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Chatoyant College Book 12: Chapter 40: Questions

Several other people asked questions while Edie listened. Mara had a question about being unable to find her magic, and Philip was asking why he could seem to locate his magic, but not use it. Ginny answered both of them with, basically, advice to stay calm and keep trying.

Edie wondered if Mara even had magic, if she was unable to find it. Surely not everyone had magic available to them at all. Hadn’t Ginny said something along those lines? Maybe Edie was just remembering something that Corrie and Dawn had passed on from Professor Lal.

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Chatoyant College Book 12: Chapter 39: Touch

Edie focused again, making sure she was aware of her magic and that it was active in her. Then she summoned up the vision of the flame again.

Even though she knew what to do now, or thought she did, it wasn’t quick or easy. It seemed as though she had to keep trying repeatedly in order to get herself into the deep, focused, trancelike state necessary to make the candle light. Having done it once didn’t mean she could do it again whenever she wished. She suddenly remembered the trance magic she’d done with Corrie and Dawn, learned from the book by “Miranda Swick.” That had been months ago, so she couldn’t remember clearly, but maybe she’d accidentally done trance magic now. That would explain why it seemed so comfortable, if she actually had done it before.

She wasn’t sure that made sense. She remembered Corrie and Dawn talking about being able to see people’s magic, and the magic in all living things, and that certainly wasn’t happening for her right now.

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Chatoyant College Book 12: Chapter 38: Settling In

Derwen’s cries attracted the attention of a few people around them, and they started making enough noise that Ginny came over and told Derwen she’d done a good job. Darcy, on Derwen’s other side, was smiling a little, but her shoulders slumped. Edie caught Darcy’s eye and rolled her own eyes toward the ceiling. Darcy’s smile widened.

“Sarah,” Ginny said, speaking loudly enough that the whole class could hear her, “while I’m pleased that you’ve caught on so quickly, remember that this is almost as much luck as it is ability. The more magic you have available to you, the easier it will be to reach your magic and start something. And it may be that you have a particular affinity for fire magic, but that when we do water, air, and earth, you will not have so much luck.”

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Book 2: Initiates–Now at Smashwords

Book 2: Initiates joins New Student Orientation as an ebook available at Smashwords! Like Book 1, it’s available pay-as-you-wish, so you can get it for free or pay as much as you’d care to.

I see at least one person has already found it and downloaded it immediately–before I even knew it was live! If you’re reading, thank you! 🙂

I also plan to do some work on the website in the next couple of weeks, so if things look very, very different… don’t panic! I haven’t been able to find a theme or plugin that will allow me to link only to the next and previous chapters, so I’ve decided the next and previous post links will do, and have given up. However, the website’s look could really use a refresh anyway, so I’m getting some graphic design work done and hopefully the site will be very pretty when everything is put together!

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Chatoyant College Book 12: Chapter 37: The Flame

Nothing happened.

Edie let out a quiet sigh. She was disappointed, but not really surprised. If she’d been able to light the candle on her very first try, she would have been shocked—and she would expect to be like Corrie, having more trouble with controlling her magic than actually doing anything.

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January Patreon story

The January story, “The Monsters,” is available now, exclusively for patrons!

Bennet’s parents came into her room. She looked up from her comic book and stood. They looked serious, dressed all in gray as they did for raids. She wondered why they were coming to talk to her now. She’d been old enough to stay home alone during raids for a few years now, trusted enough to give the appropriate lies to any police who might come to the door.

Though they hardly ever did.

“Bennet, we have a raid tonight,” her father began.

She gave a short nod. “I know.”

“Well, you’re eighteen,” her mother said. “We think you’re old enough now to come with us. Would you like to?”

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