Family Ties - (Book 3 of the Marvelous 3 Saga)

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38 - Yours, Mine... Ours

“Rhea, just where the heck are we going?” Kiara asked, looking out the window. “And where’s Leo? Alexander? We forgot like the whole crew.”

Rhea rolled her eyes as she focused on the road. “The guys will meet us there, Kiara. Be patient. Dang.”

“I feel like you haven’t stopped bouncing since we got in the car,” Ava giggled. She played with Nikolai who was sitting on her lap in the backseat.

“She’s making me dizzy,” Marshala chuckled. She readjusted the strap of her silky white dress.

“Sorry, I’ll try to calm down,” Kiara smirked. They pulled up to the outside of a large garden area where the men were casually talking as they waited.

“You guys look so fancy,” Marshala teased as Elijah helped her out of the car. She eyed the men wearing pristine tuxedos. Elijah and Nick wore black tuxes with silk bow ties while Alexander and Leo wore blue tuxedos with thin ties.

“Yea, seriously. I don’t think my acceptance into the program is that big of a deal,” Kiara snickered as Alexander pulled her into his arms.

“Of course it is,” Alexander smirked, kissing the corner of her mouth. “You look so stunning, iubita mea.”

“Holy fucking shit, Angel,” Leo said as his mouth parted in awe. His eyes quickly scanned her body, admiring the sheer white dress that clung deliciously to her form. “Goddamn...”

“Ah jeez, guys, stop!” Kiara blushed embarrassed. “I’ve never been to this place before.” She looked around at the tall building taking up half the sidewalk. “Where are we? Are we having dinner inside or something?”

“Something like that,” Leo said, taking her hand. “But first, let’s go for a walk.” Kiara smiled as she linked arms with Alexander and Leo and they walked her away.

“Where are they going?” Marshala asked, watching the three of them walk away.

“Let’s let them enjoy their time together for the moment,” Nick said, taking Nikolai from her arms. He gave his son a kiss on the cheek before handing him over to Ava.

“Mind if we talk?” Elijah asked, holding out his hand.

Marshala looked at the two of them suspiciously. “...okay?”

~*~

“We’re sorry that we haven’t been very present the past few days,” Nick said, walking alongside Marshala.

“It’s fine,” she said. “I know you guys have been busy. Ever since Kiara broke the curse, things have been... tense to say the least.”

“But we’re handling it,” Elijah said, walking on her other side. “It’s important that we create a world that is safe for you, Kiara... for Nikolai.”

Marshala smiled as she looked down at the ground, following her footsteps. “I appreciate all that you guys have done to maintain the peace.”

“We didn’t do nearly as much as you, Shal,” Nick said. “You were the glue that held this all together. You took on a burden that neither of us had to share. You were the peacemaker. You had to deal with our stubbornness, our pride-”

“I’m still dealing with your stubbornness and pride,” Marshala teased. “Head vampire and Alpha wolf? I don’t think either attributes ever truly go away.”

Elijah chuckled amused. “No, I suppose they don’t... And by right, a relationship like this is unthinkable. It is in our nature to oppose each other. We will always face opposition from vampires, wolves, and witches alike.”

“I think Alexander, Leo, and Kiara deal with it pretty well,” Marshala said fondly.

“Because those boys are deeply in love with her,” Nick said. “They’d do anything for her. We could learn from them...”

Marshala smiled as she kept walking, not even realizing that Elijah and Nick had stopped a few feet behind her. “I’ve probably learned more from Kiara than she’s learned from m-” She stopped suddenly when she heard the beautiful sound of music drifting in the air. “Is this...” she said softly.

“Our song?” Elijah said in her ear from behind. She shivered slightly as she felt Elijah’s soft, cold hands gently caress her shoulders. “Remember our first dance?”

Marshala closed her eyes as a small smile came to her face. “We were in Montpellier.”

She felt someone grab her hand as another hand wrapped around her waist. She opened her eyes to see Elijah’s bright blue ones peering into hers as he held her close. “We danced for hours,” he smiled. He started to gently move her across the grassy ground.

“There were some breaks in-between,” she teased. Elijah grinned as he raised his arm. Marshala twirled until she spun into Nick’s arms. He had a mischievous grin on his face as he completely enveloped her in his embrace. “You don’t dance,” Marshala giggled.

“Elijah taught me a thing or two,” Nick grinned as he swayed with her to the music.

“He taught you?” Marshala asked, surprised. “A vampire teaching a wolf how to dance? Now I’ve heard everything!”

“You see what you make us do?” Elijah whispered in her ear from behind as she felt his hands on her hips. “The strange and unusual.”

She looked at a grinning Nick confused as he spun her around until she was facing Elijah. Elijah pressed his lips against hers, kissing her tenderly. He planted soft sensual kisses across her jawline and down her neck. Marshala’s head fell back against Nick’s shoulder. His beard tickled her cheek from his fleeting kisses against the side of her face. She felt Elijah take her hand in his, kissing each finger until she felt something hard slip down one digit.

She opened her eyes and saw a bright sapphire and diamond ring on her finger. Marshala looked at the ring confused before she looked into Elijah’s anxious blue eyes.

“Let’s try this again... the right way, shall we?” Elijah smiled.

“The... right way?” Marshala asked.

“We’re officially making you ours, Shal,” Nick said in her ear before he turned her around. Her eyes widened in surprise at the beautiful sight before her.

