Former Magical Girls and their Daily Lives
The Lemons rode the crowded train to their school. The train sped to the station that was closest to the school and halted at the stop. The girls had to fight their ways to the outside of the train and they tripped over each other at the very end and made a lemon pile on the floor. The train left hastefully.
"Why are there so many people on this Earth?" asked Kasumi, getting off of the pile. "Things would be easier if there were fewer people."
"That may be true, but I don't know if I want to take a risk where I don't exist. I think a bigger question would be your fashion sense. Why are you wearing that hat?"
Kasumi touched her hat. It was the hat the Hat Lady gave to her and the hat was one of those wool hats that had those balls hanging off the sides.
"For your information, I like this hat. It was given to me as a gift. Why didn't you say anything when we were at the house or on the train?"
"My personal reasoning for that is nonexistent. The real reason is that the audience wasn't watching us when we were home or on the train. Anyway, we have to go to school."
They started to walk to the school.
"Look, I was wearing this hat the whole morning, yet you didn't comment on any part of it. Frankly, I thought that this hat was magical and you couldn't see it."
"How do you know that I can see it now?"
"Because you are the one who brought it up. That's why."
"Anyway, as I was saying, I think the hat fits you."
"Then why were you dissing it?"
"Because it reminds me of an annoying vlogger, but other than that, the hat seems to fit you. It's childish and cool that way. I don't know how to explain it. The difficulty of explaining the reasoning of the hat. It's like how you are usually serious yet no one can take you seriously."
"You don't have to go that deep. Just say it's cute or something. I doubt you have to understand all of the facets of my personality and character to see why I like this hat. Sometimes people can like things. I doubt there's any symbolism in this hat. What does the alien represent how I come from a faraway place? And the pink part represents that I'm not what people expect from an alien? Wait, that actually seems to work."
"You aren't an alien, Kasumi. You are a normal girl. Maybe being a magical girl changed a little of that, but you are still a normal girl."
"Do you really think so? I don't think that I'm completely normal." Kasumi turned away from Risa and looked forward. "It should be an understatement that Magical Girl life affected me, and... Wait, is that a rabbit?"
There was a rabbit in the middle of the sidewalk. It was white like milk and had a cute pink nose. It looked confused like a magician just pulled it out of his hat.
"Aw, that's so cute!" exclaimed Risa. "I want to take you home. Get over here!" She ran to the rabbit and the rabbit ran away, but Risa was faster. She grabbed the rabbit, but her arm just phased right through it. "Huh?"
"I see that you are interested in that rabbit, little girl," a man in a suit and top hat said. "But it seems like you can't grab him."
"What's going on?" Risa asked.
"I'll tell you what's going on. That rabbit doesn't exist." He pointed at the rabbit with his cane, and the rabbit disappeared. "What you actually saw was a hologram. And as you can tell, it's very realistic, and it can do anything. Let me show you."
A couple dozen of rabbits appeared around Risa, and they all started doing tricks: doing flips, rolling around, throwing each other into the air, stacking themselves on top of each other, and other tomfoolery.
The man tapped the floor with his cane, and the rabbits disappeared.
"Don't you see. These holograms are great, and you can have them for 100,000 yen."
"Wow," said Risa, "Hey, Kasumi, can we-?"
"Nope, out of the budget. Let's go." Kasumi dragged Risa out of the salesman's sight.
"Why do you have to reject it so bluntly? It looks cool."
"It may look cool, but we don't have 100,000 yen to waste. We have to make good financial decisions. Anyway, something about those holograms seems sketchy, but even if they are completely legit, the price is way too high for some high school girls like us. Do you really like them that much anyway?"
"I guess. We could have some rabbits in the house."
"Eh, you can't even touch the rabbits. So, you lose any cuddling or petting you would have with a normal rabbit. Also, I bet that he was only talking about one rabbit. It's probably 100,000 yen EACH."
"Well, technically there shouldn't be an issue since holograms should be able to show almost anything it wanted to. It doesn't have to be only one rabbit."
"I guess you could be right. Either way, I wouldn't doubt that he would try to squeeze as much money as possible from you."
"You said that the technology might be sketchy. Why don't we ask the person who knows a lot about technology?"
Risa held her answer for dramatic effect until they got to the school. Kasumi was confused why she suddenly stopped talking but was glad for the change in pace and continued to drag her.
"Megumi!" she yelled out when they inevitably passed Megumi.
"Hi, Risa," Megumi responded, "What's up?"
"Hey, you know all about the newest technology, right?"
"What makes you think that?"
"Because you play a lot of video games."
"Oh, no. I don't really care about technology. I couldn't tell you about new stuff computer-related."
"Well, I guess I know more than the average person, but frankly, my computer is a 10-year old potato. It doesn't run too well, but it's enough to run the games I like with ease. I don't care for the picture-perfect graphics and the high processing power. If it can run Demon Killers III on low, it's NASA to me."
"So, you aren't the person to ask about technology."
"I guess so. I'm also not good at sports."
"Don't worry. I figured that out."