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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Chapter 44C: Consensus

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October 3, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Who do we take it to? turned out to be a question of some contention.  The six of them collected had at least twelve ideas of people they could take their information to, ranging from the Emperor himself to regional Governors all the way down to the upperclassmen in any …
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Chapter 44b: How Quiet Can You Be?

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September 28, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

“I would say that I don’t know why she suspects us,” Enrie hissed, “except that seems patently ridiculous, considering…” “You know, she might just suspect us because we turned her daughter in for cheating,” Taikie pointed out. “She seems like the sort that thinks rules are for other people.” Taikie …
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Chapter 44a: your jacket is loud…

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September 27, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Enrie made it through the rest of their textiles class by the skin of her teeth, paying far more attention to the conversation of embedded aether than she ever had before. If they could embed it in clothing… oh, and she knew they could put it in text already, there …
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Chapter 43C – Mending and Magic

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September 23, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Taikie was clearly trying not to ask Saydrie questions, but it was making her bounce and twist her face up in strange positions.  Finally, halfway through class, he smiled in her direction and whispered, “go ahead.” “Why didn’t you tell me?”  She was clearly trying to keep her voice quiet, …
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Chapter 43B: Wrong in the Aether

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September 19, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

“Class,” Enrie agreed.  She took Saydrie’s offered hand, bowed to both women much as he had, and waited the half-second for Taikie to do the same before they strolled out of there. Holding Saydrie’s hand let her control the pace to that stroll; she was pretty sure if she hadn’t …
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Chapter 43A: Studies and Distractions

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September 16, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

The day of classes seemed to stretch on interminably.  Once they reached the end, Enrie could see what Riensin had found. She could see what else they had to do.  She could figure out who they were supposed to take this to. But first she had to get through Biology …
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Chapter 48C: Safety in Numbers

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September 14, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

“…and then Pieped suggested they could run interference.  Which is probably why there’s this very polite wall of Estyaa House colors by the doorway.  I don’t think Lady Ilonilarrona’s done with us.”  Enrie spared a glance for the nicely-composed line of purple, cyan-teal, & bright red by the main entrance, …
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Chapter 42B: A Diplomatic Problem

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September 9, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Enrie stared at Dozhodo.  “…What?”  She glanced up at Gianci, who was looking every bit as confused as she was.  She looked at Kivsi, who was looking determined.  She glanced over at Lovdyo, who was trying to look invisible. “We’re not going to let that… that…” “Old vulture,” Pieped offered …
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