Zanr Jr soared through the air with his mate Arthur resting in his claws. They were days away from the village outside the castle they lived in. The couple was traveling so ZJ could show him a type of animal he had only just realized his mate had never seen. The moment ZJ realized it he had wanted to go and as always Arthur would follow him anywhere. It was always nice to get away just the two of them anyway. ZJ was flying low since he enjoyed the area, thats how he noticed a ruin that shouldnâ€™t be there. He circled over it, confused. He had been with Arthur thirty years and it had only been fifty since he had been out this way. How had something so large been built, destroyed and overgrown in just that time?
It peaked ZJâ€™s curiosity enough he carefully landed, placing his mate down before shifting back into six foot, blue eyes blonde he was when he was human. Zane wasnâ€™t always the best at setting his mate down without waking him so he was grateful that he had managed it this time. ZJ was starving due to how much he had been flying lately. Heâ€™d find some food, prepare it and then wake his mate to show him what they had stumbled upon. Zane had walked about thirty minuets away from his mate and was growing frustrated that he couldnâ€™t find so much as a small animal or even a tree producing fruit.
He was contemplating going back to his mate and trying a different direction when a fist came into jarring contact with his face. He wasnâ€™t phased, Zane pulled his sword out of itâ€™s sheath, ready to fight. It was a wild looking woman. Her clothes were tattered and her hair looked like it hadnâ€™t been brushed or washed properly in a year or more. Even the way she stood seemed barely human. Zane had to wonder if she had some sort of mental illness and an uncaring family that just dropped her somewhere to die and not be their problem anymore.
â€śwhatâ€™re you doing here!â€ť she yelled in Kumig. He groaned internally. He knew the language but he wouldnâ€™t call himself a master at it by any means. This would have been hard to handle even if they both were fluent in the same thing. It took him a second, wanting to be as sure as possible he was saying what he meant to say â€śIâ€™ve stopped here with my mate, heâ€™s a ways back. I noticed the ruins and wanted to investigate. Whatâ€™re you doing here?â€ť
â€śLeaveâ€ť she said almost emotionally, like she wanted to cry â€śHey, if youâ€™re in some sort of trouble we can help. My only stipulation is you donâ€™t punch me againâ€ť He hoped he wouldnâ€™t regret it as he sheaved his sword, trying to show her he wasnâ€™t a threat incase he wasnâ€™t even as good at this language as he thought he was. It was a mistake, she was a caster and sent a blue light through him which knocked Zane back into a tree. It hurt like hell, it felt like she had instantly bruised his organs. He groaned loudly and by the time the brightness of it had stopped blinding him she was gone â€śdamn itâ€ť
He knelt down, holding his stomach. Just when he thought he was going to be fine he threw up. â€śdamn itâ€ť he said again. He had no idea where she had gone and though most would think him crazy he wanted to find her again. She might actually be a little mad and if that was the case it would be cruel to let her die out here. She needed at least some form of help and however violent she was he wouldnâ€™t leave her to die. He began walking back to his mate, wondering what Arthur would think about all this.
His mate was still soundly sleeping so he gently shook him awake, almost throwing up again from the movement. Arthur set up, looking concerned once his eyes focused â€śyou look illâ€ť
â€śI had quite the encounter while you restedâ€ť He explained why he left him and everything about the strange woman. â€śI mean, sheâ€™s obviously been through something terrible or sheâ€™s crazy. In either case I donâ€™t want to leave herâ€ť
â€śtake something at least to help your stomach heal from whatever she didâ€ť Arthur began digging through their bag and pulled out a vial, handing it to ZJ. ZJ downed it then laid down â€śat least Iâ€™m not hungry anymoreâ€ť
â€śyou probably are but now I donâ€™t want to leave you alone to hunt down something myselfâ€ť
â€śIâ€™m a dragon Arthur. Worst case scenario Iâ€™ll shift againâ€ť
â€śwe dont know what she is or what else is hereâ€ť
â€śArthur, donâ€™t over worry. Find us some food while I let this medicine take affect. I will shift if I feel at all threatened. I just didnâ€™t want to scare her before once I took her in. I mean, she looked so rough.â€ť Arthur kissed his head â€śI wont be gone longâ€ť Arthur flew off and ZJ laid there, begging his innards to stop hurting. Arthur came back in ten minuets â€śyou have to be kidding me. I canâ€™t believe you found something that fastâ€ť
