Brothers Given Over to Madness

Today, people are celebrating their love for Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’. I’m celebrating it, too, by sharing quotes on tumblr, #QueerSciFi, and

I also thought I’d share snippets about an original character, who was inspired by Victor Frankenstein, Louis de Pointe du Lac, and other elder brothers, who suffered a kind of madness, due to the loss of their younger brothers. The idea of a brother, whose madness was born out of a desire to protect his younger brothers started to take shape, within my imagination.

The concept of Leiwell came into being; the older brother of Danyell and Dayell, the main characters in my novel, ‘The Hand and the Eye of the Tower’.  I thought I’d share a little snippet with him here…

“All I ever wanted was to live happily ever after, safe in the cottage with you,” Dayell whispered. His face was damp with tears, as he gazed at his brother. “It’s ironic that Leiwell wanted the same thing, but he’s willing to pay the price for his wish. In the end, I don’t think I can.”

“You shouldn’t!” Danyell said. A fierceness filled his words, as he gripped his brother’s hand. “You shouldn’t have to pay it! Neither should Leiwell!”

This time, he didn’t close his eyes. He just turned around, so he could see what Dayell was looking at.

There was an enormous tree standing behind him. Shadows had gathered and crept up its branches, but its leaves were the greenest he’d ever seen. The entire tree glowed with light, no, the glow wasn’t coming from the tree. It came from the young man hanging from the tree.

Bound by one foot, Leiwell dangled from a long, twisting vine, almost like a tentacle. Darkness and light crawled up Leiwell’s luminous body. He was dying, turning pale, as the patches of light and shadow drank the color from his skin.



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