It’s been centuries since the last Great Other War that plunged the human race into the dark ages. Pulling away from the gods, and other creatures God had sent to watch over them, humans have made a go of it for themselves, trying to find their own path, and in the process they have changed the world from flat to round and created a universe to go with it. The gods, angels and demons are still there, but left behind, ignored, while the humans flourish. But the Others haven’t forgotten the humans….
Ki was content living her quiet, orderly little life on the outskirts of the city pack as a runt. She’d built up her own business as a freelance researcher and while she didn’t have much, she had more than enough for her. Then she wakes one morning to find that two days of her life are missing, supposedly spent with not just one man, but two, and she suddenly has breasts. Not to mention two tails when she shifts. If that isn’t bad enough, her apartment building catches fire and someone in the smoke wants her dead.
On the run, Ki finds herself in strange company, from Gods to mythical creatures, and sorting out who wants her dead from who wants her alive isn’t going to be easy. With a little divine help, and some old friends, she just might make it out of this mess alive, or lose everything before she even knew what she had.
TJ Rowser grew up on a working farm that left her with plenty of time to explore her imagination while performing lots of physical labor. The older she got, the more that imagination expanded, and the less she liked the hard physical labor aspect. It took too much time away from the stories in head. Working through a string of office jobs, she found her niche in a helpdesk and settled down to raise a family while happily sitting around exploring the worlds that kept springing to life in her mind. When that wasn't quite enough, she started writing them down and sharing them out, which leads us here, to an author's page, and a book filled with the characters that knock around in her head on a daily basis. They (the characters) are quite pleased with the result and so is she, since happy characters make for a much quieter mind.
Ki's eyes started to close then opened again quickly. “Why am I naked?” she asked, cheeks turning bright red.
“You have been in your fox form for several days now,” Val said, his lips moving up her back to her neck.
Ki squirmed. “Where's my pack?”
“Hazel undid the buckle,” Fen said nuzzling closer to her face, and whispering his lips over her cheek.
Ki wiggled and froze. “Why are you both naked?” she asked, voice breathy.
“Because we are very happy to have you back,” Fen said, running his mouth down her cheek to her jaw.
“That's not...” Ki strangled on the words, took in a deep breath and tried again. “That is not nearly a good enough reason.”
“We want to show you,” Val said, nipping at her neck gently.
Ki sucked in another breath of air, as tremors started in her body. “Fen?”
“Shhh little one,” he said, brushing a soft kiss to her lips. “Aren't you tired of fighting us yet?”
Ki blinked up at him when he pulled back then turned to see Val looking down at her as well. “But...”
“We know the risks, sugar,” Val said quietly. “We want you still.”
“We will always want you,” Fen said drawing her attention back to him.
“You do understand,” Fen said with a sigh. “You hide from it, but you understand. You knew we would come for you.”
Ki swallowed hard. “Yes.”
“You know we will come for you no matter what,” Val said.
Ki closed her eyes. “Yes.”
“You are ours little one,” Fen said.
He waited, breath held as she took one deep breath after another. Her eyes stayed shut, and tremors still wracked her body, but she said nothing, did nothing. He waited, Val waited, and it was all they could do. The moment dragged on till Fen thought he might explode, and then tawny eyes were flickering open finding his, before fluttering shut again.
“Yes,” Ki said voice so low it wasn't even a whisper.
Fen and Val's response was immediate. Fen swept her into his arms, turning with her so she was laying against him, her back snuggled to his front, arms crossing over her chest to keep her still. He nuzzled at her neck as Val moved over her. Her eyes opened as her lips parted in surprise as she stared up at Val. Her body moved, and Fen knew it was time. No more waiting.
“We will mark you this time, little one,” Fen said, lips pressed to her ear. “They will all know who you belong to. Who will come for you.”
“They will all know who they will answer to should you come to harm,” Val said on a growl lowering his head.
Ki turned her head, a whimper escaping her. “What have you done to me?” she asked them softly.
Val ran his hands down her sides gently, his look going soft. “You are our mate.”
“Our heart,” Fen said, nuzzling her cheek gently. “Our soul.”
Ki turned her head so she could see him, tawny eyes filled with tears. “But...”
Fen stared into her eyes for a long moment. “Our love,” he said freeing his hand to touch her cheek.
He wiped away the tear that spilled over and she turned, trying to hide only to have Val there, wiping another away. There was no time, Fen thought, soothing her with light touches as he rocked her gently. Val was kissing her, stroking her skin, and whispering to her, while Fen pressed his face back into her neck. There was no time to do this properly, to win her, to show her or prove it to her, and he knew she wanted that, maybe even needed it, but there was no time. They had almost lost her, and neither could wait any longer.
“Astin min,” Val said, brushing his lips over hers.
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