Amusement parks sounded like right fun. Kyran felt a small vibration in his chest. A little thrill of discovering something new. By the stars, it had been quite a long time since he'd felt that thrill. It cut through the gloom that had hung about him of late. Annabelle couldn't be rescued this instant. His brothers couldn't reach out against him this instant. The world needed to fall away. He had to indulge in the hope of the future and cherish whatever time he had with his wife. If he did not, there was no telling the regrets he'd have if it was all ripped away. Dark thoughts. Too dark. He shook his head, attempting to focus on everything his wife was saying. Something about a pool.
Kyran grinned rakishly. "If we were to put a pool in our house, you might end up pregnant again in no time. There is nothing that turns me on quite so much as one of your swimsuits. Or with our luck, we'd end up scandalizing one of the kids and having to explain just what Mommy and Daddy were doing." He laughed softly in her ear. The author could picture the scene in his head. The story started building itself around that scene. The harried parents, unused to having no time to themselves, snuck off for some alone time. One of the kids woke up and found them intimately embraced. The smile on his face widened. "Its doubly a bad idea should we ever get in contact with Masha again. The stars know what kind of company she would bring into the pool or what she might expose to the children." His smile faded a little as he thought about his sister. Time had flown by since she vanished. She'd missed so many moments with the twins. "I'm free of the company now. Perhaps I can finally make contact again."
Gaia dragged him out of his thoughts while dragging him toward a game. He laughed under his breathe as the game was explained. Kyran wrapped his arms around his wife's waist. His mouth brushed against her ear. "You know I can cheat at this game, right? Super hearing or little nudges with wind..." A sweater was dropped over their heads. Kyran passed an irritated look at the attendant. "It looks like I'll be guiding you." He planted a kiss on her lips and helped her turn around. The brief struggle with the fabric had Kyran growling low in his throat. Of course the intimate press of his wife against him changed the tone of that growl very quickly. A blindfold was placed on Gaia.
Kyran looked over the cake designs. He spotted a few he liked. His mind rearranged the whole thing, making a very special cake. As the redhead guided his wife through his design, the attendants looked like they wanted to protest. Kyran did his best to create a soundproof area around them. His hands itched to move up and guide Gaia's arms. Instead, he contented himself with gently scratching her stomach, kneading the flesh to distract his mind. When they finished, Kyran took off Gaia's blindfold with his teeth. Five dragons flew through a blue background. Clouds floated around the flight. "Do you remember the conversation I had with the kids the other day? The one about what kind of dragons they would be? I thought maybe we could make those dreams come true, in a way, and give them a treat." He let one of the attendants help them out of the sweater. Kyran took hold of the cake an rotated it. On the backside, a cave stood in a range of mountains. Inside the cave, two dragons lay intertwined. "And while it's not the most romantic cake, I did make room for us on it as well." The redhead felt a little like himself again. He hoped the five little ones at home would forgive him for be a little mentally absent the last few months. That being said there was something else he needed to do.
Kyran gently took Gaia's hand and led her toward the Tunnel of Love. The flowing river and the heart shaped boats made him a little nauseous. However, it seemed like the best place for them to talk. Kyran helped Gaia into the first empty boat. Climbing in after her, the redhead tensed his shoulders. Where to start with his whole mess? Gaia had forgiven him in the past but she'd made it clear that he was on his last chance. His mouth thinned at the thought. Maybe it would be better to keep this all to himself. At least until he confirmed some of it. His hand twitched as if to pick up a bottle. Yesss, don't tell her anything. Just push her dress up and make a sensual plea with your tongue Malinda slithered through his mind. The other demons murmured their assent. Kyran's brows furrowed. The demons never wanted what was best. If they agreed with him, he doubted it was a good course of action. He swallowed hard. There was no need to reveal all of it, just an important bit. "Gaia. I... I have something I need to tell you. Um... Its the reason... well part of the reason, I've been so off lately. I learned that uh, my daughter, um Annabelle, the one Gruen turned into a zombie, it turns out she's not quite dead. He uh ripped her soul out and trapped it in a hellish dimension." The information was pouring out. Kyran didn't look at his wife. "I want to rescue her so I've been researching the dimension and my magic. Uh... I can open a portal but it requires a lot of blood. I'd have to massacre a small village to rescue Annabelle... I've been agonizing over it. Am I the kind of person that can murder innocents to save my family? I'm terrified the answer might be... yes... and at the same time, terrified it might be no..." He trailed off, looking at the happy scenes slowly floating by. Kyran couldn't bring himself to look at Gaia. This wasn't an answer she could hand to him. It was something he had to discover for himself. That was why he kept drinking as he searched for another solution. All the time trying to protect the five children he had nearby from Gruen and Michael. What a deadly puzzle life had thrown at him...
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