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986707 No. 986707 ID: eedbeb

On the way to your sister’s wedding, you get arrested for warp speeding through a solar system.
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No. 987975 ID: e2f5cc

Am I missing something? You seem to be acting like your life is over when all that's happened is that you missed your sister's wedding and you'll be in the slammer a little while longer.

You can even look at this as a sort of good thing, since Sal has markedly improved over only a few days spending more time with him may do really good things, and sometimes doing a good thing is it's own reward. I mean a real reward is probably better but you take what you can get.
No. 987976 ID: 7eb947

We weren't trying to keep them from having a murder spree, or whatever. It just felt like the right thing to do.
No. 987977 ID: eedbeb
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"That's an uncomfortably morbid view to have on indirectly getting someone murdered." you say mutinously.

Amelia tilts her head to the side to consider you, small smile on her face. Your eyes are mostly dry and now you’re starting to feel mad.

“You didn’t even tell me he was a murderer when I got here. I could be in danger, right now.” the frustration of the past day makes you raise your voice.

Amelia doesn’t react to your shouting. “I would never put you in danger.” she says. “I only meant that it’s my job to look after Sal, and you shouldn’t put his needs above yours.”
No. 987980 ID: e51896

>“You didn’t even tell me he was a murderer when I got here. I could be in danger, right now.” the frustration of the past day makes you raise your voice.

That was probably a bad sentence to raise your voice in. Sal could have probably heard that.

just take deep breaths to calm your anger and ask if you can call your sister again.
No. 987981 ID: b1b4f3

It was the right thing to do.
"It's not your problem". Isn't that sort of thinking why you're here? Because you didn't care enough about other people and broke the laws of reality too close to an inhabited planet?
No. 987982 ID: e51896

Very good point. See how she reacts to you saying that.
No. 988003 ID: eedbeb
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You change tactics. “Isn’t the whole point of this place to care about people? What’s wrong with caring about Sal’s well-being?”

“I didn’t mean any offense by my comment, your caring shows you’re a tender soul. That said, you shouldn’t be motivated by the fear that Sal could cause harm.” Amelia says.

“It has to be a factor.” you sputter. “I’m not going to forget he’s a murderer.”

Amelia looks amused, and it makes you madder. You’re about to open your mouth again when there’s a sharp knock on the door.
No. 988004 ID: 3ed3c3

>"WHO IS IT?!"
No. 988005 ID: 8a51ec

Sal or not, we should just open it
No. 988006 ID: e51896

Just let Amelia answer it. You're kind of upset with her and you would rather have her be preoccupied with whoever is at the door so that she'll leave you alone.
No. 988013 ID: b1b4f3

Ok to put every motivation in one place:
You didn't want to fuck up his rehabilitation and get someone killed.
You didn't want to get on his bad side and, while him attacking you was very unlikely, it's possible he'd interfere with your test.
Lastly, he came to you. He was obviously reaching out. Turning someone down when they're at that low a point in their lives... is just not cool, when the drawbacks for you are frankly minor.
No. 988038 ID: eedbeb
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>”WHO IS IT?!”

Sal sticks his head through the doorway, disgruntled look on his face. “Don’t shout.” he says.
No. 988041 ID: ce39da

"S-sorry. It's not you that I'm actually mad at. I don't regret spending time with you. I guess I'm more frustrated with myself for flubbing the test than anything else - I'm a teacher, goddamnit! If there's anyone who could complete this already short course in half the time, it should be me. I should have had this down, even without it having my undivided attention."
No. 988042 ID: e51896

Ask if he wants to come in and chat.
No. 988045 ID: eedbeb
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“Sorry.” you grumble. “I’m in a bad mood because I failed my test.”

Sal looks between you and Amelia and nods. “That sucks.”

“Want to chat for a bit?” you ask.

The fish brightens and sits down across from you.
No. 988047 ID: 8a51ec

Now's a good time to finally hug Sal, preferably while mean mugging the hell out of Amelia
No. 988048 ID: 4bd103

Seems kinda out of left field.
No. 988050 ID: bb78f2

Sal might not like to be touched. Don't invade his space. Hugs aren't always welcomed by everyone.

I mean, he might like hug, but right now it would be awkward as hell for the both of you, and feel fake as hell.

