Iryi is walking past the old Wall remnant, running her hand against (newer) fense posts and smiling at the sun when she disappears.
"It's cool, most people can't answer all my questions. Why I like research."
"Here, you get magic when you make a wish - one per person, most people never get the chance - and what the wish does and how powerful your magic is varies with your wish. Usually your powers are kind of related."
She brightens, partially at the mention of research.
"What kind of research do you do? If that's ok to ask.
Oh! What kind of wish?"
"I'm still a student, so, pretty much random stuff, but I'm trying to focus on medicine right now. Biology, anatomy, all that. Helps with magical healing."
"And most magical girls consider their wish really personal, sorry."
"I wished for friends," Nausicaa says, quietly.
"I was also a student!
You do healing?
Oh, I'm sorry."
She looks distressed at the thought of Nausicaa being so lonely, and also around at Nausicaa's friends.
"Yeah, my main focus has been healing. Not really necessary with Sue, but someone's got to look after Nausicaa."
Weak smile. "I do have friends now, I just... Though the spell would make someone, or - arrange for me to meet someone - like a fate manipulation power - it was a pretty dumb wish, though."
She looks at Sue, as if this will show why it is healing would not be necessary.
"It's not dumb!"
(...can she feel the power can she?)
Sue doesn't seem to be visibly different, though she doesn't even have any scrapes or bruises or old scars, unlike Sakura and Nausicaa.
"Just - it didn't do what I wanted it to do," Nausicaa says.
Scrapes and bruises and scars on Sakura and Nausicaa(!) are alarming!
"Do you know what decides what it does?"
"We don't know. Wording matters, intent matters, how strongly you feel matters, but..." She shrugs. "We also don't talk about wishes, much, so it's hard to get data."
"Oh! I'm sorry. Should I stop talking about it?" She's asking Sakura but looking partially at Nausicaa.
"...We probably should talk about them more. Just." She shrugs.
She wants to ask, but now she thinks she probably should instead stop asking.
She fiddles with one of her strings and looks uncertain.
"Come on. We should - get you settled. Food, something to drink..."
You're - really nice." (She wants to say 'you're the most wonderful person in any universe!!' but she won't do that).
"Thanks. You're - pretty great, too."
Is that feeling of warmth natural? It's certainly very strong. (Nausicaa is lovable and trustworthy and important - )
eeee she's feeling it she's feeling it she's feeling it, Iryi is the luckiest bejeweled ever and Nausicaa is so wonderful !!!
She bounces and looks something as !!! as she is. And then wonders if she shouldn't have done that.
Nausicaa flinches a bit, then takes a deep breath, and - "You really don't mind the - thing?"
...is that bad? I'm sorry."
"It's not bad. I'm just... Not used to people not minding it, let alone liking it."
"You clearly don't spend enough time on the internet, Nausicaa."
"...most people would probably not like it," she agrees. (It will occur to her later she should probably not have said that.) (Even some bejeweled might not like it, a corner of her is aware.)
(Oh this world has one of those, she catches, also without her attention following in full.)
Strong magical suggestion of how trustworthy and wonderful Nausicaa is, on top of her existing feelings, is a tidal wave of feeling. Will promptly flood over her attempts to hold awareness of what might and might not be welcome or alarming to someone she has just met who hasn't ever heard of bejeweled before.
"But I love you and I'm yours and it's amazing I get to feel how amazing you are in a whole new way, I can feel it like I really should, I'm so lucky, I love you-"
Nausicaa makes a complicated face. Kind of like a wounded animal that's very suspicious of the help being offered. "Why love me?"