Magic Unleashed – Chapter VIII – Enemies and Truths #FreeFictionFriday


Genre: gay romance, gay fiction, fantasy, magic, light BDSM
Main characters: Eikki (spell caster) and Charis (familiar)
Blurb: coming soon! It entails magic, two stubborn men, and lots of steamy stuff (at least somewhere down the line)
Length: Anywhere between novella and novel? Read and see!

Chapter I – Absent Choice
Chapter II – What Makes a Home
Chapter III – Rules of the Game
Chapter IV – Not all the Way Through
Chapter V – Cold, Hard Light of Day
Chapter VI – Herald of Doom
Chapter VII – Of Claims and Bonds

Chapter VIII – Enemies and Truths

I grumbled as I slid off our bed and landed barefoot on the cold floor. It looked like a beautiful day, but I didn’t care about the rays of sunshine peeking through the curtains. I snarled as I washed up and got dressed, dreading breakfast.

Eikki’s laughter resounded throughout the house. Every word, every chuckle made my mood fouler. I sighed and strengthened my defenses to face the two men in Eikki’s kitchen.

I hated that Arris was responsible for how amused Eikki was. That tales of adventures past were enough to make Eikki laugh. That he was laughing without me, and doing it a lot more often than he did when Arris wasn’t there.

“Good morning, Kitty Cat,” Eikki said, sauntering to my side.

I mumbled something and glared at Arris. The dreaded elf only smirked and returned his attention to the meal Eikki had prepared.

To add insult to injury, Arris was in my seat. He knew I liked it because it was closest to Eikki and right next to the window, where I could bask in the sunshine.

“Move,” I said, putting all my resentment into the world.

Arris rolled his eyes and reclined more in the chair.

I was just about to pounce when Eikki grabbed my waist and pulled me onto his lap. “There, there. No need to attack the guests, Kitty Cat. You can sit here with me.”

I turned and glared at him, displeased with his agile stop of my attack. Why wasn’t allowed to pummel his face was beyond me. The man was infuriating. He always tried to push my buttons, enrage me by trying to show how much sway he had with Eikki.

Eikki… Well, he wasn’t any better. He grinned and shrugged and let him act as he pleased. I knew, I knew he enjoyed how possessive I felt, how I needed Eikki’s attention trained on me, not Arris. And although it had been days, he still encouraged Arris. Like he couldn’t get enough of me acting this way.

In a way, I understood. I haven’t acted too nice since arriving in Eikki’s house. Now I clung to him, competed for his attention, and spent my days trying to please him.

I was tired of it. It had been okay at first, seeing Eikki glow with pleasure every time Arris and I fought over him. But I’d reached my limit. I wasn’t a toy for him to play with, pit me against some other elf and see who loved him better.

Loved him? Where had that come from. I was pretty sure Arris was in love with Eikki. But what about me? It was too soon, and I was too confused about everything to fall in love with anyone.

I pushed against Eikki’s chest until he released me and made it for the door.

“Aren’t you eating with us?” Arris asked, his voice honeyed and cruel at the same time.

“Not hungry.”

I stepped outside and closed the door on Eikki calling my name. I was done competing. I shouldn’t have to. Or, if he insisted on playing stupid games, maybe I needed to find someone else who’d shower me with attention. See how Eikki liked some competition.

Once I was out of the house, I stopped. Where was I going, exactly? Home to my family? My heart ached at the thought. I missed them, but was it wise to run home and tell them of my troubles? What if the news of the bond not being complete made them want to separate me from Eikki?

“Still here?”

I jumped at the cold sound of Arris voice. His tone always changed when Eikki wasn’t around.

“What is it to you? Mind your own business.”

He huffed and walked past me. “You bore me, stray cat. I wish you went back to wherever you came from.”

I laughed and as I did, the tension I’d been carrying around me dissipated. “If I bore you, why do you spend so much time engaging with me? As for Eikki—” I turned and looked at the house I’d just left. “He won’t want you more if I am not there. You’ve met him first, haven’t you?”

Arris winked, his grin so wide it blinded me. “Oh, poor stray. You know nothing of broken hearts and the rewards bestowed on those who mend them.”

“What are you talking about?”

“You should go slither back to the alleys of this forsaken city, stray. Eikki will cry for a few days, then I’ll bring him back from the pain.” Arris licked his lips and moaned, the sound sending chills down my spine.

“I will never leave him.” With a new-found determination, I turned on my heel and stepped inside. I locked the door behind me, despite its uselessness. Unless they were added to the complicated wards on the door, no one could come in. The downside was that locks didn’t work, so once someone was allowed in, you couldn’t keep them out.

Still, I had enough time. I ran through the house, looking for Eikki. Breathless and sweaty, I finally found him in the library and threw myself into his arms.

“Please,” I whispered, clinging to him. “Seal the bond. Choose me.”

Eikki sighed and pushed me away. “Why? Just because Arris wants me?”

I stared at him, my eyes wide, my mouth gaping. What was he saying?

“I understand, Charis. You’ve never had to share my attention with anyone. He’s here now and you feel threatened. That is no reason to demand this of me.”

“That’s… that’s not why.”

“Really?” He came closer, towering over me. His eyes were alight, the gold in his violet eyes brighter than ever. “Why didn’t you mention it before?”

“Because, you jerk!” I pushed him away. “You never even told me!”

Eikki sighed and rubbed his chin. “And now that you know, you suddenly want it? If I told you and Arris wasn’t here, would you still want it?”

“Arris is here! And he’s on about mending your broken heart after pushing me away.”


I moved my mouth but made no sound at first. “You… you’ll seal the bond?”

He glared and I looked away. Eikki angry or upset because of me was a lot more painful than some mean comments from Arris.

“No. I will however ask Arris to leave. We’ll see how you feel when he is not around.”

I sighed, relief so sweet and overpowering, my legs almost gave out. Eikki wouldn’t complete the bond, but at least Arris would be gone. He wouldn’t be able to try and break us apart.

“Thank you.”

Eikki said nothing. He left the room and I heard him calling Arris’ name. He’d take care of it, and we’d go back to how things were. Just the two of us.

Just the two of us? I gasped and had to find a chair to sit on. I collapsed into Eikki’s armchair and sighed. Of course Eikki would want Arris to stay. I hadn’t been pleasant at all before his arrival. I’d acted like a threatened animal, keeping him at arm’s length and treating him like an aggressor.

No wonder he didn’t want to choose me. Why would he? Just because we were civil?

I gave myself a few moments, then squared my shoulders, nodding to myself. I’d prove myself to Eikki. Show him I was worth him choosing me as his familiar.

Chapter IX – You Can Never Go Back Home

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