Darwynn’s Law

Well Darwynn’s Law is over. What a ride. I’m gonna start working back with Daily Prompt come Monday. AJ’s planning a few additional scenes to clean up some of the stuff left in this one before moving into the next story.

I’ve a request to see more about me and Sage so I’ll try to incorporate some stories in that during the end of The Last Phoenix and Darwynn’s Law and stuff following Darwynn’s Law up to the next story which AJ has some ideas for but a lot more work before we’ll start getting into that.

AJ has every intention of wrapping Darwynn’s Law up into ebook format for those of you who missed it. Or want to read it at your leisure. I’ll let you know what happens.

As always feel free to leave comments, tell me how much you love me… hey I’ll take bitching and complaining too. Talk to me, that’s all I ask.

Darwynn’s Law (in order)

Confession (12/31/2018)
Only Forever (1/2/2019)

The Story Behind Chris’ Death

If you are following Darwynn’s Law you know Chris has perished – a victim of a therian attack. (So much better than typing were, or were creature and getting a weird look from my stupid screen.)

I promised I’d tell the story behind it. So here goes. AJ has an outline. AJ tries to follow outline. We kinda smushed it and moved things and went a different direction. AJ also has a horrible memory. But when it comes to the world it’s usually pretty good. Not this time.

But before I get to that, let me share. AJ had things randomly done. Random kids, random names, random descriptions, random personalities. She threw a few knowns in there like Chris, Nate, Dylan and Michaela. They all have background story. Threw a couple of the ruling family in for good measure and everything else was random.

AJ knew Trent was going to die. She had an avatar for him but since moved him cause she didn’t want to kill Eliot (from The Magicians). Kenny – well Kenny was going to die. Kinda had to kill Kenny – cliche but yes it was a must.

Two kids were slotted to die. AJ randomized that too. Stuck them in the same group and then randomly assigned all of them to groups, and assigned me, Trent and Dylan all to groups. She went so far as to randomly decide winners and losers and grades etc. But I don’t think we’ll be using that stuff. But it’s there if it’s needed.

So those two kids who died were supposed to be in Dylan’s group. Opps. AJ normally could have corrected that mistake but the post had already been published. AJ kinda has this rule if it’s published to the real world – it’s kinda law unless it’s ‘back story’ or just me rambling about something – like the past Dorian stuff. No one ever saw the drafts where he and I were an item thus it was changeable. So whoops – fuck up. So AJ looks who’s in group two, Trent’s group.

AJ could have rolled again, did it randomly. But AJ’s a bitch. (I love you AJ, but you are!) Given that it would cause me the most grief, AJ killed Chris. I knew AJ had to do it. I’d do it too. So, Chris wasn’t important to my story. But he is now. He’s my best friend’s nephew. Now I have to deal with Jace and his reaction to losing his nephew. I’m not looking forward to it. I can only hope that Jace forgives me.

James Green was slated to die, but he survived – the arrogant prick. In his stead John got to die. A ruling family is caused distress, maybe prompting them to take a look at things. Doubtful, but it adds to the drama of life in the AU building.

Sept 6, 2015 @ 4:45AM

Yesterday was a busy day, I didn’t get a chance to hit the writing.  I didn’t wake up with nightmares this morning.  My alarm actually woke me up.  Sage is still curled up in his bed sleeping.  He rolled over when my alarm went off after kissing me good morning.  I missed him.  I needed him.

So.  Yesterday we got back to HQ early in the morning.  We were able to book a flight for that afternoon and all of us were going to fly back to JFK and be back home in our own beds by 11:46PM.  It was late, but we were all okay with that.

While we waited for the vans to take us to the airport, we saw two familiar faces walking around HQ, hand in hand all kissy faced.  The boys all greeted them with fondness.  But I saw the surprised looks on their faces before they hid them behind the feigned happiness.  They had left the boys to die.  It made me wonder if Dylan’s son was really in trouble, or if he was feigning that too.

Thankfully I got that answer.  Dylan came over to me and offered me his hand which I ignored.  He frowned at me, “I thought we were past that.”

I smiled at him, “We were until you left 13 boys to die in the woods.”

He paled a little.  “I had my orders.”

“Yeah?  Be glad I don’t have a gun handy or I’d shoot you in the head right now.”

“Whatever.  I came over here to thank you about Sam.  Dr. Silverman accepted him as a patient and Lisa says he’s doing better.  Still has nightmares and bleeds every night, but he’s talking to her about it now.  Lisa is afraid.  I don’t think I’ll be coming out in the woods until we solve this.”

