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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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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 48: Disruption

Dawn went back up to her own room once they’d gotten back to Gilkey, but she didn’t want to stay there. She gathered up her things for homework—she had a few sources she was still taking notes on for her History of Psychology paper, and her sociology class kept assigning homework up until the last class, which was Monday—and took it with her down to Rico’s room. She knocked on the door and he let her in. “Hey, sweetie.” He kissed her on the cheek.

She smiled, fairly certain that Duncan was in the room, because Rico was usually even more demonstrative when they were alone. “Hi. I have some work to do, and I figured we could sit and work together. Make it go faster.”

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 34: Accepted

Corrie only had a little while between her classes, but she and Edie went over what she’d heard about Jo. Edie was surprised to hear that anyone would want to leave campus, but realized it made sense after they discussed it. To them, campus had always been a dangerous place—it had been on their second night there that the entire hall had been awakened by Roe’s scream and everyone had discovered that Annie was missing (though the two things turned out to be unrelated). It had only gotten worse when most of them had forgotten about Annie, and Dawn had needed to rely on her newly-discovered Sight to remind everyone about her. Come to think of it, it had also been on their second day on campus that Corrie had discovered that her stalker ex-boyfriend, Paul, had followed her to college.

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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.

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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 8: Doldrums

A little while later, there was a knock on the door. Corrie hopped up to answer it, and Edie saw her open the door to let Lorelei in. Lorelei looked around at the group of them and laughed. “You guys certainly know how to take advantage of a foggy day.”

“Come join us,” Edie said, gesturing at the pile of food. “There’s plenty.”

Lorelei shook her head. “Sorry, but I can’t. Charlie and I are responsible for the whole dorm. I wish I could just hang out with you guys.”

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 7: Fog Party, Part II

Edie and Derwen got back to Edie’s dorm room just as Corrie was leaving the bathroom, her hair plastered to her head with dampness. “Everyone already used up the hot water,” she complained. “Hey, Derwen.”

“Yeah, I noticed the same thing,” Edie said. “Did you get enough exercise running up and down the stairs?”

“I think so,” Corrie said. “At least I feel a bit better. What’s with the kettle?”

“It’s to make tea,” Derwen said.

“We’re having a potluck breakfast,” Edie said. “Everyone’s in our room. I hope you don’t mind.”

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 4: Speculation

Dawn didn’t realize until they’d already left the common room that Derwen was still with them. She wished the faerie would leave, so they could talk more freely, but of course Derwen would get offended if Dawn actually said that. And since she was friends with Edie, Edie probably wanted her around with them.

If Dawn thought of any other questions to ask a faerie, she could ask now. But Derwen had already answered her only question—she didn’t know what faerie might have killed someone on campus. If they didn’t know who was dead, they wouldn’t know who to suspect.

Even if they did know who the victim was, she realized, they probably wouldn’t know who to suspect. Except for Mardalan. She could always suspect Mardalan.

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 3: Located

“Come on,” Dawn said quietly to Rico, shifting so his arms weren’t around her anymore and taking his hand instead. She couldn’t just stand here and speculate—she had to find out what Lorelei knew.

They worked through the crowd to find Edie with Corrie right at the front. Dawn hadn’t been able to see her because everyone between them was taller than Edie. “Where did Charlie go?” she asked when she reached them.

“He’s calling other RAs,” Corrie said. “They said the missing people were probably in other dorms.”

Dawn nodded. Just like Naomi had been the last time. “That’s good. And I guess he has to let the other dorms know that we have some of their people.”

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