Stories



Falconer's Lure

Watching birds of prey soar gives Garret Nicholson a sense of peace. Itís exactly what he needs after his recent break-up. His ex never understood Garretís work with the raptors, but the birds have been part of his life for years. Garret spends his time between The Skyís the Limit Raptor Rehab Center and his dadís falconry show at the Hawkwood Fantasy Faire, trying to prove to himself and his father he has what it takes to be a great falconer.

Trevor DePalma is in awe, but he isn't sure whether the man or the falcons fascinate him more. Watching the birds perform at the Faire gives Trevor the first taste of joy heís had since his father threw him out two years ago. Bonding with Garret over their mutual love of birds, Trevor eagerly learns all he can, and Garret proves a willing teacher. But as feelings grow, Trevor worries how Garret will react when he learns Trevor is homeless.

Life on the street is growing more dangerous for Trevor and his friends. Garret offers him safe space to find his feet. As the world crashes around them, Garret and Trevor will need each other's support in ways they've never imagined.

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Archer's Arrow

Former Olympic archer Robin Lockwood quit competing and now runs an archery booth at the Ren Faire. He enjoys his unencumbered life with few attachments but lots of casual friends. Traveling across the country from fair to fair adds spice to his life.

John Aquitaine found acting in college and started a comedy show with his good friend, Pete. They are the ďPerfect Princes,Ē and it helps John escape real life. The gypsy lifestyle lets him keep people at armís length until an arrow nearly hits him and he meets the handsome Robin Lockwood.

The flame between them sparks quickly, but the relationship is slowed when Johnís dark past catches up with him. Johnís Uncle Fred, the source of his horrible memories, appears at one of the Perfect Princesí performances, and it upsets John so much he needs Robin to rescue him. Their love is tested again as Uncle Fred plans to finish what he started when John was a child.

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Satyr's Song

With nothing to lose after getting booted from the Dallas Symphony, concert flutist Adrian Mylonas follows a friendís recommendation to take work as a satyr at Scarborough Renaissance Festival. While playing his pipes, Adrian spots a man unloading elephants. Ed Costa has lived his whole life running elephant rides at various festivals around Texas. He inherited the job from his father, and is teaching the family trade to his five-year-old son Eddy, who is the center of Edís life. He likes the life he leads, but he begins wondering if heís missing out because he doesnít have someone special to share it with.

The songs of the elephants and the colorful life of the faire capture Adrianís imagination, and as he gets to know Ed, the rugged man sets his heart free. He begins to think he could leave his careful and sophisticated life behind for new music, new habits, and new love.

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Jouster'S Lance

Dale OíToole, aka Diederik, the Demon Duke of Denmark, takes his Renaissance festivals seriously. He has been on the jousting circuit for five years and enjoys his gypsy lifestyle, traveling to faires around the country. Itís fun and he has good friends.

Austin Renfro has worked in a pirate gift shop at the Colorado Renaissance Festival for several years but has a life outside the medieval fantasy world. When Austin spies Dale during the first joust of the season, he knows he must find a way to meet him, even if the jousters and royal cast donít normally associate with the working class.

Their first chance meeting causes more than a little embarrassment for both men, but they donít let that stop them. They try to let their budding love find its place while keeping it from becoming common knowledge. But when a particularly conservative knight catches them in flagrante, itís bound to cause problems. After all, jousts are dangerousÖ.

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