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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 78: Good and Trapped

Edie looked back at Professor Rook, confused. Was he implying that they had messed up the trap somehow? She couldn’t have done so—neither could Corrie. They’d both been far away when the professors had trapped Gerlina.

She realized that she might have distracted them. Maybe they’d hesitated when she’d run out into the center green because she was getting in their way. Her magic was like a faerie’s—she might not have been able to move through the lines of their net the way Troy and Link had, so they could have been worried about trapping her by accident.

“Sorry if I got in your way,” she said, hoping she sounded genuinely remorseful. “I saw that girl and freaked out. I didn’t want her to get caught in the middle.”

“You did the right thing, Edie,” Ginny said.

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 77: No Chance

Edie heard Corrie and Dawn shouting her name behind her, but she couldn’t slow down. None of the people in the center green seemed to have seen her yet. She had to get to the human girl before Gerlina noticed her.

As she ran out onto the lawn, Troy and Link both turned toward her. Then Troy shouted and pointed past Edie, to her right, in the direction that Corrie thought she’d seen Gerlina. So he had seen the teeth, too. Why weren’t the professors doing anything?

The human girl had stopped in her tracks, looking around in confusion. Could she see the teeth? She could certainly see Troy and Link, stopped in the middle of the green, and Edie, pelting across the grass toward her.

Edie couldn’t shout to her, because she didn’t want Gerlina to notice either of them. The plan had been for the faerie to go after Troy and Link, and for the magic professors to catch her that way. If Gerlina went in a different direction, it might mess up the whole plan.

And if Gerlina went after this human girl, she would have no chance.

The girl’s eyes widened and she took a step back as Edie ran up to her. “Get back inside,” she said, grabbing the girl’s arm. “Was there anyone else at that door?” She had no idea whether the door the girl had just come through was the one where the werewolves were lurking, and she didn’t want to get in their way.

“What’s going on?” the girl asked, as though she hadn’t heard Edie. Her voice went high-pitched at the end.

Edie didn’t want to look. “It’s not safe. We have to get inside.”

“Is that… Professor Lal?”

Edie turned around. Sure enough, the magic professors had finally converged in the middle of the green and were flinging their lines of golden light to each other. The lines passed right through Troy and Link and snagged on something invisible in the middle. They created more and more lines until they had the net they’d described, and in the center of it, like a weird insect caught in a spider’s web, was a shadowy mass with teeth.

The werewolves were running up as well—they’d come out a different door, closer to the center. But it didn’t seem that they would be needed. Gerlina was struggling, but the magic professors and their net were holding strong.

Edie let out a sigh of relief and let go of the girl’s arm. “It’s safe.”

“What are they doing? What’s happening?” The girl finally seemed to look at Edie. “Who are you?”

“I’m Edie. Sorry if I scared you.”

“You’re not the one that scared me…” The girl stared uncertainly at the center green, where the magic professors were moving in closer to Gerlina, walking past Troy and Link, who huddled together. The werewolves walked slowly closer.

“It’s okay. It’s over now.”

“But what happened?”

“Um, I’m not sure I’m allowed to tell you. Magic stuff.” Corrie and Dawn were coming out of the magic building now, and Tom out of the administration building.

“Well, obviously. Can I go home now?”

“That’s probably a good idea. Do you want me to walk with you?”

The girl frowned and hitched her backpack up again, hooking her thumbs into the straps. “Um, no.” She walked toward the humanities building and skirted along its wall, keeping an eye on what was happening in the center.

Corrie and Dawn rushed up to Edie. “Edie! Are you okay?” Corrie cried. Without waiting for an answer, she flung her arms around Edie.

Edie hugged her back, then hugged Dawn. “I’m fine. I was trying to make sure that girl was okay.”

“You could have said something,” Dawn said. “We would have come with you.”

Hadn’t she said anything? Now that it was over, it seemed like it had all happened really fast. “I’m sorry. I saw her, and I just… reacted. I didn’t want anyone else to get killed.”

