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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Chapter 47B:

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    October 19, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie lifted her chin and met the Head of her Academy’s gaze without flinching.  “The original is safe, Head Wiltemika.  I didn’t dare have it anywhere it could be found while Lirnilalie and Ilonilarrona  were snooping around, talking about destroying it all.” Wiltemika’s chuckle now had a bit of an …
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  14. Chapter 47A: The Breadcrumbs and the Trail

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    October 17, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Well.”  Wiltemika sank down into a chair and held her head in her hands.  “May they be truly gone and not simply waiting for the right time to plague us again.” “Head Wiltemika,” Libkazaari protested.  “What is going on?” “With any luck, the evidence I have previously put forward against …
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  15. Chapter 46C: Leave When the Door Is Open

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    October 16, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Now that that little travelling curiosity show is over,” Lirnilalie muttered, “we can get back to business.  My papers–” “As I told you already,” LIbkazaari interrupted, “your papers aren’t here.  The only papers that are here belong to the Students here and to the school.” “Then you won’t mind if …
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  16. 46B: Do More Than Blow Steam

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    October 14, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie swallowed around a dry throat and watched the scene unfold.  Libkazaari stood up, watching Lirnilalie levelly. The woman, in turn, raised one eyebrow in clear doubt.  “I’ve never heard of a school project that led to students hiding, running away from adults and stealing things from rooms.” “Well as …
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  17. Chapter 46A: No Kissing, Mostly Shouting

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    October 12, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Was this good news?  It was pleasant to hear that Libkazaari didn’t like Lirinlalie, and yet… “House Monitor,” she said carefully, “I am concerned that, if Lirnilalie is being treated as royalty, if we reveal these papers here, there will be no pleasant result and a great deal of trouble.” …
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  18. Chapter 45C: What happens next?

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    October 10, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “We have some ideas about what it could mean,” Enrie offered. “The fact is, it’s not signed, and that’s huge.  And it doesn’t show up in normal history books, but I found references to it in at least one aether-embedded book in the treaties section.”  That one, she’d brought the …
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  19. Chapter 45B: a Nose for Trouble

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    October 7, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie stared at House Monitor Libkazaari’s door. She looked at her friends.  She swallowed around the bile in her throat and looked back at the door. “I can hear you out there.  Unless you’re here to discuss the merits of saddle-throwing positions, come in.” Enrie’s cheeks flushed and she ducked …
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  20. Chapter 45A: On Foot Or Over Goat-Back

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    October 5, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    They were really doing it.  They were carrying everything they had found, and they were taking it to an adult.  Enrie swallowed around a lump in her throat. “There are so many ways that this could go wrong,” she whispered.  They’d picked the route to the House Monitor’s office least …
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