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.)
“You mate for life?”
“Ideally, yes.” Jorsen tucked his shirt in and hesitated, but belted his sword around his waist. He was fairly certain that she was no threat to them, but he had Autheren to protect. He gave the wizard’s shoulder a squeeze and nodded, and Autheren let the blanket drop.
Lirit studied the two of them for a moment. “The two of you are mates?”
Jorsen glanced at Autheren and smiled. “You could say that.”
She nodded. “Life mates usually are the same sex. For male and female to nest together for life is very unusual.”
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