Oct 22, 2021 6:33 AM
owls in Heavenly Wish
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"I don't know much about how magical girls work at all. Everything is hearsay from thirdhand sources. I can at least upgrade to firsthand hearsay!"

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"I guess you can!" She slings her bag of bottles over her shoulder and strikes out for a taqueria.

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Wei Ying follows brightly. 

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Lan Zhan...also follows. She could theoretically put a stop to this nonsense by refusing to buy everyone lunch but she is empirically not doing that. 

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Wei Ying orders the spiciest thing on the menu. 

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Their bottle-collecting new friend gets a burrito.

"A long, long time ago," she says, "I did something I regretted very much, and I asked someone to seal away my magic, so it could never happen again."

A closer inspection of her ring will reveal that it's crisscrossed with dark lines, almost like a stray hair got wrapped around the stone.

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"You can do that?"

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"I don't know if most people can do that. The person I asked could."

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"Did you know she could beforehand? Why could she do it if other magical girls can't?"

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"Well, different ones have different powers, depending on our wishes. And some are more powerful than others."

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"How do wishes actually work? What makes one magical girl more powerful than another?"

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"The more powerful ones are the ones who - wanted their wishes the most, I think."

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"What did you wish for?"

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"Wei Ying." What an intrusive question!

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"Sorry. You don't have to answer that."

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"It was a long time ago. In another language in another country."

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"我们说汉语. 我姓魏, 她叫我魏婴, 不婴魏."*

 

*"We speak Chinese. My surname is Wei and she called me Wei Ying, not Ying Wei."

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"It wasn't modern Mandarin."

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"You know what, that is super fair. Why did you feel the need to seal off your powers instead of just not doing the thing again, if you had already learned that it was a bad idea?"

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"If you'd asked me when I was your age if I would ever fall so far I would've laughed at you. I could make a mistake twice."

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"People mostly don't make huge mistakes that hurt lots of people! ...Right? I mean, even magical girls don't do it very often, on average, probably." 

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(Lan Zhan is making a Deeply Concerned Face.)

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"They probably don't, you're right."

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"So probably you wouldn't again!"

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"Ah, I appreciate your faith in this total stranger."

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