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take me 456...edited!!!!
Posted:Nov 30, 2021 7:22 pm
Last Updated:Dec 1, 2021 9:09 pm

Annie stared at me, kissed me and went get Rasmus. "She'll be fine love, and so will we. I know you are both worried about each other....silly's. You are doing the right thing. Trust your gut, and heart, and bring these people back us, Danael. I nodded as Chloe and Janey walked up.

"What did we miss?"

"Nothing, loves. We'll be back once we make sure things are secure." I nodded. "You'll do fine. You the most powerful women in the clans wishing they were Annie. You'll do fine."


'We'll explain you when we get back." I nodded as she kissed me and walked off, and the cars started coming back. Crap, why don't I think these things through.

"Can you help me?" They nodded. Go get everyone and tell the kitchen we need tea, coffee, snacks, and that will be a lot more for dinner. A stew is fine., but something nice. Jesus Christ, what I done.....

"Hi, I apologize but lines got crossed but we wanted speak with all of our guests. Please indulge us with another night." They all smiled as I said basically said the thing. each of them, but they were glad be . I could feel . Sara was right, I needed trust my gut. We welcomed everyone, and apologized, and they went the their rooms until they spread out on the grounds. The puppies were a great babysitter. I welcomed the last car back and called Annie.

"You'll be fine, because you did fine. Sara and I talked and your instincts are better than ours...."

"Sweets, talk with Melinda..... you're doing great but we're here. We love you.

SHIT! I walked into the kitchen to talk with an angry chef. "I know. You're totally right. Yes.I can be a complete moron. Ok, that was uncalled for. No, NO. We aren't trying to drive you insane. Yes, this will be the last large meal. What did you in mind? OK, but this is an important meal." Silence

Shit!!!!! I hated chefs, but it was my own fault. I brought them all back because they were here, and not recognized because of things. It wasn't because they weren't part of the circle, it was simply because was so much going on, but I knew that wouldn't matter.

'"Thank you chef, and take care of your people." He smiled. "We also need breakfast tomorrow. I can't help tonight, but I'll be here early tomorrow." He shooed me away with his knife, so that was done. They settled back in their rooms, and wandered because it was a beautiful estate, and a nice day. We all met for high tea. Deat, Melinda, and the girls finally showed up.

"We were horseback riding. you didn't tell us that..."

"Hi everyone, it seems that Danael has brought all of us back. My family and I were riding horses, but here we are. I suspect that Danael has brought back the people that are unaffiliated, or clans. Is that you?" Every hand went up. "My family is in that group. I know 's annoying change plans, but this might be one of those times when was a good decision. I'm Melnda, and I no clan, but I the blood. That's my husband Demetrias....Deats. He is one of Danael's best friends." They all nodded.

Danael grew up like us...working. He still works. We had the vacation; he didn't. Silence. Marnine split us apart but Annie and Danael are trying fix that rift. 's why you were recalled. I've known Danael for as long as I can remember. He is Godfather our girls...for those of you don't understand this, means my husband and I chose him care for our girls if we both died, so I know him pretty well."

was total silence as tea, coffee, and scones, were passed around. "We been isolated for a long time, and that breeds anger, understandably, but Annie and Danael aren't Marnine, and they want include all of us. We are just very diverse....."

"Where is Annie? Why isn't she her?" OK, my turn.

"I'm Danael, and what Melinda said was true. Annie is helping her sister. and will be back as soon as she can.."

"Why haven't we been included?"

"I don't know, but I'm guessing because of a Marnine, but we aren't Marnine. However, changing things take time. We have already started but are also things we need do aside from that, which is why we are bringing Melinda in help all you, the unaffiliated's, so we can figure the best way bring you back into the clans. We aren't Marnine, and value independence. You are our blood, just like we are yours. we are Kin. 's why I brought you back, and why you are here by yourselves. Neither Annie, nor I, wanted dictated something. Melinda's family is like yours, and you should choose how, or if, you want a clan" Silence.

"I am Chloe. This is Janey, my sister, and my Jake, and his wife Emily." Silence as Chloe looked around. "We are you as well. You were at the binding. You know the strength of our love. Danael brought you back so you knew that you were no longer isolated. I didn't even know I was part of a clan, or family. Melinda and I, and Janey, will do everything we can bring us back.

"This won't be easy because 's a long time, and we differing views, but like Chloe said, we'll bring all of you back in, even if means creating a tribe of unaffiliated's. Silence.

"Does that mean we'll a say?"

"Will we a seat when decisions are made?

"Can we join other clans?"

"The answer all of your questions, and probably the ones you haven't voiced, is yes. We will make work...Melinda and Chloe, will help you, us. You're our family, and Marnine cast you aside. We will do whatever takes bring you back into the clans. I give you my word."

They yelled, of course, and I had Melinda and Chloe helping, but we/I needed to figure out how because they had been outside looking in for a long.

"Please enjoy grounds and for those of you with .... are puppies, and animals. We'll see you at dinner." The went crazy. I walked out talking myself.


"I'm out of my fucking mind. How in THE fuck, am I going pull that off? " SERIOUSLY? Jesus fucking Christ, I was in over my head. Crap! I watched the people walk around, and smile, because they felt like they belonged, finally. I was reminded of the song by The Band...Acadian Driftwood... and I fell my knees, crying as Melinda and Chloe hugged me. I could feel all of their pain from being isolated...separate...and was almost more than I bear.
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take me part 455, a long one. will try and edit tonight, bear with me
Posted:Nov 30, 2021 5:17 pm
Last Updated:Nov 30, 2021 9:39 pm

I had the best sleep I had since Denver. I didn't like that the girls were mad at me but they weren't easy ties for any of us, including me, but we were family and we loved each other. I figured was around 4am. I was glad we finished the posts yesterday, even though I was sore, because I had mingle with everyone at breakfast and then we were taking Rasmus Oslo. I brushed my teeth and grabbed my clothes from the day before so I could help in the barn before I needed shower and change. I was putting my boots on when Sara walked up and kissed me.

"What are doing, mister?"

"I'm going get Rasmus and then help in the barn until I need go breakfast. Go back bed, sweets."

"You didn't forget."

"No, I'll attention the time now go back bed." She yawned, nodded, and shuffled back the bedroom as I smiled. I was pretty lucky. I grabbed my jacket, hat, and gloves, and walked the main house. I walked into the kitchen as everyone waved, and went upstairs. Kana was guard duty.

"Short straw?" She nodded and got up to hug me. "I wouldn't because these clothes stink. I'm going to help in the barn before I go breakfast and see people off." She nodded and sat back down. I knocked and walked in. Rasmus was dressed and sitting on the bed. He smiled. "Morning." He nodded as I grabbed a pad and pen and handed it him. "Write down your address and any codes needed for access. Do you ?" He nodded. Write down the info for the landlord, or company, and well contact them and get you out of the lease and arrange for things shipped here. Ingrid's surgeries and rehab will take the better part of a year. Did Annie tell you she arranged let you stay for a month until the next patient arrives?" He nodded. "We looking at options after that because with think it's important that you interact with your sister keep spirits up, and focused on getting stronger." He nodded.

"Why would do this, Danael? We tried kill all of you. My sister want kill Annie and Sara...and Ama. I don't understand."

" be honest, Rasmus, neither do I but Sara seems and I trust her, and we all siblings. I suppose that plays a pretty large part in . Make no mistake, you will be on a very short leash until you rebuild our trust, which won't be easy. 'll be easier if you because will monitor you 24/7, and they can help with you leg. You'll be doing the work that you are doing here, or something else you can do seated, but you'll be able spend time Ingrid and Roan everyday, which all think is good." He wrote down the info and handed back. "I'm glad you were awake because most of the guests are leaving and breakfast will be busy." He nodded as he stood up and we walked to the door. I handed Kana the pad and asked her to give Annie and told her what was. She nodded as we helped Rasmus down the stairs. He didn't hesitate and went his station and they brought things for him peel, slice and chop as Kana and I went the table eat. Everyone looked at me. "I know, I stink." They nodded and laughed. Uwe came down and sat next me.

"Please tell Annie how thankful we are for letting us stay here. My wife and daughters were beside themselves because the of TV and the internet, especially the internet for the girls." I nodded. "You and Inga worked hard yesterday and we did a lot. Everyone was impressed. Annie is going find you some place here, or closer. She values good workers. We all do." We ate and went the barn and Jakob pointed at the manure fork as I smiled. The thing was, I didn't mind mucking out stalls, especially then because I wanted see the new animals. I reached for the fork when Drako and his white horde attacked me and I fell the ground while everyone laughed. The nibbled, and licked, and barked, and tussled as I scratched, tickled, and petted, until Annie walked in. She looked down at me smiling and shaking her head.

"Sara's right, you're like a . Drako!" He looked up. "Take your friends and go outside." She pointed and he barked and they all ran off as I got up.

"They are really smart pups, especially Drako." She nodded.

"I'd kiss you but you stink." I nodded. "You remember about breakfast, and Ingrid?"

"Yeah, I'll be . I'm sore and this will help my muscles." She nodded.

"I'm sorry that we all got jealous and made you sleep on the couch but...." I stopped her.

" hasn't been easy for anyone. Our worlds been turned inside out, and upside down, but we're pretty well, I think. 's fine, besides, I had a great a sleep." She smiled and that was good know as she leaned in and kissed me.

"You really do stink. I'll get the silver but you need a hundred ounces?"

"Not now, but we will and they are are our family. I trust them, and Hammish and Ilsa. 's better that 's since I am learning about the mist. They can use when needed. Hammish melts into generic coins. We are on the fringe so 's sort of what the West was like in America, people pretty much did what they wanted, within reason."

"We all need a meal, just the family, so you can tell us about them and what you are doing. Go work because the poop won't pick itself up." I nodded as she went the main house on things as I started dealing with the stalls. I was half way thru when Inga walked in.

"I thought it was your day off." She smiled.

"They're my animals, at least I consider them be mine because my job is after all of them, even the puppies. We new ones and I want them become adjusted. Jakob pulled me off that help help you and Uwe." I nodded.

"I didn't go unnoticed Inga, we did good." She nodded and said that we did what we shouldn't been able . "So you don't a day off?"

"I do but I love animals. My goal is become a vet, or at least a tech, and with the new arrivals I want get know them. I'm on salary, and they treat me well here. I'm not on the clock but this place is my life, and I like ." I kept picking up poop and giving hay and water.

"Do know where Denver, Colorado?" She nodded. "That's my home and I a company that makes caskets.... simple but with dovetailed joints.... they're nice and were unlike anything else, anyway, I felt the about doing that as you feel about these animals. 's a passion and not a job." She smiled and nodded. We all seem that part of our nature. Drako ran in sat and barked at me. "I'm busy, mister, ask Inga." He looked at her and barked.

"He's smart as a whip." I nodded. "Come on you fiend, bring your pack and I'll feed you." He barked and pranced after her. I went back picking up poop, and scratching ears. I met all of the animals, cleaned up poop, gave them hay and water, and bit of sweet feed when my alarm went off.

"I'll get someone dump the manure. Thanks, 's a huge help, and thank you for yesterday. I was really worried we wouldn't get the posts in before froze. happens overnight seems. I nodded.

"Inga and Uwe deserve a raise, or a bonus." He nodded and said he wished everyone worked like them.

"I'm working on that, Danael." I nodded and put the fork up as went shower and change. I walked into the mudroom off the kitchen at Ama's house and it seemed that everyone had already gone over for breakfast. Great. I took off my boots, stripped down to my underwear, and put my clothes in the wash to soak and headed upstairs as Jake and Emily walked downstairs and looked at me, smiling. I couldn't get a break.

