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Blood Oath Chapter 15
Aurora and Sorin slowly made their way up to the hospital, along the way stopping and chatting with a few people. It always surprised Aurora just how well others knew her name and who she was. Many she met knew her before even being introduced despite them having never met before. Everyone she met had some form of thanks or praise to give for her recent trip to the capital. And each time Aurora found herself fighting back embarrassment at the fact people where so grateful to her.
After a while she and Sorin made it to the hospital. Walking inside the place was virtually silent only the faint whir of fans could be heard. Walking over to the receptionist Aurora smiled as the young Jaguar behind the desk smiled back at her. “I’m looking for Sigurd is he available?”
The leopard smiled back and nodded. “He is actually out back with the people from the capital. They came running up begging to interview him.”
Aurora smirked a little and nodded. “Thank you.&
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Aurora grunted as she woke up stretching. Raising her arms up and curling her toes she started to arch her back with a loud yawn until she felt the weight on her chest. Looking down with one eye open she smiled seeing Ziggy’s hair at the end of her muzzle. Slowly sitting her arms back down she felt another furry body on her right and two more in her left.
Smiling she shook her head realizing all of the kids where piled in around her. Gerhard had insisted the night before she take the king sized bed and now she saw why. Gently she reached down running her fingers through each of their hair. Both of the boys where starting to grow at an astounding rate. In the two months she had been gone they had both started to thin out and grow taller.
Ziggy was growing too though it seemed not near as fast as the boys. Her cheeks still had a lot of baby fat and her body still retained that cute chubby look of almost all children her age. Annabelle however seemed to have changed the most. Her bo
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Blood Oath Chapter 13
Aurora rolled over looking at the clock as the red numbers glared 4:35 AM at her. She gave a loud groan as she rolled onto her back. There was no way she was going to be going back to sleep. With a huff she got out of bed and moved around starting to get dressed. Until she saw a black vest hanging from the door with a note attached. ‘Miss Aurora I do apologize for the short notice but we will be having a short press conference before you leave. Wear the attached clothing and be ready by 8am.’
Aurora groaned as she grabbed the vest. On the front right chest was a shield of Wynnar. All across the chest and back was ornate silver stitching standing out against the black material. A pair of black leather pants accompanied the outfit. Sliding the vest on Aurora grumbled to herself as she fastened the buttons up the front.
Adjusting it a little she finished getting dressed walking out into the hallway. The entire place was silent as she padded softly down the hallway, her soft so
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Blood Oath chapter 12
Two months. Two brooding infuriating months. Aurora had known it was going to take time for the Senate to come to a consensus on what they wanted done but really?! Since her first visit to the Senate they had only been invited back one time. And that one time had been an absolute disaster.
Amongst the many other qualms many of the senators had about opening up trade with the Kanaima Aurora and Red had finally delivered the requirements of the Grand Council that made up the leaders of the Kanaima race.
The main spur of everything seemed to be the release of all the Kanaima held in what was simply called ‘the camp'. The camp was a compound deep in the Florida Everglades far away from most all human life. In it held all the Kanaima that had been caught crossing the border illegally. Aurora had heard mention of it from Gerhard a long time ago but had never given it much thought until it had come up in the negotiations.
Supposedly it housed many dangerous Kanaima who had attacked and
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The Magic of Magic Chapter 5
Roarke woke to the screeching of the alarm clock next to his bed. Reaching over he slapped the button with one paw. He had been with the white knights for three months now and they had been nonstop drilling him. From day one he had been pumbled in every way possible.
Even though he had not seen his father from the time he had stormed out from Roarkes initial test he felt the ever present invisible force of his grip. The first week had been spent in the fighting ring. If he ever thought he could fight before he was now sure he didn’t know. And had it not been for Erebos stepping in and saving him in more than one instance from the powerful blows of other magical creatures.
In the weeks after he rotated most all of his time between studying different magical creatures and gaining strength and endurance through fighting and training of all kinds. His handler Samuel had seen to it that he had virtually no free time since his arrival.
On the plus side he had managed to somehow gain fr
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Blood Oath Chapter 11
Aurora rolled over basking in the warm morning light filtering through the window. Her entire body ached as she stretched out on the bed. Images of what went on last night slowly came back to her and all she could do was smile. Looking around she realized Red was nowhere to be found. Sighing she shook her head.
Climbing out of bed she slowly shuffled over to the door before she realized her shirt was still in tatters on the bed.  Looking around she growled softly before sticking her head out of the door and looking down the hallway. Listening she didn’t hear and see anyone. Darting across the hall she ducked into her room shutting the door behind her.
Sighing softly she slid down the door rubbing the back of her head. “Ummm Aurora.” Auroras head shot up as she looked to see Frost sitting on the edge of her bed. Aurora felt her face turn ten different shades of red as she jumped up.
“What the hell” she finally managed to spit out as she scurried around
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Frost dove forwards as her stomach betrayed her once again. Hurling every speck of food she had eaten that morning just like she had done for three days in a row. Aurora sighed as she grabbed a wet rag and held it out for Frost after she had finished vomiting.
Red stood in the doorway and sighed. “Not to make light of your current condition Frost but we have to meet with the Senate today. We have put it off for nearly a week now.”
Aurora grunted and crossed her arms looking at Red. “She is sick Red she can’t help it.”
Red held up his hands “I know I know but if we don’t do something then the Senate will refuse to see us just to prove a point.”
Frost coughed gently. “You two go. I will stay here till we can figure out what’s wrong with me.”
A chuckle came from the bedroom as all three of them turned to see Dr. Saint with a medical bag and the president at his side. “I would venture to say my dear that you have a bad
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Roarke blinked as he looked around trying to figure out where he was. It was completely dark with no light anywhere. Then he appeared, from the shadows Erebos strode forwards with a devilish grin on his face. Roarke growled taking a step back. “What did you do?!” He snarled his entire body trembling.
Erebos raised a brow as he stopped a few short feet from Roarke sitting down. “Me? I didn’t do anything but unleash the full capabilities of your powers.”
Roarke shook his head with another loud snarl. “I would never kill those people! You used me! You ripped them apart and killed my sister!” he lunged forwards snapping at Erebos only for his teeth to click in thin air.
Erebos was now at his side with his grin spreading wider. “I only removed your self control. You wanted them to hurt you wanted them to suffer. As for your sister you warned her. You didn’t even lay a finger on her.”
Roarke shook his head looking away. “I wou
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Frost was sitting in the SUV with a completely blank stare on her face. Aurora had insisted and then bared her fangs demanding they left. Much to Dr Saints protest the president had conceded. Now pulling back to the presidential house Aurora lead a still shell shocked Frost to the room.
Sighing she looked around trying to find a way to distract the distraught fox. Finally she pulled out the black hard case that contained the phone and video system. Looking over at Frost she smiled. “Would you like to talk to the others? I’m sure they want to know what’s happened since we arrived.”
Frost scooted over latching onto Aurora and nodded slowly. Aurora smiled and kissed the top of Frosts head. “It will be OK I promise. I will make sure you and your baby are safe.” Turning back she flipped the screen of the monitor on and pressed the call button. The phone gave several long chimes before a soft click came up.
Suddenly the screen blinked and all Aurora and Fr
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Blood Oath Ch 8
Aurora was sitting on the back of ambulance with a very nervous looking medic applying a blood pressure cuff to her arm. Capital security had arrived about five minutes after the fighting had ended. Red had emerged from the rubble of the floor having apparently gone through the floor and halfway through the next floor, yet had only minor scratches. Frost was having her arm put in a sling since the creature that Red had identified as a phantom, had dislocated Frosts shoulder.
The medic set down his stethoscope and unfastened the cuff on auroras arm. “ your blood pressure and heart rate are still extremely high” he said digging through a medical bag.
Aurora grunted pulling her arm away. “My heart rate is somewhere around 150 right?” the medic stopped and nodded slowly. “yeah that’s normal. If my heart rate where under 100 I would be in trouble.” The medic slowly sat down the needle from his bag with a curious look on his face. “I study medi
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“So let me get this strait. You two where out at the river and these…. Lights appeared. And after touching one you..” the police chief said pointing to Kindle “apparently can’t be burned by fire and you…” the chief said looking at Roarke. “OK you I don’t have a rebuttal for.”
Roarke smirked as he sat in a chair across from the police chief. The station seemed a little more hectic than normal to Roarke, though he didn’t spend much time around cops. “Yes sir. Now can we go now? I mean this is all obviously no one’s fault.” Roarke smirked.
Kindle sat silently as the chief went through the folder on his desk one more time. Looking up at Roarke then Kindle he set his hands up on the desk. “And you expect me to believe all this? A gas leak, really that’s the best you got?”
Roarke bristled a little and leaned forwards staring at the police chief. “Yes I do. I realize this is a very stra
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Roarke sighed as he adjusted his backpack before slowly taking a step up the polished concrete steps into the chemistry building. Strolling down the hall amongst the throng of people Roarke had to admit if only to himself that being tall in a crowd could be handy.
Standing at a lofty 6’5 it was hard to miss Roarke in a crowd. Add in to that his physical stature of a former football player with broad shoulders and massive hands he looked more like a bouncer than a student. His short  wavy dark brown hair and warm blue green eyes always seemed to counteract his stature though. That and his warm open smile and willingness to tell a quick home made him at least on the surface a popular person.
Throwing his bag down in a chair he huffed softly looking around with a grunt until suddenly someone was diving into the seat where his backpack was. Just as he was about to object to someone nearly squashing his brand new laptop he saw the shoulder length blue hair of his best friend.
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The morning came all too early for Aurora. She woke up to the sound of someone knocking on her door. Sitting up slowly she groaned “I’m up” she said looking over at Ziggy and Annabelle curled up next to each other.
Aurora climbed out of bed as quiet as possible and slowly began getting dressed. Pulling on her vest and pants on she also snapped on a small camp knife Sorin had made for her. Adding on her armband and her necklace she took a deep breath looking at herself in the mirror.
She still saw the same scared girl that had walked into a hospital begging for a job. Closing her eyes she rubbed her temples. Hearing a soft rustling she turned to see Ziggy looking up at her blurry eyed. Leaning down Aurora picked her up and nuzzled her gently. “you be good for me OK?”
“Come home safe momma” she said as Annabelle began stirring.
“I won’t be gone long sugar I swear.” Picking up the kit she held her close for several long seconds a
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Aurora and Sorin slowly made their way up to the hospital, along the way stopping and chatting with a few people. It always surprised Aurora just how well others knew her name and who she was. Many she met knew her before even being introduced despite them having never met before. Everyone she met had some form of thanks or praise to give for her recent trip to the capital. And each time Aurora found herself fighting back embarrassment at the fact people where so grateful to her.

After a while she and Sorin made it to the hospital. Walking inside the place was virtually silent only the faint whir of fans could be heard. Walking over to the receptionist Aurora smiled as the young Jaguar behind the desk smiled back at her. “I’m looking for Sigurd is he available?”

The leopard smiled back and nodded. “He is actually out back with the people from the capital. They came running up begging to interview him.”

Aurora smirked a little and nodded. “Thank you.” She said softly as she wove her way around to one of the side exit doors. Walking back behind the hospital Aurora was a bit surprised to find a high walled vine covered little area. Sitting around in a semi circle was Topaz and two of the other men from the capital. Sigurd was sitting across from Topaz in a large wicker chair.

As Aurora and Sorin walked into the space Sigurd looked up and smiled. Topaz and both men with the cameras turned to see who was there. “Ah Miss Winters, it’s a pleasure to see you again. I was just being interviewed by your friends here. How can I help you?”

Aurora slid around and sat between Sigurd and the others as she shrugged. “Well honestly I have a few questions of my own. Since becoming a Kanaima I’ve had more and more questions that only you can answer. I was hoping you might be able to answer them.”

Sigurd nodded as the cameras the men where panning between the two of them. “Well by all means. I know it can be quite confusing. Even more so for you being an ark angel.”

Aurora sighed as she paced her fingers together and leaned forwards. “Well then I guess my first question is how are we like this?” she said gesturing to her body. “I mean fur and fangs and all, not to mention our strength.”

