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This is from book 5.5 of the Academy of the Accord series. (Well, technically it’s Book 6 but I haven’t gotten around to renumbering everything yet.) Kordelm and Wellhym have their hands full with the first year cadets. In this snippet they’re teaching them to repair their tents.
“Sewing is women’s work,” Drehmus sneered.
“Then you’d better hope you marry a woman who likes to go on forced marches,” Kordelm retorted. “Equipment fails on the trails, too, and not knowing how to properly repair it can lead to a lot of cold wet uncomfortable nights.”
“Hey, Brythel, you wanna marry me?” Drehmus asked, making kissing noises.
Brythel flushed but Jorsen looked at Drehmus. “I don’t know about Brythel, but I don’t think I’d enjoy a forced march. And even if I did I wouldn’t marry you if you were the last woman in the country.”
The barracks erupted in laughter, except for Drehmus, and those in his gang fell silent when he glared at them.
“How are you doing, Drae?” Kordelm asked, ignoring the exchange; it wouldn’t do for the cadets to know how much he enjoyed seeing Drehmus put in his place.
Draethlen shrugged. “All right. It would be easier if the fabric wasn’t so stiff.”
Kordelm laughed. “No doubt. I always struggled with it too.”
Wellhym snorted. “You always got Cair to do it for you.” He turned to Jorsen. “Caristen comes from a fishing village – his family has a fleet of ships. Like you, he grew up mending sails and nets.”