Elle and Mias: Chapter 38"ACHOO!" Abernos sneezed and promptly wiped his finger under his nose as he and Viola followed a frost covered trail without the assistance of Leadbury's nose to guide them. "Gah that Leadbury..."Elle and Mias: Chapter 38 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"It can't be helped. He doesn't have fur to insulate his body," Viola said calmly as she marched on ahead of him. "How can you complain of the cold? I'm having no difficulty."
"You're clearly not a normal woman," Abernos sniffled and rubbed his mitten covered hands together for warmth. "How are we supposed to pinpoint Elle without Leadbury's nose anyway? All he told us was to continue heading north."
"Weren't you supposed to be optimistic M
Elle and Mias: Chapter 37Elias was being oddly cooperative when the party returned to the castle and Hilda informed her elder sister about their new 'guest'. Helga wasted no time throwing him into a prison cell; she didn't even bother to interrogate him. And Elias didn't fight or even object. He might have been fatigued, but that didn't explain his sudden mellow demeanor.Elle and Mias: Chapter 37 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"I don't know what you're up to," Elle said to him from beyond the prison bars. "But I'm sure it's nothing good."
"Heh," his lips curved into a smile. "I just thought I'd pay my long lost sister a visit. I didn't expect you to be here, ruining my good name."
"Your name is as filthy as you are," E
Elle and Mias: Chapter 36Elle quickly acclimated herself to the white marble halls that gave her hospitality. The first time she stepped outside, she beheld the crystallized palace cut into the mountain side. It glistened despite the clouded skies and the low light from the deceitful sun that provided no warmth at all and kept the castle's frozen form.Elle and Mias: Chapter 36 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Is it made out of ice?" Elle asked as she followed Fionos and Hilda into the forest of tall trees beyond the mountain where the castle stood.
"It only looks that way," Hilda said. "During the summer months the layers of ice melt away and you'll see it's all white marble. Of course our summers are so very brief that
Elle and Mias: Chapter 57Elle turned her nose to the autumn wind and let a current of wheat scented air waft into her tiny nostrils. After sighing happily, she pointed the stalks out to Berenos. "This section is ripe!"Elle and Mias: Chapter 57 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Alright!" Berenos called back to her.
Elle smiled and brushed a bit of dirt off her cheek.
Four months had passed since their return from the northland and life overall had been uneventful. Mias was busy enjoying the prospects of being an undergarment conglomerate and taking the Dormaeus family in a new direction. Mias' ties with his sister in Noric also put him in position to represent his region when the embassy got together to discuss politics.
Elle and Mias: Chapter 55All Elle could do was wait. The halls of Kaldberg castle, which once made her feel welcomed, now made her feel isolated and alone. The cloud of death hung low around all the inhabitants of the castle, reminding everyone of their own mortality and words that are best said when happiness, not sorrow, can still blossom from them.Elle and Mias: Chapter 55 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Daddy " Hilda whimpered as she buried her head into Alu's chest. It didn't take her long at all to accept the Runeskeeper as her father and she had every intention of continuing their relationship as child and parent.
Alu simply smiled and stroked his daughter's short hair tenderly.
"He's not a handkerchief, Hi
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 al
Elle and Mias: Chapter 35Noric: the lonely north land filled with mountains and snow was where Elle found herself when she woke up. Her rescuer was no where to be seen, but the friendly warmth of a strong fire and soft fur greeted her in the most welcoming of ways. She was tired, her body not used to the thinner air and thus slept until she could adapt.Elle and Mias: Chapter 35 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Nn !" She stretched herself out and rubbed the sleep from her eyes. As her vision cleared, she noticed one of the furs was brushing up against her leg like it had a mind of its own.
She threw the covers back to discover a young white furred stag curled up in a ball against her legs. His ears were twitching as
Elle and Mias: Chapter 39The click of Elias' boots resounded through the halls, followed by the echoing chip of talons against the stone floor. He quickened his pace in hopes of putting some distance between him and his follower, but alas the friendly horror remained on his tail. His tolerance for annoyance finally reached its boiling point. He whirled and shouted, "Must you follow me?!"Elle and Mias: Chapter 39 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Hilda smiled, "Yes. Lady Ia isn't as naïve as you think she is. You get one chance. If you betray her trust, you'll be thrown back into prison and left to rot. So be a good boy Eli, okay?"