â€śIts just blueberriesâ€ť Zane sat up, taking some â€śthank youâ€ť
â€śNext time we land in a weird place could you wake me pleaseâ€ť
â€śI suppose. I was actually kind of proud of myself for not waking youâ€ť
â€śYou must be getting more graceful with your landingsâ€ť
â€śAre you implying I was never graceful?â€ť
Arthur smiled as he leaned in, pausing a breath from Zaneâ€™s lips which caused him to blush. â€śOnly in your landings my love, but in all other things youâ€™re amazing.â€ť
â€śMust you tease, Iâ€™m injured.â€ť
â€śYou know I canâ€™t help myself.â€ť He pressed a gentle kiss to Zaneâ€™s lips. â€śI love you.â€ť
â€śI love you too.â€ť
They relaxed there for a little while longer, Arthur making sure Zane had enough to eat before helping him to his feet. â€śAre you sure youâ€™re okay to go looking for her?â€ť
â€śYeah, Iâ€™m fine. I feel a little sick to my stomach, but Iâ€™m okay.â€ť
â€śJust donâ€™t push yourself too hard, okay?â€ť
ZJ smiled. â€śI promise.â€ť
Arthur was a little apprehensive about hunting down a woman who had purposefully hurt his his husband twice but he knew Zane Jr was right. If she was mentally unstable or a victim it would be cruel to leave her out here. They didnâ€™t know what she was going through and he had to admit himself he didnâ€™t know if heâ€™d sleep well at night for awhile, wondering what they had left this woman to. ZJ took his hand â€śYou okay?â€ť Arthur instantly asked, being pulled from his thoughts.
â€śyeah, you just had an uncomfortable look on your face. Iâ€™m sorry to ask you to help her but something was off and itâ€™s just not in my families nature to ignore someone who needs helpâ€ť
â€śLets just hope she doesnâ€™t have any magic better than what she already cast at youâ€ť
â€śI canâ€™t imagine that bubble thing you do to people not working, thast what Iâ€™m banking on to talk to her if she continues to refuseâ€ť
â€śThis place really is mysterious in general. As you said the timeline doesnâ€™t make sense. Fifty years is a long time but there just isnt any way a group built this place and it got this overgrown and ruined in that time. I didnâ€™t see it from the sky to know how big this was but the build alone, unless it was a bunch of incredibly powerful creaturesâ€ť
â€śAnd she seemed, I donâ€™t know, desperate and terrified. She hurt me, but didnâ€™t want me dead.â€ť He rubbed his abdomen.
â€śAre you thinking slavers?â€ť
â€śI donâ€™t know, but I hope not. You know how they treat their victims.â€ť He gestured. â€śShe went this way.â€ť
Arthur laced their fingers. â€śStay close, I canâ€™t lose you.â€ť
ZJ wanted to reassure him again, but decided to let Arthur fuss. It reminded him so much of how his father acted toward his mother that it sent warmth coursing through him. â€śThis place feels so strange.â€ť Zane said. â€śItâ€™s like thereâ€™s something wrong with the entire area. It wasnâ€™t like this before, but nowâ€¦â€ť
â€śIt feels distorted.â€ť
â€śMaybe this is here because someone was messing with magic they couldnâ€™t actually handle.â€ť They kept searching, not finding a trace of the woman who attacked ZJ or anybody else. â€śdo you think I should fly above to investigate?â€ť Zane Jr asked his mate who sighed, obviously thinking â€śyeah but I want to ride up on your back. We should continue to stay closeâ€ť Zane smiled then walked to an area he had the space to shift. Arthur flew up, settling on his mates back. â€śalrightâ€ť Arthur said to let ZJ know he could fly up. Zane felt lucky to have a way to see so much more area at once despite the risk of being so giant. While they could more easily spot things they were much more easily spotted by whatever villainous beings were around here.
The womanâ€™s scent hit Zaneâ€™s nose as he swooped low over a patch of the forest. He rose into the air and twisted back around, doing another pass. He didnâ€™t see her, but she had definitely been there. She had to know they were still there, especially with him flying around. He was sure if she really wanted them gone, then she might show herself and attack him again. â€śThere.â€ť Arthur yelled and pointed. Zane followed his finger and saw a flash of something moving through the woods. â€śIâ€™m going to drop down, you head her off.â€ť Zane nodded and moved as low as he could, slowing so Arthur could jump off his back.
Arthur touched down and started sprinting after the woman as Zane flew ahead of them and shifted in mid air, falling to the forest floor and rolling, coming to his feet and heading straight for the woman. He could hear her breathing and both hers and Arthurâ€™s scents hit his nose as he got closer. â€śStop.â€ť He said when she came into view and she skidded off to the left, barely avoiding him as she headed further into the woods.
