Huntbrother by Michelle West
Approx. 22,270 words.
Published on July 10, 2011 by
An old story: Girl who must marry for duty falls in love with boy who cannot fulfill that duty. The boy goes away to war, and war takes him; he never returns.
But this story is slightly different. The boy was given leave to return, in the casement of his god’s flesh, and the girl, leave to spend one night with him. The night was glorious.
The morning was terrible.