Elias cringed at the affectionate and disgusting nickname she bestowed upon him. "I'm fi
Elle and Mias: Chapter 43The cold dawn was ushered in by a strong northern wind echoing through the frozen mountains. Its howl rattled the windows of Fionos' bedchamber where the young Stag had convinced Elle to stay for the night. The sound of the approaching blizzard stirred Elle from her sleep and she slowly turned her head to the window. It was snowing, not really a surprising weather event given the region, but the size of the flakes made it look like someone had torn open a bag of white feathers.Elle and Mias: Chapter 43 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
She yawned and pulled herself upright. She sat for a few moments as her eyes and mind came into focus. She remembered locking Elias in him room and informing one of t
Elle and Mias: Chapter 62Sleep refused to visit Mias that evening and this time it was not because he wanted to bask in the afterglow of his sexual performance. No, it was a worry that kept him from falling asleep amongst the comforting textures of his silk and satin pillows and bed sheets, not too mention Elle's soft and warm body tucked under his arm like a favorite stuffed toy. His mind couldn't fathom what sort of beast had the strength, both in body and in mind, to best Berenos in battle.Elle and Mias: Chapter 62 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The window blew open slowly with the help of an autumn wind and a shadow blocked the moonlight from stretching onto the bed. Mias had a visitor.
"I figured you'd summon me so
Mias and Elle - Chapter 5Too flustered from the dream and startled by Mias' sudden appearance to reply, Elle just clutched at her heaving chest and glared at him, detesting his presence more than she ever had before. She looked at him and felt exposed and violated. Even though her logic told her that it could not have actually happened, the surge of terror and adrenaline was causing her to have difficulty deciphering dream from reality.Mias and Elle - Chapter 5 in General Fiction More Like This
Hugging the sheets up to her shoulders, Elle looked away from him to avoid any eye contact. Looking into Mias' eyes was just something she could not ever bring herself to do, and she hated how it emphasised her fear of him.
Mias and Elle - Chapter 10After much struggle against her vivid imagination, Elle was finally able to clear her head well enough so that she could fall asleep in peace in a manner of speaking. Small fractions of memory were still ghosting about inside of her barely conscious mind, and she had a strong feeling that he would be haunting and terrorizing her in her dreams yet again. Her eyes fell closed almost reluctantly, and with a soft exhale she was asleep almost instantly, and with Elle already having been beaten into the land of slumber by an exhausted Mias, the castle quickly fell under a shroud of comforting dimly lit silence.Mias and Elle - Chapter 10 in General Fiction More Like This
Everything was still for a fe
Mias and Elle - Chapter 18Mias waited patiently in the dark with an unseen smile on his face; the warmth of Elle's slowly breathing body pressed carefully against his was the most comfort that he could ever recall feeling in his life. Each rise and fall of her chest rocked the arm that he had wrapped tightly around her, a gentle reassurance that she was there with him. Even though the pressure of her shoulder digging in to his arm was irritating, and since she had already fallen asleep it would be easy to slip away, he had no inclination to move. He blinked in the complete darkness, straining his eyes to catch a glimpse of her sweet face in the black to no avaiMias and Elle - Chapter 18 in General Fiction More Like This
Mias and Elle - Chapter 19After spending several minutes cursing Mias' name and trying in vain to claw her way out of the slippery silk lining of her dark, impromptu prison, Elle gave up. She just prodded at the cloth with fine, sharp claws that had once been elegantly short fingernails and grumbled to herself angrily. It felt so natural so soon that it made her stomach churn. What had he done to her? Would she be a fuzzy little mouse for the rest of her life? Her mind reeled. She was furious at Mias, she wanted to hate him all over again and never see his obnoxious face again. Yet, why was it that all she could worry about was how she would never get to kiss him agaiMias and Elle - Chapter 19 in General Fiction More Like This
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, h
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 begin
Mias and Elle - Chapter 12Lunch was simple, eggs and toast with grapes and a sweet fruity wine; it was more of a breakfast than the one Mias had brought up to her earlier in the day. Elle liked the wine very much, and with a golden pitcher full of it sitting right next to her she had filled her glass at least one more than she ought to.Mias and Elle - Chapter 12 in General Fiction More Like This
"Very good," She said from behind her hand that covered the last mouth full of her second helping.
"Mm, sometimes simple is sufficient." Mias popped a large green grape into his mouth as he leaned back in his large chair.
"I like the wine." She took a sip, staring at him over the brim of the chalice with hot cheeks.
Mias smiled, "I
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
Mias and Elle - Chapter 3With each heavy boot step vases and glassware cracked violently as Mias stormed passed down the hallway with frustrated determination. He had gone through much trouble to get her here, and there was no use giving up simply because wooing her presented itself as a slight challenge. He had brought Elle here for a reason, and he was not going to let her get the best of him; she was his, and she was going to have to learn to accept that.Mias and Elle - Chapter 3 in General Fiction More Like This
I want nothing to do with you
A crystal candelabrum that sat on a table unfortunately close to him shattered into hundreds of pieces, all perfectly identical. He frowned and rolled his eyes at the mess be
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 ri
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.
