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July, 2016

  1. Another One

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    July 26, 2016 by Lyn

    Sometime between 1979 and 1999

    “Pour me another one.” Aelfgar slammed his beer mug down on the table.

    “Fucking Vikings,” Luke laughed, even as he flagged down the waitress. They’d ridden an hour from Addergoole just to find a bar that didn’t know them.… Read on


  2. Planning Stages

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    July 26, 2016 by Lyn

    This story takes place in 1983, several years after HeartStone

    “Camping?” Ké raised one eyebrow in question. “Just the two of us, alone?”

    “I’ve been told,” he informed her, smiling, “that this is nineteen-eighty-three and women can do whatever they want and, what’s more, no-one will raise an eyebrow at an un-chaperoned woman alone with a man not part of her family.”

    “And I’ve been told,” she countered, smiling just as much, “that of all three of the pure-blooded races, the Mara are the most traditional, and the most likely to get stuck in an archaic mindset.… Read on


  3. Too Human

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    July 26, 2016 by Lyn

    This story takes place a couple years after “Housewarming”

    “Your child…” Dave was careful to keep his voice playful and not sound the least bit accusatory. D.J. was in his – her – last month of pregnancy and prone to violent explosions of temper at the slightest provocation.… Read on


  4. Give Me Reason

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    July 26, 2016 by Lyn

    And your voice is all I heard
    That I get what I deserve
    So give me reason

    After All in a Day’s Work

    Regine had company, and Ambrus hated it. He stood in the kitchen of her cottage, crafting hors d’oeuvres, because that way she wouldn’t tell him to leave.… Read on


  5. All In A Day’s Work

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    July 21, 2016 by Lyn

    In the weeks and months after A Man’s Man.

    The whoring was easy. If it was more complicated than it had been under his previous masters, it was almost more pleasant. He found the clients’ desire for conversation an entertaining novelty, and the one time he’d ended up with unwanted bruises, Luke had taken the client in question aside for a long conversation that had lead to a heartfelt, terrified apology and a couple very expensive gifts.… Read on


  6. A Man’s Man

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    July 21, 2016 by Lyn

    In the weeks or months after Housewarming.

    “Well… are you sure?”

    This was the weirdest part of Ambrus’ “job,” the part Luke hadn’t managed to explain during his first briefing, when he had gotten distracted reassuring Ambrus about children. Ambrus was still kind of worried about his responsibilities towards those children-to-come, but with a job like this, those offspring seemed a distant worry.… Read on


  7. Christmas Bonus Story: Heartstone

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    July 21, 2016 by Lyn

    This story takes place around the same time as Into the Labrynth and Housewarming.

    Regine hadn’t been enthusiastic about the Christmas party; she’d been dead-set against it, at least to begin with. “Ridiculous,” she’d scoffed; Luke wondered if she’d noticed the wince of disappointment in her Kept’s normally well-mannered expression.… Read on


  8. Housewarming

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    July 21, 2016 by Lyn

    This story takes place the day after “Into the Labyrinth.”

    He had a house now. It was a cottage, smaller than any house he’d ever seen – smaller even than the place he’d stayed in with Regine last night – but it was his, a whole house.… Read on


  9. Labyrinth

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    July 21, 2016 by Lyn

    This story takes place immediately after Yes, Mistress.

    Regine had been driving all day, with two bathroom breaks and a stop for lunch at a family restaurant where neither of them fit in and only Ambrus seemed to care. She seemed indefatigable; she also seemed entirely comfortable riding for twelve hours in silence.… Read on


  10. Yes, Mistress

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    July 21, 2016 by Lyn

    Ambrus was terrified. It wasn’t so much the being passed around like so much chattel – he had been being bought and sold and traded since he was fifteen – and even to women before – it was more the fact that she hadn’t said a word since she slid her hand under his ponytail and grabbed the back of his collar.… Read on


  11. Ripening

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    July 21, 2016 by Lyn

    This story takes place in 1973

    Jimmy hid in the back corner of the closet he called a bedroom, reading, a mound of clothes and blankets set up to block the view from the doorway. Dad wouldn’t like the book, and he had a habit of throwing out stuff he didn’t like.… Read on


  12. Valentine’s Day Vignette

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    July 21, 2016 by Lyn

    Valentine’s Day, 1922, Albany, NY

    Maureen looked at the card in her hands for a long moment, struggling to find something tactful to say.

    It wasn’t that it was in any way a bad card. It was, for a Valentine card, a beautiful specimen, with paper lace and flattering artwork, hand-made, with a handpainted, realistically styled, albeit idealized, watercolor portrait of herself (although she thought the fox stole the woman in the painting was wearing to be in a bit of bad taste, all things considered).… Read on


  13. A Few Good Men

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    July 21, 2016 by Lyn

    April 1865

    President Lincoln was holding a reception.

