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SILVER thick expanse trees overhead We


by SupMario

Chapter 1

I was awakened by my alarm clock blaring at me, shattering the great
dream I was having as I rolled out of bed and staggered into the
bathroom. After taking care of my morning rituals I got dressed and
headed into the kitchen for some breakfast, hurrying so I wouldn't be
late for school.

As usual, my mom was already at work. She works the day shift at the
county hospital as a nurse and works harder than she should have to.
After my dad left us four years ago, Mom's had to work hard to keep up
the house payments and everything else. She had left me a note telling
me she wouldn't be home until real late, so I should fix myself something
for supper tonight.

Well, that sounds like mom all right. She puts all of her energy into
her job and doesn't spend too much time worrying about me. Of course,
she doesn't have to, because I'm quite capable of caring for myself.
I've always been like that, and I like it that way.

I get into my car and drive to school, hoping it doesn't brake down
again. It's about ten years old and doesn't run very well, and has
about 3 million miles on it, but at least I don't have to walk

I pull up in the parking lot and walk to class, getting there just in
time. I'm a freshman in my local college and get good grades, and don't
have to try very hard. I don't have that many friends, mostly 'cause
I'm eternally shy. I have a few buddies I talk too sometimes, but I
don't know any of them very well, my mother and I have move around a lot.

She has a very nasty temper and has gotten fired many times in the past,
or has simply quit because of bad relations at work. She's good at what
she does, its just that temper of hers. Believe me, I've experienced it
first hand quite often in the 19 years since I was born into this world.

School was boring as usual and I got home only to find my mom on the sofa
crying her eyes out. I closed the door and went over to her, concerned.
My mother is a very strong, stubborn lady, and she NEVER cries unless a
earth-shattering event has taken place in her life, like dad leaving us
for example. That was one of the only times I've EVER seen her cry.

"Mom, are you okay? What's wrong?" I sat down beside her and tried to
comfort her as best I could. She fell into my arms and hugged me,
burying her head in my shoulder and continued sobbing hysterically.

After a while, she calmed down enough to talk to me. "Oh, Paul. Sarah
died in a car accident a few hours ago. I was in the hospital working
when I got the call from your Uncle. It was a drunk driver. <sob> Get
a suitcase packed, we're moving in with your Uncle until we get things
settled." She shooed me off to my room and continued sobbing as I left
for my room.

I couldn't believe it. Aunt Sarah dead. She was my mom's twin sister.
They had been identical twins since birth and were both very alike. They
even sounded almost exactly like each other. I remember times when Aunt
Sarah had came and visited us that I'd called home thinking mom had
answered only to turn out to be Aunt Sarah.

So we were going to move in with Uncle Jack. They have a daughter about my
age, her name is Diane. Diane and I had never really hit it off, although
we didn't really dislike each other. I got my suitcase out of the closet
and began mechanically packing clothes and personal items while thinking
of my Aunt Sarah. She had always been the quieter, shy one, while my mom was the stubborn, adventurous twin.

We got everything in order. mom quit work and made plans with school so
that I could transfer to the local college in Uncle Jack's town. Yeah,
town not city. Uncle Jack and Aunt Sarah lived in Maine, on a farm way
out in the middle of nowhere. The nearest town was about ten miles away,
and it was extremely boring the few times we had visited them there. I
had never really been into the whole 'outdoors' thing, although I do admit
I've had had very little exposure to it here in Chicago.

So we traveled to Bangore, Maine by bus and arrived there on Thursday
morning. Uncle Jack was waiting for us and we got in his pickup and rode
off through the countryside. I sat in the back of the truck while mom sat
up front and talked with Uncle Jack, catching up on family affairs and both
of them trying not to burst into tears in front of each other as we drove

As we drove through the countryside, I enjoyed the countryside around me.
I realized that nature has its own appeal to it. We pulled off onto a
dirt road and drove down it for a while until we pulled up to the house.
We had arrived. The place looked basically the same as the last time I
had seen it.

It was a two-story house with a big porch and lots of windows. We went
inside and Diane hugged my Mom, crying into her shoulder. She was obviously
very shaken up. I felt really bad for her, thinking how broken up I'd be
if it had been mom instead of her twin.

We sat and talked some, about mom and me coming to help out around
the house, since Aunt Sarah wasn't around any more to do it. Apparently
Mom and Aunt Sarah had made some kind of pact to take care of each other's
kids if one of them died before their children were fully grown. Some of
it went right over my head, as I was still trying to adjust to my new

Uncle Jack made a bundle writing books, and so mom didn't have to work at
all, just take care of the house and us two kids. She was all for that,
since she had been working almost nonstop for a few years.

Diane was a junior in high school and would be graduating next year. mom shooed me and Diane off so she could talk privately with Uncle Jack so we
left the house and Diane led me back behind the house toward the west of
the house where a thick forest awaited us.

"Where are we going, Diane?"

She didn't answer me, just walked off purposely toward the edge of the
wood, while I followed her. We began walking through the trees on a trail
that I could barely make out. There was a lot less sunlight now because
of the thick expanse of trees overhead. We walked for a while and finally
came upon a clearing where a stream babbled into a small lake. It was
quite impressive.

"Wow, this place is great."

Diane sat on a nearby rock and looked up at me. "You like it? I come
here to think sometimes when I'm depressed."

I sat down beside her and looked out onto the lake. The whole place was
very calm, very relaxing. "I can see why you'd like this place. It's
pretty cool."

We talked a bit and found out that we had more in common than we had thought.
It turns out that she's as much of a computer nut as I am. After a while,
we went back to the house and up to her room and showed me her computer.
It was a lot nicer than mine, that's for sure. My room was going to be next
door to hers, as it turned out, and my computer was packed up in some boxes
with the rest of my stuff, so we began unpacking my things and got my room
set up.

She was pretty good company and we became fast friends, taking a liking to
each other after really getting to know one another. The funny thing was,
she was a girl, and I didn't have trouble talking to her at all. Imagine
that. Of course, my mind rationalized, it's probably because we're related
to each other. Yeah, that's probably it.

As the days passed, we began getting back to normal, and me and mom took well to our new surroundings. mom was happy simply running the house,
and she actually had some free time of her own for once, so she took up her
childhood hobby of painting. mom had been a very talented painter before
marrying Dad and moving to Chicago with him.

She was really talented. I think we were all really impressed with the
paintings that she would leave to dry on the back porch. They were all
landscapes of the countryside around us, and she had even done one of
Uncle Jack and Diane which turned out great. She was glad that me and
Diane were getting along so well with each other, and Diane and I could
see how well Uncle Jack and mom were getting along.

Maybe I should explain about that. You see, the farm used to belong to
Mom and Aunt Sarah's parents. Uncle Jack lived down the road from them
with their neighbors until his parents had died and he came to live with
the two twins and their parents. They never formerly 'adopted' him but
he lived with them just the same. Well as they grew up, you can imagine
what must have happened when twin girls and a boy hit puberty. Filled
with curiosity, they started exploring each other's bodies and one thing
led to another. Okay, they were humping like bunnies. All three of

Jack was in love with both of them, but he knew he would have to pick
one of them. The choice was easy when my mom fell in love with my
Dad, leaving Jack and Sarah to be together. Once my Dad married my mom and took her to Chicago, Uncle Jack and Aunt Sarah stayed at the farm and Jack took it over when their parents passed away. They stayed there
ever since. Of course, once Jack became a successful author, they quit
farming and simply lived off the money Jack made from his writing.

Well, it was really no surprise when mom and Uncle Jack started feeling
strongly about one another. Heck, they were falling in love, and me and
Diane didn't see anything wrong with that. mom looked and sounded exactly
like her twin, and Jack was a really great guy whom she'd known since she
was a toddler almost.

Well, the funeral went smoothly and Aunt Sarah was buried and the summer
went by faster than me and Diane would have liked. Before we knew it, it
was the middle of august and school was only two weeks away.

As summer came to a close, Diane and I were in the forest clearing casually
throwing stones into the lake nearby, enjoying the freedom that was soon
to be stolen from us. We had been talking to each other about our goals
in life and what we wanted to do with ourselves after graduation.

"I'm thinking about becoming a botanist, because I love nature. What about
you Paul?" I sat there, looking out onto the lake, lazily skipping a stone
across the water. "I don't know. I've never really thought about it much,
I suppose. I want... I dunno. I'd like a job that would let me explore
places, ya know, roam all over the world meeting new people and cultures.
That's what I'd like to do."

"That sounds interesting. Look we better get back, its getting dark."

I looked around and noticed she was right. It was early evening already!
Where had the time gone? We walked back to the house and sat down to
supper, talking about this and that and soon I was in my room, completely
bored out of my skull again. I played some computer games then read some,
but nothing helped, so I decided to take a walk. It was still light out,
this time of year it got dark a lot later in the evenings and there was
still enough light to see. I was going to ask Diane to come with me,
but she was helping my mother with some sewing or something.

I've learned to get scarce real quick when my mother starts sewing and was
glad Diane would be her guinea pig from now on. I walked out into the cool
evening air and headed for the trees that seemed to be calling to me.

I walked through the trees, following the trail that lead to the lake,
and was surprised to find that I wasn't where I thought I had been. I
must have deviated from the trail somewhere along the way and started down
a different trail by mistake. I looked around me and it was almost pitch
black now. Where had my mind been wondering while the sun went down?

I felt like I had been walking for only a few minutes but look at the
dark sky. I was confused and lost, not knowing how far I had walked
or what direction home lie in. I sat against a tree and took stock of
my situation. I could either stumble blindly in the dark trying to find
my way back home, or I could stay right where I was until morning and
then have the sunlight to aid me.

Well, as wonderful as sleeping on a bed of dry twigs sounded, I decided
to try and find my way home there and then. I tried to backtrack and go
the way that I had came, but when I had came here, I had been letting
my mind wander, not paying attention to where I was going. Soon I came
to a small clearing and was overjoyed when I saw the lake in front of me.

I could see where I was now. I was on the other side of the lake as the
other clearing that I was used to and began quickly circling the lake
shore, glad I would get home to my bed as I was very tired by then.

Suddenly my feet came out from under me and I was falling into darkness.
I only fell a small distance, and then hit the ground with a thud, landing
on my left leg badly. I screamed in pain and passed out, my last tangible
thought being about the strange pit I had fallen into.

Chapter 2

I opened me eyes and found myself in some kind of pit. There were twigs
and leaves scattered about everywhere and my leg was throbbing painfully.
Suddenly the previous night's events came back to me. I had fallen into
this pit last night.

I tried to get up but my leg was hurting pretty badly and I couldn't
stand. I looked around me and realized I was pretty helpless unless
someone came looking for me.

I yelled for a while, hoping someone would hear me, but my throat got
hoarse and I quit after an hour or two. Just then I heard what sounded
like a low growl from the top of the pit. I couldn't see anything but
I thought I heard footsteps up there.

"Anybody there? My legs hurt, and I can't get up. Is that you Diane?"

I looked up and was face to face with ... a tiger? In Maine?

I must be going nuts. Well it would explain the growling and the footsteps
that I had hea...A TIGER!?! I did a double take as the great orange beast
jumped down into the pit gracefully landing at my feet. I started backing
away towards the other end of the pit, but fear kept me immobile.

The beast slowly walked towards me, eyeing me strangely. It was right in
front of my face, I couldn't breathe. It raised a mighty paw near my head,
and everything went black.

The next thing I knew, I was lying in bed, someone was putting a damp cloth
on my forehead, making soothing sounds to me. I figured it was Mom, and I
was about to tell her about the weird nightmare I'd just had when I opened
my eyes. I was lying on the ground, on my back, and some strange lady
was sitting next to me, looking at me worridly.

I looked up at her. She had long black hair that flowed down her
back and deep piercing green eyes. She had a small petite figure that was
very well muscled. She looked like an athlete. Her breasts were smaller
than average, but looked wonderful nonetheless. She was still looking at me
as if she was worried about me.

"I, uh..I," I started ut she quickly silenced me and pulled a small vial out
of a hidden pouch and put it to my lips. "Drink," she quietly said. I did,
and immediately my leg stopped hurting, and I felt wonderful! I don't know
what that stuff was, but it had done its stuff.

I smiled at her, and thanked her, and was about to introduce myself when she
suddenly leaned forward and kissed me full on the lips. Who was I to
protest if she wanted to kiss me, heck she'd just saved my life for all I
knew. Our mouths locked together and we kissed deeply as she pressed her
body hard against mine, her arms encircling me, drawing me closer into her

We kissed for what seemed like hours, and when we finally broke for air, she
laid her head down on my chest and seemed to simply enjoy being in my
embrace. It was a rather nice feeling, holding her in my arms. I heard a
funny sound coming from deep within her chest and realized she was purring!
I looked down at her and was shocked at what I saw, or rather what I hadn't
seen earlier. She wasn't human. That was for sure. She seemed to be half
woman - half tiger! Her face had a soft muzzle like a cats, her ears and
nose had feline overtones and she even had tiny whiskers. She was still
very beautiful, the feline features being very striking on her feminine
face. The eyes that had so enchanted me were the same, but were now
closed as she leaned onto me and purred happily.