Sigurd sighed and leaned back in his seat. “What you are asking is not so simple to answer. I guess if you want the full story though I owe it to you.” Reaching into his jacket Sigurd pulled out a large syringe filled with a strange metalic colored substance that swirled all on its own. “This is how Kanaima are made. This odd grey substance represents my life’s work.”

“See you must remember the original intent of my serum. To heal even the most broken people and give them a full life. I accomplished this using something never used on humans before. In the early 2000s nanites where a new and budding tech. Virtually limitless potential if we could simply figure out how to harness them. There are roughly half a billion of these tiny robots in this single syringe.”

“At first I tried using just the nanites to rebuild a person’s body. But there where complications. First being you can’t create something from nothing. So regrowing an arm is impossible without a catalyst. What I came up with was a protein based compound, a sort of primordial soup almost. Mix that with stem cells and the nanites could in theory rebuild anything. But every time they would rebuild they would then continue to try and change a person causing abnormal growths on the body.”

Sighing Sigurd rolled up the sleeve on his right arm showing a long row of small scars along his arm. “After my accident when I injected myself with the nanites I began to notice all my changes. My eyes changed, I could see in the dark. My reflexes where vastly improved as was my balance and stamina. This raised the question of why.”

“After a long and extensive study I found that somehow my cats hair had ended up contaminating one of the syringes when I injected myself. The nanites had somehow taken the genetic material from my cat and blended it with my own by way of the stem cells. Now it is important to note by this point the war was in full swing. And when the military brass saw my improvement they wanted it. A super soldier who could see in the dark was like a sign from God for them.”

“After a while they pressured me into trying it on a willing subject. This is when I first met Vlad. A Russian spetznas soldier who had lost his sight fighting. Now I was going in completely blind. So I thought only the genetic material from an animal from the same region as the person would work. Using a small tissue sample from a Siberian lynx I mixed it with the serum and injected him.”

“His transformation was jarring to say the least. We where worried that pain medicine may effect the outcome so he went in without meds at all. It took him nearly six hours to change. He laid there strapped to a table writhing in pain as his body was ripped apart at a molecular level by the nanites then stitched back together.”

“The end result being the first Kanaima. We where all stunned to say the least. Many wanted to shut my research down right then and there as you could imagine. But Vlad ended up being my biggest advocate. He ran test after test day and night to show he was a fully functional soldier. And finally the top brass conceded that it was in fact a success.”

“They descided that Vlads appearance could make a good intimidating factor and gave me the green light to continue. And after a lot of studying I eventually found out why he was so much stronger and more resilient. See when the nanites died off they arranged themselves in such a way they became a part of his body. Forming bridges and structures inside the body that strengthened his physical being.”

“This had several effects in his and all other Kanaima bodies. The nanites structures where incredibly resilient to abuse and injury. When the body heals it’s actually nanites structures that rebind first. This accounts for the rapid healing. But another side effect was that the nanites kept the rest of the bodies cells from deteriorating to the point Kanaima age at about one fifth of the speed of a human.”

Aurora nodded slowly as she leaned back in her seat. “So in theory we could live to be four or five hundred years old.”

Sigurd nodded. “The nanites while no longer active continue to indirectly support the body. And when Kanaima breed the genetic material that the nantites created passes on. Originals like yourself and Red may live into the next millennium, and while biologically born Kanaima don’t have the nanites themselves their bodies create a copy of it. Someone like Ziggy won’t live as long as you but she could easily live to be three hundred due to how her genetics are structured.”

Aurora rubbed her temples a little. “Ok so I understand that but what about the arc angels? I mean we have bodies easily twice as strong as a normal Kanaima.”

“Ah the arc angels. Well originally all nanites where designed to die off in a matter of only a few hours. Where they then fuse into the body structure. Arc angels get an additional injection of live nanites that don’t die off. They remain in the body in a sort of passive form until they are needed. An arc angel gets an injection four times the size of this standard syringe. So the nanites actively are part of your muscular and skeletal structure. This further strengthens the body to give and receive massive blows and punishment. It also further lengths your live span as a sort of passive feature. And to top it off arc angels can actually reattach limbs to a degree. If the damage isn’t catastrophic mind you.”

Topaz leaned forwards and cleared her throat. “So these nanites. Do they really have a weakness? I mean it sounds like you’ve created beings that can virtually never die. You said they where robots so wouldn’t an electrical charge kill them or fry them like a computer?”

Sigurd smirked and shook his head. “They aren’t robots in the normal sense. I suppose in theory they could be fried by an electrical current. But the voltage would have to be so high you wouldn’t survive anyways. You must remember I built the arc angels with the sole purpose of fighting the biggest and worst monsters of the war. They had to be this tough. With creatures like the Roanoke and Phantoms lurking about, without the arc angels we could have easily lost the war.”

Topaz nodded “Ok so that’s another question, for both you and Aurora. What in the world is a phantom and what’s it like fighting one?”

Aurora sighed as she shook her head. “Fighting a phantom is like playing chicken with a freight train. They are so fast it’s hard to even describe it. The phantom I fought in the capital hit me once, and it wasn’t even a hit. The thing backhanded me like it was swatting a fly and sent me flying. Red took a full blow from it and I’m not sure how he survived. He went through two floors of steel structured flooring.”

Sigurd nodded looking somber. “The phantoms are the worst creature ever conceived. They where at one time Kanaima , captured by the Chinese. They somehow figured out a crude version of my formula and just pumped them full of the stuff to the point they lost their minds. They run on nothing but instinct. Their speed and power is unmatched even by the arc angels. Their only weakness is their body is stretched and twisted so much they are vulnerable to sharp objects like swords and axes. In fact if you look at some of the old pictures from the war arc angels always had a sword of some kind on them. And they would literally just have to cut body parts off until they could cut their heads off.”

Topaz whistled softly “So Aurora I’m guessing that’s how you killed the one in the capital right? You got something sharp and hacked it apart?”

Aurora shook her head. “Somehow I managed to punch it in the chest and my fist went strait through. I ripped it’s heart out.”

Sigurd sat up quickly and stared at Aurora. “You actually killed it bare handed? You didn’t take it’s head off?” His eyes wide with amazment.

Aurora shook her head. “Like I said I don’t know how I did it I just… did it. It wasn’t easy it felt like punching a wet sandbag.”

Sigurd sat back shaking his head. “Then you my dear have done something only two others have done. Roland and Sarah both managed it on separate occasions. But I never thought you’d become one of them.” He trailed off looking at Aurora with a new amazment.

“Yeah ok enough about me.” Aurora huffed trying to take the focus off of her. “Another question I had was about… physiology.”  She looked down suddenly becoming aware if what she was about to ask. “What about…reproduction. Red said Kanaima don’t…. Cycle like humans and that arc angels in particular have a hard time conceiving. Behind her Aurora felt Sorin lean closer and gently place a hand in the small of her back.

Sigurd nodded slowly. “Ah yes the great conundrum of the Kanaima. Well the first part is easy to answer anyways. See Kanaima share genetics with their animal counterparts. For the most part we see it in their social structures and how they interact. But yes Kanaima females mirror their animal counterparts and will only be in season for a few weeks of the year. Usually for wolves and foxes it’s twice a year. Once in spring and once in the fall. Big cats like yourself it is usually around mid Winter. Though there are exceptions to the rules like miss Frost who conceived in mid summer.”

“As for the second part, yes arc angels have a very hard time conceiving young. This is due in large part to the nanites. See where arc angels nanites are still active a females body will almost always reject male dna. Due to the fact that it responds to it like a foreign entity like  an infection almost. To date there are only 215 known second generation arc angels. And there are only 2 third generations , one of whom is here in town. Their bodies contain nanites from both parents since the nanites are exchanged during intercourse. This means the nanites have to be compatible.”

Aurora nodded slowly “but what about Frost? Her father is an arc angel and her mother wasn’t from what she has told me.”

Sigurd sat back staying silent for several long moments before speaking. “Ive never heard of an arc angel crossing with a regular Kanaima. The nanites would wreak havoc in a females body. Any time they have ever crossed either the mother or child dies. And even if the child lives they are born disfigured due to the nanites being in a foreign body.” He sat silently rubbing his chin “though it could explain Frosts blindness as a child….” He trailed off saying it more to himself than anyone else.

Aurora bit her lip and nodded. “And ummm… what about a female arc angel and a regular male Kanaima?” Behind her she felt Sorin tense again as he rested a hand on her hip squeezing it lightly.

Sigurd snapped back his eyes focusing on her then on Sorin. He gave a long weary sigh and shook his head. “Sadly it would be impossible. We actually tried to do such a thing once before in a lab setting even. The nanites protect the females egg during her cycle and any attempt to introduce male dna results in the nanites going into full attack mode. They simply shred all male dna introduced. On a realistic level a female arc angel having a child with a normal Kanaima is at best a billion to one if that.”

Aurora nodded sadly as she leaned back against Sorin. Wrapping his arms around her he kissed the back of her head gently. Topaz looked over at her with a sad smile reaching over and rubbing Aurora’s leg gently. “Was there anything else?” Sigurd asked after a moment.

Aurora closed her eyes and took a deep breath. “Yes…” she took another breath collecting herself. “Who the hell named the country Annwyn? I had to look up the name. It’s suppose to be ancient Welsh for paradise.”

Sigurd chuckled. “Ahhh yes the name Annwyn. Well to understand that you need to understand the grand council. See after the Kanaima war we all realised we do in fact need a centralized authority. So this council formed of the best and brightest of the Kanaima met in Grand Junction to set a sort of foundation for the country. The elders as they came to be known wanted to create a Utopia of sorts. And they wanted a name to match.”

“So along comes this one man. Bartholomew I think was his name and he says ‘We not Annwyn?'. Everyone thought it was rediculous at first but the more he explained the more it made sense. Annwyn in mythology was a land of great bounty where everyone lived off the land and lived very long lives free of illness. It seemed fitting given the Kanaima long life span and resistance to diseases. The banner of the country is similarly taken from Welsh and Irish folklore.”

Aurora nodded slowly as she smiled a little. “Well I suppose that makes sense. Topaz do you have anything to add?”

Topaz smiled and shook her head. “We have been talking with Mr Sigurd for a while now. Thank you both for all this. On a separate note. Sorin I am told you are a master smith. Would you mind showing us your forge. I would love to video you working a little.”

Sorin looked down at Aurora questioningly before she smiled and nodded “go ahead hon. I’m just gonna head back to the inn and talk with Gerhard for a bit.” Sorin smiled and nodded kissing her gently before standing and leading the others out.

Aurora sighed as she waited before they where we’ll out of earshot before turning back to Sigurd. “Did you mean all that? About me and Sorin not being able to have kids?”

Sigurd sighed as he stood with a grunt. “Sadly yes. It is physically impossible. I am sorry.”

“But you could make him an arc angel couldn’t you? Like you did back during the war?” Aurora looked at him almost pleading.

Sigurd sighed and shook his head. “As I said when I changed you I used the last of the arc angel syrum on you. And I lack the tools needed to create the nanites needed to change him. Besides I’m not sure he would go for it. Arc angels carry a heavy burden you know that.”

Aurora sighed softly and nodded looking defeated. Looking up at Sigurd her eyes starting to tear up. “I just wanted a normal life. I never asked for all of this. I didn’t want to be an emmasary, I didn’t want to be this authority figure. I just wanted to protect my family.”

Sigurd walked over and put a hand gently on her shoulder. “I know dear. But you don’t have to be all of that. Look at Red he is the authority of the Kanaima hands down yet he leads a simple life. He doesn’t make himself an authority unless he is forced to. Talk to him, he will be more help in this situation than I am.”

Aurora took a deep ragged breath and nodded. “Please don’t think I’m ungrateful Sigurd. I love my life and my family. I just get so overwhelmed. Everyone always looking at me to be a leader.”

Sigurd smiled and helped her to her feet. “It’s the burden we bear. It’s who we are. We are protectors, we are lovers and fighter. You will find your way. I wouldn’t have waisted that serum on just anyone.”

Aurora smiled and nodded. “I suppose you are right. But one last thing before I go. Sarah, everyone says I look and act just like her. Is it possible we might be related? Even distantly I mean my mother was adopted. And it’s just been nagging at the back of  my mind.”

