[Ending A War] Trying for the Future

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[The Turning Tide] Changing the Tides of War

The cell was cramped as Aerian sat in the corner her arms wrapped around her knees, quietly she waited on word to bring down the defences of their home. Quietly she hoped there was a plan

Aerian was not alone, Virra held her arms wrapped around her fiancé with their hands together, ring against ring. She would periodically press get lips against her neck to offer support, while it was bleak, cold and damp; though made up for such with the body heat of one another. All they could do was wait, it was agony for the two young lovers. The unknown devouring them like a ravaged beast, they did not know if Hades and Jade were safe or fighting. 

Hades watched the hall for a moment before leading Jade along it and down through the hidden passages to the cells, pressing Jade to the wall he crept along the low ledge, one short leap had him behind the guard before cutting his throat and lowering him to the ground.

Quietly he motion for Jade to lock the Jails main door before working on picking the cell door. It took time but he got it in the end the lock clicking as the cell door opened he tossed in Virras blades and Aerians bow.

“Up for a little Jailbreak ladies?” he voice low but with a smile “We have this, your dad is on his way and is bringing re-enforcements we just have to keep Hareavor and his goons busy until he gets here”

Jade easily kept up with Hades, while the delicate flower was just as strong as the gemstone. She gathered the keys and opened the main dungeon door, watching for Hades to enter while keeping watch. 

As the cell creaked open Virra released her arms from Aerian, tense initially but once her blades were thrown in and Hades spoke, a cruel smirk appeared on her lips. “What took you so long? Reinforcements are good.” She kissed Aerian on the neck but gathered her father’s blades with a spin on the palms of her hands. “What reinforcements?” 

“Oh this you’re going to love” Hades chuckled with a smile, “But for the moment we should go before you’re daddy realises I’m no longer locked in the library”

Aerian grabbed her bow and pulled the quiver to her shoulder “What’s the plan, to just stay alive? Because that’s really dumb!”

“No we fight, on the ground, keep their eyes on us” Hades smiled softly “He will be here, but right now I need you to drop the defences”

Aerian suddenly looked to the dead guard then to Hades “Wait if they’re still up, how did you …”

“Doesn’t extend to here, can’t really torture folk while they are up, we just don’t share that fact” Hades shrugged softly “It makes sense and you know it”

Virra fixed her sheaths to her hips while adjusting them to fit securely. She grinned wickedly to Hades then took Aerian’s hand. “I think this is what we have been waiting for, Firefly. Drop the wards. Let’s have some fun. But you owe us an explanation, Hades.” 

Jade moved to the cell door, peering in. “We don’t have time. Come, we have to go.” 

Aerian hesitated, her eyes looked to Hades then to Virra, before she flicked her wrist “OK they are down”

The screams above told only of the misery as Harevors forces poured in through the gates, Hades had already evacuated the young, the woman and the elderly into the hidden ruins beneath the mansion, the wards there would take they would take some breaking, or finding for that matter, the staff above fought and weren’t so lucky.

“We stay close and we stay until Kane gets here,” Hades smiled softly as he led them up into the Mansion, undead and vampires alike were now attacking anyone insight, Hades caught one with a right hand before dispatching a second with his blade, a third caught him in the right arm only to have its head slammed into the pillar they were behind.

“You OK?” Aerian whispered only for Hades to wave her off with a frustrated nod wrapping the wound quickly, “Let’s go”

Virra grinned wildly, clearly she was going to enjoy this. She fought along with Hades, driving her blades to spill blood of vampires with half decapitation and making some undead immobile with daggers plunged ripping into legs. Jade too had a blade but this was unfamiliar to the lands, specially made with a gleam that appeared to be alive with a strange power that appeared not only fuelled by her but the energies of the very realm. 

As the vampire was slammed with his head against the wall, it was Jade that decapitated the creature. Her warm brown eyes glowed with a slitted almost canine ferocity, baring her teeth now displayed points to her canines. 

Hades nodded to Jade as he threw open the doors, Hades watched the chaos outside before his blade snapped to his chest to deflect Hareavors attack, “Why will you not just die?!”

“Oh where’s the fun in that!” Hades laughed coldly, before slamming his hand into Hareavors chest driving him back. Hades led their small group into the crowds of enemies, a well placed arrow took out a Vampire just about to drive his blade into Virra. Hades moved with purpose, throwing enemies with deliberate intent into the waiting blades of Virra and Jade alike, he clearly had intent as they moved toward the gates.

It was as they reached a small alcove Hades grabbed a man kicking the back of his knee and bouncing his head off the wall rendering him unconscious “Him we need alive,” He smiled and pulled Aerian, Jade and Virra beneath the stone wall above them “Aerian mind giving us a little cover?”

“What’s going?” Aerian whispered her foot pushing the man over to reveal him to be Virras father.

There was a roar beyond that drew their attention as dragons swept down raining fire over those within the court yard, Aerian quickly threw up the spell to keep them alive and uncooked in the alcove.

Virra kept at it, fighting through the hordes of enemies. She was just as cold and vicious as Hades, it was though apparent in her, the trust she placed in not only her fiancé but of those around her. 

Jade on the other hand was graceful and elegant in every move, as though it was a practiced dance with the sword as an extension of her body. Even her aura began to change into that of a fiery orange. 

By the time everyone was in the alcove, Virra sneered at the unconscious form of her father, though it was not long lasting after all weapons hidden and other had been removed from him that the deafening roar was heard. The spell went up just as the world erupted in flames. 

Jade, whom held her Katana blade down to the ground clutched to Hayes’s arm, starting wide eyed at the sight of the dragons. Some swooped down to pick up enemies just to drop them while others were burnt to a crisp. It was difficult to tell from their angle add to whose side the large beasts were on. 

“You’ve gotta be kidding me…” Virra groaned. “Dragons? Ceremon had fucking dragons?!” 

“Oh no those are on our side” Hades laughed darkly “For now anyway”

Aerian dropped the defence spell allowing them back out into the court yard, Hades dispatched several burned Vampires with ease, his eyes searching the darkness that had now descended, ahead a wall of flames as a figure walked through.

“I told you not to burn my house down!” Kane laughed softly as he slid behind a Vampire snapping its neck with precision and ease.

“Bah you’re late as usual, and dragons no less?” Hades retorted as he held Jade to him now.

Aishani moved through the fire now while standing at Kane’s side with a smirk and a hand on the bulge of her belly. “Admit it. You had fun dispatching the enemy, quit your bitching.” She chuckled. 

While Jade was held close to Hades, subtly her hand was touching his wounded shoulder. As he felt a pinch of pain as it seemed the flesh was weaving together in a heal. “Oh my…you are showing, Lady Aishani…” If Hades didn’t know any better, being as close to Jade as he was, it almost sounded like envy. 

Virra chuckled darkly, though kept her eyes on the unconscious form of her father, while holding Aerian’s hand with their rings glinting in the firelight. 

Kane simply smiled in reply before backing toward Hades “We hold the Mansion, force them back”

“To where?” Hades snapped in reply “In case you hadn’t noticed there’s bloody dragons in the sky!!”

“To Elvera!” Kane growled in reply “They will make a stand and we will break them down”

Kane and Hades both took down a vampire who was headed their way, the flames of the dragons now directing the remaining forces away from the mansion, any attempt to go another route was met either by dragon or by fire.

Aerian was impressed at her fathers resourcefulness as she leant against Virra, her arms slid around her waist with a smile “He brought dragons to save us”

Aishani smirked to Aerian as though hearing her easily with the gift brought by the werewolf in her but also the glanced down to her hand in Virra’s that exposed their rings. Then to Jade and Hades with a tilt of her chin to Kane. “Seems everyone has been busy…” She mused. 

Virra remained with Aerian, while Jade pushed from her lean with a kiss to Hades as him and Kane took out a vampire. He felt a lingering sting, but overall manoeuvrability of his arm has returned thanks to Jade’s inconspicuous healing. 

Now with the backing of the dragons, there was more hope in the changing of the tides to this war. 

[A New Path] Return of the Dragons

Aishani remained standing her ground but moved over to check in Kane, once he was standing she went to settle down in a lotus position before the massive dragon displaying no fear only respect.

“The odds are not in the Everlands favour. As you know I am with child and wish for the legacy to continue. I am aware of the Dragon Wars. Many were lost in both sides. Instead of working against each other. Why not work together? I’m not meaning to hold flowers and sing together in peace. You wish to remain at peace, resting. This will be found once this has ended, but we are in dire need of the strength, as we speak Ceremon’s forces are surely enclosing on the Elcarus estate and the people. This world has seen enough bloodshed, youth and innocence lost. An army from the skies represented by myself, Kane and you, will take them by surprise. We need this alliance to aid the panic and fear within our walls, and against their ranks in order to strike. With the unicorns and dire wolves at our side, the strength will grow. This is more then just a conflict between houses. This is war in the realm.”

“You’re a smart one, but one dragon is no good against an army, especially one who hasn’t taken to the skies in a long time” Arak’neth replied

Kane pulled himself to sit with a groan “Ow, I forgot how damn quick Dragons can be, you can have that one for free, but I was actually coming to you with a proposal that would suit you better than it would us, with a few conditions” Kane groaned as he laid his head against Aishani

“You have strength, I will hear your words” Arak’neth replied

“We can bring the dragons home to Dentarius, your family back to our skies, as long as you abide by its rules and its balance, and you don’t go eating innocents for fun,”

Arak’neth lowered her head to Aishani and Kane “You would open the gates for them? Willingly?”

“To protect the Everlands, yes” Kane replied firmly

“And what of you? Would you bring forth dragons knowing our strength?” Arak’neth watched Aishani intently now

She caressed Kane’s cheek while turning her lips to kiss his forehead, turning her mismatched gaze to rest on the dragon. “I am a mother to be and a Queen. I will fight for this realm with all that I am worth, even if I may not be blood of Everlands I will fight for my home. Yes. I knowingly do this for the benefit of the realm. Will you abide by the rules set before you?”

“The rules are ours to obey, I will bring only those who can be trusted to abide by your realm, and I will remain here as I have” Arak’neth replied “But beware once you bring us forth we will not be returned”

“I know,” Kane replied firmly, slowly he pulled himself to his feet as look to Arak’neth “We need to get through to the Vortex”

Arak’neth shuffled and then took to the air for a moment, Kane reached for Aishani and led her beneath the huge form of the dragon that now hovered above them. As they passed beneath she landed behind them causing the ground to shudder beneath them.

Aishani stood on her own, but it was the mention of the vortex that caused her to flick her gaze to her husband for a moment. When the ground shook it caused her to lose her footing but held to Kane for support.

Kane kept his arm around Aishanis waist before they made it into a cave, a flight of steps that wound down into the very heart of the mountain before finally opening out, the rock fell away to a drop and deep below a swirling purple mass that lurched and growled as if it was its own entity.

Kane stepped to the edge looking down before he stepped back, pulling one of his daggers and a few things from his back pack he sat on the edge, looking down there was a prickle in the air that caused the hairs on his arms to raise, the very heart of the Everlands now lay below them.

