Tyche moved silently up the dark stairway, her cloaking device hiding her from the security cameras. The office she was looking for was up two more floors. Once she made it to the next door she slowly cracked it open and listened. There was no noise that she could hear so she slipped into the hall. There was a security camera at each end of every hall on this floor. She walked quickly, looking for a file room. She had been told that this company used both an electronic and paper filing system. They printed out their files so they would have a copy in case their system crashed. The room door had a key pad and she easily shorted it out. She grinned, not understanding how these companies thought a simple keypad could stop a thief. She grabbed the handle and turned it then pushed it open. The room was filled with filing cabinets and on a table was a laptop. She slowly closed the door then moved slowly over to the laptop. She would retrieve the electronic file first then grab the paper one. She flipped the laptop open and turned it on. It was password protected.
“Decoder.” She said and the lights on her wristbands turned blue. “Find password.” It took a few minutes, but the password was finally brought up on her wristband and she typed it in. She used her wristbands to speed search through the computer until she found the file she needed then stole it off of the computer. She closed the laptop. Next was the paper file. She got to her feet and turned around, nearly jumping out of her skin when she saw a man standing there, a file open in his hands.
“This is some pretty interesting stuff.” He said as he closed the file and held it up for her to see. “I mean, absolutely mind blowing.”
“Who the hell are you?”
“Just a good, old fashioned thief who was sent to take something I find completely boring. This technical stuff is crap, but I get paid to take it so here I am.” He looked at the laptop. “I hate to say it, but I was sent here to steal this from you.”
She glared at him. “Who sent you?”
“Couldn’t tell you.”
“Give me the file, I need both.”
“So do I, but this’ll do just fine.”
“I won’t get paid without it.”
“We’re thieves beautiful, we don’t make deals.” He winked and started for the door, but she moved in front of him. “Come on now, you don’t want to do this and frankly the climb up the side of the building was tiring.”
“The climb, but you don’t have gear. Just give me the damn file.” She reached for it and he grabbed her arm, twisting her around and shoving her away from him.
“Bye doll, it was a pleasure.” He winked and was out the door before she could say or do anything.
She screamed closed mouthed in frustration. She couldn’t scale the building like him so couldn’t give chase. How the hell was he doing that and how did he have golden eyes. His skin even seemed weird now that it crossed her mind. Now wasn’t the time to think about his appearance. Without the information he just left with she wasnt getting paid. She quickly left, wishing she had any idea who he was. She was determined to find him and retrieve his information or beat the hell out of him until he sold out his buyer.
She thought she might actually enjoy if he tried to hold out on her. She decided she would get Arete to find information about him online using what he looked like first to find a name. She’d get that bastard that ruined this job if it was the last thing she did.
Peithe walked at a leisurely pace down the street, whistling as he went. He gave a small chuckle at the fact he had stolen information from another thief, especially one so beautiful. She had barely beat him there and he had only managed to get the paper file which meant they would meet again. He sighed and walked into an alley then started climbing up the side of an apartment complex. Once he was at the top he ran across the roofs, jumping from building to building since it was faster than walking along the streets. When he made it home he climbed down the side of his building and dropped onto his balcony. He opened his door and tossed the file on his coffee table then went into the kitchen and pulled out yesterdays takeout and a beer. Now all he had to do was wait.
Tyche rode the elevator up to her and her companions’ office, arms crossed angrily over her chest. She couldn’t believe some other thief had taken half of her data. She wanted to punch him in his smug face. “Tyche, you look pissed.” Arete said when the elevator door opened and she stepped out.
“I need you to hook up and tap into the security cameras of the Lyptos building.”
He jumped up from the chair he was sitting in and stepped onto the platform that his computers were on. “Elpis can you come help me?” He asked. She got up from her desk and stepped up behind him. She lifted his hair and slid open the small compartment at the base of his skull. She hooked up his cords and he hacked into the security system of the Lyptos building. “What am I looking for?”
“A man with blonde hair and a hooded vest.” She paced while Arete searched.
“Whoa, whoa this is weird.” He said and pressed a button so images were being projected into the air. “Watch this.” He zoomed in on a window and they watched as the man climbed through the window, absolutely no gear.
“How is that even possible?” Elpis asked.
“Hold on.” Arete said and zoomed in further. He paused the image. “He has claws and then they’re gone.”
