Rainbow Snippets, February 23 – 24, 2019

In the Rainbow Snippets Facebook group, readers, writers, and bloggers share short (six sentences) snippets of their LGBTQIA+ fiction or book recs each weekend. Our theme this week is…the weekend, and keeping the year moving forward on a prosperous/productive note. This weekend, I’m at a writing retreat with some of my fabulous writer friends. I’ve got a list of things I’d like to accomplish, which put me in mind of Bad Boy’s Bard, where the Fae Out of Water gang has some serious work to do to untangle a spell that’s threatening Faerie (including two of the Kendrick brothers, who are trapped inside).

In this scene, Bryce has been working with the druid circle to decipher the spell, and he’s been pumping Niall (who’s had a glimpse of the spell’s construction) for information.

Bryce spread a chart on the table and pointed to some kind of colorful arcane code. “This is what we’ve been able to determine from the sources available to us—which we’re pretty sure are the same ones that the magician is using too, since they came from the same place.”

“Where’s that?”

“Originally? The library at Alexandria.”

Niall blinked. “The one that burned?”

“Yes. But luckily, a circle of druids had seen this first, and since their—our—traditions are all oral, they’d committed it to memory and it got passed down, then transcribed by a few heretic monks who were burned for their trouble in the Spanish Inquisition.”

“Nobody expected that, I’ll bet.”

Bryce blinked at him. “Seriously? Monty Python?”

Niall smirked. “What can I say? The ethera are fans.”

(Incidentally, the ethera are voices Niall hears–keeping him up to date on changes in the Outer World that he’s missed by being incarcerated in the underworld for two centuries.)

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