Throughout the evening, Golden stared at Naed the Wise, as Button affectionately called him. He sat beside Button, listening to the conversation intently and nodding his head from time to time, but barely speaking a word.
He can’t be much older than me, Golden thought. He is very handsome in his stylish garb. Naed was only a couple of inches taller than she and very slim. His wavy, long brown hair was tied back, creating hundreds of curly ringlets. He had hazel eyes, a Greek nose, thin lips, a cleft chin, and a rectangular face. He wore a buttermilk-coloured V-necked tunic with long sleeves, trimmed with embroidery on the neckline, cuffs, and lower hem. Over his tunic, he wore a long, olive-green woollen cloak, tied at the neck, and a reddish-brown Celtic belt tied around his waist. He had black form-fitting tights on underneath his tunic and short, tan-coloured calf leather boots.
Golden’s eyes were drawn to the beautiful silver wolf ring that he wore on his right hand. The wolf was crafted with fangs bared, ready to devour its prey, and had two fire-red rubies for its eyes. Golden recalled that Button had told her previously that the wolf was an important animal in Darach culture. It symbolized guardianship, loyalty, and spirit. Golden also couldn’t help but notice the tattoo of flowing water on Naed’s right bicep, peeking out from his rolled-up sleeve. He must be from the River Clan, she thought.
Excerpt from Dagger of Urachadh: Attack from the Underworld, p. 118.
My partner Dean is my soul mate. He is sweet and kind and very intelligent. I tease him that he is like a “walking encyclopedia”. Naed is Dean spelled backwards. The character Naed the Wise is based on his life. Dean has enriched my life. I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like without him. I thank him for his support and encouragement to write this book.
Karen E. Mosier