed you but did not. You speak as though it’s simple. We all know that a majority of you if not all, want Harley dead. But doesn’t that defeat the purpose of no killing? No murder? Everyone has done something unforgivable, it takes a stronger person to give that individual a chance against all the odds to prove worth. After all, didn’t the Ever Present give all of you that same chance?” Domi said calmly.

“Serah is the reason she didn’t kill me, I don’t think your girlfriend planned to let me live, seems she says one and thing and does the other, an irrational mine field is that one” Alistair sighed softly “Though I probably shouldn’t have tried to blindside her,”

“Don’t pretend to know. The fact remains you are alive. Instead of using it for the negative put a foot forward instead of back. We are looking to the future, which means the past has to be left let to lay.” Domi finished up the cast and looked to him. “Yes, that was foolish. Never strike from the backside, which can be viewed as backstabbing. Metaphorically and physically.”

“I will just thank you for sorting my leg, and pray your girlfriend doesn’t hold a grudge,” Alistair replied blankly.

Domi moved to begin to clean the area. “Instead of hope, why not take initiative? Look we aren’t here to dictate or force anything. But a change was needed. I think you and everyone would be better off not fighting against it and see where it goes. She had her reasons for everything. But if I may make a suggestion, take the bull by the horns. Apologize for blind siding her. I’ll be there and she won’t kick your ass.”

“I think I’m just going to stay out of the way today doc, but I will make my peace in time,” He replied with a calm in his voice that was odd in its direction.

Domi nodded to Alistair, moving to place his hand on his shoulder. “Be safe, no more pushing it. Yeah?”

 

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Aerian made her way to quickly check over Harley as she eyed the cuts and bruises, Serah stepped in and then closed the door “You were going to kill him after you set the terms, you would have killed him,” she stated firmly

“It was reaction, he attacked from behind he’s lucky I didn’t snap his neck,” Aerian replied “They are still not falling in line, but perhaps they know we’re not kidding around now,”

“Alistair riled them up, Harley was unlucky, this will teach them, Aerian you just need to keep your temper in check, there isn’t anyone here who can go against any of you three and come out intact, tensions are high but it will settle, if you’re willing to let it,” It was an odd turn for Serah but she was the voice of reason “You over reacted, and now he can’t settle this with Harley and that’s going to just piss him off more,”

Virra chuckled returning to sit in the bed. “Emotions in check. That is a challenge given our circumstances.” She patted her belly which now has formed a small bump.

Serah stared in though before looking at Aerian “Wait, both of you?” She then looked to Harley who was looking just as stunned by yet another revelation, “And she still kicked your ass?”

“Aerian always was kinda special” Harley replied softly “Not really the brightest choice, combat while pregnant? Even for you that seems reckless,”

“I’m fine, and I would never have put myself in a situation I couldn’t control, you know that. We have to ensure the future of The Ever Present, and my family, I can’t do that without support,” Aerian shrugged softly “We need to stop fighting among ourselves, past is past, but the future is what matters,”

“Perhaps not. But, we aren’t going to ignore the future. We need support while attempting to gain the strength that the Ever Present was. Now, it could be better than before. The fact remains, no murder and no killing. Look ahead and not behind. We do have Domi looking out for us, as well as each other. Now you know the truth of emptiness between her and me. We returned regardless of our situation and we aim to make this right and steer in the right direction.”

“I must admire your commitment, it’s hard for some of us to consider, and we’ve changed leadership twice in the last day, not hard to understand why we are little rattled?” Serah replied softly the cold edge of her voice now had dissolved “Your boy talks sense, asked I give this new direction a chance and so I will stand in support, but the choice should be theirs not because they have to but because they wish to?”

Aerian nodded softly “Anyone who wants to remain I said it before they can, things are not going back to what they were, and if that’s the reason then that will be their choice as well, we are here to lead not to dictate,”

“It will take time. Everlands wasn’t built in a day and we have had our fair share of bumps along the way. Much the same as Ever Present. She loves the group as a whole, which is why she came back. It takes a strong person to admit fault and go about correcting it. Right, Firefly?” Virra smirked, leaning back, extending her hand to Aerian. “Harley, you probably should get those scrapes looked at.”