She settled beside him now while her eyes were transfixed to the purple mass, a hand on her stomach and the other gathered his to feel the movement of their children with her body. “They are restless, my love.” She whispered add though unwilling to disturb the heart of the realm. 

“Probably none too happy being here, can’t say I blame,” He drew the blade over his hand opening his hand for a moment, before coating his blade, looking to the skies above “Of all the bad ideas I’ve ever had, this may be the worst one yet,” his words were more to himself than anything else but he tossed the blade into the void below.

It seemed to take a while before a flash and the purple mass erupted above them a roar could be hear growing louder until as sudden as it erupted the column of purple was gone followed by a flash and there high above them a dozen dragons.

Aishani looked to Kane as he sliced his palm and threw the dagger down into the purple mass. But took his uninjured hand with a squeeze while offering him a nod and offering strength. Both had their doubts but it was the extent they were willing to go to save their home and ensure it remained for their children. 

She stood now as the dragons appeared as a horde above them drowning the sky. “We best go address them.” 

Arak’neth was waiting for them as they exited the inner cave, a short ride by dragon had them back on the ground among the others as they all watched Kane and Aishani carefully.

“You of my blood, will listen to those who brought you here, while we do not serve the lesser races, they do need our help to protect their home, and in protecting their home it will become ours,” Arak’neth roared, there were roars in reply before another dragon spoke

“We thought you dead mother, downed by the dragon slayers, and now that blood brings us forth? Why should we answer to them?”

“He saw me saved and returned to health, that is why, and he will allow us to remain here, as part of their world, as part of our rightful home!” Arak’neth snarled “You would dare defy a Brood Mother?!”

“Of course not, but this realm has already proven it cannot be trusted, it should be laid low and reclaimed for dragon kind!”

“Yes it should, but we wont, we have already lost that fight, and besides the female from another realm has more honour than any other I have met”

Aishani stood beside Kane, though silent, as she watched with those two mismatched hues; gold and milky white. “I commend you for speaking as such, Brood Mother Arak’neth. Though, I have the next generation growing in my womb, she is looking out for the benefit of her own. Kane has seen to her safety and peace. As such it would not remain so due to a conflict that it’s threatening the destruction of Everlands. We welcome you to fight alongside us, since we all have lost. But there is much more to be gained working with each other then against. I would much rather my children and generations to come not see dragons as the enemy but as the fibre of magic and beings of this realm. Fight along side us, the dire wolves and unicorns to right the wrong that had been done this far. Now who is with me, Kane and your Brood Mother!? This is your home and we welcome you.” 

There was a collective roar to Aishanis words, Kane looked to her before crossing the small gap and kissing her deeply.

“Time to show Ceremon why he really shouldn’t screw with power”

She welcomed the depth of the kiss from Kane, though when she leaned back and looked from him to the dragons a smirk formed on her lips. “Yes. He needs to be put in his place.” 

[A New Path] Wedding Gifts

Kane and Aishani had spent the last week putting out diplomatic fires of one form or another as they were finally able to extract themselves from Emerald City, Aishani had placed control of the city in the hands of a Council of her own choosing who would send decisions to Heart then he onto Aishani to make the final choices.

Their return to Dentarius had been met with Kane having to sort through the mess of Ascondias imprisonment a mess he was less than thrilled with. Still all that had finally given way to something more important for them both.

The final days had clocked down quickly, but spring was in full force as the grounds of Dentarius were covered in fresh grass, the lands lush and rich as the realm welcomed a new year. But today of all days saw the mansion incredibly busy the gardens transformed into an arena of sorts.

Kane stood at the window looking out as staff milled about beyond making final preparations, gusts had already begun to arrive and occasion that had resulted in the whole realm turning out. Kane breathed collecting himself as Hades entered his room.

“You can still run you know” He grinned playfully a real turn from the man they had grown to know the last few weeks

“Pretty sure Aishani would cut me down if I so much as thought about it, no I’m ready for this Hades, I want this, we both deserve it after the events of the winters something like this is as much for the realm as it is for us” Kane replied adjusting his shirt

Meanwhile

Stacy wrapped upon Aishanis door, finally able to handle her place in a world that had quickly drawn her in, things for her were far from simple but she had a duty she wanted to try and do as best she could.

Aishani stood looking out her window at the staff that moved about below, her hair was gathered up in a graceful play on the dark threads that exposed her delicate neck over the bountiful bosom constricted beneath the corset fit of her dress, though, she glanced over her shoulder. “Enter.” She stated loudly, as Jade was assisting Virra in talking Aerian into her dress again.

Stacy made her way in her movements less awkward and she had now adopted a more regular garb a simple dark grey robe, she smiled softly “Forgive the intrusion, but Lady Sarantha left notes on your injuries before she died, I wanted to check if there further issue…. She paused looking to Aishani for a moment” she smiled “You look incredible, Lord Kane is a lucky man”

Aerian muttered something about feeling like she was squashed into a marshmallow before finally letting Virra fasten up along the back.

Aishani turned now from the window with a smirk on those polished lips not just to Stacy’s words but to Aerian’s rambling. “Of course.”

Virra simply chuckled. “Oh stop it. This is the happiest day in your Pop’s life. So suck it up buttercup.” She stood now before Aerian with a list in her dark eyes this caused Jade to blush. “You are the most beautiful marshmallow in this world. I can’t wait to eat you.”

“You’re bad” Aerian grinned “Which is why I love you, so how you feeling Aishani, you’re about to become my step-mom, you know that right? You kinda figured that part?” Aerian smiled softly as she wrapped her arms around Virra.

Aishani chuckled to Aerian’s antics but winked to her. “I think I can handle it. Can you marshmallow?” She looked to Stacy while allowing her to examine her best possible with her dress on. “I’ve been fine Stacy. Just a little tired lately.”

Aerian simply grinned in reply and went back to fiddling with her dress, Stacy moved toward Aishani for a moment before she stopped her eyes travelling her body for a moment “You look different, from when we first met when you got back, that or you developed and extra aura or two” she scratched her head for a moment “Sarantha didn’t mention that, only the werewolf bite”

Stacy scratched her head for a moment before she flipped a few more pages of her grimoire, her eyes bouncing over the pages before she looked back to Aishani “Are you eating Ok? Exercising well? Avoiding stress?”

Aishani tilted her head at Stacy’s words. “Avoiding stress? Do you live in the same reason as ask of us?” She chuckled in that rolling purr. “Yes. I do the same except I’ve had more a taste for raw meat lately. I just thought that is normal given my circumstance. I’m a vegetarian so I resist the urge.”

“Perhaps your body has” She stopped for a moment again things seemed to shift before her as she watched Aishani, a shimmer and there stood Sarantha.

Aerian spun on her heel with a look of near shock “Wow, it’s true that you guys have more control over manifesting?”

“The dead don’t often stay dead in the Everlands Aerian you know that” Sarantha replied before looking to Stacy “Forgive me for dropping such responsibilities upon you, usually we have a much better way of passing on one to the next, unfortunately my path was halted rather abruptly, but the realm has decided I’m to sit on your shoulder for a little while and help you adjust, once I conclude a little business”

She crossed now standing before Aishani a gentle bow “You look amazing, and you must take care of them all now, I gave you advice all those years ago so you could bring balance here and now, the realm decided to give you a gift and I don’t mean me attending your wedding, you are the most determined and centred individual in the realm, and you and Kane have suffered enough in your lives, so take care of the joy we have given you”

“And the uncryptic version” Aerian stared rather frustrated

Aishani smiled to the appearance of Sarantha out was warm as though a child to a mother. But it faded to her words with a tilt of her head looking between Sarantha and Stacy but flicked her gaze to Aerian. “Yes. Please Sarantha. I’m more then pleased you are here for the wedding but… What is it you mean?”

“You remember my words in advising you and Kane, well .. “ Sarantha smiled awkwardly a slight flush before she continued “It was well timed and more than simple releasing of tension, it seems Aerian will no longer be only child to bear the name Elcarus”

Aerian looked somewhere between shock and slightly hurt as she smiled weakly then disappeared back to messing with the edges of her dress.

“You are to bear a child Aishani, conceived on that day to be born here in this time” Sarantha smiled softly

Jade stared at Sarantha while Virra held a devilish smirk as she elbowed Aerian and landed to whisper to her. “You’re going to have a sibling…”

Aishani remained silent now and still. She lowered her hand to test upon her abdomen over her dress and lowered her gaze. “I’m… Going to be…a mother…? Stacy said she saw two…?” She appeared a slight in disbelief.

“Admittedly that was unforeseen, but it has happened before and well that resulted in your husband to be, but twins yes” Sarantha smiled “Another occasion for the Everlands to rejoice”

“I will ensure all goes well” Stacy smiled softly her eyes hadn’t moved from Aerian from the moment the news had been revealed “It’s a lot to take in, but it’s good for you all?”

Aishani followed Stacy’s gaze and then moved to Aerian while caressing her cheek and speaking in a soft purr. “You are still the oldest. I’ll need your help and they will Aerian. Are you alright with this? How do you feel?”

Virra watched Aishani and Aerian in silence but wound her fingers within her lovers.

“I’m OK just been a little selfish ya know, had dad to myself all these years, seem I have less of him now” She swallowed hard and a smile “I’m OK, I will be OK, at least they wont have this curse of mine so you can rest safe in that” She drew herself up and grinned “Anyways we have a wedding to get to, let’s get you married”

“Are you OK Aerian? It’s a big thing, but you are the most resilient person I ever knew, you survived when everyone thought you wouldn’t, be proud and teach your siblings well, they will need their sister after all” Sarantha smiled softly

“I know just me and my ego ya know, teenage rebellion, fear of been forgotten that kinda stuff” Aerian shrugged softly “But then I have Virra so at least I’m never alone now”

Aishani shook her head, placing a hand on Aerian’s shoulder. “No, I am not moving from this spot until I know you are okay with this in all reality, Aerian. It is hard for you to accept. All I can say, is I want you involved in your siblings lives. You will never be alone again, wither it is with Virra or me. Your father loves you, I even got to see you as a child…a little fireball you were. I didn’t say anything or make myself known. He looked at you then as he looks at you now, Aerian. We both love you, while you may not be from my loins it doesn’t make a difference to me. You are a part of Kane and I love that with all my heart…Yeah, I’m getting sappy, but, it is the truth.” She offered a soft kiss to her lips, it was nothing as a lover but as the love of a mother. “You will never be forgotten. Not now, not ever.” Aishani chuckled in that rolling purr. “Oh, no. Perhaps not your curse but they will have vampire and werewolf in them…that is going to be a handful all on it’s own.”

Jade remained silent though, while looking between Aerian, Virra, Sarantha, Aishani and Stacy. She appeared deep in thought, while her expression was soft.

“Damn straight we will be, every step of the way. Right, Firefly?” Virra wrapped an arm around her and brought her in for a kiss, nibbling on her lower lip in the withdrawal.

