[Ending A War] Trying for the Future

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Ending A War] Clearing the Mind

Aerian squeezed the last drops into a small phial, as she looked to Virra to a soft shrug.

“That’s it I think, this either unscrambles moms head, or it’ll kill her, we should get it to Jade,”

Virra nodded slipping from the edge of the table after watching the fiery female focus for a good few hours now. Moving to inspect the phial. “Let’s do it then. Sooner I can eat my fill of you.” She wrapped an arm around Aerian’s waist with a playful grope and grab of her bottom.

“Everything OK? Or do I need to need to remind Uncle Hades how he should be behaving as a Lord of our family?” There was an edge to her voice that was concern for a friend and member of the family, and a reminder she knew who he was inside.

Virra blinked for a moment, rather puzzled by Aerian’s words, looking around as they had not yet left the laboratory. “Whom are you speaking on, Firefly? Is that were he is in their room?”

Aerian shook her head clearing the vision “No Jade is in the kitchen, she just …” She sighed softly kissing Virra gently “We’ve been awake far too long, and I guess I’m tired”

As they entered the kitchens Aerian made her way to Jade, it was early morning, Aerian figured Jade would be preapring her mothers morning meal by this point as she smiled softly.

“I have the potion, god I hate that word but it is what it is,” She did note the bruises but remained quiet “Just be warned it will either clear her head, or it will kill her”

Jade glanced to Aerian and Virra as they entered, nodding to the words and accepting the phial. Virra though was not so quiet about the bruising around Jade’s delicate neck and instantly titled her chin up in a vice grip. The appearance was as though a strong hand nearly strangled her. “Who the fuck would dare hurt you like this…?” Virra growled, while Jade looked to Aerian for help, since a furious Virra was seething dangerous.

“Uncle Hades” Aerian replied blankly “We’re not going to push Jade, but remember you are family and we have your back, no matter who it is”

She moved to Virra placing her hand over Virras causing her grip to break, looking gently to Virra then Jade “We care for you, remember that as well”

Jade looked down as Virra was still oozing fury, a deep blush on her porcelain cheeks that slithered up her neck. “I-I know. We both needed it…and I like it rough, like that…” She whispered. “He marked me…”

Virra clutched her jaw tightly with a twitch of a muscle, Aerian has seen that furry in her fiance’s eyes. She turned quickly to leave the kitchen, it was clear that Virra want going to let this lay.

Aerian felt the anger that burned in Virra, the link worked both ways as she placed a hand on Jades arm “Be careful with him, I love Uncle Hades, but I never forget what he is inside, but we all have our demons, and you’re alive which means he knows where the lines are,”

She smiled softly and followed Virra from the kitchen catching her in one of the hallways “Bad memories?” She said softly

Jade looked up to Aerian with a show nod but turned back to the food and drink preparations. Though once out in the hall, she stopped Virra those dark eyes were daggers. “She was beaten? How the fuck is that normal? He had to have forced it. I’m mean look at Jade, she is so meek and shy…” Virra was shaking with rage.

“She wanted it, and Hades has been off lately, way off,” Aerian sank against the wall beside her lover softly as she took her hand “There is a constant battle in his head, between him and the demon in him, and that thing is no cake walk, he almost killed dad several times, but usually he suppresses it, it makes him twitchy and prone to mistakes, but she is alive, and she seemed happy, she would have run for the hills if not, I don’t think she’s afraid of him, and because she loves him, and he loves her,” Aerian was unsure if any of this made sense or if she was indeed simply trying to justify it somehow.

“We have to trust them Virra, and if it’s anything I promise if he went to far, family or not we will put him down,”

Virra looked to Aerian for a moment the anger not completely defused, but sighed. “At least, put my mind at ease…let’s go talk to him. I won’t be able to calm myself unless I hear from Hades…”

Hades was in the yard, already surrounded by several guards as they went at it Hades was fluid and accurate every strike landed was deliberate and well placed.Even as good as the Dentarian Guards were Hades new each move ahead of time, one thrown clear across the yard into the wall beyond as he landed on his feet in a crouch.

Aerian rolled her shoulders as they made toward him before he sent a knife through the air her way, her reflexes just as quick just as sharp as she took the blade from the air, “Careful or I’m going to think you’re trying to kill me, and I’m not 13 this time,” Her words were sharp as she spoke.

