2: Elle's EscapeMias stared at Elle's sleeping form beside him. She hadn't moved all nighthe knew because he hadn't moved all night either. He was still lying back against the headboard, watching her steady breathing and enjoying the rise and fall of her breasts beneath her lacy white bra. He had stripped her out of the gown she had been wearing, wanting her to be comfortable as she slept, confused as to why he cared about her comfort at all. His grin widened as her chest rose, deciding that caring about whether or not Elle was comfortable had to be the best damn idea he ever had.2: Elle's Escape in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Sunlight poured through the open window, a slant of light cutting across the bed and Elle's creamy white legs. Mias adjusted himself on the bed, and Elle shifted slightly before going still once more.
She would be awake soon, and Mias was suddenly aware that he had been lying on the bed in his clothes. He tried to smooth the wrinkles in his slacks and shirt, sighing with frustration when he realized not only was he a w
7: Elle at SeaElias strode down the passageway, eager to see the look on Elle's face when she realized just how dire her situation had become. Something about seeing the look of helplessness on her face excited him, and he knew that it would work in his favor. After all, how could she continue to defy him if she had no choice but to obey him?7: Elle at Sea in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Elias climbed the companionway and stepped into the bright morning sun. The familiar roar of the ocean filled his ears, and he sucked in a lungful of salty sea air. He smoothed the front of his dark shirt, tugging the sleeves at his wrists before adjusting his collar. He was never one to appear on deck unkempt, evident by the gleam of his boots and the seamless press of his black breeches. And he had to admit, he wanted to look presentable for his bride to be, for if he appeared to her in muddy boots and dusty clothes as he had the night before, what would she think of him?
Elias glanced around the deck, and spotted Elle easily. She was leaning against the rail
3: Mias and Elle Share a KissIt took every bit of strength Elle had to keep herself from trembling. Mias still had his strong hands on her shoulders, his eyes furious. She felt so vulnerable, not because of Mias' firm hold on her, but because of the way his eyes looked deeply into hers, unblinking.3: Mias and Elle Share a Kiss in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The silence seemed to stretch on forever, and Elle wasn't sure how much longer she could stand it.
"Whatever you're planning to do to me, I wish you would get on with it already. This drawn out silence is killing me." She was so proud of herself in that moment, because despite the fear that pooled in her belly her voice didn't show an ounce of what she felt.
Mias' lip twitched as if he was going to smile before his face returned to an unreadable mask.
"Unreadable, but so unbelievably handsome." She couldn't help but think.
"I don't think you fully appreciate the gravity of your situation," he said darkly.
His usually mischievous tone was cold and distant, and she didn't like it at all. It sent an icy chill through her,
5: Elias Finds ElleElle woke with a start. She opened her eyes slowly, unable to make out anything but blackness beyond the flicker of the candle which burned low on the table beside her. She could hear the creaking of floorboards near the window to her left, and she turned onto her side and stared wide eyed into the darkness.5: Elias Finds Elle in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
She tried to scream when she saw a form coming towards her out of the shadows, but only managed a small squeak. She shot up in bed and scooted back until she was pressed against the headboard, bringing her knees to her chest.
When the figure became clearer thanks to the candlelight, Elle let out a shaky breath when she saw that it was only Mias.
"You scared the hell out of me," Elle breathed, pressing her hand against her chest.
Mias tilted his head as he watched her, a sly smile spreading across his lips. His eyes dragged over her face and down her neck to where she had the blanket tugged up over her knees, before his gaze met hers once more.
Elle shivered. He was looking at her a
4: Mias, Elle, and...Abernos??"Stupid bloody magic!" Elle growled. She slammed the book on the table closed, dust floating up to her nose from the movement. She sneezed several times before leaning forward to rest her forehead against her palms, her frustration building.4: Mias, Elle, and...Abernos?? in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
For the past three days she had tried, to no avail, to find a way to break through the protection spell that was keeping her trapped. On the first day she had sprinted towards the open front door, hoping that she could break through with brute force and determination. Mias had been leaning over the banister, looking down at her with amusement. The instant she made contact with the open doorway she felt the empty space contract outwards as it gave under the force of her weight, before she was launched backwards into the manor where she landed without grace on her backside. Mias had roared with laughter, which she responded to with a finger that she hoped was universally known.
The second day was a day for experimenting. Elle decided to see if she co
8: Mias Finds ElleElle rose slowly from the spot where she had been sitting for the past hour. She wasn't usually one to feel sorry for herself, but Elias' spiteful words, rough hands, and unwanted kisses had taken their toll on her. Yet in spite of his constant cruelty, Elle was amazed at how she had handled things thus far, drawing on an inner strength that she didn't know that she possessed.8: Mias Finds Elle in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Drawing on that strength once more, Elle took in her surroundings in the hope that she would find something that could help her escape. After all, if what Elias had said about Mias was true, then she was in fact on her own. As she looked around the surprisingly large space of the cabin, hoping that she would spot something to aid in her escape plan, Elle held on to the hope that Elias had been lying. That seemed highly likely, given his behavior, but she wasn't going to pin her hopes on a possibility. As far as she was concerned, she was going to have to figure a way out of this situation herself.
