Kalani Magica

Kalani Island, Hawaii, USA

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a part of Kalani Magica, by Magus1108.

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Kalani Island, Hawaii, USA is a part of Kalani Magica.

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Aolani Stevens [116] "Life can be tough, but it's all worth it in the end."
Chiyo Wakahisa [116] "G- Good morning."
Judith Lillian Cohen [110] "Hey, Margie! Wanna have a sleepover?"
Yuubey [104] "Make a contract with me, and become Magical Girls!"
Margaret Elisabeth Faust [102] "Witch eliminated. Alright, grab the Grief Seed and let's go."
Ruth Lillian Cohen [26] "Hey, Sis! Wanna watch LOTR with me? Please?"
Assorted Minor Characters [0] What it says on the tin. Main highlights include Judith and Ruth's parents, and Aolani's grandfather
Isabella Silvia Castillo [0] "Get out of my way, and you might just live to see tomorrow."

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Character Portrait: Margaret Elisabeth Faust Character Portrait: Judith Lillian Cohen

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Margaret

Margaret nodded when told the name of the movie they'd be looking for. She hadn't seen it herself, but the name would be sufficient information for finding it, both alphabetically and genre-wise. Somehow though, it was proving to be surprisingly difficult to locate. Perhaps this place separated animated films from live-action ones, and she was looking in the wrong section? Whatever the reason, Margaret found this store's organizational system to be quite lacking, though that might just be because she had higher categorical standards.

She did notice Judith's slight blush, and considered inquiring as to the reason behind it, but Judith had a question of her own. Unfortunately, it was not one that Margaret could answer in full.

"Well," she started, "for one thing, Kalani Island is only so big, meaning a limited number of Grief Seeds. In addition this is a dangerous life, and at least one of the two would be almost guaranteed to get badly hurt, if not killed, and I can't let you be put in a situation where you get hurt trying to prevent it." Margaret sighed slightly, before adding, in an attempt to lessen the harshness that what she had said could be interpreted as "I'm not saying that they don't have the right to make that decision, but I don't want it putting either of us in danger in the process."

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Character Portrait: Aolani Stevens Character Portrait: Chiyo Wakahisa Character Portrait: Yuubey

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Aolani

Aolani couldn't help but give another giggle, as she watched her friend scurry away. She followed her after a minute, and leaned against the wall of the changing room. She waited patiently for another few minutes, when she heard the door creek open.

"Aolani? Can you please come in here for a minute?" Chiyo inquired, her head peeking out the tinniest bit.

The blonde looked over at her in surprise, but nodded her head all the same. "Sure thing."

She got off from the wall, and walked into the changing booth. She then closed the door behind her, and turned to face Chiyo.

"So, what is it? Do you need help or...." the words died on Aolani's tongue, as she fully took in just what, exactly, Chiyo was wearing.

A deep and searing blush rapidly spread across her face, as she could only just stare at her friend. Or, more importantly, stare at the skimpy bikini she was wearing. It clung rather tightly to Chiyo's admittedly shapely form, leaving very little to the imagination. And, speaking of the purplette's body...

Aolani swallowed heavily, as her eyes took in that sight as well. She'd never really seen much of Chiyo's body, outside what was regularly exposed by her clothing. Now, however, her friend was much more...exposed. Which she couldn't help but notice, alongside her form of swimwear.

W-well....she had been right, it seemed. Chiyo did look rather....s-sexy, in that revealing bikini...

The blonde suddenly blinked, shaking her head slightly as she finally derailed herself from that...distracting train of thought. To her embarrassment, she realized a good minute had passed with her saying nothing, just staring at Chiyo without a comment.

Aolani did her best to gather her wits back, and managed to grin widely at her friend, acting as if her minute of silent staring hadn't happened. "Wow! I, uh, didn't think....well! Looks like I was right! You look very sexy in that swimsuit, Chiyo!"

A rather nervous giggle escaped her lips, and Aolani became increasingly aware just how small the changing room was, and how close she was to Chiyo, and she could just easily reach out her hand to touch her and oh god she had to get out of here!

The more rational side of her brain screeched at her to get out of there, before she...she broke down and molested Chiyo or something, but Aolani found herself rooted to the spot.

"S-So, do you mind if I, uh, take a picture?" the words slipped out of the blonde's mouth before she could fully censor those thoughts, which made her blush again. "I mean, uh, t-this is a moment that needs to be preserved! It's not often you look so hot and sexy, Chiyo."

She blushed even harder at her following words; oh god, her self-control was slipping. Aolani knew that she had to get out of there, and fast, before she embarrassed herself or Chiyo any further...

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Character Portrait: Margaret Elisabeth Faust Character Portrait: Judith Lillian Cohen

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Judith

"I suppose that's true," Judith nodded her head in acknowledgment, conceding that fact. "Still...I think it'd be great if they Contracted! We'd have a lot more help in taking down Witches. And I'd love to make friends with them, too!"

Judith smiled a little at that pleasant thought, rather happy with that idea. Even if Chiyo and Aolani ended up not becoming Magical Girls, she'd love to remain friends with them. Aside from Margie, she really didn't have that many. Not that hanging out with Margie wasn't great! It certainly was! But, sometimes she did wish that she had a wider circle of friends...

The green-haired girl looked up from her search, feeling a little annoyed that she had yet to find the dvd. How hard was it to find one particular movie? Hm...maybe she should ask for the store clerk's help...?