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, pe
Mias and ElleCh5: The Pendant and The RavenHead in his hands Mias sat at the chair next to her bed side trying so hard not to get up and scream, to not cry, to not punch the next person who came through that- "Mias?" The door opened quietly and Mias stood quickly. "Yes?" The Healer whom the house belonged to came in and shut the door slowly. About Mias's Height he had brown hair to his shoulders tied back in a length of ribbon to keep it from falling onto his forehead. He had brown eyes and laugh lines around his face. He was a good man; Mias had known him for years and had gone to him with many of his injuries. "Has she fallen asleep?" Mias nodded and Arian gestured for Mias to folloMias and ElleCh5: The Pendant and The Raven in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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 whi
Mias and Elle 2 ch.4: Into The InfernoI look off the deck of the ship, towards the shore to the east of where we are heading. Smoke rises above the earth like an angry dragon, foul and beastly. I turn; ready to run to grab Elias's attention but it seems one of his crewmen beats me to it.Mias and Elle 2 ch.4: Into The Inferno in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Aye! There be a blaze on the horizon, Captain!" He calls down from the crow's nest.
Elias, who was talking in a hushed tone to one of his more trusted crewmembers looks up, his eyes falling on the burning distance.
"Set a direct course." He orders.
The crewman at the wheel looks at him as if he were insane.
"But, sir! It looks bad! We really shouldn't concern ourselves with a-"
Mias and Elle 2 ch.5: Burning SkiesI grab ari and Abernos grabs my hand, there is no time to grab anything, so we don't. We burst through the front door and run the way the animals lead. But suddenly I remember Grace, back in her stable. Surely she can feel the oncoming heat. I skid to a halt and thrust ari into Abernos's arms after kissing her on the forehead.Mias and Elle 2 ch.5: Burning Skies in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Get her out of here!" I yell at him. "I have to go back."
"You're insane!" he yells at me, grabbing my wrist tight and pulling me along.
But I wrench my wrist away though, standing there. Doesn't he know? How hard it is to give him my child for her own safety? I won't let Grace, who's been there for me always, die.
Mias and Elle 2 Ch.7: CindersHis eyes are deceiving him, surely. This all must be some dream or horrible nightmare. This was what he could believe, what he should believe, after Azreal's death, everything was just a painful reminder of the way he was before he changed, slowly sucking him back into the shell of anger and hate that he had wrapped himself in for so long. He only came out of this shell when he was able to relax, through the haze of drink and rage when he could almost feel a calming presence beside him. But now, that calming presence was not beside him, she was here in front of him. The whole time as they fought, Elias could hear them, but not see them,Mias and Elle 2 Ch.7: Cinders in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Mias and Elle 2 Ch.8: SmokeThe sound of burning buildings collapsing, a deafening roar pierces the air. My world is burning. And I love every second of it. The roar is my own, back in my body once more I am in tigress form. My claws click against the pavement before I gather myself and leap. Crashing into the creature that was just about to dispose of Elle, I suppose I should feel some sort of worry for her but I do not, at least not at the moment. I must focus on the task at hand. I look down at the man whose body holds a creature not unlike the one inside my own. In fact even now I can feel some resounding evil from its presence in my body and it makes me shiver in bMias and Elle 2 Ch.8: Smoke in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Mias and Elle ch2:FalseVictoryThe top off the hill took Elle's breath away. It was reaching the top that took away Grace's. Jumping off of the horse's back Elle patted her neck. "Looks like we won girl." then kissed her on the nose and turned to look out into the distance. Rolling green hills stretched out across the land, trees and lush grass blanketed the area, and just in the distance you could see the sea shinning in all its glory. Though, Elle did not have very happy memories of the sea. But before her thoughts could turn dark, Elle heard a galloping sound and looked over her shoulder to see Mias riding up on Yousery. "Look who finally decided to join us." She teasedMias and Elle ch2:FalseVictory in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Mias and ElleCh7: Ghosts From The PastSun poured in from the window next to the bed, lighting the little room. The rays fell across her eyes forcing them open. "ugh." She groaned, sitting up. Her vision swimming, her shoulder on fire. "What the hell?" She muttered, swinging her feet to the floor. She stood, stumbling a little as the world spun. When it stopped she looked around, it was only when a breeze rolled in through the open window that she noticed she was wearing nothing but a bandage covering her chest that also wrapped around her right shoulder, and she also wore her underwear. "What the hell?" she said a bit louder, taking the bed sheet and wrapping it around herself.Mias and ElleCh7: Ghosts From The Past in Introductions & Chapters More Like This