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997795 No. 997795 ID: eedbeb

A short quest set in the world of this comic: https://tippler.itch.io/stay-inside

Will contain disturbing situations but no sexual content.
471 posts omitted. Last 100 shown. Expand all images
No. 1000690 ID: eedbeb
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>Steal a car

“You know anyone nearby with a car?” Emma asks.

Jo shakes her head. The rabbit takes the trolley to her part-time job and a lot of people in the city use public transportation since it’s well-funded and cheap. Emma grumbles and leads them to the nearest gas station, where she intercepts a penguin about to climb back into the driver’s seat.

Emma snarls at the penguin and the combination of her sharp teeth and ruined hand are enough to scare the penguin away.
No. 1000691 ID: eedbeb
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“I don’t know how to drive.” says Jo. “Wait, do you know how to drive?”

Emma is too busy glaring at the arrangement of pedals and levers to answer. Some of her memories are car adjacent, and her basic life experience programming is attempting to fill in the gaps.
No. 1000698 ID: 96c896

Ok so you rotate the wheel to turn, and the pedals make the car go and stop, and the stick changes how the car moves...
The rest is finesse.
No. 1000699 ID: 0c668b

She knows how to drive a car but the only thing she doesent know is how hard to push the pedal, so she immediately crashes into a nearby building and they flee another way.
No. 1000700 ID: 031458

Little is go big is stop the sick courses park reverse and forward.
Turn the key in the little flat hole to start.
If you didn't get a key hotwire it
If you don't know how to do that RUN
No. 1000797 ID: eedbeb
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Emma focuses as hard as she can on the echoes of vehicle knowledge in her brain.

Rotate the wheel to turn…There’s a go pedal and a stop pedal…The stick controls backwards and forwards…

There’s a key in the cup holder and Emma shoves it into the little silver hole and turns. The car rumbles to life and Emma throws it into drive.
No. 1000798 ID: eedbeb
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They manage not to hit anyone on the way out of the gas station and Emma quickly gets a feel for how hard to push the pedals after almost crashing into the car in front of her.

Jo gives directions to a non-freeway major road and they drive peacefully into the sunset.

Except…Are those sirens?
No. 1000799 ID: e75e37

No. 1000802 ID: 7893e3

They better not be.
If they turn out to be, you can’t outrun them. The level of force they’ll use is unknown. You need to get off the road into building cover.
No. 1000806 ID: afe7de

You can’t outrun the cops, turn close to a little wooded area and drop off your summoner, you are the distraction, the killing machine, you can escape easily, she can’t, you did enough for this job
No. 1000827 ID: eedbeb
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“Did you hear something?” Emma asks.

“Me? No.” Jo says.

Emma relaxes back into driving. It’s kind of fun, the gentle acceleration in a small metal box. She likes small spaces.

The buildings are thinning and patches of the surrounding native woods are replacing them. Emma looks at the trees with keen interest, while keeping one eye on the road.
No. 1000828 ID: eedbeb
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The thrum of the engine hides the sound of the impending attack.

A military vehicle slams into the rear of the compact car and Jo yelps with surprise. The armored car rams them again and a soldier shouts at them to pull over through a megaphone.

“Stop the car or you will be run off the road!” he yells.
No. 1000829 ID: 0fae41

Not seeing the difference here! Stop the car, it's better than crashing. You'll need to use all your powers of sneaking to surprise them, Emma - take out their driver first if you can.
No. 1000833 ID: 031458

Emma if that car crashes you'll break every bone in your body and die.

Just pull over.
No. 1000864 ID: eedbeb
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Emma grits her teeth. Jo wouldn’t survive a crash. Come to think of it, she probably wouldn’t either but that’s not as important.

The fox presses the brake and pulls over to the side of the road. Armored vehicles box her in on both ends.

Jo is cowering and Emma flings herself out of the car. Her wrist is still busted and no less than three automatic rifles are immediately pointed in her face.
No. 1000865 ID: eedbeb
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“Calm down.” a tall, thin rat tells the soldiers as she dismounts from the truck with a groan. “The flight here was an absolute pain, I don’t need gunfire setting off a headache.”

The rat addresses Emma. “Stay there and tell us what you are.”
No. 1000868 ID: 031458

Besides perpetually annoyed?

