Jun 25, 2019 11:39 AM
A Rebecca lands in Scriven
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"Huh. I didn't read the whole plot or anything."

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"It doesn't seem to be mostly about that anyway. It's probably not very good material for a novel."

She glances back at the book.

"I suppose a quest to break a friend's curse is more interesting, but I haven't even met him yet and it doesn't seem like I did anything about all the other curses tormenting innocent people in fairyland."

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"If you're any good at cursebreaking my daughter sometimes turns into a teapot."

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"She does? What happened?"

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"I walked into a magic with her. That's what happened to my hair too."

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"Your hair's gorgeous, but I've done my fair share of dodging non-consensual aesthetic magic. I could change your hair back I think, but your baby would be trickier. I haven't actually started researching curse-breaking yet, but I've learned some magic and I'm sure I took notes. It might mention them somewhere in here."

She taps the book.

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"I like the hair, leave the hair."

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"How urgent is it? Is it hurting her?"

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"No, she's gone back to normal, but I don't know when she'll turn back if she will."

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She nods.

"There's a general magic reversal potion I could try, but I'm not sure what it would do to a baby or how it'd react to magic from another reality."

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"Maybe better not to risk it. Might find something better in a book or it might turn out it was a one time thing."

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"Hopefully it was, but we do have the Marquess's library. I should be able to find something better or at least find out if the potion is safe for children. I'm not actually magical myself, so all of the magic I can do requires magical ingredients. I'll need your help if I want to test things."

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"Sure. I got magically better at reading when I showed up here."

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"I'd really like to hear more about that if you have the time."

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"So, I walked into a magic with Cathei - the baby - and in magics random things happen, so my hair got rainbowy and she turned into a teapot, and I camped out there for a while, and then I was in a room in a house with like four books and the reading magic powers."

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"That's even stranger than how I arrived in fairyland. What's 'a magic' where you're from?"

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"It's a place where things that go there have random things happen to them. Usually bad things, I was kinda desperate."

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"I'm sorry."

She pauses, not quite sure what to say.

 

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"It's okay. It was real scary before I knew Cathei'd turn back but she did."

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"I'm glad she did. Have you been able to figure anything out about this place?"

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"Not like a ton. There's desert, and there's some buildings, and most of them have been mostly turned into this fragile silvery stuff, so I just read this castle instead of trying to live in one of those. There's nobody else here but me and Cathei, either."

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"Huh. But there were other people where you came from?"

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"Yeah, 'course."

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"I wonder if this place created you from a book too, somehow."

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"...I don't think so? Like, there was no one to read about me, and no books with me in them."

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