Fight to the Death Ch. 06byAshiraDatya©
I apologize about the shortness of this posting, I'll be working to write a longer post at another time, but things have been kinda crazy around here lately. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy! I look forward to and welcome all feedback, however, if you are asking a question, please don't forget to give me some way of responding to you directly; I will not post responses on the comment section anymore which means that anyone who wants an answer to a question posed will have to email or message me directly.
"Are you sure this is going to work?" Rogue asked nervously.
"It should," Beth assured her.
"And if it doesn't?" Rogue wanted to know.
"He'll be fine, just a stomach ache, and probably a headache. It'll feel a lot like he has a hangover," Mage answered.
"Just what I need," Griffin said sarcastically. Cole chuckled and patted his brother in law's shoulder.
"I need you to drink this all in one gulp. No pausing to catch your breath or it won't work," Beth warned him. Griffin nodded and accepted the glass of the foul smelling liquid.
"Remember, one breath," Raven cautioned as Griffin raised the glass to his lips.
Griffin nodded again, took a deep breath and chugged the potion in one go. A look of pure disgust was on his face as he lowered the glass to the table. "Water," he muttered. Beth gave him a small glass of sugar water.
"The sugar will help," Beth told him. "Better?" Beth asked after a minute. Griffin nodded. "Good. We have to book. We'll see you guys later," she added, exchanging glances with Mage, Raven and Cole.
"Be careful," Cole ordered.
"This place is making me nervous," Mage whispered.
"Quiet!" Beth, Raven and Parker hissed.
"He's been here," Beth said softly, poking at a pile of smoldering ashes in the middle of a clearing.
"He isn't here now," Parker commented.
"Don't be so sure," Raven said, her entire body rigid as she listened to the sounds in the night. A branch snapped from somewhere behind them and Raven let out a low, almost feral growl. Parker, Mage and Beth began to chant. Raven fought the urge to shift and began to chant with them. With a roar of anger, Marcus came flying towards them and threw something at them. Beth stopped chanting as the potion hit her, sending an invisible fire dancing across her body; she screamed in agony and dropped to the ground, rolled around, desperate to put it out. Raven, Mage and Parker had managed to get out of the way of the potion.
"Parker, go after Marcus, we'll help Beth!" Mage instructed. Parker nodded and took off at a run while the two girls dropped down next to their cousin and began saying a counter curse.
"We need you to help us Beth, you need to relax and let the spell in," Raven said gently. But Beth was too deeply concentrated on the pain and couldn't hear her cousin.
"I couldn't catch him!" Parker said, breathing hard when he returned to the girls. He bent down to scoop Beth up but Raven stopped him.
"If you touch her, you'll be burned too," Raven cautioned. Parker thought quickly.
"Grab the blanket from the car," he told her. Raven dashed to the car and grabbed the thick blanket and returned quickly. Parker took the blanket, and used it to shield him as he picked up Beth carefully. Once they were in the car, Mage took off like a speeding bullet.
"What happened?" Cole demanded when they arrived back at the compound.
"Marcus that rat bastard! He tossed a fire potion on her!" Mage spat.
"You can't touch her Cole," Parker warned as he set Beth down on the couch. Beth whimpered, her whole body shook with the pain that was wracking her body.
"What can we do?" Cole asked.
"I'm going to consult the books, but I don't think there is anything we can do except wait it out," Raven said hesitantly.
"What do you mean wait it out?" Cole snarled.
"It's a spell for invisible fire. It will run it's course, but I don't know how long it will take," Mage answered.
"Mama!" one of the kids cried from up stairs.
"Go to her Cole, you can't do anything here," Raven said softly. Cole nodded and headed up the stairs.
Griffin lounged on the bed, Rogue asleep in his arms, a million thoughts running through his mind. He looked up when someone knocked on and opened the door; Dominic stood before him. Dominic growled softly at the sight of his daughter being held by a man, but he knew it was too late for feelings of anger and he had to smile slightly at the protective way Griffin's arms tightened around Rogue's body. "I just wanted to check on the both of you," Dominic said.
"I'm fine dad," Rogue said quietly as she woke up. She snuggled against Griffin with a sigh of contentment. Dominic nodded and gave Rogue a small smile.
"Your mother wanted me to tell you that dinner is in ten minutes," Dominic told them before he walked out.
"You sure you're okay?" Griffin asked, rubbing his hands up and down her arms.
"I'm fine Griffin. A little tired, but I feel fine," Rogue promised him.
"I'm sorry I left you," Griffin said. Rogue gave him a small smile.
"I understand why you did, I'm just glad you came back," Rogue murmured.
"I couldn't stay away any longer," Griffin admitted. "It was killing me. I'm sorry I changed my number and hurt you like I did. I'm surprised that you were able to forgive me like you have," he added.
