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Aug 22, 2019 6:59 PM
Margaret becomes a Miracle
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"Well what do we have here?"

Why, is that a fat man with a gun?

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"Wha--? Hello." That guy could have appeared out of thin air for all she was paying attention; building things is absorbing. Also the gun is making her nervous, so it's hers now. She doesn't move it, just holds it, but it's not going to be pointing anywhere except down.

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"Trying to steal from me, are you?" He looks at the girl's residual slime. "New little freak."

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"It was all garbage anyway; it's not like you were using it." (Is she a freak? Yeah, maybe, but what of it? Any word for what she is is a word for something awesome.)

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"This is my yard."

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"Yeah? Well, this is my flashlight, because I made it. Tell you what, I'll make you a flashlight too if you want one that badly."

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"I don't need a fucking flashlight." 

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"Fine." It's time to leave; this guy is annoying. She spreads her wings and takes a few running steps in the nearest direction that's clear of junk.

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 Guy fires after her!

"Get em before they can breed!"

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Maybe he does fire, but unless he's stronger than her powers his gun is still pointing the way it was before--she's not letting go of it until she's well gone. He had better hope he wasn't pointing it at his foot.

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Unfortunately, he was!

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Well, it's his gun and his foot, which adds up to his problem. Also she wasn't really looking. She keeps flying; eventually the gun drops out of her range and she can't hold on to it.

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No matter, not with miles of forest to content herself with... and the holiday homes they once contained.

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The forest looks really cool from the air! After a bit, Margaret decides she wants to explore some ruins. Maybe she'll build a lair in one, since she looks kind of like a dragon now. She swoops below the trees to look around.

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There's a rotting trailer park. 

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She can check out some trailers, then! She swoops down to the nearest one, finds it locked, and manipulates the lock mechanism open with her metal powers.

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Oh my, is that a skeleton draped in rotting strips of clothing lying on the bed? 

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Ewwww, yes it is! And that's all for this trailer. She'll check the next one out through a window and see if it has the same problem. 

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It does, but it's odd. The skeleton seems to have some kind of technological circlet on its brow. 

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Ewww again . . . but also interesting. She pulls the windowframe away from the window enough to take the pane out, then reaches out with her power and gently takes hold of the circlet. Careful not to break it, she pulls it off the skeleton's head and brings it closer for examination. 

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Tiny writing on the outer edge says "Lotus Flower VR Interface."

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She doesn't immediately know what that means, but some careful disassembly and her new engineering knowledge let her make a pretty good guess. Yikes. Still, there are some useful components in this thing. She'll keep it.

Also, she's hungry. Are there any rabbits or birds or anything around here?

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There's an owl hooting in a tree.

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Margaret probably isn't fast enough to catch it on the wing, but she doesn't need to be. She sends her flashlight floating slowly over, lifts it up behind the owl, and whacks it hard on the head.

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It falls dead to the dirt.

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