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953982 No. 953982 ID: 5fc3a0

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>"It's time to go, Valsano." I don't know that person, but he must be one of Valsano's current team that's going back down into the mausoleum.
>"Yeah yeah, I just wanted to see how my main squad is doing, living it up."
>"Oh, yeah, it's great!" says Firzel. "I'll tell all my grandkids about the good old days, in which every single day was spent having Zall beat the shit out of us."

We all listen to Valsano, who will make a typical quip back to Firzel.

It doesn't come. He loses his expression and marches off.
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No. 967219 ID: 4b7dae

It is literally our job to deal with nobles now, and isn't Sir Gauche supposed to be a decent sort? Pay a visit to the palace, all you need to tell the guards is that lord Krix sent you. This sort of thing is what you kept the prison guard badge for. You can show the marshal's badge to Gauche, and only Gauche. (Well, and maybe his bodyguards, but they're paid to not talk.)

Regarding Cheese, we should definitely let her decide if Daspotta will meet her. We would -like- to have Daspotta meet her, assuming she's not going to blurt out classified information where people can hear it, because Daspotta will be able to retain the sort of complex and detailed information Cheese is likely to give us better than we probably can; but we need to let Cheese decide. Park Daspotta in the palace library or something.

Cheese should already know we're here; if not, she will by the time we get to the palace. We can try to get the attention of one of her informants to speed that up. (The kids know we're working with her, so they should be able to guess why we're here.)

Alternately, she told us she was working for Gauche now, so we can just ask him if we can see her. He should be amenable to letting us borrow her services for a little while, since now we have an important job and need all the help we can get. Remember, we're -asking-, not -ordering-. (We may not even have authority to give that kind of order to a noble. Check with Daspotta before we have that conversation; we don't plan to do it anyway, but we'd like to know what our negotiating position is.)

Now, a question I have is whether we want to look around the city for a bit before heading to the palace. In addition to giving Cheese more time to find us, this would give us some ideas for questions to ask Sir Gauche when we see him. In the course of our official duties we should probably inquire about the reconstruction project.
No. 967241 ID: 1ed92d

Just go find a tavern. Daspotta needs a break so she'll be at peak condition when the muggers arise. Meanwhile, prepare to locate Sir Gauche.
No. 967301 ID: 5fc3a0
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If I could meet with Sir Gauche alone, that would be easiest, but acting like a commoner asking to personally see the stone noble without any important seals or badges is a good way to get stabbed, or at least throw back out onto the street. I could show the badge to the palace guard, but then I may as well get on top of the tallest tower here and shout that the new field marshal is in town.

The restaurant, if I can get there, then I should be able to find the hole Cheese led me through and retrace my steps, but... damnit, I didn't catch the name of it.

Then I see a ragged looking loitering child that doesn't look lost. That may work, Cheese seemed to be in charge of children all over town. Before I get his attention, I turn to Daspotta.

"Daspotta, there should be common grounds in the palace. Head there, read some books if you can access a library, get some food and rest either way. Meet me here by sundown if I can't find you beforehand." I slip a few copper in her pack, leaving myself only a handful left.
>"Understood, Sir!" She doesn't ask why we're splitting up. I wouldn't have minded answering, but there's no need here to stomp on her unquestioning attitude.
No. 967302 ID: 5fc3a0
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I approach the shortie.

"Hey, kid. Does the name 'cheese' mean anything to you?"
>"I know what hardened milk is. You got business with me?"

He finally noticing my conspicuous scratching of my left hand. 'I need help' isn't exactly the ideal body code for the scenario, but if he recognizes this, he should recognize I at least know Cheese's codes. If these codes are shared through her network. If he didn't just think I was itchy. If he knows how to find Cheese and isn't so far down the network. If he knows cheese at all. There are a lot of ifs.

>"Finding a bit of cheese'll cost you a couple copper." The way he says it is so painfully and blatantly off that my guard instincts want to arrest him right here, so this might've worked just fine. I hand two copper to him. "Alright. Follow me."
No. 967303 ID: 5fc3a0
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I'm lead into some building's basement, and he crawls through the floor.

I wait.

And wait.

