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  1. Prelude: Tesdes

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    July 14, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Tesdes was doing his best to be invisible, which, he was finding, was harder than it had been before. He had done a very good job of hiding in Kekla and Riensin’s rather bright shadows up until now.  But now, now it was getting trickier. He found himself in the …
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  2. Prelude: Riensin

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    July 12, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “And then what happened?” Kietsap was – well, not exactly jealous, more like irritated. Riensin knew why, although he didn’t know if his twin understood it.   “Well, then we talked to The Emperor’s Voice and Eyes, Elalekorra, and then Lirnilalie walked in.  It turns out she’s a Princess. Or …
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  3. Prelude: Kekdela

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    June 30, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Do you remember?”  She had quizzed Riensin until he refused to talk to her. She had pestered Tesdes until he had picked up a charcoal and a slip of paper and drawn his memory ot the Voice of the Emperor, which, it seemed, was seven lines and a raised eyebrow. …
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  4. Prelude: Saydrie

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    June 28, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Saydrie went to pray. This was not unusual, of course; he was in a strange place, surrounded by strangers, and strange things kept happening to him.  It said in all three of the books of the Three that one should seek solace in one’s knowledge of the Three when one …
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  5. Very Nearly There (Enerenarie)

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    July 19, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Now, remember, Enrie, you’ve got to get good grades at the Academy, and you can’t goof off the way you did at the provincial schools.” Enerenarie’s mother fussed with Enrie’s braids, the lay of her vest, the way her shirt sleeves sat, and, finally, with the triple poof of her …
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  6. Almost There (Enerenarie)

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    July 17, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “You’ll do fine, you know.” Enerenarie’s mother patted her leg gently. “And look, we’re coming out of the pass.” The sides of the pass looked as if they had been cut out of the stone like a slice of cake. “The Pass of Kivvak, right? That was the Treaty of… …
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  7. Almost There (Saydrie)

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    July 16, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “We’re only a day out. You’ll be a student of the Edally Academy soon.” The guard passed Saydrie a jacket – it was in a dark purple, trimmed with red and teal. “Those are the Bitrani versions of your House colors.” It was getting cold already, or at least chillier …
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  8. Almost There (Tairiekie)

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    July 15, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Look, Tai-tai, there’s the Capitol.” Tairieke’s father pointed out the window of their carriage, rather unnecessarily, as the Calenyen capitol rose up out the cliffs on the Lannamer River like it was trying to touch the sky. “You can see the palace from here, see the spires?” Dutifully, Tairiekie leaned …
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  9. Getting in (Kinyozhanya’s)

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    July 14, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The letter was delivered by public courier with the last day of Kinyozhanya’’s secondary schooling. She had been looking for it, dreading it, hoping it. “I got in!” She flapped the letter around as she ran into the back yard, then caught herself, folded the letter. “I was accepted.” “Into …
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  10. Getting Ready (Enerenarie)

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    July 13, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “I have every faith in you, Enerenarie.”  Enrie’s mother smoothed a pair of pants into the loaded satchel.  “You’re going to do us proud; you’re going to do your family proud.” “Of course I am.”  Enrie picked up the last pair of boots and slotted them into their accustomed place …
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  11. Getting Ready (Saydrie)

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    July 12, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “It’s almost time. Do you have everything?” The soldier was looming in the doorway to Saydrie’s parents’ house. “Remember, the winters are much colder in the North. You’ll need warm clothes, mittens, boots.” “He has everything.” Saydrie’s mother stood watch over his valise and his trunk as if the soldier …
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  12. Getting Ready (Tairiekie)

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    July 11, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Do you have everything packed?” Tairiekie’s mother dropped a handful of dresses on top of Tairiekie’s luggage. “I thought you might want something for a formal event; they had a few of those when I was in school.” “Thank you.” She folded the dresses carefully into her luggage. It was …
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  13. Pre-story: Tairiekie a year earlier

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    July 9, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    This story is set in  the cold-season before school begins for Tairiekie. “Tai-tai, hurry up.” It wasn’t so much that Tairiekie’s father was rushing her as that he’d called three times in the last half an hour, and that he kept using her baby-name. She was at least a little past …
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