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Dark Covenant

Gryvon

Out of Print

When Eli signs up for the Academy, he believes he is exchanging his life of poverty for one of learning and luxury. All too soon, he learns that he has been tricked, and his contract amounts to giving himself to the masters of the Academy. His body, his movement, his life are all theirs to do with as they wish, no matter how depraved and sinister. At his darkest, Eli is approached by the enigmatic Eramus, an unseen creature who offers Eli the power to strike back against his victimizers—if only Eli will join with him and grant him entrance into this world. Eli must choose between enduring a life of torment or trusting the word of a being who almost certainly has his own dark agenda.

Time passed swiftly in the mines. Darkness filled the tunnels, broken only by the faint light thrown off by his team's lantern. It offered them just enough light to work by and little more. The passage of time was marked only by the whistles of the work bells. They echoed faintly through the tunnels, barely audible this deep, but he always recognized them. His entire life seemed to be defined by whistles.

The rumbling started seconds after the midday whistle. At first he thought it was just his stomach, but then it grew louder.

One of his fellow miners, Tomas, looked up toward the ceiling as loose stones clattered to the floor. First just one or two, and then more, falling like rain around them.

Someone shouted. The men dropped their pickaxes.

A falling stone knocked the lantern over. It flared once, brightly, before going out, enough to illuminate the cracks crawling up the tunnel walls.

Screams echoed through the mine. More and more voices rose to join the chorus, but not Eli's. He was too afraid to scream.

Darkness engulfed them. He knew, logically, that he should move. He should be running, like the others, toward the surface, toward air and safety, but his feet wouldn't move. His head hurt. There was a buzzing in his head, like a thousand bees. It drowned out the sound of the earth trembling around them.

The tunnels were crumbling. Every miner dreaded the day it would happen to them, but Eli had been fortunate enough that it'd never happened in the five years he'd been working the mines. Until now. Men would die.

Eli was going to die in the mines, just like his father had, and then his family would be left alone with no one to look out for them. His mother wouldn't take it well. There was a good chance the shock would kill her.

He couldn't let that happen. He couldn't die.

4 - BookAddict at The Romance Reviews
"This is my first story by Gryvon and I want to read more. The imagery in this story is strong and vivid. There is more showing than telling which brings the book to life for me. The plot is tightly written with not a word wasted. Gryvon also does an excellent job with character development. The reader feels for Eli, who is the underdog readers admire. When Eli is abused, the reader cringes and feels sorrow. Although, the way Gryvon writes the tortures, a reader can't help but be aroused. It's a guilty pleasure which I revel in. This m/m erotica is recommended for dark non-con lovers who enjoy tentacle penetration."

3.5 - Thommie at MM Good Book Reviews
"This story was a beautiful mix of fantasy and darkness. I loved Eramus. This creature had me inhaling the words from the text with a strange ferocity. Overall... a great story strongly recommended to fans of tentacles. "

Series

All Wrapped Up

Length

21,500 words
49 pages

Release Date

Book Type

Short Story

Categories

Gay

ISBN

978-1-62757-042-8

Cover Art

ThinkSentient Ltd

Keywords

M/M, fantasy, rape, tentacles