I was beginning to think she had mistaken me for someone, because I surely
had never met her before and she was treating me like a long lost friend
or something. Not that I minded, mind you. It was then that the light bulb
flashed in my head and I realized that if she had gone from human to half
tiger, she must have been the tiger in the first place. Well, this both
comforted and worried me.

She seemed to sense my change in moods and looked up at me questioningly.

"Uh, hi um, My name is Silver, Paul Silver. Thanks for helping me and
everything, but... do I know you?" I saw her look deeply into my eyes and
her eyes grew wide as she pulled away from me.

For the first time, she spoke. "Silver? You're not he... and yet you are!
How can that be?" She looked me over and backed up and rose up before me,
her tail swishing nervously.


She walked about the clearing thinking to herself, her tail swishing as she
went. This is too much for me to figure out, she thought to herself. But
who could she get ... Arianna!! She'd know what to do.

Her mind made up, she knelt before the man and gave him a scroll, telling
him to use it once she left, then she quickly trasformed back into a tiger
and ran south as fast as she could.


After she'd gave me this piece of paper, she turned into the tiger right in
front of me (an impressive sight) and ran away really swiftly. I took a
look at the piece of parchment in my hands. It had some strange writing
on it, but at the top, it simply read 'invoke me.'

So, being curious, I did. I didn't see any obvious effects, and I didn't
feel any different. Just then a small dragonfly buzzed by in front of me
and flew on by, not noticing me. But wait a sec, that wasn't a dragonfly,
it looked like a tiny person with wings!!

Okay, get a grip. I'm either going nuts or I'm in the twilight zone. Either
one is good enough for now, I suppose. I sat down and got a good look at
my surroundings for the first time since that tiger lady had woken my up.
I when in a dense forest just like the one I'd gotten lost in near my new
home at Uncle Jack's place.

And then I saw the lake. It looked just like the lake I had been circling
last night when I fell into that pit. Hmmm. It looked different though.
The lake was a lot clearer, for one thing. The water was almost crystal
clear, I could see all the way to the bottom with all the sun shining down
overhead. I looked around some more and noticed a small creature staring
at me from a low tree branch where it perched, watching me.

The best way I can describe the thing is that it looked like a little dragon.
It was about the size of a house cat, but it had an incredibly long tail
that ended in a little stinger or something. It had the teeth, the snout,
the wings, reptilian body, it looked like a cat-sized dragon!

It looked like it was studying me as closely as I was studying it. Right
then, I saw the tiger reappear with a girl on her back. Weird, riding a
tiger. The girl looked glum as they rode into the clearing. The girl got off the tiger and looked around. The tiger stood up as she turned back
into her half-tiger form. I noticed that the tiger's white belly turned
into the small white gown that the tiger lady wore. She turned to the girl and spoke.

"Thanks for coming Arianna. I found something you need to see. I can't
figure it out. I was hoping you'd be able to help." She turned towards me
and walked over to me, and spoke something strange to me and suddenly the
girl behind her gasped when she saw me. She ran over to me and hugged me
tightly, tears coming to her face.

Here we go again.

I got a good look at the girl crying in my arms. She was about 5'2", had
honey blonde hair, her ears were pointed, she was incredibly beautiful, and
she was crying in my arms. Just holding her in my arms was really
wonderful, but guilt kept from enjoying it too long. I mean, whoever she
was, she had me mistaken for somebody else just like tiger lady had.

Speaking of which, she came up behind us and tapped Arianna on the shoulder.
Arianna looked back at her than up at me and she suddenly recoiled in shock.
"Y..y..your not Silver!" She had a very high pitched voice, that was very
pretty. She looked back at the tigriss. "Raven, whats going on?"

Raven strode forward, picked up my left hand and turned it over to show
my palm to the bewildered Arianna. She pointed out my birthmark to the
troubled elf. Yes, even I could tell she was an elf. I mean heck, if
there are half-woman-half-tigers roaming around, why not elves too?

The birthmark on my left palm had always been an enigma with me and
my family, but it really wasn't that big a deal, its just a dark little
diamond shape near my thumb, on the palm of my left hand. But Arianna
was looking at it entently, seemingly fascinated.

At last she looked up at me, and I blinked. Suddenly I was sitting under a
big tree and I fealt extremely tired. I could hear Arianna and Raven
talking quietly somewhere near me.

"... parallel worlds! Its fascinating. So it IS him, just him from a
parallel universe. Wow, we've got to get him to Grevlok. He'll know what
to do."

"..need to mate, Arianna. You and I both know I'm overdue, and it IS him..."

I caught several fragments of their conversation, but my sudden fatigue kept
me from really understanding what I was hearing. I must have fell asleep,
because the next thing I knew, Raven was gently shaking me, telling me to
wake up. I sat up and she was kneeling on the ground next to me, except
now she was naked. Boy, was she naked.

I must have sat there staring at her breasts with a really stupid grin on
my face for god kows how long, but I had never seen a girl nude before, at
least in person, and I was in awe. She moved over me, until she was sitting
in my lap, facing me. She was in her 'girl' form again and she looked right
into my eyes.



"I'm in my mating cycle. I've been waiting for months and now that you've
shown up, well, would you mind terribly?" She looked hopefully at me.

Here I was, god knows where, with a relative stranger _begging_ to have sex
with me. This lovely, mysterious creature was the sexiest thing I'd ever
imagined. I shook my head and she proceeded to strip me in less time than
it takes to tell about it, and she was backed up a little until her mound
hovered over my erection and she slowly impailed herself upon it. I moaned
as the sensations washed over me, Raven riding up and down my shaft
rythmically, lost in her own world of pleasure.

She leaned forward and a fur covered breast came into my vision. I locked
onto the nipple and began sucking eagerly as she moaned in pleasure. I
don't know how long this went on, but soon I felt my balls tightening and
I knew my release was coming whether I wanted it or not. Raven was lost
in exstacy as wave after wave of pleasure assaulted her lust-crazed body.

I grabbed her hips and pulled her down hard onto me as I erupted into her,
filling her belly with my seed, sending me over the edge with insane
pleasure. She never missed a beat and kept moving up and down on my manhood
sending me over the edge several times as we rutted together for several

It soon donned on me that she was pretty much oblivious to anything I did
on my end. She was there simply for the act itself. For whatever reason,
she simply had to have sex. I didn't wonder about it too much, though. Not
in the state I was in at the time.

We slowly came back to our senses and she lowered herself on top of me,
purring contentedly as she dozed off. I lay there, with this beautiful
creature sleeping in my arms, purring no less, and I wondered just who
this 'other me' was and what had happened to him. I recalled what I had
heard her and Arianna talking about and I wondered how I could get home.
I mean sure, it was great visiting lala-land or where ever I was, but I
wanted to get home eventually.

Of course, if every girl here wanted to cry in my arms and then screw my
brains out... Then I wondered if Raven would get pregnant and have my ...
uh, kittens? I chuckled quietly to myself at the thought and went to sleep,
still holding Raven in my arms.

Chapter 3

I awoke under the same tree as before and found Raven huddled over a small
fire, cooking something. Whatever it was, it smelled wonderful, and it
reminded me that it had been a long time since I'd eaten anything. Night
had fallen, and there was a chillin the air.

I got up and walked over to her and sat beside her, glad for the warmth
of the fire. She smiled at me and offered me some meat which I took
gladly. She said it was roast orc, whatever that is. Tasted like chicken.

After our meal, I asked where Arianna had gone, and Raven was quiet for a
minute, and then looked up at me with guilty expression on her face.

"She has gone to fetch her teacher, the old wizard. He should be able to
get you home. Thank you for helping me in my .. ah, need." She looked
down at her hands and blushed crimson. "Ever since I got this curse, I
have to mate every month or I start getting nasty. The tiger I turn into
gets really bloodthirsty if I don't have .. um, well mate. And it can't be
with just anybody either. It has to be with my um, well uh..."

She looked over at me and blushed again. "It has to be with someone I'm
in love with." She looked down at the ground, embaressed at her revelation.
Before I could even *begin* to digest that remark, she continued.

"Your other self, um the one from this world was my uh.. husband. He was
a sorcerer just like his half-sister Arianna. I'm supposed to take you to
her father's keep tomorrow, by the way."

She sat back and looked at me, trying to gauge my reaction to her news. To
be honest, I didn't know what to think. I mean wizards and elves and ...
My thoughts went back to Raven. She had been married to me. Well, my other
self had been. It was kind of confusing.

"Raven, uh about what we did earlier. Um, what if you got pregnant?"

She beamed at me when I mentioned it. "Oh I hope so! That would be grand!!
Oh but I guess you wouldn't know, would you? You see, my curse, the
lycanthropy, is a special case. I can only be cured by having your baby.
Well, his. When we first met, I was a bitter enemy of your other selve's,
and ... well that's all you need know right now. But yes, if I concieved,
I'd be cured."

She was visibly upset, and refused to talk anymore, as she transformed into
the tiger and curled up near the fire and went to sleep. I laid down beside
her and fell asleep sooner than I expected. I awoke once during the night,
having to relieve myself and when I returned to the fire, she was a girl once again. I curled up to her and fell asleep once again, only to wake
up seemingly minutes later when morning arrived.

We set off at a good pace through the forest and in no time flat came out
of the forest into a grassy field. I could see what looked like a small
castle in the distance, and we headed towards it. As we got nearer to it,
I noticed it wasn't a proper castle at all, it looked like the whole thing
had grown right out of the ground! The walls of the place were actually
trees grown together. The closer we got to it, the more impressive it
seemed. It wasn't long before I could see people walking about doing their
thing, carrying things or leading animals to and fro. Most of them were
elves but I could see lots of different races there as well, some of which
I could only guess at what they were.

Raven led me to the gatehouse and we entered the keep with a minimum of fuss
once they saw her. She led me through a tangle of corridors where we
passed elven guards who were extremely suprised to see me. Or at least they
gave me some very weird looks.

Raven was being quiet through this whole trip and I was about to ask her
something when we arrived in a large chamber. Two guards bade us enter,
and we walked in and walked towards a group of people who were gathered
around a great table, talking amongst themselves.

When we arrived at the foot of the table, they stopped and looked at us.
Raven nodded her head at the old looking one in the middle and then
introduced me. "Lord Everland this is Paul Silver. Paul this is Lord
Everland, Overseer of the great forest."

I studied the old elf carefully. He had greying blonde hair, intense blue
eyes and a mile-wide grin that assured me he was a friendly sort. They all
seemed rather nice and I assure you all those nasty rumours you've heard
about elves are complete hogwash.

Raven told them about her finding me in the forest and how she had contacted
Arianna and shown me to her. They talked long and hard about it and I
answered more questions than I'd care to recall, but they were nice enough
about it. We had lunch with them and then they allowed us to depart. We
went through a maze of corridors again (this place was a lot bigger than it
seemed from the outside) and arrived at a room and entered.

It turned out that Raven had her own room there at the keep because of her
relationship with Arianna. She sat me down and explained a little about the
surrounding area and its people. This was the heart of elven country. To
the east was a dwarven village and to the south was a human settlement.

There was a halfling settlement to the north and a silver dragon lived in a
big cave to the north-east. I asked her about the dragon. She assured me
that it was a kind dragon who mostly slept all the time.

"Raven what happened to my other self?"

She looked up at me and was silent for a few minutes, perhaps collecting
her thoughts.

"He had gone on a quest to slay a medusa who was terrorizing a human
city far to the east. He was gone for several months with no word from
him until one day we revieved a message that simply stated that the medusa
had killed him and that we weren't to go anywhere near there or else. Of
course, a rescue party was sent but never found anything. Silver was assumed
dead, until you showed up."

We talked for a while longer and decided to go to bed, after the hectic day
we'd had. She stripped and entered the bed, patting the mattress beside her.
I did the same and we fell asleep in each other's arms.

When we awoke in the morning, we went to a long hall fitted with tables that
were filled with food and drink. There were people sitting in large groups
eating and drinking, laughing all the while. Raven led me over to a empty
table and we ate a big breakfast while I told Raven more about myself and
where I came from. She seemed very fasdcinated by my tales of cars,
computers, and radios.

After a little while, Arianna showed up with an old man walking beside her.
He was dressed in a long blue robe and had all sorts of things poking out of
the many pockets on the robe. He walked up to me and shook my hand, smiling
at me.

"I am Grevlok. I see that you have met Arianna already. I suppose you have
many questions, come lets talk. I think you are going to be suprised at some
of the things you are about to learn." He grinned wickedly at me and we
walked out of the dining hall and walked for a few minutes until we came to a
small door set into the wall, which was strange since the elven keep didn't
seem to HAVE any doors, just doorways with curtains.

Grevlok rapped his knuckles on the door three times and it opened inward
revealing a big study of some kind. We walked in and he closed the door
behind us, which vanished once he closed it, weird.