“Dawn,” Professor Lal called from where the professors were still holding Gerlina. “Will you assist us, please?”

Dawn frowned and looked over her shoulder. “Just a second.” She turned back to Edie. “Is she okay? Who is she?”

“She’s fine, though I might have freaked her out a little,” Edie said. “I don’t know what her name is. I didn’t recognize her. Did you?”

“Nope,” Corrie said. “Let’s get back to the others.”

They turned and walked slowly back to the middle. Tom had his arms crossed and looked bored. The werewolves and Djanaea were all staring at the bundle made by the professors’ net, Charlie and his mom with identical curls of disgust on their lips.

“Dawn, we’d like you to confirm that this is her,” Professor Lal said crisply. “What do you see with your Sight?”

Dawn stared at their bundle. “Other than the net, I just see teeth. I don’t know if there’s any glamour to see through.”

“I can see her in trance,” Ginny announced. “It’s just like Meg described—a very thin body made of blue, cloudy magic.”

“But is she truly trapped?” Professor Rook asked, tossing a frown in Edie and Dawn’s direction.

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 74: Positioning

Edie grinned back as she wrote down which stone corresponded to which professor, and then started to sketch the area, but realized something was still missing. “Where will each of you be? Corrie might be able to see you with her distance sight, but since it’s going to be dark, we shouldn’t take any chances.”

“Ah, we hadn’t worked that out.” Ginny looked at the other three professors. “I’ll take the southwest, between the magic and administration buildings.”

“I’ll take the northeast,” Professor Rook said.

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 73: Preparations

Edie leaned forward, curious what Link’s better plan might be. Did he want Tom out front as the main plan, despite what Professor Rook said? Maybe he had something else in mind, now that the backup was here. She was just glad that he was no longer protesting against the whole concept—he just wanted to make improvements.

Troy made a protesting noise without opening his mouth, and Charlie’s mom shook her head. “You don’t need to worry. We’ll be there to protect you. Don’t you agree, Francis, Marie?”

“I’m sure we can hold our own against this faerie,” Corrie’s dad said. “If nothing else, Link, I’m sure we can hold her back long enough for you and Troy to get away, if necessary.”

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 72: Plan B

Edie was very curious as to how Professor Strega and Tom knew each other. She didn’t seem happy to see him there at all. Maybe he’d messed with her before—that did seem to be what he liked to do. But presumably he hadn’t done her any lasting harm, because she seemed mostly satisfied with the answer she’s gotten.

The rest of the room seemed to be more interested in what Tom had just said to Troy.

“Um, prince?” Charlie said, looking at Troy.

“I get the idea there are a few more introductions to be made,” Corrie’s dad said.

“Why don’t you all find seats?” Professor Lal suggested. “And we’ll finish the introductions and explain what is wanted of each of you.”

Corrie, Edie, and Dawn went to the other side of the room to sit down where they’d been sitting that morning. Corrie’s dad found a seat close to her, and the werewolves all sat by him. Tom sat on Professor Strega’s desk, swinging his heels against the side, which Edie thought she could have predicted he would do, especially as it obviously annoyed the professor.

“Troy and Link, I think you should explain yourselves,” Ginny said.

Troy looked at Link. Link nodded and straightened his shoulders. “Troy and I are not human. The closest thing to describe what we are in English would be ‘mermaids.’ We live under a lake, but our magic allows us to partly change shape and appear to be human. It’s been the tradition for hundreds of years for the crown prince to attend Chatoyant College. My family serves and protects the royal family, so I was sent here to be Troy’s friend and help him get used to the human world.”

Charlie was staring unabashedly at Link. Troy fidgeted a little. Edie thought it was interesting that Link had left out the part about the prince coming to Chatoyant College to find a wife. But it made sense—that wasn’t relevant to what they were doing today, and the questions that would follow that explanation would needlessly complicate the discussion.

