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Sunday Snippet, August 18, 2019

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.)

 

Character introduction:
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.

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.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female)
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

Xooshemi’s office was empty when the two men arrived so they settled in to wait for her. D’Laron pulled a book off a shelf and settled down to read, but Trebor fidgeted, pacing restlessly.

D’Laron put his book down. “What’s wrong, Treb?”

“Nothing. Just…” Trebor shook his head and sat down, only to bounce back up a moment later.

“You’re nervous.” D’Laron paused. “If I didn’t know better I’d say you were scared.” Trebor just shook his head and resumed pacing. “Relax, Treb. It’s just Xooshemi. I promise I won’t let her eat you.”

“I don’t need you to protect me from her,” Trebor snapped. “I can take care of myself the same as you or any other Mage.”

D’Laron put his book down and stood up. “Trebor?”

“Leave me alone! I don’t need you to fight my battles for me!”

D’Laron flinched as Trebor’s words slashed at him. He reached out for him, but Trebor sank into a chair, burying his face in his hands.

“I’m sorry, Del. I didn’t mean that…”

D’Laron took a seat next to him, and spoke gently. “Treb, a friend of mine recently told me something very wise. He said ‘I can’t help you if you won’t let me.’ “

“Yeah, I’ve been meaning to talk to you about that. Some of your friends are full of shit.”

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-17-2019

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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 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.)

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath. D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.
Luthen is… Well, an Elder in their tradition, and a mentor, especially to Trebor.
Katheri is also an Empath, and Trebor and D’Laron are her Sajen – her trainers/mentors.
Sidden is a Healer and Empath, more experienced than Trebor or D’Laron.

Picking up the morning after last week’s post:

“Where did Luthen go?” Katheri asked.

“He’s checking on Zari and Aithen, and then on some of our other people.”

“Things are getting worse, aren’t they?”

“I’m afraid so, Del,” Sidden replied. “The Church is growing in power and we are powerless to stop it. All we can do now is prepare to ride out whatever changes come, and find our way back together again.”

“They are scattering?”

“Not yet, but that is looking to be more and more likely. It seems like our safest bet.”

“And… Home?” Trebor asked hesitantly.

Sidden shook his head. “No decision yet. For now it stands – we need a central place to regroup and where we can leave messages for one another.”

D’Laron nodded. “How long do you think we have?”

“It’s hard to say. Some places are safer than others. The cities are the worst but most of our people are in more rural areas, which is a bit of a two edged sword — the Church has less of a stronghold there, but the people tend to be less educated and more superstitious, and thus more easily led and influenced by the Church.”

“So we’re scattering, but where to?” Trebor asked.

“Any place that feels safe,” Sidden answered. “Some of us are actively seeking a safe haven where we can all gather, and others are looking for places where they can live in peace and keep our ways alive, even if only within their own families. Home is still safe enough for now, but…”

 

 

And while I’m at it:
Qestoro is a male apprentice
Qestori is the plural and can refer to males, females, or both.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, August 11, 2019

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.)

 

Character introduction:
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.

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.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female)
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

“I’ll talk to her.”

Trebor frowned softly. 

“What is it, Treb?”

“I don’t know. Did you ever just get one of those feelings? Nothing to base it on, not part of your Gift or anything, just one of those feelings?”

D’Laron nodded. “They’re normal for us, remember?”

Trebor’s smile seemed distracted. “Telling Xooshemi about her just seems… I don’t know. It makes me uneasy somehow.”

D’Laron frowned, and Trebor felt him reaching for the thread of doubt that he felt. At last he sighed. “She’s going to find out about her eventually.”

Trebor nodded. “True. So I suppose telling her now will be for the best. But still.”

D’Laron nodded. “Yes. I agree. Come along when I tell her? I know she’s just about impossible for you to read, but maybe you’ll pick up on something…”

Trebor’s grin had a dark edge to it. “Just try to keep me away.”

D’Laron smiled and tossed back the rest of his brandy.  “Let’s go.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-10-2019

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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 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.)

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath. D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.
Luthen is… Well, an Elder in their tradition, and a mentor, especially to Trebor.
Katheri is also an Empath, and Trebor and D’Laron are her Sajen – her trainers/mentors.
Sidden is a Healer and Empath, more experienced than Trebor or D’Laron.

Skipping ahead a bit.

“My loft is a bit of a mess,” Trebor apologized. “So take my bed and I’ll sleep on the couch.”

