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Ah, news!

So the folks may have me down there next(?) week to help out with some pretty major yard work, not sure if I mentioned that before or not. Not a big deal, but a multiple day one, so there won't be any runs while that's going on. I'm hoping they'll call me to go down there Monday next week, but we'll see. I'll keep you guys up to speed there, so you'll know as soon as I do- just check the twitter, here https://twitter.com/Warhound89

Other than that, no news worth mentioning- no job offers yet, sadly. ah well.

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Someone, you reflect rather grimly, set your cell phone alarm to a general quarters klaxon. You have your suspicions on whom, though you can’t imagine when they’d have had a chance to do it.

Normally you’re up before your alarm, of course, a habit you grew into in high school, but the late night last night meant you actually slept in a little- you had to curtail your morning run too, and you still haven’t managed to catch breakfast. You’ve had worse before, but it still annoys you with yourself, unusual circumstances or no.

One of the ever-present base vehicles- this time, a humvee from the local marine pool, still painted in desert tan, waits for you. It’s just as well, it’s a fairly nice day, even if it is a bit warm. Your driver, perhaps predictably, is a marine provost marshal officer- armed, of course. He salutes and then nods towards you. “Morning, sir.” He says. “I’m Sargent Williams, and I’m your driver for the day. You’re supposed to go to the admin building, but I’ve also been told you need to get by the flight line and the med center before afternoon chow.”

You nod.

“Don’t matter to me which order we do it in, sir, but we’d better get going if you want to make it to the chow hall this afternoon.”

[] Let’s get by admin first, so i can take care of the last of the paperwork there.
[] It was probably Merlin that wanted to see you on the flight line, I’ll do that first.
[] Let’s get by the docs first, so we can get that done before anything else.
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Paperwork is the only immutable fact of life.

>[x] Let’s get by admin first, so i can take care of the last of the paperwork there.

Sergeant
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>>3259941
>[x] Let’s get by the docs first, so we can get that done before anything else.
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>>3259941
>[X] Let’s get by the docs first, so we can get that done before anything else.

Seems like that's more likely to affect any other decisions we make.
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>>3259941
>[x] Let’s get by admin first, so i can take care of the last of the paperwork there.

It's time...
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>>3259941
>[x] Let’s get by admin first, so i can take care of the last of the paperwork there.
While paperwork is the worst way to start off the day best get it out of the way now. Best night of the week!
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>>3259941
>[] Let’s get by admin first, so i can take care of the last of the paperwork there.
Dueling the evil paperwork dragon, the most important thing we need to do right now.
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>>3259941
>[X] Let’s get by the docs first, so we can get that done before anything else.
Let's make sure that everything is still together on our end.
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>>3259941
>[X] Let’s get by the docs first, so we can get that done before anything else.
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>>3259941

[] Let’s get by the docs first, so we can get that done before anything else.

NOTHING LIKE MEDICALLY NECESSARY MOLESTATION FIRST THING IN THE MORNING
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>>3259941
Shit sux brohemian. Good luck.
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>>3259941
>[] Let’s get by the docs first, so we can get that done before anything else.
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>[x] Let’s get by the docs first, so we can get that done before anything else.
Better to get this out of the way before we get yelled at by angry medical professionals and healwitches.
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Ok, votes called!
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[x] Let’s get by the docs first, so we can get that done before anything else.

“Medical first.” You say, getting a nod in return.

“No problem, sir.” the marine says, climbing in on the driver’s side. “So, wyvern driver, huh?” He asks as he backs the humvee out and pulls into traffic. the drive across the post isn’t too long- there’s a medical building here, though in your case anything serious would get you airlifted to the university hospital where most of the local navy healwitches pracitce.

You start to respond, but he continues. “My old man flew hornets in the war, mostly in southeast Asia. Flew out of Da Nang and Clark airbase.”

You nod politely. “Never understood it myself.” He says with a grin. “Ain’t shit to hide behind up there, you’re exposed as all hell to anyone that looks. And don’t get me started on dealing with witches.”

[] What about them? Witches aren’t so bad to handle.
[] We’re on more even footing than you guys are if you run into a tank witch, though.
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>>3260109
>[X] We’re on more even footing than you guys are if you run into a tank witch, though.

Witches are so bad to handle and we know it.
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>>3260109
>[] We’re on more even footing than you guys are if you run into a tank witch, though.
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>>3260109
>[x] What about them? Witches aren’t so bad to handle.

He says, falling into a trap.
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>>3260109
>[] We’re on more even footing than you guys are if you run into a tank witch, though.
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>>3260109
>[x] We’re on more even footing than you guys are if you run into a tank witch, though.
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>>3260109
>[Z] We’re on more even footing than you guys are if you run into a tank witch, though.

ILLEGALLY MODIFIED AT4S ARE THE BEST RAPE WHISTLE
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>>3260109
>[x] We’re on more even footing than you guys are if you run into a tank witch, though.

>>3260135
It still does nothing!
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>>3260109
>[X] What about them? Witches aren’t so bad to handle.
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>>3260109
>[] We’re on more even footing than you guys are if you run into a tank witch, though.
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>>3260109
>[x] We’re on more even footing than you guys are if you run into a tank witch, though.
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>>3260109
[] We’re on more even footing than you guys are if you run into a tank witch, though.
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>>3260109
>[x] We’re on more even footing than you guys are if you run into a tank witch, though
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Ok, voting called!
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[x] We’re on more even footing than you guys are if you run into a tank witch, though.

“We’re on more even footing than you guys are if you run into a tank witch, though.” You point out. You don’t bother mentioning witches like your mother- no one really counts special operations when they talk about challenge an opponent would present.

He laughs. “You might be, sure, but everyone that’s not in a Wyvern?” He shakes his head. “Hell, we run into a tankwitch, you can put twenty five mike mike sabot through a shield, if you hit it enough, and then we’ve got SMAW and AT-4s that’ll do the job too. Plus most ‘toons have access to Javelins and the Pike is at the squad level. Not to mention shit like battalion fires or whatever. But you pilots, shit. Even if you do call for help one of them can wreck a fuckin squadron in about fifteen seconds, and what have you got to stop her?”

Part of you disagrees- you own father’s wartime record, for example, being proof enough that witches aren’t invincible- but then again, he’s a pretty poor example.

“”I mean, hell. Look at top gun. The guys that go in there are the top one percent, and if they manage a one in four kill to loss against the witches there, they consider that amazing. Even the wyverns we see come through- the fleet ones, not the new guys like you, sir, even they do like one to one at best.” He shakes his head again, “No sir, you can keep that shit. At least I can hide behind a rock or something if I gotta.”

[] Yeah, I can see where you’re coming from, I guess.
[] Nah, you can outfight a witch if you know what you’re doing. We’ve got a lot of advantages.
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>>3260250
>[X] Yeah, I can see where you’re coming from, I guess.

Witches be crazy, yo
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>>3260250
>[x] Nah, you can outfight a witch if you know what you’re doing. We’ve got a lot of advantages.
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>>3260250
>[X] Nah, you can outfight a witch if you know what you’re doing. We’ve got a lot of advantages.
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>>3260250
>[] Yeah, I can see where you’re coming from, I guess.
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>>3260250
>[x] Yeah, I can see where you’re coming from, I guess.
Hes not wrong, though I would point out that if he specifically comes up against a tank witch hes screwed. Sure his platoon might have something to deal with her but thats the same with a squadron - we are the equivalent of the guy with the Javelin.
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>>3260250
>[X] Nah, you can outfight a witch if you know what you’re doing. We’ve got a lot of advantages.

This conversation is weird, let's keep going!
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>>3260250
>[x] Nah, you can outfight a witch if you know what you’re doing. We’ve got a lot of advantages.
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>[x] Yeah, I can see where you’re coming from, I guess.

Arguing about who's tougher with a marine is no way to go through life, son.
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>>3260250
>[] Yeah, I can see where you’re coming from, I guess.
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>>3260250
>[x] Yeah, I can see where you’re coming from, I guess.
He's not exactly wrong.

>the Pike is at the squad level.
That's that Raytheon mini missile right?
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>>3260250
] Nah, you can outfight a witch if you know what you’re doing. We’ve got a lot of advantages.
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>>3260284
The Pike is a laser guided 40mm grenade you launch out of your grenade launcher, yes.
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>>3260250
[] Nah, you can outfight a witch if you know what you’re doing. We’ve got a lot of advantages
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>[] Nah, you can outfight a witch if you know what you’re doing. We’ve got a lot of advantages.


>>3260250


PILOTS GONNA PILOT
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>>3260284
Sorry, I meant to add this to the end: I honestly don't think it's a good weapon to be able to take out a target as small and maneuverable as a tank witch.
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>>3260250
>[x] Nah, you can outfight a witch if you know what you’re doing. We’ve got a lot of advantages.
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>>3260250
>[x] Yeah, I can see where you’re coming from, I guess.
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ok, votes called here!

You know Jimmy Johns doesn't deliver to my apartment? what kinda garbage is that? Oh well. guess I should save the money anyway.
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>>3260250
[X] Nah, you can outfight a witch if you know what you’re doing. We’ve got a lot of advantages.

Steelwings would be better at energy fighting wouldn't they?
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[x] Nah, you can outfight a witch if you know what you’re doing. We’ve got a lot of advantages.

You shake your head as you pull up to a stoplight. Your marine driver looks over at the girls inside, who don’t even spare a glance in your direction. “You can outfight a witch if you know what you’re doing. We’ve got a lot of advantages.”

He snorts. “YOU might, sir, owing to your folks and all, but most pilots don’t. How’s a bug or a cat supposed to fight a witch?

“Well, tomcats have a lot more thrust and a radar that can detect witches beyond visual range. They don’t climb as well, but they also have a second set of eyes, and witches can’t take too many missiles on the shield.”

“But they can shoot ‘em down.” He points out. “Harder to pop a 155 barrage outta the air.”

You nod. “Fair enough, but that’s why you salvo launches.”

He shrugs. “In all fairness sir, maybe you don’t get it. You will though, the girls they put you guys against are the best in the fleet. I’ve met them in town, they try to make a game of it.” He laughs hollowly as you pull into the medical center lot. “They’re already talking shit on who’s gonna be the one to break you.”

