This is a current work in progress, an urban fantasy with more of an erotic flair. The idea was given to me by the dream muses, so I noted it down when I woke up. That was last month. It’s all spinning into an interesting story that I hadn’t anticipated. This is a small scene. A quick side note: Myrdin is gender-neutral, so I’ve used ‘they/them’ for their pronouns. ‘Divus’ is the name for my race in this book.
Myrdin turned the book over in their hands, the bedsheets beneath it still a rumpled mess. The material reeked of their sister’s fever, and the material itself was human drivel better left as fodder for their fireplace.
A ball of flames sprouted forth from Myrdin’s hand, the fingerless red gloves avoiding the sparks that ate the book alive. It reflected in the round brass glasses on the Divus’ face before it was mere ash upon the bedspread. “Of course it would be her,” they mumbled as they left the room. It wasn’t the fact that their sister was a resurrector that bothered them, but the idea that she had the nerve to get off and discover herself through human filth. Humans existed to serve those higher than them in society and nature, and the Divus were well above and beyond. The fact that their families were paid for their service was generous enough. Myrdin smiled darkly.
At least, there was a way to get their own sort of stress-relief.
The black marble greeted Myrdin as their heeled footsteps crept from the red-carpeted bedroom. A young human male, about nineteen years old, greeted them in fear, his head turned down to face the floor. “Hello, master. How may I help you?”
Myrdin grabbed the young man’s jaw and jerked it upright, their golden eyes glowing with mischief as the human dared to make eye contact. “It’s ‘how may I serve you,’ and you are never to look me in the eye again, understand?” Myrdin took delight in the whimper that came from the boy and tossed him aside. As the dull thud of a body hitting the hard floor met their ears, they left the pathetic creature to whimper in the dark.
Myrdin made their way through the estate they and their sister owned, and they crossed the dimly lit lobby to reach the other side of the indoor community, the judge awaiting them as they’d discussed. Myrdin squeezed the black staff in their hand as they tapped it on the large doors leading to the judge’s quarters, and they took the moment to fix their short, wavy red hair that fell just over their left brow. When the doors opened at the will of their superior, Myrdin slipped inside.
The judge waved a dark hand to close the doors once more, throwing them into near darkness as Divus often preferred. “You’re certain Amaranth is a resurrector?” His eyes glowed ice blue despite the lack of candles, which was quickly fixed as the judge gestured toward a few candelabra in the parlor.
“Positive, Nuvian. Her bed told as much.” The sounds coming from behind her door had drawn Myrdin closer, and as they’d approached to listen, it was more than enough of a confirmation before the soiled sheets were found. “Have you already contacted the elders to convene?”
“Yes, I send the message this morning.” Nuvian adjusted his black and silver robes as he leaned back against a desk. “Is she prepared to go through the test?”
“Probably not.” Myrdin’s hand flexed at the memory of the last test. It had been the first time they’d seen such a performance, and at the touch of their own hand. It was ironic their sister was next to be confirmed.
“You don’t have to perform the test this time, I’ve already—”
“I’ll do it. It means nothing to me.” Myrdin waved a hand as if it were all trivial, which it was.
Nuvian lowered his eyes in silent judgment, the creases on his face from age showing where they normally did not. “She’s your kin.”
“And what does physical touch mean to most Divus?” Myrdin threw up jazz hands. “Nothing. This is for the greater good — to continue our lineage. There’s nothing intimate involved.”
“It’s the principle of the matter. It doesn’t mean you’ll be stepping down permanently as an Enforcer.”
“It’s my job. I’m doing it. End of story. Now…” Myrdin clapped their hands, their staff back in them where it had balanced itself on the floor. “Our next step is to let Rydel know if he doesn’t already. I’m sure Amaranth confided in him first.”
“They’re close?” Nuvian smiled. “That makes this much easier, doesn’t it?”
“Kind of. I know she admires him, but not in the way we need her to.” Myrdin twirled their staff again, unable to stand in one place for too long. “Although, it doesn’t really require a romantic connection, does it? They’ll just be going through the motions to fulfill their duty.”
“I don’t think it would, considering.” Nuvian genuinely hadn’t the slightest idea. He’d never entertained intimacy due to being infertile and asexual like most Divus, and he couldn’t claim to understand any of it. Sex included. It was a word — a sound upon his lips and nothing more. “It would be ideal to produce more than one child, however.”
“Ooh, we could make it an event!” Myrdin made a sound of glee, throwing their hands up. “Put on a show!”
“Have them… perform publicly? That seems inappropriate.”
“It’s a rare event. How many Divus have you come across who are resurrectors?”
“Exactly! It’ll be a celebration, a welcome to the new Divus child we haven’t seen in ages.” Myrdin tossed their staff in the air and caught it again, finally stilling their pacing to look Nuvian in the eye. The elder’s long black hair had finally started to gray. “This does call for a celebration, doesn’t it? Maybe they’ll give birth to another resurrector!”
Nuvian sighed and approached the front doors, setting a hand on the curved handle. “Let’s just contact the others first. We’ll have Rydel present as well for the test, and when that is all said and done, we can move forward with further plans. It should ultimately be up to Rydel and Amaranth how they proceed, but we’ll discuss this further at a better time.” Nuvian opened the door and stood aside. “Good evening, Myrdin.”
More to come.
©2020 Shane Blackheart
The story is set in the 80s, and this song holds a theme for it: