02 Seeking

Marcus and Chris went for a walk while Edward and Carl napped. “You’re going to get plenty of this tonight,” Marcus laughed as they held hands.

“But this is nice! Tonight doesn’t sound all that fun…. To be honest, I’m a little afraid of the dark,” Chris reported.

Marcus nodded thoughtfully. “I’m sorry it can’t be anything else, then. Part of your journey will be facing the darkness….” They came to a clearing, and Chris sat down in the soft grass, dragging Marcus down with him as he lay back, staring up at the sky. Chris rolled over, half onto the man, and nuzzled his neck softly.

Marcus moaned as he felt Chris’s soft lips graze his neck lightly. Automatically, his hand slipped behind Chris’s neck, encouraging him. Chris grinned and began nipping at the man’s strong neck lovingly, making Marcus writhe on the soft, warm earth. “Oh, God, Chris,” he groaned.

Chris knelt over him and straddled his waist, leaning in to kiss him on the mouth as he ran a hand beneath his shirt. “Marcus, please?”

The man said nothing, but grabbed the bottom of Chris’s shirt and dragged it over his head, running his hands over the boy’s soft abdomen and chest. Chris shivered, wiggling on Marcus, who pulled him down into a passionate kiss. Chris sat back up and unbuttoned the man’s shirt, revealing his muscular form, carved by years in military training. Marcus had been enrolled in some level of training since he was 14, and he had a body to show for it. A dark treasure trail led down his eight-pack into his shorts. Chris leaned in to kiss his chest just above a dark nipple, which he flicked with his tongue.

Chris hopped off and shucked his shorts, standing in the sun naked, before dragging Marcus’s shorts away. The man’s long legs were perfect in his eyes, lightly hairy. Chris laid out next to him and ran a hand down his abdomen to his manhood, beginning to stroke the man gently as they kissed.

“Are you sure?” Marcus asked desperately as he broke their kiss. Chris nodded fiercely, and the man said, “Turn around.” He helped position Chris so he could take his already hard cock in his mouth. After a few seconds of blissful shock, Chris, no virgin, took the man’s sizeable member in his own mouth. Chris came quickly, before taking his time to finish off his hunky boyfriend.

Then he turned around and curled up in the man’s arms, and they napped naked in the fading afternoon sun. Later, they’d both laugh at the light pink burn Chris got on his lily-white ass cheeks. With a wink as they dressed, Marcus suggested, “You look like you took a good pounding….”

“I wish,” Chris teased, grabbing the man’s arm. “That wasn’t so bad was it?”

“It was wonderful. I was never worried about that,” Marcus scolded gently.

“I know,” Chris laughed. “But that was fun, wasn’t it?”

“Yes,” Marcus allowed. “If you’re sure this is what you want, I think I’ve waited long enough.” Chris hugged him tight and jumped up into his arms, wrapping his legs around the surprised man’s waist, almost toppling him, before kissing his face and neck happily. “I’ll take that as a yes?”

“Yes!” Chris said happily. “You’re the best!” After a moment, he put his feet on the ground and whispered, “And I’m glad you made me wait. Today was beautiful!”

Marcus hugged the boy and led him back to the house, where they found Edward and Carl snuggling in their room, still asleep. Marcus made a light dinner for everyone, the smell of which awakened the sleeping boys.

After they had all eaten, they sat on the porch quietly as the sun sank in the sky, and evening darkened into dusky gloom. At last, Marcus stood wordlessly, and his two charges rose to follow him. Before they hit the tree line, Edward jumped up and ran to Carl, giving him one last kiss and whispering in his ear, “I love you!”

Carl’s heart thumped and he drew the boy into a tight hug, whispering, “I love you too,” before smiling and hurrying off after the others. Edward returned to the cabin and grabbed a book. Though he read, the words weren’t registering: His mind was deep in the forest with a young Druid.

