06 March 2021

Never piss off a Peacock

From the Peacock and the Jackal, Book 1 of the Ostentation series for

Far, a white peacock prince, is on the run with his mate, Eryk, a jackal.  Being chased by Wolves his father sent after them to retrieve Far, they jump from the window and run since Eryk knows he can't win a fight with a group of wolves.  To lose them,  Eryk sent Far wading through a stream not realizing that his peacock was terrified of any water that didn't involve a very safe bathtub or shower because peacocks sink like stone in water.  After they reach another safe house, Eryk finds himself facing a very upset peacock.

Eryk found himself facing a large white peacock with a decidedly pissed tilt to its beak. The peacock stomped towards him and that was no mating dance. 

“Look, it was the only way to keep you and Far safe.”

Stomp.

“I didn’t know you were terrified of water.” 

Stomp. Stomp.

Whoops, wrong way to put that. Eryk took a step back.

Stomp.

“I didn’t know you were...” A step back.

Stomp. Stomp.

Shit. Better to not go there. Step back.

Stomp.

“I didn’t realize Far couldn’t swim.”

Hesitation. 

Okay, they were getting somewhere. “It was only ankle deep. He should’ve realized that. And you should let him learn to swim then you both would be safe.”

Stomp. Stomp.

Shit, shit, shit. Eryk was running out of backing up room. “I won’t let it happen again.”

Stomp.

At his jackal’s urgings not to be a total idiot, Eryk dropped his pants and yanked his t-shirt off. 

Stomp.

Dropping on all fours he shifted.


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