Marius jerked against the restraints around his wrists and ankles, but no matter how hard he pulled he couldn’t get free. He was gagged so was unable to speak, could only stare angrily at the man across from him. “I told you I would be back boy.” His uncle grinned at him. “I told you that you and that little mate would pay.” Marius growled, his eyes going completely black. “Frustrated that you were caught or that you can’t read me?” His uncle chuckled as he got up, wincing in pain as he moved closer and leaned down. “I’ll let you see just this once.” Images flashed in Marius’s head as his uncle opened his mind. A syringe, drugs injected into his veins, fantasies of Aeron bleeding and broken of him tormented at murdering his beloved. Marius growled again and his uncle reached into his pocket and pulled out a syringe. “I’ve refined it you know, it’s more potent in liquid form it seems. Not like that powder your mate inhaled.” He grabbed Marius’s arm and stuck the needle in even as he fought. “I wonder what you’ll do to him little Marius.” He pushed down on the plunger. “I can’t wait to find out.”
Aeron was pacing in the portal room as he waited for Marius. What was taking so long? He was always so punctual, but today he was late. He jumped a little when the portal opened, his mouth opening to reprimand Marius, but he paused when his mate stumbled and fell. “Marius?” He reached for him and Marius slapped his hand away.
“Don’t…don’t touch me. Get away!” He growled. He gripped his head, letting out sounds of pain. “Go, now!”
“Marius, what happened?” He jumped back when Marius looked at him, swallowing fearfully at the look in his eyes. Rage. Lust. Absolute domination. He recognized those emotions. Marius started toward him and he quickly backed up. “Marius, don’t, please.” Marius reached for him, his fingers stopping a breath from him.
“No, stay away.” He stepped back, a portal opening behind him and he was gone.
Aeron just stood there, shocked and scared, trying to gather his thoughts. He had to help him, he had to go to him, but he needed to alert Genya. He was finally able to turn and run upstairs, yelling for Genya, nearly slipping as he took a corner and slammed into someone. He almost fell down, but managed to stay on his feet. He was surprised by the stranger, his eyes sweeping over him to rest briefly on the antlers a top his head. It took him a moment to realize there was a woman with him. “You are Aeron, correct?”
“Who the hell’s asking?” He was ready to fight.
“I am Jase and this is my mate Humble. We have come to help.”