[] I think maybe they’ll have to revisit that game.
[] Well, at least I know what’s coming now, right?
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>>3260421
>[x] Well, at least I know what’s coming now, right?
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>>3260421
>[x] Well, at least I know what’s coming now, right?
It'll be fun
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>>3260421
>[] I think maybe they’ll have to revisit that game.

"FUCK YOU AND THE SPARKLY BULLSHIT YOU RIDE ON"
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>>3260421
>[x] I think maybe they’ll have to revisit that game.

>>3260435
>>3260437
I hope Morgan's METAL GEAR levels of training thanks to Brigitte are still canon, it's needed to survive the incoming witchstorm.
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>>3260421
>[X] Well, at least I know what’s coming now, right?

Joke's on them, we're already broken.
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>>3260421
>[] Well, at least I know what’s coming now, right?
Arrogance is a quick path to overconfidence, which can easily lead to failure.
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>>3260421
>[x] I think maybe they’ll have to revisit that game.
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>>3260421
>>[X] Well, at least I know what’s coming now, right?
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>>3260421
>[x] Well, at least I know what’s coming now, right?
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>>3260421
>[x] Well, at least I know what’s coming now, right?
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>>3260421
>[] Well, at least I know what’s coming now, right?
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>>3260421
>[] Well, at least I know what’s coming now, right?

Momma taught us better not to get cocky, and gaining intel that they treat this as a game, gives us more ways to fuck their shit.
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Hey guys, making a bowl of soup real fast. Be about another 15 minutes.
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>>3260421
>[x] Well, at least I know what’s coming now, right?
Y’all wouldn’t happen to remember any of those ladies, wouldja?
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Are we still the same god of war that treated his SERE training like a camping vacation?
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>>3260577
I hope so in case witches start a prank war like Slider and the flashbangs
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>>3260602

Considering Morgan's sisters, we're probably prepped for that anyway. There's what, five snakes all together?
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>>3260611

We will do as Young did long before us.

The Pillow Fort SHALL NOT STAND
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Ok guys, votes called!

ah, chicken ramen. tastes like salt and sadness. haha!
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>>3260611
We didn't live with the main family, but I think we visited fairly often. So we shouldn't have been tortured that much, or at least had frequent reprives.
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>>3260618

You only need to take one shower to risk being flashbanged.
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>>3260618
nah, one of them would have bullied us cause she likes us.

Like that one manga, which i can't name. Nagamoto?
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>>3260625
I assume we maintain the ancient tradition known as the toilet glock as a result.
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[x] Well, at least I know what’s coming now, right?


You sigh. “Of course they are. Well, at least I know what’s coming now, right?”

He frowns. “I’d have expected you to be chomping at the bit to prove ‘em wrong about you, sir.”

It’s your turn to laugh. “I grew up with twelve half-sisters. All of them are witches. I’m used to this kinda thing.”

He pauses. “Yeah, I guess not. I’ll be out here or in the lobby sir.” He says as you head into the building.

The desk is staffed by a pair of navy staffers, one of whom looks up at you. “How can I help you, Lieutenant?” She says, reading the rank pins on your collar.

“Follow up with the doc for my plugs.” You say, getting a raised eyebrow and a check of the computer.

“Lieutenant Laroux-Bishop?” She asks, getting a nod out of you.

“That’s me.”

She types a few things into her computer, then looks back up at you. “the doctor is back along that corridor to the left. You know where his office is?”

“Yeah.”

“Go ahead and head back, sir. He’s in there, and I’ve let him know you’re on the way.”

You turn and walk back, ignoring the voices behind you- you can practically feel both of them staring as you head into the doctor’s office. He’s sitting behind a desk, rubbing his temples and sipping from a stained white ceramic mug of coffee- you can smell it across the room. He looks up at your knock. “Lieutenant. come in, sit down, dog the hatch.” You nod- he’s in uniform and ranks you by a fairly significant margin.

“Sorry, it was a long night. How are you feeling?”

“Good, sir.” You respond honestly. “Minor numbness in my digits, tips of the toes, that sort of thing, legs still feel strange, but it’s getting better.”

“Good. Plugs giving you any trouble?”

You shake your head. “No sir. I’ve been forgetting they’re there half the time.”

1/2
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“Excellent. Follow me over to the exam room real fast, we’re gonna take a look and then you’re good to go.” He says, standing up, taking his mug of coffee with him.

You follow him across the hall to the exam room, sitting on the edge of the bench in there.

“Alright, lemme take a look. This is all basic shit, in case you were wondering. just looking for any redness around the covers or swelling, anything like that.”

“Procedure?” You ask, aware that the implant surgery wasn’t the easiest.

“No, just you.” he says from behind you, turning on a flashlight. “But yours look fine. Alright, I’m going to give you the full sign off, at least for now. Let me know if that numbness doesn’t go away, it should be gone entirely in a week or so. Come see me if it doesn’t, but you don’t need to see me otherwise.”

“Yes, sir.”

“Ok, that’s it.”

You stand up, walking out of the open door and back to the lobby, just in time to see your driver stooping to get a can of mountain dew out of the vending machine. He turns and blinks. “Damn, sir, that was fast. Everything good?”

You nod.

“Alright, well, where to next?” He says, looking at his watch. “It’s about oh seven if you haven’t seen a clock yet.”

[] I need to get by admin now and get this all turned in and squared away.
[] The sooner I get to the flight line, the sooner aunt merlin will actually go sleep in a bed. Let’s go there.
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>>3260733
>[] The sooner I get to the flight line, the sooner aunt merlin will actually go sleep in a bed. Let’s go there.
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>>3260733
>[x] The sooner I get to the flight line, the sooner aunt merlin will actually go sleep in a bed. Let’s go there.
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>>3260733
>[X] The sooner I get to the flight line, the sooner aunt Merlin will actually go sleep in a bed. Let’s go there.
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>>3260733
>[] The sooner I get to the flight line, the sooner aunt merlin will actually go sleep in a bed. Let’s go there.
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>>3260733
>[x] The sooner I get to the flight line, the sooner aunt merlin will actually go sleep in a bed. Let’s go there.
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>>3260733
>[] I need to get by admin now and get this all turned in and squared away.
Let's get the boring stuff wrapped up before the fun stuff.
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>>3260733
>[x] The sooner I get to the flight line, the sooner aunt merlin will actually go sleep in a bed. Let’s go there.
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>>3260733
>[x] I need to get by admin now and get this all turned in and squared away.
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>>3260733
>[] I need to get by admin now and get this all turned in and squared away.
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I was going to stay up and do another post, but I'm kinda beat guys, so I'm going to take a break here and go sack out. We'll probably start a little early tomorrow to make up for the shorter run today.
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Thanks for running, chief.
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>>3260804
See you tommorow
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>>3260733
>[x] The sooner I get to the flight line, the sooner aunt merlin will actually go sleep in a bed. Let’s go there.

Let her rest
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>>3260733
>[X] I need to get by admin now and get this all turned in and squared away.
Get things squared away, Merlin is probably having fun in her own little world anyway.
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>>3260733
>[] I need to get by admin now and get this all turned in and squared away.

We had to do that shit by 0800 innit?
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>>3260733
>[] I need to get by admin now and get this all turned in and squared away.
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>>3261151
>He nods. “That’s fine, but your short list needs to be on the adjutant’s desk no later than oh-eight tomorrow morning.” he says. “Onlining a wyvern crew takes time, and the fleet is already asking after you.”
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>>3260733

>>[X] I need to get by admin now and get this all turned in and squared away.
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>>3260733
Oops, forgot about the zero-eight deadline.

change >>3260884
to
>[x] I need to get by admin now and get this all turned in and squared away.
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>>3260733
>[x] I need to get by admin now and get this all turned in and squared away.

>>3261151
>>3261202
Thanks for reminding us.
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>>3260733
>[] I need to get by admin now and get this all turned in and squared away.
We've got a deadline.
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>>3260733
Ah, didn't see the deadline. Switching >>3260767 to
>[x] I need to get by admin now and get this all turned in and squared away.
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>>3260733
>[X] I need to get by admin now and get this all turned in and squared away.
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>>3260733
>[] I need to get by admin now and get this all turned in and squared away.
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>>3260733
>[] I need to get by admin now and get this all turned in and squared away.
We can put Merlin to bed ourselves after the work is done.
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>>3261151
Oh shit. I forgot the military is anal about paperwork if nothing else.

>>3260733

Changing vote to.
>[x] I need to get by admin now and get this all turned in and squared away.
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>>3261545
ID check on mobile, power got knocked out by weather.
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>>3262196
...And never mind!
>Power's gonna be back in 4 hours
>Oh, okay...
>Everything turns on again after making that post
What sort of witchcraft is this... Oh well, got it for Friday or if this storm knocks it out again.

On topic for discussion though, got bored and looked up the meanings of the names of our top 3 picks. Wonder if Ghost picked 'em explicitly for them... Noteworthy stuff -

>Kyou's is UNITY (probably, confound kanji and their multiple meanings)
>Lotus is PURITY
>Danielle's is GOD IS MY JUDGE

I'm sure it's not indicative of their personalities, but damn, those are some interesting connotations if you consider their magic abilities from last thread.
BLACK-OPS DANIELLE CONFIRMED, still voting PHOENIX though
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Hey guys, was planning on starting at 1730, but I just got off the phone about a job i applied to, so I gotta make sure some shit's in order and scare up my certs and shit. Sorry for the delay
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Ok, sorted. votes called!
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[x] I need to get by admin now and get this all turned in and squared away.

“Admin.” You say.

“Wouldn’t want to get a late grade on your homework, eh?” the marine laughs. “Let’s go.”

He puts his drink on the wide center console of the humvee as you both step in. “Man, I hate these things.” He grouses, hitting the ignition. “Spent half my first enlistment in the sandbox, riding guns on these damn things. Thought getting stateside would mean a patrol car.” He laughs. “Guess I was wrong, huh.”

He’s quiet the rest of the way to the administration building, though you get there fairly quickly. “Alright, sir, I’ll wait here.” He says as you park.

