[Everything Changes] The Human and the Gifted

Hades had lost track of how long they had been in this metal contraption Ascondia referred to as a car, between the ache in his side and bruising of his ribs he was finding it hard to focus. The gun had gone off at point blank range against his lower abdomen the very thing he had been afraid of in this encounter. He was, however, grateful it had been him and not Jade.

The car turned off the road and onto a dirt road, the bump causing him growl this time the pain all too clear, as Ascondia looked round to them “Is he OK? Hades what the fuck happened out there,”

“I told you, he got lucky,” Hades bit back

“How is he even conscious right now, you know he got shot, right? I’ve seen guys try to hide gunshots a thousand times before and there is no way Luke missed,” There was a tone of fear in her voice in that moment as they finally came to a halt, the wooden cabin just ahead, it was run down and even from the outside looked dirty. Hades sighed softly, much like Jade he wished in that moment he was home.

Jade looked to him now, as Ascondia’s words were more than clear. She smacked Hadess hands away from the cradle of his abdomen. Eyes widening at the sight of his clothing saturated in blood, then up to him. “Damn, you…” Was all she said. “Hurry, we have to get him inside I can’t focus in this metal box on wheels.” Jade left her side of the car, reaching to the strange handle and pulling to open the door, leaning down to gather his arm in a gentle pull to drape over her shoulder. Then urged Ascondia to do the same, in order to lead him to the cabin. Jade was frightened she didn’t know how to mend a sound from such a strange weapon.

Hades was still on his feet though took the help, as instinct made him search the area on their way in, Hope turned off the engine and climbed out before joining them, it was dingy within though Hope lit one of the gasoline lamps to spread out some light “The generator is out so we have no power until that’s fixed,”

Hades nodded as he sank onto a couch with a groan, Ascondia looked at him before she looked at Jade, there was a part of her that knew this would be the outcome “He’ll be OK, you know I wouldn’t have put him at risk if I wasn’t sure of that,”

Hope was quickly pulling things out of a cupboard tossing bottles to Ascondia “Water from the well, I have a camping stove here we can boil it before she uses it, though it would just make more sense to take him to a hospital, Connie what is going on, how does someone survive a gunshot wound like that,”

“Happens all the time, but we can’t take him to a hospital, he isn’t exactly,” She breathed in thought looking to Hades as if help he simply shrugged and began working the blood soaked shirt out of his way.

“I’ll be fine, just have to stem the bleeding,” He smiled weakly

“Bullet has to come out first,” Ascondia replied blankly before gathering the bottle and exiting the cabin.

Jade sat beside him, assisting on pulling off his shirt, looking to Hope and requesting a bottle of liquor. When this was presented Jade washed her hands in the beverage and then offered Hades the bottle. Now with her hands cleaned, Jade began to inspect the skin and the depth of the wound with a fingertip, then up to him. “It’s…deep…” She muttered, accepting a towel from Hope. “I need something to grasp the item and pull out with a bowl, plus a needle and thick thread to stitch him…this isn’t going to be easy, beloved. It’s near an organ…next time, we do this together. Two eyes are better than one…Don’t you dare think I’m going to hear your lip, you are going to be a father and we ARE going to be married. Got that?” Her eyes began to glow that yellow but kept out of Hope’s view to not frighten her.

Hades smiled softly as he watched her before he spoke “Don’t waste time stitching, hot knife, I can’t afford to be thinking about stitches if we go after Kara,” He breathed softly

“How is he even conscious,” Hope stated softly before she handed Jade a towel and pair of long nose pliers “I’m sorry but we’re not exactly an ER here, gotta make do with what we have, I’m gonna go make sure Connie is OK,” she was quickly gone

“I think I’m making her nervous, though I suppose people don’t tend to walk around after they get shot here, seems demon side is still intact, just not as frontal as he would be at home, I’m Ok I promise I just needed her to get her act together so we could leave, though I have probably complicated our job more than we need,” Hades let his hand slide over hers gently “Just pull the bullet and then seal it few hours of rest and I’ll be good,”

Jade watched as Hope left the room, then looked up to Hades as his hand was set on her own. Those yellow eyes fixed on him while Jade sighed softly. “You are in no position to tell me what to do.” She growled to him, exposing her incisors, then snagged the bottle of liquor from him to wash off the pliers, giving him back the bottle. “No, you are right. Stitches aren’t needed, because, I will be healing you to speed up the process. This is going to hurt, take a swig or two.” Jade stated while looking at the wound and working the pliers within the open wound, working around for a few moments then wiggling the bullet free. Each movement she made was calculated and expert. Once the bullet was free, she pressed the towel hard upon the wound. “Keep the pressure, while I do my work,” Jade said softly.

She closed her eyes as Hades felt the hairs on the back of his neck stand on end, electricity was in the room. Any remaining from the lines to the electric were utilized. He then saw the form of the kitsune aura present itself around her, then her hand was placed against his skin. That is when he felt the stinging pain of his ribs, adjusting and being pulled together followed by the punch of pain to his abdomen. Then the burning itch extending from within him outwards, the very fibres of his flesh, veins and beginning to meld and heal. Just as it was about to reach the surface, there was a light bulb that blew.

Everything happened very slowly, as the aura of her kitsune faded and Jade fell back with her eyes closed. Hand holding the pliers released causing the bloody bullet to fall from the grasp and Jade had fainted. She was still barely breathing now, as the dark threads spilled around her head with the exposure of her sea gifted collar.

Hades was on the ground beside her the moment she fell back, his hand catching the back of her head, he scooped her up to lay her where he was, throwing his jacket beneath her to avoid laying her in his blood.

“Well this is going to be awkward to explain,” Ascondia chuckled as she now stood with Hope looking as if she’d seen a ghost “Glad you’re OK though, I know we can’t do this without you,”

“Getting shot sucks, you know that right?” Hades bit back with a smirk and she nodded before closing the door and pushing Hope to sit down opposite Hades.

“OK, so you’re not going to buy the she’s a nurse deal now, so listen carefully. All those myths and legends are usually based on some kind of fact, based on some story of some encounter from another time,” Ascondia sighed softly as she made her way to sit beside Jade resting her hand on her forehead “She’s warm, but hopefully in saving your ass, the worst is over now, let her rest, we’ll be safe here,”

“So what’s the plan now, moving through the city isn’t going to be easy while they are looking for me,” Hades replied

“They won’t be, Hope is going to make those reports vanish, and once we have Kara, if she chooses she can come with us, don’t start Hades,” Ascondia held her hand at him before he had a chance to argue “She can’t stay here Luke will end up killing her, and she’s already seen too much, also apparently I can’t use my memory magicks here anymore or just on her unsure which, so our options are limited. So here’s the deal you’re right he’s not normal he’s half human part demon, and a sprinkle of vampire and by vampire yes I mean the bite your neck and drink your blood kind, though not quite what you think, they’re as alive as you or I, and can be shot, and hurt and killed just easily, no silver or garlic,”

“You know how this sounds?” Hope stated as she stared now at the three opposite her and what about her blowing out bulbs?”

“She’s Kitsune, a fox of sorts with more power than even I’m sure of, she is harmless to you and is here with her husband to be, she had to tap into a lot of power to access that level of power here our natural powers get dulled in this realm,”

“Our …” Hope stated “As in? You aren’t?”

“Human?” Ascondia chuckled softly “God no, I’m an angel and I mean that in the literal sense, big feathered wings and all, though I lost my wings when I was young because I made some wrong choices, got kicked out of what you would deem as heaven and fell into my home The Everlands which over the centuries has had limited contact here hence the myths and legends, it’s a lot I know but Hope we’re on borrowed time chasing down a fugitive from our own realm and this girl is ten shades to wind of bat shit crazy. She kills without concern, and I suspect is hiding somewhere I need to know if there’s anything logged recently that doesn’t quite make sense, that’s why we came to you, I need to take her back and I need your help to do it,”

Jade remained still, while her breathing grew more and more steady, head laying on Hade’s lap with the dark halo of her hair pooling in and over his legs. She appeared content, while in her slumbering state beads of sweat glistened on her forehead now, displaying the fever that had taken her from absorbing the power in that moment. Stunning and beautiful, even in this moment. She had sped up the healing within Hades, even now, he continued to feel the throbbing remnants of her focused mend. Meaning in just an hour, he would be as good as new, no scar only the bullet on the floor.

Hades stayed with her head in his lap his hand working gently through her hair as he watched Hope try to process the information dropped on her by her former best friend.

“So twelve years ago, when everyone thought you’d been taken, and after your daughter disappeared? Where have you been?” Hope stated her mind racing over what she was being told now.

“I had to go home, and my daughter is fine, after the fire I had no choice but to send her home ahead of me she was becoming dangerous, it was the best place for her, please is there anything you can do to help us track Kara?” Ascondia replied softly. Hope sat now looking at Ascondia, the bruising on her face had subsided a little as she thought on her words.

While everyone was intent in conversation, Jade’s eyes had opened, silently watching everyone. As Hope paused to consider Ascondia’s words, Jade felt her stomach cramp, this broke her silence now, as a whimper escaped her lips and she curled over with her hands over her abdomen. But when Hades made the concerned move, she simply held a hand up to stop him. “Just a reflection of your pain…I’m fine now. Just really tired. Please, Hope…this Kara is far more dangerous than Luke. Unstable and doesn’t belong here. She will cause more damage than good. We need your help to find her.”

“I can’t exactly walk into the precinct looking like this, but I can make a few calls, at least throw them off with Luke, and see if anything weird … er has happened the last few days,” Hope replied her head already thudding inside her own skull.

“Just be quick Hope, we’re on borrowed time with her, lives are at risk,” Ascondia replied now.

Jade looked to Hope while considering her. “Ascondia, boil some water for tea. She needs something to relax.” She adjusted a slight offering her a small cloth bag. After Ascondia was busy, she looked up to Hades, lifting a hand to caress his cheek. “Better now?”

“Sore, but I’m OK,” Hades replied softly “But I’m not concerned about me, how are you?”

Ascondia took the bag and made her way to the small camping stove, a flicker of the flame as she ignited it before placing a pan upon it. Quietly she poured the water into the pan and watched as it began to heat up.

“I’ll be fine. Just took a little out of me. I’m not used to the electrical charge of this realm. Seems it is more powerful then I realized. As long as you are safe and feel better, I’m good.” Jade smiled up at him taking his hands in hers to kiss his palm.

He took her hand and brought it to his lips in a soft kiss “Good, and yea the electricity is a little temperamental here, in our realm we can control it, here it tends to do as it wants, no more tapping into it again unless you need to,”

Hope had disappeared into the back bedroom and could be heard pacing and talking in a lowered tone, Ascondia was keeping herself close just in case Hope decided they were worth more betraying than helping.

She adjusted to sit up, eyeing him. “No more doing stupid shit, without me. You know we are stronger together.” Though, Jade leaned against him while watching Ascondia silently with Hope pacing in the other room. “Is she trustworthy? That man may have scrambled her noggin,”

“With my life,” Ascondia replied with a soft smile “But it’s been 12 years, mostly she has been asking questions, doing her job. She hasn’t told on us yet, which means she is considering my offer, which also means it was real bad,”

Hades drew her closer “Wasn’t planning to get shot,”

Ascondia raised a brow in thought then returned her attention to the door,

“OK maybe I knew he might be armed, it’s why it had to me,”

Jade adjusted to slip into his lap, learning her cheek against his chest, leaving a hand within his. “It’s why it had to be you? What do you mean?” She sided watching Ascondia from her lean.

“I knew I could take the bullet, I also knew you’d keep my dumb ass alive,” He smiled kissing her neck gently, “I knew you’d have my back,”

“He knew you’d talk him out of it and we needed the distraction,” Ascondia watched them for a moment before moving away from the door as Hope re-emerged.

