Feb 03, 2023 8:00 AM
It's 1913 in Sicily, where Sable lives
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Captain Nick leaves her alone for several hours as the sun climbs into the sky.

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Bria makes her way back to the cabin lost in thought, and sits down heavily on the bed. With a brief mental nudge, her girls spill out beside her, tangible amongst each other.

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Maya wraps her arms around Bria's back, squeezing her tightly and kissing the back of her head.

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Erika cuddles in beside her and kisses her cheek.

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While Nova bounces into her lap and boops her nose.

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"We're making a life, Bria, one piece at a time. We'll make Teresa proud."

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"Yeah. You're right. I just... miss her."

She wraps her arms tightly around Nova and snuggles into the other two girls' embrace.

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"We do too. She deserved better than that, but it's not your fault. There've been no genies in Sicily in years. Someone woulda told you if there were. An' I don't think there was any way out of that fight without Nick saving us."

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She nods, sniffles, and lets herself cry, snuggling into the cuddlepile of headmate-girlfriends.

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Maya slowly lowers Bria to the bed and pets her hair, while the other girls cuddle in around her as well. The bed is small, but they can make it work.

The next few hours are spent cuddling, holding each other close, and savoring one of the simplest and most powerful results of the blessing they've been given.

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Captain Nick knocks on the door several hours later. "Miss Benedetta, I've found some annoying chores for you to do if you still want to help! Also, food."

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A voice Nick doesn't recognize, smooth and serene like gracefully-curved steel, calls out through the door to him. "Thank you, Captain Nick. Come in."

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"Ah, one of the others?"

He opens the door and steps back, arms behind his back.

"Well met?"

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She nods, still tangled with the other three. "Well met, Nicholas Straus. I am Maya Benedetta, and these are Erika and Novapolitana — Nova, for short," she replies with a smile, gesturing lightly at the other two girls in turn.

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Erika pries herself upright and then starts tugging Bria and Nova up as well. "S'it time to get started?"

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Nova smirks at Nick's expression and nudges Bria, sitting up and mostly untangling.

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She looks up and notices Nick as well, then blushes just a bit at his obvious unease. "I'm sorry about this. They're all variously fond of teasing me, and sometimes others get caught in the splash damage."

She sits up properly, waves, then turns to the others. "Loves, please try not to discomfit the nice airship captain?"

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Sigh. "I'm sure I'll get used to you lot in time. As I said... Alone by preference. But, come. Sparring first, or an enchanting lecture? You do not have to fight, just because you can. It's expected by many, especially the old covens and larger organizations. The busybodies I mentioned. But you do not have to."

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Bria hums thoughtfully, then gives her girls an inquisitive look.

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She giggles and nods. "Sparring first."

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"I'd rather use a dirt lot for that than the Albatross. Luckily I thought ahead. Just a few minutes' walk into town. Shall we?"

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She exchanges a smile and nod with Bria, then takes her hand, and the girls all follow Captain Nick onto shore again toward the field.

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