Mar 26, 2019 5:04 AM
A Margaret in Fabulous
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"Something to try tomorrow! So is taking the wings off and putting them on again, they're kind of awkward to reach."

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"I'd expect yours to dry off if you flapped them," says Sumiko, "no feathers."

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"My bathroom has approximately zero room to flap, but yes, I bet that'll work too, I'll just have to go out in the hall".

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At this time Hattie has to leave to catch her bus, and shortly after that Josephine's mom arrives to pick her up.

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Margaret will fly home for the first time! Her neighborhood looks pretty different from the air!

Dinner and homework are less exciting than flying and magical shop-talk, but the routine is kind of nice all the same. And the next day is a weekend.

Margaret looks up Ricci's modeling agency. What does acquiring a modeling gig as a magical girl look like?

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If she is under 14 they need to talk to her parent or guardian instead of her, but since she's older than that she can directly phone them for a consultation!

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She's not sure what kind of hours modeling agencies keep, but she'll give them a call tonight if they're still open.

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She gets a machine that wants her to push various numbers for various purposes ("model inquiries" is 3), and then she can leave a message with her name, number, and hours of availability!

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Her name is Margaret Perry and her number is thus. She is available over the weekend, on Tuesday any time after school's out, and every evening (except Thursday, in case patrolling goes late).

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She gets a call back on Saturday morning.

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She got up a little earlier than usual to get some flying in (so much better than gym class!) but she's home when the phone rings.

"Hello! Margaret Perry here." Huh, that was fast. She hasn't even done any research on modeling skills yet.

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"Hi, Margaret! I'm Rosa Ferrari. We got your message about modeling, but you didn't specify - are you a magical girl?"

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"Yes, I am! Very new at it, but yes."

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"That's great! You've got a fantastic leg up in the industry. What do your powers do?"

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"I'm afraid I don't know yet. I'm pretty sure they're all passive powers, and whatever sets them off hasn't happened." Hopefully this won't be a dealbreaker, there are probably other girls whose powers are useless for modeling but who do it anyway.

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"That's all right, it's by no means a requirement, but if you happened to be able to do special effects I could slot you in for jobs that called for them. Are you interested in any work in particular?"

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"I don't really know what the options are, and I'll probably be up for whatever you have, but work that takes advantage of my ability to do really out-there stuff with my body would be fun."

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"Hmm, people mean different things by 'out there' - especially magical girls - can you go on about that a bit?"

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"I'm guessing most clothes are designed for people with two arms and two legs, more's the pity, but I wouldn't mind an excuse to experiment with being made of different materials, or do animal heads, or, or grow gills and model stuff underwater, or whatever."

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"Oh, models aren't just for clothing ads! If someone appears next to a car being advertised, they're a model."

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"Oh, neat! Wow, I have so much to learn. What sort of things are you looking for magical girls to do these days, clearly there are more possibilities than I was imagining."

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"It's not that we have a pile of standing requests we can't yet fill, it's that if you sign with us I can keep an eye out for opportunities you'd be a good fit for and then call you up if someone says they want an image with a girl swimming next to a submarine, say. Recent shoots that girls I agented for did include a perfume line - they wanted her to grow flowers all over herself - and a My Little Pony merchandise box photo. How old are you - if you only just got magic you'll be under 18, but for our records, if you wanted to appear in adult work later on."

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"Okay, that makes sense. And I'm fifteen. What else do I need to do to sign up with you?" She . . . kind of really doesn't want to do adult work but that won't even be relevant until three years from now. And it's not like she's planning to make a career out of this anyway, it's just a better way to get money as a high school student than 15 hours a week waiting tables.

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"I need you to spell your full name for me, and I need your date of birth and social security number and a few other things - if you're more comfortable giving those in person, that's fine, we'll need you to come in to the premises anyway to sign things, and bring a parent or guardian since you're under 18."

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Margaret is happy to read off her various identifying information over the phone, and wants to know what times she can bring a parent to their office and how long she should expect to be there when she does.

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