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Lost Inside - 41. Chapter 41

Benny sat up straight. He’d never heard Carlit speak a full sentence. His voice was deep, but he hesitated and mumbled, still staring at the floor. Peten turned to Carlit and lifted his head.

“Hey. Look at me.” He waited until Carlit slowly listened, then continued in a soft voice. “That’s not you. What they did to you… to me. That isn’t our fault. You aren’t what they said.” He didn’t say breeder again. “We’ll never be hurt like that again.”

Yuri slid away from Benny and moved quietly to kneel by Carlit and Peten. Carlit shied back, but Yuri kept moving his hand slowly toward Carlit’s hands, still clenched in his lap. He gently laid his fingers over Carlit’s white knuckles and squeezed.

“You don’t have to be afraid anymore. I know how scary it is to trust again, but Benny is a good man. He’s not like other Tiger Alphas.”

Carlit flicked at glance at Benny. He did his best to stay relaxed and look harmless, his claws and fangs hidden and his ears lazily erect. He didn’t like his mate touching another male, but Carlit and Peten weren’t a threat to him; Benny was sure of that.

“I don’t think you’re really broken, either. I got hurt by my father, but my friend Ellis got me help. He works with a doctor here, and he knows other doctors, too.” Carlit whined. “Not bad ones. I mean, sometimes they like to do too many tests, but I promise they only want to help us get better. They did stuff to me here,” Yuri waved to his head. “It was really broken inside, and I couldn’t think right. I didn’t even know Benny was my mate.”

Benny tried not to think about that time. The year he’d spent apart from Yuri was more like a bad dream than something they’d suffered through. Even with all the crazy crap they’d been through since then, he was so thankful he had his mate back.

“I promise, on my bond with my mate, that we won’t let anyone hurt you. When you’re ready, I’ll introduce you to Ellis. But not until you say you’re ready.”

Carlit pulled his hands back, but he nodded. Peten leaned across him and opened his arms. “Thank you, Yuri. I can’t believe you’d offer to help us. After what we did….”

Yuri lurched up and wrapped his arms around Peten in a tight hug. “It wasn’t your fault,” he said fiercely. “You would’ve just gotten hurt. You couldn’t stop Sheshtun. No one could.” Yuri sat back on his heels. “I don’t blame you.”

“Your mate stopped him.”

“He did.” Yuri came back the couch with Benny and sat down. Benny lifted his arm, and Yuri snuggled into his chest. That felt good—just like it should.

“I had help. I never could’ve tracked him down and stopped his sick experiments if I hadn’t worked with Velaku. He cares about all Carthera, not just his own kind.” Benny stared at Peten. Would he be strong enough? “You said there are other Clans involved in Sheshtun’s plots. Do you know which one Carlit came from? Would you be willing to speak before the council about what you know?”

“I don’t know if Carlit can.” Peten wouldn’t look Benny square in the eyes. He fidgeted, rubbing Carlit’s thigh.

“The more they know, the better. Maybe the doctors can help him.”

Peten stilled. “That’s the price? We testify or they won’t help him?” He seemed oddly relaxed.

“No!” Yuri sat up. “Benny’s not like that. Caring about others in your clan doesn’t have to be tit for tat. We’ll help Carlit because we can.”

The way Yuri believed in him sent a warm wave through Benny. He loved the fact his mate trusted him. He’d thought they’d never grow that close again.

Carlit leaned down toward Peten. “Tired,” he mumbled.

“Okay. Umm….” He looked at Benny.

“Go ahead.” The way no one in the Clan would do anything in his presence without his express permission was probably the biggest annoyance. “We’ll talk soon.”

Yuri shut the door behind them. “Is that the kind of stuff you’ve been dealing with?” He straddled Benny’s legs, facing him and putting his hands on Benny’s shoulders.

Benny sighed. “Pretty much.”

“I’m sorry.”

“It’s not your fault.” Benny groaned when Yuri dug his fingers in, kneading his sore muscles. He gradually relaxed, some of the ever present tension draining from his neck and shoulders. “Someone has to do it.”

Yuri slid his hands down, rubbing Benny’s pecs. “I get that. You are a great Alpha, even if you never thought you’d be one.”

It was true. He’d never had a real desire to lead, even if he carried the dominant genes. When Sheshtun merged their clans, Benny had expected to become a beta… but that was before he met Yuri, and they realized they were mates.

Yuri traced the ridges under Benny’s t-shirt, then pulled it up. Benny let him take it off and then groaned when Yuri tweaked both his nipples. His mate grinned. The more Yuri touched him, the more Benny felt like melting into the couch—except for one part of him.