Ask Sal if he knows about physics.
No. 988051 ID: eb1fcc

we're an adult, lmao

lets not do spiteful things like that.
No. 988053 ID: 8a51ec

I don't know, Amelia doesn't seem to take our internal conflict with Sal very seriously
No. 988056 ID: 7eb947

Man, don't do anything weird. Just use Sal as a sounding board to bitch at the same way we've been doing with the guard. Relax, decompress until you're in the right headspace to focus on the objective: GTFO.
No. 988062 ID: eedbeb
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“Do you know how to fly, Sal?”

Sal shakes his head.

“Well apparently I don’t either.” you grumble. “I should get credit for doing so well on the physics section. Just because I can’t use a military grade ship doesn’t mean I’m useless.”

Sal bobs his head. “Physics is good.”

Amelia sits back against the bed and you pointedly ignore her.

“Yeah, you like physics too? What did you study in school?”

“MechE. Was okay.”
No. 988069 ID: 295128

Did you follow up on that career?
No. 988082 ID: afe7de

Tell us about MechE, would be a good distraction.
No. 988103 ID: 3ed3c3

How'd that work out for you?
No. 988112 ID: 12b116

There's no reason to get mad at Amelia. She probably doesn't enjoy her job and although you could take what she said as a little condescending, she probably does know what she's talking about.

It is literally her job to kill Sal, so she probably has what you'd call a unique relationship with him.
No. 988114 ID: bb78f2

Is that short for mechanical engineering?
No. 988120 ID: 0fbdcd

...mech piloting?
No. 988122 ID: 031458

Man MechE sounds neat. Part of me always wanted to work with my hands, but I figured with my coordination I'd end up cutting off a finger.
Ever make anything cool?
No. 988125 ID: eedbeb
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“Mechanical engineering? That’s pretty cool, part of me always wanted to work with my hands and make stuff.”

Sal shrugs.

“And how’d that work out? I bet the job market is great for engineers.”

Sal waves one hand in the air, motioning at the cell.

“He’ll get a job once he’s released.” Amelia pipes up. “Maybe in three or four more years.”
No. 988126 ID: 8a51ec

"3 to 4 years? How long has his sentence been so far?"
No. 988130 ID: 3ed3c3

That's great.
As for ourself, we can look forward to no end of familial ridicule, a disappointed sister, and a borderline homicidal mother once we're out.
Honestly, after the hot, streaming mess this entire affair has been, going back to teaching would be a blessing.
After a generous vacation to recuperate, of course.
No. 988131 ID: 0fbdcd

Teachers? Vacationing? Ha!
Unless it's summer I guess.
No. 988172 ID: eedbeb
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That’s sooner than you would expect. “How long have you been in prison, then?” you ask Sal.

“He’s the longest resident by far, been here for maybe three years.” Amelia answers.

You slump against the bed. “I wish I was from this planet. You guys are too nice.”

“We do pay our educators very well.” Amelia says mischievously.
No. 988174 ID: 104e3d

Well, you did mention you dont get paid a lot as a math teacher, and no one respects you at home... people here on the other hand do respect you and if they pay their teachers better, maybe you should just move to this planet and become a math teacher here.

Ask if after you call your sister if you can be allowed to go to a job postings website and find a teaching job on this planet
No. 988180 ID: e2f5cc

Well then that's something to keep in mind. Just up and leaving everything you know off a suggestion sadly isn't something you can really do though, so such thoughts will have to wait, probably until you're a free Monty.
No. 988181 ID: 0fbdcd

That's for future planning. But- yeah this whole society actually seems super great, from a surface-level perspective. Consider the value of moving.
...after we GTFO, which remains the core goal. We're putting off calling our sister by keeping this conversation going.
No. 988183 ID: 29467e

I do have two good questions, though I dont know if Monty should ask them.

Why killing and eating fish, especifically?

And how does Amelia cope with looking after and genuinely caring for the guy she has to kill if he commits murder again?
No. 988185 ID: eedbeb
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>”Amelia, how do you cope with looking after and genuinely caring for the guy you might have to kill?”

Maybe a bit of a bold question, but you’re genuinely curious.