“Some sort of cyborg maybe?” Tyche asked.
“I don’t know. Let me run an image search and see if I can find him.” He stood there, typing quickly, his eyes moving as he searched. “There. His name is Peitho Homage, classified shifter, doesn’t say who he works for, but I have his address.”
“give it to me”
“You’re going now? This late?”
“Yes, I dont want him going anywhere. With how smug he was I’m sure he has no inkling I can find him.”
“He’s a shifter though” Elpis said worriedly. “and I have a gun and a degree in asskickery. Arete snickered “shut your face” she snapped, still angry that Petho had taken what she needed. Arete smiled again and gave her the address. “just be careful please” Elpis asked. “always, you and Arete have a good evening. I’ll call you two when I’m done with him. Will you two be together or are you going home Elpis?”
She turned her beautiful eyes over to Arete who would have blushed if he were able to. “I was having fun here. Can I stay the night?”
“of course you can” he answered, happy at the fact she was staying. Tyche held down her knocking smile and left the two. Elpis sighed “I really wish she wasn’t going after him.”
“You know its impossible to keep her form doing somthing she sets her mind to. Will you unplug this stuff?” She smiled and walked over to him. “Tyche, please don’t get hurt” she said in her mind. Tyche ran through the cool evening, powered by adrenaline and need. She was going to finish this job ao he was going to hand over that paperwork.
Peitho sat the railing of his balcony, legs dangling over the edge as he waited. He knew she would be coming tonight, she didn’t seem like the type to just wait. She was a very interesting female, more hot headed than he was used to, but someone who could hold his attention. He smiled when the wind brought a familiar scent and looked down from his balcony to see a woman running into his building. It was her, he could tell from here that it was her. He flipped backwards and went back inside, grabbing the file off of the coffee table and sticking it under the rug he had under the coffee table. He sat down on the edge of the coffee table and waited patiently.
Tyche tapped her foot in irritation as she rode the elevator up to Peitho’s floor. She was going to wring his neck when she saw him. The elevator doors opened silently and she stepped out and turned to her left, reading the numbers on the doors and stopping in front of his door. She didn’t even knock she just kicked the door open. “Right on time.” Peitho said, grinning.
“Give me the file and I won’t beat you to a bloody pulp.”
“Oh come on now, there is no reason for violence. Why don’t you give me the electronic data instead and we won’t have to go through this whole thing.”
She approached him angrily and grabbed the collar of his jacket. He grabbed her wrists, planted a foot in her stomach and rolled backwards. She went over the coffee table and hit the floor with a thud and he dropped down on top of her and pinned her wrists down. “Let me go shifter.” She snapped.
“You’re incredibly feisty.”
“Shock.” She yelled.
Her bracelets sent out an electrical current that made him yelp and jump back. She kicked out, catching him in his ankle so he fell over. She jumped on his back and pulled his arm behind his back. “Give me the file.”
“I’ve never met a woman quite like you, you’re just full of surprises.” He sounded amused and that pissed her off. “Oh come on, don’t be angry, this is all in good fun.” He turned his head, his golden eyes shining with his amusement. “Do you even know what kind of shifter I am?”
“I’m a lion and one of the great things about being a cat, is our flexibility.” He twisted himself around, surprising her when he didn’t at least dislocate his shoulder, and grabbed her. He pulled her down and kissed her then tossed her off. He reached under the rug and pulled the file out and got to his feet. “You know, this stuff is very boring.”
“You asshole.” She wiped her mouth as she got to her feet. “Don’t ever do that again.”
“Or what, you’ll hurt me? I’m pretty sure I could out run you or overpower you.”
“I should kill you.”
He shrugged. “I’ve heard that one before, but I’m a cat, nine lives.”
“Don’t be stupid. Give me the file.”
He smiled. “Well since you’ve been so much fun.” He tossed her the file and she caught it. “Don’t worry it’s all there.”
“Who are you working for?”
“The brother of the man you’re working for. It seems they like to compete, looks like my client lost.” He shrugged. “Oh well, I’ll let you have this one. See you again?”
“Don’t count on it.” He already had her scent and could easily follow her, but he wasn’t going to tell her that. He wanted to surprise her by showing up unexpectedly.