Aerian slipped into Virra with a kiss to her neck “It will take time, but we will get to where we were once, we will lead by example, seems to work well for my dad,”

“Still can’t believe your dad is Kane Elcarus, that’s a lot to digest,” Serah replied, “Anyway if you’ll excuse me I need to go talk with a few people, I will return in a while and give the lay of how things are?”

“I’m Ok Aery, bruised pride more than a few scrapes, though I’m sure your doctor friend will check me all the same when he returns,” Harley added as she settled back by the fire now beginning to rebuild it.

“Sounds good, Serah.” Virra watched as the woman left, then returned a kiss to Aerian’s crown, shifting her gaze to Harley.

Just then the door opened and Domi entered, motioning for Harley to sit in a chair to inspect her. “Your injuries are superficial. You’ll be fine and Alistair definitely had a broken leg, Aerian. He may at one point come to apologize, though be wary of him, both of you. He regrets blind siding you.”

“I suspect he may try something else, I can’t expect everyone to play nice, but you treated him so they can’t say we are treating anyone any different, I think you’ve spent more time performing triage since we got here than we have had together,” Aerian smiled softly.

“Face hurts, ego hurts, but I’m still alive so that’s something,” Harley smiled softly before standing, “I think I’m going to go hide in my room for a while if I can help just send for me,”

Domi nodded to Harley, watching her leave the room and sighed. He moved over to Aerian and Virra, laying his head down in Aerian’s lap. Virra leaned to kiss and nibble at Aerian’s neck. “Yes, you’ve been a busy man.”

“I’m fine so long as I can do my part. It’s been tiring but there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do to make this go smooth and keep my beautiful angels happy.”

“And there isn’t anything we wouldn’t do to keep you happy,” Aerian barely even though as her response came from her lips. As she felt Virras kissed she whimpered softly, “I would do anything for either of you,”

Domi caressed Aerian from her ankles to her thigh, turning his head to kiss her thigh with a playful nibble. “How are my beautiful mothers to be? Your hand Aerian? Your leg Virra?”

“It’s still sore, Domi, though I figure it will be as such for a while yet. My bosom is sore…” Virra whispered.

“Oh, well, I can’t wait to help when it’s swollen with milk. Each of you.” Domi teased with a wiggle if his brows.

“You’re such a pervert…” Virra sighed with a smirk.

“But he’s our pervert, so many girls around here and he doesn’t so much as take a look. It’s nice,” Aerian mused softly as she let her fingers wander gently over Virra before she shifted to kiss Virra deeply.

The shift was met with Virra wrapping her arms around Aerian, due to her injury her movements were limited. But Domi began to nibble and kiss their necks, taking his time on each, it was apparent his goal was to mark them with hickies.

Aerian moaned as she felt Domi against her neck before she sat back and peeled off her top her eyes now looking to Virra “I think he’s trying to mark his territory.”

Virra smirked while leaning to kiss, Aerian deeply, though turned her cheek to rest against her naked bosom with a brief lick. Before grabbing him by the shirt to pull him up. “I don’t like being marked.” Though in the next instant her lips were on Domi’s neck, suckling intently with a groan from Domi. It was clear that the tides were turned and she was determined to mark him.

Aerian joined her nipping at Domis flesh before suckling hard. Before she shifted her attention to Virra, her hands now sliding up over her sides and over her stomach and then up to caress her breasts.

When Aerian’s lips left Domi’s neck, he had a mark, but on Virra’s side there was the peppering of such upon his flesh. A moan left her lips as Aerian touched her bosom. The thin fabric of the tunic separating from flesh contact, Virra parted from his neck, while turning her lips against Aerian’s in a deep kiss. Her hands lifted to cup and massage the mounds. Domi was watching them but began to loosen Aerian’s pants and dip a finger down to tease her hidden pearl, doing the same to Virra though dipped his hands beneath her tunic.

Aerian felt his touch and sighed deeply, as she squirmed against him before kissing Virra once more, Aerian moaned against Domis touch and the kiss.

