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"Not in front of the men," Zephyr murmured as Noreat kissed him again.

The younger king frowned as Zephyr pulled away.  Curse the man's annoying height.  In some cases it was quite fun, in others it was maddening.  Of course Noreat could pull him back down, but Zephyr was strong again.  He could resist with ease.

"And why not in front of them?"  Noreat waved a hand dismissively at the knights who kept watching.

"Right now is not the right time."

"Oh?  And what is the right time?"  Frowned the younger king.

The older man sighed lightly while side eyeing the army that Noreat had given him.  Zephyr adjusted quickly to being General of Dwal's army, and the men adjusted quickly to having to listen to a foreigner's direction.  It also helped that at any time Zephyr could either: (a) knock them to the ground with a gale of wind or (b), the far more interesting choice, he could create a vacuum around them and starve them of air for any length of time.  Usually he didn't kill the men, but one or two soldiers had been lost when they tried to attack the new General.  The army fell quickly into line after that.

"I need their respect," his bonded attempted to explain.

"Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe they already respect and fear you, love."

"Right now, yes," nodded Zephyr.

"So why is now any different?"  Frowned Noreat.

"Well right now we're kissing in front of them and—"

"And that makes a difference somehow?"

"It does.  They won't see me as a General, they'll see me as soft," the older King frowned, the lines on his face always becoming more pronounced when he frowned.  "I love you, you know that.  But there are times and places for such displays of affection."

Noreat frowned right back and folded his arms over his chest indignantly.  He was fairly certain the threat of death outweighed the fact that Zephyr had a soft side and could expose it.  Though the man seemed a bit adamant about this, and Zephyr took on the serious expression he used mostly for his men and those who annoyed him.  Noreat was never fond of the expression when it was used on him.

"…Have it your way, then," the young King whispered and then left.

*

Later that day Zephyr went to find his bonded.  He had spent most of the daylight outside with the knights.  By now he was tired but far from exhausted.  After searching Noreat's usual haunts around the palace he finally found the man in their room.  Zephyr smiled as he slid into the room and pulled off his jacket.

"There you are," the older man greeted warmly.

Noreat murmured a soft hello, his eyes in a book of some sort.  That wasn't too unusual as Noreat usually was quieter when reading.  It was likely one of those poetry books he had commissioned.  However, whenever Zephyr came in Noreat tended to stop reading to greet him.  Perhaps he was in the middle of a particular poem.  Noreat was not the type of man to leave a poem half-finished.  So as his bonded read Zephyr pulled off his boots and stretched.  A couple new bruises from today but nothing deadly serious.  Damien wanted to have Zephyr healed before retiring before dinner, but Zephyr would hear none of it.  He was used to bruises and minor injuries at this point.  He might have even liked them.

After a few minutes Zephyr turned over onto his side.  Noreat was still reading, or at least he looked like he was.  Odd, Noreat generally didn't keep this quiet after a long day of the two being separated.  The older man sat up and went over to Noreat.  He reached out to brush the young king's hand but Noreat immediately jerked it away and tucked it under his slender chin.

Oh.

That was right, they had argued earlier.  The conversation seemed so petty that Zephyr had completely forgotten about it.  It had been a bad habit of his, forgetting arguments and then walking in not remembering he had upset someone.  Usually it didn't matter, Zephyr was the king in Geofek and king's consort here in Dwal, and it likely wouldn't be an issue if it were anyone but Noreat.  However, the fight had been between the two highest ranked members of this royal court and Zephyr was not the highest in the room.  The older man sighed and rolled his shoulders.

"I'm sorry," usually just that phrase worked on Mayanna or Iridesia.

Noreat frowned and continued to read.  Apparently he was going to be more difficult than his daughter and deceased wife.  Zephyr wasn't exactly…good…at this.  It wasn't as though royalty were taught in the art of apologizing.  That was a skill they hardly needed, and in Zephyr's career as King he had apologized to only family on sparing occasions.

"Noreat…" Zephyr almost complained.

His bonded huffed.  All right, that didn't work.  Realistically it would have never worked. Whining and complaining only got him so far even when Zephyr was a child.  And that particular habit of Zephyr's had been stamped out quickly.  His father had never enjoyed that particular tone of voice.

"Right now is not the right time," Noreat recited from earlier.

Vortex, the man could be a right spiteful thing couldn't he.  Zephyr pinched the bridge of his nose and slouched just a little.
"Noreat you cannot still—"

"I am."

