[Everything Changes] The Diplomacy of Truth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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[Everything Changes] Early Morning Riser

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Everything Changes] The Human and the Gifted

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Everything Changes] Broken Bones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Everything Changes] Secrets, Answers and Apologies

Hades stretched as he sat on the edge of the bed, rubbing his eyes and looking to Jade with a grin. They had spent the last days finishing the new cellar and smoke room, with the largest part of the work done, Hades planned to spend the day planning the wedding.

A rap on the door downstairs quickly diverted his attention as he shook his head and still barely dressed made his way to answer the door, looking through the window he saw the Elveran guard before making his way to open to door to Ascondia.

“You do know it’s the middle of the day?” She sighed softly though not avoiding her eyes looking him over “Get dressed we need to talk,”

Jade stirred, as Hades sat up. She was glorious in moments like this, deep in sleep. Wearing absolutely nothing except the beautiful collar around her neck. It wasn’t just the hard labour but the many nights tangled within the sheets. He had yet to utilize the playroom created in the basement. She was in her front with the entire bank piece of her tattoo revealed, the bold colours of that glorious phoenix.

When he left the sight behind him to another of Ascondia. Unknowing of the guest, she stirred and discovered Hades missing. Jade gathered the sheet to wrap around her to make her way downstairs, though at the foot of the stairs, she froze. Now seeing Ascondia, holding her hand at the gathered sheet, everything about the woman came crashing upon her. That look in her eyes upon his exposed torso caused the possessive Kitsune in her to growl.

“My beloved…?” She said, even to her the sound of her voice was foreign to her ears. The hair framed her face in a tangled mess of darkness.

Hades looked over his shoulder the sight of his wife to be mid form caused his heart to skip as he snapped his gaze to Ascondia “Stay there, I’ll be back” he closed the door and crossed the kitchen to her, his arms slipping around her waist to kiss her deeply.

“Seems we have company, though had I known it was our Queen I wouldn’t have answered the damn door,” There was an edge in his voice as he now felt the dull ache of the work they had done begin to catch on him “We should dress, I doubt this is a social call,” He kissed her once more before heading back to the bed room to dress.

She remained with her hand curled at the fabric of the sheet, eyes fixed on Ascondia but after a moment Jade followed Hades up to their room. She removed the sheet with a place in the bed, quietly dressing in a black and red kimono. Sitting in the vanity chair to brush her hair, watching Hades in the reflection of the mirror, but left her hair down. The Kitsune was growling possessively within her, as she then stood. “I’ll get the tea prepared…” Jade stated rising to escape the room before Hades could stop her, moving down the stairs to hear to the kitchen.

Hades sighed darkly as he pulled on his shirt, and then his pants, finally his boots, before a brush through his hair and then back down to the kitchen, he looked to Jade for a moment before making his way to the door, Ascondia looked irritated as she glared at him now.

“Finally, as I said we need to talk,” She stated firmly, Hades merely stepped aside and invited her.

“What’s so urgent Ascondia, and why the hell is the Queen of the Everlands on my door?” Hades sighed softly, the guards eyed him as he looked past her then simply closed the door.

“My apologies for the interruption Jade,” Ascondia stated, there was actually a tone genuine apology in her words “You and I will need to speak as well, I owe you a bigger apology in all this”

Jade glanced over her shoulder to Ascondia with a brief nod, though remaining silent while preparing the tea. She scooped the leaves within a small metal container and poured the streaming water within to slow it to seep. And then gathered some cups to place on the kitchen table before Hades and Ascondia, then the tea pot. Garnishing her own, to our out the tea to Hades and Ascondia then herself, the Kitsune in her settling on Hades lap to prove her claim upon her fiancé without words.

His arms slipped around her waist, his hand creeping between her thighs in a reminder she was all he wanted, he kissed her neck with a soft smile then to Ascondia “Start talking, why here and what is so damn urgent,”

“Kara Kilrin” Ascondia stated simply, Hades coughed before his look turned to a glare as he moved his hand back to her thighs now there was a darkness that suddenly seemed to surround him.

