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  1. Interlude: Maiku Hall

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    October 22, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “I wonder why it’s called Maiku Hall1.” Riensin had only known his three-team for a few days but he’d already learned that getting her to talk about things she liked was the easiest way to get Kekdela to pay attention to him, and getting Taztyag to talk at all was useful – …
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  2. Chapter Thirteen: Some Fish Swim Best in the Air

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    October 8, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “You’re measuring Social Aetherism?” Enrie stared at the device. “I told you I was going to.” Tairiekie blinked at her friend in confusion. Saydrie, too, leaned forward, looking worried. “Tairiekie… isn’t that heretical?” He sounded even more worried than he looked. “I don’t think so?” She settled for putting the …
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  3. Chapter Twelve: If You Call It a Fish, People Will Expect It to Swim

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    October 1, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Tairiekie, what are you doing?” Enrie leaned in to the stall, and then quickly leaned back again. “Why are you doing it in the stables?” Saydrie didn’t even poke his head in the stall. “You’re either going to get us in trouble or make us late for dinner.” Enrie tch’d …
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  4. Chapter Eleven: The Brightest Fire Does Not Always Burn Hottest

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    September 24, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Hi, Saydrie.” “You got the House Monitor to come find me?” She could hear the mortification in Saydrie’s voice even before Libkazaari moved out of the way. Once the House Monitor had cleared the way, she could see the cupola better – and Saydrie’s horrified face. “Not exactly.” She wanted …
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  5. Chapter Ten: May Our Failures be Small, Educational, and Overlooked by our Enemies

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    September 17, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “He was covered in scorch marks and so were both of his teammates.” Tairiekie hadn’t intended to walk in on two adults arguing. She’d meant to go find Saydrie, who hadn’t shown up to breakfast. After their adventure the day before, she couldn’t really fault him for hiding, but they …
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  6. Chapter Nine: To Our Successes, May they Be Written Forever

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    September 10, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Well, you did pretty well.” Saydrie, Enrie, and Tairiekie gathered around their Philosophy tests, studying their grades. “I got a 94%. A ninety-four.” Tairiekie’s finger tracked down the page. “He knocked me off for calligraphy on three letters, and for a wrong answer on Mechanical Fastness. How did I get …
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  7. Chapter Eight: Far From the Best

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    September 8, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “And remember, you have your first test tomorrow. Study hard: the first test often indicates how the rest of year will proceed.” Their Introduction to Diplomacy Instructor waved cheerfully at them, her long sleeves flapping. Tairiekie resisted the urge to sigh, and instead gathered her books and turned to her teammates. …
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  8. Chapter Seven: Classes and Challenges

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    September 8, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Do you think the classes are going to be hard?” By prearrangement, Saydrie, Enrie, and Tairiekie had met up in Dienvyes Hall for breakfast before heading off to the Biology and Medicine Hall for their first class of the day. The weather was still warm and their new uniforms were …
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  9. Chapter Six: New Friends and New Teams

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    September 7, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Don’t do that.” Enerenarie glared at Tairiekie. “Just call me Enrie, all right, everyone else does. I’m not a Grace, anyway.” “You’re of the royal family.” Tairiekie tried not to flinch away. Couldn’t she do anything at all right? The curtsey had been exactly right, she knew it! She’d practiced …
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  10. Chapter Five: Into Threes, Nines, and Eighteens

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    September 7, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “It’s time to divvy everyone up.” The stout woman patted Tairiekie’s shoulder and then moved on to the next new-looking person. Gamzhyai looked around. “I guess it really is time. Look, I’m a fourth year, which means I’m going to be just three stories down in the same tower from …
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  11. Chapter Four: Discovering the Power Structure

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    September 7, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “You might not see her at all.” “Why not?” Kinyozhanya beat Tairiekie to the question. “Are the classes tiered right from the beginning?” Tairiekie bit her tongue. Because that, of course, would mean they weren’t in the same classes. Who did miss top-of-her-class think she was? “No, no, that would …
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  12. Chapter Three: An Introduction to Aether

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    September 6, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “And what about the aether you so misuse?” The boy who was presumably called Pyoter and just as presumably a member of Alchemy House leaned forward, sneering his accusation at Tairiekie’s guide. “I wouldn’t say there’s any misuse going on.” Lielbyim had gone from icy to glacial. Maybe Pyoter really …
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  13. Chapter Two: Welcome to House Akaizepennen

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    September 6, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Thief!” The shout rose above the tumult of the hall. Tairiekie tried to move closer, but the crowd was all doing the same thing. “Calm down, Ebusdiz. You’re being ridiculous.” The calmer voice still managed to cut through the murmuring and be heard, Tairiekie imagined, clear to the rafters. “I’m …
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  14. Chapter One: Welcome to the Academy

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    September 6, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The entirety of the legendary Empress Edaledalende Academy of Higher Learning at Ileltedez was stretched out in front of Tairiekie. All of its towers, its multitude of roofs, the scattered outbuildings, all rose around her, looming. It stretched out like a town of its own, waiting. “Coming through!” A tall …
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