LMM 212: Spill the Tea

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 whose brotherly love has limits.

Spill the Tea

Cat helped Jacques from the bed, guiding him to a chair while his brother ensured Hisoka was comfortable. Confusion set in when Canarian rejoined them, pausing to nuzzle Cat’s hair. Who in turn, lifted his face to accept a kiss.

Catching Jacques’ look, Canarian explained, “He’s been away for weeks.”

“You’re… brothers?” Jacques imagined Boniface. Egads. Impossible.

“Not precisely.”

Over breakfast, Jacques lapped up gossip about feline matriarchies and the convoluted bonds shared by their consorts.

So decadent. So naughty.

Clearly, Jacques had been living with outliers.

“Well, sir?” Canarian inquired casually. “Will you help me settle Cat for sleep?”

Posted: January 28, 2021
Prompt: “spill the tea,” suggested by Fairy_Grimace
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. You can suggest a prompt here. To scroll through archived chapters, use the Lord Mettlebright’s Man tag.


12 thoughts on “LMM 212: Spill the Tea

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  2. For those keeping track:

    – Canarian is Deece’s older brother because they share a mother (Himeko), but they have different fathers.
    – Catalan is Deece’s older brother because they share a father (Rand), but they have different mothers.
    – We’d call Cat & Canary step-brothers. They consider themselves childhood friends.

    …yes, there is a chart. I actually shared it over on Patreon.


  3. For Jacques Stately House is like a door and Argent is the key like Alice in Wonderland.
    Otherwise, he would not know different amaranthine clans, their culture and what they like and need.
    And he would not know his status and position in life. He could not be so much brave.
    Argent and Stately House let Jacques character and strength and intelligence flourish.
    He becomes a good uncle, brother, son/nephew and someday a good bondmate.
    He is important for this society because he knows that every person is important, even the little ones.

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  4. So, when are you going to write an LGBTQ character that’s a normal person? Not in love with a married man, or these two who are basically siblings.

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    • My goodness. What a loaded question. I’ve given it a ponder.

      1. Define “normal.” Do you mean a human without reaver powers who fits somewhere within the LGBTQ+ spectrum? Because … that’s Jacques. And I am most definitely writing him.

      2. Jacques is not “in love with a married man.” Argent was his first love, a boyhood crush that began long before Tsumiko was on the scene. And that devotion has been changing shape. I wouldn’t say Jacques has been “in love” for a while now. Patience.

      3. Cat and Canary aren’t “basically siblings.” They’re childhood friends, unrelated by blood. And feline culture doesn’t conform to … much of anything. I’m sure we’ll brush up against it more in future books & stories. But it’s safe to say you shouldn’t try to interpret Amaranthine behavior by human standards. Leads to all kinds of trouble.

      4. This is largely an aside, but … I am having a hard time coming up with ANY “normal person” in the Saga & Songs, regardless of their orientation. The series is usually stashed in the “paranormal romance” and “urban fantasy” categories, and my characters tend to be exceptional … or at least exceptions. ::twinkle::

      5. Provided you’ll consider a Kith-kin as a “normal person,” Kip’s heart belongs to another male. And Melissa Armstrong has two mothers. A pair of kick-ass battlers who are a Big Deal in the new lineup of reaver-exclusive extreme sports in America. You may recall that the enclave where they’re from is in California. Oh, heyyy, isn’t that where Bk5 is set?

      6. While I may know the sexual orientation of my cast (in much the same way I know their eye color and taste in shoes), I don’t think that orientation alone defines a person. But it shapes their choices, and that’s where things get interesting. At least for me.

      As the Saga continues, I can’t promise you much in the way of “normal,” but there are interesting choices ahead. For everyone. Including Jacques.


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