Eric Deumont is finally free of the demon that has possessed him for the last seven years but his lover, Kyros, just can't let it go. Araceli is dead, but he wants Eric to go back to the plantation, and the man, where it all started. Kyros thinks Philippe can pull Araceli out of the jar, but Eric can't risk the spirit Ghalil running free again, and he can't protect Kyros from the heartbreak of Araceli's loss.
Araceli is alive, but only just, and she can't run forever. Ghalil possesses her body to break out of the jar, blending the two of them together more closely than Eric ever was. Araceli can keep control most of the time, but when the moon is high, Ghalil takes over and demands blood. Cinnamon pushes it deep inside and Araceli wants to find a way to keep it there.
Kyros needs to save her, Eric is horrified that his nightmare has taken a new host, and all the while, the witch crows watch.
Tami Veldura is an aro/ace author of queer fiction. Hir pronouns are sie/hir/Mx. Sie loves romance, fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal stories that push genre limits. Sie lives in California where sie writes full-time which means procrastinating as often as possible with video games. Dragons fascinate hir, a consistent schedule eludes hir, and sie makes a terrible housewife, just ask Mr. Veldura.
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A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar "Stocking Stuffers."