I'm eating a bowl right now! Nom nom nom
Oh, here's my assistant. He's not allowed to wear clothes. I just figure it's easier to get to work on time when you don't have a uniform to worry about. Right, Jason?
He loves it. So do I! *wink*
But guess I should listen to him about eating this. I have a bird shifter coming and this may actually offend him.
*sighs* I'll eat the rest later.
Who is coming, you all might ask? His name is Ethan and....
*searches the sky and smiles* Here he comes!
Welcome! And yum, I mean hello!
D. X. Luc: How did you feel when you found out your story was going to be told?
Ethan: I was suspicious at first but then after Lia showed me all the research she’d done on Two Spirits I felt at ease. When she cried watching the Youtube videos of the story of Two Spirits, I knew we had the right person to tell our story.
D: Did the author do a decent job?
E: Definitely. She captured everything from our dream walking to our first meeting…shifting for the first time. Now that was something I didn’t think could ever be put into words, but she did it. She portrayed all of my emotions even when I couldn’t show them.
D: What would you say is the most wonderful part about being you?
E: Being comfortable in my own skin and as the Great Thunderbird. I accepted my destiny at an early age. I was lucky to have the support of my family and tribe. My partner, Abraham wasn’t so lucky. Like many gay and lesbian individuals, he had to hide his true self from his family. Two Spirits are revered in many tribes, but in Abraham’s many members shunned them.
D: What is the most negative?
E: I’d have to say the most negative thing about me is that I can’t understand why people fight their destiny. Yes it can be a hard journey to get there, but you have to try. I tend not to be very supportive of people who are wishy washy or afraid to take that leap of faith. That caused a lot of strife between Abraham and me.
D: What is the best quality on a woman/man?
E: Their smile. I’m not talking about perfect teeth, but a genuine smile lights up their face and let’s their soul shine through.
D: If you could pick any dessert to eat, which would that be?
E: That’s a tough one as I’m not real big on sweets, but I do love fresh fruit and homemade whipped cream. *smiles* You can do a lot with that kind of dessert if you know what I mean.
D: How would you eat said dessert?
E: Now how did I know you’d go there? LOL! I’d like to feed it to my partner first and then have him stretch out so I can place the fruit all over his body along with the whipped cream in strategic areas. Then I’d take my time sampling a bit here, a nibble there…
D: What scares you?
E: That my fated mate isn’t the one I’ve fallen in love with. I’ve spent my entire life getting ready to meet him in person. I’ve seen him in my dreams. When I met Abraham in person for the first time on day one of Army Ranger School, I nearly had the wind knocked out of me. There he was standing right in front of me, the one I’ve dreamt of my whole life, in the flesh. Then the doubts set in. When you’re in the military you learn to keep your private life private. The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and DOMA made things a little easier, but you can’t undo the deep prejudice in the hearts of some people. That’s a fact of life. I’m afraid of allowing that sort of shame come between me and the one who holds my heart.
D: What makes you smile?
E: Shifting into my eagle form and soaring over the land. Even in human form, I can feel everything as soon as I replay the memory in my mind. It’s the most exhilarating feeling in all the world. Having Abraham soar at my right…priceless. That’s when I can’t stop grinning from ear to ear.
D: Are you thinking of starting a family?
E: I think it’s in the cards that I’m a dad someday. Eagles mate for life so we’ve got a bit of time to figure it all out.
D: Do you know anyone single who might be needing a personal "get to know D. X. Luc" session?
E: Oh yeah. I have a few Rangers who’d like to spend time with you. The question is…are YOU up for it? hehehe
D: *laughs* I'll have to find out won't I?
D: Can we plan on hearing more from you in the future?
E: Yes. Lia is working on our full story. The Call of the Thunderbirds (Fearless Love 2) tells it all from our childhoods on up to the fulfillment of our destiny. It also shows the pain both of us suffered when we thought we’d lost each other. There will be a few other characters introduced to carry on the rest of the series. I’ll be doing some guest appearances in those tales as well.
Say the first word that comes to mind
Thong - Ass floss
Sand - Kuwait
Tree - Redwoods (I call Northern California home.)
Red - power
Fun - soaring
Lame - Beiber! LOL Sorry I couldn’t help myself.
