“A Sort of Faerie Tale” by Georgina Li from Like They Always Been Free (Young Queer Cowboys, 2014).

The author points out, deep into this tale, that it is “one not meant for children”. That’s because a white hot sexuality fuels it, underneath the lyrical prose and classic fairytale set-up. It’s most welcome. And, truth be told, most of Greek and Roman mythology, the Bible, and the works of the brothers Grimm also are inappropriate for children, though with the last it’s because they are too violent. Only the Greek and Roman gods experienced the sort of passion felt by the heroes of this story, in addition to violence.

Janos and Oren come from different non-human species, wolf and faerie, respectively. Growing up, each heard the myth that explains why peace exists between the two groups. It’s because, once every great while, both moons of their world rise on the same night, and the resultant lunar pull draws two individuals, one from each species, together. The way the story has always been told it is a wolf prince and a faerie princess who are inextricably bound together on the night of the double moons. Neither Janos nor Oren has ever liked the tale. Janos is attracted to other males in his pack, but sometimes to human males as well, and Oren feels likewise, only about faerie and human males. Each believes he has no use for the story of his ancestors, until the night of the two moons reveals that just because something has always happened a certain way does not mean it can never happen any other way, and myths and fairy tales are for everyone.