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"What is taking that woman?" Mias wondered out loud as he approached the window in the parlor and looked out over his property.

Abernos, who had finally removed his panties from his antlers and put them on to cover himself, was hungrily devouring a plate of food the housekeeping spell had just delivered. He glanced over at Mias, chewing his mouthful of food loudly, "Maybe she's bonding with the horses?"

Mias was skeptical about that possibility. A sense of dread was beginning to squeeze his chest, but what perplexed him was the lack of reason behind the sensation. His senses didn't perceive anything unusual nor had anything crossed into the magical field that surrounded the perimeter of his land, but still the weight over his heart only grew heavier the longer Elle made him wait for her return.

"If you're so worried, why don't you go check on her?" Abernos asked.

Because Elle would surely complain about him being paranoid she would run off again, Mias thought. He wanted to stray away from aggravating her and in order to do so, he faced the task of placing "trust" in her.

"Look, if you're going to brood about it, I'll go check on her," Abernos said when Mias hadn't responded to him.

"Do as you will," Mias said. He knew Elle would never badger Abernos, and though he didn't like the idea of those two being together, it would set him at ease if Elle was retrieved peacefully.

Abernos got up from the table and left the parlor. His usual friendly smile faded from his face as he exited the mansion and approached the stables where Elias awaited at the fence with an unconscious Elle draped over his shoulder.

"Does he suspect anything?" Elias asked.

"He's none the wiser, Lord Elias," he said dryly.

"Perfect. Well done Duncan." Elias snapped his fingers, cancelling the transformation spell over his servant.

The white haired vampire stared blankly as he returned to his original form, but remained clad in Abernos' pink panties. "Might I get dressed now, sir?"

"Oh, but you look dashing," Elias snickered as the two entered the forest and returned to their camp. He carelessly tossed Elle's body into a tent where the real Abernos also lay unconscious. Elias enhanced the enchantment around the tent that set up a barrier to seal whatever the designated area contained. "This is all going way too well."

"I concur my lord, but perhaps celebration is premature at this stage. We cannot underestimate Lord Mathias's power." Duncan said as he changed back into his usual attire.

"I'm well aware, but that fool will once again act on emotional impulse. I'm certain of it."

"So you've said many a time before my lord." Duncan calmly reminded him.

Elias chuckled. "But the game has never had this many players Duncan. To think, I'll have the pleasure of shedding the blood of two banished Stag princes along with my dear brother's."

"And what of the woman?"

"If she's as beholden to my brother as I suspect she is, I'd like for him to witness my claiming her as my own before I slit his throat. Ooh, it gives me shivers to imagine just what sort of face he'll make in that moment when he realizes keeping his heart was what doomed him~!" Elias danced around the tent merrily before flopping down on his bed of pillows. "Ahh, oh Duncan, I've never been happier."

"Indeed sir."


Mias impatiently rapped his fingers against the table as he waited for Abernos to return with Elle. After ten minutes, he stood up, completely fed up with waiting, and marched to the front doors. So help that Stag if he absconded into the night with Elle once again. As he swung them open, he noticed a piece of paper tacked into the thick wooden door with a dagger. His eyes widened as he snatched the note from the blade and read it:

"Salutations, my dear brother. Alas I cannot be there in person to exchange pleasantries, but I do hope you're doing well. A shame the same cannot be said for your beloved lady. Should you wish to give her salvation from death by my hand, you'll return to the main estate within three days time. Our Father and younger brothers miss you so. It would do you good to visit Mother in her days of ailing health as well. I look forward to greeting you at the front gate. Elias."

Mias clenched the letter so tightly in his hands it burst into flame from the uncontrolled surge of magical power within Mias' body. He grit his teeth to momentarily restrain his anger, but there was no spell to contain his rage for much longer than a couple seconds. He screamed at the top of his lungs, "ELIAS!!!!!!"


A familiar voice called out to him after his shouting ceased and Mias looked down the center road leading to his manor to see Berenos sprinting towards him. The sight seemed to shock him back to his senses as he realized a much grander plot must be afoot. Something about "Abernos" from earlier didn't smell right. He carelessly cast blame over the scent of ale that hung off the Stag's breath, not taking the time to realize the characteristic musk of forest dwelling creatures was not present. It must have been Duncan. He wouldn't have overlooked anyone else.

Berenos appeared as if had gone rogue as he snatched Mias up by the front of his shirt, lifting him up the distance required so they'd be face to face. "What have you done?!"

"What are you talking about?" Mias said rather calmly, despite the threatening boom of the Stag's voice.