And wait. It was already getting late, and the sun is going down, so Daspotta might just have to wait a little while, but at least the street I left her to wait on was safe enough.
No. 967304 ID: 5fc3a0
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"Hi! I'm glad you're okay! Also, armor? Must've been something big to get you to wear that - nevermind it. Okay, uhm, before we talk, let's get to my place."
No. 967305 ID: 5fc3a0
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She gives me some directions to a tunnel entrance I can fit in, and leads me back to her small room.

"Okay! I heard some things but please tell me."
"I sent a letter earlier today."
"My mail network isn't that fast."
"I killed Sayanos' body double."
"Really! I heard Sayanos was dead, but a body double? Well, 'attempted to murder a noble' isn't that much lower of a crime than 'succeeded to murder a noble.' I know I told you it would probably be okay but I'm seriously relieved I was right."
"Krix alone told me it was a body double. As far as I know, everyone else thinks it was the real Sayanos. Then Krix told me to figure out what the real Sayanos was doing."
"Yeah, I haven't heard anything about a body double, so... huh. I found out that Sir Sayanos had some legitimate support from the population of Pocktown, so Krix's fellows wanted him dead. If Sayanos wanted to survive, faking his death by having a body double die in his place would make a lot of sense! It doesn't explain why the crows favor him. Speaking of them, uh, they weren't too happy about me wanting answers, and the resident mayor wasn't glad to have me waltzing inside that town. I er well, I didn't even make it into town. So I've been getting information and presents together to change their receptiveness to me! I might have enough now, but I wanted to wait to see what happened to you. So you're Krix's investigator now?"
No. 967306 ID: 5fc3a0
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I show her my field marshal badge. She takes a minute to recognize it, but when she does, her eyes practically pop out of their sockets and she bangs the table.

"That still exists?! I thought it went the way of the Iron Knighthood or the Gold Prophets!" Other titles that I've barely heard of, but have similar reputations as tyrants as far as I know. "That's fantastic!"
"It's not fantastic. It's a death sentence I got earlier today, and as soon as I could I ran here to meet you because I'm desperate."
"Oh, er, right, fantastic for people who want to get stuff done, so I guess Lord Krix kinda didn't actually let you off easy. Er I didn't mean that condescendingly, just, uh, I'm going to shut up and say that I'm glad you came to me for help. How many people know you're the new field marshal?"
"I was given the option of hiring one assistant out of three possibilities. Those three and the one who sword me in know. I told no one, and you're the only one I've shown my badge to, but the palace might have figured things out."
"You are a smart man, Moss, and we're going to make the most out of your position! I'd like to bring you with me for this crow business. All you have to do is flash your badge and put on your serious mean face while I do politics. Word will get out, but hopefully we'll get out faster. We can disguise your fur a little bit so that a visual description won't match what you really look like."

I was secretly hoping she knew of a way that field marshals could honorably resign.
No. 967308 ID: 465a14

you told Nawm tho
No. 967309 ID: 86eb65

You are the expert so I will follow your lead for now. We can visit the crows.

I do have to figure out what to do with my assistant who I sent off to the common inn. I was pondering how much to involve her?
No. 967311 ID: e2f5cc

Well there's no shame in asking Cheese if you honorably resign even if you know the answer. But yeah just make your fur monotone and you'll look like 90% of fieldies. As for the crow business, well it isn't like you have anything better to do, but also don't forget to grab Despotta if you're heading out soon or get her/yourself a place to stay if you're gonna be here the night. Also don't forget to mention you told Nawm about your station. While you wouldn't call her the most reliable you also know she wouldn't sell you out easily.
No. 967313 ID: b1b4f3

>told no one
You told Nawm.

But yeah a disguise could work. Gonna need a disguise for your assistant too... but won't she be generally recognizable due to her stature?
No. 967314 ID: 36784c

I don't want to leave my assistant all alone for too long. She might get worried and start looking for me, which would probably end up getting her into trouble if she goes to the wrong part of town.
No. 967316 ID: 567477

Ok but Cheese I feel like if I want to keep this job I also need to make sure I make a good first impression on everyone including my assistant so since we're waiting for Fen and have to think at least a little long term I hope what you're planning right now will also incorporate me making a good impact and a good precedent and other good things? If this is so handy it needs to be taken care of which means I need to be taken care of, if you're getting what I mean.

