KAI PARKER FIC
BRUISES PT.6 (part five here)
*SOME SMUT AT THE END*
X x X
He brought both his hand to her cheeks, touching his forehead gently to hers for the briefest of moments.
“I know you enjoy running headfirst into danger, but you need to go, now,” he breathed with worry, blazing blue eyes anxiously darting over hers.
“Kai-” she began.
“Please,” he whispered, “I need to know you’re safe.”
She trembled under his fingertips, her lower lip quivering, “okay.”
He swallowed the lump in his throat, “good.”
Her shaking hands came up to hold his hand against her cheek, breath hitched in her throat as she brushed her lips gingerly over his pouted ones, eyes closing as he pulled away, easing her out the room before murmuring an incantation that made her body melt into the thin air. She could still see him, but was unable to make a noise as she watched a streak of red blood trickle from his nose, Kai wiping it quickly away in hopes she didn’t notice.
“Soon,” he promised to her invisible shape before vanishing into the next room over.
He strode across the thick red carpets, putting on a brave face as he approached his father, who stood beside the flickering embers in the fireplace, face set.
“Where is she?” Joshua growled.
“What are you talking about?” Kai played dumb, lips twitching into his smug expression.
His father plucked a string from his pocket, raising up the glass vial filled with ruby red vampire blood, watching as it swung back and forth in front of his face.
“You won’t find her,” Kai shrugged.
“Now that I have this I can,” his father challenged.
Kai’s brows furrowed, as he raised a hand, slender fingers extending as he called out an ineffective spell. He cursed and tried again, sweat gathering on his forehead when he realized his magic wasn’t working.
“Looks like you’re out of magic” Joshua sighed with false empathy.
“Shut up,” Kai barked.
“Try and make me,” he retorted.
“Oh I will,” Kai said, hardened expression as he aimed a fist at his father, who snapped Kai’s wrist before he could make contact with his face.
Kai let out a cry as he stumbled back in anguish, holding his wrist to his chest as he bit at his cheeks to restrain from letting his tears bring his father satisfaction.
“What if I told you the merge could happen?” Joshua said, approaching his son with narrowed eyes.
“We both know you’d never let it happen,” Kai growled weakly.
“And if I told you it could? If you could pick the merge, or the girl-” he began.
“I’d choose her,” Kai cut him off before he could finish, “every time, i’d choose her.”
“Mm,” Joshua shook his head in disbelief, icy glare staring Kai down. “And that feeling inside of you, the one that fiends for magic, when it gets worse and worse with every day you don’t merge, then what?”
“Then I’ll get through it,” he mumbled.
“Or you won’t. And that side of you that you try so hard to bury will one day take over every fiber of you’re being, and you’ll lose her forever, if you somehow managed not to kill her by that point.”
“Don’t,” Kai snapped, his eyes watering as he shook his head with denial.
Joshua Parker kicked Kai down onto the carpet, looking smug as he watched his own son cower beneath him. His face softened as he sunk down to Kai’s level, whispering, “believe it or not, I don’t want to hurt her, in fact I’m doing the opposite.”
Kai’s chest rattled as anger flared in his chest, jaw pulsating as he held his tongue down between his teeth.
“I didn’t know it before but…” he paused, “she’s only human.” The tone of his voice seemed calmer, more genuine.
“I know that,” Kai stated obviously, “and that also means she poses no threat to our coven, so you’ll leave her be.”
“Well it’s because she’s human that I won’t kill her,” Joshua said.
Kai froze, “so what is it that you want?”
“I want you to let her go.”
“I can’t do that.”
“But you will.”
“I’ll do what needs to be done.”
“WHY!?” Kai spat, “For once in my life, father, I’m happy. Let me have that,” he choked quietly, a tear escaping from his glistening eyes, “please.”
“But people like you don’t get to be happy,” he smiled a little with a tilt of his head as more blood oozed from Kai’s nose.
“Why?” he asked again, his lip trembling.
“I’m trying to save her before you destroy the light in her soul, just like you always do,” he said flatly. “And,” he added, “what she can do is worse than the threat of any vampire, witch, or other magical being.”
“And what’s that?”
“Love you,” Joshua Parker breathed. “And that love is giving you false hope. She’s rooting some idea in your head that you can finally be free, that there is something good in this world for you, and that’s exactly what is going to drive you to believe you can escape the coven. So, tell me you haven’t thought about it.”
Kai said nothing as he blinked up at his father.
“That’s what I thought,” he sighed.
“I wasn’t going to hurt you,” Kai began.
“I know, because you’re too cowardly to dare try, so instead you would run.”
Joshua Parker stood up and turned his back to Kai, “you have one day.”
“What?” Kai struggled to stand, wincing out as he brought himself up from the floor.
“Bring her to me, and I’ll let her go free without a trace of your existence to remain in her mind. She can go on and live the life she deserves, one without you in it.”
“And if I refuse?” Kai breathed.
“I’ll kill her.”
Kai lunged for his father, grabbing his wrist and feeling the hot sensation of magic flooding into his system, the sensation like a drug dissolving into his bloodstream. But before he could take enough in, his father groaned in pain and slapped him back to the ground before vanishing out of sight. Kai gasped out, the crushing pain settling over his heart as he crumpled into a ball on the floor and began to sob with no restraint. He used his magic to heal his wrist, but nothing he did could soothe the ache he felt coursing within him, his own tears getting caught in his lips as he choked for air and rocked himself on the carpet with every shake of his chest. He called out for her, and suddenly she was there, arms hitching under his body as she cradled his head to her chest, pressing her lips into his forehead before scooping him up with immense strength and bringing his crumpled form up the stairs and onto her bed. She crawled into the fluffy sheets beside him, whispering into his ear and gently rubbing her hands against his back until he began to settle into the mold of her body. His breath began to calm, tears staining her clothes, eyes bright red from crying as he brought them up to look at her, his lips raw and chapped.
