Memories and Promises
By Royda

Chapter Fourty-Two


"Kieran?" Anubis said as he approached the boy. He didn't move and continued
to stare at his hands. "You mind telling me what's wrong?"

"Are you happy Papa?" the boy asked without looking up.

"Of course I'm happy. Why wouldn't I be?"

"Even if Unky Dais is always mad at you?" He slowly looked up and Anubis
looked down at Mia's eyes. They were the saddest he had ever seen.

"I could care less what Dais thinks." He sat down next to him. "I am happy
with what I have."

"Is Mama happy?"

"Of course she is. Why wouldn't she be?"

"Even if she can't go home?"

"As far as I'm concerned, she doesn't need to go back to that place. Her
life here is enough. Let a hundred years pass in the Mortal World yet she
ages only once. No sickness comes to her here and we're all here. I don't
see why she wouldn't be happy."

"But if me or Kiefer were taken from here, I know I'd be really sad. I don't
want to leave my home like Mama did."

"And you're not going to. What makes you think that?"

"If I only thought of not coming back here and it made me sad, what's Mama
feeling? She left all she knows back there. I know I haven't seen what she
likes about that place but she lived there."

"Kieran, you think too much about these things." He lifted him and sat him
down on his lap. "Just be a kid. Don't worry about those things. You're
Mama is happy here because we are here. If we all go somewhere, I'm sure
she'll be happy too but who wants to leave this place, right? Do you want to

"No way. I like it here. Its a lot prettier here than there. Besides,
Ronins are back there and Wildfire. Me and Kiefer agree that we both hate

"Then just think about that. When the Ronins are gone, you're Mama can go
back. Who knows what they're going to do if she goes back now."

"They'll hurt her?" Kieran's eyes narrowed at the thought.

"Maybe. She has been living here and they think she's the enemy. They fight
anybody that's from here, remember?"

"They won't get to her. Me and Kiefer'll look after her."

"That's all I needed to know. I'll take care of them. That's why you boys
should learn all you can about them. Someday, you're going to be the ones
that are going to be sent out to fight them. Have to be prepared for that."

"Okay Papa." Kieran was smirking now. "I can do that. We're ready."

"I know you are." He kissed the side of his head and let him down to look
for his brother. "I know you are."

"Your kids grow a little too fast." Anubis turned around and found Caleb
behind him.

"They are growing faster, and definitely smarter than a five year old should
be. He's getting himself confused by just thinking too much."

"What are you going to do about it?"

"Kiefer'll keep him company. They'll wear each other down then he'll follow
his brother. He still looks up to him you know."

"I know. That's what worries me." Anubis arched an eyebrow at him. "Kiefer
acts a lot like you but he's very reckless. Kieran is the thinking part of
the outfit. Alone, they can probably wipe out a whole army of soldiers, but
together, they can take down all nine armors."

"I wouldn't be surprised. But I think Mia will be. She trained them a lot
better than she thought."

"At least they're on our side. I wouldn't want to be the Ronins after your
little pep talk with him." Cale moved to sit down next to him.

"They still have her morals. They won't be able to get rid of them unless
they do something against them first."

"Either way, they are both dangerous. Such power for somebody so young. You
think they can handle it?"

"I think so. If they couldn't handle it, they would be going insane with
power already. They know their limitations."

"And I overheard that he doesn't want to leave the Netherworld at all. He
wants to stay more then ever."

"Which is fine with me. They are born here. There is nothing for them in
the Mortal World. Their lives were going to be different from the day they
were born."

"And I'm sure when asked, they wouldn't change a thing about it."