33.4 Texts in the Night

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[Begin SMS Stream]

Hello hero.

Alycia?

Lot of other people say that to you?

No

Well?

[Pause]

Hey Alycia

What’s up?

Really busy

I noticed. You haven’t been in “study hall” all week.

QF stuff… I got a pass

Well, as long as you have an excuse.

Got a full scheule AP and XP plus trying to get
stuff set up for QF… Not an excuse a reason.

As long as you have your priorities.

[Pause]

Well, on the bright side, you’re able to walk into
Home Ec without turning around and walking back out.

Hey

Can’t wait to taste your salsa next week. Spicier than
your contributions to the Sex Ed unit this week.

Hey

[Pause]

So that’s all you have to say? Hey?

Wat do you want me to say Alycia?

Well, maybe, sort of, anything. You haven’t said anything
to me all week.

I thought thats what you wanted

That’s what you got from what I said??

What do you want Alycia?

Well I thought I wanted you, but you keep moving away, so,
yeah, that’s part of the pattern.

Jeez Alycia I’ve got a zillion things.

Force ranking, Jason. What’s important to you?

What you want me to invite you to the prom?

[Pause]

Do you want to goto the prom?

[Pause]

Are you thinking of me in a prom dress?

Maybe

You’re Be Ridiculous.

Hey

[Pause]

Fine. Whatever. Offer is open let me know if you want
ot or not whaever you want I just dont know

Just remember, I reached out to you Jason.

Whatevs

Did you just say whatevs to me? Really?

Whatevs. May 12. Your choice.

[End SMS stream]

#Cutscene

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/6250617

author: Bill G.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/6250639

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[Begin SMS Stream]

Hey

Hello.

Hero.

So, havent talked in a bit

You noticed?

Well yeah

Well that’s remarkably perceptive of you.

Things have been busy on my end, so havent seen
you in class

Yes, noticed you were absent. Assumed you have Most Critical and
Essential Business Things you are doing.

Well, yeah, Trying to set up stuff. Meetings Board of
Director stuff

So the good little capitalist.

Um… yeah

So to what do I owe the honor of this texting?

I just hadnt had a chance to talk. Like stuff. I’ve been
so busy, and well we never settled about the

Settled about the?

Prom

[Pause]

Alycia?

Oh, sorry, you were really serious about asking me to prom?

Well yeah I mean, of course

This is mean to be my introduction to society, my appearance
as a debutante, an announcement that I am an adult of
childbearing years and of marriageable age for all suitors
acceptable to my father?

[Pause]

With taffeta?

You don’t have to go

Oh, you think?

That’s not what I meant

I recognize that you do not need to go to prom. I
am aware of that. I am woke. It was an invitation, not an
imposition.

I dont want to impose my hegemonic privilege on you

[Pause]

Alycia?

I’m thinking.

Ok

[Pause]

What the hell do you want from me, Jason?

I just want to chat Im in Washington DC and I thought I
would talk with you

So I’m just someone you reach out to when you’re lonely.

Jeez, really? If you want to talk with me fine If you dont
fine If you want to go to prom fine If you dont fine

Fine?

[Pause]

My apologies.

[Pause]

I guess maybe I’m suddenly a bit over sensitive to people
expecting things from me. Which is notyou. So I’m sorry.

Okay

[Pause]

So things have been kind of interesting here.

I read about it Sorry I wasn’t there

I did authorize distribution of a bunch of Qdrones to
help take up the slack where the Rookbots were being
depended on

You realize how in truly stupid an idea that was.

Jeez, really?

Well, you have people who have just been traumatized,
rightfully, by a bunch of robots, so you send in a bunch
more robots without their request.

Ok I can see why some people might get weirded out

Robots, Jason.

Ok admit it you have always been a bit hinky about
robots Alycia

You, of all people, should understand why.

I understand it but youre kind of monomaniacal about it

Did everyone cheer and should when your robots arrived?

No

Some people shot at them

I rest my case.

It makes no sense

Robots, Jason.

So clearly it needed better corporate communication I can
handle that

And you didn’t do it just to sell more “Qdrones”.

