It had been some 5000 years since Kajm had met his One True Mate, Thunderwing- and in that time, they'd seen many thousands of worlds. He was the eternal wanderer; she, would prefer to settle down, and enjoy her surroundings. Emphasis on 'her,' surroundings.
It went back and forth. Oft times, their days upon a world would be just that- days. Occasionally weeks and months, especially if there was trouble to be dealt with. Sometimes- not very often- years, decades, even the occasional century.
Scouting a week ahead of his mate, Kajm had thought he'd found them a very good world. One continent in particular, sporting a semi-tropical region, which was bordered by craggy mountains overlooking a desert. A variety of terrains that would suit both of them.
But only three days into his arrival there, negatives had begun to add up. There were a variety of intelligent species on this world- human, dragon, a variety of magical and semi-magical creatures, and even a raptor-like, human-sized lizard- and that was where a few problems began.
He had been in his mammalian lizard form when he first arrived- and this had sparked a fair bit of wonderment and not a little fear, especially among those humans he encountered. The Lir lizard stood well out, even on a world with such varied beings.
But he was a polymorph, able to shift between a variety of forms, or go so far as to make changes in the form he was currently wearing.
However such changes were not always within his control. His form might shift to suit the surrounding environment, which included the local life forms. Such as the raptors.
He didn't mind when his fur vanished. A toughening of the skin, scales? Well, Thunderwing would be ok with that.
The severe shortening of his tail was irksome, in that it pretty much took it out of use in a fight. But the really irritating bit, was when his penis had decided to ensconce itself inside his body. Right about the same time his scrotum took on the shape of a Binu fruit.
That was really unfair.
What was really odd was that the transformation did not fit the appearance of the raptors. The possessed avian characteristics, and massive tails, which they could use like a kangaroo, for fighting.
And he had encountered them, before finding out about the dragons. Apparently the shift was even more complex than his fractured memories indicated.
No amount of trying would shift things back. After a day of that, he'd given up. It blended him in better with (some of) the locals, and the humans did not seem to object as much. In any case, he felt he could deal with any and all of them as they came, for his language was understandable to all, and he was willing to get along if they were. And quite able to take any of them down, should they be unwilling to leave him in peace.
Which only left two concerns- Amber and Lotus.
He'd encountered Amber first. He'd seen the Rosethorn temple in the distance, surrounded by a collection of small villages. It had rapidly become clear that the locals looked to the temple for protection. And, if the Power he'd felt upon arrival on this world was any indication, they were well protected.
Said Power had dimmed considerably, shortly after his arrival, and Kajm was able to distinguish two major sources. Cautiously extending his empathic abilities, he had learned that the greater Power was watching him back- just as cautiously. Hence the perceived dimming of the Power, to his senses.
The other Power source did not care to hide itself from him. There was a sense of recklessness behind it.
That was the one who came looking for him first.
'Lithe steel blonde' came to mind when she first appeared before him, the Lir lizard seated upon a rocky outcropping as she approached.
She was clothed in a sleeveless choli, and near-knee-length, flowing trousers, held by a silken, golden sash. Striding up to him, seemingly unconcerned- but Kajm could see calculation in every move and glance she made. His empathics picking up her well-concealed surprise at his appearance- and a hint of something else, as her eyes swept over his body. His appearance had not yet begun to shift- and some portions of his anatomy, were close enough to human, to catch her attention.
She had stated her position quite frankly at that point- the locals were under her care; she was on her guard, and he had better watch his step.
Kajm for his part decided to pepper her with questions, as though she were a tour-guide he had just hired. That put her off just nicely.
After a few minutes of that she'd made her final warning. From that point onward, over the next few days, Kajm made it a point to pester her. There was much to learn about this world, if he and his mate were going to spend any time upon it, and Amber could, eventually, bring that point across to the people of the region. Or so he felt.
And he didn't want to start a fight- at least, not at that point. He was well aware that she'd tagged him as a fighter- but she needed to understand that he was on her side. There was always that underlying current of 'what's she like in a fight?' running through his mind- but it would be on friendly terms, IF at all- and he wanted a chance to explore this world without (immediate) trouble. So the encounters continued.
Then, Lotus had appeared.
Kajm had been studying the remains of a large dragon in the desert when she appeared. Crouched over the cracked and broken skull, he looked up, unflinching, as the naked female appeared within a coruscation of golden light, every detail of her body highlighted; her vast Power, immediately apparent.
