Welcome to Alder's Grove
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"Because everything is better with the end of the world."


Welcome! Below you can find hundreds - thousands, really - of posts, many of them fiction.

I write a lot - much in established universes, some in one-off settings. Much of what I write ends up here. In addition, you'll find homesteading blogging, the occasional crafts-and-clothing post, and journals of my wine-tourism of New York State.

Here (and here on Livejournal) you'll find an index of my universes. Each 'verse has its own landing page with an index of stories within.

Find all of my writing links on lynthornealder.com.

A loose posting schedule (and on LJ) covers weekly recurring posts; other things are posted as the mood hits.

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Conlang for Lexember!
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Day 1 & 8

Day 12, oops!

So, I’m doing what, every 4 days?

Before the Curse hit their little corner of the world, the Shou were known as the finest artists in all the land – poetry, painted art, sculpture.   Now they are known as the finest artificers, but they do still hold some vestiges of art.

They live a shorter lifespan then the average human-variant, but they make up for this with a very quick childhood and a very intense apprenticeship/scholarly period.  The apprenticeship is known as “the hard years” and is both headed and followed by  one-year “wander times”

Child: notey (NOTE-ay)

(this is a word that is about as generic as “child,” meaning any non-adult.

Apprentice – Het tppey (HET tp(pop)-hay)

to apprentice – Het tpp o

(Fiassh apprenticed to Eyone on her tenth year, when she stopped being a child).

And from that, to take as an apprenticeTcho het tpp o, which shortened after some time to Tcho o .  Technically, that just means to take on, but it is always used in meaning to take on as an apprentice.  One who takes on: tchotey.

Sound Inventory 2

I’ve used F, t, pp, S, sh, tch, h, n, kw

ee, e, oou, (a) e, ia (yuh), ey (Fonzie!), o



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Running in the Bear Empire - a beginning of a story
Leaf
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For Rowyn.

🐻

Someone was on her trail.

Deline knew it.  She could feel it in the prickle on the back of her neck, the way that sometimes it seemed like there was an extra shadow to her shadow, the unsettled feeling that left her leaving her bed in the middle of the night and hitting the road again.

She had been moving for days - no, weeks.  She had left Dekleg behind more than five days ago, and with it the laws that she’d broken.  And Deckleg did not talk to the Elherion Empire, nor the Empire to Dekleg, much less exchange prisoners.  Deline was not even sure if they had any laws in common - which, since she’d spent the last ten years before Dekleg in the Empire, was how she’d gotten in trouble in the first place.

But someone was tracking her, and she didn’t imagine they were doing it to ask her to work for them or to shake her hand for the fine things she’d done in deep Dekleg, where she had dealt with some frankly horrible things.

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Addergoole: A Ghost Story - Chapter 59: Abednego
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Chapter 59: Abednego
by Lyn Thorne-Alder


Saturday, April 7, 2001

He woke next to Rafe.

He did, sometimes.  More often these days than before.  He’d looked at Rafe and said, more honestly than he’d really wanted to be, “I hate sleeping on the floor.  It’s cold, and it’s hard, and the dog bed is even worse.  Do you think I could sleep in the bed?”

It was a trade-off, because he got to be warm, and he got to have something soft under him where he could stretch out - Addergoole must either invest in quality mattresses, or have someone somewhere in a basement muttering “Meentik Unutu mattress” over and over again, and he wouldn’t put either of those by Regine. - but he got cuddled.

Rafe, it turned out, was a cuddler.

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Conlang for Lexember!!
Leaf
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I am going to build a language for one of the Cursteroids races.

Today I am going to decide what I want it to sound like.

Feee-t’tpp?

Okay, it’s a whistley language with some stops and some long vowels.

And since it’s LEX ember…
Feee-t’tpp, which will get a better transcription later, is a semi-onomatopoeic swoop/dive.

Oh, I guess this is a flying race. Good to know!

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About the New Patreon Fee Announcement: Options, Questions
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 crossposted from Patreon.

So, Patreon has, over the last couple days, released first an announcement and then a clarification about its fee structure. (here: https://blog.patreon.com/updating-patreons-fee-structure/ )

What this means for patrons is a $0.35 + 2.9% fee added on to every pledge.

I have been considering my options while flailing about with every other creator who thinks this is a horrible, awful, very bad idea.

