Everything is quiet for the most part. Good. She's wise enough to not go near the castle perimeters, unless she's lying in wait until I somehow fall asleep. Riley stirs next to me, murmuring complete nonsense. Everyone else is on pillows on the floor. The bed sheets rustle and I see Riley's silhouette rise and head out the door. I follow her, she has a habit of sleepwalking... One night I found her in a bush... Outside. She went into the bathroom, I waited outside; leaving her unattended even for a split second will surely make me regret it. She walked out, completely dazed and still sleeping; I followed her back to her room where she climbed into bed and laid back down. When I laid down beside her, she was looking at me, wide awake as if she suddenly snapped out of it.
"Go back to sleep." I said.
"I can't, I'm already wide awake." She sat up and rubbed her eyes. She looked around the room and saw everyone else on the floor. "Um, why is everyone in my room?"
I'm not sure if I should lie to her or not. I don't want her to have a panic attack or worry about this. "Erm.. We decided to spent the night with you. Austin fell asleep while we were talking in the other room so I moved him here along with Esther and Lilliana."
"Oh, Alright then." She pulled the covers over herself again and looked at me. "What are you doing in my bed then?"
"I'm the same. Besides, I wasn't able to sleep so I decided to keep an extra close eye on you." I slightly smiled. She chuckled and shook her head.
"You're too overprotective."
"It's my job, isn't it?"
She nodded. "Mhm, of course. But sometimes you have to let go you know?"
"I'm working on that." I wrapped my arms around her waist and pulled her close in a hugging matter. "I've grown accustomed to protecting you at all costs."
"I know you have. It's hard to break a habit."
Her hands found themselves in his soft grey hair. She was careful to not touch his ear for that will trigger a response, she couldn't help but miss the feeling of his ears, so soft looking and the urge to touch them grew. His head rested against her chest, worshiping his beautiful lady.
"Sure you don't want to go back to sleep?" He asked.
"I'm sure. Again, don't worry about me." She sighed and ran her hand through his hair. His ears were twitched and tensed up, they never acted like this before which was odd to Riley.
"I'm sorry. I didn't know I was triggering a reaction as I'm doing this."
"No no, it's fine. It's not a bad thing, just be careful. I don't want to get excited." Excited... Another word he says to describe an act of lust, one he will regret if his inner self goes out of control.
"Do you want me to stop?" Riley whispered.
He shook his head. "No. It's quite relaxing..."
"I don't want you to have to contain yourself because I'm triggering a response. It doesn't feel right."
"I can assure you that I'm fine. Besides, anything goes wrong, you have the ability of word binding and you can automatically stop me with a single word."
His words, so sincere and reassuring, gives Riley a sense of relief.
"You're such a loyal familiar Issac."
"It's my job, is it not?"
"I don't think you do it because it's your job. You just want to be, you made that choice. Although you were quite rude when we first met."
Their first meeting wasn't very pleasant as one thought it would have been. Issac would spend most of the day, staring at her infant self, sleeping in her bassinet and waited until she woke. When she was old enough to sit up on her own and play with her toys, he would stare; she would stare back as she chewed on her toys then crawl to him. She'd crawled her up his leg and sit on his lap, being a clumsy baby that she was, she'd climb up to sit on his head and play with his ears.
"Hey." He said irritated. She just cooed and flopped on his head. "Stop that." He shook his head violently which caused her to lose her own grip and get thrown on the couch next to him. She looked at him and started to cry. "...uh oh." He picked her up. "Sh Sh, it's okay." Not having any experience with children or anything, the princess's familiar was clueless on what to do. Her parents are out for the evening, he was on his own with the baby. He walked around the play room looking for something that may distract the crying child and stop the waterworks. That's when he remembered.
'In case she gets fussy, there's pacifiers in her room and also a bottle of milk in the fridge that is ready to be heated up at any time.'
Said the child's mother before she left the castle. Issac raced to the kitchen and quickly heated up the bottle.
