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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Chapter 30

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    March 7, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    And if I say it is an Honor, it is one.  Princess Oltyellalobtello seemed as much at a loss as he was.  She cleared her throat after a moment. “Tairiekie, I understand.  You don’t want special favors. You want to get where you are going to get  on your own …
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  7. Chapter 29

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    March 5, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    When a Princess Tells You to Do Something… Taikie was giggling.  Saydrie was smiling. Even Riensin was laughing.  It was a good moment. Saydrie felt a little relaxed, even in the midst of this Calenyen city. “Pardon me, I know that this is likely a bad time, but we must …
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  8. Chapter 28

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    February 28, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    By my sneezing and my aching I can feel the evil that is taking Taking hold, right in my joints, By my pain, to evil I can point They followed the quiet clacking of Taikie’s arrow like a child’s game of hot and cold. Saydrie couldn’t smell any bad aether, …
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  9. Chapter 27

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    February 26, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Look Not to the Color of One’s Coat but to the Seams of it For Your Judgement The end of the week found them gathering together into the weekly carriage down into Ileltedez.   Enrie and Gianci were sharing a bench seat that was just big enough for the two …
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  10. Chapter 26

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    February 21, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Bow to No Kalokat Who is Not Worthy They had shelved the matter of Instructor Tiemaktamiek because their team was falling asleep on their feet, agreeing instead to take notes on his behavior and see if they could work something out; failing that, they would bring all their notes – …
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  11. Chapter 25

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    February 19, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    One becomes Two becomes Four becomes the World Saydrie shifted towards the door, trying to move without making any sound. Behind him, he could sense Taikie shifting her wrench into a position more useful for a weapon than a tool. Enrie had stood up; her presence behind him was like …
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  12. Interlude: The Treaty Meet

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    February 14, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Private notes of Diplomat Kagininonon It may have been better for everyone if this treaty had stayed buried.   I do not know what’s going to come of it, but regardless of its actual legality, whether it was ever signed, and why it was hidden for so long – and …
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  13. Interlude: Princess Oltyellalobtello

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    February 12, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The temple at Edally Academy was beautiful, in an ancient way, the stones still feeling the old dampness of the mountain or cliff they’d been pulled from, the brazier huge and burning away brightly, the plants two trees that stretched up in pots bigger than Oltello’s armspan in width and …
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  14. Chapter 24

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    February 7, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Never Ask An Engineer A Question Unless You Have an Hour By the time they reached the end of the day, all of them were drooping, even Taikie. But she seemed to be holding herself afloat with a wide smile and a scribbled set of plans. Saydrie and Enrie were …
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  15. Chapter 23

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    February 5, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Riding While Injured, Walking While Asleep Breakfast found all three of them sitting as if asleep.  Saydrie pushed himself to sit up straight, only to find that Enrie was nearly falling asleep in her porridge and Taikie was swaying in her seat. Riensin looked at all three of them with …
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  16. Chapter 22

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    December 4, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    We must always remember to be better than bears ~ Saydrie’s dreams were full of phantoms – his family being sent to the four coasts, his mother living up in the iciest parts of the north, being separated from his friends by a thick wall of bars and sometimes by …
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  17. Chapter 21

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    November 27, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    You Find Your Family in Your Tent House Monitor Libkazaari had not been all that interested in punishing any of them, and had made sure they reached their next class in plenty of time.  Discussions of the Bitrani possible-rebellion during their classes and some whispers of trouble in the upper …
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  18. Chapter 20

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    November 8, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    To be an enemy, you must be an actual threat  ~ “I still think that you have absolutely no sense of self-preservation.” Riensin had been going on about the same thing since left the princess behind. “Do you think I could paint her?  Do you think she’d say yes if …
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  19. Chapter 19

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    November 6, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Think of Your Own Goat, Your Own Tent, Your Own Soul First “It doesn’t make sense,” Taikie complained.  “Although everything connected to Humanic Aether seems like a bunch of – of philosophy – to me.” Saydrie winced.  She was going to offend the Princess.  They didn’t want that, couldn’t afford …
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  20. Chapter 18

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    November 1, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Bow Today, Bow Tomorrow, But Always Stand Straight in the End “Thank you, your Highness.”  Saydrie stood and bowed at the same time and somehow managed not to topple over.  The Calenyena had far too much bowing in their lives. “Saydrie!” He shifted, caught himself, and straightened up, barely managing …
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