Sigurd shrugged pulling out a swab from his vest. “Only one way to tell for sure. Open wide.” Aurora nodded opening her mouth as he ran the swab over her cheek. “Now if you are done, I need to go see Frost. I need to confirm this one arc angel parent thing.”

Aurora smiled and nodded as she turned heading out of the small garden. Walking down to the inn she sighed  sitting at the bar. Gerhard walked up putting both paws on the counter. “Whats your pleasure?” he grinned at her.

Aurora grunted “Whiskey, make it a double.” She sighed resting her hands on the bar then laying her head against her hands.

Gerhard turned grabbing a glass and set it down pouring her a glass. “Something bothering you? As a bartender I am obligated to hear all your problems”

Aurora smirked and shook her head. “Sadly you can’t help much here. I just found out my chances of ever having my own child are virtually zero. And the chances of me and Sorin having a kid are absolutely zero.”

Gerhard nodded as he leaned against the bar. “Oh I’ve gotten that talk already. Ariel is an arc angel too. But we are ok with it. She wants to adopt the boys if they are willing.”

Aurora smiled and looked up at him “well least you got that figured out. Speaking if kids where is Ziggy?”

Gerhard snorted and looked out the window at the forest “wandering per the norm. She will be back for dinner though. She won’t miss a meal.”

Aurora nodded looking at the hole in the wall and huffing. “So where is this girl of yours. I’ve heard all about her but haven’t seen her yet.”

Gerhard smirked and nodded. “She went on a quick run to the next town over. She should be back tonight though.”

Aurora nodded as she looked around. “Ger I need your opinion. And I need you to be honest.”

Gerhard nodded leaning on the bar again. “Well I always try to be honest with you. But go ahead and shoot.”

Aurora sighed examining her glass for a long moment before looking down. “I slept with Red while we where away. I hate myself for it especially with the vow I made Sorin. But now that I’m back I feel a rift slowly forming between us. He is so content here and I’m not. And before it was ok because I had you guys and Ziggy and I was happy here because you all where here. But after my trip I just can’t sit still. And Ziggy is doing exactly what I want to be doing and I just don’t know what to do.”

Gerhard sighed pouring her another drink and then himself one. Downing the glass in one shot he looked at her. “Aurora. I love you like a sister but you are so dense some times. Sorin will respect you no matter what you choose. If you spend your whole long life here he will be by your side no question. But he is also a kaniama. He will understand if you want to go. You can’t help it any more than Ziggy can. It’s who and what you are. As for you sleeping with Red well I’m surprised you can even walk.”

Aurora cut her eyes at him as Gerhard chuckled. “But seriously. Follow your heart. If you force yourself to stay here you’ll be miserable and so will Sorin. That’s not fair to either of you. Just make a descision and stick to it.”

Aurora sighed and nodded. “I guess so. But what would I do. I’m not much of a haggler  so I wouldn’t be a good trader. And I don’t even know how to hunt. How would I care for Ziggy assuming she went with me if I did go.”

Gerhard sighed shaking his head. “Traders aren’t the only ones who travel. In fact most Kanaima who do travel aren’t traders. They just live out in the wild living life. As for hunting, well you have the oldest and best hunter around at your disposal.”

Aurora grunted “Red” she huffed as Gerhard nodded. “Well I guess thanks for the advise.” She stood slowly and tossed a silver coin on the bar only for Gerhard to flick it back.

“Drink is on me.” He smiled.

Aurora huffed and smiled “what would I do without you?”

Gerhard smirked and shrugged. “Be a normal human still in Westguard living a dull life.” Aurora grunted and swatted at him across the bar. “Go on get out of here. Last time you where in here you broke my wall.” Aurora smiled and shook her head walking out the door into the sunlight. The wind carrying a cool tingle to it. Around her the leaves turning bright yellow. Winter was coming and in a hurry.
Blood Oath Chapter 15
So here is chapter 15 of Blood oath. I know it's a bit long and dull but I felt we needed to dig a bit deeper into what the Kanaima where. Get ready for some action though. Chapter 16 promises to be bloody.
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Aurora grunted as she woke up stretching. Raising her arms up and curling her toes she started to arch her back with a loud yawn until she felt the weight on her chest. Looking down with one eye open she smiled seeing Ziggy’s hair at the end of her muzzle. Slowly sitting her arms back down she felt another furry body on her right and two more in her left.

Smiling she shook her head realizing all of the kids where piled in around her. Gerhard had insisted the night before she take the king sized bed and now she saw why. Gently she reached down running her fingers through each of their hair. Both of the boys where starting to grow at an astounding rate. In the two months she had been gone they had both started to thin out and grow taller.

Ziggy was growing too though it seemed not near as fast as the boys. Her cheeks still had a lot of baby fat and her body still retained that cute chubby look of almost all children her age. Annabelle however seemed to have changed the most. Her body was quickly filling out into a teen. Even covered in fur Aurora could tell her face had thinned a lot as had the rest of her body.

Shaking her head Aurora slowly examined each of them as they slept as best she could. After a while a soft knock came at the door followed by the gentle creaking of someone coming inside. Sitting up as much as she could Aurora smiled seeing Gerhard with a tray of food. He gave a silent chuckle shaking his head as he walked over sitting the tray down on the night stand then taking a seat on the edge of the bed. “Hey there Ger” Aurora smiled up at him.

Gerhard smiled and nodded back looking at the kits then at her. “They have all missed you terribly. I’m glad you are back.”

Aurora nodded as she shifted around grabbing a sausage link off the tray. “Youre telling me. I wasn’t aware I could even miss someone as bad as I missed these kids. How have things been around here?”

Gerhard shrugged as he smiled. “Well Blake has taken up his marshal job very well. We have had virtually no problems since you left besides the normal drunk scuffles. Rachel and Toby have a new room up above Thomas’s shop, Toby works out of the back making jewelry and Rachel has proven quite the fashionista around here. Sorin has kept out of trouble of course, mainly just works every day. Kathy has been a big help around here. Doesn’t hurt she sells pastries out of the inn now.”

Aurora smiled and nodded rubbing Annabelle’s ears absent mindedly. “And what of you mister big shot?”

Gerhard snickered softly and shrugged. “I do most of the bar work for the inn, Annabelle runs the floor like she always has and the boys have started helping. Ziggy though… she has developed a bad habit of wandering sometimes quite far from town.  I’m not so much worried about something hurting her as her getting lost.”

Aurora nodded and grinned. “She takes after me. I got an itch to wander a lot too. But that didn’t answer my question. What’s up with you? Your happy and not the life is cruising along happy either.”

Gerhard chuckled and looked away. “Ok you got me. I met someone. She is a lot like you. Head strong and independent but she still likes to be around me. We met about a month ago. She came in with a group of traders from up North.”

Aurora nodded slowly. “Mmm and would I approve of her?”

Gerhard snickered nodding. “She is a good woman. Good to the kids too though they haven’t taken to her like they have you. Oh and get this she is an arc angel. Not like you and Red though. She was born one.”

Aurora raised a brow slowly. “I thought arc angels were lab made. Sigurd said so himself.”

Nodding Gerhard smiled. “That’s what I said. But apparently they can be born. It’s very rare mind you there are only about 20 or so known to exist, and get this she is a third generation arc angel. The only one so far.” He smiled seeming proud that he remembered it all.

“Mmm she sounds exotic” Aurora chuckled as she began slowly worming her way out from under the kits. “Id like to meet her, if they are going to be around the kits I want to judge her for myself. No offense to you.”

Gerhard snickered again and nodded. “I get it, my mom was the same way with anyone I hung out with. It’s just part of being a mother I suppose.”

Aurora shook her head smiling. “I am so not old enough to be hearing those words. Hell I’ve only got six years on Annabelle.” Looking down she huffed. “a little help?” she said gesturing to the kits.

Gerhard nodded as he stood up and slowly picked up each of the boys scooting them away from her. Grabbing Ziggy Aurora slowly sat up then spun to the edge of the bed. “This is still so alien to me I don’t know how I will get use to it.” Gently she stood up and turned around laying Ziggy down next to Annabelle. The two of them reaching out and grabbing on to one another.

Gerhard smiled and lead her out. Aurora grabbed her plate of food eating as she walked out the door. Out in the dining area Aurora was greeted by a very interesting sight. The new camera crew was all circled around one table. In the middle we’re Rachel and Frost. Both of them had their shirts pulled halfway up giggling.

Walking over Aurora cocked a brow as she nudged her way in. Rachel turned to Aurora giggling still. “Hey you I didn’t get to really see you last night. How are you?” Rachel leaned forwards hugging Aurora neck.

Smiling Aurora gave her a gentle squeeze. “Yeah sorry about that. How’s the little bun?” Aurora looked her over and had to admit Rachel had taken her life so well in stride it was incredible. Her hair was pulled back in a wavy pony tail, all down her arms where small leather bands some had feathers dangling others had small decorative stones woven in. Her clothing was stitched ornately but still rugged. And despite only being roughly 3 months along she already had a rather large baby belly.

Rachel was almost glowing she was so bright and happy. “Oh my gosh, getting way big way fast. Sigurd said I should deliver within the next three months. And that’s three months too long. Little devil can kick already.” She turned back to Frost and grinned. “I was just letting Frost feel him kick. Apparently her little ones started stirring around too.”

Aurora smiled and nodded. “Well I’m happy for you, both of you.” Blake came striding up through the crowd. Aurora was surprised to see he had bulked up since they had left. Wearing a tan leather vest and matching pants with a marshal badge on his chest he looked very official. “I swear I didn’t do it.” Aurora smirked holding her hands up.

Blake snickered as everyone chuckled. “I don’t think it would be in my best interest to try and arrest my boss. But I just wanted to say thank you for returning Frost to me undamaged.” Aurora nodded with a smile. “Did you guys have any more trouble since the phantom?” he asked looking between her and Frost.

Aurora smiled and shook her head. “No that was a one time thing. We stayed in the presidents mansion after that. Plenty of security.”

One of the camera guys spun around and looked at her. “Whoa whoa a phantom attacked you guys in the capital? Thought those things didn’t exist anymore.” Everyone then turned and looked at Aurora as she huffed softly.

“There was one. When we where at the hotel downtown. It and a group of about 20 men attacked us. I’m assuming to prevent us from meeting with the Senate. Anyways yes we beat it.”

Frost shook her head as she stepped around next to Aurora “don’t be so modest. Yeah me and Red fought the regular guys but you killed that thing on your own. It sent you through how many walls with one hit and put Red two floors down like it was nothing.” Turning to the camera crew she grinned. “Aurora fought that thing alone, saved me then ripped it’s heart out. I’ll be honest it scares me at first but looking back it was amazing”

Aurora huffed as everyone scooted in trying to ask a dozen questions all at once. But all too quickly she found herself up off the ground being carried away backwards. At first she didn’t know who had her until the smell of coal hit her nose and she giggled spinning around in Sorins arms. “Hello sugar” she beamed at him as he sat her back down.

“Hi” he grinned before picking her up again and throwing her over his shoulder. “Sorry folks she is mine now ask questions later.” He snickered marching out the door with her playfully kicking and fake screaming to be put down.

Once outside she smiled and leaned up kissing him long and hard purring “mmm I missed those” she said tracing his jaw line with one finger. Ducking away she giggled trotting down the road leaving Sorin standing dumbfounded. “Come on slow poke I’ve been stuck in a house for two months.”

Sorin chuckled picking his feet up and starting to keep pace with her. Aurora was in near sensory overload as she tried to take in all of the sights and smells around her. “God I missed all this.” She said spinning around.

“Really, I thought you’d have a hard time leaving the human world. I mean that was your home.” Sorin came up next to her with his hands tucked into his pockets.

Aurora smiled shaking her head. “Westguard was never really home for me, not since my mother passed away. It’s just kind of where I lived. And after spending time amongst all of you and going through my change. I couldn’t ever be comfortable there again. I mean the first day I was there I tried going back to how I use to live. It was miserable. Everything smelled horrible, the food was disgusting, I just never got comfortable.”

Sorin nodded as he looked around. “I guess I can understand that. So the city really wasn’t that great huh.”

Aurora nodded as they approached the square. “Yeah, it’s like the opposite of here. I don’t know I’m just… happy here. So enough about me what have you been doing since I’ve been gone?”