“You know,” Yuri gasped when Benny pulled him closer with a strong grip on his ass, rubbing their groins together, “I could help you.”

Benny kneaded Yuri’s round ass, thrusting his hips up. “You are.” He was going to make a mess in his pants if they didn’t move to the bed soon.

“Let me help you with the clan.” Yuri hovered over him, their mouths a breath apart. “We’re better together.”

His mate was going to give him blue balls if he didn’t give in; Benny just knew it.

“Stop protecting me. We’re partners; I can do this.”

Maybe he could. Benny sure didn’t want to do it alone. Together they could heal the Clan—maybe even bring them into the 21st century.

“Okay.” And it was a simple as that.

So... what do you say? The end? To be continued? What do you think?

Copyright © 2014 Cia; All Rights Reserved.

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The end? You have a death wish? Don't make me get a posse together to hunt you down Cia!

You may end this book here but you have to promise a sequel. Peten and his mate would be ideal main characters as they become Benny's lieutenants in hunting down the other bad alphas and liberating the enslaved clans!

Oh and no more of this 1K word limit crap. Double dawn, 2K would be acceptable, :2thumbs:

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at minimum, i'd like to see some time pass and see that things changed in the clan. Maybe even have them meeting with the council so larger changes are made. I'd like to see Yuri become the alpha he can be, feeling strong and confident by his side. We got a taste of it in this chapter...after all he fought, I'd like to see him really healed fully. Helping Carlit and others who were hurt by his father can be its own source of healing for him. i'd alsor like to see their relationship really solidify itself.

enjoying the story as always.

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Nooooooooooo you can't stop! I love your stories and definitely want to see more of this - PLEASE!!!!

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I definitely want more, but then I always do. I want to find out what happens to the other tigers hurt by Sheshtun and how the tigers are pulled into the 21st century. If you plan to end it now, can we at least have a six-month or one-year in the future epilog? I love all the Carthera stories and can never get enough.

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This was a very satisfying chapter(except for the length lol). Yuri has come such a long way and the main issues have been resolved. But there is still more to tell. Honestly, I would like to see a sequel that doesn't have length restrictions on it. As much as I loved this story it was too difficult to lose yourself in it. If you keep it going in this format I will still be reading it. However, I think the experience could be so much more with more lengthy chapters. Whatever you decide, thank you for this wonderful story...Cheers...Gary

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Omg please keep it going it's a great story like all ur stories..... if u end the story MY Wednesdays will suck forever please keep going ...

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I think you should end this story and start Carlit's story. This was great, thank you!

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Nooo, please, not the end! At least an epilogue, so we know how things are going with Benny and Yuri. (And a little more sexy time, too, with those sexy ears moviing .. :P )

I'm with the others, here. We need to know what will happen with Peten and Carlit. And I understand the word limit, but I hate it! Your stories are so good I want to dive head first into them and swim right to the end!

Anyway, whatever you decide ... All I have to do is thank you for your generosity in posting these free (really good) stories! :worship:

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I wonder what happened to yuri's brother and mate. Why did the brothers's mate attack yuri and Benny? What happened to Benny's parents and yuri's mother--I mean the whole, now I have both my sons back, creepy.

So, not an ideal ending as it is........

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Well, that was unexpected. I think the ending works ok, but I would definitely like to hear more about the collective healing of the clan as well as Peten and Carlit. Given the choice, I'd vote for a sequel over an epilogue...with longer chapters, of course. ;)

 

Minor suggested correction: I think you meant "dominance gene", which refers to the personality trait, rather than "dominant gene", which refers to genetic expression (over a recessive gene at the same location on the chromosome).

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I'm with "impunity's" suggestion: sequel over epilogue. There are too many threads left for an epilogue -- even a long one -- to knot them all into a satisfying weave. I also agree with "impunity" and Carlos H about longer chapters. I know the 1K limit was necessary, but please do not do it that way for the sequel.

As with all the others, I love your Carthera stories, Cia. Please continue! :worship:

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On 10/01/2014 07:49 PM, Carlos Hazday said:
The end? You have a death wish? Don't make me get a posse together to hunt you down Cia!

You may end this book here but you have to promise a sequel. Peten and his mate would be ideal main characters as they become Benny's lieutenants in hunting down the other bad alphas and liberating the enslaved clans!

