A Learning Experience 17-04

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“You are so lucky, I can’t decide if I wanna hug you and jump up and down or punch you in the arm.”

In response to Sands’ words, I winked at her from the other side of the couch in the lounge where the two of us were watching Columbus and Sean go after each other in an increasingly erratic and intense game of pool. “If you hug tight enough, maybe it’ll be just like being punched. So you get the best of both worlds.” Pausing, I amended, “I mean, no, go for the nice hug. I don’t deserve to be punched.”

It was Wednesday afternoon, the day after my first lesson with Gaia. Which, obviously, was what Sands was talking about. Now she shook her head. “Maybe not, but seriously, dude. Do you have any idea how cool it is? Special tutoring sessions with Baroness Sinclaire. That’s like… like… Columbus, help!”

Without looking away from where he was lining up his next shot, Columbus asked, “Help with what?”

Sands scooted on the couch, leaning up to look that way. “I need a really important Bystander sports star that it would be amazing to learn from. You know, to match Flick’s thing with the headmistress.”

In response, Columbus finally turned his head to peer over his shoulder at the girl. “And exactly what part of my room full of comic books and honestly probably disturbingly complete knowledge of Star Wars trivia makes you think I’d have the slightest idea of a good example of a current sports hero?”

Snorting in spite of myself, I waved a hand for him to go back to his game. “I get the point, believe me.” Pausing then, I resisted the urge to lower my voice. There was still no reason to go shouting about what was going on, but for once, my meetings with Gaia didn’t actually have to be a complete secret. After all, people generally knew that a lot of stuff had happened involving me. They knew that some important Stranger had invaded the school grounds in an attempt to attack me. So we didn’t have to keep the fact that I was meeting with Gaia as completely secret as some of the other things.

So, instead of hushing everyone like my paranoid mind wanted to right then, I cleared my throat and shrugged. “It’s not that big of a deal. I haven’t even managed to make the spell thing work yet.”

From the other side of the room, a voice spoke up. “What spell thing?” Erin Redcliffe, Vanessa’s roommate, was walking our way with Rudolph and Tristan on either side of her. Vanessa herself was bringing up the rear, her nose buried in a thick leather-bound book with weird symbols on the front.

Sands hesitated, but I shrugged and answered, “The headmistress is giving me a little um, help. You know, so maybe even if things keep going wrong, they don’t have to call in the cavalry so much.”

“Sweet!” The electric-blue haired girl pumped her fist with a grin. “Extra tutoring from the Baronness?”

“You mean you’re not jealous?” I asked after a momentary hesitation, looking at her curiously.

“Are you kidding?” Erin retorted. “I’m so jealous, I almost wish I could stuff you in a closet and borrow a masker to go out and take your place. But I’m pretty sure the headmistress would figure it out.” Pausing then, she added with a sheepish smile, “Oh, and also because it would be bad. Very bad.”

There was a pause as she seemed to think about it for another moment before shrugging. “But you know, the way I see it, at least someone gets to learn from her. I can be jealous of you without being, like, mad or pissed off about it. I wish I had the chance, but I’m not gonna rip your head off for it.”

“Maybe you should be her teammate then,” Sands teased while nudging me with her foot. “Cuz I’m still seriously considering that whole ‘take a masker after stuffing her in a closet’ thing. That sounds like a good plan.” Brightening, she added, “And hey, I could blame the whole thing on you if it comes out.”

Good, this was good. It helped distract me from the fact that I was temporarily weaponless. Well, okay, I still had the knife from my mother of course. But not my staff. Avalon had taken it early that morning, shortly before our daily workout. She’d said something about upgrades, promising that I’d get it back soon and that it’d be worth it in the end. Then the girl had gone into great detail about how she’d kill me herself if I managed to get myself in any actual trouble while my weapon was out of my hands.

Tristan put a hand on Erin’s back, grinning. “Hey, no making our team look bad. We’re already losing Rudolph.” His grin faltered as he glanced to the boy himself. “You really didn’t have to do that, man.”

“Do what?” I asked, blinking back and forth between hefty boy with white-blonde hair and Tristan.

Rudolph gave an embarrassed shrug. “It’s not a big deal. Since our team had seven people with Tristan and Paul’s team’s down to five with Roxa gone, they said we needed to move someone over there. They were gonna move Tristan since he’s the newest, but I said I’d go instead so he could stay with Vanessa.”

