Dec 16, 2018 12:28 PM
Mariko discovers magic
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She has not.

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Mariko crosses in front of her, pretending interest in a rack of belts.

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She looks briefly surprised and looks at Mariko like she's trying to recognize her. She doesn't seem alarmed when she doesn't.

She inclines her head slightly and returns her attention to her phone, answering a message.

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Mariko goes on looking at belts. God these are expensive, don't these people have anything else to do with their money?

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Apparently not.

One of the store clerks is watching her closely, but does not actually tell her to leave the store. 

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Mariko takes a picture of the belts for a plausible thing to have been doing in the store, then makes her way to the exit at a leisurely pace.

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No one stops her.

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She keeps walking.

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There are no other obvious signs of magic in the shopping district. 

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She goes home so she's still there when her mom gets in.

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Her mom is not obviously magical in any way. 

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Yup. Mariko thinks she'll have a normal evening and sleep on it.

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She gets a touch more obverse magic when she helps make dinner and clean up.

Her magic is still there in the morning.

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Oh good, it would be so disappointing if it weren't.

She goes to school, since she's no longer sick, writing down potential experiments in spare moments.

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Her notetaking habit continues to give her a small amount magic. It seems to be giving her slightly more magic than before, though it's difficult to tell exactly. The magic almost seems, pleased, with the consistency of her habit. 

Other acts of diligence throughout the school day also give her magic. 

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Well, that's simple enough to keep up, and if it likes how consistent she is she'll throw a little extra effort in that direction. Does this interact at all with contemplating her greatness?

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It does not. Consistency in either area is rewarded with more magic. 

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All right then.

After school she goes for another walk, in a different direction.

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For a while, there's no magic.

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And then she sees a child through the windows of an extremely fancy bakery. He is absolutely overflowing with reverse magic. 

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Huh, little kids can be wizards? Nifty.

She swings into the extremely fancy bakery and peers at extremely fancy baked things with her eyes and at the kid with her magic sense.

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Now that she's looking more closely, she can see that he has a fair amount of obverse magic in him as well, but it's drowned out by the absolutely absurd amount of reverse magic he's filled with. 

He's picking out an extraordinarily large selection of sweets.

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"That one!" he says. 

"Ooh, and that one. And two of those. And three of those."

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A young man, probably a high school student, enters the bakery and comes to stand behind him.

He is also full of magic, though to a less extreme extent. The magic filling him is mostly obverse with a trace of reverse. 

Unlike the kid, he actually seems to notice Mariko and gives her an intense, scrutinizing look.

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She can turn her magic into word-shapes. She writes Hi.

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