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Apr 09, 2020 3:27 PM
magical girl Sasuke's adventures in PMMM
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She recognizes her cousin after a moment, and turns. "Shisui?" she asks. She hasn't seen him, much, not lately.

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"Yeah. Got the first flight I could." He steps up to her, conveniently putting himself between her and someone who's been looking like they want to bug her. "Wanna get out of here? I've let the social worker know I'm picking you up, so."

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"...I guess." A pause, and: "I wanna get fries."

It feels stupid. Her parents never let her eat unhealthy stuff, which, Sue doesn't like sweets, but the ban extended to fried foods. Which are pretty much just a vehicle for ketchup. And - getting a food she doesn't like that much just cause her parents aren't alive to say no - it's -

Sue's not very good at being dutiful.

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"Fries I can do." He starts heading for the door, continuing to keep himself between her and people, but not touching her. "Greasy or sensible?"

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She keeps pace, vaguely noticing that he's walking slow enough she doesn't have to run. The question might've made her smile, three days ago. Now she just says, "Greasy," with a serious look on her face.

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"Know just where to go, then."

He stops by the door to chat with the social worker briefly, then leads Sue. The funeral home's not near much, just the park and the graveyards, so the best fries mean driving for a little. 

When they're seated, piles of deep fried heart attacks waiting to happen before them, he asks, "So. What do you think about coming to live with me in Charlottesville? I know it's pretty far, but..."

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"I don't have friends, so it's okay." And people are unlikely to have heard about the whole mess as more than a brief news clip before the next tragedy. And if they have, they won't think to connect Sue. "But you can't tell the teachers about this." She's seen the whispers that follow kids around after teachers make those 'so-and-so has had a tough time, so be nice' speeches.

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"I won't tell them." He's kind of worried about her not having friends, except he totally doesn't know how to fix that. Maybe some of his classmates - no, more likely his professors will know other kids her age...

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She nods. She... Should probably say something, but there's an empty screaming where words are supposed to be.

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He lets them sit in silence for a bit, then starts talking about school arrangements - he's not sure he'll be able to move his class schedule around much, so she might be alone a lot after school... He's pretty sure his professors won't mind her coming with him as long as she can entertain herself, though? His apartment's not very interesting, after all. 

Speaking of, they can go apartment hunting once she feels settled in, since he's in a studio right now...

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She lets the words wash over her as she eats, only responding here or there. Apartment hunting sounds boring. Going with him to class sounds okay. She can read or do homework.

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He's not going to try too hard to pry her out of her shell, but if she feels like coming out - he tries to make clear he's here for her.

But for now, distractions! He can talk about life in Charlottesville. He's not certain about kid stuff, though. There's definitely movies, probably museums, there's gotta be playgrounds somewhere? Plus hiking right outside of town...

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Movies are noisy. She doesn't like playgrounds. But hiking sounds fun. Museums are nice if they're not kid museums. Kid museums have too many people.

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He'll have to plan some trips, then.

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Good. She wants to go to the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian is supposed to have art.

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"That's a bit farther than a day trip, unless we feel like a really long day, but we could find a long weekend, or spring break's coming up. Plus I can always just not have summer classes..."

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She nods, and goes back to her fries.

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And he lets the conversation drift.

Getting them ready to go is kind of depressingly easy. No one else wants to claim Sue, he is her relative, and law school at least made him decent at paperwork and legalese. People are oh-so-sad to see her go but not really uneager.

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Packing isn't fun. At least Shisui's said they can put whatever she can't get to or bring with her into storage. She takes some of her mom's poetry books, a few pictures, her sister's favorite necklace, the one stuffed animal she kept from her childhood because her sister got it for her...

Everything else is... Not really something she can bring herself to be around.

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"Ready to go, squirt?" he asks once she seems to have slowed down and started drifting. He's noticed how little she's packed, but, well, he's not sure she's ever been the type to hoard things... Helps with his small apartment, too.

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"Yeah. We got a plane to catch anyways, right?"

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"Yeah. I know flying's a hassle, but you'll like Charlottesville I think."

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She nods.

Fortunately no one notices her being - not really human anymore - while they're traveling. She's trying to conceal how she only kind of gets hungry or sleepy, how she thinks she could cover for it with magic (except using magic makes her feel bad and could kill her, though she's got a weird feeling from how Kyubey approached telling her about that...)

Her grief seed from the witch that attacked her family will last her another week, according to Kyubey, so she'll have time to settle in.

(Time to think.)

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Kyubey accompanies her. This unit has a rather narrow assignment - of course, it's rare for a unit to manage more than three active Magical Girls, but this unit is specialized. Magical 90238-NISRV-Cecilia's wish was the culmination of years of surveillance and modeling. Magical 90304-NISRV-Sue's wish was harder to predict, and given that target's poor fit for many standard models, she will require continued special handling.

This unit has already contacted the four units currently located in the final destination. City designation 'Charlottesville' is atypical, with only a single, low-activity Magical Girl stationed there full time, and the full time unit having a rare specialization in conflict reduction among Magical Girls. The three other units are following transient Magical Girls - school designation 'University of Virginia' has attracted two stable Magical Girls highlighted as potential assets, and one Magical Girl who wished for mental acuity and whose full stability report is pending.

Slotting Magical 90304-NISRV-Sue into the existing dynamic, given 90304-NISRV-Sue's uncertain loyalties, will be an intellectual challenge. However, letting the units handle 90304-NISRV-Sue's integration was judged more efficient than attempting to engineer her relocation to a more typical location. That suits this unit; their plan will benefit from surrounding her by loyalists who've already resolved their questions about 'Kyubey's' motives.

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'Kyubey,' she asks that night, as she lays on the couch cushions she pulled to the floor, wrapped in unfamiliar blankets, staring at someone else's ceiling, 'Are there other magical girls here?'

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