Lao sat on the edge of Tirâ€™s bed, admiring the young prince as he slept. He let his fingers drift over his cheek, pushing his hair back and he leaned down to kiss him. Tir started to push him away in his half asleep state, but Lao laced their fingers together and pinned his hands next to his head. He felt Tirâ€™s skin warm and he pulled back with a grin. â€śGood morning my prince.â€ť
â€śLao, what are you doing?â€ť
â€śWaking you, I thought I was allowed.â€ť He rubbed their noses together, getting a blush of embarrassment from Tir. â€śWeâ€™re supposed to be heading out.â€ť
â€śThatâ€™s right.â€ť Tir tried setting up, but Lao kept him in place. â€śCome on, you promised you would take me with you and you already let me sleep in.â€ť
â€śI was honestly hoping you would forget all this assassinâ€™s school nonsense. I am only going as a favor to my mentor.â€ť He let his lips brush Tirâ€™s, a barely there touch that had the younger man shivering. â€śI donâ€™t like the idea of having you around all of those assassins.â€ť
â€śBut youâ€™ll protect me, wonâ€™t you?â€ť
â€śOf course, no one there could touch you.â€ť
â€śThen letâ€™s go.â€ť
â€śI should have left while you slept, but I hate the idea of being dishonest with you.â€ť He gave Tir another kiss then let him go. â€śAlright, get ready then.â€ť
Tir found himself admiring Lao as he got out of bed. He looked so elegant and put together. His shirt hung open to his waist where it was held closed by a red sash. Lao cleared his throat and Tir blushed as he hurried to get his clothes and bathe.
Lao grinned, who didnâ€™t love the adorable look on their significant others face when they became embarrassed? He hoped this trip went well. Heâ€™d have to kill someone in front of Tir because they dared to hurt him. He wasnâ€™t sure why they would, but assassins work could attract some very unsound minds and sometimes it was figured out too late. Lao decided he would just concentrate on the positive so he wouldnâ€™t ruin this trip for Tir. Since Tir was determined to go he wouldnâ€™t have to go without him, which had been something he hadnâ€™t been looking forward to in the slightest. He also would get to introduce his mentor to the love of his life and he enjoyed showing him off.
Tir sat with his father and Lao through breakfast, listening to his father reminding him to stick with Lao and only eat and drink what Lao had tested out first. Tir was sure none of the other assassinâ€™s would dare cross Lao, but he understood his fatherâ€™s worries. He hugged him when it was time to go and he and Lao headed out to the carriage waiting for them. â€śHow long are we going to be there?â€ť Tir asked as their driver let them in.
â€śA week, my mentor was quite insistent I give him at least that long. The old man is quite pushy.â€ť He sat close to Tir, his arm draped over his loverâ€™s shoulders.
â€śOld man? Thatâ€™s a little surprising.â€ť
Lao chuckled. â€śYouâ€™re thinking elderly arenâ€™t you?â€ť He let his nose brush over Tirâ€™s cheek, causing goosebumps to rise on his skin.
â€śMy mentor is not human. Heâ€™s been a part of the school for a long time and is one of the best.â€ť He pressed a kiss to Tirâ€™s temple. â€śI want you to stay near while I teach, donâ€™t take anything that anyone tries to give you save for myself and my mentor, he can be trusted.â€ť
â€śOkay.â€ť Tir enjoyed the affection as his mind played through what he imagined the school and Lao’s mentor would be like. Lao’s constant touch and his imagination might have lulled him to sleep, but the occasional bump from the road kept him wide awake. It was sweet how Lao never seemed to tire of touching him. He had learned not to tease Lao about it because it only made him tease right back by getting more sexual with it. â€śWould you like me to tell you more about the school my love? I can tell your mind is busy.â€ť
â€śWell you have to give me a kiss first.â€ť Tir wasnâ€™t surprised to hear that and moved happily to kiss him. Lao made the kiss long, but they had a long ride so Tir wasnâ€™t in any rush. Who would be when they were lucky enough to have an amazingly skilled, incredibly attractive and sweet assassin in love with them who also happened to be an incredible kisser.
Lao grinned at Tirâ€™s red face and heavy breathing when he pulled back. â€śWhy must you be so tempting my love? If we were homeâ€¦â€ť
â€śLao, stop, what if the driver hears?â€ť
â€śPretty sure I could keep you quiet, I have my ways you know.â€ť
â€śLao youâ€¦youâ€™re supposed to be talking about assassins.â€ť
Lao chuckled. â€śAlright, if you insist, but once weâ€™re alone, you wonâ€™t be safe.â€ť He gave him another kiss before starting. He started with the schoolâ€™s history before moving onto describing the building itself. It had been built circular to accommodate the obstacle course in the middle where an assassinâ€™s strength and agility could be honed and tested. It had a sheer cliff behind it and on the other sides a forest. Mentors encouraged their students to practice sneaking through the school itself and even trying to assassinate their teachers.
â€śDid you try killing your mentor?â€ť Tir asked.