As she turned to look over at the register, something caught her eye. Judith looked over at it, and blinked when she fully recognized a drape. A drape that, apparently, covered a small opening within the shop. Huh, that was weird....

"Maybe it's in there?" Judith hazard a guess, pointing over at the closed off section. Before Margaret could reply, she decided to go investigate herself. Judith walked over and ducked inside, pushing aside the drape. It only took her a few seconds to rush right back out, a bright red blush sprawled across her face. She almost ran back to Margaret, the blush still on her face as she stared at her friend with wide, open eyes.

"D-Don't go in there, Margie. Never go in there!" Judith quickly babbled, as her blush only intensified. "Oh God...w-why didn't they put a sign up there or something?!"

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Character Portrait: Margaret Elisabeth Faust Character Portrait: Judith Lillian Cohen

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Margaret

Margaret on the other hand, did not think it would be great if they contracted. But then again, she knew a few things about what that entailed that Judith was not privy to, Margaret herself had seen to that, and would continue to do so for as long as possible.

What Margaret did consider to be possible, was the idea that having these two as friends might be nice. Yes, the blonde asked a lot of questions, and the smaller one was painfully naive, and possibly a bit slow, but having them around could have its benefits. So long as Yuubey continued following them, and she was now certain that was exactly what he was doing, two years with him first as her sole companion and then her constant quarry meant that she could predict his actions with a degree of accuracy rivaled only by time travelers, none of whom Margaret knew, she wouldn't have to worry about him trying to contract with random girls off the street. As long as Aolani remained skeptical about the whole deal, and kept her friend in check, the Incubator would just be wasting his time, and she might get some free.

That and their companionship might be enjoyable, which, as she now found necessary to remind herself, was the reason people were supposed to make friends.

Where was this movie anyway? If Margaret had to speak with an employee to help them locate this thing she didn't think she would be terribly motivated to keep herself from openly criticizing their obviously inferior organizing. Margaret's patience was far from its limit, she just had little for laziness or poor work ethic.

It was then that Judith noticed the curtain, and made the suggestion the movie might be beyond it, before swiftly moving to investigate. Personally, the elder Puella Magi thought the curtain more likely to conceal a small room where movies could be watched by the staff or something. After all, why would they isolate a few movies into that room specifically, with no signs as to which ones you might find there? Whatever it was, it would probably be best if she followed.

But, as it turned out, that would not be necessary after all, as the green haired girl left the room even more quickly than she had entered it, this time looking rather distressed.

"D-Don't go in there, Margie. Never go in there!" Margaret raised a questioning eyebrow. It was now apparent that her partner's distress was not caused by danger of any kind, so that concern was allayed. "Oh God...w-why didn't they put a sign up there or something?!"

At this point, there was no way that Margaret could not ask. "Judith, what did you see behind those drapes?"

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Character Portrait: Aolani Stevens Character Portrait: Chiyo Wakahisa Character Portrait: Yuubey

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Chiyo

Well, that had not been the reaction that Chiyo had been anticipating, particularly since Aolani had said she should try on the swimsuit. Now she was just standing there silently, seemingly embarrassed.

Had she just been teasing again? The Japanese girl resisted the urge to place her forehead in her palm, partly because the changing room was only built to accommodate one person. and she didn't want to accidentally headbutt Aolani in the... whatever it was that Chiyo's head would be level with. She was NOT looking to check. Back to the point though, she had just been teasing, hadn't she? That would certainly explain the blonde's reaction. Fantastic. Now Chiyo had gone and made things awkward for everyone, as opposed to how things usually were, when it was just awkward for her.

When Aolani did finally speak, the purplette was glad to find that her worries seemed to have been unnecessary, though to say her choice of words was embarrassing would be quite the understatement, and Chiyo's face flamed red. "Um... thank you?" Was she supposed to thank her? She had no idea what the social protocol was for situations such as these. The closest thing she had experience with were games, and even then she was usually in Aolani's place.

"S-So, do you mind if I, uh, take a picture?" Chiyo, who had seemed to be locked in a staring contest with the tiles on the floor, glanced up in surprise. Aolani was actually blushing. That wasn't normal. "I mean, uh, t-this is a moment that needs to be preserved! It's not often you look so hot and sexy, Chiyo."

If it were possible for Chiyo to blush any more than she already was, she would now. As it was, she was already feeling slightly dizzy from all of the blood rushing to her head.

It took her a moment to recover and answer Aolani, and even then her voice was even quieter than usual, inaudible entirely at any greater distance. "O-Okay. If you want to." Personally, Chiyo didn't think the swimsuit looked that good on her. It was clearly made for someone with a fuller figure than she, most noticeable indication of this being that the top was obviously too loose. Still though, if Aolani wanted to take her picture, then Chiyo would let her. After all, she never really could refuse Aolani.

In the small cafe across from the swimsuit store a catlike creature sat unnoticed on one of the tables, looking with interest in the direction of the store across from him. It couldn't actually see the two, but it could tell where they were, due to the surprising amount of emotion being produced.

That and the fact that it had watched them enter a room the size of a closet with no other doors, and hadn't seen them come out yet.

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Character Portrait: Margaret Elisabeth Faust Character Portrait: Judith Lillian Cohen

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Judith

"I saw--I saw...." Judith gave a shudder and trailed off, her face still very red. "Oh God! W-Why didn't they put up a sign?!"

Good God, what kind of video store was this?! To have po...por...adult films in a place like this! Granted, they were...away from the regular merchandize, but it wasn't like they had a sign up there that said what was behind the drape! Even worse, the first thing she had seen in there was a poster on the wall that had a graphic display of a man's....

