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 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 15Maybe he isn't too bad after allMias and Elle - Chapter 15 in General Fiction More Like This
Elle's teeth pinched at her bottom lip as Mias' lips trailed hot kisses all across the exposed flesh of her neck and chest, all of which felt incredibly hot. She felt so flustered, and the words were not even able to form inside of her head, let alone out loud. One of her hands was squeezing his shoulder; the other was pressing the open skirt between her legs against the seat of the bench, denying Mias any entry he may have been planning. Of course it was all very lovely there was no denying it- and incredibly distracting, but there was something across the way that her curious mind could not help but notice. Squinting her eyes accordingly, she realised that there was a small wooden door, almost entirely overgrown with the sweet pea and ivy only the outline and rusted metal handle were visible at first glance.
"Mias " Oh my god, was that my voice?
"Mm?" His reply hummed through his lips and against her throat.
Mias and Elle - Chapter 14Elle descended the stairs, taking each step carefully in her moderately uncomfortable new shoes. The hem of her light turquois dress gently tapped against her knees, a meek smile curled in the corners of her mouth. It had been some time since she had worn anything nice. And though there wasn't much that was particularly fancy about the cap-sleeved dress, there was something in the way that Mias smiled at her form the bottom of the stairs that made it feel special. There was also a feeling that closely resembled fear that started to well up the closer she got to bottom, as if it would lose its magic.Mias and Elle - Chapter 14 in General Fiction More Like This
Mias was grinning like a fool - he could not help it. It was incredibly refreshing to see Elle properly dressed, and it helped that her choice still showed a delightful amount of leg it could use more bust, though. The small smile that softly light up her face as she watched him with uncertain eyes was an exciting addition to the lovely image.
Well aware of his watchful gaze, Elle fl
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 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 before continuing on to the dining hall. The little guttersnipe, as gorgeous as she was, definitely knew how to grate on his nerves.
Mias pictured her silken blonde mess and enchanting eyes again and felt a twist in his gut. This had been happening rather often in the short time that she had been in his home.
The table was set up for a delightfu
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
Mias and Elle - Chapter 20"Send me away?" Elle felt tears begin to well up quickly and blinked rapidly to try and force them away she should have been angry, not sad. How dare he make her feel this way then just cast her aside to some stranger? She tried, but even when she tried to stoke the fire, the sadness was far outweighing the rage that she was struggling so hard to feel in its place.Mias and Elle - Chapter 20 in General Fiction More Like This
Mias set the tiny bundle in his hands down on to a large stack of papers and stared down at her with a creased brow. It was not long before he could no longer bear to look into the small, glassy eyes that gazed back at him so hurt and full of expectation. With a heavy and almost clumsy step, he turned his back to her and faced the small window several feet away.
There was a soft crackle in her voice as she fought back tears, a sound that made Mias visibly cringe. He wanted to change her back and squeeze her tightly in his arms until she loved him and the rest of the world would just dissipate abo
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 avail, and was surprised to feel his heart sink at the realisation. So close, he had finally gotten her into his arms where she actually wanted to be and he could not properly enjoy it yet.Mias and Elle - Chapter 18 in General Fiction More Like This
Reaching up a hand - trusting mostly in his instincts - Mias touched his fingers to Elle's cheek. The soft sound that she made before let
Mias and Elle - Chapter 23Only able to carry himself so far, as the strength and life was zapped from his body with every agonising step, Mias collapsed with a deafening thud against the great doors of his estate. Weak hands with fingers contorted in intense pain clutched haplessly at the knocker and handle before legs and will-power gave out and his limp body slid into a weakly trembling heap. He noted that there was an uncanny amount of loss considering not a single vital organ was hit; perhaps it was an artery, he did not really care. His insides felt as though they were aflame as blood pooled beneath the flesh, while limbs draped cold and near useless across the dark cobblestone path, warm by comparison to his quickly cooling flesh. He could hear his heart's struggling beats echoing deep within his ears, an agonising sound in the lonely silence.Mias and Elle - Chapter 23 in General Fiction More Like This
The loneliness was new – and certainly something that he could do without, considering how emotionally and physically draining it was; making it all so much more di
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
Elle and Mias: Chapter 13Duncan walked calmly through the forest with his arms folded behind his back. He was used to the night and stepped confidentially towards Mias' mansion. He had no clue as to what he was looking for, but if he came back empty handed, he'd be subjected to punishment from Elias.Elle and Mias: Chapter 13 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He spied the estate in the distance and thought it odd for all the windows to be dark at this hour. A large crow swooped down from the roof and cawed as he flew over Duncan's head. In all his years serving the Dormaeus, there was no mistaking the elegant way such a dark bird rode the wind.
