Eight centuries before Salidar thulu-Khant's reign, the world was much different. Technology, not magic, defined the world, though political machinations and civil unrest had pushed the world to the edge of destruction. Two young men, embark on a journey of self-discovery while dealing with the consequences of a broken society. Meanwhile, an ancient force seeks to unleash a Trial of Destruction on the world.
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?
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.
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.
Carter Malis thinks he knows exactly when he turned into a self-identified homophobe, and that had to be the moment when Aron Ruskin, his best friend since forever, announced to him that he was going to marry a dude. Great. So there were going to be two Mr. Ruskin’s, and that without counting Aron’s dad.
And here’s this thing. The face staring back from the mirror, the moment he wakes up in a hospital bed, doesn’t belong to him, but to douchebag Alex, aka Aron’s husband. And now he’ll have to talk to Aron, after two years of radio silence.
Charlie and Kippy are planning a casual Fourth of July evening: pizza, getting together with friends, and then fireworks after the sun goes down. Little do they know that they are about to have visitors, and be off on a new adventure that takes them farther from home than they have ever been before!
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 his newfound friends, while finding love from the most unlikely person in today's world where the fairest women and the most charming men become celebrities and the stuff of legends.
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.
An attempt on his life, sends Yoshi Taimeng into a wild adventure across the Amana Empire as he fights to restore peace among his people and gather an army strong enough to save his mother, the Empress, from his treasonous uncle. He meets Midori Sanori, an heir to the Fier Clan. Midori teaches him the importance of love and how to use it to win a war.
Maximillian "Max" is the child of the evil stepsister who now works for his aunt's undercover agency. Though he is struggling to be viewed as someone competent at his job, a new mission to capture a notorious gang leader named Franklin who is associated with the selling human body parts has been given to him. All Max has to do is seduce him, so he can "stitch together" any credibility he has left and prove to everyone that he is not just a case of nepotism. However, things never go according to plan, and Max needs to know whether Franklin can be trusted before things get worse. "A stitch in time" as they always say.
Tligg is a fairly average elf - and this is the story of his how his world came to include Craagen. It’s a story of friendship and love, as well as the things that happen in between and around such intense feelings. Meeting by pure chance, their first encounters ended up being an intense experience. But is that enough to lead to something more?
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 or more 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!
Working at his grandfather's old toy shop, Dallas always dreamed of finding his Prince Charming and live his own happily ever after in a world where mermaids, fairies and magic are the new normal. Unfortunately, he was already twenty-one years old and hadn't had his first kiss yet. But things change when he meets a man named Forrest who can satisfy Dallas's every desire with no "strings attached." However, he wants more than just the physical with Forrest and as they get closer, Dallas will have to "pull some strings" to discover what it truly means to be alive with a man who is keeping secrets that ties their pasts together.