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Chua & Kristin

Chapter One

The scent of demon caught Chua’s attention as he walked through the woods and he froze, turning slowly, his nose flaring as he worked to pinpoint this new smell. There was someone here, a stranger and she was walking toward Adali and Faigi’s home. He wondered what her intent was and worried it might be malicious. He shifted, his wings carrying him up into the air and his eyes looked down, his nose searching. He would not let another demon near his loved ones, he had promised to watch over them. He spotted her and moved ahead of her then dropped down, shifting as she came closer to him. She looked surprised at first and he had a feeling she had not caught his scent.

“Hello, uh who are you?” She asked. He cocked his head to the side and she seemed to get he was asking the same question. “I’m Kristin Aponte, I’m doing a bit of traveling, I was told there was a place here I might be able to stay.” He shook his head and Kristin looked at him in confusion. “I was told there was a demoness out here that…” She watched as he reached into his pocket and pulled out a small notebook and a pencil.

“I can’t let you do that, you could be dangerous.” He wrote and showed her.

“I’m not, I’m an Aponte, we would never hurt anyone.”

“I don’t know what that is.” He wrote and let her read it then, “I am their son’s godfather, I can’t just let you walk in there.”

Kristin let out a sigh, but she understood. There were plenty of bad demons out there. “What can I do to get you to trust me?”

“I have to verify it with Adali and Faigi, if they know your family name then I’ll let you inside, if you’re lying, I might eat you.””I’m being honest so I have no fear of being eaten. Go talk to them, I’ll wait right here so you don’t have to worry about me trying anything” He nodded then shifted again to fly to them. Kristin was glad Faigi and her mate had someone who obviously cared a tremendous amount watching over them. He was willing to challenge a demon just for being near where they lived. He didn’t know the powerful line she was from but he was willing to take the gamble for their sake. Now she found herself excited to get to know him aswell. She realized he knew her name but he hadn’t written out his. She hoped when he came back he’d tell her.

Kristin decided to sit down. Her legs weren’t in a lot of pain but they were tired from all the walking she had been doing. Now that she wasn’t so set on getting somewhere she took in the beauty around her. Faigi and her mate lived in such a gorgeous area and she couldn’t wait to see all their favorite spots. Chua flew to Faigis home quickly, shifting when he landed then knocking on the door. It was Adali who answered “come in” she welcomed and he entered, looking around for Faigi.

“Faigi! It’s Chua!” she yelled for him and Faigi was there mere moments later hugging him “welcome! What brings you here?” He took out his paper and pencil again. A demoness wants to see you two. She told me she was a good demon and came from the Aponte line like that meant anything. Does that mean anything to either of you?”

“The Apontes are amazing. Thank you for checking but I know an Aponte can’t mean any harm. Where is she? Take us to her”

“I’m being honest so I have no fear of being eaten. Go talk to them, I’ll wait right here so you don’t have to worry about me trying anything” He nodded then shifted again to fly to them. Kristin was glad Faigi and her mate had someone who obviously cared a tremendous amount watching over them. He was willing to challenge a demon just for being near where they lived. He didn’t know the powerful line she was from but he was willing to take the gamble for their sake. Now she found herself excited to get to know him aswell. She realized he knew her name but he hadn’t written out his. She hoped when he came back he’d tell her.

Kristin decided to sit down. Her legs weren’t in a lot of pain but they were tired from all the walking she had been doing. Now that she wasn’t so set on getting somewhere she took in the beauty around her. Faigi and her mate lived in such a gorgeous area and she couldn’t wait to see all their favorite spots. Chua flew to Faigis home quickly, shifting when he landed then knocking on the door. It was Adali who answered “come in” she welcomed and he entered, looking around for Faigi.

“Faigi! It’s Chua!” she yelled for him and Faigi was there mere moments later hugging him “welcome! What brings you here?” He took out his paper and pencil again. A demoness wants to see you two. She told me she was a good demon and came from the Aponte line like that meant anything. Does that mean anything to either of you?”

