Aug 05, 2020 8:43 PM
fabbell and crystalcrab lucy in the 'verse
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"Modulo circumstances, it's very nice to meet you too. Would it be indelicate to inquire about the wings?" 

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"...they're wings? I don't know what your question about them is."

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"--I mean, humans don't usually have wings. I don't think I've met anything that's a person and has feathered wings, although I'll admit that even I certainly haven't met everything that exists." 

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"...I'm a - are you not a magical girl?"

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"I...am indubitably a girl and I guess it's not like I can claim what I can do doesn't count as magic..."

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"Where on Earth did you say you were from?"

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"London. The Fifth City. The Prickfinger Wastes. The Neath." 

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"London is a real place in England and the rest of what you said is nonsense!"

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"...London...hasn't been in England since before I was born." 

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"Which was when?"

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"February 1879." 

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"It's 2006."

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"I guess it's not impossible the Bazaar gave London back," she says dubiously. 

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"In... some way that would lead to nobody having noticed it was gone? - also they did have magical girls in 1879."

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"Oh, everybody knows it's gone. And I think I would probably have noticed if anyone was managing anything reasonably describable as 'magic' on the Surface, right out where a Judgment's light shines full-force. Curiouser and curiouser." 

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"A Judgment?"

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"Yyyyyes, um, stars are people. Magic people. Who...enforce the laws of physics a certain way. Whether they want to or not. I mean, there's a way to stop, but I don't think most of them know that. And they'd probably get caught. And that--wouldn't end well for them."

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"...so, I think we are not from the same planet."

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"That doesn't necessarily explain everything but I think explaining everything might take a bit longer than this, yes. Hm." 

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"If you have a sun and can do things Judgment-light wouldn't allow, that--does suggest an alternate interpretation for this planet's star not talking to me when I tried talking to it. Besides it just being stuck up." 

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"You thought the star was stuck up? Uh, anyway, yeah, magical girls can do magic. I thought you were one for - reasons -"

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"- but apparently you're something else? What are you?"

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"I...am...only half human. I suppose given the givens there's no reason not to tell you the whole story. My mother is human and my grandfather is a Judgment and my grandmother is a Messenger. This...isn't what I was born looking like, I figured out how to turn myself mostly human-looking a little over a year ago." 

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"Huh. Okay. Magical girls start out like normal human girls and then gain the ability to shapeshift and if we're pretty enough get additional powers."

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"I wouldn't be shocked if something like that happened in the Neath, although I'd be curious what caused it. The reason I thought the star was stuck up is because it wasn't talking to me and, uh, I am multiple generations of Space Miscegenation and most Judgments are Space Racist. If the Space Constables find out I exist my grandparents are not going to have a fun time of it." 

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