Another awesome story by Nicola E. Sheridan. This is actually a short novella (only 65 pages). I read it in a single afternoon. This story, unlike the other two I read, is about a Harpy. She is actually 1/4 harpy, but in this world that doesn't mean that her physical characteristics *had* to be diluted. Harpies are only ever born female, so it is required to breed with males of another species in order to create more harpies. Mimosa Black is a rare harpy in that she actually has primarily a human form. The only parts of her that carry on harpy traits are that she has big black wings, a heightened sense of smell and hearing, and she has periods of intense desire to procreate. This actually is much like an animal in heat, but it does appear that it happens a little more often for harpies than say a dog. Mimosa is unusual in her family since she has a sister and mother who are not pure harpy but are almost in perfect physical harpy condition. This has cause Mimosa to grow up feeling inadequate and useless since she cannot even fly like other harpies.
The entire story centers on her feeling of uselessness and her desire to be physically with her best friend Bo. As far as Mimosa knows, Bo is a human and therefore a completely viable person to date, marry and have kids with. Bo has been in her life for a very long time and has never led her to believe that there is anything more than friendship available to her, but his behavior during this short period of time is actually confusing her. He acts jealous of her sleeping with another man but he won't step up and lay a claim to her. Her thoughts become even more confused when he shows up to a dark magic ceremony in which she is being used as a blood sacrifice against her will. He trades places with her in the sacrifice in order to save her and she can't help shake the feeling that Bo thinks of her as more than a friend. Will they ever be together? Will Mimosa ever find happiness? You ill have to read the story to find out! I thoroughly loved the story. I just wish there was more of it to read.
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