"Oh don't get me wrong, you're going to be making it up to me for a long, long time, but I love you, especially for your reasoning behind what you did. Just don't ever leave me again!" Rogue told him.
"If I can help it, you're stuck with me," Griffin promised. He held her close until there was another knock on the door.
"It's Charles, dinner's done, and you're both expected to join us," he told them.
Rogue and Griffin walked into the large dining room hand in hand and Griffin swallowed nervously at the sight of the entire pack assembled. Dominic gave Rogue a gentle hug, as if he were afraid that he would break her and then shook Griffin's hand. "They are here to welcome you into the pack," Dominic told his son in law. Griffin breathed a sigh of relief that ended when Cole burst into the house.
"What's going on?" Rogue asked. Cole regarded his sister carefully and gave her a weak smile.
"Nothing for you to worry about sis. Dad, I need to see you, Charles and Xavier right now in the study," Cole answered. Rogue refused to budge.
"I am a part of this family Cole Marcus Black and I'm not a child," Rogue reminded her brother with a growl. "Besides, you may need my help," she added. Cole sighed but nodded.
"Very well brat, join us in the study. Grif, you might as well come too," Cole sighed.
"How is she?" Cole asked when he, Rogue and Griffin returned to the house he and Beth owned.
"Unconscious now. It's a good thing though, it will help her body heal from the pain," Raven answered gently.
"What can we do?" Rogue asked as Mage appeared in the doorway of the living room with a fussy Marissa.
"You can take the kids back to the compound. Beth is going to be out for a while and we'll need Cole's attention," Raven answered.
"All seven of them?" Griffin asked, eyes wide.
"If you could. Jenny won't be any trouble and the twins are pretty easy going," Raven said with a smile. Rogue smiled and nodded.
"We'll be glad to take the kids. We'll need the mini van," Rogue answered. Griffin stared at Rogue like she was crazy and had grown a second head.
"I'll help you round them up and get them in," Cole said, catching the look on Griffin's face.
"Are you insane?" Griffin asked Rogue when they got into the van and backed out of the driveway.
"No, the kids are easy. I used to watch them all the time," Rogue answered.
"But you're recovering and pregnant and ..." Griffin trailed off when he saw the look on Rogue's face.
"The quads are easy, and so is Jenny. She's such a sweet heart. I haven't watched the twins, but they don't seem to cause Raven any problems. I love watching the kids Grif," Rogue murmured.
"Are you okay to handle all of them?" Griffin asked.
"You'll help me right?" Rogue countered. Griffin sighed but nodded. "Besides, you need the practice, I'm already pretty proficient with babies," she reminded him. Griffin nodded again and had to resist the urge to roll his eyes. They rode in silence for several minutes before Rogue glanced in the rear view mirror as they coasted to a stop at a red light before looking back at Griffin. "You're okay with all of this aren't you?" Rogue asked, her voice soft, her eyes full of concern.
"With what? Babysitting?" Griffin asked, avoiding the subject.
"With having a baby. We never discussed it," Rogue clarified. Griffin sighed and ran his hands through his hair. "Be honest," she pleaded. Griffin sighed again.
"Honestly? I'm not sure." Griffin swallowed hard at the look of hurt on Rogue's face. "I love you Rogue and yes, I want children with you, it's just going to take some time for me to be ready for this." Griffin took Rogue's hand in his as the light turned green. "I'm sorry if I hurt you, that was never my intent. I do want this baby, I'm just not sure if I'm ready for it," Griffin rambled until one of Raven's twins babbled something that neither could understand, but it was cute nonetheless making them both laugh.
"They're all out," Rogue told Griffin after putting the last of the children to sleep.
"I can't believe you have a place this big when you don't live with your parents," Griffin said looking around.
"All of us have one. Dad had a house built for each of us for when we got married and started our own families," Rogue told him as she sank onto the bed next to him.
"Are you okay?" Griffin asked worriedly.
"I'm fine, just tired," Rogue answered.
"Cole called while you were getting the kids down. Beth's still not doing well and they're calling Dr. Lewis. He wanted to know if we can keep the kids awhile longer," Griffin told her as he began rubbing her shoulders.
"What'd you tell him?" Rogue wanted to know.
"That we'd keep them as long as they needed. Xavier is going to come back for the twins and Jenny in the morning and take them to your parents to make things easier on us, but the quads were no trouble and you're right, I do need the practice," Griffin answered. Rogue gave a small smile and leaned back into Griffin.
"I love you," she whispered.
"I love you too," Griffin murmured, kissing the back of her neck. "What's wrong?" he asked, hearing Rogue sniffle.
"Nothing," Rogue whispered.
"Don't lie to me Rogue. What's wrong?" Griffin asked again, turning her to face him. "Talk to me," he pleaded.
