Religion

Stories exploring the ideas, images, or themes of real-world religions.

An Act of Charity by

Noel Larkin’s hyper-holiday spirit is a mystery to both her boyfriend, Roland and her dour accountant, Benjamin. So when charming Hank, a non-profit organizer, re-appears in her life, Noel was delighted. At last she’d found romantic harmony, or so she thought. Then comes Christmas Eve and revelations that shake her faith in all three men. Can anyone restore her Christmas spirit to her before her birthday arrives the next morning? It would take an act of selfless charity to do so. (F/M)

Silver Bells by

Alex Thorson and three fellow directors sit in the board room with their CEO, Dempsey Kincaid, for what was meant to be a simple holiday drink. When an attractive young woman in fur-lined negligee, heels and a pair of elf ears arrives at the board room door, Alex is rather pleased at the tantalising turn of the evening. However, the raunchy high spirits soon take the gathering to places that leave Alex with questions about the exact powers of Kincaid, and just what kind of woman has been hired to entertain them…

 

The Miracles of Dorothea of Andrine by

In 1794, at Little Flowers Convent in a remote French village, the memory of the late Reverend Mother Dorothea of Andrine has inspired worshippers to great fervor amid reports of miracles of healing. Besieged with requests to beatify the holy woman who started this movement, the Church dispatches the Right Reverend Louis Montblanc, Bishop of Andrine, to investigate the cult of Dorothea. What the Bishop learns, however, causes him to raise the alarm with his superiors. The sisters at Little Flowers Convent have begun to teach about the ecstatic pleasure of the womb and claim to possess the power of the milk that fed the Savior. Bishop Montblanc vows to shut down their blasphemy and idolatry before their corruption can spread to the larger Church, but his journey to the convent plunges him into a world of temptation and religious rapture that shakes the foundations of his faith and threatens to leave him a broken man. (M/F, F/F, M/F/F)

 

Lot’s Sin by

After losing his wife, living in a cave after the fall of Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot finds himself struggling to maintain his sanity. Shattered by his experience, he must find a way to carry on with his life. He understands too well the debt incurred by sin, and now struggles to stop the moral degradation of his fellow survivors. (F/F, F/M)

 

Tomb Brides by

Attempting to raise a dead warrior, Alrekr, from his barrow mound, three companions quickly outrun their luck. Folkvardr must travel into Ironwood to rescue his lover Unnr and her slave, Huld, from Alrekr the undead corpse, even if he must face Angrboda, the ettin of Ironwood herself. (M/F, F/F)

 

Consoling Psyche by

Leah had been looking forward to a weekend at the hot springs. When her boyfriend broke up with her via text message, it ruined the mood for the trip. In fact, it felt like the end of the world. So, when Leah had fled to the top of a mountain path, the last thing she’d wanted or expected to find was a strange man offering her consolation. He was all wrong—but maybe wrong in just the right way. (F/M)