Divine Amity
Author: Breeze

Chapter 12
Sorani: I Must Have Hit My Head!

The man standing in front of me was breathtakingly beautiful. No he was beyond that, he was even beyond gorgeous, he was beyond, beyond. His appearance was of one I had never seen before, and it was so different.

            He looked like a God standing there, staring at me. His brown skin clung tightly to his body, revealing the muscles in his strong build. There were two silver bolts outlined in a thick black that ran down from both his shoulders and ended before his knuckles in a v shape. His chest was bare and he wore only a pair of faded grey jeans. A silver chain hung from his neck with a symbol of some sort I never seen before. His hair was pulled back into a tight ponytail, and also had two thick silver lines going backward into a v shape wrapping neatly into it.

            I scrutinized his face, unable to look away, as his lips formed a friendly smile, “Are you okay?” he asked in a deep husky voice. Unable to speak I just nodded my head once and continued to stare at him. “You’re not going to go into shock are you?” he asked jokingly. I then shook my head, not quite ready to open my mouth to form the words no. “What’s your name?”  He was still holding my wrist as he spoke.

            At that moment I decided to observe my surroundings. I could hear heavy breathing coming from the trees. A few growls would rumble through the trees every time he spoke to me. A loud bark escaped from one of the bushes and without thinking I curled up next to him afraid.

            “Its okay,” he assured me, bending his head down to whisper in my ear, ”Everything is fine, don’t worry. They’re not going to hurt you, your safe now.” He began to walk, whatever direction he was headed I had no idea, for I lost navigation of which way was back home when I fell. I tried to move my feet, but they just dragged along side him with the few steps he took, I was still a little bit shaken. “Can you walk?” he asked amused, stopping to look at me. I still said nothing. I just examined the woods around me. The stranger’s presence made me feel somewhat at ease, but it also confused me.

            All I could think about was why they weren’t trying to eat us, and where the hell did this man come from. Looking into the bushes, I noticed if I focused hard enough in the right places, I could make out the shapes of the huge beasts. I began to pull away from the stranger when a deep chocolate brown dog suddenly stuck his head out of the bushes and then the rest of its body, running from a jet black one with white feet. This must have been the one that scooped me up off the floor and tried to maul me. I retreated backwards and almost fell again. Luckily there was a tree right behind me.

            “Hey,” the stranger called out to me, when I turned around and started running again.

            I didn’t even hear his steps approach me, so when he grabbed my arm I screamed trying to yank myself free. I stopped when I realized it was him. He bent down to put one arm behind my legs and lifted me up into his arms.

            “What did I tell you?” he asked angrily, looking at the huge animals standing before us. The beasts just looked at each other then away, disappearing into the trees once more.

            What the hell? He’s talking to them, what the hell are they his guard dogs?

            “I’m sorry, they just don’t realize the things they do sometimes. Their so huge and intimidating. I‘m pretty sure what you were thinking, but no, that’s not the one that tried to attack you.” He explained, turning in the direction he was headed, before I tried to run off.

            So they were with him. May be they would have eaten me if he hadn’t shown up. Good thing he did, I had a mom to get home to and I sure wasn’t ready to wind up like the people I saw almost every day.

            “Oh, by the way, the name’s Niles.” he offered.

            “Rayne,” I replied, my voice low and weak. It was so low I doubted that he heard me.

            He must have because his reply was, “It doesn’t look like it.” He sniffed the air and smiled, “It’s not humid enough, maybe tomorrow though. The wind is getting stronger. “

            That made me laugh,, he wasn‘t the first person to get my name mixed up with rain, “No, that’s my name,“ I replied a little louder, stunned my voice was working again.

            He laughed with me and shook his head, a little sheepish, “Oh, sorry, guess I wasn’t thinking.” His smile was contagious and I continued smiling with him.

            “Its okay,” I replied feeling safe with him in a weird way. He continued to walk silently, looking frustrated, as if something was on his mind. I was tempted to ask but thought better of it.

