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‘Book 3: Curiouser and Curiouser’ Category

  1. Exterlude: Caspian and Aelfgar

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    August 24, 2015 by Lyn

    If his current form allowed it, Caspian would have cackled with glee. Instead, he settled for a small squeak of joy as he danced under the lunchroom tables and around feet. This place Aelfgar had unwittingly brought him to – it was full of food.… Read on


  2. Interlude: Ambrus and Manira

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    August 24, 2015 by Lyn

    “Go with it,” Reid had said. “Don’t fight her anymore, it’s just making you sick. So until we can figure out how she’s this powerful this young – and if she knows if she’s doing it or not – just go with the flow.”

    He’d tried to protest that Regine would object; Reid had ridden over his objections with a surprising amount of strength.… Read on


  3. Interlude: VanderLinden

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    August 24, 2015 by Lyn

    There’s a reason the Nedetakaei call their Daeva the Devourers. Mike stared woefully at his empty glass, wondering how many times he’d filled it. Too many, of course, for the middle of the day, and a work-day at that, and yet not enough.… Read on


  4. Chapter 45: Jamian

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    August 24, 2015 by Lyn

    Empathize, can I look through your eyes?
    I’ll find different paradigms

    The big biker thumped out of the room, brushing his hand over a dark-haired girl’s cheek. Seconds later, Kailani followed, her red hair like a banner behind her; her boyfriend – her Kept?… Read on


  5. Chapter 44: Kailani

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    August 21, 2015 by Lyn

    Oh, it’s like I started breathing on the night we kissed,
    And I can’t remember what I ever did before

    “…That’s how I’d solve it, at least.” Kai looked up shyly at Vlad, uncertain if she’d overstepped her bounds. People could get really touchy about help with their homework, sometimes, but he had asked.… Read on


  6. Chapter 43: Shahin

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    August 21, 2015 by Lyn

    Girl you’re beautiful, you’re ’bout near perfect
    But I bet somebody’s already told you that

    By Wednesday, it had become routine to wake up in Emrys’ bed, to sit at his table with his horrid friends – with the horrible Agatha, the slightly less horrible Dysmas, their creepy pets, and the relatively nice Anatoliy – for meals, to time her conversations so that no-one really noticed that she didn’t speak unless she was spoken to.… Read on


  7. Interlude: Conrad (B-Side)

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    August 20, 2015 by Lyn

    The follow chapter includes sexual situations.

     

    He turned quickly, heading into the room without looking at Taro; he didn’t know what he thought, he could guess what he thought, he didn’t care what he thought. Conrad held the door for Kaia and closed it behind her.… Read on


  8. Interlude: Conrad

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    August 20, 2015 by Lyn

    Conrad was trying not to pace, while walking a circuit around the suite’s living room. Kailani had been gone longer than he found comfortable, even if the clock on the TV did say it had only been 15 minutes.

    Mabina and Cassidy had tried to talk to him, but he was wound too tightly to be decent company.… Read on


  9. Interlude: Solomon and VanderLinden

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    August 20, 2015 by Lyn

    Monday night found Reid and VanderLinden sipping brandy in Mike’s office, gossiping about their students and generally avoiding the topics that would set each other off. If they were careful, they could relax and pretend to be good friends until they were both happily buzzed.… Read on


  10. Chapter 42b: Jamian

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    August 20, 2015 by Lyn

    All I ever wanted, was to be what you needed
    ‘Cause something so strong, it could never be wrong
    And all I can promise, is to say what I’m feeling

    Jamian stared at Ty, his mouth agape. Belonging. Sanctity. Names. He scrambled to make it make any sense at all.… Read on


  11. Chapter 42: Jamian

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    August 20, 2015 by Lyn

    I am
    A little bit insecure
    A little unconfident
    ‘Cause you don’t understand
    I do what I can
    But sometimes I don’t make sense

    Jamian stumbled blindly from Professor VanderLinden’s office, trying to make sense of everything the professor had told him.… Read on


  12. Chapter 41.5: Kailani

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    August 20, 2015 by Lyn

    I don’t need no good advice
    No well-intentioned sacrifice

    Conrad looked pale, drawn, sick; he’d even broken a sweat. She was pushing him too hard, too fast, against this stupid geas, and she didn’t know the limits of it until she ran into them.… Read on


  13. Chapter 41: Kailani

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    August 19, 2015 by Lyn

    And I said yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
    Bet you don’t know what your parents do

    “So, what Word did you end up with?” Taro ambushed her with the question as they sat down for dinner, seeming interested enough in the answer that he didn’t notice the little dance of seating going on, leaving her between Conrad and Vlad and him to Mabina-and-Cassidy’s left.… Read on


  14. Chapter 40.5: Shahin

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    August 19, 2015 by Lyn

    Lost in this moment with you
    I am completely consumed

    Some warm, sweaty, pleasurable time later, she lay in bed, as close to him as she could, twisted to face him while she traced his tattoos with a finger.

