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Yagi gripped the hems of her coat and breathed slowly, crossing the crosswalk with her feeble, soft steps. She took care not to push her body, due to the fact it was still sore from what had happened earlier that month. No, I'll never forget. She secretly vowed to herself. The incident that happened was peculiar, and the cause was unknown, but ever since then ink-like creatures had been appearing across the city. Not even the warehouse district was safe. Yagi knew this, but she traveled across anyways. It was a shortcut to her destination and if it meant getting there quicker, she would do it. She finally arrived at the central hospital entrance and stepped inside, a reassuring air change from cold to heat welcoming her. She took no time to rest, promptly moving herself to the desk and asking to visit her favorite person in the whole world.
She quickly made her way up the hallway and shuffled into the elevator, finally arriving to her destination. She opened the door and saw her pale skinned friend staring out the window, a solemn yet gleeful smile upon her lips. Yagi, in turn, also smiled, and put her things beside the patient's bed. "Alice!" She chirped happily. Alice faced toward Yagi and her eyes distorted gently, a fond look inside of them. "Yagi, I told you I'd be fine without you visiting me all the time." She chuckled. Yagi took an apple and small knife out of her bag, beginning to peel. "You have school, don't you? Focus on your studies before me, okay?" Yagi frowned up at her friend, putting the newly peeled apple on the platform that her bed contained. "No way. It's my fault you're in this mess. And also, my grades are just fine."
Alice giggled at Yagi's stubborn demeanor, which caused the young girl to curve a smile on her face. She's going back to her old self again, thank goodness. Yagi remembered when Alice was first hospitalized after the great destruction. She was just as pale, but her face seemed more lifeless than sweet, like it does now. Her nails were always chipped, eyes baggy, and her skin rough. She looked a mess. She looked much healthier now than back then, and it was something that elated Yagi. "Fine, fine." She huffed as Alice shoved a piece of the apple into her mouth. "If you insist, I'll leave." Alice smiled at her. "Haha, I always enjoy your company."
Yagi felt something pierce the side of her head as she left the hospital and walked down the steps. It was like a migraine, but it was random. In fact, ever since Alice had been looking better, these headaches happened during or after her visits to her. They seemed eerie, but Yagi usually ignored it. Nothing connected to Alice could do her any harm. That was her best friend for years, practically a family member. Things were just now looking good for her. Yagi refused to believe she was the cause of such minor issues. "Hey." Yagi paused in her tracks. She was in the warehouse district once again, on her way home. She whirled on her heels and was faced with a boy, a few inches or more above than her. His yellow eyes pierced into her red ones and she felt herself stiffen. Who was this guy? "Uh, yes?" She ventured almost nonchalantly in sound, but in reality she was twice as cautious. The warehouse district was known for the dwelling of criminals and halfbreeds, individuals who didn't fit into society. A regular human like her wouldn't stand a chance.
"You need to stop seeing that girl." "Excuse me?" The boy sniffed, pulling down his furry hood to reveal white, messy hair. "You need to stop visiting her." "And who are you to dictate what I do in my life, stranger?" Yagi snapped at him, now realizing he was just another human like her. "It's none of your damn business if I go see Alice or not." He seemed frustrated at her stubborn advances, and grabbed onto her shoulders, gripping the edges of her coat and shaking her back and forth. "Listen to me! If you keep going over there she'll kill you!" "What??" Yagi's ears rang and sizzled like an incoming bomb echoed in them, her spine beginning to shiver with the chills. Soon after her body started to convulse, an inkling emerged from one of the storehouses nearby, it's body dripping over pavement and skidding across, breaking anything in it's path. It's roar echoed across the district, sending my knees in a trembling fury. Why would one appear here now?
"C'mon, transform already." The male Yagi encountered just moments before had fished two daggers out of his pockets, and was looking toward her expectantly. "Transform?" "You're a magical girl, aren't you?"
... "a what?"