Marcus led the boys out to a spot deep in the woods. “You have your instructions. You are to go separately from here and follow your intuition to an object of your destiny. Understand?” He handed the boys their GPS devices. “Turn these on when the sky begins to lighten. They are programmed to lead you to the cabin.”

Both boys nodded silently, and Chris headed off into the dark without looking back. Marcus nodded for Carl to start walking in another direction. At last, when he could no longer hear their footfalls, he made his way back to the cabin and grabbed a beer. “Are they alright?” Edward asked anxiously.

“Perfectly fine! If they’re in trouble, I’ll know, and I can track them via the GPS units I gave them. They have a passive locator I can activate if necessary,” Marcus explained.

“Oh, okay…. So what do we do now?” Edward asked.

“We wait,” Marcus laughed. “Can you sleep?”

“Can you?” Edward asked sarcastically.

“Well, how about a game of chess, then?” Marcus asked.

“I’m not really very good,” the boy replied.

“I’ll teach you,” the man answered, grabbing his set from his suitcase and setting it up on the table. Before they began, Marcus made a pot of tea and brought it over as well.

***

The moon was full but under the thick canopy of foliage, the forest was dark. Chris could see perhaps five feet in front of him, but beyond that all was black. The snapping of twigs and the rustling of leaves began to make him nervous as he moved among the trees. Every imaginable horror began to stalk the recesses of his mind. With each passing moment, his terror increased.

Carl, meanwhile, walked with a sense of purpose toward a destination he did not yet know. And yet, his every step of his foot found steady ground. He KNEW where he was going.

***

“Not bad,” Marcus said, setting the board up for a third game, giving Edward a few pointers for next time. “In a few months, you should be able to hold your own!” he added with a wink.

“So how did you come to join the battle wizards,” Edward asked as he made his move.

The man smiled and countered. “My forefathers were battle wizards. I never really had a choice. I was sent off to school to train when I was just a teen, younger than you!”

“Would you have done it if they had let you choose?” Edward asked.

Marcus sat quite for a moment before making his move and responding, “No, I don’t think so! I would have liked to go to college earlier, maybe become a teacher or a professor even.”

“Why don’t you? You’re under Sebastian now, and you’ve got the freedom,” Edward suggested.

Marcus looked at the boy and smiled. “I was planning to after I left the service, but since I’m where I am, I guess I wouldn’t have to wait huh?”

“I think you should ask Sebastian about it when you get home,” Edward suggested strongly. “You can’t really be with Chris the way you want and be a full-time warrior….”

“And how is it that I want to be with Chris?” the man asked with a curious smile.

Edward looked and him with a cocked head and said simply, “Forever.” Whether it was the simplicity of Edward’s word, or the clarity of his recognition, Marcus’s eyes misted. “I’m sorry,” Edward began to apologize.

“No,” Marcus laughed. “You’re right!” They played in silence for a long while as the hands on the clock continued their steady motion into the future.

***

Chris tripped on a log and fell face first, skinning his knees and elbows, and in an instant he couldn’t help crying like a little boy. He sat up and brushed himself off, and hugged his knees to his chest as the tears rolled down. For a moment he felt almost despairing, but suddenly he felt another presence. Out of nowhere, a large cat ambled into his line of sight. At first he almost yelped as he thought it was a bobcat, it was so large. But he’d never heard of a black bobcat.

The huge black housecat rubbed its head against his leg and purred loudly. “Hi, kitty,” Chris said, laughing through his tears. “Who are you? What are you doing out here?” He checked and the cat had no collar, but it was friendly and well fed. The cat pushed its way into his lap and curled up. It was really too large for Chris’s lap, but that didn’t stop it.

“Are you going to stay with me, then?” The cat purred and rubbed its face against the boy’s chin. “Do you know where I’m supposed to be going?”