    Luca wasn’t certain why he’d been invited, but he had a feeling it had something to do with the two blonde women in front of him – the icy English Regine Avonmorea and the silly and frivolous tree-blossom Michaela Carmichael née Linden, whose current husband had that lost look that Luca had already come to associate with Mike’s spouses, especially the male ones.… Read on


  14. Pebbles

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    July 21, 2016 by Lyn

    This story takes place in 1864, in the midst of the American Civil War

    “War again?” The boots dangling in Luca’s face were made of fine-grain, expensive leather and were in perfect condition – not a nick, scratch, or speck of dust on them; the pants overhanging them were similarly pristine.… Read on


  15. Independence

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    July 21, 2016 by Lyn

    This story takes place mainly on the 4th of July, 1784
    They hadn’t wanted to let him join their army at all. There were plenty of excuses they could have used – he was young, even by the standards of that day and age, and looked younger.… Read on


  16. Be the Story

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    July 21, 2016 by Lyn

    Luca was fifteen when his mother decided that they would leave the People and live among the white men again; “again” because she had come from them, although he’d spent his whole life among the People.

    He soon learned that he didn’t like the white folks, and that the feeling was mutual.… Read on


  17. Rainfall

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    July 21, 2016 by Lyn

    It rained at Martin’s funeral; Meckil made sure of it.

    She wasn’t allowed at the funeral; ancient ancestral promises banned her from hallowed ground across the continent. So she stood outside, under the branches of the linden tree that had Named her, dressed in mourning as befit a widow, heedless of the scandal, and watched, working the Words of the rainfall into Martin’s eulogy.… Read on


  18. Thank you!

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    July 21, 2016 by Lyn

    This is the end of Addergoole Year Five!

    It’s been a long and fun ride, and I’ve enjoyed sharing it with you all.

    Want to know more about Shahin, Jamian, and Kailani? Watch http://addergoole.livejournal.com/ for stories featuring them and other Addergoole Year 5 characters, as the mood hits me.Read on


  19. Epilogue: Jamian

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    July 21, 2016 by Lyn

    Last week of August, 2000

    The sun was beating down on the back yard of the small cottage, so Jamian was sitting under the awning with Dominique and Carey, drinking lemonade and reading a cheap paperback D.J. had lent him. His babies were just waking up from a nap, wiggling ineffectually in their shared cradle.… Read on


  20. Epilogue: Kailani

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    July 21, 2016 by Lyn

    First Week of August, 2000

    “Have you thought about visiting your mother?” Kai regarded Conrad over the pile of textbooks, unsure why she’d picked now to bring this up. Maybe because his tail was twitching and he’d started doodling in the margins.… Read on


  21. Epilogue: Shahin

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    July 21, 2016 by Lyn

    First Week of July, 2000

    “It’s not exile, Shahin.” Yngvi and Ayla sandwiched her, hugging her tightly from both sides. “It’s a month, that’s all.” Yngvi, always rational, patted her shoulder.

    “The doctors both said it would be good for you to see your family for a little while.… Read on


  22. Exterlude: Caspian

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    July 21, 2016 by Lyn

    Summer, 2000

    The trail had gone cold on him for weeks, but Caspian had picked it up again, found his lead on the border and traced it here.

    Here. This place was listed on one of his Queen’s maps, but it was an old map, and old place, and they assumed the ashanevaei didn’t use it anymore.… Read on


  23. Interlude: Ambrus

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    July 21, 2016 by Lyn

    Graduation Day, Year 5 of the Addergoole School

    Ambrus watched his daughter’s graduation dispassionately, watched her walk across the stage with the others, monster and not. He watched his Mistress watch them, and wondered if she’d ever understood what she was making here.… Read on


  24. Interlude: Callista

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    July 20, 2016 by Lyn

    Graduation Day, Year 5 of the Addergoole School

    “Stay here.” Ib patted Callista’s shoulder gently. “Clean up the place, and get stuff packed. When I return, we’ll go to Maureen’s and sign custody of the children over to me.”

    “Yes, Master.” Callista let his words wash over her, and let her body take care of the orders she’d been given while her mind slowly tuned out.… Read on


  25. Chapter 189: Jamian

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    July 20, 2016 by Lyn

    Second week of June

    Everything was going to be all right.

    Kailani’s twins were cute, in a wrinkly, noisy sort of way. “Neither of them are named Onomatopoeia,” she’d told Jaya and Shahin, and it had seemed to make sense to her.… Read on


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