Comic 992 - Be ready to leave

Posted on 4th May 2018, 6:01 PM in Hope
Be ready to leave

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Morgenstern 4th May 2018, 6:01 PM edit delete
You position yourself between Fuse and the error-yous. You ready yourself to grab Fuse and bail if something goes wrong.

"Wha... what the hell happened here?," Fuse manages to get out.

The error version of you says that she doesn't know. She knows who she is--a version of you that never happened--but she's not sure how she got here. ...Or like this.

Fresh blood ejects itself from the mass of meat on the floor. It... opens, teeth in various places, uncomfortably far from each other.

"Hope's... shitty monster," error Fuse gasps out. "Got... crushed. How'd y... you avoid it?"

No amount of level can possibly reel your Fuse in. He looks stunned, like his brain's just... shut down for a moment. After a very long silence, he replies. "I haven't seen one. I don't... I don't know what you're talking about."

Aside from Lydia and Fuse's trip through the vents of Hope's church, none of you have actually encountered him in person.

The error-you looks even more confused.

"What..." the chunks of Fuse on the floor choke. "What day is it?"

"Like, the 14th I think?" responds your Fuse. "It's Thursday night, we spent the day goofing off."

There's a long silence.

The Fuse on the floor starts to make an awful... gurgling noise. After a second or so of it, you recognize the cadence, the rhythm--he's laughing.

"Ho... ly ssshit," error-Fuse chuckles grimly. "Fffuck Hope AND Thale. We br... we broke the door. I'm... s'posed to be a you that didn't... didn't happen. One that's already lo... locked out."

You think about it. The last time you were here, the "you" that you ran into may have been from a few days ahead--but she had received a different book, and the library visit had already happened. Even if she was technically from a day or two in the future, her fate had already been set in stone.

"I... y..." the remains of alternate Fuse struggles. "From your... p-point of view, I hav... en't happened yet. I'm a lllocked out... you that... won't be. Not one that," he gags a little, "not one that wasn't."

It takes a moment for this to set in. Fuse runs a hand through his hair. "...And you won't be because you're gonna tell me how to keep you from happening. You're a timeline that wasn't, but only because I walked into this room. ...My secret mutant bullshit for seeing events that aren't legit anymore is letting me game the system somehow."

Fuse--your Fuse--takes a deep breath. He tries to refocus himself. He swallows roughly. "Alright. Tell me how you died."

"Grizwald," the error-Fuse begins. "Lydia th... thinks the Griz is just... doing his vent hermit thing. He... he di... he disappears sometimes. She w-- she won't start to worry... 'til Saturday. Griz w-won't... show up for their... podcast. Sunday... morning on Brother H-Hope's... show. He plans to b... roadcast a live... exorcism. He's..." error-Fuse stops to catch his breath, straining for air. "He'll try to blood Grizwald on live TV."

"That's fucking insane," Fuse replies.

"Yeah," says the error-Fuse. "S'a trap, too. Whole... congregation... will all be Thale's dudes. Big monster... busts out of th-the floor... eats the live audience. Gets bigger... fills the church... crushed me under it."

Fuse nods, still looking a bit spaced out. He takes a moment to process it, still very pale. "So... we figure out where Grizwald's being held and save him before Sunday morning, there's no congregation, there's no food for the monster. We might not even have to deal with a monster period, but if we do it'll be smaller." Fuse gives a small nod to the other-you. "What's her deal?"

The error-you says that, since Fuse is seeing a version of himself whose fate hadn't been rendered obsolete when you all walked in, she's probably the same way. You don't have Fuse's mutation, though... which leaves this error-you a you with no context. She's likely from the same series of non-events that produced this Fuse, but she has no memory of what would have occurred in this sequence.

"...Alright," Fuse says. "That's... confusing as hell, but I think I get the gist of it."


Crestlinger 4th May 2018, 6:42 PM edit delete reply
Well, that solves two things: what at least One potential bunker X candidate will be and what our next target is. Get in contact with both Grizwald and Lydia Quickly, use Caius's Omnicell and the vial for best results.
pkrankow 4th May 2018, 6:47 PM edit delete reply
Damn that a good idea!

Wait: we need to make sure our contacting does not cause capturing.
Blue_Elite 4th May 2018, 6:57 PM edit delete reply
Given the time frame (it being Thursday night, Lydia not worrying until Saturday) I think Grizwald is already captured.
pkrankow 4th May 2018, 9:08 PM edit delete reply
We don't know that yet. The timeline given starts in 2 days.

More like 24 to 48 hours, probably closer to 30 ... 36 if we are lucky.

