Comic 1145 - Head back home

Posted on 13th Dec 2018, 9:22 PM in Like a Bullet from Behind
Head back home

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Morgenstern 13th Dec 2018, 9:22 PM edit delete
You thank everyone for their efforts, and apologize for losing contact. You... tried to be gone... uh... not as long as you were.

Caius begins to carefully climb back down.

You do a quick mental check on everyone, and you tell the worm that you'll be back tomorrow to talk. You want to give them some time to think about all this.

You also ask if they have a name.

"I DO NOT," the voices hum, somewhat distorted.

You nod, and start walking back toward the lab. You ask... what the hell all happened while you were gone. Why did everybody try to fight the giant silkworm

"We thought you got kidnapped, or soul sucked or somethin'," Caius replies.

"We gave it a couple hours," Michelle adds, "then we started worryin'. The guys went to go get a power reader--we figured y'wouldn't go down without a fight, so maybe the worm was weakened."

"We tested the air, and the EM fields were weaker than before," Fuse says. "Way weaker. It could've been trying to draw us in, but..."

"We got desperate," Michelle admits. "If that thing had you, we needed to do somethin' before it got its strength back. Fuse and Finch rigged up some EMP things."

"We hoped," Fuse starts, "they might be strong enough to like... counter-charge, form sort of a shield against the blast. It was a terrible ass idea, we had to have pinpoint reaction time, and we were gambling on the worm being weak enough--"

"Hey, it worked though," Caius interjects.

"ONCE," Fuse huffs. "It worked one time and blew out one of our two devices. We got lucky timing it as well as we did, if Blondie hadn't showed up we were probably SOL."

"Oh," Michelle adds, "and Liz's been talkin' to Edison."

"AND THAT!," Fuse actually yells, his voice echoing a bit across the empty town. "That sure as FUCK didn't stress us out any less."

Wait, what...? Really?

"Yeah," Caius nods, "while we were all messin' with worm stuff, Liz got tha kids to take her to Edison. Said they had a long chat."

Michelle nods, as well. "I checked the containment area before we left--Edison's still there, Liz didn't break her out or anything like that. Edison said she wanted to talk to you, though--I, uh, didn't mention we didn't know where you were, at the time. She was... calm."

"Which is a bad sign," Fuse suggests. "We have no idea what Liz said to her, we were too busy doomsday prepping for thunderworm to ramp up an interrogation."

You tell them you appreciate the, uh, effort, and you ask Michelle what she ended up giving the tradesmen.

"Oh," Michelle chuckles dryly, "long story short, I ain't gettin' my old apartment back. Joke's on them, I didn't want any of that stuff anymore anyhow."

You eventually make it back to the bunker. You feel... very, very tired, mentally and physically.

"Oh, thank goodness," Dr. Finch says with a sigh. "I was beginning to fear the worst. Is everything alright? ...Why is your armor pink?"

"'Cuz she's a magical girl," Michelle says simply.

Caius chuckles.

Fuse gives a louder, longer sigh. "I should have saved that super level the tradesmen gave us. I should've held onto it. I should've known."



Frission 13th Dec 2018, 10:05 PM edit delete reply
Oh my god, I love you so much, Fuse. xD
Xylas_Incarnum 13th Dec 2018, 10:09 PM edit delete reply
probably should trade for some more super level.
Limrix 13th Dec 2018, 10:13 PM edit delete reply
We no longer have the massive supply of level we once had, though we might be able to grow more in the red or the mars bunker.
Reactinator304 13th Dec 2018, 10:10 PM edit delete reply
Ooh, back to Edison, now, is it?
rhyu 13th Dec 2018, 10:15 PM edit delete reply
eh, we've already had siper level. lets go for super beer this time. while we do that, definitely go see what Edison wants and myabe question Liz
Twyll 13th Dec 2018, 10:16 PM edit delete reply
Probably question Liz *first*, THEN go see Edison. I think it would be a good idea to know the context before we head in there.
PurpleKetchup 13th Dec 2018, 11:39 PM edit delete reply
Twyll 13th Dec 2018, 10:17 PM edit delete reply
So, Liz did a thing on her own initiative! That's huge and really good! :D Even if it was an incredibly dangerous thing that she did ^_^; So let's try not to be hard on her when we ask her what she talked about with Edison. I think it would be wise to ask her about that while everyone else takes a breather, and then we can assess if we should rest first or go see Edison immediately.
Skullrama 13th Dec 2018, 11:46 PM edit delete reply
This. Let's have a chat, ask what her motive was here, see what she talked about, and probably praise her initiative, as long as she didn't do anything really off the wall. Maybe even then, depends on what it was, I guess.
Reactinator304 14th Dec 2018, 1:25 AM edit delete reply
Supposing we forego interrogation and just have Liz join us talking to Edison and explain on the way. Not that we need to be peaceable or nice or anything, but we have no reason to not trust Liz, and if she's been successful in talking to Edison, then we may benefit from her coming in with us.
fellow 14th Dec 2018, 3:40 AM edit delete reply
We should ask what she did and how it went before we even make a descision on weither we want talk to edison right now.
Skullrama 14th Dec 2018, 12:14 PM edit delete reply
Liz almost certainly won't mind telling us why she decided to do it and what they spoke about. I vote we just be straightforward about it - Liz is the kind of person who would appreciate that much more than beating around the bush.