"Arianna, why don't you and Raven go amuse yourselves while I have a talk
with our young friend here." He gave Arianna a stern glance and she led
Raven out of the room. When they were gone, he indincated for me to sit
on a small couch while he sat opposite me in a small recliner.

"Well my boy. So you found your way into our world by accident? Well, I
have a revelation for you. I'm from your world as well. There are gateways
into this world from Earth, in fact there are a number of them, but most of
them are closed off on this side so people don't come waltzing in like
tourists. The one you fell through is an unstable one, and isn't there most
of the time. What part of the country are you from?"


"Ah yes, I used to live not too far from there myself actually. That would
answer that, as it seems. Hmm, well, for one thing as Raven has probably
already told you, you had an alternate self that lived in this world,
but has been, presumedly, killed. This opened the door, so to speak, for you
to enter our world. Now we just have to get you home. As I said, there are
a number of gateways that lead to your world, and others that lead to even
more worlds even stranger than this, believe it or not. I have one here in
my tower that I use occasionally when I want to cross over and visit friends
on your world. I see no reason why you couldn't use that one."

I sighed with relief, and he smiled at me and pointed a bony finger at me.
"The question, my dear boy, is do you *want* to leave, hmm?"

I thought about that for a second. Sure, it might be excting to stay in this
world of elves, wizards, and dragons, but I did want to go home and see his

"Well, why can I go home and visit my family then come back?"

Grevlok gave me a wink and smiled. "No reason at all, my boy. I can give
you instructions on how to get back into this world once you've crossed
back over."

I talked to Grevlok for over an hour. He gave me a ring to wear that would
allow me through the gateway. He told more about my alternate self. Silver
had been Grevlok's apprentice and had become quite a powerful wiard in his
own right. His half-sister Arianna was almost as powerful, although she
used different types of magic than Silver did, or something to that effect.
apparently, Silver and Raven had only been married for a few months when he
died. It struck me as odd that they had married, it seems, on the same day
that Aunt Sarah had died.

When we were through talking, I went through the doorway and found Raven and
Arianna talking quietly. I entered the room and they stood up, smiling at
me. Arianna cocked her head at me and grinned. "Well, how'd it go, Paul?
Is Grevlok going to get you home?"

"Yeah, I'm leaving within the hour." Raven looked sad when I said this and
sat down, looking glum. Arianna knew when to butt out, and left the room
quietly, winking at me. She knew I had some cheering up to do.

I sat down beside Raven and took her hand in mine. "Raven, would you like
to come with me? Your curse won't work on my world. And I'd like you to
meet my family. Would you like to go with me?"

She looked at me and smiled, then fell into my arms, hugging me furiously.
"Oh, I'd love to, thanks."

So, all preperations in order, me and Raven had Grevlok spell us through the
gateway and we found ourselves in the forest by my Uncle's house. We were
standing in the pit that I had fell in when I had entered Raven's world. On
this side, it was hardly a pit all, just a small dip in the ground. We
walked around the lake and found the clearing that me and Diane had gone to
lots of times that summer.

We followed the trail and I soon found myself nearing Uncle Jack's house,
with Raven walking behind me. I walked in the kitchen door and there was
my mom, cutting up vegetables for a salad.

"Where have you been young man? You weren't home at all last night." It
was only then that she saw Raven standing behind me. "And who is your

Oh boy.

Chapter 4

My mother looked at me expectantly, and I tried to think up a plausible
excuse. I mean, I can't just waltz in and say 'hi Mom, meet my new
girlfriend, she's from an alternate dimension' very well now can I?

"Mom meet Raven." mom smiled at her and said hello. "She lives near here.
I was taking a walk in the forest last night when I got lost. Raven found
me and showed me the trails so that I can find my way through the woods more

Mom smiled. "Well, why don't you call your folks so they'll know you're
here? If you'd like you can stay for dinner with us."

"Ms. Silver I live on my own, I don't have any family." She looked at me
kind of nervously and I jumped in, trying to help. "Maybe she could stay
with us? There are a few empty bedrooms." Raven took my hand in hers and
squeezed it happily. She liked the idea as well.

"Well, I'll have to discuss it with your Uncle but I don't see why not.
Why don't you two go get cleaned up for supper. Diane and Jack are in town,
doing some shopping. They'll be back soon though."

She shooed us out of the kitchen and we went up to the bathroom and we washed
our hands. She was fascinated by the toilet and shower and I explained their
uses. She was ecstatic about trying them out, but I left the shower for
later, since she didn't have any extra clothes right now.

We went into my bedroom and talked.

"Raven why don't you stay here in my world. While your here your curse
doesn't affect you and you can just be yourself. How does that sound?"

For an answer, Raven leaned forward and kissed me. She hugged me close
and then leaned back; a hungry look in her eyes.

We heard a door close and I realized Uncle Jack must be back with Diane.
My mother called for us to come eat. Well, better get this over with.
We went downstairs to the dining room and mom introduced Raven to the
others. We sat down and ate supper while Uncle Jack and mom gave Raven
the twenty question routine. Diane was silent the whole time, staring
at Raven in a really weird way. With me to back her up though, Raven
didn't have any problems.

After dinner was over, mom told Diane to help Raven get something to wear
and had me help her make up the bed in the guest bedroom. Raven gave me
a worried glance as Diane led her off to her room, and I went with my mom to the linen closet.

As we entered the guest bedroom, mom closed the door behind me and put the
sheets down on the bed. "Okay young man, spill it. I know there's more
to this than your telling me. This whole thing smells fishy Paul. You
know I can tell when your fibbing, so I want the truth this time, okay?"

I sighed and looked down at my feet. You wants it, you gots it. I took a
deep breath and told her everything. Yeah, everything. I figured I might
as well. To prove my story, I showed her the ring that Grevlock gave me,
the ring that could get me back to Raven's world.

Mom took it well, better than I thought she would. "You mean to tell me
that that girl was married to your other half or whatever?"

"Yeah, apparently. It sounds like they got married the same day Aunt Sarah
died. After Silver disappeared, she just wandered around mostly until I
showed up. I think she's got me confused with him, I mean me, um you know,
my other self."

She nodded her head yes and put her hand on my shoulder. "You have feelings
for her don't you." I nodded without looking at her. "My other half knew
her all his life and the two of them didn't get together until just recently.
But with me, it was love at first sight, I think. Of course," I grinned at
Mom, "my first sight of her was after she'd kissed me. You should of seen
her, she was half girl-half tiger. I think what got me the most was when
she simply laid there in my arms and purred. She was so happy to see me,
it just melted me, you know? I mean sure, she thought I was Silver. But
we are the same person. And it seems that she's transfered all the love for
him over to me."

I continued. "But you know what, Mom? It occurs to me that on this side,
I was only gone for one night, but over there, I was there for almost a week.
I wonder how long it would be, let's say, if I stayed over there for a month
or a year? Would a few days pass, a week? Time must pass quicker over here
than it does over there."

We made the bed and as we were changing the pillow cases, mom kept the
conversation going. "So, now what? Is Raven going to stay here with us

"I don't know. I asked her something similar, and she said that it would be
hard to stay away from her world, away from her friends and stuff. But I
told her we can go visiting there when ever she wants, now that I know how
to get over there. I'll bet Diane would get along great with Arianna."

Mom smiled at me. "What's she like?"

"Well, she's Silver's half-sister. As far as I can make out, their father was an elf and their mother (your other self I guess) is human. But she
doesn't talk about them much. So, Silver must have been half-elven too.
Anyway, Arianna. She has blonde hair, and a really high-pitched little girl type voice. Oh, and she has your eyes too."

Mom sobbed and sat down on the bed, sad all the sudden about something.
I went around the side of the bed to her. "Mom whats wrong? Did I upset
you?" She looked up at me with tears in her eyes and held her arms out to
me. I went to her and she hugged me close.

"Paul, I've never told anyone this, I tried to forget it myself, but your
talking about Arianna just brought it all back to the surface. Before I met
your Dad, I had been engaged to another man. His name was Harold and we
were going to be married but we got in a car accident and he died. I was
seven months pregnant at the time a..." she stopped at this point and cried
in my shoulder as I held her and tried to comfort her.

After a minute or two, she continued. "When I woke up in the hospital, they
told me the baby had died. It was a girl, Paul. They both died that day.
I was in terrible pain for months until I met your father. Don't you see,
Paul? Arianna is the daughter I should have had." She cried for a while
longer but then I had an idea. "Mom, why don't I get Arianna to come visit
us? I'm sure she'd be happy to. She looked up at me and smiled, wiping away
her tears. "You think she would?"

"Sure, she's very nice. Lemme try this ring out now."

I looked at the ring and wondered how it was supposed to work. I mean, magic
wouldn't work on this side, would it? I read the words inscribed on the ring
and suddenly found myself in Grevlock's library again. Grevlok looked up
from a large book he was reading and grinned. "Well hello again, young man.
Back so soon? Where's Raven?"

I explained to him why I'd come.

"Arianna is in her tower. Let me fetch her. He made a few complicated
gestures and mumbled something and a glowing orb appeared before him.
It vanished and after a minute, Arianna walked through the door, looking
like she had been asleep. She yawned and stretched, only then noticing my

"Paul, what brings you back here so soon?" I explained to her about mom and
she liked the idea. "Oh course I'll come. Lemme get fixed up though, I can't
go dressed like this." She looked down at herself and suddenly she was
wearing a pretty green dress. Her little dragon friend flew through the door
and landed on her shoulder, where it curled its long tail around her upper
arm. "Sudi you can't come with us this time. We're going to visit Paul's
world and Dragons aren't allowed there." Sudi flew off her shoulder and
perched on a bookshelf near Grevlok.

"Okay Grevlok, spell us through." Arianna took my hand in hers, and we were
back in the guest bedroom again. mom had sat up on the bed, and looked a
little more composed. The moment she saw Arianna, her face lit up like a
christmas tree. Arianna walked over to her and sat down in her lap, hugged
her and simply said "Mom." Arianna glanced at me, then the door and I got
her meaning. I made a hasty exit, so they could be alone together, and I
felt so glad that Arianna could help out mom like this.

I walked down the hall, and paused at Diane's doorway. Raven and Diane were
deep in conversation. When they saw me, Raven got up and walked over to me.
A tear dropped down my face and Raven saw it, concerned.

I told them about what mom had told me, and how I'd brought Arianna over here
to make mom feel better. All three of us were crying by the time I finished
telling them about it, and it took a minute or two for us to regain our
composure. We bade Diane a good night and went to my room, realizing that
Arianna and my mother might be in there all night.

We went into my room and closed the door behind us, and all pretenses ended
with Raven grabbing me and kissing me passionately. We tugged our clothes
off as we kissed and soon our two warm bodies were pressing against each
other, our passions rising within us, ready to comsume us at any moment. I
led Raven to the bed and she lay back on it with me beside her.

Our hands travelled all over each other's bodies, exploring and caressing.
I kissed her lips then travelled across her check and sucked on her ear lobe,
which drove her wild. I continued down, kissing her neck and then finding
my way to her perfect breasts. Some instinct bade me suckle on them, which
I did with eagerness. I caressed them, holding each tender sphere in my
hands as I kissed and nipped at each rosy nipple, gently sucking as she
softly moaned in pleasure.

She placed her hands on the back of my head, obviously enjoying the attention
her bosom was recieving. When she could stand no more, she shoved gently on
the top of my head and I took the hint, travelling southward, kissing and
licking all the way. I paused at her belly button and gently stuck my tongue
as far down it as I could, getting a satisfying squeal of delight from my
beautiful lover.

I moved travelled farther southward until I came upon the black tuft of
pubic hair that signalled the entrance of her tunnel of love. I licked the
hairs and playfully kissed all over the area until continuing my erotic
journey and coming face to face with her wet and inviting vagina. She opened
her legs wider to give me better access and I looked up at her. She was
gazing at me through eyes that were ablaze with lust. She had a permenent
grin etched on her face as she gazed down at me. I focused my attention
back to the job at hand and looked upon the womanhood before me. Her outer
lips were soaked in her juices and I licked the whole length of her slit,
gathering the sweet moisture that was uniquely her.

It was sweet and tangy, and as delicious a drink as I had ever tasted. I
eagerly dove in and began feasting on her sex, like a starving man. As I
licked and sucked, her clitoris came out of its tiny sheath to greet me and
I gave it a welcoming lick which made Raven arch her back and cry out in

Noticing her reaction, I clamped onto her clit and began sucking on it
like my life depended on it, as she writhed about under me, lost in a sea of
orgasms with no shore in sight. I climbed up on top of her and my manhood
eagerly took its place inside her loins. She locked her legs around my back
as I established a slow rythem of pure pleasure that had me drunk with her

I pistoned harder and faster into her as I leaned forward and locked lips
with her, kissing her as we lost ourselves in one another.

Before long, I could feel my climax building within me as I moved within
her faster and faster. Suddenly I arched my back and plunged my full length
into her as my seed gushed into her womb, filling her belly with my love.

