Chatoyant College, Chatoyant College Interlude: Summer Break

Chatoyant College Interlude: 11, 12, and 13

11: Corrie to Edie and Dawn

YES!!! I knew they’d figure it out!

12: Edie to Corrie and Dawn

You both got the email, right? What a relief.

Not a lot of details, though. I hope they’ll tell us what they’ve figured out to make the campus safe. Maybe they won’t tell the whole student body, but we can go talk to Professor Lal and make her tell us.

Edie

13: Dawn to Corrie and Edie

Wow, they cut that close, didn’t they? I was afraid it was going to be bad news when it got so late in the day without any word, but the email finally came out. I might have been a little distracted at work checking my personal email, but there’s never enough work to fill up my time anyway. (Sorry, I may have complained about that a hundred times already.)

I just hope they’ve really done it right. Maybe we can get them to explain their system to us so we can poke any loopholes and they can fix them.

Of course, we know how to keep ourselves safe, even if their plan is full of loopholes. And maybe now that everyone knows about faeries, they’ll also learn to keep themselves safe—even if we have to teach them.

Now I know for sure I can say, see you two in the fall! I’m looking forward to having you as roommates!

– Dawn

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Chatoyant College, Chatoyant College Interlude: Summer Break

Chatoyant College Interlude: 7: Dawn to Naomi

Yeah, most of the time that I haven’t been at work, I’ve been spending at Pru’s house. Allergy meds help, but I still have a hard time breathing by the time I get ready for bed at night. The problem is Princess is just too sweet—she wants to love on me all the time. To get into my room, I have to either make sure she’s distracted with food or attention from my parents, or push her with my foot while I open and shut the door. That is one determined cat.

I attached a picture. Isn’t that the ugliest squished face you’ve ever seen? I don’t know if she’s part Persian or what. Their vet thinks so, but they haven’t done a DNA test.

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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 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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