~*~

Leo watched as Kiara ran in front of them, spinning in a tornado of leaves that exploded into hundreds of flowers. “Someone’s excited,” Leo smirked.

“I literally don’t even know how to calm down! I went from 0 to 100 so quickly and never came back down!” Kiara laughed as she covered her face. “I’m sorry!”

“Don’t be sorry. You deserve this,” Alexander smiled.

“I’m not gonna lie... you guys look really good in those suits,” Kiara said, biting her lip as she eyed them up and down.

“Keep looking at us like that, and we might not make it back to the venue,” Leo grinned as he reached for her.

“Excuse you, Leo, but this dress is very delicate. You and Alexander have a bad streak of ripping my clothes,” she said, shaking her head. “No mas.”

“Come on, Angel. You can’t wear a dress like that and expect us not to touch,” Leo groaned. He reached for her again, but she quickly moved out of his reach.

“I kinda like having all this power over the terrifying vampire and the big bad wolf,” she teased. She backed up until she bumped into something behind her.

“You should know by now what your teasing does to us,” Alexander said, wrapping his arms around her waist. He held her tight. “Your provocation will be your downfall, iubita mea... You’ll never escape us,” he grinned.

Alexander abruptly stumbled backward from the strong wind that Kiara conjured. He looked up to see a devious grin on her face. “Sounds like a challenge,” she smirked. “Wanna fight?”

“Kiara,” Alexander started before she blew him back again.

“Ah, kitten wants to play,” Leo smirked as he charged at her. Kiara laughed as she ducked and ran past him.

“You do realize we have super speed, right?” she heard Alexander shout after her.

“Don’t be a cheater! Give me a head start!” she yelled back as she kept running. She turned around, only to bump into Alexander. She stumbled to the ground as Leo broke her fall, and they both landed in a large pile of leaves. She laughed hysterically as she tried to crawl out of Leo’s grasp.

“You play too much, Angel,” Leo snickered. He grabbed her waist and started tickling her.

“STOP! Okay, wait! I give!” she laughed. “What happened to my head start?!”

“That was a head start,” Alexander grinned as he crouched down in front of her. He leaned in to kiss her when she grabbed the lapel of his jacket and pulled him down into the pile of leaves. Alexander couldn’t remember the last time he laughed this much. He looked down at his beautiful dark-skinned lover. A bright smile sat on her face that warmed his entire body. He gently caressed her cheek before he lowered his head for his lips to caress hers.

Kiara bit her lip and her chest heaved as she felt Alexander’s lips suck on the soft flesh of her neck. He palmed her breasts, while Leo’s hand descended to the slit in her dress, touching her bare thigh. Alexander kissed the corner of her mouth before his tongue worked its way between her parted lips.

She took quick breaths, feeling her excitement grow as Leo possessively grabbed her thigh. Meanwhile, Alexander started kissing down her chest until he reached her waist. Moaning, she ran her fingers through Alexander’s hair until he grabbed her hand and softly kissed each finger over and over.

“Angel.”

She glanced up at Leo who was looking down at her with heavy emotion in his light blue irises. “Do you love us?” Leo asked.

Kiara tilted her head to the side. “Of course I love you.” She shivered slightly from the erotic sensation of Leo caressing his mark along the back of her thigh. Alexander lifted her dress to gently kiss his mark on the side of her other thigh. “Are you guys okay?” she asked. “You feel...”

She looked down to see Alexander interlace his fingers with hers, and her eyes widened at the ruby-amber ring on her finger. “What is-” she started.

“Do you trust us?” Alexander asked, looking up at her so intently.

She swallowed hard as she looked from him to Leo to the ring on her finger.

“M… m-more than anything...” she choked out.

~*~

Kiara felt her heart beating fast as she followed Alexander and Leo down a narrow path as the sun set. “Relax, Angel...” she heard Leo say as he squeezed her hand comfortingly. Kiara felt all the breath leave her lungs as she took in the ethereal sight before her. The garden was heavily decorated with fireflies, dim lanterns, and white blossoms that created a path to a beautiful wedding arch at the front. She spotted several of her witch, vampire, and wolf friends and family gathered around.

“Is this like a surprise wedding or something?!” she asked frantically.

“It’s not really a wedding.” Rhea walked up to her and placed a flower crown on her head. “More like a... supernatural union.” Rhea pushed Kiara towards the front until she was standing next to Marshala.

“They tricked you into this too?!” Kiara whispered to her. Marshala chuckled as she set her eyes back on the two men, who had accomplished what she didn’t deem possible. She watched as Elijah and Nick spoke with a member of the Grand Coven and Giselle. She couldn’t imagine the work they must have put in to pull this off.

Kiara took in the details of the Grand Witch who had long flowing white hair and distinct wrinkles on her beautifully-aged caramel-colored face. She took a step back as the woman and Giselle approached her and Marshala. “Hello, Kiara,” the woman said. “My name is Aiya. I’ve heard a lot about you.”

“Good things I hope,” Kiara chuckled nervously.

Aiya gave her a comforting smile. “Our people do not recognize a union with vampires. Wolves, yes. But witches have been strictly forbidden from mating with vampires.” Kiara glanced at Alexander nervously who tried to give her a reassuring smile.

“However,” Aiya continued. “Your soul and blood bond, your attachment to the Blackbournes is pretty finite. We would never allow such a thing to occur, as vampires are typically manipulative creatures. It could have been easily used against you.”