So far, I have come up with broadly three plans:

* try one of the Patreon “alternatives:” Gumroad, librepay, the Kickstarter one that isn’t out yet. (main problems: Librepay does not allow paywalled projects, which I like, and its format isn’t as robust, from quick looks. Kickstarter isn’t out yet. Gumroad has slightly higher fees, so that’s out, unless I misread their fee schedule)

* Start a newsletter I send out 2? times a month to subscribers. Major problems with that: what do I do about different donation tiers? And I really like the constant feedback and regular posting schedule of doing things every week).

* Replicate Patreon in subscriber-locked posts, either on my wordpress blog or on a subdomain blog just for that. (Main problems: the upkeep. I might have to rely on people to tell me if their donation has expired).

I really enjoy the format here at Patreon, although there are many options I would like that don’t exist yet (archiving, for one!). I like being motivated to post every week, I like looking through reposts, and I like the stretch of things like the maps. (*guilty glance at the map tag*).

But I don’t think anyone needs to pay that sort of fee, when the whole idea was to encourage microtransactions.

That’s not as important, however, as what you think, so please tell me: what do you think about my options?
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Addergoole: A Ghost Story - Chapter 58: Arnbjörg
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Chapter 58: Arnbjörg
by Lyn Thorne-Alder


Friday, April 6, 2001

“Good.”  Doug nodded at Arnbjörg.  “Much better.  Focused.”

Arnbjörg bowed back, trying to hide a smile.  “Thank you, sir.”  Much better was practically shouted praise from Doug.  She was getting better.  Focused!  “I’ve been practicing.”

“On?”  There was a challenge in his question.

“Oh, just the air.  Jaya doesn’t really want me getting into fights…”

She didn’t like admitting that.  She sounded - well, she sounded controlled, which was accurate, as such things went.  She was controlled. She ran her hand over her necklace.  She was owned.  And with everything else going on, nobody seemed to think being owned was even weird, as long as you weren’t badly owned.

“She doesn’t like the fuss, I guess?”  she added lamely.  Doug had this habit of making you want to fill in the silences.

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A New Lease on Life
Leaf
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Written to @lilfluff's prompt: 
Leaving home for a weekend and returning to find your home and entire neighborhood has been replaced.
🏡

“My house is gone!”

Ed Lawton was furious.  He slammed his fist down on the counter, leaned forward, and got as close to the clerk as he could.  

The New Lease on Life clerk seemed entirely unbothered by this.  While Ed wasn’t going to give an inch, he found himself wondering if the woman was one of the new android models he’d been hearing about.  

Or maybe she just heard this a lot.  “The brochure said ‘Get away from it all.’ sir.  And you have, indeed, gotten away from it all.”

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Patreon Posts!
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Originally posted  March 9th, 2011.

⛏️ 

They were building it anew.

There hadn’t been much left after the devastation, and the city they’d lived in had been a stinking, rotten, fetid ruin. Better to leave it to the dead and dying, better to leave the diseases to work their course. Those of them who could walk, who could carry a pack, who wanted to live, had banded together and headed for the hills.

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Nobody in the Fae Apoc really knows what’s going on, do they…?

📝

The Grigori would not listen to her.

Natela was not particularly surprised.  For one, the Grigori rarely listened to anyone who was not Grigori, and although she had their blood, she was not of them, but by their standards.

Open to all Patrons!





This story takes place 50 years past the original story, nearly 40 years after the apocalypse, after the Retirement stories.

👻

Kailani and Rozen were being followed.

Not exactly followed — more like followed-in-front-of — and not by a person or people.  Rozen would have been able to deal with people.

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The Trouble With Assignments....
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After The Trouble With Chickens… and The Trouble With Theories…, without which this story won't make much sense. 

🐣

The Lost Buildings encompassed what had once been the pride of the University.  They were tall and glorious, stately, and done in the Pecerin style of architecture that nobody seemed to be able to imitate anymore.

(Personally, Trenner thought it had something to do with the amount of opium Pecerin and her disciples had partaken of, but that had gotten her a few too many Hate Points in her architecture elective.)

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Addergoole: A Ghost Story - Chapter 57: Leofric
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Chapter 57: Leofric
by Inspector Caracal


Tuesday, April 3, 2001

Leofric had a plan.

