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Margaret Elisabeth Faust

"Witch eliminated. Alright, grab the Grief Seed and let's go."

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a character in “Kalani Magica”, as played by ABC

Description

♦ Margaret Elisabeth Faust ♦
Basics
Name
Margaret Elisabeth Faust. Margaret is her maternal grandmother's name, and Elisabeth is the name of her father's sister. Somehow, she fails to see the irony present in her name.

Nickname(s)
She doesn't have any nicknames at the moment, but she's certain that it's only a matter of time before Judith comes up with something. She does, however, protest being called Marge.

Age
15

Gender
Female

Sexuality
Margaret claims to have no time for such things, though implying she likes girls does seem to get a slightly greater reaction.

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Appearance
Hair
Margaret's hair is long, thick, and black. It seems as though it would be far more unruly if not held back by a hairband.

Eyes
Margaret has hazel eyes, and wears neither glasses nor contacts.

Markings
Like many Puella Magi, she has a symbol on the nail of her left middle finger, matching her Soul Gem's emblem, specifically a dark blue shield.

Build
She's a bit short, but otherwise fairly average in build.

Clothes
Margaret tends to dress rather simply. Not casual per say, just not particularly flashy. She'll often just wear a nondescript blouse and a plain pair of pants. Even during formal occasions her attire tends to be rather practical.

Accessories
The only accessories on her person are her white hairband and her Soul Gem ring.

Weapons
Combat knives. One in each hand, and the rest that were summoned floating a short distance off of the ground around her.

Skills
Natural Skills
Margaret's quick fingers, with their natural finesse, are excellent for manipulating fine objects, primarily her knives. She's also quite bright. Finally Margaret's sheer level of raw determination can be downright terrifying at times.

Learned Skills
Her experience as a veteran Magical Girl has taught her a few things, the most prominent being her fighting abilities, and her general ability to remain cool under pressure, the latter of which can make her extremely difficult to read. Also, while it's fairly irrelevant in her own opinion, Margaret took piano lessons when she was younger, and is still quite proficient with the instrument.

Weaknesses
Margaret's ability to express herself is quite poor, as a result of her constant suppression of her own emotions. Also, she actually isn't that strong, at least when compared to other Puella Magi, hence her hit-and-run style of fighting. Finally, her pragmatism seems to falter when it comes to the people she cares about, and she finds herself doing things to appease them that, from an objective viewpoint, conflict with logic.

Abilities
As is the case with all recorded Magical Girls, Margaret's strength, speed, and endurance are greatly enhanced. While she is weaker in terms of physical strength than most, her speed is exceeded only by those girls whose wish ability relates to it. The ability she herself received as a result of her wish, was a blue energy field that shields her from harm. Normally seen only as a faint dark blue aura around her body, the shield will briefly flash to a more visible outline around Margaret while absorbing damage.

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Mentality
Quirks
Margaret's usually bland expression is often matched by her stance. She tends to stand perfectly straight, with her arms at her sides, or behind her back.

Likes
Judith
Rain
Her parents
Feeling prepared
Music

Dislikes
Incubators
Yuubey specifically
Reflecting on past events
Unreasonable people
Letting her facade slip

Fears
Margaret's biggest fear is losing someone important to her, a group which currently consists of her mother, her father, and her Puella Magi partner Judith.

Personality
Margaret typically acts as the absolute picture of a serious and collected intellectual, reserved, polite, calm, and levelheaded, if not slightly abrasive. She rarely speaks to most people, and is unlikely to say much if the situation demands that she do so, instead saying only what needs to be said, most often in a complete monotone, and then ending the conversation.

As a Puella Magi, she remains fairly the same, even while under full assault by a Witch. Even her cries of pain sound more like sounds of annoyance. She is however, noticeably more practical in her words and actions than many others of her kind. Her bearing while "in uniform" does tend to be slightly more severe or blunt, though this is most likely due to the level of danger involved. No Magical Girl under her tutelage, aside possibly from Judith, will find themselves coddled, nor however will they receive any evaluation that is not true. Margaret is neither one to give unearned praise, nor needlessly criticize. Those who work with her for long enough may find that, from time to time, her face softens, as she unwittingly lets her emotionless persona slip, if only for a moment.

It should be noted that her general stoicism is completely deliberate on her part, a defense against the harsh life of a Magical Girl. That said, it's largely automatic by now.

Personal Life
Significant Relationships
Currently, there are only three people who she could be considered close to, those being her mother, who she rarely gets to see, her father, who has to be visited in a mental institution, and Judith, her partner. Debatably, it could also be said that she is close to Yuubey, but the Incubator isn't really a person. In addition, they don't get along very well anymore.

Margaret loves her mother, and feels terrible for the situation that she has created for her. After all, the poor woman has to work two jobs just to support them. Unfortunately, this means that they are rarely ever able to talk to one another, and the times when they are able to do so usually sees one or both half asleep throughout the whole conversation.

Her visits with her father tend to follow the same general pattern. They always begin with polite greetings, and always end with him asking her to undo what she did with her wish. In retrospect, it might have been a bad idea to tell him in the first place, but she had thought that knowing how he survived might make him feel better about it. Apparently, this was not the case. Due to the repetitive nature of these visits, and her own packed schedule, Margaret rarely visits him any more.

Judith reminds her a great deal of what it was first like to be a Magical Girl, and as such, she's worries that she may eventually end up like Margaret herself, or worse, her mentor or the third member of their former team. To this end, Margaret has kept certain disturbing pieces of information from her, since she's decided they'll do her more harm than good. Aside from that, Margaret genuinely likes Judith, and tries to live up to the image the girl seems to have developed of her, even if that does mean occasionally abandoning pragmatism for a while.

Her interactions with Yuubey remain civil, so long as someone's watching. She does not approve in any way of him trying to contract with girls, tricking them into giving up their lives for a cause that most of them will never even learn about. As such she has made it very clear that she will kill him, should he attempt to approach a non-contracted girl. Though she has had to carry through with this over thirty times this year, he seems to be getting the idea, and only tries it when he's fairly certain he can get away with it. Despite this, he doesn't take issue with her personally, after all, he lacks the ability to hold a grudge, or even get angry in the first place.

