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  1. Epilogue: At the Races

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    January 30, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    It seemed that being in the favor of the Emperor, at least for the moment, had a few immediate benefits. One of those was being in charge of the imperial bureaucrats as they searched the Library. Enrie had never been in charge of people before and she found it very …
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  2. Chapter 59C – Hold Your Head High

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    January 27, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie’s heart was pounding so loudly she was certain his guards could hear it. Her throat was dry and her palms were sweaty.  And the Emperor — who was, in a way, technically her grand-uncle, although she was fairly certain the tree was not nearly that direct — was smiling …
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  3. Chapter 59B: The Emperor’s Voice

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    January 25, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The guards were in very plain uniforms with no insignia, their colors a non-explanatory mix of red, blue, and green. Their weapons explained enough, however; each of them was visibly carrying a long polearm or a gladius and a firearm.  Something about their comportment suggested to Enrie that they did not need …
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  4. Chapter 59A: An Alarming Call

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    January 23, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    They’d been back at school for two weeks.  Enrie was entirely caught up on all her classes, and Taikie was back into reading ahead by at least a week.  Their Instructors had either forgiven them, or, in the case of those more nosy than fretful about academics, had stopped asking …
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  5. Chapter 58C: A Breath of Normalcy

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    January 20, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

      “Hello there.  It has been a while, hasn’t it?  Almost an eon.”  Gianci had spent almost all of his time in the days since they returned placating his teammates and roommates, all of whom had been irked with him.  Enrie had only seen him in passing in the lounge …
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  6. Chapter 58B: The Role and the Name

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    January 18, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    It felt strange to be back in school.  Their Instructors had all been told — well, something, at least — by House Monitor Libkazaarie — which meant that Instructor Pelnyen looked at them sideways but everyone else seemed to accept their absence with decent grace.   There were projects to …
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  7. Chapter 58A: The Archive and the Treaty

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    January 16, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The address Elelakorra had given them turned out to be the floor below the first floor of a four-story stone building just outside the royal quarter.  The entrance in the front of the building led to a very attractive stone staircase, down to a room with narrow but tall windows and …
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  8. Chapter 57C: Safe Roads and a Clear Sky

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    January 13, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “You really have had an interesting first year at school so far,” Elelakorra chuckled. “Oh, no, this is nothing.  Taikie got hit over the head with a pipe by someone —” Enrie caught herself and coughed “— misusing aether, someone who turned out to be a murderer.   For this, all …
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  9. Chapter 57B: Old School Friends and New

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    January 11, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Elelakorra’s gaze moved to Libkazaarie and stayed there for a moment.  “My protection includes you, of course.  It has been a while, hasn’t it?” Libkazarrie cleared her throat uncomfortably. “It has. Honored Voice.” “None of that, Librie.” Elelakorra hopped up to sit on her desk and swung her legs over …
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  10. Chapter 57A: Fear and Protection

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    January 9, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie cleared her throat to give herself a moment to think.  Elelakorra had changed directions, tone of voice, and expression in a heartbeat.  Now she was gentle-older-cousin again. “I believe, cousin, ah, Elora, you were just finishing up reading the treaty – the copy of the treaty, of course.”  Enrie …
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  11. Chapter 56c: Copies

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    January 6, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Lirnilalie stared at Enrie blankly for a minute.  “You’re telling me that Ilonilarrona had me chasing after a copy?   A modern copy, at that?  All of this talk about the Treaty and what it could do, and it’s nothing but a copy?  Nobody would believe anything based on this, nobody …
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  12. Chapter 56b: How Does This End?

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    January 4, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Lirnilalie was staring at her intently, and, more disturbingly, so was Elelakorra. Enrie felt like she was missing something, some capitulation of Lirnilalie’s she hadn’t quite followed.  But she understood this part, at least.  She raised her chin and looked Lirnilalie in the eye and smiled. “I appreciate the offer, …
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  13. Chapter 56A: ‘Til the World Burns

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    January 2, 2017 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Lirnilalie shifted her weight, leaning forward over the desk.  “You don’t honestly think those guards worry me, do you, cousin?  They’re not going to do anything to me.” “I believe your self-confidence is getting in the way of your memory, cousin. The guards have taken you away before, and they …
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