Rhu beren Robia @AprilA2Z

As Chamberlain of the land of Layounna, my duties are many and varied.

I was raised in Thane Oliva’s thanehold, a companion of her youngest son, Landry, from the time I was a boy.

“Companion” is an imprecise word for my actual status. “Whipping boy” might come closer, although I was more than that. We played together — he, I knew instinctively, must always win, until he reached an age to relish competition, at which point he must usually win. We were educated together, and his marks were always higher than mine, no matter who had a better grasp of the material. We got into boyish mischief together — and, yes, if any punishment fell, it fell on me. To do him credit, this led him to devise better plans, to spare me pains.

Can I bear life without him? Oh, yes.


ModerRhu, Oliva, Landry, and many, many more appear in my fantasy trilogy, SAGE, available through Indiebound and at Amazon in print and electronic versions.

For A-to-Z, please visit The Ranting Monkey, for a list that will be sure to make you smile, think, and/or shake your head in bemusement.

It’s Tuesday, so I’m also posting at Fatal Foodies, with a recipe for BBQ Cauliflower.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write about a character who was forced to take a punishment for somebody else.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Rhu beren Robia @AprilA2Z

  1. betty

    April 21, 2015 at 11:55am

    Visiting from A/Z; I enjoyed reading this little snippet from your book; I can see why he would indeed always have to let Landry win; shame; doesn’t teach Landry too much does it?


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      Marian Allen

      April 21, 2015 at 2:47pm

      It taught Landry that Rhu is very good at self-control. That’s why he made Rhu his Chamberlain and chief diplomat. It didn’t teach him that he can’t always have things his own way.

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