â€śOf course, I failed, but I tried many times.â€ť
â€śNot for us, it helps us realize what we need to work on.â€ť
â€śI donâ€™t think I could ever do something like that. Killing the person who trained you. Are you going to let those students attack you?â€ť
â€śOf course, youâ€™ll get to see me show off for you.â€ť
Tir was a little worried, but he didnâ€™t voice it. Lao’s entire life was risk so he felt it would be silly to ask him not to. Lao could see the anxiety in Tir so he took his hand, knowing if he kissed him again he might lose all self control. â€śWith you to impress and protect none of them will touch me Tir.â€ť They continued talking the entire ride there. There was so much history when it came to the school and teachers, not to mention all his own memories. Lao could probably fill days with conversation about his time there. Before they got out Lao had to warn his love again, â€śPlease, be careful. I donâ€™t want you afraid but I want you mindful. This school is good at weeding out the lunatics but that doesn’t mean itâ€™s impossible for one to slip through and do something stupid.â€ť
Lao smiled. â€śSo obedient, itâ€™s a bit surprising.â€ť
Tir blushed. â€śI just donâ€™t want to have to take care of you because you went and got hurt on my account.â€ť
â€śI think you just like me bossing you around.â€ť
Tir crossed his arms and Lao pressed a kiss to his cheek, causing his skin to heat further. â€śIâ€™ll get our things.â€ť
Lao chuckled as Tir started pulling their bags out and reached around him to take one grinning at the heat coming off of Tirâ€™s body. â€śCome on, wouldnâ€™t want to keep my mentor waiting.â€ť
Tir fought down his blush and took a couple of deep, calming breaths to get his heart under control. Nervousness replaced his embarrassment when they made their way from the front gate and past the arena. There were a few young men and women on the obstacle course and some of them had stopped to watch the two of them pass. Lao didnâ€™t seem to notice them or maybe he was ignoring them so Tir tried his best to do the same. â€śDonâ€™t worry, theyâ€™re only curious.â€ť He gestured around. â€śPretty impressive right?â€ť
â€śYeah, more than I could have imagined. So this is where all of those amazing skills were honed huh?â€ť
Lao nodded. â€śThere are many different kinds of classes here, ones on poisoning and stealth, ones on combat and seduction and even on the best materials for ease of movement.â€ť
â€śEvery assassin learns everything, but some are better at certain skills. Seduction is for those who arenâ€™t as good at hand to hand or knife play. The ones who prefer that method often pair it with poisons.â€ť
â€śAnd what about you?â€ť
Lao chuckled. â€śYou should know by now, that I am good at everything.â€ť He winked and Tir felt his face heat again.
Lao could be intense, but it was an amazing part about being with him. Tir knew how loved he was, he could see Lao’s devotion all the time. Soon they were standing before Laoâ€™s mentor who instantly seemed to be looking Tir over, Lao stepped a little in front of Tir, protective as always, even with his mentor. â€śYou brought him here, he must be special. I canâ€™t help but examine him.â€ť Nenyoâ€™s eyes were now on Lao. â€śThank you for finally coming. Is he whatâ€™s kept you too busy for your mentor’s request? I thought youâ€™d be eager to come back. You always were a show off.â€ť
â€śBefore him I would have been in a hurry, but a prince surrounded by assassins, it wasnâ€™t something I was comfortable with.â€ť
â€śIf anybody can keep him safe itâ€™s you, but I understand, come.â€ť
The interior of the school was beautifully crafted, every pillar and mural, every statue was gorgeous. Lao gestured to the walls. â€śNotice anything strange?â€ť
Tir looked around. â€śNot really.â€ť
â€śThe walls have hand and footholds built in.â€ť
â€śBecause, young prince, this is a school for assassins.â€ť Nenyo answered. â€śThey are always welcome to try their hands at sneaking up on and killing one of us.â€ť He suddenly stopped and looked up at the large chandelier. â€śNice try, come down young lady before I knock you down.â€ť
Tir was surprised when someone dropped from the ceiling and rolled, coming up on their feet in front of Nenyo. The woman pulled her hood back, frowning. â€śSir.â€ť She said.
â€śYou are still too heavy footed. I could see the chandelier shaking.â€ť
â€śYes sir, Iâ€™ll practice harder.â€ť
â€śSee you do.â€ť
Lao just smiled. â€śStill a hard ass I see.â€ť
â€śWould you like to try your hand?â€ť
â€śOf course, after weâ€™re settled in and you have introduced me to the students. I am sure fighting you would be a good way to show them what real assassins look like.â€ť
â€śThat eager to be beaten in front of your lover?â€ť
â€śJust that eager to be admired by him.â€ť
Nenyo grinned approvingly at his once student. He was looking forward to Lao being back around and seeing how much better he was than when he left here. Being that these were students he didnâ€™t often get a real challenge and Lao had brought just that into the school. Tir just kept admiring everything, looking at the walls, furniture, decorations and floors for anything else out of the normal. There were some places that even looked like they might be small doors, just big enough for a fit person to get through. It made Tir slightly more nervous, but he was still more interested in all this than afraid to be here.
Nenyo lead them up to the top floor where he pulled a key out of his pocket and unlocked a door. â€śI thought you might want your own room away from the dorms.â€ť He pushed the door open and gestured inside.
â€śNo secret passageways I hope.â€ť Lao said with a chuckle.
