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Every journey through life is an intimate journey simply because it is someone’s personal journey. Sometimes the journey is like being alone in a small boat at the mercy of wild ocean currents, and sometimes the journey is like being part of a crew in a strong ship with billowing, wind-filled sails. The most intimate journeys, though they are polar opposites, involve the unparalleled pleasures of sex and the inevitable unknown of death. Both are an experience unlike anything else; one is sought by everyone, while the other is avoided by everyone – for as long as they can. Sometimes these polar opposites complement each other.
However, alone or with a companion(s), ultimately all journeys through life are intimate in nature.
Archaeologists accidentally set free survivors of an ancient race, who require sexual sacrifices to bring back more of their kind.
The Christmas Queen:
A young man returning home for Christmas encounters a legendary succubus who wants him for her lover.
No. 55 Cherry Apple Court:
Believe it or not, sometimes within a gated community there are worse things than a home owners association.
The Whisper of Ereshkigal:
An immortal Sumerian in love with a human woman is finally discovered by pursuing goddesses determined to take him to the underworld.
A frustrated incubus has a young woman cornered in a small country church, and he attempts to entice her to leave her sanctuary.
An unusual group of female artist-collectors descend on a city at the edge of the Rocky Mountains before Y2K.
The Samar Café:
On the eve of joining his combat ship during an interstellar war, a young sailor spends the night with a prostitute, with surprising results.
A Harsh Lesson:
A female military officer dons a haunted Waffen SS jacket and attends a costume party, where she intends to kill a Senator.
An Aztec goddess claims a lover from the same family line every 52 years, and now it is time for her to take a new lover.
Dawn at Khabari Crossing:
As the US combat role in Iraq ends, a middle-aged soldier faces the uncertainty of demobilization and returning to Ground Zero of the Great Recession.
Between Flagstaff and Gallup:
They say curiosity killed the cat, but what happens if it didn’t, and the cat is still alive?
A married sutler, unhappily retired and in ill health, remembers the example of the love of a young 7th Cavalry trooper for an Irish laundress.
Grandpa’s Bon Qui Qui:
While deployed to Afghanistan, an older soldier in a May/December relationship must decide if the young woman really loves him, and if he really loves her.