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Rainbow Snippet for 9-14-2019

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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 from last week’s post.

“…we will both do whatever we can to help others.”

“I hope it never comes to that, but there is a chance that we may have to take you up on it. And we will, of course, find a way to send them here without compromising your safety. We would just let them know that there are others of our people here who will help them.”

Trebor smiled. “I know you won’t endanger us. I know how… protective… you can be.”

Sidden laughed and pulled Trebor close, resting his forehead against the other man’s. “Ah, Trebor, it feels good to laugh. You have no idea how good it feels.”

“I cannot imagine you not laughing.” Trebor wrapped his arms and his love around Sidden, holding him safely in both of them until he felt Sidden relax.

“I need this, Treb. I had no idea how much I needed this. Even Kaeriya… She just doesn’t understand as well as you do.” He sighed and straightened. “Thank you.”

Trebor looked at him curiously.

“For just being you. For understanding me and accepting me.” He smiled. “You probably know me better than anyone else ever has.”

“You’re my friend, Sid, and you’ve taught me more than you know.” He studied him for a moment. “I think this summer we should go to the ocean. You should meet the undines.”

 

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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Rainbow Snippet for 9-7-2019

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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 from last week’s post.

As safe as anywhere, and safer than some. My only real concern so far is Xooshemi. I don’t trust her.”

“Neither do Del and I.”

“Wise of you.” Sidden hesitated. “Treb, even if this isn’t a safe place for our people to relocate to, as long as it’s moderately safe — safe enough for you and Del and Katheri to stay here — would you be willing to act as a safe house for people on the run?”

“Of course.”

Sidden chuckled. “Not even going to ask Del first?”

“He’ll agree. His only concern — and my only concern – will be for Katheri’s safety, but since there is no way to guarantee it regardless, we will both do whatever we can to help others.”

(Kaeryia is the Senior Empath. She trained Sidden.)

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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Rainbow Snippet for 8-31-2019

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rainbow Snippet for 7-13-2019

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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.

This follows from last week.

“Katheri!” Luthen lifted her in his arms and swung her in a circle. “Are you keeping these two in line?”

“I try,” she said. “D’Laron is easy, but Trebor…”

Luthen laughed. “I should have warned you about him.” He let her go and embraced Trebor. “It is good to see you again.”

“And you as well. I’ve been looking forward to it ever since Rajde brought me your note. How is everyone?”

“They are well, and send greetings. And gifts, but we’ll get to that later. For now, I need you to step outside for a moment.” He nodded toward the kitchen door and Trebor frowned. 

“I’m being kicked out of my own home?” he asked.

“Go on,” Luthen said. “It’s just for a few minutes.”

A quick scan of Luthen’s emotions reinforced the impression of barely controlled excitement and Trebor grabbed his cloak and wrapped it over his shoulders before stepping out into the frigid winter night.

Drawing in a deep breath of the crisp air, he 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.

(Rajde is Luthen’s familiar and takes the form of a raven.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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