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  1. Chapter 31B: Teamwork

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    May 27, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie barely managed not to stiffen or pull away as Saydrie pulled her into a hug and suggested intimate things at her while he held her cuddled against him.  He smelled interesting, she noticed, like a soap she only remembered encountering deep in the south. She cleared her throat.  “The …
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  2. Chapter 31A: As a Team

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    May 25, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Bleed for it. Enrie didn’t know if she liked that.  She didn’t want anyone to get hurt.  She didn’t… She didn’t want things to stay the same.  She kept stewing over things as they made it through their classes.  Riensin and Kekdela were’t talking to them; Tesdes probably wasn’t, either, …
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  3. Chapter 30C: Pebbles for the Avalanche

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    May 23, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “There will be other races,” Saydrie offered cautiously.  “And other times for you to go interesting places… with interesting people.” “Hey!”  Taikie’s wisdom was short-lived.  “We’re interesting people.” “We are.  But, rumors about the nature of ‘teams’ aside, I do not think we’re the interesting people that Enerenrie wants to …
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  4. Chapter 30B: Missed Connections

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    May 20, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie looked helplessly between Taikie and Kekdela’s retreating back.  “Well.”  She glanced at Saydrie, who looked a little confused and a little abashed.  “Taikie, you know, Riensin…” “I have absolutely no interest in anything involved with Riensin,” Taikie answered shortly.  “None.  He could fold up and fly away like incomplete …
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  5. Chapter 30A: On their own

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    May 18, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “So… what do we do?”  Taikie hissed her question under the noise of the dining hall; it seemed like, as momentous as that had felt to Enrie, nobody else had noticed. “We give her a day and a night to decide.  And… when she decides that she doesn’t want to …
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  6. Chapter 29C: Fight by the Rules You Set

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    May 16, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “You can’t do this,” Ulunumani repeated.  “Do you know who I am?  Do you know who he is?  Do you know who our parents  are?” Saydrie answered for Enrie.  “Who you are  — who your parents are — is exactly the point.” “Oh?”  Ulunumani took another step forward.  Enrie didn’t …
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  7. Chapter 29B: Causing Trouble

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    May 13, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Taikie frowned for a moment.  Enrie thought she was taking in her rather pessimistic assessment.  Then she burst out laughing, a wry chuckle that quickly turned into a proper chortle.  “Then we paddle on stone here, and next week I’ll come up with a mechanism for that, too.  I can’t …
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  8. Chapter 29A: Paddling on Stone

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    May 11, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie smiled and nodded and note-took her way through class, not letting herself look at her teammates for too long. In the glances she took, she could see that Taikie was pale and worried-looking; Saydrie looked bitter, a surprising and unpleasant look on his face. Instructor Kaasmasik, she couldn’t help …
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  9. Chapter 28C: Into the Fire

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    May 9, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie had a stolen book with possibly-treasonous material in her book bag — she  remembered well how Taikie’s room had been rifled through just a few months ago — and a lump in her chest that she was trying to ignore.  She also had a plan; a plan that wasn’t …
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  10. Chapter 28B: Rise or Fall

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    May 6, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    They were quiet as they walked out of the library, two books signed out properly and safely nestled in Saydrie’s book bag and the third tucked into Enrie’s bag while they were sure nobody was looking. They hadn’t discussed it, any more than they had had room for discussion when …
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  11. Chapter 28A: A New Recipe

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    May 4, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The stairs up had never seemed so long and so exposed.  Enrie walked up them as quickly as she dared without drawing attention.  They didn’t want those people to know what they’d overheard — or that they knew what it meant.  They didn’t want to lead them straight to the …
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  12. Chapter 27C: The Trouble With the Treaty

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    May 3, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie looked down at her notepad, scribbled down a note, and then glanced up at Saydrie and Taikie.  They were both frowning, their heads tilted towards the nearby treaties section.  Why? “…thought we’d found it all, but…” Oh.  It was barely a whisper, but when her pen stopped moving, she …
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