I Love You and You Love Me. The Wedding of Kixi and Mako Jhasmin.

Finally, peace. The combined forces of the Zhann Alliance commanded by none other than Kixi Rajki's alter ego Kay Blade, stand victorious against the once powerful government of President Drex. Toppled & defeated, along with its main protagonist, the corporate giant Skycom, the United Systems of Sol is on the verge of forming a new government.

With Mako in the running for the presidency as Chief of State all but a formality, & humanity's role as a space fairing nation set in concrete by the Zhann Alliance, not all however is what one would have one seemingly believe.

A new war is looming on the horizon, one much different than humanity is yet to ever have faced, inevitably bringing tough new challenges that will await both Kixi & Mako in their new pivotal roles. However, with peace at least a temporary reality for now, & the turbulent turmoil of old long past them, the fresh beginnings sees the opportunity for Kixi & longtime fiancée Mako Jhasmin finally marry in a grand ceremony.

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8. Chapter 4

Chapter 4.

 

Later that same night...

 

Jhasmin wrapped her arms tightly around her as she went out to join me outside. She shivered against the chill of an unusual Celestia City night, realising that she should have worn something with sleeves.

“I didn't realise how cold it was tonight. Given its Spring and nearing summer, it most certainly has caught me off guard.”

"No kidding Jhazzy. You should never drop your guard, not even for the weather." I said with a slight chuckle in my tone of voice.

"Right." Jhasmin commented as she placed the cold palm of her hand on my exposed neck and shoulder areas, sending a cold chill to run down my spine and all the way down to my legs, causing me to inadvertently flinch.

She immediately saw me, her soon to be wife brandishing a small comms device in my right hand, with the connection still active as the image of a young red headed woman now floated into her view. "What's going on?"

“Just letting Paige know she's got a part in the ceremony. Ring bearing, I thought, if that's okay with you.”

"Of course, she must be part of the ceremony." Jhasmin smiled at the holo image of Paige before her and then me. Although she did well to smile and keep her feelings to herself, as if anything, Jhasmin hated Paige, even now after having had her memory and feelings for me altered, as far as she was concerned, the young daughter of Cerberus who had defected to the resistance cause was a menace to our relationship. However she kept any such thoughts of hostility buried deep within herself, not seeing the need to unnecessarily cause trouble, but rather do the opposite, allowing her to feel welcomed. Such was the nature of Mako Jhasmin. Polite, loveable and diplomatic.

“That's right," I assured Paige with a small smile, "anyway Paige, I'll speak to you sometime tomorrow, for now goodnight and take care." As soon as Paige had said good night and ended the transmission, I grabbed Jhasmin's hand, focusing all my attention on her to her, her true feelings toward Paige totally oblivious to me. "Did you find a gown you liked?”

Jhasmin stood up and stood closely to me, not willing to let go of my hand as she pushed our hands up and stood there, our palms touching and steeped closer to me. "No, but I did find a dressmaker I like. The gown will be up to her."

I brought my arm back and placed her hand on my shoulder, and the other hand followed as I reached around her waist and brought her closer.

“She'll make it lovely, and you'll make it lovelier.”

Jhasmin hooked her hands behind my neck and pushed closer so that our noses were touching. "And you'll make me loveliest by taking me for your bride. Have you decided yet if you'll also be wearing a gown, or will you wear a suit?"

I tilted my head down and kissed her softly on the lips. I let my mind go and leaned into the embrace, each kiss, each touch, was more amazing and shocking to my senses than the last. I wondered if one day they would lessen, if they would get dull. I hoped it wasn't any day soon. "That my lovely little princess is going to be a surprise that you'll discover on the day of our wedding."

"Ah Kixi of course. The leaving me in suspense part, that's something I truly love about you." She whispered down my ear.

"Either way Jhazzy, you won't be disappointed, that I can promise you now." I whispered back as we held on to our embrace ever so tightly, with neither of us wanting to let go – ever.

 

***

 

I pulled out of the blackness and tried to focus to get my sleep muddled senses back to life. I noticed that I was not in my bed but lying on my couch. I was pressed against the back, and a cool breeze was blowing on my neck. One of my arms was pinned to the couch by a weight, and I couldn't feel anything in it except an insistent tingling. A weight was pressed against the length of my body, and I felt something tickling my cheek, and I forced my eyes to open. With my one free hand I brushed away the thing that was tickling me. My senses were so muddled that I didn't know what it was. I couldn't see anything. Something blew whatever was tickling me to my chest, and this time I grabbed it and pushed it away, but first caught a glimpse of what it was, of the colour... and my senses snapped awake immediately.

I sat up abruptly and knocked Jhasmin off the couch. I heard a thump as she hit the floor and groaned, and accidentally hit the table. I cringed as a few things fell off the table, and I heard a breaking of glass.

