In the depths beneath the Everbright City lies a vast complex of caves known as The Shade. The Underking of the Shade, Salidar thulu'Khant, seeks to free the demons imprisoned in the city above and use them to unseat King Neredos, the immortal ruler of humanity. The future of the world rests in the unwilling hands of young thief and Shade native, Styx, who is thrust into the middle of a conflict which has perpetuated for centuries.
Nessa is a fairy who lost all her powers when she killed another fairy. She can no longer be considered a fairy, and is thus expelled from her home and her family. Now, she has to build a new life in exile, but she can't let go of her past or shake off the guilt from what she did. Things only get worse when she realises the worst war in living memory is about to break out, and she is at the centre of it. If she wants to see this war to the end, Nessa will have to learn to put her past behind her and trust her new friends, but can she really pretend she's anything but a murderer?
Elias didn't dream with wide-eyed wonder about the day he could seek out his mate or mates. He felt trapped, constricted in a world where Omegas weren't allowed to do anything for themselves...where Omegas couldn't even leave their community. But, then he received the biggest Khonsu stone that their werewolf community had ever seen. Just what did the Gods have in mind for him?
Ashton is exiled to the middle of nowhere when his stepdad gets a promotion. Boring, small town life is not how he expected his senior year of high school to go. He's got plans though. His eighteenth birthday means the release of the trust his dad set up before he died. As soon as he gets his diploma, he's gonna split. Just him, his car, and his camera. He'll take pictures of everything, everywhere. Make a life on his terms and no one else's.
Winter Maestri leads Peraza after his parents' suspicious and tragic death. Andyvion, a servant from the household of the new king of the neighboring land, leaves his home and his mates to warn Winter of a plot. Winter will do anything to keep himself and his land free, even take on a fake mate. But Hazeth Montcroix is a bit more than Winter expected and the fake mating may become real, no matter how Winter fights his feelings for Hazeth.
With a life that is almost painfully normal and unremarkable, 16 year old Torsten has no reason to believe in anything out of the ordinary. Then, a series of cryptic events throws him beyond the boring familiarity that he knows, into the mystery and magic of reality unmasked.
Destiny leads a pair to their fate, no matter the obstacles, they find themselves on the same path. Koji Sukiyama meets Andre Lacome in the most unexpected of places, and their love sparks to life with a single glance.
Barken is charged with imprisonment for the illegal use of his powers under the oppression of a ruthless ruler by the name of Deko. As a result, his lover Diego aids in his escape and the two become fugitives of the law. While underground, the two are exposed to a fantastic and dangerous world outside their humble town, and soon begin to hear whispers of resistance against Deko.
Based in the Charming universe, Once Upon a Time is a collection of short stories inspired by the storytelling card game of the same name. For each short story, I incorporated five story cards and one ending card that are all selected at random. Each story includes elements of fairy tales in the modern world, romance between two men and a guaranteed happily ever after. The title of each short story will be the sentence of the ending card and the story cards will be listed at the end. Enjoy!
Lucky, the newest heir to the Prince Charming title, wants nothing more than to fall in love and live happily ever after with his own prince . Instead, he's being forced by his father to marry a woman with long hair from a tower who would much rather cut it all off, so she too can be become the hero of her own fairy tale. But with the help of the Big Bad Wolf/officer, Lucky goes on an adventure to break the curse of three princesses, while finding love from the most unlikely person in today's world where the fairest women and the fittest men become celebrities and the stuff of legends.
Prompt pieces in a high fantasy setting:
Teague Imlach is a young wizard. He's been brought up isolated on the mages' island since he was a toddler and is a bit awkward as a result. Now he discovers friendship for the first time. There is much to unearth from a person's past as you get to know them, especially if they have seen war, the edge of the known world, and lived a full life before you were even born.
And maybe there are different kinds of friendship.