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"You have a wand and you can cast spells. But it's attached to the body you're in, so now you have it and I don't. I'll just get you a textbook after I'm tired of learning your kind of magic. The loop is six hours long," Flora explains. This is taking a long time. She should come up with a beginning-of-loop speech and memorize it.

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"How long will it take for me to learn it? A little more than six hours might be possible -- I can condense material into notes that make sense to me and have you memorize them, that speeds the process up the second time -- but if it's on the scale of weeks, we're better off trying something else. Are those other people ... witches ... too?" (Lacking her time sense is disorienting. And very unpleasant... Focus.)

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"Yes, we can do that. Yes. The collective term is wixen, the girls are witches and the boys are wizards. It is hard to learn, the question is, how hard is your magic? How far away am I from learning to undo the time loop, and how much longer will it take to learn it when I don't have the guidance of my future self?"

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"...Hard. It took me over a decade to reach basic competence, and I've improved since then. Most of us can't turn back time as far as I can, and six hours for a time loop is high even for me -- I was very motivated. The good news is, it should be much easier to undo than to do in the first place. We might as well both work on learning -- if you don't think it's working, call it off in a later loop." How long have they spent working this out? How can she not know that? Sapphire wishes, sudden and intense, for the familiar steel of a pocketwatch -- --and gets one, with a rush of air that sends books crashing from the tables. The materials are mute under her fingers, but at least she can feel its constant ticking, a shadow of her familiar senses. It would be reassuring, except -- "What was that?"

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"Alright. Let's start with writing a start-of-loop speech, then I can learn a bit and you can learn a bit. Your kind of magic gives me a headache with the new senses and all." "Accidental magic. It usually happens when a young or inexperienced wix wants something very hard or is very emotional or in danger." Flora looks around. "Zane, does anyone have a watch I can give Sapphire at the start of the loop?" Zane is very confused but starts asking around for a watch. He finds one and tells Flora who has it.

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The watch affair is embarrassing but useful, so Sapphire leaves it be. (Steel is going to be fascinated, though, when he gets through making fun of her.) "A speech is a good idea. Start with the code words, that's what they're for. Current time, date and year, and loop length next. -- Oh, and that you're human."

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Flora gets some parchment and a quill and writes those down. She hands the paper to Sapphire.

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Sapphire smiles and takes it. "I can write down more things as they occur to me. How are you at memorizing? Some of it would be more convenient for me to have not in English, but if that's a problem for you I can make do."

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"What does it sound like? I'm good at German and Latin, but I'm terrible at Russian because it's so different," says Flora

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"If different is a problem, we had better stick to English," Sapphire decides. "Haidz runo runu falh'k hedra ginnarunaz... no? It's fine, it's just a matter of technical terms being available."

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"I might remember a few select words, but not long sentences like that, no. Should I go get the books on magic?"

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"Yes, please." Sapphire will occupy herself by suggesting that the rest of the humans evacuate the room.

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Flora gets the same books as last time, not that Sapphire knows that. "Here, these. Tell me when you get stuck, I already know how to explain things more or less." And then Flora goes and blatantly cheats at homework, having already done it and just copying down what she remembers.

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Sapphire studies and makes notes, and looks up after a predictable amount of time to ask what "a disapparate" is.

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Flora explains it quicker this time around, because she knows what will make sense to Sapphire.

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The notes accumulate, although Sapphire is making a respectable effort to keep them short enough for Flora to memorize. There's a definition of "intent" that Sapphire finds more intuitive than the standard one the book gives, and some analogies to to Sapphire's personal experience ("hold the wand like the wrong way to hold a knitting needle"), and a couple of foreign words written phonetically, though as promised she keeps those to a minimum. After a couple of hours, she's reached the end of the first volume, so she flips briefly through the appendices, decides they're irrelevant, and sets it aside. "Shall we work on learning to un-break Time?" she asks Flora, with a smile.

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"Yes, let's. But I will need to memorise the notes too. We have, what, three hours. So two hours study and then an hour left for memorising the notes."

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"Reasonable." Sapphire pauses to think. "...It's not perfectly efficient to do this in the traditional order, but it'll be easier for you to remind me of where we were if we do." She gathers up the notes. "We should use the newest room available to practice in."

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"All the rooms at Hogwarts keep changing, so any room counts as being both as old as the castle and brand new."

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"Ah. I assume we discovered this empirically...? No wonder there was a time break, that sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. Outside is fine, if the weather is likely to be amenable?"

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"Well, not the part where it changes, that's obvious all by itself, but the part where it counts as both at once, yes. The weather is, was, um, well you know what I mean, fine. Let's go."

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Sapphire takes Flora's hand and allows herself to be led through the hallways of Hogwarts.

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Some staircases move around when they are stepped on. Flora leads them outside. She is ready to learn.

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And Sapphire is ready to teach. She'll need one of her earrings back, thank you, Flora. Now close your eyes and try to find the sapphire... With her handy new time-sense, Flora will find herself sharply aware when exactly two hours have passed.

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She would not apply the adjective handy to this. "Time's up. Have to go memorise your notes."

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