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Oneiros

S.L. Armstrong

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Caleb is fleeing from the realities of his life, hiding in a dream of the moon. The God of Dreams finds him there and draws Caleb deeper into the night with promises of passion and closeness otherwise denied to him. But in the waking world, a chance for something real forces Caleb to choose between love and immortality.

Caleb shut and locked the door when he managed to make it home. He was hungry, exhausted, and sore. All he really wanted to do was go to bed. After all, he had a dream-lover he was aching to see again. If his tired imagination would humor him, he'd maybe get off in this dream.

Scampi yowled at him, demanding a full bowl, and Caleb was feeling a little more human and less a pincushion by the time he settled on the couch with a beer and some supper. He spent a good hour mindlessly watching television, losing himself in the dramatic world of a small town. Caleb hadn't realized he'd fallen asleep until Scampi jumped into his lap, pawing at his hands and demanding attention.

"All right, all right," he said between yawns. "Bedtime. I get it, Scamps. Let's go."

Caleb quickly stripped down and crawled into bed. Almost as soon as his head hit the pillow, he was asleep. He knew he was asleep, even as he dreamed. It was a strange, awkward knowledge, sitting up in his bed in the dream while he knew he was still in bed, asleep.

"Again I ask, does it matter?"

Caleb turned his head toward the door. Leaning against the jam, in all his naked glory, was Morpheus. Caleb took his time looking, eyes sweeping from head to toe, lingering on the lax sex resting against hairless skin. "Is this real?" he asked, voice rough as he raised his eyes to meet Morpheus'.

"It is as real as I make it."

4.5 - Rainbow Reviews
"The depression aspects ring so true, the dream-world that draws Caleb deeper and deeper, like a rip tide, is so treacherously desirable, so long as Caleb continues as Morpheus desires, and Scott ~ the one thing in the daylight world that's worth waking up for ~ is the perfect hero. (Note: The rating given applies to the anthology as a whole.)"

4 - Coffee Time Romance
"Such a dark story, but the silver lining definitely makes it a top read. (Note: The rating given applies to the anthology as a whole.)"

4 - BookWenches.com
"[A]lthough this is a potentially dark subject, the story is uplifting rather than depressing. This story definitely hooked my attention. (Note: The rating given applies to the anthology as a whole.)"

4 - Wendy at Hearts On Fire
"This story is more about Caleb’s journey than it is about Scott and Caleb as a couple. It’s about facing a life struggle and emerging if not totally victorious on the other side, then at least on the path to real life happiness and contentment. This story may have been short in length, but it really made me stop and think about a few things. Overall, I really enjoyed it! "

4 - Fire Pages
"This short is... excellently written and quite an engaging read. The topic of Caleb's medical condition is handled with taste and sensitivity. And honestly, I found myself not thinking about it too much because I was pulled into Caleb's loss of reality, and the competition between Morpheus and Scott. There is no need to be a Greek historian to enjoy Oneiros. I believe the overall concepts of this short – friendship, love, and the need to escape – will ring true with a variety of audiences."

4 - M/M Good Book Reviews
"This is quite a poignant little piece.... How many times have we wished we could sleep away our troubles? To have a dream lover take all our worries away so we only have pleasure? To ignore the world around us, so we know only happiness? This is a wonderful short with hot sex, longing and the realization that maybe just maybe dreams can happen in the real world too. I highly recommend this to everyone."

3.5 - Tam at Brief Encounters
"[T]he handling of Caleb's medical condition... was well done as it's all fairly new to him and he has yet to adjust to what it means, and not let it define him... [T]he writing was very good at portraying how fogged Caleb's brain was as the obsession went on, and how mystical and wonderful the dream world was. Caleb's thoughts and feeling were well fleshed out and you could relate to his fears and sense of loss of his life as he'd known it."

3 - Sally at Bibrary Book Lust
"[This story] contrasts the darkness of living under with HIV (never a subject you expect to lead a romance) with the cleansing light of friendship. The dream sequences are absolutely wonderful, and the overall story is surprisingly uplifting, considering the very dark avenues it could have taken. (Note: The rating given applies to the anthology as a whole.)"

0 - C-Spot Reviews
"As is always the case, seduction by a God rarely turns out well for the human and Caleb continues to withdraw from the waking world despite the efforts of Scott, a man he meets in the doctor's office, who offers him an anchor of friendship and love. I loved the premise of this one and enjoyed the story but I must admit I felt bad for Caleb's cat."

0 - Lena at Rainbow Book Reviews
"This is a complicated, but satisfying story.... S.L. did an admirable job of describing someone in the depths of despair. I'd recommend this story to those of you who enjoy a book with great sex, handsome men, and angst, but also one dealing with the more serious issues of managing depression especially in the face of tragedy and finding a way out of it."

Series

Cast the Cards

Length

11,500 words
23 pages

Release Date

April 06, 2011

Book Type

Short Story

Categories

Gay

ISBN

978-1-937058-05-0

Cover Art

Dare Empire eMedia

Keywords

M/M, HIV, contemporary fantasy, gods, mythology