Aerian gave to the kiss enough to hide the tear of thanks that slid down her cheek, before she drew back and smiled “I’m OK, really, it’s big news almost as big as anyone getting through dads self-imposed celibacy, your good for us all Aishani, and the realm chose to grant you this, though you seeing me when I was younger? So you were thrown back to when I came home or there abouts? I don’t remember I just remember how much I loved to run through the castle, and how much I thought mum and dad were in love” She stopped “I’m glad he has finally found love”

Aerian leant against Virra and poked her in the ribs playfully “You’re making me grow up! So unfair of you”

Aishani smirked to Aerian, while a chuckled parted her lips to the interaction between the red head and Virra. “Grow up? Pfft, hardly. There are times to be an adult and not. But, don’t you worry, I’ll be by your side in all things.” Virra kissed her playfully. “So, are we going to get this wedding going or what?”
 
Aishani nodded while Jade perked with the idea, but, those golden eyes looked to Sarantha. “Will you be visibly seen at this? I am sure that Kane would like that very much.”

Sarantha inclined her head with a smile “I’ve been granted time enough, as I said I’ve been sent to guide you Stacy while she makes her adjustments, we’ll have her in place in good time” Stacy had remained quiet and studying her grimoire during the whole thing she simply looked up and smiled softly.

“Oh!” Aerian snapped as she spun on her heel to retrieve a map of sorts laying it out on the bed “I have something for you, I suck at presents so I found this, it’s a map of all the borders, Elvera, Dentarius, Riverfield, Fire City, but I mapped in Emerald City and while they are independent and of course under your rule their borders actually run under Dentarius!” She pointed to relevant parts, pretty much means they are covered by the Treaty of Dentarius” Aerian looked awkward at her lame attempt with a wedding present.

Aishani inclined a brow to Virra at Aerian’s exclamation, the dark haired girl simply shrugged. But as Aerian returned with the map to lay out, Aishani moved over to look down at the map while then chuckling. “Will you look at that…” The smirk remained on her lips, while she rolled up the map to place aside. “I love it Aerian, I am sure I will use it quite a lot in the coming years. I should get it framed.” She glanced to the door, a shift of her body told all present that she was perhaps, nervous, an emotion that was never seen from her before. “Well…it’s time.”

The Wedding

Kane looked along the line of guards their swords out and forming an arch, the knot in his chest reminding himself that this was it. He looked to Hades who oddly looked just as well dressed as himself, finally he strode forward, faces watched as he passed by. At the front a small platform housed the Master of Ceremonies and Stacy.

It was there he waited, flanked now by both Heart and Hades as the wedding awaited the arrival of the bride.

It was first Aerian and Virra that walked down the lofted swords that formed a walkway, then Jade. But, it was when the guests gathered that gasped, that he knew his soon to be wife was walking down now. That is when he saw her, hair beautifully put up on the crown of her head, allowing for her slender neck to be revealed and the flowing fabric of her dress accented the grace in her movements, while still dangerous but in a beautiful way. The corset constricted her bosom but added a plumpness, while the scar was present it was very faint and her golden eyes looked to Kane, on her arm was Sarantha.

Kane bowed to Sarantha before sliding his fingers through Aishanis “You look incredible” he smiled softly, as they turned to face the Master of Ceremonies.

“Welcome” she began “Let the realm rejoice as we stand on this day to honour the love, Lord Kane Elcarus will eternally be linked to the heart and the legacy of Lady Aishani Tort’tar, much as she will entwined within his. With this day brings the hearts and minds of all together, and so I ask if anyone has reason this union not be allowed they should speak now”

Kane felt a prickle run over him at those words, as he waited in that moment for a response, exhaling softly when none came.

Aishani stood before Kane while holding his hands in hers, she watched him and in that moment she looked stunning and more beautiful then would could describe. At her flank stood Aerian, Virra and Jade. She fought to keep his gaze when the words were spoken on any speaking against their bond. Aishani squeezed his hand when none spoke against them.

“Then any who have reason against this union must now remain silent, and so we move to join two souls to become a single soul destined to be within each other for eternity. Lord Kane Elcarus you may now speak yours hearts words”

Kane drew breath turning to face Aishani his eyes gentle and yet the desire burned just as bright as it ever had “Aishani, many would believe that you were to be my undoing and since then we have silenced them repeatedly, you have brought me strength and you have stood by me through bad and through worse, from the moment we met I knew my life had changed, from that moment no longer forced to walk alone and deal with each threat alone, each day only seeks to strengthen the love I have for you, you are my reason for fighting, for standing against the odds, for being and with all that I take you as my wife and share my love and my lands and my name with you”

Aishani offered him a smile, it was warm loving and the corners held that smirk that Kane often had seen, she lifted his hands to press her lips against the surface. “Kane, before I knew you, I was raised in a world and society that love was not considered. It was men to be unequal and lower than the females. I was taught that love was a weakness. Now, I know that was wrong. Love is a strength I find within you and our family. You are my strength and my heart, while I stand by your side to share all of this together. Each day, this grows and blooms. I accept you as my husband and life mate, everything I am and will become will be with you. For many years to come.”

“With your vows shared, and your hearts as well, I ask Lord Hades to share his words to guide you in the next stage of your lives”

“Aishani you were hard to read, we have kept our family close and protected but it’s clear and was very quickly that you were the only the beginning of rebuilding our family, you also brought back the fire he had lost for so long, we have all benefitted from you been here, and I welcome you to our family”

“And to you Lady Virra? Words to share on this day?”

“Me? I uh…yeah, sure. I haven’t been with this family for long, but, from what I have seen with Aerian and all the others. Aishani has held strong and delivered unconditional love and strength to all those within. I was a girl that had no path but proving I was worth something, it was the day that I met her and Kane that I learned that I didn’t have anything to prove but to myself. You each have given me path and lead me to my very heart in this world that I never knew existed.” Virra offered Aerian a small smirk but then tipped her head. “I welcome you to have a very happy life together. Plus what will come and much more.”

“Then vows have been spoken as well as blessings from those close, and so all that remains is to proclaim you husband and wife and wish you well as you embark on this new path together as one, To the realm of The Everlands I give to you Lord Kane Elcarus and his wife Lady Aishani Elcarus” She smiled softly to the two “You may now kiss your bride and seal this union of two as one”

Kane nodded softly before turning his lips meeting Aishanis as a shower of petals and rice erupted above them to a chorus of cheers.

Aishani looked to Kane now, while lifting on her toes to close the distance and sealed the ceremony with a press of her lips against his, though, as the rice fell over them and petals tickled her nose. Aishani had to break the connection of the kiss to cover her nose in a sneeze. Offering Kane an apologetic expression, though, lowered her hand to his while turning to face the guests and she glanced to Sarantha and the females in her line, winking to Aerian.

There were guests far and wide before them as Kane looked out before he turned to Aishani “Now we get spend a week alone, no politics, just you and I in a very special location” He grinned at his words before he turned to Hades who simply motioned for him to head on out, just past the guards who had now raised their swords to their arch again, a horse drawn carriage now waited for them.

“It is time I returned to Emerald City, but we will hold the fort until you return” Heart smiled softly before stepping back.

“We got this” Hades added with a smiled

“Enjoy your rest my lord, a return to lead as ever” Sarantha added as Elsa ran up to hug Aishani wiping away a barrage of tears “Take care of him and you of her”

Aishani inclined a brow to his words, though slithered her hand from his to take his arm in their walk. She tipped her chin to the guards in passing, though, chuckled to Heart and Hades. “Thank yo–” A soft grunt parted her lips, as Elsa embraced her. She patted her back with a rolling purr of amusement. “I plan to, Elsa. Thank you for your help on the clothing. I may need you soon again, but, I’ll be in touch.” She then parted from Elsa while returning to Kane’s side. “Shall we, Lord Elcarus?”

“Indeed Lady Elcarus” He smiled and led her to the carriage, there were cheers as with a rattle the carriage headed out of the Mansion grounds.

She leaned against him in the carriage while Aishani was unable to keep her hands from him. Now they were husband and wife. Bound to reach other.

[Circles & Lies] Deeper Lies

The Elders were as ever sat at the table at the head of the room as those in the galleries looked upon the room. Kane was sat in the same spot he occupied while on trial, flanked by Heart and Sasnistra. The Dwarven Male stood now.

“You called this meeting Lady Aishani, might we enquire as to why?” there were whispers the whipped through the galleries above

Aishani looked to the dwarven male, while then her golden hue skimmed the other Elders. “It is time that I take the reins. There has been too much shadow and too much whispers. I will not stand for it, any longer. Times are changing. Go with the flow and make these additions. Trade needs to begin being instigated between the Upper crust and below, crop we do not have below as they have above and the metals, minerals of the caverns. It will benefit the people.”

“She intends to take control?” Barked the mage in red “She has no right to such things”

The dwarven male looked to Aishani for a moment then to his Elder collegue “It is not an entirely unexpected move, and it has been foreseen, but she is correct there are too many agendas, we have been in the darkness for over two generations and admittedly the last time I saw the surface I was a child, a luxury I would enjoy once more”

The Drow female stood her eyes glaring to Aishani “Excuse my friend Hollangar he is feeble of mind, and nostalgia clouds his tiny dwarven sight at times, we have kept our people safe by keeping the outside out, some have slipped in that respect betraying our laws and have been spared out of courtesy”

Sasnistra simply shifted awkwardly as she lowered her eyes to the desk, Kane stood as he was about to step forward with an argument as he was struck in the shoulder by an arrow from the rafters, the room erupted in panic as the cries of scared villagers was quickly followed by them rushing to escape. As Kane staggered he stared to the Elders his eyes crossing each of them before he barked for them to go and get themselves to safety. Heart pulled Kane to the ground.

“You OK?” He asked quickly

Kane nodded and was already over the table to Aishanis side “We gotta go my love” he leant to her ear “We need to talk, but they need to think they won this round”

“You have not kept your people safe, you have kept them under your control in speaking lies to all of them. Filling their heads with such words when even my blood in Underdark traded with the upper world. You want to be in control. Too long have the Elders made the decisions for everyone, now it is time that there is a voice for the people” She spoke loudly in a voice full of authority.
 
Aishani glanced to Kane, then to the rafters, nodding briefly and then offering a tip of her chin to Heart and to Sasnistra. “Yes. We need a safe place that is unknown to them.”

They wound through passages within the city before finally entering a basement ushered in by Sasnistra. Kane slid down a wall leaving a trail of blood as he growled. Heart made his way to Kane looking to the arrow then to him “Usual deal”

Kane set himself against the wall and nodded, Heart reached in and with a wet rip pulled the arrow free causing a groan from Kane.

“Fuck I forgot how much that hurts, on the upside at least they weren’t trying to kill me, more for show, or a threat to Aishani is more likely” Kane had his hand clamped against the wound but blood still spilled through his finger, Heart looked to him for a moment “I’ll go fetch a healer, I know a couple I can trust they can at least patch you up, your vampiric half will have to the do the rest” and with that he was gone back the way they had come.