He smiled then went back outside to watch her leave. It was fun meeting such a spirited beauty. Peitho already enjoyed her company more than any of the lioness’s he had when he had a pride. There was just somthing exciting about a woman who would challenge him. Her lips tasted so sweet in that brief kiss. He was going to get another when he could. Tyche walked back to Aretes apartment angrily even though she had gotten what she wanted. He shouldn’t have just given up like that and he had a lot of nerve to kiss her. She didn’t understand why he had just given up or his reasoning for kissing her.
He was lucky he didn’t go further or she truly would have wrung his neck. Arete and Elpis were surprised to see her back so soon “is he dead?” Elpis asked worriedly “No but I wish he was. He just gave up. I could have won this from him but he gave up after he kissed me”
“He kissed you?”
“While we were fighting” Elpis helped Arete set up for sending the information while Tyche ranted and raved, mainly about the kiss. When everything was done she walked hugged her friends then went home. She needed to sleep this frustration off.
Peitho woke the next morning and stretched. Today he was going to find her. He didn’t even know her name, but he didn’t care, she was far to fascinating to pass up. He took a quick shower, dried and pulled on clean clothes, his vest going on last. He rode the elevator down, smiling at the land lady when he stepped out. “Good morning Peitho, you’re up early.”
“Yes ma’am, I’ve got important business today.”
“Just stay out of trouble.”
“Yes ma’am.” He gave the elderly woman a kiss on her cheek and headed out. He actually liked his landlady a lot. She was incredibly sweet and baked the best banana bread. She sometimes referred to him as her grandson when he visited and she had company. She already had grandchildren, but they hardly ever visited so she looked forward to him coming over. There were a lot of people walking down the street, but he could still smell his prey. He walked at the same leisurely pace he always used when he wasn’t working or running from gun fire. It didn’t take him long to find the building she worked in. Instead of going to every floor using the elevator he decided to climb up the building and look through the windows. He grabbed onto the window sill of the lowest window and started up, searching for her scent and face the whole way.
Tyche was still mad when she got into the elevator that morning. She took a deep breath, trying to dispel the rest of her anger. Arete was sitting on the other side of Elpis’ desk when she came in, his elbows resting on the top of it as he smiled and talked to her. Tyche wished he would just tell Elpis how he felt. “Morning guys.”
“Morning Tyche.” They said in unison.
“Do we get paid?”
“Yes ma’am, it was wired in this morning.”
“I uploaded the requests to your computer and put a cup of coffee on your desk.”
“Thank you.” Tyche pushed open her office door and jumped in surprise when she saw Peitho sitting there drinking her coffee and playing on her computer. “What in the fucking hell are you doing in my office?”
“So your name’s Tyche, that’s a really cool name.”
“How did you even get up here?”
“We’re on the twentieth floor.”
“I can climb anything sweetheart”
“don’t talk to me like that”
“Why are you so angry? I gave you what you wanted because i liked you”
“You didn’t need to just give it to me”
“I wasn’t insulting your skills fighting. Just calm down. I gave you the folder you wanted. Why can’t I see you?”
“You like me but I dont like you?’
“Dont be a poor sport, especially when you won”
“You’ve broken into my office, are drinking my coffee and are snooping through my damn computer”
“You looked into me to find me. i was just curious beautiful’
“My name is Tyche, use it”
“sorry, i will. Just try to calm down”
“Your one of those guys aren’t you?”
“I’m not sure what you mean”
“You kissed me last night and now you pop up in my office today uninvited and just make yourself at home. You’re a promiscuous asshole who thinks he can hit it off with anybody. Can do whatever he pleases”
“I am a lion so I am sort of promiscuous I guess. I understand you humans are not like this, well, the decent ones anyway so here in your world I respect that. I’ll have one mate if one holds my attention. None have until you but dont flatter yourself and think I’m trying. You’ve intrigued me and i want to get to know you better. I dont do this all the time.”
She made a frustrated growling sound and took her coffee. “Get out of my chair or you get the rest of this in your stupid feline lap.” When he didn’t immediately move she hooked her foot under her chair and flipped it over. He fell out and she grabbed it, sitting it back up and flopping down.
“Is everything okay in here?” Elpis asked as she walked into the office. “Is that the shifter?”
“I’m Peitho, nice to meet you.” He held out his hand and she arched an eyebrow.
