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  1. Exterlude: Aelfgar

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    September 12, 2015 by Lyn

    No-one would ever, except in a heavily sarcastic way, accuse Aelfgar of being brilliant, or even all that smart, but he was, having survived this long in a dangerous vocation, very canny, with a nose for trouble. No one had to tell him that something was wrong in this strange school of Regine’s, which was handy, because no-one was telling him anything at all.… Read on


  2. Interlude: Regine, Ambrus, & Reid

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    September 10, 2015 by Lyn

    He’d been hungry, frightened, hurt, and tired. He knew where he could hide, where there was food, and now he was rested and full, but he still hurt, hurt in a way he almost remembered: This is what happens when you’re bad.Read on


  3. Chapter 60 – Jamian

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    September 10, 2015 by Lyn

    Fathers, be good to your daughters
    Daughters will love like you do
    Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
    So mothers, be good to your daughters too

    Shiva had given a few pointed words of advice, slipped in between conversation about the babies, the Village, the matrilineal custom of the Law, and Ty.… Read on


  4. Chapter 59 – Kailani

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    September 5, 2015 by Lyn

    Hearing only what you want to hear,
    And knowing only what you’ve heard

    “It ought to be impossible.” It wasn’t the first time she’d said that, but it kept coming back around to that. “There’s a whole village underground? But there’s still sunlight, real sunlight.… Read on


  5. Chapter 58 – Shahin

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    September 5, 2015 by Lyn

    If I gave you the truth, would it keep you alive?
    Though I’m closer to wrong, I’m no further from right

    It would be a pity to finally have him at her mercy and not take advantage of him, at least a little bit.… Read on


  6. Interlude – Regine

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    September 5, 2015 by Lyn

    Regine’s staff was lying to her. Some of them were very good at it – Michael VanderLinden, for one – but even he had a tell, a tiny little hand gesture that, when she had noted it in the past, had been connected to statements that had turned out to be lies.… Read on


  7. Chapter 57b – Jamian

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    September 5, 2015 by Lyn

    I walk right through the door.
    Walk right through the door.
    Hey all right! If I get by

    True to his word, Jamian left his bedroom door open, and left Seralondae sitting on his bed while he changed his clothes in the bathroom.… Read on


  8. Chapter 57 – Jamian

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    September 4, 2015 by Lyn

    No one said it would be easy
    But no one said it’d be this hard
    No one said it would be easy
    No one thought we’d come this far

    Jamian woke snuggled up against a topless girl, his nose against the back of her neck, his arm draped across her waist and flat stomach.… Read on


  9. Chapter 56b – Kailani

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    September 4, 2015 by Lyn

    The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
    The answer is blowin’ in the wind

    “Conrad?” She ran her hands down his back cautiously. He had gone nearly rigid, the muscles in his back tight and corded, but as she touched him, he shuddered, shook his head, and pulled back a tiny bit, enough to look her in the eyes.… Read on


  10. Chapter 56 – Kailani

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    September 4, 2015 by Lyn

    And I want (Take me)
    And I need (Tame me)
    And I lust (Make me)
    Animal (Your Animal)

    By Sunday evening, Kailani was deathly sick of chicken broth, even if Conrad had floated little purple chive flowers in the last bowl.… Read on


  11. Chapter 55c – Shahin

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    September 4, 2015 by Lyn

    Gotta let me in
    Let the fun begin
    I’m the wolf today
    I’ll huff, I’ll puff, I’ll huff I’ll puff I’ll blow you away

    Shahin twisted in Emrys’ lap at the knock, and opened her mouth to call out.

    “No!” he said sharply, jostling her as he turned.… Read on


  12. Chapter 55b – Shahin

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    September 4, 2015 by Lyn

    It’s not easy love
    But you’ve got friends you can trust
    Friends will be friends

    Shahin laughed softly at Ayla’s joke. It was good to just be with her friend again, even if she did miss Vi. “Do you…”

    She lost her thought, and the question, as her door swung open.… Read on


  13. Chapter 55: Shahin

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    September 4, 2015 by Lyn

    …through the rise and falling apart
    We discover who we are

    She woke and showered early Sunday morning, when Emrys was still asleep, standing under the water, trying not to think. For a moment, she was entirely alone. Quiet, peaceful. Even the visions were silent.… Read on


  14. Interlude: Ambrus and Manira

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    September 4, 2015 by Lyn

    He was watching her expression carefully behind his casual mask. With all their talking about prodigies and rogue powers, Mike and Professor Solomon had said, over and over again, “a first-year student shouldn’t be able to do this, not even to Ambrus.”