He'd come up with it the past weekend, keeping it to himself - even if his Keeper seemed lax and helpful now, Leofric knew that the only way to be sure your Keeper wouldn't tell you not to do something is if she-- he didn't know it was a thing in the first place.

Of course, Aviv hadn't told him not to try to escape. He'd just said there wasn't a way, while Leo felt along the boundary at the edge of "outside".

Outside. Leofric had almost forgotten what it felt like, being outside. He hadn't realized there was an outside they could get to, but then there it was, through a hidden invisible door, his Keeper leading him out and into the sun and sky and fresh air and letting him run. Even if there wasn't a place he could run to, or a direction he could take to run away, he could still run.

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The Magic Tree
Leaf
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Written to @InspectorCaracal's prompt, also the title of this piece. 

🌳

The tree stood in the middle of a blasted wasteland, and the one thing that everyone agreed on was that it was magic.

Whether it had been put up by one of the last mages in the great wars as a way to heal the wasteland, or whether its creation had formed the wasteland, nobody could agree.  Whether it was a blessing or a menace, no two people concurred on.  And thus there were two paths through the wasteland, one that ran right next to the tree, and the other which wandered almost a mile away to avoid it.

The tree itself loomed over its own oasis, a small circle of greenery in the middle of an otherwise lifeless expanse.  It was easily over thirty feet wide at the base, and it loomed two hundred feet in the air.  And yet its lowest branches were easily reachable from the ground. 

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A New World: Memories
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⚗️

I am still loyal.

Kael sniffled.  Joaon had been loyal to her for so long - and to learn how long he had been here, without her, and still loyal, still so desperately loyal — and here he was, in this world.

She put the potion to one side and

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Loose Ends Everywhere...
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In spending November picking up loose ends, I seem to have dropped all those other skeins...

What, of my long-running projects, are you most interested in seeing me continue (up to, say, 10 suggestions)?

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Better World
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Written to @shutsumon's prompt (or at least as much as I remembered it):
a secret revealed only by blending blood and moonlight
🌕

The stone was a gate.

Everyone knew it was a gate; it had been passed down from generation to generation since Before the Smash.

The thing was, nobody knew how to open it.  It was suppose to go to a better place, a safer place, a place without the monsters and demons, the wild storms and the poisonous animals. But whatever had opened the gate had been lost, taken through with it.

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Patreon Theme Poll!
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Hello, Friends!

This is the time of month where I ask anyone who might have an interest in my Patreon to vote in the poll for this month’s theme.

The theme, which can be an extant setting, a motif, or a type of story, determines both the main four stories of the month (two very short and two “flash”) and the mid-week reposts for the month.

As this is Lexember, I will also come up with one or two lexicon entries for whichever setting wins.

If you don't have a Dreamwidth account, you can vote (for up to five options on Q1) in the comments.



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Self-indulgent beginning: Purchase Negotiation
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Leander looks a bit like a a Pitch Black-era Vin Diesel in my head.

This is just fluff fun based on something that's been bouncing around in my head for a while.





“I don’t do guys.”

Leander was not exactly in a position to set terms.

He was wearing, in order of importance, a thick steel collar, a much thinner silver collar, shackles pinning his wrists to a heavy leather belt, and ankle restraints with just enough chain to be annoying. 

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Meet in the Middle
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This isn't so much a story as it is a vignette or a scene. 

It's written to 🐝's prompt
write about good friends??
🛣️

>>So what’s in the middle?

>>Nebraska, I think.  But that’s, well, that’s ‘as the crow flies,’, and neither of us are crows.  Plus, not a lot of state parks there, hrmmm.  Got it!  How about Mark Twain National Park?

They had never seen each other in person.  An entire nation - the width of an entire continent - divided them.  But looking at maps online, chatting across the internet, they agreed.

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Guardian
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Marlin had made a promise.

It was the last promise she’d ever make, even if she were still capable of making promises.  She had learned, since, to think about the nature of the words she said.

But she knew, no matter how many times she cursed her impetuousness, that she likely would have ma

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Hallmark Holiday
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“We’ve got it!”

Miranda    Graham hurried into her boss’s office, waving a stack of papers and grinning from ear to ear.

“This is going to be the one.  I know it, I just know it.”

“That’s what we thought about Sweetheart Day.  And Grandmother’s Day.  And Kiss-a-Friend Day.”