The cat, never ceasing its purring, hopped off his lap and began circling him peculiarly. “You are a strange cat,” Chris said. “Am I supposed to follow you?” The cat headed off into the darkness, but kept circling back for Chris to follow him. The boy sighed and got up to follow the cat, which was careful never to get too far ahead, so Chris could track him easily. They walked for a number of miles before Chris saw a clearing. It seemed brightly lit to him now, because the light of the full moon showered the forest floor.

He could see something big and raised in the middle of the clearing, and he could see someone standing there. “Hello?” he called.

“Chris?” Carl’s deep voice responded, comforting him, and he emerged into the clearing. “So did you find yours yet?”

“I think so,” Chris laughed, pointing to the huge black cat.

“COOL!” Carl responded enthusiastically. “I think mine is too big to take home,” he added, nodding to the middle of the clearing, which Chris could see was so circular it must have been man-made.

“What is it?” Chris asked, and Carl led him toward it. It was a huge slab of stone, cut into a circle about ten feet across. It was smooth on top and stood about two feet high.

“I think it’s an altar,” Carl said, tracing a series of carvings of the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac which formed an outer ring on the stone circle.

“You think this is what you were meant to find? What does it mean?” Chris asked.

“I don’t know,” Carl asked. “What is this thing doing out here?”

“Is this your parent’s land?” Chris mused.

“No, they just own the little plot where the cabin is,” Carl said. “This is national forest….”

“I guess people wouldn’t stumble on this too often,” Chris thought out loud. “Except people who live up here….”

“What are you saying?” Carl asked.

“Well, your parents have a cabin not too far from here,” Chris mused. “They’re from an old magickal culture….”

“My parents turned their backs on that a long time ago,” Carl said, sounding uncertain.

“Or so they told you,” Chris replied. The two boys explored the circle for a while, finding new symbols and the remnants of something dark on the stone. When Chris looked around for the cat, he saw it near the tree line. When he picked it up and tried to walk near the altar, however, the cat hissed violently and jumped out of his arms, returning to the trees to watch and wait.

Chris and Carl talked until nearly dawn about the find, before turning on their GPS units and heading back to the cabin. They hardly needed them, however, as the cat walked a few steps ahead of them and led the way. They found Marcus and Edward on the porch with breakfast, waiting for them. “There’s plenty more in the kitchen,” Marcus called. “Help yourselves.”

The boys filled plates for themselves and returned to the porch. “So,” Marcus began, sounding disappointed. “I see you both returned empty-handed….”

“Wrong on both counts,” Chris said, smiling and patting his lap, which was soon full of black, purring cat.

“Well, well,” Marcus said. “THAT was not what I was expecting!”

“What were you expecting?” Chris teased.

“Not a familiar! Very rare, a very special gift indeed!” Marcus said.

“You should see what Carl found!” Chris responded with a laugh. “But breakfast first. It’s a little hike!”

The young men laughed and talked, but hurried through breakfast, eager to get back to the site in the light of day. Marcus and Edward had no idea what to expect. When they had all had their fill, they stood and Chris put the cat down. “Lead us back to the clearing, boy,” Chris said. At first Marcus and Edward thought he was joking, but the cat trotted happily toward the woods and looked over his shoulder expectantly.

The cat led them faithfully to the clearing, amazing all. “What the hell?” Marcus exclaimed, moving cautiously toward the stone.

“What?” Edward asked, hesitantly.

“THIS!” Marcus began, “THIS does not belong HERE!” With his wand, Marcus reached out to feel its energy. The next thing Marcus knew, he was sitting up at the edge of the tree line, three boys kneeling around him.

“Thank God,” Chris said, gathering the man up in his arms, kissing his face. “I was so scared!”

“What happened?” Marcus asked.

“You raised your wand toward the altar, and whatever you did it rebounded on you like blue fire. Knocked you all the way back here, unconscious,” Carl answered.

“How long was I out?” Marcus asked.

“About five minutes,” Chris replied.

