Endless Reverie (Flowers of The Storm #2)

We've got a secret...

  "To whom is it your loyalties lie, it is that poor excuse for a God who thinks killing her is the way to information. Or the Goddess that gave him that power?"

  Azrael was not at all amused at this situation. Everyone enjoyed throwing threats around and now they were aimed at him. He looked at Naberus who was furious when he learned of Kheresket's location and state the past 2 months since he and Minnaloushe's return.

  "My loyalty should not be in question Naberus, what I'd like to know is why are you so angry about Kheresket? Someone you claim to hate." He posed a good question, one Naberus was in no mood of answering. "I'd like to know that myself." They both turned to see Minna standing not far behind listening in. Naberus rolled his eyes in frustration. "Fine you both want answers, Anomolus wants answers. Take me to Limbo to get her and maybe just maybe those answers will restore Kheresket to the Goddess she was before Anomolus came along."

  Azrael knew there was more to this than just answers, but he agreed and took Naberus to the dungeon like limbo. Naberus had asked Minna to meet them in the throne room, which she angrily replied. "This is annoying."

  Limbo much like the City of Dis cranked along with it's screams,and moans. Azrael with his infamous scythe pointed in the direction Naberus needed to go to find Kheresket, while he himself looked for Harendotes. "You know Thoth is not going to be too thrilled that his prized gift to Kheresket was banished here. What we do is pretty tame compared to this place." Naberus said as he stood looking over the bridge. Azrael nodded in agreement the house was in shambles, Dionisio had made an order for Anomolus to be confined until Kheresket be returned, but Anomolus wouldn't agree. For two months it went on until Dionisio had had enough, surfaced and killed Sakhmet himself only to get Naberus to return to the realms. Apparently he knew this secret no one else knew. It worked and now everyone had to deal with Naberus' wrath and didn't know why.

  It didn't take long to figure out which cell contained the Demoness, once he was inside the many layers of the large building. The energy that bound her was impressive he had to admit, the barrier even kept him out. She was there pacing back and forth with several chains, one cuff linked around her neck with two chains stretching  to both walls. Her wrists were also shackled with the same chain combination as well as her ankles there was very little give and Naberus could tell that for two months, she stood in this one spot. He could see the open wound in her chest that never healed. Her entire body was a mess.

   "Enjoying yourself?" her voice was cracked and dry, not her own it had the guttural demonic undertones. "Ah I'm the last one you want to see, yes I am enjoying this actually. You chained up..." he smiled. Kheresket pulled at the chains with  the little give that they had. "There's that Amenthien fire, all you need is a little push and the right person to do it...you see you could have released yourself a long time ago." "I'm in no mood for your games Naberus!"

  He kept his smile but this time waited for her gaze to fall onto his. "Kheresket break your bonds, and this barrier that separates us so that I may step through." Without question she broke every chain that bound her to the room and dropped the barrier. She was confused by the action even more confused by Naberus, or was this Anomolus playing games. Naberus stepped through straightening his suit jacket, the closer he got the more she knew it wasn't Anomolus.

  Naberus extended his hand sliding back the thin material that covered her breast. He shook his head with disappointment. "Anomolus did quite a number on you." She brushed his hand away. "What is going on?" "Still haven't figured it out Goddess?" he said as he looked down at the disheveled Demoness.

  Kheresket looked up at him, as he stood there waiting for her to do what she needed to do. She forced him against the wall  her face pressed against his, this felt right and wrong. Naberus lifted his hand to caress the side of her face, her lips parted softly but not to kiss him, she wanted the very essence that animated Naberus, it's what healed her.

  Azrael stood and watched as the two did this transference. He had now understood Naberus' anger, and urgency. The question he wanted to know now was did Kheresket know this?

  Kheresket exited the cell looking better than she had before. "Forget you even saw that." she said to Azrael. Naberus followed behind and patted him on the shoulder smiling.


I'm just a pawn...

