I decided to still post from the twelfth book of The Academy of the Accord series. This is something that I’m pretty sure I’m going to cut, but I like it too much to just let it disappear, so it will probably be transformed into a side story or something.
Jorsen took Autheren home with him for the summer and the two of them went on a sailing trip up the coast for a few days. A storm blew in and they took shelter for the night in a cave on the cliff, only to wake up and discover that they were being watched by an Afiani, a bird-like race that is not known for friendliness toward humans. I’m picking up from last week’s snippet, in which Autheren (who is known for his friendliness to everything and everyone)
has invited Lirit to join them for breakfast and they are trying to get dressed without exposing themselves to her.
(Autheren is currently using a levitation spell to hold a blanket between them and Lirit while they dress.)
“I don’t understand,” Lirit said. “If you never see each other naked, how do you know who to mate with?”
“Who to mate with?” Jorsen asked, puzzled.
“How do you know who would be… physically pleasing?”
Jorsen was glad that Lirit couldn’t see them; Autheren was turning an alarming shade of red.
“It’s… a bit more complicated than that for humans,” Jorsen replied. “We choose our mates based on feelings, on if we love someone enough to spend the rest of our lives with them.” He smiled at Autheren and the apprentice smiled back as a rush of feelings flooded him.
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