Family
Her mother and father are the only living family members that Margaret knows about. It's possible that she may have relatives on the mainland, but she never heard anything about them if that's the case.

History
The first thing of any real bearing on Margaret's current self happened about two years ago when she first contracted, her wish being that her father, who was overseas with the military at the time, would come home safely. Her first mission as a Puella Magi failed miserably, and she was nearly killed by a Witch that was far too strong for her. Thankfully however, Margaret was saved by two other Magical Girls who had happened to be in the area at the time, a veteran and her rookie. After this first incident, Margaret joined the two who had saved her as a Puella Magi trio.

For a month the three worked in tandem, and Margaret learned a great deal. Then her father was sent home, physically unharmed, as per her wish. He was not however, in a very good mental state, having "survived what should have killed any human", and having been the only one of his squad to do so. Shortly after arriving, he attempted to fix this, and was sent to a mental institution when he failed. Margaret tried explaining to him why he had survived, and that he shouldn't feel bad as a result, but this only lead to him insisting that she repair the damage she had done, since he was now unable to. She refused of course, and their visits ever since have had very few other conversational points.

Shortly after this, the veteran Magi of their trio met her death at the hands of a Witch, which caused further tragedy when the other girl fell into despair as a result, and became a Witch herself. The situation was then oh so helpfully explained to Margaret by their companion Yuubey, who explained that this was the fate of a all Magical Girls who didn't die first, the true nature of Soul Gems, and even gave her a brief lesson in thermodynamics when she asked why. Since then, Margaret has attempted to make herself cold and uncaring, as a way to prevent her own tumble into despair, along with adopting a more practical stance on hunting Familiars.

Over a year later, she found Judith, who had only very recently become a Puella Magic. She took the girl under her wing, but couldn't bear to tell her what she had truly agreed to in making a contract, instead doing her best to teach and protect her. This also marked the beginning of her campaign to prevent any further contracting, which has had an impressive degree of success, at least within the confines of Kalani Island.

Magical Girl Outfit
Margaret's costume, like its wearer, is more practical than most. Rather than a frilly dress or holy robe, she instead appears garbed in a skintight suit of armor, shimmering slightly with a faint, dark blue, aura of protection, with her Soul Gem embedded in the suit just above her collarbone. Her transformation sequence consists of her putting the gem in place, and the rest of the suit expanding out from there, seeming to unfold in a mechanical fashion.

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So begins...

Margaret Elisabeth Faust's Story

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Margaret

"Alright then," Margaret replied, "we should give them a call sometime this morning to make sure they can make it." But what if only one of them could come along? Arguably that might be easier, convincing one person instead of two, but which would be the better theoretical 'one'?

Never mind that. No use weighing situations one cannot choose between against one-another. What might be better to consider would be the possible ways to scare the two off from becoming Puella Magi.

"Yours are done, by the way." she added, handing Judith a plate with her just-finished pancakes, while pouring the batter for the next batch. That was the only unfortunate thing about making pancakes this way in particular; you could only make one per pan, and only use one pan per burner. Margaret didn't mind though, it made for more time to talk.

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Judith

"That sounds like a good idea. And thanks, Margie!" Judith cheerily replied, taking her plate. She put it aside for the moment, willing to wait for Margie to fix her own first before eating.

A few seconds later, Ruth stumbled into the room, blinking blearily at her older sister. The younger girl had clearly just woken up, given the fact she was still in her pajamas, and her hair stuck out wildly.

"Good morning Ruth!" the green-haired Puella Magi greeted, smiling brightly at her little sister. She was surprised Ruth was up this early...but if she knew her sister, there was only one reason for that.

"I smell pancakes." Ruth bluntly stated, confirming Judith's suspicions.

"Margie will fix you some in just a minute, Ruth. You can wait in the dining room in the meanwhile," the older girl replied.

Mollified by that, Ruth gave a brisk nod and shambled out of the kitchen. After a moment, Judith burst into giggles.

"She's so cute when she's grumpy in the mornings," she commented, smiling widely.

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Margaret

The black-haired Puella Magi nodded at her underclassman's remark, with a little grin of her own. "Indeed, Hers should be done momentarily, so there's no need to worry on that count." There wasn't really anything Margaret could do to speed the process along, but her statement was true enough. "In the meantime, I meant to ask, how has school been for you lately?"

That was a normal question, right? That's what normal friends discussed in place of battlefield tactics and most fruitful hunting grounds. At least, Margaret was pretty sure it was. Mind you, the two were not exactly normal friends, having to fight eldritch monsters to avoid becoming them, but even Margaret knew that friends needed to be able to talk about more than just combat, and she wanted very much to be a good friend to Judith... even if it was sometimes hard to remember exactly how to go about it.

Yes, it had occurred to Margaret that she might be acting a bit too distantly as of late, not physically or socially, but perhaps a little emotionally. Well, that needed to be amended as best and as quickly as possible.

Having finished making Ruth's share of the pancakes and flipping the onto a plate, Margaret turned to her best friend and Puella Magi apprentice-of-sorts. "There we are, hers are done. I'll just finish mine and put everything back and the I'll join you."

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Judith

"In the meantime, I meant to ask, how has school been for you lately?"

"It's been going good, Margie!" Judith eagerly beamed, pleased to hear her friend ask her such a question.

Things had been going good, for that matter. While not exactly a studious pupil, nor one of the brightest people in the school, Judith did fairly well in her classes, making slightly above-average marks in most of her tests and homework. She struggled a bit in science sometimes, as she found it rather hard to wrap her head around such a difficult subject, but she managed to scrape by.

...Granted, she had cheated on her last science test last Friday by using her Invisibility powers. Heh. A bit of an...abuse of her abilities, b-but it was for a good cause! A-and it wasn't like anyone would ever know...

Judith felt herself blush a little, a bit embarrassed about the partially shameful memory. Hoping to put that subject out of her mind, she went on.

"I, uh, got a good grade on Mr. Hendrick's test last Friday, and we're starting a really fun project in Miss Olson's art class. So school's going great for me so far, Margie! How about you?"

While Margaret considered her answer, she finished Ruth's set of pancakes. "There we are, hers are done. I'll just finish mine and put everything back and the I'll join you."

