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Rainbow Snippet for 8-31-2019

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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 from last week’s post. (Sorry for some repetition from it; I haven’t gotten this far yet in correcting the Word doc.)

“It’s not your fault.” Trebor’s voice was gentle and Sidden looked up again, meeting his gaze. “You got her out of a bad situation and gave her a chance she would never have gotten otherwise.”

“But I have endangered the others…”

“How?”

“She’s gone mad, Treb. She has become filled with hate and she blames me – and everyone else there – for what she sees as her failure.”

“Sid…”

“No, Treb. I’m fine. I know it’s not my fault, and that I am not responsible for the actions of others, but I still feel responsible. For one thing, I’m an Empath and a Healer and her brother – how did I not see what was happening with her?”

“Because, Aspect* or not, you are still not omniscient.”

Sidden managed a smile and Trebor gave his shoulder a squeeze. “So why are you here?”

“In part to make sure that you are all right. In her madness I’m not sure that she won’t blame you as well and come after you. And in part to see if this might be a safe place for some of our people.”

“And is it?”

“As safe as anywhere, and safer than some.”

*Sidden is able to channel an Aspect of The God, using His power and letting Him act through him. (Luthen can do the same, although his Aspect is different.)

And some vocabulary words:
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 25, 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)

 

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

D’Laron’s mouth quirked in a half smile. “Probably true, but not this one, although he would probably agree with you.”

Trebor looked up, his dark blue eyes haunted, his face drawn. “I’m all right, D’Laron. Really.”

D’Laron shook his head. “No you aren’t. Talk to me.”

“I – I can’t.”

D’Laron frowned. The two of them had never kept secrets from each other, except briefly, and even then it had been Trebor trying to protect him. “Trebor…”

He shook his head. “No, Del. I can’t. Not about this.”

“What is it, Treb? Woman troubles?” 

D’Laron was teasing and Trebor flashed him a pained smile. “Not precisely.”

D’Laron sobered immediately, following a hunch based on what they had discussed earlier. “It’s Xooshemi, isn’t it?”

Trebor didn’t answer, just looked away.

“It is.” Trebor nodded and D’Laron could feel his misery. “Talk to me.”

“I can’t, Del. It’s bad enough that I’m thinking what I am – I really can’t bring it out into the light of day.”

“Trebor, tell me. We may be thinking the same things but we won’t know if we don’t talk.”

Trebor looked up and D’Laron felt the gentle and familiar touch of Trebor’s Talent and realized that it had been missing from his general background sensations – in his concern and preoccupation with Katheri he hadn’t noticed. He took a deep breath and relaxed, letting his shields down, letting Trebor in.

Slowly, his friend nodded and pulled back, but D’Laron felt his presence linger as a familiar part of his aura again.

“I’ve missed that,” D’Laron said softly. “I couldn’t put my finger on what was missing, but it was you.”

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-24-2019

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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 from last week’s post:

“Why are you here, Sid?” Trebor asked that night after the others had left. “I’m glad you are, but what is the real reason?”

“I knew you’d ask me that sooner or later.”

Trebor waited and he sighed. “I’m one of the ones trying to find us a safe place. Or at least a few more or less safe places that we can scatter to.”

“And you think this is one?”

“It’s safer than some. The Church doesn’t have much of a hold here, and at the university, at least, there will be people more inclined to reason than superstition.” Sidden swallowed hard and closed his eyes. “And I can’t lie to you, Treb. Terrisi* has left Besembe and no one knows where she is or what she is doing.  She… she snapped. I… I think it was too much for her – too much of a change from what she was raised with to what was offered to her at Besembe. She simply couldn’t cope.”

*Terrisi is Sidden’s younger sister. She’s an Empath but tried to do more than she was capable of/trained to do and created quite a mess in Book One.

And some vocabulary words:
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 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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