[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.

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[The Turning Tide] The Past Will Always Confront The Present

Ascondia stirred slowly as her eyes adjusted the dimness of the cell, she looked to the door, before slowly making her way to her feet. Peering through the bars she could dimly make out the walls beyond. It didn’t help the thudding in her head, as she slammed her hand on the door.
“I am not in Elvera?” She muttered darkly
The door to the dungeon creaked open, moaning in agony of the cold moisture that clung to the weight of the hinges. A soft light was shown and very light, soft steps began to walk in the direction of the very cell of Ascondia. The warmth of cherry blossom’s wafted in the mildew aroma of the cell, a peek out would deliver the exotic sight of a female with her dark hair up in a beautiful bun and wrapped in silk of a kimono, holding a tray of snacks and a tea pot with a cup, with her arm carrying a garment. Though behind her was Hades, a basin in his arms and towel tossed over his shoulder.
“Good evening, Lady Ascondia…I…I am Jade. Your head must hurt from the events leading up to this, allow us to enter and I have prepared a tea for such a thing.”
Ascondia raised her eyes to look Jade over her, before looking to Hades behind.
“Where is my husband, and why are we not home?”
“Your husband?” Jade enquired, glancing to Hades in order for him to unlock the cell for them to enter.
Ascondia looked flustered as she glared at Hades, meanwhile, Hades slid the key into the lock to open the door.
“Step back, don’t make this awkward,” He stated firmly.
“Mmm not your usual line, so where is he?” Ascondia replied
“I actually have no clue what you are rambling about, now step back from the door,” Hades repeated firmly.
Ascondia muttered something before retreating to her bed and seating herself on her cot. She kept her eyes on Jade now as the two entered the small cell.
“So which house does the little Kitsune work for?” There was a self-satisfaction her words now.
Jade was momentarily surprised by Ascondia’s words at her true nature, though entered and moved to place down the tray. “Lady Ascondia, who is your husband?” Calmly she poured the tea into a cup while offering it to her.
Ascondia watched Jade before looking up to Hades and then back, “Very well seeing as we are all avoiding questions it seems, I am married to Commander of the Everlandian Army, Kane Elcarus, which Hades you know as he’s your brother”
Jade looked to Hades then, returning her gaze to Ascondia. “I was to be turned over to Hareover as a slave. But as you know slavery is forbidden in Dentarius. My caravan was turned over as a payment for free passage. This leaving me here.” Though she offered the cup to Ascondia. “You are no longer married to Kane, Lady. You were a prisoner to Ceremon and Z’ress…”
“Ceremon is dead, Kane killed him less than a month ago,” Ascondia stated flatly “And last I heard you were locked in some cave, with your brothers’ blood on your hands,”
“Yea, just how hard did Virra hit you?” Hades stated “A lot has changed, even you have changed, or apparently not, excuse us a moment,” Hades took Jade’s hand leading her from the cell and closing the door.
“Either this is one hell of an act or Z’ress has screwed her head up far worse than we could have predicted, we need to tread carefully darling she isn’t going to trust me for a second, she is correct in terms of what she is saying the last time she saw me I stabbed Kane and left him for dead, thus giving her and the High Council chance to wipe his mind and fill it full of all kinds of nonsense, I’m going to put four guards on the door and go speak with Kane, if she is telling the truth she is less of a threat, if she isn’t well two of the guards are mages that pack a punch, if that is OK with you?”
She set down the cup on the desk and left the cell with Hades. Listening to him silently but glanced to the cell door then too him. “I agree. Speak to Kane. I ask going to tend to her and get her cleaned up. I will do my best to keep conversation minimal. Though is it that obvious, that I am a kitsune?”
“In honesty it doesn’t surprise she knows, she like Aerian can pick up on certain others don’t, it is far from obvious but she is Queen of the Everlands so it stands to reason she would know” Hades smiled softly taking her hands gently “Let her talk, answer her questions unless it relates to our future plans, in which case avoid as best you can, I will be back as quickly as I can, but perhaps she will trust you and we will have a few more pieces of this puzzle by the time I am, and remember I love you,”
She offered him that beautiful smile and lifted his hands to press her lips against him. “I never forget. As I love you as well.” But after she returned to the cell. “Lady, allow me to cleanse you and I have taken liberty to bring clothing.”
“You can’t trust him you know, he will turn the first chance he gets,” Ascondia softly there was a strange sense of concern to her words, “You are such a pretty young thing, so be careful with him,”
Jade offered Ascondia a warm smile. “Thank you for your concern, Lady. Though the ring on my finger states his heart.” She began to undress the once proud Queen to begin to ritualistically bathe and dress her in a beautiful gown.
Ascondia didn’t fight the attempt to clean and dress her, nor did she speak much further for a while, as she watched the young Kitsune.
“Kane cannot be away from me for long, it isn’t good for him,” She said finally, “The magicks that keep him alive are carefully balanced, without me they will collapse and he will die,”
“I’m far from fragile, Hades knows this,” Jade said softly. “Of course, as you should. Though now, I’m the last of my kind. It is a sad tale but a truth that is undeniable.”
“That is sad, but you and I have something in common, though I am here by accident or design depending whom you ask,” Ascondia replied softly “We each have our gifts, and our purpose, it seems yours is to serve as mine was to lead,”
She looked to Ascondia for a moment. “Mine was simply to carry on the kitsune line…but I ask the last. Our culture is that men are the stronger and more dominant. Though here in Dentarius my life has changed, as well as my view thanks to Hades. I tended to him initially not quite grasping the concept of freedom…of choice or mind. But things changed, he would have died. Though now as you can see, he thrives…” Jades words were soft and gentle, displaying her love for Hades.
“Is he still good? Does he make you squeal? He was always so aggressive, I made sure we toned that down with Kane, he could get a little intense, made it hard to walk sometimes,” Ascondia chuckled darkly at her words, there was nothing more than a little of her creeping through if only for a moment a statement for a reaction, one she wondered on for a moment.
Jade looked suddenly to Ascondia surprised. “You…and…and Hades? You mean while you were married…?”
Ascondia laughed softly and nodded “A time or two yes, sometimes you just need more than you are getting, but for the most part, he was before Kane, why else do you think he stabbed his brother and left him to die. If not for the fact Kane stole the woman he owned? Or so he liked to believe,”
