Born of Nothing
(The Fae Games #4)
Publication date: March 5th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
It was over before it began.
A druid woman and a Fae man—we were two people from different worlds, only by chance did our paths happen to cross. He was beautiful and damaged and totally captivating. If only I could have continued to buy into the propaganda of fear and hate my people had taught me about the Fae, then maybe I would have believed him to be the savage he appeared to be.
Instead, I offered the cryptic man my help. The time I spent with him allowed me to see the man he was behind the chiseled, formal exterior. What developed between us was tender, intimate, and totally unexpected.
My druid family was not as enlightened as I was. My mom didn’t want me near the Fae; she certainly never would have understood that I had developed feelings for a Fae man. I tried to keep my private life a secret. I tried to keep the peace, but my mother’s threats and intolerance left me with no choice. I had to make the hardest decision of my life. I had to leave the only family I’d ever known. I just never imagined what I’d face when I didn’t make it out in time…
Once, when I was young, my mother took me to the Dublin Zoo. I loved seeing all the animals, as most children do, but my heart hurt to see the wild creatures kept in small enclosures. Standing outside the wire cage of a large eagle, I began to cry for the bird who was in such a small aviary that it didn’t have enough room to fly.
My mother took me aside and explained that the bird’s wing had been broken when it lived in the wild. He had been rescued by conservationists, nursed back to health, and provided an easy life where he could not be harmed. Even if he’d been able to fly again, his life at the zoo was infinitely easier than it had been in the wild where he had to fight daily to survive. Now, he was well cared for and would live a much longer, happier life.
I took another look at the majestic bird as he sat unbothered, his glossy feathers shining in the sun, and realized that there was truth in her statement. Mother Nature could be cruel and unfair. In the zookeeper’s hands, the wildlife was kept relatively free of disease and allowed to enjoy their lives without the constant threat of death lurking around every corner.
I had accepted her explanation as a child, but only now did I truly understand the freedom such a life provided. There was security in knowing that I was safe and unburdened by the multitude of daily decisions that plagued my life before.
Those days had been so painful that I had buried them deep inside me. I did not think of them. Instead, I celebrated all the blessings around me. At the top of that list was my family, because family is everything.
Jill is a Texan, born and raised. She manages the hectic social calendars for her three active children and occasionally spends an evening with her dashing husband. Aside from being an author and a mom, she’s an attorney, travel junkie, and voracious reader.
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