Comic 1097 - Take Michelle around Southden

Posted on 8th Jul 2018, 7:22 PM in Hope
Take Michelle around Southden

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Morgenstern 8th Jul 2018, 7:22 PM edit delete
You and Michelle head out into Southden, having a whirlwind adventure seeing the sights and shopping around.

You look at books, you buy some random things (including souvenirs and cat magazines), and you hit up a local pub.

You and Michelle do some drinking, and experience the joys of sort-of-drunk karaoke in a public space.

Finally, you get dinner out on the docks. ...And do some more drinking. Michelle's tube cop constitution seems to be handling her alcohol a little better than yours.

A little.

"It's kinda messed up, ain't it?," she says. "Like... I was thinkin' about all the traumatic shit we went through, and... it sucks. It sucks, but--if all this awful stuff hadn't happened... we never woulda met. Any of us. You and Finch'd still be makin' no money at some dump of a hospital, I'd still be gettin' pushed around by Vasquez... Fuse'd still be sellin' drugs and stealin' jus' to afford food, Caius'd still be a bouncer at a sleazy night club, and Liz... hell, Liz wouldn't even exist."

She takes another drink, leaning back in her seat. "It sucks, it all sucks... but man. It's weird to think about, y'know? I can't tell if it'd be better if Thale hadn't ever pulled this shit. I guess we won't know 'til it's all over. And... he got where he did 'cuz of our messed up system o' rich assholes havin' all the control, people with money tellin' th' police what to do and all that. But when it's all said and done... we'll have the power to stop that. Right? Everything Finch's figured out, how far Fuse has got in his hackin' skills... not even gettin' into everything you can do.

We... we can make sure nothin' like Thale ever happens again. We're already figurin' out how to buy up banners an' stuff, and with Lydia and the Griz doin' their podcast... we're on our way to changin' minds. We're on our way to like... changin' the world. We can take this whole... stupid... unbalanced society, one that's crushin' mutants and tube cops, and the poor, and... we can fix it.

And Thale did it. Thale caused this, he caused us. He didn't jus'... screw himself over, he screwed over the whole deal that made him. We can undo the whole mess from the top down, now... once the big jerk's outta the way, we can knock over the throne o' every other big jerk tryin' to play king."

Michelle leans over, almost laying her head on the table. "I'm prob'ly gettin' ahead of myself, though... we ain't even beat Thale yet, officially. We're s'posed to be relaxin', and I'm over here thinkin' about startin' a revolution or somethin'. Hearin' about the Deck, though... they're pretty much regular people, and they already made a lot o' difference over here. We're regular people armed with crazy nonsense, that've been through way too much. ...We could make a difference, too."

Michelle stares out over the water for a little while before bringing her attention back to you. "What're you thinkin' about?"


Nayru9572 8th Jul 2018, 8:17 PM edit delete reply
That we should probably get back to the hotel, and grab some water to avoid (or ease in the morning) a hangover.
Gigafreak 8th Jul 2018, 8:53 PM edit delete reply
Mine might even be able to just fiddle with body chemistry to just plain CURE the hangovers. Might be nice to use her phenomenal godlike power to do petty stuff like that once in a while.
Nayru9572 8th Jul 2018, 8:56 PM edit delete reply
Might also be nice to remind ourselves of what being human's like by trying out more mundane methods to combat hangovers. Depends on how bad it'll be in the morning, I suppose.
WalkerOfSorrow 9th Jul 2018, 1:32 AM edit delete reply
Where blood alcohol is concerned, realize that we could probably send it into the Red.
Nayru9572 9th Jul 2018, 4:45 AM edit delete reply
I was talking more about the dehydration.
Frission 8th Jul 2018, 8:20 PM edit delete reply
Portal In Time 8th Jul 2018, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
Blue_Elite 8th Jul 2018, 9:50 PM edit delete reply
Paw pants. How is it we don't have a fully cat-themed set of clothes yet?
lil Joshu 8th Jul 2018, 10:12 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Could totally use blood powers to become a catgirl. Seriously.. it'd be the cutest thing. Cute ears, fluffy tail... should totes do it.
WalkerOfSorrow 9th Jul 2018, 1:33 AM edit delete reply
That reminds me of Spacetrawler.
Swagner 9th Jul 2018, 8:24 PM edit delete reply
IIRC that ended in tears
Loose Cog 9th Jul 2018, 7:18 PM edit delete reply
Loose Cog
@lil Joshu
I think we should practice on Lumpy, before we do it on ourselves
Skullrama 8th Jul 2018, 8:32 PM edit delete reply
How cool bio-power-armor is gonna be.

