As he laid next to Maurelle thoughts of doubt came through his mind. He knew Maurelle’s father was still out there. He wanted to make his own parents pay for what they did. Maurelle slept peacefully next to him with her hand resting on his chest.
The more she snuggled next to him the more light came into his heart. He jumped out of bed as he felt it. He knew with more light he wouldn’t be able to do what needed to be done. How could he keep Shawn and Maurelle and still do these things? He paced in the room thinking and brooding over these plans.
Maurelle sat up in bed watching him. “What’s wrong?” She asked as she was worried she upset him but even more concerned for all he was going through.
He said with little emotion, “You’re a distraction.”
Maurelle was not expecting that and was rather annoyed by it. “I’m a what?”
He sat on the bed next to her and sighed as he explained. “You are keeping me from doing what I need to do.” He grabbed her arms and pulled him close to her. “I can’t be happy! Not now! I have to focus. You have too much light. You give me too much light.” He was now holding her tight as gripe hurt her. His eyes turned red, and the sky rumpled as dark clouds rolled in.
“Get off of me!” The windows shattered as did all the lights in the house. Maurelle glared at him as winds came through the window knocking Matthew down. Maurelle stood over him. “I didn’t ask for any of this.” She flicked her hand, and she was dressed in that instance. “Have fun looking for your wife.” Then she walked out of the room.
Matthew smiles as he loves how angry Maruelle could get. “Oh but I found her.” He said as he watched her leave. She sat for a second and then ran after her. He grabbed her arm just as she was about to open the door to leave. “Maurelle please, you don’t understand.”
Her face was now red as she was still angry. “Don’t touch me.”
“I’m sorry. It’s just.” He sighed. “My plan won’t work like this.”
“I don’t care bout your plans. Even if I am your wife and Shawn is my son. I would never allow anyone to speak to me that way.” The spot on her arms where he held her earlier bruised. “And I will never let you hurt me of Shawn. I would never let you touch him.”
Matthew smiled. He loved how protective she as of Shawn, but he saw her arms and felt bad for what he had done. He backed away from her. “I’m sorry.” He moved his hand over her arms as the bruises vanished. “I am sorry for everything. I want to give you and Shawn the world”
She knew the Shadow Realm had taken its toll on him. She saw glimpses of his loving side but the darkness kept creeping in. The hatred, the self doubt, the worry all of that crept in.
“I have a plan, but I need this darkness to accomplish it. I need this magic, this power.” He admitted to her.
“Can’t you just be happy? We can talk to Shawn. We can be a family.” She reached for his hand this time and held him close. “Matthew, I love you.”
“My dear, you’re not dark enough, but that will change. Trust me. Stay her this is our home and know I love you.”
There were tears in her eyes as she loved him but she saw how much darkness he had. “How much has it changed you? Mathew you need help. Abandoned this plan.”
“I can’t.” He pulled her into a hug. “We can have everything.”
Maurelle sighed, “But I just want you and Shawn.”
He kissed her on the forehead. “I’m sorry Maurelle. I will make them pay.”
She wasn’t sure who he meant. “Make who pay?”
“I will give you and Shawn a wonderful life.”
“Matt, we can have one. You need not do this. She tried pleading with him again but nothing seemed to work.
He pulled her into a kiss and moaned as he kissed her. “I love you. Just remember that.” He changed back into his hidden form. His red skin faded as his muscles and his horn shrank until they were gone.
“Stay here.” He said but this time he was gentle and calm. “I’ll stay with my parents.” He hated this plan. His parents house made him sick to his stomach.
Maurelle was confused. “You’re leaving me?”
He laughed as she touched her face and caressed her hair. “Never. I just found you and I am never letting go. Maurelle, all of this I am doing for us. Our family. I need to be focused. When I’m here with you all I want to do is spend time with you.”
“And why is that a bad thing?” She said in a flirty tone.
“As much as I love being with you, I have a lot of work to do to ensure our future.” Matthew knew he needed her on his side. He needed to convince her that she was his wife. She had to stop questioning this. “I have to protect you from your father. All of us need protecting from Julian.”
Maurelle gasped. “You know my father?” The realization came to her. It was all true. She places her hand on the wall as if to hold herself up. “It’s all true isn’t it.” As the shock wore off her face it was replaced with a smile. “He’s my son? He really is my son?”
“He is.” he placed his hands around her waist. “And I am your husband.”
She kissed him and as she did she spoke. “Please then stay here with me.”
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