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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 89: The Truth

“What are we supposed to tell our friends and family about why we might not be going back to school in the fall?” Dawn asked. She knew she would tell her aunt Pru the truth—Pru had, after all, been a student at Chatoyant College and known a faerie herself—but she had no idea what to say to her parents or the few friends she had from high school. She’d been keeping the information about faeries from them for good reason.

“That is up to you,” Professor Lal said, her lips thinning. “The truth is an option.”

“You could also just tell them that there was a killer loose on campus and the school may be closing because of that,” Professor Rook said. “Use the truth, but not all of it.”

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 88: Working

The noise level in the auditorium rose quickly as the stage lights went down. Everyone else seemed to be hurrying out as quickly as possible while discussing what had just been announced, but Dawn wasn’t ready to get up from her seat just yet—and neither, it seemed, were her friends.

Corrie leaned forward and spoke to Dawn past Edie. “Do you think they’re really going to make it safe?”

“I don’t know,” Dawn said. “If they can find a way to put the magic back the way it was… why wouldn’t they just do that?”

Corrie nodded grimly. “Of course, if they could do that, why haven’t they done it already?”

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 87: Options

Dawn noticed that Dr. Everson was returning to the stage. Had she known ahead of time that this announcement was being planned? She must have—but Dawn wondered whether she had known about the existence of faeries before the announcement was discussed. She might well have just had the biggest shock of her life. She was perfectly composed now, though.

Professor Lal was still speaking. “We believed we had done everything possible to keep you safe. It is clear now that we had not. We understand if you are angry or afraid. We understand if, knowing that the college has participated in this deception, you do not wish to return.”

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 86: We Have Been Here

Dawn looked behind her to see what other people’s reactions were. Naomi had actually turned all the way around in her seat and was clutching the back of it while kneeling. Was there something back there? Dawn couldn’t see anything interesting, except for other people staring, their facial expressions varying from shock to fear to anger. Some of them had even gotten up out of their seats.

She leaned over to whisper to Rico, who seemed just as startled as anyone else. “I missed something.”

“You didn’t—“ Rico turned to her, confused, but then his expression suddenly changed to a grin. “Of course not. Professor Lal just dropped her glamour. So now we can all see what you’ve been seeing all along.”

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 85: The Assembly

Dawn finished her lunch and sat with her friends until they’d finished theirs as well. Then the three of them started meandering toward the auditorium. They were fairly early, and it wasn’t a particularly nice day out—the sky was gray and drizzly—but Dawn could easily compare the weather today to weather they’d had on campus at other times and be more than satisfied with this.

“Do you think they’ll tell us what they did with her?” Edie asked, sounding worried.

Dawn didn’t have to ask who she meant. “Not at the assembly. If they wouldn’t tell us what their plans were last night, I doubt they’re going to make a school-wide announcement.”

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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.