A summer evening with the cast of Cornerstone
In Eltar, summer is a time of hope, celebration and hard work. As the smallest of the three lands, its fertile fields are its only strength, and summer would be a true highlight of their bounty. Corn would be growing tall, the back-breaking work of the spring planting would be completed, and an overall sense of anticipation would fill the air as the residents waited for fall and their main harvests.
That’s not to say they wouldn’t be busy, but they would make the time to appreciate their good fortune through local celebrations. While Torian would brood in Thalmas of their lack of crops, Emariya and the Eltar cast would possibly sit around a late summer bonfire. The women would prepare the meal eagerly while the men finished their days work, then as night fell they would settle in for an evening of companionship and storytelling.
Jessa would help Riya prepare—if Riya had her way she’d just go in whatever she had on, but fortunately Jessa would remember that her Lady was the mistress of Warren’s Rest and she should look the part. Then they would walk just outside the gates of Warren’s Rest to where the guests would wait. Mairi—Jessa’s mother—would have prepared sweet rolls and hearty pie to add to whatever game the men selected for the main course.
By the time he showed up, still covered in soot from the blacksmith, Riya would be anxiously looking for Garith, wondering if he’d make it.
But of course he would; he’d never miss a chance to sit by Riya’s side. He’d laugh and halfway listen as the older men and women told stories of past harvests, wicked storms and The Three, but his eyes would never stray far from Riya.
Soothed by the fire, Riya might rest her head against his shoulder, her walls dropping as tiredness seeped in. She’d regret not keeping proper distance between them in the morning, knowing that she’d unintentionally encouraged his feelings for her again. And if she dared to forget, Reeve who would have watched with a scowl from the shadows would be sure to remind her.
At the end of the evening, Garith would walk the girls back to the Warren’s Rest entrance before heading home himself.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little glimpse into what a normal summer evening would be like for the characters of Cornerstone. When Cornerstone begins it is winter, and circumstances are far from normal, but it is fun to imagine what their life would have been like before their story began.
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Kelly Walker is the YA and NA author of several romantic titles. She has an unhealthy appreciation for chocolate, and a soft spot for rescued animals. Her best lessons on writing came from a lifetime of reading. She loves the fantastical, and the magical, and believes a captivating romance can be the most realistic magic of all. Kelly, her husband and her two children share their Virginia home with three dogs who walk her, and two cats.