Oh and no more of this 1K word limit crap. Double dawn, 2K would be acceptable, :2thumbs:

LOL! Sure, Mrs. Deathwish--that's me! :P

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On 10/01/2014 08:03 PM, Cannd said:
at minimum, i'd like to see some time pass and see that things changed in the clan. Maybe even have them meeting with the council so larger changes are made. I'd like to see Yuri become the alpha he can be, feeling strong and confident by his side. We got a taste of it in this chapter...after all he fought, I'd like to see him really healed fully. Helping Carlit and others who were hurt by his father can be its own source of healing for him. i'd alsor like to see their relationship really solidify itself.

enjoying the story as always.

Hmm... all goods things to need to see.

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On 10/01/2014 09:45 PM, majjen00 said:
Nooooooooooo you can't stop! I love your stories and definitely want to see more of this - PLEASE!!!!
Well, I don't know that I'd leave the Carthera universe--maybe just this storyline. It was all about Yuri and Benny, and I think they'd come where they needed to go. Then again, maybe not quite yet. ;)

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On 10/01/2014 09:49 PM, avidreadr said:
I definitely want more, but then I always do. I want to find out what happens to the other tigers hurt by Sheshtun and how the tigers are pulled into the 21st century. If you plan to end it now, can we at least have a six-month or one-year in the future epilog? I love all the Carthera stories and can never get enough.
I don't usually do epilogues... I do like sequels, though. :P

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On 10/02/2014 01:32 AM, Headstall said:
This was a very satisfying chapter(except for the length lol). Yuri has come such a long way and the main issues have been resolved. But there is still more to tell. Honestly, I would like to see a sequel that doesn't have length restrictions on it. As much as I loved this story it was too difficult to lose yourself in it. If you keep it going in this format I will still be reading it. However, I think the experience could be so much more with more lengthy chapters. Whatever you decide, thank you for this wonderful story...Cheers...Gary
The lengths are killer! I'm so glad you enjoyed the story, Gary.

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On 10/02/2014 07:50 AM, YadirisC said:
Omg please keep it going it's a great story like all ur stories..... if u end the story MY Wednesdays will suck forever please keep going ...
Well I wouldn't stop writing on Wednesdays! :P

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On 10/02/2014 08:53 AM, Delaneym said:
I think you should end this story and start Carlit's story. This was great, thank you!
Thanks for the input and for reading the story, Delaneym!

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On 10/02/2014 05:39 PM, belann said:
Nooo, please, not the end! At least an epilogue, so we know how things are going with Benny and Yuri. (And a little more sexy time, too, with those sexy ears moviing .. :P )

I'm with the others, here. We need to know what will happen with Peten and Carlit. And I understand the word limit, but I hate it! Your stories are so good I want to dive head first into them and swim right to the end!

Anyway, whatever you decide ... All I have to do is thank you for your generosity in posting these free (really good) stories! :worship:

Thank you, belann! I'm so glad you enjoyed the story. I know the weekly updates of only 1k were killer, though. Dunno what will happen with this story, though.

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On 10/02/2014 09:57 PM, Nlaudenslager said:
I wonder what happened to yuri's brother and mate. Why did the brothers's mate attack yuri and Benny? What happened to Benny's parents and yuri's mother--I mean the whole, now I have both my sons back, creepy.

So, not an ideal ending as it is........

Ahh, you picked up on that! LOL I was wondering who would remember Yuri's brother. Thanks for the review,Nlaudenslager!

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On 10/02/2014 10:33 PM, impunity said:
Well, that was unexpected. I think the ending works ok, but I would definitely like to hear more about the collective healing of the clan as well as Peten and Carlit. Given the choice, I'd vote for a sequel over an epilogue...with longer chapters, of course. ;)

 

Minor suggested correction: I think you meant "dominance gene", which refers to the personality trait, rather than "dominant gene", which refers to genetic expression (over a recessive gene at the same location on the chromosome).

Thanks, impunity! I love getting everyone's thoughts, and input to fix mistakes. I'm still considering what I'll do for this next week, so check out my updates next Wednesday to see what happens.

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Love ther series but I too believe the story for these two charactors is complete. The most important thread I'd like to see explored is the issues of unity for all Carthera folk and what is causing the reproductive problems. I think the Snakes are the big players here and can see the Doctor, Eric and Dave gathering together others to usher in a new era of , at least tacid, acceptance of sake folke. In my imagination thee venom would be the key to the reproc ductive problem which I imagine to be the resutls of a Human created virus that didn't effect the smakes due to a chemical in their venom. Just my thoughts.

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Where are some new chapters on this story?!? I sure hope you will finish this one, just love this story!!! :worship:

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I read this story to see a little bit more of Davis and Ellis but i fell in love with this story. I think it is finished here.

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