ZJ was about to catch her himself when One of Arthurs bubbles captured her, allowing them to catch up. She was fighting with all she could against it and they both felt bad. They didnâ€™t want to scare her, all they wanted to do was help her. Zane tried to catch her attention and she eventually stopped fighting, tears streaming down her face. He carefull spoke her language again â€śHey, Iâ€™ll have my mate let you go, youâ€™re alright. We just want to talk to you, please, have a real conversation with me this time. I promise we just want to help you. If youâ€™ll only explain weâ€™ll help then be out of your hair forever if thats what you wantâ€ť
She nodded and Zane looked over at Arthur who let her go. They were both relieved she didnâ€™t run â€śsee? We arenâ€™t bad people, now whats going on with you? Theres obviously something wrong. This whole place is wrongâ€ť
â€śWhy wont you just leave?â€ť
â€śIâ€™m stubborn and donâ€™t know whats good for me, it runs in my familyâ€ť she looked at the sky â€śIf youâ€™re here much longer you wont be able to leaveâ€¦youâ€™ll be stuck like meâ€ť
â€śwell why are you stuck, do you know? If we can still leave now why canâ€™t you?â€ť He reminded himself to slow down, he was starting to speak much too fast in a language he wasnâ€™t confident in. â€śbecause I lost my daughter seven years ago. We stayed the night here and once the moon and stars were alone in the sky this place changed. There will be monsters here, one even a dragon like yourself will fear. They took her and theyâ€™ll either take you or your mate. You arenâ€™t the first and they always take one from every group. It seems they enjoy the pain, they want someone to know what happened. I wont leave without her, Iâ€™ll die like so many others have before I walk away. Sheâ€™s an adult but sheâ€™s still my baby. Do you two have children?â€ť
â€śNo but we can understand that anyway. Weâ€™ll stay and weâ€™ll helpâ€ť
â€śYouâ€™ll come to regret itâ€ť
â€śI would regret leaving even more. My family never turns their backs on those who need help. Let them come, my mate and I are not afraid.â€ť
â€śHeâ€™s right, we canâ€™t just leave you, especially knowing this has been ongoing.â€ť Arthur added.
â€śAnd if we have too, weâ€™ll go and get my father and my uncle Irim. No one would be able to stand against them. They would be wiped from the face of the earth.â€ť
She swallowed. â€śI just want my daughter.â€ť
â€śThen weâ€™ll get her back and weâ€™ll make sure you can both leave. I promise.â€ť
â€śThen I suggest keeping each other close and staying alert, they are much quicker than you think.â€ť
Zane smiled. â€śI was trained by the best, trust me
ZJ was feeling far more confident in his ability to speak this language since they seemed to be understanding eachother well. He looked her over again and tried to offer help as kindly as possible â€śYou know, we have a hair brush and soaps with us if you wanted to use them. I could even help you cut some of those knots out that arenâ€™t going to brush out. Iâ€™ve actually cut hair before with my dagger. I can tell you the story while I help youâ€ť He hoped he didnâ€™t sound like an ass as he waited for her reply, he truly did just want to help her out. â€śthe waters too far awayâ€ť
â€śItâ€™ll still be a few hours before sunset. I wont make you miss it. We could even just do your hair but I dont think Iâ€™ll be able to do much with it if we dont get it washedâ€ť as it was he was pretty sure there wouldnâ€™t be a ton of hair left. She nodded â€śI can worry about the rest of me later but I suppose if I do see her, I donâ€™t want to look this bad.â€ť
â€śLet me fly us to the water, you can direct us.â€ť ZJ said.
ZJ shifted and Arthur helped her up onto his back. â€śHold on.â€ť Arthur said and ZJ pushed himself off the ground. â€śWhatâ€™s your name?â€ť
â€śItâ€™s very nice to meet you.â€ť
She directed them to a nearby lake and ZJ let them down. Arthur pulled out the small bottle of shampoo they had brought. â€śThank you.â€ť She said as she went over to the water. They waited patiently for her to finish and Arthur handed her a towel while ZJ pulled out his brush and his knife.
â€śIâ€™m going to try not to cut too much off, but it might be a little short.â€ť ZJ said.