â€śI didnâ€™t think youâ€™d appreciate it. Perhaps if you were alone. I am sure you can handle one of the students coming through the window?â€ť
â€śOf course, it wonâ€™t be a problem.â€ť
â€śThank you.â€ť Tir said with a smile.
â€śI hope itâ€™s comfortable enough for you, prince.â€ť
â€śIâ€™ll be fine, I know I live in a castle, but Iâ€™m not picky and as long as I have Lao with me, anythingâ€™s fine.â€ť
Nenyo chuckled. â€śI have to say, Lao, youâ€™ve chosen well.â€ť
â€śDespite his shyness, Tir is quite strong.â€ť
â€śGet settled in then and meet me in the arena. Iâ€™ll gather the new students.â€ť
Lao gave a small nod then Nenyo left them, allowing the two to set their stuff down and have a few moments. â€śWhat do you think so far?â€ť Lao asked and was happy to hear his love say, â€śItâ€™s amazing, Iâ€™m happy you didnâ€™t leave me.â€ť
â€śIf you havenâ€™t changed your mind by the time we leave then weâ€™ll come back more. Maybe I can come back every now and then as a visiting teacher. I know being one permanently is out of the question since you donâ€™t have any siblings to rule after your parents.â€ť
â€śYeah, but youâ€™re fine with that right? Iâ€™m not holding you back from anything?â€ť
Lao grinned, moving closer. â€śThe only thing you keep me from is making love to you as much as I want. Iâ€™m an incredibly happy and lucky man Tir, donâ€™t ever think otherwise.â€ť
Tir wound up having to push Lao back with one hand when he started trying to push his shirt off. He didnâ€™t want to be rude to Nenyo and wound up using the other hand to push the bedroom door open, stumbling out and only not falling because of Laoâ€™s quick reflexes. He found himself pulled into Laoâ€™s arms, blushing when Lao started laughing. â€śThat eager to get away from me huh?â€ť
â€śNoâ€¦not at all, I just want to see you show off is all.â€ť
Lao gently tipped his head back, grinning at him. â€śOh? Then Iâ€™ll have to make sure to put on a good show.â€ť
â€śJust donâ€™t get too hurt.â€ť
â€śI have you to tend to my wounds my love, so Iâ€™m not worried.â€ť He rubbed their noses together. â€śCome, letâ€™s go down before he comes back up.â€ť
He took Tirâ€™s hand and they walked back down to the arena. Lao smiled when he saw Nenyo and his students, the young men and women so eager to learn seemed excited at the prospect of getting to witness their mentor fight. All of their eyes were suddenly drawn to Tir and Lao, studying both of them, perhaps even looking for weaknesses. â€śTook you long enough.â€ť Nenyo said.
â€śCan you blame me, I mean look at him. Such an attractive distraction.â€ť Lao shot back with a teasing smile.
â€śLao, come on.â€ť Tir said embarrassed. â€śWhere do you want me?â€ť
â€śKarthan.â€ť Nenyo said and a young woman stepped up to stand next to him.
â€śYou are to sit with the prince and ensure his safety and comfort. He is off limits to all here. If anyone tries to lay a hand on him, you have permission to defend him.â€ť
Karthanâ€™s smile was friendly. â€śCome along prince Tir.â€ť She guided him to a good place to watch and soon all the others took seats, purposefully giving Tir and Karthan a lot of room to try to keep from getting into any trouble. â€śYouâ€™re in for a good show. Weâ€™ve been eager for this.â€ť Karthan whispered. Tir was interested himself, interested and hopeful Lao didnâ€™t get hurt trying to show off.
â€śKarthan is my best student currently so I donâ€™t want to hear anything about being distracted with worry over Tir when I beat you.â€ť Nenyo said confidently.
Lao lightly chuckled. â€śStop stalling, are you ready?â€ť
It startled Tir when Nenyo moved. He was so fast, almost too fast, and he was amazed that Lao managed to block the blades in Nenyoâ€™s hands. Lao grinned as he shoved his mentor back and struck out at him with lightening fast slashes. He looked around at the students, at their captivated gazes and then back at Lao, his heart thumping in his chest as he watched his loverâ€™s dance like movements. â€śA dance of death.â€ť Karthan said softly. â€śI have never see something this amazing. You are truly lucky prince, to have Lao by your side.â€ť
â€śI know.â€ť He had never seen Lao move like this since there was never anyone who dared come after either of them. He knew Lao was fast and silent like a cat, that he had been an incredibly talented assassin, but truly seeing it for the first time, was astounding. He jumped up when the tip of Nenyoâ€™s blade nicked Laoâ€™s cheek and had to stop himself from moving forward. He couldnâ€™t be a distraction right now.
Everyone gasped when they both lost a blade and Lao was suddenly on his back on the ground. Nenyoâ€™s blade pressed against his throat and the tip of Laoâ€™s was at Nenyoâ€™s solar plexus. Everyone was frozen as they waited to see what would happen next when Lao chuckled and Nenyo grinned, standing up and offering Lao a hand up. â€śAmazing as always, you actually had me.â€ť Nenyo said.
