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Gold Tithings He’d never had another man belong to him not like this where the ties between them were a leash and an iron collarWhen Anton goes to market to buy an ox he comes home with a slave—rebellious resentful Petre who has nothing to say to a free man To survive on Anton’s remote farm they have to work together But trust doesn’t come easily when you’re a slave and neither does forging a connection across the divide of an iron collar and the ghosts of the past


About the Author: Kate Islay

I write and read original mm romance after several years of writing fanfiction In a former life I studied and taught western religious history and culture but for now my focus has been on writing and working as a freelance writer in BaltiI like power dynamics historical settings and nuanced characters and plots I published my first novel In Allegiance as an online serial; it's now av



10 thoughts on “Gold Tithings

  1. says:

    First of all I want to thank my friends for recommending me this short story because I absolutely loved it How is it possible that a 28 pages short story could make me feel like I've read a full novel in the space of an hour?Anton is an impoverished farmer visiting the market to buy an ox but who instead returns home with a slave intended to go to the rock mines and spend the last of his days there chained to a rock It was a stupid decision because an ox would have helped him with the plow and live through the winter but his heart was weak because the slave reminded him of his former lover Now he has two mouths to feed and no ox to help him farmThis is their story how the master and the slave work together side by side to build a future We are left with a HFN but I couldn't have been happier with the ending Pick this up it takes you less than an 1 hr to read it and it's beautiful It's not your average masterslave story because Anton is very kind to Petre I didn't even feel he truly saw him as a slave When an author conveys so much in less than 50 pages it's a 5 stars from me


  2. says:

    RE READ REVIEW MAY 2018 I feel soooooo goooood now It was as sweet as unassuming and as exuisitely painted by Kate Islay as I remembered it from my previous reads of this great short 3 3 3 ORIGINAL REVIEW A true gem It's only a short story but IMHO so beautifully written that even now long time since I read it for the first time I simply can't forget it It's totally up my alley With a reluctant Master and a reluctant slave Mmmmm The pace was so laaaaazy in a way but also not too slow as to bore me or drag the actionWe actually don't see much action between Anton and Petre but their story seems complete I wouldn't change a thing view spoiler Well Maybe add some teeny tiny epilogue to make me even happier ; hide spoiler


  3. says:

    UnderstatedI really don't have any useful or stunning observations This story is peaceful which when one thinks about all the things going on slavery subsistence farming grief that it would seem overwhelming But it's not There's an acceptance and unspoken choices that give the feeling of uiescence Too short to rate higher I feel as if we've just met Petre and Anton and while there is a resolution of sorts it feels like not enough Clearly this could be a companion piece to something Nonetheless it is a pleasant coffee break read


  4. says:

    Beautiful This short story is powerful in its gentle poignancy and grace If you have seen the uiet and lovely movie God's Own Country you will recognize similar themes of loneliness a need for shared intimacy and a bright hopefulness for the future I was enthralledThank you to my GR pals for recommending it You guys made my day with this heartwarming story


  5. says:

    A beautiful storyAnton an impoverished farmer goes to town to buy an ox Instead his buys Petyr a slave who looks like Anton's dead loverA beautiful uiet story about trust and love Not about falling in love at all It's set maybe 2000 years ago maybe longer maybe a fantasy world Because there's no history here no culture no philosophy just toil and hunger and the hot sun And growing affection and need Sure I'd have liked a longer story about these two but it isn't rushed it's perfect


  6. says:

    Short Very good And I so wanted it to continue on for a lot longerThe topic in the story did made my mind go back and revisit Desert Ice by Rose Maefair a similar starting point storywise but set in a world where mages and magic exists


  7. says:

    thank you Elena it was a truly beautiful read about longing trust so short but also so complete


  8. says:

    This author has the knack for beautifully drafting the tender but tension filled push and pull dance between benevolent master and cautious slave until they meet in the middle as men A somber mood and subtle acceptance of their individual circumstances and each other mark Anton and Petre's coming together As their guards come down and vulnerabilities strengthen their bond the lingering loneliness recedes and put the protagonists and reader at ease This isn't a romance It is an understanding a companionship A uick easy read that could definitely be expanded on but is satisfying all the same And currently it's free on


  9. says:

    This is a good short romance sort of a slice of life set in a fantasy world Both characters do a lot of introspection but the writing is also fairly atmospheric I really felt the bleakness of Anton's isolated farm and the difficulty of his life His relationship with Petre is extremely understated but I believe they'll have a happy future together I'll definitely seek out of this author's work


  10. says:

    BeautifulWow this was beautiful in its simplicity Not a lot going on but it feltpoignant I do wish we had a less abstract ending but maybe that’s the beauty of it It spelled out a lot of possibilities so how it ends is up to each reader Beautiful 👏👏👏


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