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Then she will be bundled into the backseat of the car and driven home. Vivian only has to pull over twice to panic. Both times Isabella continues to be, to all appearances, completely fine except for how she's still unconscious, and Vivian can eventually re-convince herself to keep driving.

Once they're home Isabella is moved to the bed and carefully tucked in. Vivian pulls herself up a chair and holds her daughter's hand. She's just going to wait here for a while.
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After about an hour, Isabella opens her eyes groggily.
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Vivian's eyes are a bit red, but she's managed to stop crying by now. "Isabella!"

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"Mommy? What happened?"

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"You passed out in the hospital room. Gianna's brother got much better suddenly, we think you did something, but- you scared me, sphinxette."

She bundles Isabella up in a relieved hug. Her daughter's awake.
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"I didn't do anything really -" Isabella puts her claws away and hugs her mommy. "I was thinking about how to try and then I woke up here."

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"Well, I certainly wasn't the one who healed him. Even if you didn't do it on purpose, entirely." She pets Isabella's hair. "We'll just be more careful in the future, okay?"

Vivian, and her shirt, greatly appreciate the lack of claws in this hug.
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"And he's better? All better?"

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"He's better. I don't know about all better. I think so, but I got you home before they checked." She reluctantly lets go of the hug. "I told Gianna I'd call her when you woke up anyway, I can ask."

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"If he's all better and all that happens is I sleep a while I should do it more."

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Vivian chokes on nothing at all. Once she's done spluttering, she says, "What if you sleep too long? Or I can't wake you up? You went into midform when you collapsed, I couldn't get you a doctor."

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"Well, I feel fine now. And he was dying. Wasn't he."

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"He was. And what you did for him," Vivian tells her, "was wonderful. You are a heroine of a sphinxette, and I'm very proud of you for wanting to help more people. But you are seven. And we don't know what happened. What if you meet someone sicker, and instead of falling unconscious, your heart stops? What if you passed out because you're young and it's bad for you, but you'll be better when you're older? You have to be alive and well if you want to help people."

Hearing her voice rising, she takes a deep breath to try to calm herself. "I'll do research. Get all my old sphinx books, go through them again now that I know what I'm looking for. I don't want you healing anyone until I know it's safe, but I will try to find out."
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"I didn't even really try," says Isabella, quelled. "Do I have to not meet anybody in case they're sick, while you're looking? Mommy, what if you get sick?"
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"Awww, sphinxette." Vivian cuddles her. "You didn't get sick while we were walking through the hospital, remember? You don't have to stay hidden in the house or anything. And don't forget, we always have spells and nice, boring human medicines. Both of which are, if not as good as you, still extremely competent."

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"But people die, and I don't think they had better do that."

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"I think everyone would like it better if they didn't. But if you're going to help them, you should do it safely."

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"Yeah. If I have to sleep for a while every time I fix a person I can't even get everybody that way." Pause. "But if you were sick I'd still fix you."

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"Thank you love, that's very sweet." Hug. "But let's try medicine first, okay?"

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Isabella looks skeptical. "If that seems like it will work," she allows.

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"No magic for the sniffles!"

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"Okay, you can have colds if you want."

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"I don't want, but that is why I have pseudoephedrine in the medicine drawer."

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"But if you get really, really sick, I will fix you, and maybe if anybody else we know gets really bad too, but I won't like sneak into hospitals or anything while you're researching. Okay?"

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"Okay."

Vivian makes a mental note to research quickly.
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