“The Apontes are amazing. Thank you for checking but I know an Aponte can’t mean any harm. Where is she? Take us to her”

Kristin had never been on a dragons back before. Excitement rushed through her at the new experience as she looked at the world below them. When Chua landed she slid off with Faigi and Adali, the later inviting her to meet their son and his best friend Bryn who were nearby. Chua followed, feeling much more at ease but still wanting to make sure Kristin wouldn’t hurt his family. She seemed sweet but he had lived long enough to know you can’t always trust first impressions. Kristin guessed their son and his friend were teenagers andd was happy to get to know them aswell. “What type of demon are you Bryn?”

“venomous, I can summon a large and in my opinion cool looking snake too”

“May I see?” Kristin asked, her curiosity peaking. “sure” Bryn called her serpent which caused Kristin to gasp “wow, he is cool.” she could see the serpent was in protective mode so Kristin asked before touching him “can I touch him?”

“Oh yeah” she said to Kristin then said “be good” to the snake.

Chua watched as the snake pushed its head into Kristin’s hand and then slid up her arm and over her shoulders. She must have felt his eyes on her because she turned that radiant smile on him and his heart jumped. “Do I look cool or what?” He felt his cheeks tint red and he quickly nodded. “Not as cool as you though, I wish I could change into a dragon.”

He pulled out his notebook and wrote. “I’m not that cool.”

“That’s not true, maybe you could take me up again. You’re the first dragon I’ve ever ridden.”

He nodded and Faigi laughed as she nudged him. “You could show her around.”

“I’d love that, I bet you know all kinds of cool places.” She let the snake go back to Bryn. “Is that okay with you or do you think I’m still dangerous?” She teased.

“Sorry.” He wrote. “I just don’t want them getting hurt again.”

“It’s alright, I really do think it’s sweet. You can’t be too careful in a world like ours. My family has certainly been through quite a bit.” He hated hearing that and was tempted to write I’m sorry again but he didn’t want to become annoying with his apologies. From what he could tell she was an incredibly happy woman despite anything the Aponte’s may have gone through. He wrote instead “Would you like to go now or rest some and I’ll take you out after breakfast tomorrow?”

“I’d hate to be rude and I have traveled a long way so we’ll hangout with these wonderful people for what remains of today then you can show me around tomorrow” He nodded, feeling both nervous and happy. Now that he was relaxing more he was noticing just how pretty this demon woman was. She had incredibly soft look brown hair that fell just beyond her shoulders and golden eyes that he was starting to struggle not to stare into. Her skin was flawless and her lips had the perfect shape. He had himself blushing again so he tried to think of other things.

“So what do you do?” She asked Valac as they started walking.

“I can control people. My gift allows me to give orders to people and they have to follow them not matter what, unless they’re immune. It can be dangerous so I only use it when I need to.”

“That’s an amazing gift.”

“Thank you.”

Kristin yawned even though she hadn’t meant to and Faigi nudged Chua again. “Chua why don’t you get her set up in one of the empty rooms while Adali and I get dinner started.”

“I can help you if you give me a moment.” Kristin said.

“You’re our guest, just relax.”

“Alright, as long as you’re sure.”

“We are, go on and Chua, be nice.”

Chua nodded and he gestured for her to follow him once they were inside. “This place is beautiful.” Kristin said as she looked around. “Do you live here?”

He nodded then took his paper out and wrote, “Adali and Faigi offered me a place here and let me help raise Valac.”

“That’s really sweet, no wonder you’re so protective” He just looked at her a long moment, deciding to give this woman his full trust. Between himself, Adali and Faigi they would have noticed if something was off and obviously Aponte had good history attached to it so he decided to just relax and enjoy this utterly beautiful creature that had come their way. Chua made sure Kristin knew where everything was and gave her a small tour. Their place wasn’t overly big but he wanted to make sure she felt comfortable. Kristin wound up laying down until dinner so Faigi pounced on the opportunity to tease Chua “she’s pretty huh?”

Chua blushed and Faigi laughed. “Stop.” He wrote.

“Oh come on, I saw the way you were looking at her. Admit it.”

He sighed. “Fine, she’s beautiful.”

Faigi grinned. “Oh so not just pretty, but beautiful and look, now you’ve written it down.”

Chua looked down at the paper and then back at her, his face shocked. “You did that on purpose.”

“I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

He gave her a look of exasperation. “Now I’ll have to start a fresh page.”