“You had better be screwing with me, I didn’t chase that bitch across the realm, twice for her to show up and screw up my life again, and she is dead, pretty damn hard to not notice her head getting removed from her shoulders!” There was force in his voice Jade had seldom seen now.

“Oh calm yourself,” Ascondia bit back with the tone becoming of a Queen in that moment “We did, or so we thought, though now we suspect she may have altered someone else, she is Elcarus which means she could make such a thing stick even in death, she isn’t coming after you she fled the realm, to the human one, and we three need to go and get her and bring her back before she causes us more of a headache,”

Jade seemed pleased to Hades actions between her thighs, though, sipping her tea, this quelled her Kitsune for the moment. Listening to Ascondia, but the instant Hades voice changed and the drained emerged the Kitsune came back to the surface fed by the demon in Hades. “So, Hades and Kane have a sister…all we know is she has fled. Do we know why? Or what purpose? For all we know it could be a trap. Something the Queen would not allow to go unnoticed and take action.”

“Oh she’s no sister of ours, she may have Elcarus blood, but that’s where the association ends, still Jade has a point,” Hades replied to his wife to be.

“I do not know, I do know we can’t leave her there, we have caused enough problems in the human realm as it stands and they fear us, if they are able to tap into your sisters magicks they can come here and it would be all out war between the two realms, you know we cannot allow that,” Ascondia replied “I have already been to your brother, but with the children so young, they do wish to leave them, though them staying here should allow us to maintain the balance of power, you’re half human, you can blend in, I can open the portal that takes us there and brings us back,”

She hesitated for a moment “And of course your fiancée goes where you do, and one more pair of eyes would be helpful,”

She quietly sipped her tea, watching Ascondia over the rim of her cup, selling to lean back and against Hades. “I have not been to any realm but our own. Yes, since it seems that Hades has tracked her down more than once. This Kara…I need to know if she had a scent like you or Kane, my beloved. I can still track as such. Though, one thing I demand is that someone tend to my garden whilst away. Hades can tend to my own.” She turned to ours her lips against his, openly a display with her Kitsune allowing Ascondia the showing off claim in a soft growl amidst the ours if their lips. But she leaned her forehead against his neck. “You are correct. Where he goes, I go.”

“It’s likely her scent will be close to ours,” He smirked at her comment about her own garden then shrugged innocently to Ascondia “I promise someone will watch over your garden my love,”

“We shouldn’t waste further time, she already has a head start,” Ascondia sighed darkly now as Hades quickly scribbled a note before kissing Jade deeply.

“Just need to hand this off then we can get going, realm hopping sucks, you know that right?” Hades chuckled to her, “I need to make a quick trip to the neighbours, is there chance you can avoid me having to explain why my wife killed the Queen of the Everlands in my absence?”

“I’m not here to fight Hades, this has to be done and you’re our best chance at getting it done quickly and painlessly, Kara needs to be brought back, and her damage limited it’s that simple,” Ascondia replied as she now turned her gaze to the window.

“I will be quick I promise,” Hades whispered his words against her ear letting his fingers press against her once more “At least in this, perhaps not so many other things,”

Jade stood, responding to his kiss, though settled down in Hades empty chair to sip on her tea in silence. It was clear that Jade had little to say to Ascondia from their last encounter alone. Soon enough, she stood gathering the cups and went upstairs to gather her katanas, this was an addition with Hades gift to her. Returning with the blades fixed to her hips, lounging against the kitchen counter.

“I am sorry, for how I was before, truly, Hades is the one person who deserves his share of happiness, and I have come to realise that perhaps my actions have done more harm than good, something I am trying to correct. He was my greatest ally before I knew about Kane he was the one that saw me right, the strength of my rule was built on his back,” Ascondia sighed softly “I don’t regret my time with him, nor would I want to be with him now, he is a good man and he has found the woman he truly loves in you, my actions were cold and selfish for that I can only apologise, each day if I must,”

Jade looked to her with those warm brown eyes, pushing from her lounge. “You just may have to. Because to me actions speak far stronger than words. I’m glad you see his happiness, because he makes me just as happy. It is a step in the right direction so do not think your words have fallen in deaf ears.”

