Still posting from Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy this month, mostly because I’m too lazy to pick something different. (This is also why the same CD stays in my car’s player for months on end.)
Trebor is an Empath.
D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.
(They are both university professors as well as Mages.)
Katheri is a student at the university and has Mage potential.
Ellinea was D’Laron’s Questora, now deceased.
Xooshemi is going to get a name change. She’s a member of the Mage Guild (an archivist), and was D’Laron’s Saja.
A few vocabulary words for now and for future reference.
Qestora is a female apprentice
Qestoro is a male apprentice
Qestori is the plural and can refer to males, females, or both.
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajen (plural, male or female)
Picking up from last week.
With unspoken accord they returned to D’Laron’s office and D’Laron refilled their brandy tumblers. As he handed one to Trebor he spoke quietly. “You do want Katheri, don’t you?”
“I won’t lie to you, Del. Yes. I would love to have her as a Qestora. But I’m not sure it’s a good idea – for me, for her, or for you. You need her, Del.”
D’Laron looked at him, pale blue eyes pleading. I don’t know if I can,” he said softly. “I didn’t even sense her Potential.”
Trebor smiled. “Yes you did. Maybe not consciously, but you were aware of it on a deeper level.”
D’Laron studied the amber liquid in his tumbler for a long moment. “Trebor?”
“Do you think it’s ever been done, or that it’s possible?”
“Do I think what’s ever been done?”
“Two Sajen for one Qestori.”
“Two–?” Trebor stopped, stunned, his mind racing. “Are you out of your mind?”
“It was your idea,” D’Laron pointed out dryly.
“Well, yes, but…” Trebor’s voice trailed off as he turned the idea over in his mind. Had it been just something to say to Xooshemi? Or would it be really be possible? There was no doubt that the idea excited him, that he wanted to do it. Still he hesitated. “Maybe…” He looked up, catching and holding D’Laron’s gaze, looking into him, reaching into him to gauge his feelings. At last he nodded, satisfied that D’Laron was not doing this to escape the responsibility of a Qestora, or because he knew that Trebor also wanted her, but out of a genuine desire to do what was best for Katheri. “Do you think we can?”
“I don’t know why not. And two Sajen looking out for her are better than one, especially given the circumstances.”
A smile spread slowly across Trebor’s face. “Then let’s do it.”
D’Laron nodded, relieved. “I’m glad Xooshemi is going to be away. I don’t want her to know about Katheri yet. Not until we get her properly apprenticed.”
Trebor nodded. “The better to protect her.”
“Yes. I will not let that happen to another one.”
“Nor will I.”
Their gazes locked and the vow was sealed without need for further words.
“Now all we have to do,” Trebor grinned, “is convince Katheri.”