Judith nodded, taking the plate of pancakes. After getting her sister a glass of orange juice, she left the kitchen briefly, going into the dining room to give Ruth her breakfast. She settled the drink and food in front of the still somewhat sleepy girl, who perked up immediately at the sight.

Ruth grabbed a fork, ready to dig in, but her green-haired older sister stopped her, lightly admonishing her by flicking her forehead. "Don't be impolite, Ruth! Wait until Margie and I are in here with our food before we start to eat, okay? And we still have to say prayer too, don't forget."

The purple-haired, bespectacled girl grumbled, shooting her older sibling a halfhearted glare, but nodded all the same.

With that settled, Judith ventured back into the kitchen, more than willing to wait on Margie to finish up her portion of the pancakes, and to continue their conversation.

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Margaret

Margaret finished making her own breakfast in fairly short order as well, answering Judith as she she did. "I'm glad. As for myself, I've been doing well enough. I'd like to be doing better, but I could certainly be doing worse." Margaret had actually been doing extremely well in school considering the fact that she rarely if ever studied. Between keeping track of Yuubey and tending to her duties as the city's primary Puella Magi, she rarely found the time, and, to be honest, she didn't really think that exemplary grades would be of much use to her, considering the average life expectancy of Magical Girls.

Before the pair went to the dinning room to eat, Margaret added, "Speaking of studies, there was something I wanted to talk to you about later, when we have time." Hopefully Judith would pick up on what she meant, since Margaret was not about to say anything that could possibly tip Ruth off to the existence of magic.

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Judith

"Speaking of studies, there was something I wanted to talk to you about later, when we have time."

Judith furrowed her brow in brief confusion, before understanding dawned in her eyes. She nodded to Margaret, the message conveyed. She herself was reluctant to ever let her little sister find out about her double-life; she'd fret endlessly if Ruth ever became a Magical Girl herself. It was such a dangerous job, and she cared so much about her sister. Not to mention she'd...well...

After Yuubey had granted her Wish, Judith had vowed that nothing like that would ever happen to Ruth again. Her little sister had been granted a second chance at life, and she wasn't about to jeopardize that in the slightest.

Judith followed Margie into the dining room, taking a seat across from her friend, and next to her sister. Ruth perked up at seeing them sit down, and grabbed her fork to eat. Judith, however, gave her hand a little swat, frowning disapprovingly at the little girl. "Ruth...prayers first, then breakfast. Okay?"

Ruth rolled her eyes, grumbling under her breath, but complied in the end. The two sisters bowed their heads, closed their eyes, and clasped their hands. The two of them spoke a brief prayer.

"Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha'olam shehakol niyah bidvaro. Amen."

Their prayers spoken, Ruth immediately started to eat, grabbing her fork and spearing her pancakes mere moments after the end of the prayer. Judith shook her head, bemused by her sister's antics, but started eating herself. Though perhaps without the eagerness Ruth possessed.

While she and her sister were Jewish, they weren't all that devout. In fact, their family was close to secular, if anything else. Sure, they attended Synagogue now and again, mainly for special occasions, and celebrated Hanukkah and other Jewish holidays. But they weren't particularly faithful and devout in the Hebrew religion.

That didn't mean that Judith wasn't respectful of her people's culture and tradition, however. From a young age, she and Ruth had been taught the history of their people, and their parents had taught them how to speak Hebrew. Judith knew Ruth herself was a bit more flippant about all this stuff, but she didn't share the same opinion. If there was anything about her little sister that irked Judith, it was her indifferent attitude to their people and their culture. Ruth merely went through the motions, and only did that when prodded. Whereas Judith herself, even if she didn't necessarily believe in the God of the Torah, did respect and admire the traditions and way of life of her people.

Which was why, in instances like this, she made Ruth recite her prayers, even if it was mere lip-service from her. Judith hoped that one day, her little sister might gain more of an appreciation for being Jewish and for their culture, but in the meantime she was more than willing to make her sister toe the line, as it were. It was only polite, after all! And their parents had raised them, or tried to in the case of Ruth, to be respectful and appreciative of their culture and the things they did. Not to mention she felt a certain...obligation to be adherent to the tenants of her people, as it were.

While it wasn't talked about much in her immediate family, Judith knew that she had a great-grandmother who had survived the Holocaust. And they'd also lost other distant, extended family in Europe during that horrible time. So Judith felt it would be distasteful to their memories if she or Ruth stopped trying to keep the traditions of their people alive.

A few seconds after putting that tangent to rest, Judith paused in her eating, looking up at Margaret. Her face blushed a little, as she realized Margaret had sat through their short prayer and all. The younger Puella Magi rarely ate with Margaret AND Ruth at the same time, and when she did eat with her best friend, she usually said her prayers silently, so she wouldn't disturb Margie or anything. She'd merely said them aloud with Ruth for her sister's benefit.

She knew that Margaret wasn't that devout of a Catholic, but still, she hoped that she hadn't accidentally made Margie feel awkward or anything. It wasn't like she went out of her way to pretend to be a Gentile around her friend, but at the same time, she was a bit shy and reserved about doing anything overtly or stereotypically Jewish, like injecting random Hebrew words or phrases into her sentences, or stuff like that. Not that she was ashamed of her People or culture; far from it. Judith just considered it part of her private life and all, no need to broadcast it to others. Not to mention she was always afraid of accidentally offending Margie, given she was a Christian and all. There was also the fact that, up until the last hundred years or so, Judaism and Christianity had had something of a strained relationship, to say the least.

Granted, Margaret was probably as much of a faithful Christian as she was faithful in the Torah, but still, it was the principle of the matter.

"Sorry about that, Margie." Judith sheepishly stated, her face somewhat red. "I, uh, h-hope you didn't mind that. You can, uh, say a prayer yourself if you want."

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Margaret

"I, uh, h-hope you didn't mind that. You can, uh, say a prayer yourself if you want."

For a moment, Margaret was surprised at this, and then, for an infinitely worse moment she almost laughed. Her laughing would not have been terrible because it would have been strange or awkward, though it most certainly would have been, the Cohen sisters lacking the context to understand why she'd do so. No, Margaret knew it would be terrible because some part of her was keenly aware of the fact that, if she started, she would not be able to stop laughing. She would go on and on until the bitter, hollow, sound became a series of sobs, and runes began to dance around the room, and closing her eyes to shut the mental image out she could almost see them.

