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I know we said today was going to be Reed and Rory but I forgot and I started writing Axis and Rhys so today you get Axis and Rhys.
Also, I posted the five pages E never got to draw on tumblr if you want to read that there: http://teahousecomic.tumblr.com/post/104267167011/to-tide-you-over
RHYS AND AXIS - to the end.
After fucking Rhys for the first time ever (GET IT, AXIS!) Axis finds out that Rhys is getting married. Not a good night for him mentally.
Next day, Rhys gets married. That night Axis expects to spend the night alone, but Rhys shows up and sleeps with him Axis. That night Axis looks at Rhys' wedding band and has a terrible realization that he wants to stay with Rhys.
The next morning Axis tells Rhys he wants to stay in the castle. That he wants Rhys to buy his contract.
Rhys tells him that he doesn't want to own him, that he just wants to keep seeing him, to keep fucking him. Axis of course asks "What makes you think I'd keep coming back for more?" And Rhys looks right through him with that cock sure face of his and tells him, "because you do."
Palace living is a'ight but Axis is bored as fuck. While hanging out with Evie is fun and being waited on hand and foot is nice, being a kept man is BORING AS FUCK. Rhys apparently doesn't have time for him and yet still finds the time to fuck other people, including Gloria, which is extra frustrating for Axis because Axis and Gloria know each other. In fact, they've slept together.
Axis isn't from Ivore. Like Reed and Gloria, he's from Verone and he belongs to one of Verone's oldest noble families. His name isn't even really Axis, it's Aaron. The black sheep of the family who refused to conform to Veronian society, at sixteen Axis cut ties with his family and ran away to Ivoire, dyed his hair red, and sold himself to his first courtesan house. Axis and Rhys are two sides of the same coin.
Rhys on the other hand is struggling. Gloria's backseat driving every one of his political decisions and even though she hates him, she keeps demanding they have sex every night so that she can get pregnant and pop out an heir. And then of course there's Zephyr who's still in love with Rhys and in hate with Axis who, by the way, is demanding more and more of his time. So he's stressed.
To make things worse, Reed is around less and less. And it's something Rhys struggles with because Reed is more than just Rhys' best friend, he's the man Rhys has been in love with since he was a teenager. He's who Rhys confides in, the only guy in the world that totally gets him. But now Reed has Rory which leaves Rhys feeling alone with all of his struggles.
And when Axis finds out about Rhys and Reed having a past, all their shit comes to a head. Jealous but refusing to admit it, Axis tells Rhys he's sick of being bored and Rhys tells Axis that he really needs to get a life and that he can't spend his days just waiting for Rhys to show up and entertain him. And of course, Axis being Axis, he gets fired up and tells Rhys to go fuck himself, because he's going to go get a job.
And he does, as Ash's metal smithing apprentice. And it works out at first. Axis gets out of the castle and Rhys' hair, and he really starts enjoying the craft. He and Ash get along so well that they start spending more and more time together. Ash even hits it off with Evie and she starts hanging up her dresses to wear pants and hang out with them at pubs incognito. The three become a bit of a trio.
Axis' new found lack of availability of course starts annoying Rhys because while Rhys may not realize it yet, he's clearly developed feelings for Axis and he misses him. These men are idiots.
And once Rhys finally SEES Ash, he starts having problems with him because, well, Ash is hot. You've seen him, you know what I'm talking about. Rhys gets snippy with Axis about how he doesn't want Evie spending time with Ash because he's a lowly blacksmith and that's when Axis finally calls him out on his shit. Straight up calls him out on being an asshole who sleeps with everyone, is in love with his best friend, and jealous of Axis being close with another man. This of course doesn't go well and the two have a massive fight.
Axis starts crashing with Ash, who comforts him like the bro he is. Axis misreads Ash's intentions and he kisses him. While Ash doesn't push Axis away, he doesn't kiss back. Ash tells him that it'll never work out between them because one, Ash is straight and secretly dating Evie, and two, Axis is clearly only kissing Ash because he's hurt and unwilling to admit that he's in love with Rhys.
