aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
It seemed that being in the favor of the Emperor, at least for the moment, had a few immediate benefits.

One of those was being in charge of the imperial bureaucrats as they searched the Library. Enrie had never been in charge of people before and she found it very educational. She had also not

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
The guards were in very plain uniforms with no insignia, their colors a non-explanatory mix of red, blue, and green. Their weapons explained enough, however; each of them was visibly carrying a long polearm or a gladius and a firearm.  Something about their comportment suggested to Enrie that they

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
They'd been back at school for two weeks.  Enrie was entirely caught up on all her classes, and Taikie was back into reading ahead by at least a week.  Their Instructors had either forgiven them, or, in the case of those more nosy than fretful about academics, had stopped asking what was going o

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
It felt strange to be back in school.  Their Instructors had all been told — well, something, at least — by House Monitor Libkazaarie — which meant that Instructor Pelnyen looked at them sideways but everyone else seemed to accept their absence with decent grace.  

There were projects to wrap up

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
Author's note: This section goes before the section posted Monday.  Sorry about that!

The address Elelakorra had given them turned out to be the floor below the first floor of a four-story stone building just outside the royal quarter.  The entrance in the front of the building led to a very att

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
“You really have had an interesting first year at school so far,” Elelakorra chuckled.

“Oh, no, this is nothing.  Taikie got hit over the head with a pipe by someone —” Enrie caught herself and coughed “— misusing aether, someone who turned out to be a murderer.   For this, all I had to do was...

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
Elelakorra’s gaze moved to Libkazaarie and stayed there for a moment.  "My protection includes you, of course.  It has been a while, hasn't it?"

Libkazarrie cleared her throat uncomfortably. "It has. Honored Voice."

"None of that, Librie." Elelakorra hopped up to sit on her desk and swung her

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
Enrie cleared her throat to give herself a moment to think.  Elelakorra had changed directions, tone of voice, and expression in a heartbeat.  Now she was gentle-older-cousin again.

"I believe, cousin, ah, Elora, you were just finishing up reading the treaty - the copy of the treaty, of c

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aldersprig: (Tairiekie)
Lirnilalie stared at Enrie blankly for a minute.  “You’re telling me that Ilonilarrona had me chasing after a copy?   A modern copy, at that?  All of this talk about the Treaty and what it could do, and it’s nothing but a copy?  Nobody would believe anything based on this, nobody with a shred of se

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
Lirnilalie shifted her weight, leaning forward over the desk.  “You don’t honestly think those guards worry me, do you, cousin?  They’re not going to do anything to me.”

“I believe your self-confidence is getting in the way of your memory, cousin. The guards have taken you away before, and they

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aldersprig: (Tairiekie)
Happy Tienaabaa's festival to all!  May it find you motivated to creativity and to thought. 

❄️

It was nearly time...

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
Elelakorra watched Lirnilalie with a steady and unflinching gaze, despite the fact that the latter looked as if she was on fire.  "I heard a traitor and an embarrassment speak.  It would hardly be the first time, Lyirnilalie."  Elelakorra's eyes drifted down to the sparking, burning mess of ~

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
“Reading the situation?”  Lirnilalie raised her eyebrows incredulously.  “You think that’s what you’re doing here?”

The door behind them opened.  Tevordor stood there with four armed guards.  Elelakorra waved them in and gestured them to stay where they were.

She nodded almost imperceptibly

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
Silence reigned in the room for about a heartbeat, and then Lirnilalie laughed.  "Ah, but nobody wants the job of sorting through the pile of food, pulling out the stinking pieces and saving the rest for porridge, do they?  And it's worse when the parsnips have families and friends, when they're yo

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
Lirnilalie did not seem the least bit upset by Elelakorra’s questions.

"Well, because I've been tracking this one’s  ridiculous exploits since I first came to Edally Academy.  One of my associates had to deal with a problem with one of her children, and while we were in the area, we became awar

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
"I've got the ear of the Emperor, you're right here,” Lirnilalie pointed out.  “So listen.  To me, an Imperial Princess--"

Somewhere behind her, Riensin cleared his throat.

Elelakorra chuckled.  "Lyirnilalie, I think the entire point is that you have repudiated your title and it has repudi

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
Enrie held her breath.  There was nothing else she could do; protesting that she wasn't a liar wasn't going to do anything but make her look more guilty.  Looking at Libkazaari wasn't going to do anything but say she didn't know what was going on -- which she didn't, of course, but nobody else n

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
"Honestly, some people..."  Elelakorra pulled a dart gun from somewhere in her desk and hopped up onto said desk, nimbly missing the copies of the treaty.  She took aim, sighted... and then sighed.  "Let her in, Tevordor, and then go get the guard.  All of them.  Twice."

"Ma'am?" Tevordor didn

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
Enrie did not know her cousin all that well, but she thought the woman sounded faintly amused.

Saydrie’s cheeks went red and blotchy and he bowed again, jerky this time.  “No, Honored One.  If anything,” he cleared his throat and managed a weak smile, “simply pointing out a specifically Bitrani

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
Enrie winced.  Her friends were not actually helping her case, as much as they might think they were.