“Aww.” Hopping to my feet, I gave the boy a hug. “That’s amazing, Rudolph.” Even as a pang of guilt about not being able to help Roxa yet so she could come back (not to mention the fact that the whole reason she had to stay away in the first place was because of my inability to think ahead and warn Tristan about what was about to happen) struck me, I forced it aside and tried to focus on the positive. Releasing the uncomfortable looking Rudolph, I gave him an easy smile and teased, “I hope you’re not stepping into Roxa’s position everywhere. I think Jazz might object to having you as a roommate.”

Vanessa giggled a little bit, finally pulling her nose out of her book to look at me. The girl didn’t say anything, though she did step a little bit closer to Tristan while giving me a quick nod of thanks.

I wondered if she had any clue just how much I kept checking out her twin brother in spite of myself.

Rudolph, for his part, blushed deeply before giving one of his trademark languid shrugs. “No big.”

That was Rudolph. Nothing was ‘big.’ He did all the work that he had to do, but he never really showed much excitement or enthusiasm toward anything. He did the bare minimum in the easiest possible way.

Unfortunately, that was the moment that the worst member of Vanessa’s team made his own appearance. Zeke stepped into the room and immediately made a beeline toward us. “Good,” the boy with the wildly tousled brown hair announced as soon as he was close. “You’re not hiding somewhere.”

After looking both ways, I put my hand to my chest and blinked at him. “Me? Why would I be hiding?”

“Yeah, Zeke,” Erin put in. “Why would she be hiding? And try to not to be racist with your answer.”

“We’re both white, it can’t be ra–” the boy started to retort before heaving a sigh that I had a feeling came a lot when he interacted with his team. “Whatever. I just meant I’m glad it was easy to find you.”

Grinning at him, I asked, “Was that so hard to say? You came about the project for Carfried, right?”

Still standing stiffly, Zeke gave a short, quick nod. “You heard what he said today. We’ve got until Friday to make it work. So if you’re not too busy being kidnapped or wandering into danger, it’d be nice if we could go practice.” As he finished talking, the boy reached up to take off his glasses and cleaned them with a handkerchief from the inside pocket of his uniform jacket. If I hadn’t known any better, I would’ve guessed that he was parodying something incredibly British. But no, that was just Zeke.

He did have a point though, we needed to get that done. So rather than snark, I just gave him a thumbs up. “Sure, let’s get this thing done.” Glancing back to Sands, I added, “Lemme know who wins?”

Even as the other girl was nodding, Sean called out from the pool table. “Spoilers, it’s gonna be me.”

“Well, whoever it is,” Tristan put in, “they’ll only be reigning champion for about five minutes or so.”

Sands raised an eyebrow at that, looking interested. “Why, you gonna challenge them or something?”

“Me?” Tristan smirked, shaking his head. “No.” Reaching back, he caught hold of his sister’s arm and tugged her out in front of him as the girl gave a soft yelp of surprise. “Nessa. She’ll take on the winner.”

Poor Vanessa blinked rapidly, still catching up with what was going on and exactly what her brother was volunteering her for. Then a soft pink blush crossed her face. “I—what? I—I’m not—that’s not…”

“Dude, yeah!” Erin blurted, her own smile widening. “We’ve seen you play around with all that stuff. All that stuff you were going on about with the whole angle and momentum thing. You’ll kick ass!”

While poor Vanessa was clearly trying to figure out how to deal with both her roommate and her brother pushing her to ‘kick the ass’ of whoever won Sean and Columbus’s match, I glanced toward Zeke. I expected to find the boy looking annoyed, as usual. Instead, his gaze was fixed past me with a weird sort of wistful expression, and I turned my head slightly to see what, exactly, he was looking at.

Sands. His gaze was fixed on Sands, who was laughing as she helped try to coax Vanessa into accepting the invitation to play pool. As the petite brunette loudly pointed out that Vanessa needed to ‘remind the boys who was in charge’, Zeke was watching her with a look that screamed twitterpated.

As that realization struck me, my mouth opened. But before I could say anything (not that I knew exactly what I was going to say anyway), a new voice called out from the doorway. “Hey, Flickster!”

Blinking, I turned to find Nevada by the door. She gave me a quick wave. “Mind if we talk for a sec?”

Ignoring Zeke’s mumble about how we were never gonna get to work, I nodded. “Oh, sure, Prof—Nevada.” To my project partner, I added, “Sorry, it’ll just take a second. Then we can work, I promise.”