Elle inched her
10: Elle's RevengeElle ripped her arm free of the large sailor's grip as he hauled her up from the ladder and onto the deck. She nearly fell to the floor, feeling so detached and disoriented from the horror she had just witnessed that her whole body was numb.10: Elle's Revenge in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Mias is dead.
She felt a sharp twisting in her chest at the very thought, and she wanted nothing more than to crumple to the floor and cry. She looked towards the island, only able to see the outline of the cliffs and the glimmer of waves as they drifted onto the shore. Elle wanted to hurl herself over the side of the ship, to swim back to Mias and hold him in her arms one last time. But she knew there would be no point in it, that all the wishing and crying, all the promises and kisses in the world would never bring him back. All she could do now was hope that Mias knew what she felt for him. That his love for her was matched by her love for him.
She watched as Elias climbed up the last few steps of the ladder with a wide grin on his face,
9: Elias' RevengeElle stumbled forward onto the beach on hands and knees, just as a wave crashed against her. She fell forward onto her stomach, gasping for air as she tried to catch her breath. Her muscles screamed, her shoulders and arms trembling uncontrollably from the excruciating swim. Her legs cramped, needles of pain crawling over her calves when she tried to stretch her legs. But she had made it, she was alive.9: Elias' Revenge in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
She rolled onto her back with a groan, her whole body protesting. Staring up at the starry sky, Elle pushed the damp hair that clung to her cheeks out of her face, bringing herself up onto her elbows. She looked out at the water which shimmered in the moonlight, and in the distance she could make out the silhouette of the Revenge, and she sighed with relief when she realized that it was moving away.
Her relief was quickly replaced by guilt when she thought of Thomas. She had left him behind. She shook her head, unable to believe her own selfishness. She should have fought harder,
11:Elle's Wedding Day"Miss! Miss!" Thomas cried.11:Elle's Wedding Day in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Elle opened her eyes with a groan to find Thomas leaning over her, his little hands on her shoulder as he tried to shake her awake.
"What time is it?" She croaked.
Stretching, she turned onto her side and glanced at the porthole, frowning when she saw that it was still dark.
"It's just after dawn!" Thomas said, sitting beside her on the narrow bed.
Elle sighed, tugging the thin sheet more tightly around her shoulder. She had made it a habit to sleep as late as she could, not because she was depressed, she assured herself, but because it meant less time spent anywhere near Elias, and more time spent devising a plan.
"Why on Earth are you waking me up so early?" Elle asked, just as a deafening BOOM rocked the ship.
Elle shot up in the bed, grabbing Thomas protectively around the shoulders. "What the hell was that?" She shrieked.
Thomas laughed. "It's alright Miss, just a signal shot to let Tearny know we intend to make port."
Elle stood up and stretched
6: Elle Held CaptiveMias leaned forward in the saddle, urging his black steed forward with kicks and shouts of encouragement. The crisp night air invigorated his senses, and he pushed his horse faster still. The landscape was a blur around him, farmhouses and cottages coming into view for mere seconds before disappearing once more into the darkness.6: Elle Held Captive in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Mias pulled up on the reins as he came up over a hill, giving him a perfect view of the rolling fields and cottages which dotted the countryside below. He patted his horse approvingly, glancing up at the moon and sucking in a lungful of air. He closed his eyes, allowing the sounds of the night to envelope him, letting the cricket song and the distant howls of wolves calm him. Yet his thoughts kept drifting back to Elle.
She was like no one he had met before in his life. She stood up to him, constantly challenging him and speaking her mind. It was refreshing, having someone so honest in his presence. People rarely looked him in the eye, their fear of
Elle and Mias: Chapter 33Viola reached out and grasped Elle's arm before the blonde could race toward the scene. "Are you mad?!"Elle and Mias: Chapter 33 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"I have to go!" Elle insisted.
"I don't know what's happening, but you and I should take this opportunity to run. Which ever side is alive will surely come after us."
Elle clenched her hands into fists and grit her teeth.
"Please, it's not worth it," Viola said gently and loosened her grip. "Let's go, together."
"I can't !" Elle tugged her arm out of Viola's grasp and took off towards the epicenter of destruction.
"Elle!" Viola called after her.
Everything in Elle's mind told her Viola was right, but she couldn't abandon them. She cared for Abernos and Berenos was always so kind to her, and Mias well she wasn't quite sure how she felt about him, but the thought of him lying injured (or worse) plagued her chest with a painful tightness.
"You're completely mental," Viola smiled as she rode up next to Elle atop Leadbury.
"You're coming with me?"
"Yes, but only because I could
Elle and Mias: Chapter 1Elle felt her body being pulled swiftly through nothingness by an unseen force. Still unable to scream, the only sound she heard was her own heart beating wildly. A blast of air halted the pulling sensation and before she knew it, her bottom came to rest on something soft.Elle and Mias: Chapter 1 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The veil of blackness lifted as her surrounding came into focus. She looked down to find herself seated on the edge of a king sized mattress complete with a four post bed frame, canopy, and matching curtains. Several large pillows lay in front of the headboard and gladly welcomed Elle's spinning head as she collapsed backward.
To the right side of the bed was a white marble table adorned with a decorative vase filled with fresh roses. She could tell they had only recently been picked from the sweet scent they wafted into the room. It was a welcoming and calming scent that soothed her jumbled mind.
