close to sunrise and everybody in the peculiar flying boat seemed to still be in
a deep slumber. The sky colors were beginning to change from the dark and cold
blue to a warming mixture of orange and pink.
used to wake up even before the sun,
opened his eyelids to the new day. He looked at the translucent high dome that
enclosed the planet Earth, the fading stars which blessed and witnessed his
first encounter with his object of affection, the early golden rays that softly
attempted to caress the face of the man resting on his shoulder. An unconscious
sigh escaped from his lips and he tried to find a more comfortable position, one
to prevent Jonathan to wake up with a stiff neck.
trying to make Jon lay across his lap, Ardeth noticed the subtle smile that was
gracing the other manís face. He hoped that he was the reason for such an
innocent display of pleasure. Not that his own thoughts were filled with such
innocence! A bright, pearly grin opened the tattooed semblance. He had a few
tempting ideas for a more peaceful time in their futures. But it was for later,
quiet hour, place and position they shared was too cozy for Ardeth resist
dropping his head close to Jonís, kissing his lips and temple in feather like
touches. His belovedís male scent filled his nostrils in a delicate arousing
eyes closed once again, not to sleep this time, but to try to find Jonís
heartbeat beneath his hand and fingers. The pulsating and flowing life was life
a melody that Ardeth longed to hear for years of separation. They should never
be apart again. Never.
memory of Jonís plea last night, to not be left behind, pierced his soul. They
were going right to the arms of a
monstrous danger, to find an almost certain death. How could he promise to never
leave Jonathan? In his heart he had a bad feeling about their newest challenge
of saving human kind. He felt like his own life was about to reach its ending
like that was a bad omen to Ardeth, so he concentrated on the peaceful
expression on Jonathanís face, his gaze traveling, studying and carving in his
mind all lines, curves, flats and round features. He noticed, not for the first
time, that his feelings for the English man were only described as love, nothing
else. It was not a silly infatuation, a teenager play, it was not just carnal
and passionate lust. Love and tenderness had inhabited his body, mind and soul.
doing the only thing that crossed his mind, the only way he would be able to
protect Jon even in his own absence, Ardeth reached inside his dark clothes and
carefully untied a thin leather strap from his waistband. A tiny silver object
sparkled amongst his tanned long fingers.
his sight be held by the fine jewelry artifact . It was an ancient pendant, one
that was given to him on his birth by his grandfather. A family luck charm, the
Eye of Horus made of silver and onyx. This small but valuable gift had protected
him during all his life. It was like a part of himself, one from which he was
never separated before.
ceremoniously kissed the pendant one last time, then retied it on Jonathanís
clothes, in a hidden place where it would not attract anyoneís attentions,
enemy or ally. While tying it he chanted a brief and loving spell in a Med-jai
dialect. *Long life be with you. Be the gods with you. And your heart with me.
Come back to my armsÖ*
magic was done and the pendant securely tied, his heart missed a beat
and a tear threatened to
escape from his eye. Taking a deep breath and deciding it was late enough to
wake up Jonathan, he took the manís mouth into his burning lips. Seeing the
crystalline blue eyes slowly open themselves, he smiled and murmured:
morning my love.Ē
the ancient Egypt it was believed that the Eye of Horus was a luck charm with
the power of protecting everything or everybody under its spell.
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