Comic 547 - Go get Michelle

Posted on 2nd Nov 2017, 2:38 AM in Doors
Go get Michelle

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Morgenstern 2nd Nov 2017, 2:38 AM edit delete
"You're not taking him," Shirai says to Carpenter. She turns back to Knox. "If anything happens to Macland, it's on your head."

She storms out of the room. Carpenter sighs... and then the screen flickers off. Knox doesn't seem to change expressions at all, though it may just be the sunglasses hiding his face.

You consider finding out what's on the other side of Bunker C. Since Fuse and Caius are out, and Dr. Finch is quite busy, you also decide it's a good opportunity to hang out with Michelle. You go to find her so the two of you can mess with Bunker C.

You find her in the barracks area, watching the rat.

"I dunno if Finch just kept real docile lab rats, or if the blood's doin' it," she says to you as you walk up. Michelle leans down, lightly nudging the rat's side; it promptly rolls over, and she begins to rub its belly. "Like, check this out. This's the most compliant rat I've ever seen. Once we figured out it could fit through the cracks in the walls I was kinda worried he'd take off, but he just... hangs out."

She stops petting the rat. It promptly flops back over and resumes wandering about the room, exploring under the beds and such.


rufiangel 2nd Nov 2017, 3:05 AM edit delete reply
Michelle petting the rat is the cutest thing XD Willard likes us! <3 It's because we cuddle him and feed him crackers and always tell the little fella what a good li'l rat he is! XD I suspect it's also because Dr. Finch took care of it, though. I mean, he even knew what specific grains this particular rat was fond of, lol. <3

Is there anything Michelle in particular wants to do, if not mess with Bunker C? We could just chat if she wants, honestly. About the long-term things she'd like to do knowing she has time now, her take on all our party members, whether she wants a pet of her own or not, that sorta thing. Or we can go straight to messing with Bunker C, haha.

As a side-note, I'm glad Shirai doesn't trust Carpenter as far as she can throw him. I don't think Carpenter would want to do anything good with Macland, at any rate. Better keep checking in on Mackey every once in a while, I think.
Blue_Elite 2nd Nov 2017, 4:37 AM edit delete reply
"...whether she wants a pet of her own or not..."
We uh, kinda know the answer to that one already:

I can go either way with exploring Bunker C's unportaled door or quality time with Michelle (maybe we could do both?).

Also good idea with keeping tabs on Macland. We should do a blood alarm on that raven once Fuse gets back if ANYONE DISTURB'S MACLAND'S BODY. If we can catch Knox/Carpenter in the act and report it to Shirai, that might be good enough to put her on our good side and get her off our back.
rufi (lazy to login) 2nd Nov 2017, 5:02 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, but I was thinking more along the lines of taking the time to hear Michelle's take on how she feels about things like this now that she's had time to process the fact she has more time. That was more of the point. The fact remains we probably can't be focusing on raising pets when we're up against the world that's out to get us right now, but if want to be optimistic, there's always a chance for it later, right? I'm thinking it'd be more like a chance to get some verbal processing in. :)
rufiangel 2nd Nov 2017, 6:42 AM edit delete reply
Oh! As a side-note the blood alarm is a good idea, and I think we can actually set it in Macland's body itself, like we did with Dr. Finch. :D

Gosh I hope the alarm we set for Fuse doesn't go off and he returns safely with Caius, but... we'll see :')
2nd Nov 2017, 3:08 AM edit delete reply
This bunker has food, shelter from the cold and human type people the rat has come to recognise as non-hostile. I'm not saying that definitely explains everything but those might be a bit part of it.
2nd Nov 2017, 3:10 AM edit delete reply
*big part of it
Archon 2nd Nov 2017, 3:36 AM edit delete reply
Guessing it's a subliminal side-effect of the blood. Jane trusts the rest of the group and some of that trust trickles on down through the blood.
Plus, y'know. Food/Shelter/Protection being readily provided means it can afford to relax here.
So its trust gets a hefty positive reinforcement right there.
Dragon_ANGL 2nd Nov 2017, 8:45 AM edit delete reply
Hmm, nothing *BOLD* happened this time, so no new vital pieces of information. Then again, that last little bit..did we ever search *under* the beds ourselves? Let's search there if not.

For the blood alarms - can we 'update' them? Say, in the way of having different ringtones for different callers for phones, have the blood twinge Jane in different ways for different people/alarms? Possibly have/let Red help us with managing that?
Mochi 2nd Nov 2017, 9:28 AM edit delete reply
it was stated back when we first set up the "blood alarm" dealie that jane can only manage one at a time because it takes a fair bit of concentration -- she's basically perceiving through them on a low enough level that it doesn't require her full concentration, but it requires enough that it's subject to the same limits as if she were completely perceiving through them.
lil Joshu 2nd Nov 2017, 11:42 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
I don't know why... but the rat needs a hug and a kiss.
Nayru9572 2nd Nov 2017, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
I don't think it's a good idea to the kiss the rat who just crawled under the no doubt dusty space underneath the bed.
lil Joshu 2nd Nov 2017, 3:45 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
We can always brush off its head, Nayru.
Blue_Elite 2nd Nov 2017, 1:38 PM edit delete reply
Hugging is its own reason.

That said we can't really hug a rat on account of how small it is. That's what cuddling is for. ^_^
PurpleKetchup 2nd Nov 2017, 1:43 PM edit delete reply
The only sad thing with lab rats are their relatively short lifespans and vulnerability to diseases/syndromes (for science).
That set aside, they're nice pets.
Warp 2nd Nov 2017, 6:43 PM edit delete reply
They also make perfect lab rats to practice our blood-power immortality effect for use in humans.