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Chatoyant College

Chapter 23: Special

Dawn shook her head in frustration. This wasn’t getting anywhere. Then again, she had no reason to expect conversations with faeries to go much of anywhere, and at least she understood why Pru had never warned her. “Did she ever even meet other faeries?”

“Oh, of course,” Tom said. “Chancy, who taught her magic, and a few other teachers and students. I assume you know all about that.”

“I see plenty of faeries, yes. If you had something that would give people the Sight, why didn’t you ever let her have it?”

Chapter 22: Tom

The strange faerie lost his grin and his eyes narrowed with intensity. “I know only who you say you are. Your name is Dawn and you are related to Prudence Carroll.”

“That’s right.”

“But why should that mean anything to anyone here?”

“You wouldn’t have stopped to talk to me if it didn’t.” She was sure she had the right person, but he was acting awfully dense. Or maybe he really was this dense.

“Prudence Carroll was a student here. Many, many years ago. I obviously didn’t know her.”

Chapter 21: Infamous

Dawn was tired after her morning classes, but she usually was on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Still, she had a plan, and she was going to stick to it. It might not be a very good plan… but she was going to follow it anyway.

Chapter 20: Determined

Thursday, October 9

Chapter 19: Beauty Sleep

“Edie!” Corrie cried out loud, half in relief and half in anger. She’d just disappeared when they were walking back from dinner, and now she showed up here as if nothing was different? “Where have you been?”

Chapter 18: Again

“She’s missing again?” Roe exclaimed.

Corrie nodded unhappily. “And it’s worse this time. She was with us, walking back from dinner, and now she’s not.”

Roe grimaced. “At least it’s not raining now. Do you think she’s gone off to the woods with Leila again?”

Corrie shook her head, trying to think of how to explain. Dawn asked, “Can we come in?”

“Oh, sure.” Roe held the door for them to come in. “Talia’s not here, you can sit on her chair if you want.”

Chapter 17: Looking for Edie

Corrie turned swiftly, her heart hammering in her chest. But it was just Lorelei, grinning at them. Her smile faded as all three of them turned. “What’s wrong? Aren’t you guys coming to Rainbow Alliance?”

“Shit,” said Corrie. “No, I guess we’re not coming tonight.” She looked at Dawn, who shook her head. Corrie hadn’t realized how late it had gotten, but it didn’t really matter; looking for Edie was more important than any club.

“Really?” Lorelei frowned with disappointment. “But we’re starting plans for World AIDS Day today. I thought you were interested in that.”

Chapter 16: In a Hurry

The three of them finally turned and walked down the hallway, Corrie taking the lead and setting the pace. She was willing herself not to run, since she knew Dawn and Rico wouldn’t be able to keep up with her, but she was afraid that even with the faerie’s help they still wouldn’t find Edie.

Chapter 15: Lost Objects

“Not entirely in this world?” Corrie cried. “Does that mean she’s dying?”

“Dying? No,” said the old faerie woman, looking genuinely surprised. “I can see into death, and she is not there.”

Corrie took a deep breath, trying to calm herself. Not dying was good. But then what could the problem be? “Is that… normal? When you look for people?”

Chapter 14: In This World

Corrie stood staring at the door that had just shut behind the old faerie woman. The dust had shaken off of the doorknob. After a few heartbeats of silence, she decided that nothing was going to happen—at least for now—and turned to Dawn and Rico, who were also staring at the door.

“Did you see the same thing I did?” Dawn asked a little shakily.

Corrie nodded. “I think so. I even tried my clover on her. A short, old faerie woman, right?”

“And she was naked,” said Rico with a nod and a grimace.

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