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Arrow & Zaylee

Zaylee was causing trouble again. She went and let all of Gorks cattle loose and was encouraging them to run out. Gork ran after her angrily and she began to laugh and flee the scene. She didn’t like any type of animal being trapped. Gork gave his cattle plenty of room but she didn’t care. She felt all animals should roam free so she frequently let loose all of Elvin kinds animals when she had the chance. Today Arrow had been waiting for her. She had been targeting Gorks animals the most after she witnessed him beating a horse when he was angry and frustrated. Arrow himself didn’t have a problem with what Zaylee was doing but the king had asked him to get Zaylee under control or bring her to the castle to be put in the dungeon for awhile.

King Drake thought a week in prison would make her stop. Arrow didn’t want that to happen but he could only let her go so many more times. He had already confronted her twice and each time she only repeated what she was doing. Arrow normally didn’t care what happened to others aside from the king, Aideen, Ealasaid & Breena but for whatever reason he cared what happened to Zaylee. When Zaylee was about to pass him Arrow moved in front of her so she slammed into his chest. He wrapped his arms around her “again?” She laughed “you are like a brick wall. You didn’t even move backward when i slammed into you. It’s sort of sexy” Zaylee said with a wink. It very nearly drew a blush out of him.

Gork caught up “you better be taking that bitch to jail.”

“Do not use such language in front of a woman” he said, now only holding her by her arm. “She’s no woman. She a disgusting pest!”

“I’m dealing with her. Go get your sons and gather your cattle”

“This better not happen again” Gork threatened. He always threatened her but the way he said it this time actually gave Zaylee a chill. When Gork was gone Arrow looked at her “why do you keep on doing this?”

“would you like to be caged when you could be free. Imagine some giant taking you now and keeping you as a pet. He’s one of the worst. Atleast most folk treat their animals nice. He beats them”

“I understand, he hasn’t beaten them again since you reported the horse incident to me. He paid his fine”

“He didn’t stop. He still beats them” Her voice a mixture of anger and sadness. He hated when her voice got sad and sighed “I’ll tell the king he hasn’t stopped but you need to stop aswell. What you are doing is against the laws”

“Nobody should be allowed to keep animals who don’t wish to be kept. They have feelings and wants. If they were children they would have been free of him on the first report but no, nobody cares about animals. He can beat them as he pleases” Arrow wanted to hug her but knew it would be inappropriate. It made him sigh again “you sure sigh alot” Zaylee pointed out.

“If you weren’t so frustrating I wouldn’t sigh. Please stop this and I will talk to the king on this matter, you know he is a fair man.”

“Oh yes because he had done such a good job stopping this man so far.”

“Do not speak ill of him Zaylee. He is like a brother to me, I am seen as uncle and godfather to his daughter. He is a good man, not some hard hearted monster.”

She jerked her arm free. “Geez you sound like you’re in love with him.”

“Don’t be so ridiculous just because you’re angry. I am trying to be reasonable and help you, but when you say such things it frustrates me and makes me want to throw you in a cell and gag you.”

Zaylee started laughing, grabbing her stomach and wiping at the tears in her eyes. “Look at us arguing like an old married couple.” She laughed harder and he rolled his eyes.

“Just stay out of trouble Zaylee.” Arow walked away, leaving her standing there laughing. He didn’t like when she took risks. Gork was not the type to let go of things and move on. He would hurt her if he caught her. It would break his heart if anything happened to her, especially after his wife. He couldn’t lose another woman he cared about. He would try to resolve this matter as quickly as possible so she would be safe.

Zaylee took off into the woods, glancing over her shoulder at the man who was constantly sparing her punishment. She knew he could easily overpower her and drag her to a cell, but he had not. She felt kind of bad for laughing at him when he was obviously worried, but she could take care of herself. She had to stop Gork from beating his animals to death, but would go about it as carefully as possible.

As Gork gathered his cattle with his sons they grumbled and complained about the bitch who kept doing this. The boys only had stuff they’d rather do so they weren’t honestly seething like their father was. Gork hated Zaylee to her very core and he wasn’t going to put up with her shit for another moment. It took them hours together their cattle and even then two were nowhere to be seen. They all then went inside to drink some sweet ice tea to cool themselves. When Gorks cup was downed he filled a second then spoke. “We’re not doing this shit any longer. I’m tired of that bitch. If the king wont take care of her we are.”