“Is that what you want?” Sidden asked.

Trebor caught his breath and Sidden laughed and drew Trebor to him. Trebor held onto him, trembling, as he let his shields down, let Sidden see him fully, feeling more naked and vulnerable than he would have had he taken his clothes off.

In response, Sidden lowered all of his shields as well, exposing his soul, accepting Trebor’s hunger, his need, for this level of intimacy. It wasn’t easy for Empaths…

Later, nestled together under blankets on Trebor’s bed, they fell asleep, still entangled in each other’s emotions, but satisfied and at peace.  

 

And while I’m at it:
Qestoro is a male apprentice
Qestori is the plural and can refer to males, females, or both.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, August 4, 2019

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.)

 

Character introduction:
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.

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.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female)
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

“She knows.”

“Knows?”

“She knows about Power. She senses yours. She sensed mine. It both draws her and frightens her. She wants to approach you, but she’s afraid.”

“Afraid of what?”

Trebor shook his head, staring into his brandy. “I don’t know. At least, I’m not certain. But I think it has to do with your Power.” He looked up and met D’Laron’s gaze. “She’s been wounded, D’Laron. And I think it has to do with Power. She’s hurt, and frightened – terrified – and very vulnerable.”

They were quiet for a long moment, Trebor letting his friend sort through what he’d just told him.

“I wonder if Xooshemi* would have any record of her? That might give us an idea of what we’re working with.”

“She might,” Trebor replied slowly. “I know the Archivists do keep records of Saj/Qestori pairings.”

D’Laron nodded. “I’ll talk to her.”

 

*This name is going to change. She’s a member of the Mage Guild, and was D’Laron’s Saja.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-3-2019

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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 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.)

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath. D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.
Luthen is… Well, an Elder in their tradition, and a mentor, especially to Trebor.
Katheri is also an Empath, and Trebor and D’Laron are her Sajen – her trainers/mentors.
Sidden is a Healer and Empath, more experienced than Trebor or D’Laron.

This follows from last week:

“…I hear that you and Del have taken on a Qestora?”

“Katheri. She’s an Empath.”

“How was her Awakening?” he asked as he opened the kitchen door.

“Rough. It happened in the campus dining hall and she bolted. Fortunately she was still enough in control of her mind that she bolted to Del’s study.”

“It wasn’t as bad as Trebor’s,” D’Laron said. He reached out and drew Sidden into an embrace. “Welcome. It’s good to have you here.”

“It’s good to see you, Del. It’s good to be here.”

Trebor looked at Luthen. “Thank you,” he said. “This is the best gift anyone could have given me.”

Luthen grinned. “He’s just on loan. We’ll need him back eventually.”

And while I’m at it:
Qestoro is a male apprentice
Qestori is the plural and can refer to males, females, or both.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, July 28, 2019

My Camp NaNoWriMo project this month is yet another attempt to get a handle on Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy. (Yes, I know I’ve tried to finish this in other Camp sessions, but this time I’ve had an “ah-ha!” moment on how to fix a plot issue so I actually have hope…

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath. D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.

This follows from last week.

The hour passed in a whirl of emotions for Trebor and he was more relieved than the students when D’Laron released the class. He watched as Katheri hesitated, then she left the room and he felt the tension flow out of him, leaving him drained and tired. He looked up to see D’Laron looking at him in concern, and he managed a smile. 

“I sincerely hope you have a bottle of brandy or something in your office,” Trebor said, wearily pushing himself up from his seat. “We’re both going to need it.”

D’Laron raised an eyebrow but said nothing until they were both back in his office with a tumbler of brandy. 

“Well?”

Trebor sighed and ran a hand over his face. “Where do you want me to start?”

“Does she have Potential? I thought I caught a flicker when I looked, but had to focus on teaching…”

Trebor nodded. “It’s there, barely. It’s… it’s like it’s been extinguished. It’s dying. We need to reach her before it does.” He paused, taking a deep breath. “And there’s more.” He took a sip of brandy as he waited for D’Laron to absorb what he’d said so far.

“More?” D’Laron prompted at last.

“She knows.”

“Knows?”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-27-2019

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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.