"Oh goooood!" Judith covered her face with her hands, embarrassed beyond belief. "They...there are p-p-p-....adult f-films behind that drape, Margie..."

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Character Portrait: Aolani Stevens Character Portrait: Chiyo Wakahisa Character Portrait: Yuubey

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Aolani

Aolani stared at Chiyo in brief surprise, not expecting her permission for that ill thought out suggestion. Still, though, she wasn't about to look a gift-horse in the mouth...

Aolani reached into her pocket and got out her cellphone, using all her willpower to stop her hand from shaking. She turned on the camera function, and snapped a few, quick photos of Chiyo in the skimpy bikini. She was almost--almost--tempted to ask Chiyo to turn around so she could get a good shot of her ass....but, thankfully, the blonde held herself back from asking such an embarrassing question.

....Though that didn't stop her from angling her phone to get a picture of the mirror, too, which just so happened to have a nice shot of Chiyo's backside in the reflection.

She pocketed her phone once that was done, and managed to smile at Chiyo, doing her best to cover up her frayed nerves. Good God, she had to get out of here before she broke down. Her willpower was seriously starting to slip away....

"Thanks, Chiyo! I'll make sure to hang onto these, so we can show your future boyfriend....or girlfriend....these lovely little photos." Aolani declared, giving her friend a teasing smile. "Now, you can go ahead and get out of that! You still have three more suits to try."

The blonde grinned at her one last time...and reached out to give her friend a brief hug. She couldn't help it; her defenses were quickly crumbling, and besides, Chiyo wouldn't mind this little display of affection, right?

Aolani held onto the hug a little longer than necessary--God, Chiyo's bare back felt so smooth and soft--but, she finally let go, and quickly turned around to leave Chiyo to change in peace.

She closed the changing room door behind her, and nearly sagged against the wall. Her hands shook slightly, and her face began to redden once more.

"God..." Aolani blew out a breath, as she struggled to rein in her...everything. She had come this close to breaking down....oh god, she was never doing this again. Never. Aolani just knew if she saw Chiyo in a bikini like that again, or similar clothing, she'd just....

The blonde blushed at that thought. Good lord, she had to get her emotions under control! She was better than being this...this gibbering mess of feelings and hormones and...ugh! God, it made her wish she was a Vulcan or something, sometimes...

As Aolani waited on Chiyo, she couldn't help but slip her hand into her pocket, and felt at her cellphone. She wouldn't dare take it out now to look at those photos...but later, much later, she might take a look at them again.

Just to, uh, preserve the memory, of course. And nothing else. At all. W-what else would she use them for, after all? Heh...

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Character Portrait: Margaret Elisabeth Faust Character Portrait: Judith Lillian Cohen

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Margaret

Margaret waited patiently as Judith stammered out what she had been behind the drape, after which, she seemed to consider what had been said for a few moments. At first only offering a "Hm," to indicate that she understood. Finally, having apparently given the matter enough thought for the time being, she asked, in what appeared to be complete seriousness, "Did you see the movie while you were back there?"

This was probably not a sign that Margaret believed or was trying to imply that they might be looking for a movie that would actually belong in that section, probably being the operative word, but rather a subtle crack at how badly this place seemed to shelve its merchandise. That or she could just be genuinely curious. One side effect of Margaret's ever-present unflappable expression and failure to speak with any sort of inflection was that it could make it very difficult to tell if or when she was joking.

Upon further consideration of her inquiry however, whether it had been in jest or not, the pragmatic Puella Magi noted that of course Judith hadn't seen the film they were searching for; she would have brought it back with her if she had. It would, however, make sense for it to be in that room, seeing as they had looked everywhere else. As such, there were only three suitable courses of action. "It seems we'll have to look in there, or ask someone who works here. Or we could look elsewhere."

Margaret herself was not in the least embarrassed by what Judith had told her. Why should she be? After all, she had no involvement in anything the green haired girl had seen, and, indeed, hadn't even seen the things herself. Margaret was not one to be flustered over things that were not even truly involved in the situation.

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Character Portrait: Aolani Stevens Character Portrait: Chiyo Wakahisa Character Portrait: Yuubey

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Chiyo

The whole time that the pictures were being taken, Chiyo seemed as though she were trying to disappear. The girl stood looking away shyly, and holding her left arm fast to her side with her right, and wearing only a deep blush and the bikini that her friend had handed her, her seriousness in doing so Chiyo was still debating with herself over. This whole business was causing her to feel extremely self-conscious, but it was for Aolani.

When Aolani was done, she pocketed the phone, and smiled at Chiyo. Something was definitely going on with her friend, but the purplette couldn't quite put her finger on what it was.

"Thanks, Chiyo! I'll make sure to hang onto these, so we can show your future boyfriend....or girlfriend....these lovely little photos."

Chiyo's normal reaction would be to ask her never to ever show those to anyone ever, but the emphasis on, and even the inclusion of, the word 'girlfriend' caught her attention with even greater importance.

Wait... did Aolani know? Was that why she had been acting so strangely? Was she feeling awkward around her now? Chiyo had never made any attempts at concealing her orientation and Aolani was a smart person, so it was entirely possible that she had figured it out by now, even if it wasn't exactly a subject that tended to be brought up in casual conversation.

