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August, 2015

  1. 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


  2. 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


  3. 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


  4. 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


  5. 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


  6. 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


  7. 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


  8. 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


  9. 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


  10. 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


  11. 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


  12. 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


  13. 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


  14. 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


  15. 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


  16. 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


  17. Chapter 33.5: Jamian

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    August 18, 2015 by Lyn

    At lunchtime, Jamian headed back to his room, figuring that the Gym Teacher Gestapo was unlikely to care if he skipped a meal. Even if they did care, the worst they seemed willing to do was lock him in his room for a day, and right now that seemed more like a blessing than a punishment.… Read on


  18. Chapter 33: Jamian

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    August 18, 2015 by Lyn

    688046 (1)Everybody knows that it’s now or never
    Everybody knows that it’s me or you
    Everybody knows that you live forever

    You Belong to her.

    Jamian was feeling more than a little out of sorts. Niki’s words were twisting inside his head like a spiteful worm, repeating over and over before vanishing, only to appear again at the most inopportune moments.… Read on


  19. Chapter 32: Kailani

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    August 18, 2015 by Lyn

    conkaiiconIl a l’air d’hésiter entre une histoire d’amour ou d’ami
    Et je suis comme une île en plein océan

    The knock at the door didn’t wake Kailani; she’d been up for hours, going over her notes from the night before, trying to determine exactly what she’d gotten herself into, and what she was going to do about it, staring at the blank walls of her room and missing the sunrise horribly.… Read on


  20. Chapter 31.5: Shahin

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    August 18, 2015 by Lyn

    688046And so you put up your guard, And you try to be hard
    But your heart says, ‘try again’

    She wasn’t crying. Nothing he could do to her would make her cry, and, besides, he hadn’t been rough with her, just… very thoroughly in control.… Read on


  21. Chapter 31: Shahin

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    August 18, 2015 by Lyn

    Before I put another notch in my lipstick case
    You better make sure you put me in my place

    It took every iota of self-control Shahin had to keep her expression calm and her spine straight as she walked into the Dining Hall at Emrys’ side Sunday morning.… Read on


  22. 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


  23. 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


  24. 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


  25. 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


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