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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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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

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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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

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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Rainbow Snippet for 9-1-2018

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

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.

Torlew looked at the three drawn swords facing them and turned to Caristen. “I don’t know about you, Cair, but I was expecting a warmer welcome than this.”

“Well, what do you expect, waking warriors up out of a sound sleep?” Kordelm grumbled. He tossed his sword onto Draethlen’s bed, and approached the two wizards, walking around Caristen, studying him.

Wellhym dropped his sword next to Kordelm’s and reached out and grabbed Torlew, pulling him into a tight embrace. “Welcome home,” he growled into his wizard’s ear, his voice rough with emotion.

“That’s more like it,” Torlew laughed, hugging his Warder, holding him tightly for a moment, drawing on his strength and steadiness and unquestioning support. “It’s good to be home,” he murmured.

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.” 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-25-2018

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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.

I’m picking up from last week, where Draethlen woke to find two intruders in the barracks.

 

“Captains!” he shouted, sitting up and reaching for his sword, his heart pounding. “Intruders!”

“Shh, Draethlen, it’s just us.”

One of the figures moved his hands and a ball of light materialized, illuminating familiar faces: Torlew and Caristen. They looked tired, but unhurt, and he relaxed, looking behind them.

“Marsden’s fine,” Caristen assured him. “He’s reporting to Vinadi.”

Draethlen nodded just as Wellhym and Kordelm burst out of their office in response to his call, their swords drawn.

Torlew looked at the three drawn swords facing them and turned to Caristen. “I don’t know about you, Cair, but I was expecting a warmer welcome than this.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-18-2018

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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.

As promised, I’m skipping ahead and introducing Kordelm’s and Wellhym’s wizards, Caristen and Torlew. (They’ve actually been in the series since Book 2, and were met earlier in this one.) They’ve been away with Marsden, taking care of the headmaster of the orphanage that Draethlen came from.

(Senzu is an apprentice wizard and Draethlen is her Warder. She is not human and has a hard time trusting and believing in their bond, even though she’s the one that recognized it.)

The days passed in a steady routine – warrior training in the mornings, lessons with Senzu in the afternoons, evenings usually spent with Senzu, who remained slightly aloof, although there were times when her guard would slip and Draethlen would have a glimpse of her vulnerability, but the next time he saw her or spoke to her the distance would be there again. 

It was about a month after his arrival that Draethlen woke in the middle of the night to the feeling that something wasn’t right. Opening his eyes he saw two figures moving between the rows of bunks, their movements quiet and stealthy.

“Captains!” he shouted, sitting up and reaching for his sword, his heart pounding. “Intruders!”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-11-2018

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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.

I’m wrapping up the scene with Kordelm, Wellhym, and Draethlen. Next week you’ll get to meet Kordelm’s and Wellhym’s wizards — they’re currently off helping Marsden take care of Draethlen’s old headmaster.

(For those just tuning in, Kordelm and Wellhym are warriors, captains at The Academy of the Accord, and they are lovers. Draethlen is a 10 year old cadet rescued from an orphanage where he was sexually abused by the headmaster.)

“As far as we are concerned,” Kordelm told him, “you are our little brother.”

“And we love you as we would a little brother,” Wellhym murmured. “Don’t ever forget that.”

“I won’t,” Draethlen promised.

“Good. Now, bedtime. We’ll roust you out in time for some lessons in protocol before breakfast.”

Wellhym pulled Draethlen’s blankets back and they both waited until he undressed and got into his cot, then Wellhym pulled his blankets up and brushed his hair back. “It’s going to be all right,” he told him. “You are going to make it through all of this and be so much stronger than you can currently believe.”

“Thank you,” Draethlen said. “I – I promise I won’t let you down.”

“We know you won’t,” Kordelm said, smiling. “And we promise not to let you down, either.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-4-2018

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Still posting from Book Five of the Academy of the Accord (fantasy) series that I have been (and will be) working on for forever.

I’m picking up from last week, where Draethlen asked Wellhym if he and Kordelm were lovers.

(For those just tuning in, Kordelm and Wellhym are warriors, captains at The Academy of the Accord, and they are lovers. Draethlen is a 10 year old cadet rescued from an orphanage where he was sexually abused by the headmaster.)

“Drae,” Kordelm said, suddenly serious again. “Did the headmaster tell you that he was doing those things because he loved you?”

Draethlen looked down, not wanting to meet their eyes. “Yes.” His voice was barely a whisper.

“But you know that wasn’t love?”

“Yes.” His voice was a bit stronger, more certain.

“And do you also know,” Wellhym said slowly, as he realized where his partner was going with these questions, “that just because we are not doing what he did, that doesn’t mean we don’t care about you? Because we do.”

Kordelm nodded in agreement, but Draethlen barely saw him; his eyes were filling with tears and making it hard to see. Suddenly both men were on their knees and they were holding him, and instead of flinching away from their touch he reached out to them as well.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-28-2018

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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.

I’m picking up from last week, where Draethlen asked Wellhym if he and Kordelm were lovers.

(For those just tuning in, Kordelm and Wellhym are warriors, captains at The Academy of the Accord, and they are lovers. Draethlen is a 10 year old cadet rescued from an orphanage where he was sexually abused by the headmaster.)

“Of course it’s all right that you didn’t like what he did,” Wellhym said. “We don’t like what he did to you either.”

“In fact,” Kordelm said, “that’s probably the reason that we are here instead of with Marsden and our wizards.”

Draethlen tilted his head questioningly and Wellhym chuckled. “Kord got a little… agitated… when Marsden told us what had happened. If we’d gone, I’m sure that your former headmaster would be dying a slow and gruesome death.”

Draethlen glanced at Kordelm: his eyes were flashing in remembered anger and his jaw was clenched, his muscles tight. Seeing Draethlen looking at him, he let out a slow breath. “I did fly off the handle a bit,” he admitted.

“A bit? Marsden thought you were going to turn his chairs into firewood.”

Kordelm shrugged. “I didn’t, though.”

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-21-2018

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Still posting from Book Five of the Academy of the Accord (fantasy) series that I have been (and will be) working on for forever.

I’m picking up from last week, where Draethlen asked Wellhym if he and Kordelm were lovers.

(For those just tuning in, Kordelm and Wellhym are warriors, captains at The Academy of the Accord, and they are lovers. Draethlen is a 10 year old cadet rescued from an orphanage where he was sexually abused by the headmaster.)

“There’s something else to consider, too,” Kordelm said, his voice unusually serious as he joined them and sat down next to Wellhym. “You’re young yet, Drae. Some know early on that they are different, and some don’t discover it until they are older.  You have been forced into a position where you had to do things you weren’t even ready to think about yet.”

Draethlen looked at him uncertainly, not sure what he was saying. 

“In short, you are too young, and too… unaware… of what you really want.” Kordelm’s smile was warm and understanding. “It would be very, very wrong for us – for anyone – to take advantage of your confusion.”

Draethlen nodded slowly, turning their words over in his mind. “So, maybe I really don’t…  It’s all right that I didn’t like what he did?”

 

 

 

 

 

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