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Rymellan 3: The Triad
Rymellan 3: The Triad
Rymellan 3: The Triad
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Rymellan 3: The Triad

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Lesley and Mo’s relationship is tested when Mo develops feelings for Jayne and the arrangement the triad struck in Rymellan 2 comes to an end. The three women know they must adapt to the inevitable changes for the triad to thrive, but the triad’s shifting dynamics would challenge the strongest of Rymellans--and does.

Rymellan 3 contains the following stories: No Going Back, Crossroads, Convergence, Chosens, and Joined.

Release dateApr 5, 2012
Rymellan 3: The Triad
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Sarah Ettritch

Sarah Ettritch writes science fiction, fantasy, and mystery stories featuring female main characters. She’s a certified story junkie who spends more time than she should making stuff up, reading, watching stories on Netflix, and pretending to be other people in role-playing games. Sarah lives in Toronto, Canada. To find out more about her, visit www.sarahettritch.com.

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    Book 3 is 200 pages of proof on why 'Triads' are a bad idea. I would like to know what formula the Council used to come up with it? Either it is seriously BS or they've figured out how to predict the future.

    All their life, Lesley and Mo KNEW that they were meant for each other. And they were right. But the All-Knowing Council insists that it's not enough. They need a third wheel. So the entire book, Lesley and Mo try to figure out how to work the third wheel into their lives and not leave her out or leave each other cold. Now they are all tiptoeing around each other, trying not to offend anyone. All this goes on for a while, and is a bit exasperating and exhausting to read. Which I wouldn't have minded so much if there was some delicious payback. I haven't mentioned it before in my reviews of Books 1 & 2, but there is NO SEX in any of the Rymellan books. Not even FADE TO BLACK. Just a quick peck or a hug here and there. By the end of the first book, I had to ask myself did they ever do 'it'? I honestly wasn't sure. By the 2nd book, I was sure I'd read that they were together. But are they really 'together', as in physically? I suppose they are. And I was kinda hoping, no, expecting that there will be more details in Book 3, but still zilch. If it were not for the Triad concept, this would be totally PG.

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Sarah Ettritch

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Copyright 2012 Sarah Ettritch

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Rymellan 3: The Triad was edited by Marg Gilks

Cover design by Boulevard Photografica/Patty G. Henderson


For Monica and Alison


The usual suspects: Jennifer Brinkman, my partner and beta reader; Marg Gilks, my editor; Patty Henderson, my cover designer. Thank you.


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Lesley sank into her chair and flicked on her comm station, relieved that she was finally behind a closed office door. While striding through the lobby and corridors, she’d felt as if she were an impostor. How could she have denied her Chosen? What would her peers think, if they knew? She’d initially looked forward to her day off after the awards ceremony, but had spent it cringing as others admired the Medal of the Protector. Even Jason had dropped by to see it, after he’d beeped Mama to make sure Jayne wasn’t around. Lesley had desperately wanted the day to end, but had also dreaded returning to duty.

With a sigh, she viewed her schedule for the day. Two reminders deepened her shame: the orientation for the commander training program would start in three days, and she and Jayne were due for another forced outing to satisfy Berry—and annoy Mo. Merely seeing Jayne’s name made Lesley feel like a failure; spending time with her would be excruciating. Last time they’d met alone, Jayne had confided that she didn’t believe they were Chosens. Could Lesley blame her? Everyone seemed to forget about the Way when dealing with Jayne, so she could be excused for suspecting that the Chosen Council had deliberately thrown her into a triad. The logic behind her conclusion couldn’t be denied. Lesley, on the other hand, had no excuse. None whatsoever.

Someone rapped sharply on the door, then swung it open. Lesley’s heart sank when Laura stepped into the office. She wished she could talk to her, unload the shame and confusion that had distracted her since the awards ceremony. But although Lesley hadn’t committed a violation, Laura would be terribly disappointed, perhaps angry, if she found out how easily Lesley had dismissed Jayne. Lesley didn’t want to lose the respect of someone she considered a role model. The shame was already difficult enough to bear without others knowing about her weakness.

Good morning, Laura said cheerfully. I know you’re trying to wrap up two opinions for Blair before the training program, but do you have time to investigate a situation in B3? I doubt it’s anything, but we need to check it out and everyone else is busy.

Sure, Lesley replied, hoping she’d be able to concentrate on Blair’s cases when she returned.

Great, I’ll dispatch the details, Laura said as Lesley rolled back her chair. I’ve set up a meeting with Blair tomorrow, to discuss how we’ll work things while you’re doing your training. I have the impression she wants to cling to as much of your time as she can.

Lesley could hear the amusement in Laura’s voice as she turned and reached for her cloak, and felt relieved that, with her back to Laura, she didn’t need to force a smile.

She’s insisting that we meet over lunch. She wants to take us to that new eatery everyone’s raving about, to congratulate us on our medals.

That’s nice of her, Lesley said, managing to sound enthusiastic.

I’ll put it on your calendar. And I’ll let you get going. I know you have lots of work waiting for you. With a nod, Laura left.

Lesley braced herself before leaving her office to walk the corridors again. Not in the mood to talk to anyone, she groaned when her comm unit beeped. She glanced at it, prepared to let the beeper leave a message—she was in the middle of rushing to investigate a tip, after all—but then changed her mind when she read the name.

I beeped Ross to let her know I’ll do the Basic Maneuvers 1-B practicum, Mo said after they’d exchanged greetings. She wants me to be more involved this time. Apparently they want to make a few changes to the requirements and she wants my input, so she suggested I attend a couple of meetings. I said I would. They’re hands-on meetings, otherwise I would have tried to get out of it.

Lesley chuckled.

The thing is, she’s on 72 for the next couple of weeks, so that’s where they’re meeting. I said I’d go up on Friday and stay until Monday.

An idea formed as Lesley pushed open one of the double doors and stepped into the morning sunshine. Why don’t you take Jayne with you? If Mo agreed, Lesley could delay her forced outing with Jayne until next week.

Mo hesitated. I don’t know, she went up with me not that long ago. And this time I won’t be around as much. The meetings sound like all day affairs.

Oh. Lesley wasn’t proud of what she was about to do, but she did it anyway. Then perhaps it is better that Jayne stay down here. She might not want to be on 72 for three nights, and we’re due for another lunch for Berry. I’ll suggest that we meet while you’re away. There, I’m telling you in advance. She held her breath.

Silence, then, You know, you’re right, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to take Jayne with me. I was only going on Friday because we’re meeting at 10:00 on Saturday. But I can pick Jayne up early Saturday morning, so it’ll only be a two-night stay. I’ll be around in the evenings, so she won’t be alone all the time. And she has to get comfortable being by herself on the station.

If you’re sure. But now I’m thinking that I really should see her for lunch, before Berry gets upset.

No, no, that can wait, Mo said quickly. I doubt Berry will care if you wait a week. I’ll beep Jayne as soon as we disconnect and arrange for her to go with me.

All right, Lesley said evenly. I’ll let you do that, then. I’m almost at my aviacraft.

Your aviacraft?

I’m on my way to check something out for Laura.

I won’t ask what. I’ll see you later.

They disconnected. Lesley shook her head and slid the comm unit back into its holder. Manipulating Mo. Yet another reason to