“Oops?” Kiara cringed. “But they would never try-”

Aiya put a hand up. “‘Oops’ would be in order, except that Alexander and Elijah have done what no vampire has ever done before. They branded themselves.”

Marshala’s eyes widened in shock. “They what?!”

Kiara’s face contorted in confusion. “Branded?”

“Branding is an old practice that vampires used on witches to show ownership,” Giselle explained.

“It’s barbaric!” Marshala said, looking at Elijah and Nick. “Why would you even-!”

“It was their choice, Marshala,” Giselle said, cutting her off. “Don’t deny them that.” Marshala deeply exhaled as she quieted herself.

“Is it like a supernatural thing?” Kiara asked.

“It’s a message,” Aiya said. “Branding is a relinquishing of power. An ultimate form of submission. The Grand Coven has agreed to recognize this act, and thus your official union.” Kiara looked at Aiya surprised. Giselle walked up to her and wrapped a silk cloth around their wrists as several small lights formed around their hands. “This will be the only union to a vampire that our Grand Coven will ever recognize,” Aiya said. “The Blackbournes are an outlier.”

Ava glanced at Cole who was already looking right back at her. She immediately averted her eyes as she took a quick breath.

Aiya removed the silk cloth from around Kiara’s wrist. “The scars on their bodies will never heal, signifying that they will always belong to you.”

~

The night drastically shifted as festive music filled the air. The scent of delicious food lingered before the food filled the bellies of those who could eat. Kiara had not expected her night of celebration for acceptance into her clinical program to turn into a surprise celebration of her official union to Leo and Alexander.

For a moment, she was able to enjoy the ability to love and be loved by them in the presence of family and friends without fear of judgment, persecution, or ridicule.

When the night finally died down, Ava and Rhea practically had to fight Marshala to let them take care of Nikolai while she enjoyed her time with Nick and Elijah. As everyone else dispersed, each trio took their leave to an isolated bungalow on a secluded beach.

Kiara walked onto the soft beach and wiggled her toes in the white sand. She looked up and breathed out as she stared at the stars in the dark sky. “It’s so beautiful,” she smiled fondly.

“Yes, you are...”

She turned around to see Alexander standing behind her, his long black hair curtaining his chiseled face. He wore a pair of black linen pants and an open black shirt teasing a sliver of his finely sculpted pale chest. She saw a glimpse of the scar from the branding and pushed the flap of his shirt aside to get a better view.

The scar was long and red and spread out like a spider’s web. It covered almost his entire left pectoral, the skin just barely singed together. She ran her fingers over the ridges of scar tissue as a frown came to her face. “It looks... painful...” she said.

“It was only for a moment...” Alexander wrapped a hand around her waist and pulled her body flushed against his. “It was worth it...”

“You didn’t have to do this, you know,” she said, still frowning. She felt as if she had caused him the pain.

“Kiara...” Alexander placed his finger underneath her chin and tilted her head to meet his bright blue gaze. “I would do anything for you... anything.”

Smiling warmly, she stood on her toes to kiss him before she felt her body get snatched away. She squealed as Leo quickly ran up on her and picked her up, hauling her into the air. “LEO!” she screamed.

“Damn, Angel. You look so fucking hot in this swimsuit,” he snickered. He held her waist over his shoulder and walked down the beach. “Mind if I take it off of you?”

“No, Leo!” Kiara protested. “Put me down!” Alexander shook his head with a chuckle as he followed after them.

“Sure, Angel. I’ll put you down,” Leo teased as he started to walk into the water.

“Leo-” Kiara screamed before she was tossed in. Leo laughed hysterically before his eyes widened at a huge wave. It rose high above him and splashed him, knocking him back. Kiara pointed and laughed with exaggeration.

“Oh, you think that’s funny?” Leo smirked as he started swimming after her. Kiara squealed, trying to get away from him. But Alexander swooped her up in his arms and wrapped her legs around his waist.

“Who’s side are you on, Alexander?!” she said, poking him.

“I’m Switzerland,” Alexander teased as he walked her further out into the water towards Leo.

“Can all vampires swim?” she asked as he carried her.

“Well, we don’t necessarily need to breathe so... yes?” he said with a quirked brow.

“Oh, is that why you nearly suck the life out of me when we kiss?” she teased.

Alexander grinned. “I rather see it as you breathing life into me...”

“Damn...” she murmured. Her eyes shifted from his deep blue irises to his lips that were already pushing against hers. His tongue flicked against her lips, demanding entrance.

“Don’t tease me, Kiara. Let me in,” he whispered against her lips as he massaged her backside within his grasp. Kiara parted her lips and Alexander’s tongue quickly sought out her own. He moved her arms to his shoulders before Leo pressed up against her back.

“This looks fun,” Leo grinned as he lowered his lips to her back shoulder. His hand slipped inside the back of her bottom swimsuit as he ran his finger between her cheeks. “But this swimsuit is still on and in the way...” Her swimsuit bottom was tugged down slightly before Alexander cupped her essence and rubbed sensual circles against her clit.

“Leo...” she moaned as she felt his finger gently probe her rosette. Her head fell back against his shoulder as his other hand reached around to grab a handful of her breasts.

“Yes, Angel...” Leo whispered in her ear. “You like that, baby?”

Kiara involuntarily clenched as she felt Alexander and Leo both push their fingers inside her. She whimpered, biting down on her lip as she squirmed between them. The water sloshed around them from her movements.