I collapsed beside her and we laid in each other's arms, perfectly content.
I knew then that I was hopelessly in love with her, and told her so before
falling asleep.

"Raven, I love you with all my heart and soul." I whispered in her ear.

She replied, "I love you." and we fell asleep.

Chapter 5

When I awoke the next morning, I reflected on the events of the previous
evening and my sleeping lover, lying beside me, sleeping soundly. The
sun shone through the bay window and shown down upon me, prompting me to
get out of bed and start the day.

I shook Raven gently and she slowly opened her eyes and smiled up at me.
"Mmm, good morning, Paul Silver. I love you." She rose up into a sitting
position and we kissed, sending shivers down my spine.

"Now I get to show you the shower. I think you'll like it. Let's go to
the bathroom and we'll shower together. "

I dug through my closet until I'd found two robes and we put them on, then
headed for the bathroom. It was occupied of course. We waited a few
minutes and Diane stepped out, staring at us oddly, and then headed back
to her room. We went in the bathroom and took turns taking care of
business and then we both stepped into the shower stall.

I turned on the water and adjusted the temperature, and Raven loved it.
"It's just like standing underneath a waterfall! We both took bars of
soap and scrubbed each other down, paying extra attention to all the right
spots, until we were both squeaky clean and horny as hell. I got behind
her and entered her from behind and she braced herself against the shower
wall as we rutted against one another, letting out the sexual energy our
bathing had produced.

When we finished, we toweled off and slipped our robes back on and headed
downstairs to breakfast. Mom, Diane and Arianna were all three eating in
the dining room and Raven and I made our greetings and sat down opposite
them and began eating.

"So lovebirds, how are you two feeling this morning?" Arianna asked

Much to their amusement, Raven and I both blushed at the same time.
"We're feeling just great. So are you staying long?"

Arianna drained her glass of orange juice before answering me. "Well, I
don't see why not. A few days won't hurt my studies too much."

Later that morning, mom went off to paint and so the four of us decided
to go to the lake and take a swim. It was a perfect day for it, and Diane
wanted to hear more about Raven and Arianna's world.

As we walked through the forest, I whistled tunelessly, the three girls talking and giggling with each other, oblivious to anything or anyone
around them. We arrived at the clearing near the lake and we all sat
down to rest and enjoy the view.

Diane glanced over at Arianna and asked: "Arianna, we know about Paul, but
what about me? Is my other half in your world? Have you ever met her?"
Diane looked down at her lap, seemingly flustered at her question.

Arianna looked at Diane seriously, and then gave her a sweet smile. It
was neat having a sister.

"Yes, I've met your other half before. We are cousins, remember. I don't
see your family that much, though. I spend most of my time with my
studies, becoming a wizard isn't easy you know." Arianna leaned back and
looked over at me, grinning at me. I smiled back, Raven resting her head
on my shoulder, simply enjoying the afternoon.

Arianna looked over at me and grinned. "Why don't I take all of you over
to our world for a visit? Paul you and Diane could meet Silver's family.
Diane would get to meet her other half, and then we could maybe do a
little sight-seeing. What do you say? With the time difference between
our worlds, we could spend several weeks over there and still be back
here before nightfall."

I grinned at Diane and we nodded to each other. We got up and held hands,
and I made to use my ring, but Arianna stopped me. "I'll handle this."
She made a small sign with her hands, mumbled something, and suddenly we
were standing in a small forest clearing.

Arianna looked around and shrugged. "Oops, way off target." She giggled
to herself, then gestured again and we were in Grevlok's study again. He
wasn't there, however.

"Well here we are. Weird that Grevlok isn't here. He's always reading
this time of day. Well, follow me, everyone." Raven and I had seen this
before, but we were still awed by the place. Grevlok had taken the
stone tower and turned it into a beautiful place. Statues, paintings,
and all sorts of things were littered about the place, giving it a festive,
if strange, atmosphere. Diane was loving every bit of it.

We climbed a flight of stairs and walked into a large room filled with
tables filled with books and journals. "This is my laboratory, where I
study and practice. This way." Before we could get a really good look
at the place, Arianna led us out another door into a small bedroom, which
was taken up almost exclusively with a huge king-sized bed. Off to one
side of the bed was a small bookshelf stuffed with heavy volumes that
looked to me like a set of encyclopedias. Arianna made a sweeping gesture
around the room with her hand. "This is my bedroom."

She led us out into the corridor and turned to face us. "Now that you've
had a guided tour, let's try and find Grevlok. I'd like to let him know
that I'm back. Raven would you be so kind as to show Diane the library,
I'm sure she'll love it." Raven looked at her, nodded, and led Diane back
down the steps.

"What was that all about?" I asked.

"Something doesn't feel right. Let's check the lab."

We walked further up the circular stairway which led further up into the
tower and came once more to a landing, a doorway beckoning us. We went
inside and found the place wrecked. The tables were upturned, books were
strewn about, chairs smashed. The walls were scorched black, looking like
a tremendous fire had burned the place. It looked like all hell had broken
loose in the place.

Arianna stood is shock for a few moments, then stiffened. She closed her
eyes and seemed to be concentrating on something. After a few minutes
like this, she relaxed a little and opened her eyes.

"Grevlok has been taken by someone. It looked like a lich! Oh, this is
bad. If..." She trailed off, lost in thought. She jerked back to
reality after a second. "We've got to get to Horkshire at once. The
council of wizards must be informed. We have work to do."

We left the lab and went down to the library where Diane was, indeed,
going ape over the large collection of books Grevlok had collected over
the years. "Well kiddies, we've got a problem. Grevlok has been taken by
some creature and I've got to goto the Council of Wizards and inform them.
If you'd like, I could spell the three of you back to Paul's world, but I
have to get going."

Raven and Diane both got up and came over to us, looked at each other and
nodded their heads.

Raven looked at me then Arianna. "I think we'd like to help if we can,

Arianna looked at me questioningly. I nodded my head yes. "Same here."

Diane simply said "sure."

Arianna looked around at us and said: "Ok then, let's get moving."

We left the tower and found ourselves on a low hill overlooking a great
forest. Is this whole world one big forest? I began to wonder. We set
off heading east, following a well-used road. We were walking at a fairly
brisk pace, but enjoying the wondrous countryside around us. We passed many
creatures on our way, some friendlier than others, but no one bothered us.

I quickened my pace and caught up with Arianna, who had been walking a bit
ahead of us, lost in thought when she wasn't mumbling to herself. I walked
up abreast of her and smiled at her. "Hi, sis. Not to complain or
anything, but why don't you just zap us there instantly? Wouldn't that
speed things up tremendously?" I was indeed puzzled by this.

Arianna smiled back, pleased I had called her sister, then frowned at my
question. "The council of Wizards put up a magic barrier around the city
so no one can just waltz in and out like that in their city. Too many
important artifacts and such. So we have to hoof it I'm afraid. We can't
make it the whole way today. We'll be about half way there once we reach
Ralache. Its just a little farmer's village really, but it has a rather
nice inn that we can stay in tonight."

I nodded my head in agreement and we continued our trek.

After a few hours, the sun started going down and it became steadily darker.
After another half hour, however, we arrived at the village. Arianna hadn't
been jesting, it was pretty small. There was a big stone structure on the
side of the road that was most probably the inn. We headed right for it,
and as we got closer, I could read the sign that hung over the big oak door.

It read 'Griffon's Head Inn.' We walked inside and the place was warm and
friendly in appearance.

In fact, this place was *really* friendly. There were people huddled in
groups drinking, dancing and singing, looking like they were have a blast.
We sat down at a table in the back of the place and the barmaid soon came
over to us and took our order. We ordered some food and wine and she left
to get our wine. "Well this place seems friendly enough." Diane said,
looking around.

Arianna explained. "Yes, the innkeeper knows me and Grevlok live near
here, so we get free food and drink and rooms because we've helped him
from time to time. I expect he'll be out here with our drinks himself
in a few minutes, once Sherry tells him I'm here." Diane and I gave her
questioning looks. "Oh, she's the barmaid who just took our order. She's
his wife. He does the brewing and cooking and she does the rest. Their
both great friends. They knew Silver quite well, too. He and Grevlok
sat down some spells on this place that keeps out most of the worst types."

Just as Arianna had predicted, a large middle-aged muscular man came out
of the kitchen with a large serving tray full of food and drink. He headed
over to our table and set down the heavy load while greeting Arianna

"Ah Arianna, greetings dear child! It's good to see you. And what's
this? Silver returned at last! Greetings old friend!!" He sat goblets
down in front of each of us and poured the wine himself, filling them
happily. He nodded to Raven. "And greetings to you as well, tigriss."
He smiled at Diane, "and you dear lady I haven't had the pleasure. I'm
Olaf, owner of this fair tavern. I am at your service."

He nodded at Arianna and me and then left for the kitchen, carrying the
serving tray back with him after serving our food. I looked across at
Arianna and grinned. "He seems friendly enough. Odd that he accepted
me as Silver without a second glance. That might come in handy someday."

Arianna nodded, grinning back at me, raising her goblet for a toast. "A
toast to good friends!" We proceeded to drink way too much and next thing
I knew, I was stumbling into a small room with Raven, dropping onto the
bed like a lead weight. Sleep was the only thing on my mind at that moment,
but Raven had different ideas. It seems the alcohol affected her
differently then it had me. She attacked me with a vengeance, tearing
away my clothes and kissing me savagely. She was half-tiger again,
embracing me with strong arms, her fingers ending in sharp claws that
dug into my flesh as she led me down, passionately fucking me to oblivion.
I was beyond reasoning, beyond pain, experiencing only the pleasure my
groin was sending to my alcohol-hazed brain. At some point, I lost

When next I awoke, my head was aching terribly, but to my surprise my
body ached just as equally.

I opened my eyes to find Arianna leaning on the bed, sobbing softly into
my chest. "Arianna... what's going on?" I tried to sit up but my muscles
weren't responding. Arianna looked up at me, looking amazed and relieved
at the same time, as she blinked away tears. "Your alive? Of thank the
goddess!! We thought we'd lost you. How do you feel?"

I looked around me, as I tried to gather my wits. I was no longer in the
small tavern room, that was for sure. I was in some kind of large chamber
full of beds, weird statues and stain glass windows. In short, I had no
unearthly idea where I was.

"Um, I ache all over and I can't move, other than that I'm fine, I suppose."
I grinned a little, trying to reassure her. "Where are we?"

She looked down at me. "We're in Horkshire, at the temple. You've been on
the brink of death for over two weeks. The priests did all they could, but
it was a close thing. We thought we'd lost you last night. I'm so glad
your all right. I couldn't handle losing you twice!" She buried her head
in my chest and sobbed again, and I quickly tried to comfort her. "Hey I'm
alright. Why can't I move by the way?"

"Oh its just to keep you from thrashing about too much. I'll have a priest
come take a look at you. Don't go away." She chuckled as she hurriedly
walked away. Well at least I'd made her laugh. Now I just wish my head
would stop pounding like a jackhammer.

After a indeterminable amount of time, a long-robed tall fellow came over
to the bed with Arianna not far behind. He came over to me and placed one
hand on my forehead and the other he stretched toward the ceiling. He
looked extremely strange and I was about to ask him what he was doing when
I felt the aches in my head and body slowly drain away, leaving me tired,
but feeling fine. He took away his hand and faced Arianna. "He will be
fine now. He should sleep for a few more hours, but after that he may
leave. Good day."

He left, and Arianna crossed over to the side of the bed and smiled down
at me. "I know you have a billion questions right now, but try to get
some sleep. Just say my name four times in a row when you wake up, and
I'll come get you."

I could hardly argue, as I was very tired and falling asleep already. I
slept for six hours and when I woke up I did what Arianna had suggested and
said her name four times. I sat up in the bed and found myself nude under
the sheets. Arianna showed up and brought with her some clothes for me to
wear. "They belonged to Silver. This was one of his favorite outfits.
I'm sure it'll fit you perfectly." She turned around, giving me some
privacy and I stared at the clothes she had brought. There was a blue
shirt, black pants, black belt, silver gloves, knee-high black leather
boots, and a long silver cape. I put them on and indeed they fit like
they had been custom made, which I suppose, they had.

I cleared my throat and she turned around, and her eyes went wide. "Wow,
its uncanny. You like just like him dressed like that. Now let's get
out of here and get you some food. I'm sure your starved." I nodded my
head as we walked down the corridor and out of the temple altogether. We
were in a vast city filled with creatures and people of all kinds. We
walked several minutes until we came to what looked like a little tea shop
and walked in. It turned out to be another tavern. We ate a light meal
while Arianna explained a bit more about my illness.

"That night in the tavern all four of us had drank way too much and
apparently Raven took the alcohol rather badly and most of her senses and
inhibitions were dulled, leaving her animal side to deal with you. It
seems that even though she was really just intending to make love with
you, she accidentally hurt you rather badly. In the morning when she
awoke, you were bleeding profusely, half-dead. She came and got us, then
ran off, crying hysterically. Luckily there was a traveling priest
staying in the inn that night that healed you enough so that we could get
you here and to the priests in the temple. We almost lost you."