Virra gathered the blade to throw down to the ground, keeping her dark eyes on Hades. “We just saw Jade. She has a bruise around her neck and said you are the cause.”

“And your pissed at me? Because you think I hurt her out of spite, anger a hatred of people?” Hades replied before turning his gaze on Aerian “Or that I may be slipping, losing control of the dark inside?”

“She told us that she enjoyed it. But I wanted to hear it from you. I’ve been beaten and raped on more than one occasion, to recognize those marks. I could assume, though I’d rather give you a chance. Would Kane or Aishani see that you will need support.” Virra said calmly but there was a low growl to her voice.

“And considering, You, my niece, my brother and his wife are all under one roof, such acts would be suicide for me, especially right now. Yes I hurt her, not because I wanted to, but because I needed to in that moment. I need to be clear going into what we are in, the fight we’re in, Jade let me be me, just long enough to get us both off, she’s beautifully strong like that, I wouldn’t hurt her because I could, it’s more likely she could do more harm to me anyway, I love her” Hades replied, there was no conflict or excuse in his words now “So you take it as you need but I wont apologise for it,”

Virra exchanged a glance with Aerian, then looked to Hades, it appeared his words defused her temper for now. But, she didn’t respond to Hades’ words, taking Aerian’s hand in her own and left the courtyard. As they walked it was clear something weighed upon her mind quite heavily. Though when it seemed that no words were to be spoke, Virra spoke. “It was consensual. You said he has a demon in him…what happened to the two of you when you were thirteen? Do you trust, Hades?”

“Yea grandad used parts of dad, Krystal and Haunted, and himself which created Uncle Hades, he seemed to have ducked the vampiric side of the family and instead got a huge dose of chaos demon instead, which left unchecked causes him to go bat shit crazy.” Aerian sighed softly bringing Virras hand to her lips.

“I was sent back to the Everlands when I was about nine, seems that human kids are nasty and they pissed me off in a bad way which resulted in me trying to electrocute several of them, mum had no choice but to send me back. When I was youner Uncle Hades wasn’t who he is now, the demon unchecked uncontrolled, his logic was he couldn’t beat dad so instead, he beat me half to death and tried to throw me into the ravine, figuring killing me would be the best way to hurt dad. He failed, Uncle Krys got to me in time, and wasn’t long after that dad locked him away.”

Aerians words were heavy with the pain she held onto in those days “But at least Uncle Hades is capable of compassion, grandad left the human range of emotions, which ultimately led to him turning on him and in time coming to us, you take that out like grandad did the second time and you get Hareavor, ice cold, no regret, no remorse and even more unstable than Uncle Hades. So at least we have that going for us, we need him focused not battling with his inner demon, and in his case quite literally, my question though is what has you so rattled? I have seen you angry but this is a whole other level”

Virra stopped to look at the cottage as it now stood before them. “When I was younger, much younger. My Pops had a right hand man that used to torture and beat women that were captured or ‘rescued’ from the slave traders to a fate much worse, I was so furious when I spoke to my Pops about it that he didn’t believe me. Turned his head the other way, I had bruises on my body, most unseen, others much like Jade’s. In the end, I killed him but made it appear another group had done so. I was free though every time I see a woman with battered marks upon her I slip into a rage, remembering it all…”

Aerian felt her blood run cold as she heard Virras words, her eyes welled just for a moment “I … he does love her,” She barely knew what to say in that moment as she slid into Virras arms “He wouldn’t hurt us now, any of us,”

Virra wrapped her arms around Aerian, cradling her head gently against her shoulder. “I hope such is as you say, Firefly. But, it brought back memories is all. Don’t feel sad, nor sympathy to me. It was part of my life and made me the woman that loves you today. I’m only stronger from it and I did not wish Jade to be found in a situation that she truly did not wish.”

Aerian nodded softly “Just thinking of anyone hurting you, it sucks, past or present. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone either, and Hareavor ensured I could never …. not with a man anyway, not sure if it sucked because of what it was or how he was, or because in some twisted way he was family, which when you look at the rest of us who’d die for each other,” She sighed softly “Come on, you made a threat to eat me, and it’s already been too damn long since we were alone, so you can make brain turn to mush so I forget everything,” It was deflection on Aerians part, but Virra would feel the knot of pain that twisted up inside of Aerian, it would be impossible for either of them to hide their emotions from the other now their bond already stronger than ever.