He was.  And now Zephyr needed to figure out the right way to soothe his lover's sore pride.

Ah, there is an idea.

The king's consort rounded the chair Noreat was in and leaned over him.  His bonded continued to scowl and glared at the book of poetry.  Zephyr was fairly certain that the poetry was much more difficult to read when he was upset and angry.  Sighing lightly, Zephyr knelt down in front of Noreat.

"Give me a chance, Noreat."

"Respect is more important," the man parroted again.

It likely wouldn't help if Zephyr mentioned how alike to his daughter Noreat was acting.  He was, but that would likely earn him a smack to the cheek or worse.  The older man sighed and folded his arms over Noreat's knees.  His bonded twitched and now turned his icy blue glare down on Zephyr.  Definitely a lot like Iridesia when she's upset.

"Outside it is," Zephyr tried to explain.

Noreat huffed and glared back at his book.  The poetry had no idea what it did to make the king so angry, and it was trying very hard to make him happy, but the words were falling a bit short.  Noreat had a glare that could terrify the words off a page.

The king's consort thought for a moment and then sighed.  Apparently there was no winning for him.  He already let Noreat slide flowers into his hair, a style Zephyr had only worn when Iridesia was little and on particular occasions that called for it.  No kisses in front of the men was likely something he would have to fold on.  He numbly wondered if there would ever be something Zephyr could get his way on, but he hadn't encountered that situation yet.  Perhaps in Dwal the odds were ever in Noreat's favor.

"I'm sorry Noreat," Zephyr apologized sincerely this time.  "It's not so much an issue."

Noreat continued not to speak to Zephyr.  The silent treatment was a maddening thing, and while Zephyr could tolerate it from his daughter having to tolerate it from his bonded was a different monster.  The older man's mouth twisted.

"Allow me to make it up to you."

"And how would you—"

In his own typical fashion, Zephyr pushed Noreat's book away and kissed his bonded.  Noreat tried so hard not to kiss back, he even tensed for a moment, but after that passing second he had to reciprocate.  The young king sighed dramatically but wrapped a hand around Zephyr's jaw.  Noreat was clinically unable to stay mad at Zephyr long.  When they pulled their lips away Noreat managed a small frown that wrinkled his nose.

"I hate it when you do that," the king mumbled.

"Liar."

Zephyr slid his hands up Noreat's legs and kissed him again.  His bonded made a soft sound, it was a mix of angry and resigned, and he had to kiss back again.  Zephyr's callused fingers slid under Noreat's white and purple tunic, finding the hem of his pants and tugging them.  Noreat wrapped both hands around Zephyr's shoulders.  Slender fingers wrapped around Zephyr's long braid.

"I expect a good apology," Noreat smirked.

The older man had to grin back, his teeth scraped against Noreat's lips.  Zephyr's hands continued to pull down Noreat's pants.

"I think I can do that."

"Are you sure?  I'm still very cross with you," a sentence that didn't fit Noreat's thin smile.

Pressing up against Noreat, Zephyr nipped down the side of Noreat's neck.  His bonded panted lightly and wrapped his hand around Zephyr's braid.  A second later Noreat jerked Zephyr's head back by his braid, making the older man growl.  Zephyr grinned and pricked his nails into Noreat's thighs.

"Have I ever disappointed you in the past?"  Zephyr wondered.

Noreat giggled in that excited way he always did.  One hand pushed down Zephyr's shirt to show off more of the man's silver carpeted chest.

"Not to date…" the way Noreat's icy eyes devoured his body sent shivers down Zephyr's spine.

Zephyr cocked an eyebrow and smiled thinly.  "Then trust me."

*

It was fair enough to say that Zephyr made up for his egregious error yesterday.  The next day Noreat was feeling much better.  He and Zephyr ate breakfast as they always did, and Noreat walked his consort/general to the barracks where their army was.  The knights were milling about, either sparring or donning some armor.  Noreat lightly pat the small of Zephyr's back.

"I shall see you later," Noreat smiled.

His bonded smiled and was about to walk away, but something made him stop short.  The older man looked as though he was thinking, and as Noreat was going to ask him what caused him to pause Zephyr turned around and kissed him.  The young king sighed and wrapped his hands around Zephyr's strong jaw.

At the first giggle from one of the guards a strong gale kicked up and threw him into the wall of the barracks.  It was safe to say that Zephyr didn't lose any of his hard-earned respect.