Jade looked down to the tray that had been eaten. “As far as your question…it is truthfully none of your business, Lady Ascondia. Though, Hades and I are engaged.” She moved to gather the tray and clothing. “The tea should help you sleep, Lady. Speak to the guards outside the door should you have need of me. I will return for breakfast otherwise.”
“Forgive me, my dear, I did not mean to offend, I’m not used to being locked up you see, as Queen this is quite the violation of our laws, I’m just curious as to whom will be losing their head over this? And of course where is my husband?” Ascondia stated calmly her voice now back to the same calm tone of before.
“In due time, Lady. You know how to call me for…excuse me.” Jade said, her words wavered for a moment by emotion and knocked on the door to be released from the cell. She offered a small nod to the guards, though moved quickly from the dungeon to drop the tray into the kitchen and the clothing to the laundry. But then went to the garden, sitting down staring at the fountain.
It didn’t take long before she felt the familiar presence, as Hades sat on the grass before her, slowly he looked up catching her eyes.
“The guard said you left pretty quickly, dare I ask what she did?”
She looked to Hades while her chest rose and fell rapidly from the weight of emotion. “You…and her? Tell me, was it while Kane was wed to her? She said…sometimes you need more then you are getting…”
Hades felt the wind ripped from him as he looked at her, even if he had wanted to, the look in his eye was all too clear, as he let his gaze return to the ground.
“We had our moments, and yes those were while she was with Kane, but Jade I was a very different person back in those days, everything I did then was to hurt Kane, I wanted him to feel it, but he never did, you can’t feel what your magically bound not to, I do regret those days Jade, truthfully I was blinded by hate and anger, with both of them”
Jade slipped from the bench to style with her ankles tucked beneath her bottom, lifting his chin to meet her exotic almond slanted warm brown eyes. “She says I pretend to be fragile for you…do you believe that?”
“I think that considering my history I am fortunate to have found anyone who will put up with me, or even waste their time trying to understand me, but here you are and for that I am thankful Jade, every single day” Hades’ words were soft though an obvious attempt to duck the question, in truth he was unsure of his own answer, he loved her with all he was, but there was a side he kept buried deep down, much like Kane’s vampiric half, Hades had been left with a demon that would drive him crazy at times.
She offered him a small shy smile, caressing his cheek. “Hades, I am much more then I seem…as I know that you are. Please, if there is anything, you wish to tell me. Now is the time. I’d prefer to hear it from you instead of a woman…from your past. I love you. Nothing or no one can change that, but do not ever let me doubt myself.”
“There are parts of me even I’m afraid of Jade,” Hades replied softly
Jade took his hands into hers, purposefully displaying the ring he had presented her. “No. You are allowing this fear to rule. Instead, take control. I…I can help be your rock. I’m not afraid because I know you won’t hurt me.”
“I don’t doubt you’d take anything I did and more, but that side Jade he would hurt you for the pure fact he enjoys it, morality isn’t part of that side, it is simple pleasure by any and all means, a side I have subdued in favour of remaining in control, of rebuilding my reputation, in favour of finding love,”
His thumb ran over the ring gently “You may not be afraid Jade, but I am, that’s why I was so dangerous all those years ago, I wasn’t afraid of the demon I learned long after I had to be”
She curled her hands in his arms pressed each knuckle to her lips, looking to him. “Perhaps…perhaps that is why we found each other. To some, a kitsune is a demon. When in fact, it is a spirit, in the beginning, I fought against such and if I let it consume me without fear…I could combustion or become a Nogitsune. A dark kitsune…it can be summoned but once done such cannot be controlled. This Oni created chaos…revels in it…I can help. Let me teach you to control your Thai Chi.”
“I think that may help, though please if there ever comes a time he gets loose, you need to put me down, that is the agreement I have with Kane, I don’t want to harm you Jade in any way” There was wry smile in his words “Unless you ask really nicely,”
She stared at him in disbelief, shaking her head. “I can’t…I wouldn’t. Because no matter the circumstances I would be with you through anything. I have been through much…you possibly couldn’t understand. Nothing would kill me, but kill you.”
Hades smiled softly nodded “I thought you may say that just then be aware Kane may not hesitate, or you may be the one to bring me back, and I pray it’s the latter truly I do,”
Jade appeared ready to spill tears. “Hades, please. Don’t say that…it seems as though when it happens that you are going to give up. Don’t…don’t please…” Those eyes were large in panic. “I struggled with my kitsune…but I never gave up. You can’t!”
Hades smiled softly as he wiped the tears gently “Forgive me, look at me being all self-centred and miserable, I haven’t given up, I wouldn’t there are too many people I love to leave, and of course, I have no plans to leave the only woman who has made me see sense”
He placed his hands on her thighs gently now looking into her eyes “Kane always said my ability to be miserable was my worst trait, I have not given up, only warning you ahead of time, I wouldn’t just lie down and let it happen, I fight every day because this realm deserves to be protected and you are part of this realm and I would protect you to the ends of it and back,”
She nodded to him, though the tears continued to fall and dropped down her cheeks to her chin and plopped on his hands against her thigh. “I don’t ever want to hear you say that, my love. You have so much to fight for, not just in this war. I will teach you, Thai Chi, it will help you control and find that centre. Such helped me when the darkness threatened.”
“Sounds like a plan, so did our dear Queen speak anything else of use?” Hades smiled now diverting things back to the task at hand “Kane seems to suspect we do not have all the pieces, as usual,”
She sighed softly. “She kept referring to Kane as her husband. That there was hell to pay for whom locked her up. It seems in this past she’s living, Aerian has yet to exist…”
“Hmmm, so how would that translate to her trying to kill her daughter,” Hades mused for a moment, “And why would she still believe her and Kane are married, I get making me look bad, with truths, but to believe something that hasn’t been for some time, not sure of the purpose on that one,”
“Perhaps, they were not finished with Ascondia when we took her?” Jade suggested.
Hades rubbed the back of his neck and sighed deeply his own interactions with Z’ress had not been fun in the least bit.
“She made a mess of me, you saw that, so whatever she has done to Ascondia, we aren’t going to know, we should see if Virra can speak with her, if we get no sense then it will be down to Kane and we pray Aishani doesn’t kill her in the meantime, she will not be happy with someone claiming Kane their own,”
Jade nodded to Hades. “I agree. Shall we then go talk to them?” She adjusted to stand the tears had ceased falling but the remnants remained in her face.

