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  1. Chapter 16C: Goat-Hair Braids & Other Pretenses


    December 31, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie’s face was stretched with a smile as they left Gianci behind.  Taikie was smiling; even Saydrie had stopped frowning and was looking a little more relaxed. “He’s a nice guy,” Taikie decided.  “Even if he was snippy with us last time.” Just like that, Enrie’s mood went sideways.  “Well, …
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  2. Chapter 16B: Even a Goat Can Learn to Quack


    December 28, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie felt stiff and angry as they left Biological Systems, but the more steps she took away from the room, the less certain she was.  It could have been a misunderstanding.  There was no way an instructor in the most prestigious academy in all of Calenta would encourage his students …
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  3. IetTienaabaa (Tienaabaa’s Day), a holiday special


    December 25, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    This is a somewhat contemplative piece, set early in the time of human habitation on Reiassan.  The snow had stopped falling for the first time in two weeks. Pieparra had spent a hard half-hour shoveling out a clear space in front of the house and the goats were frolicking out there …
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  4. Light a Candle for me


    December 24, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Light a Candle for Me In Calenta, there was an old tradition – born out of a much older story, and that itself born out of an ancient event – that you did not count the dead as gone until the cold season had passed without them returning to life… …
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  5. Chapter 16A: You Cannot Make a Goat Drink by Pouring Water on Its Head


    December 23, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The three of them were quiet as they walked into Biologic Systems.  There was another quiz coming up today; Instructor Kaasmasik seemed to really enjoy giving them. But not even Taikie could bring herself to be excited about it. She was quiet, glancing at Saydrie worriedly as they walked. “Maybe we …
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  6. Chapter 15C: Not a Rat


    December 21, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie looked between her friends and the gathering of Bitrani boys.  Taikie looked miserable and worried; Saydrie looked angry.  The Bitrani looked defensive and uncomfortable. “There’s no fight,” Darnio answered slowly.  “We were talking to Saydrie and things got heated.” “I don’t suppose you want to tell me why?” “He’s …
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  7. Chapter 15B: Dirty Squirrels


    December 16, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “This looks like an averted fight, to be honest.  What is going on here, children?”  House Monitor Libkazaari sounded amused but it hadn’t reached to her eyes.  She was studying them all, looking from one to another. Darnio cleared his throat.  “We were just having a conversation with Saydrie here.  …
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  8. Chapter 15A: What happens when you cross a tarpani and a rat?


    December 14, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie hadn’t been under any illusion that demanding to sit with her friends was actually going to get her anywhere.  The Cevati Bitrani were too angry, too wound-up, and too much older than her. They didn’t know her from the next girl, and even if they did, they were unlikely to …
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  9. Chapter 14C: Always Royal or Simply Not


    December 11, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    There were, Enrie noticed, no instructors anywhere near the crowd of Bitrani gathered at their lunch table.  There wasn’t a House Monitor, a stable-master, not even the dining hall proctor that broke up the worse of the fights.  There were just students: the Bitrani and their few friends in a tight …
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  10. Chapter 14B: All of the Time or Never at All


    December 10, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “…and then her mother says to me, ‘well, you’re a little young, but you’re tall enough already, aren’t you?’ And I asked her, ‘ma’am, are you talking about riding the goat or riding you?’” “You did not!”  Govezze’s scandalized whisper hissed through the dining hall’s entryway.  “Did you?” “I did. …
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  11. Chapter 14A: Both or Nothing; the Whole of the Thing or None at All


    December 7, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    It should have been easy to put aside the Treaty issue.  Enrie had enough things to concern herself with.  Classes were certainly not getting any easier, for one, and her House was beginning a series of “informal competitions” based around getting their grades up in certain areas.  Most importantly, of …
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  12. Chapter 13C: What Must Come First


    December 4, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Gianci stood up, smoothing his tunic and trousers and bowed to all three of them.  “I’ll leave you to your studies.  Saydrie.  Think about it, all right?” “I will,” Saydrie admitted.  “I don’t want to be expelled… I don’t want to be in even more trouble.”  He swallowed.  “Thank you, Gianci.” …
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