A prelude to Rosemary Laurey’s Forever vampire series.
In fourth century Britain, regimental surgeon Justinius Corvus encounters a local woman called Gwyltha and assumes she is the wife of some local chieftain. When they meet again during an epidemic, he learns she is a local healer. What he does not learn is she is an ancient one—a vampire. After a heated and passionate encounter, she disappears and, despite his efforts, Justinius learns little about her until she reappears to him when he’s wounded in the field of battle. He then understands the true nature of his lover…when she gives him eternity.
Publisher’s Note: This story is currently in another publisher’s print anthology under the same title.