Sleeping beauty awakened by medical examiner pt 8

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I felt someone enter my private apartment. I eased out of Amber’s arms toward the edge of the bed. Amber made the sound of a moan reaching for me to pull me back into her arms.

“Where are you going?” She said in a husky half awake voice.

The covers slipped away from her body lovely full ample breasts. I leaned over kissing her head. “I won’t be long dear. I have to go check on something. Stay here until my return.” I told her calmly.

Amber leaned up kissing my chin and yawned. “Come back to me.” She said and laid back down falling asleep instantly.

I slipped on my trousers at same reaching for service revolver. I headed for the door slipping out of my bedroom and into the hallway. I locked the door.. I heard nothing but I felt someone or something here.

I listened intently. I heard it breathing. Something wet dripped down onto to my revolver causing it to burn. I fired a shoot off missing the body.

I heard a scream.

IT fell onto me making a snarling and biting at my neck. I grabbed IT’s neck and squeezed. IT screamed.

“My Lord. MY LORD!!” Amber yelled trying to break out of my bedroom.

“Damn it! Stay in the room. Do not leave.” I ordered her and kneed IT in the dick.

IT screamed louder. I wrestled on top of the creature’s body and started pounding IT in the face while holding onto IT’s neck.

The creature’s body clawed at my trousers and legs. IT was struggling and didn’t last long until I finished it off.

I got to my feet slowly bleeding from my legs and chest. Damnation. I had more scars. Slowly I realized Amber was sobbing.

I quickly unlocked the door and it was flung inward. Amber was naked and crying and ran into my arms. I sighed and tried to lift her out of my arms.

“I’m bleeding and have open wounds. I need to take a bath.” I said.

“I don’t care.” Amber softly. “I’m immune to most posions anyway.” She said and then came out of my arms and led me to the bathroom.

Amber turned on the water in the tub and started filling the tub with water. She finally looked at me and held out her hand to me.

I sighed and rose up taking her in my arms and sat down in the tub. I picked up a wash rag and soap. I started washing myself first then her.

We sat in silence for several minutes. Amber grabbed my wrist. “Who summoned that thing that attacked you?”

“I don’t know. I expect it is a warlock from Fair Gale or a visitor from the devil’s eye.” I said.

“Why attack you? Are you associated with the new king of Drakeacape?”

“Yes.” I said plainly.

I leaned down inhaling her scent. I didn’t smell any magic on her still. I wondered if she was using me.

Amber leaned back against me. “You are a warrior of Drakescape.”

“Yes. I had my time in the service to my country. It also helped me to earn my way through university.” I paused as body began to glow. “What are you doing?”

“I told you I am immune to most poisons. My body can heal wounds. It is a useless power in the magical arts ranks but this is all I can give you. You had to earn your way in the world?”

I hugged her waist. “It is my people’s way. We grow stronger by pushing our minds and bodies to the limit and surviving in challenging situations to find our limits and far we can push past them. Foxx was the same way in his rise to power.”

Amber sighed as I laid kisses on her neck and cheek. “Why did he fall then?”

“Foxx got lazy and greedy for easy wins.” I said simple. “He was beaten because he never expected he could lose anymore.”

“How did you know?” Amber asked.

Hmm. “Like you said. I am a warrior. I am never at ease entirely.  I can’t be. I was taught to always be ready.”

“Your teacher most have been a great teacher.” She said.

I grunted. Foxx had been a great teacher but a piss poor leader and traitor in his final years alive before I killed him.

Warm regards

Guardiandogg

Sleeping beauty awakened by a medical examiner pt 7

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“How did you become a chief administrator?” Amber asked as she took a hold of my bent arm.

I guided her down the street toward my old apartment building that was still two blocks from true cave residence. I wondered when I would be able to take her to my real residence. I would give it a little more time I decided.

“Hmm. Interestingly enough I was hired for the position after I finished my studies abound in my late twenties. I applied for the position when I return back after getting my doctorate in medicine and criminal justice in Iron born.  I was still had the position when His majesty Foxx Drakescape was around before the war. When did you first arrive here?”

Amber stared at me with wide eyes. “You’ve been to the sky kingdom? What was it like? Do the people there actually have wings?”

I smiled seeing the youthful delight and interest in her eyes and the strange notion she had of bird people. He had an idea who she got the idea from. “So you traveled here on Jameson’s floating yakt?”

Amber blinked in surprise. “You know of Lord Jameson the explorer?”

I laughed softly and nodded. “Yes. He studied with me at the top university in Iron Born though he lost interest quickly enough in our second year and took to being quite the wander of the skies.”

Amber grinned at me. “Tell me my Lord what are the Iron Born winked people like. Do they had rainbow winks as Jameson told me about? What was living in Iron Born like?”