“He’s going to take you away from me,” Kai managed through a broken sob.
“He won’t,” she promised, searching for the sparkle that usually glimmered in Kai’s eyes.
“Don’t make that promise,” he whispered hoarsely.
“Malachai,” she stopped him with a brush of her fingertips to his lips, “can you do something for me?”
“Anything,” he said.
“I want you to take a long and hot shower, to breathe and get in a fresh change of clothes, and when you come out, I promise I’ll explain, okay?”
He looked at her with confusion, but gave a faint nod, “okay.”
And so he pulled himself from her bed and dragged his form over to her bathroom, door swinging open as he remembered that first night she’d brought him into the bath and seen the canvas of bruises that painted his body. He turned the knobs to full heat, not flinching as he stripped and stood beneath the searing hot gushes of water, his head to the cold tiles as he just stood there, practicing his breathing and trying with no luck to wash his mind of worry. He lathered on a thick layer of the soap that smelled of her, and came out of the shower shortly after, a fluffy white towel around his waist as he went walking back to her bedroom, feeling a little better, but still numb all over. She sat on the bed, a brown book spread open on her lap, the girl deep in thought. Her twinkling lights blazed like little fairies above her, that lip jutted out perfectly, hair cascading beautifully around her perfect face.
“Hey,” he sat beside her.
“Hi,” she said, closing the faded old book and setting it on her dresser. “There’s something I need to tell you.”
“Okay?” he asked.
“I’ve been in contact with a witch,” she admitted.
“What?!” Kai said with alarm.
“I was digging through this book that belongs to your father, reading up on this girl who’s been traced back to your coven. And though I don’t fully understand her work, I know she’s been outcast for not following by the rules of the coven, so she’s been set aside, unspoken of.”
“And?” Kai asked anxiously.
“And she hates that coven as much as you do, which means she’s on our side. I still haven’t met her, but she been sending me letters from nowhere for a week now, scribbled with messages that I respond to, and…she’s gonna help us, Kai.”
“How do you know you can trust her?” he asked with disbelief.
“She tried to cut ties with the coven and it ended badly, don’t you think she’s willing to help us do the same without making her mistakes?”
“What are you saying?” Kai said, his brows arched in worry.
“I’m saying that you’re not going to lose me, because this time tomorrow you’ll be unbound from that sad excuse of a family for good,” she smiled with hope.
“And if it doesn’t wor-”
“It will,” she cut him off, “ I promise.”
“So I’m…not going to lose you?” his lips twitched, breath caught in his throat.
“You’re not gonna lose me,” she repeated with a cute little laugh.
Kai stared at her, eyes boring deep into her own, a spark of hope flaring in his chest as he looked at her full lips with longing, not knowing how to thank her, how to tell her how grateful he was. She brought a hand to his cheek, body meshing softly into Kai’s front as her lips attached cautiously to his. Her arms went slinking around his neck as she nudged deeper into his lips, lost in the need to feel it all, taste it all. Kai’s hand went to her neck as he forced her closer into his mouth, his back arching back onto the bed as her weight gently settled over him. She groaned lightly against his lips, and Kai felt something within him stir, an unfamiliar feeling that told him he wanted more, and he did. Her hands went sliding through his brown locks, tongue invading his mouth, hands pinning his shoulders into the mattress as her hair fell in a halo around his face. He didn’t understand the hunger awaking in his body, the way he ached to explore all of her, how his hands were grasping at her shirt with no restraint. He detached his lips from hers and rolled his head to the side, chest shaking as he gulped in air and averted her eyes.
“Malachai?” she whispered.
He shook his head, teeth grinding together as her fingers went crawling under his chin and bringing his blue eyes back to hers.
“I’m sorry,” he breathed, “I-I’ve never been this close to somebody, I just-” he paused, “I don’t know this feeling,” he admitted. “And I don’t know how to control myself with you.”
She gave him a smile, bright eyes glistening as she bent down to peck his lips, her hands working at her clothes as she murmured against him, “it’s okay, I don’t want you to control yourself.” She pulled back as the words fell huskily from her lips, her top falling to the sheets as she sat bare atop his chest, those eyes inviting him in. He looked at her in awe, cheeks flushing as he drank in the sight of her.
“Come here,” she smiled faintly, making him chase her lips as he bent his back to catch her mouth, his hand pinning her shoulders into him, her exposed flesh pressed to his. He moved his slender fingers down her bare stomach, goosebumps arising on her flesh, not daring to go further until she nodded against his lips. And then they were both there, nothing between them but lust and hot flesh. Kai welcomed the new feeling that consumed his body, breathing out in surprise when she went to kiss every bruise on his body, to trail her fingertips over every scar with affection pulsating in her fingertips. Every part of his body marked with hate was instead touched by her love, and with every passing moment he needed her more and more. The control she held over him was overwhelming, the way she made him forget to breathe, the way the only name he could remember was hers, the way she could make him feel nothing but her raw lips to his flesh. She was dominant, and she knew what she wanted, but Kai eventually plucked up the courage to take control, rolling her body beneath his as he exchanged the favor, his lips to her skin, his hips rolling against her own, his hands grabbing at her soft hair. He started off gentle, but with every passing second she would encourage him further, would push his head roughly into her skin, or arch her back to make sure he could consume all of her, and so he eased more comfortably into her rhythm, losing himself in her, just as she lost herself in him.