You nod, taking the steps up to the entryway and heading through, pausing at the duty desk only to get checked. “Headed up to see the admiral, huh? well, he’s got a visitor, so be sure to knock.” The Marine on duty says, handing back your ID.

[] “A visitor?”
[] “Will do, thanks.”
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>>3262506
>[x] “Will do, thanks.”
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>>3262506
>[x] “Will do, thanks.”
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>>3262506
>[x] “Will do, thanks.”
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>>3262506
>[X] “Will do, thanks.”
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>>3262506
>[x] “Will do, thanks.”

I want to ask, but I'm not sure how it's our business anyhow.
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>>3262506
>[] “Will do, thanks.”
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>>3262506
>[X] “Will do, thanks.”
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>>3262506
>[x] “Will do, thanks.”
Mmmm, this makes me twitchy.
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>>3262506
>[] “A visitor?”

ASSESS THE THREAT
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>>3262506
>[] “Will do, thanks.”
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>>3262506
>[] “Will do, thanks.”
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>>3262506
>[X] “A visitor?”
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>>3262506
>[x] “Will do, thanks.”
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ok, votes called!
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[x] “Will do, thanks.”

You nod. “Will do, thanks.” You say, before heading past the desk and up the stairs.

The building, built new and just opened last year, overlooks the flight line across the road. Of course, all the windows in the building are in offices for the various staff officers here, and you can’t see them as you walk through the halls, though the reverberating roar of the morning flights still echos through the building. Otherwise it’s quiet inside, even the air conditioners too new to make too much noise.

The Admiral’s office is, perhaps predictably, one of the nicest. His adjutant’s desk sits empty, though there’s a box for incoming paperwork that lets you drop your filled out paperwork and selection list. You’re turning around when the man returns. “Oh, Lieutenant.” he says. “Sorry sir, I was running to get coffee, the pot in the office is broken.” He spares a forlorn glance over at the simple black coffee machine on a file cabinet along one wall.

“Anyway, sorry sir. The Admiral wanted to see you as soon as you came by.” Go ahead on in, I’ll let him know you’re here.”

He picks up the phone on his desk and punches a button, looking up at you for a second. “Sir? Yessir, the LT is here. Yes sir, I’ll send him in.” He says, nodding at you. “Go on in, sir.”

The door is closed, and you knock before opening it. “Lieutenant.” The Admiral says. “I’d hoped to be able to catch you before you got back to the flight line.”

You recognize the ears- and tail- before his guest even turns around. “An I be callin in a favor ta be speakin with ya befoah ya be flyin around.” Your mother says, standing up from the chair she had occupied and walking over to embrace you. “Mah boy. Admiral, do ya be mindin if I be borrowin him for a bit?”

You can see the old man’s smirk. “I only had him come in because you asked.” He says.

“I be thankin ya, admiral. You be takin care, now, and mebby I be back by. Morgan, walk with your maman.”

You follow her out of the door, dismissed by the admiral even before you had a chance to speak. “Morgan. How ya be, my boy? Dey be sayin ya givin dem a scare earlier.”

[] I’m fine, Maman. The doc just signed off on me this morning, full return to duty.
[] They haven’t told me what happened exactly, yet.
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>>3262658
>[X] They haven’t told me what happened exactly, yet.
let's not lie to our mom
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>>3262658
>[] They haven’t told me what happened exactly, yet.
Maman!
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>>3262658
>[] I’m fine, Maman. The doc just signed off on me this morning, full return to duty.
No sense in worrying her.
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>>3262658
>[] I’m fine, Maman. The doc just signed off on me this morning, full return to duty.
>[] They haven’t told me what happened exactly, yet.
Wouldnt be a sw89 sequal with out choosing both

something like "dunno what actually happenend but full recovered now"
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>>3262658
>[x] They haven’t told me what happened exactly, yet.
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>>3262658
>[] They haven’t told me what happened exactly, yet.

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
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>>3262658
>[x] I’m fine, Maman. The doc just signed off on me this morning, full return to duty.
>[x] They haven’t told me what happened exactly, yet.
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>>3262658
>[x] They haven’t told me what happened exactly, yet.
I must know
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>>3262658
>[x] They haven’t told me what happened exactly, yet.
But.
>[x] I’m fine as far they can tell, Maman. The doc just signed off on me this morning, full return to duty.

Our maman will detect us dodging the subject faster than we can blink.

On another note I now want a Cajun AWACs in Ace Combat.
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>>3262658
>>[x] They haven’t told me what happened exactly, yet.
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>>3262658
>[] They haven’t told me what happened exactly, yet.
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>>3262658
>[x] They haven’t told me what happened exactly, yet.
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>>3262658
>[x] I’m fine, Maman. The doc just signed off on me this morning, full return to duty.
>[x] They haven’t told me what happened exactly, yet.

This is a perfect time for both. We don't know what happened, but they did totally sign off on us.
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>>3262658
>[X] They haven’t told me what happened exactly, yet.
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Ok votes called!

>>3262672

You know you guys can always write in too, right? Haha!
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[x] They haven’t told me what happened exactly, yet.

“They haven’t told me what happened exactly, maman.” You say, stopping as she sweeps out of the building to put on your cover. Your driver, still in the humvee, looks up and frowns.

“He be with me.” Your mother says, walking over. “If ya need to be checkin in wid dat, we go in with ya.”

The marine shakes his head and grins. “Nah, I’d recognize the mother of night anywhere. You fished my old man out of the drink, during the war.”

Maman smiles. “I thought ya be lookin familiar. How’s your daddy doing?”

“Arthritis slows him down some, but he’s still going.” Sergeant Williams responds.

“You be tellin him I said hello, den. I’ll have dem give ya a call when I be done chattin wid my boy.”

He nods, turning back on the truck to enjoy his sudden free time. “So dey do no be tellin ya what happen?”

You shake your head. “I haven’t asked.”

“Mmm. Morgan, ya need ta be askin bout dis kinda ting. Don’t be puttin it past dem to be tryin ta play with ya cos of who your daddy is.”

You blink. “There’s no way the navy would let them-” You’re cut off by her laugh.

“Morgan, what I be tellin ya? It don’t be fair, no, but ya don’t just be yaself to dese people. Ta de navy you maybe another one of your daddy, and dey be willin to do a lot ta get dat back. Ta de matrons dat work with de navy, ya maybe a way to gettin at me, an mabey gettin de granbabby de be wantin, among udda tings. Ya never be forgettin dat.”

You sigh, but nod. “Oui, Maman.”

“Don’t be like dat, you knew dis be the way it is when ya took de comission. Me and yer papa, we both tell ya this. De navy be de easiest of de two to deal with, an dey prolly not push ya too much. Now, tell me, ya seen your papa yet?”

[] Had dinner with him last night, yes maman.
[] Not much, really. Mostly saw Aunt Merlin.
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>>3262799
>[x] Had dinner with him last night, yes maman.
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>>3262799
>[X] Had dinner with him last night, yes maman.
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>>3262799
>[x] Had dinner with him last night, yes maman.
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>>3262799
>[x] Had dinner with him last night, yes maman.
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>>3262799
>[x] Had dinner with him last night, yes maman.
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>>3262799
>[x] Had dinner with him last night, yes maman.
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>>3262799
>[X] Had dinner with him last night, yes maman.
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>>3262799
>[] Had dinner with him last night, yes maman.
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>>3262799
>[x] Had dinner with him last night, yes maman.
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>>3262799
>[] Not much, really. Mostly saw Aunt Merlin.

BEGIN "JEALOUS CAT WITCH". EXE
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>>3262799
>[x] Had dinner with him last night, yes maman.
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>>3262799
>[] Had dinner with him last night, yes maman.
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Ok guys, voting closed!
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[x] Had dinner with him last night, yes maman.

“We had dinner last night, yes maman.” You say.

“Tch,” She clucks her tongue. “And ya prolly don’t at all be talkin with him and instead be buried up ta ya shoulders in someting with dat Samantha.” She says. “You don’t be tryin ta play technical games wid ya momma, boy.”

“Yes, Maman. But we did have dinner at that place down by the museum.”

“Yer daddy, he be lovin dat place. probably cos he be eatin for free.” She says, shaking her head. “Did ya at least talk wid him about flying at all?”

“No.” You shake your head. “We didn’t talk a whole lot, Cass and Anastasia ate with us.”

“You be watchin dat Cass like a hawk, boy of mine. She be actin strange where ya be concerned.” She says, shaking her head. “Her momma needs ta be addressin dat, but it not be my place ta be saying it. But we’re not talkin bout her, boy. You remember what I be tellin ya, every time you go out on dat football field in school, or playin with ya friends?”

“Be careful how hard I go.” You respond.

She nods. “Do ya remember why I be tellin ya that?”

[] Because you’re worried I got dad’s talent.
[] Because you’re worried I won’t know when it’s killing me.
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>>3262948
>[] Because you’re worried I won’t know when it’s killing me.
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>>3262948
>[x] Because you’re worried I won’t know when it’s killing me.
Nobody will ever let Fronk forget he technically died.
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>>3262948
>[x] Because you’re worried I won’t know when it’s killing me.
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>>3262948
>[] Because you’re worried I won’t know when it’s killing me.

MORGAN USED "CUT TO THE HEART"
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>>3262948
>[X] Because you’re worried I won’t know when it’s killing me.

I doubt the other thing would worry maman.
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>>3262948
>[x] Because you’re worried I won’t know when it’s killing me.

>You be watchin dat Cass like a hawk, boy of mine. She be actin strange where ya be concerned.
Don't have to tell us twice
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>>3262948
>[x] Because you’re worried I won’t know when it’s killing me.
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>>3262948
>[x] Because you’re worried I won’t know when it’s killing me.
MOMMA DIDN'T RAISE NO BUSH BEATER!
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>>3262948
>[x] Because you’re worried I won’t know when it’s killing me.
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>>3262948
>[] Because you’re worried I won’t know when it’s killing me.
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ok, votes called!

Man, excited about this job prospect. apparently the secret to hearing back is get a quest going? haha!
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>>3263029
If that's true, maybe planefag would've finished SWQ by now.
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>>3263035
Or KCQ. Or AWISQ.
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>>3262658
>dark skin
>white hair
>cat ears
huh

...huh
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>>3263052
Morgan's mom has got it goin' on, anon.
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[x] Because you’re worried I won’t know when it’s killing me.