No

I mean thats cool if it did but I just wanted to help people

Well, that’s actually rather noble.

REally? Thanks

Don;'t let it go to your head.

Ok

Hey hypothetical question?

Yes?

Which is a better super-hero name, Glimmer
or Radiance?

Despite your extremely blond hair, I don’t think either
suits you.

Asking for a friend.

[Pause]

A friend with an involvement in hard light technology.

Yeah!

Alycia?

Hey?

[End SMS Stream]

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/6308583

I beg of you to let me do Agent 1337’s reaction to having to read these.

author: Bill G.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/6309381

Bill G. said:

I beg of you to let me do Agent 1337’s reaction to having to read these.

Oh, please do.

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/6310426

Agent 1337’s reaction …

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/6311720

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[Begin SMS Stream]

Hey

[Pause]

Soooooooo… Sorry about that.

[Pause]

“Sorry about what” I hear you ask because it’s important to recognize what you’re sorry for. Got it

So yeah you’re smart and clever and all that

So you know I have like feelings for you even though I’m really inept at saying them because I am

And I know you’re hinky about robots and so I was talking about Summer, who’s my friend

And you picked up on that beause you are (smart, clever, all that stuff)

And you know

Stuff

So I have feelings for Summer too. And as you’d expect I’m terrible at all this. And I don’t want to talk with you about it because I don’t want to hurt you and you hate robots and I think you hate me sometimes too but we’re like moths and flames to each other

And I don’t want to hurt you

So no worries on the prom thing because that would be really weird and I know it’s not your thing because you were raised in this horrible super-villain lair thing and I get that

And I hoped that maybe once our dads were out of the way and we were on the same world and all that that maybe we could just spend some time together and talk but that hasn’t happened

So it’s cool

You do your thing and I’ll do mine

And you don’t even have to respond to my texts because they probably bother you and make you have that frowning face that I used to poke my finger on the bridge of your nose and tell you I was making you not frown

But we were like 12 years old and life is more complicated than that

So it’s cool

I’ll see you in class

I think I’m back this week

We’re making salsa according to the syllabus. That should be fun

Bye

[End SMS Stream]

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/6313991

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[Begin SMS Stream]

Jason?

Jason, they don’t let me hold onto my phone here at Hotel de Site Noir. I didn’t see your texts.

Dammit, Jason, tell me you have you phone sitting on a charger across the room from you, which would be typical.

Jason?

[End SMS Stream]

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/6313996

*** Dave H. said:

So I have feelings for Summer too.

author: Bill G.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/6315382

Jason is really trying to clean up his act so that he’s not stumbling around like a doofus all the time.

He’s just sometimes still stumbling around like a doofus in doing so.

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/6315495

Mostly I’m picturing Alycia getting more and more stressed by this whole situation, and finally cracking, walking into Blintzkrieg with a loaded pistol, aiming it at Summer and saying “any last words, robot?” Summer’s reaction would probably be “I recommend decaf…?”

author: Bill G.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/6315570

I don’t think it’s quite that bad. Yet. :slight_smile:

The nature of their discussion (in Alycia’s head, at least) does keep evolving, though.

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/6315694

On that note, it feels like we might have had enough downtime with this session to work in the conversation with Summer - depending on Parker’s leniency, and/or Alycia’s (or your) readiness on what to say/do during it :slight_smile:

author: Bill G.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/6320898

If the assumption is that, yes, Alycia’s going to be out of jail / on probation (doubtless with other side consequences), then, yes, one of the first things she would do in her spare time after school Monday would be to go visit Summer. (Though she also needs to apologize to Daph for blowing off their study session.)

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/6321142

(I’m out of pocket until tonight, so I can get something rolling then.)

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/6321157

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[Begin SMS Stream]

Hey, Hero. You in town?
Asking for a friend.

Alycia?

Oh, hey, you texted me some stuff 00 sorry, missed it.

No worries. You around?

No in Paris meeting of scientists and diplomats about
using hypertech to fight global warming
Really crazy stuff
Sometimes feel like I’m the most sane person in the room

Long long looooooong meetings

Sounds like it. So, you going to be back any time soon?