A smirk appeared in his lips, while Virra moaned and attempted to adjust. “Don’t move too much, Virra.” He warned, as his hand appeared to quicken beneath her tunic. But now before Aerian could react his mouth was fixed greedily upon her bosom, centering on the flesh with a whip of his slick muscle. His finger sorted lower and sunk into her waiting folds, struggling around add a thumb for added to focus in her plump pearl.

Aerian pushed back into him as her eyes closed sinking down onto her elbows laid with her head against Virra, “He doesn’t play fair,” she murmured softly.

Virra chuckled, tilting Aerian’s chin up to press her lips against hers, the kiss was deep and hungry, passionate. As the sound were fed into the kiss, she head the buckle of his pants released. Before she registered what happened, Domi had ripped her free of her pants and was flipped over on her knees. While Aerian was face to face with Virra’s dripping gate, a glorious sight. Without a moment’s hesitation, Domi plunged himself deep within her silken folds, strong hands reaching around to massage and pinch her buds.

Aerian let her tongue flick against those warm juices with a soft whimper, as Domi plunged into her she felt her body tense, a low growl escaping her, feeling him fill her deeply she moaned now moving to allow her fingers to dip into Virras wetness, her tongue searching for Virras already swollen pearl.

Virra cried out with the dip of Aerian’s fingers, the slick tool focused on her pearl, tilting her head back with her hands lifted to tend to her own bosom.

Domi began to thrust into Aerian, while plucking and punching her buds, the speed increasing with the shrewd clapping of his hips against her bottom. A smack was heard, as one hand left a red mark but massaged the cheek apologetically, only to continue with the process.

Aerian growled as his hand struck her but felt her body tense, and yet felt herself only get wetter, as she probed Virra deeply with her fingers, her tongue flicking against the tender pearl. As he struck her again she pushed back into his has increasing the impact and causing her to whimper.

Virra was releasing those beautiful sounds, it was clear she was attempting to rest her leg. Her folds throbbed around the constantly delving digits, she was building to her release, and then it happened. A rush of juices was spent from her honey pot, causing her tremble and the more Aerian continued the more of her sweet nectar flowed.

To Aerian’s buck back, Domi massaged her half-moons then latched to her hips, pulling her back into the thrusting. The sound and smells in the room were carnal heaven. Just then Aerian felt his monstrous tool grow, inflating and stretching her passage. Suddenly twitching and exploding, filling her with gob after gob of his molten seed.

Aerian moaned deeply as Virras release struck, as Domi quickened her pace, she removed her fingers from Virra curling them into the bed, her own body heated causing her cry against the thrusts, as she felt him release with her she ground back against him before her body tensed, her muscles clamping against Domi milking every drop deep within her a low growl was lost the sheets beneath her.

Domi continued to rock within her, slowly, leaning forward to press her lips in a flutter along her spine a steady hand massaging Aerian’s shoulder tenderly. But he leaned to lick her ear. “I love you, Aerian.”

He removed himself with that articulate plop and swept the fiery haired woman in his arms. Shifting her to his right, while settling between the two woman with an arm curling around each. It was a tender moment, as he shifted his lips in gentle kisses between the two, recovering from the passionate moments and savouring this time before sleep stole them away.

Aerian shuddered against the kisses, as she slid into his lap and returned the kiss, her hand now reaching trail over Virra softly, before nestling into Domi and stretching her legs out and over Virra.

Virra glanced to Aerian with a smirk, learning against her and Domi. “Seems your plan to mark us backfired.” She mused, looking at his neck that was peppered with little hickies and one side with others but larger.

Aerian chuckled to her words with a grin before placing his hand on her stomach “I think he just likes it when we retaliate,” her words were soft, as she leant to kiss his neck softly.

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[Everything Changes] Broken Bones

Virra was leaning back on the bed, relaxing in her skirt and sharpening her blades, when Domi entered the room. He placed down his bow, moving to deeply kiss Virra sitting at her side then motioned Aerian close to pull her into his lap. Pressing his lips against hers, though after a few moments leaned back. “Explain to me about Tayla. Because from my understanding she is on her way and should be showing up soon. Not too happy.”