I'd also love if you put your spies on my new assistant just so I can sleep a little more soundly and also not have to worry about tiptoeing around her all the time. I mean tit for tat I will happily do you some favors, so, if you don't mind? Also some tips on handling the politics and the nobles and not getting assassinated, please, if you don't mind.
No. 967317 ID: 08e322

hold off on doing anything for at least a day Cheese seems to be going to fast to what can assist her here and ignoring how much danger it actually puts you in, slow down and hide for at least a day and let her do some more planning for keeping you safe
No. 967319 ID: ed763f

>I was secretly hoping she knew of a way that field marshals could honorably resign.
Look to do so well you get promoted, without becoming irreplaceable.

I'll be honest, I thought she'd be more upset you didn't buy time like she asked by fake-agreeing to the assassination plot. That said, you should probably show some agency and get her to hold her horses a minute- don't just let her use you. Also she's getting the sweats again which could just be excitement but you're playing a low trust game right now.

Cheese, I appreciate you can see the good in this, but I need to accomplish my own objectives if I'm going to save my own hide and the hide of my friends and family. Are you sure the crows are key in this, or are we just going to expend effort and maybe burn bridges to find their hands are tied as well, or they've also been threatened and still won't tell, or they've set up an ambush just for us, or I'll find you're doing your own thing for Gauche or your family or something? And wherever we go I'm bringing my assistant. I kinda have to trust them, unless there's a reason I shouldn't trust a seventh in line to receive a wood nobility.
No. 967320 ID: 4a3c19

She doesn't need to know. Just as Nawm doesn't need to know what you will be doing and everything else.
No. 967326 ID: 5fc3a0
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"A disguise is good, if there's no good way to just send in a resignation for this job. And I know this job is mandatory, so I may as well do it right. Is there any way this crow zone is going to make a good first impression for this job?"
"Oh yeah. The mayor is up to some no good business, you can have a field day there." Her eyebrows waggle. Mine move less than the stagnant air down here. "Uh, yes... it'll be good for you if it all goes well. Both in job experience and finding out some shady dealings."
"I also told Nawm about this job. A friend. She's probably trustworthy."
"... Anyone else, while you're remembering?"
"No. I think that's it."
"Also while we're clarifying this, Lord Krix knows, right?"
"Yes, he does."
"Right. Yes. Also, remember that book I showed you? With all the nobles and their seals and stuff? You might be in the next edition."
"Fantastic.. Yes, I'll follow you. The crow zone is a secluded place, maybe I can find a nice hole to hide in for a..."

I take a breath. A crappy attitude only makes situations that much more crappy.

"Light a candle please. I can barely see in here."
"Oh right."
No. 967327 ID: 5fc3a0
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"How much should I involve my assistant? I should get in contact with her soon."
"Hmmm... I'll write a letter with my own seal on it. She can deliver it straight to Sir Gauche. It's going to say that she's the field marshal's assistant. Sir Gauche can keep that fact hidden, and by telling him, it won't be a bluff to tell the crow mayor that there will be repercussions if he kills you, even if he's not technically in Lord Krix's territory. I don't think he'd do that, but... the politics might get a bit rough in order to get him to let us visit the inside of the town. Sir Gauche will have a place to let your assistant stay."
"I don't like the possibility of me dying. It automatically kills my assistant, who gets put to death if their field marshal dies for any reason, anywhere."
"Yeah okay great. She can come with us if you want."
"You're also moving way too fast just because I showed up. Are you sure the crows are key in this, without something else forcing them? Any chance of an ambush?"
"The crows are easily the biggest and just about only lead I have! So, yes! I've done what I can."
"And I'm not going to find out you're doing your own thing, or doing something for Sir Gauche?"
"Uh, no, if I was only putting our interests in mind, then I'd be staying way clear of the crow zone! I wouldn't chance any weird ambushes or the mayor trying to kill me or anything like that! This is entirely for Fen's sake! Were you two not friends?"
"We are friends. That doesn't mean we're so close that we'd throw our lives away for each other. I want you to do this carefully instead of throwing me in danger like I'm expendable. Spend some time."
"Well I have, and the more research I do on the mayor, the more likely he's going to find out and try to kill me before I even make it there! If it makes you feel better, if things go bad, I'm going to die faster than you! And if you're trying to do your job right, then you have way more to gain from this than me, because all I'm trying to do is do right by Fen! We won't leave till tomorrow morning at the earliest anyway, but Moss, the only field marshals that survive for long are those who either abuse their position smartly, or live life on the run. And you are way too decent a person to do the former, so get used to running!"
No. 967336 ID: 86eb65

Ok who is this Crow mayor? He is not a crow right?