"I'm scared," Rogue whispered.
"Of what? You're great with those kids," Griffin wanted to know.
"I love the kids, but I get to send them home after awhile. I've never had one of my own before and you admitted to yourself you aren't sure if you're ready or not and ..." Rogue's voice trailed off as Griffin's lips covered hers. When they pulled apart, Griffin brushed his thumb over Rogue's cheek and looked at her tenderly.
"Rogue, listen to me. I love you. I never would have left you had I known you were pregnant. I'm scared too, but more for the fact that the bulk of my experience with children happened tonight! I'm not backing out on this or on you, I'm with you for the rest of our lives, however long that is. You're going to be a great mom Rogue! Our children are going to be so lucky to have you as their mother. I'm lucky to be spending my life with you; there is nothing else I would rather be doing," Griffin told her gently but firmly. Rogue sniffled again and a lone tear trailed down her cheek. Griffin reached out and wiped it away gently. "What are you thinking?" he wanted to know.
"That I love you. I'm still mad as hell but I love you," Rogue whispered. Griffin kissed her again and began undoing the small buttons of her blouse.
"I'm never going away again, I promise," Griffin said between kisses as he peeled the blouse away; lowered his lips to a hardening nipple and sucked on it gently making her gasp as heat burst through her.
"More," Rogue murmured, her voice just above a whisper. Griffin grinned against her nipple as he pulled her skirt off of her and let it drop to the floor by the bed.
"You don't want to take your time?" Griffin asked when he finally pulled away to remove his own clothing.
"We've been apart for how long?" Rogue pointed out.
Griffin nodded. "Good point," he agreed, raised an eyebrow as she sliced her claws down his jeans, relieved that she managed not to scratch anything other than his pants and boxers; he chuckled as Rogue pulled him onto the bed with her then groaned as her lips closed around his cock. "Rogue, hon, you don't have to do that," Griffin reminded her with a groan.
"I know," Rogue said, pulling away, caught her breath. Griffin moaned as she took him in her mouth again. He closed his eyes as her tongue swirled around him, creating a haze of ecstasy that if was a dream, he didn't want to awaken from.
"Rogue, love, you need to stop now." Griffin gently pulled her away from his cock and kissed her.
"Was I doing it wrong?" Rogue asked, blinking innocently.
"You know for a fact that you weren't," Griffin said, his voice husky with desire for her as he pulled her in for a hug. "I don't want to hurt you or the baby," he whispered. Rogue smiled as she pulled away from him and settled back against the pillows.
"You won't hurt me," Rogue murmured, stretched her arms out for him. Griffin muttered something about being damned before lowering himself over her. "Love me Grif," she pleaded.
"Forever," Griffin promised as he sank his hard cock into her warmth. They moved together as one, alternating between fast and slow, hard and easy until they both teetered on the edge.
Rogue whispered something in Griffin's ear that caused him to moan loudly before biting down on her shoulder. Rogue's eyes widened as she was thrown over the edge, her orgasm sparked his and as Griffin came inside her, Rogue bit down on Griffin's shoulder. Breathing hard, Griffin reluctantly pulled himself off of her and dropped to the bed next to her. "I love you," Griffin said, his voice hoarse.
"I love you too," Rogue whispered sleepily as she cuddled close to him. Griffin wrapped his arms around her and held her as they drifted off to sleep.
"You look overwhelmed." Griffin looked up from wiping off the dining room table and chuckled slightly.
"Yeah, just a bit. I told Rogue to go back to bed. The quads are asking for Beth. How is she?" Griffin asked Xavier.
"Still unconscious, but she's healing. Doctor Lewis said that Beth will heal faster and less painfully unconscious then she would have awake. Where are the kiddos that belong to me?" Xavier wanted to know.
"Napping," Rogue said from the bottom of the stairs.
"You should be too," Griffin reminded her. Xavier shook his head with an amused smile.
"I know you're married sis, but do you think the next time you're around me, or Cole or Charles that you could shower and lose the smell of sex? It's not something I want to think of my little sister having," Xavier teased. Rogue blushed a little as she crossed the few feet to the island where the toaster and bread sat. "How long have the kids been out for?" he wanted to know.
"About a half hour," Griffin answered. "Hungry?" he asked Xavier. Xavier nodded. "Eggs and bacon?" Griffin inquired.
"No eggs," Rogue interjected.
"You okay?" Griffin asked.
"I'm fine. No eggs," Rogue answered. Griffin looked confused and Xavier chuckled slightly.
"You're almost past it," Xavier reminded Rogue.
"Thankfully," Rogue grumbled.
"Past it?" Griffin looked at Rogue before turning to Xavier.
"You'll figure it out. How about just some fruit and toast?" Xavier suggested.
"Perfect," Rogue said with a smile.