**spoiler alert** Short story about a man going to a comic shop to pick up a comic book for his friend stuck in the hospital and meeting the man he re...more**spoiler alert** Short story about a man going to a comic shop to pick up a comic book for his friend stuck in the hospital and meeting the man he really wants to be with. I wish it was longer, but it was cute. I didn't like how down he was on himself and I would like to know more about his previous relationship and what went on there.(less)
The raw feed for this is at my LiveJournal. The complete version will include Park's contrasting POV and all the action and adventure of a Magister fu...moreThe raw feed for this is at my LiveJournal. The complete version will include Park's contrasting POV and all the action and adventure of a Magister fulfilling his duty to the State. Masterpost: Paradigm Shift.
Barely home a day and already sent out again, this time for a domestic reason, but just as important. He left his accustomed body armor behind and wore a soberly professional suit, his rank pinned to his collar.
"So why have I been called out?" he asked the Attache sharing the back of the car with him.
Her smile was a wide stretch of lips painted vivid red, complimenting her raptor's eyes. He thought he caught a whiff of old blood lingering on her skin. "Your Family has shown much interest in acquiring another Third. As a mark of Command's favor, you've been offered first crack at the Third discovered through the latest blood draw. You should say thank you."
"Thank you," he drawled, settling his hands on his knees. He'd known he'd done good work with that last mission, but he hadn't expected to have a Third handed over to his Family. The State must be pleased with him and all he'd done to give him preliminary Courting options. Grandfather would be happy.
"This is my stop," she said. The car slowed and she stepped out before it had halted, slamming the door behind her.
Dylan amused himself with the image of her tumbling off the sidewalk and under the wheels of the large truck following behind them. It was an unkind wish, but he'd dealt with the Attache before and she was nothing but a mad dog. When she was let off the leash she barely differentiated friend from foe; it made him wary of her.
He picked up the case she'd left him and settled back into the seat to read. He had received a Third as a reward, he might as well find out what he could about--
Dylan opened the file and looked at the picture of the dark haired young man. A handsome face that might have looked cold if it wasn't for the sly slant of his brows, the hint of laughter curling his lips. Staring out of the picture was a pair of expressive brown eyes, mesmerizing against the man's rich olive toned skin.
Faizel is a soulless vampire. "He was a creature of mayhem and destruction, his body a well-manufactured machine of horror movie efficiency. He was th...moreFaizel is a soulless vampire. "He was a creature of mayhem and destruction, his body a well-manufactured machine of horror movie efficiency. He was the unstoppable baddie at the end of every game, the final boss, who was ready to go at any time and could take killing blow after killing blow with only a tiny drop in health."
Charlemagne is misguidedly romantic. A vampire that has been abused by numerous masters, he sees Faizel and is instantly attracted to the beautiful "human."
They fall under each others' spell.
This story is short, but the next is longer and comes from Ewing's perspective as he watches the horror tale unfold.
EXCERPT-- He was a handsome stranger in painted on pants and Chuck Taylors. His dark brown hair curled around his ears in enticing tousled waves. He had rich olive skin and a straight nose with perfect nostrils. He was built in lean lines and looked like he should be an endearingly dorky guy, completely oblivious to his own good looks.
Except he walked like a predator. He tried not to, but his hips insisted on falling into their natural position when he didn't concentrate. An arrogant, rolling walk that caught and held the eye, luring in his prey.
He'd always been so well-known that he couldn't have pretended to be anyone other than himself. He was more easily recognizable than the Master. The name FAIZEL was synonymous with power and prestige. He was always near the top of every Most Wanted list the Resistance put out.
He'd always enjoyed playing with the Resistance. Hunting them down and spoiling their plans had been endlessly entertaining. It was why he'd never just completely exterminated them all the way the Master wanted.
The Master was talking synthetic blood and genocide. He had wanted a world completely devoid of normal human life. The Phageless would cease to exist and only the New Breed would remain. He wanted a world of rules and restrictions, a totalitarian empire with himself at the top.
Faizel enjoyed being powerful, but he wanted the thrill of the hunt. He was young and virile and he'd been Reborn without a soul. But he still remembered his human days and all that burning hate and rage was still there, bubbling under the surface of his skin.
He'd killed most of the people that had made his living life so miserable in one wild spree of blood and viscera. After that though... he'd spent enough time around the Master to realize that he didn't want to live in that sterile, cruel world with only his own kind for company.
He hadn't been able to stand it.
He had secretly begun to sabotage his own mission plans so there were weaknesses able to be exploited by a clever but desperate human. He'd sifted out the weakest of the Resistance to leave the best behind, separating the wheat from the chaff.
Then he had waited and enjoyed being able to toy with his new playmates. He was going to kill them, but he built them up first before he hunted them down. He loved that sweetest first sip of panicked blood, packed with all of that desperate will to survive. It made his heart sing.
He slid through the crowded club to one of the tables at the front. He sat down with such a charming smile that the women already there giggled and gave him flirty welcomes. He smiled but didn't really interact, just nodding his head here and there when they spoke to him.