It never ends

Margaret did not laugh.

"There's nothing to apologize for, Judith." the noirette replied, her small smile having only flickered for a moment into a forced blank expression. Margaret had most certainly lost touch with her religious background, though to be honest even her mother hadn't exactly been devoutly Catholic until after her father's return and subsequent re-departure, but that didn't mean that Judith should. Anything that offered the green-haired girl even a miniscule amount of hope was welcome as far as Margaret was concerned. Still, she couldn't quite bring herself to say a prayer, even to avoid suspicion. Under the table Margaret purified the Soul Gem on her finger. She did not think of the last time she was in a church, the one that was a cathedral on the inside. Nor did she think of the Angel Witch and its sounds of grief. She did not think of how it knelt and wept at the foot of an effigy of the person it had lost, while its Familiars mourned and chorused in a language that even Margaret did not fully understand.

And she most certainly did not laugh.

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Judith

"There's nothing to apologize for, Judith." Margaret assured her, which relieved Judith quite a bit.

Still, she couldn't help but feel that something was...off. Margie's expression seemed to waver, if just for a second or two. Hmmm. Maybe she'd ask her about it later.

Brushing the subject aside for the moment, Judith started to focus back on her food, eating the delicious breakfast prepared by Margie.

"Hey, Margaret?" Ruth spoke up suddenly, drawing the attention of both the girl in question, and Ruth's older sister. "Thanks for making me breakfast. And, um, I was wondering...will you be coming to my birthday party this Friday? If, uh, you don't mind me asking."

Ruth blushed a little at that, but seemed eager to hear Margaret's reply, all the same. Judith herself was rather interested as well, looking over at her best friend curiously. She knew that Ruth looked up to Margaret a great deal, perhaps even viewing her as another sister-figure, which Judith didn't mind in the slightest; if anything she found the matter very cute.

"Mom and I would be more than happy to have you over for Ruth's birthday, Margie." Judith added, beaming over at her partner.

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Margaret

"Hey, Margaret?" Margaret looked up as the younger Cohen sister addressed her. "Hm?" "Thanks for making me breakfast. And, um, I was wondering...will you be coming to my birthday party this Friday? If, uh, you don't mind me asking."

The dark-haired girl glanced briefly at Judith, before turning back to Ruth once the other Puella Magi had confirmed that to be alright. With a kindly, and perhaps more notably, genuine, smile, Margaret answered. "I'd be delighted, if you'll have me. As for breakfast, that's quite alright. It's just my way of returning the favor for you two being such gracious hosts."

This wasn't just Margaret being polite either, though she supposed she was. She actually did like Ruth quite a bit. As before, she was probably the only person other than Judith to get a really, non-affected smile out of the stoic Magical Girl. Well, only other person left in that category anyway.

"Actually", she continued, "I've got a decent idea what present I might be bringing as well. I might need Judith's help with some of the specifics, but I doubt that will prove much of a problem" Actually, the part she'd need Judith's help with was telling her which books Ruth did and didn't have. Margaret's ideas were rather ambitious for this one, so the actual obtaining part would be harder. But there was time, and with her nearly inhuman determination applied to a difficult, but decidedly mundane, goal, she wasn't terribly worried.

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Ruth perked up at Margaret's words, looking especially excited and eager at hearing the older girl would be bringing a present of her own. The young girl beamed over at the Puella Magi, as a large grin spread across her face. "T-thanks, Margaret! I, uh, appreciate that. I look forward to seeing at my party."

Ruth punctuated that with a shy smile, quite pleased, overall, with the older girl's response. Judith herself was rather happy to hear this as well, and was interested in what Margie might get her little sister. Whatever it was, though, Judith was sure that Ruth would love it!

"Speaking of your party," Judith spoke up, looking over at her little sister with an impish smile. "Will your boyfriend be coming over, too?"

Ruth blushed hotly at that, her face scrunching up with a grimace. The little girl crossed her arms, glaring at her elder sibling. "For the last time, Juddy, Matthew is NOT my boyfriend! He's just...just a friend, okay?"

"Hm, are you sure about that, Ruth? I think he likes you. Besides, you two would make a cute couple." the green-haired girl giggled, despite the annoyed look her little sister shot her.

Ruth might protest against the idea, but Judith always thought that she and her friend Matthew would make a cute couple. She just hoped her sister would realize that soon; Matthew was a nice boy, and the sort of person you'd want your first boyfriend to be, especially at Ruth's age.

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Margaret

Raising an eyebrow at the sisters' antics, Margaret silently resumed eating her breakfast, though one could interpret her mildly quizzical expression as an unspoken request for clarification. She actually didn't know anything about Matthew and Ruth's... relationship status, or whatever the term was.

That wasn't to say that it wasn't obvious however. Margaret was at least aware enough in these matters to know that she wasn't particularly adept in them.

She actually had surprisingly little experience with sisters, now that she thought about it. She herself was an only child, and Sarah had mentioned that she had been too. Margaret didn't know if the third member of their trio had been as well, but she and Sarah had come to Kalani Island on their own. and, from what the noirette had heard of their background, it wouldn't have been very relevant either way by that point. She'd seen Judith and Ruth interact before of course, but without at least one other pair of sisters it was impossible to determine what things were common to them.

But that probably wasn't very important right now, Margaret reflected. Regardless of where it originated from, she enjoyed listening to their banter. Stoicism or no, she couldn't help but grin a little.

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Judith

Judith grinned over at Margaret, pleased to see the small smile on her face. She decided to elaborate, for her best friend's sake.

"See, Ruth has this boyfriend--!" she began, but was cut off by her little sister.

"Matthew is not my boyfriend, Juddy!" Ruth protested, glaring hotly at her big sis.

Judith smirked, giving her younger sibling a placating smile. "Fine, fine. Ruth has this friend who happens to be a boy, named Matthew. He and Ruth have been friends for...what, two years, now? They're together all the time when Ruth isn't here. I'd already think they were boyfriend and girlfriend, of course, if my dear sister here didn't deny it so strongly."

