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Chapter 131: Lessons and Promises

Beside Corrie, Belinda gave a little gasp. “They’re really…”

Corrie wondered for a moment what Belinda saw, then realized it must be the same thing as she saw; it was unlikely that any of the glamours were specifically directed toward her or their group, and Corrie wasn’t touching a four-leaf clover. “I told you,” she murmured as they walked forward. “Will you be okay?”

Chapter 130: Musicians

Tuesday, December 9

Corrie told her friends and emailed Professor Lal about Belinda; that afternoon, she waited for Belinda’s call while working on her homework. It came late enough that she had begun to worry, but it came. When she and Edie went downstairs to meet Belinda at the front of campus, they found Professor Lal waiting just outside the building, reading a book in the lightly falling snow.

“You could have told us you were coming,” said Corrie, surprised. “We would have let you in.”

Chapter 129: Negotiations

Belinda was a little freaked out by Corrie’s explanation, but she said she might be willing to teach them anyway. “Would I be paid?”

Corrie frowned. “I actually hadn’t thought of that. I don’t know if the faeries have any way of paying you—I mean, they could probably glamour up some money, but you wouldn’t be able to use it for anything. I could ask Professor Lal if there’s any budget for this sort of thing, but honestly, if you need to get paid, I should probably just keep looking.”

Chapter 128: Music Teacher

“It’s fine with me,” said Charlie that evening. “And I’m sure Francis will be happy to see you again. But I’m sure you’ve noticed that not all the others are that fond of you.”

Corrie shrugged. “That’s fine. I just want to ask them if anyone is interested in teaching music to some faeries. It’s just a quick question, and then I’ll be out of their hair. Or fur.” She grinned.

Charlie shook his head, not even seeming to notice her joke. “You can’t walk back by yourself. It’s too dangerous.”

Chapter 127: Mind Reading

It seemed to take a lot longer before anyone said anything than before; Corrie decided that was just because she wasn’t trying to do anything other than hold an image in her head. Her mind did wander a little bit, though. She hoped she wasn’t making it harder for Dawn.

Finally, Professor Lal told them to make their final guesses, and Corrie opened her eyes. Dawn was frowning and there was a line of concentration between her eyebrows. “Were you thinking of a four-leaf clover?”

Chapter 126: Focus

“Were you predicting the future?” Roe asked Professor Lal with some interest.

Chapter 125: Predictions

Monday, December 8

Chapter 124: Disheveled

“Don’t be ridiculous,” said Mardalan, but she turned back toward them with a small frown. “I’ve done nothing to my sister. Why would I wish to? Neither insult nor injury has persuaded her to join me. If they are insufficient, perhaps now is not the time, and I will bide mine.”

“That’s not true,” said Edie. “It can’t be. She’s hidden herself away—they said she’s hibernating. In Faerie.”

Chapter 123: Bargain

“You cannot stop me,” said Mardalan, pursing her lips at Corrie.

Corrie shook her head quickly. “I wouldn’t dream of even trying. But I have an idea that might be more interesting.”

“All right, go ahead,” said Mardalan, waving a hand at her.

Chapter 122: Trade

Corrie heard a thump and looked up to see Mardalan dropping Belara’s body to the ground. It lay prone. Corrie wondered if she was really dead and decided not to bother asking.

“Your new queen will make sure you all get what you want,” Mardalan shouted to the crowd, which was now cheering. “Every one of you. Life will be easy, it will be comfortable, and it will be happy.” She raised her arms in apparent triumph, then gestured. “Just a taste of what’s ahead.”

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