Comic 134 - Drop the photo, tell the truth

Posted on 3rd Aug 2017, 3:49 PM in Blood on Mars
Drop the photo, tell the truth

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Morgenstern 3rd Aug 2017, 3:49 PM edit delete
You drop the photo of the blonde girl. As the cop approaches to pick it up, you start telling your story--that you knew the hacker years ago, and you thought it was suspicious no one was looking into this further. You didn't think any cops were coming, period, let alone while you were still in the apartment. You try not to sound as nervous as you are, but being trapped in a vent between two cops--in a place that you're not supposed to be, and a place that you likely won't be found--has you pretty rattled.

The cop takes a long drag from her cigarette as she stares at the photo. "Yeah, that sounds about right. That's... actually why we're here, too. We been watchin' the building for a couple of days. The news made a big deal about the hacker, but they left out... uh, some details about the case. There's a lot of questions that nobody's answerin' yet. We figured we'd wait for the heat to blow off a bit before we came to look this place over, see if we could find some of the missing pieces."

Huh. She makes it sound like no one hired these cops... it's an independent investigation. Not too many police officers are willing to work for free, which means these guys might have something personal in it. Then again, the Tobu hack hurt people all throughout the middle of the city, so it'd be harder to find someone that didn't take this all personally.

"Did you find evidence of... anybody else?," the woman says. "We got reason to believe the hacker couldn't have done this alone. Like, at all."


Xylas_Incarnum 3rd Aug 2017, 4:02 PM edit delete reply
Well, there is a computer down there that's way out of place. it's not something that Howley could even have gotten his hands on if it was stolen, let alone paid for it.
Let's face it, whether this will end well or not is more reliant of them than you at this point.
... is that Michelle with some new duds or one of the others in the same tube batch? I want to say the former but I just don't know at this point.

Oh and ask if their partner can actually fit in these vents so you can show them. Also mention you're pretty sure there's some other stuff hidden down there. Rooms with no doors don't usually get built in these sorts of apartments. Renovated to exist later on, sure. but not built that way.
Guest 3rd Aug 2017, 4:07 PM edit delete reply
Well if she grew in a tube it might be depending on how the tube cop grow if it so that the tube cop are basically enchanted clone then maybe no it not Michelle if it was invidually like a normal human fetus then yes it is possible that it is michelle. let just ask the cop for her name to be 100% sure
PurpleKetchup 3rd Aug 2017, 4:11 PM edit delete reply
That exact facial scar/scab is unlikely to exist on her sisters. Plus she didn't punch Fuse dead 3 seconds after he spilled the beans.
Guest 3rd Aug 2017, 4:26 PM edit delete reply
Well yeah so it must be michelle. but have you think about Howler Motive to ruin the city? Becuase he was fired from his job! But that a bad motive so it much be something else. What if he took the level and tried to find a new job? what if a person want his info and so that person hired him to spill the bean? what if he is working for the true enemy but because he need a job? good way to sum up both his true motive AND that he's not working alone
PurpleKetchup 3rd Aug 2017, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
Get out of the vent and describe the room below. Mention Howler's likely drug cocktail and poor life choices.
Also, ask for her name, while you're at it, and if you can help her on that case.