Comic 430 - Remove the tracker

Posted on 24th Sep 2017, 7:08 PM in Doors
Remove the tracker

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Morgenstern 24th Sep 2017, 7:08 PM edit delete
You ask Caius to find somewhere relatively inconspicuous to pull over. He drives around a parking garage for a little while before finding a place to park.

Once you're parked, and Caius is keeping an eye out for anyone following or approaching your vehicle... you start attempting to manipulate Dr. Finch's body to push the tracker out.

Just a little bit... at a time.

One, small, insignificant push.

You up his painkiller dosage. You take steady breaths behind each small progress. It takes a little while... but by only pushing the tracker a tiny amount on any try, you leave yourself with only a tiny amount of healing to do. You slowly work the tracker to the surface of his skin, and then it's easy enough to pry it out with the tip of a scalpel.

You and Dr. Finch both give a huge sigh of relief.

Caius drives you back by Dr. Finch's house. Dr. Finch opens the front door just long enough to toss the tracker inside, then hustles his way back to the car.

You give Dr. Finch a hug, which he doesn't quite know how to respond to.

You try to explain... everything that's happened recently, and all that he's missed, but you don't quite get it all out by the time you reach the motel. Caius circles the block one more time just to be absolutely certain there's no one tailing you before you arrive.

"My... word," is all Dr. Finch can say when he sees Michelle and Fuse.

"Same," Fuse says. "Did they jack your coat?"

Dr. Finch gives a dry, sore chuckle, nodding. "That they did. It was not returned to me with the rest of my clothing when I checked out from the hospital... likely forgotten in the bureaucracy of maintaining a secret government bunker. I'll certainly keep it in mind for my inevitable lawsuit after all this is finished with."

"Man... it's good to have ya back, Finch," Michelle adds.

Dr. Finch smiles wearily. "Good to be back. And... thank you. All of you. That would have been a far more terrifying experience, had I not known you were all working to save me from it."


rufiangel 24th Sep 2017, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
Dr. Fiiiiiiinch <33333

Let me just bask in this glorious reunion for a while longer ;v;***

I'm so so so happy ahhhhh <333
Kitty 24th Sep 2017, 7:49 PM edit delete reply
Time to add another panel to the hug comic? :D
Cuttlefish 24th Sep 2017, 7:54 PM edit delete reply
Group hug!
rufiangel 24th Sep 2017, 8:14 PM edit delete reply
@Kitty: Yesss XD <3
@Cuttlefish: I feel like the gang here is too tough and non-touchy-feely (or awkward lol) to do one :'D Jane is the serial hugger, the rest just take it XD
Cuttlefish 24th Sep 2017, 8:42 PM edit delete reply
I guess we've gotta keep syncing with them until we are just one giant hugging hive mind...
rufiangel 24th Sep 2017, 10:15 PM edit delete reply
The hugs, the hugs
Cuttlefish 24th Sep 2017, 8:42 PM edit delete reply
I guess we've gotta keep syncing with them until we are just one giant hugging hive mind...
Mochi 24th Sep 2017, 7:48 PM edit delete reply
we love you dr. finch! <3 we were never going to let those nasty feds keep you in their clutches for very long. now that everyone is back and everyone is safe and in as good condition as they can be, perhaps we can get finch to tell us exactly what happened before gesenai's goons showed up, and ask him if he has any theories on why the agent lady appeared to be immune to a highly contagious and highly aggressive strain of flesh-eating bacteria. after that, we can fill him in on our current plan to contact agent lady (or try to) and offer up the full version of the security footage from the hospital in an effort to limit the number of fronts we're fighting on and find out what the hell her deal is.
rufiangel 24th Sep 2017, 8:30 PM edit delete reply
Ya, pretty much all of this.

