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  1. Exterlude: Caspian

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    June 7, 2016 by Lyn

    There might still be something he could salvage out of this mess.

    Caspian stared at the bed in his cabin, where the pretty little mutt had lain, at the chain dangling from the wall where her boyfriend had been chained. They had been far too drugged, far too beaten to get away on their own, he was sure of it; neither of them could have Worked the chains while wrapped in rowan and hawthorn like that.… Read on


  2. Interlude: Xaviera

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    June 7, 2016 by Lyn

    Inasmuch as the ice queen had emotions, Shahin didn’t seem all that thrilled with cy’Pelletier’s win. Xaviera wanted to ask her about it, but it wasn’t her place to question her Keepers, certainly not for such an insignificant curiosity.

    She would’ve liked to be going herself, but she’d been realistic about it from the beginning; there was very little chance that cy’Akinobu was going to reach the semi-finals, even.… Read on


  3. Chapter 120: Jamian

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    June 7, 2016 by Lyn

    It was with some trepidation that Jamian returned to the close circle of his cy’ree after the first round. Cy’Solomon was beating them; not by much, admittedly, but enough to be worrisome. They needed some good categories.

    “Now come on,” Magnolia was saying, her lips pursed in a frown.… Read on


  4. Chapter 119: Kailani

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    June 7, 2016 by Lyn

    There’s saints and sinners
    Life’s a gamble and you might lose
    There’s cowards and heroes
    Both have been known now to break the rules

    Kai hated losing. She hated losing more when it involved the smug, self-satisfied look on Agatha’s face.… Read on


  5. Chapter 118: Shahin

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    June 7, 2016 by Lyn

    And just in time
    In the right place
    Suddenly I will play my ace

    She’d done a good job of faking confidence when they started the challenge, but inside, Shahin had been a mess of nerves. She wanted this to work, but they weren’t the brightest cy’ree by a long shot, and they had so many weak links, links that could be yanked at any point by their Keepers or by their old damage.… Read on


  6. Interlude: Conrad

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    June 6, 2016 by Lyn

    Smitty was cranky as cy’Luca left their first, losing, match, but Richard still seemed optimistic. “I’ve been thinking,” he mentioned to Conrad, “If we win and Misfit wins, then you and I both get to go on vacation with our girlfriends.”

    “Y’know, that could be nice,” Conrad replied.… Read on


  7. Chapter 117b: Jaya

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    June 6, 2016 by Lyn

    I’ve had a knack from way back
    At breaking the rules once I learn the games

    Jamian couldn’t help being excited and nervous as they headed into the Hall for the Cy’ree Challenge; if nothing else, the emotions of cy’Linden were contagious.… Read on


  8. Chapter 117: Jaya

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    June 6, 2016 by Lyn

    The cloud is over my head
    My polyamorous friend
    He got me in a mess of trouble again

    “I should go,” Jaya sighed, not moving. Her head against Melchior’s chest felt wonderful.

    “He really hasn’t told you to stop visiting?”

    “He’s barely said anything at all.… Read on


  9. Chapter 116: Kailani

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    June 6, 2016 by Lyn

    When the pen in our hands and our best laid plans
    Will stand alone on our side
    I wanted to have this under control
    The story told
    You came and rewrote it

    Friday night, the entire crew was bouncing around, excited about the cy’ree challenge the next day.… Read on


  10. Chapter 115: Shahin

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    June 6, 2016 by Lyn

    Your mother warned you there’d be days like these
    But she didn’t tell you when the world has brought you down to your knees
    That, I’ll be there for you

    Monday found Shahin in a pleasant mood. Things seemed to be progressing all right with Xaviera, they were going wonderfully with Emrys, and in less than a week, they would have this cy’ree challenge dealt with and, hopefully, have won.… Read on


  11. Interlude: Aelgifu (b)

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    June 3, 2016 by Lyn

    Io ran her hand through the girl’s hair again, soft and sleek, until her hand touched the velveteen fur of the ears protruding from the top of her head… uh.

    “Ayla?” she asked shakily.