“Do you want me to ask Arete to throw him out?”
“No, he’ll just climb back up, of course you could always ask him to throw him out the window and test the theory of cats always landing on their feet.”
Elpis laughed and walked back out, closing the door behind her. “Well she’s nice.” Peitho said sarcastically.
“Shut up, I have work to do. Stupid lion, sneaking in here. I wish I had a tranquilizer.” Peitho smiled at her grumbling. “You know what else I can’t believe, that this whole fucking data retrieval thing was some stupid game between brothers. I should go to their offices and beat the shit out of them. It’s not like their security can stop me.”
“I told you it was all in good fun. I knew you’d come after me.”
“Don’t make me regret letting you stay. Oh and never, ever kiss me again or I will tear your heart out.”
“But your lips are so sweet.” She glared at him and he laughed. “That Haust contract you have there isn’t worth it. That guy’s just paranoid. He’s called me more than once wanting me to see how impenetrable his house is. He has a vault in there with all kinds of interesting things. He has a good security system and doesn’t realize that not all thieves are as smart as me.”
“I’d say you rate a three out of ten on the intelligence scale.”
“So cruel, yet so cute.”
Tyche rolled her eyes which only made him smile more. She took to trying to ignore Peithos presence no matter what he said or did, hoping the lack of attention would make him run off. It was another possibility he was an attention seeker and was only bothering her because she didn’t like him. If she had no reaction period he’d find someone else to get attention from. It was near the end of the day she lost it “I’ve ignored you all day! What are you doing!” He almost laughed “and I’ve watched you the whole day. You’re very pretty and interesting to observe”
“I’m not a side show”
“You’re the main event”
“Smooth, I totally believe you dont do this crap all the time” Peitho shrugged “well i have no proof. After i had seven lionesses I had plenty so i havent flirted since my seventh wife”
“ew” he shrugged again “as i told you that was there, this is here.”
“When you find a girl you’re interested in dont tell her that”
“why? Wouldn’t that make me a liar?”
“I dont think anybody is entitled to know everything you’ve ever done”
“If your mates they are”
“We call them husbands or wives or girlfriends here”
“Can’t you just leave me alone a little while today?”
“No, I’m taking you to dinner”
“No, mostly because you decided that without me”
“Fine, can i take you to dinner”
“Should have asked the first time”
“Tyche, let me get to know you. You cant hold it against me I’ve never dated anybody who wasnt a lioness. They submit to us males and do our bidding so yeah, I’m going to make mistakes and possibly make an ass out of myself but i think being I’m from a different culture you could cut me some slack”
“I’ll cut something.”
“Come on, please?”
She sighed. “Fine, just dinner and nothing else.”
“Understood.” She stood and he followed. She didn’t know why she was giving him a chance, especially when he was an ass and had no shame.
“We’re going out for dinner guys, Elpis please let Mr. Haust know we will not be accepting his contract.”
“Yes ma’am. Are you sure it’s safe to go out with him?”
“Probably not, but don’t worry I’ll kick him in the nuts if he tries anything.”
“Alright, have a good night then.” She waved at them as she stepped into the elevator.
“Hey Elpis, do you want to have dinner with me tonight?” Arete asked. “I can order something.”
“Anything you want.”
Tyche stood in the elevator in complete silence just staring at the doors. She glanced at Peitho and found he was still smiling. “You’re way to happy you know that?”
“I don’t have anything to be unhappy about.” He moved so he was standing in front of her. “Could you at least look at me? You have some beautiful eyes.” She felt herself blush and his smile widened. “Damn you’re cute.”
“You’d be the first to say so.”
“Really? That makes me feel special.” He leaned against the doors. “So that Arete guy is a cyborg right?”
“He was in an accident and the doctors had to replace parts of his body. He’s my tech guy and Elpis is my secretary, we’re a family.”
“They like each other.”
Tyche smiled. “I know, I wish they’d tell each other.”
“Elpis knows, there’s no way she can’t. I bet you anything she’s trying to let him make the first move.”
“That wouldn’t surprise me. She would do somthing like that. She’s nicer than she seems to you. She just doesn’t like you”
“She has done everything to make that clear.”
