Elian walked up to Raven’s house. It was near one a.m. and he hadn’t been able to sleep. He had his backpack full of books to exchange in Raven’s library. The upper house was dark so she was either asleep or down in the sunroom. She rarely spent time in any other room on the ground floor.
There was a long list of things that he would have rather walked up to see rather than Raven sitting in Alexis’s lap with their lips locked and his hands wandering all over her body. Alexis was quick to rip her shirt downward. It looked to be a shirt that opened up in front or he had ripped it open. Raven was wearing a bra. It looked to be black and sexy.
Elian turned quickly and started back to the road. He turned at first towards his house but knew in that instant that it wasn’t a good idea. He was afraid that he would destroy it. There wasn’t any bars open and he didn’t want to go to Athens, not as pissed as he was.
Every single second that Raven wasn’t working at the coffee shop, she was with Alexis. Raven said it wasn’t something long term but she seemed to be happy with him. He wasn’t sure if it was the sex or not. Raven had changed since when Alexis had come to town or this was how she always was and had been hiding it.
The edge of town was so close and so were the woods that surrounded the town. He was running towards it before he knew what he was doing. The church at the edge of town came up on him quickly. The change came over him as soon as he was in the unused fields that were on the far side of the church. His human self was left behind and he just ran. He had no clue where he wanted to go just that he wanted to go. The moon was high above the trees and Elian could feel its rays beating down on him. He may not be governed by the moon but the moon loved him no matter what. He wanted to find a place to go where he could just play under it. There weren’t that many places near the city where humans weren’t around. He needed a place to go that he could stay in human form.
The smell of humans tapered off but every single time that he thought that he was safe, Elian came across another trail of human. After three miles without the scent of humans, Elian stopped at the base of a large hill. It was covered in trees and looked like it was uninhabited at the top. He started up the hill and as soon as he reached the top the smell of roses and cinnamon washed over him. He stopped as he looked around. It wasn’t uninhabited. There was a small building at the top. It wasn’t a house. There was a light flashing in the corner of one of the windows but it wasn’t a regular light. It looked like an open flame. He carefully moved closer and another smell mixed with the smell of Raven. Hay and earth, Elian had only smelled that once before. In Ralph Helian. What was the Court member doing on a remote hill in Athens County?
The door opened and Elian braced himself but it wasn’t Ralph that standing there. No, leaning in the doorway was a female. The wind picked up and the smell of hay and earth wrapped around Elian like a blanket. It was all he could smell. She was dressed in a pair of black jeans and her hair was long and full, whipping around her in the breeze. She smiled at him and took a step closer.
“This just won’t do,” she said as she crouched in front of him. She was treating him like a dog, reaching her hand out with the palm down and the fingers spread out. Elian took a step back and the woman laughed. “That is no way to treat me, Lord Darkan. You’ll learn the ways of our people one day.”
Before Elian could react, she was shifting in front of him. Her fur was longer and full looking, wild like her hair had been. She dodged forward, biting at his leg and Elian didn’t know what to do. She chuffed and turned around, running into the woods. Elian wasn’t sure what he was supposed to do but he followed her. She was running fast as soon as she hit the trees. Elian had to run at his fastest just to keep up with her. He wasn’t sure but she was leading him around. Twelve miles later, he knew that they had just run a giant circle around the base of the hill and had ended back up at the building. As soon as he hit the clearing, the woman turned and she was on him.
The woman shifted into her human form and Elian followed after. She pinned his arms above his head and leaned her head down to whisper in his ear. “My name is Rose, Lord Darkan. Rose Helian.”
“Daughter of Ralph?”
“One and the same. Now you have trespassed on land that you are not allowed on. I can punish you in one of two ways. One you’ll enjoy.” Rose ground down with her hips and the dug into Elian’s crotch. “One you won’t.”
Elian’s blood started to pump even harder through his veins and it was going into one place. Rose was dressed in just a pair of thin short shorts and a half tank top. It was strange for a human during the spring weather but for a wolf, he had seen women from other packs. He’d seen married women from other packs who looked like that. It was normal dress year round. It still didn’t mean that he wasn’t going to touch.
Surging up, Elian broke her hold. He grabbed her around the waist and pulled her close. “You kiss your mother with that mouth?”
“No, I kiss my father with this mouth and then I turn around and suck the cock of whatever man has my fancy for the moment. Right now it’s you. Do you have an issue with that?” Rose caught his mouth with hers before he could answer. Her tongue was in his mouth and her hands under his shirt in seconds. She drug her nails down his back and Elian arched into her body. She pulled from his grasp and she was gone. Shifted into wolf form and gone from sight. He could only follow her by scent and he took the challenge as it was meant to be.