‘what do you mean?” his middle son asked. “If a one of you sees her anywhere near this property you man handle her over to wherever I am and then we’ll all make sure she learns a lesson. Maybe we’ll never let her go. Downstairs is sound proofed as you are well aware of. We can keep her there and make her sorry she tried to defend our stupid animals.” Gork scoffed ‘Like animals have fucking feelings” The eldest son thought Zaylee was sexy so was all for it. The middle son didn’t seem bothered nor excited about this prospect while the youngest wasn’t so sure about this but wouldn’t dare talk back to his father. They all knew downstairs was sound proof in the worst way.

He also wouldn’t tell anybody of what was happening since he didn’t want to go missing like his mother. The boys didn’t have proof their dad finally killed her but they were all certain he did. They finished off what tea they had left then Gork demanded his oldest son make more. He obeyed instantly while his father went upstairs to rest after the labor of collecting their animals.

Arrow took a deep breath before knocking on Drake’s study door. “Come in.” He said and Arrow pushed the door open. “Arrow, you have a very conflicted look on your face. Did something happen?”

“Zaylee happened again sir.” He answered.

Drake chuckled. “She must have given you the run around again.”

“There was no running, just a lot of reprimanding that she didn’t take seriously. She released Gork’s cattle again. He was pissed as usual and this time his threat seemed real, like he would truly hurt her if she came back.”

“Take a seat old friend.” Arrow flopped down in the chair across from him. “Talk to me.”

“This is frustrating Drake, very frustrating. I know I should bring her in, but I can’t because she’s right. She’s doing this to help the animals. I believe in what is right more than I believe in upholding the law.”

“Come now, that’s not the only reason you’re frustrated. You love her don’t you?”

“Is it wrong?”

“Arrow, there is nothing wrong with falling in love, it’s a great thing, it really is. Are you feeling guilty because of your wife?”

“I’m just unsure and scared. I hate to admit it, but it’s true. I want to resolve this issue so she won’t be harmed. That’s why I’m here. Is there anything you can do?”

“I could pass a new law, but it’s going to take a couple of days to get it written up and put in the book and then have word spread about it.”

“Please do and thank you. Especially for being patient with me when you asked me to arrest her and I didn’t”

“You’re my friend Arrow and it isn’t like she’s some maniac. I too feel for his animals. I should have made this law sooner” Arrow got up “I’ll let you get busy”

“Will you do something for me though Arrow?”

“Anything, you know that”

“You’ve been alone for so many years. It’s ok to be in love again. I’m sure your wife would even be happy for you if she knew somhow you had finally moved on. You were a good husband to your wife and if you let yourself you could be a good husband to Zaylee somday. She seems like just the girl that you could spend a happy life with. I’ve looked into her since I could tell you were in love. She’s a nice woman. She gets a little too gung ho when she believes in a cause or is against it but she’s a good girl” Arrow smiled “it took you saying I loved her for me to realize it’s love I feel for her and it’s my love that makes me worry. I just want her safe and happy. I intensely fear Gork will hurt her”

“if he does he’ll have to answer to both of us”

“That he will” Arrow said back in a serious voice. “Have a good day my friend. I’ll get to work” Zaylee laid on her living room floor. She couldn’t get her mind off Arrow. She hated she gave him so much trouble but loved getting to see him. It honestly was sexy to her no matter how hard she ran into him he was ever steady, never faltering even slightly. She wondered what a day with him would be like, what they would do and where they would go. She stopped herself, sighing sadly. To him she was just a law breaker who gave him grief time after time. There was no future there and she had to stop day dreaming.

Zaylee got up and began working on the blanket she was making for her mother. She had bought her mothers fabric fabrics in her favorite colors to make her a nice, thick blanket. Zaylee often made things for her parents because it always made them happy. She would make somthing for Arrow too if she thought she could make him happy.

Arrow paced around in the courtyard, his mind full of worry. He wondered if Zaylee was safe, if she had listened to him and was staying out of trouble. He knew she probably wasn’t, she was stubborn and did what she wanted. He wanted to find her, knew where she lived, but couldn’t bring himself to go. He didn’t want to say or do something stupid or insensitive. It had been so long since he’d given a woman a second thought that he knew he would make a fool of himself it he tried to tell her how she made him feel.

“Uncle Arrow, what are you doing?” Ealasaid’s voice broke into his thoughts and he turned to see the little six year old girl standing there looking up at him.

“Nothing sweetie. Where’s your mother?”

“Right here, sorry Arrow, she got away from me.” Aideen said and Emery was right behind her.

