A Kiss, Sweet Mother

Life is short and Death is sweet, leaving little time for the people of Tamriel to dwell on their regrets, but Marcurio of Cyrodiil has spent the last seven years of his life in Riften playing over all the things he could have… no–should have done differently.

He’d loved her, but his arrogance would never let him say the words, and even as his beautiful Anariel lay dying in his arms, she breathed her last before he had a chance to say, “I love you.”

Seven years of nightmares, seven years of regret, seven years of feeling cursed by Mara for his inability to give himself to another…

And then he saw her. Dark of hair, golden-skinned, beautiful and treacherous as a storm, the spitting image of the love he let slip through his fingers walking the streets of Riften like a shadow.

He would do anything to make it up to her, to love her as he should have when she offered her love so freely seven years ago, but Marcurio quickly discovers that though she may share a face with the woman he once loved, Onora is nothing like Anariel, and she didn’t come to Riften looking for a mate.

She came to punish the wicked, to free the children of Honorhall Orphanage of the dark and twisted plague Aventus Aretino called Grelod the Kind.

Marcurio could overlook, even forgive, his thieving friend Ginna’s taste for trouble. He’d come to accept Ginna’s insistence that every trade in Tamriel had worth, even the less than savory occupations he’d never seen honor in, but can he find it in his heart to love a woman whose trade is murder?



Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen

Chapter Eighteen

28 Responses to A Kiss, Sweet Mother

  1. elspeth on the road says:

    You are brilliant. I cannot wait for more Marcurio.

  2. Cailea says:

    I just made squeaking noises similar to pig.

    The Dark Brotherhood is my favorite quest line!

    • erica says:

      I have only done it once, and that was in my very first game, which I don’t play anymore now that I have it on my PC. I created Onora, a whole new character, just to play through the Dark Brotherhood quest again and to help inspire this story. Luthien was too much of a goodie-goodie to be an assassin, and Ginna’s too busy stealing everything in Skyrim. It’s kind of fun having characters that specialize in certain quest lines only.

      • Cailea says:

        It is great! You can I retrained all the stories and have crossovers. Little Easter eggs here and there.

        • Cailea says:

          I’m not sure what my phone was trying to say there. I think what I was trying to say was, “It is great! You can have independent stories but then have crossovers.” or something to that effect. lol ^.^

          • erica says:

            I have a few little crossover snippets in To Catch a Thief where Ginna spies Farkas and Luthien from my Dragonborn series, which was a lot of fun to do. And A Kiss, Sweet Mother will most definitely have some Ginna and maybe even Luthien in it, as well.

  3. AbbyNormal says:

    Nice one! The Dark Brotherhood. Although I like my characters to be goodie two shoes, the Dark Brotherhood questline is just too good to pass up *mwuahahahaaa*. And, of course, Marcurio is good too. I like his sarcastic comments, despite his whining. And, he is an amazing mage. Interested to see how this turns out.

    • erica says:

      I have convinced myself that Marcurio’s in-game ego was designed to compensate for his insecurities. He is really a sweet guy. I loved it when my original character would come home and he would dreamily sigh and say, “Hello, my love. Back from some adventure, I’ll bet.”

  4. Mage says:

    Meep. I am so excited for this story. I love Marcurio and your writing. Combine them together and you get epicness. Sorry, just a new fan (not so new actually considering I was lurking around when you were writing To Catch A Thief, great story by the way) who really loves your stories.

  5. coldarra says:

    Wow. What can I say? I really love your writting, it’s probably one of the best Skyrim themed stories evaaaaaah.

    The finding of your blog made my day!

    -A fan.

    pd: I favourited this page, will check daily to see if there are any new updates. :D

  6. Vivian says:

    PLEASEEEE finish this! im anxious to read the rest! pleaseeee

  7. Daenerys says:

    Gah, I’m in love with this….
    Love me, Marcurio!

    • erica says:

      Hi Daenerys, so nice to hear from you. I hope to have another chapter of A Kiss, Sweet Mother up by Monday. I love writing Marcurio. He quickly became one of my favorite NPCs to spend time with when I first wrote him with Ginna in To Catch a Thief. Thanks for reading!

      • Daenerys says:

        He’s definitely one of my favorites, and he is currently my Nord’s husband.. Can’t wait for the next chapter.

        • erica says:

          My original character, a Nord mage named Rhiannon married Marcurio, and now Onora is married to him and they’re both vampires. It’s a strange and twisted life they live, but Marcurio seems happy about it! :)

  8. Daenerys says:

    Ugh, how can you stand being a vampire?! I hate that I have to feed all the time, and a weakness to fire is never good. :(

    • erica says:

      I am a Vampire Lord, so I get increased powers from not feeding without the whole village chasing me around with a pitchfork screaming, “KILL THE VAMPIRE!!!!” because I’m blood-starved. I only have to feed if I’m in battle and out of health potions and usually then it’s just on Potion of the Blood. I tried to play as a vampire before Dawnguard to up the challenge of the game and it was so difficult I went and joined the Companions to get Lycanthropy just to get rid of Sanguinare Vampiris. Now Onora and Marcurio are both vampires in-game.

      • Daenerys says:

        I don’t have dawnguard yet, that would make sense. I drew the line when my husband started attacking me. Lydia, too.

        • erica says:

          I had a heck of a time trying to get through the Thieves Guild questline without Mercer trying to kill me. Marcurio didn’t seem to care when Onora would vamp out, but everyone else wanted her dead. Now she vamps out in front of Marcurio and he’s all like, “Hello, my love. Back from some adventure I’ll bet?” And then he bakes her a pie and goes to sit down with Iona to eat bread. Dawnguard definitely made vampirism worth it, but I feel your pain about regular vampirism before Dawnguard. It’s tough!

          • Daenerys says:

            My Nord is currently using Mercer as a personal body guard until she feels ready to enter Snow Veil Sanctum.. And I can imagine Onora waking up beside a sleepy Marcurio and deciding that it’s time to feed again.. They sure do know romance.

  9. Taylor says:

    I hope you continue this beautiful story. It is simply flawlessly heart-wrenching!

    • erica says:

      Thank you, Taylor. I may, at some point. A lot happened this last year that has taken the oomph out of my writing in so many ways. Thank you for reading.

  10. Autumn says:

    please finnish the story. i love how you make Marcurio feel soo alive.