Title: Good Counsel
Author: Eileen Wilks
Series: World of the Lupi #4.2
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Animagus, Paranormal romance
Format: Free Online Short Story
Publisher: Eileen Wilks Online
5th sentence, 74th page: Sure.
This snippet takes place after Night Season (World of the Lupi, #4) and just before the free short story, Cyncerely Yours (World of the Lupi, #4.5). It’s more of a scene than a complete story, but I thought readers who’ve enjoyed the series might enjoy listening in on Cullen’s counselling session with Father Michaels.
Although Cullen and Cynna agree to become married at the conclusion of Night Season, it is kind of hard to imagine that either one will truly carry through with it. That is until the short story, Good Counsel. It is in this six pages that Cullen truly shows his commitment (and love for) Cynna and the degree to which he’ll go to make her happy. Throughout his discussion with the Catholic priest, he is able to be clear sighted and honest – he doesn’t really want to get married, but it is important for her, so therefore he’ll do it. The idea of acceptance by one’s community and the importance of this in such a thing as a wedding is also beautifully and succinctly investigated.
I have had some slightly unpleasant experiences with the Christian faith and very early on decided that it wasn’t a religion for me. However, Cullen’s descriptions of the importance of it and the Abe’s easy acceptance of diversity and the unconventional relationship he is about to officiate goes a long way to restoring my faith in such an organisation. Although Cullen is himself not Christian, he is able to understand many of the principals and governing ideals, and the reasons why it is such a cornerstone in Cynna’s life. It is this easy acceptance on behalf of both Cullen and Abe that I most loved about this short story.