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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 90: Goodbye

As they all headed back out to campus, Dawn’s cell phone rang. She hastily dug it out of her pocket, glancing guiltily at the ID screen before answering. Sure enough, it was her mom. She took a deep breath before answering. “Hi, Mom. Are you guys on your way?”

“We’re here,” her mom said. “We’re just coming in through the front gate. Will you meet us outside your dorm?”

“Um, I will meet you there,” she said, since if they were already at the front gate there was no way to avoid meeting them on her way back to Gilkey. “But I’m not quite ready to go yet. Sorry about that. I have to finish packing.”

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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 82: Telling

Dawn got her chocolate milk and walked back to her friends, feeling disappointed and defeated. When she sat down, she told them what had just happened. Annie nodded, obviously unsurprised, but Corrie straightened her shoulders.

“They were strangers,” Corrie said. “But we can tell other people we know. Anyone who might trust us. Charlie already told Lorelei.”

“We can’t just wander around campus looking for people we know,” Dawn said. “If we go around pounding on doors, they’ll just think we’re crazy. Anyway, I don’t know where most of the people that I know live.”

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 80: A Hundred Visions

Sunday, May 28

Dawn took a deep breath of the air as soon as she stepped outside. After last night’s rain, everything felt and smelled fresh, like it was early spring again, even though it was almost summer. The air was warm, but not hot. And, of course, the threat to everyone living on campus had finally been removed.

She squeezed Rico’s hand, and he squeezed back, giving her a fond smile. They were walking to the dining hall with Corrie, Edie, Roe, and Annie. It was time for one last relaxed brunch before summer break—tomorrow, Monday, would be their last day on campus, and brunch would not be available.

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