|Alitus, Tales of the Chosen|
by Kayelle Allen
Alitus, Tales of the Chosen, a book of the Tarthian Empire
When the fate of hearts rivals the fate of worlds, victory costs everything.
Chosen serve immortals
known as the Sempervians. Like any group, it has its hidden alignments,
mistrust, and mistakes. It also harbors enemies and spies within its ranks --
some known and tolerated, others hidden behind layers so convoluted even the
ones who live forever haven't figured them out.
What it means to be CHOSEN
Called to serve
Honored to protect
Obedient to the vow
Safeguards of the truth
Enablers of life
Neutralizers of threats
The empress asks her trusted spymaster, Alitus, to discover if a friend's lover is having an affair. The truth could alter age-old alliances and rock the empire to its core. Passion. Submission. Loyalty. A Chosen bares his heart forever.
Alitus lives in a world full of political intrigue, and he is supremely alone. As a Better, an enhanced human, he can touch no one -- his pheromones are addictive. He keeps his affair with Wulf secret, because Wulf belongs to another, a powerful man allied with the empress. When the man asks the empress to investigate whether Wulf is having an affair, Wulf's relationship with Alitus could be exposed. Complicating matters, the empress reveals her immortality, and requires Alitus to prove his loyalty. Her test will throw him straight into Wulf's arms, right in front of the empress and Wulf's lover.
Hiding what they are to each other has taken discipline and denial. Now, it will take a miracle.
Alitus is asked to become the Chosen of the empress, an immortal. In turn, she will protect him and his family for all generations. But to become Chosen means never having a relationship with another Chosen -- and he is already in love with one: Wulf.
Renyoj Building, Park Serenity Overlook, L Givens' flat
Alitus heard the door of the apartment open, and went to greet Wulf. The man let himself in, and locked the door. Before he could turn, Alitus grabbed him, spun him around and dragged him up close. He murmured love words in Wulf's ear and then kissed him.
"Whew! I thought something was wrong." Wulf pushed himself away enough to meet Alitus's gaze. "When you said it was urgent, I worried."
"They haven't told you?"
"Told me what? Who? Something's wrong. Do they know about us?"
"No. Nothing like that." Alitus gripped Wulf's hands. "Come inside. Come in and sit down." He led Wulf over to a settee, and perched beside him. "I'm going to become Destoiya's Chosen."
Wulf went pale. "Oh shit. Shit! Chosen? Alitus... You know what she is?"
"Kind of goes with being her Chosen, doesn't it? And I know about Saint-Cyr and you being his Chosen. Sempervians. Immortals."
Alitus couldn't help but grin. "Stop saying that."
"Shit." Wulf clapped a hand over his mouth. "Sorry. Oh, shit. How did you find out?"
He reached up and brushed back Wulf's hair. "I've suspected Destoiya of not being human for years. But a few months ago I uncovered a cache of forbidden lore pointing to the existence of immortals, and followed one piece of evidence to another. It wasn't hard to see the truth once I had the details."
"You have no idea how bad this is. Both of us being Chosen, I mean."
"Actually, I do. It means they'll never let us be together." Alitus had read everything he could get his hands on once Destoiya had obtained his promise to serve.
Each Chosen served his or her own Sempervian, and was encouraged to interact with the others to accomplish overall goals. But on a personal level, Chosen could not become lovers. Some did, but only with approval of their Sempervians, and anyone who wanted to marry outside the Chosen had to recruit the lover or leave forever.
His and Wulf's affair already risked their lives. They served powerful people who shared nothing. Once Alitus had been inducted as a Chosen, his and Wulf's affair would be even more dangerous. Chosen who broke the command were tried by the Council. The penalty was death.
Wulf covered his mouth with one hand. "What are we going to do? 'Litus, I can't survive without you."
"Oh, that's not the half of it." Alitus proceeded to explain the test Pietas and Destoiya had demanded to prove loyalty. He had to show he could overcome his fear of sex with a person of his own gender. Little did they know he'd overcome that fear long ago -- with Wulf.
"That makes me sick." Wulf clenched a fist against his stomach. "They have no right to do that to you. No right!"
Alitus smiled. "You're sweet to think so, but that's still not the worst of it."
"Hell." Wulf's handsome face screwed up in distaste. "There's more?"
"She wants to record it so she can prove to Pietas that I'm loyal. She wants me to have sex with someone she can trust, so she asked--"
"No." Wulf shot to his feet, a hand up for silence. "Do not tell me she chose Luc."
"Oh but she did." Alitus stood beside him. "Fortunately, he's convinced her that isn't wise. He's talked her into putting me with you."
Wulf looked relieved, but then his face fell. "Damn it! How are we going to have sex, knowing they can see and hear everything we do, and act like we aren't already in love?"
|Tales of the Chosen by Kayelle Allen|
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