“as i said, we’re family and you havent made the best of impressions”
“I still think I should be given more credit for handing the file over to you”
‘Thank you i guess”
“You’re welcome” Peitho guided her to a restaurant he liked since they knew the meaning of wanting a steak rare. Tyche actually liked this place too so was glad he picked it. “I enjoy their steak here”
“I’m sure you do” he cracked a half smile again “They know what wanting it rare means. I would ask for it uncooked if they’d really serve it that way and people wouldn’t act like I was off my rocker”
“I’m sure it’s because I’m human but that sounds so gross”
“Precisely, you are a human. I wouldn’t expect you to think grand idea, lets all eat raw meat” Tyche almost smiled but didn’t want to give him the satisfaction. Peitho waited for Tyche to decide then they ordered their meal.
“So what made you want to be a thief?” Peitho asked.
She shrugged. “My dad was one until he broke his back. He can still walk, but it gave him trouble after that so sneaking into small places was a no go. He’s the one who made the suit you saw me in last night and these wrist bands. He wanted me to have every advantage.”
“What does your mother do?”
“She’s a college professor.”
“That’s the exact opposite of what I thought you’d say.”
She actually let her smile through that time and his heart did a little flip. “So what about you, why did you become a thief?”
“I lost my pride to another male, decided to come here and saw an opportunity to put my feline skills to use. So here I am, a thief and a damn good one if I do say so myself.”
“Well you are very quiet, but easily spotted by cameras.”
“Hence the reason I wear my hood up most of the time, plus if I get in to deep I can always leave this world and go to another.”
“I’ve only ever been here.”
“All this technology and you’ve never traveled between worlds, that’s a damn shame. I guess I’ll have to take you somewhere when you trust me more.”
“If I trust you more.”
“I don’t like hard work Tyche, it’s a male lion thing, but you’re definitely worth it.”
Tyche was left not really knowing how to respond. Normally she had a quip for everything but she had no idea how to retort. She tried to loosen up a but and slowly did through dinner. Afterward Peitho took Tyche back to her car “goodnight, I’ll see you again.”
“Oh, you want to?” Tyche sighed impatiently “I’d just like warning”
“No can do beautiful. It’ll be a surprise”
“fine, goodnight” Tyche drove home then texted Elpis to let her know it went well and she could take it a little bit easier on Peitho if they saw him again.” Elpis smiled then sent an ok back before returning to her evening with Arete. “Tyche?’
“yeah, her dinner with that lion went well”
“I’m glad, wouldn’t want to have to kick his ass for bothering you too” Elpis smiled at his response “i asked her myself if she wanted you to throw him out”
“She should have let me.”
“She says to take it easy on him and you know if Tyche says he’s okay then he must be.”
She smiled and he blushed. “You know, I wish you’d move into an actual apartment instead of sleeping here. It can’t be comfortable.”
He shrugged. “It’s quiet.”
“Come on, you and I need to do something fun. Let me get you away from these computers for a day, I’m sure Tyche won’t mind.”
“What do you want to do?”
“We could go to the zoo or the water park. It’s not like you can short out.”
“I’m not full on robot you know.”
“I know, I was just teasing. Then tomorrow we’ll go out and you’ll have the time of your life or else.”
Peitho sighed as he made his way home. He never knew how hard it was to be good around someone. He loved Tyche’s irritated face, but he loved her smile even more. He wanted to see more of it and he wanted her to willingly let him kiss her. “How was your night?” It was his landlady. She was sweeping the first floor when he walked in.
“Good I guess. Can I ask you something?”
“How do you break a bad habit that makes someone so mad they want to stab you?”
“You met a girl didn’t you?”
“Yeah she’s a firecracker.”
“When I first met my husband he was irritating, I wanted to hit him with a skillet every time I saw him. We met when I owned a diner. He came in every day trying to get me to go on a date, he was so sure of himself, cocky even. So one I day I told him if he could let go of his ego and make a real effort then I would consider marrying him.”
“How long did that take?”
“Six months, but they were a great six months. The point is that as long as you really, really try then you’ll win her over and don’t give up no matter how long it takes.”
“I wont, thank you”
“anytime sweetheart” he went up to his home and took a long shower. He was wound up with excitement over Tyche so he used the TV to attempt to wind down. He couldn’t sleep until late that night but finally he calmed his busy mind and went to sleep. The next day he actually had breakfast and drank his own coffee before deciding to head over to Tyches job. This time he entered the building like a normal person and actually knocked on her door. Elpis wasn’t there for whatever reason or he would have asked her.
