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Chapter 38

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June 11, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

The audience hall had erupted into shouting and arm-waving.  Taikie stepped forward next to Saydrie and started walking down the stage’s front stairs; the announcer hurried after her, intent on bringing her back onto the stage. Enrie caught the announcer’s arm.  Saydrie stood up to his tallest and raised his …
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Chapter 37

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June 6, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

In what may have been a courtesy move, most of the other students went first.  Saydrie, Enrie, and Taikie sat in the back, Taikie continuing to fiddle with her Device, while student after student was brought on stage to a generalized description of their project.  The student said a few …
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Chapter 36

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June 5, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

shh, this posted on Tuesday, really.  The three of them were herded into a small waiting room with a number of other students — the ones who had been in the changing room with Saydrie and a slightly larger number of female students, all of them seeming to be in …
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Chapter 35

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May 30, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

The Arran cities looked strange to Saydrie, who had finally, he thought, gotten used to the architecture of Ilelteddez and the way the Edally looked, all circles and round edges and buildings seeming to be built on top of each other. The Arran style seemed to keep much of the …
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Chapter 34

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May 28, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Saydrie pulled out every book in his bag, flipping through one and then the next and then the next.  “It’s in here somewhere.” “What kind of idea, Saydrie?”  Taikie scooted closer. “Can we help?” He dumped a book in her lap.  “We’re looking for The Equivilancies.  Urm, it might be …
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Interlude: Planning the Meet

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May 2, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Bureaucrat Tolekora was not pacing, because she was far too well-bred to pace, but she was watching a specific spot in the room with all of her attention while, in the back of her mind, she ran through her checklists one on top of another, over and over again. Moving …
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Interlude: The Nature of Aether

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April 30, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

The force which is sometimes called sira and sometimes called aether runs all through the long mountain range down the eastern coast of Reiassan. It can literally be mined out of the ground – and, indeed, the smaller deposits on the west coast, near the first landing sites, are what …
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Chapter 33

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April 16, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

The Worst Part of Making a Bad Decision is Having to Make the Same Decision Again Later “There!”  Enrie’s finger stabbed the book firmly.  “There, that’s it.” It was as if she was pinning the words in place. They had been taking turns and struggling with the book for more …
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Chapter 32

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April 11, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

There Will Always Be Something You Still Do Not Know Taikie muttered at her Device.  Enrie looked between Saydrie and the Princess as if not sure what she should say.  The whole carriage seemed to be holding its breath. “I feel like I missed a class,” Enrie finally admitted.  “Like …
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Chapter 31

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April 9, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

You Cannot Keep the Wind a Secret The last time they’d been on a madcap dash across the country, they’d been in the back of a wagon — and there’d been more people with them. Enrie and Gianci had said goodbye for exactly as long as Oltyellalobtello had allowed them …
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Interlude: A Letter

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April 4, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

On preparing for the Treaty Meet Bureaucrat Tolekora, You told us that we would have a Grand Meeting of  people from all over the Nation in five weeks, and we told you what we would need.  We began the preparations with that understanding, that we had five weeks to prepare …
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Interlude: a Bitrani Mother

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April 2, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

“You cannot pace all day, and, if you do, you won’t have anything to eat for dinner.” Kalia’s mother had been growing increasingly sharp with Kalia over the last few weeks.  Kalia did her best to ignore it – she was a woman grown and married, the de facto leader …
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Chapter 30

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March 7, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

And if I say it is an Honor, it is one.  Princess Oltyellalobtello seemed as much at a loss as he was.  She cleared her throat after a moment. “Tairiekie, I understand.  You don’t want special favors. You want to get where you are going to get  on your own …
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Chapter 29

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March 5, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

When a Princess Tells You to Do Something… Taikie was giggling.  Saydrie was smiling. Even Riensin was laughing.  It was a good moment. Saydrie felt a little relaxed, even in the midst of this Calenyen city. “Pardon me, I know that this is likely a bad time, but we must …
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Chapter 28

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February 28, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

By my sneezing and my aching I can feel the evil that is taking Taking hold, right in my joints, By my pain, to evil I can point They followed the quiet clacking of Taikie’s arrow like a child’s game of hot and cold. Saydrie couldn’t smell any bad aether, …
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Chapter 27

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February 26, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Look Not to the Color of One’s Coat but to the Seams of it For Your Judgement The end of the week found them gathering together into the weekly carriage down into Ileltedez.   Enrie and Gianci were sharing a bench seat that was just big enough for the two …
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Chapter 26

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February 21, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Bow to No Kalokat Who is Not Worthy They had shelved the matter of Instructor Tiemaktamiek because their team was falling asleep on their feet, agreeing instead to take notes on his behavior and see if they could work something out; failing that, they would bring all their notes – …
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Chapter 25

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February 19, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

One becomes Two becomes Four becomes the World Saydrie shifted towards the door, trying to move without making any sound. Behind him, he could sense Taikie shifting her wrench into a position more useful for a weapon than a tool. Enrie had stood up; her presence behind him was like …
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Interlude: The Treaty Meet

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February 14, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Private notes of Diplomat Kagininonon It may have been better for everyone if this treaty had stayed buried.   I do not know what’s going to come of it, but regardless of its actual legality, whether it was ever signed, and why it was hidden for so long – and …
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Interlude: Princess Oltyellalobtello

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February 12, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

The temple at Edally Academy was beautiful, in an ancient way, the stones still feeling the old dampness of the mountain or cliff they’d been pulled from, the brazier huge and burning away brightly, the plants two trees that stretched up in pots bigger than Oltello’s armspan in width and …
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