For our next couple interview for Love and Magic Week, I'm happy to welcome Archos and Dii, from The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles by A.L. Butcher. And be sure to go check out A.L.'s big birthday and Valentine's giveaway at her site!
1. How did you meet?
Archos: Dii’s magic called to me across the Realms of Magic. She had touched and helped a magic Mirror, one of the old elven artefacts even though Mirror magic is rare. That old Mirror called to mine, I had to see who had activated it. As for actually meeting… I only wish it had been in better circumstances, Dii was imprisoned in an Order fort and was very badly hurt. She almost died.
Dii: He saved my life. I cannot remember first meeting as I was unconscious but I recall our first meeting after I awoke. Archos is a powerful man, and I was very daunted. I had been a slave and I assumed I would be his Kept – his bound concubine. He was very kind, he did not treat me like the others had.
2. What was the first thing you noticed about the other person?
Archos: By the gods she was beautiful and her magic was like nothing I had seen before. So wild yet so much Power.
Dii: Archos was very kind to me. He is very handsome too.
3. Did you know when you met that you would end up together?
Archos: I wanted her from the moment her magic called to mine. I risked my life and my freedom to find her. We are bound in blood and magic, there is no stronger bond.
Dii: As I explained I had lived as a slave before. If Archos had taken me as a Kept I would have stayed until he tired of me. Elves have no rights, and sorceresses are forbidden. I am so lucky Archos loves me for myself. He does not treat me like a slave. At least here in Tremellic we are equals. It took me a while to realise it.
4. What do you like best about the other person?
Archos: Despite everything which has been done to her Dii retains her kindness. She is also an unbelievable lover.
Dii: He treats me like an equal.
5. What is something you enjoy doing together? (Besides the obvious!)
Archos: We do a lot of research together. Magic is very fickle and there is always so much to learn and tame it. Dii is very clever but she looks at it in a different way. I can be over confident and she will ask questions.
Dii: Research, sex and sometimes we will go up to the hills and simply enjoy the open air. Sometimes we will do all three at once.
6. How has the other person changed you?
Archos: I have never loved anyone as deeply as I love Dii’Athella. She has brought me so much, and assuaged my loneliness.
Dii: I think I am more confident.
7. What are the biggest differences between you? How important are these differences?
Archos: Dii rarely loses her temper. She can calm me down like no one else can. I am known for my stormy temperament. She is very much younger than I, so she has much to learn. Her life before I found her was very sheltered, but not to keep her safe. Elves are slaves and cannot move freely so her decision to leave the house of her Keeper must have been difficult, although knowing what he put her through I am not surprised she did, no one should endure it. Consequently she is like an enquiring child in many ways, with an appetite to learn you rarely find.
Dii: Archos is much clever than I am. He knows so much. Of course he is a human, well he looks human so he can move about far more freely. It means he can go to the city, or to our little….trading port without me. I cannot leave Tremellic alone. Although now things are more difficult, even a human can be arrested if there are suspicions he is a mage. Vague suspicious are enough and there are more than vague suspicions these days.
8. What do the two of you have in common?
Archos: Magic of course, research, lore. Getting freedom for the elves and mages is very important to us.
Dii: I would agree, although I am not sure we are ready to fight for elven freedom just yet. The Witch-Hunters will have other ideas. There are many plans to make.
9. What does your family think of your partner, and what do you think of your partner's family?
Archos: my family are here. Everyone adores Dii.
Dii: I have no family but those around me.
10. What role does magic play in your relationship?
Archos: Magic is who we are. Our very being is magical, especially mine. Magic tends to demand much, but it also brings a lot of passion. There is nothing to match sex spiced with magic.
Dii: giggles knowingly.
11. What are your plans for the future?
Archos: That remains to be seen. There is much to do, much to learn and many risks to run.
Dii: I would like to live to see the elves free but who knows. As Archos says there are many risks.
Perhaps we will travel again.
12. "The whole is greater than the sum of the parts" How is this true for the two of you?
Archos: Magic combined is stronger than magic separated. Dii is skilled in light magic and she is a wonderful healer. My skills are more combat magic, elemental magic. Working with another who understands what can and cannot be done, and what must be done first is important. Having the woman I love beside me means there is nothing I will not face.
Dii: Archos has many skills I do not, but he sees things in a different way. He is charming but he does not see matters from a woman’s way. Sometimes a woman needs to deal with other women. Many of the women, especially the elven women, have endured terrible treatment at the hands of slavers and they would not confide in a man, especially a human man. My friend Ozena talks to them a lot, but there are some matters which can only be discussed with someone who has themselves experienced it.
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