Constance, princess of Blackvale, knows the duty of a summer-hearted heir: wed the prince, birth the child, symbolise her people's prosperity and fecundity. Love, joyously and passionately, a man even she believes handsome and kind. But what if her heart can't cast summer's warmth? What if she feels solely the profane desires of skin and flesh? What if Blackvale's crops wither and rot unripened because their future queen can't—and won't—bow to the nonsensical-seeming rule of seasons?
She knows only one way to avoid catastrophe, falsehood and marriage: surrendering herself to the Forest Witch. Not even for his daughter will the king risk angering the feared but necessary master of briars, protector of forests and abductor of women.
Constance expects a lifetime's bondage to a dangerous witch, freeing her cousin to inherit Blackvale's throne. The witch has other ideas...
Contains: A multisexual allo-aro princess who, in the name of duty, wants the witch to lock her away in a tower; and a trixensexual allo-aro witch who sees hope and possibility in the princess seeking hir protection.
Length: 7, 087 words / 30 PDF pages.
Note: This is a re-covered, single-story edition of the eponymous piece from my Bones of Green and Hearts of Gold collection. I wanted it to match the covers for the (forthcoming) stories set in the same world, because aesthetics ... which also gave me the opportunity to make a few changes to my book templates.