Comic 411 - Acquire sheets

Posted on 21st Sep 2017, 3:01 PM in Unfathomable Hate
Acquire sheets

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Morgenstern 21st Sep 2017, 3:01 PM edit delete
You and Fuse decide to acquire sheets from one of the empty motel rooms.

While the ethics of such an act are questionable, you really don't want to have to explain to the front desk why your sheets are all bloody and burnt.

You and Fuse saunter over to one of the rooms you assume are unoccupied. You knock. You wait. You knock again. No answer.

Fuse shows you the basics of lock picking, at least on simple, normal, everyday locks--not on high grade fingerprint scanning security systems or anything. He gets the door open rather easily, and the two of you begin to acquire covers and sheets. You grab a few extra for the rest of your group.

You ask Fuse what his life was like... y'know, before all this started.

"Definitely not as exciting," Fuse responds after a pause. "I just... I dunno. I smoked level and watched TV. Put computers together. Did a bunch of illegal shit."

He seems a little... defensive? Reserved? His response is short, and he doesn't elaborate much.

You bring the fresh sheets and covers back to your motel room, locking the empty one behind you. It's not all that long after you get done switching the sheets that Caius and Michelle return.

"We got clothes, we got parts, we got a computer," Caius says.

You set the computer up in the motel room, and Fuse begins to assemble a key bypass for the fingerprint lock in the hospital basement. Caius and Michelle agree to sleeping on the floor for the night--they're both pretty accustomed to rough sleeping conditions, and you and Fuse need the beds more given the sort of day you had. That's what Michelle insists, anyway.

You attempt to meditate, though you've never really been taught how. Some of it is just you trying to find a calmer place and get away from all the stress. Some of it is you trying to practice manipulating blood internally, but on a smaller scale so you don't wear yourself out any harder. Some of it is trying to consider what the next step is, and if there's any angles you're missing.

You fall asleep thinking about cats.

You plan to get up at about 9:00 am. What will you do tomorrow?


Mochi 21st Sep 2017, 4:47 PM edit delete reply
first thing's first, check on finch and macland. if everything is fine there, we should recheck fuse's burns and dress them as needed. after that, we can maybe start forming a plan of attack as far as the hospital goes. though, if we want to make things easier and do some one-stop shopping, we could just go to howler's. the benefit of the hospital, though, is we know it's empty. we don't know if we can pull the footage, but it is probably safer, since we were able to get a good look around inside.
rufiangel 21st Sep 2017, 6:59 PM edit delete reply
Second up on Mochi.

Maybe check Jane's older injuries a bit, too. How's her back doing?

Edit: For pulling the footage - should there be be any to pull - can Fuse give us something that will either conveniently do that real fast, or transfer it over to Jane's computer?
Baeronius 21st Sep 2017, 7:30 PM edit delete reply
How's her back?
"Just Fine" it said with a toothy grin.
AlphaDragon 21st Sep 2017, 7:53 PM edit delete reply
I'm with Mochi
Crestlinger 21st Sep 2017, 4:48 PM edit delete reply
-Check in on Finch, etc.
-Clean out room service for a breakfast out of this world
-Finish hacking prep
-Revisit the hospital. Armed.
-Hopefully find some useful intel worth negotiating for for fed lady.
-Safely check out the USB's contents
-Form Jailbreak Plan: Filch the Finch
-See if there's any zoo's, carnivals or exotic pet shops in the city.
Mochi 21st Sep 2017, 4:52 PM edit delete reply
if you mean the usb we found in jane's locker, we've already checked that. ages ago. on howler's computer, when we first met fuse. it had the video from grizwald on it that lead us to the arcade.
Skybirds15 21st Sep 2017, 6:27 PM edit delete reply
Oh no, shenanigans

Well, now we have a dedicated computer-man. He's not getting better anytime soon, anyway. Now we just have to hack all the cameras.

What would the actual reaction be to Mom's Red just taking off, anyway? It's in the upper tiers, and plenty would see it and its effects... but would have no conclusive proof that it's weird blood aliens.
Baeronius 21st Sep 2017, 7:28 PM edit delete reply
For some reason, I read that in a bland, office-manager toned voice.

