Tarryn was out with friends at a restaurant they all loved. They laughed and talked about their lives and eventually, as seemed to often occur, men came up in conversation. Her friend Alice was in a new relationship and it warmed Tarryn to see her so happy and gushing like she was about this guy. Alice was an amazing person and somehow she always ended up with the worst human beings. It seemed things were finally changing for the better with her. Once Alice was done talking Camilla, a friend Tarryn had had since middle school began talking. She was a wolf shifter and incredibly beautiful. Tarryn had expected to hear about another amazing lover she had hooked up with but to her surprise Camilla had apparently found her mate.
â€śNo way!â€ť Alice squealed and Camilla nodded happily â€śYeah, I can finally just settle down. Iâ€™m so happyâ€ť
â€śIâ€™m so happy for you guysâ€ť Tarryn said, tempted to get up and hug them. Camilla grinned â€śNow you just need to find someone. I mean other than your little pen palâ€ť Camilla looked around the restaurant and spotted a male server she had noticed the last time they were here â€śHeâ€™s cuteâ€ť
â€śIâ€™m not really lookingâ€ť
â€śbecause of your pen pal?â€ť
â€śNo, Not because of Orthuâ€ť
â€śYou do talk about him a lotâ€ť Alice pointed out and Tarryn responded â€śwell, I mean, we talk all the time. I may not actually see him a lot but heâ€™s become a big part of my life.â€ť
â€śHeâ€™s the leader of his planet and makes time to write you frequently. I sense theres something thereâ€ť
â€śHis planet is pretty peaceful, I sense someone is bored and I fill timeâ€ť They teased her a little more before the conversation went to other things. The girls only left when the restaurant was near closing and the group already had plans to meet the next day. Tarryns head began to ache as she approached her car and the air around her somehow became thick â€śCamillaâ€ť she had tried to call out to her friend and had no idea if she had heard.
The only thing her senses could pick up now was the sound of plastic moving and soon enveloping her. The next day when Tarryn didnâ€™t show up at the arcade Camilla called her, worried when she didnâ€™t answer. Tarryn had never been a flake â€śwe should go to her houseâ€ť
â€śsheâ€™ll be here, maybe she was up all night writing Orthu. Give it another hour or two alright Camillaâ€ť
â€śIâ€™ve known her longer than you have. She would have called or texted me last night if she was worried sheâ€™d sleep in. Tarryn wouldnâ€™t just be hours late, she doesnâ€™t have a rude bone in her bodyâ€ť
â€śLook, Iâ€™m supposed to meet my boyfriend. Can you just go? I mean, Iâ€™m just a human anyway. Only you are going to be helpfulâ€ť
â€śfine but Iâ€™ll remember this next time I feel we should be worried about youâ€ť Camilla said angrily and left for Tarryns home. She still lived with her parents so her father Neek answered the door â€śCamilla, whereâ€™s Tarryn?â€ť That was the last thing she had wanted to hear her father say. He saw the dread on her face and he asked more seriously â€śwhere is my daughter? I thought she was with you and Alice last nightâ€ť
â€śshe was but she went home, we all didâ€ť Camilla followed Neek to Tarryns bedroom and then out to Tarryns ship and they both knew, Tarryn had never made it home. Neek walked out and Camilla followed, soon finding herself on his ship â€śwhatâ€™re we doing?â€ť Tarryn asked and Neek said â€śIâ€™m going to track her phoneâ€ť just as he said it he groaned â€śdamn itâ€ť
â€śItâ€™s been destroyedâ€ť
â€śNeek, you have got to tell me theres another way to find her, for all we know sheâ€™s been missing since we left the restaurantâ€ť Camilla was near tears even as Neek said â€śwe have a large family. Iâ€™ll tell everyone to look for her while you and I go back to the restaurantâ€ť
â€śIâ€™ll call my packâ€ť
â€śGood, thank you Camillaâ€ť
â€śI knew something was wrong the second she didnâ€™t show up on timeâ€¦I should have checked soonerâ€ť Tarryn woke with a gasp, immediately grabbing at the cold, meal thing around her neck. She stood, just to see if she could but nothing bound her. She looked around the room â€śdonâ€™t panic, whatever you do donâ€™t panicâ€ť she internally instructed herself. Tarryn decided to try to leave the room she was in and found she could â€śwhat the fuck is this?â€ť once again, speaking in her own mind. She looked back into the room to see if she still had her purse but it was gone.
She soon noticed her jewelry was missing as well beyond her favorite hair clip. She wondered what sort of weirdo takes everything from someone but a hair clip and doesnâ€™t even bother to lock her up beyond this ridiculously heavy thing around her neck. She began walking around what she soon realized was a ship â€śgreat, Iâ€™m in space with whomever did this. How is anybody supposed to find meâ€ť her inner voice said worriedly.