“She’s one of the original group, Aerian, Me, Kia and Kellan then Tayla, we were the original Ever Present, she is smart, and as deadly accurate with a knife as you are with a bow,” Harley replied softly as she watched Domi then Virra “She should also be dead, I sent Serah to take her out,” Harley paced the room slowly as Aerian lay against Virra her eyes closed as she simply listened, “And knows this hideout inside and out probably better than anyone as she is the one who brought us here,”

“Well, amusingly enough, Sareh is the one that imparted with the information. You, Harley, are the one she wanted to get close to and a broken hand remains. Speaking with her, we have a lot of work to do in order to prove our word is loyal. Especially you, Harley. In their eyes, you cannot be trusted,” Domi stated while assisting Aerian to sit next to Virra and pacing. “We are here to stay.”

“She wanted something I wasn’t in the mood to give” Harley replied flatly “But Teyla is headed for our humble home, we may be in very deep trouble,”

“Right up to the point she realises I’m here,” Aerian replied absently remaining with her eyes closed as she laid against Virra “She’s good but then so are you, neither could end me, we put me between her and you and see what happens,”

“Don’t be stupid Aerian you are not the twelves gift in combat, I dare bet your girl can whip your ass, or the handsome wonder over there, and I had you down twice, love stopped me killing you not skill Aerian,” Harley snapped coldly watching her “And your pregnant and prone to making really dumb choices like climbing into the pit with a seriously unbalanced murder cult leader,”

“With my wife to be and an archer watching your every move, I was never in danger Harley, if it had got to the point where my life was in danger Virras blade or Domis arrow would have put you down, that was the fail safe,” Aerian replied “There is enough force in this place to stop her,”

“See them jumping in front of Teyla for you?” Harley sighed softly “Wake up Aerian, they are not going to throw themselves on Teylas blades to save us,”

“Then we have to prepare for the worst. I do hope Shadow stuck around, that arachnid never ceases to amaze me.” Virra muttered while Domi shivered to the thought. “What a family, we have here. No one willing to step up. Defend each other, only out for themselves…I suppose I should know better. That was how I was before finding my purpose…perhaps besides the money, which is what the Ever Present needs. A purpose. Survival right now has them by the balls, that isn’t enough to secure loyalty. Regardless of you being present, Firefly, we need to prepare.”

“Let her come,” Aerian replied there was an eerie cold in her voice as she spoke.

“Well well, that spider was a tricky blighter to slip past, but you,” Aerian was already sat as the female stepped from the shadow a right hand catching Harley sending her to the floor, placing her foot over her throat “Don’t be moving Harley hate to have to kill ya faster,” She was calm and focused as her gaze was sizing up Virra and Domi “So what brought you back? And more to the point how is she not dead?”

She was lean and well-built as her short hair was tied back, “What surprised me more though, is you were so sure you didn’t even check a room with only one way in, wasn’t that why you picked this room Aerian? Always rattling on about watching your back, not leaving yourself open and then you go and do just that, have been waiting a while though, slipped in while you were stirring up the troops,” She laughed cold enough to cause Aerian to feel the hairs on her neck raise, she looked to Domi and pushed down on Harleys “Now now don’t down anything dumb or I crush her throat,”

Virra adjusted a slight in the bed to the presence of Teyla, though, Domi remained in place. All eyes fixed on Teyla with Harley on the ground boot against her neck. “Don’t worry, save your breath. You need no introduction.” Virra commented her words clean and sharp as daggers.

“I hate spiders…” Domi muttered, though returned back to settle on the edge of the bed.

“Seems we are at a stalemate.” Virra chuckled, glancing to Aerian now, waiting for her lead since she knows everyone best. Especially those of the founders.

“Let her go Teyla if you were going to kill her she would have been dead before she hit the ground,” Aerian remarked as she watched Teyla.

“Funny, but wrong, killing her is the easy part but I need her to suffer Aerian, just as she made The Ever Present suffer, she sent them to kill me you know that right? Her heads a mess since you left, and oh my god after you left she never shut up,” Teyla rolled her eyes as she pushed down a little causing Harley to squirm under her “Oh stay still honey pie, I’ll put you out of your misery soon enough, even if it is going to cost my life,”

Aerian remained quiet as she watched Teyla before she shrugged softly and settled back into Virra “Fine, but if you insist on killing her please take her out of my room, I am  in no mood to clean up blood,” There was a darkness in her voice that unnerved even herself now.

