Chapter 14 (Cousins)
Gwayne and Thomas hissed and cursed when then ran to the exits trying to find the older male. Growling at the noble guests to move they both dashed outside to see a figure already leaping the wall disappearing into the crowds. Roaring they both headed for the wall only to stop short at Ambrose’s voice.
“Cease!” He told the both of them. “Would you slaughter half the populace just to find one?”
Thomas growled an eagerness in his eyes as he hissed. “I could do that!”
Ambrose shook his head calling them both back inside. As all three of them stepped inside a Lynx clan female met them at the door.
“I heard what you said mate!” She yelled at Thomas with a growl her tail swishing back and forth at a furious rate. “Don’t think you will escape me that easily!” She said as Thomas’s eyes grew wide and he ducked back out the open door.
Bowing to Ambrose she gave chase as they heard a fading Thomas, “Mileen I wasn’t that serious!”
Ambrose’s face grew into a wide smile as he heard the fading sound of sword play. Well he thought might not see Thomas for a half minton or more.
Turning to walk back in Ambrose was met by his and the other Knights mates. “Ah! I see that you truly are smarter than we thought!” Roth’s mate said with a smile. All three of his mates were nodding yes as Ambrose stopped with a shock.
“Who am I to get between mates; especially when he was wrong?” Ambrose told all six of the females that were smiling at him.
Gregor and Roth walked up a moment later as Gwayne shook his head and met them before they got too close. Ambrose watched as Gwayne whispered in their ears and their eyes got huge. Both nodded quickly then all three moved to within a half maclon of Ambrose.
Roth’s mate turned to him, “Mate you could learn much from this one. Protect him well or all of the knights’ mates may grow upset.” Then she leaned close as she whispered, “Your comrade Sir Thomas is already feeling his mates wrath. Let’s hope the rest of you don’t!” She said with a sly smile that had Roth nodding and standing more on guard.
Ambrose smiled wider then pulled the three aside. “I am afraid that there will be no rest. I have been receiving word that the outermost planet of the realm is rebelling. We must stop this before it cascades into all the planets going this way.”
All three of Ambrose’s knights nodded in agreement. “You want to send our wives after Thomas and Mileen?” Roth asked.
Ambrose thought about it, true he needed all of them but as he told the mates, who was he to interfere? “I will ask them, though getting between those two mates at the moment might not be a very good idea.”
Gwayne nodded he himself wouldn’t want to brave that situation. The fact that he and his mate were close friends notwithstanding, Mileen was close to unstoppable when she got going. “If you ask, see if my mate thinks it is plausible. She and Mileen have been friends for many quants. That plus I think the fact that we may be gone a while might rub her fur the wrong way.”
Ambrose was nodding the whole time. He’d learned from his father that not listening to people who had more knowledge on a subject invited disaster. “Alright, if she can, I need all of you and him ready to go within a minton.”
Gwayne scratched his whiskers as he thought. “It might be a little tight Sire; we’ll do all we can.”
Both Ambrose and Gwayne approached Dawney, Gwayne’s mate. As soon as both males approached, her face fell. Bowing low she straightened, “Yes Sire? If I can do it then I will.”
Gwayne remained silent as Ambrose had a moment of silence that he was at a loss for words. “I--” here he sighed.
Dawney looked at her mate then her eyes got large. “You wish for me to interfere between them? Sire! I thought you were against this!”
“I am that is why I have come to ask you your opinion.” When Dawney’s eyes got huge Ambrose continued. “I need all four of my Knights when we leave for the outer planet tonight. We have to put down the rebellion there before it starts.”
Dawney eyes still large, she was silent as she thought about this turn of events. Niaco walked up to her whispering in her ear. With a gasp she nodded then turned back to Ambrose. “Sire in order to do this I will require all of your mates and the other knights mates. Mileen may not look it, though she is ferocious with a sword. Even Thomas barely has the skill to keep her at bay.”
Rubbing his whiskers Ambrose remembered just how fierce Mileen had been watching him. Also there were the events at her and Thomas’s home. “Granted, though I need to ask--” Ambrose started.
“I have already spoken to all of them mate,” Niaco told him when he started to turn toward his mates. “For this instance it is more than a damn good reason. Keeping this kingdom strong is all our duties.”
“Very well, the problem is I need him here within no more than a minton and a half. Any more than that, I’m afraid we’ll be gone.” Ambrose told them.