[Another Time] There’s Always A Problem In Dentarius

Stacy was watching as the staff milled about all busy doing one task or another, finally she looked toward Jade.

“Something seems out of place, the realm is trying to right itself, something fundamental has changed, for the better, well for some at least” Her words were hushed and etched with an odd uncertainty, her eyes closed for a moment before she composed herself.

“Is it always this chaotic here?”

Jade and Stacy were in the garden, though, she stood slowly and those warm brown almond slanted eyes followed Stacy’s gaze. “Hm. You may be right, it is only chaotic when something is happening…” She caressed a flower lovingly but felt the serenity of the moment fractured. “How do you mean something fundamental has changed? What does it feel like to you?” She took Stacy’s hand to lead her away from the movement of the staff and into the heart of the garden.

Stacy smiled as she followed her eyes remained on Jade, when they finally found solitude she breathed softly.

“Events have been altered, things that would have been are no longer, it seems Kane and Aishani’s trip through time changed things, seems they are for the better too”

There was an discomfort in her words for a moment before she looked back to Jade “I wouldn’t have been a very good wife anyway and between you and I, Aerian and Virra scare the living hell out of me. You on the other hand, you’re not like any of them”

Jade hesitated on Stacy’s words considering her in silence for the moment. But when she spoke it was soft. “Aerian and Virra suit each other. But there is no reason to fear them. Yes she is very unpredictable but do not worry. I’m sure when it comes to it those two would protect you. What do you mean… I’m not like any of them?”

“I mean they show their power but you you’re more than content to hide it” She smiled softly watching Jade “You come off as gentle and soft but you’re not, you’re not afraid like they are”

“You’re hot as hell, and you’re with Hades as his lover, from what I hear he isn’t known for been the most stable of people, infact his reputation quite frankly scares me more than any other here” Stacy shrugged awkwardly now

Jade considered Stacy for a moment in silence, then returned to attending to her caress and smelling of the flowers. “When you are the last of your kind, there is no choice to be weak. It shows folly and can ultimately end yourself. I’ve had to be strong and overcome many things in my life thus far. I am no different than Hades or the rest of the Eclarus’. We are all fighting to survive, granted only Hades knows of my true potential and has seen it. I guess, in this mess, it’s a wild card that many wouldn’t even fathom.” She sighed softly, sadly. “Hades is dangerous and unpredictable, though, he has a kind heart and is very loving to those that give him that.”

