Chatoyant College

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 47: Suspicion

Dawn looked at Link to make sure he wasn’t confused or upset by the question. He and Roe had been having complicated relationship difficulties; she hoped mentioning Roe’s recurring vision didn’t make it worse.

But he sighed and nodded without his expression changing. “I thought about it right away when I was fighting the teeth—well, as soon as I had some time to think, anyway. I wondered if the vision was meant for me. But if this is the same thing that killed Christy, then it’s not a vision that’s only meant for me, is it?”

“Did you tell her that you think it’s connected to the vision?” Dawn asked.

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 46: Healing

“I think we’re back to there being no connection,” Dawn said, shaking her head. “These are just random murders, most likely.”

“That’s good, Troy,” Edie said. “That means the faerie didn’t attack Sean because of you. It was probably just looking for any victim that night, and when you turned out to be too difficult, it went after him.”

Link shook his head, twisting his fork between his fingers. “I don’t know about that. It seemed awfully determined.”

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 45: The Connection

Dawn stayed quiet, letting Link and Troy work this out on their own. If this turned into an argument, she would grab Corrie and Edie and leave. But they’d come here to learn about what had happened when the faerie had attacked Troy, and they weren’t going to give up this easily.

Troy looked up at Link guiltily. “I was going to tell you eventually. I just couldn’t find the right time.”

“Troy.” Link sounded like he was making an effort to speak calmly. “You can’t just go around kissing guys. You have two jobs here—you have to get your education and you have to find a wife.”

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 44: It All Happened Very Quickly

Dawn grinned, but let Corrie lead the way, since she was the one carrying the pancakes. Corrie set the plate down on Troy’s desk. Troy reached out eagerly for it, though he winced a little when he stretched out his left arm. The upper arm was covered with a white bandage that bulked out the sleeve of his T-shirt.

Link shut the door behind them and sat down in a chair next to it, his arms folded. “What exactly did the magic professors tell you?”

“Thanks for the pancakes from both of us,” Troy said.

“You’re welcome,” Corrie said, laughing. “I grabbed you two clean forks. You can both eat.”

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 43: Pancakes

Saturday, May 20

Dawn was just starting to wake up and decide whether to actually get out of bed yet when she heard a quiet knock on her door. A quick glance told her that there was no one in Naomi’s bed; sighing, she got up to open the door.

It was Corrie. “Oh, good, you’re awake,” she said, smiling much too cheerfully for this early in the morning. Though Dawn realized it probably wasn’t that early—it was just that it was Saturday.

“I am now,” she said.

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 19: Catching Up

Dawn watched Roe lean back, obviously startled by the suggestion. But she shook her head slowly. “I don’t think so. I’ve seen Professor Lal’s teeth before, and the teeth in the vision I’ve been having don’t seem familiar. I think they’re shorter than hers. But I’ll check next week during class, just to make sure.”

“You carry a four-leaf clover with you?” Corrie asked.

Roe nodded. “Of course. All the time, now.”

“Me, too,” Annie said. “It’s not really enough, but it’s something small we can do to protect ourselves.”

“What does Link think of you carrying around something that can break his illusion all the time?” Dawn asked, raising her eyebrows.

“Oh, he’s all in favor of it, because it’s something that can help protect me from the faeries. He’d rather be around me all the time so he can protect me himself, but that’s not really his job. Doing it to Troy is his job.” Roe smiled. “I keep it in my pocket, so it’s not like he’s reaching into my pocket and touching it by accident. That’s the only way it would really bother him.”

“You know, I was thinking about Troy recently,” Corrie said. “We used to hang out with him, but since we’ve all come back to school for the spring semester we never see him. I guess we’re pretty bad friends if we only spend time with him when we have class together.”

“I hang out with him sometimes,” Annie said. “I think he’s more comfortable one-on-one with people. And he’s made other friends, too.”

Roe nodded. “He hangs out a lot with this one guy, Sean—Link wishes he would date more, but he has three more years for that.” She grimaced. Dawn wondered what exactly the story was with Roe and Troy; they’d gone on one date that had apparently gone so badly that Roe didn’t want to talk about it, but then Roe had started dating Link, and the two of them seemed to be really serious. Troy had missed out.

“Is that the same guy in our Intermediate Elementalism class?” Annie asked.

“Yeah, that’s him.”

“I remember Sean,” Dawn said. “He lost control of his water magic. I wonder if that has anything to do with them getting along.”

“They’re in a completely different class together. Math, I think.” Roe shrugged. “I don’t really know Sean all that well, but I’m glad Troy has made a good friend.”

“Maybe Sean will hook him up with some girls,” Corrie said with a laugh. “Well, I’m glad he’s not as awkward as he was last semester. How are things with Link, Roe?”

“Great,” Roe said with a grin. “He’s such a sweet guy. I’ve really never met a nicer guy.”

“Nicer than Rico?” Dawn teased. She couldn’t imagine anyone nicer than her boyfriend.

“Well, maybe Link is nicer to me and Rico is nicer to you,” Roe said, laughing. “What about you, Corrie? How are things going with Charlie?”

“The same as ever,” Corrie said, smiling with no particular emotion behind it. Dawn considered that her poker face. “We’re having fun. Nothing serious.”

“Yeah, but you’re not dating anyone else, are you?” Annie said.

“When would I have time?” Corrie complained. “I have classes, I have friends, I have running, and then I have to keep up with all the drama going on all the time on this campus. The only places I meet guys are in class and at Rainbow Alliance meetings, and I only have a chance with one of those.”

“We used to go to parties,” Roe said.

“I only remember one party, and I barely remember that,” Dawn said.

“I’ve been to a couple of the art department’s parties, but they’re not really my style. Too many drugs and too much sex.” Roe shook her head. “Besides, I’m not looking to meet guys.”

“Yeah, being single sounds like it sucks,” Dawn said. Roe laughed and they high-fived each other across the table.

Annie rolled her eyes at them. “It’s not that terrible. Maybe if you’re really looking for someone it’s a lot of effort, but I’m just not bothering. I figure it’s not the best idea to date someone on campus long-term anyway. Who knows what you’re going to do when you graduate?”

“I guess that’s true,” Dawn admitted. “But Rico and I have a few years to figure it out.” She suspected that Annie had another reason for not dating, but wasn’t going to push her.

“I’m trying not to think about that,” Roe said brightly, pushing around the food on her plate with her fork. “Let’s talk about something else. Does anyone have plans for the weekend?”

“Same as always,” Dawn said. “Studying, working, and cuddling with Rico.”

“Hopefully,” Corrie said, “we won’t have any new mysteries to solve.”