To the left was a large window that let it bright starlight and moonlight alike. The sky itself was a velvety dark blue a
Elle and Mias: Chapter 26Elle panted heavily as she ran. She knew Elias would pursue her, though she felt she now had the advantage being a small mouse in the dense underbrush. He'd have difficulty recapturing her, or so she thought. She was unaware of Elias' transformation and how he now trailed her in the form of a black viper.Elle and Mias: Chapter 26 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
She hopped over a fallen tree and burrowed herself under the trunk to catch her breath.
"Here mousy, mousy~" she heard Elias' call rather smoothly as slid along the ground, flicking his tongue in and out. "I can smell you~"
Elle held her paws over her mouth to keep herself quiet and prayed Elias was bluffing.
"If you come out I'll make it worth your while. You're from another world, aren't you? Well, I may not be as talented as my brother, but I could arrange to open the portal and send you home. Just help me kill Mathias!"
"What happened to wanting to do me in all by your own hand?" Mias' voice broke the tension in the air as he appeared from the tree line with Leadbury and Ares.
Elle and Mias: Chapter 29An aura of intense emotion hung over Mias' manor when Abernos and Berenos arrived. The sorcerer had sequestered himself in the library for the time being with strict orders not to bother him. No one had the nerve to argue with him.Elle and Mias: Chapter 29 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Great lord of the forest all his brothers ?" Abernos shook his head in disbelief as Elle and Leadbury briefed them on the most recent development.
"You're sure Elias did it?" Berenos asked.
"I don't know," Elle said quietly. "But Mias looked like he'd been run through himself No one but Elias would do such a thing "
"But But why?!" Abernos asked, on the verge of tears himself. The Stag's ability to empathize was proof of his good heart.
"It's not unheard of in the Dormaeus Family," Berenos said solemnly. "For generations, it's how they've settled inheritance and other disputes."
"It's senseless bloodshed Even if they are Dormaeus " Abernos sniffled. "I never heard anything about the 8 younger brothers, but the fa
Elle and Mias: Chapter 34A cold and wet sensation brought Elle back to consciousness. She pushed herself upright and noticed she was surrounded by snow and gray skies as far as the eye could see. Her body began to shiver and she hugged herself to retain what warmth she could. She didn't know where she was. This wasn't London, but there was a possibility she was somewhere on Earth.Elle and Mias: Chapter 34 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Elle stood up and began walking. She was freezing, but staying still wasn't an option. She had to keep her blood circulating to avoid hypothermia. She already couldn't feel her toes and fingers and she felt unbelievably tired. She traveled less than half a kilometer when she fell forward into the snow and. She held her gaze to the ring on her finger and watched the gem until her body finally resigned itself to sleep.
"ELLE!" Mias shot up in bed and instantly regretted doing so. His entire torso ached from the various cracks and breaks in his bones. He wouldn't be able to magically heal them for at least a
Elle and Mias: Chapter 19"Oh, wow " Elle's mouth stood agape as she poked her head out the carriage window as they approached the city by the sea.Elle and Mias: Chapter 19 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A breath of healthy wind blew past her face and Elle found her heart nostalgic for her homeland, for only a moment. The air was crisper, cleaner than the polluted clouds that too often hung over England and brought only gray weather. Here the sky was bright blue with hardly any clouds reflecting in the crystal clear water.
It seemed almost mysterious for a place to hold such beauty while supporting a populous Elle would guess numbered in the tens of thousands. Wooden docks outlined most of the shore line as Ares trotted into the city along the coastal road. Facing the docks were several two and three story buildings whose ground floors all seemed to be devoted to business. Elle could smell the pungent stink of a fish stand, the gentle aroma of a bakery, and of course the merry scent of a pub and its happy patrons.
"The main thoroughfare is primarily filled with
Elle and Mias: Chapter 25"I'm so sorry please forgive me I'm so sorry " Abernos repeated over and over as he drove himself through the thick brush and out onto an animal path. Elle's scream from her broken wrist nearly caused him to stumble from the weight it put in his chest, but he knew there was nothing he could do at this point other than to locate Mias.Elle and Mias: Chapter 25 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He wasn't far from reaching the rescue party. Beyond a few groves of trees, the gang of one sorcerer, one stag, one ghoul and two horses crouched along the thicket lining as they drew nearer Elias' camp.
"I smell someone approaching," Leadbury announced.
Mias and Berenos directed their attention to where Leadbury indicated and readied themselves for an attack.
Abernos emerged from the brush and tears came to his eyes at the sight of his brother. "B-Berenos !"
Berenos rushed to his brother's side without speaking a single word. He caught him in his arms as Abernos finally allowed himself to break down.
"He still has her! Elias ! W
Elle and Mias: Chapter 63"It started ten years ago, when the peak of my pubescent defiance toward my father reached its boiling point. He sent me to this private, practically unheard of academy called Thornwood; dreadful lackluster name that suited its lackluster campus, incompetent students, and droll professors. While my father believed my education was important, I think he sent me off to this place to get an experience in hell, because that's what it was. Hell; outdated text books, professors who didn't give a damn, and students who only passed because their parents gave money to the school.Elle and Mias: Chapter 63 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Now my name was my pass into this world, but the problem was my name alone struck slightly too much fear into those around me and I passed classes with no one ever reviewing my skills. I was perfect mind you, but no one was taking the time to see my greatness beyond my name. Out of frustration, I stopped my assignments and neglected my studies all together. I was still passing whether I worked or not, so I decided t
Elle and Mias: Chapter 40"You summoned me?" Elias asked as he entered a large study where his younger sister sat scribbling notes at a desk.Elle and Mias: Chapter 40 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Yes, kindly take a seat," Ia said without looking up from her work.
