Hello, all! This week’s Teaser Tuesday is a snippet from Rayner and Toka's book The Foxling Soldati which is the second book in the Soldati Hearts series. Enjoy!
“Could you let Khalon know I’ll be back in half an hour? I’ll be in the garden. I just need to get away from… everything, for a bit. Too much noise.” He turned to Toka. “Would you mind coming with me? I always feel calmer when you’re around.”
Toka smiled. “Of course, Your Highness. It would be my pleasure.”
The relief was instant, and Rayner was glad to see Toka had such a calming effect on Riley. Rayner bowed and excused himself. He chanced a look around, and seeing the corridor clear, he took Toka’s hand in his and brought it to his lips for a kiss.
“Take care of yourself, and our prince.”
Toka blushed, his eyes going soft as he nodded.
“For crying out loud, just kiss him,” Riley whispered, looking around the hall. “There’s no one here.”
Rayner hesitated, but Toka didn’t. He threw his arms around Rayner and brought their lips together in a heated, passionate kiss.
“I miss you,” Rayner murmured against Toka’s lips. “You look striking.”
“As do you,” Toka replied, breathless. He smiled up at Rayner. “I miss you too.”
A door resounded somewhere and Rayner reluctantly pulled away, though not before brushing his fingers down Toka’s cheek. “Be safe.”
Toka nodded, then hurried off with Riley as they made their escape to the gardens. Riley was the most courageous human Rayner had ever known. Well, he was a Soldati, really, but his true nature had only been revealed after his human death. He still behaved as a human, despite his newfound immortality. At times their prince could be skittish, and too much noise, or activity could become overwhelming to his senses. The gardens provided the peace and solace their prince needed.
Rayner returned to the banquet hall. It was getting on in the evening, and Rayner looked forward to retiring for the night. Perhaps he might try and sneak down to the servants’ quarters and spend the night with Toka. He shouldn’t while Pavoni was here, but Rayner was desperate to hold his foxling in his arms and make love to him.
When he reached the platform, he was grateful to see Pavoni was dancing. Khalon looked like he wanted to shift and curl up in his tiger form under the table.
“Where’s Riley?” Khalon asked the moment Rayner sat.
“In the gardens.”
“Oh.” Khalon’s eyes were gentle, and he nodded his understanding, knowing the reasons why Riley sought out the gardens. He sighed. “I’m thankful he finds solace there.”
“He’s a complex creature,” Rayner admitted.
Khalon smiled, his love for his prince evident in his expression. “That he is. Such a gentle soul.”
“Except when he’s angry,” Rayner replied, chuckling at Khalon’s wide eyes.
“Goddess above, you don’t need to tell me.”
Copyright © 2017 Charlie Cochet. Soldati Hearts series published by Dreamspinner Press.