Oct 22, 2021 6:06 AM
owls in Heavenly Wish
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"That is so cool. I would show you my sword but I feel like it would be an anticlimax after that fan." 

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"Do you know how to use a sword yet?"

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"I...know how to do a Cossack sword dance? I learned that before becoming a magical girl, it's just a coincidence that this type of sword fits. Aside from that I'm afraid I'm at 'pointy end goes in enemy' levels of expertise; I only made my wish a little while ago." 

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"I've taken sword lessons, let's go get practice swords and spar."

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"Okay!" 

She picks out a practice sword the approximate shape of her sword and tries to stand in a minimally stupid way. 

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Shi Qingxuan grabs one that's similar. "Okay, don't worry about hitting me too hard, you're not gonna. Gimme all you got."

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Well she's definitely going to get her ass kicked but hopefully in an informative way. She lunges forward, aiming for her opponent's knee; it's farther from her arm and probably not a standard target. 

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Shi Qingxuan doesn't actually do more than tap Rhonda, but she does it a lot, and she blocks everything Rhonda throws at her. "Don't feel bad, I'm a hundred twenty, I've picked up a lot of tricks. You're good for a newbie!"

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"I don't feel bad, I knew walking into this I was going to get my ass kicked," she assures her. "I'm learning, which is the point of the exercise." 

She's learning fast, too. She still doesn't have much in the way of form, but she doesn't generally make the same specific mistake twice. 

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"I don't want to teach you anything too specific, 'cause witches're all different, and the way you fight a human is different from fighting an, an octopus with chainsaw arms, or whatever, but the very basics like how to move your feet and keep your grip're about the same. Are you getting the hang of magicking yourself so you don't get tired or anything?"

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"Yeah. I'm trying to be carefullish about charge but this seems like a good investment."

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"Oh, don't worry about that for your first, like, month, at least, I have plenty of seeds, do you need one now?"

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"I dunno about now now but soonish, yeah."

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"Okay, don't leave today without a top-off though! You don't want to flirt with going dark."

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"That I do not. I know the life expectancy statistics aren't great but I don't plan to be on the bottom of the bell curve."

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"Yeaaaaah. It's, you know, mostly people making dumb mistakes their first few times out, but it's hard not to make any. Stick with me, 'kay? It's been a while since I've lost a buddy!"

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"I definitely will! I try pretty hard to avoid dumb mistakes, I think I've managed to train some pretty good habits. But if you see me fucking up I one hundred percent will not be too proud to immediately abort if you call me on it."

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"Cool. And you can teleport, right?"

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"Yeah! One of the first questions I asked in intro to monster hunting class was 'so can I teleport out of the monster if things go FUBAR.'"

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"Cool! So you just need to make sure nothing sneaks up on you and you don't get too dark to bail and you're in great shape. Can you take passengers?"

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"Yeah, I checked with my brother. It costs more charge than teleporting solo but it works."

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"Cool. If I get in deep shit you can pull us out - to here, probably, somebody'll be around and patch us up a bit if we can't do for ourselves. Do you know how to turn pain off?"

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"No, it hasn't really come up and I didn't want to waste charge hurting myself to experiment." 

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"Well, if you want me to hit you a little harder..." She kicks her practice sword into the air, catches it.

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