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Adelaida had been hard at work for the past two weeks. She'd managed to gain access to a classroom that wasn't assigned to anything for the current semester, and with a little bit of effort she converted it into a lecture room for her one-on-one lessons. Runic script filled the chalkboards, and entire books were readied.

She briefly lamented that none of this knowledge of hers would never be hers to use again, but this was better than letting it rot away in the back of her head. At least this way someone would benefit.

Everything was set. The inks were prepared diligently, the paper readied, the spells waiting to be activated with the flow of magic. All precise, with the circles properly isolated and layered to produce the complex spellcraft that Adelaida once practiced.

All that was needed was someone with the will and ability to use them.

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Michi wasn't sure what to bring today. She stood outside the classroom looking at her hands, almost blankly, trying to review if she really didn't need anything else. She'd brought essentials of any class -- notebooks and all. She supposes the will and motivation to pursue magic? But that was in itself a given since she was in front of their classroom. With a sigh, Michi slapped both her hands to her cheeks, rousing some chatter in her head for a moment. This is gonna be okay, she told herself. Michi gave a few knocks on the door, catching Adelaida's attention who seemed to have been in the room far earlier than she'd thought. "Hiya... uhh, I'm not late am I?"
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"No, you're not. My method just takes a lot of setup so I had to come in early," Adelaida said, gesturing to the board full of circular diagrams and runic script. Her hands were stained with ink, and she hadn't had the time to clean up all too well, leaving marks on her coat. The bags underneath her eyes were also slightly more pronounced than usual.

However, even with the clear fatigue,there was a spring in Adelaida's step. She was happy that all of this now unusable knowledge was to find a new life in someone else's mind.

She sat herself down for a bit and drank some water. Today was going to be long.

"Just take a bit of time to catch your breath or something, and then we can get started when you're ready."
 

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Michi let out a soft 'ah', her gaze following Adelaida's hand. The board was filled up with shapes and symbols she hadn't had the time to process due to company. Most of things she probably didn't even know how to read, she was sure. Michi bit her lip, breathing out softly as she tried to keep herself from getting overwhelmed. Turning to take a seat, she noticed the dark circle under Adelaida's eyes as the latter took a drink. For a moment, Michi wondered if she hadn't been getting enough sleep because she was preparing this alongside her school work. Michi exhaled once more, looking up at the board filled with stuff she had yet to understand. If Adelaida had gone through the efforts of preparing this, then she couldn't afford to let that go to waste. With that in mind, Michi mentally prepared herself for their lesson. She assumed they were starting from the very bottom, so at the very least, she would need her notebook out. "I think I'm good to go."
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Adelaida closed the windows and shut the door, and lit on fire a small bowl with a wick. It began to fill the room with a sweet scent of flowers and herbs.

"The first step in classical rune script magic is to feel and channel the ambient magic in the environment. You have no experience, so we're starting out with these fumes to help open up your senses," she explained while shutting the curtains and making sure that as little of the fumes left.

"Concentrate and close your eyes. The flow of magic should appear to you as thin lines of color surrounding you, and possibly being within you. Until you can see and interact with this, we can't proceed."
 

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Michi made quick scribbles into her note's: a casual reminder about channeling before Adelaida had shut the curtains. She had a feeling she would need it for personal homework. It sounded easy by how Adelaida explained it, but the number of things around them added a weird pressure, along with the fact this was supposed to be the foundation of her learning. Following instruction, Michi closed her eyes, trying to ease her nerves until it fell quiet around her -- well, as possibly quiet as she could. She wasn't sure how exactly she was going to see anything, nor did she remember to as, but she'd already started. If she had trouble, she'd let herself ask. Michi breathed out slowly, trying to search for lines of magic. The voices never ceased, but they remained hushed whispers as she focused on her breathing and the scent of herbs. A few minutes of struggling later, she dropped her shoulders, looking at Adelaida with mild frustration (and impatience). "Uh, question: is this part considerably easy or kind of along the moderate to hard for a beginner without experience?"
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"Depends on the person. Some people can do it without help, but everyone can do it eventually. If you're not picking anything up, you just have to keep trying. There's no way around this first crucial step. No matter how perfect your circles and lines are, if you can't pour magic into 'em, they won't be worth a thing. Just like me," Adelaida said.

She let the incense burn, perfuming the room in fragrant plant matter. The concoction was magical to an extent, and if Michi had any predilection towards magic - which she should, considering her history - it would take soon enough.

"It's like meditation. Clear your mind - magic is harder to use when you're occupied."
 

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Depends on the person. Michi exhaled slowly. Eventually, but Michi was also just a bit impatient herself but she didn't have a choice but to start from here. Sitting up right, she closed her eyes again, trying to feel the magic coursing through her body. Surely there is magic there -- considering what had happened to her prior to moving to the island, it would be a miracle that she doesn't have any. Clear your mind she said, easier said than done when she could get easily distracted by the chatter in her mind. Michi tried not to focus on the voices, instead she listened to her breathing to isolate herself, the scent of herbs and incense playing at her senses. The voices in her head were whispers. Perhaps it took a while longer, mostly because the voices started to get too tempting to listen to every after some time but eventually, lines of light started pulsing into clarity. Michi assumed these were what Adelaida was talking about, but they weren't clear just yet. They pulsed into view in a few spots, different every now and then, and Michi was pretty sure this wasn't enough. Trying not to disrupt anything, Michi tried to speak very little, very carefully, "Then what?"
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"Then, you try and take control of it. It moves with you, and if you can sense it, you can will it to move without using your arms or fingers. But you can use them if it makes it easier - I just used to do it all in my head. It doesn't matter if it's a lot of movement or a lot of control, what matters in my school of magic is that you can."

Adelaida pulled one of the papers with a simpler circle in it - a basic magic circle with a triangle devoid of detail in its interior. This was one of the more fundamental magics; light in its simplest form.

She put the paper in Michi's hands. "Once you can move it, you have to trace the circles with it like you're painting. Once the pattern is complete, the effect of the circle happens. This is what my school of magic calls an evocation."
 

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Michi breathed out slowly, nodding along as Adelaida instructed her. Easier said than done, she thought to herself. She kept her eyes closed for a while longer, waiting for the flickering colors to become steady. A few seconds in, she noticed a few colors different from the first lines appear -- but only for short moments, and in less clarity than the rest. Not thinking too far into it, Michi elected to ignore them. It took a while longer before she opened her eyes, worried that the blinking colors would suddenly fade out of her sight when she did. By then, she'd already had the paper Adelaida gave her in her hands. She could still vaguely make out the colored lines from when she had her eyes closed, which she would think is a good sign. The voices in her head continued to whisper to each other. Michi hesitantly raised her hand, still trying to keep the visual of magic in her mind's eye, and followed the lines as she was told.
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