Comic 509 - Hug Fuse

Posted on 13th Oct 2017, 10:47 PM in Doors
Hug Fuse

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Morgenstern 13th Oct 2017, 10:47 PM edit delete
You tell Fuse that you don't care who he was, or what he used to be. He's trying to make it better now. He's risking his life to make a difference now. He's holding himself responsible even though he doesn't have to. Everyone in your group made mistakes in the past but you're all fighting to change now. Fuse is your friend and you care about him.

You put down the small red, and you hug Fuse.

But not too hard, because he's still pretty burnt.


Anonymous 13th Oct 2017, 10:54 PM edit delete reply
... kiss?

Oh god damn it my shipper is showing again
Deadly Death Sickle 13th Oct 2017, 10:55 PM edit delete reply
Deadly Death Sickle
Please... no...
lil Joshu 13th Oct 2017, 11:52 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Fuse strikes me as fuse having too much on his mind to deal with romances. That said, in the middle of struggle for life & death is not the time for romances, potential hurt feelings if more than one person is interested (ie. Dr. Fitch or Michelle)could break group cohesion.... unless of course we're going to go all hippie free-love kinda thing, at which point group discussion is necessary about it ahead of time, and I don't think anyone's in the mindset for that discussion for the time being (hair flowers notwithstanding).

Then again... maybe some old-fashioned flower-power is what the city needs right now? Anybody got some tie-dye?
Anonymous 14th Oct 2017, 12:41 AM edit delete reply
Frankly, most of my "shipping" moments are just jokes since I have nothing else better to do and I'm procrastinating from what I'm actually doing...

I mean romance would be cute but really, let's be honest, they have like, what, 3 people out for their heads in the city alone. What's to say about the other settlements?

Deadly Death Sickle 13th Oct 2017, 10:55 PM edit delete reply
Deadly Death Sickle
Tell him if anything is EVER bothering him, just tell us. We can help
Kitty 13th Oct 2017, 11:01 PM edit delete reply
And even if we can't help, we are still always here to listen. If he just needs to get something off his shoulders, we're here.
Kam 13th Oct 2017, 11:05 PM edit delete reply
Awww :)

Is it just me, or is the perpetually falling glowstick accelerating? I think this is the third comic that we've seen it in? Or maybe the fourth? Someone else (Mochi or Rufi, I think?) noticed that it was coming by one frame faster in the appearance just before this one than it had been in the one just before that -- and now it definitely seems faster in this appearance than it was in the previous one.
Mochi 13th Oct 2017, 11:09 PM edit delete reply
yeah no that glowstick is hitting mach speed. i don't even need to put this in photoshop to see the timeline, that shit's going bananas.
Morgenstern 13th Oct 2017, 11:10 PM edit delete reply
I keep thinking the animation delay was smaller than it actually was the last time I GIFed, leading to an accidentally tightening spiral of faster and faster glowstick.

Alternatively, terminal velocity changes based on emotional energy in Bunker C (somehow).
Mochi 13th Oct 2017, 11:18 PM edit delete reply
wait a second, so is it not meant to be going faster and faster? is the true mystery how many seconds of delay this whole thing started with? was the true terminal velocity glowstick in our hearts the entire time? (probably not, that would be bad for organs partly on account of it being a quickly moving spinning plastic baton of death but also because they contain incredibly strong hydrogen peroxide as part of the reaction)
Morgenstern 13th Oct 2017, 11:31 PM edit delete reply
Canonically, it's still somewhere less than 20 seconds between glowstick passes. I'm just bad at gifs, and a 20 second day IRL delay would be really hard to notice.

edit: Or the glowstick is a metaphor, for friendship
Mochi 13th Oct 2017, 11:37 PM edit delete reply
that's a really weird metaphor

regardless, it has started spinning, and that's a thing

(also for future reference, the first glowstick had a delay of 2.0 seconds on the first frame)
rufiangel 14th Oct 2017, 12:07 AM edit delete reply
Can I just say that this whole exchange had me cracking up XDDD
Mochi 13th Oct 2017, 11:14 PM edit delete reply
agreed on making it clear to fuse that if he ever needs anything, or if something is bothering him, or anything like that, we've got him. he's family now, and family looks out for eachother.

... and then point out that the glowstick has been accelerating the entire time we've been in here. because soon it's either going to go so fast it shatters or it's just going to turn into a green streak.
Baeronius 14th Oct 2017, 12:29 AM edit delete reply
♫ Green Streak speeds by... Skonik the Skedgehog! ♫
Someoneyoudontknow 14th Oct 2017, 10:35 AM edit delete reply
Unfortunately air resistance exist to put a limit on how fast something can fall.
lil Joshu 13th Oct 2017, 11:47 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
The blood learns from what it eats, if lil red eats the glowstick, will she become lil green?
Baeronius 14th Oct 2017, 12:30 AM edit delete reply
But I do know that humans can become Orange from eating too many carrots!
Varil1024 14th Oct 2017, 12:08 AM edit delete reply
D'aww. Poor Fuse, but at least we can help him be happier now.

Um, less emotional-serious and more tiny-alien-node-serious, where are we gonna stick Lil Red in here, if in here is indeed where we're gonna stick him? Don't want him just sitting in the floor. Can he, like, grow sideways up onto the wall or something?

