Ginny's Christmas plans didn't include falling in love with a gargoyle.
*NOTE* This is a rewritten version of a short story included in the Naughty Literati anthologies. It's been revised and expanded to novella length.
The walk from the bus stop to her D.C. apartment takes just five minutes, but Ginny works second shift and gets home near midnight. When a mugger surprises her on the way one night shortly before Thanksgiving, rescue comes unexpectedly. A mysterious hooded and cloaked stranger saves her and walks her to her apartment but declines her invitation to come in. The next night he meets her at the bus stop and again walks her home, a practice that continues each time she gets home late. As they get to know each other on those nightly walks, he promises that he will soon accept the invitation to her home.
He warns, though, that there are things she needs to know about him she'll find hard to believe and accept. He isn't kidding. She can handle his dominating tendencies and maybe even the warning that they can have only a short time together. But when he claims he's a shapeshifting gargoyle, she has to wonder whether letting him into her life is a good idea after all.