Chapter 72: The Return

After dinner that evening, Valois took Gunther’s hand and led him into the bedroom. Closing the door quietly behind them, he let go and stepped into the middle of the room on his own. Confused, Gunther just stood and watched as Valois raised one hand to circle it three times around his own head. Something […]

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Chapter 71: A Signal Honour

“I am quite sure,” Valois chuckled, “that you did not contact me purely to make mischief, Caelwyn. To what do I owe the honour of this communication?” Caelwyn smiled. “We Fae are known for our mischief, and do not try to convince your aeternus otherwise. However, no, that is not the reason for this communication. […]

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Chapter 70: Departure

Gunther felt Valois clasp his hand as they stood and watched Mort and Esther go through Passport Control. With a final grin and wave, they were lost from sight, and Gunther’s hand tightened around Valois’s. “I’m going to miss them so much,” he whispered, feeling tears welling up. “As will I, my darling,” Valois said […]

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Chapter 69: Moments

“Why are you telling me this?” Gunther whimpered. “Why now all of a sudden?” “Because it is like a rat, nibbling and gnawing away at a tiny part of you. You can ignore it, but it is still there, taking little bites out of you every now and then. The rat needs to be brought […]

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Chapter 68: Papa

“The most important thing about being in a relationship is making your partner happy,” Valois said. “Even if that means not being the strong one. Even if it means doing things that society perceives as weak and unmanly. There is nothing wrong with being ‘the weak one’. The more you know your partner, the more […]

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Chapter 67: Memories

“Will you do something for me, since we’re talking about the past tonight?” “If I am able to do it, mon cœur, then of course.” Tilting his head back, Gunther looked up at his husband. “Tell me about some of the people you have loved?” he ventured. “You showed me Elsanine and Arcturus from centuries […]

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Chapter 66: Truths

Gunther shuddered, but something was still niggling in the back of his mind. “Amir… the shopkeeper. He told me the Eyes always find their way to where they’re needed. And that I clearly needed this one.” He closed his eyes and inhaled shakily, then opened them, looking squarely at Valois as the realisation hit him […]

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Chapter 65: Souvenirs

Morning brought with it a kiss from his husband, a lazy breakfast at the water-level restaurant, and all memory of the nightmare forgotten. Cocktails by the pool, the sun’s heat relaxing him as it sank into his bones, the scent of tanning lotion, and the sun-warmed pages of a good book while Valois dozed on […]

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Chapter 64: Honeymoon

“Can I ask you something?” “Of course, mon cœur.” “If our fellow passengers don’t see your pale skin, then what do they see? Do they see your hair and eye colour, or are those changed, too?” “I am an expert in illusion, but alas I cannot change my eye or hair colour. My skin, however…” […]

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Chapter 63: My Husband and I

“Ladies and gentlemen!” *tink!* *tink!* *tink!* Gunther looked up as Natalie got to her feet and tapped a fork against an empty champagne glass. She looked drop-dead gorgeous, having changed into her second outfit of the day—a long red velvet dress—and Gunther chuckled, since the elegance of her attire was in complete contrast to her […]

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