Tyche opened the door, her blue eyes showing him how surprised she was “I was surprised enough you weren’t waiting in here this morning. Now I discover you can use doors and even knock”
“I’m trying to be a person you’d like to be around”
“Step one, success” He smiled “May I come in”
“sure, I’m not staying long. Elpis and Arete are off today. I am too but wanted to do some things”
“can we spend today together?”
“I guess you did actually ask to come in and everything, sure”
“This office is really quiet.”
“Well we have movie night here sometimes. Arete can project the movie in the air, it’s pretty neat. If I knew how to use his computers we could do that, but I don’t.”
“Can’t you use your bracelets?”
“On Arete’s computers, they’d get fried and I didn’t wear them today because it’s my day off.”
“That’s too bad.” He followed her into her office and sat down, waiting for her to finish what she was doing. He just watched her, admiring her beauty.
“Am I really that interesting?”
“You’re that pretty.” He answered and her cheeks reddened. “I especially like when you blush, it’s like I’m the only one who can make you.”
“Maybe you are.”
He smiled and got up, moving around her desk. He gently grabbed her chin and tipped her head up so she was looking at him. “I’d really like another kiss, would that be okay?”
He leaned down and pressed his lips against hers, kissing her softly. “Wow.” He said when he pulled back.
“Was it that good?”
He grabbed her hand and pressed it against his chest so she could feel how hard his heart was beating. “You tell me.”
She swallowed, feeling breathless. “Um, maybe we should go on a walk or something.”
“Can I take you out the window? I promise I won’t let you fall.”
He bent down so she could hop on his back then he easily scaled down the building. It had been amazing and exciting going down the side like that. He set her down and smiled at how obviously happy she was “you liked that?”
“Loved it, we’ll have to do that again”
“what’re we doing? I assume you had plans”
“I wasn’t sure if you’d say yes again”
“well I am” Peitho was pleased with himself that he was already doing so well. He hoped Tyche understood just how hard he was trying right now to make her comfortable with him and to control himself. This was far from what he was used to but he had her smiling and actually wanting to be with him so he couldn’t let himself fail.
“We lions love roaming, let me take you somewhere special.” He held out his hand and she took it, making his heart flutter. He took her to the city limits and further out into the hills and valleys that surrounded Metis. She had never really spent much time outside the city and found it strangely quiet as he pulled her off the road and through the tall grass.
“Where are we going?”
“Just a bit further.” He pulled her through the waist high grass until the couldn’t see the city anymore and then stopped. “Lets sit.” He dropped down in the grass and she looked around before taking a seat in front of him.
“What are we doing?”
“This is what it feels like where I come from. Tall grass and open plains. I remember lying in the shade of a tree and thinking life was perfect. I thought I had everything, women, a full belly, and a very large territory. Then I was defeated, I didn’t have those things anymore, I was made a pariah. I thought I would starve to death and then I found the portal between this world and my own. Passing through there was the best thing I ever did.” He reached over and grabbed her hands in his. “Meeting you was the best thing that ever happened to me and that would have never happened if I had not been overthrown.”
“Maybe you should thank the male who did it.”
He chuckled. “Maybe I should.” He brought her hands to his lips and brushed a gentle kiss onto her fingers. “Stay with me forever, even if it’s just like this. You don’t even have to like me or love me, I just don’t want to be without you. I know it sounds corny, but it’s what I truly want.”
“I kind of like corny. The thing is, I don’t have forever, I’m just one little human.”
“You are the most important human and there is a way to change you. I just need to find other shifters. Would you change for me if I found other shifters?”
“I could Arete to do that, but there is another matter.”
“Elpis and Arete, I’m not leaving them behind. Elpis is human save for her eye and Arete may be a cyborg, but he can still age. They have to change with me or it’s no deal.”
Peitho smiled “If it’ll get you to live forever then it’s fine by me”
“I am starting to actually like you though. I like the man you are much better today than yesterday or the day before.”
“I got some good advice and I’m following it”
“Tomorrow I’ll talk to Arete”
‘Now they’ll have longer to wait for him to make the first move” Tyche giggled “Yeah, I know they’ll both be excited to be around forever.”
