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‘Book 2: Through the Mirror’ Category

  1. Exterlude: Caspian

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    August 17, 2015 by Lyn

    “Thanks for the dinner, Ingrid, and for putting me up overnight, Dieter. Always a pleasure. And wonderful to meet your beautiful daughters and your fine sons. I won’t be taking any more of your time, though. Thank you again.”

    Aelfgar’s accent got thicker the further into the Midwest they rode, and no wonder – he spent almost every night on the couch or in the guest bed of some generous, giving family with a rolling accent and a family story about how Aelfgar had saved their father or grandmother or great-grandfather from certain death, sometimes at the hands of an unnamed boojum, sometimes from more mundane dangers.… Read on


  2. Interlude: Shira Pelletier

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    August 17, 2015 by Lyn

    Shira Pelletier was in her office, grading papers, as she made a point of telling all her students she did every Sunday for a couple hours. It got her out of the house – a necessity, after Saturdays spent with Megan and her children – but, more importantly, it made her accessible to students in a more or less private setting.… Read on


  3. Chapter 30: Jamian

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    August 17, 2015 by Lyn

    688046 (1)This is what you really didn’t know
    This is where the truth don’t lie
    You find out who your friends are

    For the second time in two weeks, Jamian woke up in a bed not his own, laying on his side on the slick silk sheets, with Ty’s lavender-and-leather scent in his nose, a hand carelessly flopped over him.… Read on


  4. Chapter 29.5: Kailani

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    August 17, 2015 by Lyn

    When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead
    And the white knight is talking backwards…

    “You want to give me answers?” Kailani craved nothing more in the world, but she’d begun to distrust offers of help, even from her friends. “Okay.” She tried to make it come out politely.… Read on


  5. Chapter 29: Kailani

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    August 17, 2015 by Lyn

    conkaiicon…if you go chasing rabbits
    …you know you’re going to fall…

    Conrad took her hand again when they exited the Store, but she found she didn’t mind. He squeezed her hand a little, and she squeezed back, finding she wasn’t angry at him so much as confused.… Read on


  6. Chapter 28: Shahin

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    August 17, 2015 by Lyn

    688046And I’ll take the truth, at any cost

    As the Director’s Assistant escorted her friends away with manners as archaic as her own, Shahin watched, not her departing friends (although she made a note to thank Ayla profusely and with gifts at a later date), but Emrys, his face a case study in sour expressions – he was almost good enough at hiding emotions to pull off nonchalant, but the meeting with Ambrus, and the latter’s subsequent shanghaiing of Shahin’s friends, had left him shaken, and, if his hand on her waist was any indication, possessive, which was almost cute and strangely pleasant.… Read on


  7. Interlude: Ambrus

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    August 17, 2015 by Lyn

    Outside Regine’s door, Ambrus struggled to keep his legs from shaking. Not here, please, not here. He nodded politely to Solomon, who was eyeing him considerately.

    “You should come by my apartment sometime tomorrow, Ambrus,” he said lightly, though he was making eye contact with surprising firmness and intent, “I have a couple books I think you’d like.”

    His apartment.… Read on


  8. Interlude: Reid Solomon

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    August 17, 2015 by Lyn

    Reid was sitting cross-legged on an overstuffed leather Ottoman in Regine’s living room, his storklike limbs jutting out in a way he’d long since learned to be unselfconscious about, his consciousness slipping through the passageways of the school. In front of him, sitting comfortably in the matching armchair, Regine waited.… Read on


  9. Chapter 27: Jamian

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    August 17, 2015 by Lyn

    Part of me is fighting this, but part of me is gone.

    Jamian took in Nikita’s words without really understanding them at first. “It hits you hard, the first couple times she pulls the leash,” the boy had said, and Jamian wasted a moment wondering why Niki was telling him about Shiva, and another moment wondering how fucked up the kid was, anyway, to find it comforting to – and then he wasted a third long moment trying to figure out exactly what they were talking about.… Read on


  10. Chapter 26: Kailani

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    August 17, 2015 by Lyn

    I’m lookin’ for me
    You’re lookin’ for you
    We’re lookin’ at each other
    And we don’t know what to do

    The corridors outside the Dining Hall were still dark, and weird noises still echoed in the distance; Kai didn’t argue when Conrad took her hand.… Read on


  11. Chapter 25: Shahin

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    August 17, 2015 by Lyn

    Even some of the people you’re calling your friends
    Are waiting for the second they don’t have to pretend

    The brightly-lit dining hall seemed a safe haven, a resting place out of the madness of the halls; when Shahin stepped past the threshold, she could feel the tension lifting from her shoulders.… Read on


  12. Interlude: Manira

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    August 14, 2015 by Lyn

    The hallways were delicious. Manira moved at a leisurely pace through the darkened hallways, pausing in out-of-the-way places to take in the wonderful aromas of fear and anticipation and desire. It was quite a blend, like Prom Night on steroids, some lurking around with acquisition topmost in their minds, others just wanting to make it through the day.… Read on


  13. Chapter 24: Jamian

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    August 14, 2015 by Lyn

    They ran wild through the halls, whooping and laughing, spraying errant students with their water guns, sometimes lassoing them with Phelen’s long strings of light. Most people ran, shrieking in that carnival-haunted-house half-terror that’s as much glee as fear; those that didn’t, they sprayed harder, or pulled out the blue water pistols, and drenched them with thick purple Kool-Aid.… Read on


  14. Chapter 23: Kailani

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    August 14, 2015 by Lyn

    Alright, so you think you’re ready?
    Okay, then you say this with me…

    “Pretty lady,” he said softly, “I’ll do whatever you want me to.”