Elias casually approached the table and sat opposite of her.
"How are you enjoying your stay?" She asked, her eyes and hand still concentrated on writing.
"In all honesty I wish you would have kept me in prison," Elias groaned.
Ia chuckled, "Is that so?"
"What is this about? Surely you didn't summon me simply to exchange pleasantries."
"And why not? I've been so preoccupied with my duties that I haven't been able to visit you. Is it so rare for you to be suspect of your family?"
"When it's the Dormaeus family, yes," he responded coldly. "If this is just frivolous conversation, I shall take my leave."
As he stood to leave Ia smacked him back into his seat with her quill. "Sit. You have no matters here that acquire your attention so you will remain in my presence until I dismiss you. Or are you eager to re
Elle and Mias: Chapter 8To Elle's surprise, Mias gave up trying to catch her after only a few minutes. She waited behind a discreet broom closet door for nearly fifteen minutes before she squeezed herself out from under the door, shook her furry little body free of dust, and scurried over to the front door. She didn't care what form she escaped in, she simply wanted out. Once again she tried to push herself out under the door, but the front doors fit too well against the frame work to make a crack big enough for even a mouse to slip through.Elle and Mias: Chapter 8 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Ever the optimist, Elle ran through the entry to the back corridors and into the dining room. She remembered seeing a large balcony off the back wall. Perhaps the doors that opened up to it would be easy to get through.
She felt out of breath running a rather short distance, but managed to reach the doors without stopping to take a break. Again she tried to squeeze herself under the door and this time too, was unsuccessful.
She plopped down on her behind and stared up at
Mias and Elle - Chapter 1He had been watching her for some time, confident that he was well hidden from view to avoid any unexpected surprises for his guest. Found entirely by accident, her presence now had a purpose. His lips curled into a smile in the darkness, intently observing her every moment as she tossed in her sleep.Mias and Elle - Chapter 1 in General Fiction More Like This
He blinked several times as she made a soft sound and her eyes slowly opened. She perplexed him. There was nothing extraordinary about her; just an ordinary girl. Yet, when he looked at her, there was something terribly captivating about her. Ordinary, but not of his world, which seemed a perfectly good enough reason for a man of his power to take her. But he had no need to explain himself; he did not need to justify his actions to himself or anyone. He wanted her; it was as simple as that. And he would have her.
Suddenly, the balcony doors flung open and the sunlight came cascading down around her. Her hair fluttered lightly with the breeze that rushed in, and the way that her skin
Mias and Elle - Chapter 2Recovering from the shock that the slamming door sent through her body, Elle immediately began to push and pull tentatively at the doorknob. The door and the knob would not even budge, no matter how hard she tried, and the frustration was building quickly inside of her. An animalistic panic took over and she began to shake the handle with enough force that her entire body shook with her movements. Growing tired, she gave the rigid handle one last ferocious expulsion of strength that she could muster before giving up with a violent scream.Mias and Elle - Chapter 2 in General Fiction More Like This
Elle stared at the closed door, her short fingernails digging painful crescents into the palms of her tightly clenched fists. Having already tried repeatedly to pry it open with all the strength she could muster, staring at it was all that she could do. She blinked rapidly to keep her eyes from welling over with tears again and cursed loudly before giving the door a swift kick. It felt good to relieve herself of some anger, but she still instantly reg
Mias and Elle - Chapter 9Elle lay on her back in an awkward position and uncomfortable silence only broken by her occasional gasps of air. It felt as though her innards were twisting around inside of her, and it was making her nauseous; Mias made her nauseous, at least, she hoped that it was nausea.Mias and Elle - Chapter 9 in General Fiction More Like This
Cheeks burning red, lips swollen and tingling, she stared blankly at the ceiling. She wished that she could get in a calming breath to centre herself, but it was proving difficult what with the painful pounding in her chest. Dragging her bottom lip between her teeth, she rubbed her forehead with the palms of her hands. This was becoming a habit of her body to go into this strange panic whenever Mias got so dangerously close.
Bored, and having nothing better to do, and liking the idea of being washed of the contact of Mias, she ran a bath. With no intention of relaxing, especially considering what had just happened not making her feel very safe letting her guard down, she made it quick. Before lathering herself up,
Mias and Elle - PrologueThe resonating high pitch squeal was deafening as the room spun in a blur of confusion through heavy eyelids. With each lethargic heartbeat came a thundering crash of pain through the entire skull. Small pale fingers clutched desperately at honey locks and a garbled moan struggled pass soft lips and foggy blue eyes clenched closed.Mias and Elle - Prologue in General Fiction More Like This
What fresh hell was this?
