On Love’s Wings

On Love’s Wings copyright c. 2016 T.A. Chase

Part Twenty-Seven-

“I’ll tell Barke and he’ll meet you in the morning. I know he’s ready to leave this place, even if he hadn’t been having visions. Some of our younger members aren’t meant to work the land or cut the trees.” Rayme began to walk away. “I’ll bring you the blankets and pillows after that.”

Jemles motioned for Ari and Miataga to follow him. Miataga looked around as they made their way through the village toward the forest. The other villagers watched them, but didn’t approach and Miataga wondered if they were just staying out of the fight between Ari and his father or if they sided with Mr. Dosterta. He gave a mental shrug. It didn’t matter. They were leaving the village as soon as they could and he doubted Ari would ever come back.

“Here we go.” Jemles waved his hand in the direction of a small cabin.

Miataga studied the building and was surprised. The cabin looked as though it was well made and cared for. There were even flowers planted along the front porch. He smiled at Ari.

“I like it,” he said.

“Well, let’s go inside and air it out a little,” Ari suggested before pushing open the door.

They stepped inside and Miataga gasped. For as plain as the outside was, the inside was gorgeous. The walls were covered in carvings of trees and animals. There wasn’t a surface untouched. It was a one-room cabin with a bed on one wall and the fireplace was opposite it. There was two wooden chairs placed in front of the fireplace and table set to the side.

He reached out to run his fingers over the relief of a young rabbit. “This is amazing. Who carved them?”

Jemles shrugged. “I don’t know. The cabin’s been here forever as far as I’m concerned. Rayme and I discovered it about seven years ago and we’ve been keeping it clean since then. It’s a great place to come when Father and Mother get on their high horses.”

“It’s beautiful,” Miataga murmured as he wandered around the room.

“Here you go.”

He turned to see Rayme stroll into the cabin, a basket over her arm. Barke came in behind her, carrying blankets and pillows. He set them on the bed while Rayme placed the basket on the table.

“I brought you some food for tonight. Stop by the house in the morning and I’ll have some supplies ready for you. No point in you going hungry while heading back to Sendler.”

“Thank you.” Ari kissed her cheek. “I do appreciate all you and Jemles are doing for us.”

She dismissed his words with a wave of her hand. “Your father is an blowhard, Ariste. I’m happy to help you and Miataga. Please, I hope you will come back and visit soon. You don’t have to stay at the house. This cabin is available whenever you want.”

“I’ll have to think about it and calm down a little more before I talk to him again.” Ari shook his head. “I can’t believe he did all those things without telling any of you. Especially not allowing the young people who are having visions to go find their destinies. They’re playing with fire by doing that.”

“Speaking of fire, your phoenix is in the clearing,” Jemles said from where he stood in the doorway.

“His name is Vikex,” Ari informed his brother then disappeared from the cabin.

Rayme and Jemles looked at Miataga. He went over to the basket and opened it, checking at the contents.

“You’ll need to remember that Vikex is more than a bird to Ari. In many ways, he is Ari’s soul mate.” He shot a glance at Barke. “That’s something you get to look forward to, though I do think Ari and Vikex’ bond is far stronger than the normal bonds.”

Barke frowned. “I’ll have a bond bird?”

Miataga crouched in front of the fireplace. He tossed a couple of logs on the ashes then worked on getting a fire started. “I do believe you will since you’ve been having dreams about such things. Ari will tell you more about it while we head back to Sendler.”

He yawned and Rayme smiled.

“We’ll leave you alone. Remember to stop by in the morning. I’d like to say good-bye.” She patted his shoulder then gathered the other two to go.

Miataga heard them talking with Ari outside. Once the fire burned, he went and got the bed ready. It wasn’t long before Ari entered. He dropped into one of the chairs then sighed.

Joining him, Miataga sat on the floor and leaned his head against Ari’s knee. Ari ran his fingers through Miataga’s hair as they both stared at the flames for a few minutes in silence.

“Is Vikex all right?” Miataga asked, breaking the quiet.

“Yes. He’s happy to know we’re leaving tomorrow.” Ari put his finger under Miataga’s chin and lifted it so their gazes met. “Thank you for stopping me from doing something I’d regret earlier.”

Miataga nodded slightly. “It might sound strange, but I feel like we’re friends and I had the feeling you’d feel guilty after the anger left you. I didn’t want you to feel that. Besides, he might be a bastard, but he is your father. There are some ties left there.”

Smiling, Ari leaned down to brush a kiss over Miataga’s lips. Miataga pushed up onto his knees to deepen the kiss. He moaned and Ari took advantage of his open mouth to sweep his tongue in.

2 Responses “On Love’s Wings”

  1. josexpressions says:

    Thanks, TA! Have a nice weekend. 🙂

  2. Bobbi says:

    Thank you

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