Frostbite by Alexandria Bellefleur
Published by Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: April 26th 2017
Genres: Magic, Fantasy, Romance, m/m, Fairy Tales & Folklore
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After his sister touches a lethal Frost Flower and succumbs to Frozen Sickness, Rainor seeks out the mysterious Dragon, who purportedly holds the only cure for the fatal disease. In gratitude for saving his sister's life, Rainor agrees to bring him fresh bread twice a week—despite the man's insistence he wants for nothing.
As Rainor makes his deliveries, the two slowly become friends, and Rainor finds in the Dragon all the things he never found in his little village. But on his way to make his latest delivery, the unthinkable happens, and Rainor fears that if he asks for the cure he needs to live, he'll lose the man he's coming to love…
Rainor loves his sister and she means a lot to him. When he takes her out to the lake and then accidentally falls asleep his devastated when he realizes that she’s touched one of the Frost Flowers. He knows that he must get the cure to her quickly or she’ll be dead within 24 hours. The doctor tells him the only cure is up in the mountain cave with the Dragon.
When Rainor arrives in the cave he’s shocked to see how homey it is. The man they call Dragon isn’t a dragon at all – just a man. He gladly gives Rainor the cure and asks for nothing in return. Rainor insists on bringing him bread every three days to pay for the cure and Dragon, actually named Drachen, finally agrees.
At first Rainor is afraid of Drachen but as the days go by and Rainor continues to take the bread, they start to talk and become friends. Rainor learns the horrible tale of how Drachen came to be living in the caves – evil witchcraft. When that very witch tricks Rainor into touching one of the Frost Flowers Rainor thinks he can get the cure without bothering Drachen but his decision ends up turning on him.
This was a great little fantasy short story. It had wonderful characters and the story was well written. I liked the way that the author wrote Rainor as he was such a good person and rarely put himself first. This fairytale was a lovely, sweet m/m romance that I truly enjoyed.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5