I kept back laughter at her Senser look of interests and silly dreams in her eyes. “It was…educational and a big impact on me growing into the man I am today.  But, no. The people there aren’t bird people. They use modern technology to propell themselves through great landscapes across the known seven kingdoms. They are for the most part humans. Though that will change in the course of a few more centuries. When did you arrive here my dear? Are you on vacation?”

Amber looked like she wanted to ask more about Iron Born but stopped herself. “I came here on holiday two weeks ago. I saw your add in the post. I was interested in the position and honestly I wanted to meet you.”

I raised an eye brow. “Me? Really. I wonder why?”

“You are one of the last Dracoians still in the city responsible for defeating the ancient Dracoian king.”

I rolled my eyes. “Ancient king? Foxx was only sixty-six years old when he was defeated by the allied forces of the guardsmen.”

Amber stared at me silently. “In human years he was rumored to be six hundred years old.”

I shrugged. “True enough for humans but Dracoians and half/drakes aren’t human. By Drakescape standards he wasn’t really that old at all. Have you ever been married before today?”

Amber frowned at me. “No. I haven’t and we haven’t married yet let alone had a grand wedding or registered our marriage with town records or elders here and aboard in Fair Gale.”

I shook my head. “In that you would be wrong my dear. The rules here are much more similar. So you are a virgin?” I said.

Amber’s cheeks turned a lovely pink warm glow as she glared at me. “I am Lady my lord….though I am a much old…” Amber closed her mouth looking away. I caught what she had been about to say.

Hmm. So she is much older then said she was. I kept walking. Amber said nothing but she wrapped both her arms around my forearm holding on to me tightly. “Amber. You must understand something about my people or more to the point myself. I am a very direct man and harsh when I am crossed. Once you agreed to be mean that is the end of it for me. However, if you are not inclined to stay by my side then you may leave as you please. I will not chase after you.”

“When are we to married?” She asked.

“We already are.” I told her. “Once you took hold of my arm and allowed me to lead you. To my people are to the law the deed is done. It is the drakescape way.”

Amber was frowning and looked at young paper boy and singled to him to come. He came over in a hurry. “Yes Ma’mum. What can I do for you?”

The boy bowed to me. I fished out a few crowns and gave him some for a paper. The boy handed me a paper.

Amber focused on the boy. “Boy. Is it the way here now that gentlemen marry by simple choosing a lady and walking with her?”

The boy nodded without looking at me. “Yes, Ma’mum. That is the way of. It’s a new law new drakescape made regarding men and females. It was passed quite recently indeed.” He said nodding his head and then he took off running seeing another man waving to him for a paper.

I started walking off leading her away. Amber still looked uncertain. “Do you wish to ask around more?”

“Yes. I do.” Amber said quickly. “If you don’t mind Sir. My Lord.” She said softly.

I shook my head. “I don’t mind at all dear.”

The next random meetings with my people all went the same. No one said a word otherwise to the new special license I had just crafted out of thin air. But, really what would they had said. It was the truth. Drakescape didn’t give a tuss about marriage licenses. Mating was the same as it always been sense the beginning.

We finally made it to my apartment building. I turned to Amber opening the door and holding it up for her. “Are you ready?”

Amber stared at me. “My Lord. I would like a wedding. A public wedding. This Saturday.”

I raised an eye brow. “I’m fine with that arrangement. There is no reason to be nervous. I will do what I can to make you at ease.” I said.

Warm Regards

Guardiandogg

Sleeping Beauty awakened..pt 2

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Chapter 1

Under the advise of Marshall, Solly was set down for an interview in my office while a Messenger was dispatched for Drakescape Library. An ancient library where the spellwords practiced sword craft and spent hours reading from large books all day.

Marshall and I listened to Solly’s account of how he “discovered” the girl on street as he was beginning his beat for the night. He thought it was a unusual event and wanted me to look at the girl…whom he thought was dead at the time because he knew of my fascination with strange mystery cases.

I studied Solly in silence as he finished his story about how he found the body and knew one thing for certain…he couldn’t lie to save his own ass from being fired or hung. Solly was a simple man with a reliable temperament and honest heart and mind. So there had to be one other explanation.

“Solly…are you drunk…again on duty?” I asked making sure not to add any emotion whether anger or annoyance to my voice.

Solly went stark white pale though at the accusation and looked like he might cry. “A kin’na tells you Doc. I was just beginning my beat for the night when I found her just laying on the street with the moon light shinning on her. You can’ta believe I would behold’en to be such an ass. I know ya feelings on drinking on the king’s time. I ain’t ta do it.”

Marshal and I flinched back away from him instantly.

Solly looked at us in shock. “What?!”

“You never said anything about Moonlight shinning on her.” Marshall said in a mild growing alarming voice.

Solly frowned opened his mouth and then put a hand to his mouth and stared at me in shock. “Shit! Great Draco’s balls does that mean?!” He spoke the word like a curse.