"Your mad doppelganger has taken my brother!" He shouted, holding up a letter in his other hand.

Mias eyed the parchment and quickly connected the dots. "Let me guess, he's asking for you to head to the Dormaeus Estate within three days time?"

"So you are in on this…" Berenos growled.

"I am not," Mias said firmly. "He's taken Elle as well."

"What?!" Berenos lifted Mias off his feet and slammed him against the stone entryway of the manor. "You bastard! How could you have let this happen?! I still thought Abby and Elle were on the run from you! I hear no news in over a week and suddenly there's a dagger in my door with a note saying he's been taken! Just what the fuck is going on here?!"

"I rendezvoused with the runaway couple within 24 hours of their escape. I can't account for your brother's whereabouts after that, but I assume he stayed in the village until he was eventually kidnapped by Elias. As for the reasoning behind Abernos' kidnapping, I think it's obvious Elias means to exact revenge for the injuries you gave him, which means he wants to kill you."

"Very well, if it's my blood that must be shed as retribution so be it. I knew what I was getting into when I attacked him. I won't let my brother sacrifice himself for me, not again."

"How noble, but Elias won't honor you. He'll most likely take Abernos' life before yours and make you watch. That's the kind of man he is."

Berenos bared his teeth and dug his nails into Mias' flesh as he tightened the grip on the sorcerer's chest. "And you'll let him kill Elle…?"

"It's unusual for Elias to give a grace period, which must mean he's away from the main estate as well. He won't kill me until he can readily present my head to our father, so we must intercept them before they reach the Dormaeus lands."

"Then what are we waiting for?!" Berenos dropped him flat on his hindquarters.

"It's not as simple a trek as you think Stag." Mias winced as stood up and rubbed his bruised buttocks. "Elias' magical forte is concealment. Catching up to him isn't the problem, it's finding him. There are methods of dispelling the charm of course, but again, you need to find what's hidden first. It's cheap, but brilliant trick, and perfectly fitting of Elias."

"And you don't have some sort of magic-sniffing hound that could help us?"

"There is one such creature…" Mias said hesitantly.

"What? What is it?"

"…A Ghoul."

Berenos' eyes widened and his ears fell back. "You can't be serious…"

"They eat magical beings so of course they have a nose capable of sniffing out magic. Of course this means I'd also be on the menu. As a steward of the forest, one might yield to you, but here again we face the challenge of locating such a beast."

"So what are we supposed to do?! We're utterly fucked if we don't think of something! Please! I'll get what ever you need! I'll do anything to save my brother!" The expression on Berenos' face briefly reminded Mias of his younger self when he was still in denial of Elias' change, or rather lack, of heart.

Mias sighed quietly as thought over their options. He could try a location spell, but no doubt Elias had made sure all members in his party were shielded. There was always the hope that Elle's feisty nature would drive her to flee, but Elias wasn't the type to let his prey so easily escape. The more his mind sorted and weighed their choices, the more the ability of a ghoul shined. "I'll summon the fog gates…"

"You'll what?!"

"I've opened the portal to another realm before. Opening the dimensional pocket that harbors these beasts shouldn't be that difficult."

"Are you mad?! Even if you do successfully summon the gates, there's no guarantee the beast will aid us! He'll want something in return and unless you've got a magical chicken to toss him, I don't think he'll be interested!"

"Then you think of something! You were a prized tactician, weren't you Prince Berenos? Show me what wisdom the forest has granted you!"

Berenos lowered his head, accepting the insult as punishment for his failures as an elder brother, but then a thought occurred to him and he raised his head up. "The forest. I've made countless rounds for years now. Every manner of bird and beast knows me. While none can sense magic, there's an aura to the forest. Elias would undoubtedly disturb their senses."


"Even if he's contained within a barrier, that barrier itself gives off energy, correct? That energy must resonate and disturb the forest's natural flow. A winged imp uses sonic locating senses to keep from bumping into trees. Though they cannot see, should one avoid flying in a certain area, that would indicate the presence of a barrier."

"Winged Imps... Easy enough to find, but how do we get one to help us?"

"Leave that to me, but prepare your summoning spell just in case," Berenos said as he ran back into the forest, his hooves determined to find a winged imp even if he had to run all night to catch one.

