Comic 801 - Talk to Michelle

Posted on 13th Mar 2018, 4:56 PM in No Easy Way Out
Talk to Michelle

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Morgenstern 13th Mar 2018, 4:56 PM edit delete
It... takes you a second to get your thoughts together. You knew you wanted to talk to her one-on-one, but you didn't think ahead much more than that. You try to keep it light and jokey, but it comes off as nervous and a little forced. Michelle smiles.

"Blondie... you can jus' say it."

It all just kind of spills out. You thank her for saving you, and getting everybody out of there. You tell her you're happy she had so much faith in you. You tell her that she's your best friend, and she's not just a tube cop, and you hope she knows that.

Michelle nods. She smiles again, though it seems harder for her to do so. "I know. I know."

You ask if she's okay--like, really okay.

Michelle tries to fight it, but tears fill her eyes. "No," she says, her voice cracking. "Not really. Man... you were dead. We were all dead. You had that... that vacant look, just sittin' in the driver seat with nobody home. Z's mom hit the ground, I thought she was dead, everything was just... in like two seconds everything went to hell. It's gone to hell before, but this was... this was worse. I've never been so sure that we were done as I was today."

She stops, grimacing, wiping a tear from her cheek.

"I had to remind myself who you are. I forgot. Like, it slipped... and I had to talk myself out of it. Nah. She's not dead. She don't die. That's not somethin' she does. I don't know if I believed it, but..." She lets a smile, a more genuine smile, get through. "I was so relieved when I saw you were healin'. I was pretty much lyin' to myself 'til then, just sayin' what I had to say to keep myself goin'. I was just... numb, until then. I barely remember the ride, just thinkin'... she'll be back. She'll fix this. It's gonna be okay."

Michelle hugs you tightly.

"I was right, too," she says. "You made it. I dunno how, but you got impaled in the head and still came back. You're amazing."

You tell her that she's amazing, as well. If Michelle hadn't been there, and hadn't gotten you out of the lower tiers, Thale's minions could have finished you off. You're powerful, but you're not sure it would turn out all that well if your body was destroyed. There was a few iffy moments trying to heal your brain--if the damage had gotten worse, you might not have been able to come back.

Not like this, anyway. Not the same.

"I guess that's true," Michelle says, smiling weakly. "It'd prob'ly suck if you got your like... body-body destroyed. I was so messed up by all this, I can't even imagine what you were goin' through, or how much worse it coulda' got. ...Yeah, I guess I did kinda save you, didn't I?"

You also ask Michelle about her facial scarring from the hospital. With access to a bioprinter now, she could have it fixed pretty quickly.

"I dunno," Michelle replies. "At first, I just wasn't really thinkin' about it--y'know, like it'd be a waste to bother fixin' it, it ain't holdin' me back none. After a while, it was kind of a reminder of what you told me--that I'm not just another tube cop, I'm different. I'm special. When I looked in the mirror and saw this on my face... that's somethin' I been through, and other lab meat hasn't. That's somethin' I experienced, somethin' that helps define me, and nobody else has it. The bad guys sent someone from my stock to try and trick us, but they didn't look like me--not exactly. Same hair, same skin, same voice... but they weren't there at the hospital that night. The fake Michelle didn't have this scar."

Michelle shrugs. "Then again, maybe I don't need a reminder anymore. I know I'm me. Nobody else's gonna handle this like I do." She smiles faintly, and ruffles your hair. "Maybe I should get it taken care of while we're up here."


Nayru9572 13th Mar 2018, 5:53 PM edit delete reply
Glad she managed to get that off her chest.
Ask her if she has anything she wants to say to us, and for after that I'll copy my previous comment:
"... Once this talk with Michelle's done we need to talk to everyone. Not necessarily for information, but to just see how they're holding up. We just used everyone's brain for something, which must've been weird (and probably synched a lot). Crease and Zene have only just been reunited with Mav, who went through some sh*t herself. Pierce... Well, he's probably fine for the moment, we already talked to him. Let's also check in with everyone else we've blooded, like Mac (to tell him what just happened since he probably felt it as well) and if it affected our blooded animals.
After that we can also talk with our Red for a moment, and MomRed to see what it knows about all those fancy new terms Pierce brought up."
Memo 13th Mar 2018, 6:10 PM edit delete reply
I agree, we should check up on the others as well, hearing how they are doing.. how they are coping.
And have some food, food makes you feel safe and human.
Eternity 13th Mar 2018, 5:54 PM edit delete reply
Hug Michelle. She needs it.
Mochi 13th Mar 2018, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
michelle, ma belle <3 <3 <3

it's entirely up to you, mish. i think she looks pretty badass with the scar, but if she wants to have it fixed, then we can do it tonight or we can wait and do it some other time. also, jane, lament that you've now lost the same fucking eye again. maybe ask if michelle knows where your pink patch from before ended up, if we even kept it after we had the eye replaced the first time. we might not have. who expects to lose the same eye twice?
Memo 13th Mar 2018, 6:07 PM edit delete reply
Yes, definitely ask about the patch.
Where did we get the first one from?
Twyll 13th Mar 2018, 6:23 PM edit delete reply
I agree, we should tell her that we like her face the original way but also think the scar looks pretty badass and like that too. It's up to her either way.
Leafia_Barrett 13th Mar 2018, 6:10 PM edit delete reply
Honestly, Michelle has been amazing since the day we met her. We never would have made it to today without her keeping us safe.

Personally? I think the scar looks kinda badass. It's her call if she wants to fix it or not.

First things first, before we do anything else, we really need to clean up. The missing eye is bad enough, we do not need our face to be caked with blood at the same time.

I think asking everybody else how they're holding up is a good idea. We may want to talk to Dr. Finch more to see if we missed anything with fixing our brain, I know the update said we just fixed enough to make Jane be Jane and not a corpse. Ask him what he thinks about our new power, too, he's the science man and all and we just kinda obsoleted surgery.
Twyll 13th Mar 2018, 6:23 PM edit delete reply
Technically, we didn't even obsolete surgery-- we unlocked an entirely new purpose for it (adding biomass that we can then turn into different biomass and use to heal things or add new stuff).
Nayru9572 13th Mar 2018, 6:57 PM edit delete reply
Definitely have Finch look at our brain. For all we know it's completely messed up in every way other than the necessary functions.
Twyll 13th Mar 2018, 7:07 PM edit delete reply
We know that it's a heck of a lot better than just necessary functions-- after all, the bit that was messed up was the prefrontal cortex, and we'd know by our own behavior if that was actually wrecked-- but yes, it's a good idea to have him look at it just to make sure. The very fact that we just had this conversation with Michelle shows that we probably did a pretty damn good job of fixing it, though, because if that area of the brain were actually broken, this conversation would have gone very differently.
Twyll 13th Mar 2018, 6:26 PM edit delete reply
We never did get Michelle a proper pet, did we? We should do that. We need to blood an animal that we aren't gonna use for anything else, just for her.

(We should also probably get another few rats so that Willard can keep Dr. Finch company and be our base-rat, cuz he deserves to retire after all he's done.)
pkrankow 13th Mar 2018, 6:42 PM edit delete reply
We need to check on Willard and cat.
Madd 13th Mar 2018, 7:42 PM edit delete reply
Talk to Michelle about getting her a pet.

Then finish fixing everyone up, including ourselves.

Finally we should get a shower/bath.

We can experiment more with our new stuff later.