"Where are the maids when I need them?" He asked himself irritated as he placed Riley on his lap and plugged the bottle into her mouth. She stopped crying and began to drink. He sighed, mixed feelings of relief and annoyance. He looked at the baby's two colored eyes that were staring straight into his, almost hypnotizing.
"I wonder how your parents can handle your crying." He said. He held her until she was done with the bottle.... And she began crying again.
"Ugh! What are you crying about now?" He said almost yelling. He put her over his shoulder and walked around until finally, she stopped. "...are you done?"
She smiled and reached her arms out to his face.
Fast forward to when she was two. Little pitter patter of feet running in the halls to her room, he'd always be waiting there for her every night. He's grown fond with the little princess, learned to love her the way she is as she grows older and always having a fear of her slowly distancing herself from him. But as her two year self claims, she'd never leave him.
"Then again... She's only two." He chuckled to himself unaware that the toddler was already in the room.
"Who's only two?" Her little voice said. "Are you cheating on me Issac?!"
He only chuckled more. "No my little princess. I am not, I was talking about you." He picked her up. Young as she may be, she already claimed him as hers which he obviously is already.
"Now shall we start again?"
She smiled and nodded.
Every other night, he would sit out on the balcony with her leaning against his chest, bundled up in a blanket and looking up at the stars as he told her stories about each and every one of them. She knew 12 of the constellations by the time she was three. Aries, Taurus, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Gemini, Cancer, Pisces, Leo, Aquarius, Capricorn, and Virgo.
"What am I?" She asked.
"You are an Aries, you were born in March."
"What about you?"
"I'm not sure about that one..."
"You don't know your birthday?"
"It's not that, I just...forgot it."
Riley looked at him for a moment then smiled. "Okay!"
He chuckled. "Now, time for bed. A princess needs her sleep." He got up and carried her to bed.
"Issac?" Her little voice whispered.
"Will you one day leave?"
He looked at her. "I can assure that I will never leave you. No matter what." He tucked her in. "Remember, I'll be right over here."
His flashbacks ended and reality drifted back. Riley was sleeping next to him, Austin was sleeping on pillows on the floor along with Riley's friends.
'Time went by quick didn't it? Or at least it seemed like it did.' Soon he too was asleep, it wasn't long until he woke up hearing a scream through the room. Jerking awake, he looked to his right to see Riley still asleep but one of the girls were missing.
"Shit." He cursed under his breath. "Austin!" A voice he recognized yelled.
Esther was calling out. Austin sprang awake and looked at him.
"Go! Find her Austin! I have to stay here."
He nodded and ran out the door.
"Dammit, she got passed the guards. How the hell.."
I took a bat with me as I followed Esther's voice. Evelyn must be really good at this if she got passed the guards outside and inside. Her voice trailed down the stairs to the basement, I'm surprised Riley's parents or her brother and sister didn't hear anything.
....the basement is dark. I hate the dark sometimes, especially since it's a basement.
"Esther?" I called out. "Esther!" I didn't hear anything, I opened the first door I saw and then I was hit in the back of my head. Last thing I remember was Esther screaming again and a sharp pain in my stomach, then my vision went blurry to black.
My ears twitched up, I shot awake.
"Issac, did you hear that?" I whispered. Issac wasn't there. "Issac?" I called out. I climbed out of bed, my heart thundering in my chest. I had no idea where Austin, Issac or any of the girls were. I was alone. Walking out of my room, I ran down the stairs to where I heard a scream. It was dark, I couldn't really see anything.
I walked into a room with a bat in my hand, ready to swing if anything happened. My foot hit something and I looked down.
"Austin!" I gasped dropping the bat. "Austin! Are you okay?" I began shaking him trying to get him to wake up.
"I wouldn't touch him if I were you." A voice said.
I looked up to see Evelyn standing there with a psycho grin on her face.