Emily kissed my cheek as she walked by and Jake, smart ass that he is said,

At least you don't a a banana, or some other stupid underwear." They both laughed and walked outside." I shook my head and went upstairs and took a shower and Chloe and Taiiko were naked on the bed waiting for me and Taiiko had Sara's purple dildo, and lube. She put her end inside her as I moved between Chloe's legs and started to lick and finger her as she started to suck me. I relaxed, and breathed as Taiiko pushed inside of me until I was completely relaxed and then fucked me. Chloe froze as she came and pushed my hand deeper into her. I could hear Taiiko breathing harder because of the vibrating part inside of her as she was getting ready to cum as well. She grabbed my hips, dugs her nails into me and fucked me as we both came. Chloe tensed and squeezed my balls as came and gasped as she took me out of her mouth as Taiiko backed the dildo out of me. I grunted and lied next to Chloe, touching her.

"You know we breakfast, right?" She laughed as Taiiko came in with wash cloth's and wiped us.

"We've missed you, sweets. Catch as catch can. Taiiko kissed us both.

"I want one of these." We all laughed and got dressed. We weren't too late, and I was actually hungry. Annie motioned me over to introduce me to clan from Canada.

"This is Danael."

"I'm sorry that I'm late but are new animals deal with. I do apologize, ladies." They smiled, and nodded, as did Annie.

"This is Maelie. She is the head of the clan in Canada. I tipped my head and shook her hand. "They live in Quebec and invited us visit them." I nodded.

'That would be wonderful. I was actually suppose go a class trip Quebec when I was in high school, but my family couldn't afford at the time but from what I've seen 's a glorious city." Annie excused herself, smiling.

"Danael, we can't wait show you. This is my partner, Bernadette." I said Bonjour. and nodded as she introduced the rest of her group. We talked about Canada and the US, and I told her my family and Nova Scotia as we ate and bonded. I liked them because 's hard dislike Canadian's. Annie walked up.

"I'm sorry ladies but I steal him away other tables but we forward visiting you in Quebec." They all groaned.

"Ladies, it was a pleasure. Maelie," I reached out my hand and kissed hers as she extended it, and did the for Bernadette. " was wonderful meeting all of you." Annie and I walked off.

"I wasn't finished with my french toast. Whoever made it...well, it's amazing. It's like custard, and the syrup...." She kissed me

"Stop talking about the food, love, but you were amazing. This may not be as easy. Maelie is very much in control, and while the blood line runs through the female, we all males...for obvious reasons." She laughed. "I'm teasing you, but 's true. Ivan and Tasha represent a fair portion of the land you go in the past. They would on the very far right in your country. He is.... annoying. Good luck."

"Wait, what?"

"Ivan, Tasha, this is Danael. I'll leave you get acquainted." He reached out his hand but I reached for Tasha's out of respect. She presented and I kissed her hand as I held and looked at her bracelet.

"'s very nice meet you Tasha, I'm Danael and that is stunning." I let go of her hand as she nodded.

'Thank you, Danael, Ivan gave me. 's very old and has been in his family for a very long time. 's remarkable, be sure.

"Sir," I extended my hand as he looked at unsure whether annoyed, or happy." Your family has excellent taste." I made open ended because he was dominating. I'm Danael and is an honor meet both of you." He looked at me for an moment before extending his hand.

"You as well, Danael. I'm Ivan. Please, join us. was a wonderful binding but we all agree that your focus on the party instead of the ceremony was genius." We all laughed, and nodded.

" is definitely something we can all agree, be sure. Did the kitchen Syrniki's for you?" They stared at me. Tasha said they did, and they were wonderful. "And your tea?" They all smiled.

"Yes, they made our countries favorite tea and it was quite comforting even though we are not that far from home." I smiled and nodded. "It was very kind though because are certain things one gets accustomed to. You're familiar with our lands?"

"I like the culture, and the people."

"Not the government?"

"No, but I'm a huge fan of any government. I'd rather chop woop." Ivan laughed loudly.

"You, my friend, are a man after my own heart. Is it true that you were cleaning stalls prior to coming here? Tasha was amazed when we heard, but I suspect you were." Tasha was watching me closely.

"I was because got new animals in, and a litter of puppies, and is a lot do before the ground freezes." He nodded. "I wake early and I worked all of my life, and I wanted meet the animals." He nodded, smiling.

"What kind of puppies?"

"She loves animals, especially dogs. Please come and visit us. I'll take you hunting but I need speak with others before I leave." We stood and shook hands.

"It was very nice meeting you Ivan." He nodded and walked off, so I knew all needed to about him. I could feel Annie watching me.

"Pyrenees. pack leader is a Bernese though. His litter was killed by wolves so he was given a new one. Would you like see them?" She nodded and smiled. "Ladies, if you'll excuse us, and if need anything, please ask. The table nodded.

"I must apologize for my husband, Russian men are.... arrogant. Ivan hates these kinds of things but the fact that he invited you visit our home means he has respect for you." I nodded.

"I'm not partial these things either, but one of my dearest friends was Russian, and he was the humblest man I ever met. I still use him a measure for myself." We walked outside and I extended my arm, which Tasha took. I could feel Annie and Sara watching us from the kitchen.

"Your friend is dead?" I nodded as she touched my arm. "It's hard to lose people that you are close to. This a beautiful property. I've been lucky enough to walk around it over the last few days. It's stunning."

"It is, but I been focused on tasks so you probably seen more of than I, but I am pleased you enjoyed ." We walked into the barn as Inga said hi." "Tasha, this is Inga. She's mom to the animals. Inga, this is Tasha and we are looking for puppies." She smiled and put her finger to her lips as walked to their stall. They were all asleep around Drako. Tasha grabbed my arm, and squeezed, in joy as she whispered.

"Drako is the one in the center?" I nodded. "They are SO cute." Both Inga and I nodded. Tasha looked at Inga, "can you show me the other animals?" Inga nodded and they went off as I walked outside.

" you are mister. Stealing women away from their husbands?" I laughed.

"She likes dogs, animals, and she wanted see the puppies. Inga is showing her the new animals." Sara nodded.

" wouldn't want see those puppies. better not any dumb coyotes around here, not when they bigger." Sara was NOT a fan of coyotes because of Bob. "You need go in and finish, I'll take care of Tasha. was respectful what you did addressing her first. didn't go unnoticed because EVERYONE is watching you. Andres is different because his wife died in an accident, and his daughters are . I'm glad you bonded with him. They are good people, as are Maelie and Bernadette. Ivan is a pain, but Tasha is wonderful, as you know. She has strength that has yet emerge, but she likes you. Go inside and keep being you." I nodded and walked inside. I drank some milk and walked back into the dining room as Annie walked up.

She stared at me. "I know, focus." She nodded. Annie was familiar with all of this but I wasn't..... Shit. She started speaking in Spanish. I understood her but my ability to speak was still limited.

"This is my husband, Danael. This Sebastian Serrano, his wife Antonita, and their daughters Issabelle, and Olivia." I bowed as I reached for Olivia's hand and I kissed it as she giggled. She was the youngest. I did the with Issabelle.

"Do you like puppies?" Their eyes light up as they nodded. "Why don't you go with Annie because they are probably waking up and are other animals, too." They screamed as Annie shook her head and ran to the barn. "I apologize but I'm an adult, and I hate these things. I can't imagine what must be like for ." I reached for Antonita's hand and shook.

"Is you family Basque, Antonita?" She nodded as I reached my hand to her husband. "Don Sebastian, it's an honor. Our families share something in common. I'm Danael." I nodded and shook his hand.

"What is that, Danael?"

"Being lucky enough that amazing women fancy is us," They laughed. "and my family comes from the highlands of Scotland, and I think your sur means 'highlands, or mountains." He stared at me. "I do apologize if I overstepped my place by sending your daughters the barn for the puppies, but they are adorable.

"Not at all, I'm sure all of us would be happy join them, if we could." We nodded. "You're a linguist."

"I like words and Gaia gave me a gift so I could understand languages."

"Can you speak them, or just understand them?"

"I can understand them, and read most, but speaking is harder so I can do that a , but I've been busy and haven't put the time into like I should.

"You are correct about my last . My family came from the region as Antonita's, although they were a finer family. He kissed her cheek. You understand this, Danael." I nodded.

"I do indeed, Sebastian, we are lucky men."

"I am accomplished, as you are, but every morning I give thanks for my girls." I nodded. "Annie says that you will be in Denver soon." I nodded. "ALL of you must come to San Miguel. is so much do, and we a lodge that has excellent hunting. We don't hunt for trophies, we hunt for meat. Everything we kill we give the local people help them. Please honor us."

"Without question Sebastian, it would be an honor. May I take Antonita to see the puppies?" He laughed and nodded. I shook his hand as I extended one to his wife and we went to the barn.

"You are very good at that, Danael, but I'm sure you hate it as much Sebastian." I nodded.

"I'd rather be mucking out stalls," as she laughed, and took my arm. was a provencial aspect these people. They were modern yet a simple charm, especially with the women. I thought about Marnine and how happy she was with her gloves, or when I kissed her hand, they hadn't lost that yet.

"Annie points me at people, pushes, and says good luck. I'd rather do most anything else, but I can hold me own." We walked the barn. "Are you sure you want go into the barn? 's a lovely dress."

"Thank you for noticing, but won't be the first time 's been cleaned in my family. This was my great-grandmother's and she did as she chose too. We are a familia of strong women." I smiled.

"'s good for your daughters." She nodded.

"My husband doesn't invite most people our home, or take them hunting at the lodge. He likes you. I like you. Annie chose well. I went school with her. be honest, you aren't the person I would think that she would choose." I nodded.

"Me either." She laughed.

"I could say the about Taiiko. I don't know her as well, but I do know her. I don't know many of the lesser clans," which I chaffed at, even though was unintentional, "but you've impressed everyone I know and that is no feat. Tasha and Antonita hugged as Tasha was leaving the barn.

'Puppies?" Antonita smiled and nodded. "They are so cure but I don't think Drako will give any up." They kissed each other and we walked into the barn. Inga smiled

"This is.... their mom. Antonita.

"MOM..... they are so cute. We need puppies!!!" We all laughed

"Well, you're talking to the wrong person, and I doubt very seriously if Drako will let any of his pack go, but you can ask your dad. Hi, I'm Antonita."


"You care for the animals?"

"Yes, along with other things. You do what you must on a farm." Antonita nodded.

"Yes. I grew up on a farm. It was a simple life when I was but I always loved the animals. You are lucky." Inga looked at her.

"I am very lucky, Antonita, and Issabelle and Olivia.... Drakon won't let go of any his pack. Sorry, girls. The girls hugged me as they ran outside and Antonita and I walked out.

"This is a wonderful place, Danael." I nodded. "We are looking forward to your visit. She stepped on her toes and kissed my cheek. "It was a wonderful binding. You ancient things from us, like everyone else. Don't let us down, Danael." She smiled and walked back the house with her girls.

Holy Crap these women were something else. I wnet into the kitchen and got more milk, as they laughed, and Annie walked in.

" you are, Jesus Christ on a roll."


"We say goodbye....YOU, say goodbye." Shit. We said goodbye everyone as they were leaving. I wasn't really present because I was thinking about something when Annie jabbed her thumb into my ribs.

"That hurt!"

"Good. Focus." I smiled as we said goodbye to everyone.


"You were drifting, but you did so well. I am SO impressed with you, love." She kissed me, and I melted/ The girls came up and gang hugged me. "You were super impressive, even with Ivan. He's a jerk but you handled him perfectly because the line runs through Tasha, and you showed him but his ego is huge, always as been, but we need Tasha, and not piss of Ivan. The rest are easy-ish."

" were others we didn't speak with. I'm guessing they are the unaffiliated." She nodded. "I want speak with them." Can you stop them from leaving?" She stared at me and made several calls.

"They are coming back, but we need to take Ras to his sister." I nodded. She looked at me. "You want to meet with them alone?" I nodded.

"He did really well, Annie, and he's done amazingly in the past...I'm just saying. He'll be fine. How much damage can he do?" Annie looked at Sara. "He'll be fine." Annie looked at me as I walked up and kissed her.

"Trust me, love. What's the worst I could do?" She punched me.