Nevada led me out of the lounge and past the doors that led into the cafeteria, to the exit. Meanwhile, I kept trying to tell myself to stop noticing exactly how much bounce there was whenever the blonde woman moved. Not that it actually helped very much, because my brain was a dirty, dirty traitor.

Once we were out on the grass behind the building, she finally turned and reached down to the silver bracelet on her wrist. Tossing it aside, she waited while the bracelet reshaped itself into its tall metal crate form before clearing her throat as she looked back to me. “So like, Avalon and Columbus were asking about upgrades for your staff,” Nevada explained. “I assume you already knew about all that.”

My head bobbed up and down quickly. “They’ve been trying to help since… you know, all that stuff.” I flinched at the thought of everything that had happened in such a short period of time. Then I blinked up, my eyes widening a bit. “They didn’t do anything wrong, did they? Because it’s totally all my-”

Nevada laughed, head shaking. “Relax, Flick, no one’s in trouble. You knew Avalon had your staff?”

Again, I nodded. “She was borrowing it to do some work. She said she had an idea about how to make it better in case–” Coughing, I amended that in mid-sentence. “I mean, when something else happens.”

“Yeah, good point,” Nevada agreed before reaching into her storage bin. “Anyway, they had ideas, but they’re still learning and they didn’t wanna make you wait for years before you got that upgrade. Besides, Avalon’s been busy upgrading her own weapons, and Columbus… well, he’s got some super-duper secret project of his own. So–” She tugged out my staff and held it up. “They asked me to help out a bit. Hope you don’t mind.”

“Mind?” I stared at her. “You went out of your way to help, and you think I’d mind? You’re crazy.”

Laughing at that, Nevada offered a shrug. “You’d be surprised. Some Heretics get really touchy about who handles their weapons. It’s kind of a personal thing. But Avalon insisted you’d be okay with it.”

“I am, totally,” I confirmed quickly before looking at the staff in her hand. “But you already managed to do something with it? I mean damn, Valley just took the staff this morning. You work fast.”

Nevada gave me a dazzling Barbie smile. “Well, I am totally awesome. But like, that’s not how it works. See, they talked to me like two weeks ago, and I’ve been working on other kinetic-burst staffs. You know, figuring out what would work and what wouldn’t. So then, like, once it was all done and I had the plans fixed up, all I needed was your actual staff to put it all together. That’s how we do it.”

“Oh.” I coughed, flushing. “I guess that makes sense, doing all the steps of the upgrade ahead of time and then just putting it together. Heretics probably really don’t like losing access to their weapons.”

She nodded. “Exactly. There’s not a living Heretic out there that would agree to hand over their weapon for days at a time. So we just get used to tinkering with copies until we know exactly what we’re doing, then take the weapon for as short a time as possible. Which, for you, was just a few hours.” She lifted the staff, waving it at me before holding the weapon out. “Take it, see how different it feels. The weight might be a little bit more than it used to be, but it shouldn’t be too bad once you swing it a few times.”

Curiously, I took the staff and hefted it, passing the thing from one hand to the other before giving it an experimental spin. “Yeah,” I nodded slowly. “I guess it does feel a tiny bit heavier, but it’s not too bad.”

The woman’s grin brightened even more, dazzling me. “Awesome! So, two different upgrades for this thing.”

“Two?” I echoed, blinking in surprise before looking down at the weapon in my hand. “It still looks the same.”

Nevada winked at me. “It’s supposed to.” Coughing, she pointed to the case clipped to my belt. “That’s the thing for the sand that Columbus and Avalon finished back in track training, right?” When I nodded, she moved her hand to point to the staff. “See that tiny button right there?”

Curious, I turned the weapon over to find where she was pointing. Sure enough, there was a little spot where my left thumb generally went that could be pushed in with a little bit of pressure. “Got it.”

“Press it,” Nevada instructed with an eager smile, clearly anxious for me to see what she’d done.

So, I did. As I pressed the button, the staff hummed a little in my hands and a small dark red spot of energy appeared at the end of it. And through that glowing spot, I could feel… sand? Blinking, I extended my focus and gave an experimental tug. Sure enough, as I did, a cloud of the stuff burst out of the end of the staff, where the glowing red spot was.

“It’s a short-distance portal,” the Development Track advisor informed me. “It links directly to that thing on your belt. So when that runs out of sand, so does the staff. I just thought it’d be good for you to have quick access to it without letting go of your weapon. Plus, now you can incorporate all that sand flying around into your fighting style.”