"Here are your meals!" A well endowed waitress said cheerily as she placed the plates on the table for Elle and Abernos. The two had finally made it to the small farming village and their first stop was the local pub and inn for some food and hopefully a bed to sleep in. The atmosphere in the whole community was warm and inviting, so much so that Elle finally allowed herself to relax and get Mias off
Elle and Mias: Chapter 7The sun approached the center of the sky as Mias and his steed came over the hill. The horse walked at any easy pace so as not to strain his rider. Mias was holding his left arm to his chest while mumbling an enchantment. He had underestimated his opponent this time, but thankfully suffered nothing worse than a dislocated shoulder. He'd already forced the joint back into place and was casting a healing spell to numb the pain and speed the recovery. Such injuries were annoying, just like the one who caused them.Elle and Mias: Chapter 7 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He finished the incantation and slowly stretched his arm. There was no pain. He grinned in victory over the wound and grabbed both the reigns. "Let's pick up the pace."
The horse whinnied and obeyed, breaking into a fast trot and then a gallop as he raced the wind back the estate.
Elle had completely forgotten about the time while chatting in the gardens with Abernos. They sat on a stone bench and talked about more cheerful things. To her delight, Ab
Elle and Mias: Chapter 6Elle awoke just before dawn. She had rolled onto her stomach in the night and had her limbs sprawled every which way on the bed. With Mias provided more than adequate warmth, the covers were pushed to the edge of the bed. Yet Elle now felt strangely cold. She tilted her head up and noticed her smock was on the floor with the rest of the clothes Abernos had given her. She then glanced at Mias who had his head nestled against the arch of her back.Elle and Mias: Chapter 6 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Filthy bastard," she said in a rough voice. Her throat and chest still ached, but at least her fever was gone.
She cautiously pulled herself out of bed, not wanting to wake Mias. His head dropped onto the mattress and thankfully didn't disturb him. Heaving a silent sigh of relief, Elle swung her legs over the bed and yawned. She rubbed her eyes and scratched her hair while she looked down at the floor. She noticed Mias' trousers had also mysteriously appeared on the floor.
Elle glared back at him, willing her anger to give him nightmares. He t
Elle and Mias: Chapter 4Elle awoke the next morning pleasantly refreshed. Though her lungs still stung from breathing heavily in the cold air, it was the price of freedom and it was worth every raspy breath. She sat up and yawned, stretching her arms up the quilts fell from her body and it was then Elle realized she was naked. Well, she still had her underwear on, but other than that she was bare skinned.Elle and Mias: Chapter 4 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
She heard the light clinking of china and slowly turned her head to see Abernos standing with a tray of food and tea. His eyes were wide and his mouth was slightly agape with a tomato red blush on his cheeks.
"EEK!" Elle shrieked and pulled the covers back up over her body.
Abernos cried out too and quickly turned himself around. "I'm sorry! I didn't mean to stare!"
"W-Where are my clothes?" Elle blushed.
"Th-They were soaked so we took them off and hung them up to dry near the fire. They should be dry by now." Abernos set the tray down and crab walked over to the fireplace in the corner of the small room. O
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
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
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
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
2: Beauty and the BeastBeth clung to Mr. Thorne's arm around her waist, her teeth chattering as icy rain trickled down her face. Her hair was glued to her cheeks and tangled around her neck, her cloak and gown soaked through to her skin. Her whole body was numb, her fingers and toes aching painfully from the cold.2: Beauty and the Beast in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"We're nearly there," Mr. Thorne shouted over the onslaught of rain. Beth nodded, unable to speak as droplets of rain hit her already numb face.
