Comic 1094 - Take a spa day

Posted on 5th Jul 2018, 11:40 PM in Hope
Take a spa day

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Morgenstern 5th Jul 2018, 11:40 PM edit delete
You ask Baby Red if they might want to hang out with Tesla and Faraday for a while.

"Oh!," Faraday giggles. "Yes! We could have a little party."

"Agree," replies the small ball of meat. "Have party. Take with."

You... gently remove the spherical creature from the counter, and hand them to Faraday. You get the doors for her, as it takes both of her hands to carry the very round Baby Red.

Once Dr. Finch and Caius return, you all pile onto the motorcycle and into the rental car.

With everything accounted for, you head for Southden.

The ride there is fairly quiet--a little tense, maybe, as though everyone is waiting for it all to go awry. However, no phones ring, nothing explodes, no monsters come bursting out of the ground. You arrive at the place Lovers recommended with no issue.

The day is a whirlwind of massages, pedicures, manicures, and other day spa activities. You didn't think you'd be able to get everything off your mind--the fact that the world's still at stake, that there's still Thale and Carpenter on the loose, both no doubt plotting your demise...

but the staff of the spa are very good at their jobs, and you quickly lose yourself in just... enjoying the day. You genuinely relax, maybe for the first time since waking up in the hospital almost two months ago. The thought that a genetically engineered demon or flesh eating virus or a hired assassin or... an alien, or whatever could come kicking the door in at any second

it scarcely even crosses your mind.

You didn't even realize how stressed out you were passively until today. Even in the bunker, you... didn't really feel safe. There was always that fear that the bunker could be found, or that it was always a trap from the beginning, or



Today, though... you actually feel like you've gotten away from it. Just for a day, just for the moment... you've managed to escape the otherwise looming, ever present risk.

For one day, everything's just... fine.

Everything's okay.

You and Michelle are the first to work your way through all the routines the spa has to offer. It's approaching the evening when you step out--and since your hotel of choice is just across the street, you head over to ring up the rooms for everyone.


"We prob'ly can't afford one room each for everybody," Michelle points out. "...Well, maybe we could, but it ain't a great idea. We don't wanna shove everybody into one big room, either--I know Caius and Finch are prob'ly... uhhh... gonna want some alone time. So, how we splittin' these rooms up?"


zelly_fangirl 6th Jul 2018, 12:03 AM edit delete reply
Mine and Michelle in one room
Caius and Finch in a room
Liz and Lydia in a room
and Fuse can have his own room I guess.
undeadDreamer 6th Jul 2018, 12:06 AM edit delete reply
I was about to suggest this exact configuration but you beat me to it.
Loose Cog 6th Jul 2018, 12:14 AM edit delete reply
Loose Cog
+1 (it's nice to be one of the first!)
Portal In Time 6th Jul 2018, 12:16 AM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
This seems doable, but before everything's set in stone, let's wait around a bit (Go window shopping, maybe? Set a blood alarm for when one of the others enters the hotel so we can meet up for room discussion) and ask Fuse if he'd be willing to share a room with Lydia and Liz.

If they're not weird about mixed genders in the batch, then it would be more cost effective. There's always the option for getting a cot or something, y'know?
Guest 6th Jul 2018, 12:29 AM edit delete reply
Why not a room for the guys and a room for the gals?
Twyll 6th Jul 2018, 12:38 AM edit delete reply
Because we want to give Finch and Caius a chance to have some alone time :3

Do, uh... do Fuse and Lydia need alone time too? We're not really sure where they are in their relationship, exactly XD
Guest 6th Jul 2018, 1:20 AM edit delete reply
Fuse is one of the more suspicious members of our party, possibly the most. If he rooms alone, he'll get accused of something and no one will be able to give him an alibi.
Sometimes Vanya 6th Jul 2018, 2:09 AM edit delete reply
Hadn't thought of Fuse being sus. I think ship rooms would be fun but I also want to wait for everyone to get back to the hote because I'm praying for some dialog gold to come out of working it out.
Guost 6th Jul 2018, 3:19 AM edit delete reply
It might be for the best no one gets a room to themself, just in case something unexpected happens.
Blue_Elite 6th Jul 2018, 3:28 AM edit delete reply
I'd like to throw out there if we're not intending to ship Mine/Michelle (Minelle?) their room could pick up the third wheel; depending on whether we're pairing Fuse with anyone.

We could uh... just blood-ask Fuse what his preference would be: board up with team Minelle or get a room alone with Liz or Lydia.
I will note it would probably be for the best for Liz not to get her own room (unless there's a non-personal reason for it) as she could use further social interaction.
Skullrama 6th Jul 2018, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, I think Fuse should room with someone. We can definitely ask his preference, but I get the feeling that he'll choose 'whichever room Lydia is NOT in'.
Winged Crusade 6th Jul 2018, 11:26 AM edit delete reply
Winged Crusade
Inb4 Mine actually says Minelle by accident when asking Fuse and Fuse now has comedic blackmail gold.
echo 6th Jul 2018, 4:15 AM edit delete reply
I think z_f's suggestion is fine.
ReikoLupus 6th Jul 2018, 11:17 AM edit delete reply
Let's ask Fuse in what group he wants to be XD.
And let's hope he doesn't say "With Finch and Caius". We don't really know how Sharp he is with this things XD.
Espylacopa 6th Jul 2018, 11:43 AM edit delete reply
Pretty sure he's in on it. When Mine suggested bringing him to Southden instead of one of them he declined, practically insisting they stick together.
As far as his thoughts on Lydia go, she might be a bit more chill after today, at least temporarily.
FunnyJoke 6th Jul 2018, 12:25 PM edit delete reply
Madd 6th Jul 2018, 12:43 PM edit delete reply
I say switch out Liz and Fuse.
lil Joshu 6th Jul 2018, 12:59 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Caius & Finch in one room,

Fuse, Michelle, and Lydia in a Room.