“Of course she does,” Alexander smirked as he ran his tongue along her clavicle.

Kiara’s legs tightened around Alexander’s waist as she turned her head into the crook of Leo’s neck. “Oh god, please!” she panted as they both continued to finger fuck her.

“Please ‘what’ baby?” Leo snickered as he kissed her nose.

“You guys are killing me!” she panted.

“We would never,” Alexander teased. He curved his finger upward and pressed his thumb firmly against her clit.

“Oh fuck!” she squealed as her whole body shook from the intense orgasm that took her by surprise.

“‘Oh fuck’ is right...” Leo groaned. He slowly pulled his finger out of her and pressed his erection against her ass. He looked up and met Alexander’s gaze. “Think we should take this inside.”

“You read my mind,” Alexander grinned.

~

“Your brothers are being nasty again,” Marshala smirked. She lay back against the beach chair staring out over the water that reflected the starry night sky. She took a sip from her glass of wine as she watched the three of them disappear behind a wave.

“I don’t see Kiara protesting,” Nick said, sitting next to her. His hand rubbed up against her thigh.

Marshala shook her head. “Not like they give her a chance to.”

“I’m sure they’re gentle with her. They mesh well with each other,” Elijah said, taking her hand. He kissed the back of it tenderly. “No need to worry, mon coeur.”

Marshala eyed the scar on Nick’s chest just barely hidden beneath his V-neck shirt. “I really wish you guys hadn’t done that,” she frowned. “It wasn’t necessary. I’ve always been yours.”

“You know it, and we know it,” Nick said, kissing her shoulder. “The world needs to know too.”

“Ego and pride,” Marshala grinned. She felt both of their lips start to scour her skin. “It will be your downfall one of these days,” she teased.

“Downfall implies weakness,” Elijah mused. He pulled the strap of her top down until her dark nipple popped out. “The only weakness we have is our desire for you...”

“And yet, neither of you ever listen to me,” she sighed as she felt her body temperature heat up from their touch. She saw Nick crouch down at her feet.

“We’re listening to you now, Shal,” Nick said, kissing her thigh. His fingers slipped beneath her clothes. “And it sounds like you’re asking to be fucked.”

Marshala went to retort when she felt Nick run his tongue over her mound through the small cloth hiding her heaven. She shivered as Elijah firmly gripped her waist. His lips teased her hardened bud before taking it between his teeth and biting softly.

“Elijah,” she winced from the soreness she felt from breastfeeding.

“Apologies, mon coeur,” he said, rubbing his lips against her swollen nipple. “I’ll be more gentle.” She instinctively grasped the back of Elijah’s head as he ran his tongue around her areola. Her body moved in sync to the feeling they brought out of her.

“We’re not doing this outside,” she moaned out. She gripped Nick by the curls on his head as he moved between her legs.

“You’re gonna make us wait, Shal?” Nick muttered, pulling at her clothes with his teeth. “You know we have no patience.” She quickly crawled backward away from them. They both stared up at her longingly as she stood to her feet and turned her back on them. “Shal...” Nick groaned in frustration.

“Mon coeur, don’t make us beg,” Elijah sighed.

Marshala glanced over her shoulder and rolled her eyes with a smirk. “Fine... If you really want-”

But before she could finish, Elijah appeared in front of her in seconds. He picked her up in his arms before heading inside.

~

Nick could feel Marshala trembling in his grasp, as he kissed her ferociously. His two fingers teased the bundle of nerves that made her body quake with pleasure.

Marshala felt off-balance. She was grateful for Elijah’s grip on her hips from behind to keep her steady. The shower was certainly not her first choice to make love. But neither Elijah nor Nick had given her a moment to weigh in before they had stripped her of all her clothes and whisked her into the large marble bathroom.

She panted erratically as Nick picked up the pace, his fingers motioning with a come-hither gesture as if pulling her climax from her. She winced in erotic agony as Elijah’s fangs punctured the soft spot of her shoulder. His erection seemed to grow bigger against her cheeks with each drink he took from her.

“Nicholas!” she gasped. She pressed her hands against the walls to her side to steady herself.

“You’re almost there, baby,” Nick said as he bit down on her plump bottom lip. “Come for us, Shal. We wanna hear you moan.”

Marshala struggled to catch her breath. Nick wrapped a hand around her thigh and lifted her leg to his waist to give him a better angle as his fingers pumped furiously inside of her. She leaned back against Elijah’s chest as he wrapped his arms around her from behind, gently massaging her large, swollen breasts within his palms.

“Oh, mon coeur... the way you tremble...” Elijah moaned against her ear. He licked the blood away from his puncture wounds. Marshala no longer had control of her body as she violently shook between them from the intensity of her climax.

“That’s it, baby,” Nick grinned as he deepened his stroke. The sound of her juices mixed with the water of the shower reverberated between the marble walls. She tried to catch her breath as Nick placed her leg back down. She saw his hand gravitate towards his member as he started stroking his hard-on.

“Nicholas,” Marshala panicked. “Unless you have protection, I’m not ready for you to put another baby in me.” Nick couldn’t help but laugh. He shared a knowing look with Elijah before giving her a mischievous grin and grabbing her waist. “Nicho-” she started before he spun her around to face Elijah.

Elijah licked the remaining blood from his lips as his fingers found their way between her thighs. He stroked her softly and watched as her eyes closed. “Perfect...” he said, running his fingers over her swollen lips. Marshala opened her eyes when she felt the tip of his head touch her opening.

