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This is the third in the Dividing series, the others may be found at:
Dividing of The Ways


Part 14

This is the non ADULT version of part 14
For the ADULT Part 14 go here

They had fallen into bed, exhausted just after dawn, but sleeping through the day was not something either of them was good at. Which was why when Kari opened her eyes an hour or so before noon, Chris was already awake and lying next to her, smiling.

"You're adorable when you're asleep," he commented as she smiled back.

Her face straightened with mock disdain.

"Are you trying to say I'm not adorable when I'm awake?" she enquired with a haughty tone.

Chris just laughed and propped himself up and one elbow.

"Well if you're going to be like that," he said calmly, "I'm getting out of bed."

She snorted and slowly sidled towards him, a devious expression in her features.

"You think you're getting away that easily?" she said slowly. "I'll show you just what you're going to be doing."

Dying did funny things to Immortals, just like Quickenings, and Kari was no exception.

"Care to explain exactly what it was you had in mind?" Chris enquired playfully.

"Why don't you improvise?" she shot back and ran her hands over his chest with unsubtle intent.

They spent quite a long time just exploring and enjoying themselves. Eventually, however, Karina looked into her lovers eyes, and he could see a decision there.

"Bring me in," she whispered in his ear.

The request came as quite a surprise, but the male Immortal had not qualms in fulfilling it. Chris let go of everything, and lightning erupted from his skin.

The figures Richie had been trying to sort out lay discarded on the desk and the young Immortal had taken to just watching the patrons and doodling. He was beginning to think that he would go take that cold shower when the realisation of what would happen seconds later, leapt into his mind. Since there was absolutely nothing he could do to stop it he went for damage limitation. There were certain things that it would be bad for anyone outside the office to see so with little thought he dove under the desk. Now if it had been anyone else bringing someone in there would have been no problem, he'd have received the same little jolt that all the others momentarily experienced. As it was, the experience that Chris was having hit him full force and he rammed his fist into his mouth in an effort not to scream.

There was coffee on Duncan's rug, but that was about the most disastrous consequence of what the three Immortals realised was Karina's inclusion. Luckily for Greg he'd been leaning forward with the mug over the floor when his fingers had momentarily lost their ability to grip so there was no pain involved.

"Oops," he said apologetically and went for a cloth.

"These things happen," the Highlander replied with a laugh.

Adam found the situation very funny, but then again it was well known that his sense of humour was very well developed. The photographer had mentioned the state in which he had left Richie and how the latest events had come about were obvious.

"So the youngsters got it together then," the oldest of them commented between laugh. "Always knew Chris would come through for us."

The three grinned and then the name actually impinged on Greg's mind. His mouth opened in a small o and Duncan suddenly caught on.

"Richie," they both said at the same time.

They knew there were people down stairs, and they suddenly realised what state their friend might be in.

"I'll go check," the photographer said quickly.

Adam thought this was even funnier.

Everything looked normal as Greg sped out of the elevator and tried to look as if he wasn't hurrying. Then of course he noticed that he couldn't see Richie in the office and slowly entered, closing the door behind him.

"Rich, you here?" he asked quietly.

There was a groan from under the major piece of furniture. The dark haired Immortal peered under the desk slowly and found a dishevelled looking young man, nursing a hand with rapidly fading teeth marks.

"You okay?" he enquired gently, but he couldn't keep the beginnings of a smile from his face.

"Damn brother," was all the twin said.

That was it, Greg couldn't help it he began to laugh. It started as a low snigger and gradually rose into a full fledged chuckle. It was an amusing situation, after all. Richie glared at his for a while and then finally had to admit that it was quite funny. He smiled wryly and held out his hand.

"Stop laughing and help me up," he said dryly.

The newly included member of the group and her lover finally emerged from their bedroom just after lunch, and after a quick chat with the family decided to part company for a while. It was possible that the Immortal who had killed Kari was watching Chris, so they decided that he should play the grieving partner. He headed for the dojo, trying to look dejected and Craven gallantly offered to escort Karina and her mother into town so the young woman could sort out her hair.

As Chris walked through the familiar doors he was greeted by a well placed towel in the face. His sibling had been waiting for him and smiled at him with satisfied amusement.

"What was that for?" the young Immortal asked innocently.

"You could have warned me, you bastard," Richie returned eloquently.

The dojo was empty just at the moment. The lunch time rush was over and the afternoon crowd hadn't arrived yet so the pair were alone.

"It sort of just happened," Chris said half apologetically, "you got about as much warning as I did."

His twin just snorted in disgust and wandered back to the office as the other Immortal picked up the discarded projectile which had so smartly hit him.

"Try planning, Chris," the more experienced Immortal said dryly, "or at least give me a minute or two. I ended up under the damn desk."

There was little or no sympathy from his sibling, however, as Chris just began to laugh. Richie sent a disgruntled set of feeling at his twin, but that just made the other laugh harder.

"Just you wait," the dojo manager said ominously. "I'll have my revenge."

He would have gone on, but the phone rang. Both Immortals looked at each other as they realised that the timing was rather convenient. With slow unease, Richie put the receiver to his ear.

"It's for you," he said evenly, and passed the object to his twin.

Chris stood there just listening for a moment, his face a mask of coldness. His gaze was hard and by the time he spoke, the look in his eyes could have killed.

"I'll be there," he said without letting go of the emotion in his features.

He hadn't lost Karina like the man on the other end of the line had planned, but that didn't stop him being very angry. All good humour had evaporated by the time he slammed down the phone and he almost glared at Richie.

"Tonight, nine o'clock, the building site on the other side of the new shopping complex," he explained slowly.

Richie was going to speak, but Chris already knew what he was going to say.

"I'm going, Rich," the less experienced Immortal said, bringing his rage under control.

"He'd never know the difference," his twin returned evenly, "I've done this before."

The comment brought a slightly wicked smile to Chris' features.

"Thanks, but no," he affirmed deliberately, "this is my fight and I'm going to make him pay. Promise me you'll stay here."

Both knew that given the chance Richie would follow his twin and if he did he might not be able to stop himself interfering. Forces drove them that sometimes couldn't be controlled, and breaking the rules would be a very bad idea. Finally the sibling with more years of Immortality nodded his agreement. There was nothing else he could do. They'd known this would happen, now they had to deal with it.

End of Part 14