-Capital Crocus, inside Capital Coffee, early afternoon-
Wearing her casual outfit so that she would blend in with all the other young twentysomethings and thirtysomethings who frequented the place, Diana entered Capital Coffee and got in line behind a trio of older Crocus Magicka University students who were all middle-aged men. They were dressed in long-sleeved Crocus Magicka University t-shirts and khaki dress pants with dress shoes. They were discussing a technical topic related to engineering, something Diana was unable to understand because she had never studied the subject in her life.
Diana waited patiently behind them until they had each gotten their orders, then walked up to the counter and placed her usual order of a double espresso. The huntress should be working, but today she was not plying either one of her trades. Today she was going to work up the courage to finally send an iLac message to her sister Lucia. She had gotten Lucia's Lacrima Identification Code a week or two ago but had not yet sent a message because she was hesitant to do so. One of her problems was trying to find something meaningful to say to her sister.
It had been so long since the Winchester sisters had last met. Diana did not know what to say to Lucia because she had trouble expressing her emotions. It was easier for her to wear a mask of calm indifference than it was for her to say how she really felt, but lately that mask had been almost ripped off several times. One of them was when Diana had went to Professor Fauntleroy's camp in Mysterious Canyon to find that a good deal of his expedition team had been murdered by a bandit gang she had thought she had defeated several months ago. She should have teleported to Mysterious Canyon right away, but instead she walked there with Ami and some of the expedition team paid the ultimate price for Diana's tardiness.
Another was when Angela Helton gave her Lucia's Lacrima Identification Code without any strings attached. Diana had expected the brunette to demand a high price for such valuable information, but to the blonde's considerable surprise Angela gave the code for a lot less than she could have demanded for it. Angela had only requested that Diana exchange Lacrima Indentification Codes with her and Diana found that to be a fair price. Now the two could communicate almost instantly instead of having to rely on job board postings or written messages to communicate. Since Angela Helton was a legitimate contact with no underworld ties, it was safe to give her the Lacrima Identification Code.
Diana's worldview had been challenged that day. Diana had been taught by her parents that nothing was free and that the world ran on trading one valuable thing for another. If Diana wanted something from another person she had better be prepared to pay for it or perform a service for the person in question. Diana expected more of the same when presented with Lucia's Lacrima Identification Code, but to her considerable surprise Angela had given it to her and requested only that Diana giver the former her own code.
Then after spending the other part of the day with Lorelei Wingate and escorting her home, Lorelei's mother Edna invited Diana over to dinner at her place. There were no strings attached to that offer, only an invitation extended in good faith that Diana was free to turn down without consequences. Diana accepted the invitation and had a family dinner of lasagna with the Wingates, who treated her like family instead of a stranger. The Wingates had treated Diana the way her own family should have treated her, as a member of the family instead of treating her as a stranger and a servant. Diana did not want to think about that subject for too long, so she quickly moved on from that.
With her coffee in hand Diana walked over to her favorite chair near the window facing the mall and claimed it. She sat down and took her coffee cup into both hands, then sipped from it. She was trying to think of a good message to send to Lucia, one that was not too formal or too sappy. Right now the right words were evading her.
Diana tried to think of something to say, but she was drawing a blank. Diana suddenly became aware of the iLac sitting in her right pocket... it was like the device was telling its owner to just pick it up and write a text message already. In theory it was that easy, but to the huntress it was not that easy. It was dumb for Diana to agonize over writing a text message, but something personal kept getting in the way of completing that task. She wanted to send Lucia a message that was meaningful instead of sending a generic text to a beloved family member she had not seen in over four years.
But what could Diana possibly say to Lucia that was meaningful?
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