Unable to help the gleeful noise that escaped me, I experimented a little by spinning the staff and pulling sand in and out through the tiny portal. It was glorious, and I could already think of ways to use my sand now that I didn’t have to let go of the staff and reach down to my belt to do it.

“Nevada, this is—this is… you didn’t have to—I mean, you’re amazing.”

“Aww, you don’t have to butter me up,” the woman teased. “I’ll show you the other thing.”

I blinked once. “Other—oh! You said there was something else? Wait, there’s more?”

“Of course there’s more.” Nevada scoffed at me. “Hold both ends up near the tips. Yeah, like that. Now push in, then pull out again real quick.”

After following her directions, I felt the staff shift in my grip. Yelping a little, I held it up while the ends bent backward and flared a little bit. Meanwhile, the center slid around while a small indent appeared at about the mid-point. Once the staff was done shifting around into a curved shape, a slender strand of glowing string-like energy extended from the one tip down to the other. it wasn’t a staff anymore. Now it was a–

“Bow!” Nevada announced. She was grinning again, laughter clearly right on the tip of her tongue as she gave me the punchline. “Get it? It’s a Bowstaff. Bowstaff!

Eyes widening, I touched the glowing energy strand that functioned as the bowstring. It hummed under my touch.

“The string’s made out of the same kinetic energy that you use when you make your mines or whatever,” Nevada explained with obvious eagerness. “Now pinch the string right there where an arrow should be.”

Slowly, I followed her instructions. As I pinched the string, another glowing energy construct appeared. An arrow made out of the same glowing kinetic energy. I gasped, slowly pulling back at the arrow along with the string.

It was a bow. It worked just like a bow. Not that I’d had a lot of experience with them, but still.

The older blonde continued quickly. “It uses the same charging system as the staff part, so you can only fire a few at a time before it needs to recharge. Or you can charge up one really powerful shot instead. But your friends said that you really could use some kind of ranged option, so this seemed like the best way to go.”

“It’s… it’s great,” I managed, staring at the energy arrow that I’d pulled back. “Though I don’t really know how to use a bow very much…”

“You’ll just need to get some tutoring help to use it right.” Nevada agreed while helping me ease the string back down until the arrow disappeared. “Hey, Rudolph uses a bow. Maybe he’ll help you out.”

“I’ll um, I’ll ask him,” I agreed quietly, staring at that weapon. At the older woman’s suggestion, I gave it a quick shake up and down, and the bow reshaped itself back into my familiar staff.

“Nevada, I–” Something caught in my throat, and I quickly hugged the woman. “I wish I knew how to repay you.”

For a second, she stiffened under the hug. Then I felt her relax, her voice soft. “It’s no problem, Flick. I don’t want anything to happen to you. But if you really want to pay me back, do me a favor.

“Never use the word ‘wish’ around me again.”

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  1. See? I told you guys Flick wouldn’t be limited to just her ‘ordinary’ staff forever. And I even got to make a pun out of it. How fun is that?

    For those of you who may be disappointed that we didn’t see more of the training with Gaia, don’t worry. That should come up next time, and we will see how the animal spell is supposed to work. I just figured it was better to move for the time being. We’ll check in on Flick’s progress with it soon so you can see how it works when she’s closer to managing it.

    Anyway, guess what, guys. We’re still up in the top ten of Top Web Fiction! How sweet is that? 😀 If you’d like to help keep us up there, feel free to click right here!

    Oh, and speaking of help, if you’ve ever donated anything toward this story (either for a mini-interlude or toward a general bonus chapter) please note that you can e-mail me at ceruleanscrawling@gmail.com to let me know what your donation was and thus be added onto the mailing list so that you can vote for future interlude subjects along with the other donators. 🙂

    Finally, our tags for today are: Columbus, Erin Redcliffe, Felicity Chambers, Flick, Hey Look More Excuses For Flick To Interact With Someone Outside Of Her Immediate Circle. Bow Training From Rudolph!, Nevada, Rudolph Parsons, Sands, Sean, Shiori Is Thoroughly Disappointed That She Didn’t Come Up With ‘Bowstaff.’, Tristan Moon, Vanessa Moon, Zeke Leven

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  2. ““It’s a short-distance portal,” the Development Track advisor informed me. “It links directly to that thing on your belt. So when that runs out of sand, so does the staff. I just thought it’d be good for you to have quick access to it without letting go of your weapon. Plus, now you can incorporate all that sand flying around into your fighting style.””
    Me: Huh. Hands-free sand manipulation while still actively using the burst staff in battle is a rather nice upgrade.