If we are going in there I want all the info we have on crow land. I will have to be the one fighting any idiots in duels so if you know any good trainers I could use practice.
No. 967338 ID: 36784c

“Please tell me I don’t have to speak in crow caws when we go there.”
No. 967342 ID: b1b4f3

Alright, let's get some details in this plan. For instance, we need a safe place to sleep tonight. Then go collect Daspotta before she gets into trouble.

...do we have enough money to survive until next payday?
No. 967343 ID: 1ed92d

It seems you have little choice but to go in all the way to the hilt. This sucks.

...Bright side, by doing this you're also technically following Krix's orders, so you can figure out how to save yourself, Fen, your Ex-Wife and your friends while also killing noble jackasses and potentially finding a way to get Krix hit by a freight train.
No. 967344 ID: ed763f

hhh, I can't even tell you I'd make a good run as a bent official for stabbing that body-double in the neck. I went to you and got fuckin' permission first. I don't even know what to think of that. Alright, let's do it, crow zone it is. Have you got a safehouse or something where my assistant and I can stay the night? I really shouldn't have left him alone this late.

We'll ask Daspotta our questions about the mayor of the crow zone.
No. 967345 ID: 4b7dae

Don't be too antagonistic to Cheese. She's the only person who can actually teach you how to do this job and will do so without trying to play you too badly.

When she said "abuse your position smartly" she essentially meant doing things the way she does. The question you have to ask now is whether you can handle the sort of dirty dealing and underhanded skullduggery needed to get things done in Imperial politics. Because there's really no other way to play this game. And you're either going to be a player, or a pawn.

Take a moment to realize you might end up like Cheese if you do this long enough. Take a deep breath...

Right now you just need to focus on helping Fen. She's right about the crow zone. Based on your last conversation with her, it sounds like going there is going to be the fastest and most effective way to shed some light on this conspiracy. Because we know there is one.

As for Daspotta, we need to decide whether she's going to be an asset or slow us down. The best thing we can do for her is keep ourselves alive, and if she'd be a hindrance to that, she needs to stay behind. Otherwise, she comes.
No. 967352 ID: e2f5cc

"I'm "way too decent a person" to be anywhere but guarding a nameless break town, yet here we are. I'm tired of getting marched around against my will, so I'm gonna take any chance I can to take matters into my own hands, and if I have to throw my weight around to do that then so be it."
No. 967380 ID: ce39da

"I take it the third option of 'purge corruption so thoroughly that there's no one left that wants me dead' is something that would get me laughed out of your house if I suggested it?"

"Anyway, do you have an update on the hostages - that is, my wife and my best friend's whole family? I don't disagree with your suspicions about the crow town mayor - he seems like the perfect suspect when it comes to scaring the shit out of the crows, so it's pretty unlikely he doesn't have some connection to Sayanos. I just don't want them all to get got while we're off resolving this. Hell, I'm worried they might already be dead."
No. 967383 ID: 567477

You're stressed out, man. That's natural, of course, but keep tabs on it. I know you don't like Cheese, either, but she is seriously helping you out. Remember, she got you out of the whole Sayanos vice you were in. It led to this, but better this than being forced to go kill Fen or die plus your friends and loved ones, right? Oh, yeah. You should ask if anything else has some in about them, while you're here.

As for abusing your position smartly... well, you're an honorable guy, sure, but you did already show once that you don't mind getting underhanded with people who you think deserve it. Remember that whole thing you tried on Cheese at Fen's trial? So, as long as you're careful about it to make sure you're not screwing over anyone worthwhile, and you make sure to keep it on the quiet, you wouldn't mind? It's a thought. If it makes things easier and safer for you, and helps you help more deserving people...?
No. 967385 ID: e05ad0

You don't have much of a choice. Helping Fen will help your loved ones as well. Fen succeeding in the future is good for everyone in the long run. So stop complaining and get to work. The sooner the better.
No. 967397 ID: a9af05

We should bring Daspotta with us. She's our assistant, so let her assist us with all of the things that we're going to be doing.

>Too nice to throw weight around.
"Alright, if that's the case, then I want you to bribe pay me to come with you and help you with this problem of yours. And also because I'm almost out of money right now."
No. 967398 ID: 015bf2

Go with Cheese, because it'll help Fen and if the crows are involved with hiding Sayanos, they are at least partially to blame for the situation you find yourself in. He wouldn't have sent a body double your way and fucked with your life if he didn't have aces like them up his sleeve.

