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Chapter 43C – Mending and Magic

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September 23, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Taikie was clearly trying not to ask Saydrie questions, but it was making her bounce and twist her face up in strange positions.  Finally, halfway through class, he smiled in her direction and whispered, “go ahead.” “Why didn’t you tell me?”  She was clearly trying to keep her voice quiet, …
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Chapter 43B: Wrong in the Aether

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September 19, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

“Class,” Enrie agreed.  She took Saydrie’s offered hand, bowed to both women much as he had, and waited the half-second for Taikie to do the same before they strolled out of there. Holding Saydrie’s hand let her control the pace to that stroll; she was pretty sure if she hadn’t …
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Chapter 43A: Studies and Distractions

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September 16, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

The day of classes seemed to stretch on interminably.  Once they reached the end, Enrie could see what Riensin had found. She could see what else they had to do.  She could figure out who they were supposed to take this to. But first she had to get through Biology …
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Chapter 48C: Safety in Numbers

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September 14, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

“…and then Pieped suggested they could run interference.  Which is probably why there’s this very polite wall of Estyaa House colors by the doorway.  I don’t think Lady Ilonilarrona’s done with us.”  Enrie spared a glance for the nicely-composed line of purple, cyan-teal, & bright red by the main entrance, …
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Chapter 42B: A Diplomatic Problem

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September 9, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Enrie stared at Dozhodo.  “…What?”  She glanced up at Gianci, who was looking every bit as confused as she was.  She looked at Kivsi, who was looking determined.  She glanced over at Lovdyo, who was trying to look invisible. “We’re not going to let that… that…” “Old vulture,” Pieped offered …
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Chapter 42A: and the Crowd Goes…

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September 7, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

The Associate Governor made her way out of the first-years’ dorm with ill grace; unsurprising, as she did most things with ill grace.  Enrie shot a nervous look at Gianci, who had been wearing a solemn expression throughout the whole ordeal. As soon as Ilonilarrona was past them, the expression …
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Chapter 41C: Closets

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September 5, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Enrie stared at Ilonilarrona.  Behind the Associate Governor, she was pretty sure most of her dorm-mates were also staring at the woman. Gianci, however, was chuckling.  “Ma’am, I’m terribly sorry.  But if you think Enerenarie here was ‘up to something’ today, well, I’m afraid you’re right.” What?  Enrie turned slowly …
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Chapter 41B: A Welcome

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September 1, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

It took them most of the evening to copy the pages.  They divided up the copies and originals between them and went their separate ways, back to their dorm towers. That left Enrie walking up the stairs to their dorm side by side with Gianci.  She glanced over at him …
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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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