As hard she she tried, nothing came to mind of the previous night's ventures. It was all a fog half way through the walk home. She could remember every detail up until passing by the pounding bass and smoke filled air outside of the back doors nightclub on her usual short-cut home from her dead end job. It was dark, but upon thought, darkness was not much of a memory. And the harder she tried, the more scattered the real memories became. It was all very confusing, and since she was not one to indulge in the drink, nothing about the situation felt right.
It sounded paranoid, and quite frankly, like a pathetic excuse for whatever it w
Mias and Elle - Chapter 7"You found it where, exactly?"Mias and Elle - Chapter 7 in General Fiction More Like This
"Her, Berenos. I found her a few klicks in, east of the Decivus land."
The larger of the two, Berenos, stumbled over the hearth in alarm, the clatter making Elle's unconscious body shuffle and grunt. He tried repeatedly to assure himself that he had simply misheard his brother, that it was not true that they had become tangled in the affairs of the Decivus family, but a miscommunication was far too rare a thing between them.
"Mathias Decivus? You took her from one of them?!" He softened his voice as the body on the bed shifted again. "Abernos, are you completely mental? She can't stay here; you have to get rid of her!"
"Don't be so cruel, brother! She seemed to need help "
Abernos stroked absently at the girl's hair, brushing his fingertips against her warm forehead as his eyes scanned her face repeatedly, taking it all in. There was something about her that made him smile, and even more so than usual. There was something so uniq
Mias and Elle - Chapter 11With vicious threats and the crash of objects being thrown against a door open ajar, Mias left Elle to herself for three whole days. He was by no means offended by her actions and harsh shouting and name calling as he may have been previously, as he could not contain his amusement and curiosity. He wanted to know what could have possibly transpired between the two women to put Elle in such a strange mood. She blushed scarlet and her brow furrowed whenever he opened her door to bring her food, fair warning she seemed to think before the name calling began. He would laugh, wish her well and leave her to her own devices.Mias and Elle - Chapter 11 in General Fiction More Like This
Yet on the third day, he had grown tired of the new game that they had been playing at. He wished to look in to her eyes, touch her skin, and hear her voice untainted by screaming. The thought of seeing her smile at him was still a strong image that still nagged and prodded at his brain. He was a man who always got what he wanted, but this seemed to be something that was
Mias and Elle - Chapter 4Wiping the drying blood from his upper lip, Mias actually found himself smiling, even though the little wretch had made him bleed. As infuriating as that rather painful blow to the face may have been, her reactions had told him exactly what he had wanted to know.Mias and Elle - Chapter 4 in General Fiction More Like This
Eyebrows raised, he enjoyed re-experiencing it all over again in his head. Ah, how delectable her whimpers and moans had been, and he had caused every single one of them. He wanted to hear those wonderful sounds and see her gorgeous face contort into expressions of pleasure.
His laugh echoed through the halls. As far as he was concerned, he had won.
That egomaniacal bastard.
Elle could hear Mias' obnoxious laughter penetrating the walls, and it shook her from her daze. Staring at the lightly formed bruise directly between her eyes in the mirror, she massaged her temple to ease the steady hammering inside. As sore as her head was, she enjoyed the rush
Mias and Elle - Chapter 17The next several days passed by without pause, rushing by with such speed and enthusiasm that Elle felt as though the very sun and moon were under a spell bent on making her peaceful time anything but considering the nights. The nights lingered with such terrible purpose that she yearned for the long absent presence of Mias for comfort and distraction from the haunting experiences once sleep overcame her.Mias and Elle - Chapter 17 in General Fiction More Like This
So many nights filled with the frightening disembodied voice that had tormented her on her first sleeps inside of Mias' walls that she had become completely unaware that she was on her eighth night after a day without seeing hide or hair of her debonair captor. It was all so frightening that Elle had not even paid much heed to the fact that she could now understand the words that formed in the darkness of her dreams.
The voice had been taunting and teasing her with warnings that the worst was yet to come, and that there was nothing that Mias could do to keep her safe
Mias and Elle - Chapter13When the laughter subsided, Mias and Elle found themselves shrouded in a veil of silence that had quite suddenly fallen over them, and they stared at each other awkwardly. Their expressions were lacking of any emotion, and emotions so vague that neither could really decipher what was going on inside of their own heads, let alone the other's. Beads of water trickled down their faces from wet hair, leaving glistening strings of moisture that caught the light and illuminated their skin. The blinks between them in that long stretch of time could be counted on a single hand.Mias and Elle - Chapter13 in General Fiction More Like This
Elle was becoming more and more confused by the thoughts that were beginning to swarm her into a giant dark cloud inside of her mind. She had been laughing and joking, actually enjoying herself, with Mias; it just did not make any sense. Adjusting to a more modest position, the sloshing of the bath water jostled the silence. The dark clouds stayed, she was still cast in the shadows of confusion, and where they parted to
Mias and Elle - Chapter 16 (Complete)It had been several minutes since Mias' stomach had made its garish interruption, and Elle was still trying to grasp how she had let so much time slip by unnoticed while talking to Abernos for it to be dinner so soon. It seemed like less than an hour ago that she was in the garden being groped and kissed by an insatiable Mias. And now they were practically cuddling each other in the fields, they still had not made any effort to make their way back inside - they had not made any movement whatsoever. As new and strange as it was for Elle to admit, it was all very comfortable the cool grass against her bare legs, leaning back into Mias' body, and the soothing warmth of the sun cascading around them. Had her heart not been pounding, she could have fallen asleep right there in his arms. It was rather disconcerting a realisation that she already felt comfortable and safe- enough to let her guard down around Mias. Though she still did not, she was coming incredibly close.Mias and Elle - Chapter 16 (Complete) in General Fiction More Like This
Elle and Mias Chapter 5Elle would have never guessed that Mias had such a compassionate counterpart. It would seem that Mias, after all, subsisted as the evil twin and Elias coexisted as the wholesome one, constantly shadowed and undermined by the heinous actions of his brother. He had convictions passions and they did not revolve around chasing skirt.Elle and Mias Chapter 5 in General Fiction More Like This
It did not hurt that he was as devastatingly handsome as Mias, like a figure from an 1800s romance novel cover. He wore his hair long, neatly pulled back wearing a dark billowy shirt and nicely fitted pants that complimented his features.
