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Nov 17, 2019 6:03 PM
Boogey Nausicaa imagines herself a hero
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"I'd encourage you to do that. I don't really have any connections in those communities myself - they're likely seeing an entirely different picture of things than us."

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"Sounds good."

She has some time to kill, then. Maybe a walk around town.

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Nothing interesting, nothing interesting...

A girl about Nausicaa's age setting a winged wooden statue on fire and laughing!

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That is interesting.

"Hello?" Makoto calls.

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" - Oh, hello!" the girl calls, half turning to look at Makoto, though she keeps the demon (currently flopping around weakly) in her line of sight.

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"Having fun?"

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"Yes! I've decided I quite like fire for this."

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"It does tend to be the most effective way to burn things."

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"It is! Fire's very useful like that!"

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"Don't you have a school to be in right now, though?"

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"Maybe... This is more fun, though."

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"I can see how it might be! Do you run across a lot of demons?"

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"Yeah, but I go looking."

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"Any particular reason you do that?"

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"I got my Angel, and he doesn't like demons, so I'm helping! And also people think it's creepy when they see someone my age setting moving things on fire and laughing. The aesthetic is very important!"

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"I think I met your Angel yesterday."

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"Huh! I'm still figuring out his language... Though I think he met someone new during school last time. Was that you?"

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"Probably. We fought off a pack of demons with the wendigo."

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"That sounds fun! The wendigo is cool, though I don't think she's enjoying herself..."

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"She's not having a great time, no."

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"I don't think I'd want to be a wendigo," she confides. "Everyone would be scared of me but not for the right reasons. I don't wanna look scary, I wanna be scary."

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"What would you want to be?"

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"Human-seeming. Maybe still a little girl, I'd have to think on that. People don't take little girls very seriously, you know. They're always telling us to be good little girls and sit down and be quiet and not start fights or talk back or have weird interests. But I'd be able to be where I'm not supposed to be, and no one could ever pin me down, and my smile would be too wide and my eyes too bright and my teeth a hair too sharp, and I'd have fingernails like knives."

"Or I'd be an angel. I used to think being an angel would be horrible, but I thought they were perfect little behaved children. Then I met my angel, and I think being the sort of angel who has to tell people 'be not afraid' would be pretty cool. Though I'd be more like a beautiful eldritch woman than a whirlwind of glass shards which are also eyes."

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"Sounds like the start of a horror movie."

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She laughs. "Maybe it is!"

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