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Jan 27, 2022 6:02 PM
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They're dating!!!!  Kaylee has a girl that she's dating!!!!  She hadn't ever guessed it would feel this great!  She spends the whole weekend abubble with glee.  Lianne doesn't want everyone to know yet so she doesn't immediately tell everybody in the entire world about it, but she sits next to Lianne during the magical girl meetings, and spars with her, and hunts with her, and they are dating!!!!

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She still doesn't quite believe that Kaylee likes her like that, and occasionally has to pinch herself. 

She does quietly tell Alex during some downtime Saturday, and awkwardly reciprocates the resulting hug.

She thinks it might be okay to tell the other girls, but... But she doesn't know how they'll react, and not everyone is as accepting as Alex. See: most of their school.

(Lianne's probably going to crack soon, hiding it feels cowardly and she doesn't like that, but... But.)

Anyways, she's dating Kaylee! She's never dated anyone before so she's as nervous as she is excited, but Kaylee seems plenty happy, so!

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That night, Kyubey shows up at her window.

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...She lets him in. 

'Hey,' she says over the telepathy network.

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'Hello,' he says.  'Some of your oldest grief seeds are probably getting ready to hatch.  I'm here to collect them for you.'

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'Oh, okay, yeah. Thanks. They're over here.' She walks over to her dresser, where she'd hidden the grief seeds, each wrapped up separately. (Her mom and sister at the very least don't go through her clothes.)

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Kyubey hops up onto the top of her dresser and starts taking grief seeds from her, one by one, somehow balancing them right on the tip of his big fluffy tail.  The red egg-shaped symbol on his back pops open like a hatch, and he deposits each one of the grief seeds inside.

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...There's something distinctly - freaky about that. Like, what sort of animal has a hatch? Lianne isn't versed in xenobiology, but she's pretty sure evolution doesn't work that way.

Maybe Kyubey's society's just advanced enough to have AI robot people. But. Still.

'How do you destroy the seeds?' she asks idly.

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'It's hard to explain how I destroy a grief seed without a lot of background understanding of magic that I'm not really qualified to impart,' Kyubey says.

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'I mean, do you like feed it to a machine and press a button? Does it remove the - yuckiness - and purify the seed, or demolish it? Or do you like throw it in a black hole or something."

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'It's more like feeding it into a magical device that destroys it.  Dropping a grief seed in a black hole would probably destroy it, but by using magic it's easier to be sure.'

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'Alright! Is there anywhere I can learn more about magic?'

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'There aren't really facilities set up to teach humans to do our kind of magic.  Learning about magic would take time away from hunting witches and training as a magical girl.  Plus, we have kind of a natural knack for it - it would be harder for you to do very much with it.'

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'So there aren't, like, books?'

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'Not ones in a language you could understand, no.'

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'I couldn't learn the language? Or use translation software?'

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'You could in theory, but it would be harder than learning just about any other language.  There's no translation software set up to translate between our language and English.  Even if you did, though, I don't think you could improve very much on the system we have.  It'd be better to focus on hunting witches.'

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'I'm not hunting witches 24/7, I could study in my downtime. Even if it takes a while.'

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'It would still split your focus, and like I said, I don't think it would help very much.  It could take years of study before you even understood how to do anything with it, and understanding is the easy part.'

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'I mean, basically all it'd be taking away from is browsing the internet. And I'd like to know something about what I'm doing.'

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'I'm happy to try to answer any questions you have, as much as I can!  But it's a complicated subject.  I'm not sure there are even any resources dedicated to teaching humans our language.'

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'I can't think of any questions right now, but I'll let you know when I have some?'

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'Okay!'

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And she finishes handing off the grief seeds.

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'See you later!'

He departs.

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That conversation was... Weird.

She quietly relays the conversation to Kaylee during gym class Monday. "I'm not actually that super interested in learning magic, but that he kept trying to discourage me felt... Off," she says. "Also he has the weird hatch thing in his back that he puts the grief seeds in. Unless alien biology's really, really different, it didn't look organic."

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