Dakarai & Nani 2

Chapter One

Hafsah and Chione had been gone a few days now, leaving the responsibilities of the orphanage in the hands on Dakarai, Nani, Colt and Curtis who had become an adult a few years ago but asked to stay to help around the house. With their orphanage only getting bigger due to knowledge of it spreading they could use the help so they happily decided to let Curtis just spend his life there. He now had his own room and had so far proven himself to be a big help. It also helped having an extra adult during times like this. The reason they were gone was they were helping some of their children who had become adults find their place in the world.

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Akmon & Eirene

Chapter One

Akmon stood there staring at the naked woman laying unconscious in the snow, surprised that she was even there. He inhaled, taking in her scent and finding rabbit. He shifted to his human form, white fur melting away as he reached out to roll her over. His eyes were immediately drawn to the wound at her shoulder. It looked like she had taken an arrow and in her escape it had dislodged itself. He sighed as he lifted her, holding her limp form close as he made his way back through the snow to his cave. She was ice cold and pale, her breathing barely there, but at least she was still alive. He put her down on his bed of furs and covered her then went to retrieve something to clean and bandage the wound with. Once finished that, he got a fire going, building it up so it would quickly warm the cave. She shivered, a small groan pushing past her lips then she fell silent again. He shift back to his wolf form and pushed beneath the blankets, curling up close to her. If he wanted her to survive long enough to give him answers then he was going to have to get her body temperature up.

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Ariane & Jairo

Chapter One

Jairo had once again gotten to the point he missed his Ariane far too much to stay away a second longer. He was on his way to her, hoping she’d be happy to see him. She normally was at first but it never took him long to start getting on her nerves. He vowed to himself this time was going to be different. His son, the one most like him had changed so much for a human girl named Theia and it made Jairo see that he could change too. He needed Ariane, more than she could ever understand and he was going to try his hardest to be a man she wanted to keep around. When he arrived at her home he knocked, hoping just that would say something to her. Normally he rudely barged in like it was his home too.

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Luthais & Saskia 2

Chapter One

“I thought I’d find you out here?” Saskia said and Luthais looked down from the branch he had been dozing in, his heart skipping a beat at her bright smile.

He jumped down and dusted himself off. “What are you doing out here alone?”

“I’m not alone, I’m with you.”

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Leevo & Brynlyn

Chapter One

Leevo had about enough of this nightmare or whatever the hell this was. Everything felt weird as he looked for his fiance. He couldn’t quite pinpoint what he was feeling, simply everything felt wrong. Even his own body felt wrong, different. He finally saw someone he knew, his best friend “Hey!” his friend looked at him confused “hey” he spoke it as though it was a question rather than a greeting “where is Brynlyn” Now his best friend was looking at him like he was crazy but that wasn’t his concern right now. Brynlyn hadn’t been answering his texts and when he called her the number was invalid. He had gone everywhere she liked to go and not a sign of her “where is she?” he prompted again

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Lorena & Alonzo

Chapter One

It was so strange being back home, being able to look out the window of the castle all the way out to the sea. It had seemed like a lifetime ago, but now things were in her brother’s hands and he had fixed the damage caused by their father and Chad, even Gwin and Vesuvio had returned to visit and the kingdom had come to trust them. She knew she should feel at peace, but a part of her was restless and she didn’t know why. “My princess looks troubled.” Lorena started at the voice, a blush tinting her cheeks as she turned to face Alonzo.

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Maksym & Poppi

Chapter One

Maksym was almost to his brothers mansion so he decided just to relax a bit. It was time to check on him again and make sure he wasn’t doing anything he shouldn’t to anybody or to the land around him but he was tired and he wasn’t quite sure he was mentally ready yet to deal with whatever crap Lakopa was doing now. Lakopa was older by about twenty years and just like him, he looked a lot like their mother. However, he was more like their father in attitude. Maksym knew his parents never had much more than a sexual relationship but still, he wasn’t sure how his dad even ever got his mother in bed with him. He didn’t think on this too long, instead he just enjoyed how beautiful it was in this area.