I nodded slapping the table with the palm of my hand. “Hell and damnation. The moonlight shined on her before you passed her. Didn’t it? I told you a hundred times you damned fool to run away from their strange dirty tricks. You found a pretty naked female on the road and you just thought to merrily bring her to the morgue for me to see. Don’t you know what this means?”

Solly shook his head. “I kin’na betray you Doc. I’m loyal.”

“I know that you damned fool. You’ve been enchanted by the pagan fairies. The damned fairies are setting their sights to invade our town.”

Solly’s eyes rolled into the back of his head and he promptly slid from his chair and passed out on the floor at our feet. I looked at Marshall who was looking down at his cup cold coffee.

I cleared my throat. “I apologize for my dramatics. I have frieghtened our friend Solly.”

Marshall shook his head. “Nothing to be sorry about Doc. We’ve gotten lazy. What can we expect?”

I shook my head. “I don’t know yet. We have to get the girl awake and then figure out how to get her out of here. No telling though. This might simple be a kidnapping gone wrong. If it is then it will be a simple problem to solve. I might be wrong. First time for everything.”

Marshall glared at me.. “Who are you trying to fool? What kind of power could we be up against?”

“I don’t know. The late King didn’t leave much detail on fairy enemies in his diaries. Only one personal mention of some fairy spinster obsessed with becoming the next queen of Drakescape. But, he did give detail entries on Dracoian warlords using faries as a means of Distraction for a challenge and conquer gambit.”

Marshall stared at me. “What if the current king wasn’t able to win a conquest match? Would the town be given to the challenger by default?”

I shrugged but I couldn’t help a grin of satisfaction. “Good thing we have no current king or ruler then. His Majesty Draco Dracoian Foxx was the last and only ruler of drakescape we have no need for such now. No king to defeat no city state to conquar.”

Marshall sighed eying me with a level stare not many would dare to do in current times. “We have to have some type of leadership here sense we ran off the Dracos in the war and Draco is…departed. I thought you said you would take care of that matter Doc.”

I was beginning to get annoyed myself because I had forgotten that I had told him I would handle the matter. “The laws here are few and simple enough. To keep the public peace and the guardsmen honest. Leadership flows from the guardsmen. Our chief leader being Captain Hawks, your second then Solly and myself.” I said thinking on my feet and trying at the same keep the task of leadership pushed as far away from myself as I could manage it.

Marshall smiled. “Neither Hawk or myself are interested in government bullshit. So you want to leave it to chance that good old Solly is up to the task of Supreme leader of Drakescape when or if a conflict arises?”

I looked down at Solly who was spread out on the floor in a dead faint.. I sighed. “I concede to your point. Perhaps we can arrange a city committee of resident business owners and professionals tradesmen to be privileged in city state and immigration matters on a short term agreement of course.”

Marshall nodded his head. “That seems reasonable enough. You plan on leading this committee?”

I stiffened at the notion and hopeful note in his voice. “Absolutely not. I have my work here to keep my mind busy and provide me my bread and butter. I have no such needs of a role. You however have a-“

“-But you are a professional, Doc. The best kind in the city and you were a guardsmen. We would need a guardsmen in the committee to speak for us at least on a part time basis.” Marshall countered with a grin. I was cornered again.

“Damnation, fine.
I’ll get it set up by the end of my shift.. Where the bloody hell are those damned librarians.” I asked.

Marshall looked at his pocket time piece. “I sent a scout out to the library to fetch em a little over thirty minutes ago. They should be around any time now. Not much of a walk from the library to city guards station and walk down to the morgue. But, I expect they’re researching a bit a solution for the problem.” He paused a few seconds in thought.

“Doc?!” Marshall said looking around my office.

I frowned at his tone and study of my office. “Yes?”

Marshall smiled. “If I chipped in a coin or two too hire a chit to organize your office and help you with setting up the committee a bit. You’d be okay with it? Just for my peace of mind that you won’t be over run with everything.”

I grimanced shaking my head. “No. I’ll hire an assistant out on my own coin. I can manage it if you think I need it done. I’ll see to it but that is all.”

Warm Regards

Guardiandogg

sleeping beauty awakened..pt 1

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First time

Prologue

My name is Arnold Blair. Chief medical examiner and administrator of Drakeacape city guards. My job is a simple one. I provide details and advice here and there to law inforcement in the city.

The morgue was my office and I was busy with a new subject.

I was leaning over a poor dead boy giving off details for a guardsman to record. While a silent Marshall Irons waited to the side watching and listening. He was working a manhunt case and needed the details.

“Oya. Mr. Examiner. I got a pretty one for you to look at. Strange case.” Solly Drakewood. A guardsmen said as he walked into the morgue with a female dead body over his shoulder.

I frowned at the body. The guardsman put her on a empty table.