Liz, and Mine in another room (get some aunt/niece discussions going on).
Barswanian 6th Jul 2018, 12:23 AM edit delete reply
Fuse without the visor is a trip.
Loose Cog 6th Jul 2018, 12:58 AM edit delete reply
Loose Cog
Yeah, those 8 pixels really make a difference
Blue_Elite 6th Jul 2018, 3:13 AM edit delete reply
Ya, I saw visorless-Fuse and immediately thought, "Blasphemy!"
1977 6th Jul 2018, 1:05 AM edit delete reply
Hmm, alright, in the second picture Mne and Michelle are having a massage.
In the third the boys are in a sauna.
What goes on with Liz and Lydia in the last one, though?
I'm not really familiar with spa's so I'm curious to know what they do there.
I can only see candles and they are sitting?
Loose Cog 6th Jul 2018, 1:18 AM edit delete reply
Loose Cog
Twyll 6th Jul 2018, 1:38 AM edit delete reply
Maybe getting their legs waxed, or possibly manicures. Those are probably massage chairs, too. Pedicure chairs generally have attached reservoirs at the bottom, but they could use separate buckets in this location (maybe something to do with strict sanitation requirements).
Loose Cog 6th Jul 2018, 1:13 AM edit delete reply
Loose Cog
I wonder if this is Morgenstern looking to see who we ship? Or is it already obvious enough? Maybe these room setups are important for other reasons, like if Carpenter or someone raids the hotel, or if there is an emergency back in our city. If Carpenter raided the hotel, it would be a sort of throwback to the first chapter, with us in a new environment, and with limited resources (assuming Carpenter's machines are powerful enough to balance out the blood powers), it would be difficult to execute, but really intense. I might be over thinking this, but this seems like such a "vanilla" choice after everything that we have done.

Although, maybe it's a little development on the relationship side of the comic, and I am just a paranoid as they were.
Loose Cog 6th Jul 2018, 1:14 AM edit delete reply
Loose Cog
Jeez, that was lengthy!
Twyll 6th Jul 2018, 1:41 AM edit delete reply
It could just also be for which sprites to put in which rooms in the artwork :P I suspect, though, it'll be a bit like those games where characters have Affection Scores or Affinities with each other-- stick 'em together and they have a chance to talk and hang out and get to know each other, and sometimes you get a little scene of them interacting.

At this point, I think it's less about shipping and more that some characters just have already-established relationships. Our ships are armed with canons, dohohoho
Blue_Elite 6th Jul 2018, 3:18 AM edit delete reply
We're in Southden right now. We don't even know if Thale/Carpenter even know this place exists. Unless we screwed up at some point and brought a tracer with us (which if we did the bunker would probably be raided before Southden is) I think we're pretty much 100% safe here (we've made zero known enemies with The Deck).

So ya, shipping pairs. This is just an interactive comic staying an interactive comic. Choose your ships and let 'em set sail. ;)
Loose Cog 6th Jul 2018, 2:17 AM edit delete reply
Loose Cog
Has anyone else noticed the text in the bottom right saying "Do you hear the city waking up? I will survive, and so will you."
What's that supposed to mean, and how long has it been there?
Loose Cog 6th Jul 2018, 2:19 AM edit delete reply
Loose Cog
It's on every page
Blue_Elite 6th Jul 2018, 2:53 AM edit delete reply
It's a link to a song. Bullet by Covenant album: Northern Light. The link is attached to, "so will you," and it can be hard to tell the difference between the dark-gray of links from the normal black lettering so here's the linky:
Portal In Time 6th Jul 2018, 4:28 AM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
oh my god I've never noticed that
Nayru9572 6th Jul 2018, 5:51 AM edit delete reply
Neither have I.
Loose Cog 6th Jul 2018, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
Loose Cog
Imagine an animated trailer or something that goes along with the song! That would be so cool!
Nayru9572 6th Jul 2018, 5:49 AM edit delete reply
I wouldn't put Liz and Lydia in one room. Finch and Caius together, but then I'd say maybe Michelle and Lydia in one room. Michelle seems like the type of person who would enjoy Lydia's excited banter, Liz I'm not sure. Mine and Liz could share a room, since that'd provide a bonding opportunity and if Liz has any last-minute complaints about sleeping Mine can help with that. As for Fuse, he can either get a room alone or sleep in the same one as Mine and Liz (not Lydia since he has to deal with her enough). This could also help if the atmosphere between Mine and Liz is a bit uncomfortable. Is it too late to ask him which he prefers?
And if this somehow doesn't work - Lydia with Mine and Michelle with Liz, though I somehow feel the latter combination could turn a bit conflicted due to Michelle putting Mine on a pedestal and Liz somewhat hating her.
Caydenite 6th Jul 2018, 8:53 AM edit delete reply
We could just get two double rooms and a triple, and let people sort them selves out. We can all hang out in the triple room before people want to go and sleep or whatever.
Loose Cog 6th Jul 2018, 10:11 AM edit delete reply
Loose Cog
Good idea, but I get the feeling that Morgenstern was trying to see what we wanted to happen.
psychoshen 6th Jul 2018, 10:40 AM edit delete reply
The lobby of this place seems pretty fancy, do they have one of those penthouse suites with multiple bedrooms?
The Bohemian 6th Jul 2018, 5:22 PM edit delete reply
Mine: Remeber that crush you had and it failed miserably
Fuse:pick nose
Also lets check on Tesla, Faraday and Mini red.