â€śItâ€™s okay, itâ€™s just hair, itâ€™ll grow back.â€ť
Zane smiled, he felt more at ease going into this since she was at peace. Some women were more attached than others. He worked out knots as carefully as he could then assessed just how short it would need to be to end up even once the knots were out. Once he had a good idea he thought about one of his younger sisters, Luella. She was always changing her hair. Sheâ€™d only let it grow long so she could have a new short style later. He finally settled on one when she looked over, obvious worry on her face about the time. He began cutting and once he was done he pulled out a mirror â€śI hope itâ€™s okay, my sister Luella has done this to her hair a few timesâ€ť
â€śThank you, itâ€™s great. I kept more than I expectedâ€ť
â€śMy mom has quite a few tricks. Most knots can be undone. I only had to cut out parts that were just truly dreads at this point. If done on purpose dreads can be cool butâ€ť
â€śItâ€™s wonderful, lets go backâ€ť
â€śOkayâ€ť He shifted into a dragon and Arthur helped her onto his husband again. Zane and Arthur guessed they didnâ€™t have much time left as they landed and noticed how dark it was getting â€śwhat should we expect?â€ť ZJ asked and she looked him in the eyes â€śits different every nightâ€ť
ZJ and Arthur stood back to back, Terra to their side. The moment the sun had dropped completely from the sky, they began to hear things moving in the darkness. â€śTheyâ€™re here.â€ť Terra said, her voice quaking with fear, rage, and anguish.
â€śItâ€™s okay.â€ť ZJ said, â€śJust stay close.â€ť
â€śJust stay close.â€ť A voice echoed back from the darkness, its tone mocking.
â€śShow yourself!â€ť Arthur yelled.
Something came barreling out of the darkness and straight at ZJ, obviously trying to surprise him, but his night vision, mixed with his fatherâ€™s speed and grace allowed him to twist out of the way and strike at the creature with his blade. â€śArthur?â€ť
â€śIf it takes you, cut your hand, Iâ€™ll do the same.â€ť
â€śI will, just donâ€™t get caught.â€ť
The land rumbled and the energy around them began to change so violently they felt sick and disoriented. Zane Jr heard Terra cry out angrily. It seemed as though she was struggling with something and his concern for her helped him fight through the disorientation. He attacked what was hurting her and everything calmed â€śyou werenâ€™t kidding when you said this place changesâ€ť the ruins werenâ€™t ruins any longer, it was a city. â€śwe;re all still togetherâ€ť Arthur had only just finished saying when she sped off. He sighed in exasperation as he gave chase, ZJ following. Both men assumed she was best to lead this charge anyway, she had been coming here over and over for quite a few years now while this was their first time.
Something wet wrapped around ZJ, squeezing much too tight. His own blade cut him as he pulled it from its sheath. He should have been more careful but he was far more concerned this thing was going to bust something within him. He felt his mates magic as Arthur attacked it and to his slight surprise Terra hadnâ€™t left them. They were there to help her but given their interactions so far and how wild she was from living alone and grieving for years he knew he shouldnâ€™t assume anything when it came to what she might do.
â€śAre you okay?â€ť Arthur asked once ZJ was completely freed. â€śYouâ€™re bleeding.â€ť
â€śDad keeps this thing sharp, but I didnâ€™t lose any limbs, so Iâ€™m okay.â€ť
Arthur ripped a piece of his shirt off and wrapped it around his wound. â€śThere.â€ť
ZJ gave him a brief kiss. â€śThank you.â€ť
â€śWe should keep moving.â€ť Terra said, her eyes wild as she looked around. â€śMore will be coming.â€ť
â€śSorry, lead the way.â€ť ZJ replied and they were off again. He could feel something else coming from behind them and he sheathed his sword and twisted around, shifting into a dragon and blowing fire at the creature. He roared his defiance as the thing retreated and he decided to stay in this form. He could easily keep pace with both Terra and Arthur, plus he could shield them if he needed to.
They came to a halt when Terra gasped and inhuman, almost demon like cackling caught their ears. ZJ and Arthur followed Terras gaze with their own. A creature floated over a rooftop that neither Zane nor Arthur had seen before. â€śterraâ€ť The voice was more ghostly now. As she responded hounds that looked like they were made of mist came to the creatures sides, their long, pointed tongues lopping out of their overly wide canine grins â€śdid you bring these men to trade for your daughterâ€ť It asked in the language Terra had been speaking â€śI love her but no, I could never make another family suffer like me. Give her backâ€ť
â€śI do not give, I only take or trade, you know thatâ€ť
ZJ shifted back, pulling his sword free. â€śWe arenâ€™t trading anything. Iâ€™m only giving you one chance. Give Terraâ€™s daughter back or we kill you and take her back by force.â€ť
The creature laughed again and grinned. â€śWhat a beautiful creature you have brought me Terra. Iâ€™ll be happy to add it to my collection.â€ť It pointed. â€śBring me the dragon, kill the others.â€ť The hounds jumped down and ran at them.
