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Fallen Pride - 19. Chapter 19

Kiorl lay back on his bed and shivered. He wasn’t cold, but tension and desire wound tightly along his nerves. He couldn’t stop the uncontrollable shaking in his limbs. Lahja knelt on the thick furs next to him, and traced a single fingertip from the ball of his shoulder to his elbow, then down to his wrist. Kiorl swallowed nervously as Lahja repeated the action on the inside of his other arm. His tail twitched, but before he could lash it to his arm Lahja reached out and wrapped his long fingers around the furry prehensile length. Kiorl purred, he couldn’t help it, and pushed into the touch. His spine arched as Lahja stroked down his tail all the way to the tip. When Lahja grasped the tail again, the panther turned onto his side, and Lahja’s other hand came down to stroke his long hair and the back of his neck. Kiorl almost moaned.

He had wanted the kiss so much, and Lahja had been aghast at the light which had knocked Kiorl away and left him half blind on one side for the following half hour. When they’d arrived back at the house, Jahke had kissed everyone goodnight in his usual exuberant fashion before dragging both Sitka and Shindae upstairs with the sort of happy lust and fire drunk look Kiorl knew only too well. Lahja had kissed Jahke back. The sweetness of the little horned demon was too forceful not the react to, but there had been no hint of light or pain. Kiorl hated to admit, even in his own head, that he was jealous.

So here they were, sharing Kiorl’s bed. The panther had promised not to move, not to touch the fallen angel, and allow himself to be explored. It was wonderful, but it was torture. Kiorl had always been the lead partner in every single one of his sexual encounters, apart from when he’d been with Sathriel, and lying with Lahja tracing bold but careful lines down his flesh made him feel out of control, and not necessarily in a good way.

Lahja didn’t say anything as he pressed his fingertips against Kiorl’s shoulder blades, and the major demon took the instruction to roll onto his front. He was surprised when, a moment later, Lahja’s weight settled over his thighs. Lahja stroked down his spine eagerly, but Kiorl felt him hesitate as he reached the base of his tail.

“Is it wrong to want to touch you?” Lahja wondered aloud. Kiorl wasn’t sure if he was supposed to answer, but before he could formulate a reply, Lahja pulled a strong hand all the way down his tail. “Is it wrong to want to touch you, and to want to kiss Jahke as well? Zai says it’s not, it’s natural, but Tobias doesn’t agree so much.”

Lahja was silent for a while again as he continued to stroke Kiorl’s long tail. When he began to rub the sensitive hairs of the tip over his own chest, Kiorl growled into the pillow.

“I didn’t talk to them about it, but apparently I think too loudly. Empaths are kind of annoying like that, aren’t they?”

“Mmm….” Kiorl was sort of scared if he spoke he might break the spell Lahja was under. The pale demon hadn’t talked to him so honestly since their time in the pool, and then he’d been distracted by fear of drowning.

“I don’t know anything about sex… but your fur is really soft. I like being here with you.” Lahja ran his hands up either side of Kiorl’s spine, and Kiorl hissed in surprise as the fallen angel lay along his back; a warm and welcome weight. “Nassau says you love me, but I don’t even know what that means.”

Kiorl was about to curse his oldest friend’s ability to listen in on his thoughts, when the questioning tone in Lahja’s voice made him flick back both his ears.

What does it actually mean to be in love? His inner voice asked.

Jahke and Sitka are in love.

Sure.

And Atoki and Vruu love each other, anyone can tell.

Put it into words, the voice urged, what does it mean?

“I don’t know either,” Kiorl admitted quietly. “Shit.”

Lahja’s lips found the back of his neck, and Kiorl almost melted under the softness of the kiss.

“Do you think we’ll find out?” Lahja whispered into his hair. “We have forever after all.”

“Would you like to?”

“Yes.” Lahja’s weight lifted from him slightly. “Turn over.”

Kiorl did as he was bid, and inhaled sharply as Lahja’s weight settled over him again. He couldn’t help but glance down at his own erection, previously wearing a hole in his mattress, and Lahja’s alongside him. He swallowed again, even though his throat was dry. The boy’s cock was built like the rest of him; smooth, pale, perfectly proportioned. Kiorl wondered what he tasted like.

