Python had made a mess of his life and now was paying the ultimate price. He was dying. It was nothing else but what he deserved after all. Only… Maybe he needed to hit rock bottom before finding everything he’d ever searched for?
Rei was not the type to offer anyone second chances. Especially some punk supernatural creature that had almost killed his baby brother. What could ever excuse that? No, he wasn’t even thinking about it. Besides, his attention was elsewhere focused… On much more pleasant issues than his former military career.
If only things were that simple. Fortunately, they weren’t and as they will both soon figure it out, it wasn’t up to them to decide.
Publisher: Independently Published
Pairings: MM, MMM
Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay, Genderfluid, Pansexual, Polyamorous
Protagonist 1 Age: Ageless/Immortal
Protagonist 2 Age: Ageless/Immortal
Protagonist 3 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Badass Hero, Biological Urge to Mate, Cheating, Cultural Differences, Enemies to Lovers, Families/Raising Kids, Fated Mates / Soul Mates, First Time, Hurt / Comfort, Interracial Relationship, Love Can Heal / Redemption, Love Triangle, Menage, Moral Failure, Mpreg, Rescue, Uncommunicative Masculinity
Word Count: 50000
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
He had really screwed up this time. Even if everything worked up in the end or not, it didn’t matter. Python had done the unforgivable and deserved whatever he got. He let his head hang and his hand fell from the heavy wood door. He could already hear his brother coming to answer and his smile was bittersweet. How had it come to this? His twin barely standing the sight of him and Python? Python still alone, still the same. He hadn’t solved anything, only made it worse actually and the only consolation was that his brother was happy and his Fated was still alive. And hopefully well. Not that Python had anything to do with that, no, Python had almost killed his twin with his last stunt. Dragons, at least their kind, the nagas, didn’t survive the death of their fated mate. Python had almost killed his brother’s Fated.READ MORE
He shivered in the cold spring air and passed his shaking fingers through his moss green hair, wishing for the thousand time that things had ended up differently and not become such a clusterfuck. He was to blame, he knew, and beating himself up black and blue hadn’t made him feel any better yet. The door opened before he had time to school his expression, not that his brother didn’t deserve to see him suffering for his mistakes.
“What the fuck are you doing here?”
“Is he okay?”
His brother answered by growling menacingly at him and for a moment Python almost thinks he’ll attack. He also senses the other presence not too far, listening to them and barely abstains letting a relieved breath. He doesn’t have the right. But he was so glad to know that Trojan’s human mate had survived Python’s imbecility. Though the guy smelled peculiar and not so human anymore. Shit.
“I’m sorry, Troj. I really thought he was mine. I knew he was immune to our essence and thought him being human made it harder to recognize whom he really wanted. I really thought Hermaphroditus meant he was mine,”
“As if every person ever created could only want you! What the hell, Python! You always were a player but this is extreme even for you!”
“I… you’re right. I just wanted to find my Fated. I’m tired of being alone. I just… I guess I lost it. I’m sorry. ”
“About that. Why didn’t you ever tell me about Hermaphroditus’ divination and him seeing Ryuu?”
Python tries to shrink back but his brother is not having it. He locks his clawed hands on Python’s arms and holds his eyes, sharp nails breaking through skin and scales alike. Python would have answered anyway, he doesn’t fight it. He deserves much worse.
“He… he described Ryuu perfectly after my screw up with Kayla. We weren’t talking. I thought he meant he was my mate! I’m sorry!” Python, uncharacteristically, feels ready to cry, his hair in disarray and his bronze skin paler than ever. Despair claws at his insides and his heart ached remembering that moment when his brother’s mate had stopped breathing, his heartbeat silent as a tomb. What had he done? Still, a small part of him is desperate because of another reason and he cannot stop himself from trying one more time. Hope is a dangerous thing in the hands of desperate beings.
“Say… Trojan. Do you… um, do you know if Ryuu has any brothers? Hermaphroditus said…”
Trojan doesn’t even let him finish and for a moment Python wants to insist. His brother’s inscrutable, unforgiving face convinces him otherwise. Python doesn’t deserve anything else, after all.
“Ryuu’s okay. As much as he can be.”
“Can you tell him that…”
The door hits him hard on his face and he’d probably be bleeding if he were human. He takes a step back and clutches his throbbing nose, the physical pain distracting him for a moment from his other pains and aches. His body hurts. His bones shiver in the cold air and he hugs himself frozen into place, praying for the door to open and for another chance to explain.
And ask for help.COLLAPSE