â€śTerra, follow us and when you see an opening, run ahead. Arthur and I will take care of these hounds and their master, you need to find your daughter.â€ť
â€śI donâ€™t want to leave you.â€ť
â€śDonâ€™t worry about us. My father is the greatest assassin in any world and he taught me well and Arthur is an amazing fighter.â€ť
â€śAlright, just please donâ€™t get yourselves killed.â€ť
Terra felt more hope than ever that she was actually going to see her daughter again. She did what she was told and left the two kind strangers to fight her fight. Arthur had to attempt locking him away in the bubbles he could make but to no avail. He wasnâ€™t surprised but it was something he could never resist at least attempting since it was the easiest way to handle anything annoying. They were sturggling enough with these hounds that could somehow hurt them but seemed impossible to harm when the creature that commanded them appeared behind ZJ. He grabbed a handful of hair and was attempting to whisper something when ZJ elbowed him in the stomach and quickly slashed at him.
This laugh was far more creepy as it moved for a hound to jump on him. Zane wondered if his flames might hurt them. Irim was such an incredibly powerful dragon and they had all become what they were due to his blood. He breathed fire directly into one of the hounds mouths as it opend its jaws and a feeling of triumph washed over him, that actually hurt it. It fell to the ground and ZJ breathed fire at it again.
The creature hissed in a rage. â€śHow?â€ť
â€śMy father is the assassin Zane Koopman, my uncle the great dragon Irim, and I will kill you before I let you take anymore people.â€ť
Arthur had never felt more proud of his mate and actually smiled. He was sure he didnâ€™t realize that in those moments, he sounded exactly like his father. â€śIâ€™m right here with you baby, whatever you need, Iâ€™m ready.â€ť
â€śI know, I love you, Arthur.â€ť
â€śI love you too.â€ť
The demon came for them again, this time going for Arthur. Arthur put his bubble around himself as ZJ blew a stream of fire at the creature. The bubble protected him and the creature growled as he retreated, his skin burned. They could feel the rage coming off of it, but at least they had its attention and it had forgotten about Terra.
â€śyouâ€™ll be mine blondieâ€ť it snarled, vanishing only briefly before coming back with three unsettling beings. Their skin was an off white and they seemed to have some sort of writing all over their bodies. Beyond that theirs fingers were overly long and they had jagged nails, all of which looking incredibly sharp. Its eyes were a bright red and their heads seemed open, almost like a crown of horns radiating a red light. They didnâ€™t have noses, it seemed to be just another hole glowing red.
All three lunged at the bubble and to Arthurs shock they actually broke it. Two had grabbed onto ZJ while the other fought with Arthur. Zane Jr began shifting into a dragon again, planning to just eat the things but when he tried he only succeeded in breaking a few teeth. Their bodies had felt like stone in his mouth and ZJ wondered if they were real creatures or stone brought to life.
He threw one, his tail catching another as he turned to aid Arthur. The two were back, even as he wrapped a clawed hand around the one attacking his mate and he found himself spinning in circles, trying to dislodge them. He was suddenly being brought down and his body shifted back as the things pinned him down. He could see Arthur start to move forward and he yelled at him to stay back. â€śJust stay away.â€ť
Arthur was fighting his every protective instinct, but he managed to stay planted where he was. â€śOh, poor little dragon.â€ť The creature was standing over him, a grin on its face. â€śNow Iâ€™m going to make you watch while I gut your precious little mate.â€ť
â€śArthur, put me and them in a bubble.â€ť
The creature laughed. â€śDo you really think he can keep us here? Pathetic little thing.â€ť He bent down and brushed ZJâ€™s cheek.
Arthur created a bubble big enough to trap ZJ and the monsters in. He was terrified for him, but he knew he wouldnâ€™t ask him to do it if he didnâ€™t have a plan. The creature laughed and started to command one of his monsters to break it when ZJ started breathing fire. It set everything inside on fire except for ZJ and the things holding him loosened their grip as their master began to panic.