  As the trio made their way back to House Madira, Azrael had made them come to a complete stop. There was no way he was going to continue with what he had just seen in his head. "No more, what the hell was that back there?" He was becoming angry which was not at all wise when dealing with the aspect of death. Naberus turned and stared directly at Azrael's scythe. "I suppose I do owe you, we may however want to let the others in on it. Especially Minna, she won't like what she is about to hear but at this point I do not care." Kheresket was growing more irritated. "What is so damned important that everyone must know?" "Since you have yet to put two and two together Goddess, that information is supposed to come from your mouth and your brain."

  Naberus and his gifts suddenly put them directly in House Madira's main hall, he was only planning on having this told one time. He had made sure all of her family was in that room. He had Minna ask Dionisio to have Anomolus there. Surprisingly he was, and Naberus grinned at the sight of the little God wrapped in chains, and enough spells to put the entire realm down. This was not going to be a good moment for Khere he thought. Naberus stood next to Kheresket in front of the thrones where her son and daughter Amenei sat.

  "Kheresket you and I go back a very long ways...sadly you only remember half of it." He grabbed her by the arm and spun her around his gaze falling once again onto hers. "Kheresket I want you to remember, remember everything done to you, everything done to me. Remember your Master." Dionisio stepped down from his throne. He knew from his mothers dreams, but he remained silent. Anomolus watched Kheresket, he realized that all those years he never had a hold on her. That's why she ran. Kheresket stood there, she broke Naberus' gaze with pools of tears filling her eyes. "You're legion isn't just...they're my..." "You mean ours Kheresket.

  We were forced to create them, pawns in Nu and Naunet's game. Anomolus thinks torturing you into submission for this information was going to get him somewhere. We are more powerful than a vampire, and I am sure he wouldn't enjoy 19 legions of demons...of your children tormenting his ass for eternity." He looked to Dionisio and Amenei. "Would you two like to make a contract on that?" Dionisio smiled, while Amenei was sick with horror at all she had just heard. Renenet who decided to stay for awhile longer due to Kheresket's absence from Dionisio, Stood next to the King in her human form. "Take the contract." She whispered. Dionisio loved her viciousness. Later on Azrael would mention to Amenei that he was surprised that she didn't immediately jump for that. Maybe it was the fact she was the only one in the room who still liked her father.

  "We'll see Naberus, apparently my sister needs some time." Naberus nodded and let go of Kheresket leaving her alone. Minna followed after him waiting until no one else could hear. "And what about me, since I was just a pawn in your game?" Naberus was starting to feel tired. "You would be what they call collateral damage Minna, this also teaches you a lesson. Never trust a demon, especially one with an agenda....No I will not release you." he leaned in close to her pressing her against the wall. "I am no where near done with you. I wanted you, I got you and you are mine, Deal with it!" Minna shoved him away from her and stormed off.  "Oh I'll deal with it alright." Naberus straightened his jacket and tie. "I just love feisty women."


Legionary Contracts...

 Kheresket stepped closer to Dionisio, this was the first she had ever laid eyes upon her own son. Anomolus had taken him from her. "Renenet gave you a good name." she said as they stood face to face, she felt cheated and glared at Anomolus as he sat in the chair not far from her. She never said a word to him. She noticed that things weren't exactly mother and son between Ren and Dionisio, it didn't matter. Ren although quite dangerous was an excellent Goddess to have in the fold. It was just surprising she didn't turn Anomolus to stone, or better yet set him ablaze while the entire Household roasted marshmallows on him. He should be grateful no less. Kheresket grabbed and embraced her son, a single tear fell from her eyes. She was at last happy for this moment. "You knew all this?" she asked. "I read it in your memories, and dreams, Naberus commanded you to forget but he was commanded to remember. You two were created to be one, something my father cannot control.

  Naberus knows them all by name all 19 legions and they him. They know you mother, and they know not to ever utter the words mother to you or be destroyed. Naberus is willing to give their command to me as their brother." Amenei's mouth fell open. "You have got to be kidding me little brother, you really want to acknowledge these...." He cut her off and swiftly made the two steps back towards her. "WHAT'S THAT SISTER?" Amenei smiled and stood up. "If you really want to challenge me let's take this outside." Kheresket thought the banter was cute but now was not the time. Plus she was curious as to what Dionisio actually was in the first place. He didn't move like Minna.