I nodded.  I didn’t want to tell Dylan I would help him.  Because I wasn’t helping the bastard at all.  I was helping his son, a six year old boy who Garret was fucking over.  Dylan could rot in hell for all I cared.  I wished he could live through just one night of what Sam endured.  My goal was to check in with all those kids who I’d seen.  And I hoped to find that boy who we can’t seem to locate.  Dorian and Sage were locking but I hadn’t gotten any updates since before all this happened.  Maybe it’ll all work out.

I shared a row with Matt and Faelen.  Faelen got the window seat – he was in heaven.  I was glad for his enthusiasm but I was still freaking the fuck out. Darwynn sat across the aisle from me.  I think he wanted to see me freaking out.  I thought I heard him chuckling from behind his magazine, but I ignored it.  Wait till he saw me in an elevator without Sage.

When we landed, the boys were all taken to the Academy.  Matt took Faelen with him – said he could bunk with him until we got things situated.  I definitely didn’t have room for the wolf in my apartment.  Sage, my love, my light, met me at the airport.  He was waiting with my bag on his shoulder when I made it down to claim it.  His blue eyes sparkled and I had to keep my feelings in check when he wrapped his arms around me.

He drove me to his house. We barely said a word.  His hand strayed to my leg or arm most of the ride.  Comforting me the only way he could.  He said that Drake was with my dad for the night.  He said, “I promised Drake you’d let him have cake for breakfast tomorrow.  It was the only way he’d stay with your dad.”

I laughed, and then I felt the bubble break.  I didn’t break down and cry, but I felt the world crash in on me long before Sage was helping me out of the car outside his house.  He carried my things inside and took them upstairs to his room.  He was grinning like a fool.  My things were finally almost completely in his house now.

I didn’t take off my clothes as I plopped down on his bed.  Sage touched my face and smiled down at me.  “You okay?”

I shook my head.  “No love, I’m not.  I need you.”

He smiled brightly at me, “I’m not going anywhere.”

I fell back on the bed and pulled Sage by his shirt with me.  His body pressed mine into the mattress and I kissed his neck then whispered into his ear, “You misunderstand.  I need you, love.  I need you inside me.  I need you.”

Sage’s body shuddered on top of me, “I thought you’d never ask.”

It wasn’t the most perfect night, I broke down completely after releasing all that built up tension.  But I had no desire to leave afterwards.  Hell I curled up next to him, naked and we slept, I dreamt of him and for the first time in a while, the nightmares didn’t scare me when they woke me.  Sure my heart was beating, my body was sore from the beatings, but I was still in Sage’s bed.  He loved me.  I loved him, and together we could accomplish anything.  And I had a feeling that life was going to get even crazier now that I was on a mission to right the wrongs of the world.  Not because I was special but because those boys I saved were.  All of them are – everywhere.

Whole Story

Confession (12/31/2018)
Only Forever (1/2/2019)

Sept 4, 2015 @ 6:30PM

We are almost to HQ in Boulder.  Another 1 hour hike, but the boys all wanted to camp out one more night.  I think they were hoping that Dylan and Michaela would catch up with them.  I think they felt abandoned by them.  Left to die.  I didn’t have the heart to tell them that they were.  That the Venatori knew about this.  They may not have been hand picked, but they had been sent here by the Academy to die.  I had every intention of finding out why we thought it was a good idea to sacrifice a bunch of boys to the fucking therians.  And why those therians weren’t dead before now.

I was grateful that Michael and Dylan had killed those who attacked the boys.  But it devastated me that they killed their families first.  What kind of people do that?  They were innocent.  Their only flaw was that they were bitten or born into a world where they shifted at the full moon into a predeator.  It’s a harsh reality.  The Venatori need to change.  I probably can’t do much about it, but I have to try.  Killing our own to satisfy another race blood lust, just so they don’t kill more.  And even the Therians were sacrificing their own for the stupid tradition.

It makes me sick.  And …. I don’t know and nothing.  This has to stop.

I still haven’t called Sage.  I’m afraid of collapsing into a pile of goo the moment I hear his voice.  He’s my safe place, my home.  He’s my rock.  But right now, I need to be that rock.  I can’t allow myself to implode.

The boys are all hanging out together.  At least while the fire is burning bright, here is plenty of food.  Jerry rigged up some music, and they are dancing around like the boys in Lord of the Flies… that is the movie right?

Even Faelen and Matt are out there, though Faelen is still attached pretty much at the hip to Matt.  But I don’t think Matt minds.  He likes taking care of people that’s one thing for certain.

Darwynn is watching outside the ring of firelight.  He keeps looking at me like he’s trying to figure me out.  I smiled at him and he came to sit next to me.  We sat for a while just watching the boys.  “You think you can make a difference?” He said breaking the silence.

I shrugged.  “No.  Tradition and all that.  But I can’t sit by and let 15 more boys die someplace else because of tradition.  Chris should be going home to see his family, work on the farm and grow the biggest damned pumpkin he can.  Instead I’m carrying him home in a plastic bag so his family can bury him properly.”