Mias averted his eyes as he began signing his hands in the fashion appropriate for his summoning spell, "a clever idea indeed, but I do have something to offer a ghoul as payment and I can't afford to let this continue much longer…"
Wh-What is this, you all say? Chapter 22! Okay, I'm sorta uneasy about certain parts. I've mentioned the Ghoul twice now, but most of the info I'm just bs-ing. I didn't feel like bothering Miss Jenny for any info, but given the drawings she's done of Leadbury, that's the feeling I get from him and it works for what I have planned so I'm not gonna fret about canon versus non canon. Miss Jenny enjoys it all, don't you Miss Jenny? :3

Haha, anyway so this chapter is mostly Berenos and Mias yelling at each other but the first part is actually kinda funny >.> Poor Duncan. He's totally Elias' bitch and deep down, I think he likes it.

Notice Don't bother me about the next chapter though. Seriously, it's not like I'm not going to write it so y'all just need to be patient. I know I'm usually tolerant about this sort of thing, but right now, I'm not. So yeah. I'd like to keep comments focuses on the actual chapter. Please and thank you!

Happy reading everyone.

Characters (c) :iconstressedjenny:
Story (c) Me

Edit: Okay, I did just a little tweaking to explain some things and hopefully avoid confusion to further readers.

Chapter 23: [link]
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PrincessInaphit Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Mmmm so well-thought out in the strategies Mias and Berenos are considering, and the methods Elias takes to remain concealed! I suppose it's not looked at as a major part of the story, but these sort of details I tend to like. :D

And you seem to know just where to stop chapters to leave us wanting more!!!!!! :la: 
KanaraR Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yaaay, Leadbury is coming! I love that crazy ghoul! I'm very interested to read your take on him... And gotta say, it's awesome to hear (hear? I'm reading... crazy me) some profanity tossed Mias' way. Berenos is steadily climbing the list for my favorite character...
somnoroasa Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
very good chapter, although i would have thought Elias to be even crueler to Elle when he captured her
NaturallyUndefined Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AHH! So much excitement going on. I really like the fact that the Stag brothers are princes. :D
Hannahntlovescookies Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student Writer
Man the intensity is almost killing me! XD
redflowerblooming Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it's getting intense up in here!!! :D
CalliScribbles Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
I hesitate to think what Mias is willing to offer a ghoul in order to pay it for helping them. I get the feeling that it hits uncomfortably close to home. Hopefully Berenos' method will work... of course, rule of drama says it won't.

Now, if it was Elias, he'd bank on giving the ghoul Mias' head on a plate, but since it's Mias talking...
Dessert-rose Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
O.o i didnt know Abby and Berry were princes!! :iconexcitedblushplz:
Nerds-and-Corsets Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Want......More......*sobs*........I understand that you need time though, as a fellow writer...but I am not brave enough to post most of my writing up here....
SuirenShinju Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Chapter 23 is up tho >.>
Nerds-and-Corsets Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
I didn't see it....>< *goes to check frantically*
SuirenShinju Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I just added the link in this chapter. Sometimes I don't get them added in right away.
Nerds-and-Corsets Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
It's ok. I found it. ^^
hungergamesfreak9 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
I love Elle and Mias. Their so cute together, and then stupid Elias comes around and ruins it. D: Can't wait for the next chapter, which will just be fantastic like the rest.
marximonto Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
I hope Elle and Abby will be ok, Thank you for the chapter :hug:
TheArmyArtist Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yES YES yes yes yes yes, I will and can and have no problems waiting for you to get the next chapter out. :D
Bunny-Tune-94 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student Writer
Ment to ask you. what does this symbol ~ mean?
SuirenShinju Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a bit hard for me to type it out, but I use to sort of elongate a word in a sorta sing-song voice. It's meant to make the voice sound more playful and such. That's my intent with it at least.
Bunny-Tune-94 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student Writer
I get it ^^
HylianSword Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Ooh. You did a very good job with this chapter; you ended the action in the right spot, it doesn't feel too long or too short of a chapter. I know the next chapter, whenever you choose to write it, will be equally fantastic =)

I'm glad you added a way for Berenos to participate, it was beginning to feel like he was going to not be involved in most of the rest of the story's plot.
SpiralRaccoon Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the story so far, Eris is my favorite part
EpicKitty98 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
I think your writing of ghouls seems pretty good. Plus, since it eats magical beings, that adds more of a plot twist than if it didn't. And if theres one thing I love, it's a plot twist! Also, I'm happy you added Berenos in, I hadn't ears rom him in a while...
HikaruHrist Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
I LOVE YOUR FANFIC! *fangirl sqweeee* lol sorry. its just so well written. i love seeing all the stories bring miss jenny's characters to life.
life-stones Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
i love it but how do u write a story on devianart
SuirenShinju Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
use the "add text" option in the submition rather than uploading a file
life-stones Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
thank u so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
StressedJenny Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional Filmographer
What a twist!!! I loved that! I had to read that part twice before I went further as I was all "bwahwahwah?!?! Abernos working for Elias!!?? WHAT!??" XD Awesome!! And that image of Duncan in pink pants. OMG. My braaaiiinnnn. LOL!
Oh goodness this is great! I'tll be interesting to see how Elle and Abernos cope in Elias' possesion and I love Berenos all up in Mias' face like that. You don't mess with Abernos when this guys around. I love him. Thanks for another wonderful chapter sweetie! I'm gonna re read the whole thing again XD :heart: Love you!!
KichWahya Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I did the exact same thing. I was like OH NO!! Elias has Abernos under some kind of debt to him and he has to work for him?!?! Then I read on and was like OOOOH!! It's Duncan! Whew! That kind of redoubling is part of what makes this story so good.
123fluffycat Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Awesome chapter :D though a bit short xD
But very nicely written, and it's nice to get some action again :D

