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Dec 03, 2021 1:15 AM
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Giggle and squeeze.

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Luna smiles at them. "Do you guys want to take another break before we look at Micqui?"

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"Up to you," she says to Micqui.

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"Maybe a little one, so we can all look over notes."

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"Alright."

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Elathea hands hers over. They're mostly to due with the subtler flows of Essence and the intricacies of Samira's Exaltation.

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She reviews the assorted notes, Elathea's and Layla's alike, a look of concentration on her face.

"Samira," she says then, "Do you mind also taking notes when I look at Micqui? I'd like you to focus on personality and behavior changes specifically."

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Nod nod. "Okay."

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They can take notes together; Layla will share her paper and stuff.

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Twinwork, even!

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Giggle. And then serious face!

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Luna smiles a little as she starts examining Micqui.

It takes a very long time, about as long as Elathea and Samira put together.

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And Micqui goes very subtly rigid, her expression evening out, her motions more precise, her focus intense. The probes of her reasoning ability reveal somewhat of an increase in rigid, patterned thinking, but she's also compensating for it effectively enough only Samira might notice. (The tiny pauses as she compensates are definitely odd to Samira's eyes.)

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She dutifully makes a note of these occurrences.

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It does end, eventually, and Luna collects everyone's notes again. Her expression is calm, and then she turns to Gleam - "I'd like to look at you too, darling."

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...Gleam hesitates. (She'd have to be reconnected to her Exaltation - she's been craving that, especially watching this, the pain's spiked - but - )

(What if she loses herself?)

She glances at her wife, feeling - helpless.

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Hug.

"I know your strength, dear," she whispers. "You can do this."

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Hug. Deep breath.

"...Okay."

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Solemn, careful - Luna removes the block on Gleam's Exaltation.

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It's hard.

Just.

Fuck it's hard.

The first thing - she feels great, no pain, a delighted euphoria that builds and builds, she has her body back where it should be, her life back, this power under her skin - and then the euphoria crashes and turns into a wild anger, lashing under her skin.

It - she's fought through this before. Kept a lid on her temper. But the return of it's hard.

She - does most of what Luna asks. Everything except draw deeply on Essence, because -

It isn't that it hurts. It's that it doesn't, and she never wants to stop.

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She stops the session there - and reaches out and blocks Gleam off from Essence again.

She doesn't ask permission.

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Gleam wouldn't have given it, not with her mind like that - but the crash hurts.

Her body's so, so furious with her, and she's shaking and empty and -

(Is this going to be her life now?)

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Elathea reaches out slowly, making soothing sounds.

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