Fingers skimmed along her stomach, her skin was on fire. The tender caress of his hands along her body were exquisite. She arched against the touch making soft cooing noises. Her voice caught in her throat as she reached up attempting to reach him. It was strange, as if he wasn’t there. “A-Abel…” her voice caught in her throat as she finally managed to wrap her arms around his neck. “ ki-kiss me please… I’ll die… without your breath” She pulled at the back of his hair desperately as she arched her entire body against him, her eyes tearing up. “I.. I love you Abel…” his touch slipped away from her as she felt the cool sheets underneath her skin as she gasped waking up noticing she was still alone. Turning over she hugged onto the nearby pillow she had desperately and sobbed softly.
A while passed as Rena finally fell asleep. Carefully she moved her off her lap and lied her on the couch. She sighed softly and glanced over towards the window. “You know, you could have come in at any time instead of watching from the shadows.” Rikkas voice cut through the silence as she walked over towards the window and leaned out of it a bit. Her dark red eyes caught glimpse of the sheen of armor. “Abel.”
He was silent, no surprise there, he normally was. Rikka sighed as she hopped out of the window frame. “I know you recognized us watching you earlier, would it kill you to drop by and not just lurk in the shadows?” she stated walking up to him and getting up in his face and glaring up at him. “You’re worrying the girl to death you know.” She pushed at his chest. “And… me” she glanced away with a bit of pit along her cheeks. She sighed heavily and glanced down before turning around to look into the darkness.
“You know she’s been trying awful hard to make this place a good kingdom, she even picked a name for it. Imagine that.” She glanced over her red eyes piercing the darkness. “You know what she called it Abel?” she heard his breath escape his lips as she shook her head. “Ah ah ah…” she quickly placed her finger to his lips, a look of annoyance along her gaze. “ That’s right, Lightsworn, after her protector, you.” She poked his chest again. Rolling her eyes, she walked away from him towards the forest.
“Every night we’ve been protecting his little rag tag group that we call our people with no help. The people can’t even fend for themselves anymore. Hell, they can barely find enough food to survive.” She spun on her heels and glared at him, her hands moving to her hips with a bit of a bitchy attitude. “And where have you been this entire time? Don’t tell me, I can’t tell you. Oh Rikka, it’s important.” She mocked him and poked his face again. “Ugh, you don’t even react, you don’t even try to save yourself, it’s like you don’t care.” She snapped and frowned. “You heard what I told her. I prepared her for you having another woman, I’m sure that’s what this is about right? RIGHT? Abel. We’re not good enough for you anymore, are we. You know what, no; I’m not doing this with you right now. You can talk to us both with your ready. “She stalked towards the door and threw it open dramatically before staking back inside.
The night passed with no issue of course, there was no way something would happen with that man around. Her gaze passed over to Rena. Poor girl. She let out a sigh as she went and laid a hand on her shoulder with a soft whisper. “Your highness, it’s time to wake up.” She chided with a soft laugh in her voice.
It was obvious that Rena wasn’t nearly awake enough for such teasing, seeing as her sleepy blue eyes looked up at her in confusion. It was like the words ‘your highnesses hadn’t quite registered for her yet. Finally, it seemed to click as her eyes shot open and she jumped up to go get dressed and ready for the day. “I shouldn’t have slept in so much, there are things to do.” She snapped and slipped into the other room while yelling. “You should have woke me sooner”
The tears rolled down her cheeks and along her arms as she strained to breath in between the sobs. “I’ve been so lonely without you…” she choked before inhaling harshly. However, Abel had other things to do, and she knew they had to be important she couldn’t help but feel the pain in her heart that he had left her. Of course, her place was with her people but her heart could belong to none other. It was a good ten minutes or so as she sobbed her heart out, letting out all her pent up emotions for her lost lover.
After she had it all out, she choked back one more sob and slowly sat up wiping her tears away before staring at the fire. “Rikka…” she whispered feeling the warmth spread over her. “ Take some of my mana…,” she whispered once more.
The words were faint but a soft. “Of course” seemed too echoed from the fire itself. Rena could feel the warm touch spread through her as she could faintly make out the form of another woman next to her. The woman beside her was similar but yet more elegant, and appealing. Her figure was more soft and fragile, that of a seductive woman, when her form was more of that of a tomboy with some curves. The woman finally held a complete form and smile gently before wrapping her arms around her.
Quietly they both hug in the silence of the night. “I miss him. “ Rena said softly, her voice still strained as to not cry again.
Rikka chuckled and hugged her tighter. “I miss him too.”
“Do you think that he’ll come back to us.”
She paused for a moment actually considering it. “I’m not sure if he will. Abel Is a man of few wants but a big dream. I feel that us alone can not sate his dream.”