Jade lifted her head offering Hope a smile while waiting for the tea. “What is the update, Hope?”

“Girl kicked the ever living crap out of 4 guys who tried to have their way with her, two of them are badly beaten, one got his spine shattered and the other,” She grimaced darkly “Got his head crushed,”

Ascondia sighed darkly as she heard the news “And do they know where she is?” She was now looking out over the lake.

“Not yet, but a friend will call if they have anything else, I also told them I was taking a few days after Luke attacked me and some nice guy put him on his ass, it won’t hold but it buys time” Hope sighed as sank down on the couch opposite them now.

Jade listened silently, looking to Hope, but kissed Hades on the cheek. Rising slowly but steadily to kneel before Hope. “It’s hard. You are strong. You don’t need to be alone in this. Believe me, I….know. See I was forced to until the slave caravan was stopped. I was meant to serve…every twisted fantasy with any man. It was not a good life. It wasn’t a life, circumstances…may be different, between me and you. Even world. But I found my rock, you will find yours. You feel like…you can’t hide. Perhaps, hiding is…not the answer. A new life. A new home…Ascondia. A little help here.”

“She is trying to tell you we have your back, I had to leave to go home, I want to help you, but I can’t until we bring in Kara,” She smiled to Jade “He’s already taken a bullet to get you out, she let her fiancée get shot to help you,” Ascondia paused “OK let is probably bending the narrative, still we have already put time into saving you now I need your help,”

“I have no more, all we can do is wait unless you know how to track her,”  Hope replied softly

“Well…let’s think about it like this. Start from the first attack? Maybe there is some kind of money or tavern type trail? I don’t know how those things work here.” Jade said, returning to Hades side.

“That’s the problem, this was a single attack, four men and her, they didn’t come out of it so well, they are tracking her movements via cameras through the city but it’s taking time, Connie the world has changed a lot since you left. We will find her but how do you stop her? How do you stop someone who can take out 4 guys?” There was a panic in Hope now that she was having a hard time dealing with everything she had seen.

Ascondia smiled and pointed to Hades and Jade “That’s how, in our realm he is a bounty hunter, or he was before he became a family man, but we did just stop a war, tangle with dragons, giant spiders, Unicorns,” She smiled “Yup those are real too, I know how it sounds, but how do you think I was able to tell you all those stories at our slumber parties? I didn’t make most of them up, they were real events, I just need you to trust me, just like always,”

“I thought you were dead, but it’s a lot Connie even for me, but then I have nothing left here, my dad was killed a few years ago, mom died last year, I guess starting again wouldn’t be so bad, I’m going to see if I can get that generator running, it’s going to get cold out here tonight and we will need to stay put for tonight,” She smiled softly and made her way out of the house.

“She OK?” Hades repeated quietly as he watched Ascondia now beginning to prepare the tea.

“A lot to take in, humans aren’t built to be exposed to our world so fast, look at their history and what happens when they are, she just needs to deal and we keep our eyes on her, she will lead us to Kara that we can count on,” Ascondia replied

Jade rose still a little weak to help Hades with the tea, one it was done, she poured it into four mugs and offered them to Ascondia and Hope. “What is…these cameras?”

Ascondia chuckled softly pulling her cell phone for a moment before the loud click she spun the screen to show Jade the picture she had taken of Jade “Kinda like memories, but so people can watch or see,”

“You don’t have technology in your world?” Hope looked almost disturbed by Ascondias implication now.

“We lead a far simpler life, more like your medieval period only less violence and more magick,” Hades shrugged in reply “Which is about when I was born here,” he added with a shake of his head.

Jade blinked at the way Ascondia held the phone and a click was heard. Curious, she learned forward to pet at the picture, within faintly was an orange glare. “Hm. Not very good at it. I don’t know it seems like…weird. Do people have privacy? I mean if what you say is true about moving pictures like this one…”

“We have video too,” Ascondia smiled and again aimed the camera at Jade for a few minutes before showing her the replay “Privacy in this world, kinda hard, hell some even record things just for fun, some for memory, some for revenge, the human realm is strange that’s for sure,”

“Really no phones, no video, what do you people do for fun,” Hope replied now wondering what she was getting herself into.

“Usually each other in wild sex parties,” Ascondia smiled before shaking her head softly “Our lives are simpler, well most, I am Queen so little hard for me to relax, his brother has a whole realm to watch over and twins, my daughter is apparently a mercenary for hire so life is never dull I promise you that,”

“His brother? Isn’t he the father of your daughter? It’s a lot to process Connie, I think I’m going to go lay down, there’s nothing to do now but wait, unless you can somehow fix my face,” Hope sighed softly as she walked past Ascondia she placed her hand on her shoulder “You coming?”

Ascondia placed her hand over Hopes for a moment before she nodded “I just need a minute,”

Jade moved over to Hope. “I can try. Your face wounds are not as life threatening as Hades. That is…if you’d allow me to. It will sting initially as I speed the body’s natural healing process.” She offered the woman a small smile.

Hope looked confused but nodded now, as she halted in her approach toward the bedroom “OK, I guess,”

“Did you get that generator working Hope?” Ascondia asked as she moved toward her

“Y.. Yea it just needs fuel and I couldn’t see straight, just pour it in the tank and hit the green button, should fire straight up,” Hope replied

“I got it,” Hades replied and headed off out of the door, a few minutes later and the generator was heard coughing and spluttering before the last bulb flickered to life, the cabin now becoming a little brighter.

Jade glanced to Ascondia as Hades left. “We should do so in the bedroom, she will want to sleep.” She then moved past Hope into the bedroom, while settling in the edge of the bed and instructing her to lay down. Jade waited and then when Hope was in position, she moved to settle at her side. “I need to know if there is any more injury on you.”

Hades made his way back inside as Jade was taking Hope to the bedroom, he had already scouted to ensure there were no surprises “Any chance you can throw up something to alert us of unwelcome guests?” His words to Ascondia

“I can but it won’t be able to tell the difference between animal and person, power isn’t as accurate as I’d want and to be honest I’m saving as much of my energy as I can to deal with Kara and take us home,” Ascondia replied

“Give us ten metres in all direction, if it’s closer than that then there’s good chance it isn’t dinner,” Ascondia nodded and made her way to window as Hades now leant in the doorway of the bedroom watching Jade.

“No just bumps and bruises, he was always careful enough not to break bones, otherwise he’d have the rest of my squad to deal with, guess I should have told them sooner this is the first time he ever really made a mess where it could be seen, he..” She started

“Don’t say he was a good man, before or he wasn’t like this until, he is what he is, you can’t change that and one day it’s going to get you killed,” Hades stated darkly, Hope looked to Jade and fell silent.

Jade glanced over her shoulder to Hades, inhaling deeply. She shifted her hands to place very gently against Hope’s face. “Take a deep breath. Trust me.” She said to Hope, add her eyes began to grow yellow and those canines appeared. In the next moment, Hope felt the sting at her face as the damage done began to mend itself and lower the inflammation, until it returned normal upon Hope’s face. The swelling going down, while the woman’s beauty was revealed and Jade lowered her hands with a soft smile. “I’ve been where you are…get out now, while you have this support.”

“Thank you, so much” Hope threw her arms around Jade sobbing deeply. Hades smiled softly as he watched her for a moment, as Hope lay back down she was asleep within a few minutes. Ascondia slipped past Hades and crawled in bed beside her

“I’ll keep an eye on her, thank you Jade,”

Jade was taken by surprise by the embrace from Hope, even more so by the tears. She simply held the woman, before guiding her down to watch her. When Ascondia returned, Jade simply nodded while rising from the bed and leaving the room to settle on the couch.

Hades drew and blanket over her then settled to sit on the floor beside resting his head against her, it wasn’t long before he too was asleep.


[Everything Changes] Another Life

There was a commotion outside, followed by the loud sound of gun shots causing Hades to sit upright his eyes to the door, a moment later the wailing of a siren as he slid out of bed, still naked and making his way to the window, easing the blind apart to the street below. Figures huddled over a fallen body, the fray of paramedics as they arrived on scene, the red and blue lights of police and ambulance alike.

Jade turned over now, reaching for Hades as he stood, but her eyes widened and slipped from the bed to move closer behind him. Trying to cover her ears. “What is that? What is happening?” She whimpered, though, peeked down at the sight, trying to see the cause of the commotion.

Hades shrugged softly as he stared down into the street “Honestly I have no idea, but it has them in a panic, their world is so far from ours it’s actually unnerving,” His arm wrapped around her as she came close. His head resting atop her head gently, he continued to stare down into the street and the events below.

Suddenly, Jade felt her heart drop and panic settle in. “Ascondia…she gave me that little box thing. Um, a cell phone? She said that she’d be in touch. Had she called?” She moved into the room beginning to look around through the fabric in the floor, before finding it.

Hades made his way to join her, as they fumbled with the screen it lit up startling him somewhat before he stared at the screen, there were however no messages. After a few moments and as if somehow the world around them knew the screen lit up and a tone rang out, the display now read “Ascondia”.

She sat in the floor, eyes wide embraced by the dark threads and legs spread out like a fallen fawn. Jade stared at the glowing display, reading the name Ascondia. But then looked to the green button that stated answer and red button decline. She hit the green button, then offered the device to Hades. “I don’t know how this works…”

“Hades?! Jade?!” The voice called causing Hades to glance around “Press the green button again, I can talk to you both then” the voice was seemingly coming from nowhere but he did as instructed.


“Hey, you guys OK? I was on my way back but can’t get through there’s cops outside looks like someone got themselves shot, I wanted to make sure it wasn’t one of you two,” Her voice sounded oddly panicked as she spoke.

“No we’re fine,” Hades replied still unnerved at talking to the little black box

“Jade you OK? Everything, go well?” Ascondia switched gears “I forgot to tell you how to operate this thing, should have thought that one through, but anyways back to my original question,”

Jade felt a rush of relief to hear Ascondia’s voice, sighing, though adjusting to slip into Hades lap. “Yes. We are fine. Po…police? Is that like guards? A little shaken up. Someone was shot? Hades, let’s get dressed and go investigate…something tells me, it is either bad timing, it is her. This is a trap to drawn us out…”

“It’s the city in general, there’s no way Kara could get her hands on a gun this quick,” Ascondia replied “That’s not to say I couldn’t use the help, my friend is a police officer now and yes the equivalent of our guards, only they do as they please half the time, the problem is I can’t get close to her because of her asshole of a boyfriend, could use a little man power,”

“You mean you want someone who you can put between you and him and know if they get shot they’ll survive,” Hades sighed softly

“I don’t know, but he is three times the size of me, and if I kick his ass it’s going to be hard to explain, and trust me explaining where I’ve been for the last twelve years is going to be complicated enough,” Ascondia replied there was something in her voice that gave away she was nervous “I need to put your husband to be in harms way Jade, but Hope is our best chance to get to Kara,”

Jade looked to Hades, then to the phone. “He’s a big boy. Danger is his middle name. Desperate times call for desperate measures…” It didn’t take a genius to catch on to the unease in her voice.

“OK I’m across the street, small place called Midnight Chicken,” She replied “I want say hurry in case you want any more time to..” Her voice fell quiet as Hades looked at the phone.

“We will be there soon, what do we do take this stop talking?” Hades replied.

“Just press the red button, I’ll see you soon,” The line fell quiet as Hades did as instructed

Jade now stood, moving to look out the window, tugging down the blinds. As the red and blue lights flashed with the crowd growing below. “I’m not sure what Ascondia means to do…but, we have to find out. This realm is so strange to me…” She moved over and began to dress back in her kimono, then slip the coin into a pocket and cell phone. “Midnight chicken…I wonder what kind of place that is…”

“Hard to believe I was born here,” Hades replied softly “But that was quite literally another life time ago,”

Hades was beginning to dress as he watched her, then pulled on his shirt “I hate the idea of being unarmed, that is what bothers me the most,”

She fixed her ubi, then faced him working her fingers through the knots in her hair. “Think of your body as the weapon…come to think if it. I would like to teach you the style I know. Maybe I should do this?”

