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Elle would have never guessed that Mias had such a compassionate counterpart. It would seem that Mias, after all, subsisted as the evil twin and Elias coexisted as the wholesome one, constantly shadowed and undermined by the heinous actions of his brother. He had convictions…passions…and they did not revolve around chasing skirt.

It did not hurt that he was as devastatingly handsome as Mias, like a figure from an 1800s romance novel cover. He wore his hair long, neatly pulled back wearing a dark billowy shirt and nicely fitted pants that complimented his features.  

"I am not from Ærworuld," she confessed, one morning during their daily get-together. "Mias came to my world and kidnapped me. I do not know how he managed to go through the portal. But he did and he can, which I understand to be thought an impossible feat."

Elias' mouth dropped open. "This is terrible news. No wonder he was able to recapture you, you could not escape... If I possessed the ability to open the portal, I would not hesitate to help you through it."

Elle believed him. She could not sense ulterior motives with Elias. He was refreshingly genuine, in the same capacity as Abernos. She could see that he felt. He was unafraid to show concern—that he cared for more than just himself.

"There must be a way to open the portal. Will you help me escape?"

He met with her every day after their first encounter, and to her surprise, she looked forward to their meetings. They discussed her kidnapping in length, the history behind the portal, and Elias explained the mechanics behind the magic of Ærworuld. By the end of their secret rendezvous, Elle always felt disheartened to see Elias leave.  

Elias put her at ease, while Mias put her on edge. True, she did not feel the fiery passion she felt around Mias, but she was not afraid of her desire around Elias. The sheer carnality of the tension between she and Mias was absolutely terrifying and she feared she could not control herself around him. Whereas Elias, she did not fear him and he shared her passions. He saw her as a person—which was a longed-for change.

Though as time passed, Elle found herself wishing Elias had the straightforwardness of Mias. She realized she would not resist if he pursued her, she would welcome it and maybe even might return the affection.

Some small, nagging, part of her felt guilty for having these feelings for Elias and not Mias. It frustrated her more than anything, why should she feel guilty about possessing feelings for a man who respected her over one who did not?

But Mias did try. Elle shook her head. As Mias had commanded, they spent their evenings together—not exploring each other's bodies as Mias had wanted—but she tried to explain to him how humanity worked while he tried to seduce her. It always ended poorly with Elle storming off into her room and Mias sulking behind her door. If only Mias could be more like Elias or if only her days were filled with Elias and the latter option sounded far more pleasant than the former.

Mias stared at her across the dining table in his quarters. Once again, she wore one of his crafted, poofy gowns which he adored. One elbow on the table, she rested her head on her hand, a mixture of boredom and annoyance rushing through her.

Mias slammed his utensils down on the table. "Would you bother to hold a conversation with me?"

Elle had enough of Mias on this particular evening. "I am sick of your conversation, Mias." She shot him a petulant look.

"Why? I am well educated, interesting, charismatic…my conversation is enthralling."

Elle rolled her eyes. "If your charm and charisma worked on me, then I'd be sleeping in your bed at night."

Mias looked vexed. "Why are you so unreceptive? I have given you everything you have asked. I gave you space, clothing, time alone…"

"But not my freedom."

"That is not up for discussion."

Elle rose from her seat. "Why is everything on your terms?" Elias never forced one topic on her, or prevented her from speaking on a topic. In fact, he never forced anything on her. Nothing was difficult with him.

"Because this is my castle. My land. You are mine. You do not get to dictate the rules of engagement!" Elle could see she had made him mad.

"I am not a possession. Elias understands this concept perfectly well! Why can't you?" Elle shook. She was by no means, Mias's, nor would she ever be.

Mias paused, looking at her skeptically. "Excuse me?"

Elle felt spiteful, she narrowed her eyes. "Elias would never treat me as you have. He is kind. He understands what it means to be a human being, you calloused louse!"

Mias rose, knocking over the dinner table. "Elias…?" Rage shook on the edge of the name.

Mias closed the distance between them. Elle stood her ground, chin raised, defiance in her eyes. "Yes, Elias."

"You have been visiting with him?" Mias was close, mere inches away. He loomed over her.

"And enjoying every minute of it."

Neither would back down. Mias bored down at her and Elle scowled up at him. He could do nothing to her, anymore. She refused to let him hold any power over her.

