My snippet comes from The Scholar's Heart again this weekend. I couldn't decide what I wanted to post, but I ended up choosing this snippet of conversation between Tristan and his younger brother Maxen. Maxen is a character who was only supposed to have a small role, but I ended up really liking him, so I'll be writing him more. Turns out he has a story of his own to tell. In this scene, Tristan and Maxen are having a middle of the night conversation in which Maxen tells Tristan some things he really needs to hear.
Maxen only smiled, kind, his stare much less intense. “You thought I didn’t know? Of course I did. I saw the way you were with Prince Amory, years ago, before he married Prince Philip. And you never really looked at girls the way I did. So I assumed you preferred men. But then you married Dariela.”
“That was for the family. Father wanted me to.”
“Father wanted you to be happy in your life, Tristan,” Maxen said, his voice gentle, as if he knew the import of what he said and the effect his words would have on Tristan. He probably did. “He wouldn’t have cared, not really, if you married a man instead of a woman. He might have been upset if you left the business behind and ran off to be a juggler or something like that, but not because you loved a man instead of a woman.”