    “The older blonde continued quickly. “It uses the same charging system as the staff part, so you can only fire a few at a time before it needs to recharge. Or you can charge up on really powerful shot instead. But your friends said that you really could use some kind of ranged option, so this seemed like the best way to go.””
    Me: Very thoughtful/insightful of them. Yeah, Flick lacking any true ranged options was a notable weakness in her capabilities. I guess she will need to add Archery training on her to-do list.

    “For a second, she stiffened under the hug. Then I felt her relax, her voice soft. “It’s no problem, Flick. I don’t want anything to happen to you. But if you really want to pay me back, do me a favor.
    “Never use the word ‘wish’ around me again.””
    Me: Ah, right, Nevada’s past. I bet Flick is going to wonder about the reasoning behind Nevada’s request.

    Great update.

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    1. Me: Huh. Hands-free sand manipulation while still actively using the burst staff in battle is a rather nice upgrade.

      Oh yes, it should be fun to play with. 😉

      I guess she will need to add Archery training on her to-do list.

      And as noted, we now have a handy excuse to see more of people outside of Flick’s inner circle.

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  3. Aw that was really good, I love the occasional scenes of people just hanging around. Also more importantly, that was a really good weapon upgrade. I especially like combining the sand through a portal to the container. It’s the best kind of clever, requiring some creative thinking but really obvious and intuitive once you’ve thought of it. Not to mention tremendously useful.

    Anyways typo here: “(not to mention the fact that the whole reason she had to stay away in the first place was because of my inability to [b]thing[/b] ahead)

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    1. Aw that was really good, I love the occasional scenes of people just hanging around.

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoy the not-so-actiony chapters for character interaction. 🙂

      Also more importantly, that was a really good weapon upgrade. I especially like combining the sand through a portal to the container. It’s the best kind of clever, requiring some creative thinking but really obvious and intuitive once you’ve thought of it. Not to mention tremendously useful.

      😀 Flick’ll be getting a lot of use out of that, for sure.

      Anyways typo here: “(not to mention the fact that the whole reason she had to stay away in the first place was because of my inability to [b]thing[/b] ahead)

      Thanks!

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  4. Wait, was that a pun on Bo staff? That took me a while to get.

    Also, adorable as always. Gotta love Nevada, she’s such a fun character.

    And I can’t wait to see Flick put her foot in her mouth when talking to Zeke about Sands.

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  5. Wonder if all those other students would be quite so jealous if they knew the reason why Flick was getting that special tutoring from Gaia?

    Though why do I get a bad feeling about Zeke checking Sands out like that?

    Oh, and looks like Tristan might be the first male candidate for Flick’s harem, though the competition is going to be rather intense. Though even if Vanessa noticed Flick checking her brother out, it’s not like at least half the girls in their year, and more than a few in the upper classes haven’t done so as well.

    See that Flick’s staff has gotten a couple nice upgrades that give her ranged attack options- a portal that’ll allow her to channel her sand stash through the staff, and a bow mode that allows her to shoot the kinetic charges that build up as ‘arrows.’ Wonder what sort of upgrades the knife Joselyn sent her way are going to get.

    Meanwhile, I kept trying to tell myself to stop noticing exactly how much bounce there was whenever the blonde woman moved. Not that it actually helped very much, because my brain was a dirty, dirty traitor.

    *snerk* Thought Flick already had enough on her plate trying to decide between Avalon & Shiori without developing wandering eyes.

    I mean damn, Valley just took the staff this morning. You work fast.”

    Um, Flick, thought that Valley was a private nickname that only those closest to Avalon are supposed to use in her presence….

    For a second, she stiffened under the hug. Then I felt her relax, her voice soft. “It’s no problem, Flick. I don’t want anything to happen to you. But if you really want to pay me back, do me a favor.

    “Never use the word ‘wish’ around me again.”

    Guessing that Nevada really doesn’t want anything that’s a reminder of the djinn she used to be for a variety of reasons.

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    1. Wonder if all those other students would be quite so jealous if they knew the reason why Flick was getting that special tutoring from Gaia?

      It might give them pause.