“How can you be so sure it wasn’t intended to kill you?”Sasnistra enquired now her voice fraught with the obvious panic as she looked to Aishani

Kane tossed the arrow at her feet “Because that shot was too clean, intended for the soft tissue of my shoulder, intended to take me out of the equation, I suspect another was close by waiting to attack Aishani, and I’m guessing they didn’t have all the facts and either realised Aishani wouldn’t go down as some mere woman or were spooked I didn’t immediately react by blasting the balcony into oblivion”

“Why did you not? You have that power?” Sasnistra looked to Kane, her eyes held the secrets of dawning in them as if she too was quickly realising he was no mere vampire.

“Doing so would have killed innocents, I gave my beloved my word I would not harm ANYONE while I was here, even if they harbour ill will toward me” Kane shrugged the grimaced “Forgive me love, you were a little more exposed in that moment that you should have been, but I’m thankful you chose to leave despite intentions to kill those responsible”

Aishani moved quickly with the others, while she was not speaking at that moment. But, silently watched Heart while he pulled out the arrow, squatting to remove her cloak in order to place under Kane’s hand with a press of her lips to his. Rising she looked to Sasnistra, though, leaned down to inspect the arrow in her hand that was slick with Kane’s blood. “My love, I have to face the facts that I will be exposed in the position that I mean to accept, you have to as well. I’ve lived through much, as you have. While, I may not have had vampiric blood in me…nor werewolf at that time…I survived because I was not willing to be bested. The phrase survival of the fittest isn’t a farce.” She leaned her shoulder against the wall, turning over the arrow in her hand.

“Can honestly say I didn’t see this coming, I would have expected something more direct in dealing with their issue of losing power” Kane replied softly

“Attacking Aishani directly would only serve to strengthen her position, it is likely an attack on her would have given her the necessary public sway to take the throne by force” Sasnistra offered up meekly

“If she wanted it by force we would have walked in here with most of the Everland forces, she wants to protect you, all of you, besides the days of doing things by a show of strength isn’t always the best way to peace, trust me I’d know” Kane was finding it odd to focus as the pain wrapped around his mind

Aishani glanced to Kane and Sasnistra as the two spoke, then broke the arrow in half, to throw it down on the ground. Moving to settle beside him, her scent enveloping him to offer him that strength in her presence. “He speaks the truth. My placement is not on the seat for selfish and controlling reasons. I am here for all of you, wither you desire it or not. Unfortunately there is a call for a show of strength but not in the means that such was thought. Sasnistra, you found love in Krystal…and I found love in Kane. We are different but not so much. It is time to stand up for ourselves and our beliefs. Others have had a veil drawn over their eyes, it’s time to lift it. We need to strike them, where it hurts and that is with the people.”

Kane snapped his eyes open as her scent hit him drowning out the need to pass into unconsciousness, his eyes slid back to the arrow with a cold smile. “Fortunately for you my love, you have of the best talkers I can honestly say I have ever met, Heart will be quite useful when the time is right”

“You should rest allow your body time to deal with the poison, you’re in no condition to take on the elders, Aishani and I will speak with a few people and see how the people stand” Sasnistra spoke softly

Kanes eyes slid to Aishani then Sasnistra slowly.

Aishani replaced her hand to place pressure upon his wound, looking to Sasnistra. “I am not leaving him, until Heart has returned. Kane needs to stay aware until then…I will of course reluctantly leave to tend to the people and hear them. But, not until then.”

Heart returned a few moments later as he eyed Sasnistra curiously for a moment before ushering in the young elven man, there was fear in the young mans eyes as he moved to kneel before Kane. He tended Kanes wounds and had Kanes upper shoulder bandaged quickly, Kane barely flinched as this occurred.

“I have done what I can, the bleeding is slow and so shouldn’t affect him further, the poison however is drakes blood, specific for vampire hybrids, it will take sometime to clear his system leaving him rather vulnerable” The young elf looked to the floor in an apology “I’m sorry there is little further I can do, but keep him clean and comfortable”

Aishani remained at Kane’s side while Heart returned to the young elven male tended to her lover’s wounds. A snarl ripped past her lips to the fact that nothing else could be done to ease the poison in Kane’s system, her canines extended in fangs past her lips while her milky eye flashed a brilliant gold to match the other. She closed her eyes to inhale deeply, speaking to Heart. “Get him a new shirt, no sense in keeping the poison against his skin. Ensure that you clean it regularly, the rinses should not only keep the wound clean. But, you know what to do…Thank you for coming to help, it is much appreciated. Times are just unpredictable.”

Heart nodded before taking Aishanis hand leading her away from Sasnistra, the elven healer and Kane his voice kept low “We need to be careful, it’s no accident they used drakes blood, enough to take him out of action but not enough to kill him and risk you bringing the forces of the Everlands against them, someone knows a little too much about our inner circle and it bothers me”

Aishani glanced to Heart at his words then to Kane with Sasnistra. But her own words were soft barely above a whisper to him. “In this line anything is possible Heart. I would not put it past the Council. But we have no proof. Look at the arrow it may hold a key. Fibers. Scent….Scent. That is it. I can smell the handler and even if the assassin was around another…”

Hades kept his eye on Sasnistra for a moment before looking back to Aishani “Honestly I think we are both been played, you to take power as you rightfully should and me to ensure no one is the wiser, and I’m sure I have been played since I arrived all those years ago”

“You really think…” Aishani whispered, catching the fix of his gaze upon Sasnistra. “Come to think of it…She wished me to go with her to speak to the people…to get me alone. I told her I would not leave Kane.”

“Who else would know details of how to drop a vampire without killing him? More to the point an Elcarus? Who else has pushed for your part against the Elders above all else?” Heart sighed softly “She is the reason I haven’t been thrown out or removed from Emerald City, she used her position on the Elders to keep both me and Krys here”

“Then we need to tap her in her own game. What do you suggest Heart?”

“You remind her who you are, I will get Kane moved to the Inn, there is a small contingent of the Emerald Guard who are loyal to the throne, if you allow me to assign them in your name Kane will be safe, speak with Hollangar and Reagis if you get those two you will have no trouble getting the rest of the Elders to agree to you taking the Emerald Throne. Before you do I am certain Sasnistra will make her move. In the mean time I will take her second to dinner and then to bed” Heart smiled softly “Perhaps learn more of her plan”

Aishani considered Heart’s words, glancing back to Kane and to Heart with a brief nod. “Do it, Heart. Please, do not fail me now, I trust you and you have proven yourself. I do not believe that Kane nor I will stand for any betrayal at this point. I know you told me that you would disappear to save your own neck. But, this is the first time and only time, I will tell you to stand strong. We need you more than ever, Heart.” She lifted a hand to pat at the side of his face. “Such a pretty boy. I will agree to move with Sasnistra to speak to some people, but, it will be me making the decisions. Then we just have to keep her busy.”

“I’m still alive because of him Aishani, believe me when I say I owe him this” Heart moved to Kane pulling his arm around his shoulder and with a groan aiding Kane to his feet “Come on, let’s get you somewhere more comfortable”

“And a drink” Kane muttered as he looked to Aishani before been escorted out by Heart and flanked by the elven healer.

“He’ll be fine, Heart has a high opinion of him” Sasnistra stated as she made her way to Aishani “We should go speak with Reagis, I believe he will be one we need to convince”

Aishani caught Kane’s eye as he was assisted to stand by Heart, remaining in place with her head at an acute posture which was vindictive of her determination that Kane had begun to recognize. A smirk lingered on the fringes of her lips, a special expression for her heart.
 
“I do not doubt that, I have seen it in his eyes.” She then glanced to Sasnistra, now, Aishani was in the den of wolves and the singular spider amidst to inject poison and it started now. “No. We will go speak to Hollanger first. Then proceed to Reagis.”

Sasnistra looked to Aishani just for a moment before she smiled “Very well, to mines first Hollanger refuses to simply be an Elder” She led Aishani from the basement and they were quickly flanked by two of her own guards, leading Aishani through the city “It is unfortunate that Lord Kane was hurt, weapons in the great hall are forbidden which means they would have had to know how to avoid our guards”

“Hm, yes, I find that very interesting. Even more so, that the poison was specifically for a vampire hybrid.” She took in her surroundings in the walk, sniffing every now and then beneath a turn of her head to attain the familiarity of Sasnistra and her guards. “Weapons in any meeting are forbidden. Regardless of rules it is common courtesy. Possibly. Very possible.”

“Poison tends to be the instrument of choice down here, materials for such are hidden in the depths of caves and craters readily accessible, but the knowledge that can only be gleaned by one who knows the target?” Her words were calm and yet pointedly leading toward Heart as they stepped down a flight of stairs they heard dwarves shouting and yelling instructions, another few steps and the land opened to mine entrance.

“Get yer bloody arses moving, we need these materials for repairs to the Emerald Castle, we don’t have time for yer belly aching!” Barked Hollingar who had ditched the Elder robes in favour of heavy leathers and a pick axe. His hair curled and grey.

Aishani cast a sideways glance to Sasnistra, though, kept her posture and walked with each steady stride beside her the heels of her knee high boots clicking upon the ground on the passage through the streets. But, it was at the mine that the sound was muffled and covered by the shouting and yelling of instructions.
 
A chuckle parted her lips, in that rolling purr, as she spoke in a strong and steady voice directed to Hollingar. “I see you shed the skin of an Elder, it fairs you well, Hollingar. Back to your roots.” A smirk was upon Aishani’s plush stained lips, golden hue fixed to the dwarf in his leathers.

“My family have been miners and I’ve been in the mines since I was a tot Milady, but enough of me what bring you all this way?” Hollingar eyed Sasnistra for a moment before tossing his axe to a stone table and looking toward Aishani

“Oh, please, Hollingar, I have no issues on speaking of your family and past. But, on that note, yes, I have come to see the production and enterprise of the mines. Plus get to know the overseer. Interest on expanding the trading for resources not readily available here from the surface and vice versa. The supplies from my understanding of mythril are difficult since the Dragon Wars, not impossible.” Her golden hue flicked to Sasnistra but then back to the dwarf. “I’d really be interested in hearing your opinion on things thus far. Though, first, I heard mention of the repairs of the Emerald Castle. What occurred that it is in a state of needing such?”

“Our last empress died some 9 or so years ago the Elders have ruled as she had no heir, thus the castle was abandoned and has fallen to disrepair, nothing the carpenters can’t handle” Hollingar replied with a smile “And aye mythril on the surface is getting scarce, much like iron down here, we have plenty mythril and the surface has plenty iron ore, so a trade would be appreciated” Hollingar tossed her a rock heavy and cold, the rock was composed partially of rock but lined with the blue veins of mythril so richly sought “A good smithy can make a decent weapon outta a rock that size and we got plenty of that and ten times the size as well”

Aishani captured the tossed rock easily due to her refined reflexes of the werewolf and strength, she looked down to the blue vein, a smirk on her lips. “Seems we have much business to discuss, Hollingar. Though, all awaits the seat to be awarded to me. My concern, is that the Elders as a whole, not singling some out, are holding back progression of our two worlds.” She then displayed one of the two blades that Kane had gifted to her as her engagement gift instead of a ring. “Kane had these made by a very stoutly and talented Dwarf on the surface. I actually think the two of you would hit it off very well.”

