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Timeline: New Mutants issue eleven. The New Mutants are the "Guests" of the White Queen and her Hellions. In a desperate plan to save their comrades Illyana Rasputin transported herself and fellow teammate Danielle Moonstar to Limbo, the eldritch realm where demons roamed and Illyana ruled as master. The transport, something Illyana has rarely attempted took a lot out of her, leaving her unconscious and Danielle at the mercy of the Demons wishing to make them their lunch. Using her underdeveloped Mutant powers, Danni managed to create an illusion of the creatures greatest fear to send them fleeing in terror. Their fear was of Sym, a giant purple behemoth that the New Mutants had faced off against earlier. The battle had seemed one until Danni's illusions faded to reveal the true demon Sym.
The Champion and her Magus
"I'd hoped… never to see this place again." The blond Russian managed to mumble, as consciousness slowly returned to her. A desperate situation had forced her to teleport into the demonic realm of Limbo. She grew up in this wretched place, and had nightmares of it still.
"Thank the spirits." Dani Moonstar whispered a quick thanks to her Native American deities. "Illyana are you alright?" The Cheyenne girl, barely sixteen, reached out to nudge her companion's shoulder. She had known the strange Russian for a few months, but never really had many dealings with her. They shared a home at Xavier's school for the gifted. Dani was there as a student and co leader of The New Mutants. Illyana was a guest of her brother Peter Rasputin, the x-man know as Colossus.
Illyana had returned several months ago after being abducted by a demonic sorcerer named Belasco. When she was rescued, she had mysteriously changed from a child to a teen. Aside from that little was known of the young woman. Physically she seemed to be anywhere between thirteen and sixteen, but no one could be sure. The girl was cold and distant making it impossible for any of the schools residents to get the chance to know her. Everyone save her roommate Kitty Pryde, whom along with the New Mutants was currently being held as prisoners of the Hellfire Club.
Illyana groaned softly as she moved her hand to touch her forehead. She found a neatly wrapped bandage covering a throbbing wound. "I'm alive." Looking around made her feel nauseous, both from her head wound and from the memories the realm stirred in her. "Though I don't know if that's a blessing or a curse."
Dani barely caught her companions whispered curse. It didn't help to ease her own fears at being in this terrifying place. "Here just relax." Dani gently pushed Illyana back down after she had sat up. "You took a nasty bump to the head, and it's time I changed your dressings."
"I… Thank you." Illyana blushed lightly as she looked into the concerned gaze of her Cheyenne protector. In the past they never exchanged more than a few sentences, but now she was tending her wounds and seemed genuinely concerned for her.
"That's what friends are for, right partner?" Dani asked uncertainly. Illyana nodded as she spent a moment studying her companion. Dani was very tense, and her eyes frequently shifted around the room, as if she expected something to jump out of the shadows at her. It was obvious that Dani was scared, but she was also trying her best to put on a brave face for her. It surprised Illyana that a simple acquaintance would be so caring. She could not help but wonder why she was doing it, after all no one ever did anything without wanting something in return. It was a lesson she had learned young in life.
"This might sting a bit." Dani warned as she moistened a cloth to clean the gash on Illyana's forehead. Illyana held back a gasp at the initial burn. Dani was careful to be as gentle as possible as she cleaned and redressed the rest of Illyana's wounds in silence.
"How did we get here?" Illyana asked as Dani was cleaning up after changing her dressings. The room they were in was cave like, though well lit. They were resting on an extravagant and plush bed that was pushed up against the far wall. Aside from a small stand on which rested a bowl of water and some fresh and dirtied bandages, the room was empty.
Dani looked confused as she explained the situation. "After you bashed your head, we were attacked by things that I have only seen in nightmares." Danni swallowed a lump in her throat. Illyana was very aware of the many horrors that populated Limbo and was amazed at how the Cheyenne girl kept her fear in check this long.