The embrace that she found herself in a moment or two later helped allay that concern, though it didn't quite dismiss it entirely. Plus, the warm feel of her friend's hands on her back felt nice, even if hugging with this much of her skin exposed kept her face flushed, as it had now been for quite a while. It would probably have gotten a good deal darker, if that were still possible at this point. After she had recovered from the initial surprise, the smaller girl returned the hug happily, if still somewhat embarrassedly.

It went on a little longer than Chiyo would have thought, not that she minded. Eventually though, Aolani let go, and then left the changing room rather quickly afterward, leaving Chiyo to try on the other three suits.



Some time later, Chiyo had finally tried on all of the swimsuits, and chosen one for their trip to the beach, a pale blue one piece that, while perhaps a bit more formfitting than the purplette would have liked, but once again, she wasn't getting a diving suit, so that part was kind of a foregone conclusion, covered a good amount of skin. By this time, Chiyo had finally stopped blushing, at least for the moment, which was probably a good thing, considering she had been starting to feel a bit lightheaded.

After this, the pair left the mall, heading to Aolani's house, followed, at a distance, by the same small creature.

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Character Portrait: Margaret Elisabeth Faust Character Portrait: Judith Lillian Cohen

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Judith

Judith simply stared at Margaret for a good few seconds, at a loss for words. After opening and closing her mouth a few times, she finally managed to get out, "Y-You can check in there yourself, Margie, but....I, I'm not going back in t-there..."

The poor girl was more than a little nonplussed by Margaret's reaction, but it wasn't like Margie was the type of girl to be easily embarrassed by stuff like this, right? Besides, the movie probably was behind that drape; it wouldn't surprise Judith at this point. But, she wasn't about to go back in there again! God no! Never again!

"....I'm never coming back to this video store ever again." Judith murmured to herself, still blushing from the memory of what, exactly, she had seen behind that horrible drape.

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Character Portrait: Aolani Stevens Character Portrait: Chiyo Wakahisa Character Portrait: Yuubey

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Aolani

Aolani walked beside her friend in a sedate manner, rather pleased to feel the fresh, warm Hawaiian air.

"It's times like these that make me glad that I live in Hawaii," Aolani commented aloud, a wide smile on her face. "I just love the weather we have here. It's always so perfect."

Her good mood deteriorated, however, when the image of the Witch's Labyrinth flashed through her mind. A slight frown now marred her face, and Aolani desperately tried to push that image out of her head. Now that they were out of the mall, the events of what they had...experienced that morning, were starting to creep back into her mind. Still, she did her best to ignore such...unpleasant thoughts, if just for the moment. Perhaps it was foolish of her, but she didn't want to ruin the mood of 'normalcy' that she had established earlier.

Besides, she wasn't about to talk with Chiyo about that in the open. She certainly didn't want to sound...insane or childish or whatever to any passerbyers.

Aolani forced the smile back onto her face, and her happiness started to become genuine once more when she and Chiyo came within viewing distance of her house. She did her best not to race over to the front door, mostly because she knew Chiyo wouldn't be able to keep up with her, and she didn't want to make her friend exert herself, anyway. Still, the blonde couldn't help but walk a little faster as they approached the modest, two-story home.

They were inside the house in quick order, and Aolani all but skipped into the main living room, a big grin on her face.

"Good morning, Grandpa!" she cheerily greeted, waving at an older man seated on an armchair.

Makaha Malo peered up from a book he was reading, and smiled grandly at his granddaughter. "Good morning, Aolani! It's good to see you home. And good morning to you too, Chiyo. How are my two favorite girls today?"

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Character Portrait: Margaret Elisabeth Faust Character Portrait: Judith Lillian Cohen

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Margaret

Margaret nodded in reply to Judith's words, both the ones that had and had not been meant for her. After a minute, she said simply "Very well. I'll return momentarily." With that, the dark haired girl walked to the doorway and brushed the drape aside. Then, with a look back at Judith, she entered the room.

Now that she was actually in the room, well technically it would be more accurate to call it an alcove or a nook, a light blush appeared on Margaret's face. She still wasn't one to be embarrassed over things which did not directly involve her, but the addition of the posters was a bit... much.

The veteran Puella Magi closed her eyes briefly, giving a slight sigh and adjusting her headband. Moments later, Margaret had regained her calm, and she set to work sorting through the... films... for the movie they were looking for.

From what she could tell, the majority of the movies in this room actually belonged here, or so she gathered based on their names, which mainly consisted of puns. Having never actually seen these things before, Margaret couldn't say for certain that all films of this kind had names such as those, but the specific puns in question made it fairly clear what one would be watching. Even so, the fact that they were in the room in which they belonged did not mean there was any sort of system to how they were organized.

Two minutes into her search, Margaret was interrupted by the sudden appearance of one of the store's employees, which it apparently did have, though how he had managed to remain hidden in such a tiny store was anyone's guess. For a long moment, neither of them said anything, the employee, a gangly lad who Margaret would estimate to be in his early twenties or so, seemed to be awkwardly attempting to decide what to say. For her part, Margaret merely stood there impassively, waiting patiently for the young man to speak.

"Um..." he finally started, his voice rather squeaky, as though puberty was taking especially long with his vocal cords. "Aren't you a little young to be in here?"

Margaret didn't even bother to dignify this with an answer, both because it was clear what he already thought the answer was, and because the very lack of a sign indicating the age appropriateness of this nook was what had lead to Judith embarrassing herself. Instead she asked, rather flatly, "Does this store carry the movie Knights of the Sacred Sword?"

