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 from last week’s snippet. The stranger who claims to be Shander’s father is facing a line of three cadets, all of whom sense a threat from him. (They are first year cadets, ten years old, and two of them are on the small side.) The stranger has been pretty much working Rahmael’s last nerve.
“And just where are these captains of yours?” the man sneered. “What’s to stop me from just taking my son and leaving?”
“We are,” Rahmael replied.
“Three young Warders with swords that they know how to use.”
It was Marsden’s voice and he put a hand on Rahmael’s shoulder as the invisibility spell was dropped, revealing him, Kordelm, Wellhym, Yhonshel, Vinadi, Caristen, and Torlew.
“Well done, Rahmael. All of you, well done. Stand down, now. Rahm and Drae, see to your wizards. We’ll handle this.”
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