  She also didn't have to ask what the other end of that contract was, apparently the Gods of Amenthes have had enough of Vampires in their midst. Her children tormenting Anomolus was only the beginning. "If you two wouldn't mind..." Amenei stopped and looked towards her mother. "Forgive me mother, he takes some getting used to." Dionisio put his attention back onto Kheresket. "I'm sure you don't need time to think about this m.." Kheresket held up her hand to silence him. She had her full memory and had heard enough. "You want a contract My son, then make one with me." Anomolus knew this was not going to be good. He had hurt her in ways no one could imagine and he was about to pay for it. He could not even protest.

  Kheresket summoned a small blade that hung on the wall and cut deep into her wrist. A parchment appeared beneath as the blood flowed. "The 19 Legions by the Command of Naberus"...she looked over to Anomolus. "My Master...by the command of King Dionisio, My son, Queen Amenei My Daughter, and Demoness Kheresket the Great. Shall forevermore torment the usurper Lord Anomolus Madira, until the end of his days, if he dies raise him. He will know every pain he has inflicted, he will be damned to the confines of the City of Limbo for an eternity. Where he will guard the soulless wraiths, that lament for their loved ones. This contract is sealed with blood of Kheresket herself."

  Kheresket licked her wound closed and sealed the contract handing it to Dionisio. "Sign it with each of your own blood to make it bind. I'm sure Naberus will be all too happy to oblige. If this contract is ever broken all three of you will be destroyed. So choose wisely. My contracts are much worse than Naberus'." The thought sadden her but Anomolus hurt her beyond repair. She was happy never knowing she was forced to give birth to almost 200,000 demons. Now she understood what Renenet meant.


 She'll make you weep...

  She was disgusted with her family and made her exit from the main hall, heading towards to private bed chambers. There waiting for her was a bath which she couldn't wait to get into. She studied the room as the door closed behind her. Her heart fluttered beneath her chest, she traced the spot where Anomolus tried to rip her heart out. No matter his tactics she would have never been able to tell him about Naberus. She undressed and got into the tub which was set into the floor. She wasn't alone long before the heavy chamber door crept open and closed with a lock. These doors don't lock she thought. Kheresket turned her head to see it was Naberus, she stood from the circular bath and watched him as he leaned against the wall.

  Naberus eyed her naked body, from the shape of her breasts, the easy curves of her waist and hips to the shape of her thighs. He wasn't smiling this time. Just looking at her wet body. No other but Anomolus had been in her private chambers not even Sandalio. Kheresket stepped out and walked over to Naberus their mutual hatred seemed to have passed. He traced the curve of her breast, his touch hovering above her skin was agonizing. Naberus lifted Kheresket into his arms and pressed his lips against hers kissing her deeply. She wrapped herself around him, pulling at his clothes, ripping every piece to shreds. He carried her over to her bed and laid her down gently, kissing every part of her body. Biting her inner thigh causing her to moan loudly from the pain and pleasure. Kheresket remember the games they  played the more they did the more came back.

  As Naberus entered Kheresket slowly and deeply Kheresket sunk her teeth into his throat. He clawed at her to stop but she persisted. He pulled her head away from him, his blood trickling from the sides of her mouth. The guttural growls they both emitted shook the bed and the walls. Kheresket sat up only to wrap her legs around him they embraced each other. Silently feeding. In this room nothing else existed as it had all those thousands and thousands of years ago. Kheresket pulled away from Naberus and charged towards him. "Enough!" he circled her breathing heavily. "If you want to be angry, be angry at Anomolus." he paused. "I was fine being the realms guardian Kheresket, I was fine never EVER touching you again. Until you had Minnaloushe. Ambrosios is who told Anomolus about your Master that you just so happen to still belong to." Kheresket turned to face him. "But you made me forget!" Naberus slapped her, and looked down at his hand. He had never hit Kheresket, and wasn't trying to start. That Goddamn Minna...Kheresket knew it. "I had no choice...take issue with Nu and that twisted wife of his. We're Demons Kheresket we don't understand love. Banish him from this Realm and be done with this."