Beth leaned closer against Mr. Thorne, trying to soak up some of the warmth that seemed to roll off of him in waves. Though she shook violently against the cold, Mr. Thorne felt as though he was on fire, and she couldn't help but relish the warmth that his nearness offered.
He stiffened behind her as she held onto him, his grip around her waist tightening as his warm breath ghosted over her temple. She tilted her head and glanced up at him to find his hard unreadable eyes on her, his jaw clenching and unclenching.
There was something possessive in the way
4: Beauty and the BeastSunlight streamed through the large window and across the foot of the bed, and for a moment Beth forgot where she was. She turned onto her back, staring up through the canopy of drapes hanging across the four poster bed, her anxiety and frustration over her situation returning as the after effects of sleep wore away.4: Beauty and the Beast in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Beth hated how helpless she felt, trapped in a castle in the middle of a vicious storm that showed no signs of easing up. She sat up in bed and stretched her tired limbs, then scooted to the edge of the bed and pulled the blanket up around her shoulders against the biting cold of morning.
Since there was nothing she could do about her situation, she focused instead on the small things she could control, such as getting dressed and straightening her bed. She was certain that Fiona would be upset with her for cleaning up a bit, but Beth wasn't the type who expected others to wait on her.
Once the bed was as close to perfect as she could get it, Beth went to the armoire where
6: Beauty and the BeastWhen Beth woke she was afraid to move, uncertain of where she was or who might be with her. She opened her eyes only slightly, just enough to see that she was lying in her bed at Blackmoor Castle, the room warm and the walls aglow with shifting light from the fireplace.6: Beauty and the Beast in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
She had the distinct feeling that she was not alone, and when she shifted her head slightly to have a better view of the large wingback chair that was near the window, her heartbeat quickening when she realized that a figure sat there--and she knew with certainty that it was Mr. Thorne.
Beth squeezed her eyes closed, trying to keep her breathing steady and even, willing Mr. Thorne to leave her alone so that she could assess her situation in peace and come up with a better means for escaping the castle and the mad creature that Mr. Thorne had transformed into.
"I know you're awake," he muttered. "So you may as well open your eyes and face me."
Her breath caught at the sound of his voice, which no longer sounded gravelly
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 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 14Elle awoke before dawn, unable to sleep. She walked to the river and washed her face, cleaning off the residual tears from her night of depression—her moment of weakness.Elle and Mias Chapter 14 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Enough. She was done with this doubting, with crying, with feeling any of this pain. She had given everything she had to give. There were no more feelings she could feel.
There was very little movement in the camp. A few early risers like her prepared for the camp’s busy activities. The early risers moved methodically, following their routine.
It was time.
This was never supposed to be permanent. This is a temporary situation, a time for preparation.
A light glowed from a tent and she ventured towards it. No more doubts. No more waiting. No more hesitation.
It was time.
Mias found that he was unable to actually sleep with Iedra. It wasn’t that she did not possess beauty or that he found himsel
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There was a change in the wind, a shift in the grass. The sun became harsh and the ground grew cold. Silence and stillness saturated all space and time.
"Persephone!" She called. The wind carried her voice across the expanse of her garden. The wind did not return. No giggling or rustling, no whispering or dancing. She called out once again, "Persephone!" Yet still, her call remained unanswered.
The nymphs lost track of her in the meadow. Persephone was fond of disappearing into the forests and streams—or wherever the nymphs did not follow. The flowers and trees called to her. Demeter knew that her child was independent in nature and enjoyed her counsel with the flowers. Persephone distrusted the nymphs, knowing that their loyalty was first to her and not Persephone. However, Persephone maintained the loyalty of the life in the garden, something Demeter never tried to compromise.
Regardless of Persephone's want of freedom and independence, she always returned home. She never strayed bey
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Elle tried to force herself to sleep, but her mind was abuzz with the events of
the day. By all intents and purposes, Mias should be able to decline the betrothal by
loving her, and they could probably convince his father they were going to marry; then he
would still be in exile... But that all depended on whether or not what Thane said was
true. Maybe Elle just needed to take one for the team. If she played along and was
believable enough, they’d all be able to live normally.
That was, unless a different heir was named. Perhaps Mias would be able to take
her and Tovi, and maybe even Th