“I wouldn’t blame you if they had, but I do have something you might find useful. There is a chance when we cross realms that your powers do not go with you, your strength and your brains will, but the kitsune essence will not, which means you would be as close to human in that realm as possible, Hades will also revert to his human side,” Ascondia placed a coin on the table with a smile “Forgive the language but if you can get him to fuck you while you are over there, your chances of giving him the one thing you want to give him more than anything are much higher, when we return the realm will do the rest, we will be there a while and certainly long enough to ensure the deed is done, just something to keep in mind,”

She blinked to Ascondia’s words, appearing stunned into silence, though looked to the coin. Tears lifting to moisten her eyes, then looked to Ascondia. “How…did you know…?”

“Aishani and Kane, my daughter and her lover, and you know your history it isn’t a stretch, I also remember telling you it would be foolish of me to be Queen and not be smart about knowing the people,” Asconida replied softly, there was a warmth to her voice as she spoke now, “Now tell me I am incorrect in my assumption? And tell me you haven’t be racking your brain trying to decide if there is a way for you to get pregnant to a half demon? And then tell me the one thing you desire more than being his wife, is bearing his child?”

Jade lifted her hand with deft fingers to touch the coin, remaining silent. “I do. But I don’t understand. If I become with child, will such not affect through a portal? I ask the lady of my line and I do wish a true conception. Not one conceived by not being out true selves…”

“It will be you, but without question, only how, the child will not be harmed coming back. And the realm will make its choice as to what they will be, sometimes Jade we have to circumvent the rules to get what we want, you may fall pregnant here with time, but if you do as I suggest then you will carry Hades’ child, and you will both get what you want,” Ascondia pushed the coin to her “I cannot tell you what you to do, but I can tell you paths others won’t, the choice of course will always be yours. You will still be you Jade, just as he will be him, the only difference will be your chances of having his baby are much higher,”

“The risk of cross realm travel is dangerous, going out of The Everlands is much more dangerous, hence we cannot take Aerian and Virra. But coming back I can protect you until we arrive back, after that it may get a little uncomfortable while the realm catches up to what we’ve done, but your baby will be fine and it will grow with you and then be born in our realm to parents who love that child,” She removed her finger from the coin leaving it before Jade “The coin is nothing special, only a reminder of my words,”

Jade stared down to the coin, while moistening her lips, but gathered it to set in her pocket. “We will just have to see.” She lifted a finger to remove a stay tear from her cheek. It was clear that Ascondia offered her something that she desired.

Ascondia nodded softly “As I said it’s your choice, and this isn’t some secret I’m telling you, I don’t expect you to keep it from Hades, that isn’t what this is about. You don’t trust me right now and I’m fine with that, but I do need you to trust me at some point Kara won’t come quietly. And your husband to be isn’t exactly known to play well with people he doesn’t like,” Ascondia smiled a she stood now walking back to look out of the window in thought “That means us pulling this off actually rests in your hands, because he listens to you. And I need him to not kill his sister, I will help you with this little bit of information and if you so choose Jade, you make sure I get her back alive so we can finally get to the bottom of who she is, and I can start making peace with the realm,”

“You’re wrong. It is not my choice, but ours, Hades and I. I do intend to speak upon this to him. Though, I do not pretend to understand. I do know however that this is crucial to the balance of the realm. I will do what must be done to maintain that. For the future of not only Xander and Terra but that of Aerian and Virra’s children.” She inhaled deeply now, beginning to pace. “What is taking him so long?”

“Everything will be as it is meant to be Jade,” Ascondia replied, as in that moment the door opened and Hades stepped in, unhooking his blades and placing them in a trunk, before turning to look at Jade and Ascondia.

