Comic 306 - Have the rat explore

Posted on 31st Aug 2017, 7:33 PM in Unfathomable Hate
Have the rat explore

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Morgenstern 31st Aug 2017, 7:33 PM edit delete
You explain to Caius that you're not just using people as pawns--that you value lives, and well being, whether it's humans or rodents. You want to protect the rat, and not exhibit total control over it... just like you want to protect Caius, and not exhibit total control over him.

"Yeah," Michelle adds. "Since the moment I met Blondie, all I've seen her do is try to help people. That's why I joined her in the first place--'cuz she actually cares. She coulda just let me rot in that messed up hospital... but she didn't. She went outta her way to save me."

Fuse nods. "The dude behind all this tried to make me kill her. She could've done anything--made me jump out the window, shoot myself, whatever. Hell, she could've just let Michelle kill me."

"I was gonna, too. I was on it," Michelle adds.

Fuse continues, trying not to smile. "She waited for an explanation, though. She gave me the benefit of the doubt. She trusted me. That's the difference between her, and the wackos we're fighting--Blondie cares. Even about rats, she cares. TH has been throwing human lives at us left and right like it's no big deal. He's warped the minds of... who knows how many people, just for the benefit of people like Macland Row."

"Not even that," Michelle chimes in. "TH is pullin' Macland's strings, too. From what Blondie was sayin', the Mac doesn't like it anymore than anybody else does. The only one TH is lookin' out for is TH. Prophet, Macland, Shirai, Carpenter... any of them, they're just pieces on the board."

"Or collateral damage," Fuse concludes.

Caius leans back in his seat, turning his gaze to you. "Well, ya sound awful sweet, kiddo. Hope that naivety don't come back to bite ya in the ass, though. I'm glad I ain't just another body to you... but I know Macland, and I know Gesenai. If this TH fella is half as bad as they are... them limits? They can turn into liabilities real stinkin' fast."

A long, uncomfortable silence takes the car. You break it by asking why Caius shaved his head.

"Gesenai made us all keep the same stupid pretty boy haircut. Wanted us all uniform, keep it neat. I don't work for Elegance no more, I ain't keepin' the lame haircut."

You peek in on your rat. There's someone in the house. They're not touching anything--just taking a long, slow look around. They have a handgun holstered at their side.


Mochi 31st Aug 2017, 8:17 PM edit delete reply
have the rat hide, quickly, somewhere within earshot. behind the bedside tables or under the bed. the woman looks like a cop. she's probably just here looking into the two dudes who went missing after they came here.

also, caius looks nice without the dumb haircut.

and we love our friends. don't need to say it out loud, but just... listen to them talk about us. we've done good.
WalkerOfSorrow 31st Aug 2017, 9:34 PM edit delete reply
While it's certainly possible the person could be a cop, remember that all law enforcement is privatized and tube cops are very common. Seems more likely they'd print out a big body, rather than a little body with big hair.
Mochi 31st Aug 2017, 9:49 PM edit delete reply
there are also normal human cops. vasquez was normal sized. and law enforcement might be privatized, but i guarantee those two cops michelle killed when we were here last time have coworkers who would be looking in to why those two cops suddenly vanished three days ago.
WalkerOfSorrow 31st Aug 2017, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
Valid points all around; Vasquez was certainly normal size. I certainly think we need to examine this person more in depth before coming to the conclusion that they are either a cop and/or a threat.
rufiangel 31st Aug 2017, 8:52 PM edit delete reply
To be honest, Caius, it kind of already HAS bitten us in the butt. I mean, have you seen how many injuries we've gotten just saving YOUR butt? XD;;; But that's okay, that's what we're saying - there are values we believe in, and we fight for them. Including protecting this precious li'l group, lookit 'em all lovin' on Jane, I love these guys <333 XD

Anyway, someone in the ho--... ... that little tiny rat nose poking around the corner... *boops it*

