They traveled by the thousands, leaving the cities of the humans behind. They followed Osef toward the mountains carrying with them all that they had to hold onto. They would all meet up in Caerfyrddin, and from there, travel together in search of Carningli. Ellyllfa had all but been abandoned. All that remained were Calypso, Aryian, Lilith and Bree.
Bree would not leave Ellyllfa without Cairn. So, Calypso stayed with her to wait for his return. Aryian was finished packing and transported all they need not carry with them to await their arrival in Caerfyrddin. He paced the halls anxiously wanting to have left days ago with the others. He marched down the stairs frustrated that they waited still on Cairn, with no promise that he intended to return other than the word he had given Bree.
Every morning Bree woke and made her way to sit on the front stairs, looking out over the city waiting. He was certain he would find her there again this morning. Calypso would more than likely be with her, sitting the silent vigil together. Aryian walked down the hall, passing the throne room with the intent to go straight to them and voice his opinion yet again.
Aryian nearly walked right into the woman as she appeared out of nowhere, holding a child in her arms. He reached out and caught her as she nearly collapsed to the floor. He let her down gently, taking the baby in his arms.
“Help me,” The woman whimpered with her last conscious breath.
Aryian stared at the baby in his arms and back to the unconscious woman on the floor. He had no idea where she had come from, or what to do with her. As he looked upon her he could feel that she was obviously human. The child he held in his arms gave off a strange vibe that sent chills down his spine. He couldn’t figure out why it did, but the boy seemed to respond to him as if it were a comfort being in his arms.
“Damn it straight to Uffern.” He cursed.
Aryian held the child with one arm and threw the unconscious woman over his shoulder with the other. He then continued on shouting down the hall for anyone that would listen. Bree came running. She had Lilith in her arm and a bottle in her hand. When she saw Aryian she too cursed, dropping the bottle and reaching out for the baby boy.
“What in the name of the father?” She asked as Aryian put the baby in her other arm.
“She came from nowhere.” He replied. “Let’s find her a place to rest and try to wake her for some answers.”
“Yeah, of course.” Bree replied nodding at the door to the old servant’s quarters.
Aryian pushed the door open with his foot and found the first room still equipped with the small mat for a bed. He hoisted the woman off his shoulder and lay down onto it before taking a step back. They looked her over noting that she was still soaked and bloodied from giving birth. It was no wonder the woman passed right out. Whatever had pushed her to transport to them had done so in enough of a hurry that it was a miracle she had made it at all.
“Calypso?” Aryian asked as he took Lilith from Bree’s arms.
“She went for a walk to try to see if she could connect with Cairn and find out where he was.” Bree explained.
“That’s just great,” He sighed. “You stay here with the woman and child. I’ll go find my wandering wife. If she wakes, see what you can get out of her.”
“I’ll do what I can.” Bree replied.
Aryian left Bree alone to watch and wait. She sat there staring at the baby in her arms for a long time trying to get some sort of intuition to brew from it. Not getting even one hint, she picked up the strange woman’s hand in her own. There was still nothing, as if there were some sort of wall in between her and the answers she sought out. So she did the next best thing, reaching out and slapping the woman awake.
Startled, the woman sat straight up. Her blonde hair flew in a tangled mess as she backed against the wall defensively. She saw the woman in front of her holding her son and snatched him away harshly.
“Give him back,” She howled as she wrapped her arms around the child.
“You’re welcome,” Bree replied harshly. “Now, who are you and what are you doing here? More importantly, how did you get here?”
“I don’t even know where here is.” The woman replied just as rudely.
“Well, why don’t you start with what you do know?” Bree replied.
“How do I know I can trust you?” The woman asked.
Bree sighed, “You’re here for a reason. Why don’t you tell me if you can trust me?”
“Verdin,” She whispered.
“Who is Verdin?” Bree asked.
“He is my mate. He teleported us here.” She replied. “We have to go back for him. She’s going to kill him.”
“Who is?” Bree said obviously frustrated and completely lost.
