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Rick's POV

The dark room was familiar and Rick hated seeing it. Groaning his frustration, he tugged at the ropes binding his wrists and ankles to the bedposts but to no avail.
"Ted!" he shouted, his voice echoing in the room that didn't even have any curtains. His tail lashed from side to side in the frustration that he felt by the magic collar around his neck. He wouldn't be able to escape using his magic, which was even more annoying than just being cut off from it.

Finally, a winged mera entered the room and stood at the foot of the bed with his arms crossed over his chest.
"Well, let me go," Rick requested, glaring at his brother.
"I don't think I want to," Ted replied, glaring back at him.
"I hurt that kid every day, what's the difference this time?" Rick protested.
"He was having his first normal date like a regular guy," Ted stated. "Why did you have to ruin it?"
"You know damn well why," Rick snapped. His eyes flashed with anger as another wave of frustration washed over him from not being able to vent his frustrations with magic. Ted knew why Rick had to punish the prince for being romantic with other males, yet he always tried to make Rick believe that he was wrong.

"You're lucky I don't tell the king," Ted muttered. He stared into Rick's eyes and, as Rick helplessly watched the turquoise orbs swirl, he felt pressured to not move or look away until Ted had finished lecturing him. It was the same lecture he heard every time Ted caught him tormenting the little brat- hurting him is wrong, he can love whoever he wants, put himself in his position etc. Only once it was over did Ted untie his brother.
"Why do you have to tie me up when you take me home?" Rick protested, rubbing his wrists once Ted's power over him had permitted him to sit up.

"Because after I use my power on you to put you to sleep, I have to ask my true mate to remind me that I'm a good guy, unlike you," Ted explained. "Now, do you want me to fetch your fake mate?"
"I can call her to me when you take off this damn collar," Rick growled, clawing at the object around his neck but taking his hands away when the electricity became too much for him to bear.
"Here's a suggestion: when you're fucking the king's mate who you put a curse on, remember that it's her son who you seem to be so bent on torturing," Ted told him icily.
"If you're so worried, why don't you take the charm off her and give me your mate?" Rick smirked.
Ted growled and punched him before staring into his eyes and commanding him, "Stay here and relive every pain you've ever had inflicted on you until I come back."

He then fled the room, shaking, and left Rick to experience the imaginary pain he'd inflicted on him.
This chapter is short but I felt like switching to Rick's point of view to kind of pass the time between Jaik passing out and then waking up. Also I wanted to and seeing the other side is a thing I really like seeing in other books.

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Mera Society Revamp Chapter 13A Royal Intruder

It was a few days later before Jaik got alone time with Sam. The day after Jaik's first bathing, he was made to prepare a banquet lunch for a group of important meras associated with the royal family. He had to deliver the food to the window once it was prepared, and then he quickly got started on the next batch of food to deliver. Sam had to be at the banquet too, so there was no chance of anything more than a quick kiss after breakfast.

Once clean, Jaik's hair had a certain fluffiness to it. He could still tie it up in a ponytail with some struggling, but Sam helped him out with some hair gel. His hair stayed still with t

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Mera Society Revamp Chapter 15Scandal

Jaik awoke with something wrapped around his body and at first believed it to be Sam, so he reached out to rub his back. His hand brushed an unfamiliar bedsheet instead and his eyes flew open as he suddenly remembered the events following the picnic. And then the pain hit him.

It was like someone had jammed a hot pole into his chest and was hammering it into him. He reflexively attempted to spread his wings in pain but found that he couldn't move them and panicked.
"Don't move, you'll hurt yourself," a soft voice instructed him. Jaik finally opened his eyes and found himself in a familiar place- Daria's house/hospital.
"What happe
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FallenMorning Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I are confused...
What is happening?
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XxBurgiexX Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student Writer
After Rick ruined Jaik and Sam's date, his brother Ted came along and hauled him back home and tied him up so he could stay out of trouble.
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Rovanna Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013   Digital Artist
I reckon the multiple POVs will work if you have enough of them in the book. There was one with Sam already, right? So if there's some more throughout the book, then I think it will make sense.

If Ted knows what Rick is doing to the King's wife, why doesn't he tell the king of take the charm off her and free her?

Ted seems darker and more morally grey in this book than you used to write him, which is pretty interesting as long as we can see his motives.
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XxBurgiexX Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Writer
Yeah, there are more through the book I think.

Ted's loyal to the king but his loyalty to his family comes first. I might put that in somewhere, maybe after this one so it seems like some time passes before Jaik wakes up. Then it'll explain Ted's loyalties and how he sees the good in everyone even when they aren't very good at all.
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Rovanna Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013   Digital Artist
Ahh, that's pretty interesting. It's sort of like how Ted's own kindness can drive him to do bad things. So he doesn't turn in Rick because he's his brother and he's holding out hope that he'll change.
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XxBurgiexX Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Writer
Yeah, he's too much of an optimist for his own good
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