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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

Chapter 1: Plans

Friday, October 3

Dawn had really hoped to spend the afternoon outside that day, but unfortunately, it seemed the nice weather was over for the year, and autumn had begun in earnest. Except for a brief period of sun when she’d gotten up this morning, it had been raining steadily all day. And it wasn’t the blustery, soaking rain they’d been having last month… it was a gray, persistent drizzle that was somehow more depressing.

Book 5: Parents' Weekend

mjkj's points story: The Clothes

Lal held up a white ruffled blouse and long black skirt with a big smile. Derwen stared at the ensemble for a moment, then looked back up at Lal. "You're kidding, right?"

Lal shook her head. "I wish I was." She pushed the clothes toward Derwen, who took them reluctantly. Even the fabric felt unpleasant. It was too smooth, too perfect. "This is what all the girls will be wearing," Lal continued. "In fact, I'll be wearing the same thing... only tailored differently, to fit me, of course."

Ladyinahat's Riddling Contest Story:

Paul carried his tray of lunch to the table he always shared with his friends and sat down. Eddie turned to him with an excited grin. "Paul! Want to hear about my latest ideas for modifying the source code on the kernel?"

mjkj's points story: What Lies Ahead

Roe was packing for college when the vision came. She'd just rolled up her last pair of socks, and then the suitcase, and her entire room, disappeared. It was replaced by a dark night seen through the windshield of a car. She was viewing it from the passenger seat; she couldn't tell who was driving. But it was an unfamiliar stretch of road, and something told her that it was part of the route they would take to school. Where else could it be?

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