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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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Chatoyant College Book 12: Chapter 37: The Flame

Nothing happened.

Edie let out a quiet sigh. She was disappointed, but not really surprised. If she’d been able to light the candle on her very first try, she would have been shocked—and she would expect to be like Corrie, having more trouble with controlling her magic than actually doing anything.

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Chatoyant College Book 12: Chapter 36: Candles

Edie listened as Ginny explained how to find your inner magic, even though she already thought she knew the basics. She wanted to make sure that she got everything right. And Ginny’s description was slightly different from what Edie remembered, or imagined, so she was glad she was listening.

“I’d like you all to close your eyes and sit quietly for a moment. Ignore the candle in front of you and the classroom around you for the time being. Don’t think of anything but my voice. Try not to fidget, if you can.” Ginny’s voice grew warm for the last sentence, and someone laughed.

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Chatoyant College Book 12: Chapter 35: The Practical Portion

Wednesday, April 26

Edie actually woke up early that morning, something she hardly ever did—she usually stayed up later than she intended to at night, so that it was hard to drag herself out of bed when her alarm went off. But today, even though she hadn’t gone to bed any earlier than usual, it was hard to stay asleep; she got up before her alarm.

She was actually ready to go at the same time as Corrie, and they walked to breakfast together. “What are you so bouncy about today?” Corrie asked her.

Edie grinned. “Midterms are over. We start practical magic in Ginny’s class today.”

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Chatoyant College Book 12: Chapter 34: Tell Me

For the first time since they had sat down, Leila was not calm. Her eyes widened, and she jerked her head back, as though to get a better look at Edie and everything around her. Her hand jerked a little in Edie’s, too, but neither of them let go.

“Elrath is going to do what to the magic?”

Edie tightened her grip on Leila’s hand a little. “He says he’s going to change it back so that—so that things are better for him. He doesn’t like that people think he’s weird—he got used to the magic smoothing everything over so no one would think about him being a faerie.”

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