Right, someone in the house. Stay out of sight but figure out what that someone is trying to do. Bug the house? Look for something? ._.?
Mochi 31st Aug 2017, 9:11 PM edit delete reply
yeah, i was just thinking that. like... we know how dire this is. people have tried to kill us. some lunatic took over a bio-printer and made it shit out a monster for the express purpose of peeling our skin off. and... if nothing else, it's just made us fight harder to protect those around us. in the first chapter jane jumped up in front of a massive, toothy horror to defend michelle with no regard for her own personal safety. she ran towards the door ripper to save finch. we're not naive. we're trying very desperately to hold on to and protect the few people in this world who don't want us dead.
Crestlinger 31st Aug 2017, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
Time for a distraction. While keeping an eye on her, have Fuse explode the driver side tire to that car from as far a distance away as he can.
Things to note: if anyone else gets out of it, her reaction, anyone in the surroundings yet unseen startled out of hiding. If she owns the car and nobody else is around, evaluate the results.
WalkerOfSorrow 31st Aug 2017, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
I don't think a distraction is called for. Right now, the person in the house is just taking a look around. I feel it stands to reason that, if Fuse hurls fire at the car, it may give away where we are. Less of a distraction and more of diverting her attention TOWARD us. Not wise.

Also, bear in mind the level of technology we may be dealing with. Could be cameras watching, or at least some guy in an apartment with binoculars. Might even be a flying drone or some kind of robot. So we need to keep on the down-low while we have (at least) the illusion of stealth.

For all we know, the person inside knows we're watching the property from somewhere, or their partner in the car does, if such a person exists.
Kitty 31st Aug 2017, 9:58 PM edit delete reply
I agree, it's good to keep with the stealth for now. Especially because cops tend to work in pairs-- maybe tube cops don't, because they can take a few hits that an averagely-squishy cop couldn't, but this looks like a non-mutant cop, and thus she probably has backup.

Or even if she's not a cop, she still probably has backup, is the point.
Kitty 31st Aug 2017, 10:01 PM edit delete reply
(clarification: I agree with Walker, that we should be stealthy and not tip our hand)
Macheman7 31st Aug 2017, 9:42 PM edit delete reply
This just occurred to me.
Did... Did we lock all the doors and windows when we left, last time?

Also, try and see if the front door looks forced or picked open, or otherwise tampered with.

Ask Dr. Finch if he knows of any ways people could open (what I assume are) normal key locks without picking them open, for example.

That aside, just sit and watch.
WalkerOfSorrow 31st Aug 2017, 9:53 PM edit delete reply
Agreed. Check the door for signs of forced entry. Talk to Finch (and probably the others too) about means of gaining access. And most importantly, continue stealthy recon.
Mochi 31st Aug 2017, 10:09 PM edit delete reply
that would mean getting out of the car and giving ourselves away. we don't know if this person, cop or not, is queened. we don't know why they're here or if they have back up. if we get out of the car and start messing with the doors and creeping around, we will get caught, and may be in danger. the best thing to do is just sit and wait and watch what's happening.
Kitty 31st Aug 2017, 10:14 PM edit delete reply
I figured they meant to have the rat check out the door, not us? Hmm. We really do need some more critters or something for situations like these; a crow would be perfect for this kind of thing. Or a squirrel.
Kitty 31st Aug 2017, 10:12 PM edit delete reply
If the lock has been picked, there may not really be visible evidence. (I miiiight have been bingeing videos of DEFCON talks on Youtube lately, with a focus on the physical pentesting side of things...) If they used a wire or something threaded under/beside the door, there might be some faint marks from that (which might be hard to distinguish if the door is not in pristine condition to begin with).

Of course, we might have some kind of fancy futuristic lock, but any given security technology tends to have failure points that both clever junkies and dirty cops would know by heart.
Morgenstern 31st Aug 2017, 10:48 PM edit delete reply
Updates might continue to come slow for a while, ComicFury has been dipping in and out for me all day.
Mochi 31st Aug 2017, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
i've been having the same issue most of today.