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Chatoyant College

Chapter 1: Get Our Blood Moving

Sunday, October 26

“But it doesn’t make sense!” Dawn complained, gesturing violently at her physics homework. She was sitting in Rico’s bed, curled up with her shoulders leaning against his chest. They were both looking at the textbook open on the mattress and the marked-up assignment she was doing her best not to wrinkle in her annoyance.

“Of course it does,” Rico said soothingly. He flipped a page in the textbook and pointed at a line of text. “See, the vector—”

Prologue: The Dream

The faeries were laughing at her.

They were watching her from above. All gathered around the table, eating and drinking their delicious food, and pausing to laugh at her.

She didn’t understand why they were laughing at her. She didn’t want to join them. She knew they were better than her, and she really didn’t need to be with them. She would rather get away, be among her own kind.

But she was walking toward them, walking without moving, and that didn’t make sense either. What were they doing to her?

Book 7

Bonus Story: Metamorphosis

Adora stretches the wings uncertainly. They feel wet and heavy against her back, lying there lifelessly, but as she finds the muscles that attach to them and flex, they lift away, and seem to gain energy, though they are still heavy. “Are you sure this is the way it’s supposed to be?”

Lal laughs, not unkindly. “No. But I was expecting something like this. You were a caterpillar before. Now you’re a butterfly.”

mjkj's bonus story: Diana and Don

Diana walked nervously into the classroom, clutching her backpack. This was her first day taking magic. She was a sophomore, but everyone she knew had talked so much about how cool the intro to magic course was, she’d finally let the curiosity get the better of her and signed up.

Chapter 72: Just In Case

Leila immediately walked inside, her long legs carrying her across the rooms in a matter of seconds. Ignoring everyone else in the room, she sat on the bed and took Edie’s hand in hers. For a moment the two of them just smiled at each other silently. Corrie watched Leila carefully, but she didn’t seem to be doing anything out of the ordinary.

“Oh, Edith, I am so sorry,” Leila finally said, the words tumbling out of her in a rush. “If I had realized it was my sister—”

Chapter 71: Looking for Edith

Leila turned to face Corrie as soon as the door opened. Her eyes narrowed. “Where is Edith?”

“Inside,” said Corrie, shutting the door firmly behind her. She was glad she still had her jacket on. She pulled the hood over her head to protect it from the rain, though it was still pretty light. “What are you doing here?”

“I am looking for Edith,” Leila said, sounding impatient. “Let me come in.”

Corrie shook her head. “She’s fine where she is. I’m not just giving her up to you.”

Leila frowned. “Is she awake?”

Chapter 70: Standing Outside Looking Creepy

“You’re in my room,” Lorelei said quickly, passing Edie a bottle of water. “You needed to rest.”

Edie accepted the bottle, twisted at the top, and then looked at it in perplexity until Corrie took it and opened it for her. It was clear that Edie didn’t have the strength to even do that. Corrie and Dawn helped Edie sit up so she could drink the water. She gulped down almost half the bottle before taking a deep breath and asking, “How did I get here?”

“We carried you,” Corrie told her. “You passed out in the forest. Do you remember?”

Chapter 69: Bait

There was silence for a few moments following Corrie’s question. Then Dawn, standing but also leaning against the wall, brightened. “We don’t have to. We can just take her to Lorelei.”

“You don’t think she’ll mind?” Corrie asked. “It’s kind of late.” She was watching the stairs, but apparently no one was inclined to come downstairs at this time of night. Which was a good thing, since she didn’t know how they would explain having her unconscious roommate propped against the wall.

“Of course she won’t mind. It’s her job, isn’t it?”

Chapter 68: The Blue-Haired Girl

“Ever?” Corrie repeated, dumbfounded. “What are you doing here? Shouldn’t you—weren’t you back there with them?”

“I should be,” Ever said with a little grin, “but Mardalan was distracted. I slipped out. I was going to wait for her to stop paying attention to Edie and get her away, but you got there first.”

“So you saw what happened?” Dawn asked.

“Some of it. I figured you would need some help. But come on, you’d better get out of here before the fight ends. I don’t think you want to leave Edie in the sight of whoever wins.”

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