She jumped back a little when the alien who had taken her came rushing down the hall â€śgood morning Tarrynâ€ť He noticed her looking him over and he chuckled â€ślooking for weaknessâ€™s little mixed breed? Now that isnâ€™t any way for a good captive to behaveâ€ť
â€śI do not plan to be goodâ€ť
â€śOh?â€ť Something appeared in his hand. She was trying to make out what it was as he said â€śHow miserable this is completely depends on you Tarryn. I have nothing against you but Orthu, thatâ€™s another story. Heâ€™s being a stubborn asshole. He has something that belongs to me and now I have something of his. I know heâ€™ll trade so you just need to be a patient, obedient little bargaining chip. If you comply, you wont be harmedâ€ť
â€śDo you think Iâ€™m dating him?â€ť
â€śNo, I know youâ€™re not but heâ€™s in love with youâ€ť
â€śNo he isnt, I dont know why I have to keep telling people thatâ€ť with his free hand he pulled a picture out of his pocket â€śGuess where I found thisâ€ť he started as he handed it to her, it was a picture of her â€śI dont know, the internetâ€ť
â€śdonâ€™t be smart ass Tarryn.â€ť
â€śwell donâ€™t ask me dumb questions you know I donâ€™t know the answer toâ€ť he glared at her â€śa little birdie of mine found it in his homeâ€ť
â€śIâ€™m his friend, youâ€™ll find pictures of my friends in my home tooâ€ť
â€śI dont care if you believe he loves you, the point is I know he doesâ€ť
â€śbecause of a picture or because youâ€™re a loon whoâ€™s talking to birds?â€ť she knew he meant some sort of informant but she was annoyed and wanted to annoy him. â€śTarryn, do not make me hurt you.â€ť
â€śI can get a lot more annoying. You may want to just take me homeâ€ť He pressed into what he had been holding and she instantly began screaming, unable to stop. The pain coursing through her was more intense than anything she could have ever imagined. He didnâ€™t stop until she hit the floor again. Growling angrily he kicked her in the stomach even though he knew she was out cold. He then grabbed her by her hair and drug her back to the room she started in â€śI hate you beings form Krawnumâ€ť he snarled at her as he left, planning to continue getting as far into deep space as possible. The farther he was away from Krawnum and earth, the harder time they were going to have finding them. He was going to drive her away for at least a week. He wanted Orthu nice and desperate when he finally contacted him with demands.
Orthu almost didnâ€™t hear the notification sound his computer made when he got a message. He had been so focused on the project he was working on that it took it a moment to register. He glanced up and blinked as he looked at the screen. Neek had sent him a message and it was marked urgent. He swallowed, worry filling him. Had he accidentally crossed a line with Tarryn? He reached out and tapped the screen and his heart nearly stopped when he read the message. He had to re-read it just to make sure he wasnâ€™t seeing things. Tarryn was missing? He went and checked his messages again, making sure he hadnâ€™t missed anything from her. She was missing. He went back and sent Neek a message, telling him he hadnâ€™t heard from her, but he was going to get right on it.
He then pressed a button on his desk, an alert that would call the head of Krawnumâ€™s military to him. Even though the planet was peaceful, his father had made sure they had warriors as a precaution. The man was also the one he put in charge when he had to leave. â€śSir?â€ť He said when he walked in.
â€śIâ€™m sorry to call you on such short notice, but I need you to watch over the planet while Iâ€™m gone.â€ť
â€śIs something wrong?â€ť
â€śThen I should go, I can take a small crew.â€ť
â€śI need to do this, I owe it to her. Iâ€™ll head for earth and go from there, but please stay here and keep everything in order.â€ť
â€śAt least take some of the men, just in case sir.â€ť
Tarryn woke again even more annoyed than she was the first time she woke. She began looking around the room for anything to try to remove this thing but there wasnâ€™t much in here. She huffed out, ready to give him a piece of her mind. She found him steering the ship â€śwhat a dick moveâ€ť
â€śIâ€™m not familiar with your human terms Tarryn but I can see youâ€™re angry. I thought youâ€™d wake more complacentâ€ť
â€śFuck that and fuck you.â€ť
â€śTarryn all you have to do is shut your mouth and behave. Iâ€™ll even feed you now if youâ€™d likeâ€ť
â€śNo, Iâ€™m not just going to sit here and let you do this. Orthu is an amazing leader who cares about his people. Even if he would I donâ€™t want him to trade anything for me because if heâ€™s keeping something from you there has to be good reason and as I pointed out, heâ€™s a good leader. Heâ€™ll put Krawnum first, even if he loves me I donâ€™t think heâ€™d put them in dangerâ€ť
The alien left the controls and stood in front of her “eat with me Tarryn”he said it so calmly â€śIâ€™m not hungryâ€ť
â€śso youâ€™re going to have a hunger strike?â€ť she didnâ€™t say anything so he went to grab her by the arm. He was absolutely not about to man handle her anywhere. She roundhouse kicked him as hard as she could in the side â€śdont touch me!â€ť he started chuckling â€śYou are so amusing Tarryn. I think Iâ€™m starting to like you too which is surprising since I detest your lineage. Maybe its the human and other alien race in you that attracts meâ€ť Great, that hadnâ€™t hurt him in the slightest. â€śdont get any weird ideasâ€ť
He circled her and grinned ina way that creeped her out. He leaned down to whisper in her ear â€śyou know, part of me doing this was to punish him. What better way than mating with the girl he wantsâ€ť her fist went straight up his nose and to her delight she could tell that actually hurt him. He cried out and backed away from her. She hoped that was all a bluff, another method of trying to get her to behave. She ran for his controls, taking over the ship was the only way she was going to get home without Orthu having to do anything.
The sudden shock of pain hit her like a lightening bolt and even though she wanted to curl up and pass out, she refused to fall unconscious around him again. She had no idea what he would do to her if she did. Instead, she gripped onto the edge of the control panel and flipped the ship over, spinning it quickly upside down. Since he had the gravity enabled, he went flying towards the ceiling while she dangled from the console. She saw something go flying out of his hand and when he started to struggle up, she flipped the ship back over. â€śYou stupid, little, bitch!â€ť He screamed and pushed himself quickly to his feet and launched himself at her.
He slammed into her back before she could turn the ship over again and grabbed at her, trying to pull her away from the controls. â€śNo!â€ť She kicked at him as her fingers clung to the console.
â€śYouâ€™re going to regret screwing with me.â€ť
â€śFuck you!â€ť She did something she knew was probably stupid and incredibly dangerous, she hit the emergency landing button and set it to full speed. The shipâ€™s alarms started going off and the autopilot took over, heading toward the nearest planet. She elbowed him in the face, so he let her go and ducked around him, running and nearly falling as the ship started into a nosedive.