Annie, we go so can Ras settled and we can get back. We say goodbye everyone else tomorrow, and go to Iceland, and the home to Denver, at least home for a lot of us. He'll be fine" They kissed me and walked off.
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take me part 454
Posted:Nov 29, 2021 10:00 pm
Last Updated:Nov 30, 2021 5:21 pm

I opened my eyes everyone looking, even Jake and Emily. "Seriously?" Sara said,

"You dropped your glass in the bath. We were concerned."

"And you all came, watch me, because you were concerned. Get the out of of here! I'm serious, holy crap you're pissing me off. Everyone left but Sara, Annie, and Taiiko. I handed them the glass.

Sara asked, "did you finish the milk?" I smiled, and nodded. "They're just having fun because 's been tense for all of us, for a long time....since Denver. They are trying let go, and your antics are helping." I smiled. "How is our past?" I told them we were building foundations. I looked at Annie.

"I need thirty ounces of silver, more. I told them what we were doing, and they stared at me as I told them everything.

"You a wolf-named Drako? " Annie punched her.

"So you can bring your knowledge back, and silver?" Sara punched her back.

"So far, we used the silver I gave them land on a river that we can turn into mills., and we bought the land for tavern, and then now a warehouse, and other buildings." I looked at Annie. Do you silver?" We'd never discussed this before, because I didn't care, nor did the rest of us, but was important now. I had in Denver, but I wasn't in Denver. She nodded. I looked up.

"I said thirty, but I need a hundred ounces,so 's , even if I'm not. I can give you." They stared at me.

"I don't doubt that Daniel, but you can take thing back? " I told them I so we could secure land."


"They are my family , like you are now. I think they are the beginning of us." All the girls walked off. Shit, at least they left my sweats and shirt. I walked into the bedroom and were four women spread out on the bed, even Sara. I said good night and turned out the light as I grabbed the wool blankets and went downstairs. I added wood the fire, and fell asleep on the couch.

I was in between places, and women seemed, I needed find a middle path but what I needed most was sleep, and rest...my body and my mind. I fell asleep the crackling of the fire.
take me part 453... they mangled this one. I edited it...but
Posted:Nov 29, 2021 5:41 pm
Last Updated:Nov 30, 2021 9:10 am

I rolled out of the mist and into the barn while the animals stared me, chewing hay. "What? I'm learning." I brushed myself off, put on my jacket, and opened the barn door into the past as Malinka and Sofi were bringing the wagon from Hammish's with meat. Sofi jumped off and ran to me. I braced for impact as she launched at me and kissed me.

"Danael, where you been? We looked everywhere. Do you love them more than us?" I told her of course not but.... I didn't a chance finish before she clapped and jumped on me again. I was beginning think that I should thought all of this through a bit more. I smiled and waved at Malinka. She stopped the wagon and walked up smiling. She hugged and kissed me. Malinka was older, but she grabbed harder.

"How long I been gone?

"A few hours, but 's good timing because you can help us with the meat. You did well, dragon. Did you feed the wolves? I nodded. Good, they were running low and couldn't survive on just game. I was going kill one of the goats if you hadn't found us deer." I stared at her. "You're rubbing off on me Danael. I've spoken with the leader often and it' was for the pack...it's hard for him, them. because they trusted him keep them safe, but the winter is brutal this year." Shit! "I want us hunt before you leave again. 's the most important thing. Hammish said the people need more meat too. Once we skin, and gut them, they will keep until spring because 's so cold, but 's the most important thing. Say hi toMa' while we take the wagon inside and unhitch Bob." I kissed her and walked the house. Maliinka was stepping into her power and it was amazing, and wonderful, to watch. I walked inside.

Irina ran over and hugged me. "You're back. Hammish said you had to leave. Can you stay longer?" I told her I wasn't sure because I didn't really know how it worked, and I needed to go hunting again. She nodded. It"'s been hard this year, Danael, for humans and wolves. It's better to focus on getting as many deer as is smart. We can't deplete the herd. The problem is when people get free meat they don't ration like we do, and Hammish and Ilsa. It's irresponsible, but are a lot of hungry family's. Go attend that but I'd like show you all of the work that has been done, Are Malinka and Sofi back?" I nodded. "Good because hungry men eat a lot. I'm glad your back love. I know we all a lot share, and I'm sure no one is happy, but we missed you." I hugged and kissed her and walked back the barn, which was the last thing i wanted do. I took my jacket off and started carrying venison. Malinka was cutting up one quarter while Sofi and I lifted the others in the rafters as the wolf walked in. Sofi pointed because she wasn't as comfortable as Malinka us. she cut off a piece and threw him. Malinka could also understand him and Sofi couldn't yet.

"Thank for the deer, dragonbear. came at a good time. The internal parts are nourishing and enabled our scouts venture out but 's still bleak." I nodded.

"We're going hunting after this and I'll take as many as I can so the herd stays viable. 's a big freezer right now so the meat will last." He nodded and lowered his head.

"Thank you, all of you, for helping my pack. I thought this area would be good since the packs left." Malkina knelt in front of him. This area is rich in game, and the deer will come back, soon. We are all having a hard winter wolf, and we'll keep helping you. Next winter will be different because we'll be better prepared because of the pastures we're fencing in. We'll cows and sheep and goats...and lots of rabbits.... so if if the deer go away again we'll more options. I can't remember being this bad, ever. Don't give up on this area. Humans need wolves." He walked up and nuzzled her, turned, howled, and ran toward the woods. Malinka stood up and smiled at me. "He's a good wolf." I nodded as we finished and went inside to wash up. I grabbed the empty buckets and walked to the spring. I would be glad when spring arrived and I almost fell over. Four men had already dug a root cellar and were starting to line with stone. I waved at them as I went to the spring, and smiled.

"They've dug the root cellar." I put the water down as Irina hugged me and nodded. "It's so cold."

"They work because they need to. Men are cutting trees and men are peeling the bark so once the cellar is finished they start on the house. We need a larger home with three of us, and babies." I nodded as she wiped her hands and found the drawing she made. She handed it to me and bite her bottom lip. I hadn't thought about this. Things were slipping by me but I started thinking.

"This is wonderful, Irina." She smiled. "I need to speak with Hammish because we'll need stone for the fireplace, and cooking hearth. She hugged me. "We could do either a log home, because we the trees, or stone...if we access them. Stone will last for generations."

"Malinka, you and Sofi tend to the stove. I'm going to show Danael the progress the men made before you go hunting." They nodded. She grabbed her cape as I put on my coat and we walked toward the fields. "You really like ?" I nodded. " needs be larger, Danael, so the girls their own spaces." I nodded as she took my arm and put her head against my arm. "I'm glad you're back. Let me show what they've done. Your silver is helping us, and a lot of family's. You already saw the cellar, but at all of the fence. They've done a similar amount from the end that way toward us, and they are going to go along the tree lines."

"This is great. won't keep goats in but will keep cows and sheep in." was SO much think about, and research, since I wasn't from here. I needed talk with Hammish. We walked the other side of the barn and Irina pointedly along the road and then toward the woods. I was silent.

"We need to openings made along the wood line for gates so we can get in and out with a wagon, or mules. If I don't a chance speak with Hammish then let him know that, and more gates are better than less. We also need access stone because I'd like the barn made out of stone, and our house, and the other houses for the workers. The masons will probably work fast, and we'll need the wood , and stone lasts longer. We need thatch for the roofs too, and...." She put her fingers against my lips and kissed me.

"We are in good hands with you, Danael, because you are always thinking about us. Do you that for the women in the future?" I nodded. "Then are many happy women across time because someone thinks so much about their well being, but Hammish would no better than me. The gates are a good idea."

"I also need willow." She smiled, and shook her head.

"I know where willow grows...lots of . Why?" I told her would keep the goats in, mostly, and would make a good fence for a kitchen garden." She stared at me. "I a lot of ideas," as we walked backed the house. She nodded, and squeezed my hand. I would consider myself lucky if live in either place, and be married any of them, and I was basically married all of them, but I need three more rings. "You need take the girls hunting so we deer before you leave." I nodded. We walked inside as I thought I SO much learn, and do. We needed get funding for the ancient skills of the Norse people, and the Scots, and the French Canadians. Crap. Sofi pounced on me.

"When do we go hunting?"

"Soon, because 'll be dusk, but I need speak with Hammish first. You both should eat because it'll be a long night." I kissed all of them and scratched Drako's ears. "Hold him, and I'll be back soon." I walked into the woods, shifted into the bear, I missed, and ran Hammish. He lived off the road so I shifted just before I came out the barn, but the animals were already spooked. He walked out.

"Sorry brother but the bear was faster." He smiled and hugged me even though I smelled. I would smell worse later, hopefully we all would. I told all of the things I was thinking as he wrote down with chalk, nodding. These are smart, and I know a good source of stone, and reed for thatch. We need it here as well. I can get saws, which we'll need," as he poured us a cup of mead, "We will need lumber. This water mill that you spoke of, could that be used to power a saw?" I smiled because Hammish was smarter than I was, which probably wasn't saying much, but he was.

"It could but I don't think you I could do what would be needed. I need to figure out if I can even work out the grist mill. I wanted the the river land first so our family could . take advantage of innovations as they happen." He looked at me and smiled as dawned on him.

"We are laying a foundation for the future." I smiled, and nodded. "I can access all of the knowledge and means learn, but if the materials aren't here then We can't do anything except prepare for later. I think they for a grist mill, but they aren't for sawmill, not that I know of.

"You are going keep coming back through our generations and help our families?"

'I'm going try Hammish, but I don't know how works. may be that my life, and your lives, are in sync and we live and die together, in a similar timeline. may be I continue on. I don't know. 's why I want us create as much as we can, now, for our futures. We need saws, and tools...lots of them, because we need to make wagons."

" is a building in town I want you to see. 's by the river and I think held hay, and grain. We could do that in the loft, but I thought would a good place build wagons, and whatnot." We climbed on mules and rode into the village. "Everyone is getting hungry again because they don't ration." He shook his head. "The building needs repair, but 's solid, as is the roof, but needs more thatch. I spoke with owner and he wants sell everything. I got him a good , but he owns two other building, and land, and wants sell all of them. would take everything you gave me, and we the workers on your land." I nodded.

"What do you think, Hammish?"

"We can't build multiple wagons in my barn, or even yours, when 's built. I think we should we since you access silver. Ilsa is going punch me many times but makes sense, and 's for everything he is selling, along with everything onsite, it's a good deal. People want this but they don't what he wants."

"How much?"

"Fifteen ounces for silver everything, and I've seen all. He even has land upstream that would be a wonderful site for a cabin. It's....."

"Do that much?" He nodded. "With what you gave me, and our savings, I do but I wanted talk with you since we're partners."

"Do it now Hammish. I'll cover it next time I come. I more than that set aside. 's smart, and an excellent deal... if not now, then going forward." He nodded. We walked warehouse and went inside.

"This is Danael, my friend and partner." I shook his hand. "We want your properties. I told him about them and given what we want to do, they are a good fit." He smiled.

"Do you silver?" I spoke.

"Yes, but we want to see the deeds for all of the properties and make sure the taxes been ." He looked at us and nodded as we walked the clerks office.

"The deeds were in good standing, but was an ounce of silver outstanding in taxes on all of the property." I looked at him as he lowered his eyes.

'I'll lower the by an ounce."

"This is for all of the property you showed Hammish? He nodded. "And includes everything?" He nodded. I looked at the clerk, "Can you do a Bill of Sale?" He nodded. "And register the new deeds now?" He nodded. I looked at Hammish. "We a sale, please give us the paperwork we need. We'll give you the silver once 's done." He smiled. We chatted and he told us about a place called the Baltic."'s a sea and has better weather." He was getting older and didn't want work until he died, and fourteen ounces of silver was a lot. The clerk handed us the deeds and we the him the silver for the back taxes, and the next year taxes since we were ther. He looked at the coins, which weren't of the royal mint, and stared at us. He weighed them, and nodded, because they had more silver content but he still looked us. Hammish took him aside and spoke with him. He nodded and Hammish handed him the rest of the coins he had after the sale. He handed a bag of silver to the owner, was thrilled.

