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“I can’t fire the solar in there. The explosion would kill Thia. Let’s just take the pistols. You stay behind me and watch my back.” Demetri nodded. He exited the wagon with his crutch and a pistol. Malstrum edged into the cave opening. He paused, then walked in. Demetri looked past him. The entrance to the cave was littered with gnawed bones. Malstrum pointed to a human femur with a look of disgust before stepping over it. Demetri fell paces behind. He did his best to maneuver soundlessly with the crutch. They couldn’t see Flurry yet, but heard him. Brainbox translated the breathy words in his mind. “See, Hyena? Even tendon can be eaten if you cook it long enough. Mm. Mmm!” He came into view around a corner. Pillows and scraps of cloth littered the floor. Flurry squatted over a gas burner eating the remains of a human arm. His fat face was covered in grease. The trike was parked in the middle of the cave. Thia had a shackle around her neck attached to a chain anchored in the floor. She lay prone on her back, like an animal in a submissive posture. “Cannibal pig!” Malstrum raised his pistol. A shot rang out. Flurry gave a gurgling scream. Demetri looked past Malstrum. The monster had been shot in the face. He made hideous raspy wet screams, then was still. Malstrum walked to Flurry while still brandishing the gun. He checked for a pulse, then dug through his pocket for keys. Thia climbed to her feet. She walked as close to Malstrum as the chain would let her. Demetri looked down at Flurry. He’d collapsed on Spinak’s arm. The bones were dark from cooking. The forearm and most of the hand were chewed clean. Rotten fingers had bites taken out of them. “Hey, little girl,” Malstrum said. “Where Thistle?” She looked down and whimpered. Malstrum unlocked the shackle around her neck. “We’re taking you to him. Don’t worry.” Thia ran out of the cave. Demetri reached for her as she passed. “Wait!” Malstrum mounted the trike and revved it. He rode to Demetri.
“What are you‐‐?” “We need more wheels.” Thia sat in the passenger seat of the wagon outside. She curled her body with her shoulders hunched. One knuckle was in her mouth. Demetri sat next to her. “You alright?” “Thistle!” He drove as fast as the wagon could go. Malstrum trailed behind him. In an hour’s time they parked in front of the inn. Malstrum went to the back of the wagon. He dug through the gear. “They’re after us, Demetri.” “Let’s get her inside and—“ “Thia!” Thistle ran out to them. He threw his arms around Thia. The hyena clung to him with tight claws. Malstrum moved a large bundle of stuff from the wagon to the rack in back of the trike. He latched straps around it. “Thank you! You saved her. I didn’t think I’d ever—“ “The wagon’s yours Thistle. Go park it inside. Those fuckers are after us.” Thistle stood with his jaw dropped. Thia had an identical expression. Malstrum got on the trike. “Move it! Before they get close enough to see you.” “Well—where are you—“ “We’re gone.” He started off. “Get on the train next cycle and get the hell out of here.” His tires threw up a whirlwind of dust. Malstrum went to the tracks and rode in a straight line beside them. The town grew smaller behind them. Demetri clung to him. “Why abandon the gear?” “You trust me, don’t you?” “Yeah. That’s why I didn’t stop you.”
“What do you think of going west?” Demetri thought for a while. “You were banished from there.” “I know. I’d have to keep a low profile.” “That’s impossible for you.” “I’ve got friends.” The trike bounded over a craggy patch. “Why do you want to do this, Malstrum?” “I can’t protect you here.” Demetri’s heart beat faster. “I don’t mind it being rough. Everything’s sweet as long as I’m with you. But I can’t deal with you in danger. When you gave me that kiss and had to go away—tore me apart inside.” Demetri swallowed. “You said you had three choices. Death, prison, or east. You picked east. If you go back west you might get locked up or put to death.” “I don’t think they’re watching me, babe. If I stay out of trouble they probably don’t care where I go. There’s no one out there policing Secren. The only reason I got noticed in the first place is because I wrote the government letters.” Demetri considered. “You’d know better than me. I just don’t like you in danger anymore than you like it with me.” “We could be toughing it out in this side of the world for no good reason. I had a sweet set‐up in the west. It’d be amazing to share it with you.” Demetri drew breath to answer. Malstrum spoke first. “But if you’re not in, then fuck it. You’re what’s important to me now.” “Of course I’m in. Where you go, I go. That’s part of the deal with this whole marriage thing, isn’t it? We’re a team.” “You don’t know how good that sounds to me, babe.” Demetri squeezed him from behind. The larger man’s body felt good against his own. “This is what we planned before. Starting over again. Just the two of us. I’ll go wherever you want. Just be careful.” Malstrum looked back and smiled. “Always.”
‘I’m so happy! Squeeze him tighter, Demetri!’ They raced beside the tracks towards the rising sun on the horizon. Part 2 Malstrum retied his bandana so it covered his false eye. Demetri made a sardonic smile where he sat across from him in the rail car. “Wow, I can’t even recognize you.” Malstrum half‐smiled. “Fucker.” He removed his coat. “See if anyone on the train will trade another jacket for this. Make sure you get something good.” “What? I don’t know what you’d like.” “Something long and sexy just like it, except a different color. Go on. We’re getting too close to the West for me to be wandering around.” Demetri sniffed the jacket as he walked out. Malstrum kicked his right ass cheek. “Ow!” He returned minutes later with a similarly styled coat and a second garment. “That was an easy trade. Everyone wanted your coat because it ‘looks like Malstrum’s.’” “Nice.” Demetri displayed a black hooded mantle. “Here. Wear this over it if you don’t want the whole world to recognize you.” “Ah…good work, kid.” He donned the new clothes. Their trike was sent to a city Brainbox translated as ‘Capitol.’ Already Demetri saw this side of the world was more settled. Towns were in every valley the train snaked through. He saw at least three metal vehicles other than wagons. The refineries and trading posts sprawled into complexes of several buildings. They rode another day before arriving in Thrushfuff. Malstrum gathered their things. “Let’s take a break here. There’s a nice inn. The train runs through every day.” “You can afford it?”
“I had lots of sheftees sewn in my undercoat when I was nabbed, babe. Don’t worry about it.” Demetri’s brow rose when he saw their room. The bed was large with a brightly colored comforter. Vases and flowering cactus decorated the clean‐smelling room. The furniture was neatly polished. Even the bathroom put the inn back east to shame. The raised tub could seat two. Demetri tested the cushioning of the bed with his palm. “Wow. This is—“ Malstrum pounced on him. They both tumbled on the mattress. He attacked his mouth with kisses. “Damn, I love you! I want you so bad!” “Hey—cut it—“ ‘Yes! Yes! Ravage us!’ ‘Shut the fuck up, Brainbox!’ Malstrum quieted him with a deep kiss. He entwined the hot wetness of their tongues within the seal of their lips. Demetri became passive. Malstrum soothed his hair throughout the passionate kiss. He broke after long moments and gazed into his eyes. “You need to calm down.” Malstrum smiled gently. “Alright. I’m calm.” He kissed again for a brief second. “Get off. We’re both filthy.” “Let me make love to you tonight.” Please support us and buy the whole thing! We really would appreciate it!! http://yaoiprose.com Sign up for our newsletter http://www.ya‐yaoi.com/tinc?key=xnOeN1MC&RegistrationFormID=76014 Loads more erotic illustrated yaoi here: http://yaoiprose.com Everything we have on Kindle is Listed and Linked to here: http://yaoipress.com/kindle.htm
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