"It was..." She cleared her throat.  "They did destroy or remove several books, but they were stopped in their efforts by two things: some of the information had embedded aether.  It made one f

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
Saydrie rescued her. "...we forget that our Emperors' ancestors once had to undergo seven tests to be considered worthy to even be in the succession, and that our Governors and Emperor all were once kalōkāt; war-leaders, leaders who had been proven both in battle and in peace.  We forget that we be

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
"I hear I have a cousin out here."  

The voice was smooth, the accent Lannamer, with its long vowels.  Enrie looked up, then bowed as elegantly as she could manage.  "Voice of the Emperor Elalekorra, cousin."  Her cousin had apparently changed not one bit except as fashion shifted since the last

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena Rin)
Whatever pursuit there had been had gotten stuck in the dusk and muck or captured by the constabulary. The rest of the group took turns changing into their nicest clothes as Libkazarri and then Korten maneuvered the wagon through the narrow Lannamer streets and around the curves required to get to

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
Enrie turned to look at Gianci.  Everyone else, she noticed, was doing the same.  

He cleared his throat again.  He was looking over their heads, not at them. "Sometimes they tell people they can't go back to the enclaves.  Banish them.  Some people leave on their own, sure, but sometimes... som

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
The cart wasn't chasing them anymore.  A peek around the edge of the wagon showed it tangled and sideways on the side of the road, their goats all happily eating feed or fighting with the harness, trying to get to the food.  Three of the people from the wagon were trying to get the goats loose, p

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
Sorry so late, guys!  Not sure what happened to brain

Enrie was skidding toward the open trap-door, flailing for purchase. A flash of movement caught her eye and a moment later, three hands caught her - wrist, shoulder, and ankle. Enrie was yanked to a stop a hands-width from the trapdoor.

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
She needed to see what they were facing.  She held on to the wagon very tightly, pressed her body against the frame and spread her feet to give herself a wider, more stable stance.  She leaned out around the body of the wagon carefully, mindful that these people, since they didn't seem to mind r

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
The chief constable appeared a little too unimpressed with Enrie.  She let her smile get a little bigger and, at the same time, a little more sharp, a little more impatient.  The chief, in turn, responded by turning to look at the oncoming cart.

Enrie thought about her mother, being stopped at

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
The wagon rattled along the bridge.  Kekdela had her head on her knees, one hand in Riensin's and the other in Tesdes'.  Enrie clutched the bag holding her copies of the treaty carefully to herself.  What would her mother do in this situation? Her father?

First, her mother would say, act the pa

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena Rin)
It was a long ride to Lannamer, one that couldn’t be done in a day even if you didn’t stop at all.  The first night, they were stopped three times, the road blocked by people that, as Libkazaari muttered, had no right to be doing stops, nor to be looking so full of themselves.  Each time, they aske

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
Their head of school might being blackmailed, but Enrie found herself worrying more about what to pack.  "I don't have anything," she complained to her roommates, who were sleepy and not inclined to help.  "I didn't bring anything..." She was being very vague about where she was going, not because

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena Rin)
Enrie lifted her chin and met the Head of her Academy's gaze without flinching.  "The original is safe, Head Wiltemika.  I didn't dare have it anywhere it could be found while Lirnilalie and Ilonilarrona  were snooping around, talking about destroying it all."

Wiltemika's chuckle now had a bit o

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena Rin)
"Well."  Wiltemika sank down into a chair and held her head in her hands.  "May they be truly gone and not simply waiting for the right time to plague us again."

"Head Wiltemika," Libkazaari protested.  "What is going on?"

"With any luck, the evidence I have previously put forward against th

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
"Now that that little travelling curiosity show is over," Lirnilalie muttered, "we can get back to business.  My papers--"

"As I told you already," LIbkazaari interrupted, "your papers aren't here.  The only papers that are here belong to the Students here and to the school."

“Then you won’t

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
Enrie swallowed around a dry throat and watched the scene unfold.  Libkazaari stood up, watching Lirnilalie levelly.

The woman, in turn, raised one eyebrow in clear doubt.  "I've never heard of a school project that led to students hiding, running away from adults and stealing things from r

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
Was this good news?  It was pleasant to hear that Libkazaari didn't like Lirinlalie, and yet... "House Monitor," she said carefully, "I am concerned that, if Lirnilalie is being treated as royalty, if we reveal these papers here, there will be no pleasant result and a great deal of

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
“We have some ideas about what it could mean,” Enrie offered. “The fact is, it’s not signed, and that’s huge.  And it doesn’t show up in normal history books, but I found references to it in at least one aether-embedded book in the treaties section.”  That one, she’d brought the original for.  She

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
Enrie stared at House Monitor Libkazaari's door. She looked at her friends.  She swallowed around the bile in her throat and looked back at the door.

"I can hear you out there.  Unless you're here to discuss the merits of saddle-throwing positions, come in."

Enrie's cheeks flushed and she d

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
They were really doing it.  They were carrying everything they had found, and they were taking it to an adult.  Enrie swallowed around a lump in her throat.

"There are so many ways that this could go wrong," she whispered.  They'd picked the route to the House Monitor's office least likely to p

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aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
Who do we take it to? turned out to be a question of some contention.  The six of them collected had at least twelve ideas of people they could take their information to, ranging from the Emperor himself to regional Governors all the way down to the upperclassmen in any number of classes, from

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