About the Book
Title Alitus, Tales of the
Genre science fiction romance, glbt, gay romance
Author Kayelle Allen
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
In this scene, we discover how Alitus met Wulf Gabriel
Tarthian Empire, Tarth,
Conqueror's Palace, Alitus Vivaldi's Quarters
Alitus slept fitfully, and woke long before dawn. He turned over and pushed himself up in bed, and reached for the book on his nightstand. Beside it sat a stone jar with inset stones. He picked it up and removed the lid. Inside lay individually wrapped white chocolate truffles. Alitus unwrapped one, bit it, and closed his eyes, transported to his last night with Wulf, and the Bad Moon Rising drinks they'd shared.
The memory thrust him back to the way they'd met. They'd been aware of one another for some time, and interfaced in official capacities. With Alitus being the empress's personal assistant at the time, and Wulf on various charitable committees, it was bound to happen. They'd finally talked while working on a fundraiser for a society that protected animals. There were supposed to be four people present, but a traffic incident had delayed the other two, and Alitus and Wulf had spent an hour alone, in each other's company. Wulf had flirted with him shamelessly.
It had been quiet for several minutes. They were seated in one of the larger conference rooms in the palace, and the floor-to-ceiling windows beamed in light. The drapes fluttered in a light breeze. On the third floor, windows were often open. Especially the ones over the rose garden. The scent of flowers wafted into the room.
Wulf stretched out his legs under the table, and folded his arms across his chest. He asked a question out of the blue. "So are you?"
"Beg pardon?" Alitus jerked up his head from the note reader where he'd been making notations. "Am I what?"
Still unsure what Wulf meant, he'd asked, "Better at what?"
"You're a Better, right? How much better are you?"
"Oh, that." He gestured with the stylus. "I'm better at everything. Anything anyone else can do, I can do longer, harder, faster. All that sort of thing."
"Really?" Wulf gave him a long stare. "Sure of yourself, aren't you?"
"Matter of genetics, not being sure of myself." Alitus went back to his notes. "I was designed to be superior. I can't avoid it."
"So you think in a footrace, you could beat me?"
"If I trained for it, without a doubt." He hadn't looked up at Wulf, but he could see the man's grin. "It wouldn't be fair."
"So you say." A scent of roses came to them. "That smells amazing. You must love living here."
"It's all right." Alitus kept writing.
"Are you better at picking flowers?"
He put down his note reader. "Picking flowers?" Alitus gestured toward the window. "Why, do you want to go see?"
Wulf shrugged. "I'm game if you are. Beats sitting here on a perfect day, while the sun goes to waste outside and those wonderful-smelling roses are out there waiting to be picked."
While Alitus pondered whether the challenge was serious, his mobile buzzed, and he checked it. "It says the others will be late."
"As if we hadn't figured that out twenty minutes ago." Wulf arched a brow. "Let me guess. Traffic."
Alitus set down the unit. "Seems a shame they're stuck in traffic in this great weather. They won't be here for another forty minutes or more. Since this is scheduled to be a three-hour meeting, I signalled them to come ahead."
He and Wulf held each other's gazes for a moment longer, and then Wulf stood, and kicked in his chair.
"So. Flower picking contest?"
Alitus rose, and pushed in his chair as well. "Why not?"
* * * *
They'd picked not one bloom, but had talked while walking around the ambling, circular path of the rose garden. They'd made it around three times before the others had arrived. The rest, as they say, had been history. Being in Wulf's presence had felt like going home. As if he'd found his other half. Their shared laughter and concern for the creatures they were trying to protect had bonded them.
Alitus popped the rest of the truffle into his mouth, and got up to begin his day.
|Alitus, Tales of the Chosen|
Interview with Kayelle Allen
Why did you write this book?
This is the middle book of a trilogy, and gives the story arc about how Wulf and Alitus met and fell in love.
What is your favorite genre to read?
You'd be surprised. I write science fiction and enjoy reading it, but to read for leisure and escape, it's historical romance. It's something I don't think I could do. I'm extremely driven when it comes to writing, and having to ensure historical things were correct would sap my energy. I'd rather read it and just escape.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
I'm going to assume this means all fiction, including film and TV. I love Jack Bauer, and I'm so glad he's coming back! You always know what you're going to get. Jack is going to shoot someone, and they are going to deserve it. He's honorable, and that makes him predictable. No matter what, Jack is going to do the right thing, even it means doing something wrong to make it happen.
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
My fave TV shows are Person of Interest, Almost Human, Hawaii Five-O, 24 - Live Another Day (coming soon) and completely out of line with those shows, Big Bang Theory. I'm not a comedy fan, but this show is comedy as drama, and it's brilliant.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I'm working on two books at the same time. Return of the Vhalgenn (a sequel to the Last Vhalgenn, out later this month), and Bringer of Chaos, which is in the same character universe as Alitus.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Alitus, Tales of the Chosen (also Wulf, and Jawk - within the trilogy)
When the fate of hearts rivals the fate of worlds, victory costs everything.
Chosen serve immortals known
as Sempervians. Like any group, it has its hidden alignments, mistrust, and mistakes.
It also harbors enemies and spies within its ranks -- some known and tolerated,
others hidden behind layers so convoluted even the ones who live forever haven't
figured them out.
Called to serve
Honored to protect
Obedient to the vow
Safeguards of the truth
Enablers of life
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About the Author
Multi-published, award-winning Science Fiction Romance author of unstoppable heroes, uncompromising love, and unforgettable passion.
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