"Neos, what did you mean mommy is stuck? Mommy is in the other room right now." Neos rubbed his face before shaking his head.
"That's only some of mommy, the rest is stuck in that dark place." Marcus face looked at him questioning.
"What dark place Neos? Did you do something to mommy?" He nodded as the tears started to roll down his face again.
"Mommy is with the man."
"The man with the cane. He tried to give me candy, I kicked him in the shin." Marcus would have laughed if the realization didn't hit him as hard as it did. His eyes lit up as he understood what Neos had been trying to say, his powers were more powerful then he had anticipated. He took a single step forward before he stopped, remembering clearly what he had said to Demetri about a truce, he need to let him know he might have a lead, it was the least he could do. He turned toward the room, stepping into the room with Neos still in his arm, Demetri turning his head to look at him.
"I thought you were gone by now." Marcus shook his head.
"I might have a lead on a way to heal Ali." He could see Demetri start to rise but he gestured for him to stop, settling back into his seat Marcus continued.
"It's not full proof, I might be wrong, I need to look into it first before we get our hopes up. Give me time." Demetri showed his skepticism before nodding his head, Marcus turned away with, Neos still in his arms as he headed to his quarters. He was feeling life surge through his limbs again, Neos nuzzling into him, he looked down to him and remembered he was covered in blood fro carrying Ali. He didn't have time to clean up, where he was going it didn't matter either, and he was gonna need Neos to help. Suddenly the boy looked up at him, a small smile on his face.
"Daddy's gonna save mommy." Marcus felt his heart beat rapidly, unsure if he was talking about him or Demetri.
"I'm going to try to save your mom ok?" He nodded fast.
"Daddy is gonna save mommy!" The boy was talking about him now, he didn't know how to feel about that. He tried to keep his mind calm as he spoke to Neos.
"Can you take me to mommy?" Neos lowered his head and shook it as he heard him sniffle.
"No, I can't get to mommy. But, I knew daddy could, my other daddy could." It was gonna take a long time for him to get use to being called that. He quickened his pace, reaching his quarters he set Neos down and he instantly ran over to where Marcus usually sat. Just standing there as Marcus made his way to him and sitting down, Neos taking a seat in his lap after he had crossed his legs, Sly scampering over and cuddling up in Neos' lap. Marcus sighed before he let his hands go slack, closing his eyes he readied himself for the trip, he spoke quietly to Neos.
"Here we go, son." He whispered the last words as they were suddenly launched into the shadow realm. Feeling the pull Marcus eyes opened savagely, his breathing ragged as he found himself in the shadows again. Neos was already standing, with a gleeful look on his face. Marcus stagger until he was finally standing tall, catching his breath he looked around and saw nothing, just the shadow of everything. He looked around, not finding her anywhere. His breathing evened out and he started to relax. He looked down at the little boy.
"Neos, is this where you put mommy?" He nodded with a huge grin on his face as Sly ran around his legs. Marcus held out his hand and Neos gripped it as they started walking, another figure appearing and started walking beside them. Marcus looked over to see the gaunt form.
"Haven't seen you for awhile Rope, thought you left." Cotillion remained silent as they kept walking.
"Do you know why were here?" Marcus asked, Cotillion silent for several seconds.
"You're looking for her. I'm taking you there now, you usually get the location spot on Marcus. How did you batch this one up?" Marcus looked to Neos briefly before looking forward again.
"My son helped, too much power between us as we came here. Didn't anticipate it." Cotillion didn't even bother to look at the small boy.
"Son huh? Never took you for one to settle down."
"I'm only a third of his parent actually. He inherited my families powers, still a bit of a shocker to me honestly." Cotillion nodded as he finally looked to the boy, briefly taking in his looks from under his hood.
"I see what you mean. Cute kid, too bad he has some of your features, could of been adorable." Marcus shook his head with a smile on his face and a small chuckle. They walked for what seemed like hours, time running differently here, he was sure it had only been seconds maybe even minutes for the rest of the world. Marcus sighed as he finally looked to Cotillion.
"Why are we walking all the way to her Cotillion? Just take us there." Cotillion shrugged at him.
"I was just waiting to see how long before you would ask, honestly it would take us days by foot." Marcus stopped and pinched the bridge of his nose.
"I hate you so much sometimes, you know that right?" Cotillion shrugged again, the shadow enveloping them and then suddenly they were standing else where. Marcus looked forward and could see her now, the old man standing beside her as they watched the mirrors. Marcus picked up Neos and started running, a smile on his face as saw her long brown hair.
"ALI!" He yelled at the top of his lungs, the woman turning around to see who it was, he was close enough to see her eyes suddenly brighten up. His heart swelled at seeing that look again, getting to her as fast as possible before he stopped a few feet from her. His breathing heavy as the smile never left this face, seeing that glitter in her eyes was all he needed, setting down Neos and walked closer to her gently taking her hands into his.
"Ali, do you remember me? Please say you do." She showed him, throwing her arms around his neck and locking her lips with his. His arms thrown around her as well and holding her close as they held the kiss, feelings her emotions running through him again. Feeling the white hot of her passion as he held onto her, pulling away they touched their foreheads together.
"I didn't know what happened to you, Neos told me he put you here." Ali nodded as he held on to his hands now.
"What happened Ali? How can we fix this?" She shook her head at him.
"I heard the voices from everyone around me, You and Demetri flooded me with your feelings, your thoughts and anything else going on in your heads. It was too much, especially when you two fought so much." Marcus face turned to a frown then.
"It was our fault, we did this too you." She didn't say anything as he just held her, Neos holding on to Sly now as he looked at his mom and his other dad.
"What can we do Ali? I don't think I can take you from him, but I can't let go. What are we going to do?" He hoped whatever she said would spur a thought in his mind, giving him a solution to this problem. He gave her a another kiss, letting his lips match hers, holding her close when the kiss ended, his mind still searching for an answer.
Edited by Nergil Pendelton, 29 March 2012 - 03:36 PM.