Genres: Bisexual, Fantasy, Gay, GLBT, Historical, Romance
Collections: Bi Magic, Breaking Gender, Clandestine Desires, Divine Desires, Empassioned, Out of Habit
Editor(s): Lon Sarver
Cover Designer(s): Siol na Tine
Cover Art Credits: Portrait photo by Smoxx78 at Dreamstime. Background photo José Antonio Gil Martínez via Wikimedia Commons (CC Attribution). Treasure N.C. Wyeth from Treasure Island, via Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain).
Production Editor(s): Erika L. Firanc
Proofreader(s): Kailin Morgan
Length: Short Story (8,400 Words)
Publication Date: July 29, 2014
Serialization Date: January 7, 2018
Archive(d) on January 28, 2018
Tags: m/f, m/m, m/other, Short Story
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I woke up the next morning hung-over, wondering if it would be worth it to turn myself in to the Palace guards so they could chop my head off. No, I decided. If they did chop my head off, it would still hurt. It would just hurt way over there.
I didn’t recognize the voice, but I drank anyway. Maybe I’d be lucky and it would kill me. The room took a sharp turn to the left, wheeled around three times, settled gently on the ground and spit me out like a peach pit. “What is this?” I gasped.
“Trust me, you don’t want to know.” The bed creaked and settled, and I turned to see my lovely lady with the pretty tits sitting next to me. She was completely, gloriously naked, except for a pair of wide gold bracelets that she seemed to wear all the time. A brief check under the coverlet showed that I was as naked as she, and I wondered what I’d missed. How to find out…
“I am very disappointed in you, Davi,” she said, folding her arms over her chest.
Well, I suppose that’s one way.
“I’m sorry, Darlin’,” I said, sitting up and letting the coverlet slip down. “I shouldn’t have drunk those last two dozen whatever-they-were. What was I drinking, anyway?”
“You don’t want to know that, either,” she answered. She looked down at me and sniffed. “You really don’t remember anything, do you?”
For a minute, I wondered if I’d started something with her that I hadn’t been able to finish, then shook off that thought. “Not a thing. What did I do? Or not do?”
“You swore by the Trickster that you and you alone would be the one to dare Kai’s Temple,” was her answer.
“Oh, I didn’t!” I gasped.
“You did. Your exact words were that you would be the one to relieve the god of gold that He was never going to use,” she told me. I groaned and rubbed my hand over my face. That did sound like me when I let the bottle do my thinking for me.
“And… how many people heard me say that?” I asked.
She sniffed at me, and didn’t answer, which told me more than words could have. If I didn’t at least make an attempt on the Temple, I might as well leave town. I sighed dramatically and reached out to take her hand. “So, let me get this straight. I got drunk and stupid, swore to do the impossible, and then you brought me back up here so that I could snore at you. Is that right?” She nodded without looking at me. “Sorry, Darlin’. Is there any way I can make it up to you?” She sniffed again, then squeaked in surprise as I pulled her closer.
“What are you doing?”
“Attempting to make it up to you,” I answered with a smile. I ran one finger down her cheek. “Sapphires, I think. To set off your eyes.”
“Sapphires?” she repeated, those amazing eyes as wide as saucers.
“Once I’ve done this job, I’ll see you draped in sapphires,” I whispered, running my finger down her throat and over her collarbone. “Sapphires and silver and nothing else.”
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