â€śAnd you me, butâ€¦â€ť he wiped at the blood on his cheek, â€śpoison? Really?â€ť
â€śMy blades stay coated.â€ť
â€śWere you testing my immunity?â€ť
â€śIt still burns.â€ť
â€śWell Iâ€™m glad youâ€™re staying sharp in all ways. Itâ€™s nice to see students leave here and become something to be proud of.â€ť The students all began running down in excitement, all except Karthan who took her task seriously.
â€śAre you ready to go down there and talk to them?â€ť She asked Tir who answered, â€śYeah, lets go.â€ť
They walked down and Lao broke away from them to kiss Tir before he whispered in his ear, â€śMaybe when we are in our room next time you won’t resist me after seeing this.â€ť Lao moved back and winked, causing Tir to blush. It really was sexy how amazing he had been out there, but it filled him with immense embarrassment that Lao knew it all too well.
â€śWhen shall my first class start?â€ť Lao suddenly asked Nenyo who said, â€śYouâ€™ve had a long journey, the students got their demonstration. That will be enough for the day. Just enjoy your prince and the school until tomorrow.â€ť
â€śIâ€™ll meet you all out here straight after breakfast.â€ť They seemed to light up and before Tir knew it Lao had lifted him off his feet. As they walked away they could hear Nenyo talking to the students about what they had just witnessed. He was walking them through every single move, every single choice that was made and could have been made instead. He seemed to be a good teacher.
â€śShouldnâ€™t we explore a little?â€ť Tir asked and Lao let out a chuckle.
â€śTrying to avoid me?â€ť
â€śNo, itâ€™s just umâ€¦well itâ€™s not every day a prince just walks in here, soâ€¦I do want you, but I also want to see everything.â€ť
Lao grinned as he pressed a kiss to Tirâ€™s cheek then whispered in his ear, â€śWhy donâ€™t we have both?â€ť
Tir swallowed. â€śWhat do you mean?â€ť
â€śI have a secret place here.â€ť
â€śThatâ€™s almost hard to believe.â€ť
â€śI told you this place is very old and Iâ€™m sure the original architects still have many things hidden away. I just found one of them. The only one who could possibly know is Nenyo, heâ€™s even older than the school. So, want to see?â€ť
Lao grinned, theyâ€™d both be getting what they want. Tir could experience more of the school and he would still get to make love to Tir. It was actually an added bonus to make love to him in his old secret place. He had never brought anybody there for sex before and there was nobody heâ€™d rather pop that places cherry with. Lao continued walking, it almost seemed like they were going to leave campus when suddenly Lao pushed into a wall that had seemed solid, but it seemed they were now inside it, walking down a flight of stairs, â€śWoah.â€ť
â€śMy thoughts precisely when I ended up finding this place.â€ť
â€śHow did you find it?â€ť
â€śItâ€™s a bit embarrassing.â€ť
Lao let out an exaggerated sigh as if the memory was truly that bad. â€śI may have happened to lean against it playing a bit of cat and mouse with another student and I may have fallen through and part way down the stairs before I could stop myself.â€ť Tir grinned then covered his mouth as he started laughing. â€śSee? This is why I said it was embarrassing.â€ť
Tir took a deep breath, but couldnâ€™t keep the smile off his face or the amusement out of his eyes. â€śWere you hurt?â€ť
â€śJust my pride, but at least there was no one around to see how ungraceful I was.â€ť
â€śI bet the look on your face was, dare I say, adorable?â€ť
â€śIâ€™m sure I could make you take that back.â€ť
Tirâ€™s heart felt like it was about to jump out of his chest, his skin flushing, and his mind whirling with what Lao might do to pay him back. â€śIâ€™ll be good.â€ť He knew Lao would never hurt him, but he blurted it out anyway, receiving a grin from the ex assassin.
Lao chuckled. â€śToo late now my sweet prince.â€ť He let out another little laugh. â€śI never thought my little escape artist would be so nervous.â€ť
They made it to a a surprisingly nice room beyond the fact it was dusty from lack of use. â€śIt looks as if truly nobody else has found this.â€ť Lao said as he set Tir down.
â€śIt looks so nice.â€ť
â€śI found it this way for the most part. I only brought different bedding in. I imagine an original person that used this school used this as a room and I didnâ€™t want to be sleeping in someone elseâ€™s sheets. I might change it out again if we come here a lot.â€ť Lao kissed Tir’s shoulder as he slid his hands up Tir’s torso. Tir blushed, this time just enjoying his lovers touch instead of trying to get away. There had been many reasons up until now to push him away, but now they could just enjoy each other.
Lao continued to slowly press feather light kisses until he had kissed across his right shoulder, all the while caressing him. Sometimes touching him could be addicting, especially after having to try so many times to get his prince to stay still long enough to let them have a moment like this. Lao licked up Tir’s neck before gently biting it. Tir moaned, his heart racing with anticipation. He could tell Lao was going to tease him more than normal and he supposed that was hisÂ punishmentÂ for laughing at him.
Laoâ€™s hand moved to Tir’s face only to move him so they could kiss. Their tongues were soon moving against each others as Lao began to play with and rub Tir’s nipples. Lao grinned when he felt Tir harden against him. â€śI love you.â€ť Lao whispered. Tir whispered it back before finally beginning to touch Lao as well. Lao began to feel his own length start to grow hard so he stripped Tir. Tir did the same so soon they were both naked, kissing and touching one another.
