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It’s my birthday today, so I may be slow to respond, but I’ll get there. 🙂

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This is from a WIP, with the placeholder name of “Bluebeard,” very loosely based on that fairy tale. Every year on the Winter Solstice, a sorcerer takes a sixteen-year-old girl as his bride, divorcing her and exiling her before he takes a new bride the next year.

Summary: The sorcerer Aamir “Mire” has married the narrator, Gwyn, spelled them into his tower, and she’s not adjusting so well to being cooped up, so they sparred with wooden swords, and Gwyn got a lucky shot to his stomach.


“Let me see! I meant to hit you, but not like that, so let me see!” He tried to ward off my concern, one hand blocking my reaching out, but I was determined.

He coughed again, hand wavering, and I tugged up the side of his shirt, where an ugly red splotch already darkened in the center to purple-black.

“I’m so sorry! Do you have any salve, or . . .” I tested the top edge of the spreading redness, wondering if I could have damaged his ribs as well.

“What are you doing now, idiot girl?” He flattened his hand over mine, trapping me against the warmth of his skin.

*    *    *

This story is very loosely based on Bluebeard. The sorcerer is cursed, and the brides are caught up in the curse, though the nearby villagers don’t know how or why. He keeps the kingdom safe with his magic, and his brides tie him to a land he couldn’t otherwise protect. There are other ways to do this tying–but his curse demands a bride.

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

24 responses »

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Take your time responding, just enjoy your day!!!! Hope you have a wonderful day.
    Idiot girl? What a butt hole! She’s trying to help him. Unappreciative word I cannot mention…. Love the scene!

  2. chellecordero says:

    Happy Birthday to you… (I’d sing but NO ONE would appreciate that, lol) Have a great day.

    I’m wondering if the concerned contact is enough to send him over the edge, so to speak. Maybe he is calling her an Idiot Girl because she has no idea what she might be inadvertently inviting. He has been so distant all of this time.

  3. Kim Magennis says:

    Happy birthday Caitlin. Love, joy and prosperity to you and yours!
    I really enjoyed the dynamics of this piece. It flowed, just right!

  4. Many more Happy Birthdays, my talented friend. Romance is about to blossom. I feel it and he’s frightened.

  5. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Many more birthdays, and many more great stories like this one. Looking forward to its release.

  6. Happy Birthday! Loved the snippet, I’m sitting here thinking “stupid wizard,” actually because he just doesn’t appreciate her enough…yet. Can’t wait for the next snippet!

  7. Happy birthday! Loved this snippet, the contradiction between him acting all blustery and calling her “idiot girl” while yet trapping her hand against him. Can’t wait to see where this goes next!

  8. moosha23 says:

    Also, how very romantic. I love romance in fantasy I think they go well together (simply because it’s kept to a minimum and on most occasions is just pure banter).

  9. Happy Birthday! He isn’t used to anyone like her.

  10. What an interesting premise! Although my pity tends to favor his brides immediately, I am also intrigued at what he must go through every year, trying to keep himself from becoming too attached, never getting a deep and intimate relationship, having to go at life alone as a protector. Such potential in such a sad premise.

  11. Whitney says:

    The song “Something Here that Wasn’t There Before” song is going through my mind. 😉

  12. jessicahanna says:

    I love his trapping her hand against his skin along with the dialogue. It does so much to create intensity in the moment. Nice snippet. And happy birthday!

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