"I will remove my personal belongings and by gone by the end of the week. I'll leave everything else." We nodded as he shook our hands. "You made me very happy, but also sad because I spent my life building this with my own hands. I am glad it going you because I see you care as much as I do." We nodded.

"What did you say the clerk?"

"I told him I had meat for his family, and we'd give him the rest of the ounce we saved but that he would need to help us in the future, if we needed . He agreed." I nodded. We rode back to Hammish's as Ilsa came out and hugged us.

"You smell." I laughed, and nodded.

"'ll get worse because I go hunting, and 'll be a long night." She nodded, kissed both of us, and went in side saying that she needed wood. We smiled.

"We'll be back and will help with the deer but I'll be dropping as many as I think I can." He nodded. They all needed eat, but I wanted the herd and maintain itself. I was looking for older, or sick, ones and I should be able smell. them We'd see. I hugged Hammish, shifted, and ran home. I didn't want be Hammish when he told Ilsa, but I had the silver and instead of using for my future, I was using for our past. I shifted as I walked out of the woods. The men waved as i gave them a wide berth. I needed to learn how to make beer, and brandy. I thought we could grow apples and pears, and with the freight business we could bring in hops and barley. was so much do and I had no time, but I was a dragon, Gaia said, and were things I could do. I pushed and slowed time down in the future because I needed here. I walked in and seemed like everyone's hair was on fire.

"Finally, we hungry men drinking and smoking. Oh my gosh, you smell. OK, Malinka you take the food out. Danael, you help me. Scoop a good portion of stew because they worked hard . Sofi. help me with bread and milk." We nodded. "I am glad they are here, but I'll be glad when they are gone." I kissed her and she fell into me as I held her.

"I'm sorry, love, but we are almost through this...in both places... it might get easier."

"It's hard where you are too?" I nodded. "And you're dealing with it?" I nodded. She nodded and kissed me. We took food and milk to the men and they start eating as I sat down. They all looked me.

"I know I smell. My mule threw me and I fell in bear shit." They laughed and kept eating. I didn't leave so they looked at me again. "I just wanted to be clear since you've been out for several weeks. If any of you touch those women, or go into that house, or barn, I'll know and I will gut you and leave you for the wolves. Enjoy your meal." I walked back inside as they watched me.

"Are they OK?" I nodded. "Danael?"

"They've been working for weeks and are three beautiful women here, serving them food. I told them if they bothered you, or went into the house, or barn, that I would gut them and leave them for the wolves." Malinka and Sofi smiled.


"What? Men are capable of heinous acts, especially when bunched together. I was nipping in the bud, but when we leave, lock both doors and don't open them unless 's Ilsa or Hammish. We'll deal with the bowls later." I didn't feel good about leaving Irina. "Sofi, I need you stay with Irina. I know you won't like it but I'll take you flying later. You're a fighter,like Malinka, and I don't trust those men with Irina alone." She looked outside and nodded.

"They're pigs." Malinka nodded. "Why aren't you?"

"I was raised value and respect women, they weren't. I was also born in a different time. 's better, but not where should be. I need you do this, Love." She nodded and kissed me.

"Of course, Danael. We're a family." I nodded and smiled as I pushed the wolf and told him to meet me at the back of the house. I kissed both Irina and Sofi.

"You your knives?" They smiled and showed them. "Good, but don't open the door, for any reason. Tell them is no more food if they ask. We'll be back as quick as we can." They nodded as we walked out back. The wolves were walking up. "Come here Irina, Malinka calls him Wolf, because he doesn't a in his pack. They are our friends, especially after this winter. They are looking after you when I'm gone. Go ahead, sweets, he's a friend." She reached out her hand and Wolf put his head under , and pushed forward. "They like their ears scratched." She stared at me as I nodded. She scratched his ears as he lied down until she stopped, and another came up. were six but they all got the treatment. I told wolf what I was feeling and he nodded as the pack scattered.

"That was amazing, but where did they go?"

"They are protecting you and Sofi while Danael and I hunting for us. Don't worry Sofi, you'll go next. I'm just older. They are friend's Ma'. I talk with him at least once a day." Irina stared at her, and then me.

"You talk with them?"

"I talk with leader, Wolf, but I think they all understand. I respect them for what they are, but I also accept them as friends because it's a harsh winter. You can trust them but we need to go, keep the doors locked." I shifted as Malinka climbed on. "Fly, Dragon." We flew to the box ravine where the deer were, and the wolves were waiting at the entrance so they couldn't get out. I looked and smelled and started to cull the old, the injured, and the sick. were a lot of males, and a lot of pregnant females. I took one older male, and one younger male. We dropped them not far away, were eight total but was still a hear of about seventy. Some of the wolves were moving in as I landed, and screeched. Malinka jumped off and the alpha female walked up and they talked. She climbed back on.

"They'll guard these but they get the first two, and then we can give the rest us." I hovered and picked up one of the healthy males and one of of the older ones, and flew where the wolves where as we set them down. I pushed Mainlka that she had plenty of skins. She punched me and said Ouch. took us three trips to Hammish's, on the last trip the wolves howled as we left and ran home. was cold enough that the meat would last until the thaw, and they would gut them tonight for the ones in need, and their scouts. They did what we would do except we gave the unpleasant parts to pigs, chickens, and pets, and just kept the organs.

Malinka and I set the last two down and I shifted as Ilsa and Hammish smiled at us. I walked to the barn because I smelled, bad enough for me to smell . "I can work in here because might mask my smell."

"You bring us meat during the harshest winter even the old ones can remember, we'll deal with how you smell." I nodded. "We''ll keep four because of the men and wolves." I nodded and share the rest. It should be enough. How is the head?

" are a lot of pregnant females, and strong males. I culled the weak and a couple of males, but are at least seventy in this herd, but and likely are others. Winter should break in a month or so. Tell your people will be no more because all of us are rationing, even the wolves are." He nodded. "I'm serious Hammish. I'm done with selfish people." He nodded.

"I will, Danael, for all the good it will do."

"Then they die. Deer don't grow on trees, Hammish." I was pissed because I was dealing the selfish, myopic bullshit at home in a different way..

"I know, brother, after this they go hungry." I was in between a rock and a hard place. weren't as many people as many people as ther were in my time, so I needed help them live, but pissed me off that they couldn't understand this on their own. Malinka and I skinned, while Hammish gutted them. were going be happy pigs. He took the vital organs and put them in one bucket and then scooped the rest of the entrails into the manure wagon. We started on the sixth deer when the mist appeared. They looked at me. I was sad because I wanted to stay and help.

"I go. Tell your mom and sister, I love them." I kissed Malinka. "I love you too. We did well. Tell Wolf that they should be OK. You and Hammish fight out over the hides. I hate leave, but I too. I'll bring silver next time I come but take what they set aside if you need ." Malinka looked at me. 'If Hammish needs silver use what you . 's for all of us. I'll bring more." She nodded and pounced on me as she kissed me. "I need go love. I walked into the mist and opened eyes in a bathtub.
take me part 452...edited.
Posted:Nov 28, 2021 9:29 pm
Last Updated:Nov 28, 2021 10:02 pm

I pushed myself up, and grunted. I was getting so tired of falling. I looked around. "Marnine." I was going to have to have a talk with Gaia as I walked over the bridge to Marnine's cottage as she walked out, dressed to the nines and wearing gloves up to almost her elbows. I didn't need this, but I smiled.


"My dear, dear Danael. I am so pleased that chose to visit me, as she clapped. It was was muffled because of the gloves. She reached out her hand to me, I kissed it as she giggled. "Don't you just love gloves?" I've been reading all about and I LOVE them. I can't believe I never wore them out there, when I could...silly me. Gaia found these for me, aren't lovely. Look at the embroidery, and this was all done by hand...and they're leather. Amazing." I didn't tell her that she tried to end all of the ancient skills. I was tired.

"Why am I here Marnine? I'm tired."

"Of course you are, love, you worked very hard today. Do you like lemon cookies?"


"Do you like lemon cookies, silly? I just made some. I think being a baker is for me because I love it." She had WAY too much time on hands. "Come and sit, it won't be for long...I promise. They are already looking for you. Sit. The kettle is boiling and we can have a bit of a chat." I exhaled.

"OK." She clapped. "I do like the gloves Marnine."

"Aren't they fabulous? I love them. Come inside and try my lemon cookies and let's talk while I have you." I nodded as she took my hand and lead me into the cottage. They were nice gloves, and old.

"You know that those gloves are quite old, right." She looked at me and smiled.

"Of course, silly, Sit." She poured my favorite tea, pu'erh, and let it steep before removing the leaves and placed cookies in front of me. I smiled at her because there was a soft spot for her inside of me that I couldn't explain.

"You should open a tea house and antique clothing shop. Thank you, love." She smiled.

"You really think so? I think I would love that, and maybe Ingrid could help me." Ahhh. "Do you like the cookie, and be brutally honest, Daniel." It was actually quite good because she did have a talent for baking. I was amazed.

"It's wonderful Marnine. The thing with baking, or cooking anything, is that everyone's taste is different. I love it, but I would also like it with a bit more lemon, not less...but that's me, and not everyone would." She was rapt with attention, and nodding her head. "While I appreciate the cookies and tea, why am I here?" She smiled and kissed me.

"You...and Annie.... are helping my Ingrid, and you didn't kill her brother....or the woman who is the eagle, didn't." I nodded.

"Her name is Taiiko." She nodded.

'Ah, Yoshi. They always were an unruly bunch. Smart that you bred with her." Fucking Christ.

"May we continue, please?"

"Of course, I watched what you did, and are doing, with them...and I'm intrigued. I wouldn't have, but Ingrid is as close to a as I will ever have, which means Erasmus is mine too, because they seem to love each other. You knew this, Danael?' I stared at her as I ate another cookie, because she was a good baker, and drank some tea as she poured more.

"Yes, Marnine, at least I figured as such. They're siblings. Blood, even though that doesn't matter, but it can make the bond stronger, I didn't know, but I hoped that would kick in once they saw each other injured."

"I was an only , but that was a very long time ago. Thank you for sparing them. I'm not even sure why I care, but I do, and I'm also not sure why you did after all of the things I did to you , and everyone else."

"You care for her, maybe even love her, and that would include her brother. You wanted them safe, but could we have this conversation another time? I promise I'll visit more often..."


"Yes, there's been a lot going on lately." She nodded. "I promise, but I'm tired, and cold...."

"Daniel..Daniel...DANIEL!!!!" I opened my eyes. 'What the FUCK? It's freezing outside.

"I'm fine."

"Jesus Christ. You need a keeper. Come on, let's get you in a hot bath. Holy Crap, you're a handful, at least we know what our daughters are going to be like so we can all prepare. What happened?" I told them as we walked into Ama's.

"Uwe and Inga?"

"They're fine...better than you, mister, Annie can you check on everyone since they are leaving tomorrow and we keep making things unusual, and have them bring over food, at least milk." She laughed, kissed me, grabbed Drako who had been biting and licking me, and went to the main house as Sara and Chloe walked me upstairs. Sara looked at me.

"Who?" I looked at her.

"Marnine. She's bored, but also thankful about Ingrid and Rasmus...Erasmus. You speak with Gaia often, can you ask if she can strip Marnine of her powers here, at least the bad ones. I have an idea. She stared me, but nodded." They started to undress me. "Holy Crap! I can undress myself, but milk would be nice. I'd like a bit more info about Uwe and Inga, please. Milk. Shoo."

I ran a bath and grunted. I got halfway into the tub as the girls walked in....great, at least I wasn't cold any longer. I lowered myself and grimaced as I exhaled. Annie brought stew with extra veg, somecheese, and bread, and milk. I wanted to sleep, but my body needed to eat because tomorrow wasn't going to be any easier. Annie kissed my head.

"Inga is a warriorress, and Kana is talking with her. She earned her bottle of wine. She's a loner, by nature, like you, but she asked about you because you didn't show up for dinner. I told her the truth and she nodded. She needs a purpose other than working in the barn." I nodded. I got Uwe and his family and brought them here. They will be staying in Andres' suite until we can find them a suitable place...and wanting to buy to buy four blocks in town may not be as crazy at it seemed at the time. They don't know how to respond but Janey and Alison are dealing with them. What the three of you did, you shouldn't have been able to do. Yes, Billy and Deats helped you finish, but still."

