Dark Mind, Dark Heart Part 3 **WARNING** The following part contains explicit sexual situations. If you're not old enough to read it or can't handle it then don't read it. Valerian slept soundly through what was left of the night and half of the day. When she awoke, however, things weren't so peaceful. She didn't know how to use this new body, let alone get back to her old form. She started panicking and trying to stand on two legs on the bed. Her body was still a wolf but her mind had returned to a more human state. D seemed to be the only one that could calm her. Fortunately, Dawn had briefed D on the basics of what Valerian was. Valerian had stopped in front of D, who was sitting on the bed, and just stood there and whimpered. Her vocal cords were no longer equipped for human speech. That's when her mindspeaking ability really came in handy. *D, help me, I don't know what's happened to me!* *Valerian, it's okay. I'm here for you. You're a shapeshifter, your body has become that of a wolf. Do you remember the dream?* *A little. How can I get back to normal?* *Imagine yourself as your human self again. Imagine your body changing back.* After a moment, Valerian's body began to glow with blue energy again. The transition from wolf into human was a bit more gentle. As soon as she was finished she was crying, sitting naked on the bed. D pulled a blanket up over her and held her as she cried. Valerian looked up at D and said, "I'm scared D." D looked down at the trembling girl and said, "I know, it not an easy thing when you learn you're not human. Things are going to get a lot harder for you, but I'm going to be there with you, every step of the way. I swear it." This comforted Valerian, not just D's words but something deep down in his soul came out with those words. She knew D meant it. It made her want to get closer to D even more. She finally felt safe in D's arms. She felt calm and relaxed, and slowly she worked her arms out from under the blanket and around D. And D didn't care about restraint anymore, he didn't stop her. She was like him, inhuman, caught between two worlds. He started nuzzling her cheek. It turned into light kisses and he worked his way to her mouth. When D started kissing her on the mouth her whole body came alive with desire and D hadn't felt this good from such a simple pleasure for a very long time. D let Valerian start work on removing some of his clothes and he had already pushed the blanket aside and begun to feel of Valerian's body, running his hands over her soft skin. "Mmmmm D..." With every touch and every moment they wanted each other more and more. They were both nude now and D pulled the covers over both of them and laid down with Valerian beside him. The touching became more and more intimate and Valerian found herself touching a man in a way that she had never touched one before. D grunted with pleasure. He had been stroking her inner thighs and now started to touch her most intimate spot. He rested part of his had on her clitoris and while he worked his fingers inside her. She started to let out little moans of pleasure as he moved around inside her. "D... please..." D reached over to a nearby table and grabbed a condom. This was definitely Ace's castle, they were everywhere. He now moved on top of her, teasing her with kisses here and there. They both positioned themselves and D started to push inside her. She was untouched before now and her body was small. "Oh, ow, D!" "Should I stop?" D asked, every fiber of his body screaming to continue. "No, don't stop. Please don't stop." He pushed harder, hoping to get it over quickly. She was already very wet and it helped him finally get inside her. "Oh D..." "Valerian..." They held each other for a moment and then D started pushing again. It wasn't long before he broke fully inside her and Valerian was working as hard as D. Writhing in pleasure, they touched and explored, worked and moved, all to see and do what felt most pleasurable. Harder and harder they worked to climax, Valerian wasn't the stereotypical shy virgin, she was as ravenous as D. Screaming and moaning with pleasure and supernatural vigor, their bodies began to glow as they reached their goal. Exhausted and spent they fell asleep quickly, holding each other close. ****************************************************** Ace, on the other hand, wasn't having such a good time. He had worked the ropes that bound him since Dawn left to go on her way and he had acquired some nasty rope burns. Dawn had let just enough light in through the curtains on the windows to weaken him, he wasn't going to have the energy to regenerate for a while. The sun had finally set while D and Valerian slept and he was almost free. "C'mon now, dammit! Just a little more... Yes!" His hands were free now and he removed the rest of his bindings. He ran to the window, opened it, and jumped two stories down. He landed hard and awkwardly. "Oh shit my legs! They're gonna pay for this!" he said as he limped off into the distance. ****************************************************** A while after Ace escaped, D and Valerian woke up. D was first to awake, and he nudged Valerian into consciousness after he began to realize how long they'd been asleep. "Wake up my dear." "Hmmm..." "It's late, we need to check on Ace." "Who's Ace." "Rex" "Don't care. Wanna snuggle." "There's a pretty large bounty on his head." "Really?" Valerian sat up and they kissed and snuggled for a moment and then they dressed. D had found her some more practical clothes, some brown pants and a blue button-down shirt. She had never worn anything like that before, only dresses and skirts. They felt a bit odd at first but got used to them quickly. When they were finished they went to check on Ace. The only thing left on the chair was a pile of rope. D walked to the open window and looked down. He could see where Ace had landed in the sandy dirt. "Let's go downstairs and get a closer look." he said. Soon they were downstairs and looking at the ground. They could see how awkwardly he had landed and how he had struggled to get back up. They could also see the limp in his footprints. "He didn't go