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  1. Chapter 51b: Strangers and Friends

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    November 25, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie turned to look at Gianci.  Everyone else, she noticed, was doing the same.   He cleared his throat again.  He was looking over their heads, not at them. “Sometimes they tell people they can’t go back to the enclaves.  Banish them.  Some people leave on their own, sure, but …
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  2. Chapter 51a

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    November 23, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The cart wasn’t chasing them anymore.  A peek around the edge of the wagon showed it tangled and sideways on the side of the road, their goats all happily eating feed or fighting with the harness, trying to get to the food.  Three of the people from the wagon were …
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  3. Epilogue

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    May 6, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Considering the nature of your discoveries…” House Monitor Libkazaari was not smiling, and she was dressed in funeral red to honor Talmizhaab, but she was not frowning, and she did not seem displeased. “Well, I would not say they are good discoveries, but I would say this gains you a …
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  4. Chapter Thirty – The Three Began it All; the Three End it All

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    March 25, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Talzhaab showed it to me. Right before she went missing, we had a long conversation about some things. She didn’t want anyone to overhear.” Davenpor smoothed his sleeves again. “There was quite a bit there about her device and her mechanisms. I have some of the plans back in my …
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  5. Chapter Twenty-Nine – When the World is Shaking, Do Not Stop to Rebalance Your Saddle-Bags

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    March 20, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “You did, didn’t you?” “Here.” Lusnyoot shoved the wrench into Tairiekie’s hand. “Fix it and stop asking questions.” “What were you going to do if I didn’t wander through looking for you?” She started loosening the fixtures, paused, shook her head, and turned off the toggle switches first. She noticed …
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  6. Chapter Twenty-Eight – And When You Are Gone, What Will They Say of You?

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    March 5, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Tairiekie jolted into consciousness as her head thumped against something again. She struggled to sit up – only to realize that, by the feeling of her swimming head, she already was sitting up. Opening her eyes seemed like a horrid idea. Her head was pounding like someone was hammering on a copper drum …
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  7. Chapter Twenty-Seven: There Are Lessons You Only Learn in Pain

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    February 26, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    They were safely across the courtyard, standing in the passageway that would get them to the Dining Hall, when the first people noticed the goat. Noticed may have been the wrong word. It was more like got doused by. Tairiekie’s creation perched on the top of Philosophy House, drawing water …
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  8. Chapter Twenty-Six – You Can Show a Goat the River

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    February 18, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “I’ll show him a river.” The moons were slivers in the sky and the towers were dim. There was almost no light at all; that had all been part of Tairiekie’s plan. They were less likely to get caught on a dim night. The low flicker of the doorway lights …
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  9. Chapter Twenty-Five: Hauling Water From the River to Spite the Well

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    February 11, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Instructor Pelnyen’s frown went from irritated to stormy. “I see. Your teammate is limping, and you wish me to be her crutch.” “No, sir.” Enrie’s voice was level. Tairiekie really had to learn how she did that. “No, I’m asking you to help my team-mate with concepts she is having …
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  10. Chapter Twenty-Four – Sometimes the Weasel Just Gets Away

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    February 5, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Hey! What are you kids doing here?” They froze. Tairiekie had one hand on the wrench, her other hand on the chest she’d taken it from. Tiezrundaaz’s room, she thought, Tiedaaz being one of the ones who was loud and miserable all night and then pretended to be helpful all day. …
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  11. Chapter Twenty-Three – Be Rebellious

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    January 29, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Be rebellious. Tairiekie wanted to feel as if she were dressing for war, but there was little warlike that she could do with a class uniform. She braided her hair carefully, plaiting it into four groups of three and then looping them instead of the two-braid she usually did. She used …
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  12. Chapter Twenty-Two – Focus on Today’s Target, Not Tomorrow’s Aim

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    January 22, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “I’m sorry I made friends as a school assignment.” Tairiekie was staring at the wall; she was afraid what would come next. She was very bad at this particular assignment. “It’s all right.” Enrie’s voice was very gentle. “But did you actually make friends, then?” “I… did I?” She looked …
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  13. Chapter Twenty-One -You Are Known By the Company You Keep

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    January 14, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Tairiekie was three steps down the ladder when her pocket caught fire. She jumped off the ladder – which, in retrospect, was probably a bad idea – and stripped the apron off with two tugs of the ties. They were probably designed to be easy to remove, considering the trouble they got into. It …
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  14. Chapter Twenty – Ask Not “What Happened” But Rather “What Now?”

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    January 7, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    House Monitor Libkazaari was standing in front of Instructor Talmizhaab’s Device. She was also standing in front of a bucket of cleaning equipment – polish, rags, some sort of sprayer – and oversized aprons and long gloves. “As I said, you are to clean the Device. There are three ladders, so that you …
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  15. Chapter Nineteen – Peace and War Are Not Opposites, Any More than Sitting and Riding Are

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    January 1, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The shoveling, it seemed, would never be done. And after three days, it seemed as if the stink of the stables would never leave them, either. It might have been in their heads: they weren’t lacking for people sitting near them at meals, at least, and even people going out …
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  16. Chapter Eighteen – When Making War, First Make Tea

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    December 10, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Sit down, Pupil Tairiekie.” At the Monitor’s harsh tone, Tairiekie deflated back into her seat with a thump. She looked down at her folded hands, trying very hard to be good. They were here to be punished, after all. “Yes, you are correct. You are to become close with your …
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  17. Chapter Seventeen – Hit First, Reassess, Hit Again

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    December 5, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Saydrie swung both his fists, his left connecting a moment before his right. The left hand hit the front-most Art House boy in the nose; the second fist hit him in the jaw. Before anyone could say anything at all, Saydrie hit the next one behind the knee with a kick …
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  18. Chapter Sixteen: It is Not in Fighting, But in Not Backing Down, That You Grow

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    November 26, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “It’s gone.” Tairiekie felt hollow. She opened up her trunk, even though she knew she hadn’t put it in there. Clothes, mostly uniforms, looked up at her. She dug through them, finding something hard – no, a spare wrench. Nothing useful right now. And then her spare boots. Something that felt …
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  19. Chapter Fifteen: A Bond Reforged is Thrice as Strong

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    November 12, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “If you go down the end of this passageway…” “Saydrie!” They said it in concert, which just caused Saydrie’s cheeks to get redder and his shoulders to hunch forward more. “I was going to tell you. But I wanted to tell you both at once and…” “Mmmf.” Tairiekie glanced at …
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  20. Chapter Fourteen: The Virtues of Diversification

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    November 5, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “That’s all very well and good, but why aren’t you in class?” Tairiekie had been wondering the same thing. Enrie hadn’t exactly talked to her or Saydrie for the last few days. She hadn’t been yelling at them, either, but she’d been cool and distant in classes, missing at meals, …
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