Darwynn nodded, “I’ll come.  I don’t know how much help I’ll be.  But I’ll come.  If anything I’ll be at your side when shit hits the fan.”

We sat in silence for a while longer, “Faelen likes you.  He likes Matt.  He has no family.  He had none to begin with.  He was turned a few years back.  He hasn’t shifted yet.  He needs a pack.”

I smiled.  “He’ll have one.  It’s small, but he’ll belong.  He’ll be loved and looked after.  We may not be be shifters but he has a pack.  And have the resources to make sure he grows up to be a productive member of wolf society.  Maybe not human, but I hope Sage can handle that.”

Darwynn laughed, “I’ve never been to New York City.  I’ve never flown on a commercial plane either.”

I smiled.  “Well don’t sit next to me.”  He looked at me curiously.  I grinned.  “I’m afraid of flying.”

“Big bad hunter, afraid of flying?”

I laughed.  “You’ll find I’m afraid of a lot of things.”

Darwynn and I chatted until the boys all collapsed from exhaustion around the fire.  Tomorrow we are back in civilization and get to put this all behind us.  Tomorrow is a new day – the Venatori have a lot to answer for.  And I am not exactly how far I am willing to go to make them see the error of their ways.

Whole Story

Confession (12/31/2018)
Only Forever (1/2/2019)

Sept 4, 2015 @ 10:06AM

Darwyn came back with his buck, the boys helped him cook it and we ate well outside the ruined village. I buried as many of the bodies I could. Matt and Faelen helped me. Respecting the dead of our fallen foes. All of the boys filtered off into their little cliques. The teams didn’t stick together, it was their friends and nothing but their friends. Even my group of boys who had worked together were all sitting alone. Life went on, and they were waiting on me to take them back.

Now that we have everything buttoned up here. No forest fires, no corpses to be scavenged and stumbled upon by humans, we headed for Boulder.

Whole Story

Confession (12/31/2018)
Only Forever (1/2/2019)

Sept 4, 2015 @ 2:06AM 

Shortly after my little speech we heard an explosion in the direction we were heading. Everyone ran in that direction.  We were still an hour out by the time we saw the billowing smoke it was too late.

I could smell the stench of burning flesh and hair.  The fire burned hot and it smelled like petroleum and other man made things.  There were no survivors.  Well I say that, but it’s a lie.  I found a woman who’s body was burnining she was still alive, her therian blood kept her alive longer, her lungs hadn’t burnt with the smoke.  But the burn marks on her body I knew.  Dragon’s fire.  Or napalm – man made dragon’s fire.  The stuff burns until there is nothing left to burn.  She wailed for me to help her.  I tried.  But It was too much to heal.  She begged and pleaded.  I told her I was sorry.  She whispered, “Kill me.”  she whispered it over and over until I was certain that was what she said.

I had my gun out, Faelen was behind me.  He yelled when I pulled the trigger.  He scooped the dead woman up in his arms and glared at me heedless of the napalm he had on his skin.  He screamed even as I put the fire out with my power.  His arm and chest would scar, but he’d live.  I picked him up and carried him as I put out the fires all around us.

Faelen had passed out in my arms.  I almost dropped the boy several times while I walked but he clung to me even as I stumbled to my knees.

There were no survivors.  And I didn’t see anything that was recognizeable as Dylan or Michaela, only women and children – burnt and dead.  there were no men in this villiage, they were out hunting us. And Michaela and Dylan killed their families….

At the edge of their little village I collapsed.  Matt said I passed out completely.  I woke up a few minutes ago.  My boys all around the fire sleeping.  Darwynn dressed and standing by the fire watching over us.  He spoke quietly when he saw me watching him.  “The rest are dead, the boy and I the only survivors.  There was no way we could survive against what they threw at us.”

I sat up and put my head on my knees and closed my eyes.  It was hard to move, hard to breathe.  I asked when the nausea was swept away when Matt laid his hand on my leg, still asleep he knew I was in need.  “Are you going to retaliate?”

Darwyn knelt down in front of me, creating a dark silhouette in front of me against the bright fire.  “To what end.   So you can kill me?”

I sighed.  “Come back with me, help me fix this?”

Darwynn laughed as he stood up, “What’s a boy like you going to do?”

I looked up at him with a smile.  “Come with me and find out.”

Darwynn nodded once as he pulled his shirt off.  “I’ll think about it.  I’m hungry.  I smelled a buck pass by not long ago.”  He shifted and was off at a run now that I was awake.

Michaela and Dylan were still missing, but right now I didn’t care.  They could die for all I cared at the moment.  The boys were safe, and that was all I cared about.

Whole Story

Confession (12/31/2018)
Only Forever (1/2/2019)