I recently pulled an old story out of the trunk, so to speak. This may be a bit of a silly idea for a story, but i won't go into too vivid details for the sake of brevity and to keep the thread clean. I welcome any suggestions and input. I think i should summarize the story just to give context. Summary: . It's was a story about a Half-Elf (male) and a Half-Orc (female). they are adventurers/mercenaries and the half-orc is going in the throes of the seasonal mating cycle after they stumble upon an orc couple mating while stealthing through a rescue mission. The stench of it triggers the half-orc's mating cycle. As the cycle goes on, the half-orc, who is normally a boastful heroic type, turns into an emotional wreck who's orcish behavior begins to show. She grows more reckless and irritable, and more protective of her Half-Elf companion.The Half-Elf wants to find a way to help, but the Half-orc wants him to leave it be and let her endure the cycle. Unfortunately, the half-elf finds out while asking around about orc mating cycles that female orcs that don't mate usually go insane from hormones and quite often die. The townsfolk and other mercenaries start ostracizing her, viewing her as more of an orc than human. later in the story, They're both in a tavern after a botched mission left a couple other mercenaries dead. theyre sitting off in a corner trying to ignore the other mercenaries glances. The town's mayor squares most of the blame on the Half-Orc and bans her from the town. The Half-Elf defends her and the ensuing argument gets heated and the Half-Elf gets punched in the face. The half orc rages and throws a table at the assailant. The Half-elf stops the fight from escalating, and the Half-orc realizes what she has done and runs out of the tavern and into the woods. The half-elf tries to go after her but is stopped when the mayor warns him that he will be banned if he goes after her as he's seen as encouraging endangerment. After realizing in that moment that he's been in love with her the whole time, He decides to go after her. at the end, It switches to the Half-orc's perspective at this point (mostly a lot of flashback and her perspective of the story). the half-elf finds her in a half-mad state, and they confront their feelings. Now this is where the story starts to hit a brick wall. I'm trying to move the story away from being an erotica. i'm even questioning some of the scene choices, especially one scene where he walks in on her pleasuring herself. Even in the current draft I've decided to keep the detail very sparse and limited to "tell, not show" in this regard. the main issue is that the story plot as it currently stands resolves when the two characters have sex. I'm not sure how to rework this ending without basically scrapping the story. I've thought about having a duo of orcs (medicine makers, perhaps) coming out of the woods that give her a medicine that helps her return to normal, but i'm not sure if it would feel cheap or not. I could basically be more vague with the descriptions of sex, but then it doesn't change the fact that i'm using sex as a plot device and i want to move away from that.