“Good thing we bought you all those notebooks, you have all the fresh pages in the world.”

He still felt awkward with it being written down. He didn’t know how she would be able to get a hold of his notebook but he didn’t want Kristin to see. She was beautiful, seemingly smart, kind and obviously from a good family. He didn’t know what she would want with a damaged man like him. He didn’t get down about not being able to speak but deep down, it sometimes made Chua feel less than. It’s why he typically didn’t attempt to form romantic relationships. He always felt the woman would prefer a man who could actually speak to her, one that she wouldn’t have to wait for him to write to know what he wanted to say. Chua went ahead and turned to the next page so he could be sure Kristin wouldn’t see what he wrote then helped Adali with what she was doing.

Chapter Two

When dinner was ready, Faigi sent Chua up to get Kristin. His heart raced in his chest as he made his way to her room. He had never been this nervous about anyone before and he hesitated at her door. After taking a brief moment to calm himself, he raised his hand and knocked on her door. He tuned his ears into her, hearing only her soft breathing and steady heartbeat. He knocked again and this time he heard her wake, his heart stuttering at the shift of blankets and her soft footsteps coming closer. He couldn’t help but find her slightly disheveled appearance adorable. “Oh, hello.” She said, giving him a warm smile. “What’s up?”

He wrote. “Dinner time.”

“Thank you for waking me.” He gave her a smile as he pointed at her hair. “What?” He pointed at his hair then at hers. “Oh, is it a mess?” He nodded.

“If you have a brush and ponytail holder I can braid it for you.” He wrote quickly.

“You don’t have to.” He started to put pencil to paper when she grabbed his hand, sending a warm tingle up his arm. “But if you really want to you can.” He nodded and she smiled, hearing how excitedly his heart was beating. He had been so confident when he had stopped her, but now it seemed he was a shy mess.

Pulling the same hand she grabbed moments before Kristin lead Chua into her room where she handed him a hairbrush and ponytail holder. She could still hear his heartbeat and thought it was sweet such a big, tough looking dragons confidence had been shaken a little. It made her wonder if he was attracted to her. Dating had never really been on Kristins mind but she had also never encountered a guy this protective, loving and handsome that wasn’t related to her or taken by another family member. Her thoughts on how sweet he was only increased as he braided her hair. He was so gentle and obviously worried about tugging it even just a small amount.

When he finished she turned and smiled at him. “Look good?” He nodded, taking her in. She was really far too beautiful a person for someone like him. “Good, come on.” Her hand slid into his and he felt that warmth again, starting at his fingertips and moving through the rest of him. She had gone from half asleep to utter perfection in moments and all it had taken was braiding her hair. Everyone smiled when they came down hand in hand and he felt suddenly very nervous. He didn’t want them to get the wrong idea. He suddenly had a dilemma, keeping holding her hand and make them think something else had happened in her room or pull away and hurt her feelings. “Sit next to me, Chua.” She, her tone light and sweet. He nodded and she let go of his hand so he could take his seat.

“So, Kristin,” Faigi said as she sat down and everyone started filling their plates, “do you have a mate or anything?”

“Nope, I’ve been too busy doing other things and no one has quite captured my attention.”

“That’s a bit surprising, from Faigi says about the Aponte’s you would think someone would have tried. It’s like an honor to be with one of you right, you’re like the lords of the demon world.” Adali replied.

Kristin giggled. “Well my daddy is, he’ll deny it, but he’s the one demon that bad demons fear the most. Second is uncle Aurel. Some guys have tried, but I brushed them off because they didn’t feel right. I want someone who isn’t afraid to step into the family and who will see me as an equal like all the men in my family do. Someone caring and kind and adventurous.”

Faigi wasn’t sure if she should have gone for tactful but Chua was a really nice man and she wanted to make sure Kristin didn’t miss what a good mate he could be. ‘sounds a lot like Chua” Chua went into a deep, full bodied blush which made him glad his clothes covered most of his body. Because of that all Kristin could really see was that his face was red. If he could speak he might have said something to her but he was too embarrassed to get his paper and pencil out. Kristin giggled “He does seem wonderful, how ready he was to fight me if I had ill will towards you three made me see that from the start”

Chua needed a distraction and quickly stuck some food in his mouth, pulling his eyes away from her and down to his plate. She rested her hand on top of his, giving it a gentle squeeze and he couldn’t help but find her beautiful golden eyes with his own blue ones. She gave him another smile and his own lips pulled up in response, making her look happy. “So, may I ask how you got that scar?” He was relieved she was changing the subject and he sat his notebook on the table, being careful not to show her the page where he had called her beautiful.

