Aiden tried to get out of Ash's grasp but ended up letting Ash take him to the bedroom. 'Stop. You need to let me go outside. They want me.' Aiden thought to Ash knowing he'd be able to hear him. That was something half demons could do among other supernatural things.
Downstairs it suddenly went silent. The tiny kitten didn't relax though. He felt Ash's touch and almost forgot about the people looking for him. There was something about Ash that just made Aiden feel... Hope. Then there was a huge racket. Vicious growles from different animals and objects being broken could be heard outside the room. 'Don't go.' Aiden thought to Ash once again. The small kitten was trembling with fear.
Ash could feel Aiden shaking under his hand, and carefully brought the kitten to his chest, cradling him gently. "I won't go anywhere," he whispered softly. "Don't worry." Of course he wouldn't; he couldn't just leave Aiden to fend for himself. Not like this.
For some reason, Ash felt strangely calm. He could hear things being torn apart outside his door, but really didn't care. Maybe because petting Aiden was like therapy? He didn't know. But he layed back on his bed, the kitten still resting on his chest, as the noise out in the hall grew louder and louder.
Soon the noise outside stopped but it was abrupt. Aiden stayed in Ash's arms the whole time, his trembling minimized. The darkness in the room from the curtains being closed scared Aiden but being with Ash calmed him down to an extent. When the bedroom door suddenly opened the light made Aiden meow.
A short brown haired girl with tiger ears and tail was who opened the door. She looked around the room turning on the light. "Aiden? Aiden?" she saw the tiny cat on the bed and frowned. "Why do you keep running from us? We are trying to help you." she said in a gentle way. Her silver eyes settled on Ash and her lips went to an apologetic smile. "Hey... uh sorry about your erm house.... It got a little wrecked."
Ash sat up, eyeing the girl suspiciously as he held Aiden a bit closer. "Yeah, I could tell by all the noise," he muttered, a bit irritably. Great. More for him to clean up... "Who're you? And why'd you break into my house?" Didn't they know that this kind of thing was illegal..? Somehow, he kind of doubted that. He kept Aiden in his arms, not trusting enough to let go. What if he got hurt?
"I'm a friend of Aiden's. Well at least I would like to think I am. Name's Julie." Julie introduced herself. She grabbed her tail and got some of the random pieces of smashed wood from it. She looked friendly enough. "And who are you?" she questioned going to sit on the edge of the bed.
Julie watched the male who held Aiden closely. She was well aware of the legal aspects of what had just gone on but it didn't apply to them. Being half demons all had special powers that no human would dare cross. "I do wish you'd stop running for Garrett and I. We are trying to help you. We got you away from the circus didn't we?" she whispered to the small trembling white kitten.
"Will you get away already?" Ash quickly walked to the opposite wall, trying to stay as far from Julie as possible. "Can't you see he's freaking out?" He still held Aiden securely in his arms; there was no way he was letting go.
"And you've already destroyed my house," he said, glaring at the strange girl. "Thanks a lot for that. Breaking and entering is illegal, y'know that? Now get out." Couldn't he just get some peace around here..?
Julie blinked at the sudden outburst from the male she didn't know. "Um... The term legal doesn't apply to demons." she told him watching how he was holding Aiden closely. She picked up that this boy probably had a thing for the kitten he was holding. "I am trying to help Aiden. Something you can't do since you're just a human.
The small kitten in Ash's arms was trying to relax as much as he could. He looked up at Ash with black fur now since he had managed to calm down. Hearing Julie talk about demons though made Aiden meow loudly before jumping to the floor and changing back. "Jules! Don't talk about that! I don't want to put others in danger." It was the loudest Aiden had ever talked and his voice sounded nice, cute.
Aiden was suddenly jumping out of Ash's arms, which startled him a bit. Wasn't he freaking out just a minute ago..?
"Demons, huh?" Ash muttered a little skeptically, leaning against the wall with his arms crossed over his chest. "Right. Aren't demons those weird things from H.ell? There's no way Aiden could be from H.ell." Of course not; Aiden probably wouldn't hurt a fly. "And what's all this about danger, huh? And why are you messing up my house?"
Aiden shook his head vigorously. "No no no no. Ash just shhh. I need to leave. I need to... t-to. I-I.." The petite boy started to feel dizzy and swayed from the stress and fear. He managed to get to the bed before collapsing, breathing even as he slowly succumbed to the darkness.
Julie sighed as she saw Aiden collapse onto the bed. She waited until she knew he was asleep before looking to Ash. "Ash is it? Well Ash yes like demons from he.ll. Only we are half. And aren't evil. Well most of us aren't. Forget about your house okay? It doesn't matter. Do you want to know what's going on with Aiden or not? I mean do you even care?" she inclined.