Ruth crossed her arms, sticking her tongue out at Judith. Without thinking, she blurted out, "And by that logic, Juddy, you and Margaret would be girlfriends! I mean, you two spend all your time together..."

Judith felt her face flush horribly at that, as a blush rapidly spread across her cheeks. The green-haired girl stammered for a moment, her mind reeling for something to say. She wanted to deny the idea, yet at the same time she didn't want to. Ruth, meanwhile, reddened a little herself, embarrassed at saying such a thing, since she knew that Judith did, indeed, have a crush on Margaret. Luckily for her older sister, however, Ruth saved Judith from having to answer her.

"Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course." the purple-haired girl blabbered, giving her sister an anxious smile. "I-I think you and Margaret would make a good c-couple, actually, if, you know, Margaret was, um..."

Ruth squirmed in her seat, feeling herself redden further as she looked down at the table. She clammed her mouth shut, knowing she'd made things even worse, somehow. So, in her desperation, she immediately and awkwardly changed subjects. "...Um, that is, w-wow these pancakes are good, Margaret! Did I, uh, th-thank you for them, yet?"

Judith placed a hand on her forehead, resisting the growing urge to groan aloud. Her sister hadn't saved her at all, it seemed. If anything, she'd just made things worse...oh, Gawd...

She resisted the urge to look over at Margie, instead looking down at the table similarly as her face continued to retain its crimson hue. Margie knew she was gay now, of course, what with the incident from yesterday. But still...ugh, this was so embarrassing...where was a Witch when you needed it?!

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Margaret

Margaret glanced between the sisters, mildly confused. Ruth's reaction was understandable, she probably thought she had just accidentally revealed her older sister's sexuality, but Judith's seemed a tad extreme. Actually, it seemed almost as much so as yesterday when she'd seen the books.

"Hm? Yes, I think you did. It's quite alright, I was happy to." The noirette replied absently to Ruth, her attention focused more on gazing quizzically at Judith. Margaret was aware that the younger Puella Magi had a habit of reacting rather strongly to these sorts of things, but this still seemed a bit much. And that staring contest she seemed to have initiated with her plate, combined with the fact that she was silent instead of babbling like she had previously when she was embarrassed, made her think that maybe something was different about this. ...Maybe something that made it more personal?

...oh...

And for the first time in a while, Margaret felt an overwhelming surge of panic rise up within her. She fought to keep her expression neutral as best as she could, but she was also fairly certain that the initial surprise of her realization might have been briefly evident. Oh no, she really hoped that Judith hadn't seen that, or at least wouldn't interpret it in any sort of negative fashion. If Judith did have romantic feelings towards her as she now suspected, thinking that her friend reacted badly to finding out was not what she needed.

Oh, but Margaret had feared for her ability to monitor her friend's emotional state before. Blast, there was no possible good end to this. Not that there had been a good ending possible before, they'd both either Witch out or die eventually, likely before they made it into their senior years of high school, but now there were even more possible bad endings, and they were even more imminent. And at least Margaret was able to protect her before. how was she supposed to defend her junior from distress that might arise from the very situation between them?

Attempting to lighten the mood, and also possibly cover up that she might have figured it out, assuming of course her guess that she was becoming increasingly confidant in was correct, Margaret asked, perhaps slightly teasing "What's wrong, Judy? I found this out yesterday, remember?"

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Judith, to Margaret's luck, didn't catch the brief look of realization that crossed her face, as focused as Judith was in her staring contest with her plate. She finally did lift her eyes, though, when Margaret spoke again.

"What's wrong, Judy? I found this out yesterday, remember?"

Judith felt her face flush hotter, embarrassed by the reminder of Margaret's....unusual discovery of her sexuality. Ruth, though, perked up at this mention, looking over at Margaret curiously.

"She found out?" her younger sister inquired. Before Judith could let Ruth get the wrong idea though, and further compound things, she quickly jumped in.

"Margaret found out I, um, l-like girls, yes." the green-haired girl interjected, nodding her head.

Ruth blinked, taking the information in. She tilted her head in consideration, her mind putting two and two together. "Oh....so Margaret saw your pervy books, Juddy?"

Judith, right in the process of sipping from her drink, almost spit it out in surprise; instead, she merely coughed repeatedly as she choked the drink down. When she finally regained her composure, she shot her little sister an incredulous look, her face once more blossoming a bright red blush.

"M-my what?!"

"Your pervy books," Ruth repeated, as if she were just talking about the weather. "I found them two weeks ago, when Matthew was over for a sleepover. I went to get an extra pillow from your room, and...put them back up when they came down with the pillow. I guess Margaret saw those too, huh?"

Judith simply stared at her sister for a good moment, before massaging her temples with her fingers, groaning in exasperation as the embarrassed girl dealt with this new revelation. "Ugh...does anyone in this house not know about those books?!"

"Dad doesn't," Ruth unhelpfully chimed, earning her a scathing glare from Judith. "And Mom doesn't either, I guess."

Judith grumbled under her breath, mentally reminding herself to find a better hiding place for her....material. At least Ruth wasn't really teasing her about this, though. She was quite grateful her sister hadn't gone through puberty, just yet.

"Oh, speaking of your pervy books," Ruth began, earning her a slight twitch and grimace from her big sister. "Can I borrow that back massager you had next to them?"

Judith blinked, furrowing her brow. "Back massager? I don't have a back massager..."

"Yes you do," Ruth reminded her sister, rolling her eyes. "You know, that thing you have...it's shaped like a microphone, and vibrates...it's a back massager, right?"

If it was even possible, Judith felt her face flare up even more, her cheeks as red as they could be! Her entire mind recoiled in absolute embarrassment and mortification! It was bad enough that Ruth had embarrassed her this much....b-but the fact that her sister had found h-her.....her....and the fact that Margie was right next to her, and had heard what Ruth had said—!

She scrambled for something to say, something that could somehow salvage the utter embarrassment she was going through.

"Um, y-yes, now I remember! I, uh, l-lost it a few days ago...if I, um, f-find it, you can borrow it." Judith stammered, her cheeks tinged crimson.

Ruth gave her sister an old look, at a loss for the source of her embarrassment, but shrugged, accepting the explanation all the same. Judith, meanwhile, stared down desperately at her plate, hoping beyond hope that Margaret didn't know what a vibrator was...

