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Svetlana smiles as Lia falls asleep, curling up rather cutely. She shifts her body a little so the young catgirl's fingertips actually touch her body, figuring it'd help reassure her if she has tactile confirmation of Svetlana's continued presence. "Sleep well, Lia-chan." She strokes the white-haired catgirl's hair once, then turns her attention elsewhere, busying herself with her in-built computer.

About an hour later, an ominous presence forces her to focus on the room once more. She finds herself looking straight at a buck naked girl with a dangerous aura, an aura no doubt the cause of the sudden intrusive thoughts she has about Lia being in danger. And she came out of nowhere, too! Was she merely invisible all this while? Prognosticator had to have seen it, perhaps they thought it unimportant?

She springs up from the bed and onto her feet. Locking eyes with the intruder, the little girl's knowing expression gets a puzzled reaction from the otherwise frowning woman. Her cyber-muscles primed for action, she prepares to protect Lia if need be. A quick glance at the sleeping catgirl reveals her distorted breathing. The aura was affecting her, too!

The girl speaks, and Svetlana begins to put two and two together. Perhaps this was the one who knocked Lia out from behind! She positions herself in a stance as a sheathed katana appears in her left hand. Gripping the dark violet-coloured hilt, she sets the sword to 'blunt mode' and lunges once she recognizes a spell being cast. In one motion, she unsheathes and slashes at the new girl, aiming to at least knock her out. "Stay away from her!"

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As Svetlana charges at Arista with the intent to knock her unconscious, Arista looks on at her with a level of calm that suggested she already knew the events that would transpire. Rather than provoking a defensive reaction, Arista wholehearted accepts the consequences of her actions. Her body lurches first slightly backward, then forward suddenly in an unnatural and unsettling manner; propelled by otherworldly forces. Arista's eyes are not on Svetlana, but instead Lia.

She throws herself forward such that when she is bonked upside the head, her body land's atop Lia's. Bleeding slightly from the head where Svetlana hit her, blood slowing starts to trickle onto Lia. Arista can be seen holding onto Lia for security as she blacks out. It might actually look adorable under better circumstances. Like this... It simply looked like a painful duality. Without the ability to sense magic, Svetlana would have no ability to know if a spell went off, or what it might have done. At the very least, nothing immediately terrible seemed to happen. 

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After having temporally shifted outside the Tavern, Mizuki made her way into the Lounge.  The place had the air of futuristic technological advancements. She noted that down. Timeline 204-A... that’s the one.

She looked around, before her line of sight was obscured by the navigation board. Walking past it at first, then pausing and walking back to get a better overview of the room. And then away again after being satisfied that she had enough to find her way around.

I’ll check the combat area first... I wonder if a timeline like this has Chaldea-like battle files. Or even guides to Heroic Spirit combat.

She straightened her coat, and checked her pocket watch to make sure she was in the correct timeline. Things could happen, you know.

Well, she did hear something, but she wasn’t sure where.

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Svetlana wonders about Arista's reaction, but still follows through with her action, knowing it's to protect Lia. Whatever spell she was casting, the fact that the littler girl's eyes are fixed on the sleeping catgirl is concerning. She follows through and hits the girl, knocking her unconscious.

Quickly sheathing her katana in one fluid motion, she returns it to her inventory and gets on the bed, intending to pull the new girl off Lia as gently as possible. She notices the fact that the girl's clutching her new ward, as if for safety. Did she act too soon? Perhaps the spell being cast wasn't as dangerous as she had assumed? At least she's stopped it, she thinks.

She lifts the new girl off of Lia, and with the help of Prognosticator - that is, the AI helping to supply that which the doctor asks for - she binds Arista's hands, feet and duct-tapes her mouth. That done, she quickly checks on Lia to see how she's doing.

If Lia's calm once more, then she'll leave Arista close by.

If it turns out Lia's still having nightmares, if she can even feel the aura still working, then she'll give Lia a quick kiss on the forehead, then carry Arista away to another room. She hates to leave Lia alone, but knows Prognosticator would be watching over her. Then, she'd keep a close eye on the girl until she wakes up.

On 10/23/2020 at 3:35 PM, SyntHecate said:

After having temporally shifted outside the Tavern, Mizuki made her way into the Lounge.  The place had the air of futuristic technological advancements. She noted that down. Timeline 204-A... that’s the one.

She looked around, before her line of sight was obscured by the navigation board. Walking past it at first, then pausing and walking back to get a better overview of the room. And then away again after being satisfied that she had enough to find her way around.

I’ll check the combat area first... I wonder if a timeline like this has Chaldea-like battle files. Or even guides to Heroic Spirit combat.

She straightened her coat, and checked her pocket watch to make sure she was in the correct timeline. Things could happen, you know.

Well, she did hear something, but she wasn’t sure where.

A hologram materializes in front of Mizuki as she heads to the combat arena. The figure appears to be a translucent figure clad in a white robe and a faceless mask with horns at geometric angles. As far as can be told, this figure is gender-neutral and culturally ambiguous. They speak in an friendly tone of voice, one with an ethereal quality to it.

"WELCOME TO THE TAVERN OF LEGEND, TRAVELLER! I AM PROGNOSTICATOR, I SEE YOU ARE HEADING FOR THE COMBAT AREA. DO YOU HAVE ANY REQUESTS, IN PARTICULAR?" The figure says, and one might get the sense that the AI's grinning.

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She nods, appreciative of the AI's quality.

"Yes, I do have some requests. Do you have any combat guides to Heroic Spirit combat, and maybe Edo period swordfighting?" A usually odd request, asking for guides from two very distant times. She hoped the AI had the information anyway.

Mizuki looked around while she was at it, trying to investigate the noise she heard from before. To her, it felt like the noise had become quiet. Too quiet. Quickening her pace, she looked around trying to look for whoever had made the noise, heading in the general direction of the sound, masking her steps by walking on her heels rather than on her toes.

She contemplated asking if anyone was there or needed help, but she kept it to herself, knowing that she would only alert anyone in the vicinity, and probably make them flee or hide, forcing herself to observe the situation before doing anything rash.

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When Svetlana checks on Lia, she finds the poor girl starting to toss and turn when Arista is removed from her body. Her hands move about as well, as if looking to find something it can hold onto. She finally settles down, holding onto a pillow with her entire body as Svetlana gives her a kiss. She doesn't look at peace, but at least she doesn't seem ready to wake up right away.

As Svetlana picks up the small girl, she likely notices how cold the girl's body is. With the combined factors of having no clothes and having been knocked out, her body temporarily wasn't properly regulating its own heat. Fortunately, being pressed against Svetlana's warm back did help to mitigate the immediate effects.

Ultimately, Arista doesn't stay down for long. After just two minutes she starts to rouse. As the girl wakes, she instinctively tries to move her arms, but finds them bound behind her back. Arista's eyes dart about the room, trying to absorb every bit of information available to her.  

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