The employee, Steve judging by his nametag, was apparently expecting a different reaction, as his response was at first a confused "Huh?" Margaret knew that he had heard her just fine, and turned to continue her investigation of the shelves and their contents. Before Steve could muster up an intelligible reply, it seemed that he was unused to shooing people out of this room, and possibly even being in it himself, Margaret located the movie they were looking for, and stepped out from behind the drape.

As Steve went off to the counter, or wherever it was that he had been until now, Margaret walked over to her green haired friend, presenting to her the movie for which they had been searching. Without the slightest hint of a tone she stated, perhaps unnecessarily, "Mission accomplished."

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Character Portrait: Aolani Stevens Character Portrait: Chiyo Wakahisa Character Portrait: Yuubey

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Chiyo

Chiyo personally found the weather to be a bit warm for her liking, though by no means outright unpleasant, but this was likely just due to her being used to colder weather. Nor, being who she was, would Chiyo complain even if it had been blisteringly hot out. Besides, Aolani's good mood was palpable, and Chiyo was more than happy to leave that as it was, particularly considering the earlier events of the day.

As if in response to what Chiyo had just been thinking about, Aolani's good cheer seemed to fall apart at the seams. It wouldn't have been obvious to most, the blonde's face only fell for a moment, but Chiyo had a knack for noticing these things, both natural and learned, and she had a pretty good idea what the cause of the unhappiness. For that same reason however, she knew she couldn't try to revisit the subject that was troubling her friend just yet.

Now that her own mind was on the subject, Chiyo found herself thinking about the offer that had been made to them. A wish and magical powers in exchange for agreeing to help fight dangerous monsters and save lives. To her, it seemed like a pretty good deal, like a call to arms from the first episode of a magical girl anime. She could be of such use, fighting alongside her fellow 'Puella Magi' and lending a hand, even if she didn't end up being that strong.

Returning from her short introspection, the purplette found that they were now at Aolani's house. She smiled appreciatively at how her friend had been so thoughtful as to keep a pace that she could match, despite the track star's obvious excitement. Trying to be obliging, Chiyo broke into a sort of skipping trot wasn't quite walking or jogging, and about even with the latter in terms of speed. Quite frankly, she looked ridiculous, most likely even more so in the eyes of someone who actually knew how to run properly, but she was moving faster than she had been by just walking.

When the two arrived in the house, Aolani greeted her grandfather, who in turn greeted the two of them, asking them how they were. Assuming that she was to answer, based on timing and the fact that Aolani hadn't, Chiyo did so. "Very well, P-Professor Malo. Thank you for asking."

Chiyo had to try very hard to force herself to say 'professor' rather than 'sensei'. Even if it was still technically a title, it just didn't seem nearly respectful enough. It didn't help that she was rather formal as part of her personality, and she still sometimes found herself almost adding '-senpai' or at least '-san' when she was addressing Aolani.

Realizing that she had just answered for both of them, which in her mind was a bit presumptuous, even if Aolani hadn't said anything, and probably would have said something similar if she had, Chiyo looked up at her friend for confirmation.

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Character Portrait: Margaret Elisabeth Faust Character Portrait: Judith Lillian Cohen

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Judith

Judith gave a relieved sigh, glad that this ordeal was finally coming to an end. Now they could get out of this blasted store...

The green-haired girl took the dvd from her friend, briefly checking the price tag stickered on the front of the case. Well within her price range, of course! And she had more than enough money for...

Judith blinked, and gave herself a once over. After a few seconds she felt a small sense of dread well up within her.

Her money was in her wallet. Her wallet was in her purse. And her purse was left behind at home; in her rush to get ready for patrolling that morning, she had left it behind. With meant that she had no money on her to pay for the movie.

Oh dear...

"Um, Margie?" Judith blushed, and felt very guilty for what she was about to ask. "I....left my money at home. Um, could you buy this movie for me, please...?"

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Character Portrait: Aolani Stevens Character Portrait: Chiyo Wakahisa Character Portrait: Yuubey

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Aolani

"Yep! We're doing fine, Grandpa." Aolani confirmed with a slight smile, nodding her head. She felt a brief urge, however, to tell him that everything wasn't okay, and to tell him about everything they had experienced that morning...

But, the blonde knew that would be a bad idea. Her Grandpa would never believe her; if anything, he'd probably grow rather concerned about her mental health and state of mind. Which would be a rather valid concern, all things considered.

Aolani was about to elaborate further, when she felt her stomach growl and protest. A light blush came to her cheeks, and a nervous chuckle escaped her lips.

Makaha raised an eyebrow in surprise, giving his granddaughter a questioning look. "Did you forget to eat breakfast at Chiyo's, Aolani?"

"Ah, yeah. We both sorta forgot. Sorry." Aolani admitted, blushing still. In all the excitement that had occurred this morning, she'd forgotten to grab a bite to eat at the mall with Chiyo, like they had said they would.

"We were just so, uh, busy that we sorta forgot to eat at the mall. And Chiyo's parents weren't home by the time we left, and neither of us really know how to cook, so..." the biracial girl gave a little shrug, trailing off.

Makaha gave a soft chuckle, and shook his head. After a moment he put his book away, and slowly stood up from his chair. "Well then, I suppose I'll have to correct that. Give me thirty minutes and I should have something whipped up for the both of you. Okay?"

Aolani smiled despite her mild embarrassment, and nodded her head at her grandfather. "Sure, Grandpa! That sounds great to me."

