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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.
Continuing from last week. Caristen and Torlew have been away with Marsden, taking care of the headmaster of the orphanage that Draethlen came from, and have just returned to the school – and woke everyone up.
Torlew looked at the three drawn swords facing them and turned to Caristen. “I don’t know about you, Cair, but I was expecting a warmer welcome than this.”
“Well, what do you expect, waking warriors up out of a sound sleep?” Kordelm grumbled. He tossed his sword onto Draethlen’s bed, and approached the two wizards, walking around Caristen, studying him.
Wellhym dropped his sword next to Kordelm’s and reached out and grabbed Torlew, pulling him into a tight embrace. “Welcome home,” he growled into his wizard’s ear, his voice rough with emotion.
“That’s more like it,” Torlew laughed, hugging his Warder, holding him tightly for a moment, drawing on his strength and steadiness and unquestioning support. “It’s good to be home,” he murmured.
A tremor ran through him and Wellhym tightened his grip, holding him closer as the wizard’s shoulders shook. “It’s all right, Tor. You’re home, and safe.”