Hauflin, age 14, first appeared in chapter 10 of Shadows in the Stone
Note: Hauflin’s call their parents meeme (mother) and das (father).
The hard chair Liam Jenkins sat upon caused more discomfort than he felt when he entered his aunt and uncle’s dwelling. Although he had lived here for almost a year, they had remained strangers. His meeme’s sister Juanola of Mallaidh possessed the same eye colour as his meeme Finola, but his aunt’s radiated cold and bitter emotions. Was it because she could not have children—a fact he learnt when he accidentally walked into a heated discussion between her and her mate Struan.
Liam watched, indifferent to the weapon of choice against his disobedient behaviour. Since arriving at Wandsworth, his life resembled nothing like that in Maskil. Everything familiar had vanished, leaving him with strangers where the rules he knew didn’t apply.
His uncle Struan walked into the room. He looked unimpressed at the scene before him. “What’s he done now?”
“Missed the entire day of lessons,” said Juanola.
Struan frowned. “Where did you go?”
“The reading room,” lied Liam. He had gone to the forest instead, the only place that reminded him of home and all he loved.
“Kid, you don’t have many options,” said Struan. “You need a trade to support you.”
“I can take care of myself,” said Liam. “I’ve got friends.”
“Friends?” Struan glanced at his wife. “I heard today your friends, the ones you brag about, have left Maskil. The girl—Isabell, Ina—was taken, and her foolish das thinks he can find her.”
“Isla?” Liam gripped the rim of the chair as his breath quickened. A lump formed in his throat, making him incapable of speaking, but his mind raced with the horror of Struan’s words.
Castle Keepers Vignette: Almost five years has passed since Isla was kidnapped and Bronwyn left Maskil in search of her. In many ways, not much has happened; the inhabitants of the Land of Ath-o’Lea have continued their daily routine. But if you look deeper into the individual lives you’ll see much has changed in little ways.
The Castle Keeper vignettes provide a glimpse into the time between Shadows in the Stone and Scattered Stones. You’ll have already met many of the characters, but some you will meet in Scattered Stones.
These vignettes won’t be complete stories, only 300 words of a moment. I consider them exercises in writing and editing. I hope to write two a week and post them on Mondays and Thursdays as we lead up to the release of Scattered Stones, the second fantasy novel of the Castle Keepers series, on May 6, 2016.
The collection of vignettes will be organised on the Castle Keepers Vignettes page. On the first of each month, I will post the schedule of the characters I will write about that month.