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  1. Chapter 54a: The Voice Laughs

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    December 14, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie held her breath.  There was nothing else she could do; protesting that she wasn’t a liar wasn’t going to do anything but make her look more guilty.  Looking at Libkazaari wasn’t going to do anything but say she didn’t know what was going on — which she didn’t, of …
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  2. Chapter 53c: A Matter of Names

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    December 12, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Honestly, some people…”  Elelakorra pulled a dart gun from somewhere in her desk and hopped up onto said desk, nimbly missing the copies of the treaty.  She took aim, sighted… and then sighed.  “Let her in, Tevordor, and then go get the guard.  All of them.  Twice.” “Ma’am?” Tevordor didn’t …
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  3. Chapter 53b: Where Everyone is Clever

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    December 9, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie did not know her cousin all that well, but she thought the woman sounded faintly amused. Saydrie’s cheeks went red and blotchy and he bowed again, jerky this time.  “No, Honored One.  If anything,” he cleared his throat and managed a weak smile, “simply pointing out a specifically Bitrani …
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  4. Chapter 53A: Aim for Your Target and Throw

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    December 7, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie winced.  Her friends were not actually helping her case, as much as they might think they were. “It was…” She cleared her throat.  “They did destroy or remove several books, but they were stopped in their efforts by two things: some of the information had embedded aether.  It made …
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  5. Chapter 52c – When our Leaders Wore Red & Were Competent

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    December 5, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Saydrie rescued her. “…we forget that our Emperors’ ancestors once had to undergo seven tests to be considered worthy to even be in the succession, and that our Governors and Emperor all were once kalōkāt; war-leaders, leaders who had been proven both in battle and in peace.  We forget that …
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  6. Chapter 52B

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    December 2, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “I hear I have a cousin out here.”   The voice was smooth, the accent Lannamer, with its long vowels.  Enrie looked up, then bowed as elegantly as she could manage.  “Voice of the Emperor Elalekorra, cousin.”  Her cousin had apparently changed not one bit except as fashion shifted since the …
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  7. Chapter 52A

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    November 30, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The man standing to greet them – or challenge them; she wasn’t sure yet – was armed, carrying at least a sword, a long-knife, and a spear. Enrie took in his outfit – the tailored vest, the bright magenta, purple, and leaf-green layers, the comfortable stance and the way his …
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  8. Chapter 51c

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    November 28, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Whatever pursuit there had been had gotten stuck in the dusk and muck or captured by the constabulary. The rest of the group took turns changing into their nicest clothes as Libkazarri and then Korten maneuvered the wagon through the narrow Lannamer streets and around the curves required to get …
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Chapter 50C: Falling

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    November 22, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Sorry so late, guys!  Not sure what happened to brain Enrie was skidding toward the open trap-door, flailing for purchase. A flash of movement caught her eye and a moment later, three hands caught her – wrist, shoulder, and ankle. Enrie was yanked to a stop a hands-width from the …
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  12. Chapter 50b: Turn the Corner

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    November 14, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    She needed to see what they were facing.  She held on to the wagon very tightly, pressed her body against the frame and spread her feet to give herself a wider, more stable stance.  She leaned out around the body of the wagon carefully, mindful that these people, since they …
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  13. Chapter 50a: A Family Visit

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    November 11, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The chief constable frowned deeply for a moment.  Enrie counted backwards from seven to zero in her mind, twice, and then did it again as the chief opened his mouth. “You’re here for a school project,” he repeated.  He was putting quite a bit of emphasis on those last two words. …
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  14. Chapter 49C: an historical project

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    November 9, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The chief constable appeared a little too unimpressed with Enrie.  She let her smile get a little bigger and, at the same time, a little more sharp, a little more impatient.  The chief, in turn, responded by turning to look at the oncoming cart. Enrie thought about her mother, being …
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  15. Chapter 49B: Act the Part You Want

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    November 7, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The wagon rattled along the bridge.  Kekdela had her head on her knees, one hand in Riensin’s and the other in Tesdes’.  Enrie clutched the bag holding her copies of the treaty carefully to herself.  What would her mother do in this situation? Her father? First, her mother would say, …
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  16. Chapter 49A: Into Lannamer

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    November 2, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The snow was falling when they reached the Lannamer River, big wet flakes that were clogging the road and making the bridge hazardous.  Taikie rode up front with Libkazaarie, talking about the structure of the bridge and things she’d learned about it from one of her books, while Enrie leaned …
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  17. Chapter 48C: Hands-on Learning

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    October 31, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Noon found them nearly to the Lannamer River – on a much smoother, quieter ride, thanks to the half an hour Taikie had spent under the wagon with Korten while the rest of them stretched their legs and rested – and being suddenly followed by a team of two on …
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  18. Chapter 48B: A Pause in the Road

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    October 28, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    They stopped for breakfast at a small inn a twenty-minute wagon ride off the main road, a place Korten’s family’s family ran.  Nobody was asking any questions, except,  “where are we going to sit all of you?” and, to Korten, “why don’t you write home more often?” The food was …
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  19. Chapter 48A: Sometimes Battles Choose You

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    October 26, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    It was a long ride to Lannamer, one that couldn’t be done in a day even if you didn’t stop at all.  The first night, they were stopped three times, the road blocked by people that, as Libkazaari muttered, had no right to be doing stops, nor to be looking …
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  20. Chapter 47C: On the Road Again

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    October 24, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Their head of school might being blackmailed, but Enrie found herself worrying more about what to pack.  “I don’t have anything,” she complained to her roommates, who were sleepy and not inclined to help.  “I didn’t bring anything…” She was being very vague about where she was going, not because she …
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