Anyway, that was clearly enough for the others to think about. The older werewolves looked confused. Tom looked bored.

“The important thing is that the faerie we’re trying to trap tonight, Gerlina, is primarily interested in the Djanaea,” Corrie put in, with a gesture at Troy and Link. “She seems to think that she wants revenge against them.”

“That’s correct,” Professor Lal said. “She attacked Troy, but he was lucky enough to escape with little damage, thanks largely to Link’s quick acting.”

Tom stopped swinging his feet. “We can’t allow that to happen again.”

“Exactly,” Link said, nodding at Tom.

“Unfortunately, we only know two ways to draw her out,” Professor Lal said. “She has only attacked when she has seen Troy outside alone at night, or when something has caused her pain by disrupting the balance of magic on campus or doing something to change its flow.”

“Well, if that’s all we need to do, I was practically born to change the flow of magic,” Tom said, smirking. “What happens then?” Edie wondered whether he meant changing the flow of magic wasn’t entirely his purpose in life, or whether he hadn’t actually been born.

“She would likely attack you instead of Troy, trying to stop the pain,” Ginny said.

“Why don’t we call that plan B?” Professor Rook suggested. “I still think that the plan to tempt her out with the Djanaea is the soundest and safest for everyone involved.”

“Except Troy and Link,” Charlie said.

I’ll be fine,” Link said. “It’s Troy she’s interested in. And we’re not agreeing to this plan unless I’m sure he’ll be safe.”

Troy sighed and looked over at the girls. Edie gave him what she hoped was an encouraging smile. He might have been perfectly fine with acting as bait, but she understood Link’s hesitation.

“That is where we need your help,” Professor Lal said, gesturing toward the werewolves. “We have a solid plan in place, using a magical net to trap Gerlina when she gets close to Troy, but in case she is too fast for us or too strong—though no matter her strength, it is unlikely she will be able to break free of our net—we have sought those who are faster or stronger.”

“I’m sure the four of us can best a single faerie,” Charlie’s mom said.

“This one is pretty nasty, Mom,” Charlie said. “She ripped those four people she killed to shreds.”

“Bit them to pieces, actually,” Professor Rook said.

“Still,” Charlie’s mom said with a shrug. “It’s been a long time since we’ve had to fight a faerie, but I think we are more than capable. She doesn’t have any venom in those teeth of hers, does she?”

“Evidently not,” Professor Lal said. “I hope it won’t come to that, but I am glad to have werewolves as our backup. Tom… are you really willing to provide backup?”

Tom spread his hands wide and shrugged. “I don’t want to let her touch the prince, but I’m happy enough being the third tier.”

“Link, does this satisfy you?” Professor Lal asked.

Link hesitated, then shook his head. “We need a better plan.”

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 71: Introductions

Edie couldn’t help being anxious as they waited at the gate. Tom did show up, though, several minutes later, looking around dubiously at the gate as though it were going to swing shut on him unexpectedly. “Hello there, ladies,” he said as he stepped onto campus. “Where to?”

“We’ll wait here for a few more minutes,” Dawn said. “We’re expecting Corrie’s father and maybe a few others to help us out.”

Tom raised his eyebrows. “You expect a human’s father to be useful in this situation?”

“Well, he’s not entirely human,” Corrie said. “We did tell you we were asking werewolves for help.”

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 66: The Magical Net

Corrie was a little surprised to find that she was getting more and more enthusiastic about this plan as they discussed it. She didn’t really need to be convincing Troy and Link of the plan—it was the magic professors’ plan, so it was their job to get the Djanaea on board. But she wanted the plan to work, even if not all of it made sense.

Maybe it was just that it was the only plan they had. She wanted Gerlina to be caught; she wanted the murders to stop. If this was going to give them the best chance, then she wanted everyone in on it.

“I didn’t know there were werewolves on campus,” Link admitted.

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