I am on the home stretch with the corrections and I wanted to share a little more with you guys as a thank you. In chapter two you are introduced to Maeve and Tanis, the brother and sister from Greece. Maeve is matched with our young Aiya and Tanis, well, Tanis is going to find himself little closer to god than he ever expected!
~ TWO ~
Tanis was pacing on the dock, anxious for everyone and everything to be unloaded so he could head back to Greece when he saw a flash of color that stopped him in his tracks. On the other side of the clearing a tall man with broad shoulders was loading their crates onto a makeshift trailer. His hair was just as black as the clothes he wore, but what caught Tanis’s attention were the random streaks of purple that ran through that thick, unruly hair. He barely registered Maeve now standing beside him, until she moved her thumb across the side of his mouth. “Hold still, there is a little drool right.. ah there, all better!” He swatted her hand away and harrumphed. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” “Yeah, right. Is that.. is his hair, purple?” Turning back to face Tanis, she immediately recognized the look in his eyes. “Oh no!” she barked, “Oh yes!” he responded as he started walking toward the other side of the clearing.
She grabbed his arm and spun him around to face her. “Listen, you don’t have to stay here, I do. Do not make another goddamn mess that I have to clean up!” Tanis jerked his arm out of his sister’s grip and growled at her. “Oh, I think Hector can handle things for a few days, don’t you?” Again, it was a statement more than a question. Tanis was the captain of the armies of Greece and Hector was his second in command.
Maeve followed behind him mumbling curses in their wake, remembering the night before they left their home to travel here. She’d gone for a walk on the beach and was returning to her room when she rounded the corner and there they were, Tanis and some nameless, faceless guard. Tanis had him bent over the railing and was pounding him relentlessly, the poor man had such a tight grip on the banister his knuckles had gone white. Tanis was anything but prudish, he would screw who he wanted where and when he wanted. He didn’t care who knew or their thoughts on his indiscretions, much like his Fathers. It was almost comical and she had to stifle her laughter. Her brother wasn't big, barely missing six feet, but the man Tanis was screwing this time around had to be 6’4 with dark hair. She caught a flash of that dark hair as Tanis fisted a handful, jerking the man's head back for total dominance. Her brother's blond hair and blue eyes flashed in beautiful contrast to his "date's" dark features. Tanis's all too familiar tattoo rippled as flesh tightened in his passion. He and Maeve both carried an identical tattoo on their neck, the Greek symbols of Alpha and Omega, but Tanis’s arms and chest were covered in ink as well.
Maeve was brought back from her memories as Tanis brushed past her, moving toward the man. Ignoring her protests, Tanis slowly made his way toward him, politely shaking hands as introductions were endured. When the two men took each other’s hands there was an instant jolt. The man, Raven, actually gasped then quickly recovered, smiling and introducing himself before excusing himself. Tanis stared after him as he made his way back to his horse, mounted, and left with a small group of people. He had no idea what had just happened, but he intended to stay right there until he found out, and Maeve be damned if she disagreed. Maeve doubled over with laughter as soon as Raven was out of earshot. “So what, he’s a Priest.” Tanis stammered. “Oh no brother, he’s not just any priest, he’s THE priest.” Maeve was still laughing hysterically as she mounted her horse and followed after Raven.
Tanis quickly caught up with her and as they made their way to the palace Maeve took in her surroundings. The clearing itself was very small and secluded consisting of a small one room guard house, the cottage and the dock. A mixture of sunflowers, emerald green grass, red clay dirt and gravel made up the small but quant area of the clearing which was surrounded by a forest of dense trees. House Gaeland was set atop a self-contained island, being secluded from any other patch of land, only connected to the clearing by a mile long bridge that had been built for travel and separated the two areas.
