by Amanda Meuwissen Genre: Superhero GLBT Romance
Heroes aren’t meant to act like their villains—or fall in love with them.
The elements touch everyone on Earth—Fire, Water, even Light—but every so often someone becomes more attuned to their elemental leaning and develops true power. When an evil Elemental known as Thanatos arrived in Olympus City, it saw the rise of its first hero—Zeus. But the death toll caused by defeating Thanatos changed Zeus, who by day is young detective Danny Grant.
It’s been six months since Thanatos terrorized the city at the start of Lovesick Gods. Danny should be used to his duty behind the mask, but the recent past haunts him. His girlfriend left him, he snaps at the barest provocation, his life feels empty—he needs an outlet, any outlet to pull him out of his depression.
Enter notorious thief Malcolm Cho, the Ice Elemental Prometheus. There was a time when Danny welcomed a fight with Cho, filled with colorful banter and casual flirtations that were a relief compared to Thanatos. Even as a criminal, Cho had recognized the threat Thanatos posed and promised to help Danny stop him, but the day Danny needed Cho, he never showed. Cho was the reason so many people died that day—including Danny’s mother.
Danny decides to teach the man a lesson and fan the fire of their attraction into something more. At worst, he’ll get some no-strings-attached sex out of the deal and finally blow off steam; at best, he’ll get Cho to fall in love with him and then break his heart to spite him.
Danny doesn’t expect to fall for Cho in the process, and he certainly can’t predict the much darker threat on the horizon.
Danny hissed as Lynn cracked his nose back into place, then handed him a damp cloth to wipe away the blood. She’d done the same for Camo first, cleaned him up as best she could so he’d be able to rest comfortably in one of the morgue’s store rooms until morning.
It might seem morbid that they held criminals in the precinct’s old morgue before transport to the Elemental wing, but it was the most secure place in the building, even more secure than the actual morgue.
The whole past year of Danny’s life had been built on coincidence. After the encounter with Thanatos that triggered his Elemental Awakening, he’d blinked out of his first lightning jump right outside the precinct. Crawling his way to a side door that was blessedly unlocked, he lay in the hallway unsure of what to do, while his heart rate seemed out of control and he could barely breathe as his powers stabilized.
That’s when Andre and Lynn had found him.
As a detective at the precinct, Danny knew them both, but only in passing—Andre Vaughn the CSI and Lynn Rivers the medical examiner. It wasn’t until that night when they happened upon Danny by accident that the three of them became close.
Everyone on earth was element leaning toward something—Fire, Water, Earth, Air, Lightning, Light, Dark, or Metal. In some cases there were even specialties, like Water people focused on Ice or Earth people communing more with seismic occurrences than plants. For most people that meant trivial things. The color of their eyes that marked them at birth, and maybe, if they were lucky, they’d get some resistance to or benefit from their element, like a Water person being able to breathe underwater longer or someone Air leaning growing into an elegant dancer.
Only a handful of the population had true abilities, powers tied to their element that stood them above the rest. In Olympus City, Malcolm Cho’s father had been the only notable Elemental for years, until the Titans themselves and a few stragglers like Camouflage came along.
Then Thanatos had come. Then Zeus had been born. Then everything…changed.
Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts in a personally designed major from St. Olaf College in Creative Writing, and has been posting content online for many years, including maintaining the blog for the digital marketing company Outsell. She spent a summer writing screenplay script coverages for a company in L.A., and is an avid consumer of fiction through film, prose, and video games.
Amanda lives in Minneapolis, MN, with her husband, John, and their cats, Helga and Sasha (no connection to the incubus of the same name).