[Author's note: The formatting really should remind readers of some sort of instant messaging system. A blog might not be the best way to do this.]
Jacinda_9: Lance, are you there?
Lance179: Hi, Jackie. Be right with you.
Lance179: Sorry about that. What's up?
Jacinda_9: You saw the storm last night?
* Lance179 nods.
Lance179: How bad was it in your neighbourhood?
Jacinda_9: Lots of snow and hail and wind. It was kinda pretty, though, with all the colours.
Jacinda_9: What was it?
Lance179: Colours, huh? That was a mage storm. The weather is so hosed around here because of some sort of magic that it had to reset somehow.
Jacinda_9: And that's what the mage storm did, try to fix the weather to what passes as normal here?
Lance179: Something like that. The ley lines are still bright, though.
Jacinda_9: You've probably thought of this, but if they're like a river, can't you trace the flow downstream?
Jacinda_9: Geez, that sounds so basic that just suggesting it makes me feel dumb.
Lance179: Don't beat yourself up. Yes, we tried. We wound up in a loop after going all around town.
Jacinda_9: *phew* Hey, when you went around town, did you actually leave Ottawa at all or were you always within city limits?
Lance179: I don't think we did, but I can't be sure. Why?
Jacinda_9: The weather's been contained in the city. I'm wondering if there is a connection.
Lance179: There is.
Jacinda_9: . . .
Jacinda_9: You can't leave it there like that, Lance.
Lance179: You won't be able to help, Jackie.
Jacinda_9: Why not?
Lance179: It's too dangerous.
Jacinda_9: That doesn't answer my question.
Lance179: Okay, then you're still learning. You're not ready to deal with this.
Jacinda_9: Lance, I think I'd know if I'm ready or not.
Lance179: You're still thinking about what you're doing when you cast a spell. You've picked up on what to do faster than I've seen anyone else, but you don't have the practice.
Lance179: Jackie, I don't want to get you hurt.
Jacinda_9: Then hurry on the teaching. You might need me.
Lance179: Patience, Jackie. This isn't like learning mathematics.
Jacinda_9: I don't know. I had to do multiplication drills. This seems similar to me. Practice practice practice until I get carpal tunnel.
Lance179: I promise you won't get carpal tunnel, Jackie.
Lance179: And when you're needed, I won't hesitate to call you in. You're learning quickly. I just don't want to get you in over your head.
Jacinda_9: It's frustrating, you know? I feel like I should be able to help.
Lance179: And you will, when you've gotten used to being a magician. You've just discovered your abilities. Wait until you've discovered what you can do. You'll be amazed at your potential.
Jacinda_9: *sigh* Alright
Are we still on for tomorrow?
Lance179: Sure. Want me to pick you up or would you prefer to meet me at the Bridgehead downtown again?
Jacinda_9: The coffee shop sounds good. I'll see you there when I'm done class.
Lance179: Great! :D