“I think Ascondia is counting on the fact that if we get into something I can take whatever comes, she also knows I would never allow you to put yourself in this predicament, I may not have all of Kanes vampirism qualities but I have enough,” Hades made his way to her kissing her cheek “Besides it’s going to hurt like he’ll, you’re the back up while I’m down in tremendous amounts of pain,”

Hades smiled softly “And between us I’d still rather know it’s you watching my back, not our dear Queen,”

She responded to the kiss with a turn off her lips to his, inhaling deeply. “I always have your back, beloved. Come. Let’s get this over with…”

Hades smiled and nodded as he grabbed a coat from the door and led her out, the building had a second exit allowing them to avoid the police out front, before they crossed the street and then walked down reading each of the shop names.

The shop in question was a take away fried chicken, Ascending was leant on the window waiting for them, as they approached she waved, she was now wearing all leather, “She’s at home, but the boyfriend is in the way, I went through my options Jade I promise”

Jade sighed now, while standing a long side Hades, giving his hand a squeeze. “I know. But I’m not going to be far.”

“Too right you will, when she gets him hurt or Hades drops her sex toy, I’m going to let you put the fear of God in her,” Ascondia chuckled darkly tossing the last of her box of chicken in the trash.

They made their way through the city and down into a residential area, the houses were slightly run down, but still in good shape. As Ascondia peered at the piece of paper she pointed “417 Field Pine” She tucked the paper away and led them along.

Jade grinned to Ascondia, it was different to have the strange connection the two had now. It was a mutual respect and understanding. She took Hades hand and walked with them to the location. “So Hades goes in there and focuses on the boy toy, while we hope to get what? I thought this was your friend…or am I confused. Is this Hades sister?”

“Hope was the only girl who gave me the time of day when I came here to hide, her dad was a police officer, she was always kinda sweet but then she got with this guy Luke,” Ascondia was watching the door calmly “I left not long after that but he was always a prick. I saw them earlier and let’s just say he isn’t going to let me just walk back in there,”

Hades looked to her then the door “And he’s armed with one of those gun things?”

“Most likely, but he will likely try to hit you first just the question of how we get him to answer the door, then as I said we find if the police know anything about Kara, she will have created some chaos since arriving here, she isn’t the type to just go quietly into the night,” Ascondia replied softly.

“Hm. Let me be the one to ring the doorbell. A pretty girl, that lost her dog? If she is or isn’t home, it will get his attention. Then Hades can surprise him. Since to most I appear young, it could work.” She looked between the two. “Right?”

Hades smiled softly “Lost your dog jealous boyfriend catches you talking to another man, should get his pants in a bunch?”

“And while you drop his ass, Jade and I will have words with my friend,” Ascondia smiled softly “Unless you don’t want him yelling at you?”

She glanced to Ascondia then to Hades. “That settles it then. Stay close to me, but keep out of sight until the door is open and I place my hands together to indicate it is the male.” Jade kissed Hades deeply, in that moment, Ascondia was a memory while her lips and slick muscle drew into the kiss to lend him her support. But broke it, while nodding to Ascondia, “Be ready.” Jade moved up to the door, ensuring that Hades was close and lifted her hands to knock in the door.

The door opened the man covering the while door around six foot ten and built like a wall, as he looked at Jade then over the street.

“Can I help you?” His voice was almost a low growl as he took a swig from the can in his hand. Hades felt the hairs on his arms prickle as he caught sight of the guy, he steeled himself for what was to come.

Jade smiled to him while looking to the can of beer then up. This man towered over her, making her seem small and fragile. “Oh, wow. You’re a big guy…um, I’m sorry to bother you. But you see, my boyfriend and I got in a fight. He left the door open and now my poor Onika is missing. I wonder…have you seen her?”

“Lil thing like you wandering around? Are you new to town?” He stared watching her and yet kept looking past her to the streets “I ain’t seen no dog missy”

Ascondia was creeping her way toward the house, allowing her to listen in on the conversation before she looked across ensuring she had lines of sight on Hades and Jade now.

“Yeah. Boyfriend dragged me to come with him. Then he did this, I’m so angry and frustrated.” She clapped her hands together over her face as Jade began to cry. “I…I think I’m lost…to top it off.”

Hades remained watching the scene ahead as he waited for the signal, the moment he heard the clap he stood and made his way toward her, steeling himself in that moment before grabbing her wrist and spinning her around to him, “The hell are you doing!” He barked there was a darkness in his voice that carried easily “I told you to get your ass back in the house, I swear I’m going to kick your ass for the waste of time I’ve had tonight looking for that stupid fucking dog,”

Jade looked to him, while those fake tears were rolling down her cheeks, meeting his gaze with a spark in them. “I’m sorry.” She muttered with her shoulders slumped, but then it happened suddenly. Jade curled her hand in his to give him momentum and spun gave him a shot at the man. Though it was at seeming the same instance that her for lifted and kicked out the front of his knee to give Hades a clean shot at his face to knock him out.

Hades caught him clean though was stumbled as he pushed Hades aside, Ascondia edged from her hiding place to pull Jade out of the way of the ensuing brawl. Hades got a clean boot to the ribs before another to the jaw.

“Come on we need to move while Hades has his attention,” Ascondia whispered pulling Jade toward the now vacant door.

Jade looked to Hades apologetically, but nodded to Ascondia, while being pulled through the door to find this girl.

“He’ll be OK, I don’t know many who are better in a hand to hand fight than your husband,” Ascondia whispered as they crept into the house, the kitchen was a wreck piled high with plates and unwashed dishes, as they made their way to the front room. A woman was sat on the sofa eyes glued to the screen of the TV flashing images about the shooting earlier.

“Hope?” Ascondia sounded shocked as she spoke, the woman jumped suddenly before turning, her face swollen as she looked at the two women.

“Connie?” Hope whispered softly, Ascondia was at her side in only a moment.

“Oh my god, what has he done,” She growled there was an anger in her voice now usually reserved for those who crossed her path.

“Connie, you can’t be here, you can’t, Luke he will, he doesn’t,” Hope tripped over her words as she stared at her friend.

“Oh I wouldn’t worry about him, he has his hands full with something with a far worse than his temper,” Ascondia chuckled in reply.

“He’s armed,” Hope sighed darkly, no sooner had she spoke that the shot rang out, followed by a crash.

Ascondia looked up and back toward the door, the moment held as if for hours before Hades finally made his way in, he nodded softly and looked to Hope.

“He’s unconscious, for now, I’m taking it you been a law maker you can make him go away now? Seriously, you’re not going to keep being lucky with him,” Hades kept his place in the doorway as he mustered a smile.

“You OK?” Ascondia asked there was a concern to her words now.

“Yea,” Was all Hades replied.

Jade stared at this woman anger billowing in her, at the sight of the woman’s face. Hope. It was as she mentioned the gun that Jade’s heart sunk to the soles of her feet and then that gunshot sounded like thunder in her ears, she yelped and placed her hands over her head ears. That sound echoing in her head, regret instantly instilled, it seemed as though she held her breath remembering that a shooting killed someone just outside their hotel until Hades appeared. Without a second thought, she moved to him and kissed him, not taking his word for an answer and inspected him.

She turned to Ascondia and Hope. “We need to get out if here. Especially, you, Hope before he wakes up and I kill him…no one deserves the way he had treated you. He doesn’t love you, all he uses you for is a punching bag.” Her words were cold and full of a darkness that Hades, not Ascondia have seen, she was trembling. “You can do better. But it means you walking out. Now.”

“She has a point, and I warned you about him,” Ascondia replied now slightly unnerved by the last few minutes as she watched Hades and Jade before turning back to Hope, “Your parents had that place out by the lake, we should go there, lay low and if he follows, well he will be made to disappear,”

Hades was remaining still as he could, as Jade kissed him he smiled softly, “I really am OK, he hits hard but I’m fairly sure he learnt a lesson, don’t piss me off,”

“The cabin has been abandoned for years, probably since the last time we went up there,” Hope replied barely above a whisper as she looked at Hades “I know him, he took your daughter, and I know you have a daughter Connie I was there,”

Jade looked to Hope now, sliding her hand in Hades. “Yes. We will protect you. Right now, is not the time to play catch up. Get your things, we can gather more on our way to this lake. Hope, times change. A lot has happened since you last saw Ascondia from what I hear. I don’t want to be here when that abusive man wakes up. I’ll tend to your swollen face, I bet it’s beautiful beneath.”

Hope stood shakily as she made her way to a drawer plucking out a set of car keys, before leading them out of the house and into the garage, Luke was crumpled in the corner by the door with a trail of blood down his face, Hades stirred Jade toward the car as Hope climbed in awkwardly.

“You fit to drive?” Ascondia asked, Hope grumbled something in reply and started the car the engine catching Hades off guard and causing him to jump then double over with a growl “Get in, as Jade said we have to go,” there were sounds of sirens now in the distance clearly headed in their direction.

A few moments later and Hope peeled out of the garage and away from the sirens into the darkness.

Jade eyed the strange vehicle, as Hope and Ascondia got in. Jumping in reaction to Hades while his voice in that demanding growl overrode the fear of the strange machine. She quickly got in while settling in the comfortable seats, then heading Hades hand as the vehicle moved away. But looked out the rear window, watching as those lights come closer and lifting her hands to cover her ears, curling up her legs and leaning against Hades. “I don’t like this place…I miss our home…”

“It’ll be OK Jade, the lake is far quieter,” Ascondia replied from the front, she turned to look at Hope “We’ll be there soon enough, just rest, and make sure he’s OK”

Jade nodded to Ascondia, though in the back seat. She inspected Hades, especially his abdomen since he doubled over earlier. Looking at him with concerned eyes. “Beloved, I need to know now. Did that gun hurt you? Are you in pain? I may be able to help you heal…”

[Everything Changes] Intimate Moments

Kane yawned and stretched as he crawled onto the bed flopping down feeling the last few days finally begin to hit, he looked toward Aishani with a smile “Though I won’t lie, I have never felt more complete than I do right now, the realm is in order, kind of, we have beautiful children, my brother is hunting down our rogue sister, my daughter is hunting down a rogue guild of assassins and I get to play husband instead of hero,”

Aishani was laying on her side beneath the sheets, her dark hair flowing over her shoulders in the dreads giving her an exotic appeal with her dark ashen skin and golden eyes. She grinned to Kane now, but soon Terra and Xander began to stir. Aishani rose quickly moving over to lift each child in her arms while guiding a swollen bosom to each set of greedy mouths. Sighing softly, while rocking and waking with them, still without clothing. “And father.” She added in. “It is strange how things came to be…even I get aroused with them feeding…”

Kane shifted to watch as the children fed from his wife, “Bet you don’t get as aroused as I do, seeing you take to motherhood with such grace and beauty, it’s enough to make any man quiver,”

She chuckled to his words, while a smirk was on her lush lips. But after a moment Aishani grimaced with an eye closed, removing Terra from her bosom. Now Kane could see the cause if discomfort. There was a bite mark from around her bud, mixed with milk and blood. “Shame on you, Terra!” The little one gurgled and laughed, as Terra’s sharp fangs were revealed.

She sighed offering Terra to Kane in order to burp and release the gas built up. But then she gasped, attempting to remove Xander from the feast of her milk. Though he put up a fight, a cry parting her lips before final parting from Xander. This time a bite was deeper, while the milk oozed mixing with the blood. “Damn it…that hurt…” She sighed but adjusted Xander to rest upon her shoulder to pay his back.

Kane groaned as he saw the blood, as he took Terra he smiled softly. He patted her gently but with enough to finally cause the deep release of the youngster’s wind.