“At least some of us chose not to hide” Hollingar spat angrily “And those that want to leave simply can’t we’re seen as an issue to be dealt with, my place on the Elders affords me the luxury of not getting my head cut off as some would see fit to do so for their own end” His words were cold and bitter “But you have our support all 4 of the dwarven houses will stand with you, we are tired of politics not cut out for it you see, much prefer earth and dirt to ink and words, at least you know the rocks want to crush you”

Aishani tipped her chin a slight while absorbing his words, a hand lowered to place on the muscular shoulder and looking him directly in the eyes. “Thank you, Hollingar. While it eases my heart to hear such, I do not believe it right for you to speak for all the three remaining dwarf houses. Will you accompany me to visit each in order to affirm such is a solid ground.”

“They will be at the grand summit tonight milady, better to ask them then” Hollingar replied with a smile “Most are deep in the mountain right now, they would be rather unhappy if we call them back now”

“Very well, inform them of our discussion before the Summit tonight. Rest assured I will be present, the attack in the open before the Elders and people showed much distaste but this will not stop me from doing what is best for the people and bring them out of seclusion and open the doors.” She grinned to him while glancing to Sasnistra. “It is time we return to Kane.”

“We should speak with Reagis first milady, at least then we will have a good idea of the Elder balance, Reagis will be in the temple I expect” Sasnistra replied confidence now slipping back into her voice as she looked to Hollingar “Then we can check on Lord Kane, I expect he is just fine with Heart, unless dear heart is in undue danger then perhaps not so much” Sasnistra last words were an attempt again to push suspicion toward Heart, her own ambition to hold the cards that Aishani was dealing only clearer in those moments.

“Hm, you make a good point. The Inn is on the way to the Temple, we can make a stop. Regardless of a healer with them, I wish to check up on Kane.” She patted Hollingar, casting him a brief glance and then turning from the mine to begin their way to the Inn. “Just to make sure nothing has befallen, my beloved.”

“Very well” Sasnistra replied almost in frustration though it was held beneath her cold fascade as she smiled to Hollingar and led the way back through the city, the made the Inn in very little time, two heavily armed guards in white chainmail now held the doors for her.

As Sasnistra eyed them she looked to Aishani “Employing the Imperial Guard already? A wise move” Inside the Inn was no different the patrons drank at the foot of the steps were another two guards, Heart leapt the bar and moved to scoop Aishani from Sasnistra her attempt to follow quickly cut off by another guard as Heart led her upstairs to their room.

Kane was sat in talks with the Elven healer his eyes slipping her to her the moment he felt that scent creep in on him “Still here my love”

Aishani inwardly felt a victory at hand, Sasnistra had already implicated herself and was unaware, this pleased Aishani. But at the Inn, Aishani tipped her chin to the guards in the white chainmail passing through to be swept away by Heart in their entry. She easily kept up with the male, as they entered the room with a smirk. “I could say much the same for you, my love.” Aishani purred in amusement, walking over to settle near him on the bed. “How are you feeling?” She inquired while pressing her lips against his neck with a playful nip, her golden hues fleeting skimming over the healer to gather an expression with a hint as to his current diagnosis.

Kane smiled an attempt to play harder than he was “Shoulder is out of action for a while, but it will heal, as long as we’re not forced into combat I’ll be fine”

“The arrow did damage as it was withdrawn, and the poison is severely hindering his regenerative abilities, make no mistake milady he is hurt worse than he admits” The Elven Mage replied a tone of utter frustration in his voice “And yet he insists he will be at the Grand Summit I highly advise against this course, if they chose to attack again he will not be able to defend himself vampire or otherwise”

“I wont need to fight, you have enough firepower in the Imperial Guard to take the throne room by force, and we needn’t start a war as they answer to the Empress, you give them orders to quell the attack and they will do just that” Kane replied with a smile “Lovely way they program the imperial guard all drilled instruction and no mistakes”

“Which is not an option at this point, my love.” Aishani scolded him, though, glanced to Heart and the elven mage. “I’d like to look at the wound, if you do not mind. It is not a matter of believing you not competent but to ease my own mind on matters. Truth be told, I am compelled to make contact with it. You said that this…poison, was specifically designed for vampire hybrids, correct?” Aishani began to release the pressure of the bandage while carefully unwrapping the gauze, to set in her lap. The delicate flesh of her nostrils flared at the stench of the poison within his blood, caressing his face gently, then setting her hand upon the wound. Her eyes closed, but, there was something else different…in the next moment, her eyes opened and the golden was replaced with a very vibrant red and the fangs were revealed with the curl of her lips. Very fine veins began to protrude from the base of her jawline and traveled a slight. But, that is when Kane would feel it, a stinging burning feeling that was born from the very depths of his internal damage, as though threads of fire stitched him. The pain was slowly trickling away, almost as though swept to the contact of her hand in an absorption. The veins thickened upon her jaw and grew darker, nearly black as spider webs, a hiss parted her lips with a bare of her teeth.

After what seemed hours, though, it had only been minutes, Aishani fell to her back upon the bed panting. Kane’s injury had melted away to only a small abrasion, while the detrimental effects of the poison had all but faded and he felt incredible. She held her hands up as though to stop any from interfering, as her chest rose and fell rapidly but it was when the vivid red faded and her eyes returned to the gold and the dark spider veins had receded to only be a whisper of a memory. “Wow…” She whispered.

Kane eyed the injury flexing his wrist and arm “OK that’s new ….” He breathed softly, the Mage had now pressed himself flat to the wall and Heart merely looked on curiously. After a few moments Kane diverted his eyes Aishani “Don’t suppose you have an explanation?”

Aishani stared at her hand, flexing the fingers against her palm, then sat up with a lazy one-sided smirk. “I have…no clue. It…it was strange, I…I desired to take your pain away, my love. Then this pull, almost as though, compelled to touch your wound…I could feel it. All of the poison and the muscles shift beneath me. Did…did I heal you?” She looked to the frightened mage and then to Heart, back to Kane.

“It appears so, and I’m thankful for it, I guess this is just part of you joining our realm” Kane smiled softly as Heart handed Kane the bandage with a smile “One more surprise for our would be assassins?” Kane smiled darkly as he offered them back to Aishani “Lets not let them know what we know?”

“Only those in this room will know.” Aishani said while beginning to bandage Kane up as though nothing had occurred. Once finished she met his grim with a secretive smirk of her own. “Do you think you can play the part of poor… Poor injured you?”

Kane smiled softly “Indeed I can, I will remain here for the moment I trust your conversations with the Elders have gone well? Just watch your back Heart is right Sasnistra is playing a dangerous hand and you are the target, it troubles me I’m not at your side but I am supposed to be unconscious”

He sighed softly as he looked to Heart “We stay sharp, keep your lines of communication to us open, if anything goes down”

“You’ll know within a minute or less Kane” Heart replied with a smile “I have my hands all over this place”

“Why am I not surprised” Kane replied with a grin “Very well, my love continue with your diplomatic time line, Heart will go find what he can and I will begin working out an exit plan should we need it”

Aishani smirked while glancing to Heart and then back to Kane. “No. I know for a fact, she had something planned. She insisted on speaking to Reagis before coming here, bringing in mentioning of something to occur here and implicating Heart as the betrayer. After speaking to Holligar, she pushed for me to go to Reagis in the Temple. Almost as though, she was trying to avoid coming here…Then her surprise to the Imperial Guard’s presence. But, on the bright side, from Holligar, we have all four dwarven houses on my side. He seems to entertain the idea of trade from the mithril that is abundant here to the iron that is plentiful on the surface. The dwarves are tired of being tied up in ink and paper, then dirt and earth.”

“Be wary of Reagis Aishani his agenda is his own” Heart replied solemnly “Everything is a means to an end with him, and that end is bringing back his masters” Heart shuddered visibly at those words

“Dragon Mage?” Kane asked looking to Heart

“There are 14 here at last count, being so far away from their upper world counterparts has left them in need of a way to regain control, they sent for the glass eye from the old dwarven city but were beaten to it, though no one seems to know by whom or why.”

“I thought Ascondia had all the eyes destroyed? And more to the point who could get into that city in one piece and out without been squashed by golem?” Kane sounded almost perplexed before it dawned on him “Oh….” His voice trailed off almost as quickly as it had come

“You know who took the eye?” Hearts voice raised slightly

“I have a good idea, and I’m not about to part with that information until I confirm it Heart, right now we need to deal with this political mess, the mages didn’t get the eye which means they are no closer to bringing back the dragons now than they were a decade ago, though he is right my love his agenda will be his own even if he supports your ascent to the throne he will only do so as long as it supports his needs” Kane leant down to kiss her shoulder gently “We need to tread carefully”

Aishani was silent, simply staring at her hand that had touched Kane’s shoulder, but, by the way her posture was on the bed it was clear to those that knew her, she was listening and avidly to the conversation. At the mention of the glass eye, she lifted her gaze to Heart and then to Kane, a knowing smirk forming upon her lips. “Then for now, it is in safe hands.” Clearly, she had picked up on his suspicions. “I am aware I am walking on eggshells. Though, let us prepare. Heart, there has to be a hidden way out of the Inn that does not require entrance to the main floor. You and Kane need to move locations, do not be concerned about me finding you. I have Kane’s scent imprinted into my memory. If Sasnistra made any plans to kill Kane while he was down this would be the best place to do so and place you as blame. Not to mention, I can manage my own, there are abilities…that they are not aware I possess. I still have tricks up my sleeve. Unfortunately, Shadow I left to watch over Aerian and Virra. But, I hear the whispers of all the spiders in this subterranean city and they have agreed to serve me.” She rose but leaned to kiss Kane on the lips. “But, I agree and escape plan may be needed.”

“We could try our old trick Kane” Heart replied with a grin, Kane cocked his head at Hearts words before running a hand through his hair.

“Didn’t I almost drop us off a cliff the last time we tried that?” Kane replied with an air of playfulness

“Almost, but I know Emerald City better than most of the Everlands, you were guessing then this time you won’t be” Heart tapped his head with a smile “I know somewhere we can go, Anya keeps it well stocked just in case I ever need to avoid an unwanted husband”

Kane glanced to Aishani with a grin “I can use displacement, tap into the map in Hearts head, it isn’t conventional but it has saved us more than once, he will then return and ensure people think I’m still here” Heart nodded reassuringly “The safe house is on the outskirts so if a quick exit is needed we have a way out into the mountains, if we need it”

Aishani looked to the two old friends, a smirk whispering at the fringes of her luscious lips. “Do what you have to do. But, I want you, Kane to make a surprise appearance amidst The Summit, I do not care how. I will make the order with the Imperial Guard to protect, give the pretense I am scared but they will remain to guard here as I will take two with me.” She leaned to kiss Kane briefly, caressing his face with the trail of a nail against his jaw. “They wish to play a game with me. I was born Drow and know all the tricks.” She passed Heart, patting his cheek with a chuckle in that rolling purr. “Have fun, boys.”

