A Prince from Another World Excerpt


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Monday marks the twelfth episode and the conclusion of Season One. Season Two is scheduled to start in November and available through BigWorldNetwork. For those who are just stopping by A Prince from Another World is a gay/fantasy/modern fantasy series.

Here is the synopsis:

Eli has always felt like he didn’t belong. One day, he discovers that the lake in the new city park is far from ordinary. An image of a prince and a medieval world reflects back at him, and it seems like he is the only one who can see it. Eli soon finds himself stuck with the demanding heir of Linshaster.

Prince Brayden has been trained since birth to fight the evils of magic, now swept into a world he does not understand, a world so different from his own, where magic only lasts for a moment. Together, they must find a way to get Brayden home, face the evil hunting them, and acknowledge the unexpected bond that forms between them.

 

And here is an excerpt from episode three:

A few minutes later, Eli was walking back to the bench Ryan was sitting on. It wasn’t until he was almost upon his friend that he noticed Ryan was not alone. Eli regarded the strange man, who looked around his late thirties, early forties, sitting next to his friend. This stranger held Eli’s drawing pad in his broad hands, causing Eli to freeze.

Ryan and the elder man looked to be in a deep conversation. Eli decided to keep moving, pushing the feeling in his gut that the man was the beginning of something he would rather not be a part of.

“Hey, Eli, this guy is Grayson, and he was admiring your artwork. He thought it was mine, but I told him you were the talented one,” Ryan said with a proud smile on his face; he had always admired Eli’s ability to draw.

“Yeah, you were always more the speak-what’s-on-your-mind type of guy,” Eli teased as he looked skeptically at the man.

The man’s long hair and beard made him seem older than Eli initially thought, but added a sense of calmness to his features. Eli traded a drink for a hotdog and took a seat next to his friend, his stomach once more reminding him of how hungry he was.

“Nice to meet you, Grayson,” Eli addressed the man awkwardly, unsure how to make small talk and then decided on concentrating on finishing his food and drink.

“I have to get going. It was nice to finally get to meet you up close, Eli. That is some lovely work you have there,” Grayson replied after a while, getting to his feet and bowing at both Ryan and Eli. He set the drawing pad down, glanced once more at the portrait of a young man, and left, quickly disappearing into the crowd, not waiting to see if the meaning behind his words was understood.

“That was weird,” Eli told Ryan as Grayson’s words stirred a familiar sense of having heard his voice before, somewhere long ago.

“What was weird? You in khaki pants?” Ryan mocked as he shoved the last piece of his hotdog into his mouth, ketchup and mustard oozing out to stain his chin.

Eli gently shoved his friend and handed him a napkin, though the desire to let him walk around with mustard and ketchup on his face was more enticing by the second. He shoved the nagging questions the man’s words had stirred and decided to enjoy the short amount of time left of their outing.

“I was in the middle of job hunting when you dragged me here,” Eli reminded his friend. Done eating, he rested his back on the bench and gazed once more around the park.

The park really was quite beautiful in a simple yet practical way. The lake was the biggest attraction, with its deep greens and blue waters floating calmly under an elegant red oak walkway bridge. People crowded the wooden construction on all sides and peppered the waters with rented rowboats. His eyes lingered on the lake, its calm waters reminding him of his dream. How he wished it was the same lake.

“Come on, I have to be getting back,” Eli said with a hint of sadness in his voice. He stuffed his drawing pad and pencil back into his bag and flipped it over his shoulder.

“But we haven’t even seen the lake up close or walked the plank,” Ryan complained. He tossed the dirty napkin into a wastebasket and pointed at the lake, but Eli had already turned away.

Eli was ready to leave, with Ryan or without him. His mother was be expecting him home soon and Ryan’s pirate jokes would not be a viable excuse for tardiness this time around. He waved dismissively at Ryan and continued walking.

He was halfway to the bike rack when he felt, rather than heard, voices creep into his mind. He couldn’t quite make them out and he turned his head slightly to the side. Was he losing his mind? He closed his eyes in an attempt to focus on the words then quickly opened them again as one word became very vivid and clear.

“Eli…”

Hope you enjoyed this excerpt. Eli and Ryan’s banter is one of my favorite, reminds me of my old friends from high school. 🙂 Don’t forget to check back, we have lots more reviews and excerpts to share along with the series cover for book two of The Five Kingdoms of Severi series.

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