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A LOVE MADE FROM EVIL: ARAGORN AND SAURON OF MIDDLE-EARTH
A very dark, m/m slash novella with real BDSM sex
Aragorn has left his home in Rivendell, travelling over the Eastern Pass. He has travelled all of Middle-Earth with the sons of Elrond. Now he is a young man, and is travelling alone. He wishes only to wander, but he knows in his heart that he will go at last to Sauron. Now he finds that Sauron has come to him.
"The path to him lay between us, and he did not move, or reach. 'Aragorn, King of Gondor. Serve me,' was all that he said."
1900 words, about a six-minute read
I looked up. I heard a song, a pleasant humming. I led my horse down a little, and found him there, standing near the shallows. His boots and his long braids were wet, and I guessed that he had bent down to drink straight from the river.
Suddenly… I felt caught on my breath. His raven hair changed to a golden halo in the sunlight. He was tall, and thin, but with a strikingly muscular body. His clothes were those of another age, commanding attention, worn and magnificent still, with shimmers and patterns from the richest looms and fabrics, gold upon purple, with jade and rust accents in a myriad of symbols. His high boots were a dark jade, with swirling patterns of cutwork and overlays. He wore multiple rings of jewels and black onyx. There were jewels amongst his hair, and at his breast.
I had not pictured him thus! He was a prince, a king. His bearing was royal, his subtle movements were of a fluid confidence, his relaxed stance that of an unmatched power.
And his face. I know not how, but I knew his face immediately, this first time the visage of my lover, of my beloved, with fair skin of porcelain, eyes of dark gray, sensuous lips of ruby. How could I love him? Immediately, and so completely? How could I not? I wanted to show him fealty, surround him with my constant attentions. It was a visceral reaction, and I saw in his eyes that he was pleased by my response, by the sudden change to my emotions playing on my face and in my stance.
His beauty. Do you not also find him beautiful beyond words? Perhaps he is different with each person. But where in this eternal one of the Maia—who had served Morgoth, Morgoth—was the destructive power, the commanding evil of the imagined version I had made of him in my mind, trying to draw him out of the books, out of the air?
I have always known that we would meet, that we must meet, and engage in some way. This is my destiny. But I never imagined that he would be anything except utterly repellant to me. Never would I think of him as that jewel of manhood I would wear upon my body in passion…. The jewel of a king as a kiss upon my brow, the answered crown, the moisture from his lips there upon me to mark me as his.
I wanted him. I would embrace his dark knowledge as I embraced him. I would know everything, and make it all my own as I knew him with my body and my soul. How could I know that I am made to dance with peril, to touch the darkness embodied, to feel the stinging balm of uncontained opposition, and the desolation of directed unrestraint. Without this knowledge I will never be a king, fully endowed with the power to preserve and persevere.
All of this was in and of me, real in that moment, and he stood there still. The path to him lay between us, and he did not move, or reach.
“Aragorn, King of Gondor. Serve me,” was all that he said.
I was free, my will untouched. And I loved him. I would serve him in love.
I knelt to him. I looked fully downward in trust, surrendering all knowledge of his actions in that moment, any for or against me.
His boots appeared before my downward gaze, and I placed my forehead on the ground at his feet. I gave him my fealty as worship, but I was not yet his.
What would he pay to possess me?
“I will accept three years, Aragorn son of Arathorn, heir to Isildur, High King of Gondor, of Rohan and of Arnor.”
His words were strangely muffled. I had become a vessel of black despair. My freedom was extinguished, my future lay desolate at his feet. I watched my fate unfold before me as a story, as a dream. He would make of me his immortal vassal, disembodied forever as a wraith. I would lead his armies, and crush his enemies, my kin. I felt my will destroyed, my former self extinguished, crashing at his feet as from a great height. I was dying as I struggled to raise my broken body, to deny my terror. I tried to speak, but I could not renounce my love for him, and live. I could not.
I had trusted him. I had trusted him out of love. A selfish love that would now curse all of my people in this age and the next, who would all call Sauron King, my great lineage vanquished and lost.
Then I was standing on the sunny bank of a river, the cool moisture of the water soaked air soothing to my burning eyes and tear streaked face. I felt my despair like a breath expelled, rising on the subtle air, carried away on the breeze like so much smoke. My will was not touched. My freedom was not threatened. I felt all hope rekindled in me, all as before.