    “I don’t want to be your pet.” The words were out before she’d had a chance to filter them.… Read on


  15. Chapter 40: Shahin

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    August 19, 2015 by Lyn

    Just take a fall
    You’re one of us

    Meals were getting easier, if only through repetition. Shahin sat silently through dinner in Agatha, Dysmas, and Anatoliy’s suite, studying the other two slaves at the table. The boy seemed quietly miserable, in large part because the only attention Agatha paid him was to insult him, either directly, or through catty little jabs.… Read on


  16. Interlude: Manira

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    August 19, 2015 by Lyn

    When the leopard-spotted Portuguese girl in her Contemporary Literature class – Margarita? Magda? – told Manira to “enjoy magic class,” she thought she was in for something like she’d gone through with her Mentor, a one-on-one exploration of the Words until they stumbled over combinations that worked for her.… Read on


  17. Chapter 39: Jamian

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    August 19, 2015 by Lyn

    I will be your father figure
    Put your tiny hand in mine

    He didn’t really want to see Ty and his friends at dinner, but he was too hungry to go hide in his room, so, after Professor Pelletier ended their class in knowing the dirt, Jamian reluctantly headed for the Dining Hall.… Read on


  18. Chapter 38: Kailani

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    August 19, 2015 by Lyn

    Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf
    We ain’t afraid y’all,we aint afraid (who’s afraid of him)

    The air had a lot to say. That surprised Kai; while she’d always enjoyed the wind, she’d never thought about how much information it could carry.… Read on


  19. Chapter 37: Shahin

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    August 18, 2015 by Lyn

    1401990664burningphotoCome on baby, light my fire
    Try to set the night on fire

    Emrys’ door was open. Shahin knocked anyway, giving herself one more moment of peace before she looked at him.

    “Come in,” he called lazily from his position sprawled on the bed, setting down his book.… Read on


  20. Interlude: Ty!

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    August 18, 2015 by Lyn

    Next time you point a finger,
    I’ll point you to the mirror.
    This is the last second chance!

    “Sulking?”

    Shiva and Niki approached Ty’s position on the couch as if they’d choreographed their moves, which, knowing Shiva, they very well might have; Shiva took his right and Niki his left, bracketing him.… Read on


  21. Chapter 36: Jamian

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    August 18, 2015 by Lyn

    Forces pulling from the center of the earth again, I can feel it…

    Magic. The word made Jamian twitch, and he refused to think too hard about the concept behind it. Magic either meant that everything going on was irrefutably real, or that he’d gone off the deep end and was heavily medicated in a psych ward somewhere, where doctors could poke at him and write papers on how, genetically, hermaphroditism in men was linked to anti-social behavior and psychotic breaks; right now, he was rooting for the psyche ward.… Read on


  22. Chapter 35: Kailani

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    August 18, 2015 by Lyn

    I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings
    Coming down is the hardest thing

    “Nice collar.”

    One row of lockers over, Kailani cringed at the snide tone in Xaviera’s voice. The ophidian blonde woman had left her alone so far, but she had the demeanor and self-satisfaction of a bully, and Kai pitied her current target, while being relieved it wasn’t her.… Read on


  23. Chapter 34: Shahin

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    August 18, 2015 by Lyn

    They’re out to get me
    They won’t catch me
    I’m innocent
    They won’t break me

    When Emrys deposited her at the doorway of her first class Monday morning, the urge to follow after him was overwhelming. Only her ironclad façade of calm let her keep the longing off her face as she walked into class, her steps measured, far more forced than they seemed, her chin at just the right angle to look proud without looking as if she was showing off the thick collar.… Read on


  24. Interlude: Reid Solomon

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    August 18, 2015 by Lyn

    Reid hadn’t been surprised when Ambrus hadn’t come to visit him Sunday. Convenient excuse or no, the kid was going to find it hard to get out of the house when Regine was being tetchy – and this was the most strained he’d seen her in twenty years – and with the mess going on in his head, there was a good chance he’d just outright forgotten the offer, vague as it had been.… Read on


  25. Interlude: Ambrus

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    August 18, 2015 by Lyn

    Ambrus could count on one hand the times that Regine had required his presence for an entire day, and still have fingers left over; until Sunday, it had been twenty years since she kept him by her side just, apparently, to enjoy his company.… Read on


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