Orthu and his men were making the officers uncomfortable as they questioned everyone on shift that night when the girls went out to eat. Orthu had insisted on listening to the interviews and since he was the leader of another planet they let him. â€śwhy are these humans so unhelpfulâ€ť he asked nobody in particular as yet another person had no useful information. An officer nervously swallowed â€śweâ€™ll find herâ€ť Neek grabbed Orthus arm, he had stayed there with him, not only because he too wanted information as fast as possible but because Orthus aura was so intense and angry. He wanted to help him stay calm before he caused a problem between them and the officers.
â€śOrthu maybe we should get some air. I dont think the other girl is coming into the station for another twenty minuetsâ€ť
â€śThats not going to help us find her. I just need any clue of what to doâ€ť Neek managed to force him outside of the police department â€śOrthu, I need you to be calm because Iâ€™m struggling myself. All of Fregs descendants are in space doing what they can and here on earth we have the police force and all the wolves in Camillas pack looking for some kind of clue as to what happened to herâ€ť
â€śthey need to let me look at her carâ€ť
â€śCSI needs to finish with it first Orthu. If theres evidence in there they wont be able to use it to prosecute whomever took her if you go in there before they are done with itâ€ť
â€śwhy is it taking so longâ€ť
â€śOrthu, humans have not been around anywhere near as long as us. They are much less advanced. We need to let them handle this in their time just incase this is a human or creature from this realmâ€ť
â€śNeek Iâ€¦I will try to calm downâ€ť
â€śthank you for coming. You have those cops so scared I know they are working as hard as they canâ€ť The next interview they listened to was actually helpful. â€śThe only weird thing that night was the air seemed heavyâ€¦likeâ€¦I couldnt even hear myself speak. I was talking on the phone and everything was distorted for a few moments and no I dont do drugsâ€ť
â€śheavy?â€ť the officers asked in shock. Neek glanced over at Orthu to find him gone and the next moment in the interrogation room “did your head hurt?
â€śsir you need to get outâ€ť The officer tried â€śI think this is an alien issue so sit down and let me talk to herâ€ť he said sternly. The cop obeyed, looking like he might wet himself in fear. â€śyeâ€¦yeah it didâ€ť
â€śThe air, besides everything being heavy, tell me more about itâ€ť
â€śI dont know, I guess it was pretty thick tooâ€ť
â€śwhat sort of sound was thereâ€ť
â€śum, I dont think there was any sound. I was just trying to hear myself and the person I had been talking toâ€ť
â€śThank you, miss.â€ť
â€śYeâ€¦yeah, no problem.â€ť
Orthu walked out of the interrogation room and Neek quickly joined him. He could see the rage and worry in Orthuâ€™s eyes. â€śYou know who has her.â€ť
â€śYes.â€ť Orthuâ€™s voice was calm, but Neek knew it was just him trying not to explode on the spot.
â€śDo you know where they are or how to find them?â€ť
â€śHimâ€¦and I will as soon as I contact his planet. That simpering, little bastard, Iâ€™m going to kill him.â€ť
Tarryn hauled herself up and through the open door, only briefly glancing back down to see the alien climbing up the side of the wall, using the architecture of it has hand and footholds. The ship had entered the gravity of the nearest planet and she knew they would be crashing soon. She needed to get to a safer part of the ship. She stumbled down the hall, slamming into one of the walls as the ship pitched sideways. She glanced over her shoulder to see him pulling himself up after her and she quickly turned the corner. She couldnâ€™t let him catch up with her.
She wished she could be in her fathers form, the form of all her people on Krawnum but this collar was somehow preventing the shift. It put her at a disadvantage to her pursuer. Sheâ€™d be just as durable and maybe more so if she wasnâ€™t stuck in this human body. The adrenaline however was helping her ignore the pain because she knew at this point there would be no civility at all between them. If he got her again she didnâ€™t even want to think about what he might do but she didnâ€™t have it in her to simply obey, to sit around and let him use her against Orthu and the beings of Krawnum.
When she ship finally hit the planet something slammed into her so hard it actually cracked the collar, however, it also broke her nose. She could taste her own blood and it almost made her gag, she hated the taste of blood. She pushed what resembled a cabinet off of her and grabbed onto the collar, jerking at it despite how much the effort continued to hurt her. Things would be so much easier if she could just ditch this human body.
It gave a little more and she was just starting to try to shift when her captor lunged at her, tackling Tarryn to the ground. However, thankfully, the collar had been damaged enough she could shift. Now this asshole was going to have to fight someone bigger than he was instead of the other way around.
â€śWhat I want you to do, is locate his ship and give me its location.â€ť Orthu said as he spoke to the image of the leader of the other planet.
