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Trimela was a smelly, loud, exciting mess of shanties, stilt houses, and graceful white hotels all tumbled together with tents, nets, drying racks, and tar boiling pits. Like most cities Kara had wandered through, there was a broad mix of … Continue reading
Jon slept fitfully through the day, curled up beside Tam, where he could hear and feel reassuring breaths whenever he woke. Tam was breathing normally now, and seemed ordinarily asleep, except for the bandaging across his pale pink chest, in … Continue reading
Djaren’s first real qualms began at the heavy, iron-bound school gates. The walls, reasonably tall and fortifiable, were guarded by a single gatekeeper, who closed and locked the doors behind them. The world inside the walls wasn’t terrible. Across a … Continue reading
Kara hit the ground hard and lost her breath but not her wits. She rolled, avoiding the next hit. She was recognizing her opponent’s tells better, now. Bulo hadn’t been this hard to fight. He’d been strong and slow, and … Continue reading
It was just growing light, and the cave was already abuzz with girls preparing for another day of school when the Professor rose and cleared his throat. “I believe,” he said, wrapping his blanket about himself and addressing Temanava carefully, … Continue reading
Djaren stood in the boys’ dormitory, surrounded by strangers who were mostly taller than him. They were all staring. A moment of silence stretched, and then a light rap came at the window. It was dark outside, but Djaren could … Continue reading
Djaren and the prince began their detention by scraping barnacles in the boat house while the rest of their class practiced calisthenics and archery. The boat house, sadly, was not even down by the water, and the work was sweaty … Continue reading
The girls who met Jon and the Professor at the rendezvous point looked upset, though not about the eight small children and the unconscious girl their guests had brought home. They ushered everyone down the rope ladder, making a harness … Continue reading
“We’re not leaving,” Djaren told Kara, turning to face her. She opened her mouth to argue, but then closed it again. “Not yet. Every panicked thief will be stealing boats and filling them with whatever they can loot. They’ll be … Continue reading
The sky was still turbulent with clouds as the handful of little boats sped silently over dark water. Jon peered ahead, wishing he could see with Tam or Temanava’s extra sight. The Professor was still out there, somewhere, always ahead … Continue reading