Caleb had warned him of women wolves who adored the thrill of the chase and the capture. He said that some of them never really get over that and some don’t ever really settle down. What he had learned of the Helians since he had met Ralph was that the wolf only had this daughter but it didn’t mean that she would never sire an heir.
Rose howled and Elian found where she was. She had been a wolf longer than he had but that didn’t mean that he wouldn’t be able to catch her. The run had shown him some of her movements and since he had trailed her, he knew them and she didn’t know his. Ten minutes into the chase, Elian found what he was looking for. She moved to not run into a small tight copse of trees and Elian ran on the other side of it and as soon as he saw her he jumped. He landed on her and they rolled until he landed on top of her and both were in their human forms.
“You win, Lord Darkan,” Rose’s voice and words cut through him and Elian found that he was hard as rock when she called him Lord. “Now the question is, my place is just about a three minutes jog up the hill over there or we can do it here on the ground like the animals we are. I don’t care but do you?”
“I say bed.”
“I never said bed. I sleep on the floor in the place. I’m kind of squatting right now.”
“Still where I don’t get leaves in my ass crack would be wonderful.” Elian stood up, pulling her up at the same time. Elian turned, still holding her hand but she gave a small chuckle and pulled him back. Rose jumped up into his arms and wrapped her legs around his waist. Elian braced himself and then he started walking to the building. It took longer than the three minutes but he really didn’t care. Rose’s mouth was on his and her tongue in his and it was a wonderful time. As soon as Elian got close enough to the house, he started to jog and pushed her up against the wall of the outside of it.
Rose’s scent was fading fast and all he could smell was the smell of her wetness. It was a heady mix of musk and of hay. She was so wet that where her crotch was pressed against his own had started to soak through to his clothing. He hadn’t wanted sex with anyone as much as he did with her right now. The sound of ripping drew him out of his thinking. He pulled back and let her get her legs under herself as she let go of the pieces of his shirt that she had ripped.
Elian opened the door to the building and Elian could see what looked like an office and a few other rooms with closed doors and then he saw where Rose was squatting. She grabbed him by his belt and pulled him down on top of her. Elian went down on his knees and undid his belt but she slapped at his hand and then undid his pants. Her hand was hot on his dick and he didn’t want it to stop. He could feel the difference between this time and when he and Marie had sex.
“Who are you thinking of that has a wrinkle in your brow?” Rose asked as she pushed him back a little so that she could pull his pants off of him. She was already naked. He wasn’t sure how he had missed that.
“I don’t want to kill the mood.”
Before he could resister what was happening, Rose had swallowed him down to the root and Elian tried not to thrust hard into her mouth. He grabbed at her to pull her back a little but she resisted and used a free hand to start playing with his balls. Elian spread his legs out and lay back, trying to force himself not to gag her. After about a minute, she spun around a little and presented him with her pussy. It was shaved. Elian had never seen a shaved pussy before. He reached up and spread her lips so that he could lick at her clit and hole. She shivered and moan and it did wonderful things to his cock.
Elian had heard the some men didn’t know what to do with a pussy when they had one other than to shove a cock in it. He figured it wasn’t that hard to figure out what to do to one. He let go of her lips and used a hand to hold her waist still while he shoved his face put against her pussy so he could shove his tongue inside her as far as he could. She let him do that up until he could feel that she was near orgasm and then she pulled her mouth off of him and pulled herself away from him as well. She turned around and before he could say a thing, she was lowering herself onto his cock. As soon as she was all the way down, she twirled her hips and little and Elian had to grab her to stop her from sending him off before he got his fill of her pussy. She chuckled wickedly and leaned forward to take his mouth in a kiss. He could taste himself on her and was sure that she could taste herself in his mouth.
“You’re fun,” Rose whispered as she pulled back and started to thrust. Her grabbed a little lower on the waist so that he could help lift her up and let her drop down. It didn’t take long at all for Rose to start to clench on him. “You have no inhibitions of someone who is recently changed from human. You are not a pru..de”
Rose spasmed all around him and Elian couldn’t hold it any longer. He pulled her down on him, buried to the hilt as he came inside of her. He thrust a couple of times and each time he rub inside of her, she moaned. Elian let go of her hips as she started to slump and she laid down beside him, cuddling.