"I scared em off with my visions. Then that demon that attacked the mansion a couple weeks back appeared out of nowhere. I thought he was gonna kill us. He was the one who brought us here. I'm grateful, but I thought he was your enemy." Dani startled as heavy footsteps thumped into the room and stopped behind her.
"Things, and loyalties, have changed." Illyana spoke in a commanding voice that drew chills down the young Cheyenne's back. "Right, Sym?" Her blue eyes were locked on the hulking purple demon who slowly sauntered to the foot of the bed. He stood at least nine feet tall, dwarfing the two girls. The Demon grimaced and looked for a moment as if he wanted nothing more than to rip them in two and feast on their remains. Illyana showed no fear as she locked eyes with the evil beast. Sym tried to match her gaze, but backed down within seconds. Dani was speechless. The demon had been cowed in a matter of seconds, and without any words exchanged.
"You're the boss cutie." Sym muttered, obviously uncomfortable saying that.
Illyana shot him a withering glare, to which he shrunk back a nearly imperceptible fraction, before she leaned back again onto the bed. She was thoroughly exhausted. As Dani moved to help her the enigmatic Russian noticed what she and her companion were wearing. When they had transported they were wearing uniforms of the Hellfire clubs soldiers. Dani was now dressed in a Cheyenne warrior outfit that left very little to the imagination, while she was dressed in an elegant green gown which exposed her shoulders and had a slit up the side revealing the majority of her leg.
"Sym, where are our clothes?!" Neither outfit was unpleasing to look at, Dani's especially. Never the less, Illyana was troubled as to exactly how she came to be wearing hers.
The large demon shifted from foot to foot, but It was Dani who looked nervous, or was it embarrassed. "You're the Magus, Eh?" Sym snorted. "You rule Limbo. You're friend acted as your champion. She was going to fight me to save you!" Sym barked out, not believing it himself. "Sym thought it appropriate that you was dressed the part, eh?"
"Our uniforms were ruined." Dani mumbled, looking somewhat embarrassed and apologetic. "I, uh I changed your clothes. I hope you don't mind." Illyana had never seen the Cheyenne act so bashful and found it rather charming.
"Heh." The Purple demon, noticing Illyana's brief loss of composure laughed, breaking her observation. The flash of her humanity emboldened the demon, made him remember that she was but a little girl, one he had oft tormented in the past. His mouth split into a mocking grin. "Sym was gonna do it. Hers too. Sym was gonna treat you real nice, just like in…"
"Vanish beast!" Illyana's eyes narrowed into slits of rage. "You've overstayed you're welcome."
"HEY!!" Sym yowled as one of the young Magus's transportation discs opened up underneath him and transported him to another part of her domain.
"Uuugh." Illyana swayed a bit and collapsed.
"Hold on partner I got you." Dani was quick to her side and cradled the trembling girl in her strong arms.
Illyana shivered slightly as the Dani held her gently against her mostly bare copper flesh. "I.. Too weak. I must rest."
Dani took that as permission to settle her friend down onto the bed, pushing aside the blankets to make her more comfortable. "Alright partner, take a breather you'll be feeling better in no time."
Illyana seemed to pass out as soon as she was laid down. Danielle finished tucking her in and moved to resume her vigil by the bed. She was curious when the blonde's pale white hand reached out to grasp her dark coppery one. "Please.. Please lay with me." Illyana's voice was faltering. Dani could tell by the touch of her skin that she was feverish. Dani hesitated, but the pleading look in her normally cold blue eyes was something the proud young Cheyenne could not ignore, or deny. Taking a calming breath Dani allowed her mysterious friend to pull her down next to her, where she unconsciously curled up to her and promptly fell asleep.
Dani lay frozen as her body adjusted to the sensation of having another pressed so intimately against it. Illyana had instinctively entangled their legs together and wrapped an arm across her bare midriff. Her pale hand rested just below the small rise of her left breast, almost cupping it. Her head had come to rest on her shoulder, the enigmatic Russian's breath warmed her chest with gentle puffs. It took a few moments for Dani's body to adapt to Illyana's presence. She could not deny that the feeling was comforting, or perhaps something more.