Mias's eyes softened, searching in hers. "Whatever your opinion of me, Elle, do not let it blind you against him. He is not all that he seems. He will use you, in a much more derisive manner than I ever could."

"Even if that is true, it is no less than what you have done." She felt the heat from his body radiate from him. The same electrifying tingles, that she had come to know so well, began to surge through her. Her breath became shallow and her eyes dilated.

Mias paused, glancing away. "Do you really believe that?"

Elle's eyes drifted down to his lips. It had been so long since he had taken an unwanted kiss, since they succumbed to the fire—even if it was only briefly and with short kisses.

Mias cupped his hands around her face. "Do you really believe that? That I have just used you for ill purposes?"

Elle's hands rested on his. She found she could not think, not with him so close, or with him touching her. She looked into his eyes. "Have I been unclear in expressing my feelings on the matter?"

Mias's eyes rested on Elle's lips. A shudder rippled through her. She closed her eyes and prepared for the kiss, for total possession of her mouth.

But it did not come.

Elle fluttered her eyes open. Mias studied her for a moment, his eyes searching for something. He released his hold of her face, backing away. She dropped her hands to her side, still dazed from his proximity.

He stormed to the door, hand on the knob. "Elle, I…I." He sighed, averting his eyes from her gaze. "You will find that Elias is not the angel that he pretends to be. I just hope that when you realize this fact, you will not be crushed by his malice and contempt."

With that, Mias turned the door, leaving her speechless and with her fire un-satiated. Angry tears formed in her eyes, though she knew not why she was angry or why Mias was worth crying over. For once he had done what she wanted him to, leave her alone, unmolested.

That is what she wanted, right?


Hands pushed Abernos and Berenos to their knees and forced their heads down. Gasps of astonishment erupted through the Stag and Doe courtiers.

They had made it, weeks of travel and dodging their father's political allies to arrive home. They did not expect a warm welcome, but the dirt, the trees, and the moss invigorated them. The forests knew the sons of the Stag Lord had returned, bending and bowing at their entrance.

The throne room was far more imposing and glorious than Abernos had ever realized. Thousands of trees had been magicked to form the walls and roof of the entire castle, rich dirt formed the flooring, as sunlight dappled through the trees. The power of the Stag Lord was a thing to behold.

The Lord Stag bellowed over the noise. "I banished you both. How dare you return here? How dare you show your faces in my forests?" Silence fell upon the room.

Abernos smelt the rage on his father's lip and the fear on Berenos's brow. The trees quaked and the earth trembled. This does not bode well.

Abernos spoke. "We would not have returned if it had not been important, father." He emphasized the word, though he knew it would do little good. The Lord Stag had long stopped being their father, when their mother died; it was if her children were no longer good enough to be remembered. But the forests knew the truth and that the Stag Lord could not deny. More creaks and groans trembled from the forest, this family dispute only caused them turmoil and uncertainty.

His father rose from his throne. "Everyone out. Out of my court."

Hastily, the court filed out until Abernos, Berenos, their father, and two guards—out of ear shot—remained. Abernos looked into his father's hazel nut eyes. "How dare you banish your only two sons?"

The wind whispered through the hall in agreement.

His father snarled. "I am the Lord Stag. I do as I please." A flurry of leaves circled around him, recognizing the power of their lord. He raised his arms, inviting in the tokens of nature which he ruled.

Berenos glowered. "Mother would not have approved."

The Lord Stag paused and turned to face his two sons. "What do you want?"

Nature swirled all around the throne room, curious and fearful of what would transpire.

Abernos turned to Berenos. "We have information that we are willing to share… for a price."

"What is the nature of your information?" The Lord Stag looked suspicious.

The trees, and the wind, and the leaves turned their attention to Abernos, interested in the words of their princes.

"It regards the Ágend family and the portal," Berenos confirmed.

A flurry of commotion exploded in the room. Abernos was concerned by the forest's response to the mention of the Ágend family, usually the affairs of wizards and mortals and any non-creatures who lived outside of the forest were not their concern or care. Why should they care about the Ágend family?

"…And what is your price?"

Abernos focused his attention. His questions could be answered later, this drama needed to be dealt with now. "Berenos had a spell placed over him. We want it removed and we want our banishment to be lifted."