â€śAnd youâ€™re sure it was him?â€ť
Orthu glared at him and Neek actually saw the smaller man flinch even though they werenâ€™t in the same room. â€śIf I wasnâ€™t sure I wouldnâ€™t be talking to you. Now, locate his ship and send me the location now.â€ť
â€śIt might take a moment, Orthu.â€ť
â€śThen as quickly as possible.â€ť
â€śI understand, Iâ€™ll get back to you as quickly as possible.â€ť
â€śAnd get some of your men searching his home, I want to know how he knew about her.â€ť
â€śYes, of course.â€ť
Orthu ended the call and got his ship started. â€śI think we should get up there while we wait so I can go to her immediately.â€ť
â€śWeâ€™re going to find her, Orthu.â€ť Neek came to stand next to him. â€śTell me about the man who took her.â€ť
â€śHeâ€™s had it out for me ever since I found out he was holding onto an artifact. I asked that it be given to me, for safe keeping. His leader agreed, but heâ€™s been furious about it ever since. His reaction told me it was probably dangerous, so I donâ€™t regret taking it, I just hate Tarryn is the one paying the price instead of me.â€ť
Neek nodded. â€śYou love her, donâ€™t you?â€ť
Orthuâ€™s heart felt like it might jump out of his chest and he couldnâ€™t bring himself to look at Neek. â€śIâ€¦â€ť he sighed, â€śyes, I do.â€ť
â€śHave you talked to her about that yet?â€ť
â€śWhat if she doesnâ€™t feel the same wayâ€¦I mean we go months without seeing eachotherâ€¦if sheâ€™d have me we wouldnâ€™t. If she wouldnâ€™t come live with me Iâ€™d just come here as frequently as I could but stillâ€¦there are men closer here on earth, who could just be here all the timeâ€ť
â€śTarryn loves Krawnum too. She just might go live there with you and honestly, she talks about your conversations all the time Orthu. Even if she doesnâ€™t realize it I think sheâ€™s in love with you too. I happen to know for a fact, first thing she does every morning is check if she has a message from youâ€ť
â€śIâ€™m scared of making her feel awkward in my presence Neekâ€ť
â€śsometimes we just have to take a leap Orthu. Iâ€™d be happy if she ended up with youâ€¦how long have you had these feelings?â€ť
â€śI suppose Iâ€™ve always had a crush on her butâ€¦I started to actually love her when she was about fifteenâ€¦then, during your last long visit I was completely consumed by it. I canâ€™t imagine being with anybody that isnâ€™t her and I canâ€™t imagine loseing talking to her all the time or worseâ€¦loseing my relationship with her completely butâ€¦Iâ€™ll try to tell herâ€¦hearing that our talks mean a lot to her too makes me a little less worried this is one sidedâ€ť
Tarryn caught the smaller alien in the ribs and sent him flying, a surprised look on his face as he sailed through one of the already cracked ship windows. She didnâ€™t think he was dead, but at least she had time to escape. She headed for the opposite side of the ship, shifting back and pinching the bridge of her nose in hopes it would stem the blood still trickling from her nostrils. She was relieved when she found a window that had been shattered and she quickly climbed out and started running away from the ship. As far as she could tell, the air wasnâ€™t toxic, maybe a little heavier, but definitely breathable and even though she was winded and in pain, she forced herself to keep moving. She glanced over her shoulder, relieved when she didnâ€™t see him pursuing her, but knowing that might me he just hadnâ€™t realized she was gone yet.
Orthu jumped when his shipâ€™s computer sounded off, alerting him that he had an incoming call. He quickly answered and found the leader of the other planet looking nervous. â€śWell?â€ť He asked.
â€śWe found a file hidden in his house with information about your friend. It seems that someone from your home world has been feeding him information.â€ť
Orthu eyes darkened. â€śWhat?â€ť
â€śI swear, thatâ€™s what we found, communications between him and another.â€ť
Orthu quickly typed out a message to his commanding officer, letting him know that someone there had betrayed them and he should investigate immediately. â€śWhat about his ship?â€ť Orthu asked.
â€śSo far weâ€™ve found a general area. Weâ€™ve been having trouble locking onto its beacon, itâ€™s almost like itâ€™s been tampered with.â€ť
â€śJust give me the location, my men and I will search there and send some of yours, Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ll want to deal with him instead of me ripping his head off.â€ť
â€śNo, he has wronged you and yours, the punishment should be left to you.â€ť
The manâ€™s voice shook a little even as he looked Orthu in the eyes and Orthu knew why. â€śKrawnum will not start a war with you over this incident. I may be furious, but I donâ€™t blame you or your people.â€ť
â€śOf course, then I will send you what we have.â€ť
â€śit canâ€™t beâ€¦ someone from our planetâ€¦â€ť Neek said in shock once the call had ended. Their planet was so peaceful, things like this didnâ€™t happen. Was whatever Orthu had taken from this alien so amazing. Orthu didnâ€™t say anything but Neek could feel how much more livid he was right now. The information was sent over and Orthu raced off through space. Meanwhile Neek sent out his own messages to let Freg know where they were headed so Johanas family could help if it was needed. He knew regardless they wanted to be doing something.
Tarryn almost tripped coming to a stop when beings came into her view. Thankfully she didnâ€™t have to worry about communicating to them thanks to her Krawnum lineage. â€śThereâ€™s this terrible male chasing me. I donâ€™t know his species but he kidnapped me over some feud he has with my leader.â€ť she quickly explained and to her relief they seemed to want to help her. She was more confident than she had been this entire time she could save herself and not get Orthu involved.
She was shown into what she guessed was their home and sat down at the table â€śyour neck is bruised. Is it alright?â€ť the being asked. Tarryn couldnâ€™t tell what gender this being was. The voice nor body really gave anything away to her knowledge. â€śIt hurts but itâ€™ll be okay. Why did the being with you not come inâ€ť
â€śHeâ€™ll wait for the one chasing you and make sure he knows youâ€™ve found asylum with us. We like Krawnum but why do you look like this?â€ť
â€śOh, I just like looking humanâ€¦Iâ€™m actually part human.â€ť she could tell they didnâ€™t know what a human was but the being in front of her seemed to accept the answer and believe her. Just incase Tarryn asked â€śI can shift if youâ€™d likeâ€ť
â€śOh no, we know your people donâ€™t like your true bodies. If you werenâ€™t hurt however I would want to see what youâ€™d look like if you were born hereâ€ť
â€śOh, I dont mind, it wont make me hurt any more or lessâ€ť Tarryn tapped into her gifts and soon looked like the being in front of her.
â€śThat is amazing.â€ť
â€śThank you.â€ť She shifted back. â€śDo you have something I can use for my nose?â€ť
â€śOf course, Iâ€™m sorry, just relax here. Would you like some water?â€ť
â€śIf you wouldnâ€™t mind.â€ť
Neek moved closer to the ships window as he looked at the system they had been directed to. â€śI know this place.â€ť He said as he spun around and headed over to the computer. He quickly typed in some information and the entire solar system was brought up. It was small, with only three planets.
