"D-do yo-you thi-think they'll find me h-here?" A small voice asked from beside the stronger man beside him.
Herene glanced over to his side where a young boy with teal hair was nestled up against him. He smiled just barely. "Did I say they would find you?" He inquired easily, leaning back against his the tree stump at his back.
Ailein lifted his head swiveling his head this way and that like a prey animal. "N-No
" He answered slowly. His pink hoddie was ripped from the run through the woods and he tugged what was left of the fabric over his thin frame. "But-"
"But nothing." The God pulled the smaller human against his chest again and closed his eyes. "They won't find you here. I have this place protected from evil eyes." He brushed the tips of his fingers over the bruise forming on Ailein's cheek. "Nothing will harm you here."
A faint warmth tingled in his cheeks followed by a more familiar one as the wound disappeared. He let his head rest against the older