For a normal nine-year-old maybe. But this is the girl who, when facing the people who had attacked her out of the blue, nearly killed her, her girlfriend, and several of her friends, then drained her dry, pleaded for them to stop fighting, talk to her and explain their reasons. And kept asking, even after having fought several pitched battles with them. And yet here, when Chrono outright says, very clearly, that he wants them stop fighting and explain the situation, her personality does a complete 180. She doesn't even consider it, just hightails it out of there once Fate is in the clear. Not exactly conductive to any presumptions of innocence. Then at home she refuses for hours to listen to Yuuno's pleas they contact the TSAB to straighten things out, also horribly out of character. The real Nanoha would jump at the chance to avoid more people getting hurt, instead she just blithers on about spikes. There's no reason for her to be this different this soon, to go into "they bad, ignore bad people"-mode over one incident. Indeed, that unexplained character derailment of one of my favorite characters in anime is the one thing that pisses me off about this (excellent) story(*). What's worse, it's the same sort of stupidity Presea is so gloriously averting. Presea let her dislike of Fate get in the way of her judgement, jeopardizing her goal. Nanoha has a serious case of Chronic Hero Syndrome, her drive is to save, to protect, to keep people from harm. But her failure to look past an initial bad impression - which was partially her own fault - has led her to become an accessory to what could become the greatest mass murder in history. Both Canon!Presea and Game!Nanoha let their emotions get the better of them, to the detriment of their goals. It's like Presea's levels in Dumbass got transferred to Nanoha. Or maybe the entire Takamachi family, given how Kyouya and Momoko handled Chrono's visit. I see that sentiment a lot in this thread, and it just doesn't make sense to me. Presea may be less stupid in this continuity, but her plan is still the same batshit crazy scheme it was in canon: use artifacts of ultimate power to drill a way to a mythical lost world where they can cure Alicia. It was never whether or not she could reach Alhazred that was the problem, but the fact that the act of drilling there would disrupt dozens of dimensions, killing Sod knows how many people. I don't see how having more power would somehow equate into less collateral damage. Incidentally, even if Alhazred somehow still exists, and even if she somehow makes it there intact, and even if it's still inhabited, there's still the problem that the place sank into Imaginary Space. Where magic, you know, doesn't work. So even if everything goes according to plan, she still won't be getting Alicia back (*): To those of you itching to tell me to stop reading, then: I wouldn't be getting this worked up about it if this wasn't an outstanding, extremely well written and gripping piece of literature. The worldbuilding is incredible, expanding so much on the universe and yet somehow staying consistent with canon. It actually feels like looking into another universe. I very much enjoy reading it, and after a chapter it stays in my thoughts for days. I very much look forward to every chapter, and I want to sincerely thank Aleph and ES for bringing us this masterpiece. It's just that this particular way of driving the plot forward come across to me as if the character just dropped about two standard deviations' worth of IQ points. She's wrong, and she has the information to know this (or at least that there's more to this) - she's just ignoring it. And because of the high level of emotional investment I have with the story, that pisses me off. At the character, not the author.