“Everything OK?” He looked to Jade before to the trunk “We can’t go armed, it will make blending in very difficult, not a prospect I’m looking forward to but it is what it is, Ascondia you should ready yourself to open the divide, and try to land us somewhere close to where Kara is, it will make this easier,”

She looked to him, as Hades was all about business the instant he returned, then to Ascondia. “Uh…right.” Jade hesitated, then looked down at her kimono while moving over to place reach blade reluctantly within the chest. “Is my clothing okay?”

“I’m not happy about being unarmed either,” Hades smiled kissing her head gently “But you look great, the town will send someone to tend the garden, so for the moment everything is covered here,”

Ascondia dropped her blades in the trunk and Hades closed it, she nodded and made her way to the garden, as Hades drew Jade close kissing her deeply. “The next part sucks, when you get to the other side just breathe, take as much time as you need, it can feel off over there, let’s just hope it’s not the middle of winter” He smiled taking her hand then leading her to the garden. A moment later a flash left a portal hanging in the middle of their garden as Hades stared for a few moments, Ascondia nodded then vanished amid the swirling mass.

Hades led them to the edge, it was hard to ignore the energies that whipped and crackled within as he stood behind her kissing the back of her head with a smile “I’ll be right behind you”

“I just don’t want to stick out too much.” Jade said in response to the words and after the kiss, though laces her hand within his. She had never been through s portal and this made her anxious, Ascondia’s words rolling in her mind.

Now standing before the portal in the garden watching Ascondia walk through. Then to Hades words in a nod, gripping the coin tightly in her hand, she advanced and stepped into the swirling mist.

[To The Future] Hello Harley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Fine!” She spat coldly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He nodded moving to search her bag.

 

[To The Future] Jealousy, Babies and New Home

Aishani was holding Xander and Terra each in an arm within the master suite, nudging them while this she had found was soothing, not just from the uncomfortable ache of her bosom but to be able to nurture the children. 

Kane was sat just in front of them, his hands gently placed upon each child watching them for moment “It’s good to be home with them my love,”

She looked to Kane while nodding to him, a soft and tender smile upon her plush lips. “Indeed, it is. Strange though, everything said and done, we’ve been dealing with the rise of the war for so long…now that it’s finished and things have returned to normal…” Aishani adjusted Terra to remove her mouth from one bosom, then extended her to Kane in order for him to burp her, while she did the same to Xander. The two infants very sleepy after a full tummy, though, she cradled Xander as the babe slept.

Kane took Terra into his lap his hands placed to gently pat until the youngster released her wind with a resounding burp, “I know before there was always something to deal with and now, we only need worry about our children and each other, my head is oddly empty these days,” he chuckled softly settling Terra against him.

It was in that moment there was knock upon their room door causing Kane to look up “Its open” as the door opened Aerian, Virra and Domi stepped through.

To the knock, Aishani covered herself up and stood to move over and gently settle Xander in the crib and moved to gather Terra to do the same. She turned and moved to settle at Kane’s side, her eye fixed on Aerian for a moment, clearly suspicious. “There is the troublesome trio…”

“Hey Aishani,” Aerian smiled though clearly avoiding the issue for the moment “We have something to tell you,” instinctively her hand found Virras entwining her fingers so as to gather strength from her fiancée, “That is to say Domi sort of, no we all do, argh this is harder than I thought,”

Aishani inclined a brow, glancing to the conjoined hands of Virra and Aerian, then shifted her gaze to Domi that moved to slip a hand within Aerian’s to remind her he was there to support her as well. “We all do,” Domi said in agreement.

She placed her own hands into Kane’s, looking to them expectantly.

“Dad, Aishani I’m pregnant,” Aerian felt the words tumble from her lips as the moment seemed to hold waiting on a response, Kane simply remained quiet looking at the trio now standing before him.

Aishani lowered her brow, remaining as silent as Kane now. But since he didn’t speak, she stood and moved to stand before Aerian. Then embraced her tightly, almost too tight. “I think it is best that you talk with your father. I think he’s stunned…” She whispered to her. “Congratulations.”

Aerian returned the embrace “Thank you,” before making her way to Kane she sat down in front of him as he remained quiet for the moment “Don’t be mad, please, I’m sorry,” her voice was now broken with emotion rarely shown by Aerian as the panic had begun to rise in the pit of her stomach.