Sorin shook his head. “Ive just been working. Trying my best to stay busy. The traders really cleaned me out this year.” Walking around they made their way slowly over to Kathie’s cafe'. “But you aren’t getting off that easy. What’s this I heard about you fighting a phantom?”

Aurora groaned as she nudged him over to the café. “Well to be honest it’s hard to describe. I just kind of did it. I don’t really know how or where all that strength comes from I just kind of do it. To be honest it’s a total pain in the ass.”

Sliding over into a couple of chairs they sat down. Kathy came out shortly after “well if it isn’t my daughter come back from the big city.” She smirked sitting Aurora’s favorite tea down in front of her. “So how was the city?”

Aurora groaned softly. “It was just a drag. I missed your tea something terrible. To be honest I feel like I still kind of stink.”

Kathy snickered “well I’m sure everyone has been railing you about what all happened. I will let you enjoy your tea in peace.”

Aurora sighed happily. “Thank you. But I have to ask, everyone said Ziggy is wandering. She isn’t getting into too much trouble is she?”

Kathy rolled her eyes. “If that kit was any more like you I swear you where her biological mother. She wanders a lot and it stresses Gerhard out to no end. But honestly she hasn’t been any further away than Blake’s cabin. Don’t worry, there are no major predators in the area so her only real concern is coming home dirty.”

Aurora grunted and rolled her eyes. “You and I will have to have a long talk later. I have a lot of questions for you.” Kathy shrugged leaving them to talk. Aurora groaned and rubbed her temples. “Im not sure what I am going to do with that girl.”

Sorin smiled leaning forwards on one elbow his head resting in his hand. “So now that you are back, what’s next?”

Aurora leaned back sipping on her tea. “Hoestly I’m not sure. I mean Vail is my home now. But more and more I am having a hard time staying still. I keep wanting to move and travel. I was always adventurous but up until now I haven’t had a place or the self confidence to travel. And I’ve had a lot of confusion and conflicting feelings about who and what I want.”

Sorin nodded as he shrugged. “I mean you know you can tell me anything.” Aurora nodded looking up just in time to see Blake following after Frost yelling after her to slow down. The small fox was at a dead run down the hill. Aurora hopped up and intercepted the fleeing fox.

“Hey whoa whoa what’s going on?” she said catching Frost in her arms. Looking down Frost was trembling with tears streaming down her face to the point it had matted her fur flat. Looking up as Blake caught up. “Whats going on?” She said looking up with a dark scowl on her face.

Blake shook his head “I have no idea. We where going into the inn to have breakfast with the others and she just stopped two feet in and started shaking. Next thing I know she is halfway down the hill and I’m trying to catch up.”

Aurora looked down as she held Frosts trembling frame. “Its alright sugar. Tell me what’s wrong.” Frost simply burried her head further into Auroras chest and shook her head. “Sugar you know I am always here to help you. Now please tell me.”

Frost looked up. Her eyes puffy and red rimmed from crying so hard. “They are here.” She said weakly looking over her shoulder in the direction of the inn. Aurora and Blake both cocked their heads confused, exchanging worried glances.

“Who is here sugar?” Aurora said taking gentle steps and leading Frost over to the café. Frost shook her head again and ducked down into a chair looking at her feet. “Now Frost if you don’t tell me I am going to go up there and find out myself.”

Frost looked up at Aurora in a panic “No please. I just want to avoid them…” she trailed off as Blake came and sat down next to Frost putting an arm around her shoulder. Aurora gave a soft rumbling growl making Frost twitch. “Ok, ok… my parents where in the inn. The ones… the ones that abandoned me.”

Blakes jaw hit the floor as he looked between Aurora and Frost in shock. Aurora’s jaw clenched as she could feel her teeth grinding together dangerously hard. “Sorin, Blake keep her here I’ll be right back.” Without another word Aurora was on the move taking long powerful strides up the hill. Behind her she could hear Frost protesting loudly as the two men tried to keep her at least partially contained.

Aurora grabbed the heavy metal door handle to the inn, feeling the steel twist and warp as she yanked the heavy wooden door open. The door swung open hard only for Aurora to catch it at the last second causing the metal to bend in her hand. Taking a slow deep breath she mentally smoothed her emotions over. Gerhard was standing behind the bar with a rag in one hand and a glass in the other.

He smiled at Aurora at first till he took a moment to look her over before slowly making his way around the bar and over to her. “Whats wrong?” he said his face set.

Aurora shook her head. “Im looking for a fox. A red fox with green hair.” She said scanning the room before her eyes locked on the only fox in the room. “Him. Has he been here long?”

Gerhard followed her line of sight and shook his head. “Haven’t been here but a couple days I think.”

Aurora grunted “no I mean is he the only fox that’s been in here this morning.”

Gerhard cocked his head then nodded “Oh umm yeah. Why what’s…” he trailed off as Aurora took off at a measured and dangerously calm walk.

The fox was very normal looking as Aurora approached except his coloring seemed a little bold for a normal fox. Smiling Aurora gently touched his shoulder. “Excuse me, is this seat taken?” she said gesturing to the chair across the table from him.

“Ah no it is not” the fox gave her a sly grin as he motioned her to sit. “Did I do something wrong?” he smirked looking Aurora over with hungry eyes.

Aurora gave a wide toothy grin leaning forwards. “Oh now what makes you think you are in trouble?” she asked softly her eyes narrowing. “Maybe I just think foxes are really cute and you looked so alone over here.”

The fox grinned wider. “Well I just assumed. It’s fairly well known here in town that a beautiful young Snow Leopard was the marshal.”

Aurora snickered and shook her head “Young for sure, but I don’t know about beautiful. But sadly I don’t think you should be flirting with me. You have a family don’t you?” she grinned watching him wince.

Taking a moment the fox leaned back taking a drink before sitting back forwards. “Well I mean I am in an open relationship right now. My mate is taking a break from us so I mean I am available.”

Aurora nodded as her eyes went cold. “Well I can understand that. And while I understand a relationship not working there is one thing I simply don’t understand. Why would someone abandon a child? Not just a child but a child completely and totally dependent on their parents? And at only a year old. That’s harsh” she stared him down her whole body starting to slowly tense up.

The fox rubbed his chin for a moment then shook his head. “I have no idea what you are talking about. You must have me confused with someone else.” He said slowly starting to stand.

Aurora slammed her fist into the table making the fox jumps slightly. “Sit down” she snarled at him. “Her name was July. You left her in the wilderness to die. Now I have one last question. What name should I inscribe on your tombstone?”

The fox smirked as he crossed his arms. “You got bold balls coming after me kid. See I’m an ark angel, twice as fast and three times as mean as you are on your worst day. They called me Jack the ripper during the war, since I was so good at ripping my enemies apart. Now if you don’t apologize this instant two things are going to happen. One I’m going to beat the shit out of you. Then you are gonna come with me while I trade and I will do whatever I want to you whenever I want. Any questions?”

Outside Frost had finally managed to almost make it inside the inn. Blake and Sorin tried stopping her but both where having trouble containing her and not risking hurting her or the baby at the same time.

“For the last time Frost please stop. Aurora knows what she is doing” Blake pleaded with her finally managing to get his arms fully around her shoulders. Only to have her slip right out of his grip.

“Its not her fight Blake. My dad was an ark angel. I don’t want her getting….” Frost was interrupted by a resounding thud followed by a crash and the sound of timber being blown apart.

All three of them froze and turned just in time to see a very disheveled looking fox stagger to his feet. Turning to where the crashing had come from Blake, Frost and Sorin all gaped as Aurora strode out of a body sized hole blown through the side of the inn wall.

“Get up you son of a bitch. I’m not through with you yet.” Walking over Aurora grabbed the fox by the scruff of his neck and held him up in the air before repeatedly driving her fist into his gut with each word she said. “If… you… ever… fuck… with… me… or… my family… ever... again… I… will… fucking…. end you!” with the last word she released his scruff and punched as hard as she could sending him flying against the inn wall again.

Frost ran over and grabbed Aurora’s arm as she made her way over to him again. “Aurora stop he isn’t worth it!”

Aurora stopped and looked back at Frost the fire in her eyes slowly fading away. “Fine I won’t beat him any more.” Frost nodded slowly releasing Aurora’s arm. Aurora turned back and picked up the half conscious fox leaning him against the inn. “Now if you don’t beg your daughters forgiveness this instant two things are gonna happen. One as soon as she leaves I’m going to continue to beat you until I break every bone in your body. And two I’m gonna make you my little bitch. You will do what I want whenever I want. Any questions?”

The fox looked at her with one half lidded eye, the other swollen shut already. His eyes and head dropped before nodding “Im sorry” he mumbled.

Aurora tightened her grip on his shoulder until she could feel the bone starting to groan under the pressure. “so everyone can hear you. And don’t disappoint.”

She dropped him to the ground as the fox scurried over to Frosts feet. “I am sorry. For abandoning you, for doing everything I did to hurt you. Please forgive me…” he looked up at Frost who had tears streaming down her face once again.

Frost took a deed shaky breath before looking at him “Apology not accepted “ she said kicking him as hard as she could across his face. The fox grunted and hit the ground spitting out blood as he looked up panicked as Aurora tapped a finger at him.

“Please I’ll do anything.” He said his whole body starting to tremble.

Aurora put a hand on Frosts shoulder and smiled a little. “I will handle him from here but I thought you deserved to hear that.”

Frost shrugged as she looked up at Aurora “I know he is saying it just to save his hide.” Blake walked over wrapping his arms around her. “Im ok.” She said softly.

Aurora grunted and nodded. “Fine.” She turned back to the fox “you are under arrest by the way. Blackmail and assault on an officer. You did swing first.” Rubbing her chin softly she nodded to herself. “And I know what to do with you. Blake haul this trash down to the jail.” She smirked.

Blake nodded slowly as he grabbed the fox and drug him off to the jail. Aurora sighed and looked back at the inn where there was a small crowd of people staring at her. “Move along official business.” She grunted. Stopping Blake just before he left Aurora smirked. “By the way Jack the ripper. I’m the hellcat and I am your worst nightmare.”

Striding off Aurora smiled grabbing Sorins arm. “I will pay to have that fixed” she said over her shoulder at Gerhard. Sorin  chuckled and shook his head. “What?” Aurora huffed looking up at him, her ears folding back a little.

Sorin smirked and shook his head. “Oh nothing dear. Come on what do you want to do now?”

Aurora snorted softly. “This is my home. And I won’t have people like him just wandering around in it. Let’s go see Sigurd, I actually need to talk to him about a few things.”
Blood Oath Chapter 14
Hey everyone sorry it's taking me so long to get chapters up. I am actually doing a near complete rewrite of Kanaima so it can be finalized and eventually sent off. Please bear with me I will continue to write more.
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Aurora rolled over looking at the clock as the red numbers glared 4:35 AM at her. She gave a loud groan as she rolled onto her back. There was no way she was going to be going back to sleep. With a huff she got out of bed and moved around starting to get dressed. Until she saw a black vest hanging from the door with a note attached. ‘Miss Aurora I do apologize for the short notice but we will be having a short press conference before you leave. Wear the attached clothing and be ready by 8am.’

Aurora groaned as she grabbed the vest. On the front right chest was a shield of Wynnar. All across the chest and back was ornate silver stitching standing out against the black material. A pair of black leather pants accompanied the outfit. Sliding the vest on Aurora grumbled to herself as she fastened the buttons up the front.

Adjusting it a little she finished getting dressed walking out into the hallway. The entire place was silent as she padded softly down the hallway, her soft soled pads barely made any sound against the carpet. Entering one of the small reading books she sat down heavily picking up a book. Thumbing through it she didn’t read so much as just scanned the pages idly.

Two hours and three books later Aurora finally heard Red grunt down the hallway as he stirred. Getting up she walked down to his room opening the door. Red was still half asleep sitting on the edge of his bed. Looking up at her he huffed seeing her outfit. “You better be the coffee fairy bringing me my daily drug” he smiled half lidded.

Aurora smiled as she walked over sitting down next to him. “Sorry I’m not. Seems the president wants a press conference before we leave.” Red groaned as he looked at the clock. Leaning over he rested his head on her shoulder. “So what will you do when we get back?”

