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  1. Chapter 20A: The Overladen Apple Tree


    January 28, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie found herself clinging to Saydrie’s hand again, this time for her own comfort rather than his.  Taikie trailed behind them as they walked to House Monitor Libkazaari’s office.  They were all quiet.  They  had been quiet since they left the dining hall. Perhaps she should have been expecting to …
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  2. Chapter 19C: And the Soup is Made Inedible


    January 25, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Kekdela was perched in front of Enrie. Of all the people who had been pushing themselves into Enrie’s face and space in the last day, she was certainly being the most polite. “What do you worry about?” “And what was – what was her name? Olisama – talking about?” Taikie …
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  3. Chapter 19b: some put in nettles and some put in fish eggs…


    January 22, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Taikie and Saydrie held their tongues until they were all away from Enrie’s relatives, until they’d sat down at their table.  Then, however, as if it had been pressing against her like steam building up behind a valve, Taikie leaned forward and hissed at Enrie. “What did she mean, you …
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  4. Sick Day


    January 20, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    I am rather sicker than is pleasant and do not have a chapter for you today!  I apologize, and there will be a nice happy chapter up on Friday. Cheers, and curse the winter.

  5. Chapter 19A: If you let the whole village make the soup…


    January 18, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie looked at Olisama, and over that cousin’s shoulder at Iekazhievie, Aronaraariennie, and the other two relatives.  Fraternizing with a Byittie was still burning in her ears, and Saydrie’s hand was warm and firm in hers. Taikie, still holding Saydrie’s other hand, stepped forward.  Her free fist was clenched and …
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  6. Chapter 18c: Everybody Watches


    January 15, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Saydrie was nervous when they headed towards the dining hall for dinner.  It made Enrie angry.  He’d come so far, gotten so comfortable with Taikie and her, and now it wasn’t even Calenyena jerks making him miserable, it was other Bitrani. She held out her hand until he noticed it, …
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  7. Skip Day: An Excerpt from “Into Lannamer,” the Rin & Girey Novel


    January 13, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Brainfoo and Day Job ate my writing time!  In lieu of a chapterlet, have a bit of the new draft of the Rin & Girey story, the thing that started this entire universe.    …[Rin] had been a medic in the Emperor’s Army – Third Army, Seventh Battle – since …
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  8. Chapter 18b: Hide the Dirty Laundry


    January 11, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Enrie!”  Taikie was outraged, but even still she managed to keep her anger to a loud whisper.  “Enrie, we’re not supposed to be looking into any of that stuff!” “I wasn’t!  I was just looking up Emperor Ipaagtyentaag, and then it turned out he was too close to… to it, …
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  9. Chapter 18A: Erase the Past


    January 8, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Taikie was frowning almost comically at Enrie.  “Where were you?  Instructor Kaasmasik was really annoyed!  He wouldn’t even give me your corrected test!” While Taikie complained, Saydrie was studying Enrie over Taikie’s head, looking more thoughtful than annoyed. “I’m sorry.”  Enrie hung her head.  “Olisama took up so much time with …
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  10. Chapter 17C: How Will They Write Your Name?


    January 6, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie found herself in the history section, perusing books on Emperor Ipaagtyentaag, the traitor Emperor.  He had come into power not all that long before the Coffee Treaty had – or hadn’t – been signed – and been hung in the center square of Lannamer soon afterwards. It wasn’t a …
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  11. Chapter 17B: History is Written by the Winners


    January 4, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    It felt like dropping chains off of herself, walking off, leaving Olisama complaining and Kagnyaa commiserating.  Enrie found her back a little straighter as she headed off – in the direction of Biologic Systems, of course, at least until she was well out of sight – and a smile coming …
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  12. Chapter 17A: Learn in Classrooms, Practice in Life


    January 1, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Not every student went to every class at Edally.  Enrie knew that; she’d seen the empty chairs and seen people wandering across the center courtyard through classroom windows. It was one thing to know it, however, and an entirely different thing to implement it.  For one thing, as far as …
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