With the important Gathering approaching, Armando and Izdahl take some time to relax, in The Architect’s Guardian, Chapter 48. Here’s an excerpt:
Izdahl started undressing and Armando smiled.
“Come here.” Armando reached for his lover.
“Not now. You aren’t as aware as I’d like you to be. I have plans, Mr. Medina. And I need you to be fully awake.”
Armando laughed. “Should I be worried?”
Izdahl paused in unbuttoning his pants. “A little. There’s a reason I chose the most secluded cabin.”
I haven’t forgotten about The Architect’s Guardian. Soon, I’ll post new chapters. These upcoming portions will round out the first book about Armando and Izdahl.
I have plans to expand their tale, as they learn more about their abilities. Armando, especially, has a major journey to make.
Armando, Izdahl and Dagmar are all seeking the truth, in different ways, in The Architect’s Guardian, Chapter 47. Here’s an excerpt:
Armando chose not to offer a denial about Dagmar’s speculation, as doing so would have sounded hollow. Dagmar didn’t press for an answer. He wasn’t particularly interested in one, as there was a larger matter. As opposed to what he’d led Armando to believe, the shield wasn’t the reason he’d wanted the architect in his home.
Armando goes into a spiral of panic, when he receives an unexpected invitation from Kelcho Dagmar Havad, in The Architect’s Guardian, Chapter 46. Here’s an excerpt:
Armando was reading the invitation again, as dread coursed through him. He wasn’t sure if his unease was because of who had sent the request or because of how it had arrived. Dagmar had dispatched Elij, his highest ranking assistant, to personally deliver a request to join him for dinner that weekend. The invitation bearing the seal of the Havad clan and the old-fashioned delivery method both carried gravity.
Armando has to consider the source of the damaging flames, in The Architect’s Guardian, Chapter 45. Here’s an excerpt:
Armando froze, he wanted to help but he knew that he’d be ineffective. Sunja was finally able to eliminate the flames but not before she’d suffered significant damage on her face and arms. After taking a deep breath to calm her nerves, she focused and used her powers to begin to heal from the burns. The charred flesh on her arms and legs renewed itself and knitted together before Armando’s eyes.
Izdahl learns just how unprepared he is the dangerous Elite Fire Sparring, in The Architect’s Guardian, Chapter 43. Here’s an excerpt:
Despite Armando’s earlier words to be careful, Izdahl was failing to properly defend himself. Metienne’s knee fiercely connected with his ribs, sending shock waves through his body. Her follow-up punch to his throat sent him stumbling to the floor, as he fought to breathe. Increasing her power output, Metienne executed a vicious kick that sent him flying six feet into a nearby wall. Before he could get his bearings, a barrage of fireballs outlined his slumped body, the heat of them burning his hair and clothing, exposing skin.
Armando and Izdahl deal with the immediate aftermath of the statue’s barrier falling, in The Architect’s Guardian, Chapter 42. Here’s an excerpt:
Izdahl and Armando turned rapidly, when Dagmar and his assistant suddenly appeared behind them. Izdahl placed himself in front of Armando, understanding the gravity of the situation. Committing an infraction that was serious enough to make a Kelcho use a portal was going to be widely publicized.
Armando and Izdahl actions will cause some serious concerns for Dagmar, in The Architect’s Guardian, Chapter 41. Here’s an excerpt:
Izdahl was beside Armando, doing his best not to voice his reservations again about being in a Havad territory. The two had arrived in the arid area thirty minutes earlier. It had taken Armando almost all of that time to leave the car and walk to the cliff. He’d turned to Izdahl for soothing encouragement and, knowing what he’d needed, Izdahl had held his face tenderly and offered loving comfort. When Armando had been convinced that things would be alright, he’d left the car with Izdahl behind him. Now, as Armando looked out at the vast, dry landscape, he wondered why he continued to be drawn to it. A breeze kicked up swirls of dust, slightly obscuring parts of the statue.
My description of Izdahl Amasi‘s wings, in The Architect’s Guardian, was inspired by Jiuge’s artwork. Blue is my absolute favorite color and the vividness of this picture really spoke to me.
More of Jiuge’s Work…
Jiuge – Deep Blue
Armando demonstrates his new powers for Izdahl, in The Architect’s Guardian, Chapter 39. Here’s an excerpt:
Izdahl felt his energy suddenly dip severely and he struggled to stay in the air. Armando gave him a feral grin. Izdahl laughed softly, defiantly beginning to enjoy himself. He rarely saw Armando this agitated and the architect’s arrogance brought out the mischief in him.