And you don't have a lot of options.

Also, consider easing up on chewing out Cheese. Aside from Daspotta she's pretty much the only support you've got, so even if you are still angry at her and disapprove of her ways there are better ways to deal with that, and you should definitely bite your tongue considering the proverbial debts you'll start racking with her.

Definitely ask whether she can check up on Gahn, his family and your ex-wife. If she's got recommendations for how you can protect them, take those. If you need money to enact said recommendations... well. A) she was already salivating at the prospect of having a pocket field marshal and B) you could always ask for advice for income that doesn't rely on being a bastard to people.

Well. Decent people.

If bounties are still on your mind, Cheese's network could be of help in tracking them down for you to punk and she can take a cut or aim you at opposition. She can also fit the specs for 'em so you don't have to worry too badly about the morality of killing / hauling them in. And she gets to point you away from her own peeps too, by simply not telling you about them.
No. 967403 ID: 5fc3a0
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"'Too decent' to do anything but guard towns too small to have a name, but here we are. I'm sinking deeper and deeper into some imperial muck I can't get out of! I'm being marched around against my will, put into a job against my will, and all I can do is do the job well even though I know that the reward for good work is more work, but it's better than messing it up! I came here because I didn't see any other choice, and now you want me to get some sleep and march off to the crow zone, where I'm the one who has to duel any nobles who want to challenge me, without even giving me time for some sparring practice to shake off my rust!"
"The mayor isn't going to duel you. He's not exactly in combat shape."
"What, is he a crow, do I need to start squawking my words out?"
"Uhh... no, and please don't squawk."
"What is your plan with the mayor, anyway?"
"Mostly? I'm pretty sure the miners there found a gold vein and he's hiding it for himself, even though he's absolutely going against the empire's law about that."
"Blackmail? You want to blackmail him?"
"Yeah, but all I'm asking is passage through town, not some huge gold share!"
"And you think he won't just kill us for knowing too much?!"
No. 967404 ID: 5fc3a0
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She doesn't reply, and that gives me enough time to realize how stupidly hostile I'm being. Another deep breath.

"Nevermind. I want time, but I'm taking all of this out on you when I shouldn't. I'm sorry."
"I understand. I've said this before and I'll say it again. You might not like me, but I like you. So I'm rooting for you, and I'm going to do what I can to make sure you get out clean on the other side, okay? But that means I need to push you, because even if you deserve to laze about in a cushy job, you, and I cannot emphasize this enough, you cannot live like that right now. I'm sorry if I'm calloused to your plight, but this is kind of my life, constant stress and thinking there's going to be an assassin with a knife barging in here at any given second. But I'm used to it, you've only recently been dragged into it. And there isn't an easy way out. All I can offer is teaching you how to make do until an opportunity for escape comes by, and I don't think you came here because you had any better choice."
"... Do you have a safehouse I can stay in, tonight? One for me and Daspotta, my assistant?"
"Yeah. She can just stay in an inn, I'd think. I'll show you to... well, it's a hole in the ground, but it's got a cozy bed and it's very safe."
"Can I get you to find out if Gahn and Val are okay?"
"I am, as best I can. So far so good. Uh... geez, look. I said I'm going to push you but it might not be that bad put the crow zone back a day or two. Maybe you need a break more than I thought. I can get you a sparring partner or two. They probably won't be gentle, but you can drink and lay around and be yourself otherwise."
"I only have a couple silver left."
"I'll give you money." Damnit, I'm feeling shittier by the second for being hostile.
"I was considering bounty hunting."
"Yeah that's not a bad idea, if you don't mind hunting people that will fight back. Ifff you want to stay around town for a couple days after all? Otherwise, better get some rest now."
No. 967406 ID: e2f5cc

Let's sleep on it and think some more in bed/tomorrow.
No. 967408 ID: 015bf2

No. If she thinks you need to get into this hard and fast, you'll go along - though you'll want sparring opportunities ASAP after. And a night's sleep. The last few days have been rough.

One more thing... about when you spoke to Krix.

Not only did he know all about your past - apparently he remembers all his ex-soldiers not that there are many left - but... he said he wants to personally kill Fen to prove himself a worthy owner of the Dragoncloth.