Hm, if Big Red can grow things maybe it could turn this into itself? It'd probably be safer than our old home. Not that Red is in any serious danger regardless, what with being able to just get up and leave in an apocalyptic fashion whenever it wants but I'd rather it not be forced to do that.
Kitty 14th Oct 2017, 12:22 AM edit delete reply
Maybe we should ask our meatball if it thinks this is a good place to be, or if it has any preferences based on the places we've been so far.
rufiangel 14th Oct 2017, 12:17 AM edit delete reply
<3 Lookit that widdle Fuse arm hugging Jane back <3 I think we got through to him a little, finally X3 (as a side-note we totally hugged him back after Prophet and he seemed pretty okay to hug then so I'm going to go with 'hugs have healing powers that negate burn pain' lol)

He's a good kid, we're the lucky ones to have him with us!

As a side-note, this really puts some things into clearer perspective.

First, the fact that Fuse is really good at what he does - definitely now understand exactly why. He didn't want to become someone people would stab in the back too easily, so he had to become extraordinarily useful in order to survive within the scummy circles he was in. I did marvel at it, but looking at the reasons behind it, I am now sad. XD;;; Dangit, Fuse.

Second, the way Fuse reacted when Jane asked him what life was like before all this. He was defensive, or reserved, in part because he didn't want to tell her how he'd actually facilitated parts of StQ distribution, or how close he was to being another brainwashed pawn. I think him finally telling her about it was a majorly painful moment for him, and I would like to think that seeing Jane tell him that she still cares about him as a friend regardless, would be a huge relief for him and release him from that burden he's been harbouring. Don't let those things make you feel like you're unworthy, Fuse.

Mochi pointed out everything about Caius and Michelle the other page which I completely agree with. Even Dr. Finch is working to change himself from who he was before. We're *all* in this together now, regardless of our pasts, and we'll all honour and protect each other no matter what. <3

I'm all for letting Fuse know he can ask us for anything anytime (does he want more painkiller now?) and then... ya maybe talk about that glow stick XD
Dragon_ANGL 14th Oct 2017, 12:42 AM edit delete reply
Silver lining to knowing he was part of the STQ distribution process - he might know possible suppliers of it. Even if we know TH is *behind* STQ (or at least very close to the mastermind), stopping the 'production' of more mind slaves would be good.
Mochi 14th Oct 2017, 3:34 AM edit delete reply
it was stated early in chapter 2 while we were playing as fuse that no one knows where queen comes from. everyone knows someone they can buy it from, or has a friend who knows, etc., but the actual sources of the drug are a complete and total mystery. at least, i think it was stated then. it was stated at some point.
rufiangel 14th Oct 2017, 3:37 AM edit delete reply
Actually, knowing that Fuse was part of the distribution at one point does actually explain how he knew so much about it to begin with.

It's unfortunate but we actually already know how much Fuse knows about the suppliers - not much. This is how much Fuse knows about it (the reference page is here):

A lot of people are just talking about what [Save the Queen] is. Nobody knows what it is. It just started coming up the lower tiers one day. It happens all the time, usually just different strands of Level or new combinations or old drugs with kooky names. Save the Queen was different. Some of the best chemists in the lower tiers haven't been able to figure out its constituent components, not even from step 1. The last few years have seen a booming business, almost mafia-like, surrounding the real source of the stuff. Everybody gets it from someone, who gets it from someone, who gets it from someone. Like a huge pyramid scheme with no visible peak. You can get a hook up in five minutes, but you can't get an answer to save your life.

In other words, he's already tried to ask about the original supplier at some point, but he's never been able to quite get to the bottom of it - for a good reason, though. This whole thing is cooked up far, far bigger than the circles he was running in.

I think we might be able to get some better ideas, though, on potential suppliers through combining what he knows with whatever Lydia might have dug up? Potentially...

EDIT: Mochi we're on it again lol XD
Baeronius 14th Oct 2017, 12:27 AM edit delete reply
Are we gonna turn around and find that Lil red is stuck to the floor?
PurpleKetchup 14th Oct 2017, 3:14 AM edit delete reply
Better knock that flying hazard aside so babyred can grow safely without getting whapped in the face every 1.75 seconds.
Baeronius 14th Oct 2017, 4:02 AM edit delete reply
Well... looks like they're officially hugging all night long.
AlphaDragon 14th Oct 2017, 5:14 AM edit delete reply
**Looks at Baeronius**
Oh, someone is feeling left out
**Gives Baeronius a hug**
Kitty 14th Oct 2017, 2:17 PM edit delete reply
I-I-I... wanna hug my friends all ni-i-ight!

And snuggle e-ve-ry day!
Baeronius 15th Oct 2017, 12:27 AM edit delete reply
So many hugs so little time.
rufiangel 14th Oct 2017, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
Just dropping this off because it seems apropos XD

AlphaDragon 14th Oct 2017, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
Cute Rufi
Haegan2005 14th Oct 2017, 7:50 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu 14th Oct 2017, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
This needs to be a tshirt.
Oegyein 12th Nov 2018, 8:10 PM edit delete reply