Teyla paused as she looked at Aerian before she reached down to grab at Harley, the moment she reached down and the pressure released Harley caught her arm and spun from under her, and to her feet as she turned into Teyla there was a crack as Harley caught the back of her elbow. Teyla stumbled as she was caught off guard. Harley kicked her square in the chest before stepping back and looking to Aerian.

“Thought I taught you better than to take your eye of your target, especially a highly unbalanced one,” Aerian looked to Harley who nodded softly and left the room “Don’t suppose you can do anything for her Domi?”

Virra remained relaxed as her arm was held against Aerian, the red-head hearing the steady beating of her heart. Domi moved from the edge of the bed, looking from the leave of Harley and then Teyla. “Harley is a lost cause, I know medicine and surgical procedures but I’m not a head doctor. I’ll check out her throat too. Now, Teyla on the other hand…I’m sure I could help fix the broken rib. Easy peasy.”

Domi neared Teyla, extending a flamboyant bow with a smirk. “Names Domi. Medical certified and marksman.” He chuckled. “Come. I’ll get that chest kick inspected for the rib and painkiller.”

Virra chuckled to Domi, shaking her head while caressing Aerian’s back in a pull close. Kissing her crown. “Go on. Go with Domi, I’ll be fine here.”

“Harley isn’t a lost caused, not yet,” She watched him with a soft smile “She had the upper hand, Teyla should be dead but she stood down, so there’s that,”

Teyla spat blood to the ground and growled as she stood with a groan looking to Aerian and Virra “How can you be so fucking calm in all this, your pet broke my ribs without even a fucking thought, she’s a time bomb Aerian,”

Aerian pushed into Virra and looked to Domi with a soft smile “You’re more than just the medic, you know that right?”

Teyla growled holding her hand at her rib and storming from the room and down toward the infirmary. Before settling on the bed and laying back with a groan.

Domi winked to Aerian, turning to follow Teyla to the infirmary. Moving to gather some items from a cabinet and two pills with a glass of water. “Sit up and take these it will help with the pain.” When she sat up, after taking the medication. Domi instructed her to remove her shirt. “Don’t worry I need to feel the way your ribs move to know the pressure in the bandage.” When she hesitated, but then removed her top. He placed his ear against her chest, listening and with a nod began to bind her torso, some places were tight others lose. “There all set. Come to me when you need the painkiller but I assume you’ll use liquor.” He began to put the remaining items away but spoke to Teyla. “Harley could have killed you, you could have killed her. I’d say that makes it even. But I wonder why. There is some humility left here after all.”

“I planned to make her suffer, I believe I was clear on that? I don’t take kindly to having my life threatened, it seems however things have changed leaving me with uncalculated variables, like a giant spider wandering around outside?” She sighed then groaned awkwardly “Or Aerian being back, which admittedly is nice to see, you and the dark haired girl not part of my plans, should have just killed her when I had the chance,” She shifted her legs over the edge of the bed “Still thanks for the patch up doc, you’re a good man and the world lack those these days,”

He offered Teyla her top. “Might want this. Don’t want to let on that you are injured for others to exploit. If I had coin for every time someone wanted me dead. I’d be a rich man. To me Harley being alive is to make her suffer, kill em with kindness. But forget that, I do have an idea, however, don’t be too hasty. I suggest you go to talk to Aerian. There is a lot of catching up to do.” He then left the infirmary to find Harley in order to inspect her throat and elbow.

Harley was sat by the fire in the throne room, silent and focused only on the flames as she sighed softly, her arm ached and swallowing was difficult, as she simply remained silent and within herself.

Soon with a medical bag in hand, he found Harley, Domi walked over to settle beside her. Without a word, he retrieved a tongue presser. He lifted a hand to turn her face to him. “Say, ‘ah’ and often your mouth really wide.” When she did as instructed, he peered into her mouth via throat. Then lifted his hands to gently feel around her throat in the location of the past boot. “You’ll be fine, the neck may have a bruise and your throat is a little swollen.” He then began to inspect her elbow by moving it up and down, then side to side. “Interesting, you don’t need me to tell you that’s going to be sore for the next week. Quite an elbow you have. Though you will have to wear it in a sling for a day or two to allow the muscles to heal. I want you to move it like I did twice a day for three minutes to keep mobility. It will be good as new before you know it.” He dug around in his bag and removed two pills and a flask of water. “Take one today and another tomorrow. This will help your muscles relax and fight the inflammation in both elbow and throat.” 

