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Chatoyant College

Chapter 11: Missing Lunch

Dawn and her mom and aunt spent quite some time in Rico’s room, chatting with him and Duncan (until Duncan’s family arrived). To Dawn’s relief and pleasure, her mom seemed to like Rico well enough. She wished her dad was there too, but hopefully he would get a chance to meet Rico before the weekend was over. Her mom kept checking her phone to see if her dad had called, but whatever the business call had been, it was evidently long and important.

Chapter 10: Good-Luck Charm

“Are four-leaf clovers the only thing that’s more common here?” Corrie’s mom asked as they all started walking again.

“I think so,” said Corrie. “I was just thinking about that earlier, as a matter of fact. I wonder if there will be weird flowers in the spring.” She kept one eye on the edge of the path as she walked. It made her faintly anxious to be without the one thing that she knew could allow her to see through faerie glamour, especially since Dawn wasn’t there. It probably wasn’t important to look for faeries today, but she wanted a new one nonetheless.

Chapter 9: Overnight

“They seem to have a lot of activities for us to do,” said Edie’s dad. “Are they afraid we’ll get bored?”

“I think it’s a combination of things,” Corrie said. “Part of it is that the school wants to show off. That’s what the musical performances are for. And I guess they want to make sure you have stuff to do all day so you don’t get bored staying here all weekend. But they also don’t want to make us entertain you in our tiny dorm rooms! We can barely fit three people in them when we want to study!”

Chapter 8: Stories

They were nearly to the table where the food was being served when Corrie caught up to yesterday’s class, the second one in a series on the symbolism of Tarot cards. Professor Lal hadn’t explained how they were used magically yet, only hinting that there were uses other than divination, but they were interesting to learn about. “I remember being interested in the Tarot when I was your age,” her grandma said thoughtfully. “I didn’t realize it was still around, or as old as you say it is. I might start looking into it again.”

Chapter 7: Clovers & Flowers

Corrie passed the time waiting for her mother and grandmother to arrive by hunting for four-leaf clovers along the edges of the path that led between the gates and Gilkey. She wasn’t planning on picking any—the one she had might have been torn and a little squashed, but it still worked—but it was a way to amuse herself. She quickly found one in each of the first three patches she looked in, so when she reached a fourth, she crouched down beside it and decided to look carefully through it and see how many four-leafs she could find in the entire patch.

Chapter 6: Edith and Edie

Thankfully, Edie didn’t have to wait too long. Shortly after they went outside, her parents and grandmother came around the corner of another building, looking around. They were obviously lost. Edie waved at them. “Mom!” she called. Her mom looked up, saw her, and pointed for the benefit of her dad and grandmother. They started walking towards them. Edie walked quickly to meet them partway.

Chapter 5: Nerves

Edie took an extra-long shower that morning and dressed very carefully—mostly in the new clothes she’d bought with Dawn and Corrie’s input at the beginning of the semester. She didn’t want to impress her parents and grandmother, exactly, but she did want to let them see that she was still taking care of herself. And she had to admit that she was nervous. She and Leila had agreed that her family should meet her girlfriend, and she’d discussed it further with Corrie, but she still didn’t know what they would say.

Chapter 4: Uncomfortable Questions

Once they’d had their breakfast—Dawn felt much better and more alert—they drove back to campus and Dawn took them on a little tour. She pointed out her dorm, but since she expected most of her friends were still sleeping, told them she’d take them up later. The campus was more awake now, and they passed many other groups of parents and students as they followed the paths around campus.

Chapter 3: Breakfast

They walked to the car, parked in the visitors’ parking lot, and then drove for about five minutes. If Dawn had been going there with her friends, they wouldn’t have bothered to drive, but she didn’t complain. Anyway, she was sitting in the back seat with her aunt, and there was absolutely nothing unpleasant about that.

Chapter 2: An Early Morning

Saturday, October 4

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