anywhere near the horse stables, he's not thinking clearly. He's obviously injured so he'll be looking for shelter." stated D. He was in his professional hunter mindset now. First they went to get their horses, then they started following Ace's tracks. It wasn't long until they reached a cave. The opening was rather small, but D and Valerian could still crawl inside easily. The inside opened up to a large tunnel, with plenty of head room for the very tall D. There were two train-like sets of track, one vacant and the other had a vehicle on it. A boxy silver car with seating for four. D got in the driver's seat and Valerian in the passenger side. The controls were simple, a green button for go and a red button for stop. D pressed the green button and the car began to slowly move. It soon came to a downward slope and it picked up speed. Eventually it reached a well lit area covered in light colored tiles that had been made into an underground building. When the car neared the end of the track D pressed the red button and it slowed to a stop in the middle of a circle. The other car was there too. They started walking to the end of the tunnel and saw that there was a huge room at the end. They reached the end of the pathway and saw that less than a fourth of the room ahead of them still had tile on the floor, only the part nearest the pathway. The floor of the enormous room was also about three feet below the pathway they were still on. Valerian jumped down first, then D. She reached the edge of the tile first and was in for a big surprise. Before she could set foot off the tile thousands of muddy hands and arms reached up from the floor. The ones closest to her grabbed greedily for any part of her they could get, but D was too fast for them and pulled her away before it was too late. "You okay?" asked D as he held her close to him and far from the mud arms. "I'm okay, thank you D" answered Valerian. "Isn't that sweet, and I thought you said he wasn't your boyfriend!" called a voice from the far left. D and Valerian turned around and glared at Ace and he just laughed at them. Suddenly, Valerian screamed. D spun around to see a creature that was shaped like a beautiful woman but it was a bubble. It was coming closer to Valerian and she was backing away. D drew his sword. Valerian made it back up onto the ledge but before she could get out of range it managed to gently caress her bare ankle. D was very angry so he slashed it with his sword. It popped and was no more. While D was still distracted with Valerian a door near Ace slid open and revealed a classroom. Ace was the only one who noticed this. A very real looking and very beautiful woman beckoned to Ace from inside the room and he was more than willing to follow. The door slid closed behind him and after a moment it slid open again Ace stepped back out. He had an unusually blank expression on his face and he just stood there waiting. D turned around, walked up to Ace, and punched him in the face hard. Ace fell to the ground and D tied the vampire's hands behind his back. Ace said nothing the whole time, even when D led him back to the cars. D threw him in the back seat and tied his feet. D pulled a lever beside the circle that the car was on and it turned completely around, ready for a return trip. It was slow going up the hill but they eventually reached the surface. Valerian went out first, followed by D dragging ace behind him. It was still night and the air was cool. The moon was still pretty full so they decided to hurry. D slung the still quiet Ace across the back end of his horse and they made their way back to the castle. This time they used chains to restrain him. D left Valerian to watch Ace, he had to keep his promise to the boudas and kill the werewolf mutants. Before he left D said to Ace, "Try anything and she'll shapeshift into a wolf and tear you to shreds." D then left and Valerian began to get bored. She found a few books but none of them were in any language that she could read. They didn't even have any pictures. She had nothing to do but pace. ****************************************************** Meanwhile, D was tracking. He had already begun to hear the eerie, tortured howls again. He followed the sound until the pack suddenly surrounded him. There were five of them and the biggest of them approached D. "Where is Rex?" It growled. D just drew his sword and said, "He is known as Ace among humans and he is a wanted man. I will bring him to justice." The lead werewolf grinned, showing jagged, yellow and rotten teeth. D dismounted and rushed at it. The beast tried to strike back but the rested and rejuvenated D was as fast as lightning. D easily killed the leader and then turned his attention to the others. They all rushed him at the same time. D had no trouble at all dodging the huge beasts. One by one he killed them and then severed their heads to bring to the boudas as proof of his kills. ****************************************************** Valerian was still pacing. She was beginning wonder why Ace hadn't said anything since D punched him. Something about it worried her. She stopped pacing, looked at Ace, and said, "You've been awfully quiet. Did D hurt your pride?" Ace just looked at her blankly and, in more of a monotone than even D himself could hope to produce, asked, "Have you ever given birth?" ****************************************************** D rode up to the bouda camp with the five werewolf heads fastened to various places on the sides of his horse. The boudas were very happy to see this. The tribe's leader rushed out with a pouch of gold, gave it to D, and said, "If you ever need metalsmithing services you know where to go!" The other boudas had removed the werewolf heads and placed them on the ends of long stakes around camp. D rode away wordlessly, on his way back to Valerian. ****************************************************** "What the hell are you talking out about you jerk!" shouted Valerian. She was angry and unsettled now. She started to look around for a weapon and found a sword. She held it at him and growled, "You want to say that again?" Ace's head fell over to the