Singing Up the Sun by Adera Orfanelli
Publisher: Changeling Press
Length: Short Story (57 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Coreopsis
For discharged soldier Dougaln, the Winter Holidays are simply a time of little work and no prospects. But when he hears a beautiful tenor voice during a stroll in the Reclamation Gardens, Dougaln’s dark days suddenly brighten.
Exiled from his people, Reynau travels from world to world sharing his people’s spiritual traditions and learning new ones. For him, the Longest Night is a time to celebrate joy, ensuring that the new year brings happiness and light.
But Reynau refuses to be anyone’s “secret,” and Dougaln has too much to hide. Can a retired soldier open up and let a young man sing the light back into his life?
This story starts out slow but once the two main characters get together if picks up steam pretty quick.
Dougaln is a man living a life of destitution. He is a soldier forced to retire because he stood up for his beliefs and is left to wander around a space station he now calls home. When he left the army he was given very few resources to start a new life and has resolved to never be happy. He's not even sure if he knows how to be happy. As he wanders through what we would consider a park, he hears the voice of an angel, and a spark of hope lights up in him.
Reynau has been banished from his home planet and living on the same cold space station as Dougaln. While out one night singing for the sun to rise as done in his spiritual beliefs he meets the very handsome Dougaln. Reynau is celebrating the Longest Day by singing and thinks, as believed in his religion, that he is blessed in meeting Dougaln.
Both these men are flawed and think just because they aren't not following the expectations of their families or friends, that they are worthless. As we discover what ails these men, we realize all they really need is to accept who they are in order to find happiness.
Reading about two men from completely different backgrounds coming together to seek the love they so desperately need is beautiful. Misunderstandings arise for these men and their own stubbornness gets in the way of what they want. Dougaln is ashamed of his station in life and Reynau is just not familiar with the different customs around him. It’s truly touching to how these men work together to try and come to the same end goal.
I’m not usually a fan of futuristic stories but this story was a good read. The author painted a vivid picture of this space station these men call home. And also, no matter what time and place you find yourself in the world, the matters of the heart are all the same. Adera Orfanelli put together present day issues in a futuristic setting to make a worthwhile read.