Lao began backing Tir up and suddenly he found himself against one of the walls, Lao licking and biting at his neck and shoulder again. â€śOh god Lao.â€ť Tir moaned, growing harder with need for release. Tir didnâ€™t know how Lao did this for so long, especially since he was hard as well, but he almost sighed with relief when Lao began kissing down his chest then stomach, soon taking Tir in his mouth. The sucking and licking he had been experiencing before was intensified now, causing Tir to almost shake with pleasure.
Lao knew there werenâ€™t condoms or lube in this room so he began working Tir as he sucked him, bringing the prince to the edge before stopping. Lao grabbed a piece of clothing from a nearby drawer then turned his lover so he was facing the wall and entered him. They came almost together, Lao inside Tir and Tir into the piece of clothing Lao had given him. Lao however wasnâ€™t done with him yet and Tir didnâ€™t suspect heâ€™d be anytime soon.
Lao pushed Tir far past his limit and Tir could only lay there panting and letting out little whimpering moans. He was so sensitive that he shuddered every time Lao touched him. â€śLaoâ€¦Iâ€¦itâ€™s too much.â€ť
Lao leaned down, his lips pressing against Tirâ€™s as he pushed into him a little harder, delighting in the way the prince clung to him, at the little whine that welled up in his throat. Their lips parted on a moan and Tir went limp with exhaustion, breathing heavily, his eyes damp with tears. Lao pressed kisses to his lips, smiling lovingly down at him. â€śDo you have any idea how much I love you?â€ť He rubbed their noses together.
â€śYeah.â€ť He said softly. â€śI love you too.â€ť
Lao nibbled at his chin, grinning when Tir let out another little whine. â€śI love seeing you like this, I canâ€™t help but tease and take advantage.â€ť
â€śI canâ€™t anymore today, Iâ€™ll die.â€ť
Lao chuckled as he moved off of him and moved Tir to lay on top of him, his head resting on his chest. He let fingers trail up and down his spine, getting a little shiver and goosebumps in response. He smiled when Tir fell asleep and let him rest for a bit. â€śTir, my love?â€ť He gently woke him a little while later and Tir let out a little groan as he opened his eyes.
â€śIs everything alright?â€ť He asked sleepily.
â€śOf course, but we should probably get clean and find something to eat. Iâ€™m sure youâ€™re hungry.â€ť
Tir blushed. â€śItâ€™s your fault.â€ť
Lao tilted Tirâ€™s head back and kissed him, grinning at how hot his skin was. â€śYou know I canâ€™t help myself, youâ€™re just so hard to resist.â€ť
Tir slowly got out of the bed then the two dressed before Lao took Tir in his arms again to carry him. Tir just relaxed into Lao’s arms, feeling both embarrassed and happy. The two returned to the room Nenyo had shown them, took a long shower then went to see what they could eat. The next morning Tir and Lao returned to the stadium for Lao’s first day of class. The students were already there, once again looking awe struck that they would soon be taught by Lao. Tir took a seat himself, but away from the students, not wanting to be in the way of anything they might do for the lesson.
Lao seemed to look them over then said, â€śCome here.â€ť Tir couldnâ€™t tell who he had said that to, but apparently to the students it was clear. A man who looked maybe a little younger than Tir stood and approached Lao. â€śAnd you.â€ť He said to another student who got up, it was the woman who sat with him the other day. â€śKarthan right?â€ť
â€śWhatâ€™s your name?â€ť He asked the man.
â€śIâ€™d like to start this class by really seeing where you all are with your skills. Iâ€™m not going to tell any of you the reasoning behind my pairings today, not yet anyway, but Iâ€™m going to have two on two matches until everyone has faced off against someone. Thereâ€™s an odd number of you so whomever impresses me most will go twice.â€ť
Tir watched as Karthan and Thacese fought, Karthan favoring the same type of blade Lao did while Thacese preferred his bare hands. Even so, he could see much of Nenyoâ€™s style in their movements. It was the way Lao fought as well, a mix of grace and aggression. There was something else in their movements though, almost like they were playing with each other and when he looked closer he could see Thacese grinning. Lao called a stop to the fight when Karthan knocked him to his back and landed on top of him, the tip of her dagger beneath his chin. â€śVery good, Karthan.â€ť Lao said and she stood, helping Thacese up.
â€śThank you sir.â€ť
â€śThere is a problem however.â€ť
Lao grabbed her arm and held up her wrist where Thacese had scratched her. He could see her veins through her skin. â€śHis nails are coated in poison.â€ť She looked surprised. â€śYou need to get the antidote, all that moving around only made it pump through your veins faster.â€ť
â€śDonâ€™t be upset, you did incredibly well, but you must expect the unexpected from a man who uses no actual weapon. Thacese, take her to get what she needs then both of you hurry back here.â€ť
Tir couldnâ€™t help but smile at how amazing he was. He was so patient. He called on the next two students and Tir just admired him, unable to keep his eyes off of him. Laoâ€™s eyes met his for just a second, a grin pulling at his lips that caused Tir to blush. â€śItâ€™s quite something seeing him so captivated by another person.â€ť Nenyoâ€™s voice next to Tir startled him. He hadnâ€™t even heard him.