He couldn't help but feel a bit of a rise as his eyes swept over her- and was immediately aware that she had picked up on that. At the same time, however, Lotus had gotten a good look at the vast Powers hidden within the Lir- she recognized him as an immortal, and that things could get messy, if the situation deteriorated.
Lotus quickly made her point- Amber was off-limits. His interest, benign though it was, could spark a serious problem- first with Amber, then, with Lotus.
If he and his mate were to remain on this world, it needed to be Apart from the Rosethorn temple, and any of its inhabitants.
Lotus' words were quite reasonable. The Lir warrior, though, could not help some part of himself feeling as though that were a challenge- and it was, on several levels.
Kajm promised to steer clear of the greater challenge, and focus upon the one that best suited both sides- That he and his mate, find a place apart on this world, should they choose to stay.
Her points made, Lotus vanished as quickly as she had appeared.
Kajm took a final look at the destroyed dragon. He didn't think there would have been much left, or such damage, if it had been Lotus who killed it.
That left Amber.
The underlying challenge irked him. But he really did want to settle down for a time, with Thunderwing.
But that blasted temptation would nag at the back of his mind.
Two days later- and not hours before his mate was due to arrive- He'd finally decided it was past time to leave. To be quite honest, Kajm had known for some time, that this was not going to be a good world for them.
Wandering deeper into the forest, he began to encounter signs of Amber's past adventures. There were a number of dragon skeletons about- and a few orcs, and, if he cared to look deeper, all many of odd, and now dead, creatures- all bearing Amber's characteristic impression- that of her foot. Broken bones, crushed faces; even long after they had died, they looked like they were still screaming. There was even a trio of smaller dragons, who had clearly made a big mistake-
Damned if that wasn't a turn-on.
But it all served to point out the major problem with his initial hopes that this might be a good world, for himself and his mate.
For Thunderwing was a dragon. In her True form, every bit as big as the one once known as Goremok.
And she'd be trouble. Not out of malicious intent. But she was a dragon, and if there were other dragons about, she would rule over them. She certainly had the magical powers to do so.
And the combat training. Kajm had been training her in the martial arts for centuries, in both her anthro form, and, as best he could, in her True form.
She would be trouble, and he was certain, despite all his own efforts, that she and Amber would not get along. Not ever. In fact, he figured it would take all of three days, for things to go South. And, while Thunderwing was a dragon unlike anything Amber had ever encountered before, Kajm was not about to let the two come together in combat.
Not that he would mind getting between them...
He paused mid-step, shook himself. There was a tingling in his genitals at the mere thought of standing in Amber's way- "Stop thinking such things, you muswut!"
The Devil. Past time to get off this world. But he felt the need to inform her of the fact. No need to leave her wondering, if and when he would appear again.
He sniffed the air. Yes, this was definitely one of the trails she took, and she'd been down it quite recently. In the distance he could hear the rush of water...
Some minutes later he arrived on the bank of the stream. It was a somewhat arid, semi-tropical environment- the desert where Goremok had been slain, not too far distant- and palm trees overhung the stream.
The water was cool and inviting- but the pool before him, was too much reminiscent of an encounter with a demoness he had fought some decades before. That had been a lot of very painful fun... and Thunderwing had been Royally pissed. "Damn it, stop tempting yourself."
Thunderwing would, of course, be starting to pick up on what he was thinking and feeling. He'd already warned her not to come to this world, but such things going through his mind, would only serve to bring her faster- "Alright. Let's find you already, and get off this rock."
Amber's scent was much stronger there, and, after a few moments, he discovered why: nestled in a nearby shrub-lined enclosure, was all of her clothing.
But she was nowhere in sight.
Kajm dropped to his haunches, poking at her clothing without thought. She was nowhere close, that much he could tell. Why had she left these here? What had she encountered?
He listened carefully, having dropped into defence mode without realizing it. There was no sound save that of the wind, the water and the wild. Where was she?
Oh. Of course. The two were on a par, both in strength and fighting ability. She must have sensed him and gone quiet- and she could be quite the stealthy one. He'd had trouble finding her before, when he had wanted to discuss things with her- but he was learning.
That was fine. He'd find her, one way or another.
And she should have her clothing back! Gathering them up, the big lizard began to work his way upstream, hoping to spot her-
Half an hour later, he was still looking. Growing mystified as to how she was avoiding him. She was nearby, he could sense her emotions- and there seemed to be a growing sourness to them.
But she had managed to avoid him. Deliberately, or...?
Having travelled further upstream, he finally caught sign of her passage- on the other side of the stream. Carefully working his way across, he sought out her footprints in the sandy soil- she was working her way back down the stream!
Well, damn. They'd walked right past each other?
