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Sep 18, 2019 5:08 AM
Lianne and Kaylee in PMMM
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'You're sweet.  Would you mind relaying messages between Lianne and me if we want to talk in secret, or when we're not together?'

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'Not at all!  In fact, since I'm telepathically connected to both of you, you can already talk to each other telepathically!'

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'Oh, thank you!'

'Kyubey says that we can just talk to each other like this directly, since he's connected to both of us.'

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'I'm still not positive he isn't listening in, but that's great.'

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'Yeah.'

She walks in silence for a few moments.

'Lianne?'

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'Yeah?'

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'Do you think I should become a magical girl?'

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She looks around (for both other humans and Kyubey), then, quietly but out loud: "It's - not without a lot of thought maybe? If it was me, I'd try and find an older magical girl to talk to, and try and get more straightforward answers out of Kyubey - he's weirdly evasive sometimes, and some of the way he behaves is - I don't know... And there's some worrying things. Like, I really don't like the sound of 'if you run out of magic you die.' And a couple of things I'm having trouble articulating, even to myself." 

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"You don't trust him?" she murmurs.  "It seemed like... I don't know everything that happened but he seems like he was - on our side, with the witch."

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"...He could've shown up earlier. Like - I think he was watching us, and he's said he can sense witches and tell their power level - he could've warned us when we were close. Even if he was restricted by some kind of statute of secrecy to not warn us, he probably could've given me the wish before you got injured. Like - I think I'd mostly trust him if not for that, his apparent evasiveness and - pushiness - could just be that he's fairly alien. I'm not saying absolutely don't become a magical girl - I probably would anyways unless there was something really horrible, I'm too scared to not fight - but... Verify. I don't think there's anything horrible going on, but I think - I don't know."

She pauses. "I - might also calm down some and be less - suspicious - once I'm no longer so scared. He's - tangled up in all this, so it's easy to consider him involved, if that makes any sense."

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"That's - kind of suspicious, I guess, but - I think - "

She takes a breath.

"I don't know.  I guess - trying to talk to another magical girl makes sense.  But - how would we even find another magical girl?  Did Kyubey say anything about that?  Do you think it would be suspicious if I just asked him now?"

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"I don't think so. I mean, it's a normal thing to ask about."

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"Okay."

'Kyubey?'

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'Yes?'

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'Do you know of any other magical girls who are nearby?  Or any way to find them?'

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'Most magical girls aren't friendly with each other unless they knew each other beforehand; you have to compete for resources, after all.  Why do you ask?'

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'I want to hear about what its like to be a magical girl from somebody with firsthand experience before I make my decision.'

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'Hmm.  I think there might be one operating near here who's known to be unusually friendly.  She may have a few allied magical girls, actually.  I can see about putting you in touch.'

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'Thanks.'

Then, to Lianne, murmured out loud: "He says magical girls mostly fight each other, but he can put us in touch with one who's friendlier than usual."

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"That sounds good to me."

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'We'd like that,' Kaylee says to Kyubey.

Gym proceeds, and eventually the school day ends.

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Then: track and club. 

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Kaylee manages to appear cheerful, if not as relentlessly upbeat as she usually is, while meeting people in creative writing club.

(Whoever Kyubey's introducing them to will be able to help her figure out whether to become a magical girl.  It'll be all right.)

After creative writing club, Kaylee wanders around school grounds for a while, letting her mind wander, and then makes her way towards track practice.

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Where Lianne is currently stretching on the sidelines. She waves to Kaylee when she sees her.

Once practice finishes, she heads over, says hi and asks how club went, and then telepaths: 'I thought I might be imagining it at first, but I'm almost certain I've gotten more athletic. I'm not as tired as usual, I was having to hold back on sprinting and jumping. So, that's one advantage to this whole business.'

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Kaylee waves back.

"Writing club was fun!  How was track?" 'That sounds really nice.'

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