Comic 124 - Start searching

Posted on 3rd Aug 2017, 2:46 AM in Blood on Mars
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Morgenstern 3rd Aug 2017, 2:46 AM edit delete
You start by searching the counters and the cupboards. Howler left... uhh, a lot of paraphernalia on his kitchen counter. Several rolls of level, for starters.

Level is a drug for... well, it does what it sounds like it does. Smoking level puts you at an emotional baseline. No fear. No aggression. No adrenaline. Good for relaxing, bad for running. Trying to physically exert yourself on level can blow up your heart. Trying to start brain fires without level can be ugly, too. Smoke level responsibly. Or not at all, because winners don't do drugs.

Also on the counter is cleantex. Some people think it makes you smarter. The fact that they think that proves it doesn't. What cleantex actually does is create shortcuts between the "remember stuff" parts of your brain, letting you process intentional thoughts faster. It's good if you have a big test tomorrow, or are planning to hack a million dollar robotics corporation. Side effects include accidentally remembering every insipid detail of the worst, most embarrassing things you've ever done, even as far back as your infant years. Nobody's first cleantex is a good trip. You also forget to breathe sometimes.

And lastly... Save the Queen. Or at least, what's left of it. A needle with the last few purple droplets of a good time. Was Howler hopped up on Queen when he hacked Tobu? Not very likely. People don't usually accomplish things on Queen, they just rant and rave and trash their rooms and eat whatever they find around the house. You lose control and forget what you did, but the idea of someone popping cleantex and Queen and then accidentally hacking every Tobu CyberBrain in the city

would probably make a good case, if Howler lived on the upper tiers. But he doesn't, and his lawyer isn't going to convince anyone anything, except maybe that Howler's a psychopath. Maybe.

It's more likely that Howler juiced up on Queen before he got arrested. At least that way he'll have a good time for the first few hours in jail.


SinkingSailor 3rd Aug 2017, 3:01 AM edit delete reply
search in the fridge.
rufiangel 3rd Aug 2017, 3:17 AM edit delete reply
Drugs are bad for you, but level sounds like something you could pop in an emergency, say, a huge mass of human organs on legs comes running after you and you need to kill it with fire but your brain is too frazzled from panic - so I say pocket a couple of rolls just in case. Who knows? And uhm, cleantex sounds okay if you have it under someone's supervision. You know, someone to remind you to breathe in case you forget. So maybe pocket a bit just in case.

Can we also check inside the oven? I dunno why but people tend to hide things in there sometimes. Maybe we'll find a burnt cookie. If Howler ever baked cookies, anyway. (Hash brownies perhaps?)