Marius & Aeron 4

Chapter One

Marius jerked against the restraints around his wrists and ankles, but no matter how hard he pulled he couldn’t get free. He was gagged so was unable to speak, could only stare angrily at the man across from him. “I told you I would be back boy.” His uncle grinned at him. “I told you that you and that little mate would pay.” Marius growled, his eyes going completely black. “Frustrated that you were caught or that you can’t read me?” His uncle chuckled as he got up, wincing in pain as he moved closer and leaned down. “I’ll let you see just this once.” Images flashed in Marius’s head as his uncle opened his mind. A syringe, drugs injected into his veins, fantasies of Aeron bleeding and broken of him tormented at murdering his beloved. Marius growled again and his uncle reached into his pocket and pulled out a syringe. “I’ve refined it you know, it’s more potent in liquid form it seems. Not like that powder your mate inhaled.” He grabbed Marius’s arm and stuck the needle in even as he fought. “I wonder what you’ll do to him little Marius.” He pushed down on the plunger. “I can’t wait to find out.”

Aeron was pacing in the portal room as he waited for Marius. What was taking so long? He was always so punctual, but today he was late. He jumped a little when the portal opened, his mouth opening to reprimand Marius, but he paused when his mate stumbled and fell. “Marius?” He reached for him and Marius slapped his hand away.

“Don’t…don’t touch me. Get away!” He growled. He gripped his head, letting out sounds of pain. “Go, now!”

“Marius, what happened?” He jumped back when Marius looked at him, swallowing fearfully at the look in his eyes. Rage. Lust. Absolute domination. He recognized those emotions. Marius started toward him and he quickly backed up. “Marius, don’t, please.” Marius reached for him, his fingers stopping a breath from him.

“No, stay away.” He stepped back, a portal opening behind him and he was gone.

Aeron just stood there, shocked and scared, trying to gather his thoughts. He had to help him, he had to go to him, but he needed to alert Genya. He was finally able to turn and run upstairs, yelling for Genya, nearly slipping as he took a corner and slammed into someone. He almost fell down, but managed to stay on his feet. He was surprised by the stranger, his eyes sweeping over him to rest briefly on the antlers a top his head. It took him a moment to realize there was a woman with him. “You are Aeron, correct?”

“Who the hell’s asking?” He was ready to fight.

“I am Jase and this is my mate Humble. We have come to help.”

“How could you possibly help? How do you even know what’s going on?”

“My husband Jase can see the future. Constantly different parts of the world flashes through his mind unless he tunes it out. Though big events, events like what will happen if we don’t help you come even if he’s trying to tune them out. There are no words to truly state how powerful your mate is, what he could do when his mind is over run by evil and selfishness. He needs to be stopped and I promise we’re here to do that without hurting him. We know he’s not in control, let us help. You need us Aeron, you, Marius and the world he just went to to keep himself from harming you.”

“Then tell me what to do because I need to go to him.”

“If you go rushing in headlong, he could rape and kill you.”

“I’m not afraid, never of him, no matter what he might do. He won’t hurt me, he’d never hurt me. So, what should I do?” He wanted to run past them, to alert Genya, grab supplies and go.

“He has been given a modified version of a drug.”

“The powder.”

“But injectable. In order to save him, you must slow him with a sedative and…” Jase paused, not quite knowing how to word the next part.

“And what?” Aeron prompted.

“Give yourself to him.” Humble finished. “I know it sounds frightening, but with the sedative in him, he’ll be calm enough.”

Aeron blushed, but squared his shoulders. “Where do I get it?”

“We’re going to make it.” Jase answered. “We’ll need Genya’s help as well, it’s a lot of work.”

“Alright…he’s still Marius…I can do this.”

“You are the only one who can. His love for you will help tremendously. He loved you enough to get himself away.”

“Genya, lets talk to Genya so we can get to him before he harms too many people.” They hurried to Genya’s room and explained the entire situation and what they needed to do. Genya looked a little scared. “We need to hurry then don’t we? I’ll do whatever you need, please, what do I do.”

“Come with us.”

All Aeron could do was follow the instructions of Humble and her husband. He didn’t trust them, even with Genya’s assurance. Why would he? However, he was willing to do anything for Marius. His mate had given him so much, a home, safety, and most of all a life. He had healed him and helped him see he was more than his trauma. He was terrified for Marius and having intimate knowledge of the lust and rage he was feeling only made it worse. “It’s going to be alright.” Jase said.