Rena looked down tears filling along her eyes once more. “Will he love… another?”
Rikka smiled gently. “Just as he has loved you, he loved me. I feel as if his heart is big enough for a hundred women.”
“Then… then what are we !? Another mistress!” she snapped, tears streaming down her cheeks.
She pulled her back against her hugging Rena tighter. “No darling, Abel does love us, he loves us very much, but he can’t say no to a damsel in distress. He can’t say no to all those suffering out there. I don’t believe he made us another mistress, in fact, I think we’ll always have a special place in his heart. Even if he’s gone now and a while, I believe he’ll return eventually for us. I think his home is with us”
Rena sobbed cluitching at the fabric of Rikka’s dress desperately. “I… I don’t’ want him to find another.”
“Sometimes we don’t get what we want. Sometimes we have to realize that the best thing we can do is realize out place in life, and make that better. If you want to be the woman, he always comes home to and always wants to be around, make this kingdom something great. I’m sure he’ll visit it once he’s done and who knows, maybe he’ll take up the seat beside you.”
Rena slid down the woman, her cheek pressed along her thigh as she cried softly like a child. “I…”
“What do you want to be Rena?”
“I… I want to be the best Queen I can be, I’m just afraid, I didn’t think-“
Before she was able to finish that sentence Rikka’s finger stopped her phrase. “Shhhh. Don’t change subject, tell me what Rena wants for herself.”
“Yes, what do you want for you and you alone?”
“I want to be a good Queen, I want to be strong and be able to protect my people from here on out. I… I don’t want to let them down again, I wasn’t ready last time, and I didn’t know what anything was.” She paused once more. “I may not know anything now either but… but I’m hoping that with the new things I know now I may be able to make a difference now. I want to prove I can do this. I may be a woman, I may be a demon, but dammit, I will protect these people. They’re my people and I don’t want anything to happen to them.”
Rikka smiled at her and pet her head. “then rest, rest and conserve your strength. Realize that you’re going to have a rough journey ahead and you need to prepare. For now though, sleep, it’s been a long time since you had a good night’s sleep. I will watch over for tonight. I won’t let anything happen to our people. “She pet her softly.
The forest was dense, much worse than before. The moon was high in the sky. Stars seems to twinkle as if in warning as the sky darkened in further. A new moon. The stars were the only friendly lights out here. Quietly she moved forward, trying hard to watch her footing as she caught the light flicker of fire. A campsite. Finally, she had found him. Peering around the tree she was standing behind, she could make out the figure before the fire. A small smile slid along her lips, as she had to sop herself from gasping. Abel. How long had it been? She felt her breathing quicken a bit, as she wanted to cry, it had been so long since she had last seen him. Oftentime she felt as if he had died and that was why he never saw her again. Yet here he was, not far out from the new kingdom she had created. The kingdom she had made in his name. Lightsworn. It would be a kingdom of glory, passion, magic, and trust. Just like the two of them. She turned placing her back against the tree as she clutched her chest.
Oh, how she wanted to burst from behind the tree cover and cry as she lept into his arms, but would he even allow her such a thing. She was a queen now; she highly doubted he would allow such behavior, no matter how excited she was. However, she had to question once more. Why was he so close to her kingdom? Was he thinking of visiting? Surely, he must know this was the new kingdom; this is exactly where he had left here. Hell, the castle was built in the clearing he had pointed out would be a marvelous place for a castle.
Abel… Aren’t you coming back to me?
She felt her chest tighten. Maybe… maybe he wasn’t interested anymore. Maybe it was only about saving her and the kingdom and now that it was on the up, he didn’t care anymore. Perhaps she was just another damsel in distress. She was sure there were others. She felt the breath catch back in her throat again as she eyes burned with the want of tears. He may have found someone else. It would be reasonable to think he would have. He was an attractive man, he was strong, and he could protect any woman. That woman didn’t have to be only her.
Her blue eyes fell towards the ground; a soft red hue in the inside of the pupil could easily show that this wasn’t only her feelings. A soft sigh escaped her throat as she took a step forward. Selfish. That’s what she was. She couldn’t just have him all to herself. What if other people were hurt and afraid? What if they’re situation was worse than hers was?
‘Why don’t we take him by force? Surely he wouldn’t disagree too badly.’
Rena bit her lower lip as she continued her way back towards her new kingdom. The whisper of her other self, her demon self was a tempting offer, however she couldn’t do that. Not because of morals, though surely those had a part, but because Abel wasn’t the type of man to just be taken unless he wanted to be. If she were to try to take him by force, he wouldn’t come, unless he wanted to.