I studied the body giving her a quick glance. I made no move to touch her. She was naked. I estimated her age around 18-25. Blond human. Mortal.

I checked her body for wounds. None. Signs of injection of posion. None. I reached for her chin and gentle pulled her mouth open. I saw no signs of posion. I smelled nothing on her breath. She was breathing. Strange. I noticed her body was warm. I took her hand and found pink dust on her fingers.

Fucking fairy dust. Damnation. Alive. But not alive. Asleep but not asleep.

I backed up as I realized what this was. I had two questions though with two answers. “Where did you find this girl?”

“I found the body on 5th divided and lane. Why?”

“Shit. Cover her up already.”

I looked over at Irons to see him covering his gaze. Oh shit. I filed that charecter trait in my mind for later.

“What is it? What do you see?”

“Some fucker spelled the girl. Cover her up.” Iron said uneasy now.

“Doc? What the fuck is going on?” Solly said in that tone that told me he was to seconds from running.

I quickly covered her with my apren. “Solly. Go get me a fucking spellsword from the city library and be quick about it. We’ve got a serious problem here. This girl isn’t dead. She’s a victim of magical kidnapping.”

Documents a warobe change

“Damnnation. All this fucking paper work. I already gave my word I’d take the boy on.” Lord Skylark said heatedly as he sat down and signed the adoption papers of custody of Styx.

Brandon nodded. “I know. I know but you know the law and all. Are you married?”

Lord Styx sighed and nodded. “Yes. I am sadly. I am expecting my first child though in three months or sooner.”

Brandon and Styx shared a look at the six months or sooner comment. But, neither said anything to it.

Lord Skylark finished the signing and came to his feet waving Styx to follow him. “Let’s go little brother. We got to make a go of it. You know.” He said turning to the door.

Styx caught Brandon cover his mouth to keep from laughing. Styx frowned looking at Lord Skylark’s back. “Your hiding something.”

Both Lord Skylark and Brandon stared at him. My father looked at Brandon with suspicious intent.

“I thought you said he was a black.” Lord Skylark said.

“I would thank you, My Lord to speak to me if you’ve got a question to ask.” Styx said.

Lord Skylark shrugged. “Are you using magick on my mind or are you using magic to see into the near future? Either way the Blacks or Shades aren’t known for that kind of magic in your kind.”

Styx glowered at my father looking down his nose at him as if he was a high Lord of the first order. “You have a tell. You didn’t look at me directly when you spoke and your fake Lordly accent slipped a bit at the end. Also Brandon knows something is wrong with you.. What the hell are you afraid of outside that door?”

Brandon laughed his ass-off. “Snarking hell. Boy oh yo has a right quick mind. Reminds me of someone.”

Lord Skylark stared Styx. “Are you a half elf.”

“I’m not a black or elf. I’m a Shade.” Styx said.

Lord Skylark nodded. “Styx Shade. I get that part. But, be honest or I’ll leave you here. Your no more fully Elf or Shade as I am neither fully human or fully Elf.”

Styx shrugged and made a motion with his right hand over his heart. “It is like you said. I’m Styx Shade. Everything else doesn’t matter. I don’t answer to anything else but my own name. Lord Ethan Skylark.”

Lord Skylark saw the motion Styx had done and knew the reason for it. “Agreed.  But, no lies from here on out. We’re family now. As strange as that might be a contradiction-“

“You keep your end. I’ll keep mean. Momma Jinn taught the way of things.” Styx said.

Lord Skylark blinked and nodded his head. “Excellent. So let’s go.” He headed to the door and opened it walking out while Brandon led Styx out.

Styx hand a over his eyes and one hand on Brandon’s bulky forearm.

Lord Skylark frowned waiting outside on the steps for Styx and Brandon to come out with Styx sharing a few words between each other about Momma Finn, Lord Skylark and Mr. Carter. Styx did more listening then any talk.

“What are two doing?” Lord Skylark said stiffly.

Brandon stared at him. “Ethan. He’s day blind. Get your ass over here and help him down to your car.”

Lord Skylark frowned. “Bloody hell. How the-“

“I told you I have cursed eyes damn it. I just need a decent pair of nightshade goggles to see in the day. I’m good to work for you. I’m good. I’ll keep my part to you. I said I would. I will.” Styx said.

Lord Skylark sighed coming up the stairs and laid Styx hand on his forearm. “Let’s go. I’ll get you your goggles and a fresh new suit as well for your raising station in life.” He said opening the door to the limousine for Styx. Styx got inside sliding in as Lord Skylark joined him and closed the door.

“What the fuck is this? You were told to get an apprentice not a mutant elf.”

Styx opened his eyes in the dark limousine to stare at the ebony skinned beauty with long flowing platinum down the back of her Scarlett silk dress. Her eyes were dark and studying Styx in disgust. He looked at her pronounced  pointy ears and tried to get out of the car.

