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THEN: Arthur made a brilliant discovery.

AND THEN: Arthur had tried to make toast. Literally, produce toast, on a plate. No matter how hard he tried, screwing up his face like someone trying to remember an answer in Trivial Pursuit, he couldn't even create a crumb. However, he could put bread in the toaster and have it come out as perfect toast, even after he noticed the toaster wasn't plugged in.

NOW: Arthur is in the Bar. Well, sort of. The Bar, on the basis that she isn't stupid, has put him in a little side room with tiled walls and floor. There are a number of objects in the room. Right now, Arthur is looking at a piece of bread very hard.

"Abracadabra!"

The bread explodes into croutons.

"...Oh dear."

There's a pile of similarly dispatched bread in a bowl next to him. The squid might like it, later on.

Date: 2012-05-01 01:21 am (UTC)
missnicegirl: Looking up from a book. (η and your point is...?)
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There is a small girl standing in the doorway, peering curiously at him.

Date: 2012-05-01 01:29 am (UTC)
missnicegirl: Calm. (ζ total serenity)
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"You're doing magic," she observes.

"Can you tell me when and where you're from, please?"

Date: 2012-05-01 01:36 am (UTC)
missnicegirl: Walking down the lane towing a wagon of books. (θ back from the library)
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"It's okay," she assures him. "I'm not mad or anything, I'm just curious. I do magic too!"

If he's from Jim's world, she should find out if he knows Jim; that would be the obvious transmission vector. But Jim might not want anyone knowing he can do magic yet. She'll have to think about how to find out subtly.

Date: 2012-05-01 01:45 am (UTC)
missnicegirl: Smiling or smirking. (γ c'mere spoon!)
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"Matilda. It's nice to meet you, Arthur."

She shakes his hand with six-year-old solemnity. (She'll ask Jim, she decides. It's not like this guy will be hard to describe.)

"I've never tried magic toast before," she admits, "but now's as good a time as any to start! Can you show me what you were doing again?"

Date: 2012-05-01 02:03 am (UTC)
missnicegirl: Gazing intently at a Cheerio from close range. (κ concentrating)
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No, she just studies the wreckage for a few seconds with a thoughtful look on her face and then beckons to the bag, out of which a new slice of bread obligingly floats.

Date: 2012-05-01 02:08 am (UTC)
missnicegirl: Confused or startled. (λ what??)
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"It's the first thing I learned," she says absently. "Neat, isn't it?"

Now, how to make toast? The piece of bread spins gently in the air in front of her as she thinks it over.

Date: 2012-05-01 09:54 am (UTC)
missnicegirl: Grinning hugely. (α because of cookies)
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Matilda giggles.

"Try asking nicely," she suggests, most of her attention still on her own slice. Experimentally, she reaches out and touches it.

It goes up in smoke so fast there is barely a flicker of flame in between.

Matilda giggles.

Date: 2012-05-01 11:58 pm (UTC)
missnicegirl: Smirking quasi-innocently. (ε I had nothing to do with this)
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"I made it extremely toast," Matilda jokes, beckoning another slice out of the bag. "I'll try to go easier on this one."

Date: 2012-05-02 12:06 am (UTC)
missnicegirl: Smirking. (δ you heard me)
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"I don't think it matters which magic word you use," says Matilda, helpfully. "I might have a donut after I figure out how magic toast works."

She studies her next victim intently.

Date: 2012-05-02 12:59 am (UTC)
missnicegirl: Walking down the lane towing a wagon of books. (θ back from the library)
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"...that's fascinating," says Matilda. She's distracted as she turns back to her bread; this time it catches fire and hangs in the air for a moment burning merrily until she snaps her fingers and puts it out.

"Darn," she says. "Oh well, there's plenty of bread." She shoos the charred husk into the nearest trash can.

Date: 2012-05-02 01:40 am (UTC)
missnicegirl: Gazing intently at a Cheerio from close range. (κ concentrating)
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"Maybe you're right," she says thoughtfully. "Maybe I'm thinking too much about the, the process of toast."

She summons forth another slice and says politely, "Be toast, please."

There is a puff of warm air.

The bread becomes toast.

Date: 2012-05-02 01:47 am (UTC)
missnicegirl: Smiling or smirking. (γ c'mere spoon!)
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Laughing, she high-fives him. The toast scoots helpfully out of the way.

"I'm not sure," she says cheerfully. "Lemme try again."

Date: 2012-05-02 09:47 am (UTC)
missnicegirl: Looking up from a book. (η and your point is...?)
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"Well," she says, "I can make... ice."

She tries to keep quiet about the lightning and the fireballs unless absolutely necessary.

"But not a lot of stuff that's more complicated than that. I've never tried making food."

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