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Chapter 10

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September 20, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

A Friend and an Enemy can wear the same coat ~ The hall was clear; he was almost there.  Saydrie breathed a sigh of relief. He had made it.  It had taken some weird turns, and he was going to have to start running sprints to get in shape for …
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Chapter 9

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September 18, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

“If you can’t find my office, you don’t deserve answers.” Saydrie had been taking a new route to class every day. He kept catching glances of the woman who had been following him, always just on the edge of his sight, heading towards him.  And so he continued to find …
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Interlude 4

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August 30, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

On Sira From approx. 100 years after the separation (i.e., when the proto-Bitrani & proto-Calenyena were stranded on Reiassan by an abrupt weather-pattern change) It is both quite understandable and somewhat lamentable that our ancestors, those who first came to this land (as it is said in the oldest writings, …
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Interlude 3

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August 28, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Instructor Dainanan knew that she was more than able to hide in plain sight.  She had never been the most notable of students in her own school days, and now that she was an instructor, she found that students very often simply ignored her.  Basic Textiles, she supposed, was a …
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Interlude 2

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August 16, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Editor’s note: This interlude was originally intended to post between Chapters 4 and 5. Formation of the Bitrani Enclaves It will be allowed for up to 22% of the Bitrani population (that number to be determined by those identified as Bitrani on the census) to live in what will hereafter …
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Interlude 1

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August 14, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Editor’s note: This interlude was originally intended to post between Chapters 4 and 5. Maireana stood to the back of the group of Cevati Bitrani, watching, wishing she knew what to say. It wasn’t as if Piadro and Falivia didn’t have a valid point.  The longer Saydrie spent with the …
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Chapter 8

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August 9, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

“You can do as you please, as long as you don’t tell me what you’re doing.” They took the opportunity, once classes were over, to duck back into their new secret hiding place.  Saydrie was entirely unsurprised to find that both Taikie and Enrie had brought things to brightened it …
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Chapter 7

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August 7, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Secrets Told as Lies are Nevertheless Revealed “I don’t remember them being this bad at the beginning of the year.  Have things changed, or are they just doing it more – more obviously? – than they were?” Saydrie suppressed a sigh.  Taikie would get ahold of things like this and …
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Chapter 6

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August 2, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Find Friends in Valleys, Lose Them on Cliffs The whole thing had Saydrie out of sorts. He managed to get through dinner just fine, then made some excuse, before heading off to his dorm. His dorm where his roommates weren’t exactly his friends, definitely weren’t the sort he’d go to …
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Chapter 5

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July 31, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Is the enemy who will not attack truly an enemy? “You know…” Taikie turned around slowly, looking at their little room.  “This place could be set up quite nicely with food. A lot of the stuff we can grab from the meal hall stores quite wand we could set up …
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Chapter 4

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July 26, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Use the Right Tool For the Job They left in a bit of a hurry, not particularly frightened of the Cevati Bitrani but wanting to get some space between them before they recovered from the surprise.  Saydrie found himself chuckling as they got far enough away. “Did you really – …
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Chapter 3

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July 24, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Turn Your Back on Those of False Faith He’d already had more than enough excitement for the day, probably, all added up, for his entire time at Edally.  But the day wasn’t done with Saydrie yet. They had split up for no more than a few minutes, Enrie and Taikie …
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Chapter Two

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July 19, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Demand and Supply “But why does it always work?” Tairiekie was, as always when the topic came up, plaintive. “I mean, we’re in a school.” And a little bit stuck on the subject. “Somewhere, someone has to be interested in all of the amazing things that can be done with …
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Chapter One

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July 17, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

There is More to Home than Recipes and Memories Saydrie was being pursued. Since they had gotten back from the palace, there had been a number of people who wanted to ask him questions. At first, he’d assumed it was because Tairiekie and Enerenarie were already busy answering questions and he, …
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Prelude: Tesdes

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July 14, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Tesdes was doing his best to be invisible, which, he was finding, was harder than it had been before. He had done a very good job of hiding in Kekla and Riensin’s rather bright shadows up until now.  But now, now it was getting trickier. He found himself in the …
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Prelude: Riensin

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July 12, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

“And then what happened?” Kietsap was – well, not exactly jealous, more like irritated. Riensin knew why, although he didn’t know if his twin understood it.   “Well, then we talked to The Emperor’s Voice and Eyes, Elalekorra, and then Lirnilalie walked in.  It turns out she’s a Princess. Or …
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Prelude: Kekdela

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June 30, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

“Do you remember?”  She had quizzed Riensin until he refused to talk to her. She had pestered Tesdes until he had picked up a charcoal and a slip of paper and drawn his memory ot the Voice of the Emperor, which, it seemed, was seven lines and a raised eyebrow. …
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Prelude: Saydrie

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June 28, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Saydrie went to pray. This was not unusual, of course; he was in a strange place, surrounded by strangers, and strange things kept happening to him.  It said in all three of the books of the Three that one should seek solace in one’s knowledge of the Three when one …
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Prelude: Tairiekie

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June 23, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Taikie was having trouble concentrating on her studies. To be entirely accurate, she was having trouble concentrating on her assigned studies. She would be in the middle of a piece on Textiles and she would look for the code woven into the strands of the fabric; she would be talking …
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Prelude: Enerenarie

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June 20, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

It wasn’t so much that her new job was vexing.  Enrie was honored to have been put in charge of the Imperial Bureaucrats searching the academy library, even if it left her little time for anything else. She enjoyed helping them find their way around the mess of the place, …
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