Miranda winced. “Kiss-a-Friend Day was a mistake,” she allowed.

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Addergoole: A Ghost Story - Interlude: Eriko
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Interlude: Eriko
by Inspector Caracal


Eriko had made a mistake.

She wouldn't ever admit it to anyone - it would make her look bad, making stupid mistakes like that - but after the third time some thing had written all over her room, or angry voices yelled at her from the walls, she'd had to admit that maybe, just maybe her former Kept hadn't been pranking her the whole time.

Eriko would have scoffed at the idea of ghosts and poltergeists before - there were no such thing as ghosts. But there were no such thing as fairies and elves to the rest of the world, either. Down in this school, maybe there was such a thing.

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The Hidden Mall: 👭 Pairings
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They ran through the smoky halls, looking behind them for the source of the rumbling, looking ahead of them for Rue 21.  They were dodging obstacles they could barely see in the haze, looking for flames they couldn’t see, and holding hands, Abigail so she didn’t lose yet another Liv - Liv, presumably, for the same reason.

Neither of them saw what grabbed them and pulled them through a door.  But as the floor shook and shook and something outside crashed, Abigail decided that whoever it was, was probably a friend.

She wiped her eyes, turned around, and saw two Livs and Vic Carter.

She turned to her side.  Liv, skinny-and-clean Liv.  The one on the left there, that was probably her Liv - she was wearing the same clothes, at least.  The one on the right was clinging close to Vic Carter and staring at her in horror.

She took three measured breaths. “Liv?”

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The Children of the Gods
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So this is only sort of a continuation: This came from a "more please" to Deaths in the Faerie Apoc, a Side Note (wordpress link).  But that post was a meta-post, a worldbuilding piece.

It is set at the very beginning of the Faerie Apocalypse - approx. June 2011.  

💥

“Almost.... almost…”

Ephran, Shoan and Vedel leaned forward towards the glowing orange slit between the rocks.  Over the course of the last six months, they had pried the crack from a tiny flicker of light to something almost big enough to hold a person.

“How do you know it’s going to go to the right place?”  Ketir should have stayed quiet.  He was only here because his older brother’s friends had finally noticed he’d been around for all their plotting, and now they didn’t dare risk him running to the authorities, no matter how much he swore he wouldn’t.

“It’s the only place any portal has ever opened from Elleheim.” Joqim, notably, wasn’t leaning forward.  He was a couple feet back from the portal, as if worried it would suck him in.  But that’s where he’d been the whole time.   

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Me, Myself, and Only I
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The headline reads 100,000th “Multiple” Power registered. ​

I hadn’t realized I’d let myself get so big.  I might have to pull things in a bit.

***

I always wanted to be a shape-changer. I guess, in a way, I have, even if all I can change into was myself.

It was the Golden Age of Superheros

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The Testing
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Part two of The Testers.

🐝

The testing seemed to go on forever.

Kelly didn’t remember it being that long when she was 15, or before that when she was ten, but this one was supposed to be the biggest, the most important, so maybe that meant it was the longest, too.

She answered questions on things she couldn’t remember ever learning.  She performed first-aid on a very creepy dummy that seemed to breathe and sweat and bleed.  She sewed together two pieces of fabric.

The screen continued to ask her questions through all of it.  Some were personal: when was the first time you had sex?  Do you sleep with your partner-parent?  Where do your children sleep?

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♪Glee Club♫
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Addergoole, after year 9 but before year 13 (2004-2006), early in the school year.

I, uh, might have been watching a lot of Glee recently?

♪♪

“Why would you ever want something like that?  Not you, Kairos.”  Director Aconmorea’s gesture was dismissive.  “I know that you’re interested in anything musical at all. But you… Rose… why ‘Glee’?”

“I want to be a Broadway star.” Rose, who had been named Rusiko but refused to be known by that, lifted her chin and stared evenly at the Director.  “I need extracurriculars to have a chance at a good arts school and, more than that, I need practice.”

“But there are so many more productive things you could be doing.  You are…” The Director trailed off, then caught herself.  “You are Ellehemaei, fae.  You have an amazing repertoire of possibilities at your disposal, and your Word selection could point you at any number of very useful and lucrative careers.  So why - singing?” She did not bother to hide the distaste in her voice. 