"It needed to get done before the ground froze" I said in between bites. "A good crew can do amazing things when they need to. I had a good crew. Does Inga live on the property?" Annie smiled.

"Yeah, she lives in the loft above the hay barn." I stared at her. "I know, right, but she loves it because she is alone, and it's quiet. It was updated, but it's still above a hay barn. She loves it. She's off tomorrow. She ate, had two pieces of pie, and took another with her, and her bottle of Bordeaux, and went home." I smiled. "She likes you. They both like you. You made them work harder than they ever had, and they loved it. They would have worked until they dropped for you, Daniel." I shook my head and had them take my bowl.

"They did what they did because it was who they are, i just brought it out, but they need a raise. Jakob said he was sending me his best workers, that's all." They all looked at me and walked away shaking their heads. I drank my milk and closed my eyes as the glass fell into the tub.
take me part 451...edited
Posted:Nov 28, 2021 6:07 pm
Last Updated:Nov 28, 2021 7:14 pm

I smiled as I walked the cart. wasn't the first time I had cleaned up shit, of various kinds, and wouldn't be the last but that would wait because Drako and his pack had woken up and were halfway running me.....tired puppies trying run is pretty darn cute. I petted Drako first, and then the rest, they looked at me. "What, I work do, Drako. Take them outside and do your business, and in the snow and then we'll feed you." He stared me, and they stared at him. "Go on...outside." He barked and walked outside followed by eight white bundles of fur. I looked up as everyone was staring at me. "What, it's a gift." I started picking up poop.. It was easy because it was so cold. After I finished each stall I gave them hay and water, and gave the horses and mules a handful of sweet feed. I finished the last stall when Jakob walked.

"You want a job, Danael?' We both laughed.

"You aren't the first person ask me that, Jakob." I said smiling. "What next?" He looked at me.

" you ever built fences?" I smiled and nodded. "Good, we could use that because none of them never but after last night we don't long put the posts in the ground before freezes." I nodded. "Everything you'll need is in the tool shed. I'll send the two best workers I ." He handed me a layout of the fences. "They know where they go. Take the truck. The keys are in my office and the posts are at the far end of the barn. 's going get colder so needs get done today because will be the warmest probably until spring. I'll send them when they're done." I nodded. "I'm glad you're helping. We need "

I grabbed the keys and found the truck. wasn't the first time I had done this kind of work, and I liked . was honest work and you could see what you did at the end of the day, but was going be a long one because were a lot posts that needed go into the ground before got dark. was going be a long day. I had finished loading the posts when when Inga and Uwe walked up. I smiled. "Good timing." They both laughed. I liked here just as I did in Denver, and Japan. People didn't mind working, even the ones. "Hop on the back and we'll get the tools. We weren't doing posts and fencing today so would be easier, and would go quicker, but would still be a long day.

" either of ever doing fencing before?" They shook their heads. "It's not overly complicated but 's a process but we're just doing the posts. We a lot of posts that need get in the ground, today." They nodded. "Jakob's going try and get another crew out to help but figure on being a long day." They nodded. I handed them the diagram.. "I'm from the US, we don't understand the metric system because they wouldn't teach school. I assume your tape is metric." They nodded.

Jakob's diagram was very obvious, down which perimeter post go off of. I made one alteration and that was add a post next the perimeter one. They could tie them together when they did the actual fencing. I laid out the plan and we went from . Inga and Uwe were smart and competent and we pulled the lines, and and dug starter holes for all but three of fences, and gates because they were doing rotational grazing, when the girls rode out with coffee, and snacks, for a break. They never would meet three happier people. I put a pad on the tailgate and we sat down as they gave us coffee and fresh bran muffins. We all smiled.

"They all looked around but Chloe said, 'WOW, you did alot, and it's cold." Inga said, with a full mouth, "not when when you're digging post holes, ma'am, but we need pack them with dirt, today." We all laughed. "Thank you for this. It was perfect timing." It would been impertinent anywhere else but not with us because all of us had been working since we were . Chloe smiled and refilled our coffee, but the girls looked at us, concerned.

"How's Rasmus?" They smiled.

"Henry want's replace you. He's in showing him how do things and telling him he is doing way better than his last apprentice." I almost spit my coffee out, but it was too cold. "He's doing good and Henry is good with strays. He's doing everything and when he's and when done, he's asking what else." I nodded.

"He's going to work through dinner, and then breakfast tomorrow and Sara and I are going to take him to be with Ingrid and Roan," Annie said "I've spoken with the director, and told her of the situation, and they a room available for a week that they will let him stay before the patient arrives. Ingrid has surgery in two days and we all thought would be good for her, them, Rasmus before, and after. We wanted with you though." I told them I thought it was an excellent idea. "We'll talk with Jakob on our way back and see if he can spare anyone to help, if not, we'll come and help you finish." I nodded as Inga and Uwe stared as they drove away and we finished. They looked at me as we finished our coffee.


"This is yours, why are you helping us?" I swallowed

"Because it's our responsibility. All of those women, worked for as long as they can remember, like me. We don't chose where life puts us, but all of us tried make the best of . may seem odd you, but with the exception of Annie, and Taiiko, we had lives similar you. Finish up and lets see if we can get the rest of the holes dug out before lunch because won't much light afterward and we need put in the posts." We spent the next three hours working by ourselves, mostly, once he had the lines pulled. We played leap frog as we dug holes, and placed posts, until Jakob rode up with a mule filled with old shingles and rocks. and said it was in case we didn't finish.

" you, Jakob." Inga was actually mad. "We'll finish. Take those back and unload them. He nodded, smiled as he looked at me, and said.

"Billy and Deat are coming out help because I can't spare anyone, and they've done this before. Go lunch. You've done an amazing job. You're a good team." Inga was still mad.

"Can you believe that? Like we need motivation." We all nodded. I handed her the keys. She smiled.

"Let's lunch." We got the house as Unc and Deat were coming out. I Introduced everyone as Inga handed them the keys the truck. "We'll see you out ." They nodded. They looked at me.

"They are family," Uwe asked? I nodded.

'You good family, Danael," Inga said that she agreed. We went into the kitchen. We were the last to eat. We washed up and they brought us stew, and bread, and salad, and milk. None of us spoke. We ate. When we were finished they gave us a piece of warm apple pie and coffee. We looked at each other and smiled, as Inga burped, and laughed. They gave us one more cup of coffee as I walked over to Rasmus and put my hand on his shoulder.

"How is it going?" He smiled

"It's fine. The ladies showed me what to do, and Henry helped me. Why are you doing this for me?" I was quiet as I sat down.

"My instinct is to kill you, your sister, and Roan, because of what you tried to do." He lowered his eyes, and nodded. "I'd rather not but that means we figure out another path, and that's what we are working on. Consider yourself lucky that you got your leg broken, otherwise you'd be out digging post holes. Keep doing good." He nodded. "Finish up guys, 's not much light left and Inga sent the shingles away." We all laughed as we walked back the field. Unc and Deat had set posts in two lines. We started at the opposite end and worked toward them. Because I'm me, I checked the posts by eye after we finished a line, and they were all good. It was dusk when we finished and met at the last post. I told them to go ahead, and Unc and Deat no please, at. We were having fun with each other.

"Jesus Christ....men." Inga filled in the last post with all us of watching, smiling because she was amazing. "OK. Can we go now?" She looked at me. "Can we go know?" I smiled, and nodded. "Good, somebody drive. I want a shower, a good meal, and bottle of wine take my room." Unc and Deats got in the truck and the three of us sat on the back. Inga fell into me as we drove and was asleep when we got to the barn. Annie, Chloe, and Sara where . I told them. They smiled, nodded, and woke her up as they took inside the house. I told Uwe to clean up and come down to eat he said needed to get home. I stared at him..

"I don't live here, sir."

"Daniel, don't me sir." He nodded. I yelled for Annie. "Can you please take Uwe home so he can shower and then bring him, and his family, back for dinner." She nodded. were so many working parts I was glad I wasn't alone in this. I thanked Unc and Deat as I drove the tool shed to unload. was a hard day, but a good day. I was almost finished when Fenrir walked up.

"You walk quietly for being such a large wolf."

"You know something about that." I laughed, nodded, and asked what he needed. "All of you work with your pack, it's unusual for the humans I seen, at least alpha's. 's interesting us." I nodded as I unloaded. "Your pack is eating and you here doing this. 's intriguing. Why?" I sat on the tailgate and looked up at Fenrir.

"We don't consider ourselves alpha's, even though we might be. Our role is lead a community of different people. What you, and your mate, do with your pack doesn't apply us. Marnine tried that and won't work long term, without brutality. My taught me that if you aren't willing get your hands dirty, and sweat, the people working for will never respect you. was good advice." He looked over his shoulder and ran off. Sara walked up as Drako growled.

" you mister, where talking with?" I told her as she laughed and she petted him. "You were right Drako. He's still mad at them. He may not wolf blood in him, but he has their spirit." I nodded as I scratched his ears. "Annie's back with Uwe's family. Finish up, love, and come eat with us. I know it was a long day but it's important." I nodded as went park the truck. I made halfway between the barn and Ama's and dropped.
take me part 450...hopefully edited
Posted:Nov 28, 2021 1:16 pm
Last Updated:Nov 28, 2021 9:33 pm

"Hello Gaia, I'm assuming you brought here since I was planning sleeping."

"I did, and you are sleeping. This is a dream that is not a dream." I was confused. She laughed. "You're a dragon and they have many abilities that you haven't discovered yet. You will and Dreka will help you with that, and Aisha, but that's not why I brought you here. I'm curious why you let Rasmus live." We started walking.

"I don't like killing, Gaia."

"Yet you have, many times." I nodded.

"I didn't say I wouldn't, I said I didn't like it. I'll do whatever I have do keep my family, and friends safe. My sense was that he was fine with not continuing. what they intended do. I may be wrong and if so I pray that I end them first. There's too much that needs to be done in too many places. I wanted to avoid another if I ccould and see if they would accept a second chance. Sara wants that." She was quiet while we walked.

"Do you have plans for them?"

"I have a sense, but I haven't discussed them with the girls. Ingrid is occupied with trying to regain some function in her arm, and move easier. She'll face a long year of surgeries an rehab. We're thinking how best to handle that with Rasmus because having him involved is good for her, and him as well. I don't like the idea of leaving them alone together in Oslo, but she needs the care. I don't trust any of them and I have no idea how involved Marnine is. Rasmus is an excellent organizer, it seems, even though none of it worked out but that wasn't because of him. We have those buildings in the town by Annie's that need to be managed during renovation and then reviewing applications for people to move in, and also to open shops. It'll be a lot of work and I thought he would be very good at it, and it'd be something he could do while his leg heals. I need to talk with everyone. It's a ball I'm not ready to throw in the air yet."

"You have the instincts of a good leader, young dragon. It was a wonderful binding, and feast. I'm sure people were very thankful because typically it's long on the ceremony, and short on the feast, you turned that on it's head while retaining the tradition."

"And no one died."

"And no one died, very true. It's not an easy transition for any of you, especially you, since they are drawing upon your strength. It's going to be busy the next month, juggling your balls in the air, but you have done fine so far. Your family is starting to seek there own places with some staying in Colorado and some in Iceland, and then you have Japan and Norway. How are you with that, my young friend?" I was quiet.

"I don't like it, but I understand it, and it's necessary. Thank you for having Joseph help with the mist, I think I will be rolling a lot." She laughed and said I was I a quick study. "People live their lives and there are many places our family needs to be. It's not realistic to think that we would all live together in Norway, or anywhere else for that matter. It's life."

