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Kaden glanced up to see Kushiel approaching. He had no official way to keep time, but after so many years, he felt the advent of Beltane in his loins. It was time, and his heartbeat still maintained its same steady rhythm. He stood completely motionless. Eons of shattered dreams faded from memory, every hope or expectation obliterated by years of torture and disappointment.

Kushiel’s fiery eyes narrowed and the heavy, double chains around Kaden’s neck fell away, clattering to the ground like a slithering snake. Kaden stretched, rolling his shoulders and massaging his neck.Kaden

Kushiel nodded and Kaden took off at a breakneck run for the surface.