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Chatoyant College Book 12: Chapter 51: Connected to Nature

This time, it was easy for Edie to watch Derwen move around the room as she ate her delicious pancakes and fruit. People were giving her a wide berth, even jumping out of her way, as she trailed water across the floor. It was hard to believe that her clothes and hair could have held that much rain, and yet she continued to leave a shining path behind her like a slug.

“Maybe she’s a water faerie like your great-grandmother, Edie,” Corrie said, also watching Derwen.

“I don’t have any urge to go play in the rain,” Edie said. She frowned. “Though I’ve never particularly liked swimming or anything, either. It might just be that I don’t take after her.”

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Chatoyant College Book 12: Chapter 50: Squelch

Edie got her pancakes and added some fresh fruit on the side—she wanted to be at least a little bit healthy—and headed back to the table, intending to ask Derwen whether her faerie self was in any way connected to plants. After all, Leila was clearly connected to the plants, but she wasn’t a plant herself… though in some ways her tree could be said to be part of her. Derwen clearly wasn’t a dryad, but maybe she was something similar.

However, when she reached the table, she found that Derwen hadn’t returned yet—but Corrie had, and Roe was sitting next to her. “Oh, hi!” Edie said.

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Chatoyant College Book 12: Chapter 49: Soaking

Edie knocked on Derwen’s door and waited for a moment. The door was answered by one of Derwen’s roommates, who squinted at Edie, smiled, and called over her shoulder, “Sarah, your friend Edie is here.”

“What does she want?” Derwen called.

The roommate—Edie still hadn’t learned their names, though they had obviously learned hers—turned back to Edie and raised her eyebrows.

“We’re going to brunch,” Edie said. “Does she want to come along?”

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Chatoyant College Book 12: Chapter 48: April Showers

Saturday, April 29

Edie woke slowly that Saturday, wondering as she did so why it seemed so dark and cold. She blinked and sat up as she awakened all the way, still confused. Had she woken up really early? It was still dark.

But when she looked behind her, she understood. It was raining, a heavy, soaking spring rain. She grimaced. The ground was going to be churned to mud, and while she always made a point of staying on the paths anyway, she didn’t want to get soaked. Maybe she could just stay in all day. It wasn’t like she had anywhere to go, except the dining hall, and she had snacks in her room.

But what if Leila had left her a note under the rock? She would have to go outside at least once to check it.

Edie got up on her knees and leaned close against the window, trying to see whether there was anything moving outside. But she could only see a few yards to the edge of the trees; they were all fully in leaf now, most of the ones with flowers having lost them, and she couldn’t see anywhere near the ground through the tree canopies. In the grass between Gilkey and the woods, there was nothing.

She wondered what kind of view she would have out her window next year. They had turned out to be lucky, this year, having a window that looked out on the woods. But even if they had that again in Sayer next year, it would be a different part of the woods. There might not be anything worth looking for there.

Though she’d only seen Leila come out of the woods once from this window, and it might never happen again.

The door opened, and Edie turned to see Corrie entering, a towel wrapped around herself as usual when she returned from her morning shower. “Good morning,” she said cheerfully, heading for her closet.

“You’re in a good mood,” Edie said, sliding down so that she was sitting on the edge of the bed. “Did the rain just start?”

“No, it was raining when I got out there,” Corrie said, her voice echoing slightly from within the closet. “I’m just happy now that I’ve had a nice hot shower. But the rain is nice. It’s good for the plants, anyway.”

“That’s true,” Edie said. She started looking around for clothes, something to wear that wouldn’t get totally soaked. Of course, she pretty much only wore jeans and they were all too long for her, but maybe if she tucked them into her shoes she would be all right.

“Do you want to brave the elements again to get breakfast?” she asked Corrie as she dressed and kept an eye out for her boots.

“Yes.” Corrie had come out of the closet, and Edie heard the squeak of springs as she sat on her bed. “I’m hungry and I think I only have some dried fruit left. I guess we should take another grocery shopping trip.”

