"a quick, short, stimulating piece"
In a post-war world, Collin is the lonely leader of a group
of tenement dwellers struggling to survive. He tries to
find them food and shelter, all the while torn apart
because his more-than-friend Nyas is MIA and he is sure
Nyas will never return. Nyas is who Collin wants, has
waited for and dreams to be with.
After days of gathering flammable items and waiting for
proper weather, Collin goes to the top of the building to
light a warrior's funeral fire for Nyas. Imagine his shock
when a dragon swoops down, picks him up and takes him to
the land of dragons! He looks much like a human pet Kay-
lin, who has escaped from Avalier, a warrior dragon living
alone in the forest. Interestingly enough, Avalier is
nearly the spitting image of Nyas as well.
This short story held interest. The back story was very
well done and I loved wondering what would have happened if
Nyas had come back. The kidnapping of Collin from the
rooftop was exciting since I had no idea where or why he
was going to end up where he does. The development of the
coming together of dragon and man was quite hot! I enjoyed
Ms.Okati's descriptions and thoughts. All in all a quick,
short, stimulating piece.
Reviewed by Nancy Eriksen
Posted June 18, 2008
A veteran of the war in search of a hero’s welcome, Collin finds himself S.O.L. The man he could have fallen in love with didn’t come home with him, and Collin’s left without a direction. What does a soldier do when the fight’s over?
Why, he finds a new challenge. Or, in this case, a challenge finds him. One of the mysterious dragons that appeared during the war to circle the skies snatches Collin from his home and carries him to the dragon lands. The dragon, Zacharei, claims he’s “returning” Collin to his dragon lord. But how can this be, when Collin’s never visited in the first place?
Collin begins to understand when Zacharei leaves him with “his” dragon, Avalier, a beast who’s the exact duplicate of Nyas -- and who thinks Collin is his “Kay-lin,” a doppelganger who disappeared during Avalier’s own last battle. Mistaken identity has never been this sexy -- and a mix-up has never been so perfect a solution for the lonely hearts of two soldiers.
Genre(s): Futuristic, Paranormal
Theme(s): Elves, Dragons & Magical Creatures, Men and Women in Uniform, Gay and Lesbian