Shelter of My Mind – Chapter 4 – Roberly

Willow looked around Tara’s room as she gathered her things and stuffed them into a duffel, shrinking items as she went. “I just realized that you not being registered means you’re not in a guide-friendly dorm. How have you been coping?” “It’s not as crucial for me as it is for you,” said Tara. “It’s mentally noisy without the extra insulation, but I guess I’m used to it. If I don’t concentrate on it, it’s…

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Shelter of My Mind – Chapter 3 – Roberly

“And for those of you who are interested, there is a small Wiccan group meeting on campus. Most of their members are mundane, but for any of you magical students who practice Wicca, a mundane-focused group can be an excellent way to focus on the spiritual side of magic,” the professor said. “See me after class if you want their information.” Willow, who had been steadily taking notes in her “Magic and Religion” course, perked…

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Shelter of My Mind – Chapter 2 – Roberly

Willow finished as much of her unpacking as she could. She could tell that Buffy and Spike were still in the building but not where they were. So she decided to wander out to explore the common area. A guy sitting on one of the couches poking at his laptop meeped when he realized she was in the room. “You’re a sentinel!” “Uh, yeah,” said Willow. “Got the ID bracelet and everything.” His scent and…

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Shelter of My Mind – Chapter 1 – Roberly

Willow stared up at their dormitory building. “Are we really sure this is the right place?” she asked. Spike ruffled her hair, causing her to glare at him. “It’s the right dorm, Red. Even has the signs on it. Morse College, sentinel rooms that way. See?” Buffy dragged her last suitcase out of their taxi. “Spike, stop messing with Willow. She’s nervous.” “I know,” said Spike. “That’s why I’m trying to annoy her out of…

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Shelter of My Mind – Prologue – Roberly

PROLOGUE “Are you Willow Rosenberg?” a voice asked. Willow looked up from her book to see a blonde girl she didn’t recognize. “Yes,” she said. “And you are?” “Buffy Summers,” said the girl, sliding into the seat next to Willow’s. “Jenny Calendar mentioned you…we just moved here and my little sister is starting tutoring with her after school. She said you were one of her students and you were my age…” Willow smiled. “Yeah, Ms.…

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Project File: Shelter of My Mind – Roberly

Willow Rosenberg and her best friends all came online in one chaotic night that included vampires, and subsequently added sentinel studies to her after-school magical classes. She doesn’t resent her friends having found their partners first, but she wants to find her guide. She just isn’t sure she’ll find them at college.

Tara Maclay has been hiding her guide status from her bigoted father since she came online when her mother died. She hasn’t dared to tell anyone lest he find out. When she meets Willow, she realizes it’s time for her to stop hiding.

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