Makaha nodded, and shortly left the living room, ruffling Aolani's hair as he passed. The blonde smiled at him as he disappeared from view. A few seconds later she turned to Chiyo, an inquiring look on her face.

"So. Uh, I guess we should go wait in my room while he cooks?" Aolani suggested, her eyes moving over to the stairs that led to the second floor of the house, and to her room as well.

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Character Portrait: Margaret Elisabeth Faust Character Portrait: Judith Lillian Cohen

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Margaret

Margaret gave a small understanding smile, this, along with most of her other expressions, seemed to be something she showed only Judith. "Of course. Actually, that had been my intention anyway, so this works out nicely."

Margaret was, of course, lying through her teeth, something she had gotten pretty good at. The elder Puella Magi had no money, either here or at home. The financial situation that her family was currently in, which was largely her fault she remembered, meant that there was rarely, if ever, enough excess money for her to receive an allowance of some kind. She had never deliberately hid this fact from Judith, though she never really brought it up either. Apparently, the latter was what won out in the end, and there was no way that Margaret was going to deny her junior this.

Pretending to check her pockets, Margaret, obviously, came up empty. "Hm, it seems my wallet must have fallen out of my pocket back at the food court. Stay here with the movie. I'll return shortly."

And with that, she was out of the store, her hair flying out behind her.

Again, this evaluation, and a naturally assumed part of the statement that followed, was less than completely honest. Margaret did not even own a wallet, nor was she headed to the food court. She did, however, intend to be back momentarily. Margaret was not proud of this deception, but she doubted that Judith would approve of how she was about to obtain the money needed, and she didn't want to disappoint the girl by telling her that they simply wouldn't be able to get the movie for Ruth. Furthermore, what if the movie wasn't there when they got back, and they couldn't find it anywhere else? Then, not only would Judith be disappointed, Ruth would be too, which might even cause Judith to feel as though the situation was her fault, and that was something that Margaret simply could not allow.

So Margaret approached an ATM, and, making positively sure that there was nobody nearby, placed her hand on the screen as though she were using it in he traditional way. She could have just busted the machine open, but that would call a good deal of attention, and while she had no doubt that she could abscond with whatever ill-gotten gains she fancied before anyone arrived, it was unlikely that there wouldn't be at least one security camera with a view of this spot. Instead, she summoned her shield.

Now, originally Margaret's shield did not wrap around her as it typically did when she fought nowadays. When she was just starting out, the thing appeared as a transparent square, which floated in front of her. It was only about a month later that she had learned how to bend and stretch and otherwise alter the shape of the protective barrier, as well as move it around well enough that she could actually use it as she did now without being stuck in one spot.

It took a great deal of maneuvering the very compressed shield around in the ATM's inner workings, but she finally managed to force it to cough up two bills. So long as they weren't fives or ones that should be sufficient. Margaret doubted the movie cost more then twenty dollars or so.

Oops.

Margaret really had only been trying to get tens, but it appeared that these bills had one too many zeros one them. This was problematic not only because this much would be missed when someone finally checked the records, but also because even she wouldn't be able to convince Judith that she just happened to carry around hundred dollar bills in her non-existent wallet. She would need to get change before she went back.

Perhaps a trip to the food court wasn't such a bad idea after all.

In the end, Margaret not only ended up going to the food court to acquire change, but also buying both herself and Judith a late breakfast to hopefully attract a little less attention, besides they hadn't eaten yet. Also, since she would now need a place to keep this money, she bought a wallet on the way back.

The noirette did feel a bit guilty about the method in which she had acquired the money. Contrary to the impression she could occasionally give, she did have a conscience, and did care about things besides herself and those close to her, otherwise she wouldn't spend all that time chasing Yuubey all over the bloody island, it was just that she had priorities. She was also objective enough to see that the money had to be taken from someone, whoever owned the ATM in this case. It wasn't like when she left Familiars alive long enough for them to eat people and become Witches when Grief Seeds became scarce, that was done solely for her and Judith's continued survival, not that that was often necessary. This was petty thievery.

This thought did not please Margaret at all, and she immediately rallied herself against it. It was entirely possible that she would have to tell one of those girls that Yuubey wanted to contract with the truth about becoming a Magical Girl, as a last ditch effort to deter them from doing so, and, while she would try to keep that matter private, she couldn't be perfectly sure that word would not find its way to Judith. If it did come to that, Margaret did not need Ruth disappointed on her birthday, and the resulting feelings of guilt, to add to the difficulty of preventing her partner from falling into despair. Not that she thought that Judith's little sister would actually say anything to express said disappointment, but Judith would know, and that would be enough.

Besides, if these people didn't have insurance on these machines, she was teaching them a valuable lesson, one that they would likely lose far more learning it from anyone else.

And so, having resolved her moral dilemma, at least temporarily, Margaret arrived back at the video store laden with a bag of breakfast pastries in one arm, the hand attached to the arm extending the necessary amount of cash to the clerk behind the register, who was curiously not Steve, and two cups of tea balanced expertly in her other hand.

Turning to address her green haired friend, she the explained the situation, at least to a certain extent. "Apologies, it took a bit longer than I expected. While I was there, I realized that we didn't have time to eat this morning."

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Character Portrait: Aolani Stevens Character Portrait: Chiyo Wakahisa Character Portrait: Yuubey

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Chiyo

Chiyo considered mentioning that she actually did (sort of) know how to cook, but wasn't one to cut in while other people were talking, especially not for the purpose of correcting someone, and most certainly not if that someone was Aolani.