The Lord Stag rolled his eyes, appearing bored. "And why would I lift your banishment?"

Abernos spoke firmly. "Because this has gone on long enough, you two need to apologize and forgive one another."

Berenos cried. "What? I never agreed to forgive him!"

Abernos looked each one in the eye, his lip and eyes stern. "You both were stubborn and wrong, and both of you know it. How much longer is the fate of the forests going to be dependent on the contradictory wills of the Royal Family? There is no need to fight. We are family."

Berenos and their father locked eyes. The forest stopped all commotion and silence permeated the room. Like a dense fog, tension hung in the air.

Berenos looked to the ground and the tension eased. "Father, I am sorry for my actions. I wasn't thinking…"

"No, no. It is I who was the stubborn fool…I should not have been so unconcerned…"

Their father's eyes became glossy. "My sons." He opened his arms walking towards Berenos and Abernos, wrapping an arm around each bound son. The wind picked up, swirling around them. The trees ceased to groan and the earth no longer quaked. Rustling through the forests could be heard as life stirred outside the throne walls.

"Guards!" The Stag Lord commanded. "Release my sons from their bindings! Immediately!"

The bindings on his hands had begun to chafe, so Abernos welcomed the rope falling at his sides.

Abernos, Berenos, and their father united in a giant hug.

The court began to fill into the hall. The Lord Stag cheered to his people, "My sons have returned. This is cause for a celebration!"

The crowd erupted in cheers as the forest danced in reverie over the reuniting of the Stag Lord and the Stag Princes. The forest was whole.

Abernos turned to his father in the midst of the commotion. "We do have an urgent matter to discuss with you father. The Ágend family has been through the portal. Who knows what this could entail? Or if any damage has been done yet. I know at least one soul has been stolen from the mortal world."

The Stag Lord shook his sons shoulder. "Tonight we celebrate. Tomorrow we can worry about the Ágend family. Let us enjoy our reunion."

Abernos held his objections. The forest needed this healing, needed the jubilation. Too long had it suffered under the hate in the Stag Royal Family. Abernos could only hope that the Ágend family's plans were not fully in action.


Mias guided his sword with precision, falling into his routine. But the exercise of his sword did little to silence the thoughts racing through him. He had left her last night and he knew he could not face her.

He was not like Elias in any capacity and certainly Elias was the far worse of the two. Elias was sadistic and cruel, preferring the torment of others rather than the pleasure. But why did she not see this?

It was as if she refused to believe that he—her kidnapper—was capable of good, though Mias tried and tried…and tried. He had no ill will towards her nor was hell bent on her destruction. Mias had no intentions of using her to further his purposes. He would not leave her to rot after he had made passionate love to her. He only wanted to keep her, amongst his belongings, so that they could succumb to the flame of their desire.

His purposes with her were not concealed. He had been upfront about his intentions from the beginning.

Doubt settled into his mind. Maybe he had been wrong to have taken her against her will. Maybe, even, he was wrong to keep her locked away. But he had wanted her and so he had taken her as with any other. He would do away with her when he was through. What was wrong with that?

He was no Elias.

But did that make him any better? Mias wanted to say yes, yet he felt that if it was true she would not be so easily swayed by the guile of Elias. She believed Elias because she wanted to, because Mias had given her no reason to trust his word.

Then it hit him. Everything she had spoken—pleaded—about humanity. She would not be used as a means to an end. She meant that she would not allow herself to be used as entertainment or pleasure for him, even if she had wanted to partake in the pleasure making.

She would not be treated as anything, well, less than human. Mias understood, she commanded respect in the same manner that he does. For the first time, Mias realized, Elle might be the only person who was Mias's equal: the only person who he could love. He felt it now, he knew the truth.

He had to tell her. He had to explain. Mias felt like he played the part of a fool. He knew, Elle was more than just entertainment or a flirtation. He intended to marry her, as soon as he could convince her. She would turn after she saw his sincerity. She would know.

Mias sheathed his sword and sprinted through the courtyard. He threw the giant doors to the castle open and flew up the stairs.

He panted a moment before he went into his chambers, regaining his breath and composure. With disregard, he opened the door wide to his chambers.

"Elle! Elle, I understand what you mean. I…"

Instead of finding a surprised, and slightly agitated Elle, as he had expected. He found Elle in Elias's arms locked at the lips.

