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  1. Exterlude: Aelfgar

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    August 13, 2015 by Lyn

    The world was red and black, the wheat field they stood in so scorched, so drenched in blood, that it would yield no crop but corpses this season.

    Aelfgar, too, was drenched, sticky with the stuff, and he’d lost a couple inches of his braid to a gout of flame.… Read on


  2. Interlude: Loose Ends and Leftovers

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    August 13, 2015 by Lyn

    Taro had his arm around Kailani’s waist, and she was resting her head on his shoulder, the beaded curls of her hair trailing across his back. They looked companionable, cuddly, cozy. Like a couple.

    Conrad’s right hand was twitching, so he shoved it in his pocket, mirroring the gesture with his other hand for symmetry, and turned his back on the happy couple.… Read on


  3. Chapter 15.5 – Jamian

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    August 13, 2015 by Lyn

    Feeling good was good enough for me…

    “Shit,” Shiva swore, as Ty vanished into the crowd and the throbbing lights. She shot a frown at Nick; he just shrugged defiantly. Her frown deepening, she pushed off of the wall, away from Nick – and from Trenchcoat, who took the opportunity to glare at Nick behind Shiva’s back.… Read on


  4. Chapter 15 – Jamian

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    August 13, 2015 by Lyn

    Inside my present, so… so much past

    He’d borrowed, at Ty’s insistence, one of Ty’s suits, an outfit that fit him nearly perfectly, far more sleekly than anything he owned, and probably twice as expensive as his entire wardrobe. But, with the jacket buttoned over a shirt that somehow matched without matching the dress Ty was wearing, Jamian somehow felt more secure, more put-together, more… manly, even with Ty finger-combing his hair to lie properly around the new horns.… Read on


  5. Interlude: In the Eye of the Storm

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    August 13, 2015 by Lyn

    Behind the bar, Callista watched the pretty redhead naiad run from the room, and noted to herself to keep the girl’s drinks lighter in the future. A loss of inhibition wasn’t good, pleasant, or beneficial for everyone – although, come to think of it, screaming at the wolves surrounding her and running away wasn’t altogether the worst idea.… Read on


  6. Chapter 14.75 – Kailani

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    August 13, 2015 by Lyn

    Lie to me; I promise I’ll believe.

    Acacia found her first.

    Kai’s tears had devolved into hiccupping sobs by that point, but the girl was still nearly on top of her – crouched less than a foot in front of her – before she knew she was there.… Read on


  7. Chapter 14.5: Kailani

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    August 13, 2015 by Lyn

    the potential of you and me

    Vlad saw them first, and smiled; Conrad, uncharacteristically, was not smiling, frowning as if trying to puzzle something out. He caught her looking at him, and the grin was back, brilliant and blinding. “There you are!… Read on


  8. Chapter 14: Kailani

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    August 13, 2015 by Lyn

    They know exactly what we’re here for

    Clutching her miniaturized purse in one hand and trying not to cling to Taro with the other, Kailani let her date lead her into the Main Hall –

    – only to find herself stopping dead, trying to process the changes to the area.… Read on


  9. Interlude: Ambrus and Manira

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    August 13, 2015 by Lyn

    Ambrus’ neck felt bare and exposed under his open shirt; the flat torque he had worn for most of the last two decades was at “home,” in Regine’s room, waiting on his dresser.

    It was just symbolic, of course; he still belonged to his Mistress.… Read on


  10. Chapter 13.5: Shahin

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    August 12, 2015 by Lyn

    You let me complicate you…

    The follow chapter includes sexual situations.

    There were other people on the dance floor, so many at times that she and Emrys found themselves shoved into each other, but it didn’t matter. There was music, music she knew and loved, and there was the dance she understood.… Read on


  11. Chapter 13: Shahin

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    August 12, 2015 by Lyn

    Let’s Dance

    “…I’m just saying. It may have its weird moments, but this place is at least academically sound. I mean, in European History…”

    “Vee, you sit next to a minotaur in European History,” Aelgifu interrupted incredulously. The three of them had appropriated a table – far enough from the speakers to please Aelgifu & Yngvi, close enough to the dance floor to allow Shahin to assess the dancing – and, struck by a sudden and mutual sense of shyness, they were nursing their drinks and talking prosaically about Addergoole.… Read on


  12. Interlude: Manira

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    August 12, 2015 by Lyn

    Manira-who-was-not sipped her whiskey sour and spun idly on her bar stool, savoring the feel of the room and the taste of a fine drink, both luxuries she hadn’t had a chance to indulge in for well over a decade.