She felt a bit guilty for not having prepared breakfast for them herself earlier, even if Aolani had seemed a bit dubious about the idea even before she'd gone and jinxed it, and wanted to at least offer to help this time. But the professor was already out of the room by the time she'd actually gathered the courage to speak up, so asking now would be a little pointless.

A moment later, she turned to her friend, who was just then turning to suggest they wait in her room.

"Alright." Chiyo agreed. Hopefully Aolani would be willing to talk about this whole magic business when they got there. While she was aware that it clashed rather strongly with her more realistic friend's worldview, it wasn't as though ignoring it would make it any less real, and they'd have to talk about it eventually. Besides, keeping the issue bottled up and not talking about it couldn't be good for her.

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Character Portrait: Aolani Stevens Character Portrait: Chiyo Wakahisa Character Portrait: Yuubey

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Aolani

Aolani nodded and went over to the stairs, climbing up them with Chiyo in quick order. She turned left at the base of the stairs, marching on down the hall. She passed by a closed door on the way to her room, and while she briefly quickened her pace to get passed that door...her eyes couldn't help but linger on it, for a few scant seconds.

Behind that door was her parents room. Or at least, it used to be her parents room. Now...well, it wasn't really used anymore, at all. Neither she nor her grandfather had done anything with the room since her parents' deaths. Makaha himself lived in what used to be the guest bedroom.

Now and again, she did like to...go in there, and just lay on the bed. It brought her a small amount of relief when she was troubled or upset, like her parents were still with her, still here to comfort their darling daughter.

Aolani had a feeling she'd go in there quite a bit for the next few days. But for now, she couldn't dwell on that. She still had to talk things out with Chiyo...

The blonde reached her room at the end of the hallway, and opened the door to get in, stepping inside.

Aolani had made the bedroom her own over the years, to say the least. The walls were covered in posters of musicals, Hollywood and Broadway, modern and classic. On the far corner, Aolani had a modest shelf that contained row after row of dvds; mostly musicals, though not all. The screen-saver of her personal computer, located on her desk, flashed through various images of musicals past and present. And the sheets of her bed...well, Aolani wasn't quite so childish as to have bedsheets that had the faces of the actors of one of her favorite musicals, or some such thing, so her bed was remarkably normal. But that didn't mean the blonde had entirely outgrown such things; the pillow on her bed still had a casing over it that depicted scenes from the latest revival of the musical Wicked.

The biracial girl walked over to her bed, and plopped down on it, motioning for Chiyo to set down beside her. A brief silence stretched between them, as Aolani thought of something to say.

"Well..." she began, rather lamely, in her own opinion. "A lot of stuff...happened this morning, didn't it?"

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Character Portrait: Margaret Elisabeth Faust Character Portrait: Judith Lillian Cohen

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Judith

"Oh!" Judith perked up, blinking in surprise as Margaret paid for the dvd. "Thanks, Margie! I'd forgotten all about breakfast..."

She'd been in such a rush to get dressed earlier, that she'd forgotten to have something to eat before leaving with her friend. Strange she hadn't noticed that earlier; especially after fighting that Witch. By all rights, she should be starving. Weird that she didn't feel even the least bit hungry...

Oh, well. She wasn't about to question that too much.

Judith took the bagged dvd once the transaction was finished, slinging the plastic bag around her shoulder. She was glad all that had worked out, in the end. Ruth would just love her for this, no doubt; she'd been wanting this movie for so long! The green-haired girl couldn't wait to see the joyous look on her sister's face when she opened up her present on her birthday...

"Thanks for buying the dvd and for the food and drink, too, Margie!" Judith beamed, smiling widely at her companion as they walked out of the store. She reached over and took one of the cups of tea, and sipped from it.

"What food did you get?" she further inquired, eying the bag Margaret carried in her other hand.

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Character Portrait: Aolani Stevens Character Portrait: Chiyo Wakahisa Character Portrait: Yuubey

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Chiyo

Chiyo had always found Aolani's love of musicals to be rather interesting, when one considered her usual disposition. The mental image of her, admittedly rather cynical, friend breaking into song to express her feelings made Chiyo giggle a bit. Then again, the idea of Chiyo with a harem of heroines was probably a thought that Aolani would find amusing, were it to occur to her.

At her friend's invitation, the shorter girl sat on the bed beside her. Perhaps a bit closer than strictly necessary, but Chiyo wanted to be close at hand if the situation they were about to discuss, which had by consequence invalidated Aolani's world view, began to get to her. All the same, the proximity again caused Chiyo to redden slightly.

"Well..." the blonde started. "A lot of stuff...happened this morning, didn't it?"

Chiyo wasn't quite sure how she was expected to respond to that.

In the end, that being after an uncomfortably long pause, Chiyo finally settled on just agreeing. "It did." Obviously that wasn't all that she thought about the matter, but Chiyo figured it was best to let Aolani set the pace on this subject. Chiyo herself was still pretty keen on the idea of becoming a Magical Girl and saving lives, but she didn't want to just rush in saying so.

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Character Portrait: Margaret Elisabeth Faust Character Portrait: Judith Lillian Cohen

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Margaret

In reply to the offers of thanks, Margaret merely shrugged as if to say "Of course." The inquiry as to what breakfast foods had been obtained however, actually made her have to stop and think. Margaret knew that she had gotten pastries, but she had just selected a large variety of them at random, so to firstly explain why she would be paying with a hundred dollar bill, and also so that the possibility of Judith not liking one kind or another would be less of an issue.