“when will you take me to these other worlds?’
“when you’re ready truly.”
“After my next job?”
“Of course, anywhere you want to go”
“You really are crazy.”
“Crazy for you.” She smiled and he leaned in and kissed her nose. “Lay with me?” He asked.
He fell back in the grass and pulled her down on top of him. She blushed as she laid on his chest and nervously played with the fur running along his coat collar. He traced his fingers up and down her spine, making her shiver and giving her goosebumps. “What a wonderful reaction.”
“It’s not my fault, it just feels really good.”
“Hmm.” He turned onto his side and propped his head up so he could look at her. “You’re so beautiful.” He stroked her cheek then moved in slowly for a kiss. He nearly moaned in delight at the warmth of her lips. When she didn’t protest he deepened the kiss, letting his tongue slip into her mouth. He pulled back and rubbed his nose along her jaw. “You taste so sweet.”
“You have a weird tongue.”
He started laughing and then stuck his tongue out. “It’s a cat tongue, all feline shape shifters have rough tongues.” He sighed. “Well I should probably get you back, I’m sure you’re hungry.”
“A little.” He got to his feet and pulled her up then they walked hand in hand back into the city. They stopped for pizza and took it back to the office. When they walked in Arete was sitting on in Elpis’ chair and she was drying his hair with a towel. He blushed when he saw them and jerked the towel out of her hands. “Awe so cute.”
“Stop, she just got done trimming my hair and I had to take a shower.” Arete said embarrassed.
“He always drips afterwards even when he dries his own hair so I did it.” Elpis chimed in then leaned in and kissed him on the cheek. “Don’t be embarrassed.”
“We got pizza and wanted to talk to you guys about something.”
“what?” Elpis asked, her full attention on them now. Arete went to grab plates for the pizza. “lets give him a second to return”
‘i’ll grab us some drinks” she said with a smile. “water” Tyche said then Peitho chimed in “me too” Once they were all sitting with their food They explained what they wanted to do to Arete and Elpis. Arete seemed mainly concentrated on if Elpis wanted to do it. When she said yes Arete quickly followed suit “I’ll start looking tomorrow morning”
“Thanks” Peitho said excitedly. They finished their food then Peitho took Tyche home. They hugged tightly, lingering in eachothers arms. “I dont want to go home” slipped out of his mouth in a whisper. Now he actually blushed ‘woah i’m sorry” he said, pulling back from the hug.
“Stay here then, who could turn someone away who makes a face like that.” She pulled him inside and closed and locked the door.
“Are you sure?”
“Absolutely.” She pulled him into a hug, her arms going around his waist.
“I might get myself in trouble.”
She shrugged. “I obviously don’t mind trouble since I’m with you.”
He framed her face with his hands and gave her a kiss. “Your lips should be outlawed. With every kiss I want you more. You shake me to the center of my being and it terrifies the hell out of me.”
“The big tough king of the pride sounds like he’s fallen in love.” She kissed him. “Do you love me Peitho?”
“Does love make your heart race uncontrollably? Does it make your head spin? Does it make you want to drop to your knees and worship the one who has caught your attention? If that is what love is then yes I am madly in love with you, I have fallen so hard I will never be able to get back up from it.” He pressed his forehead against hers. “Every little thing about you is perfect. I love when your eyes burn with that inner flame and even when you scold me. I love your blush and your smile. You have stolen my heart Tyche, please don’t give it back.”
“A good thief never returns what she has taken, especially something so precious.”
“Does that mean you love me too?”
She paused to tease him a few moments then answered with a smile “yes” Peitho let out a breath of happy relief before kissing Tyche. Their kiss became passionate, hungry even until Tyche began to take off his clothes. He broke the kiss “really Tyche? I can” There was somthing about his voice that made Tyches heart flutter “yes” Her clothing didn’t stand a chance now that he had permission. Tyches giggled but was also thrilled by how excited he was. He laid her on the coffee table and began kissing, licking and nibbling at her body. His rough tongue felt oddly incredibly as it moved against her.
When he lifted Tyche to slam into her confines she bit and swirled her tongue against his neck. She began to moan as she did these things which drove Peitho crazy. He actually ended up laying her on the coffee table again before her moans, tongue and sensual bites made him too weak. He pressed his forehead against hers as he spent himself then gave her another soft kiss.
