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Sep 24, 2019 5:08 AM
A Margaret in Actualization
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Give her a minute, she's just lost the majority of her limbs.

Okay, now class. With a pocket full of magical grass blades.

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Class proceeds as it always does, but by lunchtime, word of Mariga's magic has spread around most of the school. A few people approach her and ask for demonstrations. 

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She can show them her magic grass blades! Requests to see her transform get deferred with "I used all my charge this morning, and also detransforming feels really weird so I'd rather not do it for short periods." She can show the photos of her first attempt, though, if anyone's interested.

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People are interested! Mariga isn't the only magical person most of them have met, nor even the only one in the school, but they're rare enough to make her the centre of attention at least for the next few days. 

The magical grass loses its lustre after a while, both metaphorically and literally. The various effects have all worn off by the end of the day, although some lasted longer than others.

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Mariga takes detailed notes on what lasted how long, which is good for her charge in the moment and could come in handy later. She also resolves to meet the other magical people in the school, now that she can look at them without burning with envy. Is she at full charge by the end of the school day again?

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Not quite, but she's not far off. Close enough to go flying again. 

 

Unrelatedly, there are quite a few more people hanging around on the practice field than there were yesterday or this morning. 

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Mariga doesn't want to go flying again. She wants to hang out in the library until it closes, working on blueprints while in a state where she can test things. Being able to change the properties of materials in a way that doesn't require charge to maintain is a potential game-changer for her robot body, at least if her power can be applied to parts of her magiform. 

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She is not interrupted in this endeavour. At least not until the library does, in fact, close for the night. 

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That's plenty of time to get a lot of blueprints done, and to test whether she can in fact enchant parts of her own magiform.

If the library closes before she runs out of charge, she can go experiment on the practice field some more! Probably everyone else has long since gone home. 

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She doesn't have that much charge. She'll run out after an hour or so of use, even spending most of that time doing magic experiments. On the plus side, it looks like Mariga can enchant parts of her magiform, but it's much costlier than enchanting regular objects. 

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Every minute of experiments helps. She hauls herself home in human form, thinking about tradeoffs. If there's no ongoing maintenance cost to enchanting parts of herself, in the long run it can still be worth doing once she reaches escape velocity. But she thinks she can manage a design that works solely with nonmagically possible materials, even if some of them have to be in shapes that would be extremely difficult to nonmagically manufacture. 

The next day she doesn't have any high-priority experiments she needs to do before class, so she flies to school and goes looking for her magical classmates. Not being the only one in the school is nice.

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