That was amazing! Thank you Ethan. Please stay as long as you want. And for those who want to learn more of Ethan's story, check out his book written by Lia Michaels.
Release Date: September 13, 2013 Heat Level: SCORCHING Publisher: Sassy Vixen Publishing LLC Category: short story, M/M erotic romance, contemporary, paranormal, eagle shifters, Native American lore, military romance Series Name: Fearless Love Word Count: 9042 words Pages: 20
Ethan Quaderer is the Great Thunderbird, the creature of Native American legend. From childhood, Ethan soared high across the land, as one with the majestic bald eagles—only larger and more powerful. Great Thunderbird has one mission, to save the Native American people. But first, he must find his Chosen, his soul mate.
Abraham Tuttle grew up in a household where being different was unacceptable. Forbidden. He hid his true nature, a Two Spirit—not male or female, but both. For many Native American tribes, being Two Spirit is a blessing, one to be honored and revered. Not so for Abraham.
Through the Thunderbird dreams each finds the happiness they long for. One dreams of the Great Warrior who’d someday rescue him. The other dreams of the one he’s searched for through many lifetimes.
Dreams turn into reality when both men come face to face in the real world. Can Abraham find it within himself to let go of his past and embrace his future with Ethan, or will his doubts and fears of who and what he really is cause him to lose the only one who could ever complete him heart and soul?
“Come to me, Abe. Together we’ll save our people.”
Abraham scanned the shoreline for the source of the deep, haunting voice. He walked up and down the trails in the woods surrounding the lake and so far he turned up nothing. That is, nothing but the bald eagles soaring high in the sky.
As he watched the aerial display, one of the largest birds of the group broke away from the trio circling overhead. Abraham’s eyes followed the majestic creature through every dive and swoop back up toward the treetops. His breath caught in his chest each time the free fall began. “So beautiful.”
“Join me now, my Chosen. Together the Thunderbirds will bring peace and hope to all our people.”
Abraham’s heart raced and goose bumps immediately covered his bare arms. He spun around quickly to catch the owner of the voice he swore came from behind him. “I don’t understand. Where are you? And how can I hear you so clearly if you’re nowhere in sight?”
“I’m with you always. You hear me in your mind and in your heart. Turn around and look to the sky.”
A moment of fear nearly caused Abraham to run away from the lake and the voice as fast as his legs could carry him, but his curiosity won out. Abraham did as the voice commanded. Just as he turned, all three of the
The huge raptor came to a stop within a few feet of Abraham and simply hovered in midair, talons extended forward and wings fully expanded. Its voice reverberated through Abraham’s mind. “I am the Foretold, the One our people call the Great Thunderbird.”
A brilliant flash of light burst forth from the creature, nearly blinding Abraham as he sank to his knees. Stunned by the vision before him, it took a few moments for Abraham to find his voice again, albeit one that stuttered and stammered. “The legends are true? You’re really here with me now and this isn’t all a fantasy playing out in my head?”
The great bird landed at Abraham’s feet and changed into his human form. The deep brown skinned man stood tall before Abraham, naked except for the eagle feathers braided into his long black hair. “Everything your Elders have told you is true. I’ve been waiting for you to find me for many lifetimes. I can’t do any of this without you, Abe.”
Abraham allowed the Mighty Warrior to help him to his feet. The well-muscled man before him had to be at least six three, a good four inches taller than himself. Abraham tilted his head up slightly to look him in the eye. “I don’t even know your name let alone what I’m supposed to do to help you. What if you’ve made a mistake and I’m not the one you’ve been waiting for all this time?”
“There’s no mistake. You are my soul mate promised to me when the Thunderbirds were first created. I’m known by many names, but when we find each other again, you’ll call me Ethan.”
Abraham tentatively touched Ethan’s chest with both hands, still not entirely convinced his dream lover really stood there before him. Ethan’s muscles flexed and rippled beneath his exploring fingertips. “I’ve fantasized about you every night since I was a kid, but never before have I been able to touch you. Usually, I’m with you in flight. Why is this time so different?”
