Iryi is walking past the old Wall remnant, running her hand against (newer) fense posts and smiling at the sun when she disappears.
The girl is the most important person ever.
...and she's not ok (Iryi can see that, and the light and shadow woven bracelet on her right hand, (opposite wrist from her jewel markings) twists with it)) and she needs to be ok.
She has sunlight threads with her, wrapped in balls and little skeins, crochet-chained. She takes one, a strong one, runs toward the other girl.
"I can help, please let me help!"
(Being told to fuck off hurts but that's not important now)
The girl is not ok, and then if when she is ok she she won't want Iryi to have helped then that will be terrible but not as bad as her being not ok Iryi doesn't even know why, if it's for a good reason Iryi will - deal with that then.
Her fingers dance with the sunlight strands, twist and weave and unravel - happiness and joy and light, keep despair at bay, drive it away, dispell it, it can't be here right now like night can't be where day is.
She's kind of nervous now - this isn't the first impression she would have really wanted, and what if the girl is upset...
Someone saying thank you is probably better than not that, even if only really matters what the girl thinks. Unless they're trying to hurt her and that's why she was yelling. Iryi readies threads in case. Keeps at least glancing at the girl.
She shows the threads. "Happiness, against despair."
...oh that's wonderful. Not that she's in any danger of not liking her, but maybe she'll be able to feel this too...
(This emotion is very obvious in her face also.)
"I'm Iryi." She smiles at them too - if they weren't trying to hurt Nausicaa they're probably her friends. "I - don't mind." (It occurs to her that they probably don't know what a Bejeweled is and she shouldn't drop everything on them right away, that might be hard for people.)
She didn't fix everything but that - makes sense, she just got here, she doesn't know what's happening. She can keep trying to do better.
She takes a wound shadow-thread out, in case, but she'll try what probably-Nausicaa's-friend says first.
"Hey, can you hear us?
I'm sorry, I - I'm not sure I know enough to do better yet. But I'm going to try.
Your friends said what happens if you talk to me and I - don't mind at all."
She probably shouldn't but Nausicaa is distressed and she doesn't know what to say -
"I love you," she blurts out. Holds up her wrist with the little jewels set in it. "Not because of anything you did.
I don't think I'd mind anyway, I think I might be like that." (it's - odd to think about it, being otherwise. But it's true). "But - I don't think I could love you any more, but feeling what they said the power is, that sounds wonderful."
Then, after a few more shaky breaths, she'll lead the way - including Sue and Sakura, as well as Iryi - to a small two-bedroom apartment. It's decorated in a mixture of plain, simply styled things and a riot of warm colors (at least one of the girls has a fondness for swirls and spirals and the color orange).
The city's modern, glass-walled buildings and asphalt and cars, though Nausicaa keeps them away from the more trafficked footpaths. "So, uh, where're you from?" she asks, once they're inside. " - And, uh, want something to drink?" Help she has no idea how to host guests...
"Yes, thank you. If it's not trouble."
She has never seen any of these things in person before. She's seen pictures and made-images of things kind of like them. (It's kind of starting to hit her now that she's fallen into another world (and found her beloved there! Like a legend!), though a lot of her is still too focused on Nausicaa and worrying and not knowing things yet for it to hit her the whole way).
"Um - somewhere else? I'm - not sure how to explain?" How did people explain this in Legends?
She takes a little wind of light, pulls it apart until it makes an image in the air - a cozy looking village, neat paths and little gardens, though if you look closer you'll notice unusual things like arcs of water taking care of a garden on their own, or road-stones that shine.
"I think some people say we're another world, but we're not really entirely a world like a lot of other worlds are. Like a little world, or a piece of a world? But we're - not a crossroads, but like something off a crossroads. People stumble in. Sometimes we can go out. Or fall out, even though we didn't mean to."
"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."
"...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-"
Um-" She displays some threads she has, light and shadow. "The thing I do for emotions is spin threads, light and shadow. - It's not light is good and shadow is bad - joy is light but you need shadow for quieter calm, or if someone needed to cry but it wasn't working, or other things like that. And I can use them together.
I can make them - kind of general, and then weave and use them to do something more specific. Or if I know I need to do something specific I can spin some special for that from the beginning.
...I should probably try the ones I have first, so I can learn more what exactly you need." And that's really obvious and she should have thought of that before she blurted the first thing out!
