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  1. Chapter Twenty-Three – Be Rebellious

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    January 29, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Be rebellious. Tairiekie wanted to feel as if she were dressing for war, but there was little warlike that she could do with a class uniform. She braided her hair carefully, plaiting it into four groups of three and then looping them instead of the two-braid she usually did. She used …
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  2. Chapter Twenty-Two – Focus on Today’s Target, Not Tomorrow’s Aim

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    January 22, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “I’m sorry I made friends as a school assignment.” Tairiekie was staring at the wall; she was afraid what would come next. She was very bad at this particular assignment. “It’s all right.” Enrie’s voice was very gentle. “But did you actually make friends, then?” “I… did I?” She looked …
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  3. Chapter Twenty-One -You Are Known By the Company You Keep

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    January 14, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Tairiekie was three steps down the ladder when her pocket caught fire. She jumped off the ladder – which, in retrospect, was probably a bad idea – and stripped the apron off with two tugs of the ties. They were probably designed to be easy to remove, considering the trouble they got into. It …
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  4. Chapter Twenty – Ask Not “What Happened” But Rather “What Now?”

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    January 7, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    House Monitor Libkazaari was standing in front of Instructor Talmizhaab’s Device. She was also standing in front of a bucket of cleaning equipment – polish, rags, some sort of sprayer – and oversized aprons and long gloves. “As I said, you are to clean the Device. There are three ladders, so that you …
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  5. Chapter Nineteen – Peace and War Are Not Opposites, Any More than Sitting and Riding Are

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    January 1, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The shoveling, it seemed, would never be done. And after three days, it seemed as if the stink of the stables would never leave them, either. It might have been in their heads: they weren’t lacking for people sitting near them at meals, at least, and even people going out …
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