Also, uh, deep things.
Fishbulb 8th Jul 2018, 8:33 PM edit delete reply
"This sandwich is delicious."
Frission 9th Jul 2018, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
xD +1
AgentKuga 9th Jul 2018, 2:54 PM edit delete reply
+1 lol
Barswanian 8th Jul 2018, 8:52 PM edit delete reply
"You got pretty eyes when you revolutionize."
Portal In Time 9th Jul 2018, 1:09 AM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
GivingTree 9th Jul 2018, 10:23 AM edit delete reply
undeadDreamer 9th Jul 2018, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
These exact words.
AgentKuga 9th Jul 2018, 2:55 PM edit delete reply
lol sure
less than three 9th Jul 2018, 3:38 PM edit delete reply
Cruentum 8th Jul 2018, 8:54 PM edit delete reply
Uh... well. I think we'd be happy if none of us are dead at the end of this. After we beat Thale. I just hope we get a happily ever after at the end, and not a "Thale went on to stretch thin, drink deep, and fuck over the universe."
zelly-fangirl 8th Jul 2018, 8:54 PM edit delete reply
“Gay thoughts.”
Nayru9572 8th Jul 2018, 8:59 PM edit delete reply
Let's not try to pair Mine and Michelle up romantically, alright? Both because it would probably make folks who like them better as friends uncomfortable, and because alcohol and relationships do not usually mix well together.
undeadDreamer 8th Jul 2018, 9:44 PM edit delete reply
Ehhhh not going to stop trying to get them together sorry. There's always relationships in fiction certain people don't like. Also they're only sort-of-drunk. Besides it's not like they'll do anything major tonight.
Skullrama 9th Jul 2018, 12:29 AM edit delete reply
Well, there is something to be said for having the point of view character (referred to as 'you') ending up getting together with someone you would rather they didn't feeling... uncomfortable.

Everyone is entitled to ship whoever they please, and I'm always game for debate on these subjects, but it would be nice if we could avoid any shipping wars and hurt feelings over it.
GivingTree 9th Jul 2018, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
There's gunna be hurt feelings no matter who ends up with who.
Swagner 9th Jul 2018, 8:25 PM edit delete reply
Solution: no hooking up any which way until the very end, if at all.
RemnantSoul 8th Jul 2018, 9:35 PM edit delete reply
Oh, you know . . . Standard vent-hermit things.
undeadDreamer 8th Jul 2018, 9:41 PM edit delete reply
psychoshen 8th Jul 2018, 9:46 PM edit delete reply
I wonder if Lovers can hear them from here.
Blue_Elite 8th Jul 2018, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
"But if we give peas a chance, won't the lima beans feel left out?"