"It's alright! You're - you're doing so much to help. And - the moving part is really believing things can change? Versus believing things can't? Or - maybe believing things can get better, at least. Joy works but - it's possible to have a flat joy? And Sue makes anger work for her."
(Exclamation marks wouldn't be the right way to describe this feeling. It's deeper than that, and then more all-encompassing.)
Nodnod. "...that's specific enough I probably should make new threads, but I should try it with the general ones first, so I know if I can do it at all and how well." She gathers threads.
She weaves threads. Hope - light through the trees, dawn around the horizon, brightness at the end of shaft. Things can change - light changes, light makes change. Things can get better - light makes growth, light multiplies, light is always ready to find its way to any place. (Security - you have the light, you carry it, it's always there somewhere.)
(She's clearly working hard at it, and carefully, moves her hands, twists the threads in them together and apart.)
Should she continue it some more, or start letting it go, or do some anchoring so it dissipates more slowly? (...she should have asked that before she started, it occurs to her, but she can't be distracted by something like that right now so it's just a thought at a corner of her mind.)
And she can see some trees around.
"This should be good! I can try in the park later and see how much difference it might make." She gets out some of her tools - she can do this without them if she needs, but it's easier with them.
Gets to work. Remembers what she needs from the weaving, aims the making for it. She can use the still-partially-dawn while it lasts, then just the sun of the morning. (Between her fingers, the sunlight coalesces, something like fibers sparkling in the air and then more of the thread. This one looks slightly different from the other.)
It's - when working with feelings, it's important where lines go? Some people are scared that something horrible will happen if they speak to their friends, and it's not really something more likely than it is for everyone else, and if they want it then someone who knows the work can help against the fear. But most people are afraid of jumping from a cliff without magic to help, and if she made someone not afraid of that and feel that it would be fine, that could kill them.
Confidence like - that things can get better and it's worth doing them, she was trying to do that. But confidence like, they can immediately face the terrible aliens and demand they be better and everything will go fine would mean she'd done something wrong and needed to fix it.
Alright. She will note this down for future thread-making.
Right now to fix it she can either unweave the work and start again, or see if she can fix it with a shadow thread. (Or weave a new one and then replace this one.)
Is Nausicaa also having this problem?
Does Sakura feel like this is a general problem or a result of how it's interacting with how Sakura has feelings usually? (If she can tell at all.)
(She's trying not to feel horrible about the fact that she did something wrong. It's not really possible to do work and not have to fix and improve things, it just isn't, even craftsmages with much more experience than her might have to do that if they were trying something new and she's not them and she can't just send Nausicaa to them instead of to her.)
She can make long-lasting things but it will take more work and time. She's not sure if she can do 'not impacted by' if the magic affects their emotions, but she should be able to do 'adjusting to the emotional changes'.
If it is this sort of interaction, remaking probably won't help right, and she should try the shadow thread. She could try that now, so they could see how it works?
She gets a shadow thread.
She can't weave this in with her hands, since the light-weaving is woven already, so she moves it the other way. It looks like it almost slithers into the light-bracelet, around threads and through knots and into its own shape. (Shadow - something solid like a rock you can feel the shape of even in the dark. You know what you can do. It is an anchor, like gravity on the rock. A weight to the knowledge, against anything that might leave you too in open air otherwise. You know reality, you know what you can (and can't, and can't without work, and can't without danger) do.) (It does not take away the light. Hope remains as bright and vivid - things can change. Light spills across you.
It is balance. Things can change but you can work them and think. You gaze toward the sunrise but don't lose sight of the ground under your feet.)
Oh good that's really good. (She got something wrong and it could have endangered Nausicaa and that's terrible, but - she couldn't really have known (thought she should have done better anyway) and she's fixed it now.
She'll try harder and do better.)
...except, in fact -
"I should - maybe probably rest a bit? And - maybe eat some food, if you have it?
If that's ok."
If you argue they're bad or get in a fight, and the girl also acts as their enforcers sometimes.
Cruel magical girls sometimes attack and even kill other girls for their grief seeds, tend to be more aggressive with maintaining territories, and will run witch-farms where they'll intentionally let witches feed on humans so the witches grow larger.
