Even Murphy's Law has Loopholes is a story written in partnership by E. E. Nalley and Joe Gunnarson. It's the third story featuring Nalley's Lit Chix alter ego, Elaine Ethel "Doc" Nalley, a.k.a. Loophole, and introduces Gunnarson's Lit Chick, Joanne Gunnarson, a.k.a. Murphy. The action takes place from 8 to 15 January 2007. The main themes are: Murphy and Loophole forging a new friendship; Elaine helping Kodiak to oust Solange from the Alphas, with the collaboration of Joanne; a romance between Kodiak and Loophole; and Elaine's new technological achievements and its consequences.
The story was published in six chapters, to wit:
Murphy arrives at Whateley and encounters Jobe and Bunker, then gets into a fight with Tisiphone. Afterwards she gets sent to meet with Headmistress Carson to discuss the attack, then meets her roommate Grabby.
Murphy heads to Crystal Hall for lunch and sits down at the usual table for the Alphas. Solange and Kodiak meet up with Murphy there, the former being a confrontation, while the latter gets along much better. Kodiak escorts Murphy away from the Alphas' table, warning her to watch her back, then introduces Murphy to the Lit Chix and asks them to introduce Murphy to Loophole, saying "they’ll either get on like snow and cold, or they’ll kill each other."
Carson orders an immediate, total search of the entire school in an effort to find any other signs of Black Sorcery, as well as having all the mage students take an immediate refresher course in ethics and law.
Kodiak meets up with Loophole and informs her that she's now an Alpha, and also informs her the sole reason why Solange is still in the Alphas is that she has the keys and access codes to the Alpha's specialty areas. He then heads off and asks Thunderbird to arrange a meeting between him and Pendragon, while Loophole meets Murphy. The two of them agree to go after Solange for different reasons: Loophole to get the Alphas' keys, and Murphy to get general revenge against her for the earlier confrontation.
Loophole heads to the Devisor Imaging and Planning Lab where, with Carmen's assistance, she works out the design of a costume to specific goals the primary of which are the ability to withstand a 120mm shell (equal to what Wallflower's shields can generate) and a full environmental seal. That night, she dons and tests the suit by flying. She has a confrontation with Gloriana in the air above Whateley due to the number of regulations she broke by the unauthorized flight, then flies away at super-sonic speed which causes even more of a commotion. After eluding her pursuers, she then lands on Kodiak's balcony.
Mrs. Carson meets with Captain Richland over Loophole's test flight the previous evening. Brunswick NAS was put on alert because of it. Mrs. Carson and Dr. Tenent discuss the situation and decide to alter Loophole's schedule.
Kodiak talks with Pendragon and enlists his aid in cleaning up the Alphas. Kody catches Peeper and Greasy spying on him and uses them as double agents to feed false intel back to Tansy. As Kody and Arthur go to breakfast, Flicker spys on them and records their conversation.
Elaine and Lifeline are talking in Whitman between classes when Elaine discovers her schedule has been altered. Loophole throws a hissy fit and Mrs. Savage is NOT amused. Loophole discovers the Captain of the new training team she's been assigned to, Team Phoenix, is Kodiak. Kodiak introduces Elaine to the rest of Team Phoenix and they have a training sim.
Maggie goes to Combat Pistol class and has a run in with Holdout who is convinced Loophole was behind his roomate committing suicide last year and means to prove it. Holdout sasses Sgt. Wilson and gets detention.
After classes, Elaine and Joanne return a high speed camera to inventory and use this to set up a prank on Tansy. Back in Whitman they plan further on how to make Tansy's life miserable.
Kodiak has a dream where his home town is destroyed and wakes up to discover he's lost his Bear Spirit.
Joanne uses Whateley's lost and found to get Carmen into the Evidence Locker. Carmen confirms that Cavalier's laptop has been sent to Central Supply. Completely by chance she learns where Tansy is storing the physical security keys; her Venus Inc. locker.
Tansy has the sunburn from hell. Elaine cackles maniacally, others are not so amused; non-exemplars could have been killed by the prank.
Kodiak feels the cold for the first time in his life, as he makes his way to Kirby Hall and the Mystic Arts Program offices. Which he can't find. Then Irene finds him. And talks him into pinning her, Abra, and Clover into the Alphas at the Rush Party when they are Freshmen, in exchange for her getting him into the Mystic Arts Dept. and to a teacher. “Done and Done!” goes Irene. “Hah!” thinks Kodiak, “I won't be there! Sucker!” Kodiak doesn't know about Mystic Contracts, it seems... Irene takes him to see Elyzia Grimes, who suspects Irene of Being Up To Something; Kodiak discounts her warnings.
Miss. Grimes succeeds in calling forth The Kodiak, who apparently had been punished for trying to give Kodiak warning about something. Just what, Kodiak has no clue. But they are rejoined. Yay!
Elaine meets with Mr. Paulson to talk about controlling the use of her power source. When the unit Jericho has approaches the two units synch and go critical, having to be slung into Containment Unit 12, triggering a 3 on the Richter scale when they blow. Mr. Paulson asks an important question: just where did she come by the idea for this power source?
Headmistress Carson meets with Mr. Paulson, Jericho, and Elaine. Jericho is absolved of all blame and dismissed. Elaine... is not. Mrs. Carson concedes that Elaine would hold the patent, allows her to use the power source so long as Mr. Paulson says its OK, and insists she apologize to Drs. Hewley and Aranis for her unauthorized access of their files.
Flicker and Fade express their feelings towards Elaine, and gift her with a tape recording they think she should hear, concerning Kodiak.
Joanne has problems with dead ravens. Yuck! Eww, even.
Gunny comments on the previous day's class exercise. He's not impressed. He's horrified that he's forced to grant a grade of 'B'.
Elaine cozens Interface into doing her a favor...
Someone breaks into Central Supply, obtaining files from a certain laptop formerly used by Cavalier...