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Tir & Lao

~ Breanna Vincent contributed to this story

Chapter One

Tir stood on the bridge, chin propped in his elbow as he watched the water moving below. He had managed to ditch his escorts, but he was sure they would be catching up with him soon. He was amazed they still hadn’t caught onto his tricks. “Prince Tir.” He blinked, raising straight up at his name being called. “It is you, good, I’m glad.” He hadn’t even heard the man walk up to him. Dark eyes full of amusement stared back at him, a smile on the taller man’s face. “You had your men worried.”
“Who are you?” He moved back a few feet and let his hand fall to his sword.
“Now, now, none of that. I’m not here to hurt you.” He bowed. “I am Lao Thrace, your father hired me to watch over you.”
“You weren’t with the others.”
“That was the point. If you had seen me, you would have tried to avoid me.” He stood up straight. “We really should be getting you back. Your father brought you along for a good reason.”
“I can learn more out here than I can visiting foreign dignitaries. Listening to my father and the others is boring, the streets livelier.” He released his sword and turned to leave. “I’ll return to the castle when I am done here.”
“Your father was right, you are quite stubborn.”
Tir was surprised to find Lao standing in front of him. “How did you…”
“If you wish to wander around then I have no choice but to accompany you since I am not allowed to lay my hands on you and take you back by force. After you my prince.”
Tir wasn’t sure about this man but he believed what he was saying. Hiring someone to simply follow undetected sounded like his father. He wished the man would loosen the reigns a little more but he didn’t resent his father for it. In fact this time, he had made the day a little more interesting. ‘alright then” Tir walked forward, Lao moving out the way then walking by his side. “How did my father come to hire you?” Tir asked, curious about this man that had somehow stayed close without detection. “I have a good reputation and have long since been retired from my previous occupation so he sought me out and asked if I would do this. He told me a lot about you and your tendencies to sneak off. To be honest it sounded like fun rather than work and I haven’t been disappointed”
“Should I ask about your previous work?”
“Assassination.”
“Truly?”
“Yes, I was very good at it, but after awhile I decided it was time for a change. After my last job I retired.”
“So my father found you by name?”
Lao nodded. “People like your father know about men like me, especially those who have made a name for themselves.”
“That’s fascinating, I’ve never met an assassin, that I know of at least.” He crossed his arms. “The way you move is amazing. You’re so quiet, like a cat.”
“I was trained well. So, where are we going?”
“I don’t really know, I just wanted to get to know the people. My father likes me to stay close because of who I am.” He deepened his voice. “If a prince should be spotted alone someone may take advantage of the situation. You are my only son, please stay with your escorts.” He found Lao watching him in amusement and blushed, clearing his throat. “Anyway, it’s hard to walk among the people when you have two armed guards with you.”
“And you think I’m not armed?”
Tir looked him over. “Are you? I don’t see any weapons.”
“That’s the point my prince.” He leaned in closer and Tir felt the sharp point of a blade touching his throat. “You see? No one knows until they feel the cool metal.” He slipped the blade back in the sheath at his wrist, showing it to Tir.
“Wow.”
“so I can stay close and intimidate a people a lot less unless they know who I am but few would recognize my face. When I work and meet people I normally wear a mask. It’s good practice, it keeps people you care about safe and makes a man like me more able to live a peacful life when I’m not working”
“smart too, my dad was careful in who he picked”
“He loves you very much”
“I know, it can be annoying as hell sometimes but I know he’s the way he is because he loves me” Tir wanted to change the subject so he asked “so your mask, how did you pick it?”
“it was a gift from my mentor”
“May I see it?”
“It’s back in my room, I’ll show you when we go back. For now just enjoy yourself.”
Tir took a winding path through the city, stopping at market stalls and going into shops to look around. He wound up buying a few books and stopped at a bakery to get him and Lao something to eat. “This place is truly amazing, thank you for not making me go back.” He said as they made their way to the castle.
“I told you, I’m not allowed to use force.”
Tir chuckled. “But what if I’m in danger and I refuse to run or what if I were to run into a fight to defend someone? You wouldn’t use force to pull me away?”
“I would simply remove the danger to you.”
“You’re incredibly confident in your abilities.”
“An assassin without confidence is a dead man, prince. I don’t fear death or pain. Assassins are taught from a young age that darkness is our friend, it becomes a part of us that we must tap

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Asta & Sigge 2

Chapter One

Asta giggled happily as she jumped, skipped and spun around outside. The jubilance of being a woman again hadn’t drained out of her in the slightest. Sigge just sat in the grass admiring her, loving the positive energy she always engulfed them in. Asta walked over to him “sorry baby”

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Jain & Saadet

Chapter One

Jain clutched his stomach around the arrow protruding from his lower abdomen as he trudged through the snow, his sword held in his right hand. He wasn’t sure how long he had been walking; an hour? two? He had left his dead horse back there after it had been brought down by archers. The ambush had been brutal. He had watched his brothers slaughtered, their blood splattering across his face and armor as he fought to help them. He had barely escaped and even now he wasn’t sure he was going to make it. He panted, his skin dotted with sweat that the cold air turned to pinpricks of ice. The toe of his boot caught a rock hidden beneath the snow and he had to brace himself on his sword to keep from falling all the way down. He crouched their on one knee, struggling to push himself back up.

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