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Margaret

Margaret would have found the sister's banter to be amusing, still did a little actually, were she not struggling with the information she had just obtained. Even so, she was still paying mind to their conversation. I simply wouldn't do to give Judith reason to believe that something was amiss. That could be all too easily misinterpreted.

At the very least, she was glad that the slightly younger Puella Magi hadn't seemed to notice that Margaret had finally called her Judy. That might have tipped her off to the fact that something was up. Margaret would have to be more careful about that in the future as well.

Because she was listening though, she was drawn into the discussion of the "back massager".

Shaped like a microphone? What a terrible design for a back massager. Wouldn't it be far more effective for it to be a pillow or bed or something? Having to manually hold it to one's back didn't seem a very good way to relieve stiffness.

And Judith's expression. There was clearly something about this that had her reacting with extreme embarrassment. Margaret, for her part, having finished her food, merely looked at her friend while raising a confused eyebrow.

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Judith felt herself flush further at Margaret's stare, the green-haired girl hurriedly eating the rest of her food to buy her a little time. Okay, okay...she could get through this! This...this morning had really turned out to be super embarrassing, b-but, she could get through it! The worst was behind her now....right?

Judith really hoped that was the case...

"S-so, um..." Judith spoke up, looking over at Margaret...her cheeks still tinged a bit pink. As long as Margaret (or Ruth) didn't bring up the 'back' massager again, she certainly wasn't about to elaborate on it any further. "Um, wh-what do you wanna do today, Margie?"

Before she and Margie left to do...whatever they were gonna do for the rest of the day, Judith made a mental note to herself to...move things around in her room, as it were. Because clearly, certain....things were in far too obvious spots, and she really, really didn't want Margaret (or her little sister!) to stumble across her books again, or worse, the...'back' massager.

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Margaret

"I believe," replied Margaret, "that you mentioned that you wanted to go to lunch and a movie? I admit that I don't know what's currently showing, but I rather like the idea." She gave another small smile saying this, both because her words actually were completely true, without any hint of ulterior motive or thought for once, even for Judith's benefit as those thoughts and motives almost always were, and as what was hopefully a bit of reassurance.

Having finished, she set her plate aside, adding "And what of you, Ruth? Will you be alright here on your own?" This too was genuine. She figured that it was likely so, based on the fact that Judith seemed alright with it, but Margaret didn't know herself. She didn't know when kids these days started being okay to be left alone. Her own circumstances were a bit unusual, and she could barely remember being Ruth's age. That whole time period sort of blurred together for her into a single 'before'.

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Judith

"I believe that you mentioned that you wanted to go to lunch and a movie? I admit that I don't know what's currently showing, but I rather like the idea."

Judith gave a dim little nod, setting aside her plate as she contemplated matters. Yeah, seeing a movie sounded good, and so did going to lunch afterward! Hm, maybe they could invite Chiyo and Aolani over too? It'd be nice to reach out to them, certainly, and Judith really wanted to get to know them better! Especially if either of them joined her or Margaret as fellow Magical Girls!

That thought cheered Judith up a bit, perking her up after the endless embarrassment she'd suffered through since breakfast began. A tiny smile graced her face, traces of her previous embarrassment dissipating.

"And what of you, Ruth? Will you be alright here on your own?"

Ruth looked up from her plate, spearing one last forkful of pancakes to eat, as she finished her own meal. After swallowing, she gave a reply. "Yeah, I'll be fine. You and Juddy should go enjoy your movie. I was gonna hang out with Matthew today, anyway."

Judith couldn't help but give her sister a wide grin, unable to help herself from teasing her sibling one last time. "You mean your boyfri--"

"He is not my boyfriend, Juddy!" Ruth shot back, cutting her sister off before she could finish. Judith merely giggled in reply, causing Ruth to scowl and stick her tongue out at her elder sister.

Judith giggled some more, which seemed to annoy Ruth, as the younger girl huffed, crossing her arms. After a few seconds she stood up, grabbing her plate.

"Well, I'm done." she stated, giving Margaret a little smile...while giving her sister a stern (but cute) glare. "Thanks for the food, Margaret."

That said, Ruth took her leave, depositing the plate and fork into the kitchen sink, before going up the stairs to her room.

Judith gave one last little chortle of laughter, a small smile on her face as she looked over at Margaret. "Hehe. It's probably mean of me to tease Ruth so much, but I can't help it! She just looks so cute when she gets so defensive, like that."

The green-haired girl stretched in her seat, thinking things over one last time before speaking some more. "Seeing a movie, and having lunch after, sounds good to me, Margie! Think we could invite Chiyo and Aolani over for lunch, maybe? Or do...something, together, later today? I really wanna get to know them better, especially if they become Magical Girls like us!"

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Margaret

Margaret watched the siblings with a smile, putting her own dishes away as she did. It was nice to see them... getting along? Was that the right phrase for it? They certainly weren't truly fighting. She nodded in acknowledgement of the thanks, and gave a short farewell wave as Ruth left the room.

"Well, the plan was already to take them out on a Witch hunt," Margaret answered Judith, "but I wouldn't have any objections to having lunch with them first. My only concern would be their ability to keep it down. Some of the barriers can be a bit... surreal."

Her smile faded just a bit. "I agree that we should get to know them better, particularly since Yuubey seems interested in recruiting them." What remained of the smile changed ever so slightly at the point, becoming gentle and somehow sad. Slightly pitying, if one could actually detect it, and was inclined to interpret it that way. "Try to keep in mind though, that the island's Grief Seed supply is finite. With our current consumption, plus the addition of one, maybe two, new inexperienced Magical Girls to take care of..."

Margaret trailed off, but continued in her mind. It would be like adopting a pet when you barely make enough to feed yourself. Your options are to deny responsibility for it, giving it to someone else to take care of, hardly an option in this case, watch it slowly starve, horrible, but likely inevitable, putting it out of its misery, what Margaret would probably have to do in secret if one of them did contract, or give it your food, then become too weak to provide for it and die with it. There was also the possibility of one of them leaving the island, but that was almost a combination of the first three.

No. Aolani and Chiyo should by no means be allowed to contract, if the alien little weasel hadn't gotten them to already.

