More from Song and Sword. Dakkas asked Pashevel why he was helping them when he didn’t even know them.
Pashevel shrugged. “You needed help,” he said easily.
“But I’m a Drow!” Dakkas protested. “No one helps a Drow.”
A smile played over Pashevel’s lips as he shrugged. “I help those who have need,” he replied. “As does Marlia.”
Dakkas shook his head. “I saw the look in your eyes when you realized what I was.”
Pashevel looked down. “I’m sorry,” he said quietly. “That was a knee-jerk reaction, and I apologize for prejudging you.” He looked up, meeting the Drow’s eyes. “Will you forgive me?”
Dakkas stared at him in disbelief. An Elf apologizing to a Drow? He looked at the hand Pashevel had offered him, and reached for it, grasping the Elf’s forearm, feeling Pashevel’s long slender fingers wrap around his own arm, the touch firm but gentle, mindful of his wounds.
“Now, eat, my friend,” Pashevel said after a moment. “And sleep. And in the morning, call your unicorn.”
Dakkas nodded, slowly releasing his arm and turning his attention to the bowl of stew. The rich meaty taste of it filled him with warmth, and a slow feeling of contentment came over him as he glanced over at the women, both sleeping peacefully.
“I don’t think I can sleep,” he said.
Pashevel chuckled. “Dakkas, my friend, you are about ready to drop. I’ll be surprised if I don’t look up and find you face down in your soup.”
Pashevel: a simple Elven Bard — and the Crown Prince
Marlia: a Paladin of Arithen, the Elven God of Justice – seeking vengeance for the destruction of her village
Dakkas: heir to the Drow throne — if his father and elder half-brother don’t kill him first
Kashrya: raised among a tribe of nomadic Humans, she is unaware of her true heritage — or of the prophecy that made her mother an outcast
Their goal: build a bridge between the Elves and their outcast brethren, the Drow, reuniting them and undoing the damage caused in a time so far gone that history has become legend and legend has become myth.
But first, they have a problem to solve: how do you stop a war that hasn’t started?
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