"What did you do to him?!" I yelled.
"Oh nothing, just put him to sleep; with this." She grabbed me and held a knife up to my throat. My heart rate increased, if that happens Issac would be alerted so he should be here in a few minutes.
"You're insane." I choked out.
"You took Austin away from me."
"He was never yours to being with."
"Yes he was! He's always been mine."
"You really think Austin would love someone like you?!"
"Shut up!" She was ready to cut my throat until Issac knocked the door down and tackled her to the ground.
"Riley run!" He yelled. "Take Austin and go!"
I ran over to Austin. He was bleeding on his stomach and I began to worry. Esther ran to me and helped me carry him out of the room.
"We need to get him to the hospital. God knows where that bitch stabbed him." I said with tears in my eyes.
"Calm down Riley. He's going to be okay." Esther said.
"He has a faint pulse and he lost a lot of blood!" I was crying. I couldn't handle this at all, we quickly got him into a car and Esther drove to the hospital. I was sitting next to him, shaking him to see if he would at least wake up or something.
"Austin wake up please!" I cried. He groaned and slowly opened his eyes.
"W-what happened...?" He asked.
"Oh god, you're awake." I hugged him gently. "Are you okay?"
"I think...? My stomach and head hurts a lot.. What happened Riley?"
"That bitch I think stabbed you, you're bleeding a lot." I rip his shirt and looked at it. She cut him, which is good but it looks bad.
"Does it look bad?"
"U-um.. No! It's fine."
It was a while before we finally got to the hospital. I helped Austin to his feet, he was groaning in pain and I felt bad. I kept encouraging him to continue walking. Esther supported his other side in case he tips over. I checked him in and sat him in the wheel chair, where then a nurse rolled him away.
"Lilliana is going to be here soon. She just texted me that Issac somewhat took care of that crazy bitch but when she went in the room, she was gone."
"What do you mean by gone?"
"She just vanished."
I questioned what she meant by that but Issac will end up doing it.
Couple of hours later~
"Visitors for Austin?" The nurse said.
Issac and I stood up. Lilliana and Esther went back to the castle to sleep. We followed the nurse into Austin's room, he was sound asleep.
"We had to put him to sleep since he tried to refuse stitches on his chest to close up that cut and his arm was also broken plus a mild concussion but other than that, he's fine and will recover properly."
"Okay thank you." Issac pulled a chair for me to sit next to Austin.
"Esther said that Evelyn disappeared...?" I asked Issac in a whisper in case Austin wakes up.
"Yeah she teleported away. Coward... Didn't think she could do that. I fought her good."
"You weren't hurt were you?"
"Pfft of course not. Who do you think I am?"
I chuckled. "You may be my familiar but you aren't immortal."
"That's what you think." He smirked. "Well, you should get some sleep princess."
"Eh.. Do I have to?"
"Yes you do."
"Can I just stay up for a little while?"
He sighed. "Fine fine. I'll be outside for some air okay?"
I was left alone with Austin, I held his hand and watched him sleep. He twitched his ears and slowly his eyes began to open.
"Hi Austin..." I said lovingly as I stroked his hair.
"How are you feeling?"
"Better? Just pain I guess. Mostly tired too."
"I'm tired too."
"You didn't sleep?"
"No, I was waiting for the nurse to say that we were allowed to come in; which was.. 10 minutes ago."
"Riley get some sleep please. I don't want you to be tired because of me."
"Riley.." He gave me a look. I'm not going to win this.
I sighed. "Fine..." He smiled and patted the bed. "I'm not sleeping with you. Sleeping on the couch."
"Because I don't want to hurt you."
"It'll be fine. Pweaseee?" He gave me a puppy face... Damnit.
"Alright fine." I carefully laid down next to him and he used the remote to turn off the lights, leaving the room dark with the moon as the light source.
Honestly.... For a while we were whispering to each other and giving little kisses. It was nice, and I enjoyed it a lot.