The door opening had Elian turning to look and he saw a young woman enter. She looked mousy with brown hair and wide eyes. Elian thought that she looked impossibly young but there was something in her eyes that told him she wasn’t a push over. He tried to sit up and cover himself but Rose had him held down.
“What is going on?” Elian pushed harder at the hands holding him down. Rose was a lot stronger than she had let on before.
“What do you want me to do?” the woman asked looking at Elian and then back at Rose.
“Just remove the area. Change it to somewhere else. A cabin in the middle of the woods in Washington County somewhere.” Rose said as she finally let him go. Elian jumped up pulling his pants on, leaving his underwear and ripped shirt on the floor. His socks and shoes would just have to wait. He wasn’t going to look away long enough to let the girls do something to him. He looked at Rose. What had he done? Was this woman worse than Marie?
“Was he that fun?” the woman said. Her eyes started to glow and the door behind her slammed shut as did all the curtains on the windows in the room they were in. He wasn’t sure what was going on. “Elian Darkan, you’ve trespassed somewhere that you shouldn’t have been. I’ll be good and not remove the night from your mind, I’ll just remove the location. I’ll remove all memory of me though and this whole interlude.”
“What you are you?” Elian asked as he ran to the door. He grabbed at the handle and pulled with all his might. It didn’t budge. He turned to face the women.
“I am a witch, Lord Darkan and you’ll figure that out at a later moment in time.” The witch raised her hand and a bolt of pure white light left her hand and hit him in the head. He could feel something trying to put him to sleep and he fought it. “We have to tell Raven.”
“I will as soon as I can get into town without letting my father know that I am here. He won’t like it. He is afraid of a Matian attack. That Aurora isn’t here to protect you, I don’t want to leave.”
“I’ll be fine. The Matian’s won’t come this close while the Court is here. You’ll have to come clean about fucking him.”
The sound of movement and then Rose was looking down at him.
“Why would she care about who I fuck?”
“Because she is in love with him. She won’t let herself feel it though. Her heart needs to be unburnt and then…better to come clean than wait for it to become a problem.”
“She’s fucking Wrenwood and the Fae…”
“And Elian knows that.”
Elian let his eyes close and he knew no more.
Elian knew the second that he came to awareness that he wasn’t in his own home. He opened his eyes to darkness. There was a smell to the place that he wasn’t able to place. He sat up in the creaky bed and looked around. It looked like a cabin. There was wood everywhere and it looked like it hadn’t been lived in for a few months if not more. There was a creeping of light coming in from the eastward facing windows which told him that it was morning. He saw his ripped shirt and his underwear, socks, and shoes on the floor and lifted the blanket to see his pants on him.
The night’s memories rushed over him. He remembered the frenzied chase of Rose through the woods that ended with them having sex. The slight shame of that washed over him. He had gone running in the woods to escape from seeing Raven with Alexis but had ended up fucking a strange woman in the woods.
There was no way to save his shirt but Elian dressed in the rest of his clothes and quickly shifted forms to go home. A wolf would be less visible in the early morning light than the sight of a large shirtless man running. As soon as he was clear of the deep woods, Elian took his time making sure to stay hidden as he ran home. At the edge of town, he jumped down onto the banks of the Ohio River and made his way home that way. It was too light outside to hide anymore. He hoped no one was boating and there was no barges on the river that early in the morning.
When he saw the banks below his house, Elian shifted and made his way up as a human. His back garden door was unlocked and he was so happy. As he opened the door, the smell of a rose blasted his nose. He turned and found a fresh plant in the garden. It was March and there should be nothing newly planted but he found the rose hiding behind his gazebo. It was a rose from inside of Raven’s house. There was a note on the seat of the gazebo.
For your protection. There is a spell on it to protect it from the weather while it takes roots. Don’t worry, it’s a very hardy plant. Hard to kill. It’s called the Shadow Rose for a reason. You’ll understand when you see it bloom.
Elian sat down where the note had been and dropped his head down. There wasn’t any more running to be done. The whole reason he had run the night before. Why he had run months ago. It was all rushing into him.
He loved Raven. There was no running from it anymore. He had loved Raven when she had just been Rae and even with the changes in her since he had come back to Belpre, he still loved her. She had taken up with Alexis as soon as he had hit town and it hadn’t taken long before she had a threesome with Alexis and Bryar. She was significantly older than him but both Alexis and Bryar were way older than her so it seemed that age wasn’t as big a factor with the Mystics as it was with humans.