Virra looked to Aerian tilting her head at the sense of pain that lingered, lifting a hand to caress her cheek with a smirk, running a thumb over the plump bottom of Aerian’s lip. “I think, we both could use a distraction.” Suddenly Virra pushed Aerian back and she felt her feet lift from the ground, before Aerian knew it she was in Virra’s arms. “I think, I completely forgot that I haven’t carried my bride to be over the threshold.” She chuckled and walked to the door and through it, as her lips were on Aerian’s.

Aerian smiled before reacting to the kiss, before she broke the kiss looking to Virra for a moment “It’s about time!” She smirked as her emerald eyes reflected nothing but passion for Virra “You’re incredible you know that right, I do have a question and it’s going to sound seriously weird,”

Virra kicked the door closed behind her with a foot, while balancing with Aerian and walking with her to the bedroom. Dropping her on the bed, meticulously beginning to remover Aerian’s clothing, while Virra’s lips gave chase and offered playful nips at her lover’s ticklish spots. “Oh? Weird, hm? Well you better ask before I change my mind.”

Aerian squirmed each time Virra caught a ticklish spot, she could feel her body respond, “Considering everything we’ve been through, were you always a girl type girl or do you miss men in some way?”

She stopped her intentions on Aerian, instead standing to remove her clothing to press her naked body against Aerian’s. Fingertips caressing across her shoulders, down her collar bone from left to right. “I suppose there could have been a time I liked men, but that was stolen from me by the man that took my innocence.” She watched as her fingers graced the skin leading to Aerian’s breasts but instead pranced between the swells without touching. “Being surrounded by disgusting men, it really wasn’t a thought in my mind. How about you?”

Aerian caught Virras hand moving it to her breast slowly “I always had a thing for girls, at least as I started to develop like that, but when I got older, I mean even ignoring what Hareavor did, or others, my work occasionally had me need to do things, sleep with men for information or to piss off a wife, but sometimes it was enjoyable”

Virra nodded to her, but instead of cupping and massaging her lovers mound, she caressed the full shape with her fingers. Tracing small circles around the bud but never actually touching the surface directly. “Did you like sleeping with the men for jobs? I’ve always been curious of a threesome.”

“I liked that sometimes I needed to, to get a job done, it feels good, I have all the power in those occasions, maybe that’s why” Aerian squirmed against Virra now wrapping her legs around one of Virras and grinding her hips against her.

Virra lowered a hand to cup and smack Aerian’s behind, with a rub after. “I’ll make you forget every man you slept with.” She said with her mouth sinking to Aerian’s bud into her mouth with lustful vigor.

Aerian groaned deeply, still grinding her hip into Virras leg as she could feel the heat from Virra mouth on her nipple her whole body shuddered.

Virra guided Aerian to her back, lips still fixed to the bosom, nibbling gently with flicking the bud captured with her greedy feast. Rolling her thigh more firmly against Aerian’s sweet spot, a hand lowered to slither a finger to stimulate her pearl.

Aerian moaned, her whole body tensed against Virras touch, her whole body prickling with pleasure as Virra would find Aerian incredibly wet to her touch.

Virra grinned amidst the focus on Aerian’s succulent bosom, parting with a very gentle grab and pluck of her bud watching as the flesh juggled. With the added lubrication it was easy for her to glide and massage her pearl. Virra tilted her chin up. “Mmm, someone is excited…” She purred beside her ear.

“Admittedly I’ve been wet all day because someone has been threatening to fuck me all day” Aerian replied her words coming between gasps, as she moaned deeply, right before her whole body shuddered from the touch of her lover “And …” Aerian let the statement hold as the images in her head caused her body to grind into Virras hand hungry now for her release.

Virra positioned herself between Aerian’s legs now, her body keeping Aerian’s legs apart. Just as the fingers left her pearl to plunge three violently and drop into her silken folds to the knuckle, wriggling the digits. “And…?”

Aerian squealed in delight feeling Virra penetrate her so violently only pushed her deeper into the pleasure, as she clamped against her invading fingers she tried to clear her mind enough to answer “I … want … to …” Aerian squirmed awkwardly now “To … see …. you fucked” she breathed breathlessly now

At this point Virra began to pump her fingers like a tool with Aerian, yet she felt a little pressure at her back door as a pinky traced the sensitive entry. “You’re so dirty…” Virra whispered next to her ear but in the next instant, her lips laughed of the line with such force and stimulation it was only A cover for the plunge of her pinky into her back door.

