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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 are reuniting with Kordelm and Wellhym, their Warders.
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.”
Wellhym’s voice was a whisper, his breath soft against Torlew’s ear, and Torlew’s hands clutched at him as he nodded, not trusting his voice. He had been holding so much in, but now, feeling so completely safe, everything threatened to spill out, and he took a deep breath to steady himself. He had to wait just a little longer.
“Are you done looking at me like I’m a side of beef you’re planning to buy?” Caristen’s voice hovered halfway between amusement and exasperation.
“Just making sure that other Warder didn’t get you hurt. I don’t like other people looking after my wizard.”
“No injuries,” Caristen assured him, “but that’s not to say no wounds.” There was a haunted look in his brown eyes as he glanced at Torlew and Kordelm wrapped his arms around him, hugging him with a fierce intensity.
“You’re home now, and safe,” Kordelm assured him, echoing Wellhym’s words, and Caristen let himself relax for a moment, then straightened, glancing at Draethlen.
“It’s all right,” Wellhym assured him. “He understands.”