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.
Lirit had just explained that among her people, “Life mates usually are the same sex. For male and female to nest together for life is very unusual.”
“It’s the opposite in most of our society,” Jorsen said as he knelt to build up the fire for cooking. “Most people mate for life with the opposite sex. Same sex partnerships are…not common and are… sometimes looked down on, like there is something wrong with the people involved. That’s not true, but that’s what some people seem to think. But Autheren and I are a bonded wizard and Warder pair. That’s also not very common, but it creates a different sort of relationship, one that pretty much doesn’t care what anyone else thinks.”
She tilted her head curiously. “Why would anyone else care who you nested with?”
Jorsen laughed. “That’s a good question. Unfortunately, it’s not one I’ve ever heard a good answer to.”
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