Aerian growled as it stung just for a moment before pleasure returned just as quickly she ground down again into Virras hand, she could feel her cheeks flush in her cheeks as she whimpered “You put the idea there, nor did you say no, so …” she moaned as she felt a fresh wave of pleasure shuddered through her.

“For you, Firefly, I would do anything…” she panted beside her ear, before a free hand cupped her cheek. Taunting her with her lips but never kissing Aerian. Each attempt caused her to move her hands faster to bring her near a climax before slowing only to do such again and again. Virra was building her up to the moment of a limit drawn out release.

Aerian would feel it build only for Virra to snatch it away causing her to moan in frustration as she turned to look into Virras eyes there was a strange look of defiance combined with the desire before she managed to speak “Don’t do it because I want to, I need you to want it too, to explore every aspect of who we are in every and any way we can think of” she moaned deeply

Virra smirked to Aerian, only moving her hands faster with the wiggle of the digits to press every button Aerian had. That is when Aerian felt the subtle touch upon her pearl from Virra’s thumb. “I wouldn’t have it any other way…” She growled sensually and crushed her lips against Aerian’s, the heat alone was melting as the kiss stopped discussion and held the deep seeded passion, slick muscle urging Aerian to climax.

Aerians hands wound into the sheets as her back pushed up forcing her down into Virras hand, an attempt to hold back the wave which threatened to crash through her, as her thumb touched the tender bud her body spasmed violently, breaking the kiss to cry out in pleasure. Her whole body shuddered violently as she passed through one release right into another waiting just behind!

Virra seemed pleased by the release, a seductive expression on her face, though just before the other release rushed forth Virra’s hot mouth was suckling and lapping up the nectar. Placing intent suction upon the bud pearl, as the slick tool if her tongue violently penetrated her. Another finger joined her pinky, thrusting more quickly.

As Virra moved Aerian grabbed her hair pushing her against her face, a hunger that burned as she ground into Virra now her moans of pleasure growing with each moment. A third violent orgasm Aerian snapped back into the bed ercries now becoming screams as she twisted against Virra,the world around her dimming as she lay shuddering.

Virra wasn’t done, the fact that Aerian’s hand pushed against her head seemed to fuel her as it appeared the sheer taste of her lover want going to do there. Her tongue slithered deeper as she nibbled at the plump pearl amidst the suckling. She paused to drink her in and went again and again, pushing Aerian to a limit never brief sought with anyone. Virra wanted to please her and to the heavens. Everything seemed to blend into one motion, one act and it was hard to focus on just one. Out was clear Virra wanted her to beg to stop.

Aerian lost track somewhere between the fourth or fifth orgasm only that her body gave up to a quivering mass of flesh every touch from Virra now incredibly heightened as her body shuddered from one orgasm to the next, she wanted to pull away but hadn’t the strength to do so, her mind wanted more and more a hunger for her lover as her body again resisted “No …. more ….. please” Aerian begged softly barely above a whisper.

Virra grinned satisfied with her pleas, adjusting to lay at her side, only caressing her quivering flower with the lightest, loving touch. Though she whispered to Aerian, beside her ear. “From now on, I will only stop when your body gives and you beg for me to do so…” She kissed her neck gently.

“You’re mean” Aerian breathed softly “But I’m going to return the pleasure, after we sleep!” Aerian could feel Virra beside her a gentle comfort settling as exhaustion pushed her body further over the edge now.

[A New Path] The Honey Moon Is Over

Kane felt an all too familiar prickle as the axe he was swinging missed its intended log target and slammed into the huge tree stump. Kane shook his head to clear the cobwebs and again swung at the log this time lodging the axe midway through, this caused a growl of irritation.

Kane flipped the axe in his hand held it out Aishani apparently something is throwing me off, or you’ve worn me out” he grinned.

Aishani looked up from sharpening her daggers and sheathed the weapons at her hip. “Could be both.” She stood scrounging the axe and anything her body to shame it into a log splitting it. “It’s been too quiet as of recent…” She mused picking up the split log to offer him with a smirk.

