Marchverse Side Stories

These are side stories, more like bonus scenes or character studies, about the characters of The Eagle Court, The Crew of Esher Hill, Efe and Darius, and The Unnatural Philosophy of Kit March, posted as extras for my website/Tumblr followers and Patreon supporters. This is a chance for me to post little (or maybe not-so-little) one-off pieces about various references and occurrences made throughout the Marchverse that aren’t big enough for a longer story.

Please know that these may not (and often won’t) stand well on their own as a first introduction to the wider Marchverse.

I started writing these as an exercise in not being quite so perfectionistic in how I work, so they’re not as polished as the other Marchverse pieces, but I hope you’ll enjoy these little detours anyway.

Kit March: Ringbound

Cover image for Ringbound by K. A. Cook. Cover shows an eight-pane window set into a cream brick wall above a stone and wood table or bench, with various items sitting on the table--candles in vases, bottles, a large shell, a white vase filled with flowers, two gold rings propped against the vase. The text is written in brown fantasy-style handdrawn type. Through the window, scrubby green trees and a blue-green sky is visible. The subtitle "a marchverse short story" is written in white handdrawn type.Ringbound takes place two years before Old Fashioned, two months before The Crew of Esher Hill, and forty-two years before Tes arrives at the College.

Kit can’t find anything unfair about the contract or the man, so why is the ring so heavy?

Kit March is a signature away from marrying the man who loves him. He should be delighted, but for reasons he doesn’t understand and can’t explain, his future with Lauri weighs upon him. What is a magician to do when no script extant has words for the confusion he feels?

Links: PDF | EPUB | Web

Sequel works: The Crew of Esher Hill, Old Fashioned

Darius Liviu: The Skin Game

Cover of "The Skin Game: A Marchverse Short Story" by K. A. Cook. Cover features two filmy, gauze curtains hanging before a yellow and light brown decorative stone wall. A break in the curtains shows a wall-hanging featuring a spray of grasses, a bamboo-like plant and some rocks on a cream background, while another cream hanging with indistinct brown type hangs behind the left curtain. Two potted plants—striped leaves in a round cream pot and white fruit-blossom-style flowering twigs in a squared white pot—sit on the stone floor between the break in the curtains. Text is pictured in a dark brown fantasy-style type.The Skin Game takes place a couple of hours after One Strange Man and five days before The Adventurer King, seven years before Tes arrives at the College.

Yes or no, he can’t speak either.

Celebrating the retrieving of Akash’s necklace shouldn’t be a difficulty for Darius Liviu, but even in the company of friends who accept his aromanticism, he can’t avoid one unrelenting truth: sex is complicated.

Links: forthcoming (exclusive to Patreon supporters)

Prequel works: Certain Eldritch Artefacts, One Strange Man

Sequel works: The Adventurer King