My Camp NaNoWriMo project this month is yet another attempt to get a handle on Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy. (Yes, I know I’ve tried to finish this in other Camp sessions, but this time I’ve had an “ah-ha!” moment on how to fix a plot issue so I actually have hope…

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath. D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer. Luthen is… Well, an Elder in their tradition, and a mentor, especially to Trebor. Katheri is also an Empath, and Trebor and D’Laron are her Sajen – her trainers/mentors.

Sidden is a Healer and Empath, more experienced than Trebor or D’Laron.

This follows from last week:

“I’m glad you feel that way,” Sidden told him, his voice a warm murmur. ‘I’ve missed you too and I might be staying awhile if that’s all right.”

“If that’s…” Trebor pulled back and stared at him. “Of course that’s all right! You are always welcome here, Sid. Did you even need to ask?”

“Well, they say that asking is the polite thing to do.”

Trebor laughed and embraced him again. He stepped back and scanned his emotions. “Is something wrong?”

“Yes and no. But it’s nothing that we’re going to talk about tonight or tomorrow.  This is a time for celebration. And maybe a time for going inside where it’s warmer?”

Trebor laughed. “Luthen hasn’t told me I can come in yet.”

“Fine. Stay out here and freeze and starve. I’m going in where there is warmth and food. And I hear that you and Del have taken on a Qestora*?”

“Katheri. She’s an Empath.”

*Qestora is a female apprentice.
And while I’m at it:
Qestoro is a male apprentice
Qestori is the plural and can refer to males, females, or both.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, July 21, 2019

My Camp NaNoWriMo project this month is yet another attempt to get a handle on Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy. (Yes, I know I’ve tried to finish this in other Camp sessions, but this time I’ve had an “ah-ha!” moment on how to fix a plot issue so I actually have hope…

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath. D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.

This follows from last week.

Trebor took a front row seat next to the door and opened himself to the emotions of the students as they filed in, mostly so he could filter out everyone except Katheri. He had a description of who he was looking for – a petite, slender brunette with dark eyes and fair skin. 

He recognized her as soon as she stepped through the doorway and his heart stopped. She was beautiful, but it was her vulnerability that struck him. She was so vulnerable and so hurt and so frightened – so deeply frightened. He wanted to reach out and hold her and comfort her and tell her that it would be all right, and it was all he could do to stay in his chair. 

He reached out to check for Potential, and he found it. Hidden, buried, a spark that was almost gone. They had to reach her – soon.

He looked up to meet D’Laron’s gaze and nodded slightly. D’Laron returned the nod and started taking role as the class settled.

D’Laron introduced Trebor and Katheri’s eyes widened briefly when she looked at him, then she turned her attention to the lecture but she remained unsettled.

As class went on, Trebor focused on Katheri. He could feel a tension in her. Tracking it, he realized that she was torn regarding D’Laron. Wanting to talk to him, but afraid. “She knows,” he thought. “She senses his Power, and mine. And it scares her.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-20-2019

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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.

My Camp NaNoWriMo project this month is yet another attempt to get a handle on Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy. (Yes, I know I’ve tried to finish this in other Camp sessions, but this time I’ve had an “ah-ha!” moment on how to fix a plot issue so I actually have hope…

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath. D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer. Luthen is… Well, an Elder in their tradition, and a mentor, especially to Trebor. Katheri is also an Empath, and Trebor and D’Laron are her Sajen – her trainers/mentors.

Sidden is a Healer and Empath, more experienced than Trebor or D’Laron.

This follows from last week:

Drawing in a deep breath of the crisp air, he [Trebor] took a few steps away from the house and looked up at the sky just as snow started to fall, and suddenly found himself tackled to the ground.

“Not going to say hello to an old friend?”

The voice was familiar but as Trebor reached for his emotional field he found nothing.

“Sid?” He rolled to his feet and turned slowly, confusion in every line of his face and body and flooding his emotional field.

Laughing, Sidden extended his arms and dropped the shields that he had hidden his emotions behind.

“Sid!” Trebor found himself wrapped in a tight embrace, surrounded by emotion as much as arms. “I’ve missed you.”

He was surprised to find that his voice was choked with emotion and he felt his shields slipping, and he let them, let Sidden feel how welcome he was, and how glad he was to have him there. Vaguely he was aware that he was crying and he let the tears flow.

Sidden let Trebor’s emotions flow to him. He could feel a deep hunger within his friend and he tightened his arms around him.

“I’m glad you feel that way,” Sidden told him, his voice a warm murmur. ‘I’ve missed you too and I might be staying awhile if that’s all right.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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