â€śYouâ€™ve been here?â€ť Orthu asked.
â€śA long time ago.â€ť He pointed at the first planet. â€śThat one was uninhabited the last time I came through.â€ť He then pointed at the second and third. â€śThose two had beings on them.â€ť
â€śNo, very accommodating actually.
That gave Orthu some relief, maybe they would help her. They had time to fill and silence would only make them stress more so Neek asked â€śare you going to admit you love her? Undoubtedly that being has told her alreadyâ€ť he sighed â€śI suppose I am, I would never outright lie to her. It only takes one lie to shake someones trust in you foreverâ€ť
â€śI think it will go wellâ€ť
â€śThat means a lot coming from you. Iâ€™d trust yours and Johanas thoughts on how she might feel more than anybodysâ€ť
â€śI dont think anybody knows her like Camilla thoughâ€ť
â€śtrue, Iâ€™ve always been glad she has such a good friend. True friends are incredibly hard to find.â€ť
â€śGodâ€¦I cant imagine how long she might have been gone, how much further he could have taken her away without Camillas quick action.â€ť
â€śIâ€™ll have to thank her myself. I wouldnâ€™t have been worried for atleast another day. She gets so busy at times and I try not to be too needy of herâ€ť
â€śYeah, Johana and I would have gotten worried about when you did. I mean, sheâ€™s fallen asleep at a friends house without telling us but sheâ€™d never worry us by not at least updating the next day. It would have been hours after Camilla came to our door, at dinner or the next morning that we started to try to figure out what happenedâ€ť
â€śNeekâ€¦I canâ€™t stay on earthâ€¦I can visit but if sheâ€™ll come home with me so we can be together all the timeâ€¦would you be angry at me for taking her awayâ€ť
â€śI want her to be happy and sheâ€™s a grown woman. She was going to leave home at some point, maybe not such a far planet but sheâ€™ll come visit us. Johana and I will be okay, now Arli, she might just come with you. I donâ€™t know how well sheâ€™ll take to her twin moving to another planet if that is what Tarryn ends up doing.â€ť
â€śsheâ€™d be welcome, whatever it took to make Tarryn happy there with meâ€ť
The front door of the house opening startled Tarryn. It was the alien that had stayed outside. â€śHe is heading this way.â€ť
â€śHow long until he gets here?â€ť The other, who had said her name was Beasag, replied.
â€śAlright, thank you, let him know she is under our protection.â€ť
â€śIf you can, donâ€™t kill him.â€ť Tarryn added. â€śI know it might be hard, but my friend Orthu will want him alive.â€ť
He nodded. â€śVery well.â€ť
He left again and she took Tarrynâ€™s hand. â€śCome with me, Iâ€™m going to hide you just in case.â€ť
â€śI donâ€™t want you guys to get hurt because of me.â€ť
â€śPlease donâ€™t worry about it.â€ť The last thing she wanted was for these people to get hurt because of her, but they seemed adamant about watching over her. She allowed Beasag to lead her into one of the back rooms where she pulled back a rug, revealed a hatch. â€śYou must stay quiet, no matter what you hear.â€ť
â€śJust trust us, we will keep you safe.â€ť
â€śthank you so muchâ€ť
â€śMaybe you could thank us by telling us more stories about the galaxy. The last one from your planet who came here told us amazing storiesâ€ť
â€śIf you want Iâ€™ll fly back here and take you on a tourâ€ť Beasags face lit up at the thought but Tarryn didnâ€™t get to see it long before the kind alien shut her away. Tarryn leaned against the wall and sat completely still, even being mindful of her breathing. There were a few moments she wanted to lung out and help once she heard them wrestling him inside but she obeyed Beasag. It felt like an eternity had passed when the woman lifted the hatch â€ścome, itâ€™s okayâ€ť
To her relief the woman didnâ€™t look hurt in any way but the other being had obviously been through hell with her captor â€śOh my goodness, Iâ€™m so sorryâ€ť Tarryn said, almost crying. He shook his head â€śI will be fine. Iâ€™m relieved you got to usâ€ť
â€śIâ€™ve promised Beasag Iâ€™d take you two on a tour of the galaxy sometime. I mean that, Iâ€™ll make this up to youâ€ť
â€śThat sounds amazingâ€ť
“where is he?â€™ Tarryn couldnâ€™t help but ask and with a devilish grin the male being lifted a jar â€śright hereâ€ť
â€śYouâ€™re kiddingâ€ť both beings cracked up at the same time â€śyes, I just randomly grabbed this when you asked, thought it would lighten the moodâ€ť Tarryn gave a light laugh â€śYou two are amazingâ€ť she noted then he showed her where they had her kidnapper bound. â€śhe wont be able to get out of that. Youâ€™re safe, otherwise I would have had Beasag keep you down thereâ€ť
â€śI canâ€™t believe itâ€™s really over.â€ť
â€śWhy donâ€™t you come and sit in the kitchen. Iâ€™ll get you something to eat and then we will send out a call, see if we canâ€™t get a hold of your leader.â€ť
â€śKnowing Orthu, heâ€™s probably already on his way.â€ť
â€śJust in case then, we want him to know exactly where you are.â€ť
â€śThank you so much, for everything.â€ť
Orthu tapped on the screen on the main console as something big pinged on his radar. â€śI think I found the ship.â€ť He said as he flew above the second planet. â€śThe object is large enough.â€ť
â€śThen letâ€™s go down, itâ€™s better to be safe and check it out.â€ť
Orthu nodded as he zeroed in on the location and headed down toward the planetâ€™s surface. His heart was beating hard as they broke through the atmosphere, terrified for Tarryn. He was shocked when they came upon the ship, his heart dropping as he took in the massive amounts of damage. â€śWhat happened?â€ť He hadnâ€™t meant to say it out loud.