“Why do you think they do it? Why do they fight, they don’t owe anyone anything, yet when the realm is in danger they are front and centre fighting to protect, Kane made a career out of you know, long before he met Ascondia and she scrambled his head, he was good at it too” Stacy sighed softly “As for Hades it seems we have Aishani to thank for his change in heart, she is inevitably the one who set him free all those years ago”

She watched the winds rustle the leaves above them as she adjusted herself awkwardly with a shrug “Kane and I were supposed to be together, but the realm chose to change the rules so he get Aishani and I get to protect the intent of the realm in one fashion or another, us healers are destined to be alone, which honestly is fine, but again you, you’re out of place shifted almost? Dentarian for sure but different somehow?” Her words were thought made words rather than any real statement as she turned to face Jade with a grin “Supposedly I have the most power in the whole realm, able to bend the realm as I see fit, yet even the realm itself has questions about your intentions”

Jade gently caressed the budding flowers, as Stacy spoke, it was clear that the woman was listening but chose to remain silent. She turned to look at her those almond slanted brown eyes absent with only fiery orange orbs, almost like a rippling fire. “I am the last of my kind…Only Hades has seen my true form. I was raised with strict values and honor…but, Hades has opened my eyes to many things. I stand by him, as he stands by me.” She stood slowly, blinking and those soft and warm brown eyes returned. “I am the last of my Kitsune family. We are supernatural and known as tricksters, with no concept of right or wrong. But, I am different…I love, as no Kitsune has before. I was to bring my family honor, by being wed, but when the procession arrived it was nothing but a slaughter…Hareover and Virra’s father killed all of them. I managed to escape with my life, watching my home burn…” She fell, sad and silent. “You have the nerve to tell me the realm has questions? We lived in hiding and in peace…until they came. You explain to me WHY my family was taken from me and I was left to be SPARED!?” Tears fell down her cheeks, while her aura began to grow in a fiery radiance with the ears of a fox and muzzle, the eyes glowing a blazing color of flame. “I thought, I was accepted…but, the realm doesn’t even accept me…” The power that was flowing from her was incredible, like a static energy, causing the finer hairs on Stacy’s skin to rise.

The air around them crackled with a strange energy as Stacy watched Jade a flicker of nerves getting the better of her, the air spun behind her before the storm seemingly sprang from nowhere, lightening splitting the skies above them as the rain poured upon the two women.

“ENOUGH!” Barked Sarantha who had manifested somewhere in all this “Stacy it is your purpose to convey the wishes of the realm, not speculate nor question things that are, the Kitsunes fate was unwanted” She sighed as she turned to face Jade “But unfortunately a necessity to ensure you ended up here, one of few things I regret during my tenure as Healer was the fact that I was unable to prevent this, I learned of things only after they had occurred, not even Aerian was warned or informed, I can only assume it was to bring you here to Hades”

Sarantha paced between the two women for a moment the storm had now begun to disperse as she paused looking to Stacy “You must learn to control yourself, it isn’t about you, your life is for the realm now, alienating those that protect you is not a wise choice, Jade your purpose may not be clear except that you bring strength to House Elcarus, you serve Hades as his lover at his weakest time, his return from captivity should have been his end, but you saw him through it, you have served him well thus far, you and he falling in love was not predicted but the heart will want what it wants”

Stacy drew a breath as she listened just for a moment before finally she bowed her head “Forgive my milady, I was out of place in my assumptions” her words were soft as she watched Jade awkwardly “I am still finding my place here it seems”

As the lightening split the skies, the bolt seemed to gravitate towards Jade and struck her but instead of the smell of burnt flesh or hair, it was absent and appeared to be absorbed by her aura. That now flickered and faded into her being, leaving her now drenched with the pouring rain.

Jade fell to her knees now, looking down to her hands that cupped the rain water as it poured down. She listened in silence and rose slowly, to lift those warm brown eyes to Stacy and then to Sarantha. “My apologies…my temper as the fox awakens can be dangerous. I am one that not many accept much the reason as to why I served for so long. Hades is the one that broke me from that and welcomed me when I welcomed him…Forgive me, Stacy…” She tipped her head down while closing her eyes.

“The mistake was mine, I am still been adapted by the realm” Stacy looked to Jade for a moment before she looked to Sarantha “It seems the old healer has to keep reminding me of who I am to become, it just sucks it’s taking so long to get there, but I am always going to be here for you if you need anything, we’re all different in one way or another”

Jade remained silent, drenched now, as she shivered, though she nodded her head to Stacy’s words. “One can only be patient in these times. Yes, we are all different. Now, if you will excuse me…I’m soaked and prefer to not catch my death by the chill.” She offered Stacy and Sarantha a bow in her bend, but, by the way she was to leave it was a means to escape the situation and leaving the current healer and the past healer alone to converse.

Hades had finally made his way through the grounds tracking Jade by her scent in the air though for the moment remaining hidden from her, as she extracted herself from Stacy and Sarantha he continued to follow her, despite not hearing the conversation he knew she was feeling unsettled. Silently from the shadows he followed her at least until she passed through another isolated area, it was a hunters instinct as he moved swiftly and silently behind her, his hand wrapping around her mouth to prevent her screaming as in the same moment he dragged among the bushes into a small garden.

He leaned against her ear dropping his tone to the one she knew well “You look troubled my dear” his grip on her mouth slipping allowing her free from him now.