He shrugged sitting back up and slowly moving around. “Ill have to go see the council pretty well as soon as we land. After that I’m really not sure. May oversee the new city, may go back to traveling.”

Aurora bit her lip as she nodded. “But you won’t be staying in Vail will you?”

Red smirked as he pulled a pair of pants on. “No, that just isn’t my stick ya know. I like to be out and about.”

Looking down Aurora nodded slowly. “I understand. I’d live to explore but I have so many obligations now. I have the kits and Sorin waiting on me. And while I’m sure they would go if I asked I know Sorin at the very least wouldn’t be thrilled.”

Red smirked and nodded. “Well here is my two cents. Do what you want. Ziggy will follow you anywhere and you know that. Annabelle and the boys I don’t see leaving but I get the feeling Gerhard and the others have a solid hold on them. As for Sorin well what does your heart say?”

Aurora sighed shaking her head. “I don’t know. I love Sorin with all my heart but my feet won’t stop itching with the want to see more. I know that sounds terrible but it’s true.”

Red smiled and reached over gently rubbing her shoulder. “Youll make the right choice for you. I know you will. Besides if you ever get bored with Sorin I’m always available.”

“get in line” she smirked shoving him gently. Red chuckled as he got around getting dressed.  “So red I need some real advice.” She looked up at him worried.

Stopping where he was red nodded sitting down next to her. “Go ahead.” He smiled

“Its about us. Well what we did. I know you said that Kanaima are different than people on the issue but I’m still worried.”

Red nodded as he shrugged. “Personally I don’t know Sorin well enough to advise you. But honesty is always best. Yes we did it one time and given the chance I’d do it again. But that being said I know how you feel about Sorin. Give it a day or two after we land, get your feet under you and see if you even want to stay with him first off. If you do tell him the truth, it was spontaneous and only once. If he is like most from our race he won’t think twice about it and it’ll be dismissed without much conversation. If not we’ll just take it in stride like you’ve always done.”

Aurora nodded as she sighed heavily. “Ok ok I see your point. I guess I need to get around and get breakfast. Will you go wake Frost for me?” Red nodded as he stood up finishing getting dressed.

Aurora walked out of the room just in time to see one of the manor valets taking her bags out if the room and walking outside. Shaking her head she walked down to the kitchen grabbing a breakfast that was already waiting for her. After finishing her meal she sighed and looked at a clock on the wall. Groaning she made her way slowly to the front lobby.

The president was already standing waiting on her. He smiled as he pulled on his jacket and nodded. “This will be brief just a notice to the public of what’s going on before rumor gets the better of everyone.” He smiled and nudged her arm “don’t worry I will do most of the talking you just have to stand there. Maybe answer a few simple questions.”

Aurora nodded slowly as they walked forwards together. Even inside Aurora could hear the dull murmur if people shuffling around outside. As the doors swung open she was a little surprised by the sheer number of cameras. And of course as soon as she was in view the cameras where going crazy with flashes and the sounds of shutters clicking.

The president raised his hands as the cameras slowed down in their clicking. Stepping up to the podium that was full of microphones the president took on a very formal and official tone. “I have called this press conference today…” Aurora quickly turned him out as she looked out across the sea of reporters.

Most where standing huddled around the middle if the stage but a few stood back with their cameras pointed at her. She gave them a distant vacant stare like she was looking down at an ant. Looking back at the president he motioned her over. “Now I will open up the floor for miss Aurora Winters, the chief negotiator for the Kanaima.”

Aurora strode forwards. Gripping the podium she looked down as every set of eyes and cameras where pointed at her. “I would like to thank the Federation for allowing us to come into your beautiful capital and work out a new future for our two countries. I know that many people will be nervous or even frightened at our sudden appearance when they have been told we have been gone for so long. I would like to reassure the population of the Federation, we have nothing but good will for you all.”

“I would also like to thank the members of the senate for their cooperation and a special thank you to Senator Travors for being the man to show us how much the federation is willing to work with us. And finally I would like to give a huge thanks to president Taylor for all he has done as well. Truly we could not have done it without you.” Cameras flashed and news reports all scooted in trying to get as close as humanly possible.

The president walked up and patted her on the shoulder. “While I am sure you all have many questions for our guests those will have to wait for a later date. For now our guests must be heading home.” Gently the president lead Aurora away and back inside the building. Once the doors where shut he started laughing uncontrollably. “My god woman you should be a politician!”

Aurora cocked a brow as she watched him laugh. “I don’t see how I could be.”

The president wiped a year from his eye. “That whole part about Travors was magnificent. He hates Kanaima but with just a few words you made him sound like your biggest supporter all while not denying he was holding everything up. Now he has to swallow that pill for at least another month because the media will want to know everything he did and he will be forced to defend the treaty!”

Aurora smiled shaking her head. Hearing a clattering from down the hall she glanced up seeing Austin and her crew all stumbling around with their gear. Frost had come out of her room just behind them before stopping to help pick up one of the camera bags that had spilled out. Red came up next to Aurora from behind and smirked. “This is gonna be good.” He chuckled

Aurora smacked his arm with a huff. “Red be nice, that was me just a few months ago.”

Sighing he shrugged as the group came in setting the bags down with a dull thud. “Did you bring the kitchen sink?” Red snickered walking around. “I hope you guys aren’t seriously thinking about lugging all this around.”

Austin stepped up a little flushed from carrying so much weight. “Well we will have transportation around the country won’t we?”

That drew a laugh from both Red and Frost. “Besides the maybe 10 railroad tracks that hit the major junctions and the stone pathways in the cities you will be lucky to have a trail at all.” Frost piped up with a smile. “Hell when I was trading I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been on anything larger than a foot path.”

“Well what about horses I mean you still ride those don’t you?” Austin looked at them worried.

Red shrugged as he squatted down in front of one of the camera bags. “We do but most people prefer walking. It’s faster and there is less to take care of. You only really see horses out on the farms or along the train routes carrying carts into the towns.” Digging through the bags Red slowly began pulling things out. “Besides you don’t need all this.”

Austin looked to Aurora as it was clear she was becoming flustered already. “Austin breath. Red and Frost know what they are talking about. You’ll be ok. Now take a breath and relax.”

Red snickered as he kept pulling things out. “Where you ever that high strung?” he said looking up at Aurora. “I mean I only meet you after you’d changed and been in Vail for a while.”

“Oh yes she was. Little ball of nerves when I first met her. And God help you if she didn’t get her way.” Frost snickered ducking a half hearted swipe by Aurora. “Oh come on you know it’s true.”

Aurora huffed and shrugged looking at Austin “the trip will change you for sure. Even before I became like this I had toned down my life a lot. Just don’t get in a hurry and take things as they come.”

Red stood up holding out a single bag from the seven that they had originally. “Here that’s all you’ll really need.” One of the guys walked over taking the bag from him as the soft thumping of the helicopters began to approach.

Aurora smiled at Red and Frost as they both looked up. The president clapped his hands then rubbed them together. “Alright everyone the helicopters are almost here, I want to wish you all the very best of luck. God speed and farewell.” He smiled at them as the doors to the front lawn swung in as one of the largest helicopters Aurora had ever seen touched down.

The massive aircraft was so big that the smaller personal helicopter that Aurora recognized as a military rig looked like a toy. As the back ramp of the helicopter opened she Aurora and Frost all walked out together keeping their heads down under the stiff wind coming off the rotors. Climbing up into the open space Aurora was happy to see her bags where there waiting along with several very large crates.

Behind them the door to the back slowly shut as the last of the film crew got inside. Everyone took a seat as the blades spun back up and the helicopter lifted off. “How long do you think it will take to get back?” she asked looking over at Red.

Red shrugged as he got settled in. “In this big hunk ohhh…. Maybe… eleven hours if we don’t have to stop for fuel.” Aurora grunted and nodded as she leaned back in her seat. Gratefully she noticed that Frost was chatting away with Austin while another guy filmed. Laying her head back she huffed before slowly falling asleep to the steady thumping of the helicopter blades.

Waking with a start she looked around confused. Everyone was still in the helicopter but it was almost perfectly silent outside. The dull thumping of the helicopter blades was no longer present. Looking around she noticed Red coming from the cockpit. “ahhh she is finally awake. You know you snore by the way.”

Aurora growled pinning her ears back and sticking her tongue out at him. “Ladies don’t snore thank you. Why is it so quiet all of the sudden?”

“Well you do. We even have it on film. And I asked the pilot to put the helicopter in what’s called stealth mode. We fly a lot slower but the helicopter makes very little noise. You said you wanted to surprise everyone right?”

Aurora nodded as she glanced out the window just in time to see the first mountains. “Ahhh we are back.” She said smiling. Austin and two different guys with cameras came over and started filming. Though it was night time a full moon lit up the world outside like it was day for Aurora.

A short time later she felt the helicopter begin to descend into the trees. As the machine touched down the back opened up to a small clearing. Lifting her nose Aurora caught the smell of pine and fresh mountain air. Giving off an audible groan of relief she slowly walked out and into the shin high grass.

Behind her the others slowly came out. Two of the men helped Red unload their gear leaving the crates since the helicopter was not leaving. Looking around Aurora was stunned when her senses caught the faint scent of Sorin. Looking around more closely she realized they had landed in the clearing outside of town where Sorin would go to train.

Beaming she ran over and picked Frost up spinning her around. “We’re back!!!” she laughed before taking off across the field jumping and sliding around like a kit. Red chuckled as Frost joined her and the film crew recorded it all. Finally Aurora came back over nearly bouncing. “Come on let’s go I wanna see my kids!”

Austins jaw hit the floor as she looked at Aurora “youre a mother?” she asked bewildered.

Aurora snickered “Long story, they aren’t biologically mine. I will tell you that story another time” She shouldered her pack and Frosts as she was nearly bouncing again. Much to her annoyance the group seemed to move far too slow for her liking, but never the less a few short minutes later they where on the edge of town.

Aurora got a strange sense of déjà vu as she looked around. Street lights lit up the paths as the dull hum of traders going here and there winding down for the day filled the air. Smiling as they came out between two buildings at the edge of the square she glanced over at Sorins forge. All the lights where off but the faint glow of embers from the forge still remained. On the other side of the square Kathie’s Café was also closed but the smell of coffee lingered in the air.

Smiling Aurora motioned the group onwards. Up the hill they trudged to the inn. Flicking her ears around Aurora could hear Gerhard and Sorin along with an unfamiliar female voice chatting away noisily. Mixed in she heard the clatter if plates and Annabelle talking to guests. Looking back at the others she smiled ear to ear. “Here goes.”

Swinging the heavy wooden door inwards all the sights smells and sounds hit her all at once. The smell of fresh food mixed with the scents of all the Kanaima. People’s chatting coming to a sudden stop. Looking at the bar Aurora smiled seeing Sorin and Gerhard on either side of the bar chatting away. Sorin seemed frozen in place but the same could not be said for Annabelle.

With a loud crashing of plates being dropped Aurora found herself being full force tackled by a grey furred missile. Wrapping the kit up Aurora lifted her off the ground spinning her around. Before she could even complete a full revolution she found a much larger set of arms wrapped around her.

Burying her nose into his fur Aurora inhaled the scent of coal mixed with pine that was Sorin. Freeing one arm from Annabelle she wrapped it around his neck as she found herself choking back tears. Sorin was putting in stereo in her ear trembling slightly.

Their moment only ended when a loud “FROST” came booming from outside. Turning Aurora peaked one eye out just in time to see Blake run over and embrace her. Aurora couldn’t help but smile seeing both of them crying. Then all at once Aurora heard the thundering of three more sets of feet.

Looking up just in time Aurora found herself being jumped by two more balls of fuzz. She smiled seeing the boys and ruffling each of them on the head. Looking around there was one she was missing. She finally spotted the blue and amber eyes of Ziggy staring back at her from behind the bar. What she did not expect was when Ziggy ducked down and walked away.

Before she could follow Aurora found herself surrounded by others. Gerhard along with several other members of the city crowded in all wanting to say hello and congratulate her on a safe return. After several minutes if slowly ducking and weaving around she managed to get to the edge of the group. This was only really accomplished after Blake had announced rather loudly that he was going to be a dad causing the whole crowd to shift their way.

