A Warm Bed

This nasty cold is lingering far longer than I hoped it would.  My husband’s on the couch with a box of tissues and a cup of Throat Coat tea next to him, covered with all the spare blankets we have downstairs.  I’m prepping for bed now, despite it being only 8pm.

I have nearly nothing to report for my ROW80 goals.  I did a beta read for someone, and I’ve been reading through Swan Song.  Nothing else.

So what that leaves is the WIPpet.  I do have that…


Eleven sentences today from Courting the Swan Song (2-1+9=11).

Royal bedroom in the Residenz Palace, Munich, ...And indeed, the bed was that comfortable. The layers of down were so thick and uncompressed that only clouds could be more airy. The blankets were much the same, thick layers of fur sewn between delicate silken weaves that lay upon his bare skin in a soft, heavy embrace.

Even the room felt warm and dry against the rest of the world, a gently chuckling fire still crackling in the hearth….

English: Horses in a StableYet all Alanii could think was how Val, Nessad, Vartanian, and the rest of his men had been forced to billet in some empty stalls of the stableyard—not even the billets of the Lanii armsmen, even though he was certain there should be spare beds enough in the barracks hall. Normally his cousin offered those empty cots freely.

The fact he’d not unsettled Alanii. Why? It could only have something to do with the last few days, but despite Alanii’s earlier unease over the unintended insult of staying at the inn for a night rather than announcing himself here, Hirisii had seemed delighted in his personal presence. It had been his guard who suffered. And for all his flaws, Hirisii was not one to torment the servant when he could have infinitely more fun poking the sores of the master.

Hands-off hugs (since we don’t want to share this cold too far)  to K.L.Schwengel for leading the WIPpeteers each week.  Head over to our linky to visit us all.

Photo credits:

  • Royal bedroom in the Residenz Palace, Munich, Bavaria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • English: Horses in a Stable (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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13 responses to “A Warm Bed

  1. Beautifully written! I hope you and your husband feel better. The weather has made everyone kinda sick. I’m ready for spring! 🙂


    • Yes! Spring! I’m ready for that too. Thanks for your well wishes and kind words about the excerpt. Missed you for the WIPpet this week, Chloe.


  2. This is awesome. That first paragraph is so soft, so inviting, so…I want to burrow under the blankets and snooze. And then a sudden stark contrast to Alanii’s internal musing about his men and what Hirisii’s motives might be. Suddenly, I can’t get comfortable in that softness any more. Very well done.


  3. *rolls, stretches indolently*….

    Wha – ?! The guard is sleeping in the stable, not even a cot.

    Sorry – I’ll be out with my men, thanks. This bed hurts my sense of decency, and the intrigue of the moment’s making it hard to sleep, anyway….

    *groans and gets up, back aching*

    I’m feeling considerably better – thank goodness for Ricola Green Tea cough drops. Hope you are all on the mend soon – I so know about the chills and all the extra blankets needed to combat them….and, to play more with us, we’re nearly out of firewood, and the heater motor is fading – we’ve been needing to run it in spells. Fortunately, the new one has been ordered, and it’s gotten warmer..


    • Yeah… remember you were telling me about that incident with your mom after my mom brought you home that night? Alanii can’t even imagine the possibility of damaging his father’s reputation by leaving Hirisii’s home and spending the night with his men. It’s not that he doesn’t care, but…

      Glad the weather’s getting warmer in time; we’ve had furnace troubles during cold weather. Bleh! And not having enough firewood this year… *shivers*

      But glad all’s better otherwise. >HUGS<


  4. Get well soon.

    And I totally need a bed like that. The winter has been driving me to sleep more than I need. Though, a bed like that would probably make me sleep even more. In the end, it might no be a good idea.


    • More than you need? Sounds like you need that sleep… (I get it though… sometimes it’s just so easy to wish for uninterrupted sleep and world to just go away.)

      But I don’t think I want a bed like that….


  5. Great descriptions in the snippet, Eden. 🙂

    I hope you and your family feel better soon!


  6. That bed sounds amazing. I did take a moment to imagine wrapping myself in those amazing blankets. It is too bad Alanii is unable to properly enjoy them, but then, odd behaviour from another does always lead to one’s mind spinning about.