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Oct 18, 2019 2:14 AM
magical girl Sasuke's adventures in PMMM
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He grows increasingly grim.

"Do you know if Kyubey has ever lied?"

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She shakes her head. "Mallory said he doesn't, but that he's bad at humans so he doesn't always give enough information."

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"Well, assuming he doesn't... I'm going to make you a list of questions to ask him, okay? Even if he lies, or tries to weasel out... His answers should be informative."

'Attempt to interrogate a letter of the law potential asshole alien via a seven year old' had not been what he thought the first major use of his ongoing law degree would be.

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"How long's it gonna take?"

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"I'll try to have the first questions by tomorrow morning, okay?"

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"Okay." She goes to hug him. "Be careful, okay? I dunno if he's a good alien."

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Hug.

"I'll be extra super careful. Cross my heart."

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"You better."

And then it's time to finish dinner, and turn to her homework for the night.

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And he spends the evening and night with pen and paper, his head in his hands, wracking his brain for every little implication of every tiny detail Sue revealed - 

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And in the morning he has a list for Sue.

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She takes the list. Reads it over.

Those aren't very happy questions.

She clears her grief seed, tells herself 'I'm strong enough to change the universe' and - 

"Kyubey?" she calls out, softly, sitting on her bed, wrapped in her favorite blanket.

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He hops onto her windowsill.

'Yes, Sue?'

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Sue turns and slides the window open. "I've got some questions," she says, voice soft. It's still the morning, and they do have neighbors.

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'I might not know everything, but I'll try my best,' he says, hopping in.

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She nods as she slides the window back shut and pulls the curtain.

A deep breath, and:

"My first question is: Why is a soul gem called a soul gem?"

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'When magical girls were naming things, the ones who spoke English thought that the gems house their souls.'

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It's off script, but... "Were they right?"

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'It's hard to define what is and isn't a soul.'

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She nods, thinks, looks at her list, and: "What happens if I get too far away from my soul gem?"

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'You'll pass out.'

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"Why?"

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'Your magic is in your soul gem. Being away from it means it needs to go farther. You get tired when you use more magic.'

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She furrows her brow. She's not - super sure those statements are as connected as Kyubey's pretending.

"Am I my magic?" she blurts out. "My mind, the - thing that's thinking 'me' - is my mind in the soul gem?"

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Kyubey is silent for a beat. However, while some magicals react sub-optimally, calculations of this one's personality reveal a statistical tendency towards emotional resiliency, and a tendency to form the irrational opposition humans name 'grudges' if given incomplete data.

'You could say that, yes. Some magical girls learn how to run new bodies.'

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She's thrown off by the unexpected information, like if she was playing tug of war with someone and her opponent suddenly let the rope go slack - 

Usually if you're in tug of war and they do that that means they're about to yank it though.

"What happens to the soul gem when a magical girl runs out of magic?" She hadn't found Cecilia's, after all. (Something's wrong with that thought.)

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