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  1. Chapter 6C: Strange Fences

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    September 30, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Are you feeling all right?” Taikie hand brushed over Enrie’s shoulder.  “You looked a little spooked in Biological Systems.”  It was late in the day and Enrie had gotten through her classes by the skin of her teeth and the set of her jaw. “Yeah-” Enrie shook herself.  She had to give …
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  2. Chapter 6b: Strange Neighbors

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    September 28, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie watched Lovdyo flee the Tower, one boot still half-untied, a look of sick panic on his face. That, she thought, had not gone as well as expected. As a matter of fact, it had gone far worse than she’d thoughtit might. “I wonder what it is that got into him?” …
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  3. Chapter 6A: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

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    September 27, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie’s dreams were a strange combination of drowning in dark, bitter drinks and being followed around everywhere by Instructor Pelnyen. She woke feeling shaken and hurried to dress herself, fumbling with the buttons on her jacket and messing up her braids three times before getting them into something she would not …
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  4. Chapter 5C: Missing Pots

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    September 25, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie looked at her notes. She’d written it down, the writing sloppy but her meaning clear. “The Coffee Treaty, signed in Arran City Federent. Year 25 of Empress Azhnatarennezha’s reign.” She looked back at the document, ancient and brush-written, the edges crumbling. She’d been reading a section around the Arran …
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  5. Chapter 5B: Watching Ancient Pots

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    September 23, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie glared at Saydrie, feeling more than a little betrayed. Leave her down here, alone, with— “I’ll come with you two.” Professor Pelnyen stood up. “You’re not getting away from me that easily.” Just a few short minutes later, Enrie studied the Empress Otyeriotanerio final outfit while she watched her team …
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  6. Chapter 5A: A Watched Pot Never Boils

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    September 21, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    They had a plan. It was not, in Enrie’s professional opinion, a very good plan – more of an outline of the start of a plan than anything you’d go into a hostile negotiating situation with. But they were, as Kekdela pointed out, first-year students, and it was at the very …
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  7. Chapter 4D: Daring the Aether

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    September 16, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Silence reigned at their table for a minute. Enrie did her best to catalogue everyone’s reactions, but she was having a hard time dealing with her own. It seemed like a lovely idea, but it seemed like a lovely idea that was doomed to fail. That was not how Enrie …
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  8. Chapter 4C: Breathing in Aether

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    September 14, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie rolled her eyes at Riensin. “I’m feeling fine. I didn’t sleep all that well last night; I was up working on this paper Pelnyen gave us.” “I thought it was only a couple pages.” He wrinkled his nose. “That shouldn’t take hours, should it? The last time he did …
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  9. Chapter 4B: Breathing Room

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    September 4, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Taikie and Saydrie looked far more awake than Enrie felt. They were already chatting when Enrie got to breakfast, leaning over something on the table and ignoring their food. Enrie, watching them from across the table, felt a stab of isolation. She shouldn’t have stayed up so late. She shouldn’t …
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  10. Chapter 4A: If the fingers are working, the mind is free to breathe

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    September 3, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The next morning found Enrie’s roommate Kotke shaking her awake. “You have to be up now,” Kotke insisted, and then insisted again, and then, when even that did not work, dumped Enrie’s clothes on her face. “You will miss breakfast, and then where will you be? Eating road-bread between classes …
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  11. Chapter 3C: Deep Thinking

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    September 1, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Tairikie, Enrie thought, was sulking. At the very least, she’d headed off after classes without a word to either of them. “She thinks I should have stood up to Pelnyen,” Enrie posited. “And I can’t blame her — but he was all wound up and he was just going to …
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