As the hand was removed, he realized that now he was wet from the soaked fabrics of her kimono. She turned to face him then, her normally warm brown eyes rippling with the fire he saw before upon the rooftop, her Kitsune. But, in a blink the inferno was gone and replaced by the exotic brown almond slanted eyes. Before he could react further, her lips crushed against his, warm and flowing with life, her hands lifted up to gently cup at the base of his neck.

He didn’t resist that warmth spreading through him instantly his hands already resting at her hips as he returned the kiss deeply, after a few moments he broke and settled back slightly his eyes meeting hers “Do I need to knock some sense into our healer? Cut her into tiny pieces and feed her to the livestock?” There was amusement to his words but something beneath reminded her he would do so if she asked.

“I heard nothing, it wasn’t my place but you aren’t usually pushed to reveal yourself in such a way I can only assume you were pushed into doing so, then the rain was from our healer trying to flex her realmly muscle?” Hades shrugged slightly “She is a little reckless for my liking, they wouldn’t have her on a leash from Sarantha if she wasn’t. Makes me wonder why the realm chose a human in the first place the last one didn’t turn out to well” he lent in to her ear kissing just below before whispering “If you believe such things about me that is”

Jade looked to him in silence, a smile forming upon her lips of the calm exterior, but, Hades knew that fox lay beneath and powerful. “No. She is learning and we all must be patient…Stacy just hit, a nerve with me. One I was not prepared for.” She looked down and departed from him, walking to a bush of flowers, though, her own presence of the cherry blossom was still stronger to his senses. “Stacy knew, I was different but the way…she worded it made me irritated and upset. She said that I am out of place, shifted almost. Dentarian but different. Spoken that the realm itself had it’s questions about my intentions. You know, that my family was murdered by Hareover and Virra’s father, but, I escaped…just the nerve of questioning me after everything I have been put through in my life…”

Hades looked to her quietly his mind settling over her words “It doesn’t matter if you’re out of place or different, it took me a long time to find my place but it’s here, as yours is by my side” Hades moved toward her his arms slipping around her waist slowly “If you ever question that, just look around, you came as slave and a maid, and now everyone here from me to those that serve all show you the same respect you showed them in their place. Kane put a ban on outright slavery in Dentarius, rare a slave trader has the balls to come through here, but Jade you have become so much more than anyone expected of you, me included”

Hades lay is head against the back of hers for a moment “I wasn’t looking for love, quite honestly I like having you answer to me, you know how damaged I was when I came home, I enjoyed the power it gave me, a sense of power after been so helpless to help myself or Aerian. But as such things are love decided it was going to kick me in the head a few times and remind me this realm has things worth fighting for, dying for if needed”

She relaxed in the wrap of his arms, placing her hands upon his to secure the hold, leaning against him. Jade chuckled with a turn in his arms to face him, lifting a hand to caress his cheek and trace a fingertip upon his upper lip. “Sarantha spoke clarity and scolded Stacy for clarifying that her purpose was to convey the wishes of the realm and to not speculate nor to question things that are. It eased my mind to know that the fate of the Kitsune was not wanted in the end. A greater evil that lead me here and to you. Sarantha showed remorse for being unable to stop the events. I bring strength to the House Elcarus, specifically you. She also said that your return from Ceremon should have been your end, but, I saw you through. The fact of us falling in love…well, that wasn’t predicted.” She sighed softly, offering him that special smile for Hades and Hades alone. “I also, believe there is some bitterness in Stacy. She mentioned that she was to be with Kane but it changed with the presence of Aishani. One I mean to keep an eye on for the future…” Jade leaned her cheek against his chest.

“Its possible, if it was the order of things Kane and Aishani been thrown through time could have altered events, even if they tried to limit their interaction” Hades mused for a moment “But then Healers hardly ever interact with another, except to pass on the line, usually a male is chosen to create a child and then the healer raises the child alone preparing her for her duty when her mother is no longer around”

He paused for a moment “If we had known, Jade I promise you Kane and I would have sent the full force of Dentarius to protect your people, if the realm chose not to impart that on us until it was too late, and honestly we believed you all dead, we cannot protect what we aren’t prepared for” He sighed gently his grip on her waist tightened slightly “I only hope with time you can forgive that failing”

She tensed at the grasp of his hands on her hips, though, lifted her hands to place upon his shoulders in a gentle pull back. “It is not, in the sense, failing…but, the fact that everyone, save you of course, seem to find me out of place and even the realm. I did not ask to be wed, nor did I ask for my family to be murdered. The fact is, no one ever asks for this. But, it happens for whatever reason, all that matters is that I am with you, Hades and your family accepts me…I am frightened would they discover my true self, to be shunned.”

“We will need to tell them, eventually” Hades spoke gently “But they wont turn you away, I won’t let them. Kane has Aishani. Aerian has Virra why should I not get my bride as well?” He remained quiet for a little while simply holding her his body pressed against hers.

She leaned back suddenly, looking upwards to him with wide almond slanted eyes. “Bride?”