He closed up his bag to lean back watching the flames. “I know you might be pissed and quite frankly, I don’t blame you. Now as for, Tayla. I’m sure you know what it’s like to have a target in your head. I’m not saying hold hands and be the best friends ever. In the twist of this mess, she could have killed you but didn’t. That goes without saying, there is a reason. I would not jump in without weighing everything. Now, you have much more to consider and mend. Nothing is a lost cause until you give up completely and I know you won’t.”

“Until a few hours ago, I would have killed her the moment I slipped her grasp, she made a mistake and I would have made her pay for it, but that would undo what you, Aerian and Virra are trying to do, I don’t want to be that person, you three will have your hands full as you’ve seen,” Harley sighed filling her mouth then popping the pills and swallowing “I don’t want to undo what Aerian is trying to do, nor do I want to lead, I always preferred to follow, and I would do anything for Aerian, she was always my heart even after she left, but I get it, I don’t mean the same to her and in time I’ll reconcile with that,” She smiled softly before wiping the tears and sighing “I will walk the line, and I will behave myself, I’m also withdrawing from contracts that require murder, Aerian was right when she said I kill because I get off on it, looking at what I’ve become I am afraid of myself,”

Domi placed the remaining items into his bag and placed a hand on Harley’s shoulder before rising. “The only one that can fix you, is you. Yes, I agree, that not taking assassination jobs would be in your best interest. Well, time to go check on my angels. Change bandages and whatnot. See you later, Harley.”

He turned to leave the throne room and head to the bed chambers.

“I’m sorry I hurt Aerian, I forget sometimes how good she is, I never meant to harm her though not for a second,” Harley smiled softly and patted his fore arm “The hardest part in all this is knowing she will never look at me the way she does you and Virra,” Harley shrugged softly and returned her gaze to the flames of the fire.

He entered the bed chambers, moving over to Virra who was in the bed sleeping then to Aerian. Domi leaned over to kiss Aerian deeply, caressing her cheek. “You are amazing. All this time, you have so many that care for you. Seems you always make an impression. From the moment I met you, you’ve stolen my heart.” He took her hand and inspected it while instructing her to flex her hands and fingers one at a time. “Seems I’ve defused some bombs, Teyla had a broken rib and Harley pulled a muscle at her elbow and throat is going to be sore for a few days. How are you feeling?”

“Tired,” Aerian sighed softly as she flexed her hand immediately feeling the knitting flesh resist the movement “It hurts, ribs too, honestly I’d forgot how good Harley was in close combat, but thank you for talking to them. It means the world to me, I’m …” her voice trailed off as she looked at the angry red across her palm “I don’t feel right, like some part of me is missing, I’m glad you’re here and glad she is resting” She let her eyes slip to Virra with a smile “Maybe it’s just being back here that’s throwing me,”

He opened his bag shifting through in order to clean and place some ointment upon the stitches. “This should help keep your skin healing and moisturized,” Domi said softly, placing fresh badges around it. After kissing her hand, Domi looked to Aerian lovingly caressing her cheek. “A lot has happened, my angel. Old memories will give to new. Plus you are pregnant, that is bound to make anyone feel off. Get some sleep, I’ll be right here to watch over my beautiful angels.”

Aerian kissed him softly before curling up beside Virra, “You should lay with us, it doesn’t feel right if you don’t” Her mind focused quickly on the steady breathing of Virra ensuring it wasn’t long before Aerian was taken by the need to sleep. Exhaustion taking over now.

[Everything Changes] Who Watches the Watcher?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“HARLEY!” Aerian barked causing Harley to look back

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Domi straightened now, scanning his eyes over the crowd.

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

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

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

“Think I pissed her off,”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Everything Changes] An Arrow to Save Them All

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[To The Future] Hello Harley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Fine!” She spat coldly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He nodded moving to search her bag.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[To The Future] To Right A Wrong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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