(It's not a lie and better than assassin.)
No. 1000870 ID: afe7de

Use your powers and try to run, they're going to try to interrogate you about your magic and probably imprison you and probably experiment, so its probably better to try to get killed or escape on your own.
No. 1000876 ID: 96c896

Tell them if they let Jo go, you will cooperate.
No. 1000954 ID: eedbeb
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Emma can’t take out this many people at once, especially when they have guns. If she runs, she’ll be deserting Jo, which is unacceptable.

“I’m a guardian. A protector.” she says.

The rat tilts her head. “Construct then. The briefing mentioned something about that. Attempt to capture.” she tells the soldiers.

“Are you going to experiment on me?” Emma asks. “I kill you.”
No. 1000955 ID: eedbeb
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The rat sighs. “Whenever I tell people they could kill me they seem to take it as an invitation, so I’ll be more clear. You cannot. Cooperate and the summoner you are meant to protect will be allowed to live.”

Emma hears Jo gasp. She turns to see the rabbit desperately clutching the ring.
No. 1000959 ID: 031458

That ring is supposed to link us with the creator.
But it isn't working...
The creator is gone...
Will I too cease to work?

*Despair sounds*
No. 1000970 ID: afe7de

Your powers are good at subterfuge, go quietly but plan, plot, and look for opportunities, maybe not the first one you see so you can lull them into a false sense of security. Though you should be wary that they aren’t going to kill your summoner anyway
No. 1000987 ID: 50af53

Narrow eyes at Jo who was supposed to be wait in the car. She has eliminated any other option to you. Then look back at the rat.

Fffffine. I've absolutely no reason to trust you, but I'm in no position to refuse. Then ask Jo for confirmation she approves.
No. 1000990 ID: 96c896

Doesn't look like you have much of a choice. Cooperate.
No. 1001006 ID: eedbeb
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For the first time in her short life, Emma feels despair. If the ring can’t reach the Creator, the Creator is gone. Is it because she’s a failure? Does that mean she’ll fall apart like a broken doll?

“Fine, I’m cooperating.” Emma says, lowering her paws. She can go along with the soldiers for now, lull them into a false sense of security, and escape with Jo later. With Jo surrounded, she doesn’t have much choice.
No. 1001007 ID: eedbeb
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The rat looks pleasantly surprised and stands in silent for moment as though waiting for something terrible to happen.

“All right then, you two can join me in the back while we drive to the nearest secure facility.”

Emma and Jo find themselves in the holding cell of one of the armored cars. The rat sits down with a sigh and considers them.

“I’ve summoned your Magic too, you know. It’s an odd one. Says it’s trying to be nice.”
No. 1001010 ID: 96c896

"That would explain why it told me not to kill too many people."
No. 1001011 ID: 525fc0

That seems to check out, all they did seemed to be a genuine attempt to be helpfull.
No. 1001019 ID: 031458

It made this.... Hold out the ring and another one which it took apparently, without cursing anyone.
Then it disappeared.
No. 1001025 ID: afe7de

It made me for a specific purpose, then told me not to kill people. I'm getting conflicting information and it's frustrating.
No. 1001050 ID: eedbeb
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“That would explain why it told me not to kill so many people.” Emma mutters. “Don’t know why it would make me if it didn’t want me to fulfill the reason for my existence.”

“It has been nice. To me, anyway.” Jo says quietly.

“Yes, I sent it on an errand yesterday and as far as I know it did the job without causing a major calamity.” the rat says with a magnanimous shrug. “But we haven’t been able to summon it again. I was hoping we could start a working relationship. Speaking of which, I’m Gruoch. I work for the government.”
No. 1001052 ID: eedbeb
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Emma gestures at Jo to show the ring to Gruoch, who leans in for a closer look. “It made two of these communication rings from a star and said there weren’t any curses on them. It took mine earlier and we haven’t been able to contact it since then.” she adds.

“The star.” says the rat. “That’s right, it had a red one instead of a gold one when I saw it. What could this mean..?”

Jo shifts nervously while the Gruoch thinks.

“I have an offer for you.” she finally says. “This Magic could be crucial to our futures and it clearly cares about you two. In return for not terminating you for your crimes, help me build a partnership with it.”
No. 1001058 ID: eb1fcc

I mean, sure? He's literally our god and all but they're kind of trusting and straightforward, you can probably just talk to them and they'd go along with it long as you don't try and government skeeze shit bro
No. 1001059 ID: 031458

I mean. That's nice. How about giving us our actual freedom after this partnership is made too?
No. 1001062 ID: d331e0

It's either accept the offer or die, and it's not even much expected from us. Accept the offer (without questioning it or asking for more) and work with them.
No. 1001068 ID: afe7de

This, you probably wouldnt think too much farther ahead since you're probably still plotting escape.
No. 1001075 ID: 53560f

Wow, what a shitty deal. Doesn’t even include insurance or consider the fact that the creator is completely unreachable.
Maybe you could sweeten it a bit?
No. 1001146 ID: eedbeb
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“That’s a shitty deal.” Emma says. She doesn’t add that the Creator would probably be the rat’s friend without any extra help.