â€śUhâ€¦Iâ€¦if anyoneâ€™s captivated itâ€™s me. Heâ€™s very magnetic? Alluring?â€ť
Nenyo chuckled. â€śHeâ€™s always been like that. He was a natural you know, picked up everything almost immediately.â€ť
Tir couldnâ€™t help but think of Laoâ€™s fall and had to stop himself from laughing. He turned his eyes back to Lao. â€śHe really is perfect, isnâ€™t he?â€ť
Nenyo chuckled. â€śWell thank you for coming. I can see even more now how much you mean to him so I know if you had been against it these students wouldnâ€™t have him here. He may have learned from me, but he has picked up a few things of his own. I feel this school and itâ€™s assassins will truly benefit from him coming to teach every now and then.â€ť
â€śWell, Iâ€™d never try to tell Lao he couldnâ€™t do something anyway.â€ť
â€śI donâ€™t think you would, but I doubt he would go do something regardless of if you actually said anything if he could tell it would upset you. He has keen senses, especially for a human. You donâ€™t seem like the controlling type so I hope you know that is not what I meant in the slightest.â€ť After a short pause Nenyo asked, â€śHow is your father?â€ť
â€śWell, though with how heâ€™s always been I imagine heâ€™s at home worried about me.â€ť
â€śYouâ€™re his only child, itâ€™s understandable. Nothing will happen to you here, not with both Lao and I watching. Besides, they idolize Lao so much I doubt theyâ€™d want to be on his bad side.â€ť
â€śAre these all the students here?â€ť
â€śAre you the only teacher?â€ť
Nenyo shook his head. â€śThere are others, but their classrooms are inside.â€ť
â€śLao said everyone learns how to make poisons and umâ€¦seduce people.â€ť
Nenyo chuckled. â€śAre you curious about the things Lao has had to do?â€ť
Tir blushed. â€śNoâ€¦not really, it just explains a lot.â€ť
â€śHe was naturally charming when I met him, a natural at manipulation. He played the other students with ease and tried it with me, though he failed. Just to let you know, his feelings for you are genuine.â€ť
â€śI know, but thank you all the same.â€ť
They continued to watch each match, Tir noticing that both Karthan and Thacese had returned. Thacese was surprised when he was chosen to participate in the extra fight, but Lao explained it was for his trickery. Afterwards, he pointed out mistakes he had noticed or skills he thought needed improvement and things he believed certain students should focus on. They listened with rapt attention, truly absorbing everything he said.
Lao ended the day with that, wanting to give them time to absorb everything he had tried to teach them. â€śIâ€™m all yours again.â€ť Lao said with that ever charming smile.
â€śIâ€™d like to grab something to eat then see more of this place if you want.â€ť Lao kissed Tir’s forehead, causing Nenyo to chuckle and walk away. It was surprising how even here Lao acted just as he did at home, like it was just the two of them in any given room. Lao hadnâ€™t seen his old teacher in years yet his focus seemed to still fully be on him.
â€śLets go find some food then.â€ť He turned to the assassins, â€śSame time tomorrow.â€ť They nodded and Lao left with Tir, taking his hand as soon as they were out of the arena. â€śYou liked watching me again?â€ť
â€śWhat was my old mentor saying to you?â€ť
â€śHe thanked me for you being here and we talked a little about how natural this all came to you.â€ť
â€śHmm, only good things I hope.â€ť
â€śHe said you were quite charming.â€ť
â€śYou know you are.â€ť He blushed. â€śEspecially with me.â€ť
Lao grinned. â€śYou like how charming I am, admit it.â€ť He brought Tirâ€™s fingers to his lips, kissing and then nipping at them.
Lao grinned as he lead him through the school to the large kitchen. He was happy to see the same family still working there. The cook had been in his thirties when Lao had come to train there and was always kind to the students. His wife and children worked with him and they all smiled when they saw Lao. He hugged them then introduced Tir. â€śSo youâ€™re going to be a queen then?â€ť The son said in a teasing tone.
â€śThe most beautiful if I do say so myself.â€ť Lao shot back.
â€śMake sure to buy him plenty of pretty dresses, prince.â€ť
Tir chuckled at the banter. â€śYou know, Lao would definitely look good in anything, even dresses.â€ť They almost forgot they were hungry as they continued talking.
It was the cook who said, â€śWell you obviously came here to eat. I have the perfect recipe. I discovered it after you left and my first thought once I tasted it was how much youâ€™d love it Lao. I can even bring it to your room so you donâ€™t have to sit with everyone else going in and out of the dining room.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m actually enjoying getting to know everyone around here so we can sit out there.â€ť Tir said and Lao nodded. â€śThat’s fine with me too.â€ť
â€śAlright.â€ť The chef and his family began working and Lao guided Tir to where they could sit together. There was only one other student there reading but it wasnâ€™t a meal time so they hadnâ€™t expected it to be full of people.
Lao couldnâ€™t help but flirt with and tease Tir as they ate, grinning at how red he was by the time they took their dishes back into the kitchen and left. â€śEnjoying yourself?â€ť Lao asked as he laced his fingers through Tirâ€™s.