The whole time Annabelle had been clinging to her side, Aurora sat her down on a bar stool smiling as she straitened the kits messy hair.  “Whats wrong with Ziggy?” she asked as she wiped some of the tears away from belles face.

Shrugging Annabelle sighed looking behind the bar. “I think she is just scared. She was really worried you weren’t coming back.”

Aurora nodded and smiled kissing Annabelle on the head. “Welk I am back. Now I know you want to spend time with me and we will but right now I need to check on your sister. And we need rooms for everyone.” Annabelle smiled and nodded hopping down and grabbing the keys. Aurora smiled and walked around behind the bar and into the private residence.

Once she was in the back she could tell things where going better. The rooms where neat and organized but not to the point to where she thought Kathy was doing it. Looking around she quickly found Ziggy’s hiding spot amongst a pile of towels waiting to be folded. She couldn’t help but smile when she saw Ziggy’s tail poking out from the towels as it twitched.

Aurora made a conscious effort to pace around the room making some noise before walking back out. Once outside she ducked down and slowly inched back to the door quiet as a mouse. From the stack of clothing she heard the rustling if material as Ziggy poked her head out and looked around. Almost looking smug Ziggy climbed out if the towels and brushed out her fur that was standing up turning her back to the door.

Aurora swooped in with a flash and scooped Ziggy up “gotcha!” she snickered as the kit gave a loud squeek of surprise.  Aurora was more than a little surprised though when she felt the needle sharp claws of Ziggy dig into her arm. Reflexively dropping the kit she shook her arm with a soft hiss. “Oww”

Looking up at Ziggy Aurora paused. The kit was equal parts rage and terrified. Aurora slowly crouched down getting on her knees as she looked at Ziggy. “Baby come here.” She said opening her arms up. Ziggy stayed still for long enough Aurora wondered if she was going to move.

Then the tears started flowing as Ziggy ran into her arms sobbing hysterically. “You left me! You swore you wouldn’t be gone long!” the small kit was holding to Aurora so tight it was a miracle she didn’t hurt herself.

“Shhhhh I know baby. I am so sorry.” Aurora blinked back hot tears as she held Ziggy tightly rocking her back and forth.

Ziggy looked up at Aurora with a face of pure determination “never leave me again.” Her face melting from determined to scared again as her bottom lip quivered.

Aurora smiled and nodded slowly as she nuzzled her kit. Ziggy looked up at her and licked Aurora’s cheek purring loudly. Aurora in turn licked her back completely covering the side of Ziggy’s face in slobber. Both of them laughed and tousled about for a minute before Annabelle came in. “I got you guys in rooms one through five but Sorin wants you to come to his place.”

Aurora smiled and looked down at Ziggy before shouting out. “Sorin you can keep it in your pants for one more night!” outside she heard people erupt in laughter. Shaking her head Aurora smiled taking the girls under her arms and holding them tightly. And all at once it hit her. This was her home and this was her family. All she could do was throw her head back and laugh then cry as she held her daughters tightly. She knew she would never give this feeling up for the world.
Two months. Two brooding infuriating months. Aurora had known it was going to take time for the Senate to come to a consensus on what they wanted done but really?! Since her first visit to the Senate they had only been invited back one time. And that one time had been an absolute disaster.

Amongst the many other qualms many of the senators had about opening up trade with the Kanaima Aurora and Red had finally delivered the requirements of the Grand Council that made up the leaders of the Kanaima race.

The main spur of everything seemed to be the release of all the Kanaima held in what was simply called ‘the camp'. The camp was a compound deep in the Florida Everglades far away from most all human life. In it held all the Kanaima that had been caught crossing the border illegally. Aurora had heard mention of it from Gerhard a long time ago but had never given it much thought until it had come up in the negotiations.

Supposedly it housed many dangerous Kanaima who had attacked and or killed federal agents during raids on the black market trading areas. Red had seemed rather adamant that the camp be shut down. This of course had set off a fire storm of arguments back and forth amongst the various members of the Senate ending in them being asked to leave and only return when invited.

During this time the president seemed to be rather irate about the whole situation more than once being seen or heard in the manor cussing and fuming about the stubborn old men as he called them. He had tried to comfort Aurora over the situation saying that it was a matter that would quickly be resolved in just a few days.

That had been two months ago. Aurora had spent her free time mostly in the manor or on the grounds surrounding it. She and Red had found a large open gym area and would often be found sparring back and forth with one another. At one time a few of the federal security had asked to join in. Aurora had been surprised at their speed and strength, and while no match for her or Red they would be more than a match for the average Kanaima. The president had chuckled when she questioned him on it telling her they where a new generation of security team similar to a Kanaima but minus the fur and fangs.

Aurora and Red had both been surprised at this revelation but soon dismissed it. Besides the sparring Aurora had gone through hundreds if not thousands of rounds of ammunition both from her new found handgun and her new favorite toy. A specially modified M21 rifle it was a lot lighter and shorter than her Barret but packed a special 35 caliber round that worked at both close range and supposedly could reach almost as far as the massive 50.

All this though was only a mild distraction from the mounting frustration bordering on anger she was developing. This was compounded ten fold every time she called back home to check on everyone. Life it seemed was moving well back in Vail. According to Gerhard the town had been nearly completely restored. That was little comfort to her though especially when Ziggy would get on the phone. More and more the young kit would start crying every time they talked, she wanted Aurora back and Aurora couldn’t blame her.

In her absence she realized just how much she had gotten use to Ziggy always being near her. And seeing the young kit crying only deepend the longing she felt to be back home. The last call she had made ended with Ziggy begging her to just come home and only ended when Kathy had come in dragging the kit away.

Aurora had cried long and hard over that as she truly felt guilty for it taking so long. Sorin had come to her rescue and comforted her the best he could over the phone. It had not done much other than remind Aurora that she missed him as well.

But none of that paled in comparison to Frost. The fox was verging on a nervous breakdown almost daily. Her stomach had slowly started to grow more and more as the time progressed leaving a daily reminder to Aurora that time was not on their side. Blake had been of no help as he was stressing just as much as Frost over not being there, Aurora had tried reassuring him but that only made him more agitated.

Finally as Aurora rolled out of bed to the chiming of the alarm she had had enough. Grabbing her black outfit she got dressed heading out into the hall. Red was already outside in the lobby reading as he often did when he saw her marching by. Standing up quickly he grabbed her by the arm as she made her way to the exit. “What are you doing?” he said in a very serious tone.

She snapped her arm away from him her green eyes burning with her rage coming out in full force. “Im putting an end to this. It’s been two months and I am not waiting another two while these men bicker about some trial bullshit that doesn’t matter!”

Red slowly shut his book as he glared down at her. “You won’t be going anywhere miss Aurora. You are not going to blow this all up because you are being impatient.”

Aurora lifted her head challengingly as she stared back. “Im doing this red and you can’t stop me.”

Red cocked a brow tightening his grip on her arm. “You aren’t going and the only way you are going is if you can beat me.”

Aurora looked down at his hand then up at him. “Fine” she said relaxing. Red nodded and slowly loosened his grip. Aurora spun in a flash punching him square in the face with all her strength. With a satisfying crunch Red went flying back slamming into the far wall.

Slowly standing Red snarled wiping his nose as a little blood trickled out. “So be it.” He said coldly. Without another word he lunged forwards full force.

Taking a side step backwards Aurora managed to just barely avoid the powerful swing just missing the end of her nose. Before she had any time to recover Red was crouched down and lunging at her. Reflexively she brought her knee up hard only to be met with air. Red was now almost close enough for his shoulder to touch her as he brought his other hand around slamming his fist into her chest.

The blow sent Aurora flying back crashing through a small coffee table shattering it. Rolling backwards with a snarl she sprung up to her feet only for Red to be almost directly under her. Spinning sideways she barely escaped his grip driving her foot up into his gut.

Staggering a little Red didn’t hesitate as he turned quickly using the claws in his feet to stop his motion and launch forwards at her again. This time however Aurora had her feet under her and she jumped up just avoiding him again. With an insane speed Red brought himself to a stop and spun just as she landed.

Aurora caught his shoulder square across her waist as he tackled her to the ground. Grabbing her arms he pinned her down with a savage snarl. Aurora hissed back baring her fangs at him driving her knee up twice into his abdomen making his grip falter. Using her entire upper body Aurora drove her head strait into his nose making him topple over backwards.

Siezing the moment Aurora lunged forwards jumping on him and locking her jaw around his throat. Red punched her hard in the face but she did not release her grip. Tightening her fangs around his neck she gave a loud snarl tasting blood in her mouth.

Red froze and finally went limp against her. His chest heaving up and down. Aurora held her grip for several seconds longer until she was satisfied that he was no longer going to continue to fight. Slowly releasing her grip she stood up slowly looking down on him spitting “fucking stop me now” she snarled baring her fangs.

Red rolled over slowly climbing to his feet as he looked at her grabbing his neck then pulling his hand away. Looking away he took a long slow breath and nodded. “You beat me… fair and square. Do what you want.”

Aurora snorted and nodded finally taking her eyes off of him and looking around. There where no less than twenty men armed to the teeth all of them had their guns trained on the two of them. “Leave them be” came the booming voice of the president as he stepped forwards through the sea of men.

Aurora huffed nodding at him as the men all slowly lowered their weapons. “Thanks” she said shortly rubbing the side of her face.

The president nodded walking over to her. “That my dear was absolutely stunning. I see now why the arc angels where so feared in combat.”

Aurora sighed and nodded turning towards him. “Sir can I have a ride to the Senate. I’m ending all this child’s play.”

The president’s eyes twinkled with delight as he nodded. “Of course, will it just be you going?”

Before Aurora could answer Red was at her side. “No we will all go, frost included. She is right this needs to end.” The president raised a brow as Red lifted a hand. “Kanaima custom the strongest member decides what we do. Up till now that was me, give us a minute to prepare.” Without another word he walked down the hallway to Frosts room.

Aurora sighed as she took a deep breath to steady herself. “I apologize that happened here but something had to give.”

The president chuckled shaking his head. “My dear if our politics where handled in such way this country may be better off. I will go prepare for our arrival.” With that the president bowed slightly and walked off down the hallway.

A few short minutes later Red and Frost where both loading into a SUV while Aurora was asked to ride in a separate vehicle with the president. Climbing in she was a bit apprehensive now about what she was going to do.

“Now the Senate has not been told you are coming. But I want you to show the passion in there that you had in that fight.” The president chuckled as they pulled out of the drive. “If need be I will step in. I do have some power over the Senate and I will use it if need be.”

Aurora nodded as the short drive ended and they all climbed out of their vehicles. Climbing out on to the marble steps Aurora took a deep breath as Red and Frost came up behind her standing on either side with the president pulling up the back. Marching up the stairs Aurora and the others marched in much to the desk clerks dismay. Reaching the double doors Aurora paused for a moment “here goes” she said softly.

Grabbing the two doors she flung them both inwards with a resounding bang. The Senate hall was completely full with a senator standing on the podium speaking. The entire room jumped and instantly went silent as Aurora marched to the front with a new found confidence.

The senator at the podium scurried out of her way as she climbed the stairs to the podium. Before she could even speak senator Travors stood and boomed out “what the hell is this? We are in the middle of a meeting!”

Aurora cut her eyes at him as the anger in her body welled up to the surface. Her chest puffed out as she nearly roared out. “Shut the hell up you pompous old windbag!” This sent the senator ducking down instantly as Aurora grabbed either side of the podium looking out over the crowd.

“In all my years in this Earth it is astounding that such a group of men lead this country. We came here bearing an olive branch to you all to end tensions between our nation’s. We have been patient and understanding but that ends now. Our requests are not difficult to understand nor are they hard to follow through with. The fact that it has taken two months to come to a decision is sickening!” the entire room seemed frozen in fear at the ferocity of her voice.

“So this is how we are going to handle this. I am giving you lot 48 hours from right now to come to a consensus. If one can not be met we will return to our country, only after we have released every Kanaima in the camp. Any attempt to stop us will be nothing short of a declaration of war. And if you do not decide once we have returned our borders will be closed forever more to the federation. Any human caught in our lands will be tried and executed. We are not pawns to be played with. Should you decide to work with us we will send an envoy at a later date to discuss the finer details of our new trade city.”