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Addergoole: A Ghost Story - Interlude: Magnolia
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Interlude: Magnolia
by Lyn Thorne-Alder


“So, Magnolia.  Have you thought about what you want to do when you leave here?”

Professor VanderLinden had its professional face on: pleasant, smooth, no flirtation even suggested.

Magnolia was not impressed.  “I don’t know,” she snapped.  “Are you ever gonna let me leave?”

“You’re not still mad at me over that, are you?”  He almost sounded pleading.

“You flunked me!  You held me back a year!”

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AU Ponderings: The Council has no Authority
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Okay, this started out when I was trying to write a story for Patreon (Legends and Myths, Fae Apoc) and sort of failed, but I had this idea about the Council (the ruling body of the "Good Guys" fae, the Shenera Enderaei, the Children of the Law), inherently having no authority to do what they do.  And since I've played with the idea of Cloverleaf/Boom/Cya facing down the Council before...

This is set some long time after the founding of Cloverleaf, and is non-canon.

🌇

“We are here to see how well you are abiding by the regulations of the Council.  Your position as a pro facto dictator here raises a red flag in our books, and we will be here until we have passed judgement or removed you from power.”

Cya looked at the people in front of her.  She looked at the woman standing to her left.  “This is a ‘Man on the Moon’ situation,” she told the woman.

The woman nodded and vanished.  Cya smiled.  The expression was small, polite, restrained.  People who knew her the best — and only them — knew that it meant she was absolutely furious.

The space of three heartbeats passed.  “I do not acknowledge your authority to judge me,” she told the people calmly.

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Ba(n)kers
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This story brought to you by the fact that I kept misreading Lilfluff's prompt "a baker" as "a banker."

🍞

The old bank smelled delicious.

Of the village that had stood here before everything had collapsed, seven buildings remained and seven new ones had been constructed from the wreckage o

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The Testers
Leaf
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Written in part to prompts from Wyste and Lilfluff, clearly not finished.

🐇

“And when you turn twenty,” Thomas whispered, “the Testers come and they take you away.  And if you’re very very lucky, they take you to a good place, and if you’re not, they take you to a bad place.”

The younger children shivered.  Kelly was supposed to be watching them tonight, but she was letting Thomas tell his stories, even if they weren’t at all helpful.

She’d be twenty tomorrow.  She remembered when they’d taken Aaron.  And before Aaron, Jennifer, and before Jennifer, Keisha and Min and Lad and Petyr

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War Prize
Leaf
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Written sort of adjacent to Inspector Caracal's prompt. 

This is set in a earlier era of Reiassan than Rin/Girey and definitely earlier than Edally, although really we see almost no markings of era in the story.  

🐐

They had been walking for four days.

At first, Gianci had preferred the

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Addergoole: A Ghost Story - Thanksgiving: Half A Billion Turkeys
Leaf
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Thanksgiving: Half A Billion Turkeys
by Lyn Thorne-Alder


Thanksgiving Day, Year 6
“Do you think anyone will show up?”
“Kaia, you invited half the school.  I’m sure someone will come.”
“I hope someone shows up…”  Kailani frowned at the tables.  “I wanted…”
“I know.”  Conrad patted her shoulder.  “I don’t think families would have worked.  I think this’ll be better.  Even if it’s only four or five people, everything smells delicious.  It’ll be fine.”

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Addergoole: A Ghost Story - Chapter 56: Cynara
Leaf
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Chapter 56: Cynara
by Lyn Thorne-Alder


Friday, March 23, 2001

Leo was back.

No.  No, someone in Leo’s body was back.

Someone with Leo’s hair and Leo’s sparks and Leo’s little spikes of antlers was in the suite.  He Belonged to Aviv, now, because — as Cya understood it, as Zita had explained — Sheba had passed him on to Lydia, because Sheba had never intended to Keep him, just to get him away from Eriko.  

Lydia’s boyfriend had been Kept with Aviv, which was generally understood to be something like a bond. And from what she’d heard — it was amazing what people would say around you if you closed down enough that they forgot you were a person — about why Lydia... why she gave him to Aviv, Cya got the feeling that Leo had no intention of ever being a good Kept again. Except, looking at him, she wasn’t always sure that he had any volition left for intention. 

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Married?
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This story was spurred on by the 2/3-Nano semi-burnout and by buying a 2-month-old, 20-meter long dragon as the mate for a 2-day-old, 2-meter-long hatchling. 