“I was attacked by bandits when I was sixteen, they slit my throat so I couldn’t scream.”

Her eyes widened in shock. “I’m so sorry, I shouldn’t have asked.”

He gave her a happy smile. “It doesn’t bother me so don’t worry. Everyone I meet is curious, I don’t mind.”

“You’re very strong, not everyone could have survived that.”

“That’s because he’s a bad ass.” Valac said.

“Valac, language.” Adali said.

“Sorry, but it’s true.”

Kristin laughed, the sound music to Chua’s ears. “I’ll have to agree and he’s incredibly brave.”

For the first time in his life he felt a small pang of pain at the fact he couldn’t speak. Kristin was so beautiful, she had this warm glow about her that he wanted to stay near and bask in but he was damaged and she, she was flawless in his eyes. He didn’t miss a beat as they all spoke, managing to avoid anybody noticing that brief sadness. That was much easier said than done when you were surrounded by demons but Chua was a skilled dragon. He saw Kristin to her room that night, worried she might need something but even when he asked she said she was fine and that she was excited about him showing her around in the morning.

Hearing and seeing in her face how truly excited she was Chua stayed up late thinking of the perfect places to take her. He wanted them to be close so he wouldn’t be so obviously trying to make her happy but he wanted the day to be perfect more so he’d risk showing that feelings for her were growing inside him if it would make her smile. He made sure he got a little sleep that night then woke in the morning eager to get breakfast over with so they could head out. He was up first so he took it upon himself to cook.

Kristin exited her room and the smell of something delicious hit her nose and made her stomach growl. She followed that wonderful scent, passing by Adali and Faigi’s room just as they were coming out and giving them a warm smile. If they weren’t cooking then she knew it had to be Chua. He blushed when he saw her and gestured for her to sit. “Wow, this looks fantastic.”

He took out his notebook. “I wanted to get out as soon as possible.”

She smiled and his heart did a little flip. “Then let’s eat, I’m excited.”

He sat down next to her, glancing at her as she took her first bite and was relieved when she praised him. He was also glad that no one else said anything to embarrass him, but just smiled at him and thanked him for cooking. Once they had finished eating, he started to clean up their dishes, but Faigi waved him off. “Go have fun, we can clean, you cooked.” He mouthed the words thank you and she winked at him, causing him to glance at Kristin, his entire body warming.

“come on” she said happily so he followed her outside. The fresh air started filling her lungs and she couldn’t help but take a deep, excited breath. It was a little warm out but Kristin knew if Chua flew with her the wind would make it perfect. “so where are we going? Walking or flying?” His heart danced as he looked at her radiant face, actually glowing with anticipation for a day out with him. He began to write “I thought for the sake of getting to know eachother I’d show you where I lived when I first met Adali”

“Okay, lets go” he shifted, happy when she climbed up on his back with absolute confidence. He took off easy since she wasn’t used to riding a dragon. She hadn’t had any issues the other day but he couldn’t help but worry a little. The flight was longer than it needed to be because he took her the prettiest route possible so she could enjoy a nice view along the way. When they descended he startled her when he began shifting before he even fully landed but she soon felt foolish for being afraid atall when he expertly caught her with a charming grin. He was glad that went as well as he had hoped.

He lowered her to her feet once they were inside and he took her hand, guiding her past the entryway and further back. He let her go and held up his hands to tell her to wait. He went and retrieved some dry wood from the back and brought it back and stacked it then blew fire on it. “Wow.” She said. “I’ve never seen anyone do that before.” He blushed, rubbing the back of his neck. He then pointed at the ceiling and she looked up, gasping at the firelight dancing across the crystals embedded in the stone. “Oh wow, I mean really, wow.” She smiled at him and he felt warmth blossom in his chest. He let her admire the beauty around her then gently took her hand and pulled her to another part of the cave where the hot spring bubbled. “This place is amazing, thank you for bringing me.”