            “Can I ask you something?” he asked.

            “Sure,” I answered, surprised.

            “What are you doing out here like this, were you looking forward to a bear coming after you?” he asked his voice full of disapproval. I ducked my head, embarrassed to tell him what it really was. When I didn’t respond, he asked another, “Were you following someone?”

            My eyes bulged, wondering if he was like me, “Why did you ask me that?” I asked curious now.

            He shrugged his shoulders. ”Don’t know, I was curious to know why you were wandering around in the middle of the woods alone.”

            “I got lost,” I lied, too chicken to tell the truth.

            “Where were you headed?” his head whipped around to look at me. He stared at me as if he did not believe a word I was saying.

            I couldn’t think of a lie quick enough, so I replied with a question of my own, “What does it matter to you?”

            “More than you think it would, trust me,” The way he said it made it sound like he seen them too. I stared at him in shock, not able to answer.

            “Do you see things too?” I blurted out without thinking.

            He shook his head, “No, but I know you do,” his expression pleaded with me to understand, “I know more about it than you think.”

            “So can you tell me why I see them then?” I asked overly anxious.

            “I’ll explain all that later, right now we have to meet up with the others.”  he explained as he picked up his pace and walked a bit faster.

            He walked effortlessly with me in his arms as if I weighed nothing, and I couldn’t help but stare at him. He was so beautiful, not that I was thinking of him in that way, I just couldn’t keep my eyes off him. I knew for a fact that wherever he was from the girls had to pretty much go crazy over him. Someone like him didn’t seem real, more like an illusion that could disappear in a split second. My arms wrapped around his neck, and I thought he would put me down, but he just held me tighter. One of his hands patted my back to sooth me, and it did. I leaned my head into the dip of his shoulder and neck, and closed my eyes.

            I pondered the fact that maybe he was an angel and just happened to save my life, but thought better of it. If I see spirits constantly, who am I to say that whatever he was did not exist, weather in my mind or not. I played around with the thought that maybe he was their leader, or maybe even their creator. I tried to piece it together but came up with nothing. This confusing situation was not getting any clearer, just worse, like where we were going. Just when I built up the courage to ask, he slowed his pace and stopped walking.

            My heart rate began to accelerate and my breathing quickened. There were a bunch of tall trees with bushes around them to our right, I could see the taupe colored fur of the animal but couldn’t make out anymore than that. A good twenty seconds later a man walked out from the bushes along with two others behind him. He looked angry, but that wasn’t what made me look away. A surge of need rippled through me the moment our eyes connected, to the point where I felt like jumping out of Niles’ arms and into his. I couldn‘t hold his gaze, he was just as gorgeous as Niles, if not better looking.  He was just a bit taller and a bit muscular than him. His hair hung freely, framing his beautiful face, stopping at his chest. The complexion of his skin was of a light brown, maybe even tan. He wore a pendant similar to Niles’ but not identical.

            “Where is everybody?” he asked sternly, sounding like full authority.

            “They’re around,” Niles replied freely, not phased at all by the new stranger’s attitude.

            “Did anybody get hurt?” his voice sounded angry as he spoke.

            “No, we handled that with ease,” Niles answered a bit animated, a pleased smile spreading across his face, “They couldn’t even get close to her, Drew was all aver that. Plus we outnumbered them six to four, so it was nothing.” I fought a smile and didn’t succeed, his persona was so contagious, I couldn’t help myself.

            “Did you tell her anything?” I peeked at him from the corner of my eye and he was staring at me.

            “Nah,” was Niles’ only response.

            I glanced in his direction but not at him, the two men behind him both seemed just as frustrated as he did. One of them resembled the new stranger a lot, probably his brother I thought. His look alike had these golden markings on him. They trailed along his neck, and spread out on his chest. The other looked familiar but I couldn’t place his face, he just stared at Niles, and scowled at the way he held me.

