Jun 05, 2020 7:47 AM
ellie in cognoscente
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"Alright. 'Split up, count to ten, and hunt' seems a good rule to me."

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Ellie nods.

"On three?"

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"Sure."

And, on the count of three, she takes off.

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Ellie heads off at an angle, jogging her path twice.

She focuses on cutting Ruby out from the privilege of perceiving her during the ten-count.

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Ruby takes off her bracelet, slipping it into her pocket.

Sensing - or at least separating out - a normal human is much, much harder than sensing an active artifact wielder. Most can't really take advantage of this - using magic without an artifact active is hard - but the easiest way to kill most wielders is to separate them from their artifact. Ruby would be a fool not to practice against the same tactic she uses.

She then calmly strolls into a more crowded part of campus, matching herself to the general background hum of everyone around her, and finds a chair - slightly obscured from the entrance - to sit in.

And, taking care not to reveal herself (since magic use tends to light you up like a bonfire), she calms herself down and lets herself just drift, filtering out everything she's sensing, searching for Ellie's already familiar light.

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Ellie heads up, into the sky. People don't tend to look up, and it offers a better vantage to scan.

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Ruby's nowhere visible to the naked eye.

There's a lot of people on this campus, pretty much all of them human. A scan reveals only one light at all as bright as Ruby's - in one of the libraries, a bit far from where they started. Staying still, for now.

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Hmm. That doesn't really make sense as a place for her to be, if she's also hunting Ellie.

She'll get a bit closer to investigate further.

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Seems to be -

Not Ruby.

There's a different girl instead, dark haired, white, who glances over at Ellie with a frown, which deepens when her gaze settles on the lightning cat. She seems wary.

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-oh that right, she mentioned a magical girl upperclassman.

..Backing up now. She has other things to do today.

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The magical girl lets her retreat.

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So library is a bust. They didn't really set a zone but leaving campus seems unlikely. Any other hotspots?

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Not really; there's certainly more crowded areas, which are brighter in general - harder to tell people apart, too - but no individual stands out.

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Hrm.

She'll go down and stalk the crowds on foot.

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A suspicious amount of nothing.

The fur at the back of her neck is standing on end, a bit.

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She jumps back up into the air.

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The feeling subsides only slightly.

There's no tigers, no matter where she looks.

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What about person-shaped Rubies?

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Hard to say.

She has a faint sense still of being watched.

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Mrh.

She's got to be close. There has to be a way to find her, some kind of divination or- Magnetism. Which is just a kind of electricity so it should fall under her purview. A compass that points to Ruby.

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The compass points straight at Ellie.

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What, is she behind her?

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Based on the blur rushing for her: perhaps!

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Dodge reflexes, don't fail her now.

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Ruby tackles her with a laugh.

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