Kane remained quiet for a few moments though the tone in his daughters voice was enough to cause him to look at her “Not mad Aerian, just .. a little confused, is all,” Kanes now moved to look to Domi, his gaze was not one of anger but steady enough for Domi to know he was under close watch for the moment.

Finally his gaze moved to Virra “And how are you finding all this? As odd as me? Are you Ok with how things are in all this?” Aerian smiled as ever her father had more concern for those around him than his own feelings, instinctively she threw her arms around him in a deep hug.

Aishani stepped back to move over in order to check on the sleeping twins, though, when finished she turned her attention back to Kane and Aerian, her golden eyes fixed on the situation before her. Virra rolled a shoulder passively, though, grinned. “I’m happy, granted this came as a surprise. Aerian with child is not only going to add to our family but I’m excited. We welcomed Domi, granted we may not have considered this without proper precautions…though part of us knew the chance.”

Domi remained silent, while appearing ready to defend himself should Kane loose it.

“And you, my love?” Aishani moved to settle at Kane’s side, gathering his hand in hers. “Enough of everyone elses feelings, bring your own forth. I believe that is what they want to hear, especially, our daughter.”

“I’m proud of you all, and if this is the next step in your relationship then as ever I am behind you. I have no reason to question any of you, you laid your lives on the line for this family and now you help ensure it’s future how could a father be any prouder, yes it’s a surprise but one I am indeed happy with,” Kane stated with a smile, Aerian felt her resolve break and launched into her father, Kane wrapped his arms around her with a smile “It’s a lot to take in, but I am always proud of you Aerian, just so long as you watch over her, protect as I would, nothing more nothing less,”

Virra grinned, as Domi stepped forward now. “You have no reason to be concerned, Kane. I will look after Aerian and the unborn child, he is after all my son and part of this legacy.” Though, as he spoke those words, the grin from Virra dimmed a slight with a flicker of sadness in her gaze, she slipped out of the room when Domi moved to stand behind Aerian.

Aishani caught this movement and then moved to lightly place a hand upon Aerian’s shoulder with a squeeze and tipped her chin to the door that just barely closed behind Virra. “I think the three of you may need to talk…if not, just the two of you.”

Domi glanced behind him and made a move to follow after Virra, then hesitated at the placement of Aishani’s hand on his shoulder. “It has just been the two of them, until you arrived. Let her be for now, though, I suggest that the three of you sit and talk. No sense in dimming down this happy time.”

“You should go talk, we’ll still be here,” Kane smiled softly “Don’t lose her in all of this she needs you as much as you need her,”

“I know,” Aerian spoke barely above a whisper as she extracted herself from her fathers embrace “I’m going to go talk to her, Domi can you go see there’s anything Stacy can do to ease this damn nausea?”

“I thought she was happy.” Domi said looking back to Aerian. “Uh…yeah, sure. I’ll meet you back at the cottage.” He moved to give her a gentle kiss, then turned and left.

Aishani sat down beside Kane, curling her hand within his. “Go on. We will be here if you need us.”

Aerian drew her hands around her waist and headed off to find Virra, quickly tracing the path asking guards if they had seen before she finally was coming up behind “Baby, what … I thought, I’m sorry,” she stammered slowly

Virra was sitting on the edge of the fountain, sharpening her dagger with a whetstone, though, looked to Aerian and stopped. “You have nothing to apologize for…I just, it’s not that I am not happy, because, I am. It’s just…I’m jealous, I guess. No, not jealous envious that you are pregnant. I’ve gotten used to sharing everything with you and this…I can’t do. Domi probably didn’t realize it but…when he said that the unborn was his son…” She sighed stowing away the dagger and then whetstone, rising to face Aerian and wrap her arms around her. “Is that just the stupidest thing you have ever heard?”