“Because you’re worried I won’t know when it’s killing me.” You say.

“You say dat like you goan know bettah.” She responds. “Didja evah talk to ya papa about dat? About if he knew? You think it be someting we be worried about for no good reason, but you listen boy, your daddy only heah cos de white witch take a hell of a risk, an offer to trade hersel fo him. Dat not be someting ya can ask fo, or even count on.”

You nod, having heard the story- second and thirdhand, mostly, but completely enough that you can piece it together.

“Now, don’t no one know what ya be havin. Maybe ya not really inherit dat. No way of tellin, not like dere is with ya sistas. But know jus like I do dat all of dem that your papa fathered, all of dem be very strong wid de gift. It be standin ta reason you be de same way.” She stops, and you note your path has led you to the entry control point to the flight line, near where your wyvern, distinguishable both by it’s lack of any identifying marks other than the navy insignia and the fact that it’s the only one on the pad, sits.

She sighs. “Morgan, I be knowin since the day ya were born ya be goin dis way in life. Ya always wanted to win at whateva ya were doing, and every time I went to watch a game I be scared one day we’d fin out de worst way dat you be like your papa. Ya smart and skilled, and I be knowin ya know where ya limits are an I be knowin ya always be tryin ta push dem.”

She pauses- while you’ve no doubt she could get onto the flight line just fine, despite her technical status as a civilian, she, unlike perhaps everyone else in your life, has no love of aircraft. “I be havin business in town. But I want ya ta promise me ya be being careful. Take it easy when ya be just testin an trainin, no matta what dey tell ya.”

She pauses. “Especially when dey be tryin ta tell ya to push hard. Ya understand me, boy?”

[] Of course, maman.
[] You want me to sandbag?
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>>3263105
>[] You want me to sandbag?

OH MAMAN NO, YOU JUST DID NOT GO THERE
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>>3263105
>[] You want me to sandbag?
We can speak platitudes, but there's no way we'll follow through. We'll be the best we can, for better or worse.
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>>3263105
>[X] You want me to sandbag?
Also
>[X] The only way for me to know where "too far" is is to get there. I'd rather do that during an exercise than when my life depends on it. (Except we say it with a Cajun accent.)
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>>3263105
>[] You want me to sandbag?
During testing, or on the coven's behalf, we won't push as hard. But outside of that, we won't be less than we can be because we're afraid of a little risk or pain.
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We love her, but we're still our father's son.

Also sandbagging could have unintended consequences because people WILL start asking why we're not flying as well as we could.

>>3263105
voting for this >>3263134
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>>3263105
>[x] You want me to sandbag?

>>3263120
Also this, gonna fly our best regardless. Dunno if we have Fronk's talent nor do we have Tomcat shrapnel stuck in us. Plus, we actually have VDNI unlike Fronk when he 'died'.
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>>3263134
>I'd rather do that during an exercise than when my life depends on it.
Conversely, showing off our full potential during testing with all those eyes on us could increase the pressure further down the line to keep up that pace, or other similar red-tape issues.
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>>3263105
>>3263134
This.
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>>3263105
>[x] You want me to sandbag?
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>>3263105
This >>3263134
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>>3263134
this it be
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>>3263148
Damned if we do, damned if we don't
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>>3263105
>[x] You want me to sandbag?
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>>3263105
>[] You want me to sandbag?
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Ok, voting closed!
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>Ta de matrons dat work with de navy, ya maybe a way to gettin at me, an mabey gettin de granbabby de be wantin, among udda tings. Ya never be forgettin dat.”
Inevitable waifu wars aside I think the one thing we can all agree on is that no child of ours is going to dance to matron politics.

Any ideas what the new witches will look like? I always thought of Wendy as pic related, since witches in this canon seem to subtract ~10 years off of their actual age in terms of appearance. Kyou is a japanese princess, so that narrows it down somewhat. Young is almost certainly a redhead like Minna. Kelsey probably looks like her mom. Lotus and Danielle are a tossup.
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[x] You want me to sandbag?

“You want me to sandbag?” You ask, almost, but not quite, surprised. Maman has always been protective like this- cautioning you to take it easy, to not play too hard. She did it with almost anything you did- save for video games, where she didn’t seem to mind. You know why, of course- hard not to, everything considered- but you’ve always been confused that she’s never seemed to understand that you can’t give less than your all at anything you set out to do.

She sighs again. “I be afraid ya be taking it like dat. I just wan ya to be careful.” She says. “Don’t ya ever forget, Morgan, ya be my baby boy. I don’t be askin ya to do nothing I tink be hurting ya, an I’ve always tried ta make it clear dat ya gotta make ya own self happy and do no be listenin to no one who tinks ya the second go round of your papa. You do what makes you happy, boy, and dat just be de way it need to be.”

“But you want me to sandbag.” You persist. “When it’d be better to find out here and now if I am like my dad-“

“Don’t be forgettin he go through top gun befoah de war hisself.” She says. “And it don’t be appearing heah, only later, up in Alaska.”

“But-”

She shakes her head. “You listen to your maman, Morgan. You be doin what be right by you, but don’t you be takin no risks dat ya don’t need ta be taking. If- IF-” she says, holding up a finger as you open your mouth to respond. “If ya really do be inheriting ya papa’s talent, you in a bettah place to understand it an use it den he eva was. But you be knowin enough ta know dat dese tings don’t always do what we be tinkin dey should be doin, an maybe you be stronga than he was and it snuff you right out.”

She pauses for a second. “I don’t tink I can stand dat thought.” She says, looking away. “You be careful, boy. Now I gotta go. You go see ya aunt Merlin an talk planes wid her, an give ya maman a hug.”

You do- and a quick kiss on the cheek for good measure- and she’s gone, walking back across the street with that distinctive saunter of hers- half predator, half runway model.

1/2
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>>3263247
>Inevitable waifu wars aside I think the one thing we can all agree on is that no child of ours is going to dance to matron politics.
Before the reboot, someone suggested that Morgan should be with a normal girl just to mess with the matrons.
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You shake your head to clear it, turning to show your ID at the entry point and head onto the flight line. You can’t really go onto the apron- flight operations for the top gun class are going on, with the morning flights still taking off for their air combat training out over the desert in Nevada or the ocean. Of course, the pad with your Wyvern on it is occupied only by your fighter and the support vehicles, so walking there is less of an issue.

The ground crew has switched out since last night, though you can still see Aunt Merlin, up in the front seat of the cockpit. A couple of the ground crew look at you as you approach, but Merlin sees you too, and calls down to them, raising her arms above her head and stretching as she does so.

[] Go up to talk to her, see how she’s doing.
[] Have her come down here- she’s probably been at it all night.
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>>3263339
>[x] Have her come down here- she’s probably been at it all night.
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>>3263339
>[] Have her come down here- she’s probably been at it all night.
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>>3263339
[x] Go up to talk to her, see how she’s doing.
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>>3263339
>[x] Have her come down here- she’s probably been at it all night.
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>>3263339
] Have her come down here- she’s probably been at it all night.
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>>3263339
>[x] Have her come down here- she’s probably been at it all night.
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>>3263339
>[x] Have her come down here- she’s probably been at it all night.
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>>3263339
>[] Have her come down here- she’s probably been at it all night.
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>>3263339
>[] Have her come down here- she’s probably been at it all night.
She's an old hand, but still keep an eye on her, make sure she doesn't stumble in her tiredness on the way down. She'll need to rest soon anyway.

>>3263337
I'm a fan of the idea, though pissing off the matrons should only be the icing on the cake. I figure we'd be sick of witches, having been constantly steeped in them our whole life, perpetually hounded by them for one reason or another. A normal girl would be a breath of breath air.
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>>3263339
>[X] Have her come down here- she’s probably been at it all night.
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Ok, votes called!
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>>3263247
For Kyou, the TLed info off Danbooru for the Jap witch I posted last thread seemed similar with Ghost's general description, so I want to say that's her...
You know, I just remembered the last Princess we hosted came with a bodyguard witch. Might get one in the squadron too if we select Kyou.

Lotus will have goggles. Prove me wrong.

Danielle, I'm thinking one of those cold looking types. But then again, that might just be generalizing based on her ability...
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[x] Have her come down here- she’s probably been at it all night.

You signal her to come down, knowing that she’s probably been at it all night. While you appreciate it- and are sure that when you do get into the fighter to take it up for the first time, it’ll tick over like a perfectly tuned watch, you also know your aunt has a way of getting caught up in things.

She nods, yawning, and climbs out of the cockpit. You make your way over to the access ladder- the stairs have disappeared to somewhere, but the built in ladder has been unlocked and lowered down. She’s an expert at it, but she’s also getting older- and she’s been up all night, most likley, so you stand at the bottom, making sure she gets down safely.

She climbs down without a hitch, yawning again when she hits the pavement. You note she’s in a witch uniform- pantsless and shoeless. She shakes her head when you quirk an eyebrow- she doesn’t often do that.

“Checking the witch interface before you showed up.” She says. “I’ll probably-” She yawns again. “Have to reset it for your SIO, when she gets here, but for now it should be alright.”

“It’s set for you?” You ask, looking up. She shakes her head with a laugh.

“Oh no, no. My settings would hurt another witch, most likely. it’s set for the most gentile draw possible for a wyvern. It’ll handle everything your familiarization and crew flights will need you to do, without... ah. Scaring anyone.”

[] Scaring them?
[] do you think that’s wise? if the fleet settings are harder on a witch...
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>>3263507
>[] Scaring them?
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>>3263507
>[x] Scaring them?
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>>3263507
>[] do you think that’s wise? if the fleet settings are harder on a witch...
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>>3263507
>[x] Scaring them?
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>>3263507
>[x] Scaring them?
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>>3263507
>[] Scaring them?
As long as they have time to ease into fleet settings, there shouldn't be an issue with starting gentle. You gotta work out a muscle to make it stronger, and you don't start with the max load.
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>>3263507
>[x] Scaring them?
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>>3263507
>[] Scaring them?
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>>3263507
>[X] Scaring them?
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>>3263507
>[X] Scaring them?
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>MC had a competitive mindset growing up
>Nobody wanted to sandbag even after the more cautious choices last thread
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>>3263558
>anons choosing to sandbag

Has this ever happened? Legitimately curious.
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>>3263560
We noped out of the training with the slavborg witch that seems to have similar mojo as us when it seemed like we'd have to actually PUSH, her off our sky throne
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>>3263566
Downsides to having characters IC that care about the PC; you can't really just unleash and push yourself to the limit without someone nagging.
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Ok, votes called!

