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Sep 18, 2019 5:39 AM
Lianne and Kaylee in PMMM
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"I think I'm okay.  Thanks, Lianne."

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"It'll be a black bauble, spherical with a needle coming out of one end.  It isn't as sharp as it looks.  It's a good idea to collect Grief Seeds from every witch you fight, but right now you have plenty of magic left."

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"I'm - going to get it anyways." She walks around some until she finds it. 

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It's not hard to find, and it's as Kyubey described.  Small, black or dark grey, ornate.  It balances itself on its needle-point when she picks it up; it is, indeed, not anywhere as sharp as it looks like it should be.

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"How do I use it to heal my soul gem? And what happens if I keep it with me rather than destroying it right away? How do I destroy it?"

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"Make your Soul Gem take its bauble form - " she realizes as soon as Kyubey says it that yes, she can do that easily " - and touch it to the Grief Seed; from there, it will become obvious.  Nothing bad happens if you keep a Grief Seed on hand unless you leave it unattended for too long - weeks, at least, usually, and I can examine that particular Grief Seed to see how long will be safe.  It's actually usually a better idea to keep Grief Seeds for a while, so you can use them more than once, rather than destroying them right away."

"Whenever you do want to destroy a Grief Seed, let me know and I'll do so.  That's one of my jobs; magical girls can't do it on their own."

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She transforms the little gem on her choker into a decorated sphere, similar to the grief seed but curved where it's sharp, golden where it's grey. She touches it to the seed, and what little dinginess it has fades.

"...Thank you. I - unless Kaylee has any questions, I think I'd like to head back now."

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"Can I talk to you later too?"

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"Yes."

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"Then - I'm okay, for now," she says quietly.

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Kyubey hops up on top of the gazebo, then turns around.  "One last thing - I'd appreciate it if you kept me a secret from anyone who doesn't already know.  It's probably better to keep the whole thing to yourselves, anway - I suspect witches try to go after people in the know, to keep themselves secret."

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...That's. Concerning.

"I will."

She turns to Kaylee, then remembers that her outfit changed when she - transformed.

She looks down at herself. She's dressed all in shades of gold - dark golden shoulder-pads and boots, a pale gold tabard-like thing with what's either a golden eight-pointed star or stylized sun on the chest, over a golden skirt. Even the sword had had a sheen of gold, she remembers.

Um.

Is it at all intuitive how to change her clothes back?

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It is!  It's the same process as transforming her Soul Gem: tell it to assume the form of an unobtrusive ring and it will change her costume back as well.

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She does that, then, and the costume fades into her usual jeans and t-shirt. 

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Kaylee stands, slowly, and walks over to where Lianne is standing, slowly.

"I... thank you."

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"I - couldn't do anything else. I was so scared and I just - I'm so sorry I didn't get to you earlier - "

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She can't bring herself to say out loud that she probably would have been too scared to go in at all.

"It's okay," she says instead.  "Did you get me out, with your - wish?  I was out here for a while before you."

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Weak smile. "Yeah. I wished - that you'd be fully healed and safe from further harm. Guess there's a limit to the wishes, since it didn't make you invulnerable."

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"I guess."

 

"We should probably head back, if we haven't missed the bus already."

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Quick hug. (Mostly because Lianne needs one.)

Then: "Yeah. I don't think we have, but time was - weird in there."

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Hug.  Subdued hug.

She checks the time on her phone.  "When did we leave, um, anime club?"

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"Hm. Around three-fifteen? The buses are supposed to leave around four-fifteen, but they usually leave around four-thirty-ish."

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"We've got time."  She doesn't start walking until Lianne does.

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Lianne will lead the way, though while keeping Kaylee in her peripheral vision (and paying attention to her weird new senses. She knows Kyubey said they won't run into another witch, but - . Well. Doesn't hurt to be cautious. She already misses the sword.)

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No new witches are in evidence.

Kaylee puts in headphones; no one but her will be able to tell that they aren't playing any music, and they'll dissuade anyone else from talking to her.  She puts on a smile for anyone who looks in her direction.  She doesn't say much.

Eventually the bus arrives.

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