“Shit,” Marcus said. “This is above my pay grade. Let’s get back to the cabin and I’ll call in the professionals!” That made the boys nervous, so they followed him away, watching over their shoulders. At the cabin, Marcus got his phone out and called Sam Roth. “Rabbi Roth? It’s Marcus again.”

“Are you back already?” the man asked.

“No, sir. We did the seek last night, and got some really strange results! Chris got a familiar, a black house cat about the size of a large bobcat, and, well, Carl got something I can’t explain. Something dangerous. I need your help,” Marcus explained.

“I see. I have services this morning, but I can come after lunch, unless it’s a real emergency?” Sam said.

“No, sir! That’s fine. We all need some sleep, so if you arrive and get no answer, just come on in!” Marcus replied.

“See you soon, Marcus. Thanks for calling,” Sam said, hanging up. He reported this to Sebastian and promised to keep him up to date.

“Let’s get some rest, guys,” Marcus said, grasping Chris’s hand and heading for his room. “Rabbi Roth will be here after lunchtime.”

The cat tried to follow them into their room, but Chris said, “We need our privacy,” and the cat obediently remained outside.

“That is so weird,” Marcus said. He’d never been around a familiar so powerfully endowed. “We need our privacy, do we?”

“Well, after yesterday,” Chris said, blushing lightly, so that you wouldn’t think he had been pushing for this for weeks, “and you said we had waited long enough….”

Marcus playfully shoved him back onto the bed and took off his shirt and began to shuck his shorts. Seeing this, Chris stripped faster than the man had thought possible. Seeing Chris fully nude brought the man up short, and he whispered, “You are beautiful!”

“Well, I’m not a sexy hunk like you,” Chris began, but the man put a finger on his lips.

“Shush! Any lug with a barbell can build muscle, and any idiot with tennis shoes can run until he’s ripped. But you, you’re perfect to me,” he said. “Your smooth skin and soft, firm body! And I could stare into your eyes all night long!”

Chris pulled the man down into a kiss that drove them both wild. Chris thought back to Steve, who was never sure Chris was quite good enough for him, and he couldn’t think of a person more different than Marcus, who professed his perfection before they’d even done it.

Feeling the man’s heavy, powerful body pressing down on him, Chris felt wanted and protected, and he pulled the man’s full weight down onto him. “Mmmm,” Chris sighed, as he felt the man’s lips on the base of his neck at the shoulder.

“What do you want to do?” Marcus whispered.

“Everything,” Chris moaned.

Laughing, Marcus replied, “We’ll have time for everything, but right now, time is short and we’re both tired….”

“Make love to me, then,” Chris smiled, grabbing the man’s firm ass. Marcus smiled as he worked his way down Chris’s body, stopping briefly to suck Chris’s cock. Then he lifted Chris’s knees and buried his face in his ass. “Oh God!” Chris groaned as Marcus tongued his hole. Knowing it had been a while for Chris, Marcus replaced his tongue with a couple of fingers and returned to sucking Chris’s cock.

“I’m ready,” Chris moaned, “please….”

Marcus, smiling, lifted Chris’s ankles to his shoulder and carefully lined himself up and began to press into Chris’s loosened hole. “Oh, God,” Chris groaned.

Marcus asked, “Is it hurting, do I need to stop?”

“God, no,” Chris half laughed, half moaned as he grasped at Marcus’s waist with his fingers. Marcus pushed a little hard and felt his head slip in. “Nnggh,” Chris said. “Give me a minute?”

“Sure baby,” Marcus said, stroking Chris’s face with his finger.

After a moment, Marcus felt Chris relax and Chris said, “Give me a little more.” Steve had been big, but Marcus had a nice fat cock that was stretching him more than he had imagined. Slowly but surely, Marcus eased in, and when he was mostly there, he eased Chris’s legs off his shoulders.

While Chris was relaxing his anus, Marcus leaned in and kissed the boy, who hungrily sucked on his tongue. Marcus pulled out about an inch and slowly slipped back in, once, twice, three times, each time advancing a little further until he was all the way in and Chris wrapped his lithe legs tightly around the man’s waist.