This'll be the last one for the night, so the vote will run overnight. Just a heads up!
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>>3263569
This, more than anything else, is why I'm not enthusiastic about jumping on any waifu train except plane-chan.
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>>3263569
>It's too late to form a mindmeld bloodlust feedback loop with the Sakamoto
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>>3263580
Indeed. I think we can all agree that plane-chan is the one true and universal best girl.
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[x] Scaring them?

“Scaring them?” You ask, nodding and falling into step as she indicates you should walk with her.

She nods. “Yes. Hang on a second, and I’ll explain. just going to tell the crew we’re good to complete the checklists and get the chief to sign off on flight when he gets back.”

You don’t have to wait long- the ranking member of the crew nods while she explains what’s going on, and even, perhaps out of respect, refrains from staring at her backside too long as she turns away. “Ok, let’s walk. Monsters only go so far.” She says, tiredly.

“Scaring them?” You repeat, and she nods again.

“You know what my power is, right?”

“Sure. Goddess in the machine. You can talk to machines and push them so far past design spec it’s beyond comprehension.”

She nods. “Right. I can also feed them magic faster and more... bluntly, for lack of a better word, than most witches can handle. If they try, they can get hurt. You remember Patty Mitchell?”

“Yeah, one of the squadron from the war, right? lives in Germany with her wife, one of the Youngs.”

“That’s her. She ever tell you what happened when she tried to power our wartime wyvern?”

You shake your head- you can’t remember it, at least.

“It almost drained her completely. It disengaged itself when the flow in fell below threshold, but if it hadn’t, she could have been silenced.” She says. “My mistake, and no one got injured, but she got spooked. So did I. Never made that mistake again, and the interface on our factory wyvern won’t even work with another witch, it won’t pattern-match correctly. The interfaces on your jet are set to the lowest, easiest draw that they can be to run the wyvern’s systems. It’s almost as gentle as initial flight training strikers, since really they just need the energy for the AI, avionics, and the war emergency power foci. All the other stuff we can either bring up later or when you get to the fleet.”

She yawns again.

[] Ya know, aunt merlin, maybe you shouldn’t be driving like that. Why don’t we just call my minder and give you a ride home?
[] Doc just signed me off, aunt M, let me drive you back to your quarters, yeah?
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>>3263566
Iirc, it was framed as if you break yourself now in testing (at the matron's insistence), you won't be fit to get back into the real fight.
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>>3263610
>[] Ya know, aunt merlin, maybe you shouldn’t be driving like that. Why don’t we just call my minder and give you a ride home?
Let's not make people talk.
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Ok guys, time for our overnight break.

As for what's gonna happen if I get this job... I'm not sure yet. Ideally I'd like to continue on like we have now, but I don't know if that's going to really be feasible. the gun store worked for a mindnight stopping point just because we didn't open till 09, but no idea with this new place. I'll post what's up with it on twitter as i get information, and it's not going to affect this run any further (presumably) either way.
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>>3263610
>[X] Ya know, aunt merlin, maybe you shouldn’t be driving like that. Why don’t we just call my minder and give you a ride home?
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>>3263610
>[x] Ya know, aunt merlin, maybe you shouldn’t be driving like that. Why don’t we just call my minder and give you a ride home?
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>>3263610
>[] Doc just signed me off, aunt M, let me drive you back to your quarters, yeah?
Driving a car is a good basic practice for operating vehicles post-surgery, if nothing else. If something goes wrong, a car crash would be much less dangerous.
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>>3263610
>[x] Ya know, aunt merlin, maybe you shouldn’t be driving like that. Why don’t we just call my minder and give you a ride home?
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>>3263610
>[] Ya know, aunt merlin, maybe you shouldn’t be driving like that. Why don’t we just call my minder and give you a ride home?
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>>3263610
>[X] Ya know, aunt merlin, maybe you shouldn’t be driving like that. Why don’t we just call my minder and give you a ride home?
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>>3263610
>[x] Ya know, aunt merlin, maybe you shouldn’t be driving like that. Why don’t we just call my minder and give you a ride home?
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>>3263610
>[x] Ya know, aunt merlin, maybe you shouldn’t be driving like that. Why don’t we just call my minder and give you a ride home?
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>>3263610
>[] Doc just signed me off, aunt M, let me drive you back to your quarters, yeah?
Won't sending her off with our driver leave us without a ride in the middle of the base?
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>>3263610
>[x] Ya know, aunt merlin, maybe you shouldn’t be driving like that. Why don’t we just call my minder and give you a ride home?
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>>3263610
>[] Doc just signed me off, aunt M, let me drive you back to your quarters, yeah?
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>>3263610
>[x] Ya know, aunt merlin, maybe you shouldn’t be driving like that. Why don’t we just call my minder and give you a ride home?
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>>3263610
>[x] Ya know, aunt merlin, maybe you shouldn’t be driving like that. Why don’t we just call my minder and give you a ride home?
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>>3263610
>[] Doc just signed me off, aunt M, let me drive you back to your quarters, yeah?
Valentine’s Day Merlin Special.
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>>3263610
>[x] Doc just signed me off, aunt M, let me drive you back to your quarters, yeah?
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>>3263610
>[X] Doc just signed me off, aunt M, let me drive you back to your quarters, yeah?


All you sickos implying anything lewd about Aunt Merlin need to get the hell outta here.
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>>3263610
>[X] Doc just signed me off, aunt M, let me drive you back to your quarters, yeah?
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>>3264011
But she’s here all alone. She would appreciate the comfort.
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>>3264578
Alone? She talks to machines and was with our Wyvern all night. She's fine, you need to get your mind out of the gutter.

Also, I still can't get over the whole "lol Kenji cheated on her" epilogue. That came out of fucking nowhere. Especially since we had Frank be the surrogate dad giving the talk.
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>>3264791
I was only talking about consensual hand holding. Now who’s mind is in the gutter?
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New reader here, just wanted to say you are doing god's work, Ghost. Starting with the archive and upvoting as I go, hopefully I will be here in a day or two.
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>>3264791
>I still can't get over the whole "lol Kenji cheated on her" epilogue.
I still can't get over how frank's one night stand with maman was guaranteed by Ghost to not come back and bite him.
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>>3264860
Well it didn't come back and bite him.
Morgan, however.
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Ok guys, just threw a pizza in the oven, voting closed here!
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[x] Ya know, aunt merlin, maybe you shouldn’t be driving like that. Why don’t we just call my minder and give you a ride home?

“You know, Aunt M, maybe you shouldn’t be driving like that.” You say, concerned. While your aunt is an adult- with two kids of her own, no less- she can and does still make more than a few questionable calls about her own health and safety. Working all night on the wyvern and then trying to drive, even the short distance to the Chance-Vought house, is exactly the kind of thing she wouldn’t think twice about. It’s also a real good way of getting hurt or killed in a stupid accident. “Why don’t we just call my driver and he and I can give you a lift back to your quarters?”

She nods. “Ok, Morgan. We can do that instead. It’s probably-” She yawns again. “safer anyway. Let me get my things out of the company car, it can stay here at least till tomorrow morning.”

You pull out your cell phone as she walks over to the car, unlocking it with a keyfob she had in a shirt pocket- you’re surprised she didn’t leave them in her pants. Looking up, you hang up almost as soon as you dial the contact point for your driver- he’s already in the lot, just a few cars down. He grins when you walk over.

“Your ma caught me as I was about to head out, said I should wait for you over here.” He says as an explanation. No big, I was about to go catch afternoon chow anyway.”

[] Before we do that, let’s get Merlin dropped off- she’s miserable at hiding how tired she is.
[] Yeah, let’s go do that, we can bring Aunt M along- she probably hasn’t had much beyond some candy bars anyway.
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>>3265070
>[] Yeah, let’s go do that, we can bring Aunt M along- she probably hasn’t had much beyond some candy bars anyway.
Or, let's at least offer to. It's only the courteous thing to do.
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>>3265070
>[x] Yeah, let’s go do that, we can bring Aunt M along- she probably hasn’t had much beyond some candy bars anyway.
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>>3265070
> [] Yeah, let’s go do that, we can bring Aunt M along- she probably hasn’t had much beyond some candy bars anyway.
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>>3265070
>[x] Before we do that, let’s get Merlin dropped off- she’s miserable at hiding how tired she is.
GO TO BED
>>3265077
Supporting offering though.
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>>3265070
>[] Yeah, let’s go do that, we can bring Aunt M along- she probably hasn’t had much beyond some candy bars anyway.

Prolly some jolly rangers as emergency rations
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>>3265070
>[X] Yeah, let’s go do that, we can bring Aunt M along- she probably hasn’t had much beyond some candy bars anyway.
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>>3265070
This >>3265077
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>>3265070
>[X] Yeah, let’s go do that, we can bring Aunt M along- she probably hasn’t had much beyond some candy bars anyway.
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Maman may or may not have taught Morgan to be some horrifying God of War for the SERE training (if that's still canon), but she sure as hell didn't raise a barbarian!
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>>3265070
>[x] Before we do that, let’s get Merlin dropped off- she’s miserable at hiding how tired she is.

Sleep!
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>>3265077
Seconded
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>>3265070
>[] Before we do that, let’s get Merlin dropped off- she’s miserable at hiding how tired she is.
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Ok, voting period over!
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[x] Yeah, let’s go do that, we can bring Aunt M along- she probably hasn’t had much beyond some candy bars anyway.

You look at your watch in surprise- it’s not that late, is it? You can’t figure out where the time went, but it is what it is, you figure. Still, you nod, taking your aunt’s bag- a simple backpack, and setting it in the back of the humvee. “We’re about to go grab lunch. You want to come with?” You ask, getting a nod.

