-The next day, Leona's Room, 11:22 A.M.-
Leona had woken up at 8:02 A.M. to see whether or not she had any administrative work to do. She had four stacks of papers to do, so she stuck to the plan she had made last night and took care of her responsibility to the guild before leaving the office and heading back to her room to change into more casual clothing for a trip to Capital Crocus Mall. Leona had chosen to wear an open white jacket over a blue tank top and white pleated skirt with black bike shorts on underneath it. She chose to wear her white and silver tennis shoes to complete the look.
Once she was satisfied with her look Leona grabbed enough Jewels to give her some purchasing power, placed them in a pouch she could carry in her jacket pocket, and left her room to head for the Albatross.
-Capital Crocus Mall, 2:50 P.M.-
After landing the Albatross in a large clearing on the outskirts of Capital Crocus and making her way to the mall Leona was now standing inside the entrance hall facing the food court. The Wizard Saint saw that the lines in the food court were so long that they snaked into the entrance hall, leading her to wonder if she should have chosen another day to visit the mall. She assessed the situation and slowly walked towards the lines before making a decision.
Getting a meal here was out of the question, but she could still go shopping for clothing.
With that having been decided, Leona moved to the right of the nearest line of people and somehow squeezed by them, then entered the mall proper. Her first destination was Earthland Eagle, where she was going to look for jackets and maybe a one-piece bathing suit or two.
-Inside Earthland Eagle, 2:53 P.M.-
Leona stood inside the entrance to the clothing store and looked around the crowded place. Judging from the signs placed in signholders on top of clothing racks and hanging on the ceiling there was a big sale today and that sale had brought in a lot of shoppers, all of them young women around Leona's age. The racks of clothing were beginning to look a little bare, so she had better hurry if she wanted to have a chance of getting anything. Leona looked to the right and saw the racks of jackets that were in the same style as the one she was wearing.
She slowly and patiently made her way to the rack and examined what was left, which were jackets colored olive green, black, green, and blue. Leona already had a white jacket and an olive green jacket, so she left those on the hanger in favor of the other colors. Out of those colors only the green and blue ones appealed to her, so Leona focused her attention on them and picked the green one off of the rack. She turned to her right and examined the tag to find that it was one size too small for her.
Leona turned and placed the green jacket back on the rack. She reached for the blue one only to have someone else grab it first and walk away with their prize before her hand could touch the garment. The Wizard Saint took a quiet breath and supposed that the early bird got the worm. She looked to the left in search of another rack to browse and saw that the entire rack had been picked over, leaving only pink jackets that she had no interest in.
With the search for that garment a failure Leona turned and looked for bathing suits. On the left wall was a rack of bathing suits, so she began to slowly and carefully navigate the crowded store until she reached the rack. Once there she looked over what was available and frowned... everything was either a black bikini or a white one. Leona already had one of those, so she turned away from the bathing suits and looked for anything else that might interest her.
Leona looked along the left side and saw nothing of interest except for tube tops and crop tops in colors she already had, so she decided to leave the store and go to the second floor to pay a visit to The Modern Woman. Maybe she could find a jacket there.
-The second floor, The Modern Woman, 3:19 P.M.-
It had been a struggle to climb the stairs because the stairwell was packed with shoppers moving between floors. It was packed so tightly that on more than one occasion Leona's arms had been pinned to her sides and her backside brushed against by someone's shopping bag. Now she was inside the store and was able to move freely again because The Modern Woman was not nearly as crowded as Earthland Eagle was. The store was not having a sale, so it still had plenty of clothing to choose from.
Leona looked for the jackets and found them hanging on a rack on the left side of the store. She walked towards the rack, stopped in front of it, and began to look over her options.
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