Write One Page Per Day – 309/365 – November 5, 2018

NaNoWriMo Excerpt 11/5/18


I found a small clearing and set my things down, readying myself for the night. I began stretching and warming my arm muscles so I wouldn’t be stiff in the morning when I saw a figure standing in the trees.

“Who are you?” I said, unsheathing my sword.

“Take it easy, Tevarin,” Slade said as he stepped into the moonlight. “You’re safe.”

I felt the knot in my stomach again as my arm relaxed lowering the blade.

“Why are you here?” I demanded, returning the sword to its home. “Shouldn’t you be in the camp?”

“Shouldn’t you be in the camp?” he prodded. “Sometimes I get bored, and I go for walks. I saw someone moving through the trees and wanted to make sure it wasn’t a scout or another assassin. Instead, I found you.”

Even in the moonlight, his blue eyes caught the light to make them look like ice. His easy smile made me relax only slightly.

“Are you going to tell the elders? Or my father?” I asked.

“I don’t know,” Slade said, the smile firmly in place as he stepped toward me, “that depends on you.”

“What do you mean?” I asked, suddenly feeling tense again.

He rushed forward in a flash, wrapping his arms around my waist as he pulled me close. “I mean, I’ve been watching you for a long time, Tevarin, and I want nothing more than for you to lay with me here and now.”

“I’m going to have to give you a hard pass on that one,” I said as I tried to push him away. “Let me go, please.”

“Come on,” he said as I noticed the smell of buxtberry on his breath, “just a kiss?”

He leaned in as I brought my knee up into his groin. He howled in pain as he released me. “You’re using buxtberry?” I spat, “You should know better!”


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