“I want to kiss you.” Lahja frowned, a tiny set of furrows between his pale brows. “Don’t move.”

“OK,” Kiorl breathed.

Lahja stroked his ear, and he flinched.

“Don’t move,” Lahja reminded him sternly.

“Sorry.”

The young demon stroked soft fingertips down his face, brushing his fur the wrong way before smoothing the short hairs along his muzzle. He touched the rubbery curves of Kiorl’s nose, then hooked his thumb between his lips and opened his mouth. It was the same gesture Kiorl had used on the human boy he’d broken, and Lahja’s gaze was full of a mix of lust and power the panther recognised. When the angel bent to kiss him, Kiorl willed himself not to move. Lahja’s lips were soft and warm. His tongue pushing into Kiorl’s mouth was firm and insistent. He licked Kiorl’s fangs, pushed against his tongue, and wound his fingers into Kiorl’s yard long hair and scratched at the back of his neck. Kiorl purred. Lahja made an echo of a growl back at him, and Kiorl felt like he was being forced back into the bed by the strength of Lahja’s kiss. He was panting when they parted.

“Mmmm….” Lahja sat back with a broad, self-satisfied smile. “Tasty.” His hand rested firmly over Kiorl’s heart. “So fast… mine too.”

“May I?”

Lahja nodded, and Kiorl reached out a hand and pressed against Lahja’s chest. His heart was racing just the same as Kiorl’s was, and the panther smiled.

“We have the same eyes,” Kiorl told him.

“Jahke says I kiss like you.”

“Would that be so bad?”

“No.” Lahja smiled at him, then bent and laid his head on Kiorl’s chest. “Can I sleep here with you?”

“Yes please.” Kiorl found himself stroking Lahja’s silky soft hair. “I can’t promise I ain’t gonna try and grope you in your sleep though.”

“Hmmm….” The angel propped his chin on Kiorl’s chest for a moment and stared at him with a curious sort of expression. “Maybe I’d like that.”

“Wonders never cease.” Kiorl raised a hand to fade the light, but Lahja stopped him.

“I’ll do it.”

The angel had to sit up, his lips pressed in concentration. He made a complicated shape with his fingers. The glyph he drew in the air was correct, and the lights dimmed softly into blackness.

“Very nice.”

In the dark, Lahja snuggled up to him again, and Kiorl kissed the boy gently. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d been so frustrated and so happy all at the same time. When Lahja’s hand grasped him in the dark, Kiorl gasped.

“Very nice,” Lahja echoed back to him.

“Lahja…?”

“Just stay really still.”

“Oh hell….”

Kiorl lay back on the bed, fisted his fingers into the furs below, and tried his very best to do what Lahja wanted. The pale demon’s touch was so sweet and so softly curious. Every time they kissed, Kiorl felt himself slipping away from his self-control.

It was perfect.

*

Nassau was holding Court in the round chamber, his favourite room in the palace, where the ceiling reflected the sky of Mattias’s homeland. It was a good morning. The Prince heard a petition from a minor elemental demon who had recruited a very pretty willowy woman from Upstairs, and the Asina brothers had finally buried the hatchet by reaching an agreement with their mate to share him. No one could really believe it had taken them so long to see the obvious. But all that paled into insignificance when Kiorl arrived with Lahja on his arm, though perhaps it was the other way around. It was hard to tell. The black panther and the pale boy who shared the same eyes entered like equals, both smiling broadly, and made their way to the dais where Nassau lounged.

“Morning Nassau.” Kiorl’s grin and the forward set of his ears gave his emotions away; he radiated smug happiness.

“Morning.” Nassau arched an eyebrow at his old friend, and then glanced at Lahja. The pale demon looked subtly different, somehow larger, and Nassau’s stormy eyes narrowed as he worked out what had changed. “You’re a real demon now….”

Lahja giggled and took the seat Nassau offered him as his throne broadened and twisted to make room for his visitors.

“It went rather well, yes.”

“Rather well?” Kiorl echoed in disbelief. He settled next to the fallen angel and wrapped his arm over Lahja’s shoulders. The boy reached up to wind his fingers into Kiorl’s own, bringing him closer with a tug. “That was the most beautiful damn soul-taking I’ve ever seen.”