“It has to be. I can’t lose him.” Aeron replied.

“I promise you are going to save him. Just remember that no matter what happens, as long as you get the sedative into him, you will succeed.”

“How close do I have to be?”

“Close enough to use a syringe.”

Aeron nodded. That meant he might get hurt a little, but Marius’s lack of control would give him an advantage. “Who did this to him?”

“His uncle.”

“I want to say I’m surprised, but he did the same thing to me.”

“Except this new injectable form of the drug is far more potent.” Humble replied.

“I’d imagine it would have to be for Marius.”

“Yes, he’s a formidable man but thankfully he has you. If you weren’t in his life…well…I don’t even want to talk about what would have happened. You are the only way of making sure he doesn’t come to do something he’ll always regret.” Aeron couldn’t do anything else for now, not yet. It was only Genya following instructions but apparently it had to be that way. It may have been more odd dealing with people like this, that seemed to know all but he had been with Marius a long time now so it definitely wasn’t as odd as it would be for most to meet this couple. He envied Genya, his seeming calm, his concentration on the task at hand. Genya was always like that, concentrated, but then again he spent a lot of his time sculpting and that seemed to take amazing concentration that Aeron wasn’t sure he could ever have.

“You should gather everything you’ll need.” Humble said.

“When will I be able to leave?”

She gently took his shoulders and turned him, walking him out of the room and into the hall. “Soon, I promise, but you need to pack clothes and food for both of you. He’s going to be upset, more than upset, mostly with himself.”

“It wasn’t his fault.”

“I know, but he’s a powerful male demon. They tend to be incredibly sure of themselves, even the good ones like Marius. It’s your turn to take care of him.”

“I never thought I’d see a day that our roles would be reversed.” Aeron swallowed. “I just want him to be okay.”

They entered his and Marius’s room and he didn’t even bother asking how she knew which one belonged to them. “You have a way to recall the portal I assume?”

“Yeah, my necklace. Marius made it for me so I could travel between worlds. Even though we have the stones, the necklace is connected to all of them so it’s kind of like when you hit redial on a phone.”

“He’s a smart man, making sure his mate always has a way to him.”

“He’ll be okay though right?”

“Yes, when you agreed to cooperate you made sure he was going to be okay. A good outcome is in store for you two. Just be brave Aeron, he loves you tremendously and will have the control he needs once you sink that syringe in.” Aeron nodded, wishing again he could have the faith in this woman and her mate that they had in him and Genya. He wondered if they knew his reservations, it seemed like they probably would. As he thought he packed what Humble asked him to, them still being his best bet. When they returned to Genya and Jase, Genya said, “It’s ready.” As he handed a syringe with a cap on it to Aeron.

“And you’re sure this will work?”

“Yes, I promise.” Jase said.

“Maybe I should go with him.” Genya said.

“You can’t.”

“But he’s my brother.”

“Not in that state. He would only see you as another male demon and will kill you trying to get to Aeron. He must go alone. This is the only outcome that has a happy ending, so please stay here.”

Genya nodded. “Alright.” He then turned to Aeron. “Both of you come back.”

“We will, I promise.” He clutched the syringe in his hand, shouldered his pack and they all went down to the portal room. Aeron reached his other hand up and grabbed his necklace. He nodded at Genya, Humble, and Jase and then opened the portal and quickly stepped through it.

“What do we do now?” Genya asked and Humble answered, “We wait, your part is done Genya.” Jase then added, “Perhaps we could teach you a few more things while we’re here.”

“You’re staying until they get back?”

“Yes”

“Why?”

“To be honest, you’ll get overly worried, and desire to go after them. You need us to stay.”

“Oh…well….thank you for everything.”

Aeron walked quickly, almost running as he looked for Marius. He wanted to take off in a sprint, but worried about using too much energy now than he needed to, after all, Marius may just come to him once he sensed him here. He had no doubt he was in the right place, there was evidence all around his mate was here and had no control over himself.

“Marius!” He yelled as loudly as he could, hoping to attract his attention. He knew where the closest town was from the portal, but he was sure Marius hadn’t traveled that far. He was fast, but the drug he had been given would leave him confused and disoriented. “Marius!” He followed the trail of destruction, surprised when he found some blood. He knew he must have cut himself in his anger. He hoped it wasn’t bad and had already healed.