“I’ll go with you whenever you want. I do have some crackers and peanut butter still, but I want to go outside anyway to check under the rock for a note from Leila.” Edie located her boots and sat on her own bed to put them on.

Corrie grimaced and looked out the window. “I hope she hasn’t tried to leave you a note. Anything under a rock out there is probably getting pulverized.”

Edie’s stomach twisted a little. “Well, I have to check anyway.”

“I’m not going to stop you. But I will stand over you with my umbrella.” Corrie grinned, then bounced to her feet. “I’ll go see if Dawn or anybody else is up for breakfast with us.”

Edie couldn’t help smiling at Corrie as she left, though she often wondered how Corrie managed to have so much energy. Not only did she have enough energy to go for runs every day, she was constantly moving and coming up with ideas. Edie wished she could be the same.

Once her shoes were on, she grabbed her jacket and Corrie’s umbrella and headed out to the hall. Corrie was at the end, standing in front of Roe’s door. Edie started to walk toward her and Corrie turned and waved. “Dawn and Annie are getting ready to join us,” Corrie said. “Well, Dawn went down to see if Rico and Duncan want to come along. And Roe is not answering her door.” She frowned slightly.

“She’s probably just sleeping,” Edie said. “Nobody else is energetic in the morning like you.”

“I know.” Corrie sighed. “I keep wanting to ask her about how things went with Link, talking about his treaty with the faeries, but I forget when we’re actually with her.”

Edie smiled. Maybe there were drawbacks to Corrie’s boundless energy. “I’ll try to remind you next time we see her.”

Annie came out of her room and waved to them. Corrie glanced at Roe’s door again, then shrugged and headed for the stairs. Edie and Annie followed her down to the fourth floor. “I’m going to see if Derwen wants to come,” Edie said. “Meet you a floor down.” She handed Corrie’s umbrella off to her, then trotted off down the steps.

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Chatoyant College Book 12: Chapter 40: Questions

Several other people asked questions while Edie listened. Mara had a question about being unable to find her magic, and Philip was asking why he could seem to locate his magic, but not use it. Ginny answered both of them with, basically, advice to stay calm and keep trying.

Edie wondered if Mara even had magic, if she was unable to find it. Surely not everyone had magic available to them at all. Hadn’t Ginny said something along those lines? Maybe Edie was just remembering something that Corrie and Dawn had passed on from Professor Lal.

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Chatoyant College Book 12: Chapter 39: Touch

Edie focused again, making sure she was aware of her magic and that it was active in her. Then she summoned up the vision of the flame again.

Even though she knew what to do now, or thought she did, it wasn’t quick or easy. It seemed as though she had to keep trying repeatedly in order to get herself into the deep, focused, trancelike state necessary to make the candle light. Having done it once didn’t mean she could do it again whenever she wished. She suddenly remembered the trance magic she’d done with Corrie and Dawn, learned from the book by “Miranda Swick.” That had been months ago, so she couldn’t remember clearly, but maybe she’d accidentally done trance magic now. That would explain why it seemed so comfortable, if she actually had done it before.

She wasn’t sure that made sense. She remembered Corrie and Dawn talking about being able to see people’s magic, and the magic in all living things, and that certainly wasn’t happening for her right now.

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Chatoyant College Book 12: Chapter 38: Settling In

Derwen’s cries attracted the attention of a few people around them, and they started making enough noise that Ginny came over and told Derwen she’d done a good job. Darcy, on Derwen’s other side, was smiling a little, but her shoulders slumped. Edie caught Darcy’s eye and rolled her own eyes toward the ceiling. Darcy’s smile widened.

“Sarah,” Ginny said, speaking loudly enough that the whole class could hear her, “while I’m pleased that you’ve caught on so quickly, remember that this is almost as much luck as it is ability. The more magic you have available to you, the easier it will be to reach your magic and start something. And it may be that you have a particular affinity for fire magic, but that when we do water, air, and earth, you will not have so much luck.”

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