Author's Note: Hey, Alpha! I'm not ignoring you or anything; I'm just going to be responding to you when I get a chance later on. Because new chapter! One that's twenty pages! The longest yet for this version of the fic! ...We're never doing this again, I swear to God.
A couple of notes for those of you playing at home:
1. The title of the fic comes from an episode of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. That's not the only reference in this chapter.
2. Hope's quote of the day is a Japanese proverb that (roughly) translates into, "If you speak a rumor about someone, their shadow will appear." It means