He continued on, moving faster now and nearly stumbled when he came out into a little clearing. He could smell that Marius had been here and his heart thudded in his chest as a feeling of unease crept over him. He dropped his pack to the ground and moved the syringe to his other hand as he spun around. He couldn’t help the instinctive backpedal when he saw Marius, it was like coming face to face with a feral beast. He was growling like a dog and there were scratches covering his skin and his clothes were torn in places where they had become snagged. His eyes were solid black and he didn’t seem to recognize who he was looking at.

“Marius, hey baby.” Aeron forced his voice to stay calm even though everything in him told him to flee. “Everything’s going to be al…” Marius moved so fast, Aeron almost didn’t see him. He felt fingers wrap around his throat and planted his feet so he wouldn’t run. He drew back and drove the syringe into his mate’s side, his thumb pressing down on the plunger. Marius growled as he lifted Aeron off the ground and threw him. Aeron hit the ground and rolled as Marius ripped the syringe out.

Chapter Two

Aeron fought fear off within him again as he hoped this worked, that Genya had been given proper instruction and carried everything out just the way it was supposed to be done. He also had to hope this was really a sedative and not a twisted addition to this horrible game Marius’s uncle was playing. Those people could have been sent by him but now was the time, now he would know if that couple had really been trying to help or if it was just another dosage which would lead him to soon be ripped apart by the man he loved more than anything else in any world. If Marius did, Aeron hoped he would forgive himself one day. He couldn’t stand the thought of Marius suffering forever over something he had had no control over.

Marius came for him again as he managed to get to his feet. Marius stumbled and fell to his knees his hands coming up to clutch his head. He growled through gritted teeth, his body shaking. “Marius?” Aeron slowly moved closer, reaching out his hand to comfort his mate. Marius grabbed his wrist and pulled him down, slamming him onto his back and grabbing him by his throat. He was above him, his breathing labored as he held him pinned there. “Marius, can you hear me?” He reached up and took Marius’s face in his hands, noticing his skin was hot.

Marius groaned, the haze lessening so he was no longer deaf to the familiar voice. He blinked his eyes and was shocked to see Aeron beneath him, noticed his fingers wrapped around his throat. What had he done? His mate’s scent was intoxicating, calling to him and he forced himself away. “Get away.” He said as he got to his feet and started away.

“Marius.” Aeron got up and wrapped his arms around him, pulling him back. “Stop, it’s okay.”

“No…no please.” He tried pushing Aeron away, but he held tightly to him. He let out another groan and fell back to his knees. “I can’t, I can’t, it’s too much.”

“It’s okay.” He lifted Marius head. His mate’s eyes were still that inky black, swirling with lust and fear. He hated seeing him like this, terrified and unsure, all confidence lost. “I’m not scared.” He leaned in, pressing his lips into Marius’s.

“Aeron, you can’t.” Despite his protests, he found himself kissing Aeron back hungrily, his fingers tightly gripping his wrists as he pushed him down. “I’m sorry, Aeron, I’m sorry.”

“It’s okay, just have sex with me. Have sex with me until this is all over and you are yourself.” Aeron was grateful for how brave he sounded though Marius probably saw through it anyway. He began to hungrily take his mate, being much rougher than he was used to, but Aeron had expected that. He was all demon right now. Lust, need for dominance was over powering his normal, kind nature and he’d happily endure this to keep him controlled until he had his own control again. The occasional sorry, the pain in Marius’s voice broke Aeron’s heart as they had sex and when Marius stopped his eyes were normal again. Once more he could see those gorgeous red eyes that had always looked at him with such love.

He still seemed a bit off but the drugs had obviously mostly worn off “Marius.”

“You should not have given yourself to me…I wanted to be away from you…what if I had..” Marius couldn’t even say it.

Aeron hugged him tightly, ran his fingers soothingly over his neck and back. “Do you see what I’m thinking?”

“Yes.”

“Am I scared?”

“No, but…”

“You’re afraid I would compare you to him.”

Marius held him tightly. “Y…yes.” His voice cracked. “If you ever thought, even for a second…it would kill me.”

“Marius, look at me.” He shook his head. “Please?” He pulled back and Aeron kissed him. “Did that thought ever enter my mind at any moment?”

“No.”

“Exactly.” He kissed him again. “I came to you willingly knowing full well you would be out of control.”

“You met Humble.”

“I did, she and her mate helped me.”

“You were coming here anyway, thank goodness she stopped you. I could have killed you.”

“Even without them, I would have found a way to save you. I would have fought tooth and nail to bring you back to me and anything that would have happened, I wouldn’t have blamed you for it. I love you so much Marius.”