Elle and Elias jumped apart. Elle stared at Mias in disbelief. She raised her hand to her lips, confusion crossed her face.

"M-Mias?" She stuttered.

Mias tensed. He watched as Elias backed away, a smirk on his lips.

Mias could not breathe. It was as if someone had stolen the air from his lungs. A giant knot formed at the pit of his stomach. He turned around and promptly walked out of the room as quickly as he had entered.

"Mias, wait! Mias…I!" Elle pleaded.

Mias slammed the door. He would not think about the twit in his room or about the deceptiveness of his brother. Mias was tired of this drama. He would leave to where he could regain his sense of self. He just needed to get away from this place, to escape from the disaster whom he might have loved, and to be free from Elle's siren grip.
So this chapter is much later than I wanted to publish it. It sure gave me some trouble. Having to convincingly change Mias's mind is quite a feat! Poor Elle, it is NOT for the faint of heart.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy this chapter. Like I said, it was quite stubborn and difficult. But I am very excited for the events to come!

Where is Mias going? How does Elle actually feel? What are Elias's plans? And will Abernos be able to rally the cavalry in time to save Elle and stop Elias?

Thank you so much *StressedJenny I am still having a blast with your characters. ^_^

Elle, Mias, Elias, Abernos, Berenos and all them belong to *StressedJenny you should definitely check out her stuff if you haven't! =D

Elle and Mias Chapter Links:

Chapter One [link]
Chapter Two [link]
Chapter Three [link]
Chapter Four [link]
Chapter Five [link]
Chapter Six [link]
Chapter Seven [link]
Chapter Eight [link]
Chapter Nine [link]
Chapter Ten [link]
Chapter Eleven [link]
Chapter Twelve [link]
Chapter Thirteen [link]
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starrysky963 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist
This is amazing!! Love Mias's moment of revelation, only to have it crushed by that devious,
scheming, little... ugh! But, as it has been mentioned, the reunion did seem a bit rushed.
Years and years of anger doesn't tend to poof away. Otherwise, it's absolutely wonderful!
ArtisanGareth Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just recently hopped on to this story line, and im always Perturbed when Mias says he well " do away with her when hes finished". does this mean send her back to the mortal world? or...more deadly things? surely not the latter?
txanchika Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It was intentionally written to sound more disturbing than anything Mias would actually do. I always envisioned him returning her to her world or kicking her out of his house. For me, he was trying to tell himself that is what he wanted to do: emotionally detach himself from Elle.

Mias feels like he has a lot to prove, especially when it comes to being manly and mean and cruel. This was a manifestation of it. Plus, he viewed her as an object. He does value the quality of life, but not necessarily the ability to possess control over it. I hope that becomes more clear throughout the story.
ArtisanGareth Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the response. It certainly cleared some things up for me. And the way youve written it, I do get the feeling that he has a lot to prove. that he isnt inherently evil or malicious, hes just trying to survive in a cruel world. As well as the fact that he doesnt really know any better. Id be interested in knowing some more about Mias's back story, to see how his personality was formed.
txanchika Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Me too. But not really knowing too many canon details, I fear if I were to delve into his past, I would be making massive assumptions that undermine the characters Jenny created. But I'm sure that this has already happened. XD

I also like to think that this is them before they turn into the lively bunch of characters we know and love.
ArtisanGareth Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is true...Sometimes i forget that these arent your people lol You write them so well i guess!

Also, since im new to this Mias and Elle thing, Has the characters creator made any stories about her own characters? Because i was browsing her profile, and maybe it was because it was late at night, but i didnt find and of her fiction, only drawings.
txanchika Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Lol. Thank you! =D

And no. =[ Lol This is why there are so many fan fictions, I think. We all just want to find out, so we've imagined it for ourselves. In each of her drawings she hints at cannon details, especially her older drawings.
redflowerblooming Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awwww, poor Mias!! :(
DressToQuill Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
OMG WHAT?? that was SUCH a shock kkkyyaaa your fanfic is aammaazzingg i love it :D
txanchika Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
lol Thank you! =D
Mistress-Of-Monsters Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, I'm turning into such a fan-girl when it comes to your writing! :squee:
txanchika Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
lol. =] I don't think I've had any self declared fan girls yet. ^_^
lunahate Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
is this your story or stressedjenny's cause i'm not following
txanchika Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It's a fanfiction stressedjenny's original characters. Its my version of her characters, and is in tribute to her and her story.
jintsuuriki Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
I really love this story, it kinda reminds me of beauty and the beast XD
digipup Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm enjoying reading this so far - there are quite a few parts, though, where I think you're moving far too quickly. The Faun's reuinon with their father, for instance. For having gone on for a long time, they sure made up quickly XD Keep going, though!
txanchika Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yea. Because this is a fan fiction its not really edited or refined the way I would like. I certainly might go back though and elaborate on those parts.