    His pride hadn’t been all that pricked.… Read on


  15. Interlude: Conrad and Kailani

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    September 4, 2015 by Lyn

    “Hold on, Kaia. Just a little further.” The fish were swimming around her in circles now, like sharks after blood. Was that a myth or a fact? She couldn’t remember.

    “I…” She shut her mouth quickly on what felt like incipient sickness.… Read on


  16. Interlude: Shahin and Emrys

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    September 4, 2015 by Lyn

    Workin’ on our night moves
    Tryin’ to lose the awkward teenage blues

    His body beneath her was perfect. His skin was smooth and flawless, touched only by the tattoos that crawled across his skin, almost seeming to form words before falling away into random patterns.… Read on


  17. Chapter 54d: Jaya

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    September 4, 2015 by Lyn

    If I make you happy I don’t need no more
    Cause you make me feel like a natural woman

    “There we go.” Mabina stepped back from Jaya with one last critical look. “It’s sexy and it covers you up. It more than shows off your assets without, shall we say, putting them out for sale.… Read on


  18. Chapter 54c: Jaya

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    September 4, 2015 by Lyn

    But the thingmabob
    that does the job
    is bibbidi-bobbidi-boo

    The praise felt nice, a warm sense of approval and belonging, almost a guilty pleasure – being praised for being a girl shouldn’t feel this good. Being a girl shouldn’t feel this good!… Read on


  19. Chapter 54b: Jamian

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    September 4, 2015 by Lyn

    What else should I be?
    All apologies…

    “What? No!” Ty looked stunned for a moment, almost angry, and Jamian worried he’d finally pushed it too far. Ty’s expression slid from stunned to thoughtful, and Jamian’s fears slid, too, worrying that, now that he had explained the horrible truth to Ty, that things would change, would end.… Read on


  20. Chapter 54: Jamian

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    September 4, 2015 by Lyn

    There’s a danger in loving somebody too much,
    and it’s sad when you know it’s your heart you can’t trust.

    It felt a little strange to be back in Ty’s room, after days in his own room under the strange chaperonage of the Succubus Committee.… Read on


  21. Interlude: Manira and Ambrus

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    September 4, 2015 by Lyn

    Ambrus was by far not her biggest problem. What this body was doing to her, why she couldn’t access all of her Words, why she felt on the cusp of another Becoming – those were bigger problems. The conversation Professor VanderLinden was going to force on Monday, and how she could get around his far-too-perceptive insistence on the whole truth without becoming foresworn – that was her biggest problem.… Read on


  22. Chapter 53c: Kailani

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    September 4, 2015 by Lyn

    Now I’m going through changes, changes
    God I feel so frustrated, lately

    She followed Conrad as he tugged her across the dance floor, feeling like a balloon on a string. This was your idea, she reminded herself. That it was mildly terrifying and a little uncomfortable was no reason to back off now.… Read on


  23. Chapter 53b: Kailani

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    September 4, 2015 by Lyn

    We are just learning how to smile
    That’s not easy to do
    We both live for the day
    When we can run away

    Transformed once again by Mabina’s skill and magic, Kai stepped carefully out into the living room. Everyone else was already there, the guys all seeming very intent on their video games while ‘Lisha sulked on the couch.… Read on


  24. Chapter 53: Kailani

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    September 4, 2015 by Lyn

    “I still don’t get it,” Kai complained. She, with her back to Conrad, was wiggling into the dress Mabina had altered for her, even as she tried to understand why she was doing so.

    “I can help you with the zipper,” he offered.… Read on


  25. Interlude: Aelgifu and Ioanna

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    August 31, 2015 by Lyn

    “Nervous?” Yngvi untied her tie and retied it, smoothing the knot with no apparent qualms about being that close to her, and no apparent interest in the same.

    “Terrified,” Aelgifu admitted. “I’ve never been this ‘out’ before, you know? I’ve never been out at all.”

    “Mm-hrmm,” he said noncommittally.… Read on


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