“I love you too. You’re in pain.”

“Just sore and a little bruised, but I’ll be alright. I never knew how wild you could be.” He let out a little chuckle, trying to lighten the mood. “Now I’m never going to be able to walk, I think you broke me.”

“Aeron.”

“I think after everything’s settled we need to spend some time alone. We can just lock ourselves away where you can make up for worrying me so bad.”

“I would love that, but now I cannot rest until I put an end to my uncle. He could do this again or somehow find something worse to do. He can’t be allowed to live…I hope you understand.”

“Of course I do, that was terrifying.” Marius stood taking Aeron into his arms and cradling him. Marius kissed his forehead before saying again, “I am so sorry…I can’t stand the thought of how rough I was with you.”

“You really should stop apologizing. I’m going to be okay, nothing resting wont heal up.” Marius didn’t know what he’d do emotionally if he couldn’t see for himself that his mate truly hadn’t thought of him for a moment like his abuser, that he didn’t fear him now and only had love and understanding in his heart for what happened today. They went home to a very relieved Genya who soon noticed the bruises on Aeron. “I’m fine.”

“But I’m not and we’re finally putting an end to my uncle.”

“We’re here to help with that as well.” Jase suddenly said.

“I appreciate the help.”

“I’m going too.” Aeron said.

“No, you’re hurt and I don’t want him near you.”

“Marius, this is the second time he’s done something to us.”

“But…”

“Let me watch your back.You know I’m capable.” He knew Marius was fighting his every protective instinct, but he needed to be there.

Marius looked like he wanted to argue, but he didn’t. “Alright.”

“You two get cleaned up and then we’ll go.” Jase said.

“I’ll stay here with Genya, we can get dinner ready and he can show me his sculptures.” Humble added.

Marius nodded and carried Aeron to their room and into their bathroom. He lowered his feet to the floor then pulled him into a tight hug. “Marius, I’m okay.”

“Why can I never protect you?”

“Marius, things happen, I’m still here, I’m safe.”

“I should be able to protect you, especially after everything you have been through. You deserve happiness and security.”

“That’s enough.” Aeron pulled back and smiled. “You know my thoughts and memories, you know I’m happy and I feel safest with you. You know everything you’ve done for me so stop beating yourself up about a couple of bad things happening.” He pressed a kiss to Marius’s lips then turned and switched on the water.

Marius rubbed Aerons back as Aeron adjusted the water, wanting him to feel loved. Marius couldn’t keep his eyes away from the bruises he had caused and was grateful when they could finally sink into the warm water. He could see Aeron relax and it eased his guilt, if even just a little. “I’m not sure there’s anything a bath wont fix.” Aeron said, smiling up at Marius as Marius held him.

Marius kissed his forehead. “I love you so much.”

“It’s obvious to me, you fought so hard.” They relaxed a short time to ease Aeron’s discomfort then let the water run out so they could get clean. Once they were cleaned off they dried, dressed then went to Jase to discuss the plan. Marius had his own ideas, but if Jase had a better plan he’d be willing to follow it. Marius knew that these two could be trusted completely. Even if they couldn’t be before, they would have his full trust now.

“How well do you know your uncle?” Jase asked as Humble brought them all warm tea.

“Not that well. My father hated him, didn’t want him influencing me. Before his attack on Aeron, the last time I saw him I was eleven. My father was furious with him, so angry he cursed at him in demon tongue. I know that he can shut me out of his mind, that he favors torture, that he’s intelligent like my father was and peddles drugs while also tormenting the poor.”

“What about any bodyguards?”

“I am sure he has demons who work for him, more muscle and manufacturers than anything. He may have a few with him, especially since he seemed in pain. He may have recently reversed the curse I put on him.”

“Curse?”

“Anytime he stepped out of line, a bone in his body would break. He threatened to do the same to Aeron before passing him on to his men so I thought it appropriate.”

“Then he is weak.” Jase nodded. “Aeron, what kind of guns can you use?”

“My pistol mostly, but if I have to, a rifle.”

“I was thinking the same thing.” Marius said. “Aeron you could pick off his men from a safe distance while we stormed the front door.”

“You want me away from the fight.” Marius frowned and looked away.

“Yes.”

“I don’t have to be a mind reader to see that.”

“It’s not just that.”

“You hate me seeing that side of you.” Marius nodded and Aeron took his hand. “You took a sniper rifle as collateral recently. I’ll use it to take out the men guarding the outside of the house, but I’m coming down to go in with you. I know you’re scared, but he attacked both of us and I want him to see that I’m alive, that we didn’t lose to him.”

