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Aug 22, 2019 7:07 PM
Margaret becomes a Miracle
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She makes a little campfire and starts it with a spark from her electromagnet, and tries cooking the owl. This results in a lot of mess, but she does manage to eat some of it. She also learns several things that will help next time, like "get all the feathers off first". Then she goes to sleep on a pile of pine needles, wrapped up in her own wings.

The next morning she decides she wants to go to the beach. She pulls a side panel off one of the trailers to serve as a surfboard and heads east, her various metal flying along behind her. It shouldn't take more than an hour or two to get there.

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The beach is quiet and empty, her only companion the sound of summer waves smashing against the shore.

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She puts her stuff well above the high water mark and goes for a swim. At first her wings and tail get in the way, but she soon learns how to use them to her advantage and ends up as a stronger swimmer than she was before.

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...Is something touching her ankle?

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She jerks her foot away from what she expects is a strand of seaweed and mutters "Ech!" 

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A grey, black haired head with large, equally black eyes pokes out of the water. "Hi!"

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"Gaah!" she answers, startling back and instinctively using her wings to stabilize herself. "Hello!"

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He pokes his tongue out at her, revealing some rather sharp teeth. "Scaredy cat!"

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"I just didn't know you were there, is all, I'm not scared now." She doesn't find his appearance off-putting at all, actually; he looks pretty good in a not-colorful-enough way.

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"Nice wings. They work?"

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"They do! I flew here."

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"Neat! I'm Michael. Or Seal."

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"I'm Margaret. Did you come out of a cocoon thing?"

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"Nope, but my dad did, and even if he didn't"--he gestures at his grey face with a webbed, clawed hand--"my ma was was always like this. I'm half mer!"

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"Cool! I looked boring before. What's a mer?"

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"You don't know? Mer-people!"

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"Oooh, neat. Do you have a fish tail?"

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"...No? Why would I? I'm a mammal?"

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"I'm pretty sure I'm a mammal, but I've got bird wings, so . . . " She shrugs. "But you can breathe underwater, right? I didn't see you until just now, so you must've been underwater for a while."

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"Yep! It's great! And my mother has a fluke, thank you very much. Like a dolphin."

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"Oh, okay. So do you live underwater, then? That sounds really cool."

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"Yep! Cause dad was a Miracle I get legs, so I get to go wherever!"

A burst of sparkles, the sound of the ocean rushing to fill empty air, and Michael is tapping Margaret on the back.

"And I can do that!"

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"Woah! You can teleport?! That is so cool!"

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"And I have a forcefield! Your scales are neat."

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"Thanks! I can move metal with my mind and invent things! Can I see your forcefield?"

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