As they continued to kiss, Marcus began moving again, at first shallow, then pulling way out before each thrust. Chris broke their kiss and began to nibble at the man’s ear, whispering, “Feels so goooood.” Then he began to alternately lick and nip at the man’s neck. Feeling Marcus respond to his playful biting by driving himself even deeper and harder into his ass, Chris began to suck and bite at Marcus’s neck in earnest.

He was surprised then to hear Marcus growl seductively, “Harder!”

“You like it, then, naughty boy,” Chris laughed.

“Oh, yeah,” he replied, kicking it up a notch as Chris returned to his shoulder with a bite just on the border between pleasure and pain. Moments later, Marcus whispered, “I’m going to come.”

Chris held on tight and whispered, “Fill me up!” Soon, he felt the man’s cock twitching in his tight ass, and a warmth spreading deep inside. “My God,” he repeated, before pulling the man into another hungry kiss.

Marcus rolled off of Chris and grabbed his boxers, which he used to wipe Chris off and catch any escaping semen, and then he took the boy’s cock in his mouth. Chris was so close to the edge, he barely had time to run his fingers through the man’s hair before he said, “I’m gonna … ungh….” Marcus pulled back and took Chris’s load in his mouth, tasting sweet essence with every spasm.

Both men lay there spent for a moment, before Chris hopped up and said, “I need to go get clean!” Sticking his head out, he saw the other boys’ door was shut so he ran naked across to the bathroom and was closing the door when Marcus slipped in behind him.

Chris had a questioning look on his face, but the man just smiled and turned on the shower. Chris smiled back at him and put a hand on each side of Marcus’s face, pulling him in for a kiss.

“I thought we could conserve water,” the man said with a grin.

As they showered, Marcus stood behind Chris, admiring his ass, until the boy asked him to wash his hair. Chris moaned softly as the man massaged his head with soap, and then grinned when he felt the man’s cock stiff against his back. “How long has it been, Marcus?” Chris asked softly.

“How long has what been?” Marcus replied.

“Since you had sex,” Chris answered.

Marcus turned him around, his hard cock pressing into Chris’s belly, and looked down into the boy’s eyes. “I was seventeen when Henri left the Academy to return to France, so it’s been six, nearly seven years….”

“But, that’s … there must have been guys who,” Chris wondered.

“Chris, there have been plenty of guys who would have warmed my bed for me, and some I was interested in who weren’t, but I told you, I was hurt badly, and all I was really looking for was someone to spend my life with. I was willing to wait after what happened,” Marcus explained.

“So I’m only your second?” Chris asked, and the man nodded. “And you are mine,” Chris added. “But, why me?”

“It isn’t because you are the most persistent little perv I’ve met over the years—though you are. It’s because I finally realized after all those years of waiting that I was waiting for you,” Marcus said.

Chris gasped, and laid his head on the man’s bare chest. After a short embrace, he turned around and let Marcus wash his back, further driving the man crazy before pressing back into him indicating what he wanted: round 2. Marcus laughed and gripped Chris’s waist, and gave him what he wanted.

When they finally climbed exhausted between the sheets, Marcus said, “Chris?”

“Yeah?” Chris asked.

“You are my second, but you’re the first guy I ever made love to,” Marcus said. Seeing Chris’s confusing, he explained, “I should have seen something was off, but Henri, all he ever wanted to do was ‘fuck me’—that’s what he called it—and he only ever would do it doggie style. He’d kiss, but he wasn’t as in to it as I was. He wouldn’t even suck me. He’d finish me off with a hand-job. But what did I know, I was a kid and in love….”

“That sounds really … not nice,” Chris said. “So I am the only guy you ever…. Cool. But you don’t mind being on bottom,” Chris asked hopefully.

Marcus laughed, “I love it, and I look forward to it, but not right now. I’m beat!”