"I am not from Ærworuld," she confessed, one morning during their daily get-together. "Mias came to my world and kidnapped me. I do not know how he managed to go through the portal. But he did and he can, which I understand to be thought an impossible feat."
Elias' mouth dropped open. "This is terrible news. No wonder he was able to recapture you, you could not escape... If I possessed the ability t
Elle and Mias Chapter 3Elle woke to a pounding in her head.Elle and Mias Chapter 3 in General Fiction More Like This
Not again, she grumbled."Muuuunnngghhh."
She ruffled her brow. Dear god, please let this all have been a bad dream. Please. I'm just going to open my eyes and
Elle peeked at her surroundings. Slowly she raised her head and hoped that her 10x11 dorm room would greet her with its faded paint and dingy light.
Was there always this much green in our dorm? Maybe we have a mold problem. Please, be a mold problem. Please be a
As her eyes began to focus, it became more and more apparent to Elle that she was not in her dorm room. One-hundred foot tall trees towered over her. Leaves, dirt, moss, were everywhere she turned. Elle blinked. Was she in a forest?
Elle massaged her head. Well, a forest is much better than being trapped with that sex-crazed kidnapper.
"Oh good, you're awake." A tenor voice called out to her.
Elle stiffened. Would this nightmare never end? I thought I escaped!
Elle and Mias Chapter 9"What is your name?"Elle and Mias Chapter 9 in General Fiction More Like This
"Do you need to know the name of your food?"
"Would you eat an unknown food presented to you?"
"So long as it didn't look weird or smell bad."
The ghoul leaned in and sniffed her.
Elle was annoyed. She crossed her arms. "It's not going to take long for some very demented and terrible people to come after me and find me. I would prefer to be dead when they arrive. I hate to rush you, but could you stop picking at your food?"
"Name?" The ghoul leaned back, raising an eyebrow.
Defeated, Elle plopped her head into her hand and rested her elbow upon her knee. "Elle."
The ghoul smiled, showing ghastly long, sharp teeth. "Nice to meet you Elle, my name is Leadbury. Galfridus Leadbury, but I prefer to be called Leadbury."
"Nice to meet you, Leadbury. Now, are you going to eat me or not?"
Leadbury looked her over once more, sniffing the air. He reached out a clawed paw. Elle closed her eyes. This was it. She would escape.
She felt a definitive poke, as the ghoul's paw pushe
Elle and Mias Chapter 10The days drifted one into another, each passing without much fanfare or pause. She lived with the ghoul, underground in a cave-like dwelling. They shared stories and discussed books they had readLeadbury was surprisingly well read knowing more about Aristotle and Plato than she. He never pried into her past and occasionally she gave him vague details of what had transpired in the lonely depths of the Ágend family castle. That part of her life was past her and she refused to be a victim of circumstance. She recognized that she had made several keys decisions that lead to her misfortune. How could one night of carelessness lead to such tragedy? Never again would she act without reason or out of her better judgment. Never again would she act out of loneliness or from an attempt to fit in. All the philosophers she had ever admired advised against the exact lifestyle she had tried to pursue.Elle and Mias Chapter 10 in General Fiction More Like This
Living in the forest with Leadbury had been a great healing to her broken soul. She had b
Barbie"Why isn't Barbie a brunette?"Barbie in Short Stories More Like This
"Because it's Barbie, she's been blonde since the fifties."
I glanced at the row of highlighter pink plastic boxes as we looked through the Girl's aisle at Wal-Mart. The fluorescent lights beat down on us and the neon glare had begun to hurt my eyes.
"She has blue eyes too, just like you."
"My eyes aren't blue, they're gray."
I promised my little sister that I would pick her up a toy from Wal-Mart when I came down from college for the holiday season. I had to admit, her method of inquiry was beginning to grate on my nerves. I loved her, but it had been non-stop sister-sister time and I was ready for a little space again. Thank God the term would be starting up soon.
"I'm not blonde or blue eyed."
I turned to look at my sister. She was ten, with an olive skin tone, gorgeous dark brown hair, and mysterious dark brownalmost blackeyes. When she grows up, I knew she would be beautiful, especially compared to
Ron MorOut from the sea she rose. Salty dew drops glistening down her pale skin. The instant our eyes engaged, I knew she would be the end of me. She would be like a winter storm: from a distance beautiful as the dark clouds roll and the waves thunder but up close terrifying and dangerous with winds to sweep you away and lightning to electrocute your soul. When the storm was over, all that she left was the cold winter, without any hope of day to comfort you.Ron Mor in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I wanted her. One glance from her piercing green eyes and I knew she had come for me. All that I need do was comply.