Rhys on the other hand takes comfort in Zephyr ONCE AGAIN or at least he tries to. The two make out, and start getting frisky with each other, but it's just not the same. Rhys needs more, wants Axis, and Zephyr isn't Axis. For the first time in his life, he apologizes to Zephyr. Tells him he deserves better, and goes back to his own room. Alone.
That's when he finds Gloria in his room, waiting to tell Rhys that she's pregnant.
Knowing that Ash is right, the next morning, Axis goes to the palace to tell Rhys that he wants to be with him. That it's clear to him that they both want to be together. That he loves him. But the guards won't let Axis in. Apparently Axis is no longer welcome within the palace walls and all of his things have been sent to Ash's house.
Axis goes back to Ash's, where he finds his stuff along with a note from Rhys.
The letter tells Axis that Gloria's pregnant. That Rhys, still dealing with the guilt he felt not being there for his sister or his father when he died, needs to be a better father than he was a son. That he needs to grow up. He wishes Axis he the best and includes Axis' contract with the letter.
Axis approaches Reed. Reed, already instructed to not bring Axis into the castle by Rhys, tells Axis he can't help him. Reed tells Axis to go home, to stop running away from who he is. That's when Axis pleads with him, tells him that "he can't go back to Verone, not when he's in fucking love with a man. That's why you left, isn't it?" This piques Reed's interest, because Axis is right, being a homosexual man is exactly why he left Verone. Now sympathetic to Axis' plight (WHICH IS A FIRST) Reed agrees to take Axis to Rhys.
Rhys prepares for some diplomatic meeting (with a country I hadn't fully thought out yet because this was supposed to be like, seven issues later) when he's attacked by a small mint haired assassin. Zephyr comes to his defense and strikes back, wounding the assassin deeply. Before he can kill Sacha though, Gilder shows up, saves Sacha and they take off.
Wounded by arrows, left eye cut deeply, bleeding profusely, Rhys is rushed to a doctor just as Reed and Axis get there. And as soon as they get word of what's happened, they rush to his side.
While he loses an eye (and wears a jewel encrusted eye patch) Rhys lives. (Because we're not Clamp.) Axis, Evie, Reed, Zephyr and even Gloria all loyally stay by his side until he comes to and once he does, he and Axis finally have that talk you've all been waiting for. The one with real feelings. Rhys again tries to push Axis away, telling him that he was just using him for sex when Axis just straight out says, "You're a fucking idiot. You weren't just using me for sex. You love me... and I love you."
And how does Rhys respond?
By awkwardly saying "thank you" and changing the subject. Which of course pisses Axis off, which of course leads to him storming off.
But it's like five minutes before Rhys sends Zephyr to get Axis back and Rhys is telling Axis that he's right. That he does have feelings for him and that he wants him to move back into the palace. That as much as he hates to admit it, that he needs Axis, and only Axis, back in his life.
Rhys HASN'T failed completely as a king and Axis ends up Ash's partner in business and they become the kingdom's premiere blacksmiths.
Evie ends up marrying Ash. They have a bazillion children. It's disgustingly cute.
Rhys and Gloria ended up having two kids, Aaron and Zephyr (Rhys named Aaron without Gloria's permission and Gloria named Zephyr without Rhys' permission) which of course pissed Axis off because a second kid required Rhys to sleep with Gloria a few more times but hey, Gloria gets what Gloria wants.
Axis actually makes for a pretty cute "uncle" and Rhys of course is a ridiculously goofy father.
Rhys gives Axis a duplicate of Rhys' ring and Axis wears it. While they're not officially married, they're monogamous (which is really the furthest these two would want to go anyway) and in the end, very happy.
BTW, you Zephyr fans, he ends up with Vann. I'll probably do a small write up for them later on tumblr or something because I am beat.
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