“It’s alright, she’s a little explorer just like her mommy.”

Emery lifted Ealasaid off the ground and looked worriedly at his friend. “Are you okay?” He asked.

“Just thinking.”

“May we know about what?” Aideen asked.

“About Zaylee, your father said I love her and to be honest I believe he’s right, but I don’t know what to say or do.”

“Uncle Arrow, mommy and daddy say love you all the time. Just say love you.” Emery and Aideen laughed.

“You took the words right out of my mouth sweetness.” Emery said then looked back at Arrow. “Ealasaid is right, just say love you.”

“I guess if I look like an idiot shes worth it. I just worry aswell if she even thinks of me in near the same way. She’s only ever seen me when I’ve been reprimanding her.”

“what about that time she came to the castle for the Melphalie celebration. You two socialized then. It even seemed to me like she was flirting with you”

“she was making fun of my seriousness”

“I’m a woman Arrow and she was flirting with you. She was trying to be playful and get you to play back’

“really?”

“I wouldn’t lie. Now go tell her love you. Right Ealasaid?’

“Right, go tell her love you” Arrow smiled “I’ll try” He walked away and into the woods to find the path that lead to her house. He found the path lined with pink and purple flowers and paved with soft dirt. As Arrow walked he became increasingly worried. He hoped Aideen was right and she had been flirting with him. That made him feel even more foolish though. He was so out of touch with romance that he hadn’t even notice her being flirtatious. At the party he had only felt bad. He had left because her teasing had made him feel sad. He didn’t understand at the party why her not liking somthing about him would make him feel so bad but now his old friend had made it clear while his friends daughter pointed out he had misread what she was doing.

He came to the stream right before her house and paused. Butterflys seemed to have magically appeared in him as his heart rate increased. He couldn’t remember being this nervous, he had always in his life been sure of himself but now he felt like a young man with his first crush. He forced himself to move, needing to know how Zaylee felt about him and to be sure she was safe in her home. He hopped from stone to stone to cross the river then walked up to her door. Zaylee was just about to check on her sugar cookies when she heard someone knock. She guessed it was the neighbor girl needing some ingredient for her mother or just to visit as she somtimes did. Zaylee knew the cookies wouldn’t burn in the time it took to answer the door so she went straight to it.

Arrow looked at her shocked expression nervously “Hey Arrow, I swear i havent bothered that man again. if he says i did he’s lieing”

‘That’s not why I’m here. Could I come in and spend some time with you?”

“Like company time? Like friends?”

“we’re friends right?” He asked hopefully. Zaylee smiled ‘we are. Please come in. I was actually just making cookies to snack on while I worked on my mothers blanket. Sit down on the couch while I pull the sugar cookies out of the oven.” He walked in and sat down while she disappeared into her kitchen. Zaylee was practically soaring at the idea Arrow thought of them as friends. It was indescribable the happiness she felt knowing she wasn’t a nuisance to him. Zaylee divided the cookies between two small plates then poured them each some lemonade. The only thing she had seen him drink that she had was lemonade. She took his drink and plate out first and handed it to him with a smile that only sent his heart beating faster “I need to grab mine now. I hope you like them. Please go ahead and eat one”

He looked at the cookie for a moment. “Did you put drugs in these?” He asked, trying to tease her.

“A whole bunch, enough to take out a horse.” She answered as she sat down next to him and gave him her electrifying smile.

“I’m sure it will take more than that to knock me out.”

“You always have such a serious look on your face. Good thing I know you’re playing.”

He ate and drank while she made a blanket for her mother. He kept glancing at her from the corner of his eye, watching as she would stom and take a bite of a cookie or a small sip of lemonade. He opened his mouth to say something then closed it, nervously rubbing his neck. “Something on your mind?” She asked, not looking away from her work.

“Plenty, I am the king’s guard after all so I’m always thinking.”

“You have the biggest job of all, you’re the big cheese. Well the big cheese under the big cheese. Anyway, you’re not thinking of work, you’re thinking of something else. You look less flustered when you’re mind is on work.”

“You’ve been paying that much attention huh?”

“I like to know what makes you tick, what irritates you and makes you smile. Is that a crime?”

“Not that I know of.” She smiled and he swallowed nervously. “There is something I have to say and I was kind of ordered to by my goddaughter.”

“Aideen?”

“No, Ealasaid. She told me I should tell you how I feel about you.”

“And how do you feel?”