“If I care for him, he’s less likely kill again.” says Amelia. “There’s still more work to do, but we’ve built a relationship on trust and understanding.”

She pauses. “Also I’m pretty hardcore.”
No. 988186 ID: eedbeb
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You’ve calmed down enough that you’re ready to call your sister. You nod to Amelia and she takes you out of the cell to the now familiar universal phone.

The operator takes a while to get a connection, and the person who picks up isn’t your sister.

It’s your mother.
No. 988187 ID: 094652

Immediately bring the phone to Amelia or record the conversation. Do not hang up.
No. 988189 ID: dc59ca

Just tell her what's happening, she'll find out anyway so it's best to handle it now that you are safe from her in prison.
No. 988190 ID: 030bbb

Mommy, I got arrested for warp speeding across a solar system the GPS didn't tell me it was illegal warp through and now my talking lamp lawyer won't let me blame the GPS and the police won't let me leave.
No. 988195 ID: ce39da

"Mom, why do you have [Sister's Name]'s phone?"

If she asks where we are/why we aren't here: "I got arrested for speeding. I already went over this with [Sister], she understands. I tried to test out of their course early but failed. Sorry."

Nice and polite. However, if she wants to turn this into a shame-argument, go on the offensive for once. Rip her a verbal new one as you explain in excruciating detail just who is responsible for your reluctance to come to these events, how every gathering is just giving her another chance to shame you publicly, how, if she's loathing your conversations as much as you are, you're fully ready to take the final step and simply... stop answering the phone for her.

If that finally puts a chink in her armor, ease off and admit that you're just as frustrated with your current place in life as she is, but teaching is what you're good at. You won't deny that you don't get paid enough, though, but you're looking to change that soon.
No. 988196 ID: 3ed3c3

>Mom, before you even start, let me explain.
No. 988199 ID: eedbeb
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“Monty, is that you? Brynn is busy getting ready, I was just in the dressing room and I heard her phone ringing.”

You hunch against the phone booth and grit your teeth. “Yeah, mom, it’s me.”

“Brynn told us all about your adventures. I assume this call means that you won’t be joining us.” she says.

You don’t know what it is about your mother that makes you feel like shit. She hasn’t even said anything bad yet, you just can feel the disappointment through the old fashioned receiver.

“Yeah. Sorry. I’ll be out by tomorrow evening, probably.”

“Well, thank you for telling me and I’m glad you’re safe. Guests are coming now and I have to make sure the photographer is ready.”
No. 988201 ID: 8a51ec

"I think "safe" doesn't quite cover everything about my situation, but I'm sure I'll be alright. You'll never believe what I have to tell you once I'm out of here."
No. 988203 ID: bb78f2

What does your Mom do for a living?
Does she have connections?
Maybe she can help you out?
At least if you TRY to take advantage of whatever influence your mother may have, at least she'll think you're not too proud to ask for HELP to get to the wedding reception, or to get there sooner.

Maybe if she works in software or has experience with AI lawyers, should COULD help out.
No. 988205 ID: e55c06

Moving out of your planet and finding a job in this planet is sounding more and more appealing.
No. 988208 ID: 3ed3c3

>Mom, why didn't you warn me ahead of time that there's a ban on warp in this system? It would have spared us both worlds of trouble.
No. 988212 ID: 53560f

Yeah, could you pass this message along to sis too? Thanks and sorry again.
No. 988214 ID: eedbeb
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Your mom doesn’t hang up, and you wonder if she’s waiting for you to say something. You consider asking for help getting a different lawyer, but her upper middle class influence probably doesn’t extend that far.

"Safe doesn't quite cover everything about my situation, but I'm sure I'll be alright.” you finally say. “Let Brynn know, if you can.”

The call ends and you have one thing left to focus on: passing the flight portion of the test.
No. 988215 ID: eb1fcc

looks like section 3 was our undoing, so lets focus on that.
No. 988219 ID: 4f609c

I thought it was just the situation but... are you always this up tight? Like I get that this is a situation to be on edge about, but it's starting to feel like you might have an anxiety issue.

