Dragonbound: The Jade Prince
By L. Shannon
Genre: Erotic Urban Fantasy (m/m)
Length: Short Story - Amber Kiss (6k words)
ISBN-13: 978-1-61124-202-7 (Electronic)
Released: November 6, 2011
Amber Quill Press
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Editor: Catherine Snodgrass
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Cal has loved his best friend forever but since Jin is straight, the relationship has no hope of ever being fulfilled. Or at least that was what he thought until the day he accidentally binds Jin to the spirit of an insane dragon. Now Cal will do anything, even offer his flesh and grab hold of a twisted form of his most desperate desire in order to keep the jade dragon from using Jin's body to rampage through the city.
(*WARNING* Graphic excerpt. Consider yourself warned.)
...Cal held out the small box with the pendant. “Here. It’s a thank you gift from me and Tory.”
“You didn’t have to—”
“Shut up, Jin. Just be gracious and accept our thanks. What you’ve done… Well, you won’t let us make much out of it, but it does mean a lot to me, to us both.”
Jin nodded and opened up the plain box. “A jade dragon?” Picking up the pendant, he let it dangle from his fingers. “Very pretty.”
The way the light danced off the green stones made it look far more expensive than it had in the dusty pawn shop. Now it gleamed almost alive with the shine of the jade.
Jin draped the chain around his neck and the pendant landed perfectly at the dip between his collarbones. “Ah! What the hell?”
“It burns!” He pried at the pendant but it didn’t budge. “Help me get this thing off.”
Cal leaned in close and tugged at the loose chain. That much still moved freely, but the pendant itself might as well have become part of Jin’s flesh. And when his fingers hit the now hot stone, it sizzled with what felt like damn near electric shock. “Hey!”
“Cal!” Jin’s body bucked back into the sofa cushions, his spine arched painfully. After a long moment the shaking started.
He grabbed Jin and pinned his writhing body in place. What the hell was happening? A seizure, but what caused it? The pendant? It had to be the pendant, but how and why? All he could do was hold on and pray for a miracle...
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