Tag Archives: Rainbow Snippets

Rainbow Snippet for 12-8-2018

rainbow logo 1

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.

Picking up from last week’s snippet from Book 5.5 of the Academy of the Accord series.

“Do you know what you just signed?” Wellhym asked, holding the boy’s gaze.

“A contract.”

“But you have no idea what it says?”

“N-no, sir.” Drehmus was suddenly suspecting a trap as the Captains smiled.

“So, for all you know, you’ve just agreed to shine boots for everyone in the garrison during your free time from now until you graduate.”

There was some laughter as Drehmus flushed. Wellhym chuckled as he folded the paper and tucked it inside his shirt as he stood up.

“And that,” Kordelm said, “is why warriors should know how to read and write. And do basic arithmetic,” he added. “Otherwise, how will you know if your pay is correct, or if you get the proper amount of coin returned when you buy something?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

2 Comments

Filed under writing

Rainbow Snippet for 12-1-2018

rainbow logo 1

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.

Following from last week’s snippet.

“Do you know how to write your name, or at least make your mark?” Wellhym asked as he wrote, pausing to look up at Drehmus.

“Of course I do.”

Wellhym nodded and went back to writing.  Kordelm, curious, leaned over his shoulder and barely suppressed a grin.

“All right,” Wellhym said as he looked up. “Come here, Drehmus.”

The boy swaggered up to the desk as Wellhym turned the paper to face him and slid it across the desk toward him.

“This is pretty close to the standard wording you’ll find in a contract – the sort you would sign to act as a warder for a wizard, or to join a city guard or even a private patrol. The military probably has something similar as well.” He handed Drehmus the quill and pointed to a line he had drawn. “That’s where you make your mark or sign your name.”

He waited, his silence a challenge, and Drehmus took the quill and laboriously wrote his name, then handed it back to him. 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Comments

Filed under writing

Rainbow Snippet for 11-24-2018

rainbow logo 1

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.

Picking up from last week in my never-never project (as in it’s “never never” going to be finished).

With an effort Kordelm shook off the memory. “That’s a valid question,” he replied as Wellhym started going through Caristen’s desk drawers. “A lot of warriors insist that they don’t need to know how to read or write and some take great pride in not knowing. But…” He stopped and stared at his partner. “Wel? What are you doing?”

“I’m trying to give them an example of why it is a good thing to be able to read and write.” Wellhym closed the last drawer in exasperation. “Where does your wizard keep paper?”

Kordelm laughed and moved to a full length cupboard in the corner of the room.  “Tor’s a lightweight,” he said. “Desk drawers aren’t big enough for Cair’s stash.” He opened the door and reached inside.“How much do you need?”

“One sheet,” Wellhym said, staring at the cupboardful of paper and shaking his head. “I’d say that Cair hasn’t changed since we were the age of this lot but I think he’s gotten worse.”

Kordelm laughed and handed him a sheet of paper as Wellhym sat down at the desk.

 

 

 

 

 

9 Comments

Filed under writing

Rainbow Snippet for 11-17-2018

rainbow logo 1

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.

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 giving them a brief tour of the castle and showing them the rooms they’ll have classes in.

“This is Caristen’s classroom,” Kordelm said. “His first love is history, followed by geography. He’ll also be the one to teach you to read and write.”

“His first love is Kordelm,” Drehmus sneered and some of the boys around him sniggered.

“Do you have a question, Cadet?” Kordelm’s eyes were hard and for a moment Drehmus faltered.

“Why do warriors need to read and write and learn all this other stuff?” he asked. His tone clearly spoke of disdain for the subjects being discussed.  “All we need to learn how to do is fight so we can take care of wizards and enforce the Accord.”

Something in the way he said “take care of wizards” sent a chill up Kordelm’s spine as he remembered similar words spoken by a man who had tried to convince him that Wellhym and Torlew had killed Caristen.

 

 

 

 

 

4 Comments

Filed under writing

Rainbow Snippet for 11-10-2018

rainbow logo 1

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.

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

6 Comments

Filed under writing

Rainbow Snippet for 11-3-2018

rainbow logo 1

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.

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

4 Comments

Filed under writing

Rainbow Snippet for 10-27-2018

rainbow logo 1

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.

“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.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Comments

Filed under writing

Rainbow Snippet for 10-20-2018

rainbow logo 1

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.

 

 

 

 

 

4 Comments

Filed under writing

Rainbow Snippet for 10-13-2018

rainbow logo 1

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.

 

 

 

 

 

6 Comments

Filed under writing

Rainbow Snippet for 10-6-2018

rainbow logo 1

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.

 

 

 

 

 

9 Comments

Filed under writing