Despite that, I tried very hard to avoid anything remotely squicky.  Also, this is not about dragons.

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Addergoole: A Ghost Story - Chapter 55: Abednego
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Chapter 55: Abednego
by Lyn Thorne-Alder


Thursday, March 22, 2001

The weirdest thing, Abednego thought, was that he would run into an order he didn’t remember having anymore.  He’d look up to say something and remember oh, yeah.  That was only lifted for Joff.  I can’t speak to Eris still.  Or he’d think about going to the bathroom and stop, not because there was an order, but because his entire body clenched at the idea of doing that without permission.

And weirder was the way Rafe handled it.  If he said something in private, Rafe acted surprised.  If he said something in public, Rafe acted horrified and embarrassed and - scared, he acted scared.

Abednego had no idea what was going on, but he could make the asshole who Owned him scared.   He thought that was pretty cool, on some level.

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Slave, Auction, House, Surprise
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(With no auction and no house, oops)

Wyste prompted me:
a slave auction house, a surprise.
and I'm going to blame the part where I'm sick* for the part where I missed like the auction and really the house. 

* I'm not really sick.  I'm having a predictable adverse reaction to a medication that will be over by tomorrow morning.  But I feel sick.  Peh. 

🏘️

Arie had been trudging for days.  His feet were bleeding, he was fairly sure, and his shoulders and neck were sunburnt.  

The raiders had caught five of them in a trap that he felt stupid just thinking about, the sort of ridiculous thing that Wile E. Coyote would have turned his nose up at, but they’d been tired, they’d just finished fighting off something Arie was pretty sure was a wyvern, and-

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Desert, Bus, Neverending
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I'm not feeling great but I wanted to beat some monsters in 4thwords so I asked for some prompts on Mastodon. 

@DialMforMara prompted
Write about a desert. Or a bus. Or both.
which led me to finally look up desert bus.  I'm not sure about this ficlet, but it's something, all right.

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Addergoole: A Ghost Story - Chapter 54: Arnbjörg
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Chapter 54: Arnbjörg
by Lyn Thorne-Alder


Saturday, March 17, 2001

Arnbjörg was sweaty, frozen, exhausted, bruised, and happier than she’d been in weeks.  Doug had taken his little cy’ree outside for sparring and they’d all gotten a chance​ to practice their innate powers and how they interacted with magic.  “Next year,” he’d told the first-year students, “we can try a real hunt.  Maybe this summer.”

A real hunt.  A real hunt, with real monsters she was actually allowed to fight, with creatures she was allowed to kill.  Arnbjörg had never killed anything bigger than a mouse, and that had been almost an accident.  She wondered what it would be like to kill a monster, a real bad guy.

“Hey, bitch.  You know what happens to bitches who don’t know their place?”

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I live...
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This month I have learned that I really, really need to work on my word count estimates for outlines/planned stories.

The Aunt Family Legacy Cat story is at over 5k and still going.

The story I started for submission (the second one), Cal said:
"..... Lyn
Lyn did you think this outline was a short story
Because this is a whole novel"

You see my problem.

Anyway, things are happening!

Just... um. Slower than anticipated.



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Addergoole: A Ghost Story - Chapter 53: Leofric
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Chapter 53: Leofric
by Inspector Caracal


Thursday, March 15, 2001

Kendo lessons were still a high point of Leofric's week. Practicing with his cy'ree was one thing, and he did like it, but it was... it was complicated. There was the issue of "is it okay to hit someone's Kept" some people couldn't get past, and the funny looks when his collar changed, and...

Kendo, on the other hand, was just him and Luke. He could change into his uniform, focus on the techniques, and just forget about everything else for a little while. Even showering and changing in the empty locker room afterwards was strangely soothing; it had the same feeling as kendo, of something that hadn't been... tainted, by the dark corruption magic he could see creeping through the school, some days.

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Patreon Posts!
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In apple season, we make this an average of once a week.  As a matter of fact, we just diced up a whole bunch of apples, dipped ‘em in lemon-juice-water, and stored them in the freezer (Chinese soup containers) with the sugar needed for four of these cakes.

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Open to “Recipe Box” Patrons!





Originally posted March 10, 2013.  In Vas’ World, in the “First settlers” era.

A  continuation of Holy Fuck, it’s Snowing.

