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Rainbow Snippet for 10-20-2018

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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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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. 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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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.

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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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 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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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.

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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