The stakes are getting higher as the bad guys continue their evil machinations, Mintra looks for every opportunity to get in with the Queen and/or destroy her ‘friend’, and our couple’s feelings boil to the surface even hotter than before.
The baby elephant gets her new name. Kevin starts his schooling and his chores. And the captain finds the schoolteacher pretty as the one-year mark approaches.
Once everyone was in place, several temple priests filed out and blessed the crowd while native music played in the background. After being blessed, the chief handlers walked over to the elephants. Kevin also stood up by his chair.
First, the adult elephant was brought forward. She kneeled for a moment as the priests splashed holy water on her head and placed a huge garland of flowers around her neck. She stood up and was led to the side near the royal family. Surikitiyia was held back by her mom when she tried to reach Kwamsoo.
Khun Wit led the baby elephant forward just behind the dais. The priests completed a similar ritual, this time sprinkling the animal with holy water from head to tail. The garland placed on her neck was much smaller but no less gaudy. Once they finished the blessing, the priests filed out into the recesses of the barn. Read the rest of this entry
Kevin explores his new home and goes back to school.
His room was airy, with cream colored walls and fruitwood furniture. A platform bed with a shiny gray comforter was tucked against a corner. A small student desk was on the opposite corner, already stocked with school supplies. There was no closet. The captain opened a large cabinet; one side had a series of pull-drawers and the other had two separate closet poles.
“All of your clothing should fit in here. Do you need any help to put things away?” Kevin shook his head. “Your bathroom is through those doors. Tomorrow I will drive you to the palace to start school, and afterwards we will go through your chore list and the house rules. And Noy Kevin? Welcome home.” With that, the man closed the door, leaving Kevin to explore his new surroundings. Read the rest of this entry
Kevin meets the elephants and saves a life. And becomes part of a family.
The Jeep bounced over ruts in the unpaved surface of the road, and the two children squealed happily with every bounce. Captain Thadchai frequently checked the rear view mirror to make sure they were both safely buckled in, even though they only had a short distance to go. He was happy to head to the elephant corrals himself; they had always been the place he felt most at home.
He stopped at the first electrified fence; he pulled open the gates, drove through, and prudently closed them behind them. This occurred several times, until the huge barn and paddocks that held the pachyderms could be seen in the distance.
“We’re almost there, K’vin!” Suri said, and he immediately craned his neck out to see if he could catch a glimpse of the big gray animals. Read the rest of this entry
Our guy finally sorta kinda admits how he feels, at least to himself, but the danger quotient ratchets up. He will need all his focus to keep everyone alive and safe. His heart, though, is in the most danger it has ever been.
Hello everyone! This year I am attempting the National Novel Writer’s Month challenge, that is, to write a 50,000 novella in 30 days, with an average daily word count of slightly less than 1700 words. Below are the first five chapters. Be warned that the speed-writing nature of contest means there has been little (translation: none) editing or wordsmithing, unless it was done on the fly. Enjoy!
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Mattana’s childhood memories of the king; the backlash of her impulsive actions in Thailand; Kamin’s not-yet-named feelings for his young charge; Hareutai’s hip flexibility have given us some additional tidbits of information to help solidify our story. Makey doesn’t seem quite the jerk that he was in previous episodes, but I doubt the Mattana influence can exert a permanent change in his bad behaviors.
Our couple spends a lot of time with each other, but almost always in the presence of somebody else. And Prince Makey is underfoot to remind them both of the promises made to King and Country and parents. But shouldn’t personal happiness count for something?
At the start of this episode, our almost-betrothed couple is in a dark, creepy building. Suthep is around wishing them ill wth a sharp, pointy object, and our guards have been tasered. Will life be this exciting in Raya?
The meeting of our Prince and Princess is less than auspicious, but nevertheless, preparations continue to welcome the queen-to-be to her new adopted country. Hopefully she won’t kill him before anything gets worked out. And poor Kamin is probably getting gray hairs trying to corral two of the most self-centered and impulsive people he has ever been in charge of.