“We may need to find a way to prevent this, my love, teaching them we cannot feed at will, that’s not going to be easy,” Terra chuckled and pulled at his hair with a gurgle.

Aishani glanced at him now, as the blood and milk tricked down over her bountiful bosom to her abdomen with the web scar markings on her abdomen. “Yes…perhaps, we should speak to Stacy. It will be difficult at this early stage. Only the fangs come out. They haven’t begun to teethe yet.” Finally, Xander released a burp, squirming to get a better view of his sister. But Aishani moved to place him down in their special play area.

As she settled Xander and Terra in the play area Kane made his way to her, his arms sliding around her waist as he smiled softly. His lips found the flesh of her neck gently, before looking past her to the children “There may be a way to suppress the vampire, but as you said we can speak to Stacy,”

As he returned his attention to her neck for a moment his hands slipped over the scarring of her stomach gently.

Aishani curled against him, while his hands found the slickness offered by the blood and milk, which was still oozing from her buds. That sweet metallic scent mixed with the motherly milk, taunting him.

It was drowning Kane as he pressed tighter into Aishani, before breathing deeply. His hand crept up and over her breasts before lowering his head to trace his tongue over the wound. The sweetness of the milk against the copper taste of the blood an odd combination yet just as good to him.

He moaned softly before coming back to capture her lips with a deep kiss.

Aishani watched him, tilting her head back with a moan that escaped her lips to the presentation if his tongue lashing against her tender buds with the kiss of blood and milk. She eagerly returned the pressure if his lips upon her own, a hand curling within his hair to imitate a kitten like knead to his scalp, before leaning back enough to jump up and wrap her legs around his waist.

In the background, Terra was trying to put a block in her mouth while Xander was gurgling to his sister. This caused Terra to look to their parents.

Aishani broke the kiss, as her lips were beside his ear with amusement. “They are watching aren’t they…?”

Kane’s hands slid under her as she leapt to his waist. As he heard the twins he leant his head on her shoulder and nodded “They are, and our love life will never be the same,” He chuckled softly now kissing her shoulder “They are incredibly bright and curious,”

Aishani sighed, unwinding from Kane to turn and place his hand on her hips. “Tell me about it…that’s why we need to get their room situated. Feeling a little…sexually frustrated.” She caressed up and down his arms with her nails, almost as though her frustration was bubbling just beneath the surface. “At least, they will know what love is…”

There was a wicked smile that crossed his face as he walked to the door between the two rooms, opening the door and looking within “It’s all but done, had to build a new crib on account of them not liking being separated” He smiled leaning on the door frame watching her “But their room is ready when we are ready,”

He watched her in thought his eyes settled on the twins, his gaze soft and calm, as they played still attempting to eat their blocks but looking back to their parents.

She blinked but moved with Kane, walking into the room adjacent to theirs, running her hands over the new crib and looking to a more secure play area. “You’ve been holding out on me, love.” Aishani playfully punched his arm while looking to Xander and Terra. “Ready to see your very own room?” She asked moving over to hoist Xander who laughed gleefully to the way she lifted him.

Terra, on the other hand, began to cry, crawling to the edge of the play pen, reaching out to Kane.

“Not holding out, I just wanted it to be perfect for these two,” Kane replied with a nod, before reaching down to pick up Terra “Come on trouble, let’s go see what daddy has been up to,”

Kane smiled softly as he crossed into the new children’s room, he had built both crib and a new playpen. As he smiled “But I have been working on it here and there since they arrived,”

She adjusted Xander to rest on her hip, while the child looked around this room with wide eyes. “It’s perfect. What do you think?” Aishani asked her son, while he responded with a stuff of his hands into his mouth attempting to glance around the first. “Call the wet nurse…” Aishani told him while moving to gather some toys to place in the new play pen.

Kane nodded softly as he walked to the door that led to the hall speaking with one of their staff who hurried off to find the nurse.

A few minutes and the nurse arrived, she nodded to Aishani with a soft smile “You sent for me my lady?”

Aishani looked up from the floor, while now draped in a loose robe, handing the block to Terra. It appeared that she was teaching them how to build with the blocks. “Yes. I did. I need you to watch them for a while. Kane and I have business, be careful though. They are biting while breast feeding.” She stood to move near to Kane looking to the wet nurse.

Kane rocked on his heel as he watched the nurse and Aishani, in thought, he leant back against the adjoining door now “You know they are hybrid children, just be careful,”

“Of course my lord, I am aware of their heritage,” The nurse replied softly.

Aishani then turned to gather his hand in hers, pulling him after through the adjoining door. But before Kane had any time to recover, her lips were upon his as she leapt up with legs wrapped around him. The sexuality that oozed from her, she was speaking to his darker half, nails biting at his shoulders.

Kane caught the door closing it behind him, as his hands slid under her once more kissing her with as much depth and hunger as hers, moments later they were upon the bed with him over her his hands clawing at her side and skin.

Each claw against her skin was enough to leave angry red marks against her flesh, not to break the skin. But that sweet milk began to ooze asks glisten upon her buds with the metallic aroma of blood. Her lips work fervently against his while ducking in the slick partner, she was hungry and that glorious musk from her aroused state left a more primal calling to the vampire in him. They rustled in the sheets, one trying to best the other, in the end, this leads Aishani on her stomach with her behind lifted displaying the stunning petals with gates flowing with juices.

Kane growled hungrily against her, as she presented herself to him he didn’t hesitate sliding behind her gripping her hips and pulling her back into him. A deep low growl before driving into her, his hips colliding with hers with a violent sting.

Aishani snarled to the power behind his hips, glancing over her shoulder now. The gold glowing in her eyes as the fangs exposed, the wolf side of her awakening. She began to buck back against him, the ripples of flesh crashing like waves against the shore in the intimate violent act of the primal love making. Suddenly she pulled herself up to be resting on her knees, pulling her hair to the side to expose her neck to him, offering that taste of liquid fire burning in her veins for him. Now side from the clapping flesh against flesh, she growled and cried out his name.

His arm wrapped around her torso before continuing to drive into her, as she exposed her neck he growled deep and dangerous. He leant into her his fangs sinking into the flesh of her neck drinking her down in a way he had missed. He growled darkly tasting her before pushing her forward once more now pinning her to the bed as he drank her down he continued to drive into her with a hungry force.

A deep growl tumbled past her lips as his fangs sank into her flesh like a hot knife through melted butter, lifting one hand to curl and knead at the base of his neck. Aishani was urging him on, though, in his push off her down, a moan escaped her lips while lifting her hips with claws digging into the bedding to gain some anchor. The harder he pushed the more she fell off the ledge, she pressed against the mattress, with eyes rolling into the back of her skull from the carnal driven pleasure. A trickle of drool sneaking from the corner of her mouth, while again and again he felt the silken fold throb and milk him. This dip into his most carnal need, to have her, every ounce of her submit.

The taste of her and having her trapped beneath him was intoxicating to him, his nails continued to rake her flesh before he withdrew, reached to adjust himself before pressing against her tight starlet, rocking just for a moment before pushing each shallow thrust allowing him deeper access until he was within her, during this he broke from his feed though the same deepened desire remained.

Aishani howled in delight as the new angle claimed her in another door, it appeared she had given herself to the wolf. Her claws tearing into the sheets and making ribbons of the fabric, but her body reacted by lifting hips for him to penetrate more deeply. The sheer tightness of this back door was as intoxicating as the blood that rolled down her neck, causing her dark flesh to glisten. The heady aroma of musk, milk, and blood preheating his senses.

As he settled in fully Kane changed his rhythm now driving into her with repeated force, the hunger and desire burning at every nerve sending him into a deeper darker need to make his wife his own. His growls were primal and dark his nails now curling deeper to rip at her flesh.

The blood lifted now as glistening rubies seeping from the flesh of Kane’s wife, slickening his touch and coating his hands with the fiery blood burning from Aishani. She hardly seemed to notice wrapped in the glory of her own carnal pleasure, howling in pleasure with snarls. A hand reached forward to grasp the pillow but in the end shedding it and sending feathers floating around them like snow. Now she fought to rise but only to be on all fours again, bucking her hips back against him, her bottom dutifully jiggling to the force Kane was claiming her. She was animalistic in her moves now, eager as each pump sought to devastate her tight pipe, throbbing all around him. Body hungry for his release, as that dark skin was flushed with pink and smeared with blood.

As she bucked into him it spurred him harder as his hips repeatedly crashed against her the sting of flesh meeting flesh sending shudders through him and mixing with the pleasure before he growled deeply his body tensing his hands locking at her hips and driving her back into him his hips driven forward plunging him deeper into her as he delivered his seed deep within her.

Aishani met his own climax with that of her own, strong and powerful, causing her to fall forward with panting. Their sheets stained with blood, as pleased growls mixed with panting remained. Still, as he was buried deep within her, she asked herself to settle on her knees, craning her neck to curl a hand at the side of his neck to bring his lips down to meet her own in a deep and loving kiss, easing her down from the height of bliss and quell her wolf.

Kane eased to her side, returning her kiss with a passion yet gentle and tender. His hand now tracing over her flesh gently. As he felt his release subside he curled into her the feeling of her skin against his.

Aishani moaned in the kiss, though, broken it as they lay relishing in the moment. His hands found the sticky slickness that remained of her torn skin, though nothing seemed to matter to her but this moment. Her fingers caressed up and down his forearm, while his semi-hard member still remained buried in her back door, inching closer and closer to escaping the fleshy sheath. “I think…we need new pillows and sheets, maybe even a mattress…” She chuckled, it was true both pillows were shredded, as was the sheets into the mattress.

Kane simply smiled and kissed her cheek “I’m sure we have plenty, its big house,” as he kissed her cheek and neck gently “We can always raid your old room, I’m sure you won’t mind,”

The blood from his bite against her neck had, already begun the healing process of the heighten wolf in her. She smirked, licking his lips. “Oh, I don’t know. She just might.” Aishani teased. “Remind me…we can’t go that long without these intimate moments. We just turn into animals. I’m surprised we didn’t break the bed frame.” She laughed.

“It’s easy to forget sometimes, we take the weight of the world on our shoulders and rarely find time to be ourselves, I do agree it has been far too long, but sometimes I suspect you enjoy giving in to the animals in us,” Kane kissed her cheek now moving form over her his lips kissing along her spine gently for a moment “I won’t lie I have missed just being us, not that I would change what we have,”

“Damn, you caught on. Yes, I enjoy it more when I can release the wolf and you the vampire. Makes things intense, don’t you agree?” Aishani mused while touring her head up with a soft moan to his affection that tickled her spine.

“I do agree, it does make things more intense,” He smiled as again he kissed her spine slowly then up along her shoulders gently, “And again I say I forget how fortunate I am, to be with you so completely and not hide any of myself, it makes it all the more intimate,”

Aishani crooned again to the presence of his lips that spoke of his adoration and love. She lifted a hand to caress his cheek, closing her eyes. “Yes, I enjoy such as well. I will not lie. I thought that…when I became the werewolf I thought we were doomed. But it has bound us even more closely together.”

“It troubled us both my love, having waited so long to find someone who made me complete, then to fear it been taken with your transformation, it has only brought us closer in ways I doubt either of us could have predicted,” Slowly Kane rolled her to her back as once more he moved over her his eyes held upon hers tender and yet lost in her in that moment “I love you more with each day, you are my reason, you are my strength and you gave me purpose and children I am as happy as a man could wish to be,”

Aishani looked up to him, as he gives over her, lifting her hands to created his face and brush his hair aside to maintain that unrestricted visual. “As I am strongest, the most complete I have ever been in my life. Not only as a Queen, but a mother and wife. I feel stronger every day and my love for you in all aspects grows. I love you, Kane.”

