-Silver Wolf Guild Hall, Leona's Room, 10:00 A.M.-
Dressed in her green, white, and gold outfit with bike shorts on underneath the skirt, Leona stood in her room gathering some gear for a trip she was about to make. She put some clothes into her backpack and zipped it up, leaving it on the bed for the time being as she began to look around for her Argent Gloves and her Ranger Laser Rifle. She was going on a trip to the space station she had visited almost a year ago using her Infinite Improbability Chronometer. However, she was not going there for pleasure. Leona was going there to get away from it all for awhile.
Leona had seen the news report on what had happened in Felidae City. She had seen the chilling shot of a crater where a city had once stood. In between the report and the shot of the crater Leona's feelings of incompetence she had experienced during the Ishgar Symposium suddenly resurfaced. She thought she had pushed them down far enough to function without too much trouble, but seeing the news report caused those unpleasant memories to play in her mind in almost perfect detail.
Leona was a Wizard Saint and was supposed to be among the best mages in Fiore, but during the Ishgar Symposium she had made so many stupid mistakes that she looked like a novice mage. Chief among them was going in woefully unprepared. She had naively assumed that carrying her Silver Longsword as her primary weapon and Tempest Avian flying overhead as air support on demand would be enough, but events proved that she was terribly wrong on both counts. Leona took a deep breath to try and calm down, but the memories of her mistakes would not let up.
The Wizard Saint grabbed her backpack of supplies and clothing from her bed and put it on her back, grabbed the Argent Gloves from her desk and put them on her hands, then grabbed her Ranger Laser Rifle from its place in the right corner of her room. She looked at the weapon and wished that she would have been smart enough to bring it with her for the symposium. Having it with her would have enabled her to at least stand a chance of pulling her weight, but naivety and stupidity compelled her to leave it back at the guild hall. She had called herself traveling light, but what she had really done was render herself nearly useless.
Leona closed her eyes. She could not bear to think about what had happened any longer. She slung the Ranger Laser Rifle onto her right shoulder, then walked over to her desk and rummaged through the drawers until she found the Infinite Improbability Chronometer sitting in the bottom of the right drawer. She pulled it out and closed the drawer, then held the device in both hands and looked at it.
Using the Infinite Improbability Chronometer to go to space would be a temporary escape at best. When Leona came back to Earthland she would still be haunted by the memories of her incompetence and would still have to come to terms with what had happened in Felidae City. Leona would also have to come to terms with the fact that she made a lot of mistakes at the worst possible time.
Leona needed to get away from it all now
. She needed time to try and pull herself together again. This was the best option she could think of to buy the time she needed, so she was going to use it. The Wizard Saint closed her eyes for a moment and took a deep breath.
Leona opened her eyes again and gripped the IIC in her left hand while winding it with her right hand. She silently counted the number of times she wound the IIC until she reached exactly forty-two. Once that number was reached she felt her body get lighter and she was lifted off her feet. Moments later she would disappear and start her temporary escape from her problems.
-On board the space station-
Leona reappeared on board the space station in the same clean white corridor she had appeared in during her first visit to the space station. She took a moment to adjust to the sudden transport and slowly walked over to the window overlooking the planet below. Leona winced when she saw her reflection in the window and turned away just as her hair began to grow to waist length. She could not stand to look at herself right now, not with the memories that were playing in her mind.It had not even been a full minute since her arrival and the temporary escape to space was already proving to be no escape at all.
Leona faced the door that led to the station's command center and began to walk towards it. Even though she was not looking forward to talking to anyone in her present mental state, Leona wanted to see if Annette Larson was still here. Leona wanted to learn how the space station had fared in her absence.
The Wizard Saint walked towards the command center door and when she reached it the door opened automatically. Leona walked into the room to look for Annette Larson.
-Inside the command center-
Leona walked into the room full of computer stations and looked around for Annette, but the Wizard Saint did not see her anywhere. The viewscreens on the left, right, and center walls were all turned off. Recalling her previous visit to the space station, Leona located the room door on the right side of the room and walked towards it. Moments later she was stopped by the sound of a door opening and a voice coming from the entrance to the command center.
"Hi there! You must be Leena!
" The voice greeted Leona warmly. The blonde sighed. Even in space there was someone who mispronounced her name. Leona turned to face the source of the voice and spotted a young woman with aqua hair, unusual clothing, and a headset on her head. In her left hand was what looked to be a tablet computer.
"It's Leona. Lee-own-uh.
" Leona said tersely, a trace of irritation evident on her voice as she spelled out the proper pronunciation of her name. The young woman's cheerfulness was not dampened by Leona's irritation and she continued to speak with the same good cheer with which she had greeted Leona.
"Annette told me that you'd show up again one day!
" The aqua-haired young woman informed Leona. The blonde immediately forgot about her irritation and focused on the young woman.
"I forgot to introduce myself! My name's Eliza!
" The aqua-haired youth introduced herself to Leona.
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