Mariko is sitting on the apartment balcony with her notebook, diligently writing out her thoughts for the day. She doesn't really feel like it, she's got a bad cold and would sooner lie in bed being brought miso soup at regular intervals, but she knows she'll feel better if she sorts out her thoughts even if those thoughts are mostly that she hates being sick, and wishes she could assign the part of herself that wants to do things literally every day come what may to her immune system its own body to do this for her.
Will obverse magic do color-matching?
Huh! Once two adjacent things are the same color does she need to perform any similar process to make reverse magic change one?
She does not. Imbuing a single object is enough to change the object's color with reverse magic.
However, if she goes in with the intent to imbue a second object, she can change the primary object's color in contrast to the color of the secondary object. She could change a red object to pink or orange this way, if the secondary object was green or blue.
She writes all this down in a neat little chart.
She doesn't know what replenishes reverse magic. Also... if she ballparks it, is the amount of obverse she has the same amount she'd expect from her habit of notetaking for the last decade?
So she's probably missing something about that too unless it collects interest, but she doesn't have a clue what. Or know how to find out. She's running down resources she doesn't fully know how to replenish.
Her mom has gone back to work for the afternoon, which would be more helpful if she could use the alone time to do anything low-cost and flashy, but she can't especially. Hmmm.
Eventually she goes back through her notes on the last week, her life in microcosm, and for every action feasible to take in her apartment that she has written down as something she tried, she attempts it to see if it budges the magic.
That's such a weird set of things.
But hey, thinking about how great she is is free and easy on the metabolism and the clock, so.
Cool. She can just have that running on the back burner while she goes about her day.
She decides to go for a walk. She does not usually go for walks, but it seems like this might benefit from looking at more of the world to see if her new sense reacts to any of it, and Ren isn't gonna find out.
That was fast enough that this probably isn't her only chance to meet another wizard, so she keeps walking.
Mariko can enter clothing stores, watch her do it.
Mariko can't see the woman's stores of magic, only the magic currently imbued in her body and clothing.
She's inspecting a silky purple dress without much interest. Her entire body is imbued with approximately equal amounts of reverse and obverse magic. The bottom of her shoes has a layer of reverse magic. Her hair, which is perfectly styled without a hair out of place, has a small amount of obverse magic.
She speaks to one of the store's clerks, telling her she needs a dress for a dinner party but doesn't have much time. She's brief and direct, though not to the point of rudeness. She checks her phone several times. When she takes out her phone, Mariko can see that it is imbued with obverse magic.
Can Mariko tell what the magic is doing?
Well, she's going to loiter behind a rack of blouses to see if she can figure it out anyway.
She can see that there is relatively little magic on her hair and shoes compared to the magic in her body. Mariko could replicate the hair enchantment with one or two days of notebook writing. The magic in her body is more than all of the magic Mariko has available. The phone is in-between.
The magic does not reveal any information on what, exactly, it is doing.
Mariko is very tempted to poke this magic with her magic. But she doesn't know what that would do.
Has the woman noticed her yet?