As they touched ground on the other side of the bridge she eyed the different sizes and shapes of the buildings they first came to. There were homes for families, a library, a school and a tavern. “First drinks on me sis.” Tanis joked from his horse directly behind her, she ignored him and continued moving forward. They were on a well-worn path that wove left then right at an incline toward the center, top of the island. Tanis could see Raven just up ahead of them, he held up his hand and looked at the palm then the top, then wiggled his fingers. What was that?! He thought to himself, remembering the jolt when he shook his hand. He’d felt it as well, Tanis saw the shock register in those beautiful blue eyes, as blue as the ocean back home in Greece. He was larger than Tanis just by an inch or two, and those huge strong hands, oh where he wanted… “Dammit! Tanis, watch where you’re going!” Maeve barked at him, bringing him back from his reverie. Lost in thought his horse had veered right and pushed Maeve’s off the trail. “Sorry Sis, the sun.” she cut him off. “The Priest.” He glared back over his shoulder at her, they made the rest of the trip up in relative silence.
Finally arriving at the palace gates she turned to admire the view. The palace was located directly at the top of the island, surrounded by beautiful homes and buildings all the way back down toward the bridge. There were different types of trees scattered throughout the grounds as well. She admitted to herself that she would be kept in an exquisite cage, still feeling raw inside about being betrothed to someone she’s never met. She dismounted and their group was approached by a tall, scary skinny older man with graying hair and a beard. “I trust you had a safe journey. I am William, the stable hand, I’ll take the horses now and see that they are fed and watered.” The workers were coming out of the stable to unload the horse’s, she patted her brother’s arm and motioned him to follow. “How tall do you think the wall is?” Tanis placed his hand over his eyes as he had to look almost directly into the sun to see the top. “I’d say 12-15 feet high and probably 4 feet wide. And the doors we came through look to be made of some type of steel or iron, very thick.” He spun in a circle and noticed that the wall completely surrounded the palace. Their mother, Theresa, motioned for them to follow “Maeve, Tanis, come.”
Maeve made her way over beside the one that introduced himself as Kaden. “You’re awfully quiet, everything okay?” She asked. “It’s just all so overwhelming, I’m trying not to throw up. Aren’t you the least bit nervous, anxious to meet your future wife? I must admit, I’m a wreck!” He laughed nervously which made her laugh in turn. Tanis as well had made his way over to the pair and began a conversation with Sawyer, she thought his name was. He’d travelled with Kaden and his family across the ocean with them, Kaden had introduced him as his brother but she knew that was impossible. First off he was clearly not Indian by birth with his wheat colored hair and emerald green eyes. He stood a good two inches taller than Kaden, much closer to her Father’s height she surmised. He was thin but not lanky with defined Arms and a uniquely defined facial structure that was somewhere between angular and squared. Everything about him screamed Outkast, but she would not dare offend by asking the history there. Kaden offered her his arm bringing her back to reality and she twined hers in it as they walked on together. As they rounded the corner of the stables and the palace came into view they both came to an abrupt halt.
Maeve stood next to Kaden, eyes wide. The scenery coming in was not exquisite, THIS was exquisite! The building was only one floor high but you could see the guard tower high above the palace at the back. There were four pillars right at the entry way with a statue of some type of creature in between them “They are totems, I believe” Kaden whispered to her, then pointed each one out as he named them. “Bear, dragon, snake, monkey, eagle and a raven, I think.” The last animal made her laugh out loud, and Kaden eyed her with a mild curiosity.
The entryway of the palace consisted of high vaulted ceilings shaped like an archway, a dozen of them one behind the other leading them into the palace. As they walked the main hall every ten feet or so there were symbols made up of different colored stones embedded into the walls. Among them were various versions of crosses, stars, spirals and triskels.
They were lead further into the palace and down a long hallway by the twin’s parents that had met them at the docks, Cirian and Mia. The twins themselves, as well as their other parents had yet to make an appearance. Walking under an archway carved from a darker wood the hall was now partially covered and partially open to the outside. Maeve let out an audible gasp as the beautiful garden opened up before her. “My god, it’s beautiful!” she exclaimed. “Indeed.” Kaden stated quietly as he pulled her off the concrete flooring and onto the grass. The group stood open mouthed, gaping at the beauty that surrounded them when Rian and Amaya, the other father and mother, finally joined them. Kaden politely shook hands when they greeted him, he was confused already. He’d met too many people today and he was certain he wouldn’t remember half of them. The one person he was most anxious to meet still eluded him.Well, what do you think? Please feel free to comment, I want some feedback!