TITLE: RIMOTEST FALLING
GENRE: YA Fantasy (High/Epic)
Arika seeks her crush, Mikal, and is attacked by assassins just after meeting Syd and his pet wolf. Syd’s compatriots are interrogating the assassins nearby.
“You really seem to be in this for the common good,” she marveled.
He stepped back. “Arika, he murdered my mother,” he said acerbically. “Don’t you get it?”
She felt the words like stones thrown. Of all things, she could understand the loss of a parent. If that dragon had lived, she would be filled with vengefulness. Syd had nothing to lose and perhaps peace to gain.
She touched his hand; it was hot. “I’m sorry,” she said. “I meant no offense.”
“You should think before you speak,” he growled. Then he pulled her close and wrapped his arms around her, looking intently into her face. “But I forgive you.” And then he kissed her… and she let him.
It was a closed-lipped kiss, chaste and virtuous, but Arika felt deliciously wicked. She had never kissed anyone before. It was more than she’d ever imagined. She let him hold her, and she breathed in his smell. He was redolent of spring, and soap, and wholesome maleness.
The wolf growled. Startled, she remembered who she was, where she was, and what she had to do. She remembered Mikal. Oh, Lanai, Mikal, what have I done? She pulled away. “I, er, I should be getting back to the inn,” she stuttered. What was she thinking? She was here because of Mikal. She grasped guiltily for an image of Mikal’s chestnut eyes to hold in her mind.
“No, wait,” he said. “Look, I don’t know what’s got into me, I—”
“Master Syd, sir!”
They both looked back toward the temple, where one of the Fighters had emerged. “You’d better come see this!”