I was shocked at first, then concerned. "Where is Raven now?"

She frowned, looking away for a moment. "We don't know, Paul. She's
gone off somewhere. I'm afraid she might think she killed you. If you
want to see her again," and she put quite a bit of emphasis on the IF
part, "you'd better find her pretty quick."

I could see she blamed Raven for the whole thing. "Arianna, it wasn't
her fault. She must not have known what the wine would do to her. If it
weren't for her lycanthropy nothing would have happened to me!!"

She looked at me, her face a mask of emotions. "Oh I know that. We both
know that. But Raven probably doesn't see it that way. Grevlok and I
tried to locate her, but we think only you will be able to find her, since
your in love with her. Oh that's right, you wouldn't know about Grevlok
would you? I went on an expedition to a dungeon with a group sent by
the council of wizards and we rescued him and killed the lich. It was
rather exciting, I'll tell you more about it sometime." She took a drink
of her ale and sat quietly for a few minutes.

"What about Diane? Where is she?"

"Oh she went home while you were recovering in the temple. She'd had
enough of this world, I think. Once I told her you'd be fine she had send
her home."

"Well what now?" I was still thinking about Raven. Would I ever see her

"I suggest we go back to the tower and consult Grevlok. He has something
in mind that might help you find Raven. And besides, I need to get back
to my studies."

We walked to a large circular building and went inside. A stout, old fellow teleported us to Grevlok's tower after Arianna showed him some kind
of medallion. She pointed towards the study and stormed off deep into the
tower. I walked into the study and found Grevlok waiting for me. "Ah good
to see your feeling well again, young man. I can see you have many
questions for me. Pull up a chair and I'll do my best to answer them for
you." He smiled and put his book down, lighting his pipe. He began
puffing on it as I sat down across from him, ready to ask him about Raven
and Arianna.

Chapter 6

I pulled up a chair and sat down across from Grevlok and he continued
puffing on his pipe, waiting for me to ask my questions.

"Arianna tells me that you may have a way for me to find Raven, is that

"Why yes, dear boy, it is. I am going to help you create a homing amulet
which will lead you straight to her. You must be the one who actually
makes it, however, because you love her, and that love is what will
lead you to her. To do this, I must teach you some fundamentals about

I let that sink in and then thought of Arianna. "What about Arianna? She
was acting strangely."

Grevlok looked beyond me, as if he were thinking of something. "She blames
Raven for almost killing you. And while its true that she did indeed
gravely injure you, she did not do it with malice. We both know this.
Arianna is a dear, dear child. She loved her brother dearly and grieved
terribly when we learned of his death. Arianna and Silver were quite
intimate before Raven came into the picture. They had a very unorthodox
relationship, to say the least. Arianna was ever jealous of Raven when
she stole Silver's heart away from her. And now, when Raven almost killed
you... Well, Arianna didn't want to deal with losing you a second time."

"Ah, okay. Well what about the magic? You say you'll teach me?"

He puffed away, studying me for a few minutes before chuckling a little
and answering me. "Yes, Paul. I'll teach you some basic magic that you'll
need on your quest to find Raven. I'm afraid you'll be going it alone
on this, I dare say Arianna will not be going with you on such a quest of
love. Go up the stairs and the door one flight up from Arianna's room is
yours. Your room is there and everything of Silver's is in that room.
You may find some useful things in there. Get some rest and I will join
you there in a few hours to begin your lessons."

With that, he bade me leave and I went up the stairs thinking of everything
he'd told me. My quest to find Raven. Arianna and Silver's relationship.
Things were starting to become clearer. That was why Arianna didn't want
to help me find Raven. I stopped at Arianna's door and knocked. I got no
answer so I continued up the stairs until I came to the nest landing and
found the door Grevlok had told me of. I opened it and walked inside.

I was in a small study with bookshelves lining the walls and comfortable
chairs and low tables finishing the place. A small glowing sphere hung
from the ceiling giving off a soft light, enough to read by I see. I
looked about the place and then headed through the opposite doorway and
found myself in a small laboratory like Arianna's, except mine had little
vials and bottles with eerie liquids in them on the long table along
with a variety of large books, about the size of dictionaries.

I picked up one of the large books and it was titled `Potions and Elixirs
for the Practical Sorcerer.'

Okay, whatever.

I put that down and picked up another. It was titled simply `Ghastly
Deaths and Other Things.' That one sounded interesting.

I went through the opposite doorway and found the bedroom. There was a
small bed on one side of the room, and a large walk-in closet next to it.
There was a small bookshelf next to the head of the bed and the books
there looked much more delicate and personal than the big ones in the lab.
I spotted a large wooden chest at the foot of the bed and a closed door
that just begged to be opened, so I opened it and peered inside. To my
total amazement, it was a bathroom. Toilet, sink, shower, the whole works.


From Raven's reaction when she had visited my home, I had thought. well,
anyway it was a surprise. A pleasant surprise! I used the facilities
with relish and took a long, hot bath that felt marvelous

After the wonderful bath, I dried off and headed for the closet, determined
to find something suitable to wear. I found a silver and blue robe that
looked similar to the ones Grevlok wore and put it on. It was a lot
more comfortable than it looked, and I added the black boots. I flopped
down onto the bed and looked at the bookshelf where I found a small
diary-type book on top. I took it and thumbed through it.

It was filled with archaic symbols and strange writing. It looked to be
in a different language or something. It looked fairly organized, but he
couldn't make anything out of it. He heard a knock on his door and went
to the study and opened the door. Arianna was outside the door, with a
hopeful look on her face. "Can I come in? I'd like to talk to you."

I let her in and closed the door, then bad her sit down so we could talk.
"So what's on your mind, Arianna?" I sat down in an easy chair and got

"Well, I'd like to apologize for my attitude towards Raven. I know how
much she means to you. If you'd like, I'll help you look for her; she's my
friend too."

"Thanks. I would appreciate your help. Grevlok tells me that he's going
to teach me some basic magic. It sounds great. I found what I think is
Silver's spellbook in the bedroom but I can't read a word of it."

She looked surprised at this. "You found it? Show me!!" She snapped up
out of the chair and headed for the bedroom where the book was. I followed
her in and showed her the small volume resting on the side of the bed
where I had left it. Arianna opened the book and leaf through he pages,
her eyes growing wide.

"He was supposed to have kept this with him. This is his private
spellbook. Wizards always carry a small one like this with them containing
just the spells they think they're going to need for the trip. This is the
one he made before going on that quest. I don't get it! There's no reason
for him to have left this here. He would have been at a distinct
disadvantage without a spellbook. Even the greatest of wizards can't
memorize all the spells he or she'd need, so we keep small spellbooks with
us." She continued flipping through the pages, noting which spells he
had copied into it.

I had an inspiration. "Maybe he brought along a different spellbook?"

She answered without looking up from the spellbook. "Well, maybe. See
if you can find any more books shaped about like this one in the bookshelf
there." I bent down and began hunting and sure enough I found two more
small spellbooks. I showed them to Arianna and she went white. "He only
had three! And the larger volumes are right there on the bookshelf! He
left without a spellbook! No wonder he perished! The fool! No offense."

"None taken. But I was wondering. It'll still be a few hours before
Grevlok comes up here to give me those magic lessons. Do you think you
could teach me the language these spellbooks are written in? I'd
love to be able to read them."

She looked up at me and grinned. "They're written in Elvish. Silver and
I were taught to read and write elvish as kids even before we even
learned the common tongue. That's why you can't read any of them, I
forgot." She giggled to herself for a minute or two and then nodded her
head. "Yes, I'll teach you. It shouldn't take long. In fact, there's a
spell here somewhere just for this purpose. It'll teach you Elvish in a
flash. She flipped through the big book on the bottom shelf, found the
spell she wanted then put the big book away.

She raised up and placed a hand on my head and gestured with her other
hand over my head and mumbled something and then took away her hand, opened
her eyes and grinned. "Try it now." She handed me the small spellbook and
I could read its contents! The book was divided into sections like offense,
defense, controlling weather, healing, and supernatural. I thumbed through
the `defense' section and found a spell called `shield from missiles.' That
might be useful.

Each spell was sorted into two sections: symbols and chanting. You just had
to make some kind of symbol in the air and say the right thing and presto.
Sounded way too easy. Of course, I was wrong about that. It took quite a
bit of concentration to make anything happen even if you said the right
things and made the right gestures, you still had to visualize the exact
affect your spell was supposed to have, and concentrate on making it happen.

Arianna gave me some good advice and some pointers and I was glad she was
here to help me. I didn't want to seem like a neanderthal when Grevlok
came up here.

After an hour or two, Arianna bade me good night and left. Grevlok came
after a few minutes and he seemed pleased that I had gotten Arianna to help
me read Elvish. We went into the laboratory and he proceeded to give me
my first real lesson in magic. I shall not write of it here, for it would
be disrespectful of me to do so, so let me just say that he taught me the
fundamentals that I would need to study and learn more and newer spells.
As he put it, I had to walk along the road myself, he had simply shown me
the correct path to take.

I studied almost all that night, learning more about the weird system of
magic that they practiced. It wasn't easy. I was beginning to see why
Arianna was always `studying' now. It took a long time to get to a
level where you could actually cast these things easily. Some of the
easiest spells were easy to memorize because they were simplistic, like

I went to bed exhausted and awoke the next morning to find Arianna waiting
for me in my study, breakfast waiting for me. "Good morning, I brought
some breakfast for the two of us. Hoe you don't mind."

"Not at all, that's very nice of you. Thanks, sis." I smiled my best
toothy grin at her and she smiled back, pleased that I appreciated her

"So how did your lessons go last night?" She asked as she munched on a

"Great. I didn't realize how hard it is, but I'm getting the hang of it.
Now I know why your always wanting to study." I sat down and began eating
with her, aware, maybe for the first time, of her splendid figure. She
was wearing a simple silk robe that looked more like lingerie than a robe.
It showed her body off magnificently however. She is your half-sister,
dammit! Stop thinking these kind of things. I was mad at myself for even
thinking about having sex with her. But then I remembered about Silver's
relationship with her and suddenly it occurred to me that she may just be
trying to get my mind off Raven.

"I can't wait to find out more about this amulet that Grevlok is going to
help me build so I can find Raven. It sounds intriguing."

She looked up at me and smiled curtly. "Yes, amulet making takes patience
but it can be very rewarding."

We finished breakfast and I got dressed, ready to face the day. Arianna
showed me a few tricks that helped my studies a bit and left to do her
studies. I studied for a while and quickly started to become a tad bored.
Sure, it was exciting to learn magic, but it was like getting a video game for Christmas and then being told you can't touch it. Frustrating.

I went down to see if Grevlok was in the mood for a chat. I was impatient
to do whatever it took to find Raven. Grevlok was in his study reading,
as usual. I was beginning to wonder if he ever did anything else?

When I entered the room he looked up and smiled warmly. "Good morning.
Arianna told me how fetching you look in Silver's robe. She's right, you
look exactly like him like that. I see you are ready for the amulet-making.
Yes, you want to find Raven, I know this. You don't need to tell me, dear
boy. I was a young man once too, you know." He grinned mischievously and
bade me follow him into his laboratory.

He led me to a large table in the back of the room that had strange tools
and books lying on it. He picked up a small ruby and held it up to the
light for me to look at it. It was shaped like a sphere and the size of
a gumball and looked extremely expensive.

"That must be worth a fortune! Can you just conjure those out of thin
air?" What a neat trick that would be!

Grevlok put the ruby back onto the table, chuckling. "Oh no, dear boy.
It doesn't quite work like that. Yes, I can conjure up a handful of gems,
its an easy spell, but it only lasts an hour and then POOF they disappear
back into the void where they came from. No dear boy, for working this
type of magic you need the real thing. Luckily I have quite a number of
connections that keep me in stock. Mind you, I'm not rolling in them, but
I have a few for spell-casting. Now where was I? Oh yes, yes. Now you
see, the ruby is for love. Now Arianna provided the second ingredient
which we need, and that's a lock of Raven's hair. She recently brushed
her hair so she had it. If it weren't for her quick hair brush, you'd
be stuck. Now just wrap the hair around the gem and I'll tell you what to
do after that."

I took the few strands of black hair and wrapped them around the gem as
tightly as I could and then tied them around it securely. I looked up at
Grevlok, ready for part two.

"All right, now you need to add a drop of your blood to the gem. Just
prick your finger with that dagger there and drop two drops of blood onto
the gem."

After I did that, he had me set the gem down onto a small crystal stand and
showed me the spell I had to cast. It was a complicated one. I stumbled
through as best I could, and Grevlok helped me with the pronunciation of
some of the spell.

