Title: Flying with Dragons
Author: Sean Michael
Length: 10,800 words (44 pdf pages)
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: m/m fantasy paranormal
Having annoyed the council, Grunk is assigned the job of Director of Human/Dragon Relations. Unfortunately for Grunk, he hates the city, he’d rather be in his dragon form than his human one, and he already hates the job even though it’s only his first day.
Then he meets his assistant, Kyfan, and he’s instantly smitten. When he finds out that Kyfan has never really flown and rarely spends any time in his dragon form, Grunk is shocked and insists on changing that, immediately. After all, flying with the lovely Kyfan’s way better than sitting behind his desk in his office.
It turns out that Kyfan is a lovely little dragon and once they’ve flown together, Grunk knows that they share a bond and he prepares to make his claim. The fact that it’s going to annoy the council is only a bonus.
It seems to be the month of the dragon, but I thoroughly enjoyed this short story, even though I think there was so much more that could have been added. It’s set in an alternative reality where dragons presence among humans is “normal”. The biggest joy in this story however was Grunk. He’s just kind of surly, hates that he has to do this new job for the council and it’s his little internal dialogue like being hopeful when he sees Kyfan sitting in the office that maybe they’ve found someone else for the job and he can get out of it. Or his shock and incomprehension of the fact that Kyfan hasn’t shifted in decades and has never really flown, because Grunk can’t fathom that kind of life for a dragon and he’s determined to right it immediately.
It’s typical Sean Michael in that you have the strong dominant type male, with the smaller nervous virginal bottom, but that is part of why I enjoy this particular author, so if that’s what you are in the mood for it’s a good choice. So while I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship between the two, watching Kyfan who was “old” for someone to have found their heart-mate realize that despite being odd for a dragon, someone loved him, there was so much more that could have been fleshed out.
Why was Grunk in trouble with the council? Was it just his surly attitude? What about Kyfan’s background and his current conflict with his supervisor who has been jealous of Kyfan. There was also the process of telling the council about their bonding and what that means. So I was definitely left wanting more of this world, or more of Grunk more or less grudgingly following the rules so they’ll stop bothering him. However despite that, I still enjoyed this a great deal and found myself smiling several times through-out, so if you like dragons, this is another good selection this week