“Huh! And I’m the one who took the pounding,” Chris complained teasingly, laughing. It didn’t take either of them long to fall asleep after that.

***

William and Chase went down to the Riverfront for lunch and to shop, mostly just to get away. They had so little time alone, and Sarah offered to watch Alex for them. The revitalized riverfront of the James River was a nice area, and they could walk hand-in-hand without much risk of being hassled.

They were walking along when a man in his early twenties handed them a flier. “Hey guys, you should check it out. There’s a free concert on Brown’s Island this afternoon. You guys would like it,” he added with a smile. That last bit confused them, so they looked at the flier and saw that the event was hosted by a local group supporting gay teens, and the musicians were all part of the group.

“Cool! Thanks,” Chase said with a smile. “Want to go?” he asked Chase as they walked away.

“Sure! I wonder if we’ll see anybody there we know?” William wondered out loud.

“Probably,” Chase said. “Let’s go to the bookstore and waste some time until it starts!” So they started walking up toward the big old bookstore until suddenly Chase stopped in his tracks. William followed his gaze and saw Amy coming out of a clothing store holding hands with a big basketball player. He wasn’t even cute compared to Matt, William noticed immediately.

Before he knew it, Chase had dropped his hand and was storming over to the girl. “Hi, Amy,” he said in a bitter, cold tone. “Just wanted to be free when you were away, huh? You dropped Matt for this Neanderthal?” The boy took a step toward Chase, but the look in the small boy’s eyes told him to stand still.

“Chase,” Amy laughed, trying to come up with something good but failing. “Look, it’s none of your business!”

“None of my business? Matt’s been my best friend for years and you just dumped him and lied to him. I bet you’ve been skanking around with this creep for a while, huh? You only decided to dump Matt once you’d taken this one for a test drive?” Amy started sputtering, but her face said it all. “Hey, boy toy? When did you hit that the first time?” Chase asked, sheer fury coming off him in waves.

The boy cracked a smile and laughed, “Early April!”

“Just after Matt brought you out to the island? Classy,” Chase spat.

William put his hand on the boy’s shoulder and said, “Chase, sweetie, let’s just go….”

“So you guys are Matt’s faggy friends huh,” the boy laughed again, poking a dragon.

“Uhm, Parker, let’s just go, okay. Don’t mess with them,” Amy warned, having seen William in action, and knowing too well what Chase was able to do. Even though Parker was over half a foot taller and fifty pounds heavier, she had a bad feeling about how he’d fare against either boy, since it wouldn’t exactly be a fair fight.

“What?” Parker asked. “Am I supposed to be afraid of Tinkerbelle here? Or his little pal? With friends like these, no wonder the boy couldn’t satisfy you. He probably lets them double-team him.”

William didn’t even have time to react before Chase had stepped up and smacked the boy hard in the face, a feat he could only accomplish by reaching. “Shut up, you piece of trash!” Chase growled.

“My momma told me never to hit a girl, and you’re damn close,” the boy laughed cruelly, “but I’ll take my chances!”

William moved to defend Chase and struck the boy an unexpectedly crushing blow to the throat. “Get out of here if you know what’s good for you,” William warned menacingly.

“Protecting your boyfriend,” the boy croaked, hand over his throat. “How sweet!”

The boy stumbled forward as if to continue and William said, “I’m protecting you from him,” William said. “Walk away!”

But the boy moved on them and Chase’s hand shot out like lightening and struck a pressure point in the boy’s sternum, again before William could even move. The blow would have hurt, even coming from Chase, but with the angry, magickal force behind it, it knocked the boy on his ass and left pain shooting through his chest.

“Don’t you ever say anything about Matt again,” Chase said. “If I hear otherwise, you’ll never even know what hit you,” Chase added, walking away.

But then, he looked at Amy and said, “You never deserved him, you know that?” Something about her look gave him a second’s pause before he walked away: conscious or not, deep down she believed that.