*diiid yooou seeee thaat meehhmoo I seeennt yeeeewww?*
Cuttlefish 21st Sep 2017, 6:53 PM edit delete reply
Would level of difficulty, time and cost would be involved in getting Fuse fresh skin grafts? Aside from the fact that it must hurt, and he deserves it for living through what he described as his worst nightmare, our favourite mummy isn't exactly sneaky. The last thing we want to do is sync with him right now and, sooner or later, we will need an on site hackerman.
Baeronius 21st Sep 2017, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
I mean.. technically we could repair his skin... that is if you don't mind teeth ears and possibly fingers in random patches. uh...m..m..
But Finch is the guy who can do the medical procedures safely.
If we knew some hospital that wasn't compromised, we might be able to get Fuse in safely.
Coming from the upper tiers, we might have some way of getting a private room in one of those hospitals, as they are the furthest from the STQ, and most likely to have a lot of rich people ensuring that privacy remains paramount.
But would such a detour be worth our time?
Would it hurt Fuse to not seek such attention? How deep are the burns?
rufiangel 21st Sep 2017, 7:46 PM edit delete reply
Fuse definitely needs skin grafts but we are unfortunately unable to prioritise it until we know for sure we have the leisure to. Once we've got Dr. Finch back with us and actually get a breather, we can go take Fuse and Jane and get procedures they both sorely need. Right now we have a doctor to rescue and a mysterious agent to sort out with video proof ;3;
rufiangel 21st Sep 2017, 7:21 PM edit delete reply
I am... so happy we had our tiny misadventure LOL XD <3 though I guess it does have a lot of practical sense to it. And we learnt how to lockpick a basic thing! So now if we ever lock ourselves out of of our own house we can lockpick our way back in lol -v-)9

Fuse's response is interesting. If I had to guess based on what we've learnt about him so far, he's either a) feeling a bit like he almost has to try and justify himself because he's still not completely comfortable with the difference in tier between himself and Blondie, who is from a wealthy set of parents and was a nurse, plus he only did just start to do something about his old best friend and feels guilty about not having a good reason to have *not* done something earlier, and/or b) he went through a heck of a lot and doesn't really want to harp on about it to someone who really has bigger problems right now - he's always putting other people first, so this makes sense to me too. It'll take a little more time before Fuse warms up to us enough to actually share about his past, perhaps. (He might be more likely to share with Michelle, actually. 'Cause they be besties <3)

Michelle insisting we take the beds was sweet of her ;v;* I mean, makes sense too, but still. Even if she and Caius don't mind roughing it, that's two days in a row they've had uncomfortable sleeping conditions. Thanks, guys.

Finally, sleeping to the tune of fluffy cats is fairly successful in the anti-stress department if you ask me XD

I wanna see what clothes they picked up for Fuse - if they got a touristy 'I <3 Tier City' shirt I'd cry :'DD

Edit: Congratulations on completing this through to the end of chapter three, MM :) unfathomable hate we've been swimming through, indeed. What glorious tribulations have you in store for us next chapter?
Baeronius 21st Sep 2017, 7:37 PM edit delete reply
Or, we may find out we learn of his past involuntarily... via the merging.

But the dream thing... Reminds me of the dream I had last night...
There was an entire city of people who were forced to be actors to live there. They were given scripts that they had to follow, for places they went and things they generally did in the day. Somehow I hooked up with Hanzo. (from Overwatch.. yes sorry) and he ordered a Yakuza car to hightail us out of the city. The city itself was underground in some kind of car-park structure, and when we exited the building... the Overseer lady had some kind of Giant Attack Bat that swooped down and attacked people. Plus it was night.

It was very fun. Heheh.
rufiangel 21st Sep 2017, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
I did consider the possibility we'd find out stuff unintentionally via our prolonged sync times; it may crop up later, perhaps? :)
Skybirds15 21st Sep 2017, 8:12 PM edit delete reply
My guess is he's more feeling that what he did was way less important than Blondie, cause she helped save lives, or way less important than what he's doing now, with the fate of the tri-state area at stake here. He might just not think highly of his past life, as shown when he dealt with the dead cops. He might just not want to go back to that when this is all over. Could be all those things put together.