He took out his notebook. “I can bring you here whenever you wish. This was my home before I met Adali and Faigi. Valac was born here.”

“Awe.” She could see how fond he was of his godson. “You’re so sweet, Chua.” She looked around. “So where did you sleep?” He pointed to another opening and gestured for her to follow. He still had a bed here and sometimes stayed here if he was going to be out for awhile. He walked over to a small chest and lifted the lid.

“If you want something out of here, you can have it.” He quickly wrote. “I don’t need it.”

Chapter Three

She gasped when she saw the beautiful treasures he had. Everyone knew dragons hoarded amazing things and she was surprised he was so willing to give her something “You’re sure?” she had to ask “please, it would make me happy if you took something. Consider it an apology for doubting you, even if it was out of concern for my family” She smiled at him “thank you” she looked through, pulling out a necklace she thought was gorgeous. She traveled a lot so she chose a necklace because it would be easy to keep up with and she could wear it every day to show him how much she appreciated it. He was writing again so she looked over at him, just in time for him to show her “It suits you perfectly Kristin”

“well I’m honored you were willing to give me something”

“Dragons only give things to people they like.” He looked at his words and decided to add. “Faigi, Adali, and Valac have bracelets made from my scales. They can call me anytime they need me.” He showed her and she smiled.

“I take it that’s really special.”

“A dragon’s scales are his most prized possession. Bracelets made from them are highly valued and tell others how important someone is to you.”

Her smile widened. “That’s really sweet.” She moved closer and pressed a kiss to his cheek, making a surprised look spread across his face. He knew that even if he could speak, he would never have found the words to say anything. She giggled, taking his hand. “Come on, I want to see more.”

Chua let her pull him out of the room, not worrying about the fire. There was nothing flammable close to it and it would go out. He shifted once they were standing outside and once she was secure, he took off. The soft press of her lips against his skin played in his head and he felt himself warm. The next place he took her was a little grove ringed by trees. Soft green grass came up to meet her as she slid from his back. Bright pink flowers dotted the area with their color and butterflies fluttered lazily by. “I like to sleep here on warm summer nights, the stars are really beautiful.” He wrote.

“I would love to do that.”

“You can’t come out here alone.”

She laughed. “Silly, I’d want you here.”

He blushed, truly not thinking for a second she was talking about coming here with him again one night. He had just been filled with worry about her, not wanting her to sleep in the open when something could come harm her. His writing was a bit sloppy as he replied “I would happily return here one night with you”

“could we just stay here today and do that tonight? We could just talk to pass them time. I mean, unless your family would worry over you” He couldn’t help but stare at her a moment, this woman just kept taking him by surprise. He was still nervous as he wrote but he regained enough composure the letters were neat once more. He didn’t want to continue to let his nerves make the writing sloppy because he didn’t want her to misunderstand anything he wanted to communicate. “They wont worry, I don’t always come home and they seem to trust you implicitly. If you’d truly like to spend the rest of our day here that is fine with me”

They spent the rest of the day exploring the grove, Chua guiding her into the woods when she got hungry to some berry bushes. They sat together, eating them, her telling him a few stories about her family until they were full. When dinner time came around, he built a fire pit then went and hunted. He was nervous to leave her alone, but she simply told him not to worry, that she wouldn’t wander off. Being alone in the woods, searching for prey, gave him some time to think about how she made him feel. She had barely been there a day and he was already wrapped around her finger. He had never felt so captivated by someone. He had had relationships, but his inability to speak often put a damper on things. Kristin obviously didn’t mind, she read him so easily anyway, and seemed like she enjoyed reading what he had to say. He felt so drawn to her. He let out a little sigh and went back to the task at hand, finding the scent of rabbit and quickly running it down, wanting to get back to her and make sure she was safe.

