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Bonus Features

The Story

Chapter 1

1 • Puppy Dog Eyes
Our heroines adopt a puppy, and it all goes downhill from there.

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Chapter 2

2 • They Didn’t Cover This In Class
Bianca tries to figure out her new responsibilities as Patrick’s Master.

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Chapter 3

3 • A Camellia By Any Other Name
Our heroines look for an ally, and Timothy shares backstory.

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Chapter 4

4 • Cats and Dogs
Reseda fights Patrick, and later takes on some more mundane dogs.

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Interlude 1

Interlude 1 • Tales of Christmas Past
Flashbacks to characters’ holiday seasons in years (or centuries) before.

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Chapter 5

Chapter 5 • Miranda Rites
Patrick’s mysterious follower comes out of the shadows.

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Chapter 6

Chapter 6 • What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt–
The Rabbit attacks on the subway, and a professional Being researcher intervenes.

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Chapter 7

Chapter 7 • Ladies, Knights, and Dragons
Miranda plots, Poe seeks help, and the Dragon’s teenage Master runs into trouble.

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Chapter 8

Chapter 8 • And I’m Sitting Here On Capitol Hill
Let’s check in with our good friend Arthur Bennett, in his Washington office…

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Chapter 9

Chapter 9 • This Was Not On The Con Schedule
Patrick gets brought to WhiskerCon, sees Kara Lynn, and has an encounter with some otherkin.

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Chapter 10

Chapter 10 • …to End All Battles
>A theory for Kara Lynn’s troubles is revealed, and a fight breaks out.

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Chapter 11

Chapter 11 • Rainy Weather Friends
A storm keeps many of our heroes grounded — in the same none-too-cheap hotel room.

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Interlude 2

Interlude 2 • Walker’s Travels
The life and times of Ann Walker, following her globe-spanning decades of Being research.

Chapter 12

Chapter 12 • Graveyard Shift
Our heroes show up for a tense meeting…and the place it’s set in sure doesn’t help.

Chapter 13

Chapter 13 • Family Values
Time to visit Cohen’s Being Research Center and get Cybele back. No plan? No problem.

Chapter 14

Chapter 14 • Two Ships Passing
Patrick’s former Master and Miranda’s mother: a history of missed chances and people who can’t get their acts together.

Chapter 15

Chapter 15 • The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Jany comes back across the Atlantic, this time to introduce herself and Kara Lynn to Ann Walker.

Chapter 16

Chapter 16 • American Girls
Sparrow protests outside a Bennett event; Miranda makes her way inside; and Jany finds a secret in the basement.

Chapter 17

Chapter 17 • Know When To Run
Kara Lynn battles to uncover Walker’s true intentions. What side will our heroes come down on?

Interlude 3

Interlude 3 • The Donkey and the Carpenter
The origin story of the youngest Being, taking us to first-century Judea.

Chapter 18

Chapter 18 • Snow Night
A storm brings people together. Timothy and Emma take refuge with Bianca and Sparrow; Cohen is stranded with his daughter.

Chapter 19

Chapter 19 • Game Changers
Miranda and Patrick share backstory. Time to uncover a whole new line of Being-based research.

Chapter 20 • This Never Got Discussed At The Career Center
Sparrow starts her new job by getting lost in teleportation. Cohen’s budding romance is interrupted by the rescue.

Bonus • Ask a Character
(canon-compliant as of chapter 20)

Chapter 21

Chapter 21 • Thunder and Lightning
Jany and Kara Lynn have a trip to Germany to meet the Wolf, and contact our heroines for subterfuge advice.

Chapter 22

Chapter 22 • Further Up and Further In
Sparrow and Miranda consider new avenues of research. Bianca and Emma consider their long-term prospects. Bennett considers coming out.

Interlude 4

Interlude 4 • Visions of Sugarplums
Nonstop retail Christmas music and merchandising gives Sparrow some weird dreams. (Takes place before chapter 18.)

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Chapter 23

Chapter 23 • There’s No Place For This On A Résumé
Timothy tries to talk Walker down, and the Bearded Vulture has the best day he’s had in a while.

Chapter 24

Chapter 24 • Infinite Scroll
It’s the biggest research team-up yet, with Cybele on the lab table for some rewriting.

Chapter 25

Chapter 25 • Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You
Timothy and Jany coordinate to get hidden information and new teammates. Miranda encourages Sparrow re: teleporting.

Chapter 26

Chapter 26 • Lucky Dog
Patrick and Cohen prepare to be reunited.

Chapter 27

Chapter 27 • World Without Logos
Backstory, bravery, and the big bad Wolf.

Chapter 28

Chapter 28 • Let’s Go Steal A Shapeshifter
Our heroes from across the country converge to pool their skills.

Chapter 29

Chapter 29 • REVELATION
A coordinated rescue, a final confrontation, and tons of secrets brought to light.

Chapter 30

Chapter 30 • Stronger, Together
The one where they change the world.