“Jules... are you quite sure about this?” questioned the magical personality nervously as the two approached the band of roughhousing children, trailing after the chestnut haired kidlet. Yes, Lissy, I am more than certain that we can survive playing Tag with these adorable little kids. Just look at their faces! murmured Juliana in reply, breaking into a smile at the sight of adorably chubby cheeks and cute, button noses. The mage had only been passing through Magnolia Town in her search for the Black Rose guild hall, but she had been attacked by a young brunette by the name of Pirika (a fittingly delicate name for the petite child) and been convinced to take part in what was supposed to be a most serious and competitive game of Tag. Of course, the girl could not resist such a sweet puppy face, and she loved children very much. After agreeing to help out by being the first IT, Julia had argued in as collective and calm a fashion as possible that it was their duty as mages of the country to assist any citizens in need. Of course, Lissy had found applying that notion to the current situation absolutely hilarious and had told the girl as much, but she refused to budge on her decision.
It seemed that the group had spotted them, for they ceased tackling each other into the stubby, well-worn grass and instead all gathered around Julia. Some clung to her legs and embraced her slouchy, suede boots as though they were plush animals, while others tugged at the back of her coat and combed through the fluffy sheepskin with their plump fingers. Laughing lightly, she was tempted to gently tug the hem away from their probing digits, but she decided against the idea. After all, there was no harm to be done by them, it seemed. Quite soon enough, Pirika announced sharply, “Hey! I brought her here to be IT, so we need to stay focused, guys! Ready, set, go!” She hastily took off running, heading in the direction of a large jungle gym, which was set in a plot of woodchips. The rest of the children didn’t hesitate to follow suit. A few followed the brunette to the twisting set of bars and curves, but many chose to instead scurry around the grassy plot with no real direction in mind.
With a peal of laughter, Julia took off at a light jog, her coat flying out behind her as her hood slipped down, off her hair. Strands flew out of her braid as she moved, and Lissy mentally complained to the girl about the messiness. Nonetheless, it seemed to pay off, since she soon managed to catch one of the kidlets by scooping him up and then depositing him lightly in the grass once more, giggling out a breathless, “You’re IT!” The game lasted for a decent fifteen minutes before the short attention spans of the children came into play, resulting in boredom and overall resignation from the game. Julia didn’t mind, and she waved a cheerful good bye to Pirika and the other children until they were out of sight, headed back to their homes for an afternoon snack.