Kane rubbed at his temple as the bushes rustled, with a short sharp turn and low sweep Kane had his bow in hand arrow knocked before the figure emerged, Kane looked for a moment as the woman stood looking from Kane then to Aishani, before looking back to Kane and raising her hands slowly “I mean no harm Lord Kane”

“A Vampire Hunter that means a Vampire no harm?” Kane replied there was odd amusement in his voice “Explains how you found this place, anyone else would have gotten turned around before they got close” He kept his bow trained her a reminder this was his land and she needed to explain her presence quickly and carefully.

“Unless you follow the aura, even the strongest of spells can be seen through, though the magic protecting this place is very impressive, Elcarus magic crafted at it’s best” She replied softly “But I meant it when I said I mean no harm, I am here under orders ….” She paused for a moment “I was sent by Lady Ascondia as was my brother dispatched to Dentarius to seek your brother, which as I still feel his presence means your brother didn’t execute him on the spot, we have been smart these years my Lord, every time your names have come up we have steered away, we wish you no ill” there was no intent to her voice, her eyes remained on Kane though he hands remained in the air a sign of her willingness to accept anything Kane deemed appropriate.

Kane looked to Aishani for assurance or as a point that they were as one, never once did his aim waver.

Aishani had her daggers removed a half second before him and it was clear that she had picked up a advent a ways of due to those exact weapons being sharpened. “I smelled you. Not the most pleasant. Ascondia sent you… Speak up. I have no patience for our honeymoon being interrupted.”

Kane looked to Aishania moment before back to their intruder “You said Lady Ascondia” his words were measured as if he expected her next words to clearly explain the incorrect addressing of the Queen.

“Elvera, has fallen my lord” She stated calmly and yet there was uncertainty in his voice as he watched her, finally lowering his weapon he looked to Aishani then back to their intruder “As my love said, this is our honeymoon, so you had better explain and you had better do so out of earshot of anyone else, he motioned to the cabin then taking Aishanis led them all inside, as the intruder entered he closed the door, she seated herself by the window and began to explain.

“They came from no where, killing anyone that moved, they eliminated most of the royal guard before we knew what hit us, Lady Ascondia pleaded with them to stop, the High Council demanded they stopped, that monster killed half before the Council relented, Lady Ascondia removed herself from the throne under the agreement that civilians were left alone” There was panic in her words now “They locked her up and all military forces in Elvera are under their command, Elvera is fortified in enemy hands and protected by blood magic”

“Ceremon ….” Kane breathed slowly “Explains why he hasn’t come for us”

“Yes my Lord, King Ceremon and Queen Z’ress are now in control of Everlands” She backed against the wall waiting on Kanes reaction as Kane merely stood, suddenly the sense of dread settling upon him “Ceremon finally pulled it off” he breathed darkly

Aishani leaned against the supportive post of the cabin folding her arms over her chest. She listened silently as her expression darkened by the final words. “Not for long. Tell me what news of Emerald City?” She adjusted to move to Kane’s side lifting a hand to place upon his shoulder. As though she had something they did not up her sleeve but purposely kept it unsaid.

Aishani leaned against the supportive post of the cabin folding her arms over her chest. She listened silently as her expression darkened by the final words. “Not for long. Tell me what news of Emerald City?” She adjusted to move to Kane’s side lifting a hand to place upon his shoulder. As though she had something they did not up her sleeve but purposely kept it unsaid.

“The drow are unaffected my lady, after Kane sent word of their inclusion under the treaty of Dentarius, they are of limits without bringing the force of Dentarius against them” The woman replied quickly “But you can only believe the orders will come, they have sent word to neighboring areas to yield to the power of the crown”

“They will build close, then try and come for us” Kane wrung his hands together as he paced for a few moments he said nothing, his mind quickly working over several things “You should send word to Heart, have your people fortify the city, protect their home we will handle it up here. I cannot ask them to involve themselves in this, even with you at the head my love. But we do have advantages”

“Advantages my lord” The woman seemed to perk at the statement as Kane cast her a glance before looking to Aishani, his relaying the fact he didn’t entirely trust the way things were going.

Aishani removed her hand from his shoulder with a nod. “Send message to your brother to have a messenger from Dentarius to Heart within Emerald City to fortify and see that my people are safe. Alert the others within the Elcarus mansion our honeymoon is cut short. We have to ensure that Stacy is protected. She is our wild card and the price that Ceremon lacks in this game.”