“Please, you have to help him!” The woman insisted.
“I’m not doing anything until I know what it is I’m doing. So speak woman.” Bree growled.
“That’s enough Bree.” Calypso stated appearing behind her.
“Sorry,” Bree stammered as she got to her feet.
“Can’t you see the poor woman is obviously shaken?” Calypso said reaching her hand down.
“Forgive her, we’re in a state of emergency right now and her mate is missing.” She explained. “My name is Calypso.”
“Lisee,” She replied taking Calypso’s hand.
“It’s nice to meet you Lisee.” Calypso replied. “There isn’t much left here but you can help yourself to whatever is.”
“Thank you,” Lisee sighed in relief.
“If you want, you can go upstairs and get yourself cleaned up. I can look after your son for you until then.” Calypso replied. “After you’re rested though, I would appreciate some insight as to your abrupt appearance.”
“I’m sorry it must seem like quite the intrusion. I’m sure my mate didn’t mean to interrupt whatever it is your people were trying to accomplish.” Lisee replied.
“It’s alright,” Calypso smiled warmly. “How did your mate get you to us?”
“I don’t know exactly, the language is strange to me. I only picked up a few words here and there. But, from what I could gather he was trying to shield us and get us away quickly to somewhere safe.” Lisee explained.
“Well, you are safe now. I promise you that much.” Calypso said helping Lisee to her feet. “Come with me, I will show you where you can get cleaned up at.”
“Thank you,” Lisee replied still clutching her son to her chest.
“Does he have a name?” Calypso asked as she led Lisee down the hall.
“I hadn’t thought,” Lisee replied.
“My daughter’s name is Lilith. Her father, Aryian you already met.” Calypso replied pointing to them as they followed closely behind.
“You’re the Lucifary’s.” She replied stunned.
“We are,” Calypso responded.
“Why would he send us here?” She asked herself out loud.
“Who?” Aryian asked politely.
“Verdin, my mate, and the father of my child.” She replied.
“I know that name from somewhere,” Aryian pondered aloud.
“Well, I’m sure he had his reasons.” Calypso smiled and held open the door. “You can use this guest room.”
“It’s a rather long story.” Lisee sighed.
“Well, you have more than enough time to tell us all about it.” Calypso said holding out her arms. “Until then, you can clean yourself up. Clothes are in the closet and the bathroom is through the door on the other side of the room.”
“Thank you,” Lisee replied as the tears welled up in her eyes.
Before the tears could overwhelm her, Lisee handed her son over to Calypso. She grabbed the first dress she put her hand on and disappeared through the bathroom door. Aryian looked at his wife with a mixture of confusion and concern. She shrugged, rocked the baby gently in her arms and took a seat on the edge of the bed. He sat down beside her as Bree appeared in the doorway.
“How did it go?” Bree asked leaning up against the door frame.
“He will be home by the end of the day.” Calypso smiled.
“What about her?” She asked pointing to the bathroom.
“Well, whatever it is, we will face it. The woman is scared and we will protect them.” Calypso replied.
“We don’t have time for this.” Aryian sighed. “We have to meet with the others.”
“Then, we will take them along. I can’t just leave them.” Calypso sighed. “Look, one thing at a time. Let’s get through this day and see what she’s so afraid of.”
“Yes, love.” Aryian replied with half a smile.
“I don’t like this. It makes me nervous.” Bree admitted taking a seat next to Calypso.
“You know I can’t get a read on either one of them. It’s like they don’t exist even though they’re right in front of me.” Bree resigned.
“Well, she did say that she was being shielded. Perhaps whatever it was that covers them from the assailants also protects them from your probing.” Calypso offered up.
Bree took a deep breath, “Maybe.”
“Speculation gets us nowhere.” Aryian replied. “We will have our answers soon enough.”
“I owe you all more than answers.” Lisee replied reappearing in the room.
“I’m sorry I sounded a bit rude and intrusive earlier.” Bree said.
