My snippets comes from the newly released The Scholar's Heart again this weekend. In last week's snippet, Tristan held his baby daughter for the first time. This week's snippet comes almost right after when his best friend Amory rushes over to make sure Tristan is all right, and they talk. Tristan speaks first, and Dariela is Tristan's wife who died in childbirth. (I went a little over six sentences this week...sorry!)
“Mother wants to take her.”
“The baby? Why?” Amory kept his voice down, certainly out of deference to the sleeping baby—a father himself, he would know well the consequences of waking an infant—but his sharp surprise was still obvious.
“She doesn’t think I can care for her properly without Dariela.” Tristan sighed. “She could be right. I don’t know anything about babies. I never imagined being a father, not really. Not sure I ever wanted to be one.”
“And now?” There was no judgment in Amory’s tone, just the understanding and support of long friendship. Tristan’s whole body relaxed hearing it. He’d needed his friend here, even if he hadn’t admitted it.
“Now....” He studied Bria’s face again. “I love her. It’s stunning how much, how quickly.”