“Let’s take precaution then, shall we?” Elijah smiled charmingly before he plunged himself balls deep inside her just as Nick took her from behind.

~*~

Alexander wavered between chuckling amused and warning Leo to be careful as he watched the wolf carry their infuriated mate like a caveman into their private room. He wasn’t even sure why Kiara continued to protest as Leo consistently ignored her cries.

“Leo!” she growled as she slapped his bare back. “You are such an animal!”

“Yea, but you love it,” Leo grinned as he kicked the door open. “All this fight in you is just turning me on, Angel.” He peeled down the back of her swimsuit bottom and firmly massaged her ass as she writhed over his shoulder. “God, I can’t wait to fuck you,” he groaned as he kissed her thigh.

Kiara immediately shivered as she felt herself coming from that simple touch alone. “Oh fuck, Angel. Did you just come, baby?” Leo asked as he placed her on the bed.

Kiara panted, still trying to recover from her orgasm as Alexander crawled on the bed between her legs. “Goddamn, Kiara,” Alexander groaned. He pressed his nose against her core that was soaking wet through her swimsuit bottom. He inhaled deeply, feeling her clit against his nose through the cloth that blocked him from what he craved. “Your arousal is so intoxicating. I need to taste you...”

Kiara tried to scoot back, but Alexander was quicker. He grabbed her hips and pulled her down to him as he started peeling her swimsuit bottom off of her. “Alexand-oh fuck fuck fuck!” she gasped as his tongue plunged deep inside her cunt. She could feel the vibration of his moans as he ate her out like he hadn’t eaten in weeks. His tongue worked the crevices of her folds as his lips massaged her sensitive bud with fast, sensual motions.

“Alexander!” she squealed. She scrambled out from underneath him and situated herself between Leo’s legs as she leaned back against his chest. Resting on his forearms, Alexander sighed as he licked her essence from his lips and wiped his facial hair. He looked up at her with inquiring blue eyes.

“Was it really too much?” he asked with a tinge of disappointment. “I can slow down...”

“No, you can’t,” Leo grinned as he held her against him.

“Shut up,” Alexander snapped.

“I just... I got something for both of you that I wanted to share before we reach the point of no return,” she said, scooting off the bed. She went to grab her swimsuit bottom from Alexander, but he teasingly pulled it back from her. “Alexander,” she whined.

“You don’t need clothes on to show us, do you?” Alexander grinned.

“I’m half-naked!” she muttered. She felt Leo pull the string of her top until that was stripped from her too.

“Now you’re fully naked,” Leo teased. “So, what did you want to show us?”

“Guys...” she groaned, covering her chest.

“Kiara, there’s not a single spot on your body that we haven’t seen or touched,” Alexander said. He took off his shirt and handed it to her.

“Or licked or sucked,” Leo teased as he helped her slip the shirt on.

Kiara shook her head and pointed to the bed. “Sit.”

Leo rolled his eyes as he sat down against the headboard a few feet away from Alexander perched at the edge of the bed. They both watched her as she scoured her bag until she pulled out two items. She handed one to each of them and watched as they unwrapped their gifts.

“Shit, Angel! These are incredible! You didn’t have to get me these,” Leo beamed. He eyed the finely stitched boxing gloves with ’Leo Volkov the G.O.A.T.’ labeled on it.

Kiara smiled as she watched him try them on. “I really appreciated our boxing sessions together, Leo. It gave us time to bond and helped me de-stress from studying so much. And after you told me about how you used to train your friend Tyler to help him cope with his trauma, I felt inspired. Figured it might be fun if you and I went toe-to-toe more often. Could learn a few things from you.”

“Only if you promise to go easy on me,” Leo winked.

Kiara chuckled. She glanced at Alexander and immediately lost her smile when she saw the look on his face. His blue eyes had darkened severely as his fingers traced the wooden paint brushes with his name finely carved into it. “You don’t like it?” she asked apprehensively. “I thought-”

“No, it’s not that,” Alexander said quickly as he cleared the emotion from his throat. “I... I’ve never received a gift before... from anyone... ever.” Kiara didn’t know whether to smile or frown. She glanced at Leo who seemed to share the same sentiment she did. “This was... this was really sweet, Kiara...” Alexander said, swallowing hard.

“I just wanted to show you guys how grateful I am to have you in my life... I love you both so much,” she said softly.

Alexander looked up at her as he placed the paintbrushes on the ground. “Come here,” he said, motioning her over. Kiara walked up to him as he grabbed her hand and pulled her towards him so she stood between his legs. She ran her fingers through his long hair as he gripped her waist and kissed her stomach. She shivered slightly as he ran his hand over the back of her thigh, touching Leo’s mark.

“Are you ours, Kiara...” Alexander groaned. He rubbed his lips over her wet ones, still damp from his earlier attack. Her mind went completely blank as his tongue ran over her lips fleetingly.

“He asked you a question, Angel...” Kiara opened her eyes to see Leo watching her with an amused look on his face.

“Y-yes, I’m yours.” She gripped Alexander’s shoulders as he pulled her thighs apart, making her lips spread before his tongue was invading her again. Kiara weakened at the knees, but Alexander managed to hold her up with one arm alone. As she felt her climax rising again, her thighs instinctively clenched together.