"It is, and each of those locations, and others, are important for the future of all of you just like where you are with Irina was important for now. Your people journeyed long distances, in many directions, with many obstacles, yet they were all represented over the last week to be at the binding ceremony. You are right to focus on the present, because of all the damage, and wrong thinking, done by Marnine needs to be undone, but don't lose sight of the future. It's very easy to become myopic in positions of power. It's also very easy to succumb to the lure of power. It's why I selected Annie and all of you to be where are you, especially Annie. You are never alone, Danael, remember that, no matter how alone you feel."

I nodded and it went black. I woke before dawn and felt a lot better. The girls were lying entwined with each other, as usual, and breathing deeply as I gently got out of bed. I grabbed my clothes and went into the bathroom. No one was awake as I walked to the back door, put my boots on and grabbed my jacket, gloves and hat, and headed to the main house. It had snowed, and was frigid, but I liked that. I walked into the kitchen and the barn crew was already there, Jakob was good at his job. We said hello and I said hi to the kitchen staff as i went upstairs. Airi was seated by the door.

"You got the graveyard shift." She smiled, and nodded, as she hugged me.

"Are you feeling better, dragon?" I nodded and told I had slept well and felt fine. I grabbed Rasmus' clothes and walked in. I turned on the light and woke him up. I put his clothes on the bed.

"Get ready and knock, Airi will bring you downstairs." I walked out. I was not interested in being his friend. I was still wondering if I had made the right decision to keep him alive as I went into the kitchen. They made room for and I had a large glass of milk and my plate was being filled with, eggs, potato's, bacon and rye toast.

"Thank you. I'm helping you guys." They all stared at me. "I've been working for as long as I can remember. I can do a lot of different things, but I am particularly good at mucking out stalls, and fighting off puppies." They all started laughing as we ate our breakfast. Rasmus and Airi came in as we were getting ready to leave. They sat down and Airi looked at him as she was given the same as I got. "Not you Rasmus, you are working in the kitchen, good luck. Do what they tell you and you'll be fine. You can peel and chop a lot while seated. You eat when they eat. We ate first because we're working in the barn, and it's cold. We'll check on you later."

"I've never done this." They'll show what to do, just attention and you'll be fine. Don't cut a finger off because the knives are sharp." I said bye Airi who smiled with a full mouth as her replacement sat done. They knew what they were doing. I headed the barn and Jakob handed a manure fork and pointed the cart as everyone burst out laughing.
take me part 449... editing tomorrow
Posted:Nov 27, 2021 8:05 pm
Last Updated:Nov 28, 2021 10:25 am

We walked Rasmus inside to you his room as on of Yoshi's students walked. "She can kill you over a dozen ways and would never see it coming... I'm serious. We are extending you a courtesy, don't fuck it up. Are you hungry?" He shook his head no. "There is someone in the kitchen until nine pm., if want something knock on the door and they'll bring what they can. There is no more Yak's milk. There are sweats and a shirt, and toiletries. Knock and give the guard your clothes and someone will clean them. We'll deal with clothes for you tomorrow. Just because you are staying in here, don't think it means anything other than it's going to be cold tonight. If you're hungry, ask. If you're thirsty for anything other than water, ask. You won't be given alcohol. Make no mistake, Rasmus, you are in prison even though there's a nice bed and bath, but we can make you disappear in an instant. I can make disappear in an instant. Understood?" He nodded. "Good, get some sleep because you'll up at dawn. You'll be working like everyone else. I suggest you eat something. Breakfast is at seven." We closed the door as Annie and I walked down the hall.

"You are way better at being the bad cop." She pushed me against the wall and kissed me. "You aren't a push over after all." I stared at her and walked away down the hall. "Wait, I just meant...."

"Annie, I'm tired, and sore. I love you dearly, but I want to eat something and go to sleep because I'll be up at dawn to deal with him. I don't like, and frankly, I wished he was dead like all of the others. I feel the same way about Ingrid, and Roan, and frankly....your mother, but they are family, or family of family, so I am trying to find middle ground. We are suppose to be changing things. I am trying to change things. I know you are upset, or were, like all of you, but it's not like it set out to shot. If we can find a way to not kill, then great; if not, I'm fine with that because I'll drop them in the ocean, but now, I am tired, need a hot bath, a cold glass of milk, and ten hours of sleep." I kissed her and walked to Ama's.

I walked into the back door and no one was around because the guests were eating at the main hall. I felt bad because I was harsher with Annie then I need to be but I was tired, and I hurt. I I took a large glass of milk upstairs with me, and looked for the paste the herbalist gave us. "FUCK!!!" I ran a bath as hot as could stand, which was pretty hot, and grabbed cloths for the sweat. I was about to get in when Kana and Airi walked...great.

"What's wrong?" We stared at each other. I shook my head. I told them and Airi walked out and came back with a jar and said it stinks. I nodded.

"It helps and is suppose to keep attractive women away from so I can rest." They smiled, and me my milk, and walked out closing the door. I slowly sank into the exhaling like I was sinking into the lakes around here, and closed my eyes as I drank thinking that we need more Yak's, even though I had only a taste before. It was better milk. I set my glass and closed my eyes.

I was back with Irina, Malinka, and Sofi..... "Can you bring us more wood, love...for the fire and the stove?" I nodded as I grabbed my coat, hat, and gloves, because I could hear the wind. Drako followed as I went outside. I was losing my mind, again. They acted like I just dozed off, which was good I guessed, but very confusing. How in fuck do I get myself into these things. It hadn't been long because porch was full. I made two trips each and filled both as Drako followed.

"Now you like me." I walked into the kitchen and kissed everyone, they where in an exceedingly good mood. "Why so happy?" They stared at me at me as I gave Drako a treat and Irina slapped my hand.

"You'll spoil her and you must have napped to hard. Hammish brought us gifts. Go look in the in the barn, but the stays," as she grabbed her. Drako wasn't happy. I walked into the snow as I felt the wolves approach.

"Your back." I nodded and asked how long I had been gone. "You don't know?"

"I still getting use to time. It isn't an easy thing." He didn't understand.

"Three days, but much has happened. You will see tomorrow when the sun rises. You have a lot of new fence. Human's can work hard when they want. You also have many new animals, You have sheep, and cattle, but they are strange looking. I have my pack to leave them. We still food from the deer you left but only small animals are around because the deer have not return yet. It's a hard winter. I looked and nodded. I speak with the young witch, and she understands. We have meet for two days, but limited, and it's cold, dragon." I nodded as we got to the barn. "I need to go. Welcome home." He howled and ran off with the others I could only feel. I walked into the barn.

Holy Christ, we really did need a new barn. There were more mules, and sheep... lots of sheep. I needed to find more hay, and talk with Hammish. I gave them hay, and the mules a bit of grain, along with the , and smiled. It was coming along. I took my jacket off, closed the barn door, shifted, and flew to the ravine where I knew the deer were. I blended as best I could but they knew I was there. I took the oldest I could. I took three...one of the wolves, one for Hammish, and one for us. I yelled for Hammish and he came out smiling.

"More gifts, dragon." He told me about the animals. He needed the room, and he had the hay, and we were partners. I nodded as as we skinned, gutted , and butchered the deer. I felt strange as Joseph appeared.

"Hello Hammish, I am sorry for coming unannounced but I need this one. He'll be back." I shook my head to try and clear it....

"Hammish, tell them, and have Malinka help you. It's good training for her." He nodded, and I woke with women watching me.

"OK, so there is absolutely no privacy?" They all laughed. "How long have been asleep?" Kana said maybe fifteen minutes. Well, it was getting closer to parity. You were in our past?" i nodded.

"It's a terrible winter and the deer are smart. I am the only that can get them. I think that is why I am being pulled there, at least now. I helped Hammish deal with two, and left one for the wolves." I looked at Annie. "I'm sorry for being abrupt with you..." She stopped me, kissed me, and then stop.

"What you are trying to do is right. We don't treat people like animals, at least not for long. We call on strength because you have it, it's not fair, but it's a fact. I nodded. You can have have your edge of the bed, as usual." I looked at her and we all started laughing. Everyone left but Annie. "I'm sorry, I have...." I kissed her I as I climbed out of the bath and grabbed a towel.

"We're all finding our way Annie, and I know all of you have it the hardest. You don't need to apologize, but my quarter of the bed is very appealing> Annie put the paste on my wounds, which assured I wouldn't be bothered and could sleep. she got me an old shirt and kissed me.

"I'm so glad you found all of us, or we found you. I nodded and got into bed. I think it took maybe a minute before I was asleep and at the cave in Iceland looking at a fox.
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take me part 448.... edited, whatever that means. :o)
Posted:Nov 27, 2021 4:47 pm
Last Updated:Nov 28, 2021 11:14 am

Well at least Drako didn't pee on me so I didn't need to change, again. I gave Drako more leash than the girls because I wanted her to be assertive, and protective of her flock, or pack, and she had a new one because all of her litter mates had died. She knew her place in our pack but she was also showing us her personality. If peeing in front of me helped with that, then so be it. Her running with me toward wolves told me all I needed to about her. What I needed to know was whether Rasmus knew his place. It was easier for me to kill as the dragon, or bear...especially if people were shooting at me, or trying to hurt the people I loved, but I didn't like violence, nor did I subscribe to it. There were better ways, mostly. I was trying to find a better way. I knew that Annie didn't like it, mainly because they shot at me, but those people were gone, and Rasmus wasn't. He was behind things, to be sure, but he ran when he was given the choice. It could be he was a coward, or just in way over his head...or both. You create a monster and you have three choices: let it continue doing what it does; destroy it; or run from it. I took care of the first two, and he ran. I trusted my family's intuition. I trusted mine, but I especially trusted Sara's. I knew she would come with us, but I was glad for it. Annie said,

"Are you OK doing this, Danael.... BECAUSE THEY SHOT YOU?" She turned and glared at Rasmus who lowered his eyes. She was a great 'bad cop.'

"I'm fine love. I wouldn't be doing this if I wasn't." Annie was quiet when Rasmus asked me why we were doing this. Annie and Sara stared at me. I looked at him in the rear view mirror, "so I can try and find a way of not killing you," and turned my eyes away. There was silence for the rest of the drive, which I was OK with. We pulled into the rehab center and and Sara went to get a wheelchair as Annie went to the desk.

"Thank you for letting me see my sister." I told him not to thank me yet as they came out with a wheelchair and walked to Ingrid's room as I parked. I walked in and Annie looked at me tears in her eyes and came up and hugged me as Ingrid and Rasmus were talking. Ingrid was older and wanted to know how he got hurt. He told her and she slapped him.

"Look at me Ras? I told you it was over, and it is. Why?" He explained what happened and said he was sorry but they weren't going to take no for an answer and that he was hoping to figure a way to deal with them.

"They wanted money, and the money was gone, and they wanted revenge for being humilated. They would have done it regardless. They would have killed me, these people didn't, and they brought me to see you." He was visibly upset, not in anger but in love for his sister...which was what was I hoping for. It was a crap shoot, but dealing with Marnine was always a crap shoot, even where she was. I had no trust of these people.... none.... but I was willing to give them a second chance since I was the only that had gotten hurt, well, physically hurt. The girls were plenty hurt because of what had happened to me. I had no issue with meting out punishment, or even vengeance, if needed, but my gut said it wasn't needed. It didn't mean they would go unpunished, just that it wouldn't be harsh.

We left to let them catch up. They wouldn't have said anything in front of us anyway. Rasmus wasn't a fighter, he was an organizer though and I wanted to use that to our advantage. We left and went to the lobby until Roan brought him out. She hugged all of us and said how much that meant to Ingrid, and how much in despair she was she had been in. "She holds the jade you gave all the time. Can you bring him back Annie? I know I have no right to ask, but it's harder to mend a broken spirit." Annie said the we would talk about it and hugged her sister. Sibling's can forgive a great deal. Roan hugged Rasmus, who was wiping his eyes, and said goodbye as I walked her back to the room. We went in as Ingrid reached out her left hand.

"Thank you for that, and only teaching him a lesson, but he is not blame, Danael, I am. Please show him kindness, and thank you for bringing him here. I haven't seen my brother for a long time, only spoken with him..."

"and plotted with him...."