  Kheresket cut her eyes at him "And what about my daughter?" Naberus had a thought to kill Minna just so everyone would quit asking. He began to pace back and forth. Kheresket watched his naked body. "I make a contract, I do this for you, if you give me X in return. My end of the contract is now fulfilled job done. Now you want to break said contract by not giving me my payment. THAT'S NOT HOW THIS SHIT WORKS KHERESKET! Am I the only demon with a functioning brain around here who understands contracts? He stood with his back facing her, he was done explaining. He was thinking about leaving, Hades sounds nice. Kheresket laughed which caused him to turn around she touched his lips with her fingers before he started another rant and shook her head. Naberus pulled her close and hugged her resting his head onto hers. Kheresket had no idea what was to happen next.


This ends part 2 of Flowers of The Storm

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Flowers of The Storm

Left Unsaid- The Wolf (The past)

"Tell me Sandalio, one day when we are written about in books. What do you want it to say about you hmm...?"

"Khere for once stop playing games."

  The Goddess turned around to face him, her face was blank of emotion. "I am dead serious, go on." "I don't know Khere." The realm had been unusually quiet as it prepared for the birth of Anomolus and Kheresket's son. Renenet the Cobra Goddess in her excitement rushed to Khere's side. There was still awhile yet but Ren enjoyed the company of House Madira. Especially Anomolus and his strange ways, Kheresket...chose to pester Sandalio.

  This was the first she had seen of him since Anket died there was no explaining why she chose to stay away from him, but he was going to explain his feelings, that's what intrigued her after all. As he talked she stared off into the distance, remnants of her conversation with Naberus entering her mind. She needed to get to Minnaloushe but it was risky.

  The child inside of her fluttered. "You're not even listening to me.." "What?" "I said I want to know why you ordered such a thing why did you allow that to happen?" She could tell he was angry, damn what all did he say? she really wasn't listening she wasn't feeling too well. She leaned forward and rested her hands on her knees feeling as if she would vomit. Sandalio was making her angry with his accusations.

  "Technically my love it was Nephthys. It was Nephthys who compelled you to linger in your bed chamber, while your daughter slaughtered your pack on the steps of Madira. It was Nephthys who slowed you down. It was only your and my offspring that drove the blade into Anket's chest. Deep in your heart Sandalio you still call to me, you cannot deny it. You may leave at any time no one is stopping you. But please do not silently blame me for you child's death. Do you want her back? I suppose that is a silly question of course you do."

   He couldn't believe those words had come from Kheresket, but then again he did. These days she could say anything. She had hurt him, Nephthys had hurt him it was beginning to seem that neither mattered, and to know now that he was not bound to this place. His only thoughts were of his daughter.

  "Would you do that for me Kheresket?"

  She looked upon him non smiling. "I love you Sandalio, I will not. Anket deserved her fate...I would not allow her disrespectful ways back in my presence, I will not go out of my way to avoid her in my own House. She will not plot against me in my House. Be grateful My love she was only sent to the primordial waters. Perhaps another House would have her, you must make a deal with Nu and Naunet, I'll send for Aken the ferrymen for you." Kheresket stood, her tall frame hovering slightly above him. She kissed his lips softly; "Good luck to you my love." If he had anything else to say or to protest it didn't matter she wasn't in the mood to listen. Maybe...Naunet would keep him there. There was no bargaining with that woman. As Kheresket walked away there was a devious smile etched across her face.


 Bonds of the heart- The Vampire

  Kheresket, followed silently and invisibly by Renenet and Harendotes made their way back into the confines of the House. The more she had moved, the sicker she felt the walls couldn't even give her comfort. "Ren, why is this one worse than Minnaloushe?" Renenet became visible only for a moment and slithered by Kheresket's side wrapping her textured body around Kheresket's to ease the pain. "After awhile bodiesss wear out Mistresss. she said." Kheresket looked confused, what did she mean by that? This realm held some deep secret she needed to be let in on. They had at last come to a larger room where Kheresket had sensed Anomolus. He had made it into his study the high walls were nothing but books and facing out was a large balcony that let in the Amenthien air. His type never lost the love to study, knowledge was in fact infinite. It suited him.

  He sat there in a large black chair with it's back facing the doorway. Like Kheresket he enjoyed looking out into Amenthes, or he could've been reading she didn't exactly know. Through all these years she never knew if he did actually read these books. There were always distractions. She watched him as he set a wine glass on the small table next to the chair he knew she was there. Then again it's not like she was quiet about it. Anomolus turned his head to the side to acknowledge her.