“Well he is assuming it’s a boy,” Aerian smiled softly now sitting beside Virra “But even with Domi around I’m not doing this without you by my side,”

Aerian took Virras hand gently “You are joined with me so you will feel all this just as much as me, but you could, we could have two babies you know,”

Virra curled her fingers within hers and lifted the knuckles to be graced by her lips in a flitter of kisses, then stopped to look at her. “I know I will…wait, what do you mean, two babies?”

Aerian curled her fingers then walked them over Virras thigh and up along her stomach “We could if you wanted, I mean none of us has exactly been safe while Domi has had his way with us, we already have our own little family and having a child with you is more than I could ask for,”

Virra watched Aerian for a long moment in silence, catching her hand in a strong hold and then relaxed. “No, we haven’t been safe, perhaps, I wanted this to happen for us. Firefly, I’m not sure you understand. I wanted to take that journey with you…I know it is stupid, but, I wanted to be pregnant with you and not just have symptoms. Listen to me, this is your time, not mine. I’m sure my own will come.” She lifted a hand to caress her cheek with a small smirk. “You are the beacon in the night to me.”

“Maybe you already are and it just hasn’t shown yet?” Aerian replied gently with a smile leaning against her “But you really need to talk to Domi he actually looked hurt when you left us, he really does love you and from what I’ve seen he has for some time, you are my life, you are my rock and you are my anchor to the chaos that surrounds us. I can’t do this without you but I don’t want to do it without him either,”

Virra wrapped an arm around Aerian, pulling her closer against her, propping her chin on the fiery crown. “Yeah, right. I hardly think that I am pregnant. I haven’t had morning sickness, like you. The only way would be to confirm with Stacy, if I am or not. Domi? Hurt?” She inhaled deeply, caressing Aerian’s side. “Hmm, it is so different to hear you say that you want him around still, while I don’t mind in the slightest. He balances us out…I told you, Firefly, that I am here for the long run and I have no intention of going anyplace, because, my place is at your side. Do you think we should? Go see, Stacy, I mean?”

“He is a great cook, and he watches our back, I sent Domi to see if Stacy could do anything for this damn nausea, so we can go join him,” Aerian rested her head on Virras chest for a few moments “No matter what you still need to talk to him, it has to be weird for him too, though he does have two girlfriends both who have no problem pleasing him,” she chuckled softly “I love you, that hasn’t and will not change, and it’s you I’m going to marry, I was thinking the old family home of Grandma in town is still vacant, Dad owns the land so maybe he would let us have it? It’s bigger than the cottage but not as grand as the Mansion,”

Virra titled her head and looked down to Aerian, losing her fiery crown. “Yes, that would do. That way we won’t be far. But aren’t you upset that our plans for the meantime of picking up work have changed?” She stood now, then extended her hand to Aerian, walking with her back to the mansion.

“Kind of comes with territory, seems every time we plan one thing the realm kicks us onto another path, besides I can work for now,” As they walked Aerian felt content stepping closer to Virra as they made their way up to Stacys room.

They knocked and Stacy answered inviting them in, Domi was sat in the window seat as Stacy watched her a moment “Are you feeling better Aerian?”

“Queasy, but OK, did Domi ask you?” Aerian replied

“He did, I can assemble something to ease it, but beyond that you’re stuck with it for now unless Domi has something in his cooking arsenal?” Stacy replied throwing Domi a gentle glance before she looked back to Virra.

Domi at the appearance of straightened at the appearance of Aerian, perked a slight, though, reclined back at the sight of Virra and turned his gaze out the window. But, when Stacy spoke, he looked back to Aerian. “Yeah, I might be able to whip something up. But, I think Jade may be able to help with her teas as well,”

Virra looked to Stacy now, while moving to her. “I haven’t felt strange…or anything, but, uh, do you sense anything about me?”