In the end, she settled for readjusting the objects in her hands so that she was now holding the bag open with both, while balancing her tea on her thumb. It wasn't the most stable of positions for the cup, but Margaret didn't seem inclined to allow it to fall, and it didn't really look like it was going to. She then extended the open bag toward Judith so that she could look inside. "See for yourself." she offered.

The elder Puella Magi wasn't entirely sure where they were headed at the moment, walking through the mall as they were, but she assumed they were going somewhere. Well, obviously they were going somewhere. The part that was assumed was that Judith had some destination in mind. If not, she had to admit that this was nice too.

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Character Portrait: Margaret Elisabeth Faust Character Portrait: Judith Lillian Cohen

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Judith

Judith peered inside the bag, and grinned when she saw its contents. "Ooh, those look delicious, Margie! Thanks again for buying them!"

After another few minutes of walking, Judith finally led them to their destination: a bench located near the mall water fountain. The green-haired girl took a seat on the bench, placing the bag containing the dvd at her feet.

She stretched her hand over to reach into Margaret's bag, and took out a plastic container that held one of the pastries. The younger Puella Magi eagerly opened it up and took out the foodstuff, biting into it. She hummed happily as she chewed, enjoying the taste. She tried to say as much a moment later, though her words came out garbled because of the food.

Judith swallowed, and gave a sheepish grin, a light blush on her face. "This taste delicious, Margie! Thanks for buying it."

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Character Portrait: Aolani Stevens Character Portrait: Chiyo Wakahisa Character Portrait: Yuubey

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Aolani

Aolani remained silent for another minute after Chiyo finally replied, unsure of what to say. In the end though, she managed to come up with something.

"W-Well. I guess one of your biggest dreams just came true, huh?" Aolani began with a strained smile, a rather forced chuckle escaping her lips. "Magical Girls actually exist...heh. That's, uh....well, I c-certainly didn't see that coming, that's for sure."

The blonde fell silent a moment later, unable to really say anything else. She was determined to keep herself together, and at the same time, she didn't want to rain on Chiyo's parade, as it were. She had no doubt in her mind that her more idealistic friend was ecstatic that Magical Girls actually existed, and moreover, that she was being given the opportunity to become a Magical Girl.

Still, it was...hard. The world as she had known it was tearing apart at the seams, which wasn't something Aolani could just ignore, or try to pretend she wasn't feeling.

After a moment, Aolani reached over with her hand, and slipped it into Chiyo's, squeezing her palm softly.

"It's good that at least one of us is h-happy with this..." she muttered after a moment, looking down at the floor.

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Character Portrait: Margaret Elisabeth Faust Character Portrait: Judith Lillian Cohen

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Margaret

"What are friends for?" came Margaret's rhetorical reply to Judith's thanks. She knew that Judith would have done the same for her.

When they arrived at the water fountain, Margaret set the bag of food on the bench beside them, and adopted a more traditional grip on her beverage. Her thumb wasn't hurting from supporting the tea yet, that would take a few hours, but she couldn't actually drink it while balancing it there. Well, she could, just not while holding the bag, and if she wasn't holding the bag then she'd have no reason to continue to balance the drink so precariously.

Hearing her partner's happy humming, it occurred to Margaret that she too needed to eat, at least she assumed she did, and so she reached into the bag and produced a frosted doughnut. The noirette wasn't really one to be concerned with her figure, she wasn't even certain that it was possible for it to change at this point, and even if it was, the exercise from constantly hunting Witches, Yuubey, and Familiars would be able to counteract just about anything.

While the two were chewing, Judith spoke up, unfortunately forgetting to swallow first and not producing a sound that could be translated into English. Margaret glanced over with a single raised eyebrow. A moment later, Judith repeated what she had previously been trying to say, this time clearly. "That's quite alright. I'm glad you enjoy it." Margaret answered simply. She really was happy that the junior Magical Girl was still able to enjoy herself like this, free of any worries about Soul Gems or Witches.

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Character Portrait: Aolani Stevens Character Portrait: Chiyo Wakahisa Character Portrait: Yuubey

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Chiyo

Chiyo smiled a little when Aolani slipped her hand into her's, a smile that would be greater under other circumstances, though it faded at the words that followed. "But Aolani, I don't want to be happy about something that makes you unhappy." she argued. It was true too; as amazing as this all was to Chiyo, she'd still rather have things be normal and Aolani be happy, than have all this happen and so badly affect her friend. Of course, it wasn't exactly like the pair had been offered a chance to choose between the world the way Aolani viewed it, and the way that it apparently was.

...Wait a moment. Wasn't that a possibility? They had been offered any wish after all. All that Chiyo had to do was call out, presumably in her head, to Yuubey, who had said he'd be waiting for just such a call, and she could make all of this stuff, Witches, Magical Girls, Magic, that had been bothering Aolani go away with a single wish.

On the windowsill outside, the Incubator could sense the turn Chiyo's thoughts had taken, and prepared to appear the moment she summoned him. Of course, whether or not granting the wish she was thinking of would be advisable was another matter entirely.

As it was though, Chiyo did not call Yuubey, not yet at least. Firstly, there was the whole paradox thing, how could she make a wish that would make it impossible to grant said wish, after all? Then, more importantly, she thought Aolani might be opposed to the idea, and she didn't quite want to take it up with her just yet.

"So," Chiyo asked, "what do you want to do about this?" Again she considered bringing up that, quite frankly dangerous, idea, but actually suggesting a wish at the moment seemed like jumping the gun a little.