“Bride” Hades replied softly “Soon, I will remove the last remnants of a life that has haunted you and make you completely mine” There was oddness to his voice, the instinct to protect her all too clear “You’d be Elcarus and then no one would dare question you again. You’d also be Lady Jade rather than the slave girl screwing Hades”

Hades had heard the whisperings and for the most part glared down anyone he caught question Jades intent, he had for the best part kept his temper in check, for her sake. But at heart it bothered him they would question either her or him in anyway, it was true his return from being captive had changed him, it had darkened him in many ways but Jade was the only light that cut through that dark, a debt he could never repay other than his unconditional love, without question Hades knew he loved her.

She sighed contently resting her cheek against his chest with those delicate fingers curling into his tunic. “Isn’t it customary to ask first? Forget what those others say. You know your heart Hades. I have heard you speak it and felt you act upon it. Why not ask? Make it official.”

Hades smiled wryly as he his hands slipped inside her Kimono “Because I have a plan for that, and right now I’m missing a few things to ask you correctly, but I promise I will ask, it will be very soon and hopefully you will say yes” his hands skimmed gently over the flesh of her hips and rested just under her breasts “Unless you’d rather I just make a mess of such a decision?”

Jade inhaled sharply as his stealthy hands pressed past the fold of her kimono to make contact with her flesh. She looked to him with those warm brown eyed incredibly exotic in the tilt. “I wouldn’t wish to ruin your plans.” Jade leaned forward to claps her lips firmly against his on a deep and passionate kiss.

“I promise when the time is right, I will make it worth the wait” Hades heard the branch crack and quickly retracted his hand with a growl, another moment and dark hair man stepped through into their hidden area.

“Vampire Hunter? A little dangerous to wander into an Elcarus when you hunt our kind” Hades bit darkly instinctively he stepped before Jade, suddenly looking much more dangerous as he straightened himself off

“Forgive the intrusion my lord, they couldn’t locate you. We have a problem” The man stammered, he tried to remain calm but there was panic in his voice

“There’s always a problem it’s Dentarius for crying out loud, I’d be more worried if there wasn’t” Hades shrugged with a wry smile, his defensive stance remained even as his voice softened a little, he was about to make another witted comment when the hunter cut him off.

“Ceremon has taken Elvera, he has full control of the High Council” The man stated bluntly, Hades felt his blood run cold at those words, he looked to the hunter then Jade and then back “We need to go my sweet”

Jade placed a hand on his forearm to the news. Each knew the answer this news carried and she nodded. “It seems things were too calm. I believe it is time we summon Lord Kane and Lady Aishani. We need the house as one.”

 

[Circles & Lies] Who We Are

Jade rose from her seat beside Hades within his office, moving to answer the door. Once it was opened the guard stood on the opposite side, though, she inclined a brow and stepped to the side with a gesture for him to enter. Once though, Jade closed it behind him and moved to take her position behind Hades to the left, the sight of a guard caused her to place her hand calmingly upon his shoulder. Her beautiful brown eyes were fixed on Hades while waiting for the guard to speak. 

“My Lord I have been tasked with informing you you’re brother and Lady Aishani are headed for Emerald City, there is a situation they must deal with that requires their immediate attention” The guard began, the words Emerald City caused Hades to shift awkwardly “They ask you remain here to begin preparations for the coming spring, they also request you do not intervene in their affairs”

His last statement caused the guard to look to the floor, Hades simply laid his hand over Jades softly.

“They would ask I don’t save their asses, but Emerald City is Aishanis jurisdiction not ours, if they need us I’m sure we’ll find out in due course. I trust you are relaying the same message to Aerian?”

“Yes my lord” The guard replied quickly

“Wouldn’t bother she left early this morning, but I’ll see she is informed” Hades replied “Did he leave word of the wedding plans?”

“Yes my Lord, he requests Elsa is informed they had a matter to attend but will return before their wedding day” The guard replied

“Ok, well you have your duties to attend, we need to check the walls, and ensure those who took seasonal residence with us are safe to return to their homes, it’s lucky he gets to go off playing the hero while we do all the work. I will get the magick defences checked no doubt our dear family will be preparing to take another run at us, and I just love to imagine that psychotic bitch Z’ress will be making an appearance, admittedly sticking my sword up her ass has some appeal” Half of his statement was just thought out loud as smiled softly “Very well, return to your duties”

The guard bowed and exited the office closing the door “Seems we have our work cut out Jade, sometimes I wonder if Kane attracts so much trouble on purpose so I have to save his ass”

Jade turned her hand when Hades lifted his own to place upon hers, instigating a soft squeeze of support. She then looked to Hades as he spoke directly to her after the leave of the guard, Jade remained still and silent for a time then removed her hand from his own with a kiss to the top. “I’m not opposed to work, Hades. I’m more than willing to do my part with the family…I mean with the Elcarus’…I mean…” Her voice fell silent, while her eyes lowered.

