Part 4 - Horizon
This has been quite the day for Regina. From the little joys like riding Cara’s motorcycle or graduating from high school, to the big things like feeling connected to two loving sisters or feeling that same love from your best friend, she was glad that she was able to keep all her memories.
Escaping the dying scuffle at the graduation ceremony, Regina already had her cap and gown removed by the time she and Cara reached the edge of the school yard. The two were on the way to their favorite place to hang out, Unionville’s most under appreciated diner, Izzy’s Diner.
“I still can't believe you erased the memories of everyone there! That's so many people, Cara!” Regina exclaimed, waving her hands to emphasize the size.
“I didn't completely erase their memories, Reg. I think I sort of sedated them. Or something of the like. I calmed them down and made everything seem normal. Didn't you notice the twins? Or that joke of a principal you have?” Cara added, pointing her thumb back in the direction of the school being being cut off by Regina.
“Had! I'm never going back to that horrible school again. With any luck, I'll never have to see any of those people again.” Regina stated firmly.
“Even the twins? I need twins or I'm out of a job.” Cara joked, despite it behind half true.
Regina laughed, tilting her head and thinking about both sets of identical twins in her class, Kailey and Bailey and Adi and Ali.
“Yeah, hopefully they don't come back to the theater sniffing around and asking for you to transform them back again.” Regina said, rolling her eyes a bit.
“Oh, but that's the beauty of it, Reg. They won't think there's anything wrong with them being conjoined, in Kailey and what's her sister’s name’s case, or being super duper identical and inseparable in the hot blondes’ case.” Cara said, holding a finger up for each.
“Damn, you really need to start learning names. You sure you didn't get hit by that same beam?” Regina asked laughing as a very familiar waitress came over.
Cara and Regina made it back to the boardwalk and watched the sun slowly setting over the water as they continued.
“So that's it, then? No more meddling with the neighborhood girls and tricking them into the magic box?” Regina asked playfully, breaking a few minutes silence.
“Yes, it is. It was irresponsible. Being irresponsible is what got the Magician killed. No more galavanting around like I can fix any problem. If today is any example of that, I can't. Not always. Not in the way I expect.” Cara said, looking a bit bothered by her own examination of the way things went down at graduation.
“It wasn't your fault, Cara. It was mine! I was the one pushing you to teach me something. I shouldn't have tried to use my new skill before I was ready.” Regina said, stammering through her words. She did not like to admit that she was wrong, but she could tell how much she was upsetting Cara.
“And for the record, I never tricked anyone into the box!” Cara cried out, breaking the silence. “Let's see, in the past year or so, we had all of YOUR lotion incidents, causing those brunette twins-”
“Kailey and Bailey” Regina added, feeling no shame, since it was Colette who convinced her to slip the twins the lotion.
“Right, okay, it was you who caused Kailey and Bailey to become attached and then share a body in the first place, then you with the cheerleaders-”
“Adi and Ali.”
“Whatever. The cheerleaders shared a mind! Then those little bitches…”
“Which ones?” Regina asked, surprised in Cara’s aggression but unable to help herself from smirking.
“The blonde one and the pale one, who YOU caused to, like, fuse together, and then the Magician swapped their bodies.” Cara explained, frustrated.
“Was he just messing around with them or-” Regina asked with a smile before Care continued her rant.
“Then the twin’s sister and her friend got roped into it, then that poor girl Sarah and her little sister, luckily that one ended alright, no thanks to you.” Cara scolded as the pair arrived at the diner down the street from the theatre. Still ranting, Cara held the door open for Regina and the pair found their booth near the back.
“Not even mentioning whatever you and Colette got up to before I tracked you down. Given the messes you and I have gotten to already, I can only imagine what happened unsupervised.” Cara said, huffing a bit as she remembered her distance for Colette, the woman would caused the Magician to die.
“Are you just going to rant the entire time or what?” Regina asked eventually. She was alright with Cara digging up their tricky and regrettable pasts because she knew Cara felt the same way about it.
“No, no, let's just get a quick dinner, then I need to decompress and you need to see if you can't get that half-assed magical ability out of your system before you leave. Oh, look, here comes Catrina. She might even give us some free fries.” Cara said, eagerly anticipating her lovely waitress friend.
Catrina was just going on her shift, arriving at the diner moments after Cara and Regina did, wearing a blue dress that nearly matched her apron.
“Hello, anything I can start you two off with?” Catrina asked, expressionlessly looking at Cara and Regina with her notepad in hand.
“Really, you know I always get tea with dinner.” Cara smiled up at Catrina.
“Always? I've never seen you here before. You must be confusing me with another waitress.’ Catrina said politely before looking at Regina. “Anything, miss?”
“I.. uh, y-yeah, I'll take a coffee, and an Earl Grey for my friend.” Regina smiled, ordering her tea for her. Catrina nodded and walked away. Cara’s face was blank and shocked, her mind was racing and she was only just catching up to her own mistake. After a minute of silence, Regina reached out and held Cara’s hands.
“You knew she was graduating today. She…” Regina began, comfortingly, before Csea looked up at the brunette.
“Reckless. I am reckless. I need to stop meddling. I need to stop involving myself with others.” Cara said, emotionlessly.
“Oh, no, come on, Cara, that's not-”
“I need to cut all my ties. Stay in the theatre. Study the Magician’s notes. I need to teach you like he’d want me to. You need to learn to be responsible with this magic, like he wanted me to be.” Cara said confidently, small tears forming in her eyes.
“Oh, Cara…” Regina squeezed her hands.
“And none of this either,” Cara said, pulling her hands away. “I can't get so attached. I'm teaching you how to use magic. I'm not your girlfriend.” she said, pulling her hands under the table.
“You never were.” Regina said sharply.
“Good. Right. Because I can't get attached anymore and neither should you. Re Magician, Colette, Catrina, it all just leads to pain. I'm not going to be reckless anymore.”
Catrina came back to the table with the cup of tea and the cup of coffee. Cara smiled up at her, tears sitting in her eyes, and thanked her. Regina smiled at her magic teacher, hoping she was making the right decision.