“I love you.” She jabbed herself with the needle and yelped. “I’m sorry, are you okay?”

“yeah, it’s just a needle prick. Did I hear you right? You love me?”

“Substantially, it’s why I’ve tried so hard to keep you out of trouble and that man away from you.”

“To think just before you came I was daydreaming about you then reprimanding myself for it since i figured I was nothing more than a vexation for you. I love you too. I think about you all the time and am happy for every chance i get to be with you, even if it’s when you’re upset with me”

“I don’t think you’re wrong for what you do. He’s a cruel man which is why i get so worried. He means his threats Zaylee. He’ll hurt you and I couldn’t bare for him to hurt you. The king is writing up a new law. He wont be able to hit his animals any longer and they’ll be taken away.”

“really?”

“Yes, I told you the king is a good, level headed man. I talked to him today for you” Zaylee did somthing she had been wanting to for so long. She cupped his cheeks then pulled Arrow in for a kiss. They both gave a soft moan at the same time. Both their faces flushed but Zaylee held Arrow in the kiss. When she parted their lips she said ‘I’m glad you listen to your goddaughter”

“me too. I think about you daily aswell Zaylee. You’re my first thought in the mornings and my last at night” Zaylee gave him the biggest, brightest most heart tingling smile he had ever seen her make “Have you met my parents before?”

“I’ve seen them but have never spoken to them”

“I’m trying to finish this blanket to give to my mother tomorrow. Would you like to visit her with me? I’m way past due to see her since I skipped the last time i was supposed to go. If i miss two visits she’ll worry since I’ve never missed two before.”

“I’d really like that. When should I meet you tomorrow?” Zaylee smiled, she had intended him to stay the night with her. She went along with how he percieved her invitation and said “they live closer to the castle than my house and I normally make sure i arrive at eleven so i can help my mother with lunch. I’ll meet you at the castle a little before eleven”

“I wont keep you waiting”

“don’t worry, I can definitely wait for a tall, dark and handsome man like yourself”

He brushed his knuckles over her cheek. “You are the most beautiful thing I have ever seen and I love you. Try not to get into any trouble before tomorrow.”

“I promise to be good.”

“I’ll hold you to it. I would hate to have to reprimand you for doing something reckless.” He kissed her, lingering for a moment in the sweetness of her lips before pulling away and heading out her door. He smiled as he walked home, feeling the hole in his heart getting smaller and smaller the more time he spent with her.

Zaylee finished the blanket then folded it up and sat it aside. She wanted tomorrow to hurry up and come so she could be with Arrow again. She went into her room and quickly undressed then fell into her soft bed with a happy sigh. It had felt amazing to finally kiss him and to hear him say he loved her. She hugged her pillow, grinning like a lovestruck teenager as she fell asleep. The next morning she woke still smiling. She quickly bathed then dressed and brushed her hair before grabbing the blanket and heading out her door. the sound of mooing caught her attention and she stopped walking. She listened, her heart skipping a beat when she realized the animal was in distress. She took off towards the sound, hoping the animal wasn’t horribly injured. She came upon a cow bleeding from one of its legs.

“You poor thing. Just stay calm.” She said as she ran her hand over its back. “I’ll go get help.” She turned around and froze when she saw Gork standing there with his oldest son. She heard footsteps behind her and she looked behind her as his other two sons came out of the trees, the youngest didn’t look like he wanted to be there.

“I knew letting that cattle wail would draw you near. I didn’t want to have to wait to teach you a fucking lesson.”

“You hurt this cow on purpose just to lure me!?” She asked, more disgusted with this man than ever. “Bring her boys” Gork commanded, not caring to answer her. Zaylee darted away, hoping she was faster than them. They had left a small opening she could get through. Sadly the boys being taller and having longer legs caught up to her. The oldest doing his best to manage her and walk her towards their home. Zaylee wasn’t going without a fight. Sh screamed at the top of her lungs even though it hurt. She flailed and kicked them as the other boys tried to help. “she’s justa fucking woman” Gork said, frustarted with his boys.

“She’s strong” The youngest groaned. He had barely spoken his words when Zaylee got a leg free and kicked the middle son “she’s rabid!” He yelled painfully. Gork walked over and launched his fist hard into her stomach, effectively knocking the wind out of her so she couldn’t scream. He then pounded her in the face as the boys held her until she was no longer consious “that’s how you handle a woman. Lets take her home”

Arrow waited excitedly for Zaylee. he felt honored she already wanted him to meet and get to know her parents. He hoped that was saying somthing to the depth of her affection for him. He decided next he would introduce Zaylee to the king, Aideen, Emery and Ealasaid. Arrow waited and waited until he realized it was starting to get past when she said she would come to him. He worried she may have found trouble on the way here.