â€śOf course, this place is amazing and Iâ€™m here with you, anywhere with you is perfect.â€ť
Lao smiled as he pressed a kiss to Tirâ€™s temple. â€śIâ€™m glad, thank you for insisting I bring you. My time here would have been so boring and lonely without you.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m not, I need you with me always. Since you became mine, I canâ€™t fall asleep without you, I feel restless.â€ť
Tirâ€™s heart did a little flutter. â€śIâ€¦I feel the same. Having you close to me, makes me feel safe and loved.â€ť
â€śYou are the safest person in the world.â€ť Lao said then gave Tir another kiss. The days flew by as Lao continued to teach the students lesson after lesson. Tir even found himself absolutely comfortable here and enjoyed watching the students slowly improve. It would be incredibly tempting to just stay here and let Lao become a permanent teacher if he didnâ€™t have to rule. It would be nice if they were lucky enough to be immortal like Laoâ€™s old mentor. He could be king for awhile, maybe adopt a kid with Lao and raise them to rule one day so they could come back here but they didnâ€™t have enough life for that. Lao even had sixteen years on him. By the time their child could rule he probably wouldnâ€™t feel like teaching. Lao may have endless energy now, but we all got old one day. Itâ€™s the curse of being a mortal.
Tir was grateful for any life with Lao though. He just couldnâ€™t help but be a little selfish sometimes and want entire lifetimes with him like immortal beings could have with their loved ones. They could just live any kind of life then switch one day and live an entirely different one. It was endless possibilities when you werenâ€™t racing time and your body breaking down. His mind more so drifted to them ruling together, the kind of life they would have.
After another day of lessons and once Lao had finished talking to the students, Lao headed straight to Tir. â€śYou seem to be in deep thought lately, my love.â€ť He said as he took Tirâ€™s hand and pulled him close.
Tirâ€™s heart skipped a beat. â€śHave I?â€ť
Lao nodded. â€śCare to share?â€ť
â€śUmâ€¦wellâ€¦â€ť he sighed. â€śIâ€™ve just been thinking about our time together.â€ť
Lao cocked his head to the side. â€śYou havenâ€™t been feeling neglected have you?â€ť
â€śNo, not that, I mean our lifespan. I mean youâ€™re already so much older than me andâ€¦and weâ€™re both human soâ€¦â€ť
Lao smiled and pressed a kiss to his forehead. â€śYou had me worried for a minute, I thought maybe you had been feeling lonely or something.â€ť
â€śThatâ€™s impossible, youâ€™re always so attentive.â€ť
â€śAlright,â€ť he looked over at Nenyo who was talking to his students about their lessons, â€śthen Iâ€™ll talk to Nenyo, Iâ€™m sure heâ€™ll help.â€ť
Tir felt excitement rush through him. He hadnâ€™t even thought they could ask Nenyo. He just assumed theyâ€™d be human forever since they were born that way. Nenyo could say no, but Tir’s hope burned all the same. Lao waited for Nenyo to be done with the student before asking Nenyo if they could talk alone. â€śOf course, where?â€ť
â€śAnywhere that’s away from the students.â€ť
â€śWe will go to my office then. They know better than to be in there.â€ť
Tir and Lao followed Nenyo to his office, waiting for him to lock the door before saying, â€śTir has apparently been thinking about our mortality.â€ť
â€śAnd you want my help to not be mortal?â€ť
â€śPerceptive as always.â€ť
â€śHm, what would I get in return?â€ť
â€śAn amazing teacher that could always come back.â€ť
Nenyo nodded. â€śYou really would?â€ť
â€śYes, Tir seems to enjoy himself here and if we were immortal there could possibly be a day heâ€™s not tied down to being king.â€ť
Nenyo chuckled. â€śAlright, but tell me something first, you keep pairing Karthan with Thacese, is it for the reason I think it is?â€ť
â€śHeâ€™s in love with her. I wanted to see if he would hesitate during training. Sometimes weâ€™re forced to face off against people we considered our friends, you and I know that better than any of them.â€ť
â€śWe do.â€ť He nodded again. â€śAlright, immortality it is. Do you have a preference as to what youâ€™d like to be?â€ť
Lao grinned. â€śHmm, perhaps a vampire, so I have an excuse to nibble on Tir all the time?â€ť
Tir went red from head to toe and grew even more embarrassed when Lao started laughing. â€śYouâ€™re so mean.â€ť
Lao hugged him tightly. â€śOut of love.â€ť He pulled back to look at Tir. â€śWhat do you think?â€ť
â€śWhat choices do I have?â€ť
â€śMany.â€ť Nenyo explained. â€śIâ€™ve been around for a long time and Iâ€™ve met many beings. Dragons, demons, vampires, werewolves, you name it and Iâ€™ve either spoken to it or killed it. I can give you a list and you can research in the library if you like. Living forever is a big decision.â€ť
â€śGive us a list and we will probably get back to you about it soon.â€ť Lao said then Tir added, â€śThank you.â€ť
â€śWe need a teacher like him at this school. I was hoping heâ€™d ask one day. It would be irresponsible of me to simply try to talk people into it I wanted around forever. The timing is perfect since heâ€™s found his life partner.â€ť Nenyo pulled out a clean sheet of paper and began jotting down the names of creatures that came to mind until he couldnâ€™t pull another name off the top of his head. â€śIf none appeal to you there are many more.â€ť He said as he handed the note to Lao.