He had revealed his power, that he could, but did not choose to vanquish me. He could force me, but he would not.
“I will give to you one year, a great price.” I heard myself say. “My life is not my own. There are those who await my return, as you well know.”
He was silent. The now and distant birdsong, the intimate splunking and gurgling sounds of close and gently falling water were an ardent counterpoint to the collision of consequences made of this moment.
“I rue that I must share you with your people,” he complained with a subtly ironic humor that was replaced by a subtle seduction. “Surely as a Númenórean, nurtured and educated in the house of Elrond, you are closer in stature to me than you are to lower men.” He stared out across the water for a moment, then looked again at me. “One year is my price, princeling. Tell me, what is yours?”
I knew the words already. I found them in my heart.
“I require your knowledge, all that I may understand. I also require love without limitation, your knowledge without limitation, with a perfect preservation of mine.” He was visibly moved, surprised that I so greatly valued his intimacy and love. His expression became one of recollection, seeking a distant memory of these things.
“This is my price, Mairon of the Maiar. Sauron, Lord of Mordor. Once liege of Melkor, known as Morgoth Bauglir. As Sauron I will know you, which is how my people will see my time with you when I return.”
He nodded. We had bartered as equals.
The stirring of the breeze around us… the swirl of the sweet water at our feet. The mildness of morning sun on my face… the freely offered song of unseen birds.
“Will you wear my mark?” Sauron asked of me.
“My mark is my signatory. Tell me, what is yours?”
I would wear his mark. What of mine would he wear? I felt the same sweetness of generosity, a compelling need to gather him to me with fondness, like a brother. Like a lover.
“Will you wear this jewel, my namesake?” I touched the brooch at my breast lightly with my forefinger.
His stance and face softened again. He knew of this jewel, that I had taken its name.
“I give to you green Elessar, the Elf-Stone, my namesake, to wear always, and for one year only. And for its power of vantage—by which all that you view through it which is aged and withered will appear as youthful once more—I ask for this promise: that each day you will view through it the unspoiled nature of something which you have spoiled, or recall the primordial form of something which you have destroyed. Will you accept this boon?”
His answer thrilled me. He would bear my namesake. Surely this was a token of more than his promise. It was a token of love.
“This becomes my signatory: your possession of and adornment by that which is mine, my namesake.”
He was thoughtful then, and I waited for him to speak.
“This fair jewel Elessar I name also Evenstar, that from the appearance of the evening star at twilight, I shall remember each evening my promise to you.”
“Be it so, I am agreed.” I unclipped the brooch from my breast, and he allowed me to attach to to his, over his heart, my right hand covering and pressing the jewel against him. We remained eye to eye for a long moment before he looked down, and I withdrew my hand from his breast, which he caught gently with his right hand, placing it with my palm facing upward upon his left.
His eyes had found mine again as his left hand tightened around my arm, as he moved my arm about in a subtle way that demonstrated his possession of it, which filled me with the heat of desire, that he clearly found in my eyes. I wanted his possession of my body, my desire becoming a passion as he gripped my hand more tightly, as he pushed my sleeve upward with the sweet and deliberate movements of a lover… As he leaned to kiss my forearm, lingering there with his lips, then licking there to wet my skin.
I looked down. His left hand was still gripping my wrist, my right forearm facing up, his head over my arm with his halo of blonde hair falling around and upon it. His head moved so subtly as I felt his lips soft on my arm, and his tongue there again as he moistened my skin.
His grip on my wrist tightened as he lifted his head, reaching with his right hand, placing it palm down upon my forearm moist from his kisses, pressing his palm tight against it. Immediately I felt a hot fire there that made me start with great pain, though I did not pull away.
I looked up, and was caught by his eyes… I saw a fire burning deep in his dark eyes, a fire that was then reflected as heat in my own eyes, filling my body with a rippling fire of deep pleasure that changed something essential in me, something that I could not name. And as this fire gradually receded, so did the burning fire in his grip upon my arm.
And still did he hold me. He did not let go, nor look away.
“Elessar,” he breathed, his voice low and sweet. “I claim you now, sweet Elessar. My own, my own, sweet Aragorn. You are mine at last.”
NOTE: Aragorn’s possession of the jewel Elessar, and its role as his namesake, appears much earlier in my story than it does in Tolkien’s Middle-Earth chronology.