Lord Skylark grabbed his arms. “What the fuck is-“

Styx turned to him. “You knocked up her up didn’t you? Damn nation. Damn it to hell Ethan. You had to knock up a fucking dark heart. A fucking magick kind. She warned you against this. She fucking told what they do to us when we fuck with them.. We always end up dead. Are you mad? Are you crazy?!” He said.

“Excuse me. What the hell is he saying?” The female said in annoyed voice.

Lord Skylark grimanced. “Damn it. Momma Finn taught you everything and told you to many scary stories. She isn’t going to kill me or you. We have an agreement. She’s having my kid. Elfs are kin on their word and agreements. I’ll do right by you. You’ll keep your end up. Right?” He said

Styx stared at him. “Damn nation. You have gone mad.”

“What the hell is going on?”

Styxx Shade chronicles: Resident of door 15

So far Lord Skylark and Brandon had run through several applications for the  position of apprenticeship with Lord Skylark, my father had turned them all down.

Brandon tapped his finger on bulky nose as they stopped at door number 15. It was half open and Lord Skylark could peek inside to see a single 6’2 tall young man in a standard uniform brown of slacks, a clean white shirt sitting at a finally made table in sturdy head down over a book. One of several books scattered around the room.

Lord Skylark knocked on the door. The young man looked up with sharp silver blue eyes, a thin long nose and handsomely set expression on his face. He study Lord Skylark in mild interest.

“Please. Enter my Lord.” He said in a cultured speech and confidence that belayed his surroundings and dress.

My father liked the young man right away and found him interesting and a right fit. His mind had been made up on  him. “The name’s Lord Ethan Skylark. What’s your name lad?” He said walking in offering his hand to the young man.

Brandon was silent but Lord Skylark could tell by his friend straightening up and grinning that he approved of his interest in the young man as a apprentice. The young man rose to his feet standing two inches taller then my father and took his hand.

“Luke Carter. It is a pleasure to meet you, Sir. I’m looking forward to serving as your apprentice.”

Lord Skylark studied Mr. Carter closely. He smelled it on the young man. A scent of lavender and smoke.”Rabbits don’t jump. They spring don’t you think?”

Luke Carter blinked. “What?”

“Rabbits. They don’t jump. They spring around and move with a lightness to their feet.” Lord Skylark said.

Luke frowned. “Ah. I don’t follow you. Are you playing a game? Is this a test?” He said.

“I have money to give or a game of whits and challenge. Danger. Life at risk. A gamble. Do you want the money or the risk of your life for elders of mystery.”

“I want sponsorship. I’ll take my own risks.” Luke said quickly and squeezed my father’s hand.

Lord Skylark smiled. “I like you. I like you a lot. I’ll give you twenty-five pounds of gold a month. It’s an investment not a sponsorship. I want you to look after my boy when he comes on his own. I’ll tell him not to fuck with you for his entire career. What you say?”

Mr. Carter smiled. “It doesn’t work on you? But your willing to deal with me still. Why? I’m a nobody.” He said and let go of my father’s hand.

My father laughed. “You’ll do well lad. Trust me. I would rather not have you as an enemy against me or my boy. I have too many enemies now. I could always use a friend or two or someone to invest in. My word is my bond in business.” He said and withdrew a purse of gold and handed to Mr. Carter.

Mr. Carter nodded. “Thank you Sir. If you keep your word then I will honor my word.”

Lord Skylark nodded. “Indeed. Your word will be valuable in your business. Oh. Could you be a good chap and release my brother from your charms?”

Mr. Carter snapped his fingers and Brandon came awake smiling looking between them. “Are you two getting on well?”

My father smiled nodding. “Yep. I like Mr. Carter. I’ll be sponsoring him. No. No. He’s to smart for our profession big brother. He’s going to be a business man. I’ll see to that. Let’s get on. Show me to the next young Lad. I really want see who else is on the list. You have a lot of interesting people here?” He said turning Brandon around and leaving out the door.

Brandon frowned at Lord Skylark. “What’s all this about? The Lad is a smart one. Best Lad here.”

Lord Skylark shrugged. “I didn’t deny it. But, young Carter is not fit for the small time like us. He’s got high promise. I’m sponsoring him. You should be happy.”

Brandon grimanced but nodded. “Alright. Alright. We have one last person on the list. A Mr. John Smith. A young Shade.”

My father grimanced. “A black. Ugh. I didn’t know we we’re taking them into the spy order now.”

Brandon rolled his eyes. “Snark your fucking jokes. It’s not like you can judge. Your a half elf blood. Stop your bullshitting and take a look at this boy.”

Warm regards

Guardiandogg

Four swords of Katie Holmes Chapter 17 Diamond

I reclined in bed next to my girl while she delt out the cards in bed between us. Twila’s breasts where un covered as she smoked her thin cigar and frowned in concentration.

