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Chatoyant College

Chapter 31: The Bright Side

"Shit," said Corrie in a low voice, watching Troy talk to Jasmine at the front of the room. She couldn't tell what they were saying, but Troy was obviously unhappy. "I really screwed that one up, didn't I?"

"It's not your fault," said Annie. "I don't think any of us could have predicted his reaction. But what is he so upset about? He can't be offended at the idea of magic, can he?"

Chapter 30: Controversy

Corrie immediately felt sympathy for the guy. He obviously didn't have any friends in the class, or at least none good enough that he could join their group. And as she glanced over at the rest of the room, she could see that most of the other groups were four people; he didn't have many choices for where to go. "That's fine with me," she said, looking at Edie and Annie to see what they thought.

"Sure," said Edie. "If nothing else, having four people means we do less work each." Annie barely looked up at him, but she nodded too.

Chapter 29: Inspection

Tuesday, September 16

Chapter 28: Mental Mechanisms

Professor Lal continued, speaking half to Roe, half to the class at large. "You may have realized, if you've looked at the class listings for the magic department, that visions fall under the category of divination. They may seem to come from your mind, but... well, it is difficult to explain at this point in your education, but they do sort of use different parts of your brain. Though your particular visions may be involuntary, there is a part of your brain that is looking for information about the future."

"Oh, Professor Strega did say that," said Roe, nodding.

Chapter 27: Psychic Magic

Monday, September 15

"Did you all enjoy the readings on psychic magic?" asked Professor Lal as she entered the classroom, shutting the door behind her.

Most of the class, Corrie among them, muttered answers, not thinking their answers were what Professor Lal was looking for. Corrie, looking at Dawn, said "no" under her breath. She'd thought the subject would be interesting, but had found most of the readings very dry.

"Yes," called a girl from the back. "No," called a guy from the right side of the room. The rest of the class laughed.

Chapter 26: The Curse of the College Student

Edie hesitated, walking slowly up the stairs, letting the others go ahead of her. "Oh, I'd like to..."

"But?" Leila prompted gently.

Edie sighed. "I already went out once today, and I do have homework to finish, since I didn't do any at all yesterday. I don't think staying up all night would really be helpful at this point. I'm sorry."

Chapter 25: Roasted Garlic

When the appetizers arrived, including Edie's salad and Naomi's roasted garlic, Naomi wrinkled her nose at her food. "It still smells like garlic," she complained.

"Yeah, there's no escaping that," said Dawn. Edie thought it smelled good. She took a forkful of salad to distract herself. It wasn't a very interesting salad--just lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers with a vinaigrette dressing--but at least it was green lettuce, probably romaine, instead of iceberg.

Chapter 24: Smart Friends

"Really?" said Dawn. "Okay, now I really do feel old! Did you skip a grade or something?"

Edie nodded shyly. "First grade."

"That can't have been fun," said Naomi sympathetically.

Edie shrugged. "I don't think I really had friends in kindergarten anyway, so it didn't make a difference that I had different people in my class. Anyway, my school was so small that I saw the people from my old class all the time anyway."

Chapter 23: More Surprises

Edie spent most of the rest of the day studying. Dawn, when she came in to do the readings for magic class with Corrie, seemed surprised that they hadn't asked her to come to breakfast with them, but Corrie explained that Naomi had said she was on the phone, so they didn't want to interrupt her. Other than that, she seemed to act perfectly normal, like it was any other day. Edie wondered if she didn't want them to know it was her birthday. Well, even if that was the case, it was too late. They had their plan in place. Rico had even promised to find the restaurant and make reservations.

Chapter 22: Secret Surprises

Sunday, September 14

Edie was dreaming that she was sitting in front of a campfire, her face being warmed by the flames. Then the fire turned into the sun instead, streaming down from the forest ceiling. Eventually, she realized that it was only halfway a dream, and what was actually happening was that the sun was coming in her window and hitting her face. Then she woke up with a start, afraid she'd overslept. A glance at her desk, however, reminded her that it was Sunday.

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