Oneiros by S.L. Armstrong

4 Dec

S.L. Armstrong

Oneiros

Storm Moon Press

Caleb Hollander is feeling alone and lonely now more than ever. He is upset over discovering that he has a medical condition and, as a result, pushes everyone, including the idea of a relationship, away from him. Sleep has become his only peace, an escape from his life and his problems. This triggers the interest of Morpheus, the God of Dreams, son to Nyx (night) and Hypnos (sleep). Morpheus has the ability to enter dreams, manipulate the dreamer, and uses his power to grant desires. Morpheus enters Caleb’s dream and gives him exactly what he wants – hot sex. 

Caleb and Morpheus begin to meet more often, and Caleb becomes a man obsessed with Morpheus and the dream world. Caleb even resorts to sleeping pills to put him under for an extended period of time. Caleb wants nothing to do with his reality, but there is one person who wants to change that – Scott Dayton.

Scott begins to lose Caleb’s friendship soon after they meet, and is determined to show Caleb that life is worth living, that love can happen outside of the dream world, and that he can be the man that can show him true love and true friendship. If only things were that easy for Scott. Scott’s actions have come to the attention of Morpheus, and now the God of Dreams and a man of reality will compete for Caleb’s heart.

This short is about 23 PDF pages long but excellently written and quite an engaging read. The topic of Caleb’s medical condition is handled with taste and sensitivity. And honestly, I found myself not thinking about it too much because I was pulled into Caleb’s loss of reality, and the competition between Morpheus and Scott. There is no need to be a Greek historian to enjoy Oneiros. I believe the overall concepts of this short – friendship, love, and the need to escape – will ring true with a variety of audiences.

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