“There. Let’s play.” Twilla said smoothly picking up her five cards.

I took up my four cards and studied my hand. I wasn’t surprised by the arrangement. It was what I could expect from Twilla when we played the game.

A modified Ace of clubs with the sword and cross symbol on the card, King of Hearts, 10 of Diamonds and a wild joker. It was a image of family.” I said and put down the 10 of diamonds.

Twilla put down a card. It was a Jack of Diamonds. “Hmm. Interesting. He’s your match up. The one coming for you to take your crown to your sword.”

“He hasn’t come at me yet. Why?”

Twilla shrugged. “Don’t know. I don’t see the future just patterns. Next card.”

I put down the Ace of Spades. “Whose coming for him?”

Twilla put down a Ace of Diamonds. “He’s looking to trade up. He had a lot distractions for his rival.” Shee said softly. “He’s calling you in a bit.”

I put down the King of Hearts. “The man after Heart already attacked him twice. The day Momma died and making his woman leave. What diamond is he?”

Twilla smiled. “You get the pattern.” She said and put down the King of Diamonds.

“Shit.” I said. “Their all from the same family. Wait.” I said and put down the Joker. “Whoses left?”

Twilla put down the second Joker on the bed. She leaned back shuffling the rest of the cards in her hand. “Hmm. I have no idea what the fuck this person is. Becareful. I think this person is insane.”

Damn. I looked at her as she played with the cards. “The Deltas. What can you tell me about them?”

Twilla frowned and then put four cards down before setting the cards down. She laid a card below two cards and set two cards to the side.

I pointed at the two cards. “Who are these?”

Twilla smiled. “Vince and his lady.” She said.

I turned them over. It was A king and Queen of Spades. “I didn’t know Vince was married.”

Twilla giggled. “Neither does he, yet. No. I’m not seeing the future. He’s betrothed.”

I snorted and turned over the other cards and froze. The regular Ace of Spades and the King of Spades. Hmm. “So Vince isn’t the strongest of the family? It’s his brother Pete?”

Twilla shrugged. “Try not to think of it in terms of strongest. What is different about their cards and yours. What do you notice?” She asked.

I noticed it quickly. “The Deltas are of the same suit. They’re high rated and their united. What does that say about my brothers and I? There’s nothing the same about me and my brothers. How the fuck are we going to win?

Twilla stared at me. She turned over my cards. The sword and cross symbol was on the back of them. I frowned. I took the other cards they were all ordinary red back designs.

I whistled. “Shit. It’s scary how you do that girl. You coming back to my place.”

Twilla grinned. “You mean your room at your Momma’s house.”

I shrugged. “Yeah. So your staying with me?”

“I’m staying with you. Answer your phone.”

I frowned and then it rang on the nightstand to my right. I rolled my eyes at her as I picked it up.

Warm regards

Guardiandogg

Four swords of Katie Holmes Chapter 16 Ace

I watched Xenia dress Heart in his old Pj’s. There was a moment. “Why did you leave like that?” I asked her pointedly.

Xenia stiffened at the tone of my voice. She stared at Heart’s face as she pet his face. “I lost my mind. I couldn’t think straight. I don’t know. Tracy said something that reminded me that I was supposed to take Momma out that day. I felt like shit and-“

“Who the fuck is Tracy?” I asked.

Xenia frowned. “Joe’s newest girl. He was with her when Zadok called the house about Heart and….and about what happened.”

I frowned and glanced at Stacy at the open door way. She frowned reading my thoughts. I nodded to Xenia. Stacy nodded coming in the room and giving me a kiss before she sat with Xenia.

Xenia looked at Stacy and then her ring hand and turned her gaze to Heart. I left the room to hunt up for Joe. I had words to have with him and I needed to know who and where I could find this Tracy. I had a hunch.

I spotted Joe talking with a cute shorty dressed in a black dress standing outside. Rita was standing behind him angled away from the girl. I studied the girl. She seemed normal enough but something about her put me off. I got out my phone and snapped two photos of her and put my phone away. I walked out.

The girl spotted me. Giving me a look before fixing her face into a cute innocent smile. She had purple lipstick and matching contact lenses. Hmm. Yeah. I would have to move quick and isolate her.

I looked at Joe. He was studying me. I smiled to put him at ease. “So whose your friend, fam. Introduce me.” I said adding charm and light hearted ease into my tone.

Joe blinked. “Oh. This my friend, Tracy Angles. Tracy this is my bro Ace Holmes.”

“Oh I’m your friend now? Who is this girl then-:

“-my tribe. Don’t start the bullshit Tra. I told you already. Relax.”

“Relax?! I ain’t believing your bullshit. Your fucking this girl. I ain’t-“

“You need to leave. Now.” I said feeling tension and rage at the sound of her voice and energy. Yeah. I would have to deal with her tonight.

