Imagine that you could have one wish--any wish that your heart desired--granted.
Would you be willing to pay the price?
All you have to do is fight Witches. They are born from evil and can only be stopped by the magic of the Puella Magi. The rules are simple--I'll be around, so if you need me, just think.
The day was reaching its metaphorical mid-point. At any minute the bell would ring, dismissing the students of their school duties and releasing them into the town. The day itself was a bit on the windy side, nothing unheard of, but it was rather strange. The news of the Ume Skyscraper seemed to be what everyone was talking about, as more visual progress had been made.
Nevertheless, it just seemed like any other day. At least, that was how it seemed to everyone else.
To those who were chosen by the messenger of magic, it was another day to hunt Witches and obtain grief seeds. Another day to fight for territory, another day to avoid conflict with the other Puella Magi. Still, a sense of change was in the air, and it almost felt like an unseen timer was ticking off, slowly but surely.
"It's coming very soon."
The voice belonged to Kyubey, as it stood atop of a literal pedestal, looking down at one of his many Puella Magi of that area. She wore her uniform, and a grief seed was in her right hand, scratches covering her body. Her look was one of disbelief, and a hint of nervousness.
"Is there anything I can do about it?"
The question seemed to linger between the two for a few moments. She wanted an answer, though at the pit of her stomach doubt weighed heavily. Could she even do anything? Perhaps. Her magic hadn't failed her yet, but the way Kyubey spoke about it made her rethink her confidence.
"Of course." Kyubey finally answered, its tail swaying back and forth. "Although I think your power won't be enough--no, none of your powers are enough alone."
"You mean the other Puella Magi in this town." She clarified his statement.
"Yes. Though the idea of Puella Magi working together isn't very attractive--for many reasons that you're already aware of. I haven't even told the rest yet, seeing as how they're in school. You're quite bold for deciding to skip class."
Of course it was bold, she would never even have thought to skip. She was too much of a good girl. Ignoring the comment, she continued, "Do you plan to tell them?"
"You could always do me the favor and relay the message."
"And get myself killed?" Puella Magi hardly got along, never mind trusting the words of one another. "You'd instill this knowledge and just leave everyone else blissfully. So be it. I'll do what I can."
Kyubey remained silent. Was it thinking? She couldn't tell. She waited for some kind of response, but he simply stepped down and looked back at her. "I know. I've kept up my end of the bargain. I think I'll go see Kokoro, now. The bell's ringing, can you hear it?"
Sure enough, it rang loud and clear for the whole place to hear. It was coming, and time became precious. It was time for her to gather up the Puella Magi, start gaining their trust. But how? She knew only of their presence but no names or faces. It's like knowing someone's there in the dark. Not to mention that she herself had even clashed with a few. The Witches will have to show me, then. Clutching the grief seed in her hand, the sparkle of the sun's rays hitting her ring caught her eye, her symbol on her middle finger.
That's right, in their sealed forms... Catching an idea, the girl pocketed the thing and turned on her heel. I'll start at the mall, then.