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Oct 28, 2021 10:28 AM
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Snuggle.

"No. It's - "

"Really, really bad."

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"Maybe Luna will be able to help. Or- have ideas."

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"I don't think yet, but - they're going to poke this, now."

Sigh and lean.

"...If it's Essence, I - everything's hurt, my whole body, since Luna blocked my Exaltation, but - "

"I'd rather be mortal than - a threat to my children."

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"...I'm worried about Samira and Micqui."

"But - "

Deep breath. "They'll be back soon, and - today's been. Long. We can handle that later."

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She closes her eyes and tries to - meditate or something - while they wait.

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It's not much longer after that that Micqui brings back the twins.

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Layla just crosses her arms sullenly.

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Right.

"Let me begin by apologizing. I have not been here for you as I should have been. I missed your ceremony today. I cannot undo this, but- I am deeply sorry."

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Sulk.

"Didn't want you there anyways. You're always just mad at us or mama."

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"I know. That is something else I am sorry for. I have not treated you with the love you deserve."

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Her expression crumples. "Why? What'd we do?"

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"Oh, Layla. It wasn't anything you ever did, sweetheart."

"It was always and only my own failings."

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She starts crying a bit. "Why now? You and mama were fighting, and Micqui made us hide, and she never does that, and - "

"Why is now different?"

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"Tonight was... a culmination of things. Both your mama and I got angrier than we have, angrier than we should have been, and during the fight-. I felt- something inside me snap, and I realized that I didn't like the person I had become. Your mama said something similar."

"I don't know that now will be different. I hope it will be."

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"We're going to try very, very hard - the hardest we've ever tried at anything - to be the parents you two deserve." Deep breath, and - "And if we're not - " Small quirk of her lips. "You have my eternal permission to tell me when I'm being a dummy head."

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"I," she says, regally, "Haven't said that since I was six. I tell people they're being dumb much more maturely now."

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Smile. "You do."

"You three - you've all grown up so well, even with us being - not the people we should've been." She glances at Samira, then, expression soft.

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She trots forward, expression solemn.

"We still love you."

She hugs both her mothers.

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She melts into the hug. "We love you more than anything."

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Samira hopes this fixes things.

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Her twin's a lot more skeptical, but - Layla's tired and sad, and she joins the hug, too.

"You're gonna have to teach me lots of sorcery," she says. "You said you would but you haven't been."

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Hug.

"All that you want," she promises.

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