He decided to walk to her house and see if she was there. When he got there he knocked on her door and frowned when he received no answer. “Zaylee?” He said as he pushed her door open and stepped. He searched her house which didn’t take long, getting more and more worried. He stepped back outside and started walking then he heard the sound of what he guessed was a cow in pain. He took off at a sprint, guessing she had heard the sounds and went to investigate. He broke through the trees, his eyes widening when he saw the wounded cow and next to it the blanket Zaylee had been working on. He picked it up, his grip tightening on the soft material. Gork had taken her.

Zaylee woke with a splitting headache. She was tied down to a table and she was being stripped. Her anger helped clear her head and she started screaming and bucking, hoping to get loose from the leather restraints. “Scream all you want bitch, no one’s going to hear you.” Gork said as he watched his two oldest sons undressing her. He had sent his youngest to make them something to drink.

“I’m going to kill you, you sick bastard.” She screamed and the oldest boy slapped her. She spit in his face and he hit her again. “Go ahead, I’ll just keep spitting asshole.”

“She’s going to be a tough one dad. I think we should keep her, teach her a lesson to last an eternity.”

Gork walked over, licking his lips at the sight of her nude form. “I think you’re right son, she can be our play thing. We’ll reform you into a proper woman, nice and submissive, only good for one thing and one thing only.”

“Can we touch her dad?” His oldest asked.

“Of course you can, it’s not like she can stop you. Do whatever you want, she’s nothing but a toy now.”

Zaylee thrashed, hoping it wasn’t in vain and she’d find inner strength to set herself free. It was a long shot fantasy but all she had was hope. They just smiled and chuckled at her. The youngest son was just standing upstairs. He knew if he went down his father would make him stay and he didn’t want to watch. He was glad he couldn’t hear what was going on with the door closed. He even debated defying his father and running for help. His dad might beat him to death but was living with monsters worth being alive. He was still stuck at home a few more years unless he just ran away. That still might piss of his father and he still may be found and killed for his defiance. Arrow ran at a determined pace. He refused to lose her, refused to fail the woman he loved again.

This time that rotten animal abuser had set up a trap for her so there was no telling what he had planned. If he could keep himself from killing Gork he would be sure Gork never saw the light of day again aside from what would shine into his prison cell. Arrow was still carrying Zaylees mothers blanket. His grip had become locked on it with his rage and he planned on getting it cleaned for her anyway once this was all over.

The youngest son eyed the knives in their holder, contemplating grabbing the largest one and stabbing his siblings and father. The world would be nicer without them. It was almost the second he thought this that he felt even worse. He was planning murder. Now he didn’t even know if he was any better than the monsters downstairs. He hated himself for thinking of killing them.

He ran from the house, tears running down his face as he screamed for help. He didn’t know if anyone was nearby, but he had to try for Zaylee’s sake. Gork heard his youngest song calling for help and became enraged. “Go get your brother and bring him here.” He ordered his middle son who obediently ran from the house and followed his brother’s screams. “Their mother did what she was told either so I had to get rid of her. The stupid bitch didn’t even have time to scream. I could feel our bond break, it was exhilarating to be free of her.”

“You pig, no that would be an insult to the animal. You’re nothing but a sick monster.” She snapped even as the oldest boy fondled and licked her. He got to close her face and she headbutted him in the nose. It didn’t break it, but it did bloody it. She spat at him and he grabbed her by her throat as he wiped his face.

“You stupid whore, I’ll show you.”

Arrow heard screaming as he drew near Gork’s house. He moved faster, Gork’s youngest son slamming into him as he fled through the woods. “Arrow, they have, you have to stop them before she ends up like mom.” He wailed.

“It’s okay Kindi, I’ll save her, I promise.” Gork’s middle son stepped out of the trees and Arrow shoved Kindi behind him along with the blanket. “You don’t want to do this, don’t be your father’s dog. Kindi said he killed your mother. You must have been old enough to remember.”

“I was going to take Kindi and run when I found him. My father and brother hurt us if we disobey, I didn’t even care for Zaylee, but I had no choice.”

“Run with your brother to the castle. I wont force you to fight your own father with me and I can handle them anyway.”