Finally, she had found herself before the wooden structure of the place she currently called home. Her hand rubbed against the wooden frame as she choked back the want to cry. Not yet, she couldn’t cry yet. The door parted way for her as she stumbled inside. The door clicked close behind her, as she was sure to lock it firmly. Her hand waived in a dismissive manner as the hearth roared to a flame. “Oh Abel…” her voice was strained as she made her way over to the recliner before flopping herself down onto it like a sack of potatoes. “ Abel…” her voice finally broke as the tears came.
-Half-breeds-This includes half elves, half demons, beastkin [nekos ect], or other half races. They were the weakest kingdom in the beginning and attempted to ignore the war, since they didn’t choose a side they were wiped out immediately. They were the first kingdom to fall during the old war and scattered throughout the other kingdoms. Most are rather fun loving and lackluster in terms of politics. They care little for the whys of war, but some enjoy the excitement of it. The race as a whole doesn’t lean on a particular side, but each person individually is on a side, or somewhere in the middle. Due to this, they find their kin on the battlefield, but they could find no greater feeling. They are normally peaceful but they love the instinctual feeling of the hunt, the feeling of fighting. The half breeds will end up on both sides in this war, always. They will respect the other kin that choose the other side as that is their decision. They are accepted in all kingdoms since they are hard workers and normally immediately go for the peasant like work. The humans see them as nothing more than peasant workers and normally dislike them due to their “impure blood”, however they will keep them fed and protected due to them tending the crops and doing the important menial tasks. Elves see half breeds in multiple lights. Depending on what the halves are they can be hated, accepted or loved. Demons don’t see any issues with the beastkin as they normally just do as they want regardless.
–Demon Kingdom– They do as they please, whether that be destroying a city because they want land, or taking over a village because they want more slaves. The demons are free in the matter of thought. Their king is a strong ruler who allows his people to have free will, unless it interrupts what he is doing. He normally looks into gaining land and gaining more people to support his mass of people. The kingdom is rather lax in terms of security in most places, and murders happen quite often, but in terms of kingdom defenses, there is no stall in protecting the kingdom. They took the side of the dragons in the last war and see the humans as ridiculous while they cry out to their make believe god. The demons don’t so much as aid the dragon kingdom as it’s more of they don’t like the human kingdom and want them out of the picture. In times of great struggle, the demons will take whatever side the human kingdom isn’t on. To the demons they see the dragons as just another creature that has knowledge and power. Eventually they will harness their own, and they intend to. Demons do as they please, so meeting one can go any one way. They are normally more trending towards chaos and tend to like violence, but some are more conniving and look for purpose. It depends on their encounter. Since the Demon king is so powerful and has led them to many great victories they are quite loyal to him and his choices, there is very little struggle when it comes to king made decisions. If a demon is faced with a decision to join a human kingdom person or a dragon kingdom person they will most likely choose the dragon kingdom unless the human kingdom person benefits them more and even then it’s rare.
-Human Kingdom- mostly religious, believing in [insert god name here], who is the god of truth and hope. They believe under him they can do anything. They believe he is the only true god and following anything else is blasphemy. It is said the first war was caused by him as he has now stated that dragons are blasphemous creatures that were created by hell itself. Most have been raised near a church and are constantly reminded on their belief. Orphans are taken care of by the church, and the church is the pinnacle for even their hierarchy, as the king needs to speak with the high priest before any decisions to make sure their god agrees with it. The high priest is seen as the one closest to their god and that he alone speaks the word of their god. All children and people born within this kingdom partake in daily scripture and worship, they do it at sunset to make sure that all work is done and that all people have no excuses but to be part of it. Most of the people here are extremely loyal to their religion and see no issues with this belief. Their lives have been good under their god and no one ever attacks their kingdom. They are safe from all war other than the ones they cause and the forest surrounding them only has one entrance in and that’s through the front gates where their most elite protect them. Even the lowly peasants are still fed through the church. Any other races within the kingdom are allowed within their church and are accepted, so long as they stay in the back.
-Elves- closest to nature. They believe that all things in the world should return to how they once were, before human or any architecture ruined the land. They constantly seem angry by the massive kingdoms and their waste of space and constantly show some hostility towards actual civilization. They now live in the forests and the plains, in trees or huts made of actual vegetation. They live off what the land provides them. They are sometimes druidic in nature and find multiple ways to return what was given to the earth. They do not push for any wars seeing as how the last time they took a side they were punished for it. They have their own nature goddess they follow, however it is said she isn’t that hard to meet. As elves they have a matriarchy, and even though they are spread out throughout the continent they find many ways to move as one race. Some elves have ventured into other kingdoms, curious to gain more knowledge, as most stay within their current society. Meeting an elf in the woods would go one of two ways for you. Either you’ll meet a very strong nature elf that will help you because you’re part of nature too, or you’ll find a more bitter one, who will hate you for what you are and where they think you live. They can also choose to be aggressive immediately on what happened to them in the past during their kingdom falling. During the fall of their kingdom some were taken as slaves for the bigger kingdoms, or they were saved by people whom they immediately pledged loyalty to.