“Don’t. Let me taste you,” Alexander said, pulling her thighs apart again. “Let me taste what is mine.”

Kiara bit her lip as she panted. She nearly fell over and heard Leo chuckle. “And you thought I was intense,” he teased her.

Kiara sucked her teeth. But in seconds, Alexander wrapped his arm around her waist and pulled her down as he flipped her onto her back. His head never left its place between her legs as he tongued her down mercilessly. She squirmed underneath him, as his firm hand kept her in place.

“Alexander!” she squealed. He finally pulled back from her, his lips and chin soaked with her juices as he crawled up towards her and ensnared her in a passionate kiss. She tasted herself on his tongue as he nibbled on her lip.

“I’m addicted to you,” Alexander groaned into her neck. “I’m at your mercy, iubita mea.” Alexander felt an overwhelming hunger take over him and finally forced himself off of her. He looked down at her panting breathlessly and felt guilty for attacking her the way that he did.

“Don’t feel guilty. She loved it,” Leo grinned as if reading his mind. “You’re okay, right Angel?”

“Define okay,” she breathed heavily. Leo chuckled as he pulled her up next to him, letting her catch her breath. “I’m waiting for the day when you guys will let me take control,” Kiara pouted.

Leo grinned. “You can take control now, babe.”

“Do you promise?” she asked hesitantly.

“Of course,” Leo smiled as he kissed her chin. “We’re yours, Angel.” Kiara eyed Leo curiously before she gripped his large, hardened member in her grasp. “Well, shit, Angel,” Leo groaned.

Kiara maneuvered until she was straddling Leo’s lap as her hand stroked up and down his thick shaft. His precum was already pearling at the head. Leo’s head fell back against the headboard and his balls tightened as Kiara increased her pace, stroking him hard and fast.

“Angel,” he groaned. She lowered her head, taking him fully into her mouth. Her tongue swirled around his throbbing member as she slowly bobbed her head.

Alexander was painfully hard, watching Kiara suck Leo off. His hands clenched and released several times just to keep them from grabbing at her. He bit down on his lip and swallowed hard trying to control himself, but her bare backside high in the air was like an invitation for him to take her.

Leo gently grabbed the back of Kiara’s hair as he felt his release approaching. His eyes turned amber and before he knew it, he was coming hard into her mouth. He was beyond shocked when she licked up every last drop.

“...goddamn...” Leo groaned, watching her lick the corners of her mouth.

She crawled up towards him with a smirk on her face. “See how good I can make you feel when you let me have control?”

“Alright, smartass,” Leo grinned as he flicked his tongue against her lips. “But, you’ve got bigger problems to worry about.” Kiara looked at him confused before Leo pulled her down to lay flat on top of him. She gasped as he grabbed her hips and plunged himself deep inside her. “I think you’ve been patient enough,” Leo said, kissing her neck.

“Why would I-” she panted.

“I wasn’t talking to you, Angel,” Leo snickered.

Kiara felt Alexander palm her cheeks and spread them apart as he rubbed the tip of his head dripping with precum against her rosette. “I was about to explode,” Alexander groaned. Kiara squealed as Alexander thrust himself inside her, causing her entire body to jolt. They both made deep, agonizingly slow strokes as her body rubbed between them.

“Oh god!” she cried out. Kiara felt Leo grab her hips as Alexander held her waist and they both pile-drove into her. They flipped her on her side and Leo hiked her thigh up to his waist to give them both easier access.

“Mm, that’s it, baby,” Leo moaned as he thrust deep inside her.

“Let us know if it’s too much,” Alexander groaned as he bit down on her shoulder.

Kiara’s eyes turned jade green as she dragged her fingernails down Leo’s biceps. Her body trembled with pleasure between them. She panted desperately as their strokes matched in rhythm. Alexander licked the length of her neck as Leo leaned forward, sucking a hardened nipple into his mouth.

The windows rattled as items flew about the room. She could feel them both tensing up inside of her before she screamed out, meeting her climax just as they came deep inside of her. Kiara panted between them, trying to catch her breath as they both gently slid out of her. She felt Alexander’s lips soothingly kiss her shoulder while Leo’s face nuzzled into her hair.

“Guys, I’m tired,” she groaned. She turned on her stomach and nestled her face into the pillow.

Alexander chuckled. “Guess we did wear you out. Get some rest, iubita mea.”

“We’ll be here when you wake up,” Leo said, kissing her temple. Kiara was already snoring before Leo had finished his sentence. “Damn, she wasn’t kidding,” Leo snickered. He glanced over at Alexander who was staring down at Kiara and rubbing circles on the curve of her bare backside. “You alright?” Leo asked.

Alexander looked up at Leo and nodded with a smile. “I’ve... never felt happiness like this before. She’s really ours.”

“And she always will be,” Leo grinned as he thumbed her bottom lip.

~*~

“Here you are, darling.” Elijah handed Marshala a cup of tea.

“Why thank you,” Marshala grinned. She inhaled the aroma before sipping it. “For someone who can’t eat or drink human food, you sure know how to make a good cup of tea.”

Elijah shrugged with a smirk. “I am English after all.”

Marshala lay under the hooded roof on the porch of their private bungalow. Elijah settled down on the outside lounge couch next to her and pulled her onto his lap. His fingers lightly stroked the softness of her arm. “You smell heavenly...” he whispered in her ear. He took her hand in his and interlocked their fingers together.