“High praise indeed,” Nassau smiled. “Show me?”

Lahja held out his free hand to the Prince of hell and smiled.

“Took you long enough,” Kiorl joked.

“Patience is a virtue, Ki.” Lahja replied.

“Yeah, an’ you know all about my lack of those.”

Lahja laughed, said something Nassau didn’t catch, and their voices drifted out of focus as he looked at Lahja’s memories. When Kiorl’s tail snuck around his ankle, Nassau found himself watching the scene from two sides. Both perspectives were coloured by a love he recognised well.

Lahja, beautiful and angelic, was sitting in a church pew under the watchful eyes of a preacher as he passed. It was familiar, but the memory didn’t play out like so many others. The pale demon visiting upon the human again and again, talking, his expression earnest as Kiorl watched from the shadows, insubstantial and dangerous.

Then the preacher was exalting to his congregation, raising hands and voices in praise and worship. Nassau saw the seed of madness Lahja had planted as it began to bloom in the minds of those who revelled in the glory they thought belonged to their God. He watched as the congregation grew and grew with each visit. Each time the vines of insanity twisted around another, as more and more souls were held under the sway Lahja had exerted.

And then the fallen angel was there. Kiorl stood by the alter, unseen by human eyes. His were fixed upon the boy who stood upon the lectern. Heaven’s light made him glow resplendent, and behind him, made of brightness encased in crystal, spread his wings. He was in every way the image an angel, the bringer of the Word, and at his command the madness was complete. Nassau watched as every member of the congregation went willingly to their deaths, and Kiorl simply stood holding a reliquary big as a vase and collected the multitude of souls which poured forth.

“I still can’t believe you convinced him suicide was the only way to get into heaven,” Kiorl said softly to the boy.

“He wanted to believe.” Lahja’s voice was low and soft, and Nassau felt he almost shouldn’t be listening. “When the desire is already there, the rest is easy.”

“That so?”

“You taught me that, Ki.”

“Oh yeah.” Nassau opened his eyes in time to see his old friend smile warmly, but his eyes only sparkled for Lahja. “So I did. Did I say anything else interesting?”

Lahja leant close to the panther and cupped a hand around his conical ear as he whispered. Nassau could have heard him, could have listened in automatically, but he shut the walls around his mind sharply. It wasn’t for him to snoop on all of their secrets, and while Kiorl was used to his Prince wafting in and out of his mind, Nassau couldn’t bring himself to eavesdrop on Lahja when the young demon trusted him so.

When they finally both looked back at him, Nassau smiled.

“That was beautifully done. Most certainly the best first collection I have ever had the joy to witness.”

“Thirty seven people, Nas. Thirty seven! Most of us don’t pull that many in a whole year!”

“Well, it’s not like it will keep working week after week,” Lahja commented. “Have to have some time off between converting the masses.” The fallen angel shot his demon partner a look which spoke volumes. “So what do demons do with their time off, Ki?”

“Oh, I can think of a few things.”

“Please excuse us Nassau.” Lahja stood, turned, smiled, and inclined his head respectfully. “I need to go whup this guy into shape in the pool.”

“You’re gonna beat me?” Kiorl jumped up with a cocky smile, and as soon as he was on his feet, Lahja’s fingers twined with his own. “This I gotta see.”

“Winner gets to pick the bed.”

“Why? Yours is softer by far.”

“Ha!” The two demons, so well matched, continued their conversation as they crossed the parlour towards the door. Neither of them looked back at Nassau watching. “You’re gonna shred the drapes with your claws, and then where will we be?”

Nassau smiled as his throne flowed back into a more natural shape, and laid his hands along the arm rests as he watched his oldest friend and his lover depart. As well as he knew Kiorl, he wouldn’t have liked to say which of them was in charge of any aspect of the relationship. He was happy for the blue-eyed panther. Just as the door swung shut behind them, Nassau saw the shimmer of Lahja’s wings in the space behind him, and he grinned.

He could give them to the boy, a gift of power and beauty, but remembering Lahja’s voice, his smile, and the way he’d left the room holding tight to Kiorl’s hand, Nassau figured the boy wouldn’t miss the wings. He had gifts enough to last eternity already.