Though Sfo couldn't stop cackling as the knight went running to a healer.
HAPPY BE-LATED ANNIVERSARY MISTY! Two years and one day ago Misty and I embarked on our infamous collaboration KINGS!

And now we learn that Grimmy is the worst internet spouse ever. I FORGOT OUR ANNIVERSARY I AM THE WORST. D''': Hopefully this makes up for it!

Mmm, I missed writing these boys. This was just too much fun. I wish I could write about these guys more often, but I've gone and made so many projects it's impossible to do everything at once! I shall have to find time to write Zephyr and Noreat. :heart:

Misty's Anniversary Pic!
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Why don't thumbnails ever work for me? ;___;

Did you know this is a completed story Misty and I did? NO??!? EDUCATE THYSELVES!
Chapters Archive: [link]
Illustrations Archive: [link]

Noreat, Dwal © :iconmistytang:
Zephyr, story © Me
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Jakathine Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student General Artist
I really like this. Reminds me slightly of an anime called "Maiden Rose" with the whole respect aspect....I think I shall have to go "educate" myself further with this story :)
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GrimReapette Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I've never seen that anime. But I am glad you enjoyed this!
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Jakathine Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student General Artist
You should go see it. They are only OVAs ( I think there's 3 eps) but they are awesome.
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GrimReapette Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sometime I shall!
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DarthVengeance0325 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
And now that question is emphatically settled for me. I know she's called 'e hubby before, my fair lady, but it was in debate for me right up until you forgot the anniversary. ;p :manhug: :huggle: Welcome to the circle of forgetful fellahs, now including lasses. ;3
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GrimReapette Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
i AM THE WORST SPOUSE *sobs*
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DarthVengeance0325 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Nooo, you're not! You make her exquisitely happy. This we've all seen. :glomp:
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CahjesaalLesou-n Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013   Writer
This was truly fun. I love it, how you write those two. You simply make them fit so... right.
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GrimReapette Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's the power of looooove~
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CahjesaalLesou-n Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013   Writer
*sings along*
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Mangsney Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've missed these two a lot, so it's fantastic to get new stuff from both you and Misty! :la:
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GrimReapette Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
We missed them too! Glad to see you still love them. :heart:
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the1cutemetalchick Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
we need more with these guys! D: ive missed them! theyre so cute!
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GrimReapette Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I HAVE SO MANY IDEAS. I WILL WRITE THEM. AFTER I WRITE ALL THE OTHER THINGS.
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the1cutemetalchick Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oOo type fahst! type fahst! oOo

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theStarfly Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Writer
<3 It was great to hear about these two again :D They're so cute together.
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GrimReapette Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :heart:
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theStarfly Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Writer
You're welcome! Thanks for writing it :)
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NoNamedFish Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
The web needs more fantasy-based OC slash fiction.

Two questions. You may've mentioned these in your other works, but:

1) What's the age difference between the pairing?

2) What, exactly, would the soldier's reactions to seeing the pairing making out be? What's their attitude to such a thing? Would they be disgusted? Jelly? Or is the general just putting on a professional front for his troops? Is such a union taboo, is what I'm asking.


Might put your 'Kings' story on the to-read-list in the near future.
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GrimReapette Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!

As for your answers,

1) Zephyr is 51, Noreat is 29. For all intents and purposes, Zephyr is old enough to be Noreat's father. In the story Zephyr discusses some concerns over their age difference, especially since Zeph has a daughter who close to Noreat's age. ;}

2) Seeing as the soldiers from Dwal are from a world where the gender of partners doesn't matter, they don't really care that it's two men. In both worlds that Zephyr and Noreat are from gender doesn't matter in the relationship. Seeing the kings making out would basically be nothing to the soldiers, though like all soldiers they could tease Zephyr about it and he doesn't want that. Too many people would have broken noses in the end. Zephyr really doesn't want to make a spectacle, as the culture he's from usually frowns upon it. Noreat is, for lack of a better term, an attention whore and he wants people to see, so Zeph is a bit uncomfortable with it. The union itself is legally and culturally fine, and it's not their genders that's the problem, it's the difference in what Zephyr deems proper and what Noreat deems proper.