When she left the room, Aishani spoke the guards outside to relay her orders and instruct them to join her on their meeting with Reagis. After descending the stairwell, she spoke in a hushed tone to the two guards that remained in order to guard the stairs and prevent any from entering due to Kane’s state of being ‘unconscious’.

Aishani then scanned the interior of the tavern to locate Sasnistra and neared her, offering a saddened expression. “It seems, my beloved is not doing well. One can only hope he recovers soon enough…But, I have business to conduct. Shall we then proceed to Reagis?”

[Finding the Future] Dresses For Lovers

Aerian was sprawled across the rug by the fire laid flat on her back as she looked to Virra, the flames sending heat prickling over her flesh. Her eyes stared to the one person in her whole life that made things far less complicated, her mind dancing over each thought of their lives together.

Her mind yanked suddenly from those thoughts as there was loud knock upon their door, she groaned inward “Just a little piece, is it too much to ask?”

Virra was laying upon her hip, appearing content to caress Aerian’s abdomen and between her breasts while not cupping or gathering the glorious fleshy mounds. Those dark eyes reflected the prancing flames of the fireplace, but, were fixed upon Aerian with admiration and love.
 
A grunt parted her lips to the knock on the door, while adjusting to drape an arm over the bend of her knees.

When the door opened, Aishani was leaning on the frame with a smirk. “Depends on who you ask.”

“But I don’t wanna move” Aerian whined in a mock tone before she finally sat looking to Aishani then past to Elsa and Jade as it settled “Oh god you want to put me in a dress?!” the tone again mock horror as she found her feet crossing to wrap her arm around Virra

Virra stood still as Aerian wrapped her arms around the naked body. A smirk formed on those lush lips.

Aishani entered through the door and stopped to inspect the interior. “I would hope that my TWO bridesmaids would be more enthusiastic then that.”

Aerian giggled “Did you hear that? She said two which means you gotta dress up too” Her words were soft against Virras ears, she slipped back to lead Virra from the door allowing the others to enter “I haven’t worn a dress since I was a child”

Virra chuckled with a shake of her head. “Do we have a choice?” A smirk still on her lips. “Must be for the wedding?”

“Well I wouldn’t dress you up for nothing” Elsa grinned softly “I promise nothing too outrageous”

“Let me add in, that I wouldn’t tell you unless it was an important moment in your father’s life. So, shall we get to work?” Aishani stated, her golden eye drifting over the two lovers with a smirk. “Seems, Elsa, you don’t have to force them to strip. It’s already been done.”
 
Jade stepped forward with a shake of her head. “N-no. It’s not too fancy, I helped choose the style.”

Virra inclined a brow to Jade. “Mouse, speaks.”

Aerian looked to Jade for a moment before looking to Elsa “Fine, but if I wind up looking like a giant marshmallow I swear I will make you pay?!” It was half fun half serious in her statement as she stepped away from Virra lifting her arms before Elsa began her routine of sizing up Aerian.

“Marshmallow? Honestly Aerian this is the Everlands, most people won’t even know what a marshmallow is” Elsa grinned in reply “Besides, Aishani will be the star of the show, you’re just going to remind the world how pretty you can be”

“Pretty as a marshmellow!” Virra teased with a fold of her arms, while chuckling. Though, a strange possessiveness entered her dark eyes as Elsa moved her hands just beneath her lovers bosom. Yet, she said nothing further, since her gaze spoke loudly.

Aishani simply remained silent with a smirk on her lips, as Jade cradled the swabs of cloth in her arms to be utilized by Elsa when the woman deemed it appropriate.

“You OK Virra my baby?” Aerian asked a tone of curious panic as she looked to her lover, already aware of the fact Virra was possessive of her “It sort of has to go this way it’s how she works” Aerian couldn’t help the panic in her voice even caught between the two.

Elsa halted for a moment looking to Virra from behind Aerian “I do apologise for the awkwardness, I will be done as quickly as I can” She simply shifted back and returned to her work beyond that statement, before stepping back “OK Jade my dear bring that here let’s get our dear Aerian all fitted up”

Almost as being spoken too broke the spell, Virra rolled a shoulder dismissively but that smirk formed on her lips. “Yeah, seamstress has to do what she has to make my Firefly NOT look like a marshmellow.”

Aishani inclined a brow to the hint of panic in Aerian’s voice, glancing to Virra then to Aerian again. Jade though was at the ready, stepping forward to lift the fabric and allowing for it to flow unhindered.

“I’d look kinda funny all fluffy and pink ….. “ Aerians voice trailed off as the fabric begin to twist and writhe up her body, curling under and around her before finally settling into place, Aerian plucked and poked at various pieces to shift the fabric.

“I do love how easy getting dressed around you is Elsa, much quicker than the real world way at least” She shrugged awkwardly as she looked to Virra, her hands tugging her hair to a more fitting position “Well? What do you think baby?”

Virra licked her lips, there was some desire within the depths of those black eyes, a radiant heat that was meant for Aerian alone. “Mmm, I could just eat you up, Firefly.” She purred with a lustful smirk.

Aishani pushed from her lazy lean. “Save it for when you two are alone. Let’s get this finished.” Her golden eye shifted over Aerian. “You look stunning, while I realize this may be the only time I see you in a dress, it suits you well.”

Aerian felt the warmth of blush flush her cheeks as she looked to the floor until she felt it melt away “I um …. It’s for you and Dad so, as good a reason as any I can come up” Aerian tried to keep the reply dignified “It will be an honour to welcome you into our family properly, I never said it before but I am glad things turned out how they have”

As if with the flick of a switch she walked to Virra kissing her deeply “OK I’m done with the mushy stuff, let’s get you looking just as tasty and then we can kick everyone out and…” She left the statement open intentionally with a smirk.

Elsa watched the girls just for a moment before shaking her head “Young love, such a beautiful thing” She made her way to Virra a little less sure than with the others “Shall we begin?”

Virra curled her fingers within Aerian’s hair on the abrupt kiss, the pressure was nearly as possessive as was the press of her lips. A smirk was held in reply to Aerian’s open statement. But, she stepped forward with arms lifted. “Yeah. Let’s get this shit over with.”

Aishani tilted her head a slight, finding Virra’s demeanour less than adequate, but said nothing.

“Oh come on baby, it’s not a bad thing, we should enjoy the god while it lasts” Aerian smiled as she watched Virra “Maybe I’ll buy you a maids outfit afterward”

Elsa watched the exchange before slipping her hands under Virra arms shifting them to a raised position, her hands slipping down the young womans side, gently just under her breasts and back before stepping away and circling her slowly “It will be quite the event that’s for certain”

Virra cast her an amused smirk to Aerian’s playful suggestion to lighten the mood, though, something deep in those dark eyes was considering something, sizing up her lover with intention.

She remained stiff as Elsa’s hands worked over the measurements, but the muscles were coiled as though ready to spring forth. Virra wasn’t muscular in the slightest but the leanest indicated of a well-trained body.

Elsa made her way to Jade pulling out pieces of fabric from those she held “Thank you my dear, you are quite the assistant, more useful than ones I’ve had in the past at least” She smiled softly then moved back to Virra, dropping the fabric to her feet and almost instantly it sprang forth curling and twisting around Virra.

As it finished it form Aerian swallowed “Holy shit baby”

Elsa looked with a smile “Indeed just as beautiful as you other half, wouldn’t you say Aishani?”

Jade offered Elsa a smile, while a blush lifted to her cheeks.
 
The black fabrics clung to her suggestively, though, tastefully as to not draw too much un-needed attention from Aishani on her important day. Her shape was sublime beneath hidden often by leathers. “I guess, I can clean up pretty good.”

Aishani had been watching Aerian, though, turned her gaze to Virra. “That she does, Elsa. The realms seamstress…you have a knack for things.”

“I would argue I made the best of been lumbered with crappy magicks” Elsa grinned in reply “But it does have a way of bringing the very best in both fabric and person beneath, so I like what I do” Elsa shrugged softly as she looked to Virra

“Anything we need to adjust? Fit feels good? Just say if we do or it doesn’t” She said with a smile

Virra lifted and lowered her arms, then leaned forward and twisted her torso. “Nope, seems good to me.” Her dark eyes were fixed on Aerian the entire time while it appeared that she was going over things silently in her mind. “Now, get this shit off me. I can’t stand it.”

Aishani began to laugh while Jade simply smiled.

Elsa tapped the fabric instantly it dropped to the floor as Elsa gathered it together it spun back into shape, gathering the two dresses she now handed them to Jade “See these go to my shop along with yours and Aishanis” She smiled softly “Now if you’ll excuse me ladies I have a rather uptight vampire to go chase and fit for his outfit” She bowed gently making her way to the door.

“Have fun” She winked to them and disappeared out the door

Virra stepped to the side while curling her arm around Aerian possessively, watching Elsa take her leave with Aishani close behind and Jade following after each.
 
“YOU would be the one to wear a maid dress, Aerian.”

Aerian leant into Virra with a soft smile “Was trying to work out if you liked the idea or wanted to kill me for it” she smiled softly as she laid her head on Virras shoulder “But I would wear anything you asked of me, you already know though” Aerians hands drew Virra tight against her.

The fires in the cottage flared brightly as did the lanterns casting their home in a dull amber light, Aerian taking Virras hand, led her back to their position before their interruption as she dropped to her knees before Virra with a smile “I would serve you an way you desire milady” there was playful tones in Aerians voice now

The two women were without clothing, before each other, their skin caressed in the dancing firelight, each shadow adding the sensuality of the feminine essence to each. Virra considered Aerian in her position, though, lowered her hand to caress against her lovers cheek, sensually gliding her fingers through the fiery threads, then yanking her hair within the reigns to guide her to stand and crush her lips against Aerian’s.

Aerian did hesitate in her reply to the kiss, her own hands slipping up Virras back to wrap around her shoulders, a deep hungry fire in her kiss.

Virra parted abruptly from the kiss, though, held those fiery threads in her slender fingers as to not give Aerian leeway to move away. “You do realize that, you are MINE. No one else. Right?” Those black eyes were like to dark pools boring into Aerian’s.

Aerian felt the grip her eyes staring to Virra a flash of panic cut through as she felt her heart skip a beat “Have I done something?” She spoke soft yet the words came awkward “Because I AM YOURS I have been from the moment we met, Virra I love you no one in the world could ever change that”

Virra remained silent, though, the expression on her face was gentle and soft, the grip loosened from her threads. “I just wanted to hear it again. It took every ounce of my self-worth to not assault either of the women present to see you in such a state.” Her fingers pranced over the rise of her bosom, head tilted down to guide the slick tool around her areola before quickly drawing in the pert bud to suckle upon.

Aerian moaned loudly instantly feeling goose bumps ripple over her flesh, her eyes half closed as she breathed “I know baby, but Elsa is harmless it’s just how her magick works best, don’t think I wanted to rip her to pieces for touching what’s mine? As I belong to you in turn you are mine” Her hand slid down Virras spine tracing circles against her flesh “I do love you Virra, don’t ever question me on that, please”

A catch of her teeth was felt upon the bud imprisoned in Virra’s molten mouth, though, released with the sweeping apology of her slick muscle. After a moment, Virra parted with a shrewd plop, looking up to her and then pressing each side of Aerian’s bosom together and licking the close proximity of each bud and suckling both into her mouth at once, before parting and massaging the globes in her hands. “I never questioned it. I am just reminding you that you ARE mine, Firefly.”

