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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.
Torlew looked up at the touch of another hand and met Caristen’s gaze, his brown eyes warm and troubled.
“Cair…” He caught his breath, half turning in Wellhym’s arms. “I should have told you before now but I couldn’t. I… I needed…” But then Caristen moved closer and his lips silenced him, and Torlew moved one arm from Wellhym to embrace Caristen too, letting himself go limp in their arms, feeling their support and love, knowing that Caristen understood his need to be with his Warder before he could talk about what had happened.
Another hand touched his back and he turned to Kordelm. “I know we’re not lovers,” the warrior said, “but…”
Torlew embraced him, laughing as healing tears streamed down his face. “I love you, too, Kord.”
“Just making sure,” the warrior growled, hugging him with the same fierceness that characterized everything he did, and Torlew felt in his embrace the same protectiveness he felt from Wellhym.
The four of them spent the night together, most of it in silence, in a press of warm bodies, and by morning the bond that the four of them shared had worked its magic, soothing their wounded spirits, returning them to normal.