I had broken *him*. I’d thought that was what I wanted. To break him. But now I wanted to take it back. To unbreak him. I’d never considered what this information might do to him. I hadn’t cared. But now I was shaken to discover I did care. He was so big and tough and obnoxious, I didn’t think he could be broken. I’d expected him to fight me. I had not anticipated this reaction. “Are you all right?”
I absolutely loved everything about this. But damn...this one packs a punch. There is no doubt this one will be reread in my future as the story will be one that sticks with me for many years to come.
The HEA these three men receive is well earned. Man. My heart breaks for any child subjected to this kind of upbringing.
“The question is simple, Kaleb. Are you willing to face the fact Aaron might one day find his own calling and leave your side if he lives? He is a doxie. A true doxie. Bred to serve the gods.”
As long as he was alive, why would it matter?
“How can you ask me that?”
“Because death means never seeing the person you love anymore. A different path means seeing the person you love, but no longer having them. One pain dulls, the other is constantly reopened.”
“Where is your son now?”
“And you think a god can tame him?”
“A certain god. One who might have been born with a gift but should have been born a doxie. I've studied you, Alton. I've studied all of you. This god is unique. I'm not asking to take him away forever.”
Oh I can’t wait to see how that relationship develops. ❤️