â€śThey crashed, really bad too. The front of the ship is almost nonexistent.â€ť Neek replied.
â€śIâ€™m assuming they must have fought while he was drivingâ€ť
â€śI dont think my daughter would be anybodyâ€™s preferred hostage. I canâ€™t imagine he got her to do anything without a struggle if he even got her to listen at all. The scariest part about this situation for me has been that knowledgeâ€ť The darkness that had been around Orthu increased again â€śIf heâ€™s alive heâ€™ll regret even the smallest thing he did to herâ€ť They searched the ship and found neither were still there. They were just about to start figuring out where they had gone when Orthus phone went off, the being on the other end letting him know Tarryn was safe and that two beings on the very planet they stood on had her.
â€śis it known yet who put Tarryn in harms wayâ€ť The being on the other end swallowed â€śSirâ€¦well, it appears to have been Cephameonâ€ť
â€śThat canâ€™t beâ€ť
â€śwellâ€¦it doesnâ€™t look goodâ€¦as hard as that is to hear.â€ť
â€śTo know I love her it had to have been someone incredibly close to meâ€¦I havenâ€™t gone sharing thatâ€¦if the evidence is saying it was him Iâ€¦damn itâ€ť
â€śIâ€™m sorry sirâ€ť
â€śwhere is he now?â€ť
â€śwe didnâ€™t want to accuse him without you homeâ€ť
â€śGood, let him think for now I donâ€™t knowâ€ť Orthu shoved the phone in his pocket â€śI suppose our planet couldnâ€™t stay completely harmonious and peaceful foreverâ€ť
â€śdo you know why he would have done thisâ€ť
â€śNo and Iâ€™d prefer not to get even more pissed off before I see Tarryn. My fathers temper was not lost in my DNA and Iâ€™m trying to remain as calm as possibleâ€ť It was easy to find Tarryn and the now bound and defenseless Kokon” Orthu was glad the bastard was knocked unconscious so he could have a moment to embrace Tarryn and look her over. â€śIâ€™m sorryâ€ť they said at the same time and Orthu couldnâ€™t believe his ears â€śyouâ€™re sorryâ€¦about what?â€ť
â€śI really wanted to get myself home but thanks to these beings, at least you didnâ€™t have to trade for meâ€ť The male, Priasidas spoke up â€śHe was already so wounded from the crash and dealing with you. You were every bit as a part of subduing him as my wife and I was.â€ť Orthu nodded â€śwe saw the shipâ€¦nothing is broken right?â€ť
â€śNo, Iâ€™m just a little bruisedâ€ť
â€śdid you have any before the crash?â€ť
â€śso he didnâ€™t hurt you?â€ť she had never been a good liar â€śwell, I was wearing this collar like thing when I woke up. He used it to shock meâ€¦Iâ€™m honestly surprised the voltage didnâ€™t do any harm to my skinâ€ť
â€śHow badly did he do itâ€ť
â€śIâ€™m okay Orthuâ€ť
â€śLets just get her homeâ€ť Neek said and Orthu nodded again. Tarryn looked back at her new friends â€śI promise Iâ€™ll come backâ€ť
â€śtake your timeâ€ť Beasag said then Priasidas added â€śwe can waitâ€ť he looked over at Neek â€śitâ€™s good to see you againâ€ť
â€śThank you so much for helping my daughterâ€ť Neek said gratefully. Orthu grabbed Kokon and they returned to Orthus ship â€śIâ€™ll be back in a momentâ€ť he said before leaving them to store Kokon in the prison cell he had on his ship. â€śYouâ€™re not just putting on a brave front for Orthu right? You really have no wounds I should be tending toâ€ť
â€śBeasag took care of me. They were so wonderfulâ€ť
â€śIâ€™m glad Iâ€™ve been this way before but I think those two would have helped anywayâ€ť after a short pause Neek asked â€śwhat happened?â€ť
â€śIâ€™ll wait for Orthu so I donâ€™t have to tell it twice. Thereâ€™s nothing I wouldnâ€™t want to say in front of himâ€ť she knew thats why her father was asking now. Neek seemed relieved â€śIâ€™m so glad youâ€™re okayâ€ť
â€śDid Orthu tell you anything about why Kokon did it?â€ť
â€śapparently he had taken something dangerous away from him and is keeping it on his planet for safe keepingâ€¦you knowâ€¦he came to earth himself right away when I told him you were missing, before we even knew anything about whyâ€ť
â€śHeâ€™s a good guyâ€ť
â€śgood guys can still send their militaryâ€ť
â€śso Iâ€™m guessing youâ€™re now part of the club who thinks he loves meâ€ť
â€śIâ€™m just pointing something out. It meant a lot to me and I figured it might mean a lot to you to know that. Another thing you should know about someone else who wouldnâ€™t brag to you about what a good friend they are is Camilla is who alerted everyone. When you didnâ€™t meet her and Alice like you were supposed to she knew something was wrong. She came to me to make sure and then got her entire pack looking for you. She didnâ€™t stop until we told her you were definitely in space.â€ť
â€śI donâ€™t know how Iâ€™m going to repay them.â€ť
â€śI doubt youâ€™ll have to baby, they both care about you immensely.â€ť
It took everything Orthu had no to kill Kokon, but he did settle for slapping him awake. He blinked himself awake and had the decency to look scared when he saw Orthu. â€śThatâ€™s right, Kokon, youâ€™re on my ship now, on my turf.â€ť
â€śYou wouldnâ€™t kill me, not you.â€ť He attempted to sound confident, but Orthu could hear the worry in his voice.
â€śYouâ€™re right, but itâ€™s only because youâ€™re not worth my time. I only want to know one thing, what in the hell does Cephameon have to do with all this?â€ť
Kokon actually chuckled. â€śIâ€™m sure youâ€™ll find out when you get back to that weak little peace loving planet of yours.â€ť
Orthu wanted to beat the answer out of him, but forced himself to leave. He wasnâ€™t worth it and he had given his word he would return Kokon to his home planet. Tarryn smiling at him when he returned had relief flooding through him again and he quickly pulled her into a hug. â€śIâ€™m okay, Orthu.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m sorry, Tarryn, it should have been me. That bastard.â€ť He pulled back to look at her. â€śTell me what happened? How did his ship crash?â€ť
â€śI crashed it.â€ť
â€śWhat?â€ť Orthu and Neek said as one.
â€śWell, he threatened me, sort of and I didnâ€™t know if he meant it or not, so I crashed the ship.â€ť
â€śWhat did he say?â€ť
â€śUmâ€¦wellâ€¦he said he was going to punish youâ€¦by mating with me.â€ť He tensed, his eyes darkening and she grabbed onto him so he wouldnâ€™t do something he might regret. â€śHe didnâ€™t do anything to me though, other than shock me, I promise. I also broke my nose, but that was my fault, it happened in the crash.â€ť
â€śHeâ€™s lucky, I would have killed him.â€ť He reached up and gently touched her nose. It wasnâ€™t broken any longer, but he knew it must still hurt. He thanked her powerful bloodline for that. They had always been quick healers.
He wanted to bring Tarryn into his arms again but felt it would be too much â€śIâ€™ll get us set for Kokons home world. Iâ€™ll let them punish him. Their leader was scared enough on the phone I know theyâ€™ll handle this.â€ť Orthu said then Neek shook his head â€śIâ€™ll get us going. Why donâ€™t you and Tarryn talk, Iâ€™m sure being with her friend will make her feel betterâ€ť Neek hugged his daughter one more time then walked away from the two of them. â€śLets go somewhere more comfortable Tarrynâ€ť Orthu suggested. â€śalrightâ€ť Tarryn agreed and they went to a lounge area he had on his ship.
They sat on a couch together and Tarryn assured him â€śNone of this is really your fault Orthuâ€ť
â€śhe took you because he knew how much it would hurt meâ€¦â€ť
â€śbecause weâ€™re really good friends?â€ť she asked and Orthu sighed â€śTarrynâ€¦because Iâ€™m in love with youâ€ť it would have been agonizing to hold onto those words any longer so he just gave them voice. â€śwell stillâ€¦itâ€™s cowardly to go the way he did. He knew he couldnâ€™t best you and your army face to face so he went with kidnappingâ€¦Iâ€¦I love you too by the way. You know I hadnâ€™t even really realized it myself until I was talking about you with Beasag, after hearing from Kokon you loved meâ€¦he was so sure and it made me start to really think. I mean, my friends have been saying so for awhile but a lot of times with them if a man pays any kind of attention to you he must like you so I didnâ€™t really think much of itâ€ť
He cupped her cheek in his hand and turned her head so they were looking into one anothers eyes â€śIâ€™m a coward too for waiting so long to tell youâ€ť
â€śHow long have you loved me?â€ť
â€śMy feelings began to grow when you were fifteen but what truly made me realize I wanted to spend my life with you was your last long visit. I was so depressed when you left Krawnum.â€ť She kissed his cheek and his breath shuddered, his body covering in goosebumps. She smiled, noticing the reaction â€śwell Iâ€™d love being your mate Orthu, whatever that means for me. I know as your mate Iâ€™d have some responsibilities tooâ€¦wellâ€¦when you decided I should live with you and all thatâ€ť
â€śTarryn, if you would I want you to come home with me now. I donâ€™t care if its fast unless living with me now would be too fast for you. I mean, would you ever want to live on my planet? Being with me doesnt mean you have to. Iâ€™ll just come to earth as much as I can. I wouldnâ€™t care what anybody else thought of that. I care about what makes you happyâ€ť
â€śI adore Krawnum and you and everybody there. Lets move in together on your planetâ€ť His expression was so adorably happy â€śOh Tarrynâ€ť was all he could manage to say. He kissed her forehead then rested his against hers â€śI wont let anything happen to you again Tarrynâ€ť
â€śMe neither, I want to get better at defending myselfâ€ť They both wanted to really kiss one another but were both too shy about this new relationship to ask or initiate it. Instead they ended up cuddling, Orthu surprising Tarryn with how incredible his touch felt. He was going between rubbing her arm and back and it felt like he must be using some sort of magic. Orthu only let her go when they arrived at Kokons planet â€śIf Kokon speaks to you I may just snap his neck so would you please wait here Tarryn?â€ť
â€śYouâ€™ve made me feel so weak anywayâ€ť Orthu smiled, his heart feeling as if it must be flipping in his chest. She could tell that if the Krawnum people could blush he would be. Especially when he got caught up staring at her a few moments before walking away. She must have fallen asleep because the next thing she knew she was waking up in Orthus bedroom at Krawnum.