Hope to be back at the end of the week

Sorry, no salsa

I can save some of the stuff I make. If it’s any good.

Oh hey that’s great thanks

Jason, I need to talk with you when you’re back.

Okay that sounds ominous

No, no, no. Just, I want to clear the air. Figure out
what’s going on with us.

Oaky that definitely sounds ominous :slight_smile:

Is it less ominous if I said I just wanted to talk about prom?

Uh not really

Look, Jason, you texted me a bunch of things. Like,
feeling things. And I think we should talk.

Oh news reports say this meeting will be extended an extra week

Jason

Sorry jk

Ok yeah why don’t you plan on coming over this weekend?
I fly back in late Friday so maybe Saturday afternoon?

All right, sounds good.

Um no weapons right?

Do you think I need weapons?

*CONCERN*

Sorry, jk.

See you Saturday.

[PAUSE]

And thanks.

[End SMS Stream]

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/6333959

Several episodes (cough16cough) later …

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BEGIN SMS STREAM

Hello, hero.

HEY! You’re back! Hey! Are you ok?

Um, yeah, for certain values of okay.

So, sorry about the date thing. I seem to have missed it.

No prob, I talked with Summer about it and she explained you guys were off on a mission. She was really worried and that made me worried so I’m glad you’re back

PAUSE 0:18

We just talked we didn’t go out on a date together or anything!

No, that’s fine. I mean, of course you and Summer talked about it. It’s just complicated.

The mission?

Summer.

:open_mouth:

Not about you. Or you and her. Just, complicated. We can discuss it later. You around?

Um actually in LA. There’s a thing were doing with donating cartoon residuals to this charity out here that supports youth metas who are homeless because they have dicks for parents

Okay, that sounds worthy.

It is. Neat people. You in HC?

Yes.

Damn. I won’t be back until Friday.

That ties in to what I wanted to talk about. The dance is this weekend.

Oh listen I know its all hegemonic and patristic and defenestrationable and all that so you don’t have to go

I’d like to go.

Its just I thought it would be nice if we wait what?

I’d like to go.

That’s great!

But I don’t think I can make it work.

Oh. I get it. I know this relationship has been really crazy. I mean there’s so much tearing us apart and there are conflicts in values and in backgrounds and even with the memory and emotion thing fixed there are gaps and problems with our history that sometimes seem insurmountable, so I know what you are saying

No, not that. I can’t get a dress.

Oh. Or maybe that.

Why cant you get a dress? Is this one of those mysterious girl things about dance dresses and all that?

No.

You do know what dance dresses look like right?

Jason, I once infiltrated a ball at the Russian embassy in Beijing. I danced a tango with the Italian ambassador. I obtained several NATO launch code sequences while I did. I do know what sort of dress I need.

One you can seduce an Italian diplomat in? Because that sounds
um very…Cosmopolitan and I would like to see it

I don’t think the GA dance chaperones would approve of *that* particular outfit. Regardless, I can scale matters appropriately. I understand women’s formalwear is what I’m trying to say.

So…?

I don’t have a dress.

I’m sure someone at GA could tell you a good store. Maybe one of those girl dance dress buying missions to the mall or something.

PAUSE 0:34

Alycia?

I don’t have any money for a dress, ALL RIGHT?

I don’t get my first paycheck until a week from Friday.

Paycheck? Where are you working?

Don’t ask.

If you got a job at the mall you might et a discount on a dress. Did you get a job at the mall?

And there you are, asking.

Oh sorry

I didn’t know you were broke. Don’t you have like I don’t know secret Cayman Island accounts?

I am without access to any such resources, even the ones that are left after my fall from grace. They were taken by various parties.

Like Aegis?

Like other elements of the Chin enterprise which emptied out a number of accounts in breaking away. Like my own R&D efforts this last year which were quite costly. And, of course, I had to turn over to AEGIS all my remaining assets.

You didn’t keep anything?

Of course not. That was part of my parole.

Ow that sucks

And, of course, if I had kept anything, and mentioned it in a chat session that is almost certainly being monitored by AEGIS (not to mention several other government and non-government agencies and organizations), that would constitute a violation of parole and I most definitely would not make the dance.

