He shook his head thinking about it way too much because he didn't want her to become lost to the lower demons in the realm. Brandon has seen the worse ones and what they do during his patrol and he know what they would do to her if that's possible. He knew it's risky but he had to figure something out before it's too late. Later that evening to midnight, Brandon and Melina was speaking with their mothers that was fixing some food for them but speaking about the next day about them traveling.
Of course they were worried about them but Melina reassures they will be alright. She knew strong magic and Brandon was just as dangerous so they should be fine. "Honey, I know you are but we don't want anything happening to our babies here. The demons out past the border of our village is dangerous." she said.
"I know mom but we have to get our village bigger so it's not in risk of the other ones out there. You seen from the dens in the west of what that demon lord did to the other women that was lost so many years ago. Even losing some that were close allies of mine. Brandon wants to do his best to increase our allies and our home to something others won't be fools of tearing down." she said.
"I understand sweetie but still..."
"Mom, we will be fine. You can trust us and besides, I won't let anything happen to Brandon..." she said but Brandon looks away hiding his flushed cheeks hearing her words. Even his mother was smiling thinking that was precious. He was just like his father whenever she told someone she would protect him as well. Kara looks to her friend but pats her back.
"I believe her, Mariko. Besides, they are our kids so it's no problem for them. I trained my son and you trained your daughter. They will be alright.." she said that Mariko looks to her for a second then lets out a sigh. She looks towards them then looks with a gentle expression.
"Alright...just be sure to keep each other safe..that's all I ask." she said that Brandon and Melina nod smiling at the same time. After dinner, everyone went to sleep for the night that seems to have went through quite quickly. The sun rose up rather quickly even if it was hours now with Melina and Brandon standing outside ready to go. She was wearing her own gear and usual clothes as Brandon was ready as well with his own sword that his father and mother made for him.
"Alright you two, I guess we will find out about your travels but be sure you are safe." Mariko said as Melina nods smiling.
"We will mom...." she said seeing Mariko hug her daughter again, feeling tears trying to come down but wouldn't.
"I guess we better hurry on the road then. We will be sure to send some word of our arrival. Good bye mom..and Mariko. I'll be sure to keep her safe.." he said as Mariko nods. Brandon waves to them and smiled but Kara noticed something off in the air before looking to Melina then to him.
As soon as he was ready to leave, he felt Kara quickly grab his arm to pull him to the side in a vice grip.
"Ouch, Mom? What are y-"
"You don't mind if I speak to my son before you both leave right?" Kara said gently.
"Hmmm? sure?" she said silent while Kara pulls Brandon away to the side as she looks ahead. Brandon was a little confused but wince that she kept pulling on him to have him face towards her. "Mom, what are y-"
"Brandon Maboroshi, why haven't you did what you did?" she said in a serious quiet tone.
"Uhhh what are you talking about mother?" he asked confused to have her grab his ear pulling it. "Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow.."
"You know what I mean, honey. I noticed her scent changed as well as I noticed a demon mark on her lower stomach and right shoulder." she said but Brandon looked more silent while thinking of some words to explain this but none came out.
"So it's true then. You have claimed Melina as your mate and yet your not married. You do know that because her smell is stronger now, demons will do their best to try and mate with her and claim her. You didn't know you have to mate to make her yours when she's bearing that mating mark?"
"What are you talking about? I get we...grew close but why should I worry about some mating mark. I won't let demons touch her or anything or better, steal her to mate with Melina-"
"That won't stop them, honey. When demons smell or see that mark, that means that person is up for grabs. You know your father had to keep me hidden while we traveled years ago when we were younger. Demons were always looking and trying to smell my scent because of how highly ovalaiting I was eager for any demon to calm me for a baby either way. You have to listen to me honey. She's a high risk target for any demon...meaning anyone can try to steal her away from him, no matter how strong they are."
"It's that..or having the risk of them almost killing her honey. Is that something you want?" she asked seeing Brandon tense up.
"Then when you have that chance...make her your mate forever. You don't want to risk losing her to another when it's clear that she's in love with you. Understand?" she asked to see Brandon nod slowly as she hugs him gently. "Good. Now, you better hurry because she's waiting for you and remember what I said. Protect her....do everything you have to do to keep her safe. And we still want grand kids.." she said as Brandon sighed to leave and walk over to Melina as they wave to their mothers and turns to walk off.
"Well, that seems to be a long conversation huh? What is serious?" Melina asked but Brandon looked ahead as if his mind was puzzled a bit or on something.
"No. Not really. Either way, lets hurry....we can get their fast before night fall." he said.
"Ummm right.." she said walking by his side.