The End

...as much as eternity ever ends, anyway.

Copyright © 2017 Sasha Distan; All Rights Reserved.

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The process of soul collecting, even described in a second hand way, horrified me ... I ... er ... am going to be sick ... Lahja would now be a full fledge demon; I could have screamed my head off, but the sound came out as a whimper as I'm resigned to the fact that demons are evil (albeit that they could learn to love) Gods are narcissistic to the nth degree and humans are just lost (no one cares about us and there really is no purpose in anything ...)

 

What is there to feel, apart from despair ? :(

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On 02/23/2017 12:05 AM, hohochan657 said:

The process of soul collecting, even described in a second hand way, horrified me ... I ... er ... am going to be sick ... Lahja would now be a full fledge demon; I could have screamed my head off, but the sound came out as a whimper as I'm resigned to the fact that demons are evil (albeit that they could learn to love) Gods are narcissistic to the nth degree and humans are just lost (no one cares about us and there really is no purpose in anything ...)

 

What is there to feel, apart from despair ? :(

Don't be sick on the keyboard.

Lahja is a real demon now, yes, and he's very happy. And Kiorl is happy too.

 

Gods aren't all narcissistic bastards, they're... hard to pin down. You'll meet some eventually I'm sure. Humans aren't lost, or useless, after all Atoki and Jem and Jahke are all human, or were once. And they are important.

 

Feel happy for Kiorl and Lahja? They found each other and a way in which to love each other, after all.

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So Kiorl learned to let go and Lahja managed to step up. They met halfway and now eternity lies ahead. I wish them all the best!

 

Thanks for sharing more of your demons with us!

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The Circles of Hell series certainly has its horrifying moments, but I do enjoy the characters. Glad to see another piece completed.

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I wish Nassau could've found someone to be happy with again....even though I think he gets happiness vicariously through his demons.

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On 02/23/2017 01:59 AM, Puppilull said:

So Kiorl learned to let go and Lahja managed to step up. They met halfway and now eternity lies ahead. I wish them all the best!

 

Thanks for sharing more of your demons with us!

Thank you Puppilull, I'm so glad you've enjoyed seeing them grow to meet each other.

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On 02/23/2017 06:05 AM, Wicked Witch said:

The Circles of Hell series certainly has its horrifying moments, but I do enjoy the characters. Glad to see another piece completed.

Thank you! (me too, so satisfying. Shindae reckons I'm going to try and pair them al off eventually)

Without the horror, how would we know when they'd found joy, eh?

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On 02/23/2017 07:21 AM, JayT said:

I wish Nassau could've found someone to be happy with again....even though I think he gets happiness vicariously through his demons.

oh indeed he does!

And this isn't Nassau's story. He has loved a lot in his lifetime already. I don't know if he could find that love again.

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I love this ending, that's not really an ending! :heart:
I saw this pop up while I was goofing off at work, playing on my phone. So I locked my computer and hightailed it outside (it's 80 F here today) to have a sit on our office deck and read it!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! :hug::hug:

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Nicely done, but I'm bummed that it ended the way it did. I understand wanting to wrap up a story while leaving something to the imagination. However, so much time was spent on Lahja agonizing over becoming a demon, then suddenly we find out he took almost 40 souls his first time on his own? I wanted to follow that transformation. I also wanted a sex scene between them, because the dynamic you had going was fascinating. Different. And hot, of course. Finally, I wanted to read more of their conversations, now that they are finally on the same page.

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On 02/23/2017 10:38 AM, mollyhousemouse said:

I love this ending, that's not really an ending! :heart:

I saw this pop up while I was goofing off at work, playing on my phone. So I locked my computer and hightailed it outside (it's 80 F here today) to have a sit on our office deck and read it!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! :hug::hug:

hahahaha! I'm so proud of you "braving the elements" to enjoy Kiorl and Lahja. Such a great image.

Thank you for your hugs and kind words, I'm so glad you've come along for the ride with us and enjoyed yourself.