We should probably get back to the hotel at this point.
Frission 9th Jul 2018, 10:52 AM edit delete reply
I love you for this. xD Another favorite was "Uh... yeah, Brain, but where are we going to find rubber pants our size?" xD
Guest 8th Jul 2018, 10:18 PM edit delete reply
sounds good
Mr. thought 8th Jul 2018, 10:29 PM edit delete reply
Yeah time to get back to the hotel. Also she’s probably been thinking today was fun but might of hade a little to much to drink.
Mr. thought 9th Jul 2018, 9:09 AM edit delete reply
Also please don't.Just please don't go there.
Guest 8th Jul 2018, 10:36 PM edit delete reply
sounds good
Cuttlefish 9th Jul 2018, 12:35 AM edit delete reply
How unbelievably fortunate we have been to have such good and brave and wonderful people enter into our life. We would have faltered long ago without Michelle by our side every step of the way.
Espylacopa 9th Jul 2018, 12:55 AM edit delete reply
I'm thinking about how much Michelle's attitude has changed. Here, she's including herself in regular people, but on the day we met she used that same phrase to exclude herself.
rufiangel 9th Jul 2018, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
That's a beautiful thing to pick up on <3 ;v;*
AgentKuga 9th Jul 2018, 2:56 PM edit delete reply
yep yep so true
Memo 9th Jul 2018, 10:36 AM edit delete reply
Also, we should tell her we are happy for her/ proud of her.
She has come a long way.
Skullrama 9th Jul 2018, 8:07 PM edit delete reply
I do think this is a really great sentiment to express, honestly.
Cuttlefish 9th Jul 2018, 8:41 PM edit delete reply
Vanya 9th Jul 2018, 1:19 AM edit delete reply
I definitely ship these two, but to avoid conflict I say that if we want to attempt to pursue that route we should take some kind of a vote. Is there a fan forum we could do such a thing on?
undeadDreamer 9th Jul 2018, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
Well Morgenstern counts our comments as votes for actions anyways so I see no difference between a vote and commenting for an action.
Skullrama 9th Jul 2018, 8:05 PM edit delete reply
The only 'votes' that count are the comments here.

That said, the Discord serves as a better venue for long-form discussion, debate and deliberation, so it can be helpful before one leaves their comment here... or after, putting up new comments based on things you figured out in the conversation.
Blue_Elite 9th Jul 2018, 1:56 AM edit delete reply
Oh hey, there's now a "Vote on TWC" button at the top and left.
rufiangel 9th Jul 2018, 7:15 AM edit delete reply
Every vote counts, friends! o/

Senpai, maybe you could sprite a nekomimi Mine (NekomiMine?) and have that be a vote incentive for the rest of ever? XD
echo 9th Jul 2018, 3:39 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu 9th Jul 2018, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu

Blood powers to make cat ears and cat tail. This is what I have been thinking about, Michelle, and it is a very important thing to think about. :D
lil Joshu 9th Jul 2018, 3:03 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
For example, ears on the top of the head? Or on the side? Or at a 45 degree angle between the two? Big fluffy tail, or smooth silky tail? Should it be taken more in a catwoman direction by adding claws, or get big puffy paw mittens?
Skullrama 9th Jul 2018, 3:16 PM edit delete reply
Truly, the important questions of our time. These things need answers.
less than three 9th Jul 2018, 3:44 PM edit delete reply
Claws seem more practical and are, in my opinion, no less cute.
Portal In Time 9th Jul 2018, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
Claws seem harder to implement in human-esque hands.. it's important to note that, for cats, the claw is stored inside the human equivalent of the finger, just up to the first knuckle from the top.

In other words, if we do this, ouch
lil Joshu 9th Jul 2018, 5:20 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Maybe could do the claws like the bone armor ritual, but just for the tips of the fingers?
g 9th Jul 2018, 7:59 PM edit delete reply
Depending on how far our mastery of our abilities goes, we could externalize some claws when we want them and re-internalize them when not in use. We can already numb ourself to the pain that would cause.
Blue_Elite 9th Jul 2018, 6:43 PM edit delete reply
Nice sprite work!

All human devices are designed for ears on the side of the head. If you go ears up top, you're going to run into "compatibility" problems. Also in this particular scenario, it'd mean having to open up 2 holes at the top of the skull and, ideally, closing the two holes at the sides of the skull that'd be left over (not to mention the brain rewiring work).

By the same token, a big, fluffy tail is an absolute pain to fit into a pair of pants unless they are specifically designed for a big, fluffy tail. See this article on furrae fashion for more. Skirts, by extension, become problematic as tails are a good source of wardrobe malfunctions for them.

Claws are a pain in more than one way. They're pretty much completely impractical unless you specifically want to render/destroy something; and if you don't, well goodluck. Structures that come to a fine point tend to wear and chip easily and so need to be carefully maintained. They also have a tendency to trap dirt and need to be cleaned out.
Lunar Waffles 9th Jul 2018, 8:41 PM edit delete reply
I'm torn between "wait, was this a date?"(or equivalent) or something totally Non sequitur, possibly about cats, or how we want to see Tesla and Faraday having a tea party with the "baby" red.
(Also HOLY crap, I'm at the current page?!)