“And I love you Aishani,” He kissed her there was a tenderness now as he shifted position to once more allow him to enter her, this time with no rush but a deep stirring passion, penetrating her still swollen core before holding deep within in her for a moment, his hips eased back this time taking time to enjoy and feel every part of her intimately now.

She tilted her head back lips delivering the sensual moan to his entry within her flower, though, leaned a hand to bring his forehead against hers. With each breathe delivering to him the scent and presence of his wife and soul mate. This moment was beyond tender, living and gentle. Her fingertips caressed up and down his back to rest behind his thighs, urging him to fill her completely by her touch.

There was nothing rushed this time, each motion slow and tender and deliberate as they rose and fell, his eyes remained on hers his hands resting against her sides, it was a reflection of his love, deep and intimate that connected on every level of their relationship,  his breathing was steady but came with moans of her name.

Aishani lifted her legs to curl within his, hands on his shoulders while periods if pleasure would take her away within the moans. Their bodies rocking together in the sea of bliss, washed away with each climax from her and urge if her body to drink him completely in his love.

His back arched pushing him deeper within her as a release hit the motion of it causing his own a low groan as he pushed as deep within as he could, filling her deep once more as his head leant to her shoulder shuddering against her.

She gasped with a moan, as his molten seed warmed her core, melting her heart with his shudder. Now she wrapped her arms around him, interesting for the time being to be parted. Kissing his shoulder and caressing up and down his back.

He breathed gently against her the heat of her against him, still deep within as the last remnants of his seed were sent within, still as tender a moment leaving him just as breathless of her than their previous encounter.

[Everything Changes] Broken Bones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[To The Future] Finding a Future in Your Past

Kane handed Aerian the keys as they stood before the home that had once been his mothers. During that time it had been the blacksmiths at least before his father stole the heart of the Blacksmiths daughter and married her sweeping her off to the mansion. After her father died the house had remained empty save for a few would be squatters here and there which had promptly been removed by either Haunted or the Dentarian authorities.

“It will need some work,” Kane sighed softly, looking to his daughter but he knew better than to argue. Aerian, Virra and Domi had their own family to raise and away from the mansion would be the best place to find their footing.

“I know Dad, but we need the space, and it’s about time Grandma’s house was brought back to life, she would approve and you know it,” Aerian replied with her arm wrapped around the waist of Virra.

“I’m sure we’d know if she didn’t, well if you need anything you know where we are,” Kane smiled walking to hug his daughter and then Virra in turn “Take care of each other, “He whispered to them before making his way to Domi “You just make sure they are safe, if you need anything don’t hesitate,”

Virra glanced to Aerian as she began to move to the house then to Kane at his words. “I’ve always looked out for her. That hasn’t and won’t ever change.” She then joined Aerian, as Domi going back.

“Uh, Kane…? I uh…all not familiar with pregnant women, though I feel as though I have my work cut out for me. I’ll take care of them, don’t you worry. Tomorrow can you have Stacy stop by with some books so I can understand?” He lifted his hand to rub at three beach of his neck.

“Of course I will, though when it comes to pregnant women,” He chuckled softly “They are less predictable, and no book will prepare you for that, so yes you have your work cut out for you, but nothing compares to the bond you now share,”

“That’s dads way of saying you’re stuck with us,” Aerian called over her shoulder as she put the key in the front door, it resisted at first but finally clicked, as the door opened the stale air flooded out, old wood, but within was still in fair shape, as Aerian looked around she smiled wrapping her arms around herself “Wow this is gonna be so great,”

Kane watched as the girls vanished within the house before he smiled to Domi and headed off back toward the Mansion. Leaving them to work out things in their own time now, Kane wouldn’t involve himself where he wasn’t needed at least for the moment.

Virra chuckled to Aerian’s words, though patiently waited on her to open the door, coughing a slight as the stale air hit her lungs. “I was so not prepared for that…” She said while looking around.

Domi watched Kane leave, then hurried to enter behind the two. “Let’s open some windows and air this place out.” He said moving to the two from windows to let light in and a gentle breeze blew.

The furniture was covered with heavy blankets. “Well, let’s get to work on this place. Make it more homely,”

Aerian was giddy as she bounced around, the fire place had remnants of a fire as she bent down to investigate, before poking and pushing them around. As she stood she looked over a few trinkets that while covered in dust she knew belonged to her Grandmother once upon a time.

“It’s only right this is where a new generation is born, and I want it to be a home with both of you,” She stated softly now walking to around before walking to a window wiping some of the dirt to see out into the town, “I liked our cottage but there will be five of us soon enough, and we didn’t have the space, this place has six rooms, and it’s all ours now,”

As Aerian looked out, it was then that something firm tapped the top of her head, when she looked Virra placed a broom in her hand. “Mmhm. It’s cleaning time.” Virra held one too, as Domi settled to be absent for the time being but Virra explained he was going to be working on the kitchen.

Aerian looked at the broom then Virra “Makes me miss the Mansion help,” she chuckled softly before taking the broom and starting on one side began to sweep the debris that cluttered the floor, a job she had done before so this was nothing new to her. She found it oddly calming in knowing clearing the chaos would prepare their home and their future.

“At least Jades tea is helping ease the nausea, I swear that’s the worst part of all this, well at least until I get all fat and can’t walk,” Her tone was a tease as she continued to sweep and occasionally kick a piece of dirt away from her.

“Well from now on it is us, three. I won’t complain. Soon enough it will be five.” Virra chuckled it seemed that she was pulling off the covers from the furniture and testing the items to see if any work needed to be done. It took them several hours to clean up the living space of the house. Though, sure enough it was spotless, Virra checked the chimney to ensure that there was nothing blocking the air passage with the flue. But, began to make a fire, afterwards, she looked around and then brought Aerian into her arms with a deep kiss. Then looking around the room, to the trinkets. “We still need to work on the bedrooms, soon enough we should focus on the children’s room.”

The more they cleaned the more the stale scent of air and dirt began to fade, Aerian was light on her feet with the new found home making her incredibly giddy, as Virra kissed her, her arms wrapped around Virras neck creating a kiss with as much passion as she could for her lover.

“I agree, Dad has contracts with any merchants we may need to use, his gift to our children,” She smiled softly. As she was there was a knock at the door which caused Aerian to freeze and then looked confused at Virra “I didn’t think beyond Dad and AIshani and Stacy anyone knew we were here,” the knock repeated this time with more force.

Aerian shook her head and slid to her feet making for the door, as she opened the other side stood the all too familiar blonde “Hey sweet cheeks, your dad finally let my fine behind out, and you and I still have a little business to conduct,” Aerian rolled her eyes in reply.

“Oh Zia, your timing sucks you know that right?”

“Just about to get down and dirty with that fine piece you’re engaged to? Does she taste as purdy as she looks?” Zia replied with a wide smirk.

Virra glanced to the door and at the presentation of the blonde female, she sighed more in irritation, though, moved to stand at Aerian’s side with an arm curled around her waist. “Of course her timing sucks. You only say that because you want between my thighs, Zia. Keep dreaming, blondey.” She stated with a roll of her eyes.

“Hey! I heard the door, who is it?” Domi stated while entering the room, but, falling short at the sight of the female, glancing to Aerian and Virra questioningly. “I didn’t think anyone knew we were here.”

“They don’t unless they are almost good as me in their line of work,” Aerian replied to Domi, as he appeared Zia looked him over licking her lips with a grin, she looked to Virra and nodded with a smirk.

“I’d enjoy been between those legs honey pie, but you guys, look at this pretty fella, he’s sticking it to one or both of ya?”

Aerian rolled her shoulders in annoyance now looking Zia in the eye “Both, now what is it you want?”

Domi lifted his hand to rub at the back of his neck, looking between all the females and chuckled a slight. Virra simply rolled her eyes to his reaction and moved to place herself before Aerian and pressed a hand across the frame with a lean. “Get to the point, blondey. It doesn’t matter to you if he is fucking us both, together or separate. I’m sick of your games, be straight with us. We don’t have time to go back and forth, as you can see we are working on getting our home situated. Out with it, Zia. We owe you a favour, intending to pay up. So spit it out before you have your teeth to spit out with it…”

“Damn she’s spunky, bet she’s a squealer too,” Zia chuckled rocking on her heels before she shrugged “Very well, the arrangement was I got your mom out of Elvera, and you would owe me, so seeing how old fire britches here has herself full of love, and I’m getting none,” She eyed Domi again with a smirk “Our guild is looking to bring you back to the fold, we need your particular, skills, we lost a lot of work when you left and Harley is, she’s unstable and she is leading us down a bad path which is going to get us all killed, come back, help me stop her then we’re even,”

Virra lowered her arm now, glancing to Aerian, appearing to incline a brow but allowed the separation to be lowered. “Get your blonde ass inside.” She said turning now, while Domi stepped out of the way. “Understand this, all of us will be involved. But, I’d really like to understand…” Virra glanced to Aerian her words sharp, since clearly Virra was unaware of this group. “…what guild?”

As Zia stepped in she let her hand wander over Virras stomach lightly tracing her abdomen, she grinned as she passed Aerian and caught a handful of Domi between the legs before heading for the front room, Aerian merely growled in reply as she shook her head “Knock it off!”

Zia planted herself by the fireplace now turning to look at Aerian, Virra and Domi, “After the last war, not the one you guys just had but you know hell, dragon fire, lots of people dead and dying and Dentarius all but rubble,” Zia began solemnly now “Not many know but Aerie was really hurt, half dead by the time she escaped Dentarius and Harley Brankredge was the one to find her, small time crook but smart as hell, helped save Aerian kept her alive and nursed her,” Aerian shifted awkwardly as her past now began to come to light “Anyway skip the boring crap and get to the fact that Aerian was before all that a damn good thief, never missed a mark always delivered on her contracts and she taught Harley all that, together they formed an alliance that became known as The Ever Present, a band of thieves and assassins, me among them, we were good, and we lived well, until Harley went off and killed a whole family for nothing more than being between her and a contract”

Aerian sighed “The rule was simple, we don’t kill unless we’re paid to and only after we made sure they deserved to die, Harley came to like it and I couldn’t handle that so I left, I headed for Elvera and not long after that I came home, but from what I heard they became more assassins for hire under Harleys watch,”

“I headed here to take out the Captain of the Dentarian guard didn’t bloody realise the Elcarus’ were back in force, Hades threw me in the cells and you know the rest, but The Ever Present is being hunted and killed without question the only one off limits is her,” Zia nodded now to Aerian “But the rest of us, we just want to go back to what we do best, hurt no one, retrieve lost treasures, we can’t do that while Harley is in command she will kill anyone who dares challenge her authority, you were the best of us Aerian, and with the big boy there and the dark haired wonder you can take her down, kill her, arrest her I don’t care, I just want her gone so we can go back to the shadows,”

Virra caught Zia by the wrist and wrenched her arm to shove her forward, though, Domi inclined a brow while looking between Aerian and Virra. It was clear he was not pleased with Zia’s grab of his goods, though, the three followed her to the fireplace. Virra sat to pull Aerian into her lap on the couch, as Domi settled beside them. Virra looked to Aerian, it was clear by her expression that jealousy reigned and curiosity of the truth behind Harley’s relationship with her was in question.

“So she essentially broke the rules and this is where the story turns…Some, as I have seen, learn to crave that adrenaline and the lust for killing.” Virra commented.

Domi nodded. “Yes, as I have heard some say there is something powerful in killing another. Watching the life leave their eyes. I’ve never been one for that. So now, you say that Harley is out of control? It is amusing in this, that the services were not used during the war.”

“Perhaps, she was too much of a loose cannon to be reliable.” Virra snuck a hand behind Aerian’s back, out of view of Zia but Domi would notice if he looked, a finger slithered down between her plump valley to trace the hidden pucker.