Marius wanted to protest, he wanted his mate far away from his uncle, but he wouldn’t deny him. “Alright, just…stay safe, try not to take any more risk than you’re already taking.”

“I can’t promise, but I’ll be as safe as possible. I just won’t stand by and let him hurt you. If I have to help you I’m going to help.” He knew it might be hard for Marius to accept help, especially after being drugged like that, but Aeron wouldn’t promise not to jump in if he saw his mate in real trouble. Marius cupped Aeron’s cheek, looking worried, but he nodded. “Let’s get ready then unless you feel like you need anything before we go Aeron.”

“I should be more worried about you. I felt like crap after coming off those drugs.”

“I’m too angry to feel ill I suppose.”

Final Chapter

“And Marius, you must not hold back. Aeron is your mate and I am sure he isn’t afraid of that side of you.” Jase said.

“I know.”

He and Aeron headed to their room where Aeron made sure his gun was loaded and in working order before slipping it into its holster. Marius braided his hair to keep it out of the way, then he and Aeron went to the room where they kept everything they had collected and retrieved the sniper rifle. The man they had taken it from was a veteran at the young age of thirty and had been worried about providing for his family after his medical bills. Aeron would treat the gun with care and make sure to clean it when they got back. “I’m ready.” He said as he shouldered it.

“Remember what I said.”

“I promise.”

Marius took his hands and pressed their foreheads together, just feeling and seeing the love and warmth his mate offered. “I love you.”

“I love you too, now stop stalling.” His voice sounded amused and Marius frowned.

“You’re lucky I love you so much or I might find other ways to stall.” Jase was waiting patiently for them when they returned and they all headed down to the portal room. Humble and Genya saw them off and once they were on the other side, they headed for Cacus’s home.

They were silent as they walked, all completely focused on what they needed to do. Marius’s uncle wasn’t an enemy to not be focused on when you needed to deal with him, especially since they wanted to finally end him once and for all. Marius was grateful for the confidence of having Jase tagging along with them. He was sure if they were making some sort of huge mistake he’d know and alert them before it was too late. Jase and Humble did nothing but fight to preserve the beings worthy of being and since they were here, he felt they must view them as worthy of helping. He knew before a lot of other beings were in danger, but now he was calm and they were still at their side helping.

Marius lead them silently around to a hill that looked down at the front of Cacus’s house. “You should be able to see everything from here, Aeron.” Marius said softly. “Stay safe, I can’t lose you.”

“I know, I’ll be down there as quickly as possible.”

Marius kissed him then held him for just a moment before letting him go and heading back down and around to the house. Aeron got into position on the hill, quickly adjusting the scope then looking through it. He counted the guards and as soon as Marius and Jase rushed the house, he opened fire. One came running out onto the balcony above the front door and he took that one out too. He was on his feet in an instant, slinging the rifle over his back and pulling out his handgun as he ran down the hill, coming up behind Marius and Jase.

It was all going so well this far and he hoped they had as much luck inside considering what a resilient foe he had heard Marius’s uncle was. They rushed in, knowing trying to be careful meant nothing at this point, all knew they were there so they hoped speed and accuracy would be enough. The only time Aeron was taking before a shot was a brief look at their face, in hopes he’d be able to tell the difference between someone who served Marius’s uncle willingly and who was a captive being forced to work for him. He counted on the security Jase would have warned them if there was someone inside that should be spared.

Marius tracked his uncle by his scent since he couldn’t use his gift, killing any who got in his way. Images of pain and fear flashed in his mind. They were feminine and fearful. “There’s a woman upstairs.” He said as they ran up them. He followed his uncle’s scent, heading to the left. There were more flashes in his head, the images broken and distorted from what he guessed was drugs. There were also memories of Cacus and one of them seemed to be happening now. When they burst through the door, Cacus was standing behind the woman, the fingers of one hand tangled in her hair and wrenching her head back, the other pressing a sharp knife to her throat. A red line had appeared where the blade touched her.

“Well, well, well, what a fucking surprise.”

“Let her go, Cacus or are you too much of a coward to fight me?”

Cacus grinned. “I’m a realist, live to fight another day.” He moved back toward one of the windows and they moved closer. He shoved her at them and then leaped through the window.

“Watch over her, Jase you stay with Aeron.” Marius said.

“Marius, you shouldn’t go alone.” Aeron said. “Let me go too, just in case.”