“You sure”

“I’m sure. Run, I need to go help Zaylee” The two boys ran off without further prompting. They worried about what to say to the king when they arrived. They hoped King Drake wouldn’t be angry at them for their fathers and older brothers crimes. They heard he was nice and fair so they clung to what they were told as they ran. Zaylee was glad she had pissed them off enough to beat her instead of having to deal with their groping and disgusting mouths all over her. She barely felt the pain she was so pissed off and grateful she wasn’t being raped. Zaylee kept screaming and fighting, knowing it was in vain but she couldn’t just lay there and take it.

Above her noise and theirs she didn’t hear the door open or the near rabid Arrow come down the stairs. Zaylee only became aware of him when he attacked Gork. The oldest son wore a look of complete surprise which shifted into rage they were interrupted. The boy went around to help his father fight off this brute who dared interrupt them. Zaylee suddenly felt embarrassed at what she must look like. She was proud of her body normally but right now she was bloody and they had concentrated most the beating on her face so she was sure it wasn’t an appealing sight atall.

Arrow wasn’t sure if it was his anger mixed with adrenaline or if Gork along with his oldest son were truly that weak. Arrow had beaten the lights out of them easily compared to other fights he had been in. Now that they lay out cold Arrow began releasing Zaylee. He did his best not to look at her body out of respect for Zaylee as he moved from restraint to restraint. He looked at her clothes and saw they had bene ripped off. Arrow wished he had kept the blanket so she wouldn’t have to remain exposed after whatever they had done to her. He lifted Zaylee off the table and into his arms where she buried her head in his shoulder then said “thank you”

“You promised you would stay out of trouble.”

“I’ll make it up to you.”

He locked Gork and his son in their basement then took Zaylee away from that horrible place. He was still furious, but also relieved that she was alive. “Lets get you to my daughter Breena, she’s a healer.” He said as he carried her through the woods. She could tell he was furious and she hoped none of it was directed at her. When they made it to the cottage his daughter lived in he kicked the door and she quickly opened it.

“Oh daddy, what happened? Bring her in.” She said and moved out of the way.

“Gork happened, he and his son beat her.” Arrow sat her down on the table Breena used for sick people.

Breena frowned and went to get some of her herbs to make a tea for the pain she knew Zaylee must be in. Zaylee shivered after being carried through the woods with no clothes on and Arrow quickly pulled his shirt off and slipped it over her head. She stuck her arms in the holes and smiled up at him. “Thank you so much.”

“I should have met you at your house, better yet I should have stayed the night.”

“This isn’t your fault. I walked right into their little trap like an idiot.”

“I’m just glad you’re okay.” He hugged her tightly to him and kissed the top of her head.

“What about those bastards that attacked me?”

“If you promise to stay here with Breena until my return then I will go to the castle and have a few guards go and get them. The two younger boys won’t be charged though, I’ll make sure of that. They’re also victims and I won’t let them rot in a cell.”

“You are such a good man, that’s why I love you so much. Afterwards, could you maybe help me find my blanket?”

He pulled back and smiled. “Kindi has it at the castle, I’ll get it from him. Now promise to stay here.”

“I promise.”

Arrow kissed Zaylee then hugged his daughter. “‘lll take care of her daddy” Breena said giving her father a smile. “Thank you” Arrow said then ran out of the house to return to the castle. When Breena had somthing for the pain ready she gave it to Zaylee. “This will help you feel better”

“Thank you so much”

“So you’re Zaylee then huh?”

“Yeah, how’d you know”

“My father has talked about you on a few occasions.”

“I wish we were meeting under better circumstances”

“Me too, my father’s really fond of you. I bet this was really stressful for him”

“He told me he loved me just yesterday” Zaylee said, hoping it wouldn’t be somthing that upset Arrows daughter. “I’m so glad. Even though he’s only told me of the trouble you have caused i could see plainly that he had fallen in love with you. He’s been alone for far too long, unhealthily long. He needs to love again. You love him too right?” Breena sounded hopeful with her question. “Yes, very much. I’m glad that’s something you’re happy for.”

“My mothers been dead for many many years. He’s mourned, I’ve mourned and it’s time for him to be with someone. Mom wouldn’t have ever wanted him to stay alone like this”

“Mourned?”

