It's weekend, and time for more Rainbow Snippets. The Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook asks its members to share six sentence snippets from their work each weekend. Check out the group's Facebook page to read all the snippets and add lots of great books to your TBR. You'll find all sorts of books with the common thread that the main character identifies as LGBTQ+.
Today is my birthday, so in keeping with the occasion, I decided to share a snippet from Etan's birthday party in The Scholar's Heart (unlike Etan, I will not be having a party at a palace with ballgowns and dancing and magic fireworks, which is a pity). The Scholar's Heart is my estranged friends to lovers story. Tristan and Etan were friends perhaps on the point of becoming more when Tristan married someone else to comply with his father's wishes. Etan distanced himself because of the hurt, but Tristan never knew why (poor clueless Tristan). They have a lot to work through to get to HEA. We're in Tristan's point of view in this snippet, and I'm sorry it's a bit long.
Darkness had fallen, and the lights out on the terrace and in the garden had been extinguished at some point during the party. The moon cast silvery light over the shadowy garden and the party guests crowding the terrace. Tristan glanced around. The light was enough for him to see that the other guests shared his confusion about why they were outside.
Etan had been ushered by his brothers and sisters and the princess up next to Amory and the prince, close to the terrace railing, which put him close to Tristan as well. Tristan heard him ask Amory what was going on and Amory answering that it had been Elodie’s idea with Meriall’s enthusiastic concurrence.
“But what is it?” Etan asked, his words nearly cut off by the first burst of color in the sky.
The guests gasped as the bursts of colorful sparks lit the sky in starbursts and spirals, exploding and dancing and spinning in ever more complicated patterns above the darkened gardens. The sorcerers creating them had to be both skilled and powerful.
Despite his interest in the magic, he found himself watching Etan more, as the different colored lights washed over Etan’s strong profile. The delight and wonder in his eyes, the slight smile playing at Etan’s lips.