“Spawn of Cerberus!" She swore, as she pushed herself up off the floor and glared at me. "What are you doing pushing me off the coach like that?”

“Take a look around Jhasmin." I stood up and helped her up. "We were drinking a bit... well more that a bit, we got a little tipsy, huddled on the couch and we both fell asleep.”

"Kixi," Jhasmin started as she pulled off the boots which she was still wearing when she had curled up on the coach with me. "We best go upstairs and into our proper bed." She had no idea as to the fact I had just experienced something weird and unusual. Not bothered about it, I just brushed it off and laughed about the whole thing.

“Good night Kixi." She leaned down and planted a kiss on my forehead and rested a hand on my bare shoulder. "I'll see you upstairs in bed.”

Jhasmin nodded, and I sat on the couch with my head in my hands until I heard the upstairs door to our master bedroom slide shut. I stood up and picked up the broken pieces of glass off the floor. I put them in the trash, along with two bottles of champagne that had been emptied. I should've known better than to start drinking any of the champagne that Jhasmin had, that's what had gotten me into this in the first place. I shook my head at it, and made my way upstairs as well. By the time I had changed into my sleeping gown and headed into bed, Jhasmin was already fast asleep, so I quietly slid myself into the smooth silky cover sheets beside her, where I too soon fell fast asleep.

 

***

 

Thorns and roses everywhere. They tangled around, strangling a tree reaching out for the sun. That sun that was gone now. The sky was dark, but what slashed it all was a colour that was so familiar, red­gold, so beautiful, so peculiar. I could see far below me, I was standing on a series of steps, only a few. They cut off so suddenly as I took a step forward, I had to flail back. I struggled and slipped on the edge. I clung to the edge and hoped not to fall. Across the empty space I saw a figure wrapped in a shroud, standing silently on a floating ledge. The shroud hugged her curves, and I squinted trying to see who it was. The hood slid off to reveal her face. Her face was pale and clung to her bones as if in death. Her crystal like eyes stared off into the space, expressionless as death itself. In such a sharp contrast to her fiery blondish-whitish hair. Cerberus!

The cackling image of Cerberus reached out and held her fist out, the thorns wrapping around. Skysec agents who seemingness towered behind her acted as her bodyguards. "You took my youngest daughter from me." Her voice boomed down on me like the strike of thunder. "You turned her against me. You are no different to what I was Kay Blade. You're a killer, corrupt and a tyrant. You will share a fate no different to mine when the one you cherish most is taken from you. Then you will suffer far more than you can ever imagine for your wretched crimes."

"No! No! No! Get out of my head. I'm not anything like you. Your daughter saw the evil in you too, and you'll never ever harm Jhasmin, NEVER!" But the figure of Cerberus which now loomed largely in my vision did not even flinch. Instead her eyes glinted with malice as she laughed manically, and then hunched herself over and rubbed her hands together, a hint of evil glistening in her wicked eyes.

I suddenly lost my grip on the ledge and fell. I flailed in the air and concentrated my thoughts for my beautiful love Jhasmin for until I stopped falling. Flashes of people, flashes of my past. There was evil everywhere.

I knew this was a dream, but the evil was as palpable as if Cerberus were still alive and present. All people I've known, friends and enemies alike flashed before my lucid eyes.

Cerberus now stood behind me, cackling evilly. Then blood began to tickle down from her neck, as if an invisible cord were strangling her. Then a dark hand, Cerberus' hand reached out grasping me to hold me prisoner. I struggled, but to no avail and my mind went into panic.

Things only went from weird to weirder from here on in. Cerberus' hand which was holding me prisoner vanished, or so it seemed, as mentally it was still there keeping me at bay. Then without any indication or warning, the image of Cerberus was replaced by that of an ailing Jhasmin. I felt a further sense of pain, as the invisible hand which now squeezed tightly around her neck, were simultaneously chocking me around my throat. I felt the air being cut off for both Jhasmin and I, I could hear our bones snapping under the pressure, as if we were now some sort of symbiont beings. Then the invisible hands around Jhasmin's throat became visible, yet they no longer belonged to Cerberus, but rather to another hated nemesis, the beautiful and attractive looking assassin Kes En'jusek. None of it made any sense, and to sum up the insanity even further, a giant face of Cerberus appeared once more, hovering and then looming largely above the lot of us, her evil laughter boomed down on us, like a poisonous deadly liquid falling from the imaginary sky above.

"Help me!" I gasped out awakening. I sat bolt upright in my bed. I was breathing hard and a cold sweat dripped down my face. Of course it had made no sense. It was after all just a dream. The sense of unease lingered throughout me.

