A few people wanted to know what happened next in Flavian's encounter with baby Julien (which started in last week's snippet), so I thought I would give you a little more of it. Flavian is one of my favorite characters to write. He's snarky and fiercely independent but loyal and caring too. And he has no idea what to do around babies. I love this scene so the snippet is a bit longer than six sentences again—sorry!
Flavian sputtered a few protests, obviously trying to be polite to Amory and avoid having to hold the baby at the same time, but he still took the infant prince when Amory released him into Flavian’s hands. Cathal couldn’t hold back his grin as Flavian held the child out from him and stared at him. Julien stared back just as seriously.
Amory laughed. “He won’t bite or break, but you don’t have to hold him.”
Relief washed over Flavian’s face, and Cathal joined in Amory’s laughter, unable to hold it inside any longer. It was kind of adorable really, how flustered Flavian was. Cathal was content to be the child’s doting, honorary uncle and nothing more, but Flavian just looked lost.
As Amory was reaching for the baby, Julien lunged at Flavian. Flavian let out a strange squeaking noise, almost a yelp, but the baby just grabbed for the long strand of beads Flavian wore around his neck. Cathal doubled over laughing and only laughed harder when Flavian glared at him. He was no help at all as Amory took the baby back and tried to pry the necklace from his little fist.