New story up at Aetherial Engines! Warning: just a little bit spicy. I will say no more, lest I give away the twist.
Photograph courtesy of the talented Kristina Rutšjevskaja, used and modified by the author with her permission.
Elanni reclined on the layered animal pelts that covered her floor by the fire. Twilight had almost surrendered to the night, filling the cabin with thick shadow and darkness that wavered in the red light of the hearth. In the silence she sipped tea from a bowl between graceful palms, and patterns of ember-light danced across the slim curves of her unclothed body.
The rap across her barred door was loud and forceful enough that she choked on her drink before forcing it down with a hard gulp.
“I seek audience with the devil-blooded witch Elanni!” boomed the resonant voice of a man outside her door.
The woman on the floor set aside the small bowl she held and cast an angry gaze over a bare shoulder. “You’ll wish you hadn’t if you…
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