She nodded, "and plotted. Those days are over, I assure you." I kissed her forehead and told her I hoped so. I did the same with Roan and walked to the lobby.

"I'll get the car." Annie went to speak with nurse on duty while Sara stayed with Rasmus. They brought him out and we headed home.

"Thank you for that. I didn't realize she was hurt that badly."

"Neither did until two days ago."

"You did that?'

"I did, Rasmus. I would have killed her, and Roan, but Sara told me I couldn't. You were trying kill the people I love the most." Annie and Sara barely breathed.


"I'm sorry." I looked at him in the mirror and nodded.

"We'll figure something out so you can spend time with your sister. It was good that you were there for her. Healing mentally and emotionally is more important, and she needs that." Annie turned and looked him.

"Danael is right, it helped her that you were there. The physical aspect is taken care of but we can't help with the rest, not even Roan. We'll work something out." She was silent. "You both will pay a price for your actions, understand," he nodded, "now is not the time for that, but if you are lying to us, we will find out and I will kill you of all with my bare hands... and I am far less kind than Sara, and Danael." He nodded and looked down. Like Deat, I was glad it wasn't directed toward me.

We pulled up to the house and Rasmus started hobbling to the barn on crutches as Sara walked up to him. "You going the wrong way Ras. You're staying the main house. There will be a guard but you will be comfortable. Go with them." She walked to the barn to talk with Yoshi's people, and Yoshi, because he felt her and walked into the barn.

"How was the trip?"

"I think it was successful, Yoshi. We all have mixed feelings after what happened, especially to your family, but Danael is trying to find a middle path, I think. It's hard to understand him because he is changing as quickly as I am, only in different ways." Yoshi nodded and smiled. "I don't think we will need your skills after all. Yoshi-san."


"Do you have everything you need?" He nodded. "Annie's family, my family...OUR family... loved the Bonsai's. Thank you. I wish I could come to your home with them, but after Denver I need to return to Iceland and continue my work with Ama, but I will at some point. Promise." She smiled and kissed his cheek

"I understand, and we await your visit." Sara smiled and walked toward the house. Most of the guests were leaving the next morning but some, like Andres, needed to leave for business, or other matters. We had all stepped into a strange new world and we were trying to find our way. It was going to be an interesting journey.
take me part 447...expanded, but will edit, agian
Posted:Nov 26, 2021 7:00 pm
Last Updated:Nov 28, 2021 11:15 am

I had only flown in a helicopter once, but not any as nice as this one. It held all all of us but Ingrid's brother was on the floor in the back with Taiiko, Kana, and Airi's feet on top of him.. I was sitting between Annie and Sara as they both leaned into me, and hugged.. The flight didn't take as long as I thought it would. We were landing in the back pasture, behind the barn when I said I wanted to learn how to fly one of these. Annie and Sara stared at me in amazement. "What, this is more fun."

"When you stop getting shot, mister, we'll talk about it." Taiiko, Kana, and Airi agreed. We landed and Yoshi's students pulled Ingrid's brother out, and onto the ground. He screamed in pain even though the herbalist had set is ankle, and leg, and secured it well. No one else cared. Andres and Yoshi walked up and hugged me

"Thank you for keeping my family safe Danael." I nodded. Andres said hi.

"I am glad I got to see you before you we left. It was a most interesting binding, and feast, one that will not be forgotten anytime soon.. My family is honored we here to share it with your family. Please come, to Spain, or, Argentina. It is getting warm there and there is excellent hunting. Argentina. I will bring your gift there. Annie told me that Gaia gave you the gift of language, is this true?" I nodded.

"I can understand spoken, and written, but I am still learning to speak them.... hear them for they are." 'Words?" 'He was confused as I shook my head. "No, thoughts, and feelings, expressed with words." He nodded and smiled. "I have guns but if you prefer to use a bow, and have one, then bring it, my friend." I nodded as Yoshi smiled. I like Andres as I liked Yoshi, and Henry, and the rest of them. He hugged me and said goodbye. I told him we'd see them in Argentina since we had people to meet in North America. Their people were everywhere. Everyone ran out and hugged me. I was still sore.

Chloe and Janey both said..... 'What is wrong with you?" Emily and Lieve both punched me and walked away. Jake shook his head, hugged me, and followed them. Deat and Melinda walked up and Melinda punched me in the chest, hard as I grunted.

"Did that hurt?" I nodded. "Good, because husband and daughters adore you, and I like you a little. Stop getting shot." She walked off with the girls, and I still at least twelve more to deal with, at least it felt like that. I looked at Deat.

"Don't look at me, brother, I'd rather have her pissed off at you. As far as all of this goes, I'm going pretend I didn't see anything because it's outside of my jurisdiction, and I'm vacation, with that said, my friend Klaus at Interpol said they keep files via email, which they can't trace, about men, and some women, and the sex ring with detailed information, and video...incriminating video. Europe's legal is a little more harsh than the US. My team, old team, has as well are working through them, as well and arrests are being made all over Europe. These people are starting to pay their price, at least partially. I'm not saying you knew anything about this, but if you did, well....you know. Stop getting shot."

He hugged me and walked away. I was standing by myself. Seriously, and that was when Drako, and a malicious horde of small white beasts descended upon me, viciously attacking with teeth and tongue, and barking at me....but at least I was home. I lied down and was mauled by the cutest puppies ever, half of which peed on me, including Drako...the little shit. He knew better. They were licking, and nibbling as i was laughing. The girls were looking at me.

"What are you doing?" I kept taking pups off of me, and they would keep jumping back onto me.

"Defending myself." They shook their heads. Sara said,

"You're like . DRAKO! Take your friends and go play in the barn." I stared at her.

"How did you do that? Seriously."

"We have to deal with Ingrid's brother, tell us what you heard." I told everything I could remember.

"He said the operation was off?" I nodded but he finally agreed, but they did have automatic weapons. "And are you sure that Ingrid told him to stop?"

"Yes, that's what she said in Finnish and she would have no way to know that I could understand. Do you trust me?" They all stared me, all of them and it was all no's, or various iterations of the same thing until I got Sara. She looked at me, smiled, and said "Nope."

"Good, does anyone know his name?" They all looked around at each. "I want to speak with him and Annie, I need a car available to go to Oslo." They all stared at me. Please have the kitchen make him some lunch, and me some milk, please. They stared at me but nodded, and took me to meet Ingrid's brother. They took me to a stall in the barn. I looked at the men guarding him.

"Goddammit! Take the shackles off and untie him." They looked so I roared.... "NOW!!!! and get a cart, or wheel barrow and take him to the house." They looked at Annie. "Don't look at her right now, look at me and do what I asked." They nodded. "Are there crutches?" Someone nodded and went running and met us at the back door into the kitchen. They all looked me as they helped him sit down. Annie was angry, but she didn't leave. "Please make him something to eat." They nodded as I hoped the yak's milk was still there. "Can I get a blender, ice, cacao powder, vanilla, and honey?" They nodded as I smiled.

"What's you name?"


"I'm Daniel, and you don't really want to know who these women are. How's you ankle?'

"It hurts." They put a sandwich in front of him and and started eating. I looked at Annie as she softened, nodded, and went to call the mobile vet.

"You tried to kill us, Rasmus, more than once." He stopped chewing, thinking this might be his meal. I told him to relax. "When you're finished, and we get x-rays and deal with your leg, I am going to...."

"We." I looked at Annie and Sara.

"We are going take you see your sister." He stared at us and nodded. "Take your time, and if you'd like more then let us know." I went to the counter and made chocolate vanilla, almost, milkshakes and used all of the Yak milk. We only got half a glass, even the kitchen crew, but they all stared at me. I took a sip of Sara's, and Annie's, and gave mine to Rasmus. Someone from the barn came in and said the vet was there. Rasmus finished, thanked everyone, and we walked to the barn.

"Who set these bones?" We told her. "Well, she had great skill because they are aligned well, and will heal, and the splinting she used was, well, amazing. I can wrap it in a cast easy enough but the breaks are already starting to. He should stay off of it for a couple days but he's lucky he had whoever set them, and bound them."

"We're leaving within an hour after you put it in a cast." She looked at me and Annie, who nodded.

"OK, then try and a wheelchair and keep him off of it as much as possible, and don't let him fall. It could still easily break." Annie told her to send the bill and give her the x-rays. The vet nodded. "If you need anything else let let me know."

"I will Cynthia, and thank you. " She kissed Annie, and looked at me, as she walked off. I asked if there was I should know, smiling. "Long time ago, Daniel, drop it. I'm already mad at you for getting shot. Can you have theme bring the SUV back her, please." They nodded and walked off. Annie walked up to my face. "Do know what the FUCK you are doing?" I shrugged as she punched me. She walked off saying SHIT!!!!!. Sara asked,

"Do you, love?" I looked at her.

"I don't have the answer, but he didn't want to do it. He couldn't fight those men. He created a monster he couldn't control, and he ran when given an opportunity. The other's didn't."

"Yeah, and you got shot and slid into Sweden, if you'll recall." I nodded.

"What does he have left? He has no funding and his sister, who was in charge, clearly isn't any longer. I thought if he saw how injured his sister is then maybe he would get it." I was silent.

"What, love?"

"I don't like killing people." She hugged me. "I don't know what to do with him, but he was OK with what Ingrid said about stopping. I figured he'd do well seeing what happened to his sister." Sara kissed me as she to talk with Annie and the SUV pulled up to the barn. Drakon walked out barking, walked up to me, peed, and walked back into the barn. Holy crap. We got into the SUV and drove to Oslo.

ps.... for those of you reading who have younger , or grandchildren, look for a boy called christmas. It's not terrible, and a decent story.... and christmas movies are suppose to be sappy.
take me part 446.... edit later, or tomorrow. It was edited. HAH!
Posted:Nov 26, 2021 3:34 pm
Last Updated:Nov 27, 2021 8:28 pm

I had met the people from the clans with Annie, and in an ideal world I would have spent more one on time talking with them during the party, but we were going to visit with each of them, like Andres, later. It would be a diplomatic nightmare. I needed to meet with Andres, and the girls were meeting with other people, but I also needed to attend to Ingrid's brother to see if that threat had passed. I could understand what she said on the phone and if she was lying then she was excellent at it. Given the shape she was in, the shape I caused her to be in, she'd be a fool to come after my family again, especially how generous Annie had been. I was neutral because people could do some pretty fucking stupid things, especially if power or money was involved. We were willing to give her the benefit of the doubt because Roan sincerely loved her. I was less concerned them and more about her brother and the men working with him, and we were running out of darkness. We flew to Helsinki.

I shifted as we were moving into Sweden and we ended up flying north of Stockholm heading over the Gulf of Bothnia and toward Helsinki. I had the location from 'Bob,' Javier's hacker friend, so I knew where I was going, mostly. It was north of the city in an industrial area, which was good because it would be mostly deserted. I was figuring out how to be the dragon, and what I could do, how much I could do without a rider, as usual I had way more questions than answers. I pushed to Kana to tell me to become invisible, like Malinka had done. She did but nothing happened. I was still blended, as where the girls, but we could be seen, albeit blurry.

I flew around the industrial area, searching, and found their warehouse. It was at the back end and on a small bluff. We flew around and I listened. They were all talking and Ingrid's brother told them the mission was over and they all said fuck that, they wanted their money, and to get even because we had humiliated them. I wasn't quite sure how he was going to pull that one off since it was Jaak's father, and his money, that had been funding him. They weren't buying it, at all, he never would have stood a chance against trained special forces with automatic weapons. I was listening intently but Ingrid's brother finally agreed, that was almost my downfall. I kept hearing Gaia...."even dragons die." I felt the threat the same time Taiiko did. She rolled off of me, fell, and shifted into her eagle and away, watching. I pushed to Kana and Airi to hold on raised myself to the threat from the roof so I could protect them being shot. Two men fired numerous times, my saving grace was they couldn't make me out that well but close to dozen rounds hit my chest before I scorched them as the men inside started shooting into the sky even though they had no clue what they were shooting it but they were scared and it's all they had. The last thing they saw before they died was fire. I was hurt but was able to destroy the building so there would be a lot of nothing for the investigators to find. God I was getting tired of getting shot. Kana and Airi said they were fine and that Taiiko flew behind the building. Ingrid's brother had run out the back when the men opened fired but Taiiko grabbed him by the chest and shoulders, and squeezed as he screamed, dropped his gun, and Taiiko flew off.