“Yeah, that doesn’t ensure anything. You could still torture us or kill us after you have what you want.” Jo agrees.

Gruoch nods. “Those are reasonable concerns. You will have to take my word. This particular Magic has told me not to harm you, though I don’t have complete control of the department and if you try to escape or attack anyone, the soldiers will shoot to kill. You can make your decision once I contact the Magic again.”
No. 1001150 ID: 1f53e8

Two choices here:

Working with the rat to make further friends with the Magic while learning more about Magics and the goverment in the process.


Somehow managing to escape, spending the rest of their lives as outlaws, and Emma killing over a hundred more people.

Mmyeaaah, I'm gonna go with working with the rat on this one, chief.
No. 1001153 ID: 96c896

Hmm, what about pay?
No. 1001154 ID: 89afd9

Issue. Emma is gonna go mad if she can't act on her basic programmed instinct to indiscriminately kill and eat people.
No. 1001162 ID: eedbeb
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“Okay, we’ll think about it but I want to ask some more questions.” Jo says. “Would we get money?”

“Do I get to kill people? I like killing people.” Emma interjects.

“Thank you for considering the offer. There will be plenty of funding and we’re always looking for cursed enforcers.” Gruoch says charitably.

What does Emma do for the rest of the ride?
No. 1001170 ID: 1f53e8

Talk to Joanne about her feelings.
No. 1001184 ID: 031458

The magic seemed really. Childish.
Are they all like that?
Can they have kids?
No. 1001195 ID: eedbeb
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>Talk about feelings

Emma elbows Jo in the side. “How are you doing?”

“Ow! I’m fine. Kind of need to use the bathroom.” Jo replies.

“I mean about the boyfriend dying stuff. And getting captured by the government.”

Jo twists her hands together. “It’s fine. The Magic will fix—“

There’s a clunk above them.

To Emma it sounded like someone had landed on top of the car.
No. 1001196 ID: eedbeb
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Jo’s ears twitch. “What was that?”

They all listen in silence for a few moments, but don’t hear anything else.

“I’m going to let the driver know.” Gruoch says with a frown. “It almost sounded like someone landed—“

The car turns suddenly, slamming Jo into the wall. The rabbit gasps and slides to the floor.
No. 1001197 ID: eedbeb
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Emma wrestles for balance as the car careens to a stop. She drops to her knees next to Jo, who is struggling to breathe.

She hears yelling, several gun shots, and then nothing.

The door to the cab opens and a blood covered, uncanny fox locks eyes with her.
No. 1001198 ID: 894419

She looks... tasty! Lets get her!
No. 1001200 ID: 031458

Jo: *Abject Horror Noises*
No. 1001201 ID: afe7de

Emma - you must consume the other you.
No. 1001202 ID: 2996dc

Great, she is bulletproof and classic Emma has broken hand.

Yeah, we need to find a way to stall for time until the magic can come rescue them.
No. 1001203 ID: 53560f

She looks god damn DELICIOUS!
Do what comes naturally.
No. 1001239 ID: eedbeb
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The smell of gore and viscera floods the cell. Emma’s mouth waters.

The other fox doesn’t say anything, but Emma knows what she’s here for. She stands and puts herself in a fighting position, broken paw at her side.

Whoever wins will have proved herself the superior killer.
No. 1001240 ID: eedbeb
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Emma and E are going to fight! The combat will function under the following simple system:

-The fight begins in neutral
-Emma can take an action to ask for help or try to talk to E while in neutral
-E rolls a 10 sided die, Emma roles a 7 sided die because she is injured
-Whoever rolls higher puts the other person in disadvantage
-If a character loses a roll while in disadvantage they are killed
-If a character wins a roll while in disadvantage the fight returns to neutral
No. 1001241 ID: 96c896

Emma ask Gruoch to back you up. This version of you didn't agree to the deal.
No. 1001243 ID: 031458

Kick her right in the chest!
No. 1001264 ID: afe7de

Ask for backup, CONSUME HER.
No. 1001268 ID: 12e81e

Getting help on a 1v1 is weak move, win using your own ability.
No. 1001275 ID: eedbeb
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>Ask for backup

“Gruoch.” Emma hisses. “Help me.”

