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Sep 22, 2017 9:50 PM
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Chris screams. She screams for her sisters and her parents. She screams at the flames that are rising around her.
She can't see. She can barely hear. She did not know fire could be this loud. 

She drops low, lying on her stomach. Even here, there is not enough air. She coughs and gags and coughs, trying to get the smoke out of her throat. 
Where are they? Where is the window? She screams for them again, running out of air halfway through.
She is going to die. They are all going to die.

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There is a silhouette in the smoke.

There's a voice she doesn't need to hear to understand.

Do you wish for the power to save them?

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She jerks up.
"Save them? How?"

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Just make the wish. I will help you.

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"Yes! I wish to save my family."

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There is a brilliant light that resolves into an orange droplet of brilliant stone, and she can change the air until it's clear to breathe, all her existing damage is healed -

- but her family's scattered around the house and even if she stops the fire she'd better hurry -

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She's there.
Outside, calling 911.
Picking up her youngest sister and running for the window.
Grabbing her parents at pulling them out of the closet where they are hiding.
Leading her other sisters out of the flames.
She is in all these places at once, though she doesn't know it until her entire family is safe and she snaps back together again.
She has five sets of memories.
She gasps and looks for the creature.

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The creature is sitting on her mailbox. If you don't want your family to know that you are a magical girl, you should change back into your normal clothes before they recover from the smoke.

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She does. She already knows how.


"Thank you. Who are you?"

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I'm Kyubey! You can talk to me with your mind just like this. No one else can see me, so then they won't notice you're talking to me.

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Like this?

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Yes, like that.

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What are you? How did you save us?

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I'm Kyubey, and you saved yourself! All I did was give your wish a way to take magical form.

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Sometimes when a girl about your age wants something badly enough her hopes can be imbued with the power to grant her her dreams, and also empower her to fight monsters.

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So you do want something in return. I can fight, not sure I can take down a monster though. 

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There wasn't time to tell you about the monsters, explains the creature. And they will help fuel your magic, which will make it easier to defeat them.

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What are they like? Can I do anything besides make more of me?

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That's your special power, but you can still move things without touching them, and you will find you are much stronger and faster, and you can heal damage to your body, and you can do transmutation and conjure a weapon and many other things! Just be careful not to spend too much magic until you've defeated some witches, or you'll run out.

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Witches huh? How come I've never heard of them?

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Most people can't see them. They hide themselves, and they hide their effects on people so it looks like something else.

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How come you need me to fight them? Why don't you do it, or give magic to soldiers or something?

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I can't use magic of my own, and a soldier wouldn't be able to make a wish like you could.

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Is this some innocence of youth shit? Because I'm not buying that.

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I don't know why it is! It could be that, or it could be something else.

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