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On 02/23/2017 05:57 PM, Geemeedee said:

Nicely done, but I'm bummed that it ended the way it did. I understand wanting to wrap up a story while leaving something to the imagination. However, so much time was spent on Lahja agonizing over becoming a demon, then suddenly we find out he took almost 40 souls his first time on his own? I wanted to follow that transformation. I also wanted a sex scene between them, because the dynamic you had going was fascinating. Different. And hot, of course. Finally, I wanted to read more of their conversations, now that they are finally on the same page.

thank you.

The weeks for conversing with a priest would have been very heaving on Scripture, which is why I didn't really want to write them. The mass soul taking on the other was rather a thing to witness.

 

as for the sex scene.... I'm sorry! There was supposed to be one, and then I got to that moment where they were finally together and Kiorl just turned to look at me and went "fuck off, this is private" and I wasn't allowed to know anything which went on behind closed doors! I have never been so rudely told to go away by my own characters. So yeah, there was going to be delicious and interesting sex, but they decided they wanted to work it in private.

Yeah, it would have been hot. Maybe in the future they'll let us know what went on?

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I agree with Geemeedee, the ending was too abrupt. At the beginning of the chapter Lahja is still strugling with everything: becoming a demon, being able to control the light, not knowing what love is and if he ever find out. The next thing we know he is gleefully demonic, apparently in full control of the light, and he and Kiorl have all the issues between them figured out. It's not even the absence of the sex scene, although I would have loved to see that too. It's that we don't see how he got there. What happened to make it all "click" for him? What changed to make him embrace his new life and new self?

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On 02/24/2017 03:24 AM, nonni15 said:

I agree with Geemeedee, the ending was too abrupt. At the beginning of the chapter Lahja is still strugling with everything: becoming a demon, being able to control the light, not knowing what love is and if he ever find out. The next thing we know he is gleefully demonic, apparently in full control of the light, and he and Kiorl have all the issues between them figured out. It's not even the absence of the sex scene, although I would have loved to see that too. It's that we don't see how he got there. What happened to make it all "click" for him? What changed to make him embrace his new life and new self?

I take your point, but I make two additions:

1)Lahja isn't as fully in control as you suppose he is. He still has his accidents, and he's still learning magic

2)the thing which happened to make him 'click' was Kiorl. A foundation of mutual truse and respect, and suddenly the ability to understand and accept his own physical desires fixes a lot of things.

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I think I actually like the abrupt transition. Once they admitted to love (even if they weren't sure what it meant) and had sex, everything else fell into place. Lahja now likes his body and Kiorl knows he can live with not being in control all the fucking time. :lol:
Of course someone who knows the Scriptures like Lahja would collect souls by twisting the words and working on the minds in the congregation. Not much different to what some preachers do - and they don't have the excuse of being :evil: demons.

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On 02/26/2017 01:55 AM, Timothy M. said:

I think I actually like the abrupt transition. Once they admitted to love (even if they weren't sure what it meant) and had sex, everything else fell into place. Lahja now likes his body and Kiorl knows he can live with not being in control all the fucking time. :lol:

Of course someone who knows the Scriptures like Lahja would collect souls by twisting the words and working on the minds in the congregation. Not much different to what some preachers do - and they don't have the excuse of being :evil: demons.

Televangelists beware, there's a new evil in town!

 

I'm glad you liked it Tim, it was the sort of happy ending Kiorl likes. And yeah, he can cope with not always being the boss in charge. Time for the panther to remember how to be a happy cat.

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On 2/23/2017 at 6:57 AM, Geemeedee said:

Nicely done, but I'm bummed that it ended the way it did. I understand wanting to wrap up a story while leaving something to the imagination. However, so much time was spent on Lahja agonizing over becoming a demon, then suddenly we find out he took almost 40 souls his first time on his own? I wanted to follow that transformation. I also wanted a sex scene between them, because the dynamic you had going was fascinating. Different. And hot, of course. Finally, I wanted to read more of their conversations, now that they are finally on the same page.

Yh I was looking forward to a sex scene between them as so dey could really make love without worry of lahja killing kiorl but really I wish for Nassau to find love again they people lose the love of their lives to death and are still able to love again

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This story got me thinking about jonestown. Lahja is that you? Lolol I guess he's come a long way since the ending of this story. 😂😂

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