“He’s right, Marius, I can handle this place. I’ll search for other survivors.”

Marius sighed, he had hoped to leave his mate behind but he had no excuse to. Aeron wanted to help and he had suffered as well, he deserved to come help if he desired it. “Alright, any who need my home are welcome. Feel free to go ahead and take them back so they no longer have to fear, we can get home on our own if you can.”

“I can.”

“Th..thank you.” She stuttered out and Marius nodded as his mate said, “I’m sorry for whatever he’s done to you. You’ll be safe in our home, I swear it.” They gave chase to Marius’s Uncle and Jase helped the woman up.

“Let me support you alright? You’ll get yourself hurt if I don’t at least do that.”

“Okay.” Her voice was still shaky and he felt deeply for her.

Marius and Aeron followed Cacus as he fled to the wooded area behind his house. He had gotten a head start, but nothing could keep him from Marius’s wrath and they were soon gaining on him. Aeron came to a stop, bringing his gun up and firing at him, happy when the bullet hit his leg and brought him down. Marius growled when his uncle got back up, reminding Aeron once again of a wild beast. Cacus turned, bringing his hand up and even from where they were, they could see he was chanting. The shadow hounds swept out of the forest and headed straight for them, their mouths opening, baring sharp teeth. Marius moved through them, his hand waving them away and releasing their spirits back into the ether.

His hand wrapped around his uncle’s throat, his weight bearing him down to the ground so the demon was pinned on his back. “Coward.” Marius growled. “No one attacks what belongs to me, no one will take him away from me.”

“Mari…” Marius squeezed Cacus’s throat, cutting off his words.

“Bastard, did you really think I would kill him? you tried to turn me into a monster like that vile creature who assaulted him.” Marius wanted to torture him, he wanted him to know the true meaning of fear, but the feel of Aeron’s hand on his shoulder brought him some semblance of control. He didn’t want him to see the things he could do to his uncle. “Never again will you plague this world or any world, not until I see fit to release you. I want the last thing you remember to be that my mate lived and you failed.” He killed him quickly and extracted his soul, unwilling to let it escape. He would hold it forever if he had too, as long as Aeron was safe.

They returned home, Marius eager to lock away this soul somewhere it couldn’t escape. Once it was contained Marius hugged his mate again and Aeron rubbed his back to comfort him as he reminded his mate that nothing had changed between them. “I love you Marius.”

Marius held Aeron a little tighter and kissed his shoulder. “I wish there was some way to protect myself from ever being injected again.”

“I doubt anybody else would be stupid enough.”

“It doesnt matter…I…”

“Shh, we’re fine, I know how much you love me Marius.” Marius held tightly to his mate until Aeron said, “We should see how many people Jase had to save and make sure they are okay too.”

“Okay, but promise we can rest together after they are settled.”

“I promise, I’m looking forward to just resting with you. Maybe we can finish the book series we’re on.” Marius kissed Aeron’s forehead then they walked to find Humble, Jase and Genya.

“How many are here?” Marius asked.

“The woman you saw and two others, I gave them rooms that were empty. The youngest male could take two paths in life, he can let what he endured change him into a monster or he could go on to help others in his lifetime. Your continued kindness will see to it he chooses the better path. The other two are nothing to worry over. There isn’t even a chance they will let their experience darken them. We felt you should know up front.”

“Alright, I plan to give them all the time here they need and make sure once they go they are set up to live a good life.”

Humble nodded. “We’re so happy this ended the best way possible. We will take our leave now.”

Just like that Humble and Jase were gone and Genya finally embraced his older brother. “I’m sorry you had to stress Genya.”

“Are you kidding? I’m sorry for what you two went through.”

“Are you alright though?”

“Yes.”

“Do you feel comfortable knowing there is a slight chance the younger male here will become bad?”

“I’m fine, I know it will all be okay. Jase and Humble would probably just come back if things were going to go bad since they felt they should help.”

“Alright, well I want to rest with Aeron, if you’re truly alright we’ll go to our room.”

“Really, I am, I’m going to go sculpt.” Marius lifted Aeron and took him to their room where they found the current book they were on and took turns reading it until they were relaxed enough to sleep. Everyone in their home slept hard that night and the following weeks went incredibly well, the youngest male and Genya actually became friends which at first concerned Marius but he could see no ill will in the mans head towards his brother so he didn’t intervene in the friendship. He simply took more time with Aeron, making sure his mate felt how treasured he truly was.

~ The End

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