This weekend, I'm sharing a snippet from my story "Love and Hope and Magic" from the Turn the Page... charity anthology. The anthology benefits suicide prevention programs and contains a diverse group of stories of journeys of love and hope, all about LGBTQ+ main characters. My story is a fantasy romance (unconnected to the Tournai series). Here's the blurb:
Once each century, a ritual is performed, the magic of which sustains the land and protects it and its people for the century to come. But the person who performs the ritual never survives. This time Ailill is chosen. He is honored and content with his fate, but his best friend Lorcan is not. Lorcan can’t accept the loss of Ailill and can’t see a life without the man he thinks of as his other half. But Ailill knew Lorcan perhaps better than Lorcan knows himself, and he knew a life of love and magic is waiting for Lorcan after Ailill is gone, if only Lorcan can find the courage to reach for it.
This snippet takes place just after Lorcan last speaks with Ailill.
The tears he’d tried—mostly unsuccessfully—to hide from Ailill began to leak from his eyes as he broke into a run. The yawning emptiness of loss opened up within him, and Ailill wasn’t even gone yet. Only he was, because Lorcan wouldn’t see him ever again.
Lorcan couldn’t be here anymore.
By the time he reached the doors, he was running full out, heedless of whoever might be watching. His tears came hot and fast, and he stumbled down the lane to the gates. He had to get away.
Thanks for reading! Hope you all have a lovely weekend!