 

Aerian didn’t hold back as her release hit her hips bucking against Virras invasion breaking the kiss allowing her to let the cries of pleasure tear from her, her entire body trembling with the force of that release, as her mind numbed from the pleasure she was left in a whimpering trembling heap beside her lover.

Due to the position of Virra with her legs on the outside of Aerian, the woman could not fall to the side and instead was brought into the arms of her lover. Virra held Aerian now, her digits removed from the molten core, which was dripping down, fingertips caressing up and down Aerian’s back. “I love you with all my heart, Aerian. Never doubt that, ever.” She whispered beside Aerian’s ear, pressing her lips gently to her neck. “You ARE mine, forever.”

“I am, I am yours, I am” Aerian moaned softly “Always” she finished softly feeling the violent force of her release subside “Don’t leave me, don’t let me go please”

Virra tightened her hold around Aerian. Leaning back a slight to top her lovers chin with that smirk of hers. “Oh. Your stuck with me Firefly. I’m not going anywhere without you. Don’t you worry about that.” Those fingers from her one hand caressed up and down her spine with love.

“Good” Aerian smiled softly as her hands traced soft circles against Virras chest, her body now finally finding some degree of control as she remained in Virras embrace “I can’t do this without you”

“You won’t ever have to.” She whispered and filled her chin to bring Aerian’s lips against gets in a tender kiss.

 

 

[Changing Tides] Passion for Dinner

Kane stood slowly his body forcing a stretch which in turn resulted in several bones cracking in response. He drew a breath before eying the purple and blue from the wound on his shoulder “Damn wolves” he muttered softly. He looked back over his shoulder toward Aishani before he settled back on the edge of the bed “Speaking of wolves how are you this morning”

When Kane glanced back to Aishani, she was partially exposed by the shift of the covers. Her ashen color had returned but still, she appeared exhausted while her eyes were looking around, curiously. She propped herself on her elbows though hissed at the pull and the stab of pain that assaulted her. “I’m alive. Truth be told, I’m feeling very strange…I can smell the food from the kitchen, everyone that moves in the hallway and down the corridor to the main meeting hall…I feel stronger but right now I can’t feel much else besides the pain…You know, Sarantha told me of a tale, something about a Spider from another realm that fights for the people of this realm. Do you know of that tale, Kane?” Aishani forced herself to rise but only managed to crawl over to Kane, wrapping her arms around his waist with her chin hooked upon his shoulder, those luscious breasts crushed against his bare back. In this move, Kane could see the blood had begun to leak through the bandage.

Kane eyed the bloodied bandage his hands sliding to hers with thought “I know the tale, I know where supposedly this occurs, but before we think about going in search I’m going to change that bandage, we can’t risk infection now, not to mention Sarantha would kill me”

He rubbed her hands before leaning back turning himself to place a kiss on her head gently “Considering you come with Shadow I dare bet they are linked to original Drow tribe that once resided here, the last drow died some 30 years ago. A long sickening tale and an outcome I am still none too pleased with, still the spiders came during the Dragon Wars, they turned up with the Unicorns and Direwolves and odd sight to see among a battlefield of blood and dragons. They are said to be led by one, but no one has ever proved the words correct”

Kane slid free of her grasp making his way to the door issuing orders for water and bandages before crossing back to her “Amidst the chaos I never saw, only heard the stories, between my brothers falling and getting as many from the city as we could, I was so exhausted even I had I would have deemed it a hallucination, but if there is truth I can promise somewhere it’s in our library”

Aishani adjusted to his lean back a small smirk upon her lips to the brush of his kiss to her forehead, her nails glided against his back when he stood to move to the door. As he turned back awaiting the arrival of the bandages and clean water, she sat with her legs spread awkwardly, as though a newly birthed fawn falling after standing for the first time. Her hair was flowing free in the dreads that caressed her shoulders, even the raven feather caught the light. The webbed markings were placed in contrast against her ashen skin beneath her exquisite bosom and upwards from her naval, though partially covered by the bandage. “Seems, I have to visit the library very soon then. I did not know spiders came during the battle, yes, I have heard you speak of Direwolves and Unicorns. I wonder what this means…there was a tribe of Drow, here? Are you absolutely positive that ALL of them have passed on?”

“I cannot say for sure, I can say if any survived they have avoided contact with every humanoid race in the Everlands for the last three decades” Kane took the supplies from the staff as they arrived making his way back across the room kneeling by the bed.

“They were hunted down, I refused to take Dentarian forces, there are times I wish I had taken our forces in their support” Kane sighed softly as he moved to her to undo the bandages “Forgive me my love this may hurt” slowly he peeled the bandages back, taking his time to ensure he didn’t deliver too much discomfort.

Aishani moved a slight to settle on the edge of the bed, while Kane neared her to settle. “So…there is a possibility. If Z’ress, catches on with such details and there ARE some remaining…then she will try to take control over them.” A small whimper passed her lips while Kane began to remove the bandage, the healing wound clinging hungrily to the fabric causing the wound to begin to open again. The healing was minimal, while the flesh surrounding the stitches and dried blood appeared angry still in a deep red. She hissed as Kane cleaned the dried blood and the wound. “Damn it. Sarantha said that after my next fight I should be healing faster due to the werewolf blood within me…it’s not happening fast enough.”

“It takes time for the wolf to bind, next time you get tagged by one” He tapped his shoulder with a smile “Won’t take so much time, the first is worst my love” He dropped the cloth into the water with thought before building the pouch and tucking the mix from Sarantha amidst it before binding the wound once more.

“Well Ceremon will have us believe they are all dead” He finished tying the bandage off ensuring it was tight but not painfully so “So unless she finds out while we are digging through things she finds out we should be OK, there is also the fact they are born and raised in this realm, my guess is they would sooner kill anyone getting close that welcome them in” Kane looked to the window for a moment before looking back to her “I don’t mind admitting Shadow terrifies me, the legend state there is a nest of spiders, though legend would have us believe they are bigger than Shadow, a thought I do not relish”

Aishani bit her lip a few times when Kane began to wrap the bandage but otherwise remained without exclamation. “One can never know, Kane.” She glanced to the window then to Kane lifting a hand to caress his cheek. “While, I will admit the breed that Shadow is, are difficult if wild…You have no reason to fear her, in fact, I happen to know that she likes you and approves of you. She would defend you as if it were me, even all of your family. Their webbing, is very useful in many things. From, as you saw a type of stitch to the adhesive of the saliva. Hunting. Scouting. Even the venom is potent additive to my poison concoctions. Plus, she was around when no others were. Well…not to frighten you further, Shadow is not fully matured…so she will get larger, the size of a horse. In fact, the arachnid are bred to be mounts. I don’t believe in such, I allow her freedom. Her and I are bound, in a way…It’s difficult to understand, but, that is the best I can say.”

“I get it, believe me the bond you share I actually understand in a way” He sighed softly placing the bloodied water on the cupboard to the side “We will look as far as we can find what we can, I only ask that before we go in search we let the winter pass”

He walked back to her to kiss her gently “We should eat, you still need to keep your strength, then we will go to the library and see what we can find”

Aishani looked to Kane while he returned back to her side, tugging him down with a smirk. “Not going to tie me up?” She chuckled, something was different about the purr it sounded a little more animalistic but not overly so, it was an attractive tone. Aishani turned serious for a moment then. “Yes, I would not wish to trudge out in that white holy hell again. Indeed, I am starving. Could we request fish from the kitchen? While the smell of the cooked meats are driving me crazy…you know my diet.” Aishani placed a hand on his shoulder while utilizing him for balance in a slow stand, at first unsteady but then gradually strengthening. “I will not stay down, my love. After all, I’m engaged to an Elcarus. We have things to do. But, I agree, research will be done in the library.”
 
She moved to the wardrobe, that glorious body finely tuned, hips swaying appearing to be more primal. Aishani’s back was to him, covered in the webbed scaring, as she looked through the hung clothing to decide on her attire for the day. Essentially, it was a simple long sleeved blouse with a underbust corset and stretch jeans. “Can…you uh help me a little?” Aishani asked as the shirt was on and wriggled into her jeans, such formed like a second skin to her shape; luscious hips and plump bottom. She offered to him the corset to fix.

He held her to ensure she was steady “Oh I plan to tie you up, but now you’re expecting it steals the moment for now” His reply was just a quick as her words the same deep intent and need for her. He couldn’t help but watch as she hunted down her outfit his eyes not moving from her body.

“I would expect no less of you than to be up, just be assured there is nothing to prove to anyone, however I expect no less than you to fight on, so we will look into these stories, Aerian can handle the matters that need to be, Hades is taking care of those in the east wing. Which leaves me largely free until some idiot decides there issues are bigger than those we deal with each day” He smiled as began working the corset into place, taking care so as not to aggravate her injury.

Aishani glanced up and over her shoulder to him as he tugged and adjusted the corset to fight her snuggly but not uncomfortably so. She turned to face him and lifted her arms, hesitating with a hiss and growl, instead placing her hands on his hips. “That is right, I don’t stay down. Well, let’s go eat, I’m famished since I got nothing but medicinal tea from Sarantha last night.” Firmly she smacked his bottom, while the same delicious scent lifted from her and tickled his senses, but, now there was something different. It wasn’t horrible, nor bad, but, more exotic and alluring. Her golden hue fixed on him with the smirk curling on the corner of her plush lips.

As they made their way into the dining hall the staff were already laying the table, food was laid out including several plates of various fish. Kane pulled the chair for Aishani before taking his place at the head. As he began to fill his plate other folk began to drift in taking they place further down the table.

“I ensured the kitchen were well prepared, a fresh haul of fish from the rivers this morning” Kane smiled before beginning to eat “It’s going to be a little busier than usual, all the winter folks staying with us, Aerian and Hades will keep most things in order as I have mentioned. We have the day to ourselves for the most part” He nodded to her cup “Sarantha also sent down something to help with the pain, just enough to take the edge off but not tamper with any regular functions”

Aishani settled down upon the chair as it was pulled back beneath her. The instant she saw the food on the table and the fish, her mouth began to salivate but it wasn’t just because of the meat replacement it was the meat itself. She had to place a lot of restraint upon her to not dive into the red meat, while spooning out fruits and the fish, her golden eye kept flicking to the plate of meat. But, she ate with gusto, Aishani was hungry and it showed by the way she ate and pausing to sip at the cup of tea. “Yes, the tea will help.” She managed through a mouthful of food.