🦃

The snow kept falling.

The clear-sky thing hadn’t lasted for more than a few hours; now the sun struggled to be seen through thick layers of cloud cover, and the flakes fell and fell and fell.

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Originally posted Oct. 15, 2011. This is a story of Baram. Actually… I’m going to put in a bit from Addergoole: TOS first. Warning: discussions of death, violence. 👹

 

“That hairdo took a long time,” [Shahin] told [Baram], sounding blandly irritated, “and you’ve messed it all up.” It gave her time to peel off a glove – the long sleeves of her widow’s weeds would still cover her wrists – and rest her hand on his forearm.

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Addergoole: A Ghost Story - Unexpected Student
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Unexpected Student
by Lyn Thorne-Alder


To Rix Scaedu's Prompt, set in Year 17, 2011. 

Luke was running pick-up duty, and it was making him crankier than usual, which, for this year, was saying something.

He was down to one student left, and their plane was late.

He’d lost two students in the last three days to plane crashes.  H

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Addergoole: A Ghost Story - Surprise! Skip Week
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Surprise! Skip Week
by Lyn Thorne-Alder


Cal is in transit and I am in nanowrimo and, well, Ghost Story will return next week!

In the meantime, leave me a prompt of something you'd like to see in the Addergoole universe and I will attempt to write 100-200 words of such between now and 2 p.m. EDT Monday.

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Addergoole: A Ghost Story - Bonus Story: Rafe
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Bonus Story: Rafe
by Lyn Thorne-Alder


Did you know that you could commission side stories of Addergoole?  This one is commissioned by Wyste, and takes place right after Chapter 47.



Shadrach was vomiting in Rafe’s bedroom.

No.  No...  Rafe shook his head sharply.  Up until that — that demon-voice thing had started showing up, he’d been doing better.  His Kept was, despite looking like Shad, despite sounding like Shad, a younger, quieter, more controlled version of Shad.

More controlled, because he was wearing Rafe’s collar.  More controlled, because Rafe was going to make sure this Shadrach understood exactly what Keeping was like.

If he understood, he might never flip out and start cutting his own Kept.  He might never lock his own Kept in the closet.  He might never give his own Kept conflicting orders.

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Addergoole: A Ghost Story - Chapter 52: Cynara
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Chapter 52: Cynara
by Lyn Thorne-Alder


Friday, March 9, 2001

There was this moment when they parted way after classes that Cya tried not to think about anymore.

She gave Howard a nice hug and smiled warmly at Zita, gave Leo a smile that he managed to respond to, and very slowly turned towards their - towards Dysmas’ suite.

She could hear them talking for a few minutes.  She didn’t so much track the conversation as she held on to the sound of their words.  She could feel it almost like a touch.

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Side Quest - a Camp NanoWrimo Story - Twenty-Five: The Ruminant of Roelkia
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Twenty-Five: The Ruminant of Roelkia
“You’re amassing quite a reputation,” the Diamond Raven commented, as they made their way out of the Judge’s office.  “We should hurry if we’re going to catch the train today.  I know you’re on a deadline here.”

“I don’t understand it.”  Raizel shook her head.  “It has to be you, people know you

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Side Quest - a Camp NanoWrimo Story - Twenty-Six: The Price
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Twenty-Six: The Price

Raizel shared a look with the Raven.  He looked at her, then at the two attendant, at the woman, and back at her.

She cleared her throat. “Your husband is a sword?”

“My husband is The Blessed Sword.  It was given to him by the gods.  To become the sword so that he not die!  That’s what they

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Regine Dreams
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This is a dream, and thus its relevance to canon is, as always, questionable. :-)

🎃

Regine was having a lovely dream where the gathered Grigori scholars were praising her genetic studies of half-breeds.

“Fascinating,” one murmured, and

“Brilliant.  To get such done in such a short scope

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A Good Life
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To [personal profile] anke’s Prompt.  I found I didn’t want to make it dark this time.

🎃

The field had been warm, sun-kissed and sheltered from the wind. The soil was rich and the rain was lovely.

Now the air was cold and the Vines were drying up. The pumpkin, and all its siblings and cousins, were full-gro

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November 2017 Patreon Theme Poll!
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Patreon Theme poll!

This one is going to be open for just about (24*3) hours, because I have to get going on #nanowrimo very very soon.

Vote away!



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