Kane smiled as he looked to their guest before back to Aishani “Consider it done” Kane crossed to the desk in the corner, quickly writing his note which as he finished simply vanished in a flicker of emerald flame. He watched from the window for a moment before he sighed “We knew this quiet was too good to last, still on the other hand at least we had warning. So you have our thanks”

The woman shifted awkwardly as Kane now settled against the edge of his desk “So what exactly are you not telling us?” His words now came sharper than previous, the warning for her not to outweigh her welcome dangerous close.

“My brother and I” She began looking to the floor “Forgive me my lord but my brother and I were given instruction by Queen Z’ress, when she learned of our orders from Lady Ascondia, she ordered we do all we could to have Lady Aishani attack the city with the drow, she was sure you would enlist their aid” there was sorrow in her voice “She has our younger sister as her personal hand maid, I fear she will harm her should we not comply”

Aishani exchanged a glance with Kane then, while looking to the vampire. “Unfortunately, your sister will not be harmed physically, but, she will never be returned to you AS your sister with being a handmaiden to Z’ress. She is a master manipulator.” She then slipped her hand within Kane’s. “You are free to go now. Messages will be sent. It is time we prepare to leave.”

“You should head to Dentarius with your brother, at east there you will be safe from the worst of it” Kane replied softly, she slid up from her seat and bowed “Yes my lord, thank you both for your time”

Kane sighed softly and nodded in reply “It seems our honeymoon is over my love, it seems we have a trip to prepare for” the was a gentleness in his voice, and yet indication he was already planning ahead. The woman took one last look then disappeared through the door and away into the forest beyond their little piece of heaven.

She watched as the female left, but then looked to Kane afterwards. “I have on question and it troubles me. Why the hell would Ascondia send a vampire hunter to relay the message? I mean to say, is it not Ceremon that has werewolves and vampires beneath him. I do not trust those two, I mean yes, they have a sister that is handmaiden to Z’ress…so they are despirate and will do anything to see her safety including lie. We need to go to that mountain, as we had planned originally…there in lays the spiders.”

Kane looked to Aishani as he hauled out their travel packs already half packed “I had no intent of changing our plans regarding the Spiders, Ceremon needs time to cement his position. He is trying to convince an entire realm he is king and that won’t be easy, especially as the realm will know we won’t simply bow” He threw a few bits into the pack then looked to her “Ascondia sent the hunters because she would have been aware I was off the grid, I had intended us not to be located unless absolutely needed, there are exceptions of course, Hades and Aerian been some. But still this was supposed to be our time, unless you’re a hunter in which case if you know which was I was going, they can track the aural changes in the realm. Makes evading them a real pain in the ass”

“I think you are correct in your assumption they have other plans though, let’s hope the brother is smart enough not to provoke Hades or she may find herself in real deep water, real fast” There genuine amusement in those words as he shrugged “I already informed Hades of our plans once our honeymoon concluded, he should be focusing on preparing Dentarius’ defences”

“I know Hades will be suspicious and that is good. But do you think it wise to leave Stacy with them. If we fortify the defences perhaps Ceremon expects is to keep her with them? I suggest we extract her on our journey to the mountain but do so discreetly.”

Kane walked to the fire in thought, his hand reaching beneath a panel on the fireplace to extract a silver dust, as he tossed them among the flames they sparked in greens and violets, a few moments later and Sarantha appeared between them looking rather confused.

“Kane?” She sighed “A little primitive for an Elcarus” she shook her head before walking to Aishani hugging her lightly “You look good, how is the little one?” finally she looked back to Kane “You have better methods of calling the dead Kane”

“But few that don’t give away what I’m doing” Kane replied with a smile “We require your help in extracting Stacy from Dentarius, without everyone else getting involved, we need Aerian, Virra, Jade and Hades to remain and fortify the magical defence, but we would prefer Stacy remains with us, undoubtedly you’re aware of things and how they stand”

“I am, and Stacy leaving Dentarius may not be a bad thing, she has yet to grasp dealing with people. She upset dear Jade and Hades is rather upset with her, though thankfully he chose to keep himself in check, quite an impressive display honestly” Sarantha replied “I will have her extract herself on the guise of a healer pilgrimage to Ormack, oddly the same direction your headed?”

Kane chuckled and nodded “Indeed it is, we will be leaving at daybreak tomorrow” Sarantha nodded and bowed to Aishani “Take care of him, I pray you both find what you need or I fear we will all be in worse trouble”

Aishani smiled to the presence of Sarantha and embraced her in kind while playing a hand on her abdomen. “The twins are tempting my wolf side to eat meat…” She commented idly. “Good. We will then meet up with her. I don’t know the taverns. So names the place. Soonest the better.” Aishani moved to gather food items to pack away with a cloak draped now over her shoulders and handing Kane his. “Best to be discrete. We have no idea the eyes and ears.”

