Nov 15, 2019 8:57 AM
Fabulous Rebecca encounters the Napoleonic wars
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At least one of them does! She looks like a Greek goddess straight out of Jacques-Louis David's studio. (In fact she is; he does a sideline in magical girls). Her scarlet cloak billows dramatically without getting in the way of her wings (golden, aquiline). She's wearing a laurel crown, and there's a general laurel motif on her breastplate and in the shifting gold embroidery of her gown, along with ploughs and sheaves of wheat. Her eyes are gray, unusually - possibly unnaturally - bright and intense. 

She flies out ahead of the others, motioning Rebecca down to the ship.  "I have just accepted your Captain's surrender. On the deck, now. Stay where we can see you." 

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"I thought you were here to help with the sea monster."

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"And so we did. The deck, if you will."  

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"I mean I thought you were just here to help with the sea monster."

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"It cannot have escaped you that our nations are at war. The duty imposed by our common humanity demanded that we save your lives, which we have; my duty as a soldier of the French Republic demands that I secure your ship, and I intend to see it done. The deck, if you will be so kind, Miss - "

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"Arden." She alights.

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A few minutes later, another girl lands beside her. She's got on a fantastical chasseur's uniform, green and pink. Somehow, it works.  She bows. "Lieutenant Amélie Gerard, of the Emperor's ship Foudroyant. I have been granted the - if I may - delightful duty of attending to your needs and ensuring your safe presence among us. Aside from some few regrettable necessities, you may consider me at your dispose for anything you might wish." 

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"How many regrettable necessities are we talking about?"

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"The Capitaine, she thinks you might try to leave the ship, or otherwise do us so harm. Naturally I do not believe this, I told her, anyone so beautiful is surely woman of honor. Of this have no doubt." 

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"Uh. Aren't all of us beautiful? - your captain's a she?"

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"You just met her, I think? Captain Serpière is our captain, I mean, the Capitaine des Filles Magiques, the captain of Foudroyant is still behind us.

And if all of us are beautiful, Mademoiselle Arden, I do not see why we cannot all be honorable."

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"I'm glad you at least speak English or this would be really complicated."

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"Our mother took our education very seriously. I read a great deal of Shakespeare as a child. I loved the English novels best, but she was always taking them away from me and I am afraid I complained rather bitterly - thought it was all worth it, of course, for the pleasure of being able to make your acquaintance." 

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"Where's Kitty?"

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"With her papa, of course!" 

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"Okay. What's going to happen to us?"

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