I Am Writing – 12/9/22 – Fire Guard

Ned thrust again, left and down. Aric ducked back and right. He lunged forward at the last minute but Ned pulled back, avoiding the blade.

He was a reasonable dancer, a decent opponent. Aric smiled. His tutor, Sir Wayne, had always referred to it as a dance, an exercise in balance and grace.

Aric aimed for Ned’s arm, feigning a parry when he brought his sword up. Aric quickly switched his sword from his right to left hand, dragging the sharp blade across Ned’s undefended side to leave an angry cut.

“First blood,” Aric said smugly, shifting his blade back into his right hand. As he’d told Denys, he could fight equally as well with both, but he preferred his right.

“But not the last.” Ned lunged. Aric darted back, but not fast enough to avoid a shallow cut across his left leg. He ignored the stinging sensation. Twisting his body, he dived forward and thrust his sword up with as much force as possible.

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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