The Particular Sadness of Pomegranate Seeds IThe Particular Sadness of Pomegranate Seeds I in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
She raised her palms to the sky, fingers spread, and sunk her toes into the earth. Heat-filled particles of light warmed her face and the moist cool matter softened her toes. This was life and she relished in its glory.
Nature was her mother and the ruler of the cosmos was her father. She imagined herself as a tree, her feet diving down into the rich folds of the earth, planting their roots, while her fingers extended to the heavens forming into a million branches. Leaves and flowers exploded from her branches as they begged for the gift of light from the sun.
She walked in beauty. From where she stood, a gathering of red poppies reached to her gently brushing against her calf, begging to feel her touch. She leaned forward caressing the petals with the tips of her fingers and the flowers gently kissed her face in return. She laughed. She had always imagined that poppies would make for extremely faithful friends, providing every comfort and need in times of despair, but they would alway
Mias and Elle 2 ch2: UntouchedI look down at my hands, hands that should be marked for all of eternity. But instead of markings I see through my skin, through the billowing folds of the stark white dress I have worn since the day of my death and down to the wooden boards of the floor beneath my bare feet. The boards are more real than I am. I am simply a spirit, my demon is gone and for the first time in a long time I can breathe without the darkness inside suffocating me. It's a nice feeling, to be free. If only it was under better circumstances...Mias and Elle 2 ch2: Untouched in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I look up from the floor to where a man sits in a large chair. His hair is long and dark, his eyes black and shadowed with markings of his own. Elias, the man I have given up paradise for, has his hand wrapped around a bottle. He is drunk, very drunk. It has been this way for a long time, yet I can do nothing but watch, I have watched him drown himself in alcohol and cannot even speak to him, let him know that he is ruining himself and that I am here.
I wonder, not for
Mias and ElleCh19: A Ghost In The MirrorThe room was silent except for Milos's footsteps as he walked to the tall silver throne in the room. He walked up the steps and sat, sitting back comfortably as he watched them all stare at him. "Come!" he said with a loud laugh.Mias and ElleCh19: A Ghost In The Mirror in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Sit! Eat! This is a time for merriment and festivities!" His eyes followed them as they each walked stiffly to a seat.
He noted how they did not sit close to each other, just broke off and sat at different sides of the long table. He snapped his fingers and smiled inwardly as the doctor's boy flinched. A servant came skittering in a beat later with a goblet of wine then left as if there were hounds on his heels.
Milos drank from the goblet as he watched his guests from over the rim. Elias and the doctor's son picked at their plates while Mias looked up at him occasionally with a glare while his special guest's lovely eyes constantly regarded Milos with a steady gaze of gold.
His eyes flicked over to Arian and his special guest. Arian looked down at his plate
Mias and ElleCh21: The FallThe chains bit into his skin, he could feel the dry blood itch the shallow wounds he had caused from struggling so hard. It had proved useless. His wrists were bloody and his neck raw from the metal collar around it. So here he was, the hard stone floor cold beneath his knees, blindfold blocking his vision and the gag restricting his voice to nothing more than animalistic snarls. His mind raced while the rest of him felt numb. Numb from the hours of kneeling in the same position and numb from the unmentionable amount of guilt he felt. 'Elle.' He thought hopelessly. 'How could I turn from you?' he felt hot tears stain the blindfold. 'You do not deserve to have an unfaithful man in your life such as me.' His sadness covered him like a blanket, smothering him in his desperation.Mias and ElleCh21: The Fall in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He didn't care if he cried, he didn't give a damn if his bleeding hands tore from his body, so long as she was alive, so long as she was here on this earth, he would find her and bring her back to him. He would te
Mias and ElleCh24: RevelationsMias held Elle tight against him as he fought back tears, watching Arian die.Mias and ElleCh24: Revelations in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Good bye my brother." He said quietly as Elle sobbed against his chest.
He looked down at her, filled with joy at the fact that she was here, in his arms yet felt so terrible that she was crying. A roar pulled him out of his thoughts. The tiger she had come with was battling fiercely with the beast. Their claws clashed and teeth met flesh, you could tell that the tiger was doing everything it could to keep the beast from advancing towards them. The thing raised a claw and pinned the tiger to the ground with it, its teeth aiming fast for the tiger's vitals. Elle moved quickly, grabbing Mias's sword from its sheath at his hip and sprinting for them.
"Elle! No!" He ran after her.
He watched as he drew closer. Elle jumped up and plunged the sword into the beasts jaw. It roared and shook its head violently, one of its hands flailing and hitting Elle, who flew back. The tiger was up and running, cushioning E
Mias and ElleCh25: When All Is LostElias clutched her body, sobbing like a child. "You can't be gone!"Mias and ElleCh25: When All Is Lost in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He gently kissed her cold lips. "Come back to me Come back."
He held her tight, never wanting to leave her side; he'd rather stay with her. He wanted to lie down and die if it meant he could be with her.
