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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 41: Be Careful

Edie’s heart dropped in her chest. They were obviously going about this all wrong. “Then it’s not us you need to talk to,” she said. “Professor Strega, hasn’t Roe told you about this recurring vision she’s been having?”

Professor Strega frowned. “I have not had much chance to speak with Roe recently. We plan to meet tomorrow at noon.”

Corrie shook her head. “She did say that she’s planning to talk to you about it at that meeting, but she was glad to have it rescheduled… well, anyway, the important thing is that she says the vision is just teeth. That’s all she can ever remember from the visions.”

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 40: Into Danger

Edie waited for the professors to tell her, Corrie, and Dawn why they thought they would be able to help, but they seemed uncertain how to begin. Finally Corrie leaned forward. “Look,” she said. “We’d like to help, but we don’t know what you think we can do. Why would we know anything about what happened? Did they tell you we were there, or something? I don’t think they would lie, but maybe there’s some faerie trick going on. No offense.”

“That is exactly what we fear is going on,” Professor Lal said. “We are fairly certain that the killer is, in fact, a faerie. But we do not know how or why it is killing.”

Dawn crossed her arms over her chest. “Start from the beginning. What do you know, and what do you suspect?”

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 39: The Old Chairs

Edie, Corrie, and Dawn managed to have dinner by themselves—except for Rico, who was perfectly understanding when they reached a fork in the path and Dawn told him she had to go meet with the magic professors with her friends and he wasn’t invited. Edie actually felt a little jealous as he gave Dawn a kiss on the cheek and walked cheerfully back to Gilkey on his own. They were so sweet together, and Leila had never been that understanding, even when she had claimed to be.

But Leila was gone now. That was probably for the best. Edie missed her, but only because she’d been the first person to have a real romantic interest in her, at least who was actually a woman. She didn’t want that relationship back.

The three of them walked back over the paths to the magic building. It was still light out—the sun wouldn’t set for more than an hour—so people were still around, walking between the different dorm buildings, the library, the dining hall, and occasionally the academic buildings. Edie saw a whole group of people who appeared to be approaching the arts building.

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 17: Cold Spot

A short while later, Professor Lal came around to ask them for their reports. Rico reported on the wind blowing harder down the highway, and Professor Lal nodded, pleased. Then she turned to Dawn.

“I could sense a storm to the east,” Dawn said. “At least, I think it was a storm.” She described how she had felt the air swirling, eddying about itself on a grand scale, moving slowly as it was pushed by the prevailing chilly wind.

Professor Lal’s eyes actually widened. “That sounds like a storm, indeed. How far was it? Miles?” Continue reading “Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 17: Cold Spot”

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 16: The Farthest Air

Dawn moved down the hill obediently, smiling at Rico as she did. “You sensed the current?”

He nodded. “It was weird, because it was going in a completely different direction than the air I could feel. Professor Lal must have been doing that distance magic thing.”

Dawn nodded. They had learned early in the semester to do elemental magic at a distance, rather than letting it pour only from their own bodies as they had in Intro to Magic. When she’d told Corrie about it, Corrie had said she would definitely have to take Intermediate Elementalism the next time it was offered.

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 15: Air Currents

Dawn grinned as she saw Rico on the path and waved at him. He waved back and waited for her to catch up, and they walked arm-in-arm to their next class—which she was glad to be having outside.

As the semester had gone on and the weather had improved, they’d had more and more of their Intermediate Elementalism classes outdoors. Both water and air magic were safer and better to do outdoors, so Professor Lal explained, and that explanation made sense to Dawn. If it hadn’t been for their specially designed magic classrooms, fire might have been safer to do outside, as well. With earth, it didn’t matter.

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 14: Threads of Magic

Professor Rook was looking over someone else’s written assignment as Corrie approached, but when she reached his desk he looked up and nodded at her. “Corrie. I know this class has been frustrating for you, and I’m glad to see that you’ve had some success.”

She couldn’t help smiling. “I didn’t think I was psychic at all, and it turned out I was just waiting for the last class.”

He shook his head. “We still have mediumship to go, but that will be last. Very few have that ability, however, so do not be surprised if distance sight is, indeed, the only psionic ability you possess.”

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