Dani concentrated on calming her breathing and steadying her rapidly beating heart. Once she was as settled as she could be she let her thoughts wonder. At first she thought of her captured friends and how she could help them, but she knew she would need Illyana's help on forming a plan. That led her to think of the pale skinned blond snuggled closely to her mostly bare body. She swallowed deeply and started sweating lightly as Illyana moaned and tightened her grip. Dani nearly cried out as the young Russians knee shifted and pressed against her in a decidedly pleasant manor.
The Cheyenne youth regarded Illyana. It was the first time she had really "looked" at her enigmatic companion. She found that she really liked what she saw. Illyana had an enviable beauty that seemed completely natural, blond hair, blue eyes, pale skin, and pouting kissable red lips. Dani's eyes shot wide as saucers and her body went rigid as she realized exactly what it was she was considering.
It wasn't that Illyana was a woman that troubled Dani. The Cheyenne had long ago known that her eye was more often drawn to the fairer sex then to their rougher opposites. It was that Illyana was very much a mystery to her, yet she was beginning to fantasize about her.
:::I have lived with her for months and yet no one seems to know anything about her. Sym had said she was a Magus, master of this realm. I knew she was a sorceress but I never could have dreamed she had that kind of power. And if you lord over a domain of evil, does that in turn make you evil yourself?::: Dani's thoughts plagued her mind, until finally exhaustion claimed her.
"Mmmm" Dani moaned softly. She dreamed that a heavenly spirit had come to her and was intent on claiming her as it's own.
"Oh!!!" The young Cheyenne's eyes shot open as she felt a gentle breeze and soft knead at her breast. It was most definitely was not a dream. "Illyana what are you doing!!" Dani half yelled half moaned, as the blond Russian gently tweaked her exposed nipple while slowly kissing up her neck and settling to nibble on her earlobe.
"What comes natural silly girl." Illyana whispered huskily into her startled companions ear.
A shiver ran through Dani's body, quickly becoming a subtle heat as Illyana's startlingly talented ministrations continued. "Illyana, no! I… we can't!"
"Shh." Illyana silenced the halfhearted protest by covering Dani's mouth with her own. "Mmm" Dani's eyes went wide in panic, but calmed and closed as her body surrendered to the pleasures Illyana was bringing it. Illyana continued her light feathery kisses along Dani's lips waiting for a response. She was overjoyed when she felt her "champion" begin to respond, hesitant at first, but soon with an desperate fervor that matched her own.
Dani could feel Illyana's tongue gently probing her lips seeking entrance. She hesitated for a moment, until the Russian's continuous massage of her breasts pulled a moan from her and granted the Magus the entrance she sought. Dani whimpered as Illyana's tongue entered her mouth. It was the first time she had kissed anyone, and to kiss someone this deeply took her breath away. She started to respond on instinct her tongue snaked out and entwined with Illyana's causing both girls to moan in pleasure.
As their kisses and Illyana's touches became more insistent Danielle had a brief moment of lucidity, seeing the moment for the madness it was. Gently, at first then forcefully, the young Cheyenne pushed her paramour away from her. "Illyana, we have to stop this. What were you thinking?" Dani yelled, more angry at herself for accepting the advances than she was at Illyana for making them.
Illyana's face was a mask of confusion, rejection, and fear. "I… you saved me, you became my new champion. I…" Illyana's eyes scrunched in confusion and started to dart around the room nervously. Dani was shocked to see fear and panic in her friend's normally stoic eyes. Regardless of the situation she moved to hold her. Only when the fabric of Illyana's dress pressed against her skin did she remember that her top was still missing. Illyana had discarded it while she slept. Dani ignored the tingling that shot through her body as Illyana accepted the embrace.