Staring out at the crowd she gave a pause before continuing. “ we do not want a quarell with the federation but we will not be made to sit and wait upon your whims to try and show your authority. You have no authority over us nor will you ever. We are your equals. Have I made myself perfectly clear?”

All around the room everyone stayed frozen until a senator in the very back of the room stood up. “I vote here and now that the full terms of the trade deal be accepted” around the room the senators slowly began to stand all stating the same thing. Finally senator Travors was the only one left sitting.

Aurora glared at him with icy eyes until he slowly stood. “Very well. By unanimous vote the Senate of the federation agree to the terms of your treaty.” The entire room erupted in a round of applause as Aurora took a deep breath bowing her head down.

Feeling a touch on her arm the president stood at her side smiling. Aurora stepped out of the way as he took the stand. “And from here on out, we shall acknowledge the existence of the Kanaima lands in their entirety. Let us learn from our past so we can make a better future.” The room erupted in a thunderous round of applause.

Watching the crowd Aurora noticed a few of the senators looking less than pleased with what had just transpired. But at that moment Aurora was feeling invincible as she stood next to the president. Finally they both came down off the stage as he shook her hand. “I always knew you’d be the one. Somehow I knew you’d end all of this. We will send an emissary back with you to talk to your council and begin working on the foundations of this new future.”

Aurora took a long ragged breath as she nodded slowly. “Thank you for all your help.” She smiled back at him.

“Oh don’t thank me dear. I owe my life to your kind.” He gestured to the scar on his face. “Kanaima saved my life once upon a time. I hehe had a rather shady past as a smuggler once upon a time. A Roanoke attacked us down on the Rio grande , I’m only here because they saved me. Been trying to pay them back ever since.”

Aurora cocked a brow and nodded with a smile. “Well I’m glad we could return the favor. For now though I would like to head back and start getting packed. I want to return as soon as possible.”

The president chuckled and nodded. “That kit of yours has been missing you hasn’t she?” Aurora smiled and nodded as they all headed to the front lobby amongst cheers and handshakes from several senators along the way.

Finally outside the building Aurora turned to look at Red and Frost. Red was standing there grinning ear to ear as he nodded. “Good job.” He smirked.

“Oh like you planned this.” She snorted

Red shrugged. “Well they weren’t going to listen to me being who I am. But a young woman with a voice like thunder who can simultaneously be both terrifying and inspiring… well that might work.”

Aurora couldn’t help but smile as she punched him in the arm. Turning to Frost she was a little surprised to see the fox fighting back tears. “Its over? We are really going home?” she said starting to tremble.

Aurora wrapped her arms around Frost and chuckled. “Yes but let’s not tell the others I want to surprise them.” Frost beamed and nodded as their vehicles pulled up. Again the president pulled her into his vehicle.

Aurora looked at him confused as he held up a hand. “I wanted to tell you some things in private.” He said as they started moving. “The camp will be cleared, though I do recommend someone of your kind oversee everything. I will also ensure that any held in research are brought to light and returned as well. But I do have one request.”

Aurora raised a brow but nodded slowly “alright I’m listening”

The president softly clapped his hands together. “While I am sure most if not all of your kind will have virtually no interest in exploring our country I have been hounded since the ball to let a research team in and explore your lands. If you recall a certain red headed woman named Topaz from the ball.” Aurora nodded slowly leaning forwards. “She and a few others would very much like to see your country.”

Aurora sat back and pondered for a moment then nodded. “I don’t see it being much of a problem really. When we get back I can speak to a few of the traders, maybe a couple of the locals see if I can’t get someone to guide then around.”

The president raised a brow curiously as he looked her over. “you mean to say that you will not be joining them? I thought you would leap at the opportunity.”

Aurora smiled and shook her head as she glanced out the window. “Had you asked me that three months ago I may have had a different answer. But I have people who love me waiting for me back in Vail and I simply can’t not be with them.”

He chuckled as the vehicle pulled to a stop in front of the manor. “Any suggestions on gear for the group?”

Aurora snorted and gave a quick nod. “Yeah tell them to pack light. And whoever you got our cloths from last time, don’t use them again. In fact if they want I know a very good tailor in Vail who can make them all outfits that can withstand pretty well anything. Besides that, small traceable items are always a plus and a quick easy way to make friends.”

The president nodded as he grinned ear to ear clapping his hands together. “I will inform them immediately” he said giddy as a school kid as he trotted off towards the far side of the manor.

Aurora smiled shaking her head. Walking up the steps she gave a soft sigh looking at the building “last day” she said to herself going through the double doors. Once inside she was surprised to see that Frost and Red had already beaten them there.

Frost came flying over and jumping on Aurora causing her to stagger backwards a bit. Frost had her arms locked around Auroras neck trembling. “Thank you Aurora.” She said squeezing harder.

Aurora smiled and gently rubbed Frosts back as she kept a tight hold on her neck. “Ok ok shhhh calm down. It’s all over now, we are leaving first thing in the morning.”

Red smirked and nodded as he walked around patting Aurora’s shoulder. “Im proud of you. I knew you could do it even if the council didn’t.”

Aurora raised a brow as she walked down the hallway carrying frost in her arms like a kit. “Oh so the council never wanted me to come huh?”

Red shrugged as they walked into one of the lobby areas and Aurora gently sat down with Frost on the couch as red took one of the wing backed chairs. “Honestly no. They where quite put out over the whole situation with you and the camera crew to begin with. Then there was the attack and Rachel contacting the president afterwards. Then culminating with you being asked to represent us in a treaty was a major slap in the face to them.”

Aurora nodded as she looked down at Frost who had passed out in her lap. Smiling she shook her head. “So how do you play into all of this? And on an entirely different note they are sending another camera crew. I kinda already said yes.”

Red snickered as he leaned back. “Well they won’t care about the crew now with all their demands being met. As for me, well let’s just say I carry a lot of weight with the council. That’s why I came along. The whole asking the traders thing was a bit of a ruse.”

Aurora huffed as she gently slid Frost over on to the couch next to her. “Is anything you do ever direct? You know what never mind I don’t even wanna know. We got the job done and that’s all that matters.”

Red grinned and nodded as he took a deep breath before getting up with a grunt. “Is the phone in your room?” Aurora nodded looking up confused. “Im going to call the council in Grand Junction and let them know what happened. Hopefully we can just go strait back to Vail then. Otherwise it’ll be an extra day spent fooling around with those old farts.”

Aurora smiled and nodded. “Im gonna start getting packed and make sure all of our travel plans are set. If I have any time left over I might go get in a last round of brass burning before we leave.”

Red nodded with a smile as he vanished down the hallway. Aurora took a deep breath and looked down at Frost who was still passed out. Shaking her head Aurora stood up before gently scooping the fox up and carrying her into her bedroom and laying her on the bed.

The rest of Auroras day flew by in a blur. Packing all but her favorite outfit and a few minor essentials. She had agreed that they would leave around 10 am after speaking with the president. Though somewhat to her surprised they where having slightly different travel plans this time.

Apparently Austin or Topaz as Aurora knew her had been sitting on a hair trigger waiting for them to say she could go. She and an entire crew where ready before Red had even gotten off the phone with the council.

The council itself seemed more than happy according to Red. And while they wished she would come to Grand Junction first Red had convinced them to give her a few days to get settled back in with her family before shuffling her off again. That had all been well and fine with Aurora until red had informed her she was going to have to speak publicly when they got to the city.

Frost had been so emotionally drained from the stress if the trip she had slept most of the afternoon away. Aurora truly felt sorry for her since she had tried so hard to stay silent about her own problems during all of this. Aurora was going to have to have to find a way to repay her for her patience when they got back.

Red on the other hand had spent most of the afternoon behind closed doors with the president. And while it didn’t bother her, Aurora’s curiosity was driving her insane. When they had finally emerged Red had only grinned at her not letting any information slip. And before Aurora could question him further the president had announced they where all going to dine together in the main hall. Aurora had groaned thinking she would have to dress nice again. Thankfully the president had said otherwise.

Waking frost not long before dinner Aurora helped her get dressed and cleaned up. Heading down together they entered the main dining hall to a dozen others already seated and waiting. Quickly Aurora moved around to the only two open spots. One was next to red and the other was almost at the head of the table at the presidents right hand.

Aurora had groaned knowing which seat was hers. Sitting Frost down she made her way around to the head of the table sitting next to the president. As soon as she was seated he stood up holding out a wine glass. “I propose a toast. To our wonderful guests who have shown grace and dignity far above measure time and again.” Everyone raised their glasses taking a drink.

Aurora smiled until Red chimed in “even if we did break a few pieces of furniture along the way” Everyone chuckled except Aurora who glared down the table at him. Red simply shrugged with a grin.

As the dinner was slowly being brought out the president patted his hands gently on the table getting everyone’s attention. “Apologies where are my manners. Aurora, Frost, Red, these people surrounding you have been some of your biggest supports both on the Senate floor and behind closed doors.” He gestured down the table. “You already know miss Austin, next to her are Jason, Samuel, Terry, Brooke and Roseanne.” Each one waved at her as the president called their names. “They are the crew venturing out with you all tomorrow.”

Aurora dipped her head to each. They all looked like people who spent a lot of time outdoors, tanned skin and lean bodies she hoped they could keep up with the traders. “Then on my left here we have senators Blane, Johnson, Ernest and Samson. Then way down there at the end is my lovely wife Eleanore.”

Aurora nodded to each as a huge plate was set in front of her. “Mr Red here informed me you all eat mostly wild game. I hope you enjoy the venison steaks.”

Aurora smirked since the president had pretty well gotten them anything they wanted from day one. “I want to thank you again for your generosity sir” she said cutting off a hunk of the steak before chomping down. “I am not sure we could have survived on fast food for two months”

The president chuckled nodding as one of the film crew leaned forwards “so what are the lands like exactly? Because of the media and history blackout we know essentially nothing.”

Aurora smiled as she took another big bite. “Imagine forests so thick from the air it’s just a sea of green. Grey stone mountains jutting up between valleys as far as the eye can see. Snow covered peaks lead down to streams of crystal clear water. The smell of pine and earth permeate the air. All around are the sounds of wildlife. Vail is the only town I’ve ever been to but is a paradise. Stone lined streets are lit by LED lights and gas lanterns. The streets are filled with the soft bustle of craftsmen at work amongst buildings of stone and wood…” she trailed off looking up seeing everyone transfixed on her every word.

Austin beamed and nodded “Whats the food like?” she asked taking a bite of her own steak.

Red smirked as he leaned back in his chair chiming in. “The food is all very simple. We hunt and fish for everything. The wildlife is numerous enough and our population is low enough that is all we need. Some places out on the plains have cattle and pigs but those are more of a delicacy. There is some farming as well but not anything huge. There are maybe five or six farms total that are larger than a hundred acres.”

The president chuckled “please let our guests eat. You will all get to see it soon enough. Oh and miss Aurora. Since you are officially an emissary between our countries I will be leaving the helicopter with you.  This way you have a fast reliable way back to us should we ever need you.” Aurora nodded with a bitter sweet smile as she was beginning to loose count if her rising responsibilities.

“I am also sending some supplies with you. A gift so to speak for your help in the negotiations. You may do with them as you see fit.” The president finished as he took a bite of his food.

Roseanne looked across at Aurora and smiled. “If you don’t mind my asking how old are you? I don’t mean to sound rude but it is very hard to judge your age”

Aurora froze mid bite and slowly sat her food down as Red started grinning wider and wider motioning her to answer. “I ummm I’m 18. I’ll be 19 in a few months.” Everyone stopped as they all turned to look at her then at the president as he raised his hands smiling. “You must understand though amongst Kanaima a 15 year old is considered an adult.” She added quickly looking down.

Frost finally chimed in as she looked around. “She is right you know. I’m only 17 and my mate is just 16. To us it’s normal. A person in Auroras position and at her age is not that uncommon. We base things around a person’s actions not a number”

Red chuckled and cleared his throat. “And miss Aurora here has been through more in 3 months as a Kanaima than most go through in their entire lives. Even I respect what she says and I’m almost 90” one of the senators choked on his food at that as he looked up at Red. Red snickered leaning back in his chair. “I am a veteran of two wars and countless scuffles and I can tell you all, that woman right there.” He pointed to Aurora “Is worth her weight a thousand times over”

Aurora looked away as she felt herself blushing as she tried to bury herself in her food. The rest of the dinner went by slowly but in a calm tranquility that Aurora was all to grateful for. As the dinner finally came to a close everyone sat back and relaxed.