Aishani smiled to the presence of Sarantha and embraced her in kind while playing a hand on her abdomen. “The twins are tempting my wolf side to eat meat…” She commented idly. “Good. We will then meet up with her. I don’t know the taverns. So names the place. Soonest the better.” Aishani moved to gather food items to pack away with a cloak draped now over her shoulders and handing Kane his. “Best to be discrete. We have no idea the eyes and ears.”

She accepted her weapons with a chuckle sheathing them while gathering the pack when offered. “Always am with you at my side.” Aishani drew up the good to conceal her gratis beneath.

[Finding The Future] Half-Breed

Aerian stripped off her blood stained clothes as she reached the hot springs having extracted herself from the group on the agreement she would speak to Kane when they knew where things stood. She crouched by the edge of the pool watching the dirt vanish among the water before she spoke “You seem a little distracted, I’m sorry that was a lot about Maya, it shouldn’t have been but it was, but I can move on now, I promised I’d end him and I did, it’s time to let go” Her voice trembled a mix of emotion tempered with panic.

Virra remained silent, until the disturbance of the water rippled to bring her out of the stare amidst the water, the warmth embrace Virra with a shudder and then a content sigh. But then she appeared in the water that Aerian had been fixated with, her dark threads glistening around her shoulders and face enigmatic. “Oh, my Firefly, you have no clause to apologize. You have done nothing wrong, in fact, you have done everything right. It was about Maya and for her, I understood that when we began. I can not help to be a slight jealous, only because, I know you loved her very much. Perhaps, I will never stand to take her place and that is not what I wish. You can…never forget about the ones you love, I would never expect that. She will always be in your thoughts and a part of you, that much I know…But, I’m more confused with what occurred. You drew a weapon…from thin air. Perhaps, I should be accustomed to strange things. I know you can see the future in a way…It startled me.”

“I’d do the same for you, if someone took you from me I would raise hell of earth to take them down Virra, I made a promise, it’s not part of who I am to not follow it to the end” Aerian slid into the water then beneath the surface feeling the world vanish above before she resurface “As for the judgement blade, that is anger, hatred, the coldest part of what I am, focused into one single moment, not something I want to do constantly it hurts every piece of me and takes a piece of me with it when it returns to the aethers it came from”

Virra remained silent after her resurfaced, though, swam near to her while lifting a hand to press against Aerian’s cheek with a thumb caressing just beneath her eye. “Judgment blade? I do not think I understand. Aethers? Are you referring to the very blade brought down by angels?”

“And manifested by the magic that holds this realm together” Aerian replied softly “I’m half vampire, half angel the strangest half breed I think I’ve known to exist, but it affects me different I can call the blade or some form of it” Aerian lent into Virras touch “I don’t like to admit what I am, not because I’m ashamed or afraid but if people knew I could call that kind of power I’m pretty sure they’d try to take it for themselves, it’s already bad enough they think I’m some kind of heretic for knowing the future, or at the half that don’t think I cause events to occur to my own ends”

“My firefly…you have no trust in me? I wish to know the woman that I love, not to get a fractured settlement of less. I have no reason to use you, since it is you that holds my heart in your hand. Keep it warm, Firefly. Else I fear I would lose everything…All, I see is you. Not half angel. Nor half vampire. I see you for you and that is all I need.” Virra leaned forward to press her lips gently, tenderly against Aerian’s. “Besides, I am not going anyplace. You’re stuck with me.”

Aerian returned the kiss lightly “It isn’t that I don’t trust you Virra, it’s that I like to be me not pieces of my parents, I can do weird and wonderful things and it scares people, so I lock them away and pretend I’m just a regular crazy person rather than what I am in the world” She sighed softly “I spent so long on my own I forget what it’s like to be truly exposed to someone, I love you Virra from the moment you knocked my ass out I knew I wasn’t letting you go, but anything you want to know all you have to do is ask” She traced circles in the water for a moment “You’re one of few who’ve ever seen me do that, makes things interesting when idiots think I’m an easy target because I’m unarmed, now I‘m never going to be an easy target again because I have you”