Dear Author,
I cry out in pain as my body changes. The muscular power of my body expands and my scales slide off my torso, revealing flesh. What’s happening to me? I don’t know who I am, or why I can smell the heat coming from the man carrying my limp body over his shoulders. He’s strong for such a small being. He cares for me, washing sweat off my brow while the rest of my body changes. Now, I am part of the human world and I need to find out why. But this man, this beautiful man who rescued me from the forest floor touches me sweetly, and I know he is mine.

Photo Description:
A man in the process of changing to a snake, or a snake in the process of changing into a man.

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love is an Open Road" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.

This story may contain sexually explicit content and is intended for adult readers. It may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers. The M/M Romance Group strongly recommends that each reader review the General Information section before each story for story tags as well as for content warnings.

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Obsidian Reviews

  • Lumina
    Mar 17, 2016


    I liked how this shifter story was pure fantasy and not urban fantasy. And it could have been the author who did the prompt as it was just what I wanted when I read it. I'd like them to have more time together, but it was a short story so I suppose I can't have it all. :) ...

  • AIly
    Aug 20, 2015


    Mystic, beautiful and so vivid!Even though being so short, “Obsidian” has so much to offer that I would have loved to spend some more time with the fascinating serpent Naqxo and delve even deeper in his unknown world Qaa. The story first immerses us in a world filled in with ...

  • Riayl
    Aug 11, 2015


    Oh-so-lovely. Excellently done and in such a short space. ...

  • Serena Yates
    Jul 5, 2015

    Serena Yates

    I love shifter stories about creatures other than dogs and cats, and this one has a really rare one as a main character: a snake shifter. But not only that - the world this story is set in is very different from our own, with creatures unlike the ones we know. The city deep in the jung...

  • Jessica Mitchell
    Jul 2, 2015

    Jessica Mitchell

    Damis is not your average male mate... He likes guys not girls. Fated to mate a lamia female, how will he survive. His friend tells him he will be fine. And he will be chosen soon.Naqxo is a lamia male. Having to grown a bit bored with what he does. He is answered in a dream that he wi...

  • Sanet
    Jun 22, 2015


    beautifully written with a interesting plot... I just wanted more, felt the story was cut short ...

  • Verena
    Jun 22, 2015


    Lovely story with great worldbuilding in such limited space, evocative language of the kind that leaves you with a sense of colour and place and atmosphere, and a convincing and sweet romance with hints of melancholy - I was sorry to see it end. There were some pretty big issues left o...

  • Annika
    Jun 20, 2015


    Not a typical shifter story (for a nice change) with great imaginary and even though this was a mated insta love thing, it was very believable and you could really feel the affection from the first moment on.Niw, the after change and especially the feeding issue I found a bit strange b...

  • Lila Hunter
    Jun 11, 2015

    Lila Hunter

    A beautiful little story. It was nice to see how this magical myth developed into a HEA. The author balanced the right amount of character development, world build, and plot within the amount of words. The beginning was a little confusing, since I kept waiting for the MC to shift, but ...

  • Julesmarie
    Jun 9, 2015


    This was spectacularly beautiful. A male Lamia who believes he has no hope of mating with a human the way the females do to survive. A male destined to mate with a Lamia, desperate for the connection that would give him, but with no interest in females.The fact that these two were crea...