“Now why the hell would he have registered as an elf,” Aidan grumbled as he and Jared walked away from the large home that housed the individual they’d been looking for.
“Because, for whatever reason, he doesn’t want to admit to being a faun. Not that it’s hard to tell that he is one on first sight.”
“Are you going to report him?”
Jared shook his head. “He’s quite harmless. Hell, if he’d been any meeker and more self-effacing he’d have melted into the woodwork. All he wants is to be left alone with his books and his gardens. As Daniel says, way too often sometimes, no harm, no foul.”
“Well since we still have time shall we check out the one by the bay? Hopefully he won’t turn out to be a troll or something.”
With a laugh Jared agreed and moments later they were standing by the shore looking at a small, well-built cabin.
“He’s not going to be in there,” Aidan said with certainty. “I’d be willing to bet that’s just to give him an ‘address’, and possibly a place to meet with friends that aren’t aquatically inclined.”
“He’s a sea elf then? I’ve never met one. As a matter of fact, I actually thought they were things of legend.”
“We are,” a voice said emphatically from the water behind them. Then the elf stood in the shallows, smiling slightly at the two men. “We don’t exist except in fairy tales.” He moved onto the land before shifting to a more human form which hid his blue, green and silvery skin.
“We’re sorry to bother you,” Jared told him. “We’re looking for an elf, a specific one. It’s quite apparent you aren’t him.”
The elf raked his eyes over him and a small grin quirked his mouth. “How unfortunate for me.”
The look on Jared’s face had Aidan turning away to hide his laughter behind a closed fist.
“What? He’s gorgeous,” the sea elf said, his glance fixed on Jared’s crotch.
“He’s, I mean I’m already taken,” Jared choked out.
Without raising his eyes the elf murmured, “More’s the pity then. I’d have loved to teach you how to make love in the ocean.”
Sympathizing with his friend, Aidan gripped Jared’s hand and seconds later they left the very aroused sea elf behind.