      Though even if Vanessa noticed Flick checking her brother out, it’s not like at least half the girls in their year, and more than a few in the upper classes haven’t done so as well.

      As smart as she is, Vanessa’s pretty much completely oblivious when it comes to stuff like that. If a guy told her she was hot, she’d say no and start to explain that the temperature shield should make everyone the perfect temperature.

      Wonder what sort of upgrades the knife Joselyn sent her way are going to get.

      Good question.

      Um, Flick, thought that Valley was a private nickname that only those closest to Avalon are supposed to use in her presence….

      Avalon doesn’t care who knows the nickname exists, only who actually uses it.

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      1. As smart as she is, Vanessa’s pretty much completely oblivious when it comes to stuff like that. If a guy told her she was hot, she’d say no and start to explain that the temperature shield should make everyone the perfect temperature.

        Guess Vanessa must be spending too much time in the books, because that level of cluelessness in interpersonal interactions…. Wonder just how much help she needs from her roommate & friends in the ‘how to social 101’ department, as well as just how many of these things Erin & the others have had to explain to her so far.

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  6. “Aww.” Hopping to my feet, I gave the boy a hug. “That’s amazing, Rudolph.” Even as a pang of guilt about not being able to help Roxa yet so she could come back (not to mention the fact that the whole reason she had to stay away in the first place was because of my inability to thing ahead and warn Tristan about what was about to happen) struck me, I forced it aside and tried to focus on the positive.

    Typo. That should be “think,” not “thing.”

    I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the staff upgrades. They’re undeniably cool, and it makes perfect sense that they would be added. But at the same time I liked the limitations of the staff from a strictly narrative perspective. Oh well, we’ll see how things turn out.

    I do love that last line though.

    Also, is it just me or does Flick have a minor thing for teachers? There are her comments about Nevada’s “bounce” here, Dare being “a complete babe” a few chapters ago, and she did say back in Visitations that her first crush was on her fifth grade teacher. Plus, you could argue that Avalon’s extracurricular training sessions qualify her as a teacher as well.

    That last line is gold.

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  7. Typo. That should be “think,” not “thing.”

    Huh, that’s already been fixed. You must’ve been going off an old version. Thanks anyway though!

    Edit: Okay that’s weird. It did still say ‘thing ahead’ in the actual post, but when I went into the editor to check, it said ‘think ahead’ as I’d fixed it. Hitting update post again made it work.

    I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the staff upgrades. They’re undeniably cool, and it makes perfect sense that they would be added. But at the same time I liked the limitations of the staff from a strictly narrative perspective. Oh well, we’ll see how things turn out.

    This is true, and I liked writing in how she compensated for them and worked around them. But from a narrative stand-point, it didn’t make much logical sense for Flick and company NOT to seek improvements to it after everything that’s happened. It would be a bit of a plot hole if I forced it to stay the same.

    Also, is it just me or does Flick have a minor thing for teachers? There are her comments about Nevada’s “bounce” here, Dare being “a complete babe” a few chapters ago, and she did say back in Visitations that her first crush was on her fifth grade teacher. Plus, you could argue that Avalon’s extracurricular training sessions qualify her as a teacher as well.

    lol, not a bad catch.

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  8. Huh! Nevada, Shiori wants to talk to you about trademark violation — *She’s* supposed to be the paronomasiac in this story!
    Shiori: “Although I’m not opposed to teaming up for some double-barreled pun-ishment.”

    The old D&D cartoon from the ’80s called, they want their energy-strung bow back. 😉

    Flick’s theme for this episode: Van Halen, “Hot For Teacher.” ;D

    Hmm… drawing sand from her gourd– er, telepocket, through the end of her staff. The first place my brain went was: SAND SCYTHE!
    Shiori: “I’m still working on a pun based around ‘Flick Reaper,’ but I’m gonna need more time.”
    Also, sudden small staff-extensions at the last moment when fighting one of those annoying “dodge every swing by 1.37mm” close-combat types.
    Flick: “Hah! You thought you had dodged my blow by 1.37mm, but at the last millisecond I sand-extended my staff by 2mm! East my dust– er, sand! And I mean sand, not Sands, just so we’re clear — I’m sure she’s entirely yummy and edible, but–”
    Avalon: “Chambers? Shut up before before your Dork Factor goes over 9000.”
    (everyone STARES at Avalon)
    Avalon (blushing just a bit): “Hey, indulging in the VERY occasional meme does NOT make me a dork!”

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