After we were through, I was holding a small ruby that could lead me to
Raven, at least in theory. Grevlok explained. "The gem is set to operate
like a compass. It'll show you what direction to follow by glowing when
your facing the right direction. Its primitive, but it should work. Now,
we just need to get you ready for your journey."

He led me upstairs to my bedroom and helped me pack for the journey. He
gave me a small sack of gold coins for money and took an ornate silver
dagger that I could use to defend myself if I needed to. He left, telling
me to go through Silver's main spellbook, now mine, and make a traveling
spellbook with the spells I might need. I asked him what kind of spells I
should choose, and he told me to trust my instincts.

That didn't answer my question, though. I took out the huge volume from t
he beside shelf and thumbed through it, hoping to find some kind of index.
And sure enough, there was a rather nice index in the back of the book! It
took two hours just to go through the entire thing, writing down the page
numbers of spells that I thought I might need and by lunch time I had
serviceable spellbook prepared. I had even found a spell that protected
me from other wizards, a sort of anti-magic field that would surround me
and keep spells out. A magic umbrella, I thought to myself, grinning.

Once I was relatively certain I was ready, I walked down the steps and
found Arianna talking with Grevlok. Arianna asked me of I was ready.

"Yeah, I suppose so." I was still uncertain as to exactly how I would be

"Well, have you ever ridden a horse?" I said no, I hadn't. They both
frowned at me. Grevlok muttered "well that blows that idea" under his
breath and then Arianna grinned. "Guess you'll just have to hoof it."

I grinned and said walking was fine. With the ruby to guide me, I wasn't
too concerned.

I set out immediately wanting to get a good start on things, and walked
around in a circle, getting a bearing with the ruby and headed off in a
southerly direction. I found the road and began following it, whistling
a happy tune as I traveled, enjoying the afternoon despite the seriousness
of my quest. It just felt good to get out of that tower and get fresh air.
I don't know how Arianna and Grevlok can stand being cooped up like a bird
in a cage.

I passed a group of elvish children playing in a nearby field and they
seemed to recognize me, waving and yelling greetings in the elven tongue,
which thanks to Arianna, I could understand now. I called back a friendly
hello as I walked past and soon found myself at a fork in the road. I
checked the ruby and headed down the right fork, wondering how far Raven
had traveled.

I walked down the wide dirt road for several hours before coming upon a
small village that seemed to be populated mostly by dwarves, although I
did see and elf or two here or there. Since it was going on evening, I
stopped for the night at a inn I saw a little ways off the road. I walked
inside and the place was crowded. There was an open dining hall where
dwarves and elves alike were drinking and laughing and doing some other
things which surprised me.

You just don't walk into restaurants and find couples screwing! At least
not on my world. I usually sat at the back of these types of places, but
that was where the copulating couples were, so I sat near the entrance,
feeling uneasy in the place. Shortly, a barmaid appeared and smiled at me,
and winked. She looked me up and down and her smile grew wider. "It's
great to see you. You haven't been here in a while, you want the usual?"

Perplexed, I agreed. Hey what the heck, I thought to myself, go with the
flow. She left and came back with a large mug of some kind of alcohol and
gave it to me and left. I took a tentative sip and it tasted good actually.
I sat back and drank slowly and presently the barmaid came back carrying a
bowl of what smelled like chili. She sat it down in front of me and warned
me it was hot.

After I had eaten, she came back and told me to follow her. We went up a
flight of steps and inside a small chamber that was filled with young woman
of all shapes and sizes. She told me to pick which ever two I wanted. I
was confused by this. I thought she was going to show me to a room where
I could rest for the night. I thought I'd better humor her, because this
world undoubtedly had strange customs I wasn't aware of yet. Most of the
woman were elvish ladies that looked like they were in their mid-twenties.
I picked the two youngest looking ones, a short brunette and a busty

They were both extremely pretty, but I wasn't sure what I was picking them
for. Boy, was I thick-headed. The barmaid led me to a room where I could
sleep and left me there without as mush as an explanation and two elves
looking at me expectedly.

I asked them their names and they both smiled and uttered not a single
word. They slowly started undressing and I just sat on the edge of the
bed, shocked. They were both very beautiful, but I'm a one woman guy.
I'm on this journey to find Raven, not to screw every female that opens
her legs for me!

The young elven ladies, now stripped nude, stood before me proudly
displaying their ample wares. It was time to bring this little game to
a halt, but how to do it? Well here goes the direct approach.

"Ladies I must say you are both extremely lovely, and I appreciate you
keeping me company tonight, but I have a confession to make. I didn't
realize the nature of this place until we got here and you started
undressing. I really came here for dinner and rest, not much else I'm
afraid. Would it offend the two of you very much if we just slept? I'll
pay whatever is customaryg, for I do appreciate the company. How does
that sound?" That sounded so corny, I thought, as they looked at each
other and grinned.

I was prepared to simply go to sleep, but the two young ladies had other
ideas. They lay down together and began kissing passionately, seemingly
not bothered by my presence. The brunette began kissing her way down her
partner's body, paying ample attention to the large breasts that seemingly
begged for her attention until she found her way down to the awaiting
vagina of her ecstatic lover. She turned herself around, until her own
sex was presented to the impassioned red-head. Soon they were eagerly
feasting on each other's cunt and I was thoroughly enjoying the show
unfolding right in front of me.

My hormones got the better of me and soon I had my cock out, masturbating
furiously. This had been my sole means of sexual release until coming to
this world, and found it ironic that I felt I couldn't indulge in any hanky
panky just because Raven had claimed me as her own. Now however, my lust
had overcame my senses and I wasn't thinking about anything beyond the two
beautiful creatures happily making love to each other right in front of me.

The two ladies were moaning and thrashing about as their orgasms took hold
of their bodies, and they slowly came back to their senses. The red-head
noticed my frantic masturbation, smiled lewdly, and reached over and
engulfed my erection into her mouth, sucking happily. The brunette didn't
sit there however, she laid down beside me and she plunged her tongue into
my mouth, kissing me with enthusiasm.

I couldn't take much of the red-head's furious sucking and my climax burst
from me like a volcano erupting, my semen being swallowed as quickly as it
escaped my body. The brunette kept kissing me through the whole ordeal
and the next thing I knew, my cock was buried in a warm tightness that I
had never felt before, and I broke the kiss to look down my body and the
red-head was pouncing on my cock, facing away from me, her back arched and
her head thrown back as waves of pleasure assaulted her senses.

The brunette climbed on top of me and presented her dripping cunt to my
idle tongue. I clamped onto her protruding clit and eagerly sucked on it,
making the brunette crazy as orgasm after orgasm rocked her body. I came
violently, pumping my seed into the voluptuous red-head's sopping pussy.
She laid down beside me, sated, and the brunette took my wilting cock into
her mouth, coaxing life back into it. After my erection was standing
proudly again, the brunette impailed herself upon it, pistoning herself up
and down for a few minutes and then she curiously stopped, and she slowly
impailed my cock into her butt, whimpering a bit as it entered her fully,

She sat there, with my cock fully buried in her bottom for a full minute,
and then began slowly moving up and down the length of my cock, giving me
some of the most pleasurable sensations yet! Her butt was much tighter
than any cunt I had fucked so far, and it felt unbelievable! I couldn't
take much of this and quickly climaxed, sending my seed deep into her belly.

We collapsed together and fell asleep, all three of us totally sated. In
the morning I paid them both double their normal fee and left the brothel,
for that's what it was, for the open road and a new day's adventure.
It all sounded glorious at first, and indeed the going was swift and a
pleasant experience, until it started raining. Boy, did it start raining.

It was raining buckets and here I was in the middle of nowhere on a dirt
road without so much as an umbrella. I huddled my cloak around me and
walked swiftly down the road hoping to come upon the next town or village
or even a farm or something. Anything to get out of this downpour.
The funny thing was, I distinctly remember reading my large dictionary-sized
spellbook and seeing a whole section on weather-affecting spells. Silly me
didn't think I'd need any of them, so I hadn't bothered writing any down
into my small spellbook I had with me. Good thing it was water-proof! I
checked the ruby and it pointed to a spot deep in the woods, off of the
road. I shrugged and entered the woods and mistakenly thought the woods
would provide some protection from the rain, but nope, it didn't.

In fact, it seemed worse, with the leaves of the trees dripping on me as
well as the rain coming through the branches. I went in the general
direction that the ruby indicated and the terrain became rougher and
rougher. It seemed pretty obvious that Raven had, at this point, assumed
her tiger form because of the increasingly difficult path she was taking,
if you could call it a path, that is.

The woods soon gave way to a low hill and I could make out a cave that
looked inviting. I didn't even mind if I had to share it with a beast as
long as I could get out of this god forsaken rain. I walked swiftly towards
it and was glad when I stepped inside.

The cave was much bigger than it had looked. In fact, it looked like the
entrance to some mine or something. I walked further into the cave and
found myself in a large chamber with tunnels leading off in all directions.
I did indeed look like a mine of some kind. I saw various digging tools
scattered about on the ground.

I looked about and heard something coming down one of the tunnels. I
flipped quickly through my spellbook and made myself invisible. It was an
odd sensation, looking down and not seeing myself, but before I could
really appreciate it, a small furry fellow came charging through one of
the tunnels, looking tired and scared out of his mind.

He stopped as he neared my general location and sniffed around, as if he
smelled me.

"W-who's there? Please help me! The witch is after me!" At that very
moment, a leather-clad female came charging up the tunnel the disheveled
guy had come from. She was dressed head to toe in form fitting black
leather. In fact, the parts of her that showed was her face and mid
section. She spied the little guy and screamed triumphantly, raising the
whip she was carrying. She didn't see me either, of course. I braced
myself and caught the end of the whip when it came down and yanked it
hard. She fell hard onto the ground, emitting a "oomph" on her way down.
That was the good news, the bad news was my invisibility ended the second
I touched the whip.

Before she could recover, I helped the dwarf up onto his feet and introduced
myself to the two of them.

"My name is Silver, I don't know what the story is, but I just wanted out
of the rain when I came upon this little fellow. He seems to think you
mean him harm. Do you?" I directed my questions to the lady, who was
getting to her feet and dusting herself off.

She answered me directly. "I am Fyre, and this is my dungeon. All who
enter this place must pay my price. Those who don't pay get whatever fate
I see fit to deal them." I was still uncertain as to whether she was
really a spell-caster of some sort as the dwarf had hinted at. I decided
not to take any chances and cast the magic barrier that I had memorized.
As soon as I started casting the spell however, she zapped me and the dwarf
with some kind of wand and the world went black.

Chapter 7

I woke up in a small cold cell that smelled bad. I was wearing nothing but
my trousers and boots, and some kind of strange collar was around my neck.
It was some kind of leather and I couldn't remove it. Okay, first things
first. The cell door was locked and I knew just how to fix that. My flame
arrow spell should fix that offending door nicely.

I stood back and cast the spell at the door but nothing happened. I tried
again and each time I did, the leather collar vibrated slightly. It was
keeping me from doing any magic, damn!

Things could be worse, I suppose. I couldn't give any particular examples
right then, but I was reasonably sure of it. As I sat there feeling
particularly sorry for myself, the cell door slowly opened and a small
goblin-like creature stepped its head in the cell, pointing a sharp-looking
spear at me.

"You come now, Mistress see you now." It grunted towards the corridor, and
I stood up and walked in the direction it indicated. Time to have a little
heart to heart with that witch lady and find out why she had taken me
captive. I just wanted to resume my journey to find Raven.

The little goblin led me through a maze of passages and I saw many other
humans, elves, and dwarves being led in groups or pairs down other passages.
Before I could really get a good look at any of them however, we arrived at
what can only be described as a throne room for some really demented person.

There were statues all over the place giving the place an eerie feeling.
The creepy thing about the statues was that most of them had horribly
frightened looks on their faces, as if they were warding off some terrible
curse, or something. At the other end of the room was a raised dais which
stood a tall black throne.

Sitting there was Fyre, as she had called herself. She was still dressed
head to toe in black leather, but now wore my silver cloak around her. She
sat there flipping through my spellbook looking bored as I approached.

As I neared her, the little goblin came up beside me and grunted something I
didn't catch and she dismissed it with a flick of her wrist. It quickly
vanished into the shadows and I was alone with her.

"Looking good handsome, interesting reading material you've got here." She
waved my spellbook at me, grinning sweetly.

"Why am I being held against my will? I only wanted shelter from the rain.
What you do in your own home is your business. I'm on a quest and want to
get back to it."

She gestured at me. "Do tell. I suppose your searching for your one true
love, right?"

"Well actually, to be honest, yes. That's exactly it. How did you know?"

She rolled her eyes at me and frowned. "I was being sarcastic."

"I wasn't," I said with a serious expression.

Her eyes grew wide for a moment, then she paused in thought. "Your

I nodded my head.

"Well whatever," She pulled the homing ruby out of a pocket and held it up
to the light to examine it. "But please explain what this little bauble
is for, it radiates enchantment, but I've been unable to ascertain its

"It's a homing gem. That's how I'm tracking Rav... um, my love. I was
on my way to finding her when the rain started pouring and I simply sought
shelter from the rain. Now will you please give me back my property and
let me depart?"