“I’m getting pretty hungry, yes.” She says.

“Let me guess.” You supply, dryly as she sits in the seat behind you. “You’ve been having snickers and twix all night and haven’t had actual real food since dinner last night.”

She shrugs. “It’s never been a problem before. Besides, you know enough to know we need all the sugar.”

“You need to eat actual food.” You respond. “Not just sugar, caffeine and empty calories.”

“I mean, I was just gonna go to subway anyway, sir.” sgt. Williams says. “Not sure if you can call them real food.”

“They’re close enough.” You say. “Drive on.”

He laughs, starting up the truck and heading out onto the road.

“Your fighter’s good to go, except for the modules.” Merlin says, from the back seat. “We’ll install those when you do final selection, probably. Week or two.” She yawns. “You’ll probably be starting flight tomorrow, day after at the latest.”

“That quick?” You ask, looking into the rearview to see her. She nods.

“Probably. program specifies that they work with you when they can, but you’ll fly with the first witch they can get back here to start cycling up first.” She pauses. “Don’t feel like you have to introduce me to every single one, but I do want to meet your official teammate when it’s all over.”

[] Of course.
[] What, you think I’m not going to get your opinion on them, too?
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>>3265277
>[] What, you think I’m not going to get your opinion on them, too?
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>>3265277
>What, you think I’m not going to get your opinion on them, too?
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>>3265277
>[X] What, you think I’m not going to get your opinion on them, too?

Can't get a girl without the progenitor's approval.
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>>3265277
>[x] What, you think I’m not going to get your opinion on them, too?
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>>3265277
> [] What, you think I’m not going to get your opinion on them, too?
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>>3265277
>[] What, you think I’m not going to get your opinion on them, too?
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>>3265277

>[] What, you think I’m not going to get your opinion on them, too?
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>>3265277
>[X] What, you think I’m not going to get your opinion on them, too?
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>>3265277
>[x] Of course.
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>>3265277
>[x] Of course.
I want to say out of our picks - other then Wendy - Merlin probably knows Lotus due to her test pilot status and most likely doesn't know the others, or at the very least personally. We're probably more informed then her about our backseaters simply because we had their dossiers.
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>>3265277
>[] Of course.
To be honest, asking her after every one wil slow the process down even more than it already is.
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>>3265277
>[x] Of course.
Changing vote from >>3265297
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>>3265277
>[X] Of course.

I feel like this is something Morgan should decide on his own.
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>>3265277
>[] What, you think I’m not going to get your opinion on them, too?

ALL WILL SUBMIT TO MERLINALYSIS
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Ok, votes called!
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[x] What, you think I’m not going to get your opinion on them, too?

“You think I won’t want your opinion on each of them?” you ask, looking back at her again.

She shakes her head. “It’s not that.” She says. “I know you do, Morgan. But you only get a few weeks to get a crew selection and do all your fleet checks, and I’ll be just as busy as you will be. Unless you’re planning to move into the company house we won’t have time, and I’m pretty sure the board would frown on that just because it would let lockmart or Boeing to start talking about blatant navy favoritism if word got out.”

“And it would.” you say, flatly.

She nods. “Most likely. I’m sure the legal department could get it dismissed in no time at all, there’s a long personal history we can prove, but still-”

“And there’s always coven politics.” You say.

“That doesn’t bother me that much.” She responds, looking down to rummage in her bag. “They mostly leave me alone, and since I’m with more with Vought than a coven, they don’t want to run the risk of making the company mad. If it came to coven politics, the corporations would close ranks anyway- McDonnell and Boeing would side with us, General Dynamics and Textron probably would too. Lockmart might not, but if they’re the odd man out it’d only hurt them in the end.” She comes back up with another can of monster visible.

Just before she can open it, though, you pull into the naval exchange parking lot. “I thought you said subway?” You ask, getting out of the humvee, noting that your aunt is still bareleg as she climbs out, though she’s put on a pair of duty slippers- tough, tan slip on shoes with steel toes that most witches opt for when they’re on duty.

The marine shrugs. “There’s one in the food court, and that’s usually what I get.” he says. “There’s some other places in there, panda express, BK, that sort of shit. You ok with eating here sir?”

[] Let’s grab it and roll- my aunt’s gonna drink another can of crack if we don’t.
[] May as well.
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>>3265470
>[] Let’s grab it and roll- my aunt’s gonna drink another can of crack if we don’t.
This SoL stuff is nice, but I'm starting to get antsy to actually get in the air.
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>>3265470
>[x] Let’s grab it and roll- my aunt’s gonna drink another can of crack if we don’t.
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>>3265470
>[] Let’s grab it and roll- my aunt’s gonna drink another can of crack if we don’t.
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>>3265470
>[x] Let’s grab it and roll- my aunt’s gonna drink another can of crack if we don’t.
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>>3265470
>[x] Let’s grab it and roll- my aunt’s gonna drink another can of crack if we don’t.
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>>3265470
>[X] Let’s grab it and roll- my aunt’s gonna drink another can of crack if we don’t.
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>>3265470
>[] Let’s grab it and roll- my aunt’s gonna drink another can of crack if we don’t.
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>>3265470
>[x] Let’s grab it and roll- my aunt’s gonna drink another can of crack if we don’t.
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>>3265470
>[x] Let’s grab it and roll- my aunt’s gonna drink another can of crack if we don’t.

I survived what happens to your stomach when you drink too much of that shit and don't eat enough, I don't wish Intussuception on anyone.
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>>3265518
Remember that dude who used energy drink instead of water in a coffee machine? I don't know how he survived.
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>>3265470
>[x] Let’s grab it and roll- my aunt’s gonna drink another can of crack if we don’t.
Merlin please stop
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>>3265470
>[x] Let’s grab it and roll- my aunt’s gonna drink another can of crack if we don’t.
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ok, voting closed!
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[x] Let’s grab it and roll- my aunt’s gonna drink another can of crack if we don’t.

You shake your head. “No. If we don’t grab it and roll she’s gonna go for another can of crack.”

The marine laughs. “Knew a gunner that lived on that shit, no idea how he did it. but no problem sir, the lines ought to be short still, we’re a little before afternoon chow.”

The three of you enter the food court, and it’s largely quiet- there’s some groups of sailors and marines eating at the tables, and a pair of witches in line at the panda express, but it’s still pretty sparse. You do see a couple eyes flick over to Merlin, but- given there’s already two bareleg witches already here- they don’t linger.

Both of the witches, however, do turn and look, doing a double take when they recognize her. While neither surrenders their place in line, their heads get a little closer together- you can practically hear the whispering.

You elect against eating there, instead joining Sgt. Williams at the subway. He shrugs. “We’re all pretty used to witches around here, sir.” He says, after ordering. “So it’s not a big deal for a girl to be bareleg around here the way it is at some other posts.”

“It’s not everyday you get to see the eagle’s RIO.” Merlin says from behind you. “I’m used too that kind of thing. Most witches would recognize me anyway.”

“Why’s that, ma’am?” He asks. “I mean, I know about the eagle, most folks do, but I wouldn’t have recognized you if I hadn’t been told.”

You turn in time to see her smile. “There’s a class on his father and I at most flight witch academies.” She says. “besides, they’re probably not talking about me.”

“Yeah, I guess the LT would be pretty recognizable.” He says, paying for his sandwich.

“Reasonably” You say, noting that both witches have selected a table a bit too large for them alone- and one that’s pretty close to where the line lets out. “It’s not as bad in my case.”

1/2
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“Maybe not anywhere else, but they” Williams says, indicating the witches with a flick of his eyes. “Are gonna know who you are. Not too many guys here with wings and your rank anymore that aren’t program. You good to go?”

“Yeah.” you say, following him out of the building without sparing too much attention to the witches- you can feel their eyes follow you out.

“Ok, so off to the vought house next, yeah?” Williams says, pulling out of the parking lot and sucking on his drink. “Nice place, I know where it’s at. Be about ten minutes.”

The drive takes about eight minutes, pulling up to the two-story, spanish-style home on the north side of the post. Unlike it’s neighbors on the small circle, it’s got an exterior fence and a detached garage off to one side. “Flag country, here.” The marine says, pulling into the drive. “pretty sure the base commander lives in one of these houses.”

Merlin steps out of the vee and nods. “Right over there.” She says, pointing. “Morgan, will you help me with the bag? I have to go get the alarm system and call back to corporate to let them know I’m here.”

[] I’d like to, but I need to go take care of some things.
[] Sure, no problem.
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>>3265668
>[] I’d like to, but I need to go take care of some things.
We were warned against making people talk.
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>>3265668
>[x] Sure, no problem.
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>>3265668
> [] Sure, no problem.
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hey guys, gotta take a shower, so this may be a slightly longer delay than normal.

Kinda interesting how things have gone so far, haha! This is gonna be a good run.
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>>3265668
>[X] Sure, no problem.

Can't say no to Merlin.
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>>3265664
>[x] Sure, no problem.

Be a good boy and do what auntie tells you
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>>3265668
>[x] Sure, no problem.
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>>3265668
>[x] Sure, no problem.
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>>3265668
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>>3265668
>[] Sure, no problem.
We don't have a reason not to.
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>>3265668
>[] I’d like to, but I need to go take care of some things.

I think we can move along.
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Votes called gents (and ladies, if any are out there)!
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oops, the option I wanted to vote wasn't included into my post the way it normally does when I copy the option to clipboard (I probably forgot to click to set the selection of highlighted text), but that's fine, it wouldn't change the vote either way, the option I meant to pick seems to be the winner, anyhow. I'll need to be more careful, though
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[x] Sure, no problem.

You nod. “Sure.” you say, stepping out of the vee to walk around the side and grab Merlin’s bag. She brought two, you see- her backpack and a satchel, probably containing a laptop. Grabbing that too, you follow her around the side of the house, into the door there.

Merlin’s standing in front of the beeping alarm panel, her familiar out, doing something on that ghostly computer she can summon. She explained it to you, once- it’s basically a universal interface for any kind of technology. “Just put my bags upstairs, Morgan.” She says. “I’m just going to do this and let corporate know I’m here, then take a shower and go to bed.”