Suddenly he felt a hand touch his shoulder, "E-Elias I'm sorry She's gone." It was Elle's voice that spoke to him.
"Get away from us." He growled out. "Let me die here in peace."
Elle stepped back and was replaced by Mias, who bent down and pried Elias's arms from around Azreal, pulling him away from her.
"NO!" he thrashed, struggling to get free. "LET ME BE! I HAVE NOTHIHNG NOW! JUST LET ME lie DOWN AND DIE!"
Mias hauled Elias over his shoulder, still struggling. "I will not allow that."
Elias watched from Mias's shoulder as Elle followed behind not meeting his eyes, Azreal's body staying where it was. "No!"
He reached out his hand towards her, as if he could somehow pull her back into her body and bri
Mias and ElleCh20: The BallArian nearly fell over in his chair when he saw Elle enter with the tattooed woman. They swept in; dresses swirling around their feet liked goddesses. They looked heavenly with the soft lighting from the room setting their skin aglow.Mias and ElleCh20: The Ball in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The entire room seemed to feel the same because all the men stopped to stare in with desire and the women did the same but with jealousy burning their eyes behind the elaborately decorated masks. As they walked, the crowed moved out of their way like they were parting curtains.
Arian stood, walking to Elle and bowing before her. She had applied a light pink shadow that swept out from the corner of her eyes, peeking from behind the white mask.
Arian smiled at her. "Can I have this dance?"
She took his outstretched hand and nodded at the woman beside her. "I will see you later, Azreal."
The woman nodded. "You will." Then turned and walked into the crowd.
Elle's hand slid into his and Arian pulled her gently onto the dance floor. They twirled and spun and fo
Mias and Ellech.22: Racing Against TimeWith each crack of the whip a new wound was opened, blood stained the stone floor as if morbid rain had fallen. His body hung limp from the chains that he was bound so hopelessly with. Arian's eyes widened as he heard the air around him whoosh with the descending of the man's arm. He screamed as another one of many wounds was torn open on his back. Rivers raced down his chest, a mix of tears, sweat and blood.Mias and Ellech.22: Racing Against Time in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Oi! How come you're not out, eh?" The man's voice was frustrated yet laced with joy.
It sickened Arian to his very core. He had long since stopped trying to reason with the man, as it seemed he had no morals, nor feelings. As the whip came down again the man spoke again.
"Why ain't ye down yet boy?"
Arian hissed as high speed leather met his flesh and it ripped another cut open.
"Because." He gritted out through clenched teeth. "Because I'm stronger than that, because I know I've got to stay awake and alive to save my friends."
The man laughed coldly. "Yer friends are
Mias and ElleCh14: LettersElle heard the galloping hooves come down the road and stood, going to open the door. She didn't get the chance though, Arian swung the door open and strode inside, a look of panic on his face, sweat beading on his forehead as he breathed hard. "Arian!" she said following him into the kitchen.Mias and ElleCh14: Letters in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Arian what's wrong?!" She grabbed his shoulder in an attempt to stop him, to no avail. He was dead set in hurrying into the kitchen where he scrambled some papers and books on the kitchen counter, obviously looking for something.
"Elle!" he said, whipping around.
"There was a letter on this table, it was unopened. Where. Is. It?" She thought for a moment, remembering clearing off the table to get ready for dinner but where had she put ."Oh! That!" she had set the important looking letter on the desk in his room.
Elle told him so and he went off to find it. Sighing she went over to the stove and placed a pot onto of the burner, readying it to begin making supper.
There was a slam
Mias and ElleCh18: Together again.With a sigh Elias stood from the bed and went to wash. When he returned he dressed in a suit of dark cloth and stared at himself in the mirror. As always the scars were right there, staring back at him, mocking him. Azreal had said that she could take them away for a time but he had changed his mind at the last moment. Perhaps he could live with his scars if his brother did not.Mias and ElleCh18: Together again. in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He turned away from the mirror and left the room. Walking deliberately slow to mentally prepare himself for what it would be like to see his father again. He took slow, even breaths and tried to calm his mind as thoughts raced through it. He wandered down the hallway only looking up when he noticed where he was. Elias could recognize the door he stood by as if it were his own shadow. He reached out slowly and tried the knob.
It was locked and Elias realized his fingers were shaking as he turned the knob all the way until it clicked open. The room was dark. It smelled old, but other than that it was untouched. Y
Mias and ElleCh12: Beneath The AngerHer anger was uncontrollable, her throat burned and her lips felt tainted while satisfied at the same time. She felt her tattoos pulse like a heartbeat as they often did when she was angered. She could sink it. The ship they were on that was a ways out to see. She could sink it and be done with it all. Though as much as she wanted to ram her fist straight through his goddamn chest and rip his heart out, then squeeze it empty of his life's blood until he died looking up at her in agony, she knew she couldn't. Where she to harm her master her tattoos would punish her. The ancient symbols would poison her blood, tainting it and kill her in a matter of hours. This was the only way to kill her. And despite her centuries of knowing this and making sure she obeyed each master that summoned her, it was still the only thing that she, Azreal, the angel of death, all powerful immortal demon, was truly afraid of.Mias and ElleCh12: Beneath The Anger in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The thought of dying, of ceasing to exist, all those years, wounds, blood