Excerpt from the upcoming sequel to Shadows of Lela
Here is the opening scene of Veil of Mist! This picks up where the final chapter of Shadows of Lela left off. SPOILERS AHEAD – If you haven’t read Shadows of Lela Book One, this excerpt will definitely spoil the ending, so proceed at your own risk 🙂
VEIL OF MIST
By Tessonja Odette
Chapter One, Scene One: New Beginning
One kiss. It was a moment of fire, of sweetness, of uncharted new worlds. It felt like a warmth radiating through my chest, a lightness in my head, and a shortness of breath.
As we parted, my lips tingled with the memory of his. With every subtle movement he made away from me, I felt colder. However, not so cold that I would say I felt unpleasant. Far from it. The warmth still encircled my chest, but there was now a yearning to close the distance between us, to never part. To always have our lips touch like that.
“I’ll take that as a yes,” Teryn said. He reached a hand to my cheek, which my flesh eagerly accepted.
“Yes, I’ll marry you.” The words felt strange in my mouth, as if I spoke in a new language, but my body responded with giddy excitement. I felt like my smile would stretch my face into oblivion. “But only in a year.” The statement brought a sober quality to the air around us, but I knew it was for the best. I couldn’t lose all my wits in a single kiss.
“In a year,” Teryn echoed. “That will give us plenty of time to spend together. I meant what I said; I want to know everything about you.”
The thought of someone eager to know me to such an intimate degree would normally send my stomach churning, but not this time. Not with Teryn. I blushed. “I think I can accommodate.”
“Plus, now that we’re engaged, we can be seen visiting together.”
“No more sneaking into my room at night?”
Teryn laughed. “No. We’ll have plenty of time together during the day. Maybe you can accompany me home to Dermaine for Larylis’ coronation? You can see my kingdom.”
“I’d like that.”
“Then after that, we can return to Ridine. Together.”
I thought about returning home to Ridine Castle, where we’d last been as prisoners, and shuddered. “I would love it if you were there with me. It would mean a lot.”
“Then I’ll be there.” He smiled, and for a few moments we held each other’s eyes, lost in silence. His eyelids seemed to grow heavy, and he blinked, ending our spellbinding stare. “I should let you get some rest. We have all day tomorrow to talk more. And the day after that. And the day after…well, you know.”
As much as I didn’t want him to go, it was late, and I needed some rest in a proper bed for once. “Tomorrow, then.”
Teryn squeezed my hand and turned toward the hidden door. He pulled the tapestry aside and then paused. With a single stride, he was in my arms again, lips crushing mine and bringing about another round of that fiery warmth. I was about to pull him closer when he gently pulled away. He opened his mouth, but no words came out. Instead, he gave me a sly grin and made his way into the servants’ hall.
I stared at the tapestry, hoping for the sound of returning footsteps. None came. I was filled with the most satisfying disappointment I’d ever felt. Who knew longing could feel so wonderful and terrible at once? I was beginning to understand why love was said to be for fools.
Now I had become one.
I turned from the hidden door and threw myself on the plush bed. My mind spun with the events of the day. I’d been freed from Verlot’s dungeon and dressed like royalty. I’d been offered a marriage to Teryn’s brother, Larylis. I’d been heartbroken and distraught. And now I was engaged to a man I’d unwittingly become smitten with.
After befriending a unicorn and fighting a magic war, I hadn’t thought anything could still surprise me. I was wrong.
I climbed under the covers and sank into the luxury surrounding me. As I closed my eyes, thoughts of Teryn were interrupted by thoughts of returning home, being princess, living indoors, and rebuilding trust with my brother. The sinking in my gut threatened to sweep away my joy. Not tonight. I returned to thoughts of Teryn and the tingling of my lips, still hungry for another kiss.
Copyright 2018 Tessonja Odette
I hope you enjoyed reading this excerpt! Scene two of Chapter One will pick up with Mareleau’s perspective. What happened after her secret wedding? I’m SO excited for the release of Veil of Mist on July 3rd. For more bonus content, visit the World of Lela page.