Lisee made her way across the room and reached for her son, “I suspect we all have our reservations.”
“I was kidnapped and taken to Uffern. Their queen, Ashie, had intended to use me as a test subject for their magic.” Lisee began.
“I never thought I’d fall for Verdin, or that he would run away with me.” She smiled at the memory. “I also had no idea I would end up with a half daemon child, running for my life, and leaving the man I loved to endure father knows what for protecting us.”
They were all stunned into silence at Lisee’s explanation.
“Verdin wouldn’t let Ashie use our son like she used me. So he cast a protection spell and sent us where he believed we would be safe from her.” Lisee sighed.
“And you will be safe. You have my word on it.” Calypso promised. “Get some rest. I’ll explain the situation we face over supper this evening. Just know, what he did wasn’t in vain.”
“Thank you, your highness.” Lisee replied with obvious relief.
“We’ll leave you to it.” Calypso smiled pushing everyone out the door.
Once out in the hallway Aryian hissed quietly, “You can’t be serious. Don’t we have enough problems without taking on another target of Ashie’s wrath?”
“That child in there is the first of his kind, just like me. I’m not going to leave them to fend for themselves against her.” She hissed in return. “They come with us. They don’t belong in the human world anymore, and neither do we.”
Aryian understood Calypso’s reasoning and threw his hands up in frustrated defeat, “We don’t know what to expect from them.”
“No, that’s why it is better if they’re with us and not against us.” Calypso sighed. “It’s the right thing to do. I wouldn’t say it if I wasn’t sure.”
“Alright,” Bree replied. “I trust you completely my friend. I’m just ready to be out of this place.”
“We will be safe in Caerfyrddin before you know it.” Aryian stated. “It’s just a matter of time waiting for that mate of yours to turn up and then we can be right there. Trust that I’m just as anxious as you are to be gone from here. I want us all in a place where we’re protected and can defend from anything further that witch may throw at us.”
“It won’t be long at all now. Will you do your final sweep of the keep? Make sure anyone you find is out and everything worth keeping is already waiting for us in the mountains.” Calypso stated.
“Of course,” Aryian replied kissing her gently.
“You too Bree, make sure you left nothing behind.” Calypso said as Aryian walked away.
“Alright,” She replied. “Can I ask why?”
“You’ll see,” Calypso chuckled and disappeared down the hall.
Bree shook her head and turned away. The front door of the keep opened slowly as she made her way down the hall. She smiled as Cairn stood there looking back at her. He was exhausted, bruised up and limping but still held her tightly as she raced down the hall into his arms.
“You look awful, what happened to you?” Bree asked.
“It’s nothing, just ran into some trouble getting some people out. I’m alright.” He kissed her tenderly.
“You’d better be alright.” She sighed. “I was worried about you.”
“Not as worried as I was,” He smiled. “You should have left for Caerfyrddin by now.”
“I wasn’t going anywhere without you.” She pouted.
“So I see,” He chuckled.
“It’s good that we didn’t. Someone appeared this morning from Uffern. Long story short, she gave birth to a half breed that Caly refuses to part with.” She explained.
“Just what we need, more complications.” He replied.
“That’s what I’m saying!” She stated excitedly.
“I need to get cleaned up. Care to join me?” He winked.
“We never ended up married,” She countered.
“Is that how you see it? We made it to the altar as far as I’m concerned there’s just one thing we are missing.” He said as he reached into his pocket.
“What’s that?” She asked.
He opened the ring box, “Just this.”
Bree gasped, “Oh it’s beautiful, Cairn.”
He took the ring out of the box and placed it on her finger. “You’re beautiful, it was hard to find something to compare to that.”
Tears welled up in her eyes, “I’m speechless.”
“Good, now you have no way to argue with me.” He laughed.
Cairn picked Bree up off her feet and threw her over his shoulder. She squealed as she went upside down and got carried off down the hallway. He put her down on her feet after closing the door between them and the world outside. There would be no more interruptions for them. It was their time to be together and nothing else mattered, for the moment.