In this scene from Bro, Senth Antonello is about to walk into the Thieves’ Guild Academy. Just let the security system scan you and go right in. Not a big deal, right? Well, for Senth…
Senth Antonello had attended classes at the Thieves’ Guild Academy every day since he was what? Three? Yet the looming entrance to the exclusive Advanced Level access that he’d more than earned stood empty, while he skulked in the shadows like he hadn’t.
Plunging through that door always felt like he was flying into a beehive while sporting hornet wings.
Enough of this.
He ought to zip up there and let idBot scan him.
He took two decisive steps forward, then pivoted and took five steps back.
“Come on, Senth,” he berated himself. “Go for it. Now.” He turned around and faced the entrance. “This time will be different. You can do this. Just go in there.”
But did he?
And why was that?
Because there were times being the best got you nothing but hated and looking like a kid got you nothing but disrespect. Being the adopted son of a former Grand Master had distinct perks, true. It got him in ahead of others, but then that was part of the problem, wasn’t it?
Daddy had clout. Daddy belonged. People feared Daddy, for good reason.
Nobody feared a clawless halfbreed who looked twelve when he was eighteen.
“I will do this. The time to act is now.” He stepped up and let the automated idBot system scan him.
“Welcome, Blue Shadow,” idBot’s smooth robotic voice cooed. “Cleared for Advanced Level.” The door unsealed.
Why couldn’t people treat him like that machine? Senth released the tension in his shoulders, and rolled his head to soothe his neck.
Maybe today would be different.
Maybe undergrads would respect him for his level.
Maybe his dad would ask him how he was doing instead of going behind his back to the Grand Master.
Maybe nobody’d meow when he entered the room.
Maybe nobody’d go, “Here, kitty, kitty!”
Oh, and maybe the Empress would eliminate taxes, and while she was at it, free all the slaves. Because, sure. That could happen.
Bro: Antonello Brothers
The Thieves’ Guild tech Senth is about to claim will make him invisible.
Finally, the young halfbreed thief will be out of sight, shielded from the taunts humans fire at him. But when that tech reveals he has a human half-brother who’s bound by a cruel slaver, Senth must find a way to save his brother from abuse and win him his freedom — even though Senth is a slave himself. After all, this is what he’s always wanted. A family.
There’s just one problem.
That brother holds him responsible for every bad thing that ever happened, and he can’t wait to make Senth pay.
This tech might make him invisible, but it can’t hide him from the truth…
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Kayelle Allen writes Sci Fi with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role-playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She is the author of multiple books, novellas, and short stories. She’s also a US Navy veteran and has been married so long she’s tenured.
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