Feb 23, 2019 12:43 AM
Margaret in Medallion
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"Are they like skateboarding rinks, with obstacles and stuff?"

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"No, it's more like ice rinks only not ice. You can rollerblade in a skate park if you want to though."

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"Huh. Neat."

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"It's hard on your ankles when you're starting out though, you have to get skates that fit to make that less bad."

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"Ooh, good to know. Huh, I bet there's all sorts of stuff I don't know like that, and what protective gear I would need and stuff."

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"Helmet at least, knee and elbow pads if you're scared," says Kevin.

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"I'd be kinda scared, yeah. Sometimes I think everything is like that, with loads of stuff you don't know you don't know going in. Are video games like that?"

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"Yeah, but nothing you have to wear knee pads for."

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"Yes, I imagine video games are pretty unlikely to get you injured in real life."

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"One time a guy I know yanked his controller too hard and hit himself in the face."

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Margaret sporfles a bit and puts her hands over her face. "Oh no! Is it bad that I think that must have looked really funny? Was he hurt much?"

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"Just a bruise," he says, "but it looked really dumb."

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"Well, hopefully he can laugh about it now. What game was he playing that inspired such a movement, anyway?"

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"Super Smash Brothers."

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"Ah, one I've heard of despite kind of living under a rock when it comes to games. My parents don't hate video games, exactly, but they won't pay for a console and I never saved up for one."

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"None of your friends have any?"

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"One or two do, but only getting to play when you're visiting someone else's house makes it hard to get into any of the ones with a plot. I've tried Smash Brothers and Dance Dance Revolution, though, those are fun."

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"I've only played DDR in arcades, my parents don't want to buy any peripherals that only work for one game."

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"Yeah, I can see that. They're pretty expemsive, and finding space for them could get hard even if they weren't."

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"Yeah. It's good fun at arcades though."

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"It really is. Especially if you get multiple people."

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"Yeah." Lunchtime is drawing to a close. He finishes his pudding cup and picks up his tray. "See you around, Margaret."

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"See you!"

If the rest of classes go by without incident, she'll head home and try the internet again, because she had a thought. With the medallion on, she can shapeshift; with it off, she's stuck as a dragon. So what if she looks for "medallion that turned me human"?

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That same website that wants the password turns up again under some fanfiction and webcomics.

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Grr. The next day she keeps an eye out for any more persistent necklace-wearers and sits with Kevin at lunch again.

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