  "Enjoy your chat with Sandalio?"

  "I did..."

  "Very good...you sent him away why?"

   His tone was not something she had hoped for, and not something she had needed... not now, not at this particular time. She placed her hand on her stomach, the child was trying to tell her something. When it came to incoming danger and Anomolus, Kheresket was not the best at judgement. "My love I..." She was cut off by a sudden slam against her body. Anomolus had leapt from his chair and forced her against the wall his hand plunging into her chest and encircling her slow beating heart. Blood spattered from her mouth, she had finally realized what he had done. The tattoo of Harendotes began to move along her body she felt he didn't care whether he was summoned or not. Her life was in danger. "Anomolus... she managed to say. What is this?" "You are hiding more than you think you are Kheresket and you will tell me. But I want to know why?"

  She would tell him everything whatever it was she knew but this was too much, everything hurt. "All this over a dead wolf, that pathetic child of you and his? She choked on her blood. Anomolus squeezed her heart. "PLEASE!" she screamed. At that moment Harendotes fully formed from Kheresket's body, grabbing hold of Anomolus by surprise. Kheresket was free of his grip long enough to slide down the wall. Her own form was beginning to change she was in full labor. The hole in her chest wasn't closing which worried Renenet who finally reappeared. Harendotes summoned a chain and wrapped it around Anomolus binding him to whatever force he could think of on quick notice.

  "This will NEVER hold me!" He exclaimed. "It will for now." Harendotes knelt down to him staring at him. "You're intent on hurting your wife, and cannot sense her labor beforehand? Harendotes had to turn his back against Kheresket and keep Anomolus distracted, he himself could not see what thing she was to become. "You love your Mistress so much ask her about her two Masters." Harendotes looked confused. "That's still no reason Anomolus she's your wife, and carrying your son." "You honestly think I care now? Let me out of this!" "No". Anomolus gave pause as he watched Kheresket. "I used to think her true form was the most horrifying yet beautiful thing I had ever seen." "And you don't no longer?"....Anomolus said nothing.

  Her labor lasted hours, longer than hers with Minnaloushe the longer it went on the more the child grew which made Kheresket sick even in her true form. She knew his growth and advancement would be much different than Minna's, it may have been Anomolus' interference that complicated it. Either way what grew was not happy with it's father, and indirectly channeled his anger towards his mother.

All things must come- The Demon (Present)

  It had only been a few months since the king of the realms had been born. Minnaloushe, Naberus and a few others managed to infiltrate Sakhmet's defenses. It was quite easy, maybe Sakhmet was ready to die, or maybe it was a setup for Minna again as it was before. No one ever found out what had happened to her that first time and Naberus could not for the life of him command her to tell. It had to have been Yahwehotep and his various ways of persuasion. Either way Naberus let it go he had other issues to deal with, as reports of Anomolus and Kheresket on the outs kept ringing in his ear. Only the God and Goddess were in disarray they weren't the ruling authority.

  Sakhmet's so called "hideout" didn't make much sense to Minnaloushe, for a woman who was hell bent on killing her own family she didn't understand the point of hiding. "Do you know what to do My Minna?" he was standing in front of her blocking her view of a path she was to take that led directly to Sakhmet. They didn't want any complications this time no traps. Kill her and be done with it, he and her parents told her.

  "Yes there's no need to ask such a stupid question." Her mouth made him want to snap her neck...repeatedly. He slowly turned and gently placed his hand around her throat, his green human like eyes blazed with it's Amenthien fire. He spoke to her in a velvety toned voice, different from his usual deepened hoarse one. He lifted her a few inches above the floor and held her there. Minna's fear took over he was too unpredictable,  worse than her father. "I've told you time and time again about that mouth of yours Minnaloushe. Your games annoy me, do as I say and I may let you live when this is over." "You can't kill me." Naberus smiled slyly. "Think I won't little one. I can and I will, your mother and father are no challenge for me, you think the primordial waters can contain me?"