“My mother once went to the human world to tend to their sick. I got my healing powers from her. They called her a witch then a bunch of men raped her then beat my mother to death. My father didn’t get there in time to save her. It’s why this was probably so stressful for him. He ran the risk of losing the woman he loved again to the same thing. ”

“I’m so sorry about your mother”

“I miss her but my mourning is long since done. I’m happy and ever since my dad met you he’s been happy. I know he seems serious all the time but you’ve really brought the happiness back to him. Let me heal your face and what bruises are on your body” Breena gently took Zaylees face in her hands and soon every bruise was gone. “there, feel better?”

“Yes, thank you so much”

“Thank you for making my dad happy. I look forward to getting to know you.”

“Me too”

Arrow made his way quickly to the castle and ordered a group of guards to go to Gork’s house and take him and his son into custody. He found Kindi and his brother Emeril sitting in the courtyard with Emery, Aideen, and Ealasaid. The little girl was jabbering away at Kindi who still clung tightly to the blanket Zaylee had made. They all looked up when he crossed over to them and Kindi quickly stood and held out the blanket. “I cleaned it for you.” He said, eyes on his feet.

Arrow took it gently from his hands. “Thank you Kindi. Have you two spoken to the king yet?”

“I did sir.” Emeril said. “I told him everything that had happened. He said we were welcome to stay here. I told him yes, but on the condition that I got to join the guard and Kindi got to learn how to read.”

“I think you would do well in the guard, I’ll even train you myself.” He then turned to Kindi. “I bet if you asked really nice Ealasaid and Aideen would teach you how to read and maybe you could learn about architecture from Emery. He has a home in the human world he built at it’s pretty amazing.”

“Really?” Kindi turned to Emery, Aideen, and Ealasaid. “Would you teach me?”

“Of course sweetie, we’d love to.” Aideen said with a big smile.

“As for you Emeril, we’ll start training next week. I want you and your brother to get settled first.”

“Alright, thank you sir.”

Arrow left them and went to Drake’s study. He knocked on his door and heard him say come in. He pushed the door open and Drake smiled at him. “Is Zaylee okay?”

“Yes, she’s with Breena.” He sat down across form Drake and took a deep breath. “I thought I was going to lose her Drake, I really did. I was terrified. It was like that night all over again.” He actually felt himself choking up a little. “I would die without Zaylee, I really would.”

“All that matters is that she’s safe. So the law will go into effect tomorrow and then I will have some of the guards deliver the message.”

“Thank you so much. Now we just have to make sure Gork and his bastard son are both kept in prison for a long time. Kindi told me Gork killed his wife. I can’t believe someone would murder the one they had tied themselves to. It’s sick.”

“Go back to Zaylee and try to forget this day. You saved her life and the lives of two severely abused children. Let it end there and spend time with your woman.”

“alright, thank you for everything”

“It’s my job to protect my people and what else would any true friend do” Arrow walked out respectfully then ran the rest of the way back to his daughters house. When he arrived Arrow walked right in, finding both the girls that meant most to him sitting on the couch talking. Zaylee was now dressed in his daughters clothes and they had bowls of ice cream. Zaylee got up and he handed her the blanket “it’s so clean”

“Kindi washed it” Zaylee set the blanket down then hugged Arrow. Arrow held her tightly, still needing to feel she was alive and well. “well she’s fine now dad if you two want to go ahead to her parents so they wont be worried. She told me what your plans were” Arrow let Zaylee go to hug his daughter again “thank you, I can’t thank you enough. We need to all get together. When can we come over?”

“anytime is good. You know I’m mostly home or near home. If I’m gone you also know everywhere I frequent so just find me when you want to have a day together”

“alright, I love you”

“Love you. I like your girlfriend too.” Arrow smiled then moved so Zaylee could hug Breena bye. Breena walked them to the door then took the rest of Zaylees ice cream to finish with hers. Arrow swept Zaylee off her feet and she kissed his cheek “Now this is traveling” She said through her beautiful grin “I need you close” Arrow answered. Zaylee rested her head on Arrows shoulder before saying “I guess my parents have to like you now. Who can dislike a man who saved their daughters life?”

“I’m sure we’ll get along just fine.” She just smiled and relaxed into him even more. When they made it to her parent’s house her mother flung the door open and came worriedly running toward them. Arrow put Zaylee down and she hugged her mother.

“You’re late and with the guard captain, did something happen?”

“I’m fine, I just ran into a little trouble. Arrow helped me.” She handed her mother the blanket. “I made this for you.”

“Thank you sweetie, but then why was he carrying you?”

Zaylee grabbed Arrow’s hand. “Because he’s my boyfriend now.”