She looked me over and grinned lopsidedly at me. "I see the truth in your
statements. However, no one enters my dungeon and leaves without paying
a price. Would you be willing to give up the gem for your freedom?"

"You know very well that I need that! I had with me a small pouch of
gold on my belt. I'll give you that if you give me my freedom."

"Never again return to my domain."

She took a small bag out from somewhere and returned all my things to
me, including my spellbook and homing gem.

"What about this collar?"

"It will disappear once you leave. It's just to make sure you stay
sociable until you leave." She grinned and led me down the passages
until we were at the entrance to her cave. Just as she promised, the
collar evaporated as I stepped out into the sunny forest.

I turned to say farewell but she was already gone. I looked at the gem
and it pointed me to the right so I headed around the face of the hill
and began traveling through the forest, glad to be underway once more.
Really, I'd successfully found a warm place to sleep for the night and I
wasn't any worse for ware. Sure I was penniless now, but at least I could
cast spells again.

I used the gem and followed its directions, and gradually, over the days
that passed, I got closer to Raven and the gem glowed brighter and brighter.
I had just entered a small clearing when the gem grew so bright that it
momentarily blinded me in its intensity, and then an instant later, the
gem crumbled to dust.

Great, now what? Did that mean Raven was right here somewhere? I looked
around and found myself in a small clearing. A small stone stairway led
right into the ground and several stone statues huddled around the top of
the stairs. They were really weird statues too. Not your typical artistic
poses, but horribly frightened creatures seemingly attempting to flee from
some horrible fate. They looked very similar to the statues I'd seen in
Fyre's 'throne room.'

Wonderful imagery, since I had to go down there anyway. I took one more
look at the grotesque statues and headed down the stairs into the unknown
darkness awaiting me. I walked down the steps for several minutes as the
light grew dimmer and dimmer and soon found myself in near darkness. I
quickly cast a light spell and it brightened the place considerably.

I took a look around. I stood in a large stone chamber relatively cubic,
and corridors led off to the left and right. All over the place, more of
the statues littered the place, some with frightened expressions on their
faces, some with sad ones. One in particular that stood out from the rest
was a huge statue of a dragon. It looked like it was ready to pounce on
something, and I was sure glad it was just a statue!

Which way to go? Left or right. Well, I didn't have a coin to flip, so I
just headed down the right tunnel looking at the statues as I walked
along. Whoever lived must like statues, or perhaps was a sculptor. That
would make sense. As I walked further, I began to get a prickly feeling
on the back of my neck, and I felt like I was being watched. I looked
around quickly but saw nothing.

I walked several more yards before coming to a small jewel-studded door
that was imbedded in the north end of the corridor. Common sense told me
it would probably be better if I didn't go in there, but my curiosity got
the better of me and I reached out and turned the door knob, the door
swinging inward slowly. Inside was a small study of some sort. Book
shelves lined the walls, and a wooden desk sat in one corner with a
recliner stuffed in another.

That wasn't what caught my attention.

A computer, of all things, was sitting on top of the desk, looking
extremely out of place.

But that wasn't what caught my attention either.

A hooded dark figure sat in front of the computer, grinning evilly at me.
I couldn't see much under the hood except the feminine lips grinning at me.
It was a witch or sorceress or something of the sort, and it looked like
she meant mischief.

And as intriguing as she was, that wasn't what grabbed my attention either.

There stood Raven, huddling in the far corner, looking frightened out of
her wits. But it was a stone statue. And suddenly a horrible realization
hit me.

Silver had died supposedly my a Medusa.

Stone statues everywhere.

Oh shit!

I quickly backed out of the door and slammed the door shut behind me,
fumbling with my spellbook, looking for that 'protection from gazes'
spell. I found it and cast it just as the woman flung open the door
and kicked me in the stomach, sending me flying back against the opposite
wall, momentarily stunned as the air rushed out of me.

She came up to me, leaned down in front of me and took off the hood,
exposing her face to me. Even though I had cast the spell protecting
me from that deadly gaze of hers, I was still apprehensive about looking
into her eyes but when I did I was taken aback. She was beautiful. Oh
sure, she was evil, her head of hair was really snakes and she most
probably wanted me dead, but still she really was beautiful. She had
bright green eyes that went with her green hair (the snakes) quite

My studious examining of her facial features instead of me turning
instantly to stone must have really pissed her off, because she frowned
after a minute or two and cast some kind of spell of her own. Then,
her spell completed, she spoke for the first time.

"You've managed to protect yourself from my gaze, but you'll cast no
other magic while your in my home. Now come with me, we need to talk.
I see no reason we can't be civilized about this." She stood up and
reached a gloved hand out to me, wanting me to walk with her. Oh
sure, deadly enemy one minute, dinner date the next. Right. This was
one messed up lady, I'll tell you that. Still, without my magic I
was pretty helpless, so I might as well play along until I find a way
out of this mess.

I took her offered hand and stood up, bowing slightly. "Paul Silver
at your service."


Arianna and I had shared a room that night at the inn and when we heard
Paul screaming we ran into his room and found Paul in his bed covered in
blood. Raven was curled up in one corner of the bed, a look of horror and
disbelief on her face as she looked at the damage she'd done to Paul. She
started crying and ran out of the room and we let her go, too worried about
Paul to notice her leaving.

Lucky for us, Arianna found a healer or something and he gave this world's
equivalent of an ambulance ride to some temple thing which, by the way
Arianna explained it, sounded like a hospital to me. While the two of them
were doing their magic thing I went out of the room and found Raven in our
room, on one of the beds, sobbing and shouting at herself.

I went in and tried to calm her down, wanting to know what had happened. I
managed to get the basic idea of what had happened. Apparently the part of
her that's a tiger had been uninhibited by all the alcohol she'd drank. She
said she didn't know it would affect her like that. But after I'd gotten
that much our of her she ran out of the room and ran out of the inn.
Before I could even think of following her, Arianna came and got me and we
went to this temple place with the healer guy.

We got there and Paul was rushed off somewhere and Arianna paid them some
huge amount of some kind of money and they assured us he'd be fine. Well,
I'd had it with this world and told Arianna that I wanted to go back to my
world. She did something with her hands and suddenly I was standing in my
bedroom. Wow, great aim. I went downstairs and told Aunt Sophie that I
was back. I looked at my watch, it was almost suppertime.

I walked in the kitchen and found her about to fix dinner. I told her
Paul and Raven had decided to visit with Arianna for a while and that they
wouldn't be back in time for supper. We talked as I helped her fix supper
for the two of us and Dad and I told her about our trip to Raven and
Arianna's world minus the part about Paul getting hurt. Arianna had
assured me he'd be fine so I trusted her and decided Aunt Sophie didn't
need to hear about it. After supper I went up to my room and checked my
email on my computer and found an email waiting for from Jackie. Jackie
lived several miles over and we were the best of friends. I called her
and we talked for a while.

She said her folks were going on a trip and she had some free time to come
visit if I wanted her to. It sounded great so replied to her email and
told her to head on over as soon as possible. It was settled, she'd be
over tomorrow by mid-morning. I began wondering about the difference in
time between our world and the fantasy one. Obviously time went by
quicker in the fantasy world, because you can spend a week or two over
there and only a few minutes will have gone by here. But the maddening
thing about it was that the same should hold true for the other way around.

A couple hours over here should logically correspond to a few months over
there at the very least, but Paul and Arianna had already proved that to be
wrong. I put all thoughts of the fantasy world out of my mind and got out
my diary and wrote of today's events in it. I pulled out the ring Grevlok
gave me in case I wanted to get back to visit Arianna and Paul. Maybe I'd
tell Jackie about all this. I bet she'd love it over there. She'd finally
be able to use all those muscles for something other than lifting weights.

I could just see her stomping around in a leotard squashing monsters left
and right. I giggled hysterically at the mental image I'd evoked. I
*could* see her doing that, it made it that much funnier.

I went to bed still chuckling at the thought and had an incredibly weird
dream revolving around Jackie and Arianna and woke up with Jackie sitting
on the edge of the bed, smiling at me.

"Good morning, Di." She leaned forward and kissed me tenderly.

"Wow, good morning! When did you get here?" I sat up in bed, the sheets
falling away from my body exposing my small breasts to Jackie.

"Just now, your mom and Dad are out painting or something so we have the
place all to ourselves." She dove down onto my chest and locked her lips
over my left nipple, sucking gently as she carressed my upper body. I let
out a contented sigh and lay my head back, completely surrendering to her
loving attentions.

Jackie and I had been lovers for years, although our parents knew none of
it. We didn't think our parents knew, but neither of us dated boys since
we were completely content with each other. We were planning on moving in
with each other after high school and attending the same college together.
Suddenly my thought process came to shuddering halt as my body exploded in
orgasm. Jackie had moved her attentions to my nether regions and she was
feasting on my sex like a starved woman.

I writhed on the bed and moaned as she continued her assault on my senses.
I was in heaven. Soon however, I couldn't take any more, and I pulled her
up onto me and kissed her savagely, my tongue dwelving deeply into hers.
She had been lifting weights since she was ten and had more muscles than I
could count bulging everywhere.

She was a goddess and I felt so lucky that she loved me as much as I loved
her. She lay beside me and we cuddled and kissed some more while I came
back to reality.

"Diane, do you have some cousin visiting? There was some blonde girl on
the porch with your mom and Dad when I got here. Who is she?"

Jackie mentioning my mom made something inside me snap and before I could
answer, I was sobbing in her arms. It was several minutes before she
calmed me down enough to get anything out of me. Finally I managed to
pull myself together and explained about mom dying and Aunt Sophie coming
to live with us along with Paul.

I also explained, in detail, about Arianna's world and her.

"Let's get dressed and go down and talk to her. I'll introduce you. She's
an elf you know!"

As we were getting dressed, Jackie looked at me questioningly. "Elf?"

"Ya, you know, pointy ears and all that." We went downstairs and found
the three of them on the front porch, Aunt Sophie painting Dad while Arianna
sat and watched. Aunt Sophie greeted us without looking up from her painting
and Dad looked over and smiled at us. Arianna motioned us over and we
walked out onto the grass of the front lawn and sat down beside her.

"Good morning Diane. Who's your friend here?"

I introduced Arianna to Jackie and they greeted each other warmly,
obviously pleased with each other.

Arianna leaned me over a bit and whispered to me, "Does she know about you
know what? I have some news..." I told her I'd told Jackie everything and
that she could trust her. She smiled and sat back up.

"Good, well Paul's gone to look for Raven and Grevlok helped him make a
homing gem so Paul could find her. He's been gone now for over two months
and we haven't had any news from him and we were worried when Grevlok and I
couldn't get a good fix on him. Our tracking spell hasn't been able to get
anything but static so far. That could mean trouble."

Just then we heard a thud behind us and we looked around to see Aunt Sophie
standing behind us. "What are you saying? Paul's in trouble? Why didn't
you tell me!" She sat down beside us and said "continue."

Arianna did. "We have a way to track Paul down, but it'll take someone
directly related to him for it to work. Sophie I was going to ask Diane
to help, but quite frankly we'd get the job done a lot quicker if you were
the one to actually use the talisman, you being his mother and all. Its
dangerous enough that Grevlok is going with us. Perhaps with you and Diane
both there, it will work even faster. We can but try."

Aunt Sophie looked at me and stood up. "Let me explain this to your father and then we'll go, all right? Wait just a minute." She walked up the
steps and consulted Dad who had been watching us intently. After she was
done, Dad stood up and walked over to us. "No way I'm missing out on this."

He said with a crooked grin. We stood in a circle and held hands while
Arianna spelled us over into her world.

Chapter 8

Arianna, Jackie, Aunt Sophie, Dad and I were all in Grevlok's tower, in his
lab. We were sitting around talking, waiting for Grevlok to join us.
Arianna was telling us about the culture and society in her world, Dad
seemed especially interested in it, when Grevlok came in and introduced
himself to the adults.

"Ah, good we're all assembled here." He bowed gracefully to Aunt Sophie
and smiled. "You, dear lady, are Paul's mother I presume?" She nodded
her head.

"Well let me first bring all of you up to date then. Paul's lady friend
Raven ran off in tears when she had unintentionally injured him. He
wasn't gravely injured and he was healed quickly, but poor Raven must
think she killed him or some such. So she ran off and Paul, being the
gallant hero, went off to find her. I helped him make a device with
which he could track her, and he went on his way."

"Arianna and I knew he had a great talent for magic since his alternate
self was a wizard just like us. In fact I taught Silver myself, so I
knew Paul had the ability. So the two of us trained Paul in the ways of
magic and he did indeed take it up quickly. We weren't going to let him
go out on such a journey with no means to defend himself."

