LMM 16: Learn as You Go

Claimer: I do hereby claim all rights and responsibility for the characters in this series of vignettes because the Amaranthine Saga is mine. (Which means I should probably behave myself since anything I say or do could be taken as canon.)  Indulge the lot of us, especially the one who was raised by a fox and a cat.

Learn as You Go

Jacques knew worse ways to be caught with his pants down. “I’ve heard this is traditional. You’ve gone native?”

Michael chuckled. “This has always been my home, and the onsen has been here for centuries. But felines are responsible for my occasional forays into grooming.”

“Cats.” Jacques slowly unbuttoned his shirt. “Like Deece?”

“Only recently.” Michael’s expression turned nostalgic. “You see, my mentor at academy was a cat.”

“Hisoka,” supplied Deece. “My uncle.”

Jacques did a double-take, and not simply to admire Deece’s angular collarbones. “Hisoka… as in Twineshaft?”

Michael’s pants hit the floor. “Sensei was both attentive and fastidious.”

Posted: October 16, 2018
Prompt: #Inktober2018, Day Sixteen: Angular
Words: 100

Summary: Jacques Smythe brazens his way into Stately House and shows no sign of departing. Like it or not, Lord Mettlebright has himself a butler. An Amaranthine Saga Serial. [Humor, Drama, Family] Begins here. To scroll through archived chapters, use the Lord Mettlebright’s Man tag.


8 thoughts on “LMM 16: Learn as You Go

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  2. Hi Forthright!

    I just want to say I am so so stoked that I came across you! I have just started (and finished)
    Your first of the Amaranthine series -Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox – the book was at a rather good price that and the beautiful artwork swayed me to immediately download and get involved in the beautiful world you created. I was captivated from start to finish and quickly devoured it.. The only down part is that now I have to wait for book 2!

    I was wondering if you could suggest some of your favourite series you like to read?
    To fill in the time while I wait for your book to come out! Something of a similar genre me style would be much appreciated!

    Thank you for sharing your stories with the world.


    Ashleigh Mythen

    Sent from my iPad

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    • Hello and welcome! I’m so glad you found me. Your wait between books won’t last too long, since the second in the Amaranthine Saga releases in a couple of days. ::twinkle::

      Ah, recommendations.That’s tricky because I use this account to embrace my fandom side, which generally involves manga/anime. Some people who’ve found me have gone back and read my earlier fanfics as a tide-me-over. When it comes to traditionally published works, my tastes don’t really run to romances or even YA (I have little patience for predictable plots, in fandom or out), so I usually reach for mysteries and fantasy-adventure. My genres shift with my moods.

      How about this. Many people have found me because I was recommended to them by Ilona Andrews. While I’ve never read Ilona’s books, there must be something there that appeals to readers in a similar way.


      • Ilona Andrews… The Innkeeper series. The others are more paranormal romance. Innkeeper series is very different. I like that series a lot. And I am totally into anime. (Not so much manga.)

        BTW Forthright – very much enjoyed the first book and am eagerly awaiting the second. Been an anime fan (tho picky) for many, many years. (Crunchyroll I love thee.)

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  4. Oh I am laughing so much right now! I’ve only been in a real Japanese bathhouse once (overnight in Tokyo due to bad weather and the AF put us up at a lovely hotel) but was comfortable with the culture. Some of my traveling companion were a bit confused but we worked it out. Loved this chapter ❤️❤️


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