Kage walked away from a frustrating evening only to have it spill over into a frustrating night, he loathed the idea of parting however briefly from Neka on such cruel terms but he simply needed time to himself.
“The discussion is over, Neka.” Kage stood firmly beside the locked door behind which her pet would spend the next few hours and pointed across the hall. “Your room. Now.”
“Daddy…” Neka whimpered. “It’s not fair. Neka will be lonely.”
“Thanks, kid.” Malice pouted as she fluttered nearby. “We’ll be fine, Lord Kage.”
“See to it she stays occupied.” Kage patted Neka on her head softly. “I am not going to apologize for teaching you obedience, Neka. You would not respect me if I did.”
“Neka will behave.” Neka hugged his legs abruptly and went to her room sniffling. Malice followed after her and Kage walked down the hall as the door closed.
“Settled?” Lucifer asked without looking up from his feverish scribbling into one of his journals.
“I don’t enjoy the fact she is already starting to fight my decisions.” Kage claimed a seat near Lucifer but stayed distanced enough to leave his writing undisturbed. “How did you handle Kaneko?”
“Kaneko was never a problem.” Lilith interrupted casually as she handed Kage a glass of wine. “She is a child, Kage. Neka will start to see the good in your decisions eventually.”
“Is that so?” Kage grinned cruelly. “When should we expect this miraculous understanding from your child? At least mine have respect for their parents.”
“That’s enough, Kage.” Lucifer continued writing.
“You must have had an eventful evening.” Kage sipped his wine. Lucifer had not even raised his voice to stop the quarreling. He had not once looked up at either of them since he arrived. “Should we be jealous?”
“You should still your tongue before I tear it out.” Lucifer looked up at him coldly. “I’ve never given either of you cause to doubt me. Don’t insult me again, Kagami.”
“Tek, Vasun.” Kage bowed his head in understanding. “I didn’t mean to say that you would…”
“My evening was spent with Maefyl.” Lucifer closed his journal and it vanished, finding its place on one of hundreds of shelves around the room. As he folded his hands he smiled at Kage. “Considering the efforts I made to keep you both, and the continued efforts I make to sate you both, I do not want to hear even the passing thought of jealousy. Is that clear?”
“Kryss has quite the talented daughter.” Lilith quickly changed the subject.
“I doubt Kage battled so long with Neka to rehash the evenings events, my Love.” Lucifer shifted playfully into Kage’s lap and started to gather up the long, dark hair of the blushing Viper in one hand as he pulled himself close. “Did you want my attention?”
“If you can spare it…” Kage’s fingers shook on his glass until Lilith was kind enough to take it as she walked by on her way out. “I did not realize you were still writing, I would not have interrupted.”
“Shut up, Kagami.” Lucifer grabbed Kage’s hair tight in his hand before he kissed him. While his mind had been elsewhere, he promised himself and his loves that he would make time for them. It was a promise he meant to keep. It helped that it was one he enjoyed keeping. Worry melted away when he was with them and while Kage wrapped his arms around him, Lucifer could almost forget the living words pulsing with the riddles of all existence on the walls around them.
It may have been a touch too early,
But his soul is a restless one.
Maefyl was always meant to have this secret.
I trust him with it.
It is not his knowledge of their existence that has me worried, but he still has so much to understand.
I only hope that he can fully accept it before any of the others realize what I have done.
There should be time.
So many distractions now.
Even for myself it seems.
But I am looking forward with enthusiasm.
Embracing the unexpected is rejuvenating.
Disaster can be therapeutic.
“He seems content.” Lilith smiled as she came to bed and saw Kage slumbering beside Lucifer. “Is it okay to join you?”
“Of course.” Lucifer welcomed her warmly into his arm and kissed her as she settled against him. “In fact he would probably sleep right through it I tossed you on his back and had you right now.”
“He would be mortified.” Lilith giggled.
“He is not that asleep.” Kage hissed and turned over hoping to ignore their cooing.
“Oh, Kage.” Lilith tugged a bit of his hair. “Stop being difficult. Let him enjoy us.”
“He can enjoy us all he wishes.” Kage turned enough to glare at her. “Separately.”
“Leave him.” Lucifer took her wrist and kissed it until she dropped her hold on Kage’s hair. As Kage relaxed back to bed, Lucifer pulled Lilith beneath him. “You are going to have to stop teasing him, my love.”
“But I so enjoy it, my Lord.” Lilith smiled up at Lucifer adoringly. “I think you do as well.”
“Let me do the teasing.” Lucifer grinned. He had a thousand wicked thoughts run through his mind, but he decided Kage still needed time to adjust and instead focused on pleasing Lilith. As she moaned he kissed her and did Kage the favor of putting him to sleep.
I imagine this excitement I feel is somewhat akin to what a child feels embarking on the unknown.
I feel renewed and inspired.
Ready to take on the unwritten chapter.
I have yet to be defeated by an ending.
I do not plan on bowing out just yet.