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  1. Chapter 41A: Bitrani and Calenyena

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    August 29, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    They took all of their bits and pieces to a quiet lab in the back of the Philosophy classroom building.  There, in a room lit with the new safety lamps, they laid out everything they’d found so far, pages and notes.  Saydrie pulled out some fresh paper and a pen …
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  2. Chapter 40C: Dangerous Reading

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    August 26, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    They found Gianci and Taikie in the history section, holding an old tome whose bindings had crumbled with age, hidden off behind a pole in a far corner  near the books on Empress Otyeriotanerio .  The book itself was Bitrani Writings on the Early Wars, but, between two maps of …
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  3. Chapter 40b: Chasing Honor and Breadcrumbs

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    August 24, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie and Saydrie read angry paragraph after angry paragraph.  The scribe had started out describing things as an extended metaphor, but he kept falling into screeds about the failure of the world in the “modern era.” He was convinced that something had happened to the Bitrani people that had led …
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  4. Chapter 40a: Findings

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    August 23, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie didn’t wait until Gianci and Taiki were gone before she started searching the shelves.  She’d been over many of these books before, but with Gianci’s new lullaby, they had a new direction to go in. Saydrie was muttering to himself as he flipped through books.  After a minute, he …
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  5. Chapter 39C – Sing a Song of Memory

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    August 19, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Saydrie and Taikie considered Gianci’s proclamation for a moment before each nodding in agreement. “All right,” Taikie agreed. “We’re starting here because it’s safe, looking for any instance of this folk-song, ” Taikie showed Gianci her notepad,  “or anything in this tune. Saydrie?” Saydrie hummed a few bars of something Enrie didn’t recognize. …
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  6. Chapter 39B: Return to the Library

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    August 16, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    They should have been making their way back downstairs to help Taikie and Saydrie with their project, but Enrie found it was hard to work up the motivation to leave. One kiss led to another, and another one after that, until finally she sighed.  The sun was beginning to set through …
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  7. Chapter 39A: A Kiss Before the Fight

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    August 10, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Gianci, Enrie found, was a bit hesitant about the actual idea of things.  His hand hovered hear the small of her back and the other hand near her shoulder, as if he would like to touch her but was remembering, perhaps, the way she had reacted when someone else had …
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  8. Chapter 38C – two steps forward, two steps forward.

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    August 8, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie stood took a step backwards up the stairs and smiled at Gianci.  “Well, if we’re going to be in close quarters with each other — as it seems we are — maybe we could go for something a little more scenic?” He took a step up after her.  “What …
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  9. Chapter 38B: Sometimes You Just Have to Dance

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    August 3, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Gianci cleared his throat and took a step backwards.  Enrie stood up and took a step downwards, closer to him. “So…” he offered uncertainly.  “So you would have… gone down to the, that is, gone to the races with me, if you hadn’t been… otherwise occupied, um, planning to be …
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  10. Chapter 38A: Either Move Forward or Back Up; Doing Both is Dancing

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    August 2, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie looked at Gianci.  He looked at her.  There were more important things to be worried about right now, she knew.  But he was between her and the exit, and Taikie was between them and leaving.    She looked over his shoulder, although there was nothing there.  “I’ve been interested …
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