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An excerpt from Dark Shadows Play, a vampire themed, romantic, erotic, and explicit, m/m slash fanfiction, with real BDSM sexuality. Based upon the original TV series ‘Dark Shadows,” it is the length of a standard novel.
Willie Loomis, servant and lover to vampire Barnabas Collins, has gone to town alone. He views the people there as they will look to him if he becomes a vampire. He meets an intriguing woman who knows Barnabas and Willie’s secret: that Barnabas is a 200 year old vampire.
2500 words; about an 8-minute read
Willie was standing under the broad overhang of a doorway on the main street of Collinsport, Maine. The business was a cigar shop, and the sign in the door said “Closed, back tomorrow at 8:00 am.” The full-bodied smell of the cigars and pipe tobacco seeping from within was a pleasingly complex mingling of smoky and sweet. Willie looked up. The sky was heavily overcast, with an imminent promise of more snow. The streets and sidewalks themselves were piled with snow, the roofs and windowsills of the shops still layered with the whitest snow. Their windows reflected white in the still air, their reflections touched by the puffs of hot air rising from the automobiles driving slowly past, their tires hushed and squeaking as they lazily compacted the fresh layers of snow.
Willie was aware of the people walking by, to those nearby a nod and a greeting in turn, to all an interest in the cares of the day turning to the promise of the evening on their faces.
Willie had borrowed Barnabas’ cloak, something he had never thought of before, and yet, here he had done so without asking, and without regret. He felt in the heavy cloak some insulation from the world of humans, which he barely occupied, almost as a foreigner. He was watching a little part of their world, seeing it through his Barnabas’ eyes, asking himself what it would mean to him when he became like his lover.
Willie recognized someone he knew on the sidewalk opposite, the proprietor of a shop he frequented. The man did not notice him, and Willie studied him for those few moments, noticing what was the same, and what was different about the man when he was walking away from his shop, walking steadily towards home.
The man was near the end of the block when he greeted someone familiar, the woman he noticed when Barnabas had brought him to the town, feeding with Willie’s face so close to his own. She stood out in her fine clothes, her fur coat an elegant puff of thick warmth shaped about her, her shin high boots showing from beneath. She wore leather gloves and a fashionable hat, her makeup perfect, her red lips sharply outlined on her fair skin.
As Willie followed her progress, he pictured her near to him, her mouth open slightly, picturing her teeth, the quick flash of her silent tongue as she moistened her lips against the astringent winter air. He imagined them standing together, a stillness against the world moving around them. He embraced her in his mind, falling into her, his face deep in a fluff of fir and fragrant hair, her breath changing, rising around them. He was whispering in her ear as she stood with her eyes closed, caught in a trance of receiving the touch which melted her loneliness, reminding her of pleasure, there once was pleasure…
She was across from him then, walking away, the so slight hint of weight in her step, the weight of a life unsought and based upon lies, the lies of money and status that bound her.
She was gone, and he pictured her near instead, standing before him in his little room as he opened her coat, slipping the weight off of her with her fine clothes, her tight undergarments and shoes, her skin slightly dull as the truth of her existence. When he imagined her standing naked for him on bare feet, she seemed to awaken, her eyes becoming light, her breathing deeper as she took in the fragrance of life and freedom. Willie pictured her waiting, caught up by him so subtly as he took her head in his hands, his thumbs brushing her cheeks, her eyes closing with pleasure as he was tipping her head back, their lips meeting in a silent exchange of warmth and greeting.
His breath was a whisper escaping lips that pulled slightly as they so slowly parted, like a tender word released into the close space of his room. And he wondered, how would she answer this communication of honesty and sweetness?
My love? He heard inside, his toes curling with pleasure in his boots.
My love, Willie answered, opening his mind to his lover.
You are in the town, wearing my cloak? Where are your manners. And you are fantasizing about a woman.
I am, Willie answered. The wealthy lady with the fine clothes. She walked past me, but she is gone now.
For the first time in months, Barnabas had in that moment the strong desire to reveal the secret to Willie, thinking of it… while they were connected inside.
Steady! He stopped himself. Did he find it in my mind? I cannot hold out much longer.
Willie registered that Barnabas had withdrawn from him, and was curious why.
My love? He said inside.