She turned to me hitting me with something a combination of exotic and rage. My symbol burned against my chest. I was able to keep my cool and think. Even though I had a massive hard on in my pants.

I grabbed her shoulders turned her around and gave her slap on the ass to give her a running start out of my presense. I waited until she was out of sight before I turned to Joe. He was more surprised then anger at me handle the girl. Good.

“I don’t like her and I want to deal with her type around the family right with Heart sick and the court case coming up. Dump her. You get me?”

Joe nodded. “Yeah. I was getting tired of her lately. I’ll keep her away from the family.” He said and turned to the house taking Rita’s hand and leading the way inside.

I followed him inside sending the photos to Zadok and Vince Detla.

-on it. – Vince

– I got you. – Zadok

I would update Diamond in a few when I got more information.

Warm regards

Guardiandogg

The chronicler’s notes on Lord Shade’s rise

June 9th, 1865
The 2nd age, Edo’s dawn

What is the essence of the man? No. That sounds stupid. My father said it best in this fashion.

“If I had one fault regarding Styx is the man being to damn clingy with the few friends he has and to damn steam cycle mad.” – Lord Ethan Skylark, May 6th, 1863.

My father meant of course that Lord Shade didn’t engage in the sport of wrenching and gambling as a past time as my father had occasion to do.

Lord Shade has always been a man of proticular tastes. Sense his youth he prefers beer, horses and stream cycle racing. Most importantly he has always preferred the company of a select few chosen intimates of a small circle. The exclusion of whores being his chief concern. Not from a moralistic point of view but a more practical sense. Lord Shade has little trust for people outside his circle.

Lady Shade said it as follows..
“Styx has never encountered a whore that hasn’t tried to remove his natural endowment or been a chief element in him almost losing his life.”

Now…We come to a brief account from Lord Ethan Skylark on meeting, trainning and the first cases my father and Lord Shade went on. I will tell their tales leaving no detail out as I have seen it but for certain events of private information of clients still in Lord Shade’s books.


Now. Their meeting began some eighteen years ago in a private club of Lords at the tail end of a poker game my father was losing….on purpose.

To be continued…

Warm regards

Guardiandogg

four swords of Katie Holmes Chapter 15 Joe

We rolled out the van as the Amazon bitch picked up Heart and carried him to the house. Ace got in her way first.

“What the fuck are you doing?” Ace said.

“He’s need to sleep asshole. He’s been up for almost seventy-two hours straight and his body has been cursed. He needs to sleep for at least twelve hours, now open the fucking door.” She said shoving past him.

Ace cursed and hurried to open the door while the bitch carried him inside. What the fuck was this? The bitch carried Heart open stairs to his room and placed him on his bed. She took off her suit jacket and started undressing Heart’s body.

“He slept when Ace came and then he just had nap when we gave him the refined water. Your-“

The bitch just waved her hand at me. “Shut the fuck up. I don’t want to hear it. You should have gotten him to wash up and change his clothes. He hasn’t been asleep for more then twelve hours straight. Taking a nap here and there isn’t enough. He still needs to heal and rest his mind.” She said and paused to look at me.

“I couldn’t handle it. It was Momma’s birthday and I forgot to take her out like I promised and all I could do is cry. We don’t even have a fucking body to bury. Your a tough asshole. Nothing can shake you. I’ll grant you that. I’m a woman. I’m sorry I failed your big dick test.”

“Fuck you bitch. I didn’t tell you to leave. He needed you. You left us when it counted. Fuck you and get the hell out.” I said barking at her.

The bitch grimanced but shook her head. “I’m not going anywhere. It will take time to find out what curse whoever put on him and then I have to see if they feed him poison as well. I’m staying. So get the fuck over yourself. I’m his wife. I have to take care of him. I fucked up either forgive me or accept I’m not going anywhere. I need a basin, sponge and hot water to clean him up. I left my medic bag in my car. I need it.” She said and turned away from us to undressing Heart in bed.

Ace turned to me. “Go get her bag. She’s staying.”

“What?”

Ace stared at me. “Heart needs medical and spiritual help. If she’s going to stay here and help in that I don’t care for what reason. We’ll use her for that alone and nothing more.” He said and turned to Xenia. “You proved that aren’t strong enough to be in this family. I ain’t forgiving shit. You want to stay and take care of your husband that’s what you’re supposed to do. It isn’t the same anymore with us. Don’t involve yourself or opinion in my family business and I don’t want to hear that opinion coming from Heart’s lips. You following me?”

Xenia nodded. “I’ll keep out of your way. I just want to take care of my husband.” She said.

Diamond sighed and walked out. I followed him. “Diamond. Bro. We can’t-“

“Go get her medical bag from the damn car. I’m going to go see a friend.” He said heading out the door. I followed him out to the car.

“Your going to get some ass. We need to talk Ace into getting this bitch out here.”