    Ayla moaned softly, looking up at her, licking her lips.… Read on


  12. Interlude: Aelgifu

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    June 3, 2016 by Lyn

    The knock on Io’s door came later Sunday night than she’d been expecting, but not so late that she’d started to worry. Nevertheless, she was in her nightgown already; but, that hardly mattered, given the company she was expecting. She opened the door.… Read on


  13. Chapter 114: Jamian

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    June 3, 2016 by Lyn

    It’s best to know the truth
    Of that I have no doubt
    But you’ll have to face the future
    When the truth comes out

    Jamian wasn’t looking forward to this cy’ree meeting, but he couldn’t really get away with skipping, so he helped Magnolia set up, focusing on the Project to keep his mind off of Melchior.… Read on


  14. Chapter 113b: Kailani

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    June 3, 2016 by Lyn

    As you wait for rain to fall
    Only God knows
    The whole sky glows
    Maybe lightning strikes twice

    After their study session, Kai lingered in the hallway, chewing on her lip. She didn’t want to go to Caitrin’s, but she’d promised.… Read on


  15. Chapter 113: Kailani

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    June 3, 2016 by Lyn

    Let me take the wheel and I’ll crash this car
    Do you have to make this so hard?

    Kailani spent Sunday morning racking her brain for an answer that wouldn’t come. It was a relatively new experience, and she found it off-putting, disconcerting, even frustrating.… Read on


  16. Chapter 112b: Shahin

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    June 3, 2016 by Lyn

    I know you know
    I’m wrapped around your finger
    You’re so, you’re so
    Beautiful and dangerous
    Hot and cold

    Eris’ words were swimming in Shahin’s mind as she met Emrys after their cy’ree meetings. “Cy’Akinobu should be getting out of their meeting, too,” she murmured.… Read on


  17. Chapter 112: Shahin

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    June 3, 2016 by Lyn

    We got one thing in common when we walked in
    A memory we’re tryin’ to kill
    Swearin’ up and down we’ll never try again, but
    We know we will
    Welcome to the club

    Shahin settled onto Carter’s bed for their Sunday cy’ree meeting, looking around at the group thoughtfully, her gaze returned just as pensively by Eris.… Read on


  18. Interlude: Manira

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    June 2, 2016 by Lyn

    Science had changed a lot since she was a girl; Manira, who had never been a brilliant student and had had a minimum of schooling in her previous incarnation, found herself struggling with Biology, the one subject she’d thought she’d do well at.… Read on


  19. Chapter 111: Jaya

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    June 2, 2016 by Lyn

    I’m gonna love you, girl
    But it’s a sticky situation

    “…and then this sign appeared in front of me, just an arrow and a frownie face, and I followed it to this tiny little opening between shelves. It was kind of tight but, ah, I got skinnier.” Jaya wiggled demonstratively under Melchior’s hand.… Read on


  20. Chapter 110: Kailani

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    June 2, 2016 by Lyn

    Will you compromise and then realize the price is too much to pay?
    Winners and losers, which one will you be today?

    For the first time in her life, Kai was considering cheating at an academic event. It wouldn’t be easy; Caity and Renata were nearly as smart as she was, and Wren was rather bright, if flighty.… Read on


  21. Chapter 109: Shahin

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    June 2, 2016 by Lyn

    When I’m crying out for change
    You tell me it’s just growing pains
    Oh, I’ve made mistakes
    And yes I know, it’s growing pains

    Touch, Kai had said, and the redhead’s notes had borne that out. It seemed wrong, it seemed a violation for both of them, but she could remember what Emrys’ hand had felt like on her skin when he had Owned her.… Read on


  22. Interlude: Ambrus

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    May 31, 2016 by Lyn

    They had been pretending, desperately, almost aggressively, that everything was the same as it had been, that nothing had changed. It had lasted them several weeks, and Ambrus could tell that his mistress would be willing to maintain the fiction indefinitely.… Read on


  23. Chapter 108: Jamian

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    May 31, 2016 by Lyn

    Bad advice is just the same as good advice.
    Everybody makes
    Occasional mistakes

    Don’t think about Melchior. Don’t think about Melchior. It was easier to do when he was Jamian, not wearing the body that had not thinking about that damnit, and so he spent the day that way, glad that Ty was self-absorbed or oblivious or just not caring enough to not notice or comment on which skin he wore.… Read on


  24. Chapter 107: Kailani

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    May 31, 2016 by Lyn

    People change
    They always have and so will you
    Prepare yourself for it or get bit
    People change

    So this is what having a boyfriend is supposed to feel like. Kai snuggled against Conrad at lunchtime, feeling content, happier than she had been in weeks.… Read on


  25. Chapter 106: Shahin

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    May 26, 2016 by Lyn

    Author’s Note:
    Okay, I have to admit that by this point, the writing had gotten pretty bad.  That is a large portion of why I’m re-writing the entire thing – Book I is drafted already!

    I think Book 13 goes back to being passably decent, but from this point on I really do have to apologize.  Read on


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