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  1. Epilogue V – The End

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    October 10, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Instructor Tiemaktamiek was quiet and subdued in class when the three of them returned to Edally Academy. Not just him; many of the Instructors were subdued, Saydrie noticed; Pelnyen among those who simply wrote an assignment on the board with a note: please write about the following, then sat and …
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  2. Epilogue IV

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    October 10, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Lirnilalie was in the middle of her fourth diatribe when the lead judge interrupted. “I believe—” they held up a hand. “That will be enough.  There is no more need for this one to speak. You may restrain her again. “You don’t want to silence me,” Lirnilalie informed the judge …
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  3. Epilogue III

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    October 8, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The trial seems to take forever, and at the same time it seemed to go very quickly.  And it only been two weeks since they had tackled Lirnilalie at the Treaty Meet, and in that time the Speaker for Justice had come up with an amazing number of charges and …
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  4. Epilogue II

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    October 3, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    We’re on the way to the close! Thank you for staying with me this long, guys! ~*~ “I’ve never been to a trial before.”  Taikie was whispering, but she needn’t have bothered.  Callenni are a restless lot, Saydrie’s mother liked to say, and the crowd here was loud enough that …
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  5. Epilogue I

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    September 17, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Why do you always get to leave the school?”  Dalebod was watching them board yet another carriage: Saydrie, Enerenarie, and Tairikie, along with Riensin, Kekdela, Tesdes, and, of course, Gianci.   “I’m willing to trade,” Saydrie offered dryly.  “For a chance at not being threatened for a little while.  It’s going …
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  6. Chapter 42

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    September 3, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Saydrie would always, he thought, remember this day as the date he knocked a former Princess out with a punch. It was a good punch, he had to admit, and Lirnilalie fell down with a soft noise. “You’re going to want rope,” he told the women who’d been fighting with …
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  7. Chapter 41

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    August 20, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    We’ll burn. “It’s pretty rhetoric.”  Lirnilalie looked around the room in disdain.  “But that’s all it is. It’s sweet rhetoric thought up by a child who should be in classes.  By a child who doesn’t know how the world really works, outside of the enclaves. We know, outside, in the …
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  8. Chapter 40

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    June 25, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Hey!” Taikie was struggling in earnest.  “Let go of me!” She looked a moment away from using her Device as a bludgeon.  “Enrie!” Saydrie shouted — and then followed up in Bitrani. “The Device!” Enrie followed his thought and stepped between Taikie and the one holding her.  With her back …
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  9. Chapter 38

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    June 11, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The audience hall had erupted into shouting and arm-waving.  Taikie stepped forward next to Saydrie and started walking down the stage’s front stairs; the announcer hurried after her, intent on bringing her back onto the stage. Enrie caught the announcer’s arm.  Saydrie stood up to his tallest and raised his …
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  10. Chapter 37

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    June 6, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    In what may have been a courtesy move, most of the other students went first.  Saydrie, Enrie, and Taikie sat in the back, Taikie continuing to fiddle with her Device, while student after student was brought on stage to a generalized description of their project.  The student said a few …
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  11. Chapter 36

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    June 5, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    shh, this posted on Tuesday, really.  The three of them were herded into a small waiting room with a number of other students — the ones who had been in the changing room with Saydrie and a slightly larger number of female students, all of them seeming to be in …
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  12. Chapter 35

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    May 30, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The Arran cities looked strange to Saydrie, who had finally, he thought, gotten used to the architecture of Ilelteddez and the way the Edally looked, all circles and round edges and buildings seeming to be built on top of each other. The Arran style seemed to keep much of the …
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  13. Chapter 34

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    May 28, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Saydrie pulled out every book in his bag, flipping through one and then the next and then the next.  “It’s in here somewhere.” “What kind of idea, Saydrie?”  Taikie scooted closer. “Can we help?” He dumped a book in her lap.  “We’re looking for The Equivilancies.  Urm, it might be …
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  14. Interlude: Planning the Meet

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    May 2, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Bureaucrat Tolekora was not pacing, because she was far too well-bred to pace, but she was watching a specific spot in the room with all of her attention while, in the back of her mind, she ran through her checklists one on top of another, over and over again. Moving …
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  15. Interlude: The Nature of Aether

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    April 30, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The force which is sometimes called sira and sometimes called aether runs all through the long mountain range down the eastern coast of Reiassan. It can literally be mined out of the ground – and, indeed, the smaller deposits on the west coast, near the first landing sites, are what …
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  16. Chapter 33

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    April 16, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The Worst Part of Making a Bad Decision is Having to Make the Same Decision Again Later “There!”  Enrie’s finger stabbed the book firmly.  “There, that’s it.” It was as if she was pinning the words in place. They had been taking turns and struggling with the book for more …
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  17. Chapter 32

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    April 11, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    There Will Always Be Something You Still Do Not Know Taikie muttered at her Device.  Enrie looked between Saydrie and the Princess as if not sure what she should say.  The whole carriage seemed to be holding its breath. “I feel like I missed a class,” Enrie finally admitted.  “Like …
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  18. Chapter 31

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    April 9, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    You Cannot Keep the Wind a Secret The last time they’d been on a madcap dash across the country, they’d been in the back of a wagon — and there’d been more people with them. Enrie and Gianci had said goodbye for exactly as long as Oltyellalobtello had allowed them …
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  19. Interlude: A Letter

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    April 4, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    On preparing for the Treaty Meet Bureaucrat Tolekora, You told us that we would have a Grand Meeting of  people from all over the Nation in five weeks, and we told you what we would need.  We began the preparations with that understanding, that we had five weeks to prepare …
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  20. Interlude: a Bitrani Mother

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    April 2, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “You cannot pace all day, and, if you do, you won’t have anything to eat for dinner.” Kalia’s mother had been growing increasingly sharp with Kalia over the last few weeks.  Kalia did her best to ignore it – she was a woman grown and married, the de facto leader …
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