   At that point Minna wondered why her mother didn't tell her anything about Naberus, why did she have to figure this out on her own. Why did Kheresket abandon her? "There's a whole lot of things mother dearest didn't mention." Minna curled up her bottom lip. "Don't read my mind" "You forget so easily, we're bonded Minna, if you would accept the damned thing completely and stop this half shit you would know a whole lot of things. Continuing to play naive and stubborn will only be dangerous for you. Now enough of this! Do you know what to do?"

   Had it occurred to Minna that her Master still had her by the throat, ready for the wrong response?

   "Yes..."

   Naberus let go of her and resumed his original position. "Was that so hard? Did it really need to take a drawn out conversation about nothing? you are becoming unlikable. Unlikable ones get killed." He shook his head in wonderment at such petty things, he was too old literally. Minna stood patiently behind him and smiled at his thought. One of his generals who seemed oddly familiar to her returned to them to let Naberus know information on Sakhmet. There was something so odd about this demon like she knew him. She had spent little time with members of his legion.

   "Naberus why do I know him?"

   "You don't."

  He was lying she knew it. And he knew that she knew. Naberus nodded for her to go forward and stepped behind her. Minna walked down the path they had stood on. Every step she took was slower than the first. Naberus watched her until she was out of sight. "They all know something is going on and that you are the root of it." a small bench manifested underneath Naberus just as he was sitting down. He took the option of not lighting a cigarette this time. "You have a habit of watching everyone's conversations Azrael or just mine? At least...I know someone is going to die tonight." Azrael was slightly amused by Naberus' confidence in certain death. "The habit can't be helped at times, but you failed to realize what's going on here. A couple months ago Anomolus mentioned to Harendotes about two Masters would you care to explain about that?"

  There was a sudden crash in the distance followed by a scream, they should've been concerned but it was neither Minnaloushe nor Sakhmet. Naberus turned his head back towards Azrael, he heard Minna's questions in the distance and now his. He did opt for that cigarette so much for cutting back. "What makes you think I know anything about that? one cannot serve two Masters" a severed head rolled by...Amenei must be around he thought to himself. "You know Kheresket better than anyone Naberus, better than Anomolus." Naberus had a quick thought. "This is trickery...nice visuals Anomolus but I'm no fool." Anomolus dropped his front and started to attack him, but not before Naberus jumped behind Anomolus. "Touch me little God, and I'll not only command your daughter to kill your sister but to kill herself as well." Anomolus' eyes widened. "You wouldn't...release my daughter then."

   "No, we have a contract; I get Minnaloushe daughter of Kheresket and you get a dead sister. It wouldn't be wise to break a contract with a demon. Especially not me." As Sakhmet laid sleeping soundly in her bed Minnaloushe stood there watching her listening to every word Naberus said, and he made sure she'd heard it. She was a bargaining chip. Part of a contract. Sakhmet's eyes opened and she smiled, it had seemed everyone heard this conversation and everyone was in this room. Amenei stood on the other side of the bed from Minna. "Fuck them do it, just kill her and get it over with." Sakhmet didn't move only folded her hands over her stomach. "Bothers you doesn't it girl, that your father would use you like that. Weren't you ordered to do something?"

  Minna hesitated she felt stuck, Naberus was commanding her not to move. If Sakhmet attacked her it would be all over, she couldn't defend herself but Amenei could. Her father was breaking a law asking for her to be released. He broke a contract. "All I ever wanted was to see Anomolus destroyed and he does it himself." Sakhmet laid in her bed roaring in laughter. Minna looked to Amenei, who had tears streaming down her face. What did this mean for the House?  Sakhmet having thought their guards were down enough sprung towards door, Minna grabbed her long hair and pulled her back, sinking her teeth deep into her flesh. The door flung open causing Minna to stop, Sakhmet was strong but Minna proved stronger at holding on. There stood a young man whom favored Minna, and she instantly recognized him as her Brother. She had never seen him or knew about her mother having another of her kind. Naberus did not tell her. She smiled with her fangs as the blood dripped from her mouth. She had forgotten all about Anomolus it wasn't about him anymore.

  "And what do they call you?" she asked. He answered by ripping out Sakhmet's heart and watching the blood run down his arm. Amenei walked up behind Minna smiling.

  "Dionisio he said."

End of Part 1.

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