in bed, lover?" a deep, masculine voice prodded, the tone
Mia opened her eyes to discover Anubis standing over her. The glow from the morning's sun illuminated his beautiful body.
He was bare-chested, a towel hanging over one of his shoulders. Evidently he had just showered, for beads of water sparkled in his crimson red hair. He also wore a pair of dark blue jeans and white socks.
Flushing, Mia dragged her gaze away and glanced around the bedroom. It was surprisingly clean except for the articles of clothing scattered on the floor. The tumbled bed sheets reminded her of what she and Anubis did last
"Morning already?" Mia murmured as she sat up and rubbed her eyes. Smiling, Anubis sat beside her on the bed and gathered her into his embrace. Mia slid her arms around him and leaned her head against his smooth,
damp chest. She smiled as she remembered that yesterday, the two of them had gotten married. It was the happiest day of her life and a day she would cherish forever, as he would.
She felt him stroking her soft, cool bare back. Lifting her head, she planted a light kiss on his warm, sweet tasting lips.
"I'm going to make you a delicious breakfast," she told him after she kissed his cheek.
Anubis grinned. "I will unquestionably be looking forward to that but..."
Mia studied him after he trailed off. "But what...?"
"I'm not sure if that will satisfy my hunger..." He leaned forward and kissed her deeply.
"Oh--! Oh..." Mia slipped her arms around his neck and pulled him down onto the bed with her. No more words were spoken because none were needed.
shadows swiftly approached the lake house. They moved with grace
and silence, mere creatures leaping through the treetops. They
surrounded the house but did not advance any further.
At a greater distance, a distinguishable figure stood in the midst of the woodland shadows. He stood there by a common tree, a hand placed on its side. Red eyes glowed from his face as he gazed at the cabin. It was here he felt her. Her essence was all around it. He grew ever so eager by the minute.
"Finally, I have returned to you, my love. I am here to stay."
Turning around, he focused his gaze on a couple of shadow creatures. They were rather small but powerfully built, wore black ninja suits, and all wield giant shurikens on their backs. "You know what to do. Go only after she is
The shadows all nodded and quickly vanished, leaving him alone once more with his thoughts.
Mia love, this is delicious!" Anubis said after taking a
bite of his food and swallowing it. He quickly took another bite
then took a sip of his drink.
"Why thank you!" Mia smiled at him over her shoulder. She continued to work over by the stove, fixing up her breakfast. The had just gotten dressed a few hours ago, having been delayed from their earlier attempt to get up...
It was still early afternoon and the sun was set high into the everclear blue skies. A few clouds were scattered about, floating by the cool, gentle breezes of Mother Nature. Anubis and Mia were content to just spending their honeymoon in each others arms. Their love had grown much stronger since their wedding and they both knew in their hearts that they will continue to love
each other for all eternity.
Anubis finished his meal and sat back in his chair. His eyes drifted towards Mia, who was just about done with her breakfast. A faint smile appeared on his face as he studied the young woman.
Mia's reddish-brown hair was put up in a cute ponytail with a white bow holding it. She wore a fuzzy white sweatshirt with the sleeves rolled up, a pair of faded blue jeans, and a comfortable pair of white tennis shoes--quite charming. Anubis knew that he would never get tired of looking at her because each time he did, he found her more irresistible.
Mia was busy tasting her food to notice Anubis from behind. He had gotten out of his seat and snuck over to her. He slid his arms around her waist and drew her into his strong arms. Mia gasped in delight and placed her eating utensils down and leaned into his warm embrace. She closed her eyes as she felt him kiss the top of her head.
"Anubis, this is so wonderful," she whispered dreamily.
"Yes, it is," he replied softly in her ear. "I love you so much... Never forget that."
"Never..." She turned around so she was looking up at him. She lifted a hand and touched his cheek. "Anubis, I can't thank you enough for being a part of my life..."
Anubis smiled pleasantly. "Or I you, my love..."
He lowered his head to kiss her when someone knocked on the front door. Mia gasped and turned around in his arms. "What in the...?"
"I didn't think anybody knew we were out here," Anubis mumbled to himself.
"Whoever it is," Mia said, "I'll get rid of them."
She gave him a quick kiss on the cheek before slipping out of his arms and leaving the kitchen. Anubis sighed as he stared off where she had gone only to return to his seat. Before he knew it, a sharp pain from his head caused him to hiss through clenched teeth. He started to get up but darkness swirled all around him and he just fell back onto his chair unconscious.
into the living room and the knocking continued. She sighed and
shouted, "I'm coming, I'm coming! Hang on!"
She unlocked the door and threw it open. "Yes, may I help... you?"
Nobody was there. But she had just heard someone knocking seconds before she opened the door. How could they have disappeared so quickly?
Against her better judgment, Mia stepped outside and took a look around. The area was empty and quiet. Over by the side of the house was the jeep, safe and sound. Just ahead the surface of the lake splashed calmly against
the earth's shores. "That's strange," Mia whispered to herself. "I could've sworn... oh?!"
A black blur flashed before her eyes. Then another one. And another one. Before she knew it, multiple blurs were flashing to and fro and all around her. She gasped as she felt something slam into her from behind. It sent her tumbling from the porch and crashing onto the ground. She quickly collected herself and got to her feet. Her eyes widen in fear as she discovered small
yet robust looking ninjas standing before her. Each of them held a giant shuriken in their hands.
"W-Who are you?" Mia asked, feeling herself tremble.
"We are here to take you to our master," one of the ninjas spoke in a raspy voice.