            Summoning up enough courage to look at the leader, I saw that he was glaring at me. His deep set eyes were a golden bronze color and a wrinkle around the base of his nose appeared. I began assessing him the way I did Niles. His hair was black and had the same shade of bronze at the tips of it. His eyebrows were black but also had strands of the bronze in them. That was as far as the detail went on him that I could see.

            The lead new stranger put his finger up to his lips and whistled so loud my ears rang a bit. I waited to see what the hell that was for. Then out of nowhere I could hear footsteps approaching us. They all moved at the same quick steady pace, rumbling the ground with their movements as they came closer. Here we go again, I thought to myself.

            Suddenly the bushes all around us rustled and I shivered in Niles arms. He hugged me closer, “It’s ok, I told you that everything was going to be fine, so don’t be afraid.” I heard a loud snicker from someone but didn’t see who was responsible. As much as I believed him I was still a bit nervous, I wanted to know what the hell was going on.

            A group of five men stumbled out of the trees, one face I recognized, Andrew. I stared at him in shock. Was he the huge monster that was standing over me? I tried but couldn’t picture it. With his top off I could see that he had some black markings on his chest and shoulders. I couldn’t make them out from where I was. The others wore foreign faces, and I didn’t get a chance to look at them really, because of the lead new stranger.

            “Why the hell is you holding her, she has feet, put her down,” he demanded, his frustrated face looked absolutely disgusted with me. Not wanting to get Niles yelled at some more, I removed my arms from around his neck then pushed away from him, trying to get down.

            His arms tightened around me, “It’s cool Ray” he told me pulling my arms back around his neck. He then looked at his leader, his voice free from all the joking earlier. “Kyle you need to calm down, it’s really not that serious. I got her, she‘s fine.” He then winked at me smiling, “Besides, I don’t mind.” Again I couldn’t help but smile back, he was kind of funny.

Kyle sighed and raked a hand over his face, then glared at me as if he didn’t care what Niles’ said.

            “It’s okay Niles, I need to stretch my legs anyway, their getting a little crampy,” I lied to avoid any more confrontation, even though the ride in his arms was quite comforting.

            He chuckled, “Oh, I’m sorry,” then set me down on my two feet, smiling down at me. I suddenly felt like the shortest person on earth. They all towered over me. I had to look up at every single last one or them, my little 5’4 frame seemed like nothing now. The bad part was I used to think I was tall.

            “What are we going to do now Kyle?’ One of the men behind him asked. I think it was the one that looked like him.

            “We’re going to take her back and guard the house, her mom is going to be home soon. Your mom needs to stay in the dark about all of this.” Kyle explained never taking his eyes off me. I had to look away, his angry stare was giving me the chills and I actually feared him.

             “So who’s patrolling what?” the younger looking Kyle asked.

            “I’m still trying to figure it out Reese… I want you to take her back though,” Kyle looked between me and Niles then said, “Niles I want you to take Drew and Skyler with you to create a perimeter-,” Kyle started to say.

            “I think I should stay with her,” Niles said shaking his head, then looking in my direction and quickly looking away.

            “No Niles I need you out there, you’re the fastest and you can get back quicker to give us the heads up.” Kyle said frustrated, looking at Niles as if he’d lost his mind.

            “Come on Kyle, we can hear each other’s thoughts when we are wolves so why can’t Drew or Sky, let you know, I‘m not leaving her,” Niles complained.

            My head jerked up in his direction at the mention of them being wolves. I stared at him in disbelief, not knowing what to say. His eyes locked with mine and he gave me an assuring smile and shook his head slowly. I was still lost but let it go. I made a mental note to ask him about it when he explained everything to me later.

            Kyle’s eyes narrowed as he looked Niles in the face hard. Niles was the least bit fazed; I figured he was on a mission not to be running the perimeter. “You’re not following the rules Niles,” he said between gritted teeth, “She’ll be fine, we will all be there if something happens. You don’t have to follow her around like you’re her dog.”