Marshala smiled, admiring the contrast of his pale white fingers against her dark mocha skin. Her blue and sapphire diamond ring shined brightly. Her eyes switched to Nick’s ripped abs that flexed as he jumped down from the roof to grab a ball before landing on his feet.

“You see something you like, babe?” Nick grinned once he caught her gaze.

“Well, I see you, so... clearly,” she smirked.

Nick grinned as he leaned over, getting in her face. “Don’t tease me, Shal. It took Elijah a lot of convincing to get me to give you a break. I will not hesitate to drag your ass back in there and fuck you senseless,” he smirked. He pulled her bottom lip between his teeth before she had a chance to respond.

“Ew, get a room!” Kiara teased. Nick turned his head to see Leo, Kiara, and Alexander stepping outside from one of the doors.

“And you say we’re dirty,” Leo teased. He sat down next to Alexander on the couch on the opposite side of the porch. Kiara plopped down on Leo’s lap as Alexander stretched her legs across his thighs.

Elijah shook his head with an embarrassed grin. “Did you sleep well?”

“Yea, baby. Did you sleep well?” Leo teased as he caressed her thighs.

Kiara looked between Leo and Alexander sporting the same amused grin and pinched them both. “You both are so embarrassing!” she whispered. “Stop it!” They both burst into laughter as Alexander patted her leg.

“Sorry, Kiara. We’ll behave,” Alexander smiled sweetly.

“Yeah right,” she said, rolling her eyes. She shook her head in embarrassment, trying desperately to change the subject. “I’m actually really excited about this clinical program. My next step is to pick a disease to focus on before meeting with their board in Pennsylvania in the next few months.”

“In Pennsylvania?” Elijah asked, with a raised brow.

Suddenly Marshala frowned. “Oh shoot...”

Elijah looked at Marshala. “Is it what I think it is?”

“What?” Kiara asked.

“Kiara, what’s the program called again?” Nick asked.

“The National B-R Clinical Program,” Kiara said. “Why?”

“B-R?” Alexander asked. “As in Beaumont-Richardson?”

“Yea,” Kiara said. “Why what’s-...oh.... wow... I really failed to make that connection... my bad.”

Elijah groaned as he rubbed his forehead. “Does Ben know that both of your kin have claimed the same woman?” Nick asked.

“Yes, though he doesn’t seem to care,” Elijah sighed.

“I’m sorry, Elijah,” Kiara said quickly. “I didn’t-”

“No, no. Don’t apologize, Kiara,” Elijah said. “I am glad that you have found something to help you succeed in your passion.” Kiara smiled with gratitude.

“We’re all happy for you, Angel,” Leo said comfortingly. “Just one more thing to tie the loop now.”

~*~

The weeks that passed felt like mere days to Kiara as she spent her time packing her things from the Blackbourne manor. She was beyond excited to have a place of her own to live with her lovers.

“Do I really have to cover my eyes for this?!” Kiara whined as Leo covered her face with his hands.

“Yes! It’s a big deal, Angel!” Leo grinned at Alexander. Alexander smirked as he opened the door to the small quaint house just as Leo uncovered her eyes. She squealed as she ran inside.

“Remember, this is just temporary,” Alexander said, watching her run around like a maniac. “At least until Nick and Elijah finalize their plans.”

“Until then,” Kiara said, running up to them with a quirked brow. “It’s just us?”

“Just us...” Leo grinned.

~

Kiara didn’t know what was more challenging: figuring out which rare disease to focus her studies on for her Clinical Proposal meeting or living with a vampire and a wolf and all the little quirks that came with them.

Leo’s stomach was like a garbage disposal. The wolf had an appetite like nothing Kiara had ever seen before. Meals that she had hoped to last a week only lasted a day, and when Leo cooked himself it was something that literally only a wolf would eat. Meanwhile, Alexander struggled to find a decent meal and had to sneak to the pet store to buy a new rabbit when he accidentally ate their neighbor’s.

The boys were rarely home as duty called to manage the Volkov pack and discipline the unruly vampires of the town. But when they did come home, Kiara helped them to de-stress the best way she knew how:

“You have to hit the X button, Alexander!” Kiara groaned as she held the controller. “I’m on your side!”

“Are you? I thought this was an every man for himself kind of game,” Alexander chuckled.

“Angel’s just pissed cause this is the fourth game she’s lost. It’s alright, babe. We still love you even if you suck,” Leo teased.

“You know what? Y’all can sleep on the couch,” Kiara said. She threw her controller and stood to her feet.

“Oh fuck that!” Leo snickered. He quickly grabbed her and pulled her down onto his lap. “How can we teach Alexander the fun of mortal games if you can’t stop being a sore loser?”

“You’re really not making this any better,” she snapped at him.

“Don’t take it personally, iubita mea,” Alexander said, kissing her forehead. “I’m the oldest one here. It’s only natural I’m better,” he teased.

“EXCUSE YOU!” she growled as she tackled Alexander to the ground.

~

“I love you, Angel...”

Kiara looked up into Leo’s friendly blue gaze and closed her eyes as he kissed her softly. She leaned back against the wall, letting his body meld to her own as he pressed her up against the wall.

“You taste so good, baby...” Leo said as his tongue licked at her lips. Kiara leaned in, intensifying their kiss when she felt Leo’s grip on her wrist tighten. “So fucking good,” he murmured against her lips.

