Picking up from last week with another snippet from one of the books in The Academy of the Accord series. (The series is still a work in progress and so is this scene.)
A few notes first because regardless of where this scene ends up it’s dropping you into the middle of a book in the middle of a series.
The Academy of the Accord is a school that trains both wizards and warriors.
Wellhym (and Kordelm) are in charge of the first year cadets and are the seconds in command of the school’s garrison.
Jorsen is a first year cadet – roughly 10 years old. He is… sort of a laughing stock, picked on by kids that are more coordinated.
Marsden is the commander of the garrison. Vinadi is the headmaster of the school.
A Warder is a warrior with an instinct to protect wizards. (And I need to find a different word for “Warder” because it’s kind of hard to pronounce.)
The usual rough draft and creative sentence structure warnings apply.
We pick up from last week — Jorsen was startled by Wellhym’s approach and nearly fell from the top of the dike.
“Easy, son.” Wellhym caught his shoulder, steadying him with touch and voice. The boy’s eyes were red and Wellhym’s heart ached at the tear streaks on his face. “Have a seat,” he invited. He sat down on the top of the rock wall and hesitantly Jorsen joined him, the two of them sitting in silence until subtle shifts in Jorsen’s body told Wellhym that he was starting to relax.
“This is a nice spot,” Wellhym commented. “A good place to get away and think. Everyone needs a place like this. I had one.”
“You did, sir?”
Wellhym nodded, suppressing a smile at the disbelief in the boy’s voice. “Sometimes you just need to get away and be by yourself for a while.”
“Yes, sir.” Jorsen agreed, and a comfortable silence fell over the two of them as Jorsen relaxed further, soothed by Wellhym’s easy manner.
“I couldn’t hear what they said to you, but I can guess.”
So, the secret is out. But is this the only “secret” that Wellhym knows?
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