I’m writing a reverse harem series about witches, appropriate for ages 16+. So I thought it would be fun for a perspective suitor to interview Sagely, my main character (and her two current love interests) to see how she goes about juggling her relationships.
Fayard: Okay, so let me get this straight. You get to have more than one husband?
Sagely: Eventually, yes, but we’re not married yet. We’re still getting to know each other.
Fayard: Quill and Fox, you’re okay with that?
Quill: It’s the way things are done in our coven.
Fayard: But I’m not in your coven. Can you explain how that works?
Sagely: Obviously, it’s completely up to you if you want to join my collective. No one is going to coerce you.
Fayard: Your collective?
Sagely: Yes, that’s what we call it. It’s a group of guys who protect me from attacks by other supernaturals.
Fayard: And what’s in it for them?
Sagely: They get to, obviously.
Fayard: That’s very generous of you.
Sagely: I think so.
Fayard: But Fox isn’t in your coven, either, right?
Fox: I’m a faerie.
Fayard: Does that mean you’ll want to hook up with me, too?
Fox: Are you propositioning me? *winks*
Sagely: As you can see, I have to keep him in line.
Fox: I have my hands full with Sagely, though Fae aren’t monogamous as a rule.
Fayard: What would make me want to join your collective?
Sagely: I’m not going to lie, sometimes the boys bicker, but we all get along pretty well, considering.
Sagely: I haven’t been a witch very long, so I’m still learning how this works, too.
Fayard: How did that come about?
Sagely: I’m a “gifted” witch, meaning I got my magic from another witch instead of being born with it. In this case, I was attacked and almost killed, but Quill saved me by giving me some of his magic.
Fayard: Why would you do that, Quill? Were you already crushing on Sagely?
Quill: I didn’t know her, but when I saw her being attacked, I knew I had to step in. Something told me she was someone I wanted to save.
Fayard: Do you get to have a collective, too?
Quill: No, that’s only for female witches. Warlocks don’t have more than one partner at once.
Fayard: That doesn’t sound very fair.
Sagely: I can’t complain.
Fox: We keep her on her toes.
Fayard: Is there some benefit to all involved?
Sagely: When someone joins a collective, their magic becomes linked. We can transfer magic to someone when they are in danger through our bond. Believe me, I’m no damsel in distress.
Fox: I am.
Sagely (rolling her eyes): I’ve had to save them a time or two.
Fayard: So you’re going to protect me.
Sagely: Damn straight. I don’t go adding men willy-nilly to my collective. It’s a serious commitment, and it makes me vulnerable because there are so many people I care about. If anything happened to any one of them, it’s my duty to protect them. I’d lay down my life for any member of my collective, just the same as they would do for me. But I have to be sure the person is going to get along with the members already in my collective. It takes careful consideration.
Fox: Or a bit of trickery, if a faerie is involved.
Quill: Or a life-threatening injury in my case.
Sagely: It’s not my fault y’all are accident prone and I’m too soft-hearted to let you die in front of me.
Fayard: Well I’m not dying, and I’m not sold enough to trick you. So it’s going to take some careful consideration on my part this time.
Sagely: Remember, you’re not just getting me. You get the protection of the whole collective.
Fayard: I’d think they’d be keen to get rid of each other. Might be advantageous to have another member picked off, wouldn’t it?
Quill: Don’t tempt me.
Fox: *blows kisses*
Sagely: Boys, please. We’re trying to make a good impression here.
Quill: Fine, I’ll protect you. If Sagely says it will make us all stronger, I’ll accept her decision to add you.
Sagely: That’s the whole point. Stronger together. It’s a collective. We work together for the good of everyone involved.
Fayard: Sorry, I’m a magician, not a warlock. I’ll have to think on it. But you’ve given me a lot to consider.
Sagely: Damn, that didn’t go as well as I’d hoped. I need to work on that whole “making a good first impression” thing.
Quill: I don’t know, knocking me flat and landing on top of me made a pretty good impression.
Sagely: Shut up, that was an accident!
Quill: I’m not buying it.
Fox: I am. Sagely’s about as graceful as an elephant.
Fayard: Guys, the interview is over.
Sagely: Oops! Well, I hope you’ll consider it. There’s a lot more magic waiting to happen. *gives seductive smile*
Fayard: I have a feeling I’ll regret this…
Sagely: Was that a yes?
Fayard: That was a maybe.
Fox: Welcome to the fam!
Quill: Here we go again…
Start reading Sagely’s story in Magic of the Void, available October 30.