enemy. He wants that collar off as soon as possible, but that requires stealing a basilisk egg from the castle they just escaped.Drawn together by lust and magic, the two men join forces and soon find themselves up to their necks in witches, wizards, and trouble. Vorgell and Madd might just be perfect for each other, but first they have to survive long enough to find out.
Start with a Unicorn Horn
One of the fun things about prompts is they start outside the box. Some of the stories I’ve had the most absolute blast of a time writing have started from prompts. Like Thick as Thieves. That one started with a unicorn horn.
As you undoubtedly know by now, I’m primarily a speculative fiction writer. So unicorn horn as a prompt was a bit of a siren call. I had to use it. Naturally I can think of hundreds of ways to use a unicorn horn in a work of fiction.
Just as naturally, my mind went straight into the gutter.
Yes, the first thing I thought of was using a unicorn horn as a dildo. As the story was intended from the start to be guy on guy, the guy used the dildo on himself in a most delicate location. Fear not, I worked out how to do it, pointy end and all—fantasy writer, remember? I create entire universes in order to keep the pointy end of a unicorn horn from doing anything painful or damaging.
Keep in mind one of the unwritten laws of fantasy: if something magical gets used other than as intended by nature, there will be consequences.
Vorgell, the great big barbarian hero of Thieves, used the unicorn horn in a place nature never intended, so he suffered the troublesome (but delightful to me as a writer) consequence of becoming perpetually horny. You see, in the world of the story, unicorn horn, in small doses, is a powerful aphrodisiac. Vorgell took the whole horn up the… and, well, he wants sex. Lots of it. All. The. Time. Sex never leaves his mind. His erection only flags immediately after sex, and then not for long. He’s clinically priapic. I’ve wanted to do that to a character ever since I read about priapism in an issue of the Journal of Human Sexuality back in my medical writing days.
Such a hero must have a love interest. Throw in a feisty male witch who understands something about the magic involved in Vorgell’s condition, and—wellah! We have a story.
It’s actually a pretty good story. It’s mostly light-hearted and Vorgell’s romantic pursuit of Madd, the cute male witch, is an ongoing theme. As I wrote Vorgell’s story, I learned he’s a romantic soul. And Madd is mad at the world, and determined no one will take advantage of him, ever, because in his experience that’s what people do. Like the evil baron who locked a love collar around Madd’s neck. The two heroes have a lot to work out.
And there’s a basilisk that needs a little love.
Which is the kind of story that can happen when a prompt puts an author outside the box. It’s wild out there.