As most of you know, The Speaker is the sequel to Silevethiel and the 2nd book in The Vaelinel Trilogy. I'm kind of channeling my inner George R. R. Martin in the fact that it's taken me longer to get it out than I expected. But I'm working on it, I promise! Hopefully I'll be able to reveal the cover next week (does a little happy dance) so keep your eyes peeled for that!
So, for today's #FanFridayFavorite, I'm going to share part of a scene from The Speaker that I just finished writing last night. It's a rather touching moment between Irewen and Drell that I think can speak to many of us. We all reach points in our lives where we experience heartache and want nothing more than to drown in our grief and run away.
What do you think Drell's answer will be? Do you think he'll give up?
Only then, did she relax.
Smiling, she lightly stroked his familiar white marking. “It’s good to see you, my friend.”
Confusion etched on his brow. «You came for me?»
“Aye. Of course I did. Laegon helped too. He couldn’t cross over to the Spirit World, but he lent me his strength throughout the entire process. Thankfully he did. Without the support of his magic, I wouldn’t have managed. There were a number of occasions when I felt myself slipping away due to my lack of stamina, but each time, he provided me with enough energy to continue.
“I’m eternally grateful for his aid. Without it, you would have been gone. I didn’t want to lose you, Drell. We didn’t want to lose you.”
«Only because of what I’m able to contribute to this company,» he replied bitterly. «You need my abilities in your fight against the Corrupter, especially now after Halthed’s death. You couldn’t afford to leave me among the dead.»
“You are one of the strongest and most gifted Guardians in all of Silverden, it is true. Without you, I don’t know if we’d succeed. But that isn’t why Laegon and I worked so hard to rescue you. We came for you because you deserved every shred of effort we could put forth. We came for you because you’re our friend.”
She collected her thoughts, aware that despite Drell’s hostile words, he hadn’t backed away from her touch. “I know you’re angry over what happened to Halthed. You have every right to be. But running away isn’t the answer. We can’t reach him, no matter how much we want to. He can’t be brought back. You cannot be reunited.
“I know it hurts. I know your emptiness and despair. I know you lost all sense of purpose. Life has no meaning without your Protector. Above all, I know you’ve shared only a fraction of your pain with me. I would carry the entire burden for you if I could. I would take it all away in a second. But I can’t.
“Fleeing under the guise of false hopes and allowing yourself to become lost in the ether like Halthed would do nothing but allow the Corrupter to win. Not over me or this company, or even all of Vaelinel. It would permit him to celebrate victory over you. He would have taken someone away who was dear to you beyond measure and destroyed you in the process. Is that what you want, Drell? Is that would Halthed would want?”
A hint of understanding flashed across the Guardian’s face, but he remained silent.
“Will you give that to the Corrupter, Drell? Will you grant him that satisfaction?”
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