Time of Dying

Selene had barely burst through the front doors when something large lifted her off her feet. Looking up, she saw Marcus. He had her in his talons and they were soaring higher and higher, heading south. Selene looked down again, watching as the cars' lights came on and began following them. The cold night air pushed against her face, calming her only slightly. She took a deep breath, held it and exhaled, trying to calm herself enough to see Erica. She closed her eyes as Marcus flew and tuned into her wife's mind.


Erica stumbled as she felt Selene's presence in her mind.

"Mama?" Alexia said.

"I'm fine," Erika gasped. She'd always said the first few seconds of 'mind invading' felt a lot like a cross between an orgasm and a really hard kick in the shins. "Get into the room." She and Kennedy followed the two children into the panic room.

"You alright?" Kennedy asked.

"Fine. Selene's on her way. Quiet for a second, I need to talk to her." Erika sat down on one of the chairs. She could hear gun shots, but blocked them out. Selene? Where are you?

I'm on my way. Markus is carrying me. The cars are about fifteen minutes behind us. Are the Renegades there yet?

I think so. They haven't broken in yet.

Don't be afraid, we'll be there soon.

Erika shivered as Selene pulled out of her mind. "They're on their way."


Clayton wiped Michael's blood off his hands. He looked down at Michael's wasted corpse and smiled. It had probably been overkill, but Selene had told him about Michael's resurrection stunt and no one wanted that again. Walking outside, he morphed and began running.


When Selene finally dropped from the sky, onto the back of a Renegade, she'd never been happier to be part of a fight. She pulled out two guns and began shooting and running. She dodged some return fire and ducked behind a large tree. She watched the coven's cars pull up as bark flew off the tree she was hiding behind. The rest of the Death Dealers joined the melee as Markus began picking people up and dropping them on the harder elements of the landscape. Selene fired around the tree and called to Soren, "Cover me!" She ran to the right, keeping low and shooting at the small battalion of Renegades. She took out the three that were trying to break down the door, and used the slightly elevated position to pick off others. She'd thought they'd killed most of them, but there seemed to be a lot of them pushing into the house. She ran and jumped, grabbing the balcony and pulling herself up. She broke the door and quickly destroyed the room. She opened the door a crack before tiptoeing over to the closet. She crawled inside, into the very back. Cloaks and fur coats tickled her face as she let the retina scan check her identity. The hydraulic door opened and she walked in. "It's just me!" she whispered, putting her hands up when she heard the gun action clack.

"Oh thank god!" Erika said, fairly tackling her.

"We've got to get you guys out of here," Selene said. "Soren's waiting with a car—" The ground rumbled. Selene grabbed Erika's arm to keep her from falling. "Shit!"

They all turned, Selene and Kennedy with guns raised, as someone tore the door off the panic room.

"Come on!" Clayton growled. "They bombed the place, let's go!"

Selene covered Erika as Clayton picked up Alexia. Kennedy and Shiloh followed them out of the room. Chunks of ceiling fell as they moved through the mansion. Clayton turned when Shiloh let out a loud, "Ahh!" Kennedy had just caught him by the wrist as the ground gave out in front of them.

"Keep moving!" he yelled as the house fell in around them.

Selene, as gently as was possible, picked up Erika and jumped to the lower landing. "You okay? Let's go." They led the way through the downstairs, dodging debris and falling ceiling. Selene grabbed Erika just before she walked through the door. A piece of the balcony was sagging dangerously. "Quickly!" She and Erika ran out of the door and into the yard. They turned when they heard a high pitched scream.

Alexia was lying in the dirt in front of the porch. She got up, dusting herself off and turned around. "Clayton! I was running already! Why'd you push…me…" she trailed off, looking at her bodyguard.

Selene ran over. Clayton was lying flat on his face, stuck under half of the balcony. Shiloh and Kennedy were trying to push it off of him. She dropped to her knees to help them. They managed to push the slab of granite up and flip it off the porch. Selene closed her eyes, trying to unsee the mess Clayton was in. He looked like a clump of squished molding clay. She looked up at Erika, who had picked their daughter up to keep her from seeing. "Shiloh, you're bleeding." She moved him into the yard where the medics were tending to the wounded. Looking over at Kennedy, she saw the girl seemed to be in shock. "Come on, Little K," she told the younger Lycan. "There's nothing we can do for him." She glanced once at Clayton's lifeless body before helping Kennedy up and into the yard.

"Is he…?" Erika said, walking over to him.

Selene wrapped her and their daughter in a hug.


Erika rested her head on Selene's shoulder as their daughter put some flowers on Clayton's grave. "Lexi, go with Marianna please."

"Yes, Mama," Alexia said, hugging both of them before leaving with her nanny.

"How are you?" Selene asked. "Both of you?" she added, glancing at Erika's stomach.

"I've been better."

When her wife didn't continue, Selene hugged her tighter. "I was thinking. The coven in Germany has room. Why don't we live there for a while? It would be a good place to start again."

"I don't want to leave him," Erika whispered, looking down at the grave.

"You're not." Selene ran her thumb across the bracelet Erika wore. It was a braided leather band with a silver circle at the top. The circle had the Corvinus crest engraved on it. "He wouldn't think you're abandoning him. I know he wouldn't."

They stayed in silence for a moment. Selene, hating to break the quiet, spoke to Erika through their minds. I'll make you a deal….

What's that?

We'll stay here until the baby's born, then we'll go to Germany. We'll stay for a year, then if you and Alexia want to, we can come back.

Okay.

Erika kissed Selene's shoulder. "Let's go in."

On the ground I lay motionless in pain
I can see my life flashing before my eyes
Dead I fall asleep, is this all a dream
Wake me up, I'm living a nightmare

I will not die
(I will not die)
I will survive

I will not die, I'll wait here for you
I feel alive, when you're beside me
I will not die, I'll wait here for you
In my time of dying

On this bed I lay, losing everything
I can see my life passing me by
Was it all too much or just not enough
Wake me up, I'm living a nightmare

I will not die
(I will not die)
I will survive

I will not die, I'll wait here for you
I feel alive, when you're beside me
I will not die, I'll wait here for you
In my time of dying

I will not die, I'll wait here for you
I feel alive, when you're beside me
I will not die, I'll wait here for you
In my time of dying

I will not die, I'll wait here for you
I feel alive, when you're beside me
I will not die, I'll wait here for you
In my time of dying

~Three Days Grace

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