The Republic series, #3
For Ress, survival is a complicated nightmare. Caught between two masters on different sides of the law, his life is falling apart one bad decision at a time. All he wants is to be is a good person, a loyal family man, and a successful metalsmith—a dream he can never obtain while he works for the Shar-denn, the violent gang that plagues the republic of Kattal.
To make matters worse, he works as an informant for the High Council. He scrapes through both jobs waiting for his last breath. As the Shar-denn motto says: the only way out is dead.
No stranger to living complicated decisions, Adren is caught between worlds of cir own. As the child of a Shar-denn faction boss, cir life is a conflicted tangle of expectation and duty. When cir family is arrested, Adren manages to escape, but nowhere is safe. Desperate and on the run, Adren is determined to punish Ress for turning in cir family. No one who betrays the gang can live. Ress must pay the price, even if Adren has to go against everything ce is.
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Pairings: NB, 4+ or Other
Heat Level: 1
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Ace, Genderqueer, Non Binary, Pansexual, Transgender
Protagonist 1 Age: 36-45
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Age Difference, Criminals & Outlaws, Enemies to Lovers, May/December, Moral Failure
Word Count: 100500
Setting: Republic of Kattal
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Content notes, warnings, and disclaimers:
Blood Borne does not contain explicit content.
This story contains instances of transphobia and bigotry, including the deliberate and non-deliberate misgendering of a trans non-binary character and the use of that character's deadname. These instances are meant only to illustrate the harmful nature of the character's circumstances, directly related to the plot and character story arcs. The inclusion of such instances does not reflect the personal opinion of the author nor do they endorse discrimination or malicious treatment of trans and non-binary folk.
This story also contains violent situations, references to human trafficking and inferred violence against women and children, references to the kidnapping of a child, and mentions of a past suicide. There are also depictions of domestic violence and abuse (including psychological, emotional, and financial abuse) and exploitation, as well as an instance of nonconsensual touching and sexual harassment.
Please note the story does employ the use of gender-neutral pronouns ce and cir. These are not mistakes: they are the chosen pronouns of the character.