Aerian squirmed against Virra now laying back into her “Harley wouldn’t risk coming to Dentarius, there is a long standing warrant for her arrest, she also made a slight miscalculation,”

“Mmm she did try to assassinate Lord Hades, knife to the gut if I remember correctly, thought he was the nut job brother? Wouldn’t have been so bad had she got the right target, she likes the thrill of killing but she doesn’t do it for free, hence the no show,” Zia replied as she eyed Aerian and Virra for a moment “She rarely leaves the lair now, paranoid as all hell,”

“And me turning up is going to help that? Zia ….” Aerian swallowed for a moment “I want to help, I’m responsible for what Harley became but, if we do this and I mean if, it’s not just my life at risk,” Her hand now ran over her stomach as she spoke “I made Harley a promise I would watch her back, even die for her if I had to, and by the laws I set down I am a target if I go in there she will try to kill me on sight, and if try to kill her what of the rest?”

“They won’t intervene, you have my word, the self-same rules you laid down state its between you and Harley, we’re honour bound to stay out of it,” Zia replied flatly “Someone has to stop her, lord knows we’ve tried but we just can’t get close to her now,”

Virra propped her chin on Aerian’s shoulder, watching Zia while the tip of her finger subtly penetrated past the starlet. Though, her breathing grew a little thicker while shaking her head. “Aerian, we are all in on this. If from what Zia is saying is true, you may need more than just yourself. Like hell if I am going to allow you to deal with this situation alone.”

Domi glanced to Aerian then to Virra with a smirk on his lips. “Count me in. I am not going to let my beautiful angels have all the fun without me.”

Aerian moaned deeply feeling the penetration as her eyes close, her hips rocked encouraging Virra. She moaned softly having forgotten about their house guest for a moment.

“I guess I should let you think about it, I can come back later,” Zia sighed softly as she watched Aerian, a smile curled her lips before she looked to Domi “Don’t you just have the luck, and they say blondes have more fun,”

Virra smirked to Aerian’s moan, while the digit wriggled within that back pipe, leaning to kiss her neck while Domi turned her cheek in his direction to press his lips against Aerian’s.

“Hm. For someone that’s all talk, gets squeamish when things are brought to the open…” Virra chuckled tracing Aerian’s ear with the tip of her tongue. “Yes, you better leave. I don’t share. We will discuss this and be here for breakfast tomorrow. By then we will have an answer.”

Zia watched the scene before her, an amusement in her eye as she did “Oh I suspect you won’t want me anywhere near that fire cracker of yours, though I am curious as to what hides beneath that icy exterior of yours,” Zia smiled darkly watching as Aerian was already lost to the invasion of her starlet and her lovers actions.

“But I do thank you for considering my request,” She reached to tie back the dark blonde hair adjusting her corselet before stepping toward the door.

Virra waited until the door closed and Zia was gone, then looked to Domi and Aerian, dipping thumb and forefinger down to pinch at her pearl before slipping her thumb within the flower to wriggle around in a determination to cause her lover to come to a swift and powerful release. Aerian had answers to give and in her current circumstances it wasn’t morally right to do such. Domi licked his lips and leaned back, watching Virra then to Aerian.

Aerian writhed against Virras hands her body already on edge from the invasion by Virra, as her thumb penetrated her hips tensed her body shuddering as she moaned out loud her whole body suddenly trembling as her release spilling down over Virras hand.

“So not fair,” She whimpered now laid back against Virra her whole body trembling against her lover.

Virra removed her hand, though not before squeezing Aerian’s bottom, while Domi snatched Virra’s hand to lick at the juices that coated the dark haired vixen’s hand and digits. “I’ll tell you what is not fair…you never told me about Harley or even that group you ran with. I think before we move forward, that Domi and I need to understand the situation better. From start to finish from your words and not that blonde.”

Aerian sighed as she sat curling into Virra “I never spoke of it because I never quite figured how to resolve it, what happened with The Ever Present and Harley is all down to me, I wanted to forget, that’s why I only turned to Zia when all our other options were gone because I knew it would lead here eventually,”

Aerians voice had dropped now, a dark edge to each word as she spoke “But you’re right I can’t lead you or Domi in blind, so if you’re willing to listen and,” She looked to Virra her eyes cut with a helplessness “I will tell you everything, about The Ever Present, about me back then, Harley, Zia every detail,”

“The resolve perhaps was never down to just you, which is why until now it has never been brought back up.” Virra placed a hand on Aerian’s thigh and adjusted her to sit across her lap, while Domi took Aerian’s in his. The support that was oozing from both was more than enough for Aerian to get the story out. “Anything that affects you will affect us, we are all in this together.”

Domi nodded while lifting a hand to caress Aerian’s cheek. “We are by far not perfect, that is why we equal each other out. But, we have to be careful on how to proceed. As Stacy has said, you have to NOT use your abilities. I’m sure it would affect our child.”

“Right, then. So, start from the beginning, Firefly.” Virra said to her those dark eyes unreadable.

She looked to Domi and shook her head softly “There’s a reason I’ve been repeatedly told not to use my angelic abilities while I’m carrying our child, each time I tap into them I rip a piece me from the realm, it’s small enough to not really harm me but eventually it will catch up, which is why I don’t unless I have no other choice, using them with child the results would …” She swallowed hard “Be unpredictable, and if the realm is telling Stacy to ensure I don’t then I’d rather not find out why”

She shifted against Domi and drew a short breath in thought “So from the beginning? Then I guess that would be the Dragon Wars, after Uncle Haunted and Krystal brought down Kyrus the Dark, Dad gave the order to evacuate, we got everyone we could out, while he opened the void to rid the Everlands of Dragons, that time at least, unfortunately for yours truly whilst making my retreat I wasn’t paying attention and missed the edge of a cliff.” She pulled her shirt to show a scar just above her hip “The one on my thigh just above the knee too, where I ended with a branch put through me, should have died, should be dead but a young girl found me, dragged me to what was left of her house after the Dragons totalled it, she kept me alive, that was Harley, I saw so much of Maya in her. Harley was naïve, she was funny, she was sweet, she was innocent to the world, the worst she saw was her family’s death by dragon and even that she managed to settle with,”

Aerian rubbed the back of her neck awkwardly as she spoke of those days now “After I recovered I should have walked away, let her grow up in her own vision of the world, but I couldn’t, something kept me with her. We finally left, travelled together I had a reputation as thief anyway, a girl has to make money and that’s how I made mine,” She sighed softly now watching Virras face, before looking to Domi.

Virra remained composed in her expression, nothing but a mask, while Domi lifted Aerian’s hand to kiss each knuckle. “You did, that which you had to do, my beautiful angel.”

Virra’s voice was sharp and cut through the moment. “That is not all, Firefly. You are skipping around. I will not pry into Maya, though, this relationship that you had with Harley…was it close?” Now, Aerian caught that flicker of possessiveness that she had seen on more than one occasion with her fiancé.

“I’m not skipping baby I promise you said everything, and I will lay it all out, you just may not want to hear it. So Harley and I travelled I picked up small contracts, things that wouldn’t take long, and I could be done within a few hours, she hated me leaving her, it was hard to handle sometimes. So eventually I did the only thing I could and I began to teach her what I knew, what I did, and she picked it up really quick she was good and having a partner meant we picked up bigger jobs which ultimately was more money and more money kept Harley happy.” She sighed softly in thought it was clear there was pain for her in these memories “She spent money like I have never seen, spoilt rich kid at times doesn’t even begin to cover it, but slowly the jobs began to be bigger and too much for two of us, one night I picked up a small contract and when I came back …. she was pinned between three guys she was trying to play tough and I tried to break it up and got my arm broken in the process, next thing in the guys are in a puddle of blood on the ground and Zia is there, Zia had been hunting us under contract she was the daughter of Riverfields Sherrif charged with bringing us in but she never did and she never left our company that’s when we started using the name The Ever Present”

She slid to her feet beginning to pace the room as the memories hit her harder than she could have expected “You asked if I had a connection to Harley like I was close to Maya, no, never had that until you Virra. I’ve never lied about that to you, omitted pieces maybe but never lied,” There was a plead in her voice as she spoke to her lover, “You have seen inside, you are connected to me, you’d know if there was ever anyone else, but Harley and I, we took comfort in each other, we took comfort in Zia, in fact I doubt any member of The Ever Present hasn’t slept with every other, we were a unit without limits it’s why we were damn good at what we did, and what we did was set right what was wrong, we were cautious with the jobs we took, only for the right reason, rich guy ripping of the poor guy, treasure from a distant city in the wrong hands, magic in the wrong hands, never did we do things for our own gain. At least outside of the money we made, and we made plenty, and Harley still spent it like an over privileged brat. Still it didn’t matter it wasn’t even about the money, it was about us and what we could do”

She stopped her pacing now staring into the fire “One night a man came to me, I was looking for our next big score, he offered me a lot of money to set right an injustice, his daughter had been murdered and her killer had walked free and clean, shouldn’t have taken it, but I did and I finished the contract, didn’t take long for more, didn’t take long before we needed more in the fold and we brought in more, at our strongest we were twenty five all of us trying to set the Everlands right, until I screwed up,” Her tone dropped now dark and cold.

Virra considered Aerian in silence, while Domi provided a squeeze to Aerian’s hand just before she stood and began to pace. Each of her lovers sat upon the couch, watching her as she moved about. As he voice dropped Aerian heard a shift and then felt the arms wrap around her with a kiss to her neck. “Listen, Firefly, we all have done things…unspeakable things, though, I will say this…The Ever Present needs to have a fit leader again. We are breaking out on our own and this is a possibility for growth, Firefly. We can secure a future not just for us but for our children. I think, we should go in there and set Harley straight. In the world that we all have lived in you keep what you kill…”

“There’s more,” Aerian sighed softly “Harley she was good at what she did, perfect in an out, or easy on the eyes, a perfect distraction, but she wanted in on the assassination contracts, again her looks made her ideal, so I trained her and she was good, really good, almost too good, but a few months in I started to realise Harley was only taking kill contracts and worse she wasn’t doing the research simply fulfilling them, she was killing because she liked it,” Aerian turned to face Virra her eyes completely unhidden the raw emotion beneath, her cheeks stained with tears now “I tried to talk to her, to get her to stop, her answer was a knife to my throat and I did as was in our own rules I beat her down, we don’t raise a blade to one of our own, differences were settled on the score card plain and simple, I beat her down that night she came to my room tried to take me out again, but as she was trying to put the blade through my heart she was repeating ‘I love Aerian, this is because I love you’, I couldn’t take the guilt nor could I bring myself to stop the monster I’d created so the moment she wasn’t paying attention I took off, I’ve never been back, Zia kept me informed for a while and Harley just got worse killing anyone who challenged her, anyone who was in her way, not because she had to but because she wanted to, she honestly gets off on killing, like wet as hell off, she is screwed up and I fear she is beyond repair,”

She sank to her knees on the floor turning back to face the fire now, I should have killed her even against the rules I knew I should have, the fact she got a second chance, she put a blade to my heart, it hurt, I cared for her maybe it was some weird version of love, but I had to leave or I’d have become her, I would her killed her and every part of who I am would have been gone, after a while Zia stopped coming, and I stopped thinking about it, the next I heard was when Zia tried to assassinate Uncle Hades, she’s been in the cells for almost two years, I don’t even know what state that will put Harley in, it was all sex, money and the thrill of knowing we were a power in our own right,” Her arms wrapped around herself now as she spoke softly “It has to be me, you know that both of you, I know you have my back, and will protect me no matter mater but Harleys life if it has to end, I want it to be by my hand let me give her the piece she so desperately seeks,” her chest heaved as her eyes remained on the fire as hard as she wanted to hiding the fact she was crying was lost in that moment.