    And luxe it was.… Read on


  13. Chapter 12: Jamian

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    August 12, 2015 by Lyn

    They say you’re flawless, with lies you’ve never heard

    Jamian woke slowly in the dark, unfamiliar sensations intruding on his sleeping consciousness one by one – the slick, smooth feeling of the sheets underneath him, the thick, velvety quality of the darkness, the scent of flowers mixing with something deeper, like leather.… Read on


  14. Chapter 11: Kailani

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    August 12, 2015 by Lyn

    all too soon the clock will strike midnight

    Kailani’s mother was against dances. “Just meat markets,” she’d insisted, “places where you’re reduced to nothing but a piece of flesh, places where you’re further indoctrinated into the patriarchy.” Between her mother’s ranting, and her own shyness, Kai had never been to a dance in her old school; she had agreed to Taro’s invitation, such as it was, mostly out of stunned surprise.… Read on


  15. Chapter 10: Shahin

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    August 12, 2015 by Lyn

    Shotgun opera, lock and load

    Dr. Regine’s aide-de-camp was blocking the doorway when Shahin, Yngvi, and Aelgifu came to the auditorium for the dance, although the Director herself was nowhere to be seen. His back to the hallway, he seemed oblivious to those behind him, even when Yngvi lightly cleared his throat, so Shahin set her hand on his shoulder to get his attention –

    – and got hit with a miniature storm, a five-second rush of hot wind and electricity like late-August lightning that threatened to knock her off of her feet.… Read on


  16. Interlude

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    August 12, 2015 by Lyn

    It was just a dance. He’d been to his share of those, both at Addergoole and before, stood in the shadows or strutted through the crowd. He never failed to achieve the reactions he desired; here at Addergoole, at least, he’d never failed to snag the targets he wanted.… Read on


  17. Chapter 9: Jamian

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    August 12, 2015 by Lyn

    I can’t escape myself…

    Jamian woke Saturday morning feeling as if his head was splitting open. The pain in his temples was fierce, and the dim light from his lamp felt like red-hot pokers being shoved into his eyes. Moaning, he crawled back into bed, pulling the pillow over his head, and tried to sleep more.… Read on


  18. Chapter 8.5: Kailani

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    August 12, 2015 by Lyn

    …we got fun and games…

    Kailani left her door propped open that evening, as a number of the students in her hall had taken to doing, but stayed in her room, rather than taking her accustomed perch in the corner of the lounge.… Read on


  19. Chapter 8: Kailani

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    August 12, 2015 by Lyn

    …trust who I’m gonna be

    As the noise rose around the dining hall after Doctor Regine’s announcements, Kailani looked around the room. Luke the gym teacher was definitely flexing wings by the back door to the hall, and Dr. VanderLinden, the Literature teacher, has a set of ram horns curling out of his soft blonde hair.… Read on


  20. Chapter 7: Shahin

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    August 12, 2015 by Lyn

    And no more gods

    “You have a lot of clothes.”

    Aelgifu was looking through Shahin’s closet while Shahin got changed for dinner, Yngvi having begged off with an excuse of homework.

    “I do. I made most of them myself, too,” she admitted shyly.… Read on


  21. Interlude: Regine

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    August 12, 2015 by Lyn

    The last class of Friday had come to a close, and Regine gathered her teachers and staff in the conference room beside her office to discuss their charges.

    They spent a few minutes on the returning students – second, third, and fourth cohort, and the one remaining first cohort still in school – and then turned their attention to the twenty shining jewels that were the fifth cohort.… Read on


  22. Chapter 6: Jamian

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    August 12, 2015 by Lyn

    …could be my scene.

    It took Jamian nearly two days to get up the nerve to talk to Ty – in part because the older student seemed always to be surrounded by other people. During free period on Friday, however, he passed by him sitting alone in one of the lounges, draped sideways over an armchair paying half-hearted attention to a textbook.… Read on


  23. Chapter 5: Kailani

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    August 12, 2015 by Lyn

    Let me enlighten you…

    The small dining hall seemed louder every time Kailani entered it, but less chaotic, too, as returning students reasserted established patterns and new students came to their own equilibrium.

    She had found her place already, or, rather, Taro had found it for her.… Read on


  24. Chapter 4: Shahin

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    August 12, 2015 by Lyn

    …the way you’re not impressed

    Shahin’s last class of the day was Phys Ed, which had never been her favorite class in her old school. The first “sport” for this year happened to be gymnastics, however, taught by the laconic Luke to a class of about twelve; the small class size made it much less oppressive than huge classes playing violent touch football, and Shahin found herself almost having fun.… Read on


  25. Interlude: Ambrus

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    August 12, 2015 by Lyn

    In her subterranean luxury apartment, Regine lounged in her overstuffed armchair, flipping channels on her wide-screen TV.

    Ambrus sat contentedly curled up on the floor at her feet, watching the images flick past from the very discretely hidden cameras – dining hall, classrooms, hallways, pool… The students moved through the complex in little groups, the returning students with an amused arrogance, the new ones with a bit of nervousness, many with a certain defensive caution that Ambrus remembered well.… Read on


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