Unaware he was still in defence mode, Kajm made his way swiftly down the opposite bank. And it wasn't too much longer until she came into sight-
He froze for a moment. Ohhh, yes. No clothing. Right, he was holding the clothing! Feeling the sudden burn of guilt- for what, he wasn't sure- Kajm swung the bundle of clothing behind his back. Staring.
God, what a rump. And she liked to kick. He So wanted to fight that-
And then he was aware that she was aware of him.
And she turned around.
He body was still faintly wet, as evidenced by tiny drops of water, glistening across her body- and those breasts.
Kajm winced inwardly at the full presentation of her, his scrotum tightening around his testicles. It took a bit of doing to keep an erection from rising-
Amber strode towards the big lizard, arms crossing over her chest, her expression one of extreme Not Impressed. "I know what you've got behind your back, you, uh…lizard. Thing," Amber said. "Oh, ha ha. So funny. Give them back!"
Kajm shrugged, smiling faintly. Give her back her clothes, you idjit!. "I don't know what you're talking about."
"Really? No, I mean…really? Do you think I'm a fool?" Amber said, the frown on her face deepening. She paced back and forth like some kind of jungle cat sniffing out her prey. "You're obvious."
Kajm flashed a toothy smile. "Perhaps. You know, you look even nicer without them on." Oh, good. I'm in trouble with Two females today!
Amber stopped in her tracks, considering the alien before her.
"That's true," she said. "But you basically admitted your guilt. You took them!"
Kajm shrugged. "You left them." You Found them! Tell her you found them!
Amber threw her arms up into the air. "Obvious AND corny!"
With a laugh, Kajm revealed Amber's stolen clothes and tossed them so they landed a bit off to her left, in the empty space between them.
"They're all yours."
Amber stared at him for a long moment; Kajm felt her suspicions rise. For the life of him, he knew Exactly why he was doing this-
Another burst of guilt struck him as she bent over to retrieve her clothing. Was he really so hard up- ok, bad choice of words- for a fight? Just to see what she could do (to him)?
Amber was halfway down when Kajm stepped forward, mumbling an apology as he leaned in to pick up her clothing for her.
The angle was all wrong, and he was too close. Reaching for the bundle of clothes, his hand instead encountered the firm meat of her right breast-
Just for an instant, as her visible eye locked upon him, Kajm felt Interest from her-
Amber's arm swung out and up, shoving him upright, the big lizard looking down as she turned in towards him, that beautiful tanned leg swinging up-
Knee met testicles met pubic bone with a *Crunch*, the force of impact lifting him off the ground. "Whouullllfffff!"
The lizard's hand clapped between his legs as he touched down, knees going wide, his eyes locked on Amber's. The expected erection quickly followed; Kajm shifted one hand to cover it from her sight, dropping to his knees in the process.
He looked up at her, tears of pain flowing, as she backed off a step, ready to act.
Keep you mouth Shut! "Can we fight?"
Her eyes popped wide in shock and disgust- but again, he thought he felt a moment's interest in the idea. Wishful thinking, perhaps. "No."
Kajm held his position as she gathered up her clothes. Healing factors had already repaired the damage inflicted by her knee; there wasn't so much as an ache left.
But he wanted more of that. He was Very ready to take more of that-
Amber turned away, sparing one more glance at him over her shoulder. "I think you should leave." Then, she began to walk along the stream bank, towards Rosethorn temple.
That's what I came here to tell you- "Aw C'mon! Fight me? Just for ten minutes?"
He stood, finally, watching that naked back walk away from him, and sighed. "Beggar."
It was past time to leave. He knew he was going to regret not finding out what she could do- but not as much as he was going to regret the forthcoming discussion with his mate.
He'd arrived on the agreed-to world some minutes earlier, stepping out onto a grassy plain. Not so much as a tree to hide her, but the dragoness was nowhere in sight.
Which didn't mean anything. The soul bond allowed each of them to sometimes get away with 'hiding' from each other's senses.
Kajm stood there, hands on his hips as he looked about. And then, down... already, his body was beginning to shift, and of Course, it was going to be the genitalia first-
Kajm lay flattened on his belly as his dragoness- in True form- shoved her massive nose into his back, snuffling him from hips to neck, and back again. "You don't even smell like you."
Before he could gasp a response, she'd flipped him over with one massive paw. For a brief instant, Kajm wondered if Amber had seen a similar experience, with Goremok-
Thunderwing's nose came down again between his legs "Whoulf!" This could be amusing-
"Yeah, that's you... Now, what was it you wanted to talk about?"