"Can you fly, dragon?" I told her yes but I wasn't sure for how long, certainly not back home.

"Do you remember where they took the ship in Sweden? Take me there." I flew as fast as Taiiko could carrying someone. She was a large eagle, and probably could have lifted a deer, maybe a cow, but flying a distance while carrying someone was a challenge. I had carried three of them and I was tired, the fact I had been shot numerous times didn't help matters. I followed Taiiko to Sweden. Taiiko flew next to the ship we had given them and dropped him to ground as he screamed in pain. She landed as I made a very ungraceful landing and skidded forty feet before stopping. The people of the village came running up because they knew who we were and figured something was wrong because there was a man screaming in Finnish and I slid to a landing. I was tired and in pain, but I sat up. I didn't want to shift because the rounds were armor piercing and while they didn't go through the scales completely, they did partially. I was stronger as the dragon.

Taiiko and Kana started telling them what they needed. Luckily most people in the village understood English and ran to get lights, medical supplies, and a doctor if they had one. They didn't but they had an old herbalist. Airi stroked me and tried to comfort me as Taiiko and Kana removed bullets. The herbalist looked at me, and them, and went to her home for herbs, and some sort of paste, and started filling the wounds. A few went in pretty deep because they went between the scales, but most only penetrated slightly. They put bandages of the wounds and I lied down. I was tired and fell asleep as Taiiko told the men to locked Ingrid's brother in the hold of the ship, in the cage, shackle him, and deal with his injuries. I was out could as everyone gathered around.

"Do you have a phone I can use," Taiiko asked, " and a place we could sleep. The captain of the ship nodded and handed her his phone. She called Annie. They all knew something was wrong but didn't know what. Taiiko was on speaker phone when she told them I had been shot numerous times. Silence until Annie screamed in rage.

"I'll fucking kill them with my bare hands."

"Annie....ANNIE!. Give me the phone me. GIVE me the fucking phone." How is he?" Taiiko said I was OK but asleep and we had Ingrid's brother locked in the ship. He's a dragon, Sara, he'll be fine, probably by morning. He's tired and in pain but he didn't shift back, which was smart. Deal with Annie until we can figure out what happened. I grabbed him as he was running out the back of the building." Sara agreed. "We love you and we're taking care of him. I'll call you tomorrow morning." Sara said OK and hung up as the captain approached them.

"He's secured and the herbalist is attending to him. He broke at least one of his ankles in the fall and possibly his leg, and then puncture wounds. He'll live. We'll show you where you can stay and stand watch because we consider him our dragon too." They all smiled as he lead them to a small house that was empty. "We'll take care of him if he wakes and come get all of you." They nodded and thanked them as they went inside and collapsed onto the beds as the adrenaline faded.

Dawn was breaking as I woke and shifted. I was sore, and still tired, but I shifted as the captain and herbalist walked up. It wasn't long before the girls were there hugging me. I had my shirt off and the herbalist was looking at my wounds. She had never seen this before. "Amazing, absolutely amazing. Dragons heal quickly. She put a terrible smelling paste on the wounds, which were mostly healed. "You'll be fine but it was wise you stayed as the dragon." I asked what the paste was. She smiled as she told her apprentice to run a get three jars. "It's shark liver and herbs, mashed into a paste. Its excellent for most wounds, but it smells terrible." I thanked her as the young woman ran up with three jars."

"Thank you. I'll send you silver for your help." She nodded and said that I shouldn't shift back for at least a day because I needed to rest too. The girls nodded as Taiiko called Annie and I talked with the captain.

"He's fine, just broken bones and puncture wounds but he's scared and obviously not please by his accommodations, no one chooses to shit in a bucket. I'd say he got off easy." I nodded as the girls walked up and hugged me. Taiiko said,

"You need to stop getting shot, but reacted well and likely saved your riders. It's a good thing you have those scales." I nodded. "Sara, Ama, and everyone else, have talked Annie off the ledge. She was going to kill both Roan and Ingrid last night." I nodded. "Sara and Annie are on the way. Annie chartered a helicopter because they want us home, and they want to speak with him," as she pointed to the ship. "Yoshi will get him to talk and it will be good training." Kana and Airi both nodded. I never wanted them mad at me. They'll be here in a few hours."

"Please call them back and have them bring six ounces of silver with them," she nodded." Kana and Airi took me to the house they stayed in so I could wash up and brush my teeth. The captain handed me a clean shirt.

"It should fit since we have similar builds....well, when you're not a dragon." We all laughed. "We have breakfast for all of you, and raw milk." I hugged him and said thank you. We ate, chatted, walked around and looked at all of the things we didn't last time we there. People came up to all of us and shook our hands, or hugged us. These were Ama's people but it still made uncomfortable. They were showing us the ship, and how much work they had done when we heard the helicopter approaching. It landed on the expanse by the sea as Annie and Sara got and walked toward us. I was so getting bitten, which I did. Annie on shoulder and Sara on the other. They both said, at the same time...

"What did we tell you about getting shot?" I nodded as the captain walked up, smiling as Sara said,

"Thank you for watching over him, and healing his wounds. It won't be forgotten." Annie handed me the silver as I walked to the herbalist and handed her three ounces. She smiled and took two saying Gaia provided everything. I nodded as I walked to the captain and said thank you handing him the other four ounces.

"Please compensate whoever gave up their house last night and share the remainder and let us know if there is anything else we can do." He tried to give it back because of the ship, and their share, but we'd have none of it. He nodded as we said goodbye got on the helicopter, with Ingrid's brother and headed home. I was glad I wasn't him.
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take me part 445.. edited
Posted:Nov 25, 2021 5:16 pm
Last Updated:Nov 26, 2021 11:11 am

Annie and Sara smiled, hugged and kissed us, and said not get too drunk. I pushed and felt Taiiko flying. I could also feel the wolves patrolling, there wasn't any problem but I had split duties. I needed to check on Ingird's brother, and his friends, but I also needed to spend time with Andres because Annie's family had known them for so long and linked early on. They didn't need tell me what they were asking me to do....what was more important for me to do. I was a mutt, but my blood ran through strong lines. I knew what I needed do. We walked into the kitchen as the staff was cleaning up. Alissa, the 'real' person in changed walked away from cleaning as Andres and I were becoming friends. She opened the fridge, took out a plate, and set it on the counter. Andres watched in silence.

"There is yak milk, for later, but we all added a bit off your plate so that we all ate. You didn't need to do what you did, especially after today...especially after what you did for Miriam, Roan, and Ingrid. A clan is only as strong as it's weakest links. You either purge them, like Marnine, or you give them a chance to fix things." She kissed my cheek, smiled, nodded at Andres out of respect, and left, with both of us silent and stunned.

'You still hungry?" He nodded as I grabbed the large plate, napkins, and forks and he grabbed the bottle and glasses as we walked to the least crowed fire.

"You have good people, but you treat them well...like family. You aren't worried about that?" That said a lot to me, because of the history. I shook my head no as I set the plate on the table and handed him a fork for the sides. We each grabbed half a steak sandwich with some sort of amazing relish, and mustard. I didn't know about him but l loved it, and all of the sides. "You're not worried about them taking advantage?" I shook my head and said not at all.

"People do things because of the way they are raised, or treated, mostly, very few are born bad. I haven't met a bad person here yet, or associated with Yoshi and Taiiko...or in Denver. We're family. Annie treats their workers well, as do Yoshi, and Taiiko, as does our family in Denver. I've got no interest in being lord of the manor, and if I was, they wouldn't have offered us a plate from theirs, because I would have just taken it and not cared." He was quiet for a long time as we finished the food.

"One thing is for sure, you have better cooks, but not all clans think of it that way. Mine didn't until not to long ago." I nodded. "Andres, change takes time. We will not lead by force unless we must. We choose to lead by example. You've known Annie for most of her life, would you expect her to be any different?" He laughed and said no as Unc, Henry, Yoshi and Deats walked up and sat down. We past the bottle of brandy around and talked about all manner of bullshit as we laughed. Henry said, and the three nodded...

"Don't ever give us that hell's brew of whatever it was again, or we will all hurt you." Andres looked at me confused so I told him what I found overseeing the meat. He howled, as he said...

"Raw eggs and pickle juice." I nodded as I said and hot sauce. He laughed again as everyone else started to smile. Deat said...

"Was that really what it was?" I nodded. "Well, it worked and made us puke our guts multiple times, and the pancakes and bacon was a sound idea." We all nodded.. Guys. We spent the next hour or so finishing the bottle, and becoming friends with Andres. I excused myself, hugged all of them and told Andres we were looking forward to Spain and hearing about the origins of his family. He nodded as I picked up the plate and walked to the kitchen. I cleaned them and drank water as I walked out and behind the barn. I could feel Taiiko, Kana, and Airi follow. I didn't need to say anything because we were all linked, I just shifted as they got on and I blended, because I was still working on the invisible bit Malinka showed me, and we flew to Finland. If we had time, I wanted to stop at Gotland on the way back, or to the folks in eastern Sweden. It was going to be a long night. I just hoped I didn't drop any of them.
take me part 444... edited, maybe.
Posted:Nov 25, 2021 3:27 pm
Last Updated:Nov 26, 2021 3:34 pm

I nodded because I knew was no way I would win against them. They all smiled as Taiiko said,

"See, he's not dumb, I'm going with you as she walked away." We all looked at her, and then I looked at Kana and Airi, and said 'HAH' as I turned and waked the party too. They both growled and pounced on me as they bit me, and tickled me. They rolled off as we all stood.

"Still..."HAH!" They smiled, kissed my cheeks, and we walked toward the festivities. The girls all smiled, even Ama, because they thought I bolted. I tried to because I hated these things. Sara and Annie walked up with a tray of champagne.

"It's from Ama. I nodded. We've been telling Andres of your time in the past because you share heritage. His ancestors lived in the area ours did." I stared at them. Annie spoke.

"It's fine, love, I've known his family my entire life. Our clans linked against Marnine when she was bad. He's family." We nodded and hugged.

'Do you know where, Danael ? My family originated in the Rus states but moved toward what be on the Black sea now."' I shook my head but said I thought it was farther north, and a bit to the east.

"Is your family still ." He nodded.

"Yes, spread out, but also in Spain, and in South America. I'm not sure, but I think we are more spread out than any other clan, except the unaffiliated ones. Annie said you plans of uniting them into a new clan so they no longer feel isolated. Is this true?" I nodded, as smiled, and grabbed my forearm, as I grabbed his. "That is good Dragonbear." Sara looked at me as she mouthed...."FAMILY." He laughed. "Where were you in the previous time?"

"Farther east, and to the south. I lost track of time but I knew the basic direction we needed to go. I had no idea where we were when both Mongols, and the Norsemen, cornered us, but I knew I needed get Ceba to the Norse."

"You fought them both. I nodded but sadly the Mongols got to us first. They were closer so I made Ceba run. I thought if I could kill them first then I had a chance to keep us going but were too many, but she was where I was meant to take her.

"They killed you?" I nodded and told him the leader." He looked at me and smiled. "That would be high honor, for the Norse, and was a good day for the tribe, even if not for you. would aided the woman you brought them because was good magic." I nodded. "And what of your death?" I told him they left me for the wolves and bears, like the rest. He looked me. "Did they kill you first?" I said yes. "Then was a good death, Danael. "Come, let's sit by the fire and talk more." He took Annie and Sara's hands. "Your family must come visit us in Spain, if Ama can spare you, because I another gift after this story. belongs on Ama's island, secure, but let us share a Brandy as I tell you of 's origins, and about my family's." He slapped my back as we went inside find the Napolean Brandy, which might actually been his. was going be a long night but the girls were smiling. I stilled needed fly.

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