Arthurs heart ached until he saw his mate was truly alright. He pulled him into a hug as soon as he realized they all laid dead. Arthur was emotional when he pulled out of the hug â€śgod I just hope her daughters still hereâ€ť
â€śme too, now lets go find Terraâ€ť
â€śHows your woundâ€ť
â€śits as good as it can be right now. I promise, If I feel light headed or have any concerns Iâ€™ll tell you.â€ť They kissed one another, lingering in it. Truly, they both needed the comfort right now in this horrible place. They could only hope this being was the worst of what they would find here. ZJ followed Terras scent until they reached a home he knew she was in. They burst in the door to find Terra sobbing â€śHey, whats happenedâ€ť
â€śI lost her againâ€¦what kind of mother am Iâ€ť
â€śa dedicated one now tell us what happenedâ€ť
â€śI found her and was running back to you. This other demon here, Crion came out of nowhere. He took her and forced her in here but they arenâ€™t here and I cant figure out where they wentâ€ť
â€śZJ, take her out of this roomâ€ť ZJ picked up Terra and got out of Arthurs way. He held out his palms and she could feel the magic in the air. Suddenly, a door that hadnâ€™t been visible to any of them before appeared â€ścheap tricksâ€ť he said angrily as he rushed for the door. ZJ set Terra down and did the same. â€śfuckâ€ť the demon cursed when they came in. He was going to say something else but he was soon distracted by ZJ cutting off his hands. The woman they assumed was her daughter ran to her mother absolutely hysterical.
â€śwe need to get out of this placeâ€ť Arthur stated and the daughter said â€śweâ€™re stuck here until the morningâ€ť
â€śBullshit, theres no way they trap themselves here. Thereâ€™s a way out and someones going to explain it to meâ€ť His attention turned back to the bleeding demon who had been struggling with the girl.
ZJ grabbed him by the front of his shirt and hauled him up so they were face to face. â€śYouâ€™re going to tell me how to get out of here.â€ť
â€śOr I cut off something more vital. Donâ€™t think I wonâ€™t take you apart piece by piece.â€ť He slammed him against the wall. â€śNow, how do we leave?â€ť
â€śThereâ€™s a gateway.â€ť
â€śWhere those ruins are. He put it there.â€ť
â€śHow do you open it?â€ť
â€śYou step into the ruin and you say his name, Abezethibou, and itâ€™ll open.â€ť
He brought his sword up under the demonâ€™s chin. â€śAre you lying to me?â€ť
â€śI swear Iâ€™m not.â€ť
ZJ looked at Terraâ€™s daughter. â€śDid he do anything to you?â€ť
â€śHe beat me.â€ť She answered. â€śThe other one, he was worse.â€ť
ZJ looked into Crionâ€™s eyes. â€śYouâ€™re lucky.â€ť He threw him to the floor. â€śYour master is dead and if you should survive, I do not want to even hear a whisper of you. Do you understand?â€ť
â€śYes.â€ť Crion replied.
They quickly took off for where they had first started their terrible journey into this place. Upon arriving they wasted no time saying the words and just as told, they ended up out of there, all four still together. Arthur had to hug Zane Junior again and Terra couldnâ€™t stop hugging her daughter. Arthur would have loved to go home tonight but ZJ was in no shape. He tended his mates wounds, got a fire going then went to find something to eat. It was a pleasant surprise for ZJ when the daughter could speak english â€śthank youâ€ť
â€śOh cool, why doesnâ€™t your mom speak english?â€ť
â€śI learnedâ€¦while I was thereâ€ť
â€śitâ€™s one positive I suppose, a new languageâ€ť
â€śYou two are going to be okay. In fact, youâ€™re coming home with us. My parents have a huge house and would let you stay with them while you figure your life out. Sadly, after four years I canâ€™t imagine you have much of a life to return to where ever you came fromâ€ť
â€śwe didnâ€™t have much of a life to return to anywhere four years ago. Mom and Iâ€¦all we have is eachotherâ€¦I cant believe she never quit coming backâ€ť
â€śMy parents would do the same for me, weâ€™re both luckyâ€ť Arthur soon came back with a kill just big enough to feed them. They ate, Arthur checked ZJs wound once more and they all went to sleep. In the morning they didnâ€™t even have breakfast before ZJ shifted and started off for their home. They went straight for his parents house, relieved when they were home. ZJ and Arthur explained everything that happened and the girls were welcome in their home with open arms.
The following night it was an immense relief to be back in their own bed, cuddled up to one another. â€śI still need to show you that animalâ€ť ZJ said softly.
â€śMaybe in a few months. Iâ€™ve had my fill of new things right nowâ€ť ZJ kissed his mate â€śokay, let me know when you want to try to go see it againâ€ť
~ The End