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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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