You nod, heading through the short entryway into a kitchen. It takes a minute to find the stairs, but once you do you find the bedrooms quickly enough, depositing the bags in the one on the northern side of the building. It’s fairly nice inside- and it doesn’t smell like it’s been closed up that long, though they’ve probably got a housekeeper that comes in.

Merlin intercepts you at the bottom of the stairs, holding out a key. “This is a spare, in case you need to get in.” She says, handing it to you. “You’re welcome to use the house if you’re here at Miramar, but you probably shouldn’t stay here with anyone other than your witch or your family.”

You nod, taking the key.

“Corporate says it’s fine, so long as no one else needs it, but that shouldn’t be a problem. We’re only here every few weeks for a couple days, unless there’s a Wyvern to cycle up.”

“Do you count as family in this case? This is nicer than the TOQ”

She shakes her head. “Probably not. Sorry Morgan.”

[] Shame.
[] It was a joke, Aunt M.
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>>3265811
I'd wondered about that, and had planned to count it if you'd posted it before I got the update written, haha.
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>>3265820
>[X] It was a joke, Aunt M.
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>>3265820
> [] Shame.
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>>3263337
It should be a normal girl, and she should be a pilot.

She could be the Miriya to our Max.
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>>3265820
>[] It was a joke, Aunt M.
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>>3265820
>[x] It was a joke, Aunt M.
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>>3265820
>[x] It was a joke, Aunt M.
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>>3265820
>[] It was a joke, Aunt M.
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>>3265820
>[] It was a joke, Aunt M.
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Childhood crush waifu rejected.
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>>3265820
>[x] It was a joke, Aunt M.
Don't need people talking
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>>3265820

>[x] It was a joke, Aunt M.
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Ok, voting called!
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>>3265830
Or the Waltrud to our Young.
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>>3265929
but Waltrud was a witch.
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[x] It was a joke, Aunt M.

“It was a joke, Aunt M.” You say with a light smile.

“O-oh. Well.” She blinks. “Uh. Anyway, thank you for the help, Morgan. I’ll call if I’m up and you’re available, maybe we can go eat together.”

You nod, giving your aunt a hug before heading out, putting the key in your wallet.

Sgt. Williams nods to you as you step out, looking apologetic. “Sorry sir, I was about to go in and get you. There’s a witch on base from your list, so they want you to head over to receiving to meet her.”

“Did they say who?” You ask, and he shakes his head. “All they told me was she was one of your priority picks, and that you’d be flying with her starting tomorrow.”

You nod again, climbing into the passenger seat of the humvee as Williams starts it.

Receiving is actually in the administration building, though it’s really just part of the personnel office. It’s also kept far too cold- must be like 60 in there, you think, as you step inside. The office is a bit dated, but there’s no real reason to keep it too nice- it handles incoming marines and sailors, both those stationed here and those that, like you, are really just passing through. The blue carpet, you muse, may have been there when your dad passed through top gun in 1989.

There’s only one person here you figure could be the witch in question. She’s of medium height, and in a bareleg service uniform, indicating her status as a strike witch. She very clearly spends a lot of time in the gym- hard muscles ripple beneath slightly tanned skin, and there doesn’t seem to be an ounce of fat on her. Her hair is done in a simple ponytail that falls across the back of her neck. An older witch, one of the matrons from yesterday, is talking with her, though the conversation pauses when she sees you. “Ah, Lieutenant Laroux.” She says, halving your last name- you don’t really mind in this case. “Glad you could get here so quickly. We weren’t interrupting anything were we? I know you’ve got quite a bit of family in the area...”

[] No, ma’am.
[] Nothing important, ma’am.
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>>3266010
>[x] No, ma’am.
>fit tomboy
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>>3266010
> [] Nothing important, ma’am.
So she’s one of those...
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>>3266010
>[] No, ma’am.
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>>3266010
>[x] No, ma’am.

>hard muscles ripple beneath slightly tanned skin,
>bike shorts
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>>3266010
>[x] No, ma’am.
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>>3266010
>[] No, ma’am.
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>>3266010
>[x] No, ma’am.
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>>3266010
>[X] No, ma’am.
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>>3266010
...NICE.
>[x] No, ma’am.
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>>3266010
>[] Nothing important, ma’am.
bleh
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>>3266010
>[] No, ma’am.
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>>3266010
>[x] Nothing important, ma’am.
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>>3266010
>[x] Nothing important, ma’am.
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>>3266010
>[x] No, ma’am.

Wew, almost missed it tonight. Good to catch up when we meet our partner. just in time. I like how she doesn’t use bishop, she may not be all that interested in our lineage.
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>>3266010
>[] No, ma’am.
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>>3266010
>[x] No, ma’am
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I'm 200% upset that bestwitch is probably not the best option because politics.
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>>3266066
> Side conversation with her plant-witch.
> Not interested in our lineage.
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Ok, votes called!
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>>3266088
The matrons are guaranteed to try to fuck whoever we fly with, just a witch talking to a matron after arriving on base is neither cause for alarm nor suspicion.
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>>3266109
Ordinary... maybe not? Maybe. But beating us to the reception building? It’s not as if she was just passing by.
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>>3266120
Maybe she had to check in, because there’s paperwork, and we only just told them that she was the top of our list.

I dunno, the fact that she may have just been told that she’s going to be the first or one of the first to fly with us tomorrow may preclude her going and receiving her assignment from the command.
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[x] No, ma’am.

“No, ma’am.” you respond.

“Good!” she smiles. “Lieutenant, This is Commander Danielle Peterson. She was with VF-8 until just very recently. Commander, Lieutenant Morgan Laroux-Bishop.”

She returns your salute and then grins, crossing the room to shake your hand- her grip is strong, you note. “Glad to meetcha, el tee.” She says, her voice bright and energetic sounding. “Don’t worry, I won’t pull rank unless you ask me nicely.”

The grin widens a bit, marking that as a joke- you chuckle enough to be polite, at least. Still, the Matron clears her throat in disapproval. “Lieutenant, with the commander on base, you won’t be needing your driver anymore, she can take care of that. She’ll be quartered in the transient officer’s quarters, same as you.” she says, and you nod.

“Danielle, have they explained to you the process here?”

The witch looks back over her shoulder, then half-turns. “Yes ma’am. Couple days of flights in the wyvern, then cool my heels on standby while the rest of the selections do their flight. If I make the grade, I’ll have my last chance to back out, then I go under for plugs and get joined at the brain with the lieutenant, here.”

The matron nods. “You’re on flight status so no alcohol until after your flights are completed. You need to be at flight ops by oh-four tomorrow morning. Lieutenant, the same applies to you.” She explains. “Danielle, you’ll need to be fit for a wyvern flight suit- that’s yours to keep, regardless of what else happens.”

“So I get to keep a participation trophy.” The witch says. “Cool.” Her tone of voice indicates she doesn’t think it’s cool at all.

1/2
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The matron scowls some. “It’s not a participation trophy, and if you don’t get selected here, but you’re selected again by another pilot, you’re expected to still have it.” She says, shaking her head. “The training missions will all be explained beforehand, and all will be over the Nevada test and training complex.” The matron says. “You’ll get the rest of your briefing in the morning. In the mean time, Danielle, you need to get down to the life support shop to start getting fit for your flight suit, and Lieutenant, you need to go with her, your own equipment will be here as well and the flight surgeon will need to make sure your helmet interfaces with your ports correctly.”

“Aye, ma’am.” You respond.

“That’s all. Both of you get to life support and then get some food and some rest.” She orders.

“Ma’am.” You both salute, with Danielle walking back to grab a nondescript green sea bag and effortlessly sling it over one shoulder.

“Shall we, Lieutenant?” She asks.

You nod, walking with her out of the building.

“So, what should I call you?” She asks. “I’m not big on rank, but if that’s what you wanna be called, that’s no problem. I’m not too big on rank, so you can just call me Danielle, or Peterson if you want.”

[] Morgan is fine.
[] Lieutenant will do.
[] My last name is fine.
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>>3266162
>[X] Morgan is fine.
Seems like she isn't too fond of the bullshit
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>>3266162
>[] Morgan is fine.
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>>3266162
>[x] Morgan is fine.
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>>3266162
>[x] Morgan is fine.
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>>3266162
>[] Morgan is fine.
I don't want to be overly familiar with her, but I don't want to be called by our last name with all the connotations that brings along.

Also, I'm not sure how much we can trust her and the matron's performances thus far. It seems like it'd be very wise to position their top choice as a bit of an anti-matron figure to match Morgan's skepticism. They know that we know that there's a game and we know how to play it.
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>>3266162
>[X] Morgan is fine.
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>>3266162
>[] My last name is fine.
Not formal, but not completely open either.
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>>3266162
>[] Lieutenant will do.

STRANGER DANGER
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>>3266162
>[x] Morgan is fine.

She's pretty obviously someone who worked pretty hard to get where she is, and she doesn't like getting jerked around. I like her. She'll probably be a good wing witch or SIO, no matter what happens.
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>>3266205
Well, think about it. Witches as is are a massive force multiplier before they go to surgery. Things go wrong, you lose that witch for good.

There probably are some witches who are ready to go all in, but it's a pretty big decision to make.
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>>3266162
>[x] Morgan is fine.
Oh, I thought our picks already had their plugs? Seems a bit... Strange. Might just be me being paranoid, but I'd assume a witch fully committed to 'FUCK YEAH, VDNI-ENHANCED MAGITECH PLANES' would already be plugged and ready to go provided they didn't fly with anyone else. We'd have to wait for Danielle (and possibly any of the others) to heal up after they get their VDNI, too.
At least, assuming there's no problems...
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Oh look a brown witch. I wonder where Lt. Davis ended up? I need to reread 69 again, or at least the first half.

>>3266109
Useful talents aside Danielle is the obvious matron plant. Active USN witch, highly recommended despite an average record on paper. At the opposite end of the spectrum you have Wendy who is well and truly done with politics, zero risk of matron fuckery there. Young who seems to be unpopular with the establishment (and is also foreign). Lotus is a reservist so she is likely not active in witch politics (but may be later). Kyou needs no explanation, although the witches pulling her strings are back in Japan which makes it hard for the US covens to influence her directly, not to mention being a princess.