Her mother smiled. “That’s great.” She grabbed Zaylee’s other hand. “Lets tell your father. He’ll be happy you have someone to keep you out of trouble.”

A smile tugged at Arrow’s lips when Zaylee rolled her eyes. He squeezed her hand and she smiled warmly up at him. They were taken inside where her father was busy making sugar cookies. “Zaylee it’s about time child. Your mother was frantic.”

“I was not.”

“Pacing back and forth seems pretty frantic to me.”

Zaylee giggled and once again Arrow fought off the smile tugging at his lips. “well anyway, this is Zaylees boyfriend. We finally have someone to look after her”

“I don’t need looking after” Zaylee interjected. Her father laughed “oh, says the girl who only just recently got herself tangled in a tree” Zaylee blushed and Arrow asked ‘tangled in a tree?”

“who knows, she just says long story when you ask her about it. I was going to see if she wanted to go hiking with me and i find her in a tree by her house tangled up in rope. It looked as if the more she struggled the more tangled she became. Once I could stop laughing I helped her.”

“I would have gotten out on my own”

“sure you would have honey” Arrow let out the start of a laugh picturing her fighting with rope, hanging up in a tree. He quickly sucked it in as Zaylee gave him a loving but serious glare. They all sat to eat their cookies after Gaelira put her new blanket away. Arrow found himself slowly relaxing in the company of his girlfriend and her parents. He saw why Zaylee was so adventurous and carefree. Her parents seemed to be the same way. They stayed until well after dinner then all exchanged hugs “you bring him back with you” Gaelira said and Zaylee replied ‘i will mom” Once they were outside Arrow asked ‘would it be too much if I carried you home?”

“My home?”

“Yes”

“That would be incredibly sweet of you” Arrow quickly took Zaylee in his arms and gave her a soft, long kiss. When they parted lips Zaylee asked ‘you’re staying the night this time right?”

‘I’m staying as long as you will let me”

“Forever then, forever sounds really good to me” Arrow smiled and started walking, his heart filling with that tingling feeling she always inspired. When they were nearly home Arrow asked “so how’d you get stuck in the tree”

“Long story”

“well we have forever dont we?” Arrow said with a grin and zaylee laughed “Not long enough” Arrow laughed then let it go. He took her to her bedroom and set her down. “I guess I should have brought clothes to change into tomorrow”

“You’re fine, who needs clothes anyway”

“Well when the captain of the guard is captaining it tends to go smoother when he has clothes on.”

She punched his chest then pulled him into a kiss. “You ass, stop being so serious.”

“I thought I was being sarcastic. I must be really rusty.” He tangled his fingers in her hair and pressed his lips hungrily, but a little nervously into hers. They pulled at each others clothes, moaning as they ran their hands over each other. She wrapped her arms around his neck and pulled him down onto the bed with her, her legs going around his waist. He pulled back and stared into her beautiful eyes as he pushed slowly into her tight folds. Her eyes widened and she let out a loud whimpery moan, her fingers gripping his back as he filled her.

“You feel so good.” He whispered in her ear as he moved slowly in and out of her depths. He loved watching her eyes fill with pleasure and feeling her insides quivering around him made him moan. Tears filled her eyes and spilled over at the intensity of the pleasure she was feeling. Her back arched off the bed and he quickened the pace so they came together. He pressed soft kisses onto her face, his lips moving over the tears running into her hair. “You okay baby?” He asked as he pulled her to the top of the bed and got under the covers with her.

“Yes, just happy. I’ve never been so happy or felt so whole.”

“I promise to make you feel this happy every day then.”

Zaylee smiled and kissed him again “I know you will. I’m so happy to finally be with you and not just daydreaming about it.” Arrow caressed her face “after work tomorrow I’ll bring my things over so I can always just come home to you. Tomorrow though i would like you to come with me so you can get to know Aideen, Emery, Drake and Ealasaid.”

“sounds fun, when do we need to get up?”

“Don’t worry about it. I’ll wake you. I have an internal timer for it since I’ve been Captain of the guard so long” Zaylee sighed contentedly. “You sure you don’t want to live in the castle still?”

“Here would be more homey with just the two of us around. If you want to live in the castle we can.”

“No, I’d prefer here. Just making sure you’re really happy here” Arrow looked into Zaylees eyes and said ‘anywhere you are I’m happy” Arrow gave Zaylee a heartfelt kiss then they slowly drifted to sleep in their bliss to finally be with one another.

~ The End ~

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