Stacy inclined a brow as  she looked her over for a moment before looking to Domi in thought the back to Virra “I think Domi is going to be a very busy man, when did last have you’re .. or have you just out its non-appearance down to stress? Not all pregnancies follow the same path, each is unique,”

Aerian felt a glow spread through her before she watched Domi taking Virras hand and leading her to Domi, then taking Domis and placing it on Virras stomach gently “Did you hear that Domi? Your girls are both having your babies,”

“You are both indeed with child, and from the auras around a similar point, both having a single child anything beyond that is hard to tell for the moment, when the auras colour we will know what each childs sex will be, I would suggest you all go home and talk properly, I will speak with Jade on tea to help you both along, just remember Aerian cannot tap her angelic side for any reason,” There was a strength to the final words from Stacy “And of course congratulations,”

Virra stared at Stacy, then a smile grew on her lips. “Well, it’s been stressful for all of us recently.” Domi appeared to be as stunned as Virra though turned from his recline to face the interior of the room. When his hand was lifted, the palm pressed against her flat stomach, they locked their gaze for a moment together in silence. “Uh…yeah, I think we should go home.”

“Right, I trust Aerian to not use her angelic abilities but always we will ensure such.” Domi said, rising and moving to kiss Virra deeply and then to Aerian, lacing his hands into each woman’s then walking from the room with them in tow.

As they entered cottage Aerian turned on Virra kissing her with as much depth and passion as she ever had in her life “You got your wish baby, we both did,” She turned to face Domi “Two pregnant women I think your life is about to get a whole lot more interesting, I almost can’t wait!!”

Virra responded to the depth of the kiss, it was almost as though the tension melted between them that only a short time earlier had tightened around them, she squeezed her behind with a lift and then a playful smack.  Though, turned to face Domi with a smirk, yet, lowered her gaze. “Yeah, sorry about that. When Aerian was pregnant, I felt..left out and wanted to share this experience with her. But, now, we are both with kidos.”

Domi groaned. “Great two crazy pregnant women…oh, what will I do?” He moved over and swept Aerian in his arms, shoving her against the closed door to kiss her with a breath-taking emotion and pressure. Then turned to face Virra and stepped up, to her, grasping her wrist to pull her over and press his lips against hers while extending his other back to grasp Aerian’s hand to bring her forward to stand at Virra’s side. Kneeling down, then lifting up their tops to kiss each stomach with a loving caress. “I could just be the luckiest man in Everlands, my two beautiful angels are going to give birth to the perfect children.”

“It is going to be fun, we’re going to get all fat and miserable together,” Aerian giggled as she felt her body shudder to Domis’ kiss, Aerian turned as Domi broke the kiss from Virra, Aerian leant in to take his place “And you get to love our children as much as you care for us,” Aerian was careful with her words now, she knew he cared for them but love in a three way relationship was always going to be a complex thing to handle. She also never for a moment wanted to hurt Virra in any way as she thought she had earlier that day.

Domi looked from Aerian to Virra for a moment, then smirked and stood, offering a hand to Aerian in order for her to rise as well. He swept each woman in his arms, Virra leaned a cheek on his shoulder and placed a hand on his chest with a look up to him then to Aerian. “I love you both, I know I can be a pain but nothing ever changes that fact. This will only bring us closer, though, I will apologize now for my attitude later on.”

He nodded to her seeming pleased, kissing her forehead and squeezing Aerian’s behind. “It’s permanent birth control…but, I honestly have been curious what breast milk tastes like. It must be ambrosial with the two of you.”

“Oh your just going to become a bigger pervert than you already are aren’t you? But I’m willing to share, as long as you keep us both very happy, that’s the rule you keep us happy and we will satisfy anything and everything you want,” Aerians words were full of intent as she watched Virra for a moment “And you have nothing to apologise for, not now not ever, I love both of you as well and our family will only get stronger if we stick together,”

“Well, it’s not much a difference. Only I do know that pregnant women are more horny then otherwise.” Domi wriggled his brows, as Virra laughed. “Don’t you worry, my beautiful angels. You are my women and I love each of you, I will take care of you both.”

Virra winked to Aerian, then tackled her, pinning her to the door and her fingers working to find that sweet ticklish spot, urging Domi to join in the fun. Soon, it was the three of them laughing and turned into a small tickle war, which ended up with them laying on their backs out of breath on the floor.