I am here, Barnabas answered, relieved that Willie’s tone was casual. He was intrigued by Willie’s tone, so calm and distant. My Willie. You are there, looking at the world.
I am, Willie answered. He could feel Barnabas withdrawing slightly, giving him his privacy.
When you have finished with the world, will you come back to me? Willie could see revealed in his mind’s eye, Barnabas standing alone on the back steps, smoking and looking with a distant gaze towards the town, towards him.
I am not finished yet. Willie knew Barnabas would not quite know what he meant.
I will wait for you, my love, my love… I am so hungry for you.
Willie’s toes were curling again as his focus returned to his surroundings.
Willie had turned sideways in the alcove, and he turned again towards the street. He saw her car approaching, stopping opposite him, waiting for traffic to move again.
Time slowed down. He could see her face through the back seat window. Her head turned, and when their eyes found each other, she did not look away. The car was moving then. Willie saw her hand reaching to the front seat as she passed out of view, and pictured her leaning forward to say something to the driver.
The car pulled to the curb. Willie stepped out onto the sidewalk, then leaned down slightly to see her sitting back in her seat, relaxed, with her chin down slightly, not looking at him. He realized then that her chauffeur had walked around the car, and was opening the door for him. Her elegant movements captivated Willie as she moved to the other side of the car, then looked towards him as he slid in beside her. The chauffeur closed the door with a gentle click. He did not return to the car.
The car was very warm. She had removed her fur coat; her suit of fine wool was slate blue, with satin accents at her cuffs and breast pocket. Her hat and gloves were grey, and matched her eyes. Her ash blonde hair stopped below her single pearl earrings, and was straight with a generous curl at the ends. She reminded Willie of a starlet from the 1940s.
“What is your name?” she asked.
“My name is Willie Loomis.” He noticed her fine leather boots had tiny floral cutouts that reminded him of forget-me-nots.
“Hello Willie Loomis, I am Isabelle, Isabelle Lachance.” Willie recognized this name from some of the gravestones he had seen in the old cemetery, ages ago it seemed. She offered her hand, and Willie thought for a moment she had read his mind, something he was so accustomed to with Barnabas. Her gloved hand was very soft in his as she let him move her hand in greeting.
“I am here from Bangor, attending to yet another family matter.” Her voice was endearing in a gentle sarcasm, a moment of humor that was very dry. She had turned her head, looking out of the car window for a moment, and Willie loved the light on her fine skin. She turned back to him, her gray eyes suddenly so close to his. “Do you live here in Collinsport? “
“I live at Collinwood,” Willie said. “I am a servant to Barnabas Collins.” He did not mention The Old House. Willie expected her to change her intentions once she found out that he was a servant, but he noticed no discernible difference, except that she looked at him a little closer.
“The intriguing man from England,” she said. “A friend has had the pleasure. She wondered why he didn’t have an English accent.”
“His schooling was at _____________,” Willie remembered the name Barnabas had prepared him with of a boarding school in London with curriculum exclusively for American students.
She was smiling. Willie saw his answer register in her gaze, but there was something else. She looked down and began removing her gloves.
Willie was relieved when she didn’t pursue it further. He became silent, waiting for her. What was her intention?
“I discovered something in you, in your gaze,” she smiled. “Tell me why you looked at me that way.” She produced a cigarette, and offered one to Willie, who did not take one.
“You seem lonely.” Willie found that he was not hiding himself from her, the way he did not hide his true nature from Barnabas.
“Yes, I am quite…” she said. She was enjoying the cigarette and the car was soon filled with a sinewy haze. “I saw an opportunity for a few happy words in your gaze,” she said. Her gray eyes were impossibly kind when the sadness slipped away.
“You are beautiful, and you deserve more, you deserve freedom,” Willie said. Willie was moved by the way her slack hand folded slightly with feeling, closing with her gloves like a flower. “Isn’t there a way for you to be free?”
She looked at him without speaking. Willie waited, but did not press her further.
“You see, I knew I could share a few words with you, Willie Loomis.” Willie was reminded of the way Barnabas often called him by his full name. Her manner changed, her head tilting slightly. “I know what you are,” she said. “I know.” Willie was surprised by her words, and equally surprised that her words caused him no concern.
This was why she stopped when our eyes met. She knows who I am.