I look forward to when Leadbury makes an intrance ^^
The-Happy-Thought Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Quite awesome, as always :) I love to read your stories. Although, at this point I'd much rather get to know more about what Remy and Loki are up to. But I guess I'll just have to wait for that, too ;)
alvin8r Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student
I love it! Of course I will eagerly wait for the next one to come out, and I know it will be fascinating whenever that is! The only thing that confuses me about this part so far is that when Mias is talking to Bernos, he mentions that the last time he saw Abernos was when he took Elle back from him in the village. But did they not rescue him on their way back to the manor? Did Mias know that "Abernos" was Duncan all along then? Perhaps this explains the conversation between the two...?
SuirenShinju Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I suppose that is a bit of an issue... That's what I get for writing when I'm half asleep. Hehe. Not to worry. I'm good at amending lil slip ups like this in the following chapter. For now let's just say Mias realized the Abernos they picked up was a fake the instant Berenos showed up. ^^' Perhaps I should just fix the entire chapter though... But that'll hafta wait because I'm super mega tired now and I've got to commissions to color... Ugh... I was premature in submitting my work yet again. Oops. XP
alvin8r Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student
Haha! Not a problem at all. You may miss a few things when you're tired, but it also lets your imagination run wild and come up with awesome ideas. Just keep doing what you're doing! You're an awesome story writer/teller!
rose2889 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Yeah new chapter!!!!! And it is awesome! Keep up the amazing work! :D
TheButterflyGirl Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Another cliffhanger for me. It's scary now that both Elle and Abernos have been taken as hostages. It is also quite a shock that the Abernos that Elle and Mias picked up was the imposter Duncan. It's a pity that Mias didn't sense that immediately. Hopefully he and Berenos can work well together to get Elle and Abernos back.
xstardust Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Ooh I was hoping you'd bring in Leadbury! *___* I can't wait for more! I literally squealed with delight when I saw this in my watch inbox thing. :boogie: :dance:
Jinx369 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Oh, I love Berry....
kioshi12973 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
NO! elle!
Knight-Emma Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
O_O oh no! what is going to happen?!
accidentlyfairy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
First I was like: YAAAAY new Chapter!
While reading: Duncan in pink Pants XD
NOOOOOO! What are they doing!
At the End: Mias! DON'T DO THIS!!!!! *gasp* (Although I like Elias more, god knows why)

I didn't know Berenos can use such words... O.O

I like this chapter. Its going to be hard now, for Berenos and Mias. I'm courious but I can wait. ^^ Very well done.

Keep up the good work.
Artificial-Moonlight Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student Photographer
You have no idea, I logged on and saw this in my message box and my day was instantly made... >:D
Bunny-Tune-94 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student Writer
Berenos you potty mouth!
LePetitErik Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Go get 'em, boys! Take down Elias. I'm loving this. Great job.
Horsie35 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. seriously i was in a really crappy mood before i checked my inbox and this poped up. i was still alittle down but the second i read that Duncan was in panties.. and the overall IMAGE of that... my god i couldnt stop laughing xD and the rest was just so suspensful. take your time dear! :heart:
DragonNightTiger Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Yay new chapter! What an exiting turn of events, this one had me on the edge of my seat while reading.
saphireart9 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Cliffhangers ... I hate them. I don't think Elias is going to put up with Elle's stubbornness as well as Mias has.

Over all, love this chapter!
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KiraBlackwell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Elle is screwed! I doubt Elias will be as nice aa Mias with her strong headedness.
simoneevee8 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
I was waiting all morning for this! Commented b4 I read it lol!
namenameone Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
HOLY CRAP!! When I saw that fantastic/terrifying twist, I literally went like this; :iconinglipplz: "THIS IS WHERE IT ALL ENDS..."
Argh!! /rolls around on floor in order to keep mouth shut in respect to your notice.
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