Mia shook her head. "No... I don't--"
"Don't be foolish, girl. Come, we are wasting time..."
"No! I won't!" She opened her mouth to cry out Anubis' name but there was no sound. She tried again but nothing happened. Her voice was gone!
One of the ninjas held up a strange looking jewel before her. "There is no use calling for help. This is the Cessation Stone. It prevents even the smallest of sounds from being emitted. Now you will come with us..."
Wordlessly Mia turned around and raced into the forest. The ninjas immediately followed her. She did not look back but made herself run as fast as she could. Her heart was racing in her chest and her breathing came out rather rapid. The tree branches poked out and lashed out at her face, scratching her but she ignored the pain. She was very frighten. She could not
call out to Anubis and he was the only one who could protect her...
Daring to steal a glance over her shoulder, she discovered to her horror that nobody was behind her. This made her even more frighten. She knew very well they were around somewhere watching her every move.
The leaves from the treetops rustled from above. Mia gasped and held up her arms, taking a defensive stance. The Ronin Warriors had taught her some moves to protect herself. She even took the time to learn how to use a spear--very well at that. It not only surprised herself but the Ronins as well.
"My beautiful flower," a voice whispered from the air. "I've missed you so much..."
Mia did not receive an answer. Instead the ninjas leapt down from the treetops and landed on the forest floors, surrounding her. She gasped in shock and held her guard but alas it would do her no good. The last thing she was able to do before getting knocked out was cry out one name.
What... What happened? Where am I?
::Open your eyes, fool! You were caught off guard! Do you not recognize the aura within the area?::
I... Yes... But I don't understand. This aura is from the Nether Realm! Why would someone from the Nether Realm come here?
::Good question. Why don't you ask your wife? She probably knows::
What do you mean by that?
snapped wide open and he sat up right in his seat. His forehead
was cover in sweat and his heart was thumping madly in his chest.
The pain in his head had completely vanished. His blue-green eyes
darted about the kitchen in alarm, as though they detected an
unwanted presence. He saw no one, but he certainly felt something.
Something unmistakably not right.
He glanced over at the kitchen doorway which led to the front room. He then remembered Mia. She had gone to answer the door but has not returned...
At the sound of his wife's cry, Anubis immediately bolted from his seat and raced out of the house. He froze at the doorway as he discovered the environment had heavily been mutated. The trees, once tall and thriving, were now stripped bare of their leaves and left dead. The water in the lake, pure and fresh, was now just about sucked dry. The skies, at one point were clear
and blue, were now stained red with gray clouds.
"What is going on?" Anubis whispered to himself. He looked to the sides and growled in frustration. Where's Mia?
"Ha ha ha..."
A voice, deep and as cold as ice, boomed from the general direction of the lake. Anubis rushed to the docks and stopped as a mysterious figure appeared in the middle of the lake. It was a man who looked to be in his mid to late twenties, tall, lean, with long dark brown hair, cold black eyes, pale skin, and wore a suit of black and red armor. Strapped at his side was a
deadly looking rapier, its blade as black as the armor. "Who are you?" Anubis called out in a cautious voice.
The man gazed at him for a few moments before answering. "I am called Adrien. I mean you no harm, Dark Warlord of Cruelty. I had just arrived to take back what is rightfully mine."
Anubis regarded Adrien. "What are you talking about...?"
Adrien smiled viciously. He held out his arms and to Anubis' horror, Mia magically appeared. She fell into Adrien's arms, her clothes torn and tattered; it looked as though she had been mauled by a wild animal. Her lovely skin had been scratched in many places and her eyes were closed.
Anubis couldn't tell if she was alive or not but he felt his blood boil as he found Adrien to be smiling. "MIA!!!"
"Don't bother," Adrien said coolly, holding Mia close in what looked like an embrace. "She can't hear you. Forgive me but I'm afraid my henchmen did not handle her carefully as I had commanded them to do. She must have put up
quite a struggle though... Anyway, she is alive and mine once more."
"She does not belong to you!" Anubis hissed as he took a step forward, his blue-green eyes hard and filled with fire. "Give her back to me now, or else."
Adrien chuckled. "Oh? She is yours? My, my, I never dreamed Mia would get over me... She loved me so much as I had loved her..."
Another chuckle, this time more harsh sounding. "I suppose she hasn't told you, has she? I am her boyfriend. Well, I was her boyfriend when she was younger but... I will not bore you with our history. To get to my point, I am here to re-enter Mia's life and hopefully recapture her heart."
"I'll have you know she is my wife," Anubis stated through clenched teeth. He then changed from his casual clothes to his pale blue subarmor. Wordlessly he leaped from the docks at super-human speed and lunged himself
Adrien was able to vanish with Mia before he could touch them. He reappeared at the docks, levitating a few feet from the exterior of the wooden panels. "I must say, Dark Warlord, you are very determined, aren't you? Sorry, but I must say that you've confused my lovely Mia. She does not want to be with you. She was happy with me and once she wakes up, she will
come back to me."
"Curse you!" Anubis snarled as he landed a few inches from the surface of the lake. He had used his powers to levitate himself, preventing himself from getting wet. He whirled around and glared at Adrien. "I love Mia and she
loves me! I--"
All of a sudden, tidal waves of water roared from all sides and devoured Anubis before he could say or do anything else. It was so quick, it totally caught him off guard. He could not prevent himself from being swallowed into the monstrous waves. Adrien threw his head back and laughed maniacally, unaware that Mia was beginning to stir. With the blink of an eye Adrien
simply vanished into thin air--no fancy acts or anything, just disappeared with Mia still in his arms.