Picking up where I left off last week with Book One of the Academy of the Accord series.
Marsden swore as he crossed the room and knelt next to the wizard, gently lifting him to a sitting position, bowing his head in relief as he felt him breathing. “It’s all right,” he soothed. “You are safe.”
Vinadi rested against the warrior’s broad chest, nearly sobbing in relief at the sense of security and protection that surrounded him. A Warder! The warrior who had come for him was a Warder.
“It’s all right,” Marsden said again as his breathing grew ragged. “I’m going to get you out of here.” He rose, lifting the wizard and carrying him out to the main loft, which was almost cool in comparison to the room they had been in.
Marsden gently lowered him to the floor, propping him up against the hay.
Vinadi closed his eyes against the glare as the blindfold was removed. A moment later strong hands were pulling the cloth from his mouth and he coughed, his breath rattling as he tried to draw air deeply into his lungs, an action which only brought more coughing accompanied by intense pain from his battered ribs.
“Easy, now.” The warrior’s voice was soothing and Vinadi relaxed into the sound. Something pressed against his lips and then something was trickling into his mouth and throat and he swallowed: water, warm and tasting like the leather skin it came from, but more pure and sweet and wonderful than anything he had ever known.
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