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.