Calligraphy Guild

Title: Calligraphy Guild
Genre: , ,
Word Count: 45467

Synopsis:

Dragon ink allows writers to set history in stone--or to change it. Only the most skilled and trustworthy are allowed into the ranks of the calligraphers, and no one is ever to mess with the past or the future. But when the Hairen calligraphy guild is set upon by ancient dragons demanding a time-changer be destroyed, Duyên Lai is left to wonder which of her guildmates has broken their oath and altered time.

Excerpt:

Ryuu walked over from a conversation with some of the younger boys and set one foot on the steps. “Are you doing all right?”

Duyên nodded with a soft smile. “Thanks for asking.”

Ryuu took a seat beside her, hands between his knees. “I saw Makio had to get Po away from you again.” Ryuu smirked.

Duyên chuckled. “It wasn’t like that. Po was actually being nice, he’s just… not the best company when my thoughts are heavy.”

“I hope I’m an improvement?” Ryuu wiggled his eyebrows.

Duyên laughed, head thrown back. Her expression faded to a grin as she turned back to Ryuu. “Yes.” She leaned up and kissed him briefly.

Ryuu grinned. “I’m happy to hear it.”

Duyên leaned on his shoulder and watched the lights dancing over the field a moment before closing her eyes and listening to the childrens’ laughter. She felt Ryuu press a long kiss to her forehead. Duyên released a contented sigh. “Can’t evenings like this just last forever?” she murmured.

“I wish.”

“Can we pretend?”

Ryuu rubbed her shoulder. “Absolutely.”

Duyên’s thoughts drifted and she fell asleep.

Commentary:

The world, characters, and relationships in this are all super cool to write. Everything is really different from what I normally write, so it's fun to stretch out of my usual comfort zone and explore these more creative options. The nation where this story takes place is Asian-inspired, and you can explore it more here. If you'd like a basic aesthetic of the story, you'll find that here.

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