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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 79: Tension

Edie looked around at the others. None of them seemed to know what to say. She felt strange. Was it really over? It felt like it had been too easy, and at the same time… four people had died, and they’d collected lots of help and put other people at risk to make sure Gerlina was captured.

She must have been on edge, because a hissing noise made her look around wildly, her heart hammering in her chest. But it only took seconds for the source of the noise to become apparent: pouring rain was sweeping over the campus, crossing the magic building to hit all of them as they stood in the center green.

Corrie and Charlie both started to laugh at the same time. After a moment, Tom and the other werewolves joined in, then Troy and Link, and finally Edie and Dawn joined them.

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 78: Good and Trapped

Edie looked back at Professor Rook, confused. Was he implying that they had messed up the trap somehow? She couldn’t have done so—neither could Corrie. They’d both been far away when the professors had trapped Gerlina.

She realized that she might have distracted them. Maybe they’d hesitated when she’d run out into the center green because she was getting in their way. Her magic was like a faerie’s—she might not have been able to move through the lines of their net the way Troy and Link had, so they could have been worried about trapping her by accident.

“Sorry if I got in your way,” she said, hoping she sounded genuinely remorseful. “I saw that girl and freaked out. I didn’t want her to get caught in the middle.”

“You did the right thing, Edie,” Ginny said.

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 77: No Chance

Edie heard Corrie and Dawn shouting her name behind her, but she couldn’t slow down. None of the people in the center green seemed to have seen her yet. She had to get to the human girl before Gerlina noticed her.

As she ran out onto the lawn, Troy and Link both turned toward her. Then Troy shouted and pointed past Edie, to her right, in the direction that Corrie thought she’d seen Gerlina. So he had seen the teeth, too. Why weren’t the professors doing anything?

The human girl had stopped in her tracks, looking around in confusion. Could she see the teeth? She could certainly see Troy and Link, stopped in the middle of the green, and Edie, pelting across the grass toward her.

Edie couldn’t shout to her, because she didn’t want Gerlina to notice either of them. The plan had been for the faerie to go after Troy and Link, and for the magic professors to catch her that way. If Gerlina went in a different direction, it might mess up the whole plan.

And if Gerlina went after this human girl, she would have no chance.

The girl’s eyes widened and she took a step back as Edie ran up to her. “Get back inside,” she said, grabbing the girl’s arm. “Was there anyone else at that door?” She had no idea whether the door the girl had just come through was the one where the werewolves were lurking, and she didn’t want to get in their way.

“What’s going on?” the girl asked, as though she hadn’t heard Edie. Her voice went high-pitched at the end.

Edie didn’t want to look. “It’s not safe. We have to get inside.”

“Is that… Professor Lal?”

Edie turned around. Sure enough, the magic professors had finally converged in the middle of the green and were flinging their lines of golden light to each other. The lines passed right through Troy and Link and snagged on something invisible in the middle. They created more and more lines until they had the net they’d described, and in the center of it, like a weird insect caught in a spider’s web, was a shadowy mass with teeth.

The werewolves were running up as well—they’d come out a different door, closer to the center. But it didn’t seem that they would be needed. Gerlina was struggling, but the magic professors and their net were holding strong.

Edie let out a sigh of relief and let go of the girl’s arm. “It’s safe.”

“What are they doing? What’s happening?” The girl finally seemed to look at Edie. “Who are you?”

“I’m Edie. Sorry if I scared you.”

“You’re not the one that scared me…” The girl stared uncertainly at the center green, where the magic professors were moving in closer to Gerlina, walking past Troy and Link, who huddled together. The werewolves walked slowly closer.

“It’s okay. It’s over now.”

“But what happened?”

“Um, I’m not sure I’m allowed to tell you. Magic stuff.” Corrie and Dawn were coming out of the magic building now, and Tom out of the administration building.

“Well, obviously. Can I go home now?”

“That’s probably a good idea. Do you want me to walk with you?”

The girl frowned and hitched her backpack up again, hooking her thumbs into the straps. “Um, no.” She walked toward the humanities building and skirted along its wall, keeping an eye on what was happening in the center.

Corrie and Dawn rushed up to Edie. “Edie! Are you okay?” Corrie cried. Without waiting for an answer, she flung her arms around Edie.

