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  1. Chapter 13B: Priorities

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    November 30, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Has it gotten that bad?” Enrie kept her voice as quiet as Gianci was keeping his.  “I mean, I knew that Darnio was unhappy here.  But I didn’t imagine that it had gotten… seditious or anything.”  She noticed the way that Gianci glanced at Saydrie, and found herself irritated.  “Unlike …
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  2. Chapter 13A: What Comes Before All Else, and What Comes Last?

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    November 28, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    They stared at the treaty, at the blank signature line that made this entire thing so much stranger.  “But…” Taikie wrinkled her brow.  “Why would they go to all this effort to hide a treaty that wasn’t signed?  I mean, a little of it here, a little of it –” …
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  3. Interlude: Goats

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    November 25, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The goats in Reiassan come in at least as many types as goats do in ours, with a wider range of sizes and a higher top end in height and girth.  A riding goat can be any of several different breeds, selected for strength or dexterity, coloration or horn shape or disposition.  …
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  4. Chapter 12C: But Not Incorporation

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    November 23, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie waited, holding very still.  Saydrie flipped a page, then another page, and then, as far as she could tell from the movement of his shoulders, flipped them back again. Enrie stole a glance at Taikie; she was watching Saydrie, her lips pressed together as if either holding in words or …
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  5. Chapter 12B: Terms

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    November 21, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The Bitrani history section was in the back of the third floor of the library, shelved in between ancient crafts and poetry.  Whoever had most recently organized the library had taken advantage of an architectural anomaly, likely the result of one of the additions to the building throughout the centuries, …
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  6. Chapter 12A: Neither Terms nor Incorporation

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    November 18, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie had thought it would be difficult to lost Riensin after dinner.  He was so interested in what they were up to lately – or whatever his motivations were, he was following them around. But it turned out Kekdela and Tesdes had other plans.  They each wrapped an arm around …
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  7. Chapter 11C: And Instructors Help

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    November 16, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Hey guys, where’d you go? After… Philosophy?”  Riensin plopped down between Enrie and Taikie at the dinner table.  “I got, uh, distracted talking to Instructor Dainanan.” “Oh, is that where you went?” Kekdela set herself down across from Riensin – right up against Saydrie – and Tesdes sat down on …
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  8. Chapter 11B: Teachers Instruct

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    November 14, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “…And, Enerenarie, what would you say was the most important part of the aether channeling by biologic entities?”  Instructor Kaasmasik stopped in front of Enrie’s desk for the fourth time; they were barely a quarter of the way into the class.  “What does it mean, most importantly, that, say, a …
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  9. Chapter 11a: For Instruction, Ask A Teacher; For Help, Ask A Friend.

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    November 11, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Taikie was looking shocked.  Enrie didn’t blame her; she felt as if she’d fallen off the side of a mountain and she had, in one way or another, been watching this fall coming for quite a while. Saydrie looked like he’d pushed them both.  Enrie took his hand carefully.  “Saydrie, …
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  10. Chapter 10C: The Time Comes to Leave the Fireside

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    November 10, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Saydrie swallowed.  His eyes seemed to skim over both of them, settling on the mountains out over their shoulders. “The Bitrani folk song.  The piece about Bithrain still being a nation.  All of that is part of a set of lore that we’re supposed to have forgotten.  It was actually …
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  11. Chapter 10b: Bring Forth Your Tales to the Firelight

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    November 6, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    It could endanger my whole enclave.  The words hung in the air for a moment.  Enrie swallowed.  Her parents were Diplomats.  She’d seen some of what could happen if an uprising were suspected.  They’d tried to shelter her, but she’d heard rumors, and she’d snuck out on occasion – on more …
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  12. Chapter 10A: Gather Round Now Children, Hear My Song

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    November 4, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Saydrie looked at Taikie and Enrie with a look so worried and so desperate, it made Enrie’s chest clench and her throat tighten.  She nodded slowly.  “We trust you, Sayrie.  I promise I won’t doubt you.” “I – I trust you.”  Taikie sounded less certain, but she had been the …
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  13. Chapter 9C: Implied Permission

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    November 3, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Instructor Dainanan!”  Riensin stepped out of the doorway into the hallway and caught their Textiles Instructor by the arm.  “I was hoping to catch you.  I have a question about the Oonezhoonet-Era embroidery you were discussing yesterday in class.” “Oh?”  Instructor Dainanan was easily flattered; it was one of the …
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  14. Chapter 9B: Implied Forgiveness

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    November 1, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie leaned forward, resisting the urge to snatch the papers out of Taikie’s hands. “What is it?” “Well, I’m still working on it – wait, Enrie, you speak seven languages, right?  You said you knew some of the obscure dialects?” “Here.”  She positioned herself so she could look over Taikie’s …
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