Kristin smiled to welcome him back when she saw Chua returning to her. “Rabbit, I can’t wait. Should I help?” Chua shook his head and began preparing it for them. “You’re amazing Chua, you really are. Thank you for today” she noticed his cheeks tint, feeling happy she could do that so easily. She found herself finally being drawn to a man in a romantic way and she wasn’t the type to keep that inside. She would however wait for a better moment to say something. She felt a good moment came that night. They were done eating and just laying there under the stars together. “Chua” she said softly, sitting up. Her golden eyes finding his. He almost sat up but those gorgeous eyes had him so captivated he could only lay there, gazing up into them.

“chua…I” she thought there probably wasn’t any better way to express what she was feeling than kissing him so she bent down, pressing her lips into his. She listened to his heart, tuning into everything about him so she’d know if this was okay. She could tell he liked it and it made her smile, breaking the kiss. She sat back up and he looked so dumb founded she couldn’t keep herself from laughing “sorry, you’re just so adorable” she said happily.

When he finally regained enough of his composure, he grabbed his notebook and just asked. “Why?”

“Are you serious?” He nodded. “Because you’re sweet, gentle, and brave and even though you can’t speak, you still show how loving you are.” He tapped his throat and she smiled, leaning down to brush a kiss over the scar. His nervous swallowing had her laughing again. “You should be proud of it, it shows how strong you are.”

He felt a knot forming in his throat and he put his notebook to the side, pulling her into him and finding her lips with his. When he could make himself pull back, he mouthed the words, “I love you.”

“Really?” She asked and he nodded. “Does that mean you want me as your mate?” He nodded again, his eyes pleading.

He would give anything to be with her and he let her go, sitting up, taking his notebook and writing. “Will you please be my mate?” He was shaking when he turned it around so she could read it, his fingers gripping tightly to the pages because he was afraid of dropping it.

She leaned in and gave a gentle kiss. “Of course I will.”

Chua pulled her into his arms, needing to hold her. He wanted to say so much but he wanted to hold her more and not having a voice forced him to choose. He felt she probably knew all the sweet sentiments on his heart which gave him comfort as he enjoyed the feel of holding Kristin. She had him let her go so she could get comfortable then settled into a better position as they laid down and drifted to sleep. Morning rose but they didn’t rise with it until nearly eleven. They had been so comfortable in one anothers arms their bodies went into a deep sleep, leaving them feeling amazing when they did wake. He grabbed his pencil and paper “could we return to my family and let them know we’re together?”

“sure”

He was so excited he jumped up and shifted then lifted her into his hands and shot upwards into the sky. She let out a joyous laugh and he couldn’t help but inwardly smile at how beautiful the sound was. He landed harder than he meant too, causing the ground to shake beneath him and he quickly shifted to his human form, his finger sliding through hers. Adali, Faigi, and Valac were halfway to the front door when Chua pushed it open and stepped inside. He felt a blush creep up his neck when they all looked at him worriedly and he fumbled for his notebook, wanting to apologize for being rude.

“Sorry,” Kristin said, “he got a little excited and may not have landed as softly as he wanted.”

“Oh, thank goodness, he shook the whole house.” Adali said with a little laugh.

Chua looked extremely apologetic. “It’s okay, Chua, you look like you’re about to explode, what’s on your mind?” Faigi asked.

He quickly started writing, his hands shaking a little. “Kristin has agree to be my mate.” He handed the notebook to Faigi and both Adali and Valac looked at it, all three of them suddenly grinning.

“That’s wonderful, congratulations.” Adali said as she hugged him.

“We’re so happy for you.” Faigi said as she returned his notebook.

“It’s really about time you found someone.” Valac added.

Chua wrote. “Says the young man who hasn’t told Bryn how he feels.” Valac blushed and Chua tussled his hair. “You’ll get there.” He wrote.

“speaking of which I’m going to go see her, see you all later” Valac left and his mothers giggled. When Valac was gone Adali said “so are you going to move back out now that you have a mate? I’m sure you two will want your own space and it’s not very far away though she is welcome here if you want to stay” Chua looked at Kristin who said “we don’t have to decide just yet” Chua kissed her head, feeling a rush just from that small contact. They spent the rest of their day with Adali and Faigi then that night they returned to Chua’s cave to be alone. They laid intertwined that night just enjoying eachother warmth. Neither had a plan for their future but deciding that really didn’t matter to them. All that mattered was always being at eachothers side.

~ The End

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