Ash was immediately by Aiden's side, sitting on the bed beside him. Was he really that stressed, to pass out like this? Julie's questions made him frown. "Well duh. If I didn't care, I would've kicked him out already." Sighing, he watched Aiden sleep, brushing some stray hair out of the boy's face. "And because I care, I don't know if I want to know what's going on with him or not. I mean I do, but only if he wants me to."
"He won't want you to because he's scared. He's been running from Garrett and I ever since we helped him out of the circus. He doesn't like to bring people into his issues." Julie sighed sweeping her hair over one shoulder. "Aiden is a special boy if you haven't already noticed." she smiled sadly watching as his ears twitched. "If he doesn't leave this country I'm afraid he'll never be safe. I've been trying to find a way to get him away but it's been hard. By the looks of it he isn't doing so good." Julie sighed seeing that he looked way too thin.
"I've noticed," Ash murmured, still stroking Aiden's hair lightly. At least he didn't seem quite as scared in his sleep... "Circus, huh?" So this kid was part of some show? Ash doubted it was a very nice show... He took a deep breath, glancing briefly at Julie before turning his eyes back down to Aiden's sleeping form. He really was small, wasn't he? "Alright then. If it's seriously important for my knowledge, then tell me what he won't."
"Well if you plan on sticking around for a while then you should probably know about him." Julie said watching the way Aiden curled up to Ash. She could see he trusted Ash and hoped this wasn't a mistake. "I'm not completely sure how he got to the circus. All I know is the ringmaster Vaughn was a real di.ck. He treated Aiden like a pet until he was about thirteen. Then he put him in as a main act. Made Aiden have se.x in front of audiences with a partner." Julie's brown eyes grew sadder with each word. "Garrett and I were supposed to be bringing him back when he ran away a couple years ago but we changed sides. We've been helping him ever since."
Ash was beginning to feel sick. No wonder this kid was always so scared of everything! Ash's eyes were dimmer now with sadness as he gently played with Aiden's hair. "Oh," was all he could say. Who in their right mind would do that to someone? He was just a kid! "Well, I won't let anything happen to him," Ash finally murmured. "But he can't just keep running away; he'd have to be on the run forever. Can't he stay here..?"
Julie smiled with sadness again. "I'm afraid a human like yourself can't protect him. And he will be running for the rest of his life if I can't get him out of the country. Vaughn will continue to hunt him while he's around here." she sighed looking at the half feline boy.
Aiden started to whimper in his sleep. It wasn't until he grabbed onto Ash's pants did he calm down. For some reason Ash helped him. He usually didn't sleep very much because of his nightmares but now he was sleeping decently since Ash was close.
Vaughn. Just the name somehow sent a slight shiver down Ash's spine. "Kill him then. Put him in prison. Why can't this Vaughn guy just... be stopped somehow?" Ash muttered, the tiniest bit of anger showing through. But Aiden was clutching onto him now, and Ash's expression had to soften, and he hushed the boy gently. "Can't someone at least travel with him? To... you know... make sure he isn't lonely..." Being on the the road all the time couldn't have been very fun, especially all alone.
"He won't let anyone." Julie sighed out softly. "It just isn't that easy. Vaughn is a man of evil. I've never met someone so cruel. And no prison will hold him. Techically he owns Aiden." Julie muttered never taking her eyes off Aiden. "You see every demon has a paper that is what makes them. It's their soul. And Vaughn has his. I don't know why. I don't know how. All I know that Aiden can't stay in this country if he wants to stay alive." Julie paused. It looked like she didn't want to say whatever she was about to say next. "Aiden won't be able to run forever. Eventually he'll be captured. It's enevitable as long as he stays in this country."
Ash groaned, flopping back on the bed, just laying there. He stared up at the ceiling, wishing he knew what to do. Was there anything he could do? At all? His hand found Aiden's without realising it, and he sighed. "The paper..." he said finally, his eyes never leaving the ceiling. "Can't we just get the paper? Then Vaughn won't own Aiden's soul anymore..."
"He keeps it locked up Ash with all the other souls." She spoke with disgust. It was evident that she hated Vaughn and what he did. "I've thought about bribing him. But the only way for that to happen is to trade one soul for Aiden's." she sighed watching as Aiden clung to Ash's side. That made her give a small smile. "He likes you. I can tell. He's never been so attached to anyone in his entire life."
Julie's words made Ash take in a breath, letting it out slowly. "Yeah. I like him too." For some reason, the thought made his heart flutter in his chest. But, of course he didn't like Aiden like that... Of course not. They'd just met, after all... But still, feeling Aiden clinging to him, like a child... It felt nice. Warm. "Trade... one soul..." Ash smirked wryly, his eyes closing. "Think he'd take mine?"