Heat Level: 5 Flames
Love is never easy, when you're the last jumper…
From the moment his family is murdered, Rain is on a mission to kill or send back to hell as many winagi or demons as he can. To do so he must "jump" from one body to another, allowing him to live the equivalent of several lifetimes, and to follow humanity and the demons out into space.
When Rain finally reawakens from his latest stasis jaunt, he discovers that five centuries have passed and that he is on a new colony planet, one he has no memory of. He also discovers the winagi are killing again, and he is the last jumper alive.
Connor, Stephen, and Jesse are husbands and fathers. On a world where some men are able to procreate, quad relationships are the norm, and Jumpers are just a part of their ancient history, Rain is something of an anomaly. The three men take Rain home with them, and help him to recover, at least physically. It becomes clear though that Rain hasn't just been fighting demons outside himself, but ones from within as well.
Will these three men and their sons be able to help Rain heal? Love isn't part of the bargain for Rain or so he thinks, but bonding with Connor, Stephen, and Jesse may be the only thing that can save his new family and their world.
“I need to get you to the Captain. We don’t have time for this. Kids are disappearing and dying.” Connor said abruptly before walking to one of the bubbles and then walking right through its wall and sitting down on a seat that suddenly appeared.
That got my attention and I raced after him. When I got to the bubble thing I stood outside looking for a lever or handle something to open it, even though I’d seen Connor walk right into it.
I looked up and caught Connor rolling his eyes, the sensitive man of before seemingly completely gone.
“Just walk into it.” He finally said.
Pissed I replied, “Just walk into this bubble?”
When I didn’t move fast enough Connor shot one hand out through the bubble’s wall and grabbed my wrist, pulling me inside. I shuddered once I was in. It had felt as though my whole body was surrounded by a thick gel for a moment and if he hadn’t pulled me inside, my claustrophobia would have kicked in big time and froze me inside it.
I jerked my hand away. “Was that entirely necessary?” I snarled, putting my hands on my hips and glaring at him.
“Yes.” He said simply. “The Captain is waiting for us; in fact he’s been waiting for several days for you to wake up so we could brief you on what’s been happening.” His head turned and he stared out the bubble for a moment and then said, “We really do need your help Rain, we’re in over our heads with this one.”
“You know you have my help.” I said, sighing and then plopping down next to him on the now visible seat.
Connor nodded his understanding and then closed his eyes. I had no idea at this point what was happening so I just sat there quietly until I felt more than heard a loud click. There was a slight rumbling and then a part of the wall that was devoid of murals moved to the side, revealing a room just barely big enough to house the bubble we were in. I felt movement and the bubble moved forward slowly until it was inside the small room. I heard the click again and turned around to view the wall in back of us now sliding shut. A few seconds later another wall slid up and water began rushing into the room. I stood up quickly, I’m going to die! I thought as I watched the water foaming around me.
As I stood there panicking, my claustrophobia, and my fear of drowning overwhelming me, I heard a soft, feminine voice say in my mind, Be at peace, Rain of Gaia.