I do hope you read it! The story and :iconmistytang:'s illustrations are lovely. We've never had anyone tell us that they disliked it. :3
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MusicAddict26 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:iconomgsocuteplz: I think I shall have to go educate myself...
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GrimReapette Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh you should. KINGS is one of my favorite projects. :heart:
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MusicAddict26 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I definitely will then ^^
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Shauna-O-Connor Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I giggled and snorted and then giggled some more :heart: Excuse me whilst I educate myself on these two !!
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GrimReapette Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh I hope you enjoy! KINGS is one of my favorite things I've written. :]
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MistyTang Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Mwahaah, but I purposefully didn't remind you about the anniversary (it made for a better surprise~), so you're not a bad spouse at all! That being said, thIS TOTALLY MAKES UP FOR IT.
Eeheehee, you write around my pictures so well! I just can't get over how well you fit in all the little details of my pictures into your writing. :love:

Uakjhfbg. Can I just say how much I love Zephyr? I missed him. He's still a little evil, beating his men back so cruelly. He's charmingly forgetful. He's patient and sweet... he's seriously the perfect guy for my little rat of a king. Heehee, if Zephyr had compared Noreat to Iridesia out loud, Nor would have thrown Zephyr out for the night (maybe longer, just to be extra cruel). Very wise to keep silent on that point Zeph. ;)
Sorry Zeph, but I don't think you'll ever win with Noreat. It's just not in his evil little nature to lose. :flirty: (Besides, I think Zephyr rather likes losing to Noreat.)

Oh, oh! I also must mention how much I love that Nor likes to commission and read poetry. I think I said that way back when you first put that into KINGS, but I'm gonna say it again. Iloveit. I must work it into Grey Eyes more (INSPIRATION). I'm gonna keep fawning over how well you write him. You just do it so well. His stubbornness, the ways he gets angry, the way he controls Zephyr... :heart:

ONE LAST THING. Sfo. I love that Sfo made it into this one. He and Zephyr are bros for life. They shall drink and be merry and laugh about the poor guy who got blasted into the barracks wall. :ahoy:
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GrimReapette Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I AM A BAD SPOUSE I FORGOT THE ANNIVERSARY I ALWAYS FORGET THINGS I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING FOR CHRISTMAS FOR YOU AND I FORGET TO SEND PRESENTS TO THE POINT THAT I AM THE WORST. ;^; Don't worry, there is more to this. But that is for your eyes only. :eyes:

I missed Zephy too. I haven't had a lot of cause to think or write about him, especially since in the FE edits I'm not even to his part. Writing this really got me back into the swing of him. He's my favorite royal character ever. So evil, and yet there's good in him. In some sprinkled amounts. And even if he's evil he's not dumb. He's very aware of what will NOT get him sex. xD

Eeee! Noreat just always felt like the type to enjoy poetry, maybe even short stories. I doubt there are many sappy romances he likes, but a mix of dark and romance totally fit him. ;}

I had to throw Sfo in there at the end. Sfo is likely Zephyr's best friend, and the two are constantly going for drinks and playing cards and then getting lost in the gardens at night. Noreat constantly wants to strangle Sfo but he knows Zephyr needs a friend so he gets to live. For now.
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MistyTang Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
BABY, BABY, YOUR LOVE IS ENOUGH. <3 More you say? >:^}

Ooh, good! Then this anniversary did more than just make us remember the good old days~ It inspired you, which is the best gift of all. Zeph is one of my favorites too (Nor as well, but in different ways). Zeph just feels real. Gffpfft. Zephy cannot afford to be dumb--I mean he has advisers, but he has to be able to think about what they tell him. And how to get sex of course--that is mega important. X3

Ooh yes. Poetry and dark romances are now totally his favorites. You.

Ah, poor Sfo. I'm sure he loves Zeph (best bros), but I'll bet he always keeping an eye on Nor--he has to keep Zephyr happy, or else Nor will get rid of him. X3 Eeheehee! I can just see them getting totally lost in the gardens, Sfo being afraid of the river while Zephyr tries to get them back to the castle. :giggle:
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GrimReapette Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
NO IT IS NOT I OWE YOU MORE.

Mmm, this did. I shall have to write more in the future. >:} Though this did get me in the mood of Zephyr, and we're almost to his scene in the rewrites. :heart:

Sfo likely is in no danger. As long as Zeph likes him he's safe. Zeph would fight tooth and nail to keep someone who deserves it.
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MistyTang Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
WELL IF YOU INSIST.

Yays! I'm sure Zeph will be extra awesome now that you're all warmed up for him. :heart:
Sfo is an extra happy bro, then. <:^3
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