Directly fighting Kyubey's rare - they tend to select against girls who'll do that - but fighting the girls who're considered more closely aligned with their interests counts. Enforcers mostly get rid of girls who're being really inconvenient to Kyubey? Like, if a girl's trying to break the masquerade.
A grief seed is a witch's soul gem, pretty much. If a magical girl witches her soul gem becomes a grief seed, and you can offload grief from a soul gem into a grief seed.
Witches can't feed on magical girls. It's pretty unlikely they'll get in a fight with other magical girls - they have an established territory, and they're a team. Most magical girls work solo, and wouldn't be willing to try to steal territory from a team.
...So magical girls want grief seeds to offload into, because that way they get hope and magic back?
She's not a magical girl, can witches feed on her? (She's less worried about that than about them hurting Nausicaa but it still seems like that would be bad). Also do they have to worry that enforcers will see them doing something weird and not like it?
Why aren't there more teams? (How did they get to be a team? If it's ok to ask.)
Yeah. Grief seeds are incredibly important.
Nausicaa doesn't know, but it's decently obvious to trained outsiders if someone's being influenced by a witch, and magical girls can disrupt that.
Enforcers might object to them disrupting the witch economy, but also Kyubey tends to be fairly cautious?
There aren't more teams - well, Sue thinks Kyubey is intentionally keeping girls from building any kind of alliances that might threaten the Kyubey. The Kyubey claim that magical girls are natural loners, and will inevitably come into conflict over limited resources like grief seeds.
Well that's terrible.
...and she should know more about that (if Nausicaa is ok telling her), but first she should rest and watch a movie like they were going to. ...Assuming she has understood correctly that this is not the kind of problem where she should skip rest as much as possible and work as much as she can as long as she can.
Movie: girl is swept off her feet by a handsome, mysterious boy, who turns out to be a vampire! The thing is says about the world seems to be there's an ideal at least in romance of girls being the ones seduced; the romantically aggressive female vampire is the rival and villain. (Sue keeps throwing popcorn at the screen over stupid sexist portrayals, too, and then getting her popcorn taken away by Sakura.)
Vampires don't actually exist, Nausicaa explains, and the makers of this movie don't know about magical girls.
She will miss a lot of the general gendering/sexism, since she's currently only seeing the one movie and doesn't have the background, though she'll get more of it with Sue's contributions. What she gets of it she'll find weird and kind of upsetting (she's still missing the full force of it all).
Does the movie tell her anything about things like 'what do people in this world do all day'? How about, how do you tell if someone might be interested in you? And if there's anything you can do to maybe be interesting that's still ok if they're not?
But if a magical girl wished to be a vampire, could that happen, or do wishes not do that?
The movie doesn't seem to concern itself with daily activities, except a vague concept that teenagers usually go to high school. You apparently tell someone is interested in you via smoldering looks and dramatic sighs. This movie doesn't seem aware that attraction is ever not reciprocated.
"I think if she felt strongly enough? She'd become whatever she thought a vampire was, probably, not like exactly what's in this movie."
She is curious about that! What's high school? Do they go there? Does she need to go there?
...She's not sure if that sounds like a good idea. And she wouldn't want to try it without knowing if it is or if it's like vampires and not real in this world, or like the things Sue is mad about and bad whether or not it's real....Also, you probably wouldn't get really good information on what to do in real life from the romance plays she'd seen at home either. Except in really specific situations. So she is probably not going to try this right now.
She explains high school! None of the magical girls are attending - Sakura graduated early, Sue's being home-schooled by her uncle, and Nausicaa's technically also being home-schooled but is mostly just not attending. People under eighteen are supposed to be getting an education, and high school's for teenagers who need an education, but if you're not a citizen it isn't required.
And yeah, Nausicaa wouldn't recommend actually becoming a vampire.
(That makes sense. Where she's from also has systems for its people, and it's different when people come in from other worlds (unless they end up joining her world's people). It won't occur to her that what Nausicaa mentioned might not be quite the same, nor occur to her to mention what she's assuming.)
...It does occur to her now that Nausicaa probably has family. She should ask about that.
"Does her uncle live here too? Does your family?"
" - Sorry, Sue, I know you don't like talking."
"So we met a few years ago, kind of just - low key? Me and Sue's territories overlapped, and instead of fighting we teamed up, and then Sakura wished and we met up with her and she joined us. There've been some adventures since, of course, but - mostly we've just stayed friends."