I Am Writing – 4/9/22 – Fire Guard

Aric bit his lip and stared ahead, his eyes unfocused. “I don’t want the way you act towards me to change when you find out,” he whispered.

“It won’t.” Denys stepped in front of Aric, took a deep breath and caressed his cheek with one hand. This fear was something he could understand, all too well. “Why do you think I wasn’t forthcoming about myself when we met?” Aric leaned into the touch briefly then pulled away. “People do not react well when they learn of my reputation, and are all too prepared to believe rumours. Apparently they are easier to accept than the truth.”

“Ah yes, but your reputation is not the truth.” Aric stood unmoving. “It is easier to escape rumours than one’s birthright.”

“Your birthright does not change who you are as a person. It is where you come from, but does not necessarily need to be the road you travel or your destination.”

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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