Grevlok sat back in his chair and looked over at Arianna. Arianna spoke
up next. "Normally we could have just located Raven by magical means,
but for whatever reason, that wasn't working with her, so we had to let
Paul track her down personally. Now, we were tracking Paul's journey the
whole way, making sure he didn't need our help. The problem was that at
one point, when Paul had seemingly neared his destination, we lost him.
We couldn't locate him the same way we couldn't locate Raven." She looked
back at Grevlok. Neither of them liked giving long speeches so they were
dividing it up.

Grevlok pulled a small wand out of his robe and held it up for us to see.
"This is a homing wand. I've already set it to find Paul, and we need only
for a blood relative to use it." He handed it over to Dad who in turn gave
it to Aunt Sophie. She looked at it warily. "How do I use this thing?"

Arianna came over to her and instructed her on its use. It had a small blue
gem embedded at one end and it functioned similarly to the one Paul had
used, except this one was a lot more sophisticated. Small symbols glowed
along the length of the wand which indicated how far Paul was in and in
what direction. The only small problem was teaching us to read the symbols
which were all Dwarvish runes.

It was going to be embarrassingly for Aunt Sophie to track Paul down with
the wand, or so they hoped.

I was starting to get claustrophobic in this place and wanted to get going.
"So when do we begin?"

Arianna looked at me and grinned. "Right now. Grevlok and I are going
with you. We should have gone with Paul in the first place."

We left the tower and stood in the glade while Grevlok went about
preparing himself for something. When he saw us all watching him, he
grinned and hurried his efforts. "I'm going to try something that will
speed up our journey considerably if it works. I'm going to attempt to
teleport us to our destination. Most likely we'll have to stop several
times to get our bearings but I believe, no I hope that this will work!"

We all gathered together in a tight circle and held hands. Aunt Sophie
got the right direction with the wand and Grevlok made a few elaborate
gestures and we were suddenly in the middle of a forest. Aunt Sophie got
a fix on Paul's direction with the wand again, and Grevlok again magicked
us to a new spot. This time we were standing in front of a cave. We
checked the wand again and this time we stopped in a forest clearing.
There was a stone staircase leading down and several stone statues standing
around. They all had horribly frightened expressions on their face and
looked eerie.

Arianna's Pseudodragon Sudi, which was a small dragon about the size of a
cat, flew off of its usual perch on her shoulder and landed on one of the
statue's shoulders sniffing curiously. Arianna walked over to him. "What
is it Sudi?" Arianna and her pet stared at each other oddly for a moment
or two. "It's a person turned to stone? Oh my, that is serious! Grevlok
come over here."

We all walked over to where Arianna stood and Grevlok pulled out another
little wand out of his robes and touched it the statue's nose as Sudi flew
over and landed on Arianna's left shoulder.

The statue quickly vanished and its place was a very frightened young woman. "Where am I? Where's the witch?"

Grevlok quickly explained the situation to her and she quickly left, eager
to get home. Grevlok and Arianna went about turning the statues in the
clearing back into flesh and blood, and as they finished, Arianna sighed
loudly. "Well there's no doubting it now. There must be a medusa down
there. Did you notice how those poor victims of hers referred to her as
a witch? That doesn't sound good."

Grevlok went over to the staircase and peered down into the darkness.
"This calls for some preparation."


The strange witch led me up some stairs and into a cozy little room with
a fireplace and a small couch. She led me over to the couch and bade me
sit down. She removed her robe and underneath was a neck to toe red leather jumpsuit that hugged her figure quite nicely. Still, I wanted to
know what she'd done to Raven.

"What have you done with Raven?"

She smiled sweetly and looked over at me. "Why do you care about that
kitty when you have me?" She ran her fingers over her bosom and grinned
at me. What did she expect? That I'd forget the little detail that she'd
turned Raven to stone and fall madly in love with her? She must be more
messed up than I'd thought.

I got up from the little couch and walked over to the fireplace, gazing at
the fire crackling within, trying to think of something I could do to get
out of this situation. The witch got up and stood beside me, gazing at my
face, studying my expression. "My name by the way, is Sarah." I gave her
a questioning look and she giggled playfully. "No, it isn't a coincidence
that your Aunt bore the same name. Not at all." She laughed at my
confusion and took my hand. "Come, I want to show you something."

We went through several rooms and came up to a closed door. I stood in
shock as I realized who I saw in there. It was me, or more precisely it
was Silver. He was dressed in a robe similar to Grevlok's but it was
silver and blue. He was indeed half-elven. He had pointed ears and his
eyes slanted a bit but other than that we were twins practically. He
looked up when he heard our footsteps and was just as shocked at my

She laughed as we looked at each other in total amazement. "Silver meet
Paul Silver, your alternate self from the other world." She opened the
cell door and threw me in. I landed at Silver's feet and she slammed the
door shut, magically locking it once more. "I would stay and chat, but
I have some more uninvited guests to attend to. Farewell." She walked
away and I looked over at Silver. "We have got to get out of here. She
turned Raven to stone! Is it possible to reverse the process magically?"

"Yes, it's possible. I could do it myself if I had my spellbook."

I chuckled as I fumbled around in my robe. "That's easy to take care of,
here." I handed him the small spellbook.

"This is your spellbook, and besides, it doesn't have the necessary spell
in it. You went off looking for a medusa without the stone to flesh
spell? What kind of wizard are you?"

"A very incompetent one I'm afraid. Grevlok and Arianna taught me the
basics of spell casting, but I'm still learning I'm afraid. At least I had
the sense to caste the gaze resistance spell before confronting her, or
this would be a very one sided conversation." I said, smiling.

"Yes I suppose so." He sat back down and looked down at the floor.
"She's had me locked up in here for over a year. I always hoped Arianna
or Grevlok would come rescue me but no one ever came."

I looked over at him frowning. "Everyone thought you were dead, Raven

He frowned at that and looked down at the floor. "I haven't seen her for a
long time."

I sat down on the floor of the cell and tried to think of something that
would help us get out of the cell. It was then that I remembered that
dagger that I'd put in my pack back in Grevlok's tower. I looked in my
pack (which the witch had conveniently forgotten about) and took it out
and showed it to Silver. "Can you use this to pick the lock?"

He looked up briefly and stared at the dagger. "Nope, the door's been
locked magically. Not much we can do until she comes back. Grevlok
was originally from your world you know. When he came over here, he
learned the ways of magic from a master wizard just like I'm, well we're,
doing from him. But the gateways to your world have been closed for
years. They became too unstable to use and finally disappeared. I wonder
how they became re-opened?"

I looked over at him and wondered the same thing myself. However it
happened, I'm certainly glad it did, otherwise I would have never met Rav...
what am I thinking? She's Silver's wife! Now I was as depressed as
Silver was, albeit for different reasons.


After Grevlok and Arianna cast some protective spells, we went down into
the gloom, lit only by Grevlok's staff, and were confronted with dozens,
if not hundreds, of more statues that held more victims.

I felt bad for all those people, but I was more concerned with finding
Paul. We began walking down the sparse corridor and stopped only when
Sudi flew off of Arianna's shoulders and flew around to a large statue of
a dragon. Sudi seemed upset about something and Arianna quickly went over
to him, communicating with him.

She spoke up, "Sudi says its a real dragon, someone he knows, but a dragon
couldn't be affected by a medusa's gaze! Its inherent magic resistance
would protect it from that, surely. What do you think Grevlok?"

Aunt Sophie looked at me questioningly and I just shrugged. Dad seemed
fascinated by the dragon and went over to it with Grevlok.

"Yes, I agree. I don't understand it either.

Grevlok pointed his wand at the dragon and it suddenly came to life, pawing
the ground angrily. Sudi flew up to it and the two of them seemed to have
a *very* interesting conversation, unfortunately Adrianna failed to
translate it for us. The dragon flew off, I guess it was just glad to be
free again.

"I propose that we continue on our way." Grevlok stated.

We walked up to the corridor and came to the open doorway that Paul had
so recently, unknown to us, met the witch in and peered inside. I was
the first to see Raven and I pointed her out and ran over to her with
the others right behind me. Grevlok immediately turned her back to normal
and she collapsed in my and Jackie's arms.

"Raven are you okay? How did you get here?" I asked, concerned.

Before she could say anything, the door shut behind us and a lady in a red leather jumpsuit stood facing us. The witch, I presumed. Raven quickly
closed her eyes and cowered in my arms, obviously frightened. I looked
more closely at the lady and saw that her hair was really snakes, gross.

"Uninvited guests, how nice." She raised her arms up in the air hurled
some spell at us, but it didn't reach us, instead it bounced back straight
at her. She was unprepared for this and disappeared in a plume of smoke.
Grevlok began laughing hysterically. He had to lean against his staff to
keep from falling over. Arianna seemed to share in his mirth but the rest
of us were puzzled.

Arianna saw our confusion and let us in on the joke. "She tried to send
us to hell, but one of the spells Grevlok cast before we came down here
was a 'spell deflection' spell that made her spell bounce right back at
her. If she'd been an experienced witch she would have thought of
that. That's one of the oldest tricks in the book!!" She and Grevlok
chuckled a minute more and then grew serious.

"Well let's go find Paul. He must be here somewhere." Grevlok said while
leading us out of the small room. I noticed the computer sitting there and
mentioned it to Arianna who seemed interested in it. We walked up a small
flight of stairs and found a small room with a fireplace and a couch and
another doorway leading somewhere.


Silver and I had been in the cell for about two hours when we finally heard
footsteps approaching. It was, well, everyone! Mom? What the heck was
she doing here? At least Raven was all right. They came up to the cell
door and Arianna had it open in a flash and came in and hugged her brother tightly. "Silver! You're alive!" It was a teary reunion for both of them
and I walked out of the cell and approached Raven.

"Well I'm glad your okay. Guess who I found?" I smiled broadly and
gestured behind me. She was dumbstruck. She slowly walked over to Silver
and looked into his eyes as he untangled himself from his sister and turned
toward Raven. "Raven..."

I couldn't stand there and watch it. It hurt too much. Now that Silver
was back, Raven would be going back to him. They were, after all, married.
I walked out of the hall and back to the entrance and went outside, sitting
down on a rock and cried. I hadn't cried when Aunt Sarah died, hadn't cried
when Dad left mom and me, but I did now. I heard footsteps behind me, and
turned around finding mom there looking concerned.

I walked over to her and buried my head in her shoulders, and cried.

Things get a little fuzzy after that. mom told me later that she had
Grevlok spell her and me back home and she held me on my bed until I cried
myself to sleep. When I woke up, I was alone in my room and I heard voices
outside in the hallway. There was a knock at my door and Raven walked in
and closed the door behind her.

"I know you probably don't want to talk right now, but I think we should.
Your mother seemed very concerned for you. Paul why did you just assume
I'd blindly go back to Silver?" I sat up in the bed and she sat down in
my lap, facing me.

"But you're married to him. He has more of a right to you than I do." I
couldn't make myself look into her eyes. She took my chin and made me look
up at her.

"Paul there's something you ought to know. It turns out the only reason
the gateway between our worlds was open was because of that witch opening
them. When she was killed, they became unstable again. I'm afraid the
gateways have collapsed completely. There was little time to think about
it, Grevlok had to send your Uncle, Diane, and her friend back over here
before it collapsed and I just had to come back for you. So it looks like
your stuck with me, big guy."

She kissed me playfully on the lips and sat back, grinning from ear to ear.

"You mean?" She nodded yes and kissed me again. "I love you Paul. Don't
you see that? Silver was always so wrapped up in his magic studies that
he hardly had time for me, that's why Arianna was so mad that I took him
away from her. They were lovers before he met me you know. They're more
suited for each other then he ever was for me, you know. Then I found
you. You were a dream come true for me. So you are mine now, deal with
it!" She kissed me savagely and I eagerly returned the kiss, not believing
my good luck. I thanked god for bringing her back to me and put all my
attentions on the woman in my lap. Soon we were both nude and she was
on top of me, slowly fucking me while we continued kissing.

She arched her back and orgasmed violently, crying out in abandonment.
Unnoticed by us, who wouldn't notice if a missile hit the house at that
point, mom opened the door a crack and smiled when she saw us, then closed
the door quietly and went back to the living room to find *her* man. She
was horny as hell and needed a good fuck as much as Raven had. She found
Jack in their bed reading and quickly stripped off her nightgown, standing
nude in front of the bed.

Jack looked up from his book and found the beautiful, nude Sophie standing
there looking horny.

"Wow, what's the occasion?" He put the book down and grinned over at her,
unbuttoning his shirt.

"Raven screwing my son silly, getting me horny as hell. Think you can
handle it?" She smiled mischievously and crawled onto the bed, spreading
her legs for her lover. Jack entered her easily and both of them sighing

Diane and her girlfriend Jackie were similarly occupied, making slow love
to each other, both eagerly devouring the others' sex.

Raven and I made love all night practically and slept until noon the next
day. Within a week, both Raven and mom found out they were pregnant and
Mom and Uncle Jack got engaged. I proposed to Raven the very next day and
we got engaged as well. I don't know what the future will hold for us, but
we can face it as long as we're together.

The End?



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