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Aug 08, 2020 7:39 AM
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(And the whole fight plays back in her mind.  What had she been doing, what had she been trying to do - the other girl had been - scared - and she'd - )

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The other girl sees it, when Kaylee freezes.  She doesn't understand why, but - 

- but she puts all the strength and speed and lightness she'd put into dodging, and into jumping from building to building, all of it, into one push toward Kaylee, and with one arm she swings her bayonet to strike - 

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Lianne's between them - her sword's more a shield than anything, and it's meant to keep people safe.

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She skids to a stop on her heels as her bayonet clashes with Lianne's sword - she grimaces and mutters under her breath, something "fucking kidding me" -

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(Forest green takes advantages of Lianne's distraction to run towards where lavender's imprisoned.)

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And Emma's car screeches up.

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"Kaylee, let's go!"

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Kaylee nods, turns and runs for the car.

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She guards their retreat, making sure no one attacks them as Kaylee gets in, climbing in herself last.

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Forest-green is working on bringing down Lianne's force field, which presumably becomes easier as she and Kaylee retreat.  Wintergreen watches them go, her eyes raking over the car, but not bothering to try to give chase.

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Kaylee's - quiet.

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And Emma gets them out of there.

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Lianne focuses on keeping up the force field until they get some distance.

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With no other demands on her attention it's not hard, even as the range increases.  Soon enough, though, they're out of sight.

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She doesn't need line of sight, and keeps it for a little while after, then lets it dismiss.

Then: "You alright, Kaylee?"

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She nods.

She doesn't meet Lianne's eyes.

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" - C'mon, let's clear our soul gems."

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" - yeah," she says.  She sounds a little hoarse.  Her tiara dissolves into blue light, shimmers through the air into her hand, in its bauble-form.  "Do you have...?"

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"Yeah."

She hands Kaylee a grief seed, turning her own gem into a bauble.

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Tap.

She shivers, a bit, and takes a deep breath.  (There's still a churning in her stomach at the thought of - the way the other girl looked at her, the way she was pretty sure she, Kaylee, was looking back at her.)

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Tap.

"We might want to skip town."

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She nods.

"Yeah.  I - "

(Does she know, she thinks, could Lianne tell what I was - )

(how I was - )

(does she know it's my fault we'll have to skip town, if the magical girls in this city are coordinated somehow, if they tell each other about me - if that's the reputation I've given to the League, in their minds - is she mad - )

"Yeah."

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"Is it safe to get our things from the hotel?"

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"I - "

She takes another deep breath, tries to think.

"I don't think they'll be able to keep up with us if we're traveling by car," she says.  "Magical girls can track other magical girls, but - if we don't dawdle - I think we can get to the hotel, grab our stuff, and get out of town before they can catch up with us.  We don't have to double back to get there or anything, I don't think - it's mostly a straight shot from here to the hotel, right?"

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"Mostly, yeah."

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