Sunday Excerpt — September 22, 2013

Continuing with the start of Book 4 of the Academy of the Accord series.   Last week Vinadi admitted to Marsden that he had fallen in love with a woman of another species, something that is just not done.

Vinadi continues speaking:

“At first I tried to tell myself that what I was feeling was just gratitude:  she saved my life, and the boys’ too, no doubt, but it was – is – more than that.”  He shook his head, his blue eyes begging for understanding as he looked at his Warder.  “I wanted her to come back here with me, but she wouldn’t.  Her people needed her, and given how people felt — still feel — about other races, especially ones that came out of the Wizard Wars, well…”  He shrugged, not needing to say more:  Marsden knew all too well what he meant, had seen first hand the results of that prejudice. 

“You didn’t end it.”

“No.”  Vinadi sighed miserably.  “We can’t.  We’ve tried, knowing how hopeless it is for the two of us to ever be together permanently, but we finally had to admit that we are not going to be able to deny our feelings, we just can’t be together the way we want to be, so we are together when we can be.”

(NOTE: “the boys” are not Vinadi’s sons – they are two other wizards and their Warders.  Marsden and Vinadi practically raised them, and although they are now adults Marsden and Vinadi still refer to them as “the boys.”)

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17 responses to “Sunday Excerpt — September 22, 2013

  1. Oh, poor Vinandi! His air of reluctant acceptance is just heartbreaking.

  2. siobhanmuir

    I love Vinadi’s last response. He sounds like he’s practical even in the face of his need. Nicely done, PT. :) I like both these characters a lot.

  3. Vinadi takes what he can get in the face of such odds, which I take as a sign of maturity, but also resignation. Nice characters both of the,

    • Thanks! I love seeing how others see my characters, as sometimes it’s hard when you’ve “raised them” — Vinadi was rather naive in Book 1, and sometimes I still see him as that younger version, so it’s nice to know that he has grown.

  4. I’ll let Kris speak for me.

    “Never’s just the echo of forever, lonesome as a love that might have been. Let me go on lovin’ and believin’ ’til it’s over. Please don’t tell me how the story ends.” Kris Kristofferson

  5. Not unusual, for social prejudices to hurt lives.

  6. Kate Meader

    Wow, this is heartbreaking! I hope you make it better :)

  7. They have a lot to work out, I hope they can be together in the end.

  8. So heartbreaking. I hope they find a way to be together. :)

  9. historysleuth1

    A tragic love. Having prejudice mirror real life is something we all can relate to. Hope they overcome the odds but it does make for great story conflict getting there. A good 8.
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