Both Twitty and Glenna had scowls on their faces as they both hissed, “You leave without us and there will be a heavy price to pay Ambrose!”
Ambrose swallowed hard at the looks of seething anger from all THREE of his mates! Well he thought things were going to get interesting that’s for sure.
Both Gwayne and Roth looked at Ambrose with surprise. So, they weren’t the only ones that had to fear from a strong mate. Both smiling they filed this fact away for later reference.
It was almost a minton later when all three of his mates and Dawney finally returned with a tied up and struggling Mileen. Hissing with a ferocious roar she was yelling, “Release me! I will kill all of you! My mate can’t be allowed to be a killer! Release me now!”
Ambrose could only stare at all five of the females bandaged and bruised as they came in. Niaco sidled up to Ambrose licking the side of his face. “Thank you mate that was the best hunt we have been on in a long time!” Both of his other mates and Dawney all nodded their agreement.
Ambrose could only shake his head then walked to Mileen. “Let me go! I care not who you are! I’ll kill all who get in my way!”
“MILEEN!” Ambrose roared to get above her screaming. Blinking she shook her head.
“Ambrose?” Still a little confused she looked at the ropes looped around her. “I take it I was in the blood lust?” Ambrose nodded a small smile on his lips. “I see; Thomas must have angered me greatly. That’s about the only thing that makes me lose control that bad.”
Looking around she saw Thomas limping in also. Then she turned back to Ambrose. “Perhaps,” she whispered, “he might straighten up-- though I doubt it.”
Thomas looked up at her with a scathing look which quickly softened into a look of love.
Sighing Ambrose told all of them, “We have to leave for Mandria as soon as possible. I suggest that all of you assume your armor. Have as many of the troops as you dare to take come. I want to put this down as quickly as possible.” Roth nodded as all of the Knights departed. Looking at the seven females he stated. “I am sorry that we must go please watch over what you can here. I am leaving some troops; public opinion of the crown has finally started to turn. I just hope it is enough to hold the kingdom together ‘til we return.”
“We are with you mate,” Niaco said as all seven of the females followed him to the armory. Upon entering all seven of the females mouths dropped open. There in the front of the room were seven sets of armor for them!
“I had thought that it was time that my knight’s mates also had armor.” Turning to his mates, “as I did for my mates. Wear it proudly.” Then he turned heading back to the palace almost unnoticed. Making his way to the throne room Ambrose was slowly donning his armor when he heard several armored individuals approaching.
Looking up his mouth dropped agape as he could only stare at all THREE of his mates. ‘Damn, ‘ he thought, ‘they are as sexy with the armor on as they were without it.’ Shaking his head to clear it he chastised himself. There would be time for that much later, though he thought as he stared harder they were tempting him mightily.
Finally set Ambrose was met at the palace entrance by all of his armored knights. A moment later all four of their mates appeared also girthed in their armor. When all four of his knights’ eyes went wide then they looked at Ambrose as he nodded.
“It is a gift, with all the worry that we have now, I wanted to make sure that we had one less.” Ambrose told all of them.
“Ah, if we were younger,” Roth suddenly said making the other three knights nod in agreement.
“I think that all of you need to go before nothing gets done!” Roth’s mate said a small pant to her voice. “Before all five of you are drug off to a mating bed!” All of the other females were nodding affirmatively with her.
Ambrose and the other Knights agreed as they all headed to the space port. The wire hair commander was waiting when they arrived. “All is prepared sire,” the commander said to Ambrose, as the knights Twitty and Glenna boarded.
“Watch our mate well,” Niaco advised Twitty and Glenna. “I also would like kitts!” Both of the females nodded as they looked at each other. They had seen her skill they both had to admit she was as good if not better than they were. She was one they weren’t all that sure they could easily defeat if at all.
Lifting the star cruiser accelerated. “We should be there in two spectons sire.” The commander said.
“Good, though I think you should advise all to come out of hyper drive well short of Mandria. If they see us coming they might not resist as bad.” Ambrose told the commander who was already on the com. advising the other ships.
“Commander, open a channel to Mandria.” Ambrose told him a moment later.
“Yes Sire.” The commander said. “Open Sire.”
“To the Mandrian control this is King Ambrose. This rebellion that has been rumbling across the planet will stop now! I am enroute there now, I do not wish a civil war, but this kingdom will not be destroyed by power hungry fools!” Ambrose roared into the com, and then clicked off.