Oh yeah that makes sense

And anything you kept probably isn’t easily accessible or cant be easily turned to cash

Hypothetically speaking.

Right. Hypothetically speaking :wink:

So, unless you want to attend a formal dance with someone in blue jeans and year-old Quill charity event t-shirts, I will have to decline your previous offer. Assuming it was still standing.

I’ve lost track if you turned it down or accepted it or I took it back or it was still good

PAUSE 0:13

But I want it to be still good. I mean we don’t have to go to the dance

Everyone will talk if you are in town and don’t go to the dance, Jason. You’re a celebrity in the school.

I hate that stuff.

I can imagine, but it’s still true. Regardless, I’m not going to make you miss the dance because of that. You can find someone else to go with.

PAUSE 0:15

I don’t think Summer has a date yet.

PAUSE 1:08

Did you just throw me at Summer?

No. I was simply evaluating viable tactical options for you.

Because that’s weird

It’s complicated.

You keep saying that

It keeps being true.

Like last time we talked when Summer came up you were about ready to reach through the Internet and punch me in the neck and now you are I think suggesting I ask her to the dance?

Do I contradict myself. Then I contradict myself. I contain multitudes.

Frost!

Yes, you get an A on the exam, Jason. I trust you also get the message.

Well maybe I don’t want to go with Summer

I don’t know what the emoji is for a skeptical eyebrow raise, so imagine one here.

Maybe I actually want to go with you which is why I invited you Alycia

Yes, well, that’s not an option.

PAUSE 1:39

Can I make a tactical suggestion?

Can I stop you?

I can just buy you a dress

PAUSE 0:53

I am pretty sure that’s not in keeping with tradition, even for so paternalistic, gender-role-conservative an event as this.

Why not? If I buy you flowers nobody will care. If I buy you a ride nobody will comment. If I buy you dinner that’s expected too. Why not a dress?

PAUSE 0:25

I think its an excellent workaround

I do not want charity.

Its not charity, its something I want to do

I don’t want you to do it.

Why not? I can afford it

Yes, and I can’t, so I don’t want you to.

Pride?

Self-respect.

Bullshit. The daughter of [REDACTED XREF CASE Perilous] won’t accept a gift from someone who want to give it to her

I hardly think you’re in a position to lecture me on pride.

Maybe I’m in precisely the position to do that. Maybe I understand it too well.

I appreciate the offer, but pride or no I will not be a charity case for the school dance.

Maybe its not charity. Maybe I’m being selfish. Maybe its my figuring out a way to do what I want to do: go to the dance with you

PAUSE 0:32

Alycia?

PAUSE 5:03

Fine. Text me the money.

If you find something send me a link to what you want or put it on your Amazon wishlist I can buy it for you and have it shipped

Amazon is the devil. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-koss-the-devil-as-amazon-20170604-story.html

Oooooooookay there are a lot of catalog cmopanies I can order from for you

I don’t want to give you my address, and I don’t want you knowing my dress size.

I can probably guess your dress size. I’m pretty good as spatial estimates

It’s the principle of the thing.

Ok how much do you need?

THIS IS EXTREMELY AWKWARD STOP ASKING QUESTIONS Будь ты проклят!!

Ah ok ill just send you some money

PAUSE 0:20

Fine.

PAUSE 0:14

Thank you.

No problem. Looking forward to the dance.

PAUSE 0:17

Oh I have one more question

WHAT?

What time should I pick you up?

END SMS STREAM

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/6663370

author: Bill G.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/6663394

Well, if nothing else, it was an exercise in using the new Table function in the Roll20 editor. Which worked passably well, aside from lack of control over things like column width. I think it’s a marginally more readable format for these texts.

And, hey, that’s two consecutive incidents of Alycia actually being, um, friendly human non-stabby to a Jason. Maybe there’s hope!

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/6663639

Well, if nothing else, it was an exercise in using the new Table function in the Roll20 editor. Which worked passably well, aside from lack of control over things like column width. I think it’s a marginally more readable format for these texts.

And, hey, that’s two consecutive incidents of Alycia actually being, um, friendly human non-stabby to a Jason. Maybe there’s hope!

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/6663640