Posting from Book 6 of The Academy of the Accord this month. Things are a bit tricky since some of this book runs concurrently with the end of Book 5 (and the start of Book 7) but focuses on a different pair of students: Rahmael, a ten year old first year cadet and a natural Warder, and Shander, a five year old apprentice wizard. The two of them have “found” each other and share the special bond that goes along with it.
In this scene Rahmael has stayed at the school for winter break and he, Shander, and others are at the Winter Festival in the village. There is a merchant caravan in town – the last one until spring.
(This is still a WiP and hasn’t seen an editing pen yet so just ignore the awkward sections and pretend it’s all nicely polished. Okay?)
Picking up a few sentences from last week, in which a stranger with a merchant caravan claimed to be Shander’s father. Something about him makes Shander uneasy, however, and Rahmael’s instinct to protect his wizard has flared, making him stay between the two of them. Rahmael sent Shander to find the captains (Kordelm and Wellhym) and their wizards.
Rahmael and the stranger are still in a standoff when Draethlen and Senzu arrive.
“Trouble, Rahm? Shan sent us,” Draethlen added by way of explanation.
He took a step back. “I don’t know, Drae,” he said softly. “This man claims to be Shander’s father, but…”
“I don’t know. I…” He frowned. “I stepped between him and Shan. I didn’t think about it, I just… did.”
Draethlen frowned and glanced at the man and then Senzu. “It sounds like Warder instinct, but I’m not feeling a threat. Unless it’s just specific to Shan.” He studied the man and frowned slightly, a faint twinge of recognition nagging at him.
“Where is my son?” the man demanded, and they both turned and stepped between him and Senzu.
“Shander will be back as soon as he finds my captains,” Rahmael replied calmly.
“Yhon’s getting them.” Brythel joined the line of cadets.
Shander moved to his Warder’s side and Rahmael gave his wizard a one armed hug then gently pushed him back. Senzu put a hand on Shander’s arm and drew him behind the protective line.
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