â€śIâ€™m sure one of these will do.â€ť
Lao and Tir left Nenyo’s office with one last thank you then headed for the library to look into them. â€śSo this is mainly up to you Tir.â€ť
â€śYouâ€™ll have to be whatever it is too.â€ť
â€śI donâ€™t care as long as we always get to be together.â€ť
Tir blushed and nudged him. â€śStop that.â€ť
â€śYouâ€™re purposefully over sappy to make me red.â€ť
Lao chuckled. â€śI mean every word I say though.â€ť
They went through the whole list together, researching each one and Tir finally settled on the kanima. He had Lao in mind when he chose it, knowing him being a jaguar would be perfect for his skill set. Plus, a feline matched him perfectly. â€śAre you sure?â€ť Lao asked.
â€śYeah, I think being a cat would be interesting. I could be the jaguar king.â€ť He answered and Lao chuckled as he pressed a kiss to his lips.
â€śHow cute. Alright, a jaguar it is then.â€ť He rubbed their noses together. â€śI do have to admit, Iâ€™m glad you chose a shifter.â€ť
â€śOh you know.â€ť He gave him a wink and Tir flushed.
â€śMâ€¦maybe something else.â€ť
â€śToo late now my love, youâ€™ve already sold me on it.â€ť He rubbed their noses. â€śI love you and honestly no matter what you chose, I would still be unable to keep my hands off of you. Besides, now Iâ€™ll be even better equipped to keep you safe. More speed, more flexibility, heightened senses, I dare someone to even think of harming you.â€ť He gave him an even bigger smile. â€śOr any children we may adopt.â€ť He stood, pulling Tir with him. â€śCome my prince, letâ€™s tell Nenyo.â€ť
â€śYou want children?â€ť
â€śI want everything.â€ť
Tir’s heart danced in his chest. This was really going to happen, they were going to live forever and have children. Nenyo smirked at their choice. â€śIâ€™ll get my friend here as quickly as possible. Itâ€™s been awhile since he and I spoke but we parted on good terms. Youâ€™re not in any rush to return to your castle right prince? Iâ€™d just like to know if I need to rush himÂ at all.â€ť
â€śMy father has everything, he told me to enjoy my time away and only come home when I was ready. I think he wants to pass the crown soon so wants me to get any cabin fever out.â€ť
â€śGood, Iâ€™ll make sure you two know the second he is on his way here. Enjoy your final days of being humans.â€ť
Lao lifted Tir, much to his embarrassment, thanked Nenyo and left, taking Tir up to their room. He tossed him on the bed then crawled up him and rubbed their cheeks together, then their noses, making Tir laugh. â€śWhat are you doing silly?â€ť
â€śPracticing being a cat.â€ť Tir laughed again and started to push him back, but Lao grabbed his wrists and pinned them down, grinning at him. â€śEverything we read said they love scenting their mates.â€ť
â€śBut youâ€™re not a jaguar yet.â€ť
â€śPractice makes perfect.â€ť
Tir smiled, let out a happy little sigh and lifted his head to kiss Lao. â€śI love you.â€ť
â€śI love you too.â€ť
The shifter came right away when Nenyo reached out. He was kind and eager to help out, even making sure to talk them about every detail so theyâ€™d be prepared for the change. Lao didnâ€™t have a shred of nerves, he never did and it made Tir feel more confident about them going from human to jaguar. When it was all over it seemed the both took to their new form well, but Nenyo’s friend insisted they should rest their bodies anyway so they did. Lao was teaching classes again the very next day with Tir still happily watching. They would be leaving soon, they had talked about that when they went to lay down. Tir wanted to tell his father and he didnâ€™t think this sort of thing should be shared over a letter.
On their last day, Nenyo and his class all came to see them off, the students obviously disappointed that he was leaving. â€śYouâ€™ll be back, right?â€ť Nenyo asked.
Lao shrugged. â€śPerhaps, weâ€™ll see.â€ť
Nenyo chuckled. â€śI guess Iâ€™ll have to bother you again then until you have no choice.â€ť
Lao held out his hand and Nenyo shook it. â€śDonâ€™t worry, weâ€™ll be back, Tir is far too interested in this place for me to stay away and I actually enjoy teaching.â€ť
â€śIâ€™ll hold you to it.â€ť
Tir and Lao climbed into the carriage, Lao immediately wrapping him in a hug as it pulled away from the school. He pressed a kiss to his lips, causing him to blush and reveled in the fact he could heart Tirâ€™s heart. â€śWhat do you think your father will say?â€ť
â€śI think heâ€™ll be happy because Iâ€™m happy.â€ť
â€śI think so too.â€ť He smiled as he pressed their foreheads together. â€śI love you, Tir, forever until the end of time.â€ť
â€śMe too, forever.â€ť They cuddled as the carriage carried them home and into a future with more possibilities than they could ever imagine.