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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Interlude: The Treaty Meet

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    February 14, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Private notes of Diplomat Kagininonon It may have been better for everyone if this treaty had stayed buried.   I do not know what’s going to come of it, but regardless of its actual legality, whether it was ever signed, and why it was hidden for so long – and …
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  8. Interlude: Princess Oltyellalobtello

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    February 12, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The temple at Edally Academy was beautiful, in an ancient way, the stones still feeling the old dampness of the mountain or cliff they’d been pulled from, the brazier huge and burning away brightly, the plants two trees that stretched up in pots bigger than Oltello’s armspan in width and …
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Chapter 21

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    November 27, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    You Find Your Family in Your Tent House Monitor Libkazaari had not been all that interested in punishing any of them, and had made sure they reached their next class in plenty of time.  Discussions of the Bitrani possible-rebellion during their classes and some whispers of trouble in the upper …
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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Chapter 18

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    November 1, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Bow Today, Bow Tomorrow, But Always Stand Straight in the End “Thank you, your Highness.”  Saydrie stood and bowed at the same time and somehow managed not to topple over.  The Calenyena had far too much bowing in their lives. “Saydrie!” He shifted, caught himself, and straightened up, barely managing …
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  16. Chapter 17

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    October 30, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    What Everyone Knows is most often not true “I know that you have dinner soon, but perhaps you could spare  me a few moments? There is a table right over here,” she gestured. “And I promise you that I will make sure you’re still to dinner on time.” Saydrie swallowed. …
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  17. Interlude: Backstage

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    October 25, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The thing about Her Ladyship was that she was immensely, ridiculously convincing – when you were listening to her.  When you were looking at her, talking to her, more importantly, hearing her, everything she said made perfect sense. It was just when you stopped listening, when you went home and …
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  18. Interlude: Trouble Rising?

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    October 23, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    A contemporary newspaper article re. Bithrain relations The spectre of Bitrani rebellion has always hung over the Empire of Calenta, ever since the first days of our nation.  And yet, in the centuries since the peace accord was finally signed, we as a nation, we as Calenyena, have become complacent. …
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  19. Chapter 16

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    October 18, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    What Causes Bad Aether? ~ They each had a list.  Saydrie thought it was a little strange, but it had made both fo his teammates happy, so he had written it off as a Calenyena trait and taken his third of the list. The questions were: Why do the Bitrani …
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  20. Chapter 15

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    October 16, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    There is nothing in blood except everything ~ They met in their little hide-out after dinner.  Enrie had vanished into the library for several hours; Taikie had vanished and he didn’t know where to.  Saydrie, trying to hide from everyone who seemed to want to follow him around, had run …
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