Edie hugged her back, then hugged Dawn. “I’m fine. I was trying to make sure that girl was okay.”

“You could have said something,” Dawn said. “We would have come with you.”

Hadn’t she said anything? Now that it was over, it seemed like it had all happened really fast. “I’m sorry. I saw her, and I just… reacted. I didn’t want anyone else to get killed.”

“Dawn,” Professor Lal called from where the professors were still holding Gerlina. “Will you assist us, please?”

Dawn frowned and looked over her shoulder. “Just a second.” She turned back to Edie. “Is she okay? Who is she?”

“She’s fine, though I might have freaked her out a little,” Edie said. “I don’t know what her name is. I didn’t recognize her. Did you?”

“Nope,” Corrie said. “Let’s get back to the others.”

They turned and walked slowly back to the middle. Tom had his arms crossed and looked bored. The werewolves and Djanaea were all staring at the bundle made by the professors’ net, Charlie and his mom with identical curls of disgust on their lips.

“Dawn, we’d like you to confirm that this is her,” Professor Lal said crisply. “What do you see with your Sight?”

Dawn stared at their bundle. “Other than the net, I just see teeth. I don’t know if there’s any glamour to see through.”

“I can see her in trance,” Ginny announced. “It’s just like Meg described—a very thin body made of blue, cloudy magic.”

“But is she truly trapped?” Professor Rook asked, tossing a frown in Edie and Dawn’s direction.

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 76: Movement

Edie, Corrie, and Dawn tried to make conversation as the light faded, but there wasn’t all that much to talk about. They were too anxious about what would happen tonight. They eventually resorted to quizzing each other on the order of stones and the locations of the professors so they could all be sure of them. Dawn checked periodically to see if she could locate the cold spot, and Corrie checked with her distance sight to make sure they knew where the professors were. Corrie also checked on Tom and the werewolves to make sure she knew their locations.

Edie was jealous. She wished she had a special power that could be useful tonight. But her own magic seemed to be pretty straightforward—she was really good at water magic, but that wasn’t very interesting, and lacking the ability to do trance meant she couldn’t even look at other people’s magic. She had an interesting magical heritage, but it always seemed to be a liability, not anything useful. The only things she could recall that being part faerie had done for her were to get her more attention from other faeries and to make it easier for Brandon to teleport with her.

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 75: Waiting

Edie still felt a little uncomfortable sitting in the chairs, where just last night the members of the Circle of the Goddess had sat with Payton and Elena’s blood all over them, but they seemed to have been cleaned well; she couldn’t see any trace of blood on them. Anyway, she was sure she couldn’t stand here all night, or however long it took for Troy and Link to attract Gerlina’s attention, so she took a chair and dragged it over to the window.

Corrie followed her example. Dawn grabbed two chairs and placed the extra with its back against the window, the seat pointing toward the three of them. “You can put the stones there,” she said, gesturing to the seat.

“Good idea,” Corrie said. She put the four stones in a row along the front of the seat. Edie took her notebook back out and set it behind the stones so they could all see it, though it would be harder to see as the light dimmed.

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 74: Positioning

Edie grinned back as she wrote down which stone corresponded to which professor, and then started to sketch the area, but realized something was still missing. “Where will each of you be? Corrie might be able to see you with her distance sight, but since it’s going to be dark, we shouldn’t take any chances.”

“Ah, we hadn’t worked that out.” Ginny looked at the other three professors. “I’ll take the southwest, between the magic and administration buildings.”

“I’ll take the northeast,” Professor Rook said.

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Chatoyant College Book 13: Chapter 73: Preparations

Edie leaned forward, curious what Link’s better plan might be. Did he want Tom out front as the main plan, despite what Professor Rook said? Maybe he had something else in mind, now that the backup was here. She was just glad that he was no longer protesting against the whole concept—he just wanted to make improvements.

Troy made a protesting noise without opening his mouth, and Charlie’s mom shook her head. “You don’t need to worry. We’ll be there to protect you. Don’t you agree, Francis, Marie?”

“I’m sure we can hold our own against this faerie,” Corrie’s dad said. “If nothing else, Link, I’m sure we can hold her back long enough for you and Troy to get away, if necessary.”

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