I know you don’t know all of these characters – but that’s okay! The hope is that someday you WILL know all of these characters and will enjoy each of their journeys. Until then, just enjoy the underlying love story happening like we did as we wrote this piece – just for fun. I’m breaking from the norm here and adding in a fun little bunch of posts that revolve around characters we’ve written during the Solstice Season leading into Christmas. Rose Matthews is Gabriel Kennedy’s aunt. She is having a huge celebration and has invited not only her family, but the extended family of supernatural characters Dawn and I have been writing for years. I understand that you don’t know them as well as we do, but I’m hoping you can at least enjoy them for this little series within a series. Let us know if you take a liking to any certain one or set of them. We love them all, and they each have their own stories within the Walking the Blade series.
Nathan stood on the front porch and looked out to where the car had parked. There were other silhouettes on the porch in the light of the big front windows and the decorative blinking lights around the banisters, but his was prominent. And he thumped his ashes and started on his way out, only to pause when Rose touched his arm.
“They hurt Alex and they can clean it up. He don’t deserve that,” Nathan looked at her, seeing if she would argue. They had come back. They needed to help fix what their drama had broken. He did not just let people get away with shit. He held them accountable.
“I agree, they need to take care of this themselves just don’t get too worked up with them. I want everyone at our table in the morning.” Rose kissed her dragon’s cheek and then started up the stairs to their room. He would join her when he was finished, of that his Rosie was very certain.
He cast a look over to Devon and Eva, the only two of the Weylyn pack still out there. They were sitting in the swing watching. He nodded a quick moment of understanding to the other older parents. Eva nodded back. Oh yes… she would not intercede.
Gabriel had been smiling until he saw Nathan heading their way. He leaned into Senias while they continued forward to the house.
“Well, good ta see you two got it back together. Since you so politely put everybody in a foul mood, I expect you to make up for your shit,” Nathan looked between the two. “And you can start by figuring out what to do about how well you fucked up my son’s night. He’s never brought anybody home. He’s only ever put himself out there once, and he got his heart crushed for it. He’d never tell me these things, but I know that through Rosie. Just when he seems ta be coming back out of it you…” he looked directly at Senias, “…had to try and start something with his boyfriend…” then he looked directly at Gabriel, “…and you had to make with the dramatics and embarrass him further. So I expect…” he moved his fingers between the two still holding the cigar, “The both of you to help fix this.”
“How are we supposed to do that?” Gabriel looked from Sen to Nathan several times.
“By stayin’ out of their way and by somehow makin’ sure Alex knows there’s nothin’ goin’ on between you and that young whelp he’s got the interest of. You take him aside and talk to him if you need to. But right now they’re having a semi-private bout of it on the back porch. And it’s not pretty. And it’s your fault.”
Gabriel held up a hand to Nathan, “Okay, I get it. Do you want me to go work this out now back there or want me to wait until tomorrow?”
“Wait until an appropriate time. That dragon deserves to work for Alex. But you make it right when you have the opportunity. Before you leave here again.”
Senias just nodded quietly. Nathan had always been like this. He’d had him on his side before and then there were times like these. The elder dragon could be intimidating and rightfully so.
When Nathan nearly bit his head off Gabriel actually took a step back, “Alright.. I won’t go back there. Is it safe for me to go through the house to get to our room or should I just sleep in the car?” There was protective and then there was Nathan. He knew why the dragon was ripping into them. He just wished it was someone else on the receiving end.
“Devon was polite enough to move your stuff to the room on the wing on the other end of the house from them. Your presents are in there, too. You can use the hidden stairs up to it. Give them tonight to figure this shit out and then you two can apologize in the morning. Then we can get on with things for the best damn holiday celebration ever.” Nathan pointed to the porch. They would go inside and then into the library to the staircase hidden behind the bookcases. After all, this plantation had been a stop on the Underground Railroad back in the day. There were some nice secrets to it.
And they were well used secrets, too. Gabriel opened the door to the stairs and then quickly closed it again as he caught a glimpse of red hair. He turned and leaned back against the secret door, “You know Sen, it’s nice out so why don’t we just go for a walk and maybe sleep in the barn tonight? No one is out there for the evening and we’ll have the entire place to ourselves.”
“Uh…o…k…” Senias raised a brow. ~ What just happened? ~ He was curious and there was a hint of amusement in his mental voice.
~ Stairwell’s occupied. ~ Gabriel cleared his throat and took Sen’s hand to lead him back out.
~ So we’re not just banished, we’re self-banished? You do realize we’re gonna have to go back out the front door and pass Devon and Eva, right? ~
~ Better than going in the stairwell and embarrassing Terry and Noki, yet two more that Nathan and Rose are fiercely protective of. Do you want to go another round with either of them when Terry won’t leave his and Noki’s room in the morning? Or face Dev and Eva? ~ Gabriel glanced at his dragon with a brow raised.
~ Devon and Eva. Claws down. ~
There was a low knowing chuckle from Gabriel as he led Sen back out the front door. When they stepped out they could smell the scent of Devon’s lit cigar and hear the creak of the swing as he moved it slowly back and forth for his mate whom he had tucked in close to him to enjoy his warmth.
“Well now, Eva, look who stepped back outside.” Dev rumbled and chewed the end of the cigar before drawing a good lung full of the pungent but sweet smoke in.
“Are you lost?” she asked.
“Oh… no… just…” Senias looked from the inside to the swing, “I think we’re being outplayed by the younger generation at this point. So… we’ll accept defeat and exit to the barn.”
Eva turned to look at her mate and then they both looked at the couple.
With a shake of his head Gabriel exclaimed, “Don’t ask, because you really don’t want to know.” Wrapping his arm around Sen’s he walked down the steps of the front porch and the couple started across the front expanse towards the barn.
“Trouble. That’s all they are.” He chuckled. “It’s why they fit in so well with the family. All of us are trouble.” He sighed before asking, “Think I could talk ya into a shower before bed if I promise to wash yer back real good?” Devon chuckled and started their swinging again.
“Mmmm… oh yes. I wouldn’t mind that at all.” Eva cuddled into her mate even tighter. “I hope you’ll be washing more than my back, Mr. Trouble.”
“Maybe it’ll be a nice winter solstice after all darlin’.” He kissed his mate as they watched the couple trek across the front yard and disappear into the barn. They had their own adventurous night before them.