Alright, almost at the time limit – but I’m sick yet again, so you get this installment a bit late. Five minutes on the clock, and away we go:
The doc wasn’t as convinced. “Magic – really? You’re going to go with that?”
She ticked off points on her smaller fingers. “I’ve lost about 35% of my mass. I’ve grown appendages that work. I’ve changed gender, and all of this happened in the space of a day. Perhaps two, and under the influence of a stone that didn’t affect anyone else in any way.”
The doc watched her tail wave around a bit before conceding the point. “True. Conventional science is unable to explain such things. But that doesn’t mean magic.”
“Any science or technology not understood by its users can be classified as magic. Where are you going with that?”
The doc had been turning with the stone in hand, preparing to leave.
“I was going to take another sample. This stone seems similar to the one you brought in, but different. It channels light like a crystal, for example.”
It wasn’t. It was actually glowing, in time with her heartbeat. “No. No samples.”
She snatched it back. “No buts, and no samples. It’s mine, it came from me, and you can’t cut it apart!”
Just the very idea of such a thing made her cold all over.
And time! Four minutes and fifty-six seconds. Enjoy, and I’ll see you next week!