Faizel gazed up at the main stage and absorbed the sight of a supernatural cabaret show. It was like Rocky Horror Picture Show with even more garters and lace; there was a bit more skin showing, and both men and women wore short-shorts and a mixture of glitter and glamour.
Dancing and singing men and women, some entirely human while others stretched and bent with supernatural ease. Here and there one of the dancers would flash a mouthful of fangs as they playfully "menaced" their delighted audience. Their faces would twist and turn into a monstrous mask of bulging bone, glaring yellow eyes, and a double row of teeth that were nothing but jagged points.
Money was offered at the end of each set and a pretty girl with flaxen curls and a smattering of glitter on her cheeks went around with a cloth bag to collect the cash. She was wearing a flirty red skirt and a black crop top vest that revealed a toned stomach and a sparkling silver bead dangling at her navel. She wore high-heeled gladiator sandals that crisscrossed up her shins to just below her dimpled knees.
Faizel fumbled in his pocket for a few crumpled bills. He stuck them in the bag quickly so no one could get a good look at them in case money was different here.
Vampires sure were.
He was utterly fascinated by their monstrous faces and the claws he thought he'd spotted amongst them. They were like a mix of human and animal. Even when they weren't trying to be frightening, their mouths easily shaped snarls.
He was utterly captivated, his eyes trailing up and down the beautiful bodies on display, but what he was really drawn to was the feral nature of them. They were apex predators, of that he had no doubt, though he had to wonder why they were so intent on living amongst the humans, working with them. The idea of it intrigued him.
Faizel had been suppressing his Allure from the minute he'd fallen out of the glowing portal and discovered that he was in a world not his own. The air had smelled different and there was the caressing vapor of distant, strange Power.
His first impulse was to ride in under the radar, to look around for himself and see what kind of world this was. And so far he had been very pleased.
There were vampires here, though a much different kind than he was used to. He could practically see the souls binding them to their bodies, and though their faces turned to those of monsters when they let their Hunger show... they were human on the inside. Beautiful, fragile humans.
He had never seen anything so entrancing. He wondered how hard it was to break them, these dancing, singing, oh-so-human vampires.(less)
Before anyone points out the inconsistencies with the bedding (reference makes sense if you've read the ebook version) it was on purpose and is part o...moreBefore anyone points out the inconsistencies with the bedding (reference makes sense if you've read the ebook version) it was on purpose and is part of the overall plot.
Differences between free and paid versions: halo, cymplant, bedding, housing.(less)
CHARACTERS: Nicholas Underwood--the MC. Works as Christian' PA, though it's mostly an excuse for Christian to have him around. Vaguely neurotic with lo...moreCHARACTERS: Nicholas Underwood--the MC. Works as Christian' PA, though it's mostly an excuse for Christian to have him around. Vaguely neurotic with low self-esteem. Blond hair, blue eyes. Christian DeLongeria--second MC. Nicholas' best friend. Incredibly wealthy head of DeLongeria Enterprises. Julianna is his wife and the mother of his children, but it is well understood that Nicholas has his heart. Black hair, brown eyes. David Jacobson--Nicholas' love interest. He's just a guy with a job until he meets Nicholas and has his life changed forever. A somewhat stern man, Nicholas makes him feel emotions he's never known before and he refuses to release those feelings. Francis "Frankie" Beauregard--Nicholas' brother. A world famous singer known as "The Crooner." He's always been Nicholas' hero, though there's a mix of envy in there too. He's always been wild and carefree and he left home without a single look back. Has a car salesman's smile. Nicholas is the only one that calls him Francis; he lost that boy a long time ago. Emily Dante-Underwood--Nicholas' cousin. There's tragedy there. Julianna DeLongeria--Christian's wife. Natasha Swaggart--David's cousin. A beautiful blond bombshell with surprising depths. She's the kind of girl that always has a story to tell about amazing things she couldn't possibly have done, except she has. Involved in all kinds of crazy adventures all of the time, yet still able to offer a snarky comment or a hug when needed. She's a great friend to have and a terrible enemy. Riley Curtain--Natasha's best friend. People are always surprised that someone like Natasha would be friends with Riley, but he takes it all in stride. He's a genuinely nice guy that works hard and rarely has a moment to relax. Being friends with Natasha has saved his sanity over the years. Alfred Underwood--Nicholas' father and Imogene's third husband. He understands Imogene more than she knows and he doesn't let her get into trouble. He has never been a very amiable man and it is only now that he's beginning to regret it. Imogene Underwood--Nicholas and Francis' mother. When she falls in love, she falls in love completely, which usually leads to desperate heartbreak. Blond hair, blue eyes. Carlton Beauregard--Francis' father and Imogene's second husband. He ran off with Imogene's dressing maid and a good chunk of the family fortune. He is persona non grata. Brown hair, brown eyes.
