Oct 28, 2021 6:14 AM
Annie and Twins in Henshin
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In a calmer moment she might hesitate, try to interrogate this thing -

- right now all she can think is yes.

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Power floods her, and this is how she uses it--

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"Stand back," says Annie, hopping to her feet and holding her hands out to either side straight-armed palms-out, a little too preoccupied to feel ridiculous. She glows; her outfit vanishes, replaced by a dress with bell sleeves and a knee-length skirt and an ice-crystal-spangled swatch of net over her hair, trimmed with snowy lace. "I'm here by chance but here to stay. Sixfold touched and a thousandfold prepared to fight for love and mercy, the Sovereign Crystal Snowflake falls among you to defend, to repair, to perfect!"

And then she aims her hand at the oncoming General and snaps, "Crystalline Ice Lance!"

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He is not prepared for this.

But he's not an amateur, either, and while her attack is very strong for the first spell of a brand-new magical girl, the fact remains that he just inflicted some serious damage on a fusion of two much more experienced fighters.

It hits him, and he staggers, but it barely dents his armor.

As an attack it is less than overwhelming.

As a distraction, on the other hand, the whole thing is superb.

And his helmet is not of a piece with the rest of his armor.

And Emily ended up with a small sharp object that Lady Ironheart had palmed.

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As soon as he falls Annie drops to her knees and takes one of Edie's hands in hers and confers the healing power. And then keeps holding her hand because she does not have nearly enough wherewithal to put it down right now it's only her hand it's not like it's that creepy right.

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Nah. Anyway Emily will be over here divesting this guy of armor and artifact and binding him very securely and then healing him because she would actually rather not kill anyone she doesn't have to. Luckily the Si Vales Valeo is capable of covering a lot of blood loss.

"You okay?" she asks when she's done.

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Edie is healing, right, Edie is going to be okay - "I think so."

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Edie's eyes flutter open. She sits up immediately, then relaxes on seeing the disarmed and bound General.

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Now Annie lets go of her hand.

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"...Definitely not too old to become a magical girl, wow, okay, what did I miss?"

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"When we defused and you didn't immediately get back up again she sort of freaked out and activated on the spot and hit him with some kind of ice lance thing, it was actually sort of epic."

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...Edie looks at the sort of gratuitous amount of blood.

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"And I used it as a distraction to stab him in the neck with that feather we palmed earlier but thankfully I got him safe to heal before he actually died of it."

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"Well. Congratulations and good job, insofar as that's what's appropriate rather than any kind of--chocolate or shock blanket or whatever."

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"Thank you." (no this is NOT the right time to think about Edie feeding her chocolates or wrapping her in blankets THANK YOU stupid artifact)

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"D'you want a hug or something?"

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YES

"That would be nice."

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Hug from ~Edie~!

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"I'm going to see whether he has a phone or computer or something," while you comfort Shellshocked McHelpful, she does not say, "or if we need to fly back to the nearest town."

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Shellshocked McHelpful continues to hug Edie. This may have been poorly thought out. She is not sure how to stop.

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Edie does not have a problem continuing to obliviously play impromptu shock blanket so this is not immediately a problem.

"We're going to need to figure out somewhere for you to stay, and stuff," she observes. "Maybe find someone with magic that could get you home, but I'm not all that optimistic."

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"Um. Are all the bad guys incapacitated so I do not have to worry about distracting you from your lethal combat situation anymore."

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"Unless there are unexpected mooks around but I seriously doubt it."

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"...My little speech thing seems to think I got hit with six artifacts, should I expect it to know?"

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