“Mm... ow... Leo. That’s a little tight,” she cringed. But his grip only tightened. “Leo, babe, ease up a bit.” His kiss only became more aggressive as he violently pushed her into the wall, causing her to hit the back of her head.

“Leo!” she said, shoving him backward. When she looked up at him, she saw his friendly baby blues had been replaced by sinister bright amber eyes. “Leo?” she said confused. “What are you-” she started. But he quickly grabbed her neck, slamming her back into the wall and lifted her off of her feet.

Kiara gurgled and her eyes bulged. She tried to breathe as Leo held her up by her neck, her feet dangling. She clawed at his arm to get him off.

Kill the witch,” Leo growled as he tightened his grasp. His nails nicked into her neck.

“L-Leo!” she choked out. She lifted her hands and conjured a wind that blew him backward halfway across the room.

She fell to the ground gasping for air when she saw Leo snarl and head for her again. She scrambled to her feet and ran through the kitchen before she bumped into Alexander. “Alexander! Oh thank God!” she breathed desperately as she hugged him tightly.

“Are you alright, Kiara?” Alexander asked, grabbing her waist.

“No,” she panted. “There’s something wrong with L-” Kiara’s eyes widened in shock as her body jolted in pain. She looked down to see Alexander’s hand shoved deep into her stomach. She looked up at him to see his blood-red eyes staring down at her as his fangs bared menacingly.

Kill the witch,” he snarled.

~

Kiara shot up in bed screaming at the top of her lungs as a vase exploded on the desk.

“Kiara? Kiara, wake up!” Alexander said, grabbing her shoulders. She looked at Alexander and screamed even louder as she tried to move away from him, bumping into Leo next to her.

“Angel, it’s just us! Calm down, baby!” Leo said, trying to shake her out of it. Kiara shivered with terror as tears streamed down her face. She hugged her knees to her chest as she sobbed uncontrollably. “Baby...” Leo tried to touch her, but she flinched. He pulled his hand back and glanced at Alexander who had the same look of concern on his face as they waited for her to stop crying.

“I’m sorry,” she said finally, trying to catch her breath. “I... I had a nightmare.”

“What kind of nightmare?” Alexander asked.

Kiara frantically shook her head. “Nothing. It’s stupid. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to wake you guys up and scare you like that.”

“It’s not stupid, Angel. Tell us what happened,” Leo insisted.

Kiara swallowed hard and looked up at the two of them with reddened eyes. “I... I had a nightmare that... you guys were... trying to kill me...” They both looked at her stunned.

“We would never!” Alexander said shocked.

“We’d die for you! We’d never hurt you!” Leo blurted.

“I know! I know! See, this is why I didn’t wanna tell you!” she said, covering her face.

Alexander sighed. “Okay, let’s... calm down. It’s probably just from the stress of everyone giving us a hard time about being together. And you’ve been stressed over your exams and this clinical program.”

“Right,” Leo nodded. “Just take it easy, Angel. Everything will be okay. You know that we’ll be here to protect you no matter what.”

“I know, guys...” she sighed. “Thanks...” Leo and Alexander exchanged concerned looks as she shifted on the bed between them to lay back down. “I’m better now,” she said. “Can you guys just hold me?”

“Of course, Angel,” Leo said, turning on his side. He tenderly caressed her hip. Alexander nuzzled the back of her head and lay a gentle kiss on her neck. They both lay with her, waiting until she drifted off to sleep again.

~*~

“They should be done with the house in a few more months,” Elijah said, looking out the window.

“The sooner the better,” Nick said, lying next to Marshala on the bed. He looked down at his little boy laying in the crook of his side.

“Papa, I’m hungry,” Nikolai whined.

“Of course you are,” Nick grinned as he picked him up.

“Can you get me something too?” Marshala asked. “I’m starving.”

“Anything in particular?” Nick asked.

“Like a steak... extra rare,” she said. Nick and Elijah both looked at her startled.

“Uh... sure?” Nick said, walking out of the bedroom.

Marshala sat up in bed as Elijah came to her side. “Are you alright, love?” he asked. “You seem... out of it...”

“I’m just starving,” she groaned. “Can you hear my stomach grumbling?”

Elijah chuckled as he put his ear to her stomach. “Oh yes, now I ca-” He stopped short as his eyes widened.

“Elijah?”

“I can hear a heartbeat.”

Marshala looked at him confused. “It’s probably mine, Elijah.”

“No, mon coeur. I know your heartbeat. There is a second one.”

Marshala’s eyes widened in shock. “You’re kidding me!”

~

Kiara sat on the edge of the tub next to Marshala who was rubbing her hands over her neck. She glanced at the pregnancy test on the sink. “Just a few more minutes,” Marshala said as if answering her unspoken question. “I can’t be pregnant again. I can’t.”

Kiara bit her bottom lip. “Nick sure doesn’t miss, does he,” she joked. Marshala looked at her unamused and Kiara stopped chuckling. “Sorry...”

Marshala grabbed the pregnancy test and groaned. “I can’t believe this...”

Kiara and Marshala exited the bathroom. Nikolai scrambled out of Leo’s arms and ran to Marshala who picked him up. “Am I gonna have a little sister?” Nikolai beamed at her.

“Or brother...” Marshala smirked.

“You’re not too mad at me, are you, Shal?” Nick grinned as he kissed her cheek.

“How can I?” she said, shaking her head. “Guess that explains my appetite.”

“And the family grows,” Elijah smiled.

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