There had to be age though that was off limits but Elian hadn’t found one. It was probably different for each race. It couldn’t be him because Rose had sex with him easy enough and she had known who he was but she was also pretty young or so he thought. Ralph was only a little over a hundred and fifty years old. He had no clue when Rose was born.
Elian shook his head because that train of thought wasn’t helping. He felt betrayed by Raven but that was mainly because he was upset that she hadn’t saved him. He had loved her and she hadn’t saved him. It was easier to repress that emotion as it just causing him anger. Going through life jealous wasn’t a way to live either.
There was signs that Elian could find though that Raven loved or even cared for him in that fashion. She had saved his life and protected him as well as she could but she had felt bad for not being able to save Elian’s family years before. It was honor that made her protect him. Honor wasn’t love. Honor wasn’t anywhere near love.
The night at the river though was stark in his mind. When he had told her all that he had done with Marie; the ring, the keys, the proposal. He had called her jealous and a bitch but when his mind had cleared from Marie’s influence he had figured that he had been misremembering that night. He wasn’t so sure thinking back on it. There was so much about that night that had sucked. His fight with Raven and then the one with Marie about his parents and what she telling them behind his back.
He had changed some since that night. He had changed in that he had adapted to his life as a werewolf but nothing more than that. He was still the guy who ran from his problems and the guy who didn’t do what he wanted. The guy who was meek. He needed to change that. The trial with the Matians was coming up closer and he had to make sure that he won in the end.
Raven would be his but first he had to show her that he was worthy of the lineage he had and the love that he was sure that she had for him. He had to unburn the rest of her heart first. He just had to figure out how to do that.
He had to start by not hiding from her anymore.
Elian entered Raven’s house a few hours later. He had looked and Alexis’s car wasn’t there but that didn’t mean a thing. Raven’s jeep and car were there but again it didn’t mean a thing. He didn’t know what he was expecting to find but to hear a bunch of giggling and girls talking was not it. He picked out five different voices. Raven’s and Charity’s were easy to pick out but the other three were not. The sound was coming from the sitting room that was attached to Raven’s bedroom. He went up the stairs and entered the room just to step back out at the scream from two of the girls inside.
“ELIAN DARKAN!” Raven’s voice carried and Elian found himself trying to run. He hadn’t seen that much but the girls were all in robes that were thankfully shut but there was a purple looking goop all over all their faces. He had seen girls who looked kind of like that in movies over the years. It was usually green goop thought, not purple. He made it to the kitchen before there were three girls in front of him. It took him a second to figure out which was Raven and which was Charity. The third girl, he had no clue who she was but he could smell the cinnamon wafting off of her. She was a vampire. Then the smell of hay assaulted his nose and he turned to see the woman from the night before standing there.
“Hello, sailor,” Rose said as she leaned in the doorway to the kitchen.
“Really Rose?” another voice chimed in and behind Rose was another girl. She was wiping the goop from her face. She had large expressive eyes and a mousy brown hair. “Do you fuck anything that moves?”
“Like you have room to talk, Stone,” Rose said. She moved forwards and kissed Elian on the cheek before settling on the counter. The unknown Vampire moved over to Stone and settled her arms around her waist.
“Ladies, calm down,” Raven said. She took the towel that Rose tossed to her and started to wipe some of the goop from her face. “Rose always fucks any male that will have her. And Jasmyn, it’s not like Aurora is any different. You are the one that landed the great unlandable. We are all five whores and you know it.”
Jasmyn stuck her tongue out at Raven and Elian wasn’t sure but there was something else going on there. He wasn’t going to ask. He was sure that all five of them could take her. It was three Vampires, a wolf, and a Witch. He wouldn’t last long at all.
“He is a hunk,” Aurora stated as she leered at him.
Elian was finding that he was getting uncomfortable with all the women looking at him.
“Down girls. Elian, what do you need?” Raven smiled at him. There was a softness in eyes that he hadn’t seen since before the fight about Marie.
Elian swallowed and looked away from the other girls and focused on Raven. “I wanted to talk about my case with you. Talk about the Matians but it can wait until tomorrow.”
“I’ll call you, yea?” Raven asked.
Elian nodded and moved out of the kitchen passing Rose as he went. He swore that he felt her pinch his ass cheek, by the giggling of the girls, he was sure of it. The case could wait till morning because that was way too many girls and way too much staring. He was still brave, he just wasn’t an idiot.
Vampires are the most calm and collected race of the Mystics. Don’t let that fool you, that does not mean that they won’t kill you. They are slow to anger and quick to kill but once angered, they will hold a grudge against your entire family line for the rest of their lives.