Do you have any other places where you think I could slow down? I've received very little constructive criticism on this story at all.
digipup Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly there aren't many places that come to mind right away; there were just a select few parts where I could tell you were rushing to get to something more exciting, which is perfectly understandable since I've done the exact same thing XD Just put yourself into the shoes of all of your characters and try to take on their personality. How would you feel if you were the faun brothers' father, and you had been angry with them for years, and then they suddenly break an exile to ask a favor of you? Would you forgive them right away? Ect. You get the idea. XD
Even so, I'm enjoying what you've written so far, and I want to see more!
teambookwormm Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I'm seriously loving this fic so far... Great job with her characters! poor Mias... :( :heart:
txanchika Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! =D
ChocoCherry1 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
I love you stories! They are wonderful to read...keep it going!
txanchika Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! I do plan to keep it going. =] I want to be a writer "when I grow up" lol
ChocoCherry1 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
Thats awesome! My best friend wants to be a writer too ;)
txanchika Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
=] Well good luck to her/him!
StressedJenny Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I keep coming back and reading these chapters over and over again! I'm loving them so much hun (and very excited about one of your plot points being so close to what happens in the actual story) It makes me so excited to see where this could possibly go. I love how Elias is manipulating Elle and that she trusts him. Poor poor Elle, you're going to be so dissapointed. Just had to write again and tell you how much these chapters are making me happy! :hug:
txanchika Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
XD It really makes me so happy when you comment on my stuff and you enjoy what I've written. I feel like I've accomplished something. =]
TheAncients Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
txanchika Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
=] Working on it. I promise. ^_^
TheAncients Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
KanaraR Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your fanfiction is fantastic!!!!! Continue please! (: I love that Elle is falling for Elias... that creeper. So excited for the next chapter!
txanchika Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Lol. Thanks. =]

I've always felt the worst bad guys, are the ones you didn't even know were bad to begin with. =]
KanaraR Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome, and that's true... sneaky bad guys are the worst.
paigerose623 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I just about DIED!!!
it was such a long wait for this master piece!!!!
txanchika Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Please don't die. =[ I'd be sad if someone died from my writing.
paigerose623 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm watching horror films right now.
sooooo, I 'm into that stuff. Thanks for caring though!!!
LisaBueno Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
you're so wonderful with storytelling! i was so anxious to read the next chapter, but i'm glad you took your time because it's obvious how much thought you put into directing each character's thoughts--- especially Mias! i love that shift he makes in thinking, it's very smooth but powerful. excellent work, i cant wait to read the rest! C:
txanchika Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you SO MUCH. lol.

I wanted it to be a natural flow of thought, as I always try to achieve, but this was a major event in the story...a major decision. I love stories that revolve around the characters being forced to make a decision, because this is how it is in real life. We can't float around avoiding decisions because they are difficult. So we shall see how his decision affects him later on, and same with Elle. They will have to suffer the consequences of their actions, whether they be good or bad. ^_^
signed-silence Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
AWK! I love the deception! Evil Elias… :3
This story is fantastic! You're so descriptive! :heart:
txanchika Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Lol. Thanks. ^_^
Bunny-Tune-94 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student Writer
bloody cliffhangers ¬.¬
txanchika Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Lol. Cliffhangers are where its at. =] Keeps people reading. And keeps the tension going. =D
Bunny-Tune-94 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Student Writer
:icongrumpyplz: I still hate them
StressedJenny Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
OMG! ELLE AND ELIAS!? Kissing!! I'm loving where this story is going hun and I've loved the other chapters before it! I'm sorry it's taken so long to comment on them. Eeeeee I can't wait to know what happens next! Thank you so much for taking the time to write it! :heart:
txanchika Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It's been so much fun writing about your characters. Thanks for being chill about fan fics. =]
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