prologue

  Yue paced back and forth, mind racing. Her maid would wake from the sleeping potion any minute now. Her violet eyes darted from the mountain to the moonstone staff propped up against her bedside table. Which to choose?
  Screams jerked her from her reverie. With one last look at the staff, she took off to find the source. Her tiny feet made no noise as she flew through the twisting stairwells of the palace, taking her closer to the Queen Mother, who she knew would be praying in the Moonstone Courtyard.
  The Queen Mother was kneeling towards the moon and Yue felt a wave of relief. As long as Mother was safe, there probably wasn't anything bad happening. The older woman turned to look at Yue as she approached. "Why are you here? You should be getting to the…" she froze, fear paralyzed her face. "Go. Now. Take the staff and go far away now."
  Yue blanched. "Mom, what-?"
  "Run!" The Queen Mother said fiercely, pushing her youngest daughter back towards the door. "I love you, Yue. Buna fera tseyri. May your Spirit live on." It was the traditional death prayer of their people. That's when Yue saw the dark figure advancing on her mother, red eyes glowing. She squeezed her eyes shut.
  She had to protect the staff; without it, she wouldn't survive the night. She ran as fast as she could away from the Courtyard, but the shadow was following her step by step. Oh, please, Yue prayed silently. Do not let them get to the staff before I do…
  Yue burst into her room, eyes lighting upon the staff. She started to unwork the protective spells, all the while fervently praying that she would make it in time. Open for me, open for me…
  Just as the man with red eyes burst into her room, Yue punched through the last of the spells and swung the staff at her would-be attacker. A bright flash of light illuminated her room, not unlike the lightning that had filled the formerly peaceful skies above the castle. The devils had felt the energy, Yue saw. Shadows were swarming in her direction, hundreds of glowing red eyes searching hungrily for the source of the bright moonlight that had ended the shadow murderer.
  Yue's maid, who had been lying unconscious on the floor, started to stir. As she opened her eyes, she nearly screamed at the sight of the shadows rapidly approaching. With no time for goodbyes, Yue leapt out of the window with the staff, hurtling towards her doom. Her maid had only time to scream, "Yue!" before the shadowy beasts descended and the castle burst into black fire.

year one

august 28
  I'm on the train to Stregoneria right now. I can't believe it's actually happening - I've never been any good at magic and I thought there was no way that they would accept my application. I bet Dad probably bribed them to accept me or something. My parents were adamant that I go to Stregoneria because of all the doors it would open and important people I would connect with - all stuff that I don't care about. I would have been just as happy going to the local high school, but noooo, they go and ship me off to a fancy boarding school. I guess it's not all bad... new school, new me... kind of. The whole crew from Tyronias Prep is going too, so it's not like I can have a total transformation or whatever. But I'm hoping that maybe I can meet some people who actually care about me and aren't just friends with me because my family is old money.
  Okay, okay, I know that I'm really lucky that my family has money and all that. I'm not saying that I wish we didn't or anything... I just want real friends! There were some people who seemed really nice in one of the train cars near the front but I couldn't stop to talk to them because Briette was walking too fast. Not that I really want to hang out with Briette but she makes such a stink about everything and I don't want to get into a fight with her at the very beginning of the year.

later that day
  I guess my Tyronias friends really don't care about me at all, because I'm rooming with one of the Clones. I knew I wasn't cool enough to room with one of the Archangels, but I thought at least one of the non-Arches would pick me - I mean, Linaara and I have known each other since we were babies! It's not all bad though, because this means I'll be forced to go out and find other people to hang out with, and maybe Briette won't notice if I'm not at every single one of her parties. God, that girl is so controlling.
  I did see one of my old friends from elementary school, though, Lyla Versailles. Her parents were Irin, fallen angels, so by the time I got to middle school, I wasn't supposed to be friends with her anymore, but hey! I'm in high school now and I can do whatever I want, including make friends with Irin. She was hanging out with this really pretty girl who I've never seen before. I think I'll try to talk to them once classes start.

september 6
  So that pretty girl that Lyla was hanging out with is named Kari Pavlova. She's human. One of the Sealed. And they let her into Stregoneria! Not only is she gorgeous, she's also so interesting. She didn't even know that magic existed, or that Stregoneria wasn't just a boarding school for rich kids! I mean, it is a boarding school for rich kids, but it's obviously also the premier shadow-hunting prep school. I couldn't believe that she came here without knowing that! She also loves dancing, just like me, and gets really excited about everything. She's so fun to be around.
  Lyla's still the same as I remember, but when I first approached her, she looked at me like I had three heads. She wasn't wearing her glasses, so that might have been why, but it also reminded me of how much I've changed since we last spoke. She's definitely still the smartest girl in our grade, still has a fiery temper and a huge appetite, and still does that creepy mind-reading thing.
  I think I'm going to like it here, after all.

september 8
  Ugh, I might have spoken too soon. Classes are the worst!!! I've never been that great at magic, but it's not even the magic that's hard; there is just so much WORK and it's only the first week! My roommate, Angie (one of the Clones, remember?) is also THE MOST annoying and won't shut up for even a second whenever I'm in the room. It's always "my boyfriend this" and "my boyfriend that" and "are you really going to eat that?" - I barely spend any time in my room anymore just because she drives me crazy.
  The good thing, though, is that Kari said I could sleep over in her room whenever I wanted. She's rooming with this girl named Aiyana, who's the Princess of the Asena Tribe, the biggest tribe in Wolf Country, which makes you think she's going to be scary and mean but she's actually really chill! She and Lyla were friends in prep school so Aiyana is cool with both of us coming over a lot.
  Anyways, Lyla's glaring at me which means I'm supposed to start actually doing my homework. Honestly, writing in my journal looks the same as doing my homework but she somehow always knows what I'm doing or thinking... so I should start thinking about Charms or Defence or something. UGH.

september 12
  I can't sleep because I fell asleep earlier today in Briette's walk-in closet. First of all... why/how does she have a walk-in closet? We're literally at a boarding school that has dorms, so like, the rooms are all supposed to be about the same? But for some reason she has a huge room to herself, en-suite bathroom, and a walk-in closet? She is so freaking spoiled. ANYWAYS, she was going on and on about how we really needed to keep up appearances, so we should be paying more attention to what we're wearing and everything, and she wants to plan this party so that everyone will know that we're the cool kids. Let me remind you that we are FRESHMEN... we are definitely not the cool kids.
  So yeah, I fell asleep. I was kind of hidden by some long ball gowns so I don't think she saw me. She did give me the stink eye when we walked out, but like, she's always giving me the stink eye because she thinks I shouldn't be hanging out with Kari and Lyla. She's always like "I can't believe you talk to one of the Sealed! And that Irin isn't any better!" and I'm like "Okay but consider this: you're crazy and I hate you!"
  I don't actually say that though. She would lose her mind, and my dad's negotiating a merger with her dad so I really can't afford to have her turn on me right now.
  Ugh, I hate this. Now I'm all worked up and it's the middle of the night. I'm staying over in Kari's room - the three of us were hanging out and they both conked out but I don't really want to go back to Angie's craziness again. I think I'll go outside and dance for a little bit... the moon looks lovely tonight.

year two

under construction.

year three

under construction.

year four

under construction.

credit

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Yue's story is based on a story written by a real-life friend of mine. Many of the ideas and some of the words on this page are hers.



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