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Chatoyant College

Chapter 21: Not Human

“Your eyes,” Corrie said. “There’s something about your eyes.” It had been nagging at her, and at least she could say something now. Was that what he wanted her to notice?

“Ah,” he said. “You can’t see them so well in this light. It doesn’t show colors.”
Corrie unfolded her arms so she could look at the photo in her hand. She could see the color of his eyes—not clearly, but well enough. “Your eyes are brown.” Like hers. She shook off the thought. Her mom had brown eyes, too.

“No, I was wearing brown contacts that day. I usually do, when I’m spending time with humans.”

Chapter 20: Photograph

Corrie couldn’t help it. She just started laughing. “You expect me to believe that?” Some creepy guy came out of nowhere and said he was her father? He was probably just trying to freak her out.

Dawn, though, didn’t seem amused. “He does kind of look like you,” she said doubtfully.

Corrie turned to her, astonished. “You believe this creep?”

“I’m telling the truth,” he said.

Corrie turned back to him and folded her arms. “Prove it.”

Chapter 19: Mystery Man

Corrie considered running. She could definitely make it back to Gilkey before he could, and Dawn wasn’t in bad shape, either. But could they make it inside in time? He looked like he was in good shape, too. She looked around for a guard, but the gates were still wide open, despite the late hour—they’d been expecting parents to come and go. There might be someone in the little guard house, but that was on the other side. If this man wanted to hurt them, he could probably stop them before they got anywhere.

Chapter 18: Inconvenient Interruption

After the concert, Corrie walked with her mom and grandmother back to the parking lot while Edie’s family headed back to the dorm. It was fully dark by then, and the skies were clear. The three-quarters moon was bright over the trees and the sky was spangled liberally with stars. Her grandmother tilted her head back as they walked, smiling. “How beautiful,” she said. “There’s never this many stars visible in the city.”

Chapter 17: The Concert

As it turned out, they were almost late to the concert. They went directly from the parking lot to the administration building, which was the easiest building to reach from there, and still got there just before they started closing the doors. “I don’t think there’s too many seats left,” said one of the students at the door. “Good luck.”

Chapter 16: Nosy

As Edie had expected, her parents agreed to go out to the Asian fusion place, and after a little persuading, Corrie and her family decided to come along as well. Dawn and her family were still off somewhere, so they went without them. It was starting to get dark, so they decided to walk over to the parking lot and drive to the restaurant. “I’m pretty sure it’s just as long a walk to the parking lot as it is to the restaurant from Gilkey,” Edie muttered to Corrie as they walked.

Chapter 15: Mischief

Edie wondered what she could do to entertain her family while they were between activities. Dinner would be starting soon, but most likely, nobody would be ready to eat yet. Her grandmother seemed bored now that Leila had gone. Edie walked over and sat next to her on her bed. “You seemed to get along well with Leila,” she said.

Her grandmother turned to her with a smile. “I did. She’s a sweet girl.” She patted Edie’s hand gently with her soft, dry hand. “I’m so glad you found someone.”

Chapter 14: Marlin and Leila

“This statue?” Aunt Pru asked when they had reached it, blinking in confusion. “That’s right, we never did get around to discussing it, did we? I suspected it must be a faerie creation.”

“In a way,” Dawn said. “You knew that there were a whole bunch of statues of girls all around campus, right?”

“Sure,” said Pru. “Nobody really knew who they were, though. I figured they were distinguished alumni or something.”

Chapter 13: Danger

Dawn followed her aunt to the tree—she supposed walking on the grass wasn’t something to worry about at the moment—but couldn’t sit down. She felt restless and frustrated. She paced for a little bit, waiting for her aunt to say something. She supposed she needed time to process what Dawn had told her. But when the minutes stretched on and Pru didn’t say anything, Dawn finally turned to her. “Why didn’t you tell me?” she burst out.

Chapter 12: The Sight

“Did what work?” Dawn asked blankly. Had her aunt asked her to do something on campus? If she had, Dawn had forgotten about it, which made it unlikely.

“Oh, you know what I’m talking about,” said her aunt. “Or you don’t, if it didn’t work.”

Dawn shook her head. “I guess it didn’t work, then, because I can’t figure out what you’re talking about.”

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