Kane watched her for a moment tracing her line of sight before returning to eat “Everything will balance within you, hopefully given time” His words were meant to come as comfort but simply came awkward. “I would serve the torment for you if I could”

He sighed softly as he finished the remains of his plate with thought “But on the upside you look much better this morning, a little less unconscious” He grinned wickedly

Aishani paused in her indulgence of the fish, chewing to wash down the meat with tea. Leaning back while her plate held only remnants of the meal in bloodied juices from the fruits and beautiful caramel to the spices of the fish, this wasn’t good enough by her standards and she gathered the plate to lick every trace free, then peered over the dish. “Not…appropriate. I apologize, something came over me.” Setting such down, Aishani finished her tea. “I would prefer that you not serve any torment upon yourself. I am grateful and would gladly accept it again would such occur. My love, I would do anything for your family and that includes taking a hit.” She winked to him.

“Of course I’d prefer that wasn’t the case, but such is the way of battle, injuries are common, though with your new skills you may be a little harder to catch next time” He grinned playfully

Aishani chuckled, though, a smirk formed upon her lips while a purr parted her lips, baring her teeth a slight. But, then stood slowly from her seat to move over to Kane, abruptly latching her hand within his hair and without hesitation yanked to crush her lips firmly against his. The taste was sublime while her scent enveloped him, not a moment of hesitation occurred before her slick muscle forced entry to deepen the kiss. When she withdrew, this power and affection from the intensity of the kiss, Aishani leaned forward with a whisper to his ear. “I think…I’m feeling feisty.”

Kane simply met her eyes with a smile “I think you’re teasing” he grinned darkly as he slid up from his seat, he led her through the house to a larger office, within was a desk and various alchemy bits and pieces, for the most part the room was clean but had not been used in some time.

As they entered the room Kane rounded on her his lips met hers hungrily his hands to her hips holding her tight against him, the passion erupting like a fire that wrapped them in each other.

Aishani followed him easily, offering a curt tip of her chin to those passengers in the hallway as the two proceeded to the designated room that Kane lead her to. She stepped within, taking in the room, while unable to react initially to the crush of his lips against hers. The girth of her hips held in the contours beneath his palms while her chin tilted to accommodate the height, such lust and desire was amidst the entanglement of their slick muscles on the erotic dance of passion. Her taste and smell was like an accelerant to his fire, causing his heart to beat and her own lips to burn with an impression upon his.

Kane lifted her in one motion seating her on the edge of the desk, his hands working to undress her with precision and a deep darkened need. First working her corset off exposing the flesh beneath, his hands slipping against the flesh of her breasts before kneading them with a deep intent. Letting his hands slip down her body slipping gracefully around her bandaged wound and down, hers fingers caught the edge of her button unhooking it before stripping her of her leggings.

As he tossed them aside Kane dropped to his knees.

She sharply inhaled to her feet being stolen from the solidity of the floor into Kane’s arms, then finding grounding upon the edge of the desk. After the corset was removed, Aishani tore off the tunic in the same motion, a soft growl of excitement passing her lips when his hands found her exquisite bosom. The dark buds perking instantly with the peaks suffering beneath the palm of his hand amidst the stimulation he kneaded into the soft but firm flesh. Aishani was panting when his intent was marked now and his goal was more than revealed, she kicked off her shoes just as Kane stripped her of the jeans with a toss to the floor.

As their combined releases subsided Kane pushed to stand easing himself from her, his hands aiding her back to her feet as instinct had him look at the blood soaked bandage. Concern crossed his face as his mind allowed a little guilt as the force of their encounter before he pushed it aside drawing her to him in a deep kiss.

As the kiss broke he stepped back their clothes strewn across the room, the desk and floor both showing signs of their engagement a soft smile. “That was different” his words still soft and through drawn breathes as he still tried to regain control “And as much as I don’t wish to make an issue of things” his eyes slid back to her wound “We should get that checked”

Aishani turned in his guidance to stand on solid ground, her skin was revelling in the dusted sweat but fading, as was her colour back to the normal ashen hue. She then glanced down to her bandage then up to him with a smirk upon her lips, though, Aishani tipped her chin upwards to close in on the kiss, deepening it for the short time it was engaged but gasped in his part. “I feel…different.” She commented with that delicious purr in her voice, it still was laced with that slight feral undertone. She followed his gaze in reference to her bandage, then to him. “Very well…Let us dress, then.” Aishani moved from the lean on the desk to gather her clothing, wither purposeful or not, she flashed him the sight of her flower more than once in the procession to dress. Once Kane assisted her with the corset, the two were dressed and ready to go to Sarantha. On their walk, Aishani appeared to step with a lighter foot then before and even had the precision of a predator in her steps. Such was beautiful and graceful, but he would notice how she looked around her with the glowing golden hue and even the milky eye had a subtle golden tint, unlike the foggy and murkiness before it was not clear but there was colour hiding beneath the fog of the injured eye.

Kane was very aware of her newfound presence, he could feel the very air around her had difference, much as her scent that permeated every part of him when he was close to her and a huge piece of missing when he wasn’t, it wasn’t by much but far from the woman he had met several moons before. As they reached Saranthas door a group of children were been ushered along by their mother, she smiled and nodded to Kane before barking at the children to stay in line and keep moving. In the doorway stood Sarantha whose attention had already snapped to Aishani the moment they had rounded the corner.

“I told you to take care of her” She snapped, it wasn’t anger but more a pointed reminder.

“I did” Kane retorted sharply, suddenly feeling rather caught out

Sarantha looked to him for a moment before stepping aside to allow them entry “Come on in, let’s have a look at those stitches, if I know you’re brother they will largely have held, though you do some what more aware than last we saw one another”

Aishani smirked to Kane’s bark at the children, simply shaking her head and winking to a girl within the group, but as Sarantha spoke she looked to the woman. The chuckle that rolled past her lips was lush with amusement and even more dripped in a primal sound. “Oh, please. He took VERY good care of me.” She cupped her hand for a smack against Kane’s bottom while walking through into Sarantha’s room. Unlike before, Aishani reached behind to release the corset without a problem, settling down for Sarantha to release the bandage that was wrapped around her. Though it was soaked through by this point, cleaning the blood away revealed a nearly healed wound that only a short time ago was red and angry, now a fleshy colour was embracing such and the damage sewn by the stitches was growing well together. “I had a dream last night…a shadowed monster was chasing after me, no matter how far I ran the creature was still on my tail. The eyes were a brilliant gold…primal and lethal. The creature never caught me, though.”

Sarantha inspected the wound slowly before her hand ran over the stiches which within moments had dissolved to nothing “Well I will say this for your brother, his combat medic skills have improved, the butchers job he did on himself still doesn’t sit well with me” her hand ran over the edge of the wound ensuring it had sealed correctly before pressing and prodding around.

“There looks to be no further internal damage, I would say your” She paused a moment frowning looking to Kane who had adopted a position of merely leaning on the wall by the door “It would seem your vigorous workout was what was needed to boost the healing, to push the rest of the werewolf into place, though these bruises account for him not taking it easy” she smiled softly “But not my place to worry over such, it did more good than harm for that we can be grateful”

As Sarantha tossed the bloodied bandage into the fire the flames crackled and flashed as they took it “You’re running a little warmer than usual, though I would expect for what you have become that will be normal, you must maintain your food intake or risk weakening yourself, you will be stronger, faster even see in the dark better, making you quite the predator” She looked to Kane for a moment before looking back to Aishani “I have seen few with the raw build to take that man, but you may indeed be a match, all the better for us”

“The realm chose her for a reason Kane, I suspect what is coming we will all be thankful for her” Sarantha spoke quickly but a soft polite tone as she handed Aishani a pouch with a white powder contained within “For the pain, though it’s healing it may still ache from time to time, this will dull it, you need not suffer for the sake of it” She stepped back “Now your dream, that one I suspect is your body and minds way of getting to know each other, sadly I would avoid been on the sharp end of anything made of silver, wolfsbane too is particularly lethal to wolves here. The last thing of note is while you will not be howling at the moon nor sporting excesses of fur, the moon will affect you”

“Did I miss anything my Lord?” She looked to Kane who looked up “Decaptation works pretty well too, other than that pretty sure you got it all, aside from my blade been silver for obvious reasons”

“I’m sure that is not the sword she wishes to be stabbed with” Sarantha clamped shut as the words tumbled from her mouth, her eyes quickly averting her intent to point out her need would be for him in ways other than combat having formed before her mind had chance to correctly reply.

Aishani watched in silence as the stitches dissolved to only be a mere memory of the thread that kept the edges of the wound tightly together. “I think it was more of doing a botched stitching of his life at stake with Kane.” She mused, though, as Sarantha prodded around and pressed a soft hiss parted her lips to the momentary pain that speared her. “It a good pain, Sarantha.” Aishani winked to her while glancing over her shoulder to Kane and then back. “I’ve taken to fish, but, it is difficult to deny the red meat…it makes my mouth water. I can handle it, some meat is good for the body. Believe me, I can handle much, my tolerance before was high and even more now.”
 
She accepted the pouch from Sarantha to stuff into her jeans. “I suspect nothing less, pain still lingers but it is nothing I cannot stomach.” A smirk formed on her plush lips to the naughty reference from Sarantha. “Never knew you had it in you, Sarantha.” Aishani chuckled in that magnificent purr, while tugging on the shirt with a playful nudge to the female. “Oh trust me, I can never get enough of that sword.” She lifted the corset while working the tethers together in order to secure the article, turning to offer such to Sarantha to finish. “Thank you for the forewarning on various weaknesses I will be taking on and it is dually noted.” Aishani stood while facing Sarantha. “Again, thank you for creating an awareness and tending to my wounds. How are the others doing? I know Hades had been pretty banged up.”

“Hades has taken a turn, it would seem he has internal injuries, Aerian refuses to see me, and has been sealed away with her girl since your return” Sarantha sighed softly “I am not averse to a woman and her needs, but she should not be so distracted”

Sarantha looked to Aishani with a soft smile “Hades has a young girl taking care, and for the moment he is listening, but he is hurt and his pride will get him killed”

Aishani sighed while casting a glance to Kane, then to Sarantha. “We will have to separate the two long enough for you to do an examination on Aerian. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee anything due to the fact that I am unsure that what she needs has to do that physical. Z’ress is expert at manipulation, I am sure that will take time and since the death of her lover, this is something she does need. We will talk to her. As far as Hades, I am glad someone is looking after him, since he is so bullheaded.” She placed her lips upon Sarantha’s cheek and then stood, patting her shoulder and turning to Kane. “On the other hand, he has made reference to bruising. Otherwise he appears to be well, but, if you need an examination upon him, I suggest to do so now.”

“His lack of direct vampiric abilities are a hindrance, but he will heal it just takes longer, his assistant has given me her word that should he need my attention she will send for me despite his complaints. As for Aerian, emotions of a teen girl who has suffered greatly, and while her attention is away she can begin to heal, but she is perhaps more unstable now than ever, I would like to examine her at the least know she is alright no girl should need to endure what she has” Sarantha walked with them to the door.

“Of course, as I said we will do our best. I believe, that I can talk Aerian into coming to see you.” Aishani stated while stepping through the open door and awaiting Kane. Once the two were out and spoke farewells to Sarantha, Aishani curled her fingers within his while they walked. “She is right, Aerian needs to be seen. I believe it is time to speak to her.”