It's entirely possible that Danielle doesn't have ulterior motives and we're being suspicious for nothing. But it's not paranoia if they're really out to get you, and we know that for a fact.

>>3266162
>[] Morgan is fine.
I'd prefer if the Laroux and Bishop names don't constantly come up in conversation, it might cast a shadow over things. If she doesn't want to be formal then we don't need to be either.

However that also means that ALL of the witches get to call us Morgan because we don't want to play obvious favourites.
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>>3266208
Bleh, fixed a typo. Good point though.
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Ok, votes called!
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[x] Morgan is fine.

“Morgan is fine.” You say, setting your cover on your head.

“Baller.” She responds. “Life support is over that way, yeah?” she points.

“Yeah, that’s flight ops. Everything we’re gonna need is there.” You respond.

“Cool. Nice that it’s all right here.” She says. “I was at Halsey Field, sitting in the replacement pool. Not too bad, and you’re not there long, but shit gets boring.”

You nod, content to listen to her talk for a bit.

“You sit in depot too long, ya start gettin a few too many curves, know what I mean?” She says, laughing. Her walk kind of reminds you of your mothers- predatory. “Anyway, i know you saw my packet, but I’m a SEAD specialist. First in, usually, clearing routes for strike packages and heavier air. Flew growler strikers, mostly.”

You nod, having figured as much. “Iraq?”

She nods. “Yeah, in with the initial cruise missile laydown. I opened up route green three and six in my first three sorties, then stayed busy popping mobile threats when they’d try and get them in along the route pack. Flew some support for CSAR missions for the guys and girls that got shot down, but after the first week or so it was a pretty boring war for me. Started riding shotgun for CASEVAC and stuff, but by then most of the antiair threats were optically-guided 50s vintage bullcrap still dangerous enough to a chopper, but a joke for a fast mover.”

You nod, opening the door to ops for her and walking in behind. “Life support is this way.” You say.

“Lead on.” She says, grinning. “I should get used to you in front, huh?” You can hear the smile in her voice.

“Probably.” you respond, approaching the cage- the sailor behind it recognizes you- not too many pilots and witches scheduled for anything today.

“Commander Peterson, in through there.” He says, pointing through one set of doors. “Lieutenant? follow me.”

“See ya in a few.” Danielle says, smirking at you.

In the event, you don’t actually see her again till after evening chow- and she looks pretty thoroughly embarrassed by the time you do.
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Ok gents, time to call it for the week!

I'll hang out to handle any questions till I head off to bed.

as far as news goes, I've got that interview tuesday, so I'm not sure, yet, what's up with the thread for next week. As soon as I have news, I'll let you guys know, both in this thread and on twitter. Hope you guys are having fun so far (And the pacing feels better than last go round!)

Till next time guys, cheers!
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>>3266306
mmm, skinsuits.
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>>3266306
Cocky little bitch, eh? I like it. Still have severe reservations about the politics behind her, though.
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>>3266319
Is Danielle a matron plant?
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>>3266319
is the whole thing about the SERE training bit where Morgan did so well that they had to send Maman out to find him just to tell him he passed still canon?
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>>3266319
Can we make none of the witches a matron plant just to spite the annoying fucking shadowruns
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>>3266319

This >>3266331

This is starting to meta our decisions in a big bad way. If we can get it answered for good now, we can focus on interesting new character instead of shadowruns.
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>>3266306
She's putting me on edge. She sounds full of herself more than anything, and she still has a high likelihood of being a plant. She wasn't my first pick, but I wasn't willing to reject her out of hand. As it stands, I see no redeeming qualities, personality or politically-wise.
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>>3266338
>she sounds full of herself

Didn’t catch that at all, champ. Just sounded like small talk to me. If anything, she’s an aviator. Like we or drink aren’t full of ourselves a little.
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>>3266338

Slight correction to >>3266343

“Fronk” not “drink”. Questing with phone autocorrect is hard.
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>>3266331
Oh sure like I'mma just answer that! You guys are gonna have to figure it out!

>>3266335
Not sure, to be honest- but I mean, you are still Maman Brigitte's only begotten son. So you're probably no slouch in a lot of areas.

>>3266336
You know I can't answer that, haha!
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>>3266336
Also: for fucking serious, we're just straight up asking the QM "DERP DERP, WHAT IS SECRET PLOT POINT THAT MAY OR MAY NOT PAY OFF MONTHS FROM NOW"

This is some dumb fucking shit.
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>>3266337
>This is starting to meta our decisions in a big bad way.
Is it really a meta decision? Morgan was outright told that politics played a massive part in this decision, and Danielle is the candidate that was at the top of the Matrons' list of options. Is it meta to have a character weigh those concerns when he's been outright told he should?
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>>3266351
Shit. I was hoping to stop all the crappy meta attempts and paranoid loonies.

Anyways, thanks for running this week ghost. Danielle looks great, and I am very excited to see how she flies.

No material for writefaggotry yet, but I'm holding out until we get a little more plot development before I start my little side story that might not get off the ground.
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>>3266351
Oof, don’t make it more mysterious, Ghost!

Seriously though, it was worth the try. Obviously it’s silly to ask that kind of thing and expect a straight answer, but the paranoia of this trivial shit is causing absurd levels of bias and meta. It’s bad juju. Least we could do is try.
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>>3266359
>Danielle is the candidate that was at the top of the Matrons' list of options.

Nix on that one, bud. Top of the matrons lists were Kelsey and Kyou, with a side of Lotus. Danielle was a navy pick.
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>>3266360

I understand, and get that maybe it's not your bag, but other people may enjoy it- and you do seem to be arguing pretty well in support of your position, it seems to me.

Also, that reminds me!

We have a writefag thing to post! I almost forgot!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1n6seta6tg2IXTUdV0fpn6LS4uXYbbqC2XdNO74rxbTI/edit?usp=sharing

He wanted me to post the link to keep the formatting.
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>>3266366
Hot damn! Looks like someone beat me to it. I'm a slow writer anyways. I have no less than 12 unfinished short stories at the moment that I keep jumping back and forth between.
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>>3266359
This, pretty much. I'm not a fan of politicking and drama, which is why I'm trying to stay as far away as possible from candidates that have a high risk of it. Hopefully we can get through the selection process with minimal bloodshed so we can get to the flying bit.
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>>3266306
Danielle seems like she's going to be fun.

>>3266319
Catch ya next time Ghost!
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>>3266371
This constant screeching about "muh politics" actually has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with waifus.

The politics that exist so far are so incredibly vague that the worst of it has been nerds like you blowing up at every possible HINT of the shit actually existing, rather than anything that has actually happened. Holy goddamned fuck, take an entire medicine cabinet of chill pills.
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>>3266378
>This constant screeching about "muh politics" actually has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with waifus.
Bitch, I really like Danielle and despise Wendy, but I'm weighing the concerns like we were told to. Get your head out of your ass with your casting aspersions on me and everyone else. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean that other people are all malicious.
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>>3266359

1) >>3266365
This

and 2) Yes. She’s got a good record, she’s got actual combat experience, and it’s getting to the point where a soldier reporting for duty is being construed as evil shadow matron plotting.

The Meta is less in us questioning matron involvement, that’s natural after dad’s experience. What’s starting to piss people off is that every time a fucking vote shows up, the same point gets thrown in that she’s a matron plant, despite massive evidence to the contrary. There are other obvious matron picks we should be worried about. She’s an O-5, so she’s well and truly stuck in a navy career, maybe trying to make Captain and Admiral. Consorting with Matrons won’t help that clout. She seems to care more about flying the missions than getting in our pants. What she wants is to be out of the warehouse, and soaring over the skies with the coolest, baddest bird in the sky under her.

At least let her fly with us before you scream that she’s dr. evil. Or Mini me.
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>>3266387
BUT WHAT IF SHE'S ACTUALLY (HOPEFULLY?!) A DOUBLE AGENT MATRON PLANT AND DESPERATELY WANTS OUR SEED ANYWAY?!
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>>3266366
I finished reading. Give the Writer my regards. He did a good piece of work. It's short, there's a couple typos, and worst of all, the FALKEN is contracted under Eurofighter, but overall it's an interesting start to what looks to be an interesting side story. I like the Brother is a Steelwing, Sister is a witch thing. I'm excited to see where the author takes it.
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>>3266387
>She’s got a good record,
The records conflict. Some say good, some say meh.
>despite massive evidence to the contrary.
The whole reason it's coming up is there's evidence pointing to the possibility. Not strong evidence, mind, but it's there.
>Consorting with Matrons won’t help that clout.
the covens have enormous pull in the entire military, as the controllers of their supply of witches. If she's gunning for higher ranks, she's more likely to get cozy with the matrons, not less.

>At least let her fly with us
I'm reserving final judgement, but she personally ticks all my "no" boxes so far.
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>>3266366
So Ghost, what's Danielle's familiar anyways? And do you still have any contact with the drawfags from last time? I think there was only one IIRC... Ogitsune's witch pool is now kind of limited in the domestic witch department, at least until we go and become a multinational squadron again.

>>3266360
Oh, I'm paranoid she's a plant alright but I'll still give her the benefit of the doubt right now, seemed chill enough and it's still worth a try flying with her. I'd just assume the talk she had earlier with the unnamed matron was something along the lines of being told DON'T FUCK THIS UP.

>>3266365
Admittedly making Kyou our pick - story connotations aside - would be hilarious for the simple fact of the matrons going "Wait, you're serious?" and bringing the Japanese covens in to politick more with the US ones. Can't meddle if everyone's meddling!
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>>3266408
I'd rather be a fly on the matrons' wall if they see Morgan pick a Young.
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>>3266400
I could be remembering wrongly, but I think Ghost mentioned in an offhand way that the FALKEN was Eurofighter's answer to the American Wyvern and the Russian Nosferatu (I think that was their big superplane?)...

Going back to check, yeah, "It'd be perfectly in character to know that the falken program is the EU's answer to the various superplanes."
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>>3266424
Well caught. Unfortunately I'm too busy to keep up