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The Ten Weeks, 15 February, When God Touches Your Life, You Are Never the Same

Amongst the collection of societies and clubs at Point Collina Comprehensive, its French Club was in a league of its own. Although the Republic had lowered the majority (and thus the drinking) age to eighteen, a milestone honoured in the breach, the Club had the distinction of being the school’s only student organisation where open …

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The Ten Weeks, 13 February, The Best Solution Is to Leave

It wasn’t the fastest way to get to Hallett, but on Saturday Madeleine puttered up the road in her Dyane from Verecunda city to meet with her favourite tennis student. It was something that made her happy, but this time was a little different. There had been trouble “in the sticks,” but Carla wouldn’t give …

The Ten Weeks, 10 February, Keeping “Them” From Moving Up

The next day, Denise and Vannie had the head table to themselves. It had been this way since they got back from Serelia. Denise saw Jack as he limped to his table sporting a nose splint and other bandages. “I can’t believe he’s back in class this quick,” Denise said. “From what I heard, whoever …

The Ten Weeks, 9 February, Cancel Culture at the End of Fists

The central consequence of Jack’s grounding was that he was confined to the Point, unable to use his car. School was no problem; depending upon where on the campus he started, he was on average about five hundred metres from school to home. A cold front had blown through the day before and made things …

The Ten Weeks, 8 February, So Why Aren’t the Sacraments Enough?

Father Avalon was prompt for his 1000 appointment with Pierre des Cieux. Claudia was thrilled to see him come; she ushered him in and served them coffee. “So, what can I do for you today, Father?” Pierre asked, relighting his pipe. “I appreciate your time,” Avalon replied. “I came to talk about Madeleine.” “It seems …

The Ten Weeks, 7 February, The Burden of Our Sins is Intolerable

Sunday morning came and the 0800 Holy Communion came with it. They found an acolyte robe for Jack; both he and Rick, stiff and sore from their beatings, performed their duties as best they could. Fortunately St. Mark’s was not as large as All Saints, so getting around wasn’t as difficult. Jack had drifted away …

The Ten Weeks, 6 February, Part II, When Victory is Out of Reach

Sleep was a rare commodity at the St. Anne’s guest house. With Jack picking up Denise, then the constable’s visitation to gather evidence, and finally Denise’s return, the time the team was supposed to rest for the match turned into an all-nighter. Coach Dorr was in and out, but Vannie ended up acting as den …

The Ten Weeks, 6 February, Part I, Let the Ecclesiastical Constable Handle Things

Somewhere in the middle of all this Denise lost consciousness. The next thing she knew, there was a firm pounding on the door of her room. “Open up,” the female voice said. “It’s the constabulary.” Denise awoke to find Jack gone and herself unable to escape through the door. She went from total oblivion to …

The Ten Weeks, 5 February, Part III, When the Boys’ and Girls’ Teams Meet, Strange Things Happen

The Serelians gave the same thorough treatment at the border as the Aloxans did, making the girls get off of the bus while they searched for drugs and other contraband. Vannie was nervous at the whole idea of being in Serelia, made more so by the grey-haired border guard who slowed down scanning the passports …

The Ten Weeks, 5 February, Part II, Border Crossings Can be Trecherous

The girls had a travel schedule that was both easier and harder than the guys. It was easier in that they didn’t have to leave school until 0900, as opposed to 0700 when the guys pulled out of the marina and 0730 when Jack left the yacht club. It was also easier in that, instead …

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