It was the story of the forging of two heroes.
I count each of them, so I can be sure none were stolen in the night.
LET'S TALK ABOUT WHY IT'S ENJOYABLE!!!! Fish and human both, with the beauty of neither.
It has no smut in it though, which is proof that you don't need sex scenes or objectification to make fiction dark and mature.
Your prize is universal suffering.
Sooner or later his willpower would falter and his fingers would be buried in those locks again, he had no doubt.