I had to skip posting a snippet last weekend due to multiple deadlines and general busyness. Deadlines have passed and everything was submitted on time, and now I'm playing a bit of catch up. I'm no more prepared for this week than I was last, but I didn't want to skip two weeks in a row. I hadn't decided in advance what snippet I wanted to give you this week, so I grabbed a book at random off the shelf (which ended up being The Artist's Masquerade) and opened it to a random page (page 170, if you're curious) and I'm giving you a snippet from the beginning of that page.
More and more, Flavian realized that marrying Velia was nothing more than an obligation for Cathal—one Cathal would fulfill to the best of his abilities, just as he seemed to every other obligation he had. Cathal hadn’t chosen his marriage, but he would go through with it because he was a man who knew his duty. And Flavian would be left without him.
It shouldn’t have been a problem. All Flavian wanted was to disappear and create a new life for himself. A new life that should not include a too-proper, or perhaps not-quite-proper-enough, heir to a royal duke. He shouldn’t want it to include such a man. He shied away from the feeling that perhaps he did, or that he could, given time.