We can be clear that we appreciate her personal initiative and don't feel that she stepped out of line or anything, though.
Limrix 13th Dec 2018, 10:28 PM edit delete reply
Let's catch up with everyone, and ask Liz about her chat with Edison. I would like to talk to Pierce before we go to bed. If we find ourselves aware of things during our sleep again, let's try enhancing the effectiveness of everyone's rest.
Limrix 14th Dec 2018, 8:41 AM edit delete reply
I didn't notice Edison said she wanted to talk to us. We should do that.
Guost 13th Dec 2018, 11:56 PM edit delete reply
Did the talks have anything to do with how she used to work in the facility Edison and Tesla had been stored in?
Kumondo 14th Dec 2018, 12:34 AM edit delete reply
Alright, I believe our full course of events this evening should be:

Apologize for falling out of the world unexpectedly to those who stayed at the bunker, and give out a round of hugs. Inquire as to what it felt like while we were away. If it felt basically normal, then we're doing good on the "not exerting too much control subconsciously, and thus should be able to release all control when this is over safely" front.

Then, talk to Elizabeth about how it went with the ghost children. We're in favor of her independent action, and honestly, her exceptionally neutral outlook might have been very helpful.

Next, we'll want to check in with Edison directly. We'll bring the full force of our kind, patient self to bare, backed up with a couple of the souvenirs and non-specific things we purchased for the ghosts from our spa day in Southden. Hoping for the best here.

Finally, a meal, a recap, and a planning session for the morrow with the crew, before going to bed. Sound good?
Skullrama 14th Dec 2018, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
The crew definitely deserves to know what happened when we were gone, but it's probably best to get to that after we have a chat with Liz and possibly speak with Edison.
1977 14th Dec 2018, 5:27 AM edit delete reply
Fuse needing a bit of super level and rhyu's mention of trying super beer got me an idea.
Lets trade our next meal up.
Buy a bunch of pizza and get a tradesmenpizza or something else if you don't want pizza.
We already know the Tradesmen like our food, after all they already took our chicken and pancakes for the Q&A-Ritual.
1977 14th Dec 2018, 5:35 AM edit delete reply
Another thing:
"I ain't gettin' my old apartment back."
Could Michelle clarify?
Did they want all the stuff inside the apartment or did they actually take the whole apartment itself and there's now a hole like with Carpenters building in the apartmentcomplex or is it something else?
fellow 14th Dec 2018, 5:39 AM edit delete reply
Perhaps they just made it so the person renting the apartment kicked her out.
Jaesooth the Mad 14th Dec 2018, 10:41 AM edit delete reply
Perhaps the apartment is now in there names(Do they have names?) so they'll have a place to they when they visit this plane of existence.
lil Joshu 14th Dec 2018, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Color other armors.

Caius gets black.
Fuse gets red.
Michelle gets yellow.
Finch get blue.
Skullrama 14th Dec 2018, 5:13 PM edit delete reply
Does Liz get green? I feel like Liz should get green.
Coronix 14th Dec 2018, 2:21 PM edit delete reply
Would it be possible to create minds with the red. More brains or something similar to increase the processing power of Mine. She clearly can create, thus it would make sense to increase her power like the Many but with brain power. And if at all use dead peoples brains? Like they're dead, so lets use the body parts.
PurpleKetchup 14th Dec 2018, 4:40 PM edit delete reply
Why make human brains, when each particle of red can already act like a neuron ? Mine can definitely tweak her red so she can directly offload her mental processes to it.