Rules: The players must choose truth or dare. No one is allowed to say, “I dare you to tell the truth about…” If this rule is broken or if a player refuses a dare or to tell the truth, a punishment will be levied.
Note: This game takes place via Skype.
[Mark, a dragon, and his husband, Luke, a genie, sit in their living room in Tampa, Florida. The computer is on before them.]
Luke: Now will you tell me who we’re playing with?
Mark: [grins] I bet you can figure it out.
Luke: My magic doesn’t work over Skype.
[An image pops up on the screen. A man and woman sit in a house that is more traditionally Japanese than not.]
Mark: [inclines his head] Lord Kenta.
Kenta: Agent Tavery. [He smiles without warmth.]
Mark: [hesitates, looks away, looks back] There’s no need for that. I don’t want what is yours and you don’t want what is mine.
Luke and Cassie: I don’t belong to you.
Cassie: [punches Kenta’s arm]
Mark: [smirks] It’s just protocol, Luke.
Kenta: We should get this over with.
Mark: Will you start, madam?
Cassie: Don’t call me madam. My soul may be older than your oldest ancestor but my human body is quite young.
Luke: And lovely.
Mark: [glares at his husband]
Luke [chuckles] When you figure out what she is you’ll understand. Now, Lady, will you please start off this rather amusing game?
Cassie [eyes flashing briefly silver] Truth or dare, Genie?
Luke: My name is Luke, and I will choose dare.
Cassie: If it’s within your power, turn yourself into what you think I am.
Luke: [pauses before standing, backing away from the computer a little, and bows. When he stands straight he has translucent wings and a faintly birdlike visage]
[Naked, he is also obviously female.]
Mark: Siren! [he stands, bows low to Cassie] My lady.
Luke: What about me?
Mark: [kisses his husband’s…wife’s? cheek] I love you.
Cassie: [laughing] This is fun.
Luke: [regains his usual form] Truth or dare, Lord Kenta?
Luke: What exactly is your problem with Mark?
Kenta: That is not an appropriate question under the circumstances.
Cassie: Stop sounding like your brother and just answer the question. [Her eyes become briefly silver again.]
Kenta: He’s a superior, arrogant ass.
Mark: [squeezes Luke’s hand when Luke frowns] You asked.
Luke: You’re not insulted?
Mark: Ask me if I care what a lessersselkie son of the Dragon Lord of the Japanese Sea thinks. [smiles at Kenta] Your turn.
Kenta: For your information, I’m not just—
Cassie: [leans over and kisses Kenta’s mouth] Take your turn or we’ll be here all day.
Kenta: When is this game even over?
Cassie: Who cares? This is fun.
Kenta: [pauses] Agent Tavery, I dare you to tell me a secret about your dragon nature.
Mark: [shifts in his chair, looks away, bites his lip, and finally looks back] I enjoy the taste of blood more than I should. More than I used to think I should.
Kenta: [laughs] You’re squeamish?
Mark: Lady Cassie, truth or dare?
Mark: Why did you marry such a jerk?
Cassie: [laughs, but her eyes shift to silver] Watch your tongue. But because we’re playing, I married him because he’s a wonderful, sexy sea god. When he’s not talking to you.
[Mark and Kenta blush for different reasons]
Cassie: Here’s a question outside the game so you don’t have to answer, Agent Tavery. But since everyone else is using their first names, why aren’t you?
Mark: Habit. [pauses] I’m Mark, Lady Cassie.
Cassie: And I’m just Cassie. Truth or dare, Mark?
Mark: Uh… Truth. No, dare.
Cassie [showing her silver eyes, which means the siren in her is ascendant and powerful] Truth you said first, truth it shall be. What do you fear most in the world? Is it your dragon nature?
Mark: Luke being hurt. [blushes, fidgets, but holds her gaze]
Cassie: [eyes returning to normal] Thank you for being honest.
Mark: Kent—Lord Kenta? Truth or dare?
Mark: I dare you to show us your nonhuman form.
Kenta: [laughs] I’m now doubly glad we decided to do this with technology rather than in person. [steps back from the computer and shifts into the large and scaly guise of a Japanese water dragon; all eighteen feet of him is hard pressed to fit in the small room]
Mark: [stares and then laughs even as he bows] No wonder you don’t like when I call you selkie! [bows again] Maybe I am an arrogant ass.
Kenta: [regains his human form, grabbing up a robe to hide his nakedness] Don’t forget superior [Then he smiles a little at Cassie] Mark and I have made nice. Is the game over now?
Cassie [eyes brown and innocent, smile seductive] Only because I want you. [twiddles her fingers at the camera] Bye, Luke. Bye, Mark.
[When the image is gone, Luke turns to Mark]
Luke: So… Would you make love to me in my siren form?
Mark: Only because it’s you underneath and you make me want you.
Luke: I think I’ll stay this way. It’s more…natural.
Mark: Good. [seizes Luke and kisses him deeply] I have an irresistible urge to swallow your cock.
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Mark Tavery and Luke Morrison are from: Dragon in Training series 1, 2, 3, and a cameo in A Pack of His Own: Hunter’s Claim
Cassie and Kenta are from Autumn Montague’s new release, Siren’s Daughter, and used by permission of the author.
Siren’s Daughter http://www.loose-id.com/siren-s-daughter.html
Dragon in Training 1: Dragon Food http://www.loose-id.com/dragon-in-training-1-dragon-food.html
Dragon in Training 2: Dragon Fire http://www.loose-id.com/dragon-in-training-2-dragon-fire.html
Dragon in Training 3: Dragon’s Bane http://www.loose-id.com/dragon-in-training-3-dragon-s-bane.html
Happy New Year, all!