She wasnâ€™t fully awake when her twin sister Arli and her mother Johana wrapped her in a hug â€śIâ€™m okay guys, jeez, how long was I out?â€ť
â€śwe havenâ€™t been here longâ€¦Iâ€™ve been wanting to embrace you so badly sweetheart, Arli tooâ€ť
â€śwhereâ€™s dad and Orthu?â€ť
â€śdealing with Cephameon, heâ€™s the one who told Kokon about you. He even apparently gave Koku a pictureâ€ť
â€śthats part of what they are finding out. Weâ€™ve just been in here waitingâ€ť
â€śwhereâ€™s my brothers?â€ť
â€śBaek and Iseul are packing your things at home. Orthu said you wanted to move here. They wanted to come but your father said to let Orthu handle this and that theyâ€™d be more helpful to you by packing so you wouldnâ€™t have toâ€ť
â€śI hate everyone had to worry so muchâ€ť
â€śwe all just love you so muchâ€¦itâ€™s actually kind of nice to know Orthu loves you. You and Baek both have incredible life mates nowâ€ť Tarryn rubbed her face â€śOh jeez yeah, poor Zatalia. Iâ€™ve got her husband packing things for me while sheâ€™s eight months pregnantâ€ť
â€śSheâ€™s fine, weâ€™ll all have to come here again once she has the babyâ€ť
â€śOh no, Iâ€™ll come there, Iâ€™m sure Orthu can pull away. Nobody wants to travel after theyâ€™ve given birthâ€ť
â€śwell weâ€™ll all discuss it. With Zatalia who knows what sheâ€™ll want. She seems to love being in spaceshipsâ€ť
Orthu and Ceph were arguing â€śshe wasnâ€™t supposed to be hurt. He swore to me he wouldnâ€™t hurt herâ€ť
‘had he ever really given you any reason to trust him Ceph? He could have done unspeakable things to her! Even if he didnâ€™t mean it he told her he might rape her just to hurt me!”
â€śYes and nothing in all of the galaxies could have saved you if he had!â€ť
â€śOrthu we just wanted the artifact back. You had no right to take it weâ€ť Orthu had already grabbed it and had it with him. He threw it with all his strength against a wall, shattering it â€śthereâ€™s youâ€™re fucking artifact!â€ť
â€śThats what I should have done with it in the first place but my need for knowledge was too great then but make no mistake, Nothing means more to me than her!â€ť
â€śOrthu I didnâ€™t know heâ€™d hurt her. I thought it would be a quick trade because I knew that!â€ť
â€śThe very fact that you conspired with that bastard kills me, Ceph, you stabbed me in the back.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s not good enough.â€ť
â€śWhat are you going to do to me?â€ť
He wanted to hit him, he really did, but he clenched his fists to keep himself from doing so and took a breath. â€śWhy did you give him Tarryn?â€ť
â€śKokon said that the artifact was the key to finding something that would benefit our planet, that it would bring into a new age. He said you demanded it from our leader, that you practically stole it and if I helped get it back, then our home world would prosper.â€ť
â€śYouâ€™ve been living here, on my planet, by our rules, why compromise that?â€ť
â€śBecause I still love my planet, my parents live there, my siblings, everyone I know. I just wanted it to have more of a chance. Weâ€™re not explorers like you, not by nature so I thought maybe I could help give our people more of something. I didnâ€™t know he would go so far, I didnâ€™t know heâ€™d hurt her.â€ť
â€śI took it to keep it safe and do you really think that that thing was something useful? Look at the way he acted.â€ť
â€śI know, Iâ€™m sorry, I didnâ€™t thinkâ€¦â€ť
â€śThatâ€™s the problem, Ceph, you should know better.â€ť He sighed. â€śYou have to be punished.â€ť
â€śSince Tarryn wasnâ€™t killed or assaulted, I am inclined to take it easier on you than I would if something worse had happened. Your biggest crime is obviously being a gullible idiot. Five years, Ceph, you can have five years in prison and then after that you are going to make up for what happened. I cannot say I forgive you yet.â€ť
Orthu saw to it himself that his friend was locked up then Neek said â€śLets go check on the girls. If Tarryns up or not weâ€™ll go visit my parents to give you two some spaceâ€ť
â€śI hope sheâ€™s up, if she sleeps much longer Iâ€™ll start to worry.â€ť They were on the way to his bedroom when they heard the girls in the kitchen, Tarryn freshly showered and in the clean clothes her parents brought her. Tarryn ran over to Orthu and hugged him â€śI hate so much it was Ceph. I know heâ€™s a close friend of yoursâ€ť
â€śDonâ€™t worry about any of thatâ€¦how do you feel?â€ť
â€śIâ€™m glad my mom was persistent about a shower. Just that had me feeling a lot betterâ€ť Neek began speaking â€śIâ€™m going to go visit my parents while Iâ€™m here hon. You rest here with Orthuâ€ť
â€śOkay, tell them how much I love themâ€ť
â€śI will sweetheartâ€ť Johana and Arli left and as soon as they were gone he kissed her forehead, almsot making Tarryn giggle â€śyou know I donâ€™t think youâ€™d upset my dad kissing me on the headâ€ť he chuckled nervously â€śhave you eaten?â€ť
â€śall I felt like was a light snackâ€ť
â€śThenâ€¦wellâ€¦could I hold you some more? Once you were out I felt awkward laying with you with your dad on my shipâ€¦â€ť
â€śThat sounds amazingâ€ť Once they were settled she asked â€śdid you know my brothers are home packing things for me?â€ť
â€śwhen they get here I want to make them an incredible meal as a thank you. I cant let these IOUs stack too highâ€ť Orthu chuckled at her â€śyouâ€™re brothers would do anything for you. They doted on you and Arli from the time you were bornâ€ť now it was Tarryns turn to laugh â€śsometimes I forget you were an adult long before my parents even metâ€ť
â€śI couldnâ€™t believe the day your father stormed in here and told my father he and Johana were going to have all the children they wanted and nobody could stop them. Heâ€™s really made significant changes to our way of life around here and Iâ€™m so glad he didâ€¦godâ€¦weâ€™ve had so few deaths since that time they still wouldnâ€™t have had you and Arliâ€ť
â€śare you going to mind Arli here a lotâ€¦I mean, Iâ€™ll miss everybody but itâ€™s different with Arliâ€¦sheâ€™s my twinâ€ť
â€śAnybody you want here is welcome any time.â€ť
â€śthank you Orthuâ€ť He kissed her forehead again and it warmed her heart â€śyouâ€™re so sweetâ€ť she whispered and he whispered back â€śYou make it easyâ€ť
~ The End