    She gaped in silence for a moment. Across the table, Mabina said, “Conrad…” in a voice full of warning.… Read on


  15. Chapter 22: Shahin

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    August 13, 2015 by Lyn

    I know I can stop the pain, If I will it all away

    Shahin took extra time with her appearance Saturday morning, which meant that, because Yngvi had no patience with her clothes-horse habits and Emrys had threatened to show up as well, she woke early, showered before the sun would be rising four stories above her head, and began working on the layers of her costume – for, today, it was an outfit designed for a specific intent – and the careful painting of her face.… Read on


  16. Interlude: Anatoliy

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    August 13, 2015 by Lyn

    Anatoliy stalked through the halls, a tiny Working making his footsteps seem to echo and shake the floor, all of his Masks dropped to reveal his entire size, the duster hanging from his shoulders making him seem even bigger.

    Somewhere ahead of him, Aggie was doing the White Rabbit trick with a follow-me Working, leading people into a rabbit-hole trap, and Dysmas, well, he was doing the Dysmas thing.… Read on


  17. Chapter 21: Jamian

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    August 13, 2015 by Lyn

    I’m on the hunt, I’m after you…

    The hallway outside Jamian’s door Saturday morning was dark and empty. He had grown so used to meeting Ty halfway between their rooms, however, that he didn’t pause before heading out towards their meeting place.… Read on


  18. Chapter 20.75: Kailani

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    August 13, 2015 by Lyn

    but you think that I can’t see
    What kind of man that you are, if you’re a man at all

    Previously: “There are other nights.”

    “There are,” Mabina agreed, “but none of them are Hell Night.”

    “And you won’t touch her, tonight or any night,” Cassidy continued firmly.… Read on


  19. Chapter 20.5: Kailani

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    August 13, 2015 by Lyn

    They’d gone around a corner while they were talking, and, lost in the problem of Mabina-and-Cassidy, Kai hadn’t noticed the man standing in the doorway to her left until he was right on top of her. And he was almost atop her, wrapping arms around her that felt like steel bars and lifting her, pulling her back against his chest – a steel plate – and carrying her backwards into the doorway.… Read on


  20. Chapter 20: Kailani

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    August 13, 2015 by Lyn

    Why would anybody leave the safety of their homes?

    Saturday morning, Kailani woke early, missing, more than usual, the warmth of sunshine on her face, the wind and rain and birdsong of her mother’s old farmstead house. Six a.m. Too early for breakfast, too early to be awake with nothing to do.… Read on


  21. Chapter 19.5: Shahin

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    August 13, 2015 by Lyn

    My hands are stained with love, wish I could take it away

    Don’t turn around. A cold breeze slid down the hall, here, where there was no weather but climate control; it brushed across Emrys’ neck where he could still feel the crushing pressure of Ambrus’ dirty tricks.… Read on


  22. Chapter 19: Shahin

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    August 13, 2015 by Lyn

    Have some courtesy, Have some sympathy, and some taste.

    Excluding minotaurs, vampires, and giants, the second week of Addergoole had been almost normal. Friday evening found the three of them sprawled in Shahin’s room, studiously ignoring their homework and bemoaning the lack of subterranean nightlife.… Read on


  23. Interlude: Emrys, Ambrus, & Manira

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    August 13, 2015 by Lyn

    Regine was in her office, going over paperwork with Mike and Reid for the third night in a row. Chances were, she wouldn’t be back to their apartment until late. Ambrus was bored, restless, and, if he was willing to admit it to himself, more than a little lonely.… Read on


  24. Chapter 18: Jamian

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    August 13, 2015 by Lyn

    Girls will be boys and boys will be girls

    Jamian and Ty had spent four days hiding from Ty’s friends. Not that Ty would admit that that’s what they were doing, of course; they were having a nice peaceful brunch in Ty’s room, giving Jamian a breather from dealing with all these still-relatively-strangers he couldn’t relax around, talking about homework over dinner.… Read on


  25. Chapter 17: Kailani

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    August 13, 2015 by Lyn

    If you open your mind for me…

    Meals Sunday – a late brunch and then dinner – were a little awkward, Vlad and Conrad quiet and unsmiling, even Mabina and Cassidy seeming out of sorts, but by Monday, everything seemed to be back to normal, Conrad grinning mischievously at her as he claimed the seat to her left, Vlad unceremoniously splitting up Mabina and Cassidy by sitting down between them.… Read on


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