Comic 555 - Get Michelle out

Posted on 5th Nov 2017, 12:23 AM in Doors
Get Michelle out

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Morgenstern 5th Nov 2017, 12:23 AM edit delete
It begins to... stutter over vowel sounds, repeating them rapidly, without using the whole word.

It sounds like a poor mockery of laughter.

You frantically swipe the card for Bunker C, cutting the sound off. You open the door, and Michelle rushes out.

You both head back to Bunker A.

"Nah. That... none of that," is all Michelle can get out at first. "That didn't feel right. I dunno what was in there, but... it was startin' to mess with me."


Steve 5th Nov 2017, 12:35 AM edit delete reply
Can we get an inventory check?
Twyll 5th Nov 2017, 12:36 AM edit delete reply
Well if it's laughing, obviously it's happy enough where it is and we don't need to worry about rescuing it; that makes me feel much better about the whole GTFOing thing.

Also, is Michelle feeling okay? That was super-creepy and we should give her a hug and make sure she's alright.
Mochi 5th Nov 2017, 12:39 AM edit delete reply
i really don't think we need to be messing with whatever the hell that was any time soon. i agree with michelle, it was messing with her. whatever it is, it's intelligent enough to know how to fuck with someone's head. it's probably best that it stays trapped there.

where are caius and fuse? our alarm hasn't gone off and we haven't run into them, so i'm guessing they're okay? they should be back soon, i'd think. let's check on them, then head into the lab and see what dr. finch is up to.
Blue_Elite 5th Nov 2017, 3:11 AM edit delete reply
Yep, it's survived 100 years, a few more days/weeks/months/years probably aren't going to hurt. I'm still glad we got what info we did but uh... just in case the reason it was getting progressively more "interactive" was it was getting CLOSER let's send in a drone to Bunker C next time before going through that door. ;>_>

Also check on Macland, we don't have an alarm setup for him yet 'til Caius and Fuse get back.

Otherwise if we still need to pass the time let's do a quick change of subject and just hangout with Michelle (and maybe Willard). I'm kinda sorry she had to endure that. :(

EDIT: That IS our refrigerator there, maybe do the time-tested have some ice cream? :3
Baeronius Phoney 5th Nov 2017, 4:12 AM edit delete reply
There must be a portal to an ice cream dimension inside due to all the I've we've been pulling out.
rufiangel 5th Nov 2017, 7:55 AM edit delete reply
Oh, if we can do an ice-cream break here I second it. XD; Before we check in on Fuse/Caius/Dr. Finch I guess?
Twyll 5th Nov 2017, 2:44 PM edit delete reply
We can check WHILE eating ice cream! Blood-enabled multitasking ^w^
Wierdweblurker 5th Nov 2017, 12:44 AM edit delete reply
Leave finding out what that thing is for later. It isn't exactly like other-Jane, but the same logic applies: curiosity just isn't a good enough reason for delving down that rabbit hole. Should we find any outside info on the contents of Bunker C, we shall revisit this topic.

...That said, if we really want to know we should probably look into some fiber-optic wire. Just if we really want to stare at the horror.
rufiangel 5th Nov 2017, 12:45 AM edit delete reply
Maybe what's in there was trapped in there on purpose, with only the eternal loop room on the other side to prevent it from ever escaping. >_> Man that was creepy as heck.

Sorry for making you go through that Michelle baby boo :'D we had no idea it was going to be something that scary errrrk

Happy to go with Mochi's plan of action.
Morgenstern 5th Nov 2017, 1:47 AM edit delete reply
For those of you about that Mario, Broomie and I are about to Mario

(I too was surprised we're still doing this)
Skybirds15 5th Nov 2017, 2:32 PM edit delete reply
Probably a good idea, to be honest. Finch'll want to know. The others won't. The laughter basically seals it as a bad idea to go in there. If whatever was in there wasn't mad before, it is now, and it won't teach us the arcane warrior specialization. Time to check the freezer for the other side of that door, as there might be stuff we need to know about in there like more Lasker bits.
lil Joshu 5th Nov 2017, 2:54 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Sounds to me like what was behind that door was learning. It obviously had a rudimentary grasp of English, but it also obviously wasn't human as it had to 'try' to emulate laughter (but we didn't laugh, meaning it learned it previously). Given the more constructed nature of it, I'm guessing an AI that's been alone and lonely for too long, and is struggling to keep things functional.

Whatever's in there may be in need of rescue and/or be able to be salvaged. Remember, our first encounter with something "creepy-other-worldly" turned out to be our closest connection to Mom, and has done its best to care for us.

I'm not saying we shouldn't be cautious, but judging by creepiness has never helped us in the past. Remember, we're a blood-powered mind-controlling alien parasite hybrid with access to world-destroying power, and all we want to do is give hugs to everyone.

Whatever's behind that door might even have been trying (and failing) to do a friendly and encouraging laugh, and is more trying to give the message they're stuck in their own personal hell but are still trying to keep a positive outlook.

I'm not saying that is what it is, but the opportunity to help someone/something in need shouldn't be discounted, and whatever is behind that door may need a hug.

That said, switching out Michelle was a good idea, this seems more like a Jane situation as the resident hugmaster for determining need-for-hugs.
Blue_Elite 5th Nov 2017, 3:16 PM edit delete reply
I considered that but there's also the possibility that it's SO crazy that the idea of a hug to it is crushing you in half. I'd like to come back at some point but we've got enough on our plate as is and I doubt waiting a few days will make much of a difference for something that's been around for a century (also if when we come back we find that there's been an attempt to/the door HAS been forced open, that's a good sign to be wary).