Soon after she stopped her talking, Aerian felt strong arms scoop and lift her up, instead of returning back to the couch Aerian felt an ascension upstairs. A look up told Aerian it was Domi that was carrying her, while Virra was behind him, soon she was placed upon the bed and Domi lay at her right with Virra to her left, each of them curled close to her. Virra tipped her chin to kiss along her jawline while Domi simply dipped his hand beneath her top to caress her abdomen. Nothing was spoken though, it was a silent agreement that the two would be there to support and work through this. Virra wiped her tears and kissed her cheek. “Baby, you have us. We will have to see how things play out, I make no promises. Though, we have heard you.”

Aerian said nothing as she remained silent, the wave of emotion had over loaded her for the moment, and even Virra would be able to feel the knot of guilt that sat deep in Aerian. As Domi touched her abdomen her hand covered his above her top. Her head turned into Virra feeling the dread subside as she felt the safety of her lovers cover over her “I never wanted this, and I never wanted it to come to this, but we have to watch Zia too, her loyalty for a long time has been to herself, above all else if we get in too deep we’re on our own,”

Aerian felt the smaller hand of Virra placed atop her own over Domi’s. “Sometimes things come to a head, Firefly. The fact that we are NOT on our own in this and together is far more than being alone. I know you feel guilt, though, don’t let that rule you. Says me, a pregnant woman along with you. We need to keep our heads on straight. Now, matter what, I will love you, forever and always.”

Domi kissed Aerian’s cheek. “You know, you two are my beautiful angels. No matter how darkness comes, you are my guiding light. Don’t lose hope. I love each of you, as the sun loves the flowers.”

“The one thing I’ve come to realise, after this last fight is we can set things right so long as we are willing, Dad and Aishani gave everything to protect the realm, even my mom saw fit to fight. I can put this right, with you and Domi by my side I can fix my mistake,” Aerian replied softly “And my god he is so sweet,” she smiled leaning to kiss Domi “I really am a lucky girl, the woman I love, a man who makes me very happy and two babies on the way, all this wrapped up in our own little house, how could I want more?”

Virra smirked to Aerian’s words while Domi held a wicked grin. “Food, can make it better.” He learned over to kiss Aerian and Virra, then took across the room quickly.

“He’s going to spoil us…” Virra said with a chuckle, though adjusted to lean her cheek on Aerian’s chest, inching up her shirt too reach her abdomen.

Aerian squirmed under her touch with a soft moan, “He does like looking after us,” she grinned as she took Virras hand and placed it firmly between her legs, moaning softly, as her hips instinctively pushed against her.

Virra blinked to Aerian’s gesture with those implementing hips, though recovered with a coy smirk. Though leaned to suckle on her lobe, while her free hand worked her pants loose and that hand dipped beneath the surface to search out the sweet pearl, clicking it a few times with her digit.

Aerian whimpered as she felt the invasion, the tap upon her pearl sent shudder through her as pushed eagerly against Virras hand, there was a fire within her, a need that was pushing Aerian to want more, she turned grabbing at Virras head pulling her into a deep kiss with a passion that flooded through now.

As Virra’s lips crushed against Aerian’s a digit slipped within the silken passage without a moment of hesitation began to wiggle and thrust. A second pressure plopped into Aerian’s starlet, as the pumping never stopped or slowed.

Aerian was fully driven by Virras touch a deep squeal of pleasure as her hips ground into the invading digits, the more Virra worked her the more desperate Aerian became, and she bucked into Virras hand lost in her own need before she found a level of control long enough begin undressing Virra.

Peeling the clothing from Virra was challenging as Virra quickened the movements to fuel that fire within. Also it would mean that Virra would have to stop the focus on Aerian to remove her top. Though her bosom spilled forth while assisting with a free hand to writhe free from her leggings, soon only her top remained as her lower half was exposed. Virra began to work the shirt of Aerian up to her chin and broke the kiss to lower her lips to feast on her breast, flicking the bud with the tip of her tongue with a nibble of her teeth.

Aerian breathed deeply as her hands ran down Virras thighs, her own fingers finding their way into her, her rhythm was broken as her own body was being pushed by Virra, her mind driven into a frenzy as Virra worked her.

The molten centre of Virra was tight, silken. Though Virra moaned against Aerian’s bud, nipping the tender surface in reaction to her fiery lovers’ intent but this proved to only drive Virra faster and deeper, a thumb added to the pearl increasing the intent to push Aerian over.

Her body shuddered, the more she tried to force control the faster her body reacted, her hips clamped against Virras hand as she screamed her release hitting hard, her whole body shook from the force as she trembled left laid on the bed panting heavily.

A smirk formed on Virra’s lips to the scream that shattered the room, removing her mouth from Aerian’s bosom. Then her digits, but yanked down her pants, placing a hand on the back of each thigh and pushing her back. Without hesitation diving down to clap her lips upon Aerian’s quivering flower, to suckle and plunge her tongue in deep as possible to not let that be all.

Aerians hands clamped to the back of Virras head her hips forcing her against her lovers mouth and tongue, for few moments before she fell back into the bed her hands twisting into the sheets as she writhed feeling every touch of Virra almost multiplied throughout her body.

It didn’t take Virra long to press more upon the back of Aerian’s thighs, driving down more deeply with slick tool ravaging her passage. Though stealthily a digit slipped into her starlet followed with another. The movement and speed mixed with Virra’s determination on bringing Aerian to a second release that was even more powerful than the first was apparent.

Aerian moaned aloud as she felt the invasion of Virras fingers, her body tensed just for a moment before she wriggled against her fingers, her back arched from the bed as she moaned heavily. The more Virra worked her the higher Aerian felt her body push. Suddenly her hips snapped down into the bed as again she screamed out in pleasure, the force of her release sent a flood of wetness from her into Virras waiting mouth, her whole body shuddering violently.

Virra lapped and filled down the sweet nectar from Aerian, though she didn’t stop and only quickened her intentions. She parted from her flower now. “You are going to scream and beg for me to stop.” Now Virra returned her slick tool to plunge and withe within Aerian’s core.

Aerian couldn’t fight her body already left weakened from the last orgasm as she tried to breath and gain control, the more she tried to control the more sudden it struck, the last orgasm barely passed as she arced and grunted sent thundering into the next. Her mind was clouded only feeling the pleasure that tugged at her very being, she was mewling softly until another struck causing her body to force itself down against Virra.

Virra took every thrust and squirm, holding her down to just get that taste of her lovers’ ecstasy. Until, the moment that Virra stopped and shifted to lay on her back, panting. Hours must have gone by, since Virra fell asleep. As Aerian would adjust, she saw out of the corner of her eye a figure slumped in a chair in the hallway with dark brown hair fixed back and a tray of three plates at his feet. Domi had given them time to themselves, while falling asleep.

Aerian shifted feeling every muscle in her body resist the attempt as she groaned, the force of Virras assault upon her was still taking its toll. She sat and shook her head trying to straighten her hair to a degree, moving slowly she made her way to the hallway, shaking Domi gently “Hey you, come on to bed with us,” Aerian kept her voice soft and low, though with enough for Domi to hear, shaking him gently a second time.

Domi opened his eyes slowly, groggily, yawning. But he stood stepping over the tray and scooped Aerian up in his arms to walk with her to the bed. Seeing her down carefully not to disturb Virra, hovering over her and kissing her as he settled between them.

Aerian settled into him, but with her hand laid on Virra, as she smiled softly before just as quickly disappearing back into sleep.

[To The Future] A Wedding on the Beach

Hades yawned and stretched as he woke the following morning as he stretched he felt joints crack back into place, as a shudder cut through him as his body extended past being comfortable, before he rolled onto his side to look at his wife to be. The air was oddly light the tension that had hung over them for the last year now all but gone.

Hades said nothing merely lay watching Jade for that moment with a soft smile curling his lips.

Indeed, Jade was at his side, resting peacefully. That scent he had learned to love and recognize tantalizing his senses with the soft breath of cherry blossom in a spring breeze. Her expression calm with the play of the beautiful freckles that dance across her cheeks and over the bridge of her nose, the rose petal lips parted to display her even deep breathing. Yet, her hair was not bound as usual upon her head and the dark veil of her hair splayed about her upon the pillow like a halo. She appeared to be breathing more readily, nearly panting while her eyes moved beneath her lids in a dream. That bruise still whispering upon the skin of her throat, from which his darker moment took control. She was stunning even amidst this, steady and Hades’ completely, through and through.

As Hades’ eyes caught sight of the bruise his smile curled deeper, that dark side always hidden just beneath the surface always ready to take control. As he watched her sleep for a moment longer the idea formed just as wicked as ever.

He slid down under the duvet his hands easing her thighs apart as he crawled up between them before placing kisses over each thigh, each slow and deliberate before moving to press his lips against her petals, his tongue easing against her tender bud his hands now pressed against her waist to prevent her moving from him.

When he travelled beneath the duvet he discovered that she was without garments, Hades was drowned by the essence of his fiancé and her succulent scent from between those thick thighs. At first his taste buds were graced with her taste, that exotic spice sweetness of her flower, yet, the more he focused on her hidden pearl and longer, he began to hear that sound of her breathing quickening and subtle moans. That was as he heard the moans growing louder and her body awaken at the buck of her hips that began to grind down against him.

He didn’t shift his focus but kept his tongue in its assault against that tender bud, his fingers now easing into her as she woke, as she ground into him his fingers penetrated her deeper. Between the scent and her awakening Hades wanted to push her higher in each moment.

As he continued the administration, the more her hips writhed in accent to his digit that sunk deeper into her molten passage. Her sounds only increased in sheer bliss, a slender hand lowered to curl within his hair to push him more firmly against the appreciation of her pearl. That is when he felt it with his fingers, the squeeze of her silken folds and the beginning of a blooming flower, that is when the lubrication was added just before her nectar rushed forth with the ambrosial flood, crying out his name.

Hades remained in his motions until the last remnants of her release passed before he crawled out and up beside her kissing her deeply “Good morning you beautifully amazing beloved of mine”

When he resurfaced, Hades found her panting and quivering, though to his kiss her eyes opened and she rolled her head to look at him. A slender hand lifted to caress his cheek with a rest at his jawline. “Mmm, good morning it is waking like that with you, my beloved.”

“Fun isn’t it,” He grinned “Just the first step in this new life of ours, now get yourself dressed we have a long couple of days ahead getting ready to move,” his hand caressed her throat gently there was a new lease in Hades a sparkle non had seen in a very long time as the pressure of keeping everyone alive was now lifted, giving way to him focusing only upon Jade and their new life together.

“But dress slowly so I can watch,” He added before kissing her once more.

His touch upon her neck brought a soft quiver from her and ripples of gooseflesh skittered about upon her skin. But, at his words a small secretive smirk appeared upon her plush lips, though, she nodded to him, rising from the bed to expose her beautiful body to him, turning and displaying the intricate tattoo that covered the entire back of Jade. She then gathered her clothing and placed them on the edge of the bed, each layer was placed upon her with a magnetic and ritualistic demeanour, beautiful, almost as though it was a dance itself for her to dress every morning. In the end, her skin was covered and the kimono and obi was fixed upon her, then her hands began to work with her hair, in order to pile up into a bun, but this began to remove the exquisite and free length that added to her exotic attraction.

“You’re beautiful, you know that. I would note that I have always preferred your hair down, for me at least, not that anything changes no matter how you wear your hair,” Hades remarked gently watching her. He smiled as she dressed taking every detail in as she did so.

She hesitated now, at his mention of his preference of her hair, instead of finishing sweeping it up, let the stands fall down. A soft blush lifting to her cheeks with his compliment. “Then, if you prefer it as such. I will let it down…”

She smiled in that special way that Hades knew was saved especially for him. “Oh, stop. I’ll keep it down, even if you insist it’s a personal preference. Do I not need to take that into account?” Jade moved forward to extend her slender hand to him, in order to guide him to rise. Then went to gather his clothing in order to dress him much the same as she had undressed him the night before.