"Well then, that aside, shall we be off?" Margaret's small smile returned to its usual, largely non-emotive, state, and she offered her hand.

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Judith

"Try to keep in mind though, that the island's Grief Seed supply is finite. With our current consumption, plus the addition of one, maybe two, new inexperienced Magical Girls to take care of..."

Judith frowned at that, not liking the sound of that! Margie could really be such a downer sometimes....though to be fair, she kinda did have a point. Still...she was sure they could work things out! They were Magical Girls, after all! They could do anything! Plus, having one or two more girls fighting alongside them would make taking down Witches a lot easier.

"Well then, that aside, shall we be off."

"Of course!" Judith beamed at Margaret, eagerly taking her friend's offered hand, intertwining her fingers with Margaret's own. Hand-in-hand, the duo walked out of the house, Judith taking care to make sure she had her purse on her (and her house keys) before leaving.

"So," Judith spoke up after a moment, the two of them walking along the sidewalk, over to the nearest bus stop. Taking the bus would be the quickest way to get over to the Cinemax movie theater, which was closest to their current location. "What movie do you want to see, Margie? I don't have a preference, either way....I mean, I guess I'd love to see the new Disney movie! I've been meaning to watch that for awhile, but, well, I'm fine with watching whatever you wanna see!"

The slightly younger girl beamed over at her best friend, squeezing her partner's palm. At the same time, she felt a little tingle of delight course through her. She always loved holding hands with Margie...or just being affectionate with her, in general. It was hard not to, after all! Margie was...she just made her feel so....giddy, inside.

Before meeting Margaret, Judith had never really been in love before. She'd realized when she was maybe nine or ten, that she was singularly attracted to girls. But she hadn't felt any honest to goodness romantic love for any of the girls she had ever found attractive. Crushes yes, but never anything more. She'd had a lot of crushes over the years following her discovery....and, w-well, it was embarrassing to think about now, but she'd had a really bad crush on her Social Studies teacher back in sixth grade. But...that's all they had ever been. Crushes. Simple childish fancies from when she had been too young to completely understand what real love felt like.

With Margie...it was different! It had started out as a simple crush with Margie, sure! But it had become something more over time. The green-haired girl had never been in love before, but she was completely sure that was what she felt for her Puella Magi partner. She was head-over-heels in love with Margaret Faust...a fact that equally delighted her and embarrassed her at times.

She just hoped that maybe, someday...Margie might return the love she felt for her.

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Margaret

Hesitation to state preference born from politeness, this Margaret could understand. She was well-versed in social rules, even if she'd since forgotten the reasons for many of them, any Magical Girl that wanted to maintain a secret identity had to be at least somewhat capable in a conversation. You usually could tell how long they'd been around just by how well they still seemed to work within those rules. There were exceptions of course, Sarah, for example, had been around quite some time and had managed to get along fine with others. Then again, she never learned about Witches or Soul Gems. Margaret herself could qualify, if only because of how she clung to the motions, even if most had lost most of their meaning.

Judith could still be mistaken for a girl who'd just contracted, at least in terms of behavior, and, if the noirette continued to have a say in it, that statement would stay true for at least a year more.

"I wouldn't mind a Disney film." Margaret answered. She wouldn't either. She probably wouldn't be paying an excessive amount of attention to the film regardless of what they watched, mind you, but that didn't mean she wouldn't enjoy herself watching it with Judith.

She enjoyed most of what she did with Judith. Unsurprisingly, she liked Judith herself. She had, after all, restructured the entire Puella Magi system of Kalani Island with the end goal of preserving the girl's life and happiness. Actually, now that she thought about it, that sounded horrible. Something that couldn't possible be reciprocated or understood, partly because keeping Judith from knowing or understanding it was exactly the point.

Was she...? Was she, in trying to protect Judith, slowly putting distance between them, so that, even if she ensured they spent time together, they would slowly grow apart? She knew that her efforts couldn't be maintained forever for practical reasons, but...

This would warrant further thought, but not now. For now, she was going to be enjoying a movie, with her friend, like normal people.

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Judith

"I wouldn't mind a Disney film."

Judith nodded eagerly at that, the junior Puella Magi humming to herself as she and Margie walked to the bus stop, hand-in-hand. They'd probably decide for sure when they got to the theater, but Judith was more than happy to watch a Disney film. She knew Margaret wouldn't care too much, either way...Judith had noticed her best friend seemed to defer to her own decisions, when it came to matters like these.

It bothered her sometimes, of course, but the green-haired girl had largely come to accept this aspect of Margie. It had taken her awhile to understand Margie's intricacies and quirks, but over time she'd come to understand that her friend really liked to please her and make her happy. Judith wasn't quite sure why this was (it probably had something to do with the fact that, as far as she knew, she was Margaret Faust's only friend), but she'd come to accept this status quo over time. Sure, it frustrated her a little now and again; she felt that Margie ought to express herself more often, and take her own initiative, as it were.

But, well, if Margie wanted to be that way, who was she to judge? Judith wanted to make her friend happy too, and if what made Margie happy was making her happy, well...

"I don't think it matters what film we really see though; as long as we see something together, Margie, and have fun, I'll be happy." Judith declared a moment later, smiling over radiantly at her friend, unintentionally echoing Margaret's own sentiments on the matter.

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Aolani & Judith

The rest of the day passed by in a blur, and soon enough it was Monday, and the four girls were all back in school. However, after some texts were exchanged between Judith and Aolani, it was agreed that the two groups would meet together for lunch, to discuss more about being Magical Girls and, well, to attend Judith and Margaret on a Witch Hunt. An idea Aolani wasn't quite looking forward to, given what had happened on Saturday (which felt like a lifetime ago, almost), but still...it seemed necessary.

On the bright side though...Aolani herself still felt a bit giddy over the events of the previous day. If there was one good thing that came out of this reality-defying mess, it was the fact that she and Chiyo had become much closer over it. She felt more than a bit embarrassed about how, well...embarrassing she'd acted around Chiyo, in the immediate aftermath of their getting together. Sh-she'd said so many mortifying things! It was a wonder she hadn't died of embarrassment, when she'd regained full control over her mouth...

