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Chapter 42: Looking for Answers

Corrie was pleased that Troy had agreed to walk with her for a bit. She knew that Annie and Edie had to go to class, and she thought it would be good to have a few minutes to talk alone with Troy. He was clearly getting more comfortable with them, and she thought talking to just one person might make him even more comfortable. "Are you okay?" she asked him, not bothering with any other preliminaries.

"I think so," he said. "I'm just... having a hard time being away from home, I think. And I never made friends easily even there."

She nodded sympathetically. "Where are you from?"

Chapter 41: Socially Awkward

Class seemed like it would be awkward. Edie tried to be normal and act friendly towards Troy, but she kept thinking about what the illusion might be and how they could find out. At least Jasmine had them all get into groups immediately, so they didn't have to talk to or listen to her. (Edie really wished they had ended up in a different Academic Writing class.)

"So what's with your friend Dawn?" Troy asked as they moved their desks to face each other.

Chapter 40: Thinking Too Much

Thursday, September 18

Chapter 39: Comparing Notes

Dawn opened the door after just a moment. "Hi! Back from your study session?"

"All done for today," said Corrie. "And it's almost time for the Rainbow Alliance meeting."

"Can we talk in our room?" Edie interjected. "I hope you don't mind but I need to change my pants. These are soaked."

Chapter 38: A Surreptitious Inspection

By the time Edie had gotten through the first chapter, Troy was already up again, looking for more books. "This one doesn't really have that much information," he explained. "If I can find better ones we may as well not use it." Edie couldn't argue with that. The book she was going through, though, had a lot of information that she thought they could use for the paper.

A moment later she looked up again as someone approached their table. It was Dawn. "Hi girls, how's it going?" she asked, leaning her elbows on the back of the empty chair.

"This is really boring," Corrie complained.

Chapter 37: The Rain

Wednesday, September 17

Chapter 36: Logistics

To Corrie's surprise, Duncan was the one who raised his hand. "Go ahead," she said to him.

He cleared his throat. "Do you really need me to be the treasurer?"

Chapter 35: Club Library

Corrie didn't see anything out of the window--it faced what was basically an open field until the walls and hedge bordering the campus stopped it, and in the dark, she couldn't even see any movement at all. So she was startled when, at one minute after eight, Darcy opened the door, bringing in a rush of sound with her. She was followed after a moment by Theresa and the end of the sound. Looking at the two of them, Corrie realized they were damp--there was clearly rain spattered on their coats and Darcy's hat, and Theresa's hair had drops shining in it.

Chapter 34: The Meeting

Corrie didn't even have to knock on Annie's door--she was opening the door and coming out of the room just as they reached it. "Hi!" Annie said, smiling brightly at them. "Do you want some help with that?" she asked, reaching toward Edie's pile of books.

Edie shook her head and laughed. "It's not that many books! Not now that Dawn took some of them, anyway. Seriously, guys, I don't need help."

"I just thought I'd offer," Annie said quietly, stuffing her hands in her pockets.

Chapter 33: Some New Mystery

Corrie checked her watch as they walked back from dinner. It was seven-thirty. So they had half an hour to get ready for the meeting. She wanted to get a sign-up sheet of some kind and also find time to tell Dawn about Troy. She hadn't wanted to tell everyone about him, and apparently Edie and Annie agreed, since neither of them had brought up what had happened in class that morning during dinner. Thankfully, neither of those tasks should be very hard. Dawn joined her and Edie in their room as usual. "You guys seem a little weird tonight," she said as they walked into the room.

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