Why were you speeding yesterday anyway if you could have gotten there if you left a few hours ago? And don't blame the ups, it tries to to drop you to sub light speed when entering inhabited systems by default for a reason.
No. 988221 ID: eedbeb
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monty was trying to make it to the welcome party the first day, which I mistakenly called the reception earlier in the quest. he’s missed that, and now he’s missing the wedding because he lost a 7:3 dice roll. sad.
No. 988223 ID: ce39da

It doesn't change the fact that he was clearly worrying too much about the consequences. Even if your mom does chew you out later, it's not the end of the galaxy. You've learned your lesson about procrastinating, and you're also ready to turn the page to a new chapter in your life so your mom won't even have as much to complain about when you do show up for the next event.

Get to it, then. Practice the simulator for the rest of the day, focus on the advanced stuff you had trouble with.
No. 988229 ID: 6943b4

Also, practice the combat simulation.
Blast those nazi-communists out of the sky!
No. 988232 ID: bb78f2

If you drove at ftl speeds in reverse around the planet the wedding's on, could you create a reverse time bubble on the entire planet and rewind time three days?
No. 988234 ID: 53560f

We’re gonna have to get some kind of super gift to make up for missing the wedding.
No. 988236 ID: eedbeb
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While Amelia walks you to the tutoring room, you have an epiphany. Maybe missing the wedding wasn’t as bad as you had thought. When you were procrastinating, it had felt like a gargantuan task, but now you can finally see it from the other side.

Your mom hadn’t even been that mad and you know Brynn understands. Everything is okay. You’ve even made some friends in here.

The weight that you’ve been carrying around since you got to prison eases.
No. 988239 ID: 3ed3c3

>Amelia, I think I just had a self-revelatory moment. I've been making a huge issue out of what amounts to very little. I'll still be able to see my family after this, and I'll be able to congratulate my sister in person. I can't do any anything about being here as it was always out of my hands, and while I admit to being at fault, it's not something that should be held against me. I'll leave this prison wiser and better off, and that's a positive by every account. I'm not about to say that going to prison is the best thing to ever happen to me, but I am glad my situation worked out so well for me.
No. 988240 ID: f36dba

In addition “This prison is pretty nice, all things considered.”
No. 988244 ID: b1b4f3

Can you really call Sal a friend though?
No. 988261 ID: 0fbdcd

In a way, the pressure is off now. Take your time and study down with Peppy.
No. 988262 ID: eedbeb
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> ”Amelia, I think I just had a self-revelatory moment. I've been making a huge issue out of going to prison, but I'll still be able to see my family and congratulate my sister in person tomorrow. I missed the wedding, but I'll be leaving this place wiser and better off.”

A broad smile spreads across Amelia’s face. “That’s great to hear, Monty.”

You start smiling too, and your good mood doesn’t falter as Amelia hands you off to Pepper.
No. 988263 ID: 8a51ec

Time is the one thing we've got now, we should be able to mellow out and have a better focus on the sim
No. 988270 ID: 4a16e5

Feels good man.
No. 988277 ID: e8e038

Right, let's ride those good feels to success.
No. 988290 ID: b1b4f3

Alright time to grind away at the flight sim. Try the combat sim a few more times too, maybe you can get good at it?
No. 988293 ID: eedbeb
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Your newfound confidence doesn’t make you a good flier, but it helps you stay positive while you grind away at the simulations. You even try a few advanced evasive maneuvers in the battle sim, and Pepper nods with approval.

After two hours of practice, you’re certain you can pass the test.

-Take the test now
-Spend more time (hanging out) in prison
No. 988294 ID: 8a51ec

Let's not make the same mistake twice and do the test as soon as we can, hanging out comes immediately after
No. 988295 ID: d85a06

I mean, if you deffo aren't gonna make even the reception, might as well hang out. Get Sal and Amelia's contact info at the very least. Sal is interesting enough to keep in touch with, and having a contact on the ground with Amelia will help if you do indeed want to get a teaching job on this world.
If they treat thier to prisoners this well maybe you'll finally get some respect in your job as well if you were here.
No. 988298 ID: b1b4f3

Take test.