Your specific mission from Krix was to slay or jail all the nobles that are trying to target Fen against Krix's bidding. Krix even offered you the assistance of his spy network, but you...

You have no idea how to get in touch, or if you even want to.
No. 967409 ID: 86eb65

Keep moving. If you stop to laze now it will all come crashing down on your head.

Your only way out of this mess is to get powerful enough so people will leave you alone.

So get a good nights sleep and some food. And some exersice and sparring to freshen up your rusty bones incase crow major is not hiding gold but something more dangerous.

Then get on helping Cheese and doing your new job the best you can. Just remember to always get paid. Whatever job you do make sure that it benifits the cause somehow.
No. 967410 ID: e05ad0

Take a nap, then you can think more after it. SAY YOU ARE SORRY, lIKE YOU MEAN IT.
No. 967414 ID: b1b4f3

Speaking of which it's probably a good idea to relay a detailed account of that entire conversation with Krix.

Delaying won't do much except let you spar to shake off your rust, and you can do that today. It's not nighttime or anything. You should leave tomorrow, unless Cheese has a good reason to delay.
No. 967416 ID: 1ed92d

Apologize again and sleep on your face. You can think about contacting Krix's army of ninjas tomorrow, after you've gotten less tired. Maybe had some nightmares to get you back on edge.
No. 967417 ID: 103eae


also spar tonight as much as you can.
No. 967419 ID: ed763f

Nah, we need to go in. No real point in putting it off for just one day. We'll get that night's sleep and meet up somewhere tomorrow morning.
No. 967423 ID: e05ad0

Oh shit, i totally forgot this. This is important information. We should somehow relay this to Fen somehow.
No. 967424 ID: ce39da

Yeah, do tell her about how the illegal Fen Hunt is absolutely not something Krix signed off on, as far as you know. Ask that she relay that to Fen, too. Krix may be a bastard, but he's not a lying bastard.

"Nah, it's better to rip this bandage off sooner rather than later. It's just that you're basically the only person in the world right now I feel safe about venting to. Sorry about that."
No. 967463 ID: 4581f5

Take a nap, two hours should give you a little energy without leaving you groggy. Then off to business, sooner than later is a mindset I think you’ll benefit from in this job.
No. 967464 ID: 4b7dae

Moss. You need to get some rest. This day has been absolutely insane, and your brain needs time to process it.

At the moment, not too many people should know where you are. Cheese will know how to keep it that way. You can't delay too much, but she's suggesting it for a reason. Listen to her.

Actually, you should take some time to just shut up and listen to her in general. You came to her for a -reason-, because -she- knows how to do these things and -you- don't. You knew when you came here that her advice was going to involve lies, manipulation, blackmail, and even murder. You came to her anyway, because you knew on some level that this is what you were going to have to do to move forward. You don't have to like it, but you didn't ask for this.

You're going to have to clear the air with her, because you unfortunately are going to be partners for a little while, or maybe even a long while, and you can't be at each other's throats while everyone else is trying to cut them.

But before you get any further into planning, you need to calm down and get in a rational state of mind.

And before that, you need to apologize. Again. In the end, Cheese didn't ask for this either. Mutants don't ask to be born mutants, and this is the only kind of life they can live. Desperation makes good people do bad things, and eventually you don't even see them as bad anymore. You're starting to realize how that feels, and you don't like it. You don't like it one bit.

Also, take her money. She would do the same thing if your roles were reversed. You can pay her back eventually. She's unlikely to hold it over your head, because didn't she just escape out from under a massive amount of debt bondage? Ideally -you- should end up funding -her-, once you have sufficient streams of income. Illicit income. Which she's going to help you to get.

You don't like these thoughts. You're going to grit your teeth again, aren't you. That's fine.

Take a deep breath, now...
No. 967465 ID: 36784c

We should at least stay near Daspotta. We don’t want her to think we abandoned her, right?
No. 967484 ID: adb916

Lets sleep, but first we have to get Daspotta.
No. 967528 ID: bb78f2

Ok, wait, you're saying I deserve it... does that mean, in your head, retiring peacefully is actually possible? I don't care how hard that is, I'll do it.


No. 967659 ID: 15a025

Let's go grab Daspotta and sleep on it.
No. 967677 ID: 7cc58f

>Let's go grab Daspotta and sleep on her.
Fixed that for you.
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