Diamond ignored me and went to the car opened the passenger door and got her bulky black bag. He shoved it into my arms. “It’s done. Fuck your feelings on it. Xenia is a doctor and 4th degree Cleric. Heart needs the medical treatment. It will save us time and money to let her stay and help him. He’s in a bad way right now. Let your feelings about go and think. Take her the bag and watch her. I’m going to see my friend. I’ll be back later tonight.” He said walked away.

“Hurry up with my bag.” Xena called from inside the house.”

Damn.

Warm regards

Guardiandogg

Four swords of Katie Holmes Chapter 14 Heart

Diamond’s words hit hard. I was regretful for all I had said to the Deltas and knew I would have to apologize to him later. I looked at the front of the house to see.

Xenia’s Ruby Red BMW 2018 X1 in the parking lot of the house. Holy shit.

“Who the fuck car is parked at the godsdamn house?” Ace asked.

“Fucking bitch. What the fuck is it doing here?” Joe said from the back seat. “What the fuck is she doing back? She ain’t staying. She left. I told that bitch she stays gone.” Joe said pointly.

Ace looked back at me. “You want me to handle her.”

“No. She’s my wife.. and I got to tell Xenia that we’re getting a divorce.” I said.

Ace sighed. But, he said nothing. He didn’t look confident in at all. I looked around to similar experiences on my brothers faces. “I’ll tell her to leave.”

The van stopped at the curb. I opened the side door and got out. The front door opened and Xena came out. She walked out dressed in a expensive white suit that hugged her tall cuvry 6’2 body. Her face was strikingly beautiful as always. her platinum blond hair was flowed down her shoulders and back.. She had a openly gentle expression on her face which let me know she was far from calm or relaxed.

My head hurt. Ace tapped my arm. I looked back to see him holding a silver flask to me. “It’ll help for your headaches.” He said reading my mind.

I took it opened the cap and downed it. I felt better at cool taste of the refined water. I offered back to him. Ace shook his head. “No. It’s yours. Al will fill you up with a batch when you need it.”

“You look like shit. When did you start drinking?” Xenia said.

I looked up to see her a few feet away from me now. I had to look up at her. “It’s medicine. What are you doing here. You said you were going back to Florida to visit your parents. What happened?” I said and put the flask away in my suit jacket.

Xenia frowned glancing at the van and my family all watching us. “Can we talk alone?”

“No. Here’s good. Listen. This isn’t going to work out between us. Listen to me first, please.” I said seeing her about to get into it. She closed her mouth. “I got a lot to deal with right now. I got to manage my Momma’s estate and a shit ton work and tribal duties now. I don’t think your up for any of that so. Let’s get a divorce okay. You can have the condo and whatever is in our joint account and go our separate ways.” I said staring at her.

Xenia stared at me. “I thought your family didn’t believe in divorce? Your mother was against the notion as well as I recall.”

I shook my head. “She’s gone and you’ve proven that-“

“I want to talk privately.” Xenia insisted now. “I already know how your brothers feel about me. I can’t change that. I’m a female. I’m sorry I’m not a strong man as they are or a strong a woman as your mother.”

I frowned at her and closed the door to the van. I waved her over to side and started walking. We got far enough away I turned to her. “What’s your game? I know your up to something.” I asked taking out the flask opening it and taking a shot.

She grabbed it and sniffed the inside and froze. “This is sweet water with a hint of sage. Did Big Al ask Edo’s blessing on it? It won’t last. Al isn’t a doctor or a cleric. He still would have missed an element in the mixture.” She said.

I took the flask back and closed it putting it away. She studied me closely now. I shook my head. “Stop doing that. What happened? I wasn’t expecting you to come back. Did your father say something to you? Did the hospital call you back?”

Xenia studied me. I felt her eyes taking me in as a patient. I shook my head. “Stop it. I’m fine.” I said knowing it was lie now.

“No your not.” She said calmly. “I talked to my Dad. I told him what happened. He started asking questions. Questions I couldn’t answer, about you, about the effects of what you saw were having on your mind and did I have you checked out for curses and poison.” She said stared at me. “You’ve been cursed. Haven’t you?”

I smiled. “Arnold is a brilliant man but he’s a even better tribesmen. Thanks for coming back to check on me. But, I meant what I said. We’re getting a divorce.” I said.

Xenia stared at me. “I’m not going anywhere. How long have you been awake? Heart. Your wearing the same clothes you had on sense that night. You haven’t even shaved or washed your ass. This is more then morning. You’ve been cursed and possibly poisoned.”

I glared at her. “Alright. I’ll just wash up and get a check up at the hospital tomorrow morning. You need to leave. This isn’t your-“

Xenia’s eyes lite with that magical light. She reached for me before I realized what she was doing. “Sleep

I feel into darkness and knew nothing.

Warm regards

Guardiandogg