Summary: Nicholas and Christian are in Seattle for work and they stop off at a party Francis is giving. While there, Nicholas meets David and agrees to go out with him.(less)
3 short stories, 2 long stories. My personal favorite has to be "Morpheus." I've always had an interest in Kleine-Levin syndrome, and from the first t...more3 short stories, 2 long stories. My personal favorite has to be "Morpheus." I've always had an interest in Kleine-Levin syndrome, and from the first time I heard of it I was fascinated. It's used here in "Morpheus" and will appear again in an upcoming Sleeping Beauty story.
In Pomegranate 01, "Hyacinth" is just the prologue. The story doesn't really start until Pomegranate 02. There's a 5 year gap between the prologue and chapter one, so Beren really changes in the meantime.(less)
Extrovert meets Introvert: This was an incredibly adorable story about a young man named Rue making a dumb mistake in sleeping with a girl just to mak...moreExtrovert meets Introvert: This was an incredibly adorable story about a young man named Rue making a dumb mistake in sleeping with a girl just to make sure he's completely gay - he is - and ends up with a baby nine months later. He wants to finish cosmetology school and *needs* to work at his job as a bartender, so he needs to find some kind of childcare. Which is how he ends up meeting his new upstairs neighbor, an odd, nerdy man with a thing for Star Wars (like who doesn't, amirite?)
This isn't the usual kind of thing I go for - no aliens, no epic journeys ala Lord of the Rings - but I ended up smiling at my Kindle the whole time I was reading. And when I was all done, I was still smiling.(less)
I really enjoyed this a ridiculous amount. It's all about a 28 year old man, Tim, that has been laid off his job and whose wife has just walked out on...moreI really enjoyed this a ridiculous amount. It's all about a 28 year old man, Tim, that has been laid off his job and whose wife has just walked out on him. Then he receives a phone call from his mother letting him know that his brother Jay has broken his leg while falling off his skateboard. So, being jobless and wifeless, he allows himself to be talked into taking care of Jay's bike shop. Which is where he meets Matt, the charmingly klutzy bike mechanic.
This was a story about self-acceptance, domestic violence, and a razor toothed cat with attitude.
OMG, I am just so happy to read this. I was totally in the mood for band!fic, and that's totally what I was given. It was like manna from heaven. This...moreOMG, I am just so happy to read this. I was totally in the mood for band!fic, and that's totally what I was given. It was like manna from heaven. This was a very cute story, though I hope it's lengthened because I could certainly read some more.
A bickering rockstar and country singer both trying to settle their differences.(less)
This story kind of popped into my head fully-formed and was only going to be a short piece--like 5000 words or so. Then, with no warning whatsoever, i...moreThis story kind of popped into my head fully-formed and was only going to be a short piece--like 5000 words or so. Then, with no warning whatsoever, it just kind of exploded into something a little bigger and with more depth than the semi-PWP I thought it was going to be.
John and Charlie are roommates and best friends that are just hanging out with the girlfriend of their friend Michael, when she decides to ask them the most uncomfortable question ever: "What's it like being in an ersatz homosexual relationship?"
Once an idea like that is in your brain, it doesn't really go away. Which leaves John reeling from a sexual identity crisis he didn't see coming.(less)
First person, cute story. Alex is a chiropractor having a bad day, so when the guy that bullied him in high school walks in the door, he just wants to...moreFirst person, cute story. Alex is a chiropractor having a bad day, so when the guy that bullied him in high school walks in the door, he just wants to leave.
Cassidy had to give up his rock and roll dreams with the death of his parents and his determination to keep his...moreWho doesn't love a good band!fic? Who?
Cassidy had to give up his rock and roll dreams with the death of his parents and his determination to keep his siblings together. At eighteen years old, he discovers that his parents had left debts he has to pay off and he has to change his life plans to keep his brother and sister with him.
Nine years later, he's working as an office drone with the hots for his boss. He goes out on occasion to sing karaoke or play pool, but basically he lives his life as though it's already over. He's "a never has been" and has given up any thoughts of being anything else. Except Malcolm Osborne has an eye on Cassidy.
Sweet man with a bad boy image he tries to hide behind a suit and tie, and the gorgeous millionaire that falls for him. Cute and touching, for those that love a romance with an HEA.(less)
A sweet man with a speech condition called echolalia meets a handsome stranger. A straight-forward story set in the real world--no aliens, werewolves,...moreA sweet man with a speech condition called echolalia meets a handsome stranger. A straight-forward story set in the real world--no aliens, werewolves, ghosts, witches, etc. Just two men that meet and fall in love.(less)
I don't want to be unfair or turn anyone off, but this simply was not for me. It was well-written, but it just wasn't my thing.
(view spoiler)[I like a...moreI don't want to be unfair or turn anyone off, but this simply was not for me. It was well-written, but it just wasn't my thing.
(view spoiler)[I like a bit more plot and this was just a rich guy playing with his Rosie the Robot (Jetson's reference, totally.) Plus the dom/sub angle didn't seem fair because the robot was programmed to do whatever he wanted. There was no sense of power and control, or the thrill of someone losing control because the one character simple could not say no because he was a toy. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>(less)