“You can’t do that too me while I’m holding you”
“My big tough lion cant handle it” He gave a small growl and bit her shoulder. Tyche giggled next time I’ll have to ride you while letting my mouth play then”
“for now want to go lay down?”
“Yeah” He cradled her then Tyche told him where her room was. Once they were laying down Peitho began rubbing his head into hers. Tyche smiled again “you really are a cat” he grinned then purred which shocked Tyche “Yep, I can purr too.”
“That’s so cool.” He smiled and kissed her.
“I bet you make a beautiful lion.”
“Want to see?”
She nodded and shifted shape, making her eyes widen in wonder. She sank her fingers into his thick mane, loving the feel of the soft fur. “Wow.” She whispered and he licked her face. “My sweet kitty.”
He shifted back and pulled her into his arms, his lips pressing against hers. “I love you so much Tyche.”
“I love you too.” They lay facing each other, just smiling and staring into each other’s eyes. Every now and then they would whisper an affectionate word or brush their fingers over each other, Peitho touching her as if he couldn’t quite believe she was there. She fell asleep curled up next to him and he slowly moved her so her head was resting on his chest. “Sweet dreams love.” He said softly before allowing himself to follow her.
Tyche woke around eleven in the afternoon the next day. She tried to get up without waking Peitho but she barely made it into a sitting up position before he pulled her back down. “no”
“I dont want to stop holding you”
“Too bad because I’m hungry” she pushed off of him and he followed her into the kitchen. They cooked, ate and were washing dishes when Tyches phone rang. She answered, hearing Arete. He gave her numbers to give to Peitho so he could call lions like himself to see if they were willing to help him. Arete had found a surprisingly large number so he was confident even if any turned him down they would have enough to change them.
Peitho began calling while Tyche finished in the kitchen. He didn’t even have to go through all the numbers before he had enough lions. The second the phone was hung up Peitho lunged at Tyche excitedly “it’s going to happen. It’s really going to happen” Tyche kissed his shoulder “I cant wait. You said tonight?”
“yep, tonight. In that place I took you to show you what my home felt like”
“Let me call Arete and Elpis” The day went by much too slow for Peitho. He even had them go to the field early so they could make this happen as soon as possible. It was adorable so Tyche humored him.
He sat with her between his legs, his lips moving lovingly against hers as they waited. He knew he would never tire of being with her, everything about her was so wonderful and beautiful. He rubbed his nose against hers and gave a happy smile. “I love you.”
“I love you too my sweet lion.”
Peitho could smell the lions before he saw them and quickly got to his feet, keeping Tyche behind him as he watched them approach. “Whoa easy big boy.” Elpis said.
“His reaction is to be expected.” One of the males explained. “Male lions can be extremely possessive of their females.” He held out his hand to Peitho. “I am called Desmond.”
Peitho reached out and took the other males hand. “Nice to meet you. This is Tyche.”
Tyche gently nudged Peitho aside and shook Desmond’s hand. “Nice to meet you.” She said. The others introduced themselves, Peitho always wary of the males.
“Since I am the oldest one here, we will be using my blood for the ritual.” Desmond said. “You three must be completely naked and Peitho you may sit with Tyche as long as you do not smear the symbols once they are drawn.”
Peitho planned to, not wanting her nude and naked around these males atall but it would give him comfort to be right there. The ritual had Tyche in aw. The way the lions moved and their roars at the end was beautiful. Seeing her lioness for the first time was possibly the most amazing part. When it was all over Peitho was in a hurry to get home with her which she just laughed at. The other lions understood and offered to help if they were ever needed again. Arete nervously went with Elpis home since she instead after such an eventful night. His heart was still fluttering from seeing her naked.
Pietho and Tyche washed eachother in her shower, letting the red of the blood flow down the drain. When they were clean they both went straight to bed, needing rest. In a soft voice Tyche said “I thought you were going to kill those males”
‘I lost my pride but I will not lose you” He said in a serious tone she had not expected him to take. “No male could ‘take’ me anyway. I’d break his nose and his male parts” Peitho licked up her neck to her ear then rubbed his head against her again. They faded into sleep clinging to one another. Tyche was excited about life as a shifter while Peitho was just happy he’d always have Tyche.
~ The End ~