A hump day snippet

From Book 3. By gods, it’s super hard to find non-spoilery bits at this point! Gaius & Allerix.Here’s another nugget from the Emperor’s party at the palace. Unedited and subject to change, as always.

Hope to see some of you at Europride Con in Amsterdam!

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Everyone munched on the delicious offerings as the Greek sang the ancient, ominous verse of war and death and meddling gods. Gaius offered Alle a sip of wine but the lad refused the nectar. Allerix’s eyes grew dark as they darted from one couch to the next as if he were assessing each one of the reclining guests in the hall. Marcus seemed to fascinate him most of all, not surprisingly. Emperor Trajan was a sight to behold, but Alle’s palpable anxiety chafed Gaius’s already aggravated nerves.

Gaius leaned down and murmured sternly against Alle’s hair, “Calm your temper, Alexandros.”

“Yes, Dominus.”

A rote response from a distracted mind, but Allerix obeyed, dropping his chin before releasing a long breath. Gaius decided to toss prudence aside.

“Alexandros, take a drink of wine. You need to relax for your performance.”

After Alle hesitantly gulped down two swallows of the Spanish nectar, he confessed, “My apologies, sir. I’m very nervous.”

Gaius replied, “I can feign a repulsive digestive condition, you know. The Emperor might consider a sour stomach reasonable excuse for us to leave.” Gaius ducked his head lower and whispered, “I can force a fart as loud as a war bugle. But perhaps I should belch first, hmm?”

Gaius spied a reluctant smile.

“That seems rather ignoble, sir.”

“Yes, well—you’re correct. It’s certainly not proper behavior for an heir to the throne. Should we try to suffer nobly through this fucking event together?”

“We should, sir.”

“Take another sip of wine, Alexandros. This will all be over soon.”

“Yes, Dominus.”

Something about Alle’s tone sounded off, but Gaius ignored it, assuming the strange bite to Alle’s words was due to anxiety. He rearranged a pillow and settled back, and listened to the actor recount an episode featuring Troy’s greatest warrior. Virtuous and foolhardy Hector—betrayed by Apollo, abandoned by Zeus.

Another hero disgraced by the gods.

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JPK ❤️❤️

  4 comments for “A hump day snippet

  1. Cherry
    June 8, 2018 at 2:58 am

    Hi! I just recently found out about your work and I just finished Games of Rome a few minutes ago– I loved it, and I’m already incredibly excited for the third book’s publication! I forced myself to try and savor the content, but I couldn’t help myself and just plowed right through it lol

    I wish I could be present for the Con you’re attending, but unfortunately I live nowhere near Amsterdam. Though, I hope you have a wonderful time there! ❤

    • JP Kenwood
      June 8, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      Hi, Cherry! Morning! I’m thrilled you are enjoying the books! Working hard here on Book 3 and I so appreciate you sharing your love for the lads. <3 Sorry to miss you in Amsterdam, but if you're on FB, please come join us over at the Facebook Dominus readers group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DominusPlayroomReadersGroup/ I’m more active over at our closed and cozy readers group, and we’re doing a swag bag giveaway in July!!! Since you followed this blog by email, I’ll send you a free PDF copy of the novella, February & December, after I have my coffee. LOL! Thanks again and stay tuned for more Dominus insanity! <3 <3 <3

      • Stan
        June 8, 2018 at 6:05 pm

        I just joined the FB group– I’m Stanley! (not sure why I decided to use cherry here lol I’ll change that…)

        A giveaway! How fun, I love giveaways! I’m honestly so excited to have found your stuff; the community seems like so much fun and I can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us ❤

      • JP Kenwood
        June 9, 2018 at 12:44 am

        Hi Stanley Cherry! Welcome to the love story of Gaius and Allerix. We’re just getting started! 😁

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