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Wintergreen doesn’t respond - she’s cursing at herself for missing the shot, and spirals and beams of seafoam light are gathering slowly at one end of her barrel, charging up to fire again.

The other two close in.  One girl in forest green conjures a zweihander almost as large as Lianne’s own sword, though a distinctly different style, narrower blade and longer crosspiece.  The other, pale lavender, already has a buckler on each wrist.  She goes for Kaylee.

They are not, it seems, interested in talking.

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Lianne bets she's got more of a margin than them, more grief seeds stored away, more space to risk running low -

She throws her sword at wintergreen, not hard enough it'll be trouble to dodge but enough it'll be disruptive, already pulling out more - a sword emerges in a shower of golden light between her and green, mostly as a barrier, and golden ribbons lance at lavender's back.

She's aiming to subdue.

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Lavender is deft and manages to dodge most of the ribbons, but one snags her wrist, and she pulls against it - with the ribbon anchored in midair, the force pulls at Lianne's focus and her magic.  Wintergreen hops to one side and swears again under her breath; the light she was building up dissipates a little, but not all the way.  Forest-green zweihander doesn't have so much momentum that she can't pivot to circling around the sword - to Lianne's left, opposite Lavender - but it buys Lianne a second or two.

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Kaylee still has a throwing knife in each hand; she pitches them both toward wintergreen, keep her on her toes, and uses lavender's momentary distraction to start heading in wintergreen's direction.

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She's fought the entire League before (sparring, but... Good practice for doing this non-lethally). She has enough concentration to start wrapping far more ribbons around lavender, anchoring them to a shield-lattice of swords.

Her sword's in her hand by the time forest-green gets close.

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Wintergreen leaps and alights on the ground next to lavender, manifests a sharp bayonet on her musket.  She gives the force field around lavender a hearty stab, expecting to shatter it.  Forest-green moves to distract Lianne by pressing the attack, bellowing and rushing forward and spinning her entire body in a heavy slash.

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Her force field holds, light flaring - it takes a bit of Lianne's concentration, but in the way not falling over after a blow does, muscle memory translating her intent automatically -

Muscle memory also brings her sword up to block forest-green's attack - don't rely on your muscles, anchor it in place like it's a barrier, make it a barrier as automatically as you'd leap over an obstacle, takes magic but Lianne has that to burn right now -

Forest-green will likely be off balance by facing a shield held in place magically - Lianne abandons her sword just as forest-green's blow strikes, trusting her balance in the magic to keep that new barrier in place, and drops low and to the side, ribbons lashing from her hand at forest-green.

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Forest-green drops her sword as it clashes with Lianne’s.  She is off balance, but she manages to turn her stagger into a hasty but effective dodge.  She grins as she conjures a replacement sword, an I-could-do-this-all-day grin.

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Kaylee flings another knife in wintergreen's direction as she approaches her, and wintergreen jumps up and backward to dodge - and Kaylee's been practicing too, she can conjure and throw daggers almost continuously for a few seconds, and wintergreen doesn't have time to do anything but dodge, and twirl her musket like a staff to deflect incoming knives.

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Soon Kaylee's closer to lavender than wintergreen is - but Kaylee has to take a second to recover, and in that second wintergreen charges up a shot - snaps her musket upward across her chest like a color guard display, so the light flows into and down its barrel - then takes aim and fires a shining musket ball at Kaylee.

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Wintergreen's shots are faster than Kaylee's knives, but this one's not charged up all the way - Kaylee manages to twist away so it's only a grazing shot, and between her half-dodge and the half-charge of the shot she's not badly hurt.

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But the burst of white smoke is even more voluminous than a real musket, and it's enough to give wintergreen cover as she dodges away - 

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Kaylee loses track of her for a second, and by the time she catches sight of wintergreen again wintergreen is charging her, jaw set, bayonet manifested and coruscating with seafoam light, from an unexpected angle - 

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Now it's Kaylee on the retreat, and at the angle wintergreen's chasing her she's heading straight for the wall of a shop.

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But she's got some new tricks too.

She conjures two knives in one hand, manages to pitch them one to each side of wintergreen in a single throw, and a long robin's-egg-blue ribon billows out between them.  With the daggers to weight it it should wrap around the other girl when it hits.

(And too fast for her to think about it she realizes wintergreen's going to jump - )

And without pausing to think, her body moving almost faster than her mind, she does the same trick again, this time aimed above wintergreen, just where she thinks she's going to jump to.

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Wintergreen's face shows panic - 

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 - and her bayonet changes shape from a spearhead to something like a scimitar, and she slashes the ribbon in half.

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And Kaylee had planned to jump onto the roof of the building she was heading toward but the opening's too good, some instinct in her says to press the advantage - 

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She rushes wintergreen again, and she starts rapid-fire pitching daggers again, and this time she pushes herself and - 

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 - and the daggers keep coming, there's nothing she can do but dodge and weave and deflect -

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Kaylee can feel the dip in her magic but she's got her on the run, she's got her now - 

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 - and so she does.

Kaylee's knife sinks into the other magical girl's shoulder.

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Kaylee - 

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- freezes.

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