Our second log, Rowyn/Brom, is formatted and uploaded to our Patreon account. If you want to read that, you have to become our patron! It was 14 pages long (6,164 words) and followed Rowyn and Brom on their wedding night (an arranged marriage). It was sweet and awkward and passionate, so if Elves and fantasy and smex is high on your list, you’ll need to head on over to Patreon and sign up as our patrons!
The third log that we’re currently working on remains in the World of Egaea, jumping ahead a full year from the Rowyn/Brom log. In this log, you not only get to see Brom and Rowyn again, but you get to meet Rowyn’s twin, Adyn, and other Elves from the House of Fire. It’s heart-wrenching and lovely and hopeful all in one log. 😉 Here’s a little taste!
Brom: *weeps into his hands in the cell he’s been tossed into. Days have passed and no one has come, no word of Rowyn has made it to him*
Adyn: Open the cell. *orders, his voice deep, dark, utterly commanding. There is no question, no warning; the guards simply obey. They know better than to try him. He steps into the cell, and the torches surrounding the cage with light, casting shadows from the bars in practically every direction. He looms over Brom, staring down at him severely* You poisoned my twin.
Brom: *looks up at Adyn, his original intended match, and whispers* I did. Is… is he all right? *closes his eyes, tears trickling down his cheeks* Please, tell me he’s all right…
Adyn: *voice is soft as he leans menacingly over Brom* You have no right to ask after him. None. Is that understood?
Brom: *tries not to cower* Of course I do. I’m his husband.
Adyn: You are his assassin! *hisses, lashing out fast and efficient, landing a harsh blow right across Brom’s face. The Shadow Elf nearly killed his twin, and he should be crawling at his damn feet, begging to be spared the tortures he’s due!*
Brom: *cries out, pain bursting along the side of his face, and he sees stars* Adyn… please… *whispers* You have to… to understand…
Adyn: I understand perfectly, you worthless piece of vraht. *growls* You’re the one who doesn’t understand dragon-shite.
Brom: *his jaw throbs* Is he alive? *eyes plead* Whatever else you think of me, I am still his husband. I… *swallows back the words of love, not believing Adyn would think it the truth* Is he alive? Can I see him? I… I have to explain…
Adyn: Don’t waste your breath. *all but spits at him* Rowyn might be a loud-mouth, but he’s not some imbecile. You were groomed practically from infancy to worm your way under his skin and then use his affection for you against him. You patiently waited, bided your time, and now you’ve struck– *holds up his hand before Brom can get another damn repetitive word in, and he only raises his voice a fraction as he continues* –and if your little scheme had succeeded in murdering my brother, I wouldn’t bother visiting you. *crouches, his voice dripping with quiet power* I’d have your head on a pike.
Brom: *stares into eyes so like Rowyn’s, and in those words is the answer to his question: Rowyn had survived. He wets his lips as he continues to meet Adyn’s gaze* You’re wrong on one account. I was groomed to murder you. You were the original target. *but Rowyn hadn’t wanted his brother to live in a marriage that neither would have enjoyed sexually* It was only two years before the contract was signed that the target was changed. *sniffles, finally looking away, so tired* Why are you here if not to hand down my death sentence? *wasn’t that the punishment for treason?* Cast out into the desert… *no provisions, no shelter, no hope*
Adyn: *his jaw clenches so tightly he nearly fears shearing his own teeth* This cell is flawed. Every light across these bars makes a shadow you could bend to make your escape. I’m here to ask you why you haven’t even tried.
Brom: *meets Adyn’s eyes once more* Because I belong here. In the House of Fire. By Rowyn’s side. If I wanted him dead–truly wanted him dead–I wouldn’t have called for the healers. I wouldn’t have told them what I’d fed him! I didn’t want him dead!
Adyn: You didn’t want to kill him, but you felt duty-bound to do so because your true allegiance is to the House of Shadows. Your half-hearted attempt on my brother’s life could spark a war. Countless lives now hang in the balance, and I’m the one who has to clean up your fucking mess. You’re a failure, both to their purpose and to your own happiness. If I release you from this cell, it will be to wander the deserts until death finds you, be it a slow torture from the sands or a swift end if a Shadow Elf finds you. *stands, tall and the very picture of quiet rage, his whole being thrumming with energy, giving off immense heat* Now, you have a choice. *pins Brom with his fiery gaze* You sit in this cell and choose which side you’re on. No more uncertainty, no pathetic excuses. And if you choose the House of Fire, know that it will not lessen your punishment for this crime.
Brom: *holds Adyn’s gaze and gives a small nod, eyes and cheeks still wet* I understand. *but he knows where his heart lies, where he belongs, even if no one in the House of Fire would trust him again. This was his home. Rowyn was his home*
Adyn: *clenches his jaw for a few moments, and then nods as well, unmoved by Brom’s tears. He turns on his heel and leaves the cell. If Brom attempts escape, which he highly doubts will happen, it will mean certain death, and he’ll think up a new and torturous way for the traitor to go. With pleasure.*
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