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Still posting from Book Five of the Academy of the Accord (fantasy) series that I have been (and will be) working on for forever.
I’m wrapping up the scene with Kordelm, Wellhym, and Draethlen. Next week you’ll get to meet Kordelm’s and Wellhym’s wizards — they’re currently off helping Marsden take care of Draethlen’s old headmaster.
(For those just tuning in, Kordelm and Wellhym are warriors, captains at The Academy of the Accord, and they are lovers. Draethlen is a 10 year old cadet rescued from an orphanage where he was sexually abused by the headmaster.)
“As far as we are concerned,” Kordelm told him, “you are our little brother.”
“And we love you as we would a little brother,” Wellhym murmured. “Don’t ever forget that.”
“I won’t,” Draethlen promised.
“Good. Now, bedtime. We’ll roust you out in time for some lessons in protocol before breakfast.”
Wellhym pulled Draethlen’s blankets back and they both waited until he undressed and got into his cot, then Wellhym pulled his blankets up and brushed his hair back. “It’s going to be all right,” he told him. “You are going to make it through all of this and be so much stronger than you can currently believe.”
“Thank you,” Draethlen said. “I – I promise I won’t let you down.”
“We know you won’t,” Kordelm said, smiling. “And we promise not to let you down, either.”