“You will be expected to do so, you did lay down with the crazy one after all” Hades smiled softly, his hand curled around hers a soft tug drew her round him at the same moment he moved his chair back drawing her into his lap “We have a lot to do in preparation for the spring, and now my brother and his wife are of gallivanting it rests on you and I to ensure the needs of the realm are met”

His arms slid around her waist holding her to him “Over time they will come to love you as I do, we have both moved far from where we started”

Jade blinked and gasped in surprise as she was drawn to settle in his lap. “I do hope you are right about them liking me… I’ve never felt how I do when I’m with you. But I will do my best to help any way I can. But perhaps they aren’t gallivanting…?”

“They are off with a diplomatic disaster, not something I envy” Hades softly kissing her cheek gently “And yes, I am admittedly happiest when I’m around you Jade, you both calm and excite me all within the same moment, I’m thankful for you ever moment”

Jade offered him a small, but warm smile in response to his kiss upon her cheek, though, turned to press her lips firmly against his. As the surface massaged and caressed his own, it was increased with the warmth of her lips and the slickness of her tongue that prodded beyond to stir his own. Such was passionate, hungry and loving.

Her force caught just for a moment before he responded, his mind letting go of whatever thoughts were in his head becoming lost by her and their desire for each quickly drowned out any sense of logic in him.

Rarely, did Jade take initiative as such, though, amidst the kiss he felt her weight shift upon him with the gentle rustle of her kimono and a tug at his trousers to release his hidden treasure to begin to roll the heat of her loins against the morsel.

He growled his eyes flickered with that same desire that burned at every piece of him, his hands clamped to her hips one short motion shifted her position before driving her down onto him.

Jade parted from the conjunction of their lips to release a moan as he pushed into her, though after settling for a moment her hips began to roll in a rocking motion, the weight kept her pinned.

He pressed his lips against the flesh of her neck soft and slow along her shoulder his grip relaxed giving her more control, his body now prickled with that deep desire she drew out of him like no other, wanting her in every way in that moment.

To her position the fabrics of her kimono shifted to expose the delicate slope to her neck and shoulder, gracing the surface offered Hades her magnificent cherry blosom scent, warm and fresh as spring. Her hips rolled and rocked against him, stirring her very core with the musical sounds to articulate the intense moment between the two lovers. The sense of their bodies becoming one, that is when he saw it, at first it appeared to be a trick of the eye in the light behind her, but, there was a illumination that was tinted in a soft orange, almost as though flames but not dangerously so.

His mind traced that moment his hands gripping her hips as he lifted her free of him before plunging her back against him a motion he repeated several times his eyes remained focused on the intricate designs that adorned her flesh, his mind wondering if he was just loopy with his desire for her.

Jade tilted her head back, those sounds singing to a deeper part of him, while, her intricate tattoos rippled upon her milken flesh and the fabric fell more to reveal the contours of her upper bosom. Her body tightened in the grasp around his manhood as a warmth tickled his loins and thighs from her own juices that were flowing. The flames began to flicker around her with the portion upon the head taking in a foxlike muzzle and ears in the hue, it was when she looked to him that her eyes were black with a slit of gold. Such happened for only a moment before all the flames disappeared and her eyes returned to that beautiful brown. 

His hands clamped as his eyes darkened holding her tight and firmly in place, there was the reminder now of just who he was “Fire? Wolf?” His words came slowly unsure if he was threatening her or trying to figure the moment out, his mind fought against the need to finish their moment quickly hammering against realising there was far more to her than he could ever have thought.

Jade stared at him for a long time, remaining silent and still, her lower lip trembled as though his words came as shock and disbelief. She whimpered, attempting to crawl from his lap in a rush to escape.

“You know they will hunt you and not just because you’re different” his words were soft as he released her taking enough to magically seal the door “difficult to protect you if I don’t understand Jade” his eyes softened as did his tones now

Jade stopped at the door as it was sealed, her shoulders were quivering as her back was to him. The peer of the back piece climbing over the fallen fabric, she glanced to him over her shoulder, those warm almond slanted brown eyes swimming with the tears that glistened down her face. “I just…I just wanted to be normal…I know, they will hunt me, they have before…” She remained silent again, while her shoulders quivered and the barely audible sniffs heard in her attempt to regain the emotion. “I didn’t want you to find out like this, I would never hurt you…or anyone…I’m…I’m a Kitsune.”  

“They have before, but they won’t again not if I have a say in the matter, but hiding it was a bad idea especially here, the mansion enhances magicks” Hades sighed as he stood “You can’t leave, I need you” he halted to the side of his desk watching her “But I need the truth of how you ended up in slave caravan, please?”

Jade turned slowly to face him, almost as though his words spoke to her, it was a different sight to see her cheeks stained with the moisture of tears and fear in her warm brown eyes. “I…I am a young Kitsune. I didn’t know what I was, my family kept it from me, until the day that the men came…They tried to hide me, I didn’t understand why and I was so angry with them for hiding me in a closet. I–I didn’t know what happened, I got so mad that everything around me erupted in flames. I grew so frightened, my father remained as did my brothers to protect us as we ran…” She lifted a hand to touch at her arm and shoulder. “It was my mother and I. She taught me proper etiquette of our people, for a time, we lived as maids in a house. But, that grew short when the master made advances on my mother…another fire happened. She taught me what she could but always had a problem teaching me to control the Kitsune. It was the day that we were found by slave traders…I was only six and they–they forced me to watch. They forced me to watch as the men took carnal desire in her flesh. All I could hear was her screaming and begging to let me go.” Jade crumbled to her knees and began to sob into her hands, as the flames began to grow around her as though caressing and calming her but it was brilliant, dangerous and beautiful. “They killed her and took me in, but, the leader…decided to keep my purity. But it was recent when I was sold, we were passing through Dentarius on the way to my new Master…that landed me here. To you.” She lifted her eyes, now a blazing orange.

