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Chapter 41A: Bitrani and Calenyena

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August 29, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

They took all of their bits and pieces to a quiet lab in the back of the Philosophy classroom building.  There, in a room lit with the new safety lamps, they laid out everything they’d found so far, pages and notes.  Saydrie pulled out some fresh paper and a pen …
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Chapter 40C: Dangerous Reading

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August 26, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

They found Gianci and Taikie in the history section, holding an old tome whose bindings had crumbled with age, hidden off behind a pole in a far corner  near the books on Empress Otyeriotanerio .  The book itself was Bitrani Writings on the Early Wars, but, between two maps of …
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Chapter 40b: Chasing Honor and Breadcrumbs

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August 24, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Enrie and Saydrie read angry paragraph after angry paragraph.  The scribe had started out describing things as an extended metaphor, but he kept falling into screeds about the failure of the world in the “modern era.” He was convinced that something had happened to the Bitrani people that had led …
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Chapter 40a: Findings

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August 23, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Enrie didn’t wait until Gianci and Taiki were gone before she started searching the shelves.  She’d been over many of these books before, but with Gianci’s new lullaby, they had a new direction to go in. Saydrie was muttering to himself as he flipped through books.  After a minute, he …
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Chapter 39C – Sing a Song of Memory

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August 19, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Saydrie and Taikie considered Gianci’s proclamation for a moment before each nodding in agreement. “All right,” Taikie agreed. “We’re starting here because it’s safe, looking for any instance of this folk-song, ” Taikie showed Gianci her notepad,  “or anything in this tune. Saydrie?” Saydrie hummed a few bars of something Enrie didn’t recognize. …
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Chapter 39B: Return to the Library

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August 16, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

They should have been making their way back downstairs to help Taikie and Saydrie with their project, but Enrie found it was hard to work up the motivation to leave. One kiss led to another, and another one after that, until finally she sighed.  The sun was beginning to set through …
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Chapter 39A: A Kiss Before the Fight

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August 10, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Gianci, Enrie found, was a bit hesitant about the actual idea of things.  His hand hovered hear the small of her back and the other hand near her shoulder, as if he would like to touch her but was remembering, perhaps, the way she had reacted when someone else had …
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Chapter 38C – two steps forward, two steps forward.

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August 8, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Enrie stood took a step backwards up the stairs and smiled at Gianci.  “Well, if we’re going to be in close quarters with each other — as it seems we are — maybe we could go for something a little more scenic?” He took a step up after her.  “What …
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Chapter 38B: Sometimes You Just Have to Dance

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August 3, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Gianci cleared his throat and took a step backwards.  Enrie stood up and took a step downwards, closer to him. “So…” he offered uncertainly.  “So you would have… gone down to the, that is, gone to the races with me, if you hadn’t been… otherwise occupied, um, planning to be …
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Chapter 38A: Either Move Forward or Back Up; Doing Both is Dancing

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August 2, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Enrie looked at Gianci.  He looked at her.  There were more important things to be worried about right now, she knew.  But he was between her and the exit, and Taikie was between them and leaving.    She looked over his shoulder, although there was nothing there.  “I’ve been interested …
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Chapter 37C: Trouble Shared

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July 27, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

“Is this your idea of a joke?” Gianci demanded.  His breath was warm, brushing across the top of Enrie’s head. “It might be Taikie’s idea of a prank,” Enrie admitted, “but I doubt it.  There are far too few pipes involved.”  In the dark, it wasn’t easy to find the …
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Chapter 37B: Trouble Comes Finding You

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July 26, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Finding Riensin was harder than she’d hoped it would be.  He wasn’t in the dining hall, he wasn’t readily visible in the library, and he wasn’t in his dorm’s common room or in his room, although his roommates gave Enrie and Taikie quite the look — before they noticed Saydrie standing …
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Chapter 37A: If You Seek Trouble…

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July 18, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

“This whole thing just seems strange.”  Taikie hurried along after Enrie.  “I mean… Kekla’s reaction?  It was like a baby-tale monster was jumping out of the woodwork at her. Who’s that scary?” “Lots of people.”  Enrie thought about that.  “I mean, historical examples, there’s the Butcher of Borninbar, there’s The …
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Chapter 36C: Learning to Swim

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July 15, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Due to a *cough* scheduling error, you get two chapters today.  Please make sure you’ve read Chapter 36B first “So,” Saydrie cleared his throat.  “Sorry about that, Stable-Master Korten.  I’m not sure…” “Your friend there, that’s not an entirely unreasonable reaction.  Lirnilalie is not the sort of person you want to …
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Chapter 36B – Of Vowels and Women

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July 15, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

“You three?”  Stable-master Korten smiled at them as they slipped in through the far entrance to the stable.  “And you brought friends.  I’m not going to need to clear out another stall, am I?” “Aren’t things getting a little crowded already?”  Enrie flashed him a bright smile, hoping he knew …
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Chapter 36A: Keep Moving

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July 11, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Ulunumani had fled, flinging imprecations.  Enrie wanted to feel bad about that — and in some sense, she supposed she did. Ledryie was right; she was far too casual about making enemies.  At least Taikie’d made her first enemy when he tried to kill her; Enrie seemed to make them when she …
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Chapter 35C: Everything Comes Back to Her Who Threw It

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July 9, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

“All right” Riensin leaned forward.  “So you have a puzzle piece.  We need to check in Instructor… P’s office.  You found things that were of the right era there, right?” “Yes, but someone else has already ransacked his office.”  Enrie wrinkled her nose. “Do you think he noticed?” “…that’s a …
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Chapter 35b: A Plan from a Puzzle Box

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July 1, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Instructor Kaasmasik was missing from class again. Still, Enrie turned in her paper, looking Instructor Rezhtareza in the eye as she explained, “I was told to do this paper, ma’am.” “Indeed? Somehow I’m not surprised. Well, perhaps it will count as extra credit.” The instructor wasn’t smirking — wasn’t smiling at …
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Chapter 35A: A breath

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June 27, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Ulunumani didn’t approach them during breakfast; less surprisingly, neither did any annoyed Cevati Bitrani.  In an additional note so unsurprising as to be on par with the sun coming up in the morning, neither did Gianci. Kekla and Tesdes showed up late, just as the rest of them were finishing …
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Chapter 34C: Find a foothold

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June 24, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

After Chapter 34A “The problem is, I don’t really have a plan for this part,” Enrie admitted.  They were sitting over an early breakfast — it appeared her teammates couldn’t sleep any more than she could. “I have sort of… bits and pieces of a plan.  Go look here, go look …
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