Strongly consider not having a serial murderer on your contact list.
No. 988299 ID: 8a51ec

I don't care, he's our friend
No. 988300 ID: 094652

More. Time.
You cannot risk failing this exam a second time because... well, you never did find out what the prison can do to those who 'fail reform'.
And make sure you quick quiz yourself on the previous sections!
No. 988301 ID: eedbeb
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You can’t be more prepared for the test than you already are, and you resolve to take it immediately after dinner. You thank Pepper and find your way back to the cafeteria, where Sal and Amelia have already claimed a table.

You’re feeling optimistic and even ask for Amelia’s number, for networking purposes. Sal doesn’t have any contact information to share, but Amelia assures you she can give you his number once he gets a phone.
No. 988302 ID: e8e038

Honestly, you'd appreciate that.
No. 988303 ID: 0fbdcd

Nice. Now if we ever have to kill a fish we know a guy.
Try to plunge Amelia to see if she has any more info about teaching jobs on this planet. Considering you had an on-call tutor for flight... there's not any crimes involving math you could help teach about, are there?
No. 988323 ID: eedbeb
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On the walk back to your cell, you ask Amelia if she has any info about teaching jobs here.

“Sure, we have positions open for tutors at the prison, and math teachers are always in strong demand. I’ll send you some links.”

You thank her, and head to your computer to take the test.
No. 988324 ID: eedbeb
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>You pass

You sigh with relief and see that Amelia has already approved you to leave. Your ship is waiting for you at the entrance garage.

Anything you’d like to do before you depart?
No. 988326 ID: 8a51ec

We should say our goodbyes to Sal and promise to keep in touch when we can, and definitely make sure to ask if he's cool with hugs
Can't wait for 3ed3c3 to have a tantrum to rival "There is no Tanks in Terraria"
No. 988327 ID: 12e18a

Hang out with sal 1 more time
No. 988328 ID: 829779

It is time to say our farewells, call the family to announce our imminent arrival, and call Feiss to FIRE HIS FLAT, PLASTIC BUTT.
No. 988329 ID: 12e18a

Oh yeah, and tell Sal you will see about teaching math here so you two might meet again
No. 988330 ID: 094652

Just call Feiss and ask if there's anything you can do to fix the time bubble.

And brace yourself for a "your sentence has been extended".
No. 988331 ID: b90dc8

congratulations Monty! Waste no time and jump into action. Be sure to say goodbye to Sal. You probably will never see him again, but you genuinely enjoyed being his roommate, for however short the amount of time. Thank Amelia on your way out. She's right, she is pretty hardcore. Now skedaddle!
No. 988332 ID: b90dc8

Also probably call your family at let them know you're on your way.
No. 988333 ID: b1b4f3

>fire Feiss
On what grounds? As far as we know, he did everything by the book.
No. 988334 ID: 07ed53

Tell Amelia goodbye and that you hope you'll see her again. And Sal too I guess.
No. 988335 ID: eedbeb
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>Call Feiss

“Feiss, I’m cleared to leave prison. Is there anything else I need to do?”

“No. You’re free to go.” drones the lamp.

“Well, in that case, you’re fired!” you cackle.
“Our contract ended when you completed your coursework—“

You smirk and hang up. Pettiness feels good.
No. 988336 ID: eedbeb
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Sal is standing in the living room, and actually turns to look when you come in.

“Hey buddy, I’m about to head out. It’s been a good day and a half getting to know you.”

Sal nods in agreement.

“Hug?” you ask, opening your arms.

Sal shakes his head furiously.

“That’s fine. Hope I see you again one day.”
No. 988337 ID: eedbeb
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Thanks for reading!
No. 988338 ID: 07ed53

Yay! We did it! We - ok well technically we failed, but we had fun doing it!

Thanks so much for running. It was always a joy to see a new update!
No. 988339 ID: 8a51ec

This was a very fun quest
No. 988340 ID: 3ed3c3

That was some good, wholesome fun.
No. 988341 ID: 6a3e9e

What a cool quest! Thanks for sharing!

Do you have an art page or Twitter we can follow you on?
No. 988342 ID: 612369


Definitely a feel good read, we need more of these in our lives.
No. 988356 ID: 0fbdcd

Best quest I've read in a while. Thank you!
No. 988363 ID: f8fa51

Excellent, we did it guys! We broke out of prison (by serving our time and walking out)!

And it looks like maybe we needed this anyway.
No. 988369 ID: 6771b8

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