E hesitates, eyes narrowed in puzzled recognition at the rat.

“Hm, since you’re a construct, getting help when fighting your clone might be bad form…” Gruoch says nonchalantly. “Wouldn’t your Magic want the stronger one to survive?”

“We had a deal and I have a broken paw, it’s not fair!” Emma shrieks.

“Alright, I’ll help if it looks like you’re in trouble.”

Emma now has +3 to her roll when in disadvantage.
No. 1001276 ID: eedbeb
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E gets over her confusion and lunges towards Emma. The colorless fox slams her head into Emma’s fragile skull, knocking her down with an unpleasant crunch.

Emma feels dazed, but tries to get back on her feet before E can pin her to the floor. It’s difficult in the small space and E slams her into the bench.

Emma is in disadvantage! A particularly creative use of her abilities will increase her chances of survival.
No. 1001278 ID: 2996dc

Turn invisible and sneak up from behind!
No. 1001281 ID: 0fae41

Use invisibility and come from an unexpected angle! Go for an ear.
No. 1001285 ID: 96c896

Fit into the tight space between your clone and the floor, slip out from under her!
No. 1001317 ID: 894419

ooh good idea slip between her legs, then turn invisible and slip back when she turns around thinking she knows your ruse!
No. 1001391 ID: eedbeb
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E tries to pounce and gets tripped by Gruoch’s lean tail. She curses out the rat and Emma uses the distraction to turn invisible.

It feels like dunking her body into a slime bath, dark red fur turning translucent in a patchwork of drips. There’s enough space between E’s legs to squeeze through and attack from behind.

Emma sinks her sharp teeth into E’s ear, ripping the cartilage. With a howl, E tears herself away and the foxes return to neutral.
No. 1001392 ID: eedbeb
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“You’re lucky you have help.” E spits. Despite her bloody ear, she’s grinning.

There’s a thunk on the roof, similar to the one Emma heard before. She won’t be able to handle two clones at once.
No. 1001394 ID: afe7de

Continue fighting, do something unexpected, drop kick her!
No. 1001395 ID: 5378af

Stay mostly invisible and try to get a sneaky hit in
No. 1001396 ID: c8f715

Go invisible and dropkick her!
Also, why aren't you grinning? Be honest, this is fun!
No. 1001402 ID: 731e54

"And you're lucky I'm injured you cheap knockoff!" Then go for her sternum
No. 1001403 ID: 031458

Jo: *Cough* *Gasp* K- Kick her ass Emma!
No. 1001409 ID: eedbeb
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“You’re lucky I’m injured.” Emma retorts.

She hears a cough from behind E. Jo has pushed herself off the floor. Her arms are trembling, probably injured from the car crash.

“Kick her ass Emma.” the rabbit gasps.

Jo’s words are emphasized by a series of smaller thunks, as if the person above them is unsure how to get down and is looking for the best vantage point.
No. 1001410 ID: eedbeb
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Emma focuses and extends her invisibility across her whole body. She won’t be able to hold the power for too long, but hopefully she can finish this in two hits.

E isn’t prepared for a full frontal drop kick that catches her across the sternum. Ribs break under Emma’s heel.

“Agh, my tits.” the faux fox lands on her ass and retches.

E is now in disadvantage.
No. 1001412 ID: 031458

Broken ribs?
No. 1001421 ID: afe7de

You’ve got a broken arm, give her a broken leg. Even the playing fields.
No. 1001432 ID: 6d11da

She'll be expecting another hit to the chest. Chomp down on her leg!
No. 1001437 ID: 0fae41

Eat your heart out, Emma.
No. 1001449 ID: 094652

Jump up and down on her ribcage until she breaks.

Consider transplant surgery.
No. 1001450 ID: eedbeb
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With her enemy vulnerable, Emma goes for the kill. She prepares to stab her good paw through E’s damaged chest and heart.

E is ready for her. When Emma attempts to dive forward, E socks her in the diaphragm, knocking the wind out of her and giving her spine a generous realignment.

“You thought that was all I had? Ha!” E is back on her feet in an instant. Despite her injuries she’s still in a good mood.

Emma staggers against the wall. Since Gruoch won’t help, it’ll be difficult to actually end the fight in her favor.
No. 1001451 ID: eedbeb
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“Uh.” says a familiar voice from the open door.
There’s a stocky rabbit with E’s coloration standing in the doorway. She’s holding a very real brown briefcase.