            Niles began to laugh, it surprised me, because what Kyle just said sounded like an insult to me, “I think I might like that,” he said looking at me smiling his wonderful smile, “ nah, I wouldn’t mind that at all. Besides she’s the prettiest key we’ve ever encountered, come on Ky, she even looks better than the men.” He doubled over in laughter and three others joined in with him. I looked and seen Andrew, Chase, and a unknown face laughing, I did a bit too. Some others held out, but you could tell they wanted to laugh. The only ones that didn’t seem amused were Kyle and his look alike.

            “Fag!” someone in the crowd said, as they continued to laugh.

            “Niles,” Kyle called out, silencing them all. He started shivering a bit, taking two deep breathes to calm himself, then continued, “Now is not the time for your games. We have things to do, and quite frankly I’m not in the mood-”

            “Ky, it’s okay, I’ll run the perimeter with Sky and Drew,” his look alike offered, not even glancing at me.

            “No Reese, you and Chase are going to stay with me in the yard just in case one of them slips by them, the rest of you can go home. We’ll just switch shifts when we have to,” Kyle huffed. I looked around the crowd from face to face, having no idea what they were talking about. Since I was looking, I took the time to scrutinize each face carefully. The four men standing behind me and Niles were all looking in my direction. Two faces were foreign, which I assumed one of them were Chase. While the other two I recognized, the twins that stood in front of Andrew’s house the night we went to the movies.

            “I could run the perimeter too Kyle,” someone said. I looked around and my eyes stopped on the person who had spoken. His appearance was similar to Andrew’s, only he had black colored markings on his chest and arms, just like Drew. I figured they weren’t related, just somewhat the same race.

            “Chase, I need you close by, just in case. Me you and Reese can handle anyone of them who tries to get close.” Kyle explained, taking his eyes off me briefly to look at Chase.

            “I still think I should go with her,” Niles said, serious now.

            “No!” Kyle replied, raising his voice a little.

            “Why not,” Drew interrupted, “if Niles wants to go with her let him. Now Kyle what if someone gets past you and into her room? Someone should be there with her and since she’s taken a liking to him, you mind as well let him go, I‘m pretty sure she wouldn‘t mind. ” Drew explained looking from me, to Niles, seeing how we were nearly embracing each other we were so close. The crazy part was that I really didn’t mind.

            “Look, I just told you how I want this done, and I’m not going to have a debate on it! Niles you’re going with them, and that’s that. I don’t want to hear nothing else about it! Now let’s move out!” Kyle demanded. Seeming fed up.

 Before I knew it Kyle’s body vibrated violently and he turned into the bushes disappearing from my view.

            Skyler and Drew went in the opposite direction and stood waiting for Niles. He still held my hand and I could tell he really didn’t want to leave. I had no idea what perimeter they were talking about, but he sure did not want to run it. He had no idea how bad I wished he didn’t have to either.

            His hand caressed my cheek, “Don’t worry, I won’t be far, and I’m going to keep my promise. Nothing is going to happen to you.” I guess I must have looked sad because he pulled me into his strong arms and whispered in my ear, “Don’t cry, and don’t worry about anything. I know you’re confused right now, but I’ll explain everything to you later.” I just nodded my head yes, not knowing what else to say.

            He released me and turned to the two waiting for him, and the three of them disappeared into the trees also. I turned around to see the one who looked like Kyle standing there. Everyone else had vanished, and was off to their destinations. He began to walk and I assumed I had to follow him if I wanted to get home. His legs were very long, so I had to work twice as hard to keep up with him. He didn’t even look at me as he walked, I’m pretty sure he was pretending that I wasn’t even there.

            We walked for a good twenty minutes before I could see the back of my mom’s house. When we were a few feet from the backyard he stopped, hiding in the bushes. I walked right past him and almost broke into a run around my house to the front. To my surprise my mom was not home yet, so I ran up to my room and locked the door.

 

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