Hades allowed her to dress him with the same wonder he had for her in every other moment. He watched her carefully, as she finished dressing him he flexed his wrists and then drew her close to him kissing her cheek gently.

“So what do you fancy doing today, we’ll be here a day or two more then headed for our own home,” He stated softly.

She responded by resting her cheek against his chest, a hand upon his shoulder. “We should see, Elsa. She is going to be the one for our wedding clothing.”

“And I’m sure she will make me drool the moment I see you,” Hades replied with a wicked smiled taking her hand and kissing it gently “Our wedding should be on the beach, so tired of grand garden weddings, it just isn’t me,”

“The beach? You mean near our home-to-be?” Jade leaned back, while he saw that beautiful flush upon her cheeks again.

“Beech, Tiki torches, moonlight everything that makes it different but just as grand,” He smiled in reply.

She smiled to him with a nod. “I like that idea. Very much, even an evening wedding. It all sounds so magical.”

“Good, because if you haven’t learnt by now, everything I do isn’t normal, then you may get quite a shock,” Hades chuckled softly, as he slid blades to the back of his hips he took her hand and lead her out of their room and through the upper levels of the mansion.

“Oh, no, I know that, my beloved. That is why, life with you is going to be an adventure. Dark or light. Just so long as I am with you, nothing much matters.” She curled her hand within his and easily followed along with him, her bare feet lightly padding against the floor while they made their way through the mansion.

“And I’ll be sure to keep it that way,” Hades replied with a grind as they headed down the stairs and down into the main hall.

Elsa was already in the main hall happily working away on new clothes, determined to get her own life back to normal and her shop back up and running.

She moved into the main hall with Hades, though looked to him then to Elsa, clearing her throat to not startle the realms dressmaker. “Ahem….uh, Elsa?”

She smiled softly as she looked up, pale eyes sparkled with mischief beneath that blonde hair “Hello my dear, may I say you look particularly delectable today, those Elcarus boys know how to pick their women,” she never lost a stitch in her work as she spoke.

She looked up to Hades, then to Elsa, as the flush lifted to her cheeks with the light dusting of freckles. “Thank you, Elsa…I was wondering, that is, if you are not too busy. I’d like to discuss a dress…for the wedding.”

“You’re going to let her dress? I thought you’d get wed naked,” Elsa chuckled softly

“And share her with half the realm, oh not a chance,” Hades replied with a sly smile, as he slid his arms around Jade gently.

“Well then I will just have to blow them away with her dress, and make her as she rightly should be the prettiest girl in all the realm,” Elsa winked with a smile.

“She already is,” Hades stated softly “I’m going to see the weapon smith, so look after my girl,”

“Ah but of course, we’ll have fun while you go be all serious,” Elsa stated patting the seat beside her “Now then what do you have in mind?”

She looked between the two, as they spoke, though, looked down with a smile. As Hades spoke of leaving, she held his hand and reluctantly allowed for each finger to slip off in his departure, watching him until he disappeared from the hall. But, Jade returned her exotic almond slanted eyes to Elsa and moved over to take the seat next to her, lightly touching the current fabric. “I’ve been thinking about this ever since I have become engaged…I want a dress that is inspired by my culture, kimono. We are going to have it on the beach and at night…torches…all that.”

“Ah that boy did always have a flair for the different, been a long time since he’s been happy you know. Such a different man to the one spoke of in the stories and histories of this realm. Did you ever wonder if they were true or if perhaps you’d be the next one in his path of destruction? Of course I know he loves you, and would die for you before he hurt you. You bring out the best in him and it shows in everything he does now,” Elsa smiled as her words tumbled from her mouth absently in thought, she placed her current project aside and taking a pad began to draw, the magicks she weaved flowed from her onto the page beginning to draw up an idea.

“So…I’ve heard. True or not, or doesn’t matter to me. Everyone has a darkness within them. Some just refuse to accept it. Together such forms a balance, not only in the world but each other. There can not be darkness without light.” Jade started bit curiously leaned over to watch Elsa work on the price of paper. “I don’t want white.”

“Perhaps reds and blacks? The colours of fire, much like the fire that burns within you both. He was misguided, even as dark as he was he always had his moral code, he was a strange one to say the least,” Elsa replied “He has always been good to me, it is now my turn to be good to him and make his bride the most incredible vision in the Everlands on your wedding day,”

“Yes, fire…reds and blacks would be perfect.” She looked to Elsa then down to the artwork, pointing out a few things that needed to be adjusted then nodded slowly. “I bet you say that to all the brides-to-be.”

Elsa chuckled as Jade pointed the adjustments the design shifted and changed on the page before her. “Just the ones I like,” she smiled softly “But since Aishani and Kane, there have been far too few causes to celebrate in this realm, and this is just such an occasion, the whole realm will want to turn out to,”

“The…whole realm?” She seemed surprised, possibly frightened in her voice. “I have no one to walk me down the isle. I assume Kane will be busy as best groomsman…”

“The whole realm,” Elsa repeated with a smile “Elcarus weddings are rare because they are so cautious, and so careful,” Elsa handed her the drawing to check over one last time “You only need to ask and anyone in the realm will be at your side, a sister perhaps? Even perhaps Aishani or Virra or Aerian, though they seem less the dresses and pony tail kind don’t they but certainly Aishani will be happy to?”

“No, that is not what I meant…I meant to walk me down the isle. By tradition it should be my father, though, he was killed in the raid at my old home. He can not be there, so, I meant to find another to walk me down the isle. I would not dream of forcing those two to dress up. I haven’t yet, asked, Aishani. Though, I agree, she would be at my side. I wonder, what she would look like in a kimono…can you make the colours and style in a strict kimono for the bridesmaids? I think that would accent that side.” She said, appearing less and less nervous when it came to details.

“If you can dream it, I can make it that my dear is the beauty  of my job,” Elsa replied with a wicked grin that reflected the passion for her work “And all at a moderate price, unlike some of the other hacks in this realm,” there was an oddness to her words in that statement and just as quickly as it was there it was gone “Not that you need worry on price, the Elcarus family have used me for all manor of occasions we have an agreement that works and their credit is always good, perhaps the new blood who seems to have wound himself in with the girls? If they trust him perhaps this will bring him into your family a little more?”

She considered Elsa a moment in silence then spoke. “You mean, ask Domi to walk me down the isle?”

Elsa smiled “We are limited with men we can ask, but the girls seem to enjoy having him around, and he fought at their side without question.” She paused for a moment “He is quite the tasty morsel of a man, still it would not hurt to ask? Aerian and Virra along with Aishani are to be your bridesmaids?”

She thought for a moment, while slowly nodding. “Yes. If like Virra and Aerian, even if they don’t get dressed up much…Aerian did for Aishani. Well, I better get to asking those three before they leave.” Jade said rising. “But definitely count on Aishani. I want her to be my maid of honour.” She placed a hand on Elsa’s shoulder before leaving to head to the cottage of Aerian and Virra, now including Domi.

She lifted her hand to knock on the door, it took a few moments before it was answered and Jade almost lost her nerve. But Domi answered the door, his hair ruffled up and without a shirt in just his trousers. Initially he looked stunned as Jade stood alone, then glanced over his shoulder. “Angels! Jade is here. Put your pants back on!”

Virra laughed now. “We have them on, pervert. Let her in.”

Domi winked to Jade and stepped aside for her to enter. Upon waking through the door, Jade found Aerian sitting on Virra’s lap at the kitchen table. Before the fireplace was a messy blanket laid out and some pillows.

Aerian glanced up her hair was wild, or wilder than was normal for her, having slept on the floor with Virra and Domi “Hey Jade, is everything OK?” Aerian was admittedly curious as to why she was here without Hades, which raised the question of when the last time she had seen Jade without her Uncle, but she also like the confidence Jade was beginning to show, taking her place among the family.

Virra offered a wave to Jade, wrapping her arms around Aerian with a kiss to her neck. “Domi is making breakfast, you’re more then welcome to stay.”

“No, thank you.” Jade said but settled on one chair at the table. “I’ve come for two things, well to ask…Virra and Aerian, I know you don’t care to dress up…but I was wondering if you would be my bridesmaids?”

“He’s a great cook, you’re missing out,” Aerian replied before considering her answer a moment “You’re right we don’t like to dress up, but we will for family so of course we will be,” she paused before adding to her statement “Of course that means you’ll have to be a bridesmaid for our wedding?”

Virra nodded to Aerian’s words, confirming that it was in agreement, kissing her neck. “Of course we will, Jade. Wonder what Hades had up his sleeve…”

Jade beamed at Aerian and Virra’s response, though looked at Domi. “I don’t have a father, I was wondering…would you be willing to walk me down the isle?”

Domi was amidst drinking as she asked and was so surprised that he spit out the drink, this caused Virra to laugh.

Aerian couldn’t help but giggle at the surprise Domi clearly displayed to Jades words and yet she said nothing as she simply watched him, curling tighter against Virra, and her arms wrapped around her gently.

“Me? Seriously?” He lifted a hand to rub awkwardly at the back of his neck. Virra glanced to Aerian with a kiss on her neck.

“Seems your place in our family hasn’t gone unnoticed, Dad will be busy making sure Uncle Hades doesn’t run off, Aishani will be watching over Jade, we’ll be looking all pretty and cute so the honour is going to you, you’ve earned it Domi,” Aerian stated softly a purr to the kiss before she shifted awkwardly, as sudden as the feeling came it went and she returned her glance to Domi “It’ll be a grand occasion and you’ll be playing an important part, also was totally kidding about Uncle Hades he wouldn’t leave you Jade, pretty sure I’ve never seen him happier than when he is with you,” she smiled.

Domi looked to Aerian, then to Jade as a sadness crept upon her features at the mention of Hades running off. But then she chuckled, looking to Domi.

Out of the corner of her eye, Aerian caught the strange glance cast to her from Virra but it went unmentioned.

“I mean…uh…yeah, of course, Jade. I’d be honored, never done that before. I’ve had more firsts with this family. Always keeping me on my toes.” He chuckled, while Jade beamed to him and stood.

“Good that settles it. I’ll let Elsa know to begin the kimonos.” She said, moving to the door and leaving.

“What the hell is a kimono?” Virra asked with asked inclined brow.

Domi sat down now. “Damn, that is different. Why do I get the feeling that this is thing to be no normal wedding…?”

“Its an Elcarus wedding, they are always full of surprises” Aerian smiled softly in reply “Not sure I should have implied Uncle Hades would run away, I should learn to keep my mouth shut,” again she shifted awkwardly “And kimono? I’m as lost as you on that one, but I have a feeling we’ll find out soon enough, but I’m also sure you’ll look hot as hell in it,” she grinned now.

Virra pinched her bottom with a smirk, “So will you!” She then whispered in her ear. “Why do you keep shifting weird? It’s like I know something is awkward…”

Aerian leant back so her voice was low enough for Virra to hear but not at this point for Domi to hear “I feel really off, queasy almost, it’s … hard to say to the woman I love,” Aerian finished her voice held an odd slight of panic now.

Virra considered her silently, though, lifted a hand to caress her brow and felt her forehead to check for a temperature. Her words were soft, barely above a whisper. “Well, let’s get something to eat. Perhaps, you’re just hungry or hung over. But if you are still feeling like this after, we are going to see, Stacy.”

Two plates were set down before them, toast, eggs, bacon and some potato hash. “See Stacy about what?” Domi asked kissing each female before taking place across from them and begin eating. “Are my beautiful angels conspiring?”

At the smell of food Aerian felt her stomach growl as she felt the panic rise she rolled off Virras lap and bolted for the bathroom.

Ten minutes later and she returned wiping her face “I um … you guys eat then we should go see Stacy, call me cause until then I’m just gonna lay down”, she wiped her face and smiled before making her way to their bedroom crawling onto the bed now.

[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.