I felt Jhasmin who had been sleeping beside me reach out to me. I had caused her to awaken in alarm. She too had felt it, somehow, as the two of us shared a unique telepathic link. She had felt my fear immediately sensing that I had experienced more than just a nightmare. Instinctively I threw up a shield against her. I would have to tell Jhasmin. To date, I'd never lied to her about anything, and I wasn't going to start now either. Although I wanted to wait until tomorrow, after her ascendency to the presidency was made official. I didn't need her to know tonight... although my gut feeling told me that stalling her would prove a little difficult.

I leaned back on my hands as Jhasmin came in close to my side, gently rubbing her soft beautiful hand across the lower parts of my neck and shoulders.

"I'm fine Jhasmin. A bad dream. I'll be okay." I said so lost in my thoughts.

"Do you care to tell me what you dreamt about. I can feel your anxiety and fear Kiks. If something is wrong please tell me, please don't block me out." I could feel Jhasmin reaching out for me, she had been doing so since I had woken up and blocked her.

I flinched a little in order to push my own arm and hand from under me to take Jhasmin's hand that was caressing my neck area. Cupping the V between my thumb and index finger on her wrist, I slowly took her hand and formed a fist ball with her own hand and brought it close to my face to kiss it. "It's okay my sweet love, it was nothing more than a dream. A very bad lucid dream so it felt real." My senses were still as muddled as they had been earlier on. I didn't know why it was still that bad. Jhasmin straightened the ball of her fist so that the palm of her hand became flat. She then placed that hand and her other on my cheeks to cup them, moving forward to kiss me gently, the skin of her hands felt like silk as they made contact with my facial skin, her kiss even though short further lost me in my thoughts.

"You are going to tell me what it was about," she said pulling back as this time she took my hand and brought it to her lips to kiss it gently.

"I dreamt of Cerberus. In my dream she cursed me for taking away her daughter Paige from her, turning her against her, and that I were no different to her, meaning I would share a similar fate." I said gulping as I spoke.

“And that frightened you immensely?" Jhasmin asked a little surprised before kissing my hand again. "There is more to it, isn't there?”

“Yes, there is." I said trying ever so hard to prevent those teardrops from forming under my eyes. "In my dream you appeared in it." I paused for a moment, gulping, sniffling, trying hard not to break into a torrent of tears. Before I could continue, Jhasmin moved in close to me wrapping her arms around me, embracing me tightly as I dug my head into her shoulders. "The assassin Kes En'jusek then came out of nowhere. She began strangling you slowly while I was in some sort of paralysis. I was helpless to help you while the assassin, cold and merciless killed you slowly. Cerberus cackled evilly floating above all of us watching in satisfaction, as taking you away from me served as vengeance for having her daughter Paige taken from her.”

It was painful for my sweet love Jhasmin to see me like this. All I could do was embrace her, and let the torrent of my tears to soak through her own sleeping clothes. I could feel Jhasmin clench her fists, not knowing whether to be mad or to give up hope all together. I could hear her silently screaming at the thought of the evil people I had described from my dream, suffocating with each slow breath that I took. She ran her fingers through my hair, time and time again, in an attempt to calm the silent war raging from within the realms of my own mind.

"It's okay Kixi, it was just a dream. In the end it wasn't real. I'm still here, Cerberus is long dead, and Kes is very far away from here." Jhasmin said as she continued to run her fingers through my hair, and gently kissing me slowly at the same time.

"Yeah I'll be fine. I love you so much. In a few days we'll be married. I'm experiencing a lot of emotion at the moment, probably due to all of which we have gone through and experienced these last few years. My mind and emotions are playing tricks on me. In the end it was just a dream. Nothing more than that." Grabbing a few tissues that were laying on the side of our bed, I wiped the tears away from my face, and then properly lay myself in bed again. "I'm good now sweetheart. We both best go back to sleep now." I said as Jhasmin also got herself properly back into bed. We once again kissed one another again, before I turned over to my side so that she could spoon me.

My nightmare was more than just a coincidence. I knew all to well that it were the case. Of course dreams were just that, dreams, but this had definitely been a result of my mind playing tricks on me. Yet I knew precisely why, and I had held back in telling my fiancée. My act of treason in dealing with Dekker and company to guarantee Jhasmin the presidency. That was the sole explanation for my nightmare. Even though not in the likelihood of the near future, the fear of the consequences that could follow due to the implications of my actions, lingered heavily in the back of my mind. I could not hide the guilt from Jhasmin. She had to know the truth, but not tonight. However every minute I waited, the guilt felt as if I were being eaten alive on the inside.

I felt the purring of Jhasmin as she continued to spoon me. Her touch, the sound of her breathing so close to me, as well as the beating of her heartbeat next to mine – she was my everything. I decided that I would wait until tomorrow, after the internal voting would be complete and Jhasmin elected as president to tell her. I shut my eyes, continuing to immerse myself in Jhasmin's warmth who by this stage had fallen asleep. My mind synched in with the rhythm of her breath and heartbeat, before my world too fell into blackness, an uneventful night's sleep promptly following soon after.

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