Both of Ethan’s hands covered Abraham’s as they settled over the Warrior’s heart. “Very soon we’ll be together outside of our dreams. We’ll need to be able to recognize each other when we first meet. Tonight however, is the start of our courtship ritual. Just as the eagles have danced for you in your dreams, you and I’ll finally experience all of it together in our true forms. Are you ready?”
“I’m afraid.” Abraham’s voice broke as tears rolled down his flushed cheeks. Once again the old fears gripped his heart and soul, filling him with doubts. “One wrong move and I could kill us both.” Abraham’s body shook uncontrollably as the sobs tore through him.
Ethan wrapped his arms around Abraham and held him tight against his chest. The embrace provided Abraham with a much needed boost to his confidence. “This is our destiny. There’s no right or wrong. Trust in yourself and in me. I’ll be with you every step of the way.”
Abraham filled his lungs with a deep cleansing breath and then slowly let it out again before he nodded. “Let’s do this before I think twice about it and wake myself up from this dream.”
Ethan’s chuckle rumbled in his chest.
The feel of it against Abraham’s skin brought a smile to his face and yet another boost of courage.
“That’s the spirit!” Ethan held Abraham’s trembling hand tightly as they walked to edge of the lake. “Look to the eagles above us now. Watch how they move around each other with ease, never worrying they’ll make a bad move and injure the other.”
Abraham’s eyes monitored every move the birds made. “Each time they get closer and closer to each other, without fear or hesitation. I wish I could be that free.” Abraham’s body swayed with the same rhythm, back and forth, following every move the birds made. He closed his eyes and opened his mind to them.
“That’s it. Talk to them with your thoughts. Let them join with you.” Ethan’s grip tightened. “Do you feel me there with you? Experience the wind against your body, lifting you higher and higher.”
Abraham’s mind reached further and further until a bright flash of orange light filled his mind. He held his breath as sights and sounds flew through his brain as if someone flipped on the fast forward button. “Oh my God! I can hear them and see everything they see. Why’s it so fast? They’re making me dizzy.” Abraham wobbled as he lost his balance.
Ethan moved to stand behind Abraham and held him up, preventing him from toppling over to the ground. “Give it a few more moments until you get used to it. They just want to share everything with you at once. It’s not every day they get to fly with a Thunderbird.”
“But I’m not—” Abraham’s heart raced and he clung to the bulging muscles of Ethan’s arms around his chest. His legs weakened again and Abraham leaned back against Ethan’s hard body for support.
“Yes, you are. I can only choose another Thunderbird to be my mate. Embrace who and what you are, Abe. I need you to truly believe, not just in me, but in us.” Ethan’s hoarse whispered plea pierced Abraham’s mind and broke down the last resistance within him.
Ethan hugged him closer to his naked body. His hard cock pulsed against Abraham’s bare ass and lower back. “Go on and connect with one of them. One day you’ll fly with me on your own, without the aid of our feathered brothers, but for tonight we’ll let them be our guides.” Ethan nibbled on Abraham’s right ear lobe before trailing down his neck. His left hand slowly stroked Abraham’s now stiff member. “That’s it. Let yourself fly with your guide.”
Abraham moaned and swayed with Ethan as they sank to their knees into the warm water of the lake. “I can feel and see everything—the ruffling of my feathers, the wind flowing all around me as we glide. I can even hear the deer running through the brush on the other side of the lake.” Through the eagle’s eyes, Abraham watched as Ethan flew next to him, the tips of their wings barely touching. In that moment, Abraham no longer knelt in the lake within Ethan’s arms, but soared high above the earth. “Unbelievable.”
“Feel your talons extend as we twirl around each other in the wind.” Ethan entwined his fingers with Abraham’s and held him even tighter, molding their bodies into one. “Now we fall…”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lia Michaels is the alter ego of best-selling poet and erotic romance author Tammy Dennings Maggy. With so many characters clamoring for their stories to be told, the job became a bit overwhelming for one sassy vixen to handle. Lia "volunteered" to explore the world of M/M erotic romance as well as menage. Tammy will still tell the M/F and F/F stories but don't be surprised if the two of them collaborate from time to time. With Lia, very few topics will be taboo so look for more fantasy and paranormal tales from her. She'll leave the more contemporary stuff to Tammy but still encourage her to push the limits!
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