side and he asked, "How do you give birth?" She was scared and disgusted and the wolf in her said to strike. She slashed at him, cutting him in two with surprising ease. The sword she was holding wasn't covered in blood, it was covered in mud! The mud ran out of him and he shriveled up. It left the discarded flesh covering and reformed into a basic humanoid shape. Valerian struck at it again with the sword but this time it held the sword in its body and pulled it out of her hands. She started backing away from it while it discarded the sword out of reach. *Think wolf, think wolf, think wolf." Her body started to change and she slipped out of her loose clothing easily. She would have to thank D for his foresight. She was the wolf again. Her instincts told her that if a sword couldn't cut this thing then her teeth and claws couldn't either. She began to run. The mud creature was fast, but not as fast as a wolf. She ran out of the castle with the thing following. She tried her hardest to catch D's familiar scent. Every now and then she would catch a whiff but not enough to lead her anywhere so she stayed near the castle. Even her lupine endurance wasn't any match for unfeeling mud and she got more and more frightened. Finally, she saw D approaching. She ran straight to D, he was surprised but fortunately he recognized her. He leapt off his cyborg horse and landed between Valerian and the mud creature. It stopped for a moment, surprised at this new development. D took the glove off his left hand, held it up, and blasted the creature to a charred mess. His left hand then absorbed the mud creature's soul. *Are you okay?* thought D as he kneeled down to pet the panting Valerian. *I'm a little shaken up, but fine. Thanks. * she thought. *How did it follow us here, and where's Ace?* asked D. *That mud thing was disguised as Ace, that's why he was so quiet. It kept asking if I knew anything about giving birth. * she answered. They both knew where they needed to go, back to that underground room. D held Valerian, still as a wolf, in front of him on the saddle and they started on their way. The journey was pretty uneventful so reached the underground room quickly. Valerian had gotten more used to her wolf body so she walked confidently beside D to the ledge. The mud arms were still flailing and reaching for anything they could grab. They jumped down into the room and made sure to keep clear of the hands. Valerian looked at the door on the wall and thought, *The last time I saw Ace he was near that door. * They walked up to it and D pressed the button beside it. The door slid open and they saw Ace tied to a school desk. The beautiful woman was standing in front of him and he was practically crying when he said, "I'm a man, I don't know anything about giving birth." D held up his left hand again and blasted the woman, then absorbed its soul. Charred mud had splattered everywhere. D untied him from the chair and retied his hands and feet. He drug Ace out of the room and to the car, tossing him in the back. D didn't see Valerian near him so he looked around. She was on the ledge and the bubble woman had reappeared. Strangely, Valerian didn't seem afraid of it this time. Still, D drew his sword and came closer to them. *D, it's okay.* thought Valerian. The bubble woman looked at D and said, "Thank you for defeating the mud demon. It was blocking my ability to speak. It was a servant of a much more terrible demon. Thousands of years ago, a demon was conceived in the womb of a human woman. It had the power to torment and destroy every living thing in the world. A powerful group of magic using humans, vampires, and demons sensed this and decided to stop it. They took the woman here, where they had built an artificial womb. They were able to transport it into the artificial womb and seal it away. Then they created me to be its guardian. It laid dormant for thousands of years, its power growing. Now it wants to be born." "What can we do?" asked D. "Fire, that's its weakness." said the bubble lady, then she backed away. She popped again and was gone. D went to the car and pulled the lever to turn it around again. He pressed the green button and sent Ace on his way to the surface. He then turned to Valerian and said, "If anything happens to me run as fast as you can out of here. You can turn in Ace at the next town. I'm going to destroy this thing even if it kills me." He regretted those last words, he could see her fear for his safety in her eyes. Valerian just leaned up against D's legs and he knelt down to pet her again. He added, "I'm going to do all I can to come back alive." He stood again, his sword still drawn, and started running at the mud arms. He grabbed the edges of his cape before he reached the ledge and was able to glide halfway to the other side. When he landed he was surrounded by the mud arms. He spun around, swinging his sword in a circle to start clearing the way before he sank into the mud. He ran and swung his sword in front of him to clear his way. He finally made it to the other side. The ground was a little more solid and there were no mud arms where D was standing. He sheathed his sword and started digging. Just a few inches down he hit a large object. He took his left hand and made a fist. The symbiot screamed, "No! D!!!!! You're not gonna do what I think you're gonna do?!!!" D drew back and then punched as hard as he could, breaking a hole in the shell. D saw an image in his mind of what the hand saw, a full grown demon in the fetal position. It was just a little bigger than a full grown man. D had the symbiot convert all the energy it could to fire and blasted the demon with everything he had. The mud arms started writhing in pain and then sank down into the ground. D saw through the symbiot's eyes that there was nothing left of the demon's body but a charred spot so he had it absorb all the released soul energy so nothing could come back to haunt him. D stood, drawing his charred and unhappy left hand out of the container. He the ran back to Valerian. They both wanted nothing else but to get out of there so they both ran, side by side and triumphant, out of the cave.