“Hi J.” says E brightly. “Come help me clobber my other self.”

“No? We should do our own thing instead of worrying about them. Come on, I got a fuck ton of cash.”

E considers the offer. Does Emma let the fox go or continue the fight until one of them dies?
No. 1001454 ID: 96c896

Two rabbits means two guardians are needed. Might as well stop fighting since there's not a lot of point.

Wellllll you could keep fighting but agree for it to be nonlethal. First one to say uncle is the loser and must live with the shame of being inferior. Or if you can't trust eachother to stop or actually aim for nonvitals, call it off.
No. 1001460 ID: 50af53

Magic: show up and be aghast at the situation.
No. 1001469 ID: afe7de

Keeeeep fightinggggg
No. 1001476 ID: 094652

Yes, back off and let the cartoon couple ride off into the sunset with a briefcase of money, whereupon they will be arrested by authorities and pinned for all the stuff you did.
No. 1001477 ID: 894419

Peace? Negotiation? Live and let live? these are all things used by people who aren't as hungry as you. Keep at it! Kill her!
No. 1001510 ID: 031458

Let whomever loses this battle be resurrected with a curse so old even I know it's name!
No. 1001529 ID: eedbeb
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>Keep fighting

“We’re going to finish this.” Emma snarls.

E looks at her in surprise. “Real me, speaking out of some misplaced self-preservation, I don’t think that’s a good idea for your health.”

Emma swings at her and the fight resumes, frantic and bloody.

“So are you the rat?” J asks Gruoch, as they wait for someone to die.

“I have no idea what you’re talking about, so probably. You’ll need to be careful here, you stick out as clearly magical.” Gruoch replies.

“We’ll be careful. We can wear clothes and stuff.”
No. 1001530 ID: eedbeb
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The brawl goes back and forth enough times that Emma loses count. She’s usually the one on the ground or in mortal danger, but with Gruoch’ help she dodges the fatal blows until they’re both a mess of broken bones and smeared blood.

It only takes one mistake—

E’s claws tear open her throat.
No. 1001531 ID: eedbeb
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You feel an acute pain in your chest.

Bringing J out of retirement was easy enough, but traveling home has proved a bizarre experience. The stars are propelling you at warp speed, but you’re not really getting anywhere.

At least now you can feel the call of home, but you’re rapidly running out of power. It doesn’t help that someone you care about just died, by the feel of your instinctive sadness.
No. 1001533 ID: 031458

J:What? How? I'm just albino, clearly!

You'll un-die them when you get back, don't worry.

For now, just concentrate on getting back to the real world.
No. 1001546 ID: 96c896

Won't the death lend you extra power? Let all the emotions give you focus. Your own desire matters here.
No. 1001568 ID: eedbeb
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You try to concentrate on the feeling of home, using the pain of your sorrow to drive you forward.

It doesn’t work. The remnants of the stars flicker and fade and you’re left floating in an endless nothing.

You’re tired and scared. You’ll never see your parents again if you’re stuck in this limbo between retirement and reality.
No. 1001569 ID: eedbeb
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You hear a faint voice and twist to face the source. There’s a blue star in the distance, and from it you catch a few words.

”Dear, come home!”
”We’re all so worried—”
”The elder told us—”
”You have to come home!”
No. 1001570 ID: afe7de

Go to the star! Focus on getting home, you can do it Magic, we believe in you!
No. 1001571 ID: 96c896

Oh hey that's another star you can use to fuel your journey.
No. 1001572 ID: e51896

Man, you'll have so many stories to tell when you get over to that blue star!
No. 1001580 ID: eedbeb
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You drag yourself towards the blue star, using every bit of your willpower to face its overwhelming glow.

It’s enormous. You can barely see faint shapes moving around its center, shouting encouragement and beckoning you closer.

You reach out a shaky hand and touch the surface. The light pulls you in and surges through your form.
No. 1001581 ID: eedbeb
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“You’re back! You’re here!”

You’re surrounded by nudges and a cacophony of cheers. Your parents smother you with their forms, both crying blue tears.

“We thought you would be gone forever.” your dad sobs.

“How do you feel darling?” your mother asks. “We all came together and made that star to help you.”

Tears stream down your face. “I’m okay.” you choke.

There’s plenty to fix in the mortal world and stories to tell to your fellow Magics, but for now you embrace your parents and let them take you to a quiet place to rest.
No. 1001582 ID: eedbeb
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Thanks for reading.
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