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Kordelm and Wellhym about how he came to find Draethlen and what had happened to him.
(This book is my current edition of editing hell, so… squint.)
Looks like I’ll be posting from Book Five of the Academy of the Accord for a while. It’s a fantasy series that I have been (and will be) working on for forever.
A bit of background on the characters in this snippet for those new to the series.
Kordelm and Wellhym are warriors, captains at the Academy, and lovers.
Draethlen is 10 years old, and is a new cadet at the academy. Marsden (the commander of the garrison at the academy) rescued him from an orphanage where he was sexually abused by the headmaster.
Picking up later in the day from last week’s snippet. (Bedtime, actually.)
“Wellhym? Can I ask you something?”
“Of course.” He sat down on Draethlen’s bunk. “What’s on your mind?”
“It – it’s kind of personal…”
“I can take a hint,” Kordelm laughed, opening the door to the office and stepping inside.
“What is it, Drae?” Wellhym asked.
Draethlen suddenly found it hard to speak. He wanted to ask, wanted – needed – to know, but suddenly the question seemed too personal, too impertinent. But he had started it, so he needed to finish it.
“Earlier, in the bath house,” he started nervously, glancing up at Wellhym, whose gentle gaze encouraged him to continue. “You and Kordelm… are you… are you lovers?”
He flinched even as he asked the question, fully expecting to be hit for asking it.
“Yes,” Wellhym said quietly. “We are lovers.”