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Rainbow Snippet for 11-10-2018

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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.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 11-3-2018

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This will be the last post from Book Five of the Academy of the Accord (fantasy) series that I have been (and will be) working on for forever. After this bit things get a little confusing and frustrating as I try to figure out how best to introduce another character (Shander) without mucking up the way the world (and the Wizard/Warder thing) works.

Skipping ahead a bit from last week to breakfast:

“So, what are the plans for the day?” Marsden asked. 

“Whatever you want us to do,” Wellhym replied. “You’re the Commander.”

Marsden chuckled. “Did you hear that, Vinadi? One of them actually acknowledged that I was in command.”

“Don’t let it go to your head,” Kordelm replied. “It was just a momentary lapse of judgment on Wel’s part.”

Marsden laughed. “Fair enough,” he said. “But while I’m still in charge, I’d like to see how Draethlen is coming along, and then let’s just take the rest of the day to relax. I’ve missed my wizard, and I know that the separation wasn’t easy for the four of you, either.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 10-27-2018

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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.

“Good morning!” Kordelm said cheerfully as they entered the barracks, seemingly oblivious to the fact that Caristen suddenly looked like he wanted to murder him.

“Obnoxious jack,” he muttered. “I swear he thrives on no sleep.”

Wellhym chuckled and gave his shoulder a brief squeeze. “Kord’s only a morning person if he sees dawn from the night side,” he agreed.

Draethlen had risen when they entered and Kordelm gave him a wink. “Ready for breakfast?” he asked.

“Yes, sir.” Draethlen smiled uncertainly at them and Torlew touched his shoulder gently. 

“I needed to be with my Warder last night,” he said softly.  “And with my friends.”  He held Draethlen’s gaze for a long moment. “When you and Sen have spent more time together,” he said, “you’ll understand it better, but Warders… Warders know what their wizards need.  Usually better than the wizard does.”

“That’s true,” Caristen agreed. “And sometimes they even know what other people’s wizards need.”

“You are my wizard,” Wellhym said. “As much as Tor is. Well, almost as much as Tor is.”

“Mine,” Kordelm growled, pushing between Wellhym and Caristen as they laughed.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 10-20-2018

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 10-13-2018

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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.

A few minutes later the four of them were in the pool and Torlew pressed against Wellhym, trembling, needing…

“Shh…” Wellhym soothed, tangling his fingers in his wizard’s hair as he held him close. He, too, knew what Torlew needed, but it wasn’t sex.

Kordelm and Caristen gave them a few moments, and then joined them, and Torlew, surrounded by them, wrapped in the love and safety of his friends, finally broke down into sobs, releasing emotions he had been holding for far too long.

Slowly, brokenly, the story came out. The mistrust among the boys, the desperate loneliness, the injuries that the young ones sustained from the headmaster’s taking of them – injuries he could not heal without revealing himself – being forced to pleasure the headmaster with his mouth, taking on more than that to spare the others…

“Wel, I’m sorry,” he choked.  And Wellhym answered him with a kiss, long and slow and loving, and Torlew gave a final sob and leaned into him, the last of the tension draining from his body.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 10-6-2018

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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.

Skipping ahead a bit to after the briefing. (And, yes, Caristen did get something to eat.)

Kordelm and Wellhym got Draethlen settled and went through their office and up to their quarters to find Caristen and Torlew waiting for them. 

“Bath house,” Caristen said softly as Wellhym embraced Torlew. 

The big blond warrior nodded, but made no effort to move.  Torlew clung to him, shaking, drawing in his scent and his strength.

“What about Drae?” Kordelm asked softly, watching them, his heart aching at the pain he saw in Torlew. 

“I’ll touch him with a sleep spell,” Caristen assured him. “He won’t wake until morning.”

Kordelm nodded and gently touched Wellhym’s shoulder. “Come on,” he said softly. He put a hand on Torlew’s arm and the wizard looked up at him and nodded, slowly drawing himself away from his Warder.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 9-29-2018

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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. Kordelm, Wellhym, and Draethlen have gone to the castle for a debriefing of the mission.

A few minutes later the three of them entered the castle; light and voices flooded out from the dining hall and they turned toward it.

“Ah, there they are!” Vinadi said.

“Swords sheathed this time, I see,” Caristen said, smiling.

“Can you believe it?” Torlew asked, turning to Marsden, his green eyes twinkling.   “Gone less than a month and we get greeted by three drawn swords when we get back.”

“Three?” Marsden asked, looking at him. “Draethlen drew his blade on you?”

“Yes, and he looked like he knew what he was doing with it, too,” Caristen answered.

“I told you,” Kordelm shrugged, sitting down and helping himself to a piece of buttered bread from Caristen’s plate, “that’s what you get when you wake warriors up out of a sound sleep.”

Draethlen glanced uncertainly up at Wellhym, wondering if he was in trouble for having drawn his sword, and Wellhym put a hand on his back, guiding him into a chair next to Kordelm and sitting down on his other side.

“Well, technically, the only one we woke up was Draethlen,” Torlew pointed out.  “He roused you two.”

“As well he should have,” Kordelm said. “Sneaking into warriors’ barracks. Have you two lost your minds?” He snagged a couple pieces of bacon from Caristen’s plate as well, and Caristen chuckled and slid his plate over to him.

Marsden chuckled, shaking his head. “Ah, well, as long as the boy looked like he knew what he was doing.”

“He responded,” Kordelm said, “exactly as a warrior should.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 9-22-2018

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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.

The wizards left and Wellhym smiled at Draethlen. “Well, go on, get dressed.”

“A—are you sure it’s all right? They don’t want me there.”

“But we do,” Kordelm said.

“The only reason they don’t want you there,” Wellhym said gently, “is because they don’t want to upset you. They are afraid that what is said might be difficult for you to hear, but they don’t know you as well as we do, they have no idea of your strength.”

“Besides,” Kordelm grinned. “If you don’t come along you’re just going to stay up until we get back and then make us stay up half the rest of the night telling you everything that was said.” He ruffled Draethlen’s hair. “Now get dressed or we’ll do it for you.”

Draethlen grinned. “Yes, sir!”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 9-15-2018

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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.

Caristen nodded wearily. “Anyhow, get dressed you two. We’re to take you to Vinadi’s office for a full debriefing.”

They nodded and turned to pick up their swords.

“Drae, put your sword down, they’re friends,” Wellhym chuckled, and the boy started, blushing as he realized that it was still in his hands.

“And get dressed,” Kordelm said, “unless you want to cross the grounds dressed like that.”

“Kord,” Caristen started, but both warriors rounded on him.

“He has more right to know what happened than any of us,” Wellhym said, his normally soft voice full of fire, his stance daring either of them to challenge him.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 9-1-2018

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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.”

 

 

 

 

 

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