Still, it felt....incredibly good, to have Chiyo as her girlfriend now. They'd spent most of Sunday, after getting together, pretty sedately and quietly...hanging out at her home, going out to the mall (a different mall this time, of course; given the size of Kalani, there were more than a few malls established across the artificial island), and of course, making out with Chiyo more than once during the rest of the day. Though...

The blonde squirmed a bit in her seat, her face flushing a bit as she pretended to listen to her math teacher. In her...zealousness, she'd been surprisingly aggressive in kissing Chiyo, and, um, w-well...

....I-It wasn't all that bad! Th-the hickey was close enough to Chiyo's shoulder that her girlfriend should be able to cover it up with the collar of her shirt. Or so the track-star hoped. It had felt...really good and more than a bit naughty at the time, but now it felt rather embarrassing...and she really, really hoped Chiyo's parents hadn't noticed when the purplette went home that night...

At any rate though...with Chiyo at her side, Aolani felt a little more confidant about meeting with Margaret and Judith again. She knew her girlfriend still felt rather excited about the whole affair...after all, it was sorta like a dream-come true for her, wasn't it? She didn't feel nearly as good about the whole thing of course, but perhaps Chiyo's excitement would help to calm down her inner frustrations.

Aolani was lost in her thoughts for a little while longer, and before the fifteen year old knew it, it was time for lunch; the school bell rang after the third class of the day, and she and the other students of Kalani Eastern High School were all leaving to eat their lunch. Aolani already had hers ready, her Grandpa kind enough to pack her a lunch, so she headed over to the pre-arranged location she and Judith had settled on for their meeting. They'd agreed to eat together outside, in the small courtyard the school had. They'd eat at a somewhat secluded table in the corner of the courtyard, lessening the chances of anyone overhearing their conversation.

Aolani walked through the doors leading into the courtyard proper...though she didn't make a beeline for their table, just yet. She instead hung around the entrance, hoping to catch Chiyo before going over there. It felt more...comforting to her, if they walked together over there.

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As Aolani waited for Chiyo, Judith had already snagged their seat at the courtyard, the green-haired girl humming to herself contently as she waited for Margaret, Aolani, and Chiyo to arrive. Like Aolani, she had a lunch packed for herself as well (she'd been fixing her own lunches for school for a few years now, as well as lunches for Ruth as well), so she'd been able to make an immediate beeline for the courtyard to secure their seat. Hence, why she was the first one to arrive there.

All in all though, Judith quite looked forward to having lunch with her new friends! She always enjoyed eating with Margie of course, but it was an equally fund and exciting prospect, to eat with Aolani and Chiyo! She was looking forward to seeing them again, and was equally eager to take them out onto a Witch Hunt after school! Margie had had some reservations about the idea, but Judith didn't see the harm in it. They'd both be there to protect the girls if they were in any danger, and it'd be a good way to show them just what Magical Girls did! After all, they hadn't even seen Margie fight that Witch on Saturday, so it'd be a good learning opportunity for the both of them.

That thought in mind, Judith continued to wait for the three teens, a happy little smile on her face as she waited.

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Margaret, Chiyo, and Yuubey

It didn't take very long for Margaret to join them, almost appearing at the table like the catlike creature she sat beside had. As she arrived, she offered to Aolabi, Chiyo, and even Yuubey her usual small polite smile. the one that never really reached her eyes, and a somewhat more genuine one to Judith herself. Once pleasantries had been finished and it became time for the serious discussion of the matter that had brought them together today however, her smile faded, and she glanced at Judith, as though to ask her to begin the explanation. It wasn't that she didn't have the details, indeed she had more than Judith did, but Margaret was well aware that the other girl was better at presenting them in a social setting such as this. Once it became time for the specifics and safety procedures to be explained, she'd speak up, for a number of reasons, but for the premise itself, Judith would be better.

Perhaps surprisingly, at least it was to Margaret, Yuubey seemed to have no input at the moment, content merely to sit at watch for the time being. And of course, given the circumstances, it seemed to have no worries about her having chosen the chair closest to it, in so far as it had the capacity to have worries at all.

Chiyo, for her part, stayed mostly quiet, sticking close to Aolani's side, particularly once serious discussion seemed imminent. She had interest in this endeavor, probably more so than anyone else at the table, she had, after all, missed the fight with the Witch whose 'barrier' they'd wandered into. Magic, monsters, wishes, and all that. Even with the weekend having passed, and with Yuubey having talked with her more since, the novelty of it had yet to wear off, even ignoring how closely it aligned with her interests anyway. Even so, she was reluctant to speak up just yet, half due to her own ignorance on the subject and a desire not to sound foolish as she had before, and partly as a result of her continued feeling intimidation from Margaret.

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Aolani & Judith

"So!" Judith clasped her hands together, ready to take over the beginning part of the whole discussion, per Margaret's wishes. "If you girls are going to become Magical Girls, then you need to know what it's gonna be like. The whole Wish thing is great, but...this is serious business, you know. It's not all fun and games: it's a very dangerous job at times, and if either of you are going to commit to being Magical Girls, then you need to know what our job entails."

It was a surprisingly serious thing for a lighthearted girl like Judith to say, but it was the plain and simple truth. Judith took her duty as a Magical Girl very seriously; indeed, the circumstances surrounding her Wish had been a very serious matter, to say the least. Now, she'd very much enjoy it if Aolani and Chiyo DID Contract...but at the same time, she wanted them to know just how dangerous and risky it was. She and Margaret hadn't gotten seriously hurt thus far on their Witch Hunts, but they'd had a couple close calls.

"Now! Margie and I were planning on taking you two on a Witch Hunt. After school is over, we'll go track down a Witch, bring you with us into its barrier...and while making sure you two are safe, we'll take it out. It's the most simple way of showing you what we do, really." the green-haired girl went on. She glanced over at Margaret and Yuubey, waiting for either of them to take over from here.

For her part, Aolani nodded, following things readily enough. It seemed a...simple enough plan. And it would be a good idea to see just what these...'Magical Girls' did in their quests. She still wasn't sold on the whole idea, unlike her girlfriend, but at the same time it really wouldn't hurt to accompany them on a mission. It'd at least help them both decide if all this dangerous work would be worth Contracting with Yuubey, if either of them were inclined to do such.