This week’s #teasertuesday is from The Harp and the Sea which I co-wrote with Lou Sylvre, and published through NineStar Press.
The music called to Ian, touched him. It seemed to caress him inside. Ian bit down on his lip to stop himself moaning aloud. It took hold of him, and he was caught by its sweet melancholy, a melody that stopped all too soon, its song incomplete, much like Ian himself.
He seemed to know the tune, or rather it knew him, yet he’d never heard it before in his life.
Then, just as suddenly, it was gone.
He took a step forward, shaking himself mentally, trying to clear the fog from his mind. The man before him glanced away, his grip still firm on the harp. Probably a good thing, as Ian wasn’t sure he could have broken the gaze between them. To his embarrassment, his cock hardened under his sporran. He shifted his weight from one foot to the other, trying to centre himself, and ignore his reaction.
First the song, then the man. What kind of witchcraft was this?
“It sang,” Ian whispered, half to himself. But how was that possible? Its strings might be still there, but apart from the couple he’d plucked when he’d found it, most had come away from the instrument. They flowed loosely from it like strands of seaweed, or hair.
“Aye,” said the man. He grinned. “You heard it too, then?”
“Aye, that I did.” Ian swallowed, forcing himself to focus. By all that was good, this man was beautiful, more so this close. What he wouldn’t give to run his fingers through that long blond hair, if only to brush the locks from his face.
Another step forward, and he shivered.
Whatever this feeling was, he couldn’t give in to it, however much it called to him. He was on Skye for a reason. The task was an important one for the cause. His clan depended on him; he’d taken an oath to see it through no matter what. He would not betray that trust.
Ian came back to himself with a start. He drew his sword. “Who are ye, lad, and what’s your business here?”
“I beg your pardon, sir, I mean no harm. You found my harp, and for that, I thank you.”