Sunday Excerpt — July 21, 2013

Happy Sunday!  It’s time for another excerpt from my current project for July Camp NaNoWriMo, which is Book 8 (sadly still lacking any other title) of the Academy of the Accord series.  (This is still a WiP so still a rough draft.)

Terhesh is of a non-human race and has been having trouble accepting the fact that there are humans who want to be friends with him, having previously encountered nothing but prejudice.

He was attacked from behind by one of the men trying to kill him and Draethlen (another cadet at the Academy) turned to defend him.   The two of them are in the infirmary.

“Thank you,” Terhesh said.  “I was still conscious enough that I remember you standing over me.   If you had not come back and blocked his blow, Bazlov would have killed me. You risked your life to save mine.”

 “You are my friend,” Draethlen said. “Can you tell me you would not have done the same thing for me?”

 Terhesh was silent, turning the question over in his mind.  “I hope,” he said quietly, “that I would have the courage to respond as you did.”

 “You will,” Draethlen assured him, his eyes closing as he yielded to sleep.

 Terhesh lay awake, listening to Draethlen’s deep breathing, watching him, wishing that he could find the courage to risk calling him a friend.

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9 responses to “Sunday Excerpt — July 21, 2013

  1. Things seem to be tough for Terhesh, I hope he can really rely on Draethlen.

  2. Trust. Such an important issue all around. Nicely done.

  3. I hope he can call him a friend. Enjoyed the snippet.

  4. This is a great snippet—and the first step for Terhesh into accepting that he can be accepted?

    Was he attacked for being non-human? Or was that part of a bigger plot?

    • Terhesh has been battling the accepting acceptance thing for roughly 70,000 words now. He’s a cautious sort… LOL

      Part of the reason for the attack was that he was non-human, but it was also due to a bigger plot, which is part of the over-arching plot line to the series.

  5. Aww. I hope he learns to trust (and has found a worthy friend).

  6. This is an interesting relationship between these two. Nicely done.

  7. sharonbuchbinder

    Oh, nice internal conflict! He wants to be friends, but is fearful of calling it that, for fear of jinxing the relationship. Poor guy. So lonely!

  8. historysleuth1

    I like this scene. I like the way this character is so wary to trust. Good conflict. I like how you have these two interact with each other. A very realistic relationship.

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