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Cruenti - Chapter 2Chapter 2
Will drove off, waving as he left the lot. Evey watched him go, shook her head and then turned around to go into the office. Jezz started when she entered, having been by the window. The young redhead, jerked away and then flushed turning her face a bright red.
"Sorry, Evey, just... Wow. I didn't know you had a boyfriend. And a really hot one."
Evey rolled her eyes, but couldn't stop the pleasure that slivered through her.
"He's not my boyfriend, Jezz."
Jezz's brow furrowed.
"No. I only met him recently."
Saying last night would probably freak the poor girl out. In the two years she'd been working here, Evey had never dated anyone. Jezz always tried to get her to go out, but she never did. Suddenly telling the girl that she met Will yesterday and was already kissing him in the parking lot, might just give her a heart attack.
"We're still getting to know each other, but... there's definitely a spark."
Evey tried not to flush. Jezz looked up to her, so she tr
Aligeri - Chapter 31 Part IIChapter Thirty-One: Family (Part I)
While the men helped the twins get reoriented, the sprites were outside, playing in the snow. Mustela had challenged Mephistis to a rematch of their last snowball fight, which had been sadly interrupted by the discovery of the guard killed by Rainer. They invited Kit, Luke, and Ailuros to join them, of course. Luke, however, not really knowing how to make a decent snowball, and not being good at all at throwing them, decided to just make a snowman in the sidelines. Well, rather, a snowsprite, as it was too small to really be considered a man. As for Ailuros... well, she had politely (and firmly) declined joining in on their game and was sitting to the side, watching the battle.
The guys had both ganged up on Mustela, but Mephistis was making most of the hits. Kit was helping him by rolling snowballs and repairing the defensive wall they'd built. The prince had built quite a pile of ammo, and took a moment to relax while Mephistis aimed his nex
Aligeri - Chapter 31 Part IChapter Thirty-One: Family (Part I)
Guy's eyes went wide, and the key in his hand fell to the floor with a soft thud. For a moment he just stared, dumbfounded.
"But..." he choked, reaching forward and scooping her up tightly in his arms as if he thought she might fade away. "You died! I was holding you when it happened, Ruby!"
The prince was shaking as he said this, and after a few seconds was sobbing into her red hair, overwhelmed with happiness that he was really holding her again.
"I know, and I did," the princess said, crying with happiness as well. "Feles resurrected me and took me back to her palace. She said things were too dangerous, and hoped that if everyone just assumed I was dead, Mercurius would leave for a while. But seeing how hard it was... oh Guy! I wanted to come home sooner, but she wouldn't let me! Finally, she agreed to let me return, only because she felt it was safe enough."
"I love you so much," Guy told her, and it looked like he'd never let go of her ag
Aligeri - Chapter 30 Part IIChapter Thirty: Yule (Part II)
The couple, enjoying their time alone together, were caught up in one another for the next few days. Meanwhile, however, things were extremely uneventful for Ailuros and Zephyr. The sprite seemed to stay in her cat form more often than usual during the snowstorm, probably to better keep herself warm in the cold weather. Now, the storm was clearing up quite a bit, however it continued to snow lightly outside. It was just a few more days until the ball, and Ailuros was in her normal form, her head in her hands, bored.
"I hate the weather..." she grumbled, as pessimistic as ever.
Zephyr was sitting in corner of the room, playing his flute. He stopped to respond to the sprite's comment.
"At least it's warm in here, right?" he offered, gesturing around with his hand. "Frankly, I don't mind the blizzard at all; it brings some safety."
"I guess..." Ailuros agreed with a slight shrug, stretching out her legs before lying down on her back to stare up at the
Aligeri - Chapter 30 Part IChapter Thirty: Yule (Part I)
A full-scale search of the palace was issued as soon as possible, but after scouring every inch of the castle and grounds, they found no one who wasn't supposed to be there. It was both unnerving and relieving at the same time. During the entire search, Zephyr stayed in his room, trying to calm himself by playing his flute, but it didn't seem to be helping. Eventually, he simply gave up trying.
"They aren't going to find him," he said to Ailuros, who was still there (just in case). "He's too clever."
Ailuros, who was reclined on one of his chairs, threw him a glance.
"But how?" she asked, shaking her head. "I understand there are many places to hide in the castle... but there are so many people searching for him... how could he possibly go completely unnoticed?"
Sitting up, she asked, "And why now? I'd say he's targeting you or Clarice, but he hasn't done anything for nearly a month... would he be using Yule as some sort of... cover?"
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