Wordy Wednesday: An Excerpt from Knight Errant by KD Sarge
Another one of my favorite m/m books is Knight Errant by KD Sarge. It's a great sci-fi coming of age story about two great boys and a cast of colorful secondary characters. And it just received 4.5 stars at Reviews by Jessewave (beware: the review contains spoilers).
In this excerpt, we get to see Taro, our handsome protagonist, meet Rafe, the fluffy "baggage." --
Finally I hit the uni district. I'd last been there for my test. I found the address easily, a little homegrown coffee shop with mismatched chairs, just far enough from the campus not to be crowded. Damn Eve, anyway. Ten people inside, and I had no description, no nothing. I'd assumed I was going to a home, or I'd have asked. How was I supposed to know who her baggage was?
I stood by the door a minute, but no one greeted me except the teenager behind the counter. I told her I was meeting someone, and still no one approached me. Blast it.
After another scan of the customers, though, I went over to a curly-headed brunette dressed like a theatrical pirate in white and blue striped pants and a baggy billowy blue shirt. He'd been staring out the window. When I cleared my throat he jumped and looked up, a brilliant smile forming instantly.
"Rafe?" I asked. The smile widened.
"Lucky me, I am," he answered, bouncing to his feet and bowing. "Rafael Rylie Ballard," he said. "Rafe. At your service." His eyes gave an extra sparkle, adding voltage to one hell of a grin. "And you are...?"
"Taro. Captain Marcori sent me." I didn't tell him I'd looked for the most baggage-like person in the room. Ben had spent years trying to teach me some manners. I'd have to tell him I'd finally used them. "Come with me."
"Anywhere," he said, and picked up a bag. Another sat on the seat opposite him, so I grabbed it.
Damn. He packed like Eve, fitting every last thing she could in the hold. I took the other bag from him, just for balance, and led the way.
When Eve said baggage, she wasn't kidding.
"Cori—excuse me, Captain Marcori—said she was sending her brother," he said, raising one eyebrow as he looked me over. Eve was tall with blue eyes, blue hair, and white skin. I was short and dark, dark, and dark. I looked back at him blankly.
"She did," was all I said. Rafe the baggage laughed.
After you read this book and love it (because I know you will), you'll be happy to know the sequel, His Faithful Squire, will be available in August 2011. Oh, and just 'cause KD loves you, she's offering a extra featuring Taro at twelve, which will be available from the Turtleduck Press website on July 1st.
Knight Errant page (with purchase information)