"It's all right partner every thing's all right.." Dani gently rocked her companion who clenched to her tightly but had yet to speak again. Only when she seemed to have calmed did Dani try questioning her friend. "Why did you… well y'know, and what does my being your champion have to do with it?"
Illyana tightened her grip on Dani slightly, and it seemed that she wasn't going to say anything. When she finally did it was in a whisper that Dani had to strain to hear. "I thought… Kat and Belasco, they were my previous champions." Kat was Kitty Pryde in an alternate reality where she had been trapped in Limbo. Her soul and body had been warped by foul magic's wrought by the then lord Belasco.
Dani held the smaller girl tight as a shudder passed through her surprisingly thin body. "When they helped me, they would often demand that I… reward them." Dani hissed slightly as She felt Illyana's grip tighten and the smaller girls nails dug slightly into her skin.
"I'm sorry. Being here in Limbo, old habits came to focus. And I… I." Dani waited calmly for Illyana to say more.
"What is it Yana?" She finally prodded. The familiar use of her name coming from Dani's voice gave Illyana the courage she needed to continue.
"I wanted to please you. You have shown me such kindness even though you don't know anything about me. You were even willing to fight Sym for my sake. I don't have anything to offer in exchange for that. This is the only way I know how to say thank you." Illyana moved from Dani's embrace to look the other girl in her eye, to allow her to see what she could not say.
"Yana, you didn't have to do that.." Dani's heart ached as she thought of the life that Illyana must have led while trapped in Limbo. She gently ran her fingers through her partner's golden locks, the gentle movements intending to be a calming gesture.
"I know I don't have to." Illyana caught Dani's hand and held it in her own. "I want to."
Dani's breath hitched as she saw see the truth in the young Magus's eyes. Dani's resolve was weak, but she felt she had to voice her main concern. "What of our friends?"
This time Illyana ran her fingers through Dani's braids. She leaned in closer and her lips pressed gently to Dani's temple, cheek, and finally lips. "I will use the energy of our lovemaking to cast the spells necessary to find and free them."
Dani gasped as Illyana's hand trailed down her back and began to unbuckle the clasps that held her breeches on. "Is that truly what this is? Making love I mean." Dani caught Illyana's hands and held them to her unclothed bosom. "I… it's important to me that this is what is." She swallowed deeply as she began to shiver. "My… My first time I want to be with someone who cares for me, and not just using me as a means to an end."
Even though her hands were captured by Dani's tight grip, Illyana leaned foreword to claim another kiss. She kissed Dani in a way to let her know that this was real. "I don't know what will become of this, but I do know that right here, right now I need you." She leaned in again pulling Dani into another heated kiss, and could feel Dani about to give in.
"Just promise that you won't forget about me when this caper is over. Promise me you will give me a chance to get to know you better. I want my first time to be with someone I love." Dani took a breath before guiding her new lovers hands back to where they were on her breast, and breeches. She kissed her again. This time Dani was the aggressor, needing to show Illyana that she was serious, that this was very important to her.
"I promise." The words were barley a whisper passing by Dani's ear as Illyana began her sensual assault in earnest. Dani cried out as Illyana nipped at her ear and trailed nibbles and kisses down the long expanse of her bronze neck.
Illyana's smooth agile hands moved to Dani's bottom, kneading and massaging before moving to undo the simple buckles of the Cheyenne garb. Finally freeing Dani of her breeches Illyana pushed back to allow her champion the chance to remove her green gown. That she did, agonizingly slow, placing kisses over every inch of freshly exposed skin. Illyana's body and senses were aflame. When Dani's kiss claimed her mouth once again, the fires of her passion became the silver flames of the spell needed to harness their sexual energies. Dani was already too lost in Illyana to notice the silver pentacle that formed above them protecting the lovers and harnessing the energy needed to rescue their friends.
For the moment, that quest had to wait. Much energy had to be gathered first, and for the next several hours, the two new lovers would work very hard to produce as much of it as possible.