We need to contact Lydia and hopefully Griz sooner, soonest we can.
PurpleKetchup 4th May 2018, 6:50 PM edit delete reply
Props to Fuse for bucking up and swallowing that pill.
The upcoming week-end is still going to be terrible, isn't it ?
Handling both Hope's blind faith and Thale's monstrosities is no walk in the park even if we know it's about to happen.
lil Joshu 5th May 2018, 11:26 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Well, Fuse just hit S-tier power level. Creepy as it is to get through it, the ability to avoid horrible things before they happen is pretty potent. Heck, if he can just get to where we know the results of the trials before we try them, that's going to be pretty fancy.
Guest 4th May 2018, 6:54 PM edit delete reply
Well that went better than I thought it would... check if the "exorcism" is being publicly advertised or not yet. Ask if it's just Hope+Thale, or if Carpenter's got a mandible in it or not.

Maybe try see if you have enough blood left in there to blood-control a mouth back together &c.
Madd 4th May 2018, 7:00 PM edit delete reply
Well, I think we're done here. Lets tell everyone our findings and work on preventing that timeline.

First off lets find out grizwald's current location, then we need to prevent his capture.
a_name 4th May 2018, 8:39 PM edit delete reply
Does Grizwald still have the syringe of blood Jane gave him? Can Jane try to *buzz* that syringe to get his attention and/or to infer something of what's happening around him right now? Or maybe fail to detect the syringe, and realise Grizwald is indeed in trouble.
Blue_Elite 4th May 2018, 7:03 PM edit delete reply
Sorry Faraday but something came up... or down in not!Fuse's case - we need a serious firepower upgrade. Let's try to take on floor 1 of Bunker X tomorrow morning and see how that goes.

Also... after this, ask Fuse if he wants to take one more trip through the error room door alone this time. It's understandable if this shook him up too badly as is (and really, we shouldn't encourage him overdoing this - it might become a vicious cycle of paranoia and madness as learning to prevent one bad future just results in a different one).

Then hug.
a_name 4th May 2018, 7:59 PM edit delete reply
I agree with trying the first Bunker X level. it's practically yelling to be tried out, and judging by not!Fuse's remarks, we should have at least 1-2 days before the fecal matter hits the proverbial bladed air accelerator.
pkrankow 4th May 2018, 8:39 PM edit delete reply
1 or 2 days...

Ask about Faraday. We have time. We may have time for several things.

Edit: more like 24 to 36 hours... Knowing about Faraday will help determine what was done but not much else.
PurpleKetchup 4th May 2018, 9:22 PM edit delete reply
Also worth of note, Bunker X could also go easier if Jane gets Odin!ghost powers (although she will probably need to recuperate right after helping condense Faraday back to human size).
Reiko Lupus 4th May 2018, 7:04 PM edit delete reply
Well, we NEED to do 2 things:

1- Evade Police. For what it looks like, we are going to get captured and sent to prison. If we were attacked by Thale's Minions, then they would Kill us, not capture us. Maybe we were captured trying to recover the car we left behind in the hospital. In whatever case, don't do ilegal things in public for some time.

2- We need to get out, and make Caius call Grizwald NOW. Whatever he is planing to do, we need to stop him and tell him to stay hidden some weeks.

Coming to the Error Room with Fuse, and hearing what the Fuse that can't be Said to us, was the best choice in a long time XD.
chaosblitz 4th May 2018, 8:34 PM edit delete reply
Shit ur right, that was an EXCELLENT choice.
Portal In Time 4th May 2018, 7:33 PM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
Dang, okay.

Really quickly, I'd like to see if our blood powers work while inside of this room - Like, try and look through Finch or something, I guess? So we can tell if sending Fuse/anybody in by themselves would work.

And also, uh.. I want to see what would happen if we went in here again. Maybe by ourselves. Maybe with Fuse, if he's cool with it.
Guest 4th May 2018, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
Is kidnapping still a federal offence? If we can prove Grizwald is being held against his will, maybe Jury could lend us a hand.
Hambone 4th May 2018, 8:29 PM edit delete reply
Anyone would be hard pressed to prove a homeless paranoid to be kidnapped. Good thinking though, jury may still be able to help. Pulling whatever favors and drawing whatever assets we have can't hurt; Big things are going down and we need all the help we can get.
chaosblitz 4th May 2018, 8:38 PM edit delete reply
Oh, that's a really good idea! But Grizwald is probably way off the grid, so we might not be able to PROVE he's been kidnapped. Oh! also (unrelated to this) we might want to blood Grizwald once we find him because, since the public blooding is going to be a trap, he might be ALREADY blooded by the time we find him. So we might want to inject him first. Oh, we might also want to bring the needle-gun with us when we go. I have a feeling it's going to be useful.
Blue_Elite 4th May 2018, 10:04 PM edit delete reply
We should be able to tell if Grizwald has been blooded immediately. His speech and mannerisms are incredibly distinct, any Thale influence would stand out like an emu at a Yorkshire Terrier dog show.
Ablaze 4th May 2018, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
Question: what happens if we move the door when we're in the error room?
Yuki 4th May 2018, 9:13 PM edit delete reply
I REALLY don't think that's a good idea.
pkrankow 4th May 2018, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
Let's ask tge tradesmen instead of experimentation on this one.
rufiangel 4th May 2018, 9:42 PM edit delete reply
Fuse, you're a brick, you know that?