She was still looking at Willie, and he loved her eyes, liquid and languid, brightened by her knowing smile. “Your secret is safe with me. I once loved someone who… was like your Barnabas. I met him in my travels abroad.”
“But you are human,” Willie felt how much he enjoyed speaking with someone who understood what that meant.
“I lost him. He left me before I was made. They cannot make more than one, you know. They take a vow.” Willie was learning more about vampires in this moment than all of his time with Barnabas.
She looked at him with a knowing, gentle pity at his confusion before she continued.
“He loved me so deeply, can you imagine? To love a human without making them? But he could not break the vow in the end. He sent me back here, to my home… to die alone.” Her sadness was deeply palpable in her breath, in her body, in the liquid swirl of her eyes. Willie understood then the true source of her sadness. He thought of how unbearable it would be to somehow lose his Barnabas, left alone and greatly changed by him without being claimed by him forever. Willie had sometimes sensed a similar depth of loss in Barnabas, and had guessed that Barnabas somehow lost his maker after the change, a closely held source of unresolved grief in him.
“You could find love again,” Willie was earnest. He thought of when he had first noticed her, picking her out amongst the others he saw in the town. He knew her now. We are kindred spirits. He wanted her to be loved. But he could not be her lover, for he belonged to another.
“You are so thoughtful and kind,” she said. “And you don’t realize it yet, but you have already begun to change.”
He knew she was right, though he wasn’t sure how.
“I didn’t think I would ever meet another… like me.” She was putting out her cigarette. “I thought Barnabas was the only vampire I would ever know of.” It was hard for Willie to say this word with someone other than Barnabas.
“We… they are rare. I do think they manage to avoid each other.” She laughed. “Perhaps all of them prefer the company of humans, however briefly.” She laughed again, leaning back a little with an expression of sudden mirth. Then she was serious again, her light words barely covering the intensity of their full meaning. “How exquisite it is for them when they find one to make like themselves.”
She was silent then. Willie was aware that his time with her was short. “Will I ever see you again?”
She was happy again; his words had touched her. “That will be up to you. Soon you will be like him, and you will think of me as the last to know you when you were still human. You will think of me that way long after I am gone.” Somehow he knew they would never see each other again. He pictured himself finding her marker in a cemetery in Bangor, leaving her flowers, remembering her. He pictured a gray ribbon around a bouquet of forget-me-knots, resting below her name on the stone marker.
Willie was aware that the driver side door had opened and cold air was slipping into the car with the returning chauffeur. She held him with her eyes as the driver pulled his door shut, as the air in the car pushed sharply inside their ears, shifting the private space between them, sealing for a few more moments their little pocket of intimacy against the cold world beyond.
“Remember me, Willie,” she said, holding out her hand. Willie squeezed her hand with affection as she grasped his hand lightly, shaking it just so with obvious feeling. He felt it in her hand, her body becoming just slightly more liquid, like her eyes.
“I remember you, Isabelle,” he brought her hand to his lips, her eyes a sudden mist as they were anchored to each other in time, returning her hand before he let her go, watching her drift away with the moment. He slid towards the door, stepping out into the new fall of snow. As he turned to shut the door, the car jolted slightly and was moving away. He watched it as it made its way down the street, the outline of her hat just visible in the small privacy window in the back.
Farewell… he thought, looking around at her world, turning towards home.
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Comment by chelldu on Chapter 4 – Wed 26 Dec 2018
This is incredible. I’m amazed at the poetry you sing, the scenes as so compelling and detailed, I cannot help but picture them as vividly in my head as if I were there. The bond between them is deep and utterly intimate, in a way only the two of them can unconsciously understand. It’s simply astounding. It hits very close to heart in more ways than one, even though I’ve never met a vampire hahahaha. Thank you for sharing this story with us!
Comment by Lisa on Chapter 1 – Sun 28 Jul 2019
These are wonderful! You really capture the essence of the characters. As I am obsessed with Barnabas and Willie as a couple, these are so satisfying to read. In fact, they’ve become before bed indulgences that sometimes continue after I’ve fallen asleep- my dreams are marvelous! Thank you!
Comment by awfullybrilliantidea on Chapter 1 – Fri 12 Feb 2021
I’ve finally read and loved this story! So hot and so IC! Your story gave me all the Willie/Barnabus action I’ve ever wanted and lots of hot stuff I didn’t know I needed!