Finally the president stood “well I want to wish all of you the best of luck. The helicopters will depart at 10am from the front lawn. Until then I wish you all a good night.” Everyone nodded as they all slowly got up. Aurora helped Frost to her room before slowly making her way to her own room.

Sighing she flopped down on the bed. Rolling over she looked up at the ceiling. And after a few hours of tossing and turning she slowly drifted off into a restless sleep.
Blood Oath chapter 12
Ok guys sorry it took so long to get this chapter up. Chapter 13 will be hot on its heels however. Also to anyone reading my second story "Magic of Magic I hate to say I am postponing it until blood oath is finished. Until then enjoy the story.
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Roarke woke to the screeching of the alarm clock next to his bed. Reaching over he slapped the button with one paw. He had been with the white knights for three months now and they had been nonstop drilling him. From day one he had been pumbled in every way possible.

Even though he had not seen his father from the time he had stormed out from Roarkes initial test he felt the ever present invisible force of his grip. The first week had been spent in the fighting ring. If he ever thought he could fight before he was now sure he didn’t know. And had it not been for Erebos stepping in and saving him in more than one instance from the powerful blows of other magical creatures.

In the weeks after he rotated most all of his time between studying different magical creatures and gaining strength and endurance through fighting and training of all kinds. His handler Samuel had seen to it that he had virtually no free time since his arrival.

On the plus side he had managed to somehow gain friends among the other magical creatures that were like him. Among them where twin elementals River and Spark, then there was the towering 8ft cyclops Henry and finally there was Tory a witch who made it a habit of flirting with Roarke. They all had been training partners for the most part. River and Tory lived separately in the women’s barracks while Henry, Sparks and Roarke all lived on the men’s side.

All Roarke had left was a final round of testing to prove he was ready to go out and start hunting down other magical creatures. Rolling out of his bunk Roarke slowly made his bed using nothing but his teeth to fold and set his bed. Over the past few months he had learned that the knights would make no special regards for his physical condition. Which had honestly helped him learn to work his body that much better.

Scratching at his control collar he huffed softly walking around and out into the main training area. “Juuuuudaaaaas!” the female voice came flying in from above. Jumping to the side just in time as Tory slammed into the cushioned side walls of the gym.

Roarke huffed as he walked over as the young witch slowly fell over backwards with a groan. The enchanted carpet she flew in on crumpling into a heap on the floor. “How many times have I told you not to call me that?” he asked standing over Tory.

The crimson haired witch giggled and shrugged. “Hey if I don’t call you that I get in trouble.” She rolled over and kissed the end of his nose. “Good luck today.” She smiled slowly standing and ruffling the fur between his ears.

Roarke huffed and nodded. “Thanks Tory” he said as the both walked down to the dining hall. Sitting down at his table along with Tory and Henry , Roarke looked around after sitting his tray down. “where are River and Spark?”

The giant across from him huffed softly. The small mountain of sausage and pancakes in front of him a testimony to how big he was. “They went on mission last night. Got hurt pretty bad, there’s a fire elemental and a dragon running around causing chaos.”

Roarke nodded as he dug into his food eating quickly. “Well I guess I’m off to go handle the test. Wish me luck.” Grabbing the tray in his teeth Roarke sighed to himself as he quickly trotted out of the hall after leaving the tray behind.

Walking down one of the hallways Roarke waited patiently after arriving at Samuels office door. His ears flicked around as he caught the faint sound of voices coming from inside. He knew Samuels voice but the other took him a second to recognize the other voice as his father’s. Though he could not quite make out the words he could tell by each of their tones it was not a fun conversation.

The door next to where he was sitting suddenly kicked open. “I don’t give a damn what you think Samuel you will do this or I will find someone who will.” Out came Roarkes father. Roarke ducked his head trying to shrink into the wall as his father walked by without saying a word.

Walking slowly into the small office Roarke walked around to the front of the desk sitting down silently. Behind the desk was Samuel in his usual all black attire. Samuel ran his hand across his shaven head. “You are not taking your test today.”

Rosrke cocked a brow but ducked his head bowing slightly. “As you say sir.” Looking up he saw the concern on Samuels face. “Sir?”

Samuel looked up and sighed before looking up at the ceiling. “Per order of the elders you are to hunt down a fire elemental that has been giving us a lot of problems. Normally this would be a two team mission but against my will you and I are going it alone.”

Roarke nodded slowly as he got a very uneasy feeling in his gut. “permission to speak freely?” Samuel nodded sighing. “Sir is this really the council’s decision to test me or are they just trying to kill me?”

Samuel sighed and shrugged. “Honestly I’m not sure. For an experienced fighter this wouldn’t be too hard of a mission but you have no real fighting experience outside this facility. I think you will survive but stranger things have happened.”

Erebos nosed into Roarkes consciousness. “He is really worried. We need to be extra careful.” Roarke silently agreed as Samuel reached into his desk pulling out his pistol along with a large utility belt. Each of the handlers had such a belt when they went into the field. All of them contained anything they could possibly need for a fight, silver blades, chalk for making runes and seals along with several herbs and a few other oddball items they may need.

Standing Samuel snapped his fingers as Roarke came over to his side. Looking up at Samuel Roarke smiled weakly. “Well you did say you wanted me in the field didn’t you?” Samuel glared down at Roarke and walked out the door with Roarke hot on his heels.

Roarke and Samuel went through a maze of hallways until they reached the garage area. Roarke always hated coming down here, the smell of gasoline and oil was very strong making his nose go numb from the odor. Walking around they climbed into one of the specially built Tahoe’s. Roarke sat in the back where all the seats had been taken out to accommodate all but the largest of the creatures. The floor was a hard plastic that made a loud scraping sound against his claws any time he moved.

Samuel climbed into the front starting up the SUV with a loud grumble from the engine. Heading out of a hidden drive they emerged in a dense forest with only a thin winding trail just wide enough for the SUV to get through. Roarke looked around with wide eyes, he had not been outside for months and even through the vents he could smell the fresh scent of pines.

They drove for a solid half hour seeing nothing but trees before emerging onto a paved road. They continued driving for another hour before Roarke saw the outline of a large city on the horizon. Samuel reached back handing him a turned on laptop. “Mission details” he said shortly his eyes never leaving the road.

Roarke nodded as he looked through the file. In it contained all the information that they had, which in this case was very little. All it had contained was that the person in question was a fire elemental who had been traced back to a large empty warehouse on the outskirts of the city. A small report of incidents of fires being started in the city with grainy security camera images of the same grey hooded figure in each.

Roarke sighed looking up after reading it over. They where now slowly making their way through the city’s industrial park. Large steel and concrete buildings towered next to the road. After a short time the buildings began to become more and more run down till eventually they turned into hollowed out husks, broken windows with boarded up doors and graffiti littered the area.

Samuel pulled the vehicle to a stop down a narrow alley and shut off the engine. Grabbing his gear and a compact carbine AR he climbed out. Slinging the rifle under his jacket Samuel opened the door for Roarke. “You’re up” he huffed out cocking the gun.

Roarke nodded as he closed his eyes. He had always been good at detecting magic, it lingered in the air like a scent that he could follow. Taking a deep breath Roarke was a little alarmed that he sensed not one but three different magical traces. One he was sure was the fire elemental he was after. The other two however made his hackels rise. Their scents where far stronger, one smelled like earth and grass the other had a strange tingle to it like cinnamon.

Roarke looked up at Samuel. “There are others here.” He said a little concerned. Samuel looked down at him then grabbed a phone from his jacket. Walking a few places away he began talking into the phone in a hushed voice. Something was bothering Roarke, like an itch he couldn’t scratch in the back of his mind. Suddenly the wind shifted and he got a full blast of scents and it clicked what was happening. Running over he rammed his shoulder into Samuel just as a fireball wizzed past where he was standing and exploded against a dumpster down the alley. “Ambush” he breathed out.

Samuel rammed a boarded up door next to them falling through the broken door he rolled inside taking cover behind a pillar looking around frantically. Roarke froze outside as he tried to find the source of the fireball only to be slammed off of his feet from the side. The blow plowed him into the wall of the building knocking the wind out of him.

Before he could fully recover he reflexively ducked at a blur coming at his face. A sharp pain raked across Roarkes muzzle making him yelp in pain. Black tendrils shot out at the assailant resulting in a bellowing roar and a loud crash. Finally regaining his feet Roarke ducked inside the building sliding around by Samuel “dragon” he breathed out.

The searing pain on Roarkes muzzle continued to burn. Blood trickled down into his mouth giving him a metallic taste. Shaking his head blood flew away from his muzzle. Suddenly Samuel spun around unleashing a full barrage of automatic rifle fire. Roarke started to turn to see the second person only to hear the bellowing roar of the dragon behind him.

Turning Roarke brought up a shield as a wall of flames curled around both him and Samuel. Shooting out a tendril again he threw the dragon hard against the far wall with a loud crash. Roarke turned back and caught a blast of heat from a fireball wizzing past his head.

Roarke began to panic as he realized there where two fire elementals now throwing fireballs at him. He froze then got hit hard in the side. The smell of burning fur and flesh filled the air as Roarke went flying across the room. He shuddered coming to a stop against the wall.

Erebos growled inside Roarkes head. ‘move over you are going to get us killed' Roarke felt his own consciousness fade from the front as Erebos took over. With a low rumbling growl Erebos opened his eyes his crimson red eyes scanned the room. He locked onto the two fire elementals vanishing in the shadows.

Coming around to the elementals left he found out the first elemental was a male. Launching his tendrils out like Spears he skewered the first man pinning him against the steel pillar he was hiding behind. With a quick twist Erebos shredded the man showering himself and the area around Erebos in blood.

Turning as another fireball headed his way Erebos smacked it out of the air as he slowly marched towards the other fire elemental with a steady confident stride. The other elemental was wearing all black and a mask over their face. He shot a tendril out stabbing the other elemental to the wall. The person in black didn’t say a word but their eyes burned with a blue tinted flame.

Roarke grinned pressing them harder against the wall. “Any last words?” the elemental glared at him as flames began curling around their body. “Oh now now that’s not very polite.” Erebos twisted the spear embedded in their shoulder gaining him a wince of pain.

Erebos smirked as Samuel walked up slowly holding his left arm which carried a stench of burnt flesh. “Keep this one alive. I want to know how they knew we where coming.” Erebos huffed and nodded. Just as he was about to hold the elemental down there was a loud roar and a sharp pain in his side as he went flying across the building.

Looking up Erebos snarled as the dragon was standing between Erebos and the elemental. Erebos snarled and shot out dozens of tendrils slamming both of them clean through the wall of the building. Running over to the hole he had left Erebos snarled that the other side of the building overlooked a river. He couldn’t detect any trace of magic though.

Samuel walked up slowly still holding his arm with a huff. “They dead?”

Erebos shrugged as he turned looking Samuel over. “As far as I can tell” he huffed. “We need to get you to a doctor and have that arm looked at.”  

Samuel nodded slowly as he slung the rifle he had under his arm. “good job” he said shortly though he never looked at Erebos or made any kind of motion of appreciation other than what he said.

Erebos nodded as they both climbed up into the SUV. Samuel adjusted his mirror for a second with a hiss moving his arm wrong. “So what does it mean when your eyes are red like that?”

Erebos blinked realizing he couldn’t seem to contact Roarke at any way. “well I ummm it’s just what happens when I am put under pressure I guess.”

Samuel nodded starting up the SUV “well you are lying to me but you did your job so I don’t really care at this point. Let’s get going.”

Erebos nodded as he closed his eyes trying to pull Roarke back. But every time he got ahold of Roarkes consciousness he would just shrug Erebos off. Erebos continued until Roarke very violently snapped at him making Erebos shrink back in surprise. Taking a deep breath Erebos returned to the conscious world looking around. For now it seemed that he was on his own.

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