I suppose if we really wanted to, we could look into hospitals for Fuse's skin grafts and Jane's ear surgery, but like, now that we know Gesenai Shirai and/or Thale have fingers in hospitals in the Middle Tiers, it makes it kind of difficult to know who to trust. If the 'Fed lady' turns out to be an ally, maybe she'd know a secure place to get operated on.
TheFaceless96 24th Sep 2017, 7:58 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, now would be a good time to review what we know, what goals we need to do, and review the footage from the hospital to figure out what we should send from it.
rufiangel 24th Sep 2017, 8:10 PM edit delete reply
I think it would be good to have some food and continue to fill Dr. Finch in, yep. (Since we didn't quite manage to do it all before we got to the motel.)

Definite points to cover are:
a) We have surveillance footage of the hospital, which we could possibly use as leverage to understand the motives/goals of the 'Fed lady' by dialing the number and offering it. If she is someone who could potentially be on our side, we could use all the allies we can get. If not, it's still better to really understand her agenda so we know how to avoid her. In any case, having the footage is useful evidence against anyone trying to demonise Jane.
b) We now know Patton Thale is TH, though of course, Thale could at this point be inveigled in some kind of scary hive-mind-circle business so who knows whether he's the sole perpetrator anymore? But he's definitely the figurehead so we have a lead. The question is, where do we even begin in terms of taking him down? We know Brother Harold Hope's connection to all this business. We could potentially start with him.
c) There's Gesenai Shirai out for our blood, most likely. Should we be more paranoid? (EDIT: Oh yeah, Fuse was looking into whether the hospital Dr. Finch was taken to is part of a pie Shirai has her fingers in - maybe that'll be useful to know more on.) We still haven't had the time to cross-reference the Club Elegance list with properties owned by Shirai due to the whole shoot-up in Dr. Finch's home. Maybe we should peek in on Macland and see what Knox is up to.

That's all I've got for now. But all in all, please, let's chill for a bit and just love on everyone because ahhhh our family is back together and I'm so happy ;v;***
Mochi 24th Sep 2017, 8:17 PM edit delete reply
the family is back together, but not so much their coats

rest in peace, finch's lab coat. gone but not forgotten.
rufiangel 24th Sep 2017, 8:25 PM edit delete reply
Dr. Finch certainly looks different without the coat, but it's nice to see him outside of it too -v- it shall surely be missed, though. ;v;*)7

Maybe we could give him the tropical shirt Michelle bought for Fuse XD
Cuttlefish 24th Sep 2017, 9:07 PM edit delete reply
Some other, vague/minor goals:
Better armour, better weapons, fresh vehicles - We need another laser cannon! Although who knows where we could get it. The Church is well equipped and currently might not be aware it is leaderless yet. It could be a possible target to hit for resources.

Set up a line of communication with Jane's mum's Red - It may be possible for Finch and Fuse to create some sort of secure communication device that can let us contact Jane's mum's Red without having to go visit in person. If it was small enough, we could send it in via rat without exposing ourselves or Red's existence.

Contact Shirai? - Shirai has been described as cunning and at least once in touch with reality. If anyone was going to turn on Thale for their own safety, it'd be Shirai. Currently, Shirai does not even know the ways in which it seems Thale has betrayed/manipulated those under them.

rufiangel 24th Sep 2017, 10:14 PM edit delete reply
About Jane's mom's Red, I still am not quite sure if we really have to see it in person to communicate with it when we fed it our blood already. We just haven't really tested talking to it through a blood link yet and who knows how it works with Reds, I suppose? XD;
Mr Fugglebutt 24th Sep 2017, 8:42 PM edit delete reply
Hey guys,I just had a thought. Where is our loving,eldritch abomination of a mother buried. Just a bit worried someone might get curious,whether they suspect the truth,or wonder who the people who they think pretended/were made to be our parents.
Crestlinger 24th Sep 2017, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
Well now that pretty well Everyone's face is known by someone, time to hand out masks. Thank Red for her help and a hacking we will go. Rest, eat, then prep for phone call.
Baeronius 24th Sep 2017, 11:31 PM edit delete reply
Finch without his lab coat reminds me of a hamster that was just dipped in water for a bath.
Vahno 25th Sep 2017, 7:43 AM edit delete reply
We should make copies of the hospital footage, but first, let's check it, OFFLINE, for any unpleasantness Carpenter might've actually managed to shove on it.