How long had it been now? It felt like an eternity. Like the idea of her life was now completely different and alien. What happened in mere months changed her horrid life of miserable repetition forever. Now, here she was, in a different place, with people she kind of new but had the need to protect. She had responsibility, people loved her, and that was amazing, but..
She sighed, “It’s not the same”. Pulling her feet through the covers, they tangled around her body as her knees met her chest. Lowering her chin to her knees, she hugged them to herself. Her blue eyes fluttered closed as she recalled some happier memories. Memories of him..
The continent of Aorwynn had undergone a bunch of changes within a half year. The kingdom of Thiris had decrowned the King, and made Rena their Queen. Her kingdom was quickly destroyed and herself and her remaining people had fled. They fled to the north to their ally Aeria in hopes of a better life. Though they didn’t shatter their hopes immediately, they were not the safe haven they had all hoped for. The elves were not fond with the idea of a permanent residence, but did allow for a temporary one. That was enough to keep her people safe, but ultimately she needed to take care of Edowen to make sure they weren’t going to wander forever. Traversing the lands, she had stumbled into an old mausoleum and discovered the ruins of Milinia, an old kingdom in which she was a direct descendent. It seemed like it was a glorious kingdom filled with magic and wonder, however they met their end to a man named Salem, which was a minion of the Demon Lord of Edowen. This knowledge helped in exposing who Salem was and what happened with Edowen to make them this way. Traveling south towards Edowen was a longer journey but it was all spent with him, so it was worth it. When they had finally made it to Edowen, it was an all out war. It was crazy. They went again an entire kingdom with no one but each other, but they managed to slaughter their way to the demon lords, they were exhausted and ragged, but they traversed on. Never once did he complain about her problems. In fact, he embraced the idea of helping and found strength in her resolve. Clashing heads with the demon lords was a thing of terror and tragedy. It didn’t end the way she had hoped, but it was better than expected.
She let out another sigh. Everything after that was mostly a blur. Picking a new location for a kingdom, the construction of her soon to be kingdom, it was still underway. With things being calmer now, it should have made her happy, but it didn’t. Not really. “I miss you…” she muttered.
They had dealt with hell itself practically and managed to make a kingdom where her people and others could be safe. It was a great accomplishment, but why did it seem so empty without him here? Slowly, she moved off of the bed, letting her legs drag the covers with her before she stood on the cool granite flooring. Currently, she lived in a stone house while the construction of her kingdom continued. Walking over to the arched window frame, she leaned against it and peered out towards the walls. The walls were quite large now, most people were very adamant on getting houses built but she was sure they would feel safer with a full on wall. Their current arrangement was a bunch of wooden huts with wooden towers and spiked barricades, it was pretty lame, but it would work until they had an amazing defense. They wouldn’t be destroyed this time. Turning on her heels, she leaned against the stone wall and stared up at the wooden roof, “Why didn’t you come back with me?” her words were silent, but the pain was very apparent. Her footsteps echoed along the ground as she moved over to a small table, her hands running along its surface as she sighed.
“I remember you like it was yesterday…” her hand moved up through the air, caressing an invisible figure that didn’t exist. Her other hand left the table and grasped the thin fabric between her cleavage. “Oh Abel… I wanted to be yours, you said I was, but you’re not here now.” Her eyes fluttered closed as a soft growl escaped her lips. “I know..” she started a bit hesitant. “That you want me to protect my people, but is it so bad that I’d rather be with you instead?” Her hand traced the invisible jaw of Abel. Her lips shifted into a frown as she stomped her foot the air around her growing dense before water droplets pulled from the air around and shifted before her turning into a larger blob. Her hands moved in front of her, as if pulling strings as the blob slowly began to shift and reshape. One of her eyes shifted red as she continued to pull at the blob as it reshaped with her until finally settling into the shape of Abel. Smiling, she took a step forward and hugged along the blob and sighed. Her hand ran up the side of him as she pressed her face against it’s chest. “It’s not exact..” she muttered and glanced up. “It looks close though…” her arms moved up to wrap around it’s neck as she stared up into what would be it’s eyes. “I wonder what you’d think of me, if you knew I did things like this, to cope with you being gone.” She took another step forward, pressing herself against the water figure. “I wonder if you’d think I was clingy or creepy. It’s just so hard to breathe without you. It’s hard to even want to live without you. Every part of my body cries for you to be around. To feel your hand on mine, to feel your warmth, to hear your deep voice tickling my senses. I miss it all…” she pouted. “I want you back Abel, more than anything. I would give up so much…”