“You can’t go out there alone Jade, I’m a little confused and hurt you perhaps failed to trust me enough to share this, or impressed by the fact you just did, you’re rare here you know that, it would explain why they tried to cut through territory where they knew we wouldn’t allow their kind if they were caught” Hades sat back against the desk “They were caught and you ended up in the one place that is actually as safe as it gets, and not just because we’re here, it’s no secret the Mansion wasn’t built up here by accident, Ceremon chose it on purpose” he stopped his train of thought as his eyes looked to her, his hands flickered as flames curled around his hands lifting he smiled softly.

“Fire is an Elcarus element, Kane choses to use it for simple things me on the other hands, I find it comforting in a fight, I’ve been known to incinerate villages just because someone upset me, in the older days of course, I will have to inform my brother, but that won’t change anything between us unless you chose otherwise” The flames flickered and vanished as he took another step toward her “Also you can’t leave while my defence spells are up, nor do you need to worry you may incinerate the house the magicks that protect this place were strengthened after Kane rebuilt the mansion. Not sure we’d survive another dragon through the roof but everything else should be safe enough” he scratched his head thoughtfully “Unless you somehow exceed the power of 3 Elcarus’ though granted right now only one is here” there was amusement in that final statement “I love you Jade, that hasn’t changed, I can’t let you go”

To the mention of hurt, Jade lowered her gaze with a familiar shameful slump of her shoulders, the vision of the flaming fox that surrounded her dimmed and subsided until it was all gone. She slowly, almost reluctantly lifted her gaze as his hand moved and she saw the flame caress his hand. Jade’s warm brown eyes had returned as he stepped closer to her, swallowing thickly behind closed lips. “I apologize, Hades. It has been hard to not speak of it, nor is it something I am proud of. The damage I can do even by accident on not being able to control my Kitsune, can kill…” She stepped forward to curl her hands within his. “You promise? I love you, Hades but I feel so ashamed for not speaking this sooner and you had to discover it like this.”

“Don’t worry you will learn to control it, in time and with guidance” Hades replied gently his hands taking hers drawing her to him “As for killing as I said here it is all but impossible, out there I can’t say for sure” His eyes settled on hers soft and still shining with the love he had only for her “A need to protect ourselves rests within us all, I apologise for perhaps overreacting it’s not every day your lover burst into flame it was a surprise”

His lips kissed her forehead gently as his arms slid around her, it was at this point he was evidently aware he was still half naked against her.

As his arms wrapped around her, she lifted her gaze to him, a hand rising to caress his face. “At times, I think, I don’t deserve you. I still have not gotten my first tail. But, I’m sure that we can work through this, together. You just have so much on your shoulders being an Elcarus that I didn’t want to be a burden to you or your family…”

“If you were a burden you wouldn’t be here” He replied simple his hands drew her back against him his lips captured hers in a deep kiss “I was bred to be where I am, I went a little crazy, I learned the value of protecting what you love, and I learned it by losing something I loved more than myself, my former wife and child being murdered almost broke me, Kane brought me back from the edge, you Jade have moved me away from the abyss I was always teetering upon, you saved me when no other ever could” his words were so soft it was hard to believe the came from him.

“I was an accident. My father made sure to remind me when I did something wrong…You see, only a female can be a Kitsune, I got it from my mother.” She remained silent while leaning her cheek against his chest, curling her fingers at his side gently. “Perhaps, one day, I would like to hear of your former wife and child. She must have been an amazing woman to capture your heart.”

“Right place, wrong time” Hades replied gently his hands now slipping along her body in thought before moving back to unfasten her kimono, his eyes set on hers with a soft look before he caught her hoisting her to the edge of the desk

The kimono wilted from upon her after the obi was removed, crumpled in silken fabric upon the floor around her ankles. Every inch of her was exposed, from the slender stem of her neck to the delicate slope of her shoulders, one arm painted with the bold reds and blacks to her koi tattoo to the peak of the back piece at her neck. The full bosom with the perfectly pink buds centred down to her birthing hips and the dark meadow that lead to the intimate garden. Her eyes remained upon his, those exotic pair with the almond slant and warmth in her hues, a small gasp of surprise left her lips to the catch and lift to set upon the edge of his desk. The sight alone had not been witness before in the office of Hades Elcarus, amidst the papers lay an exotic creature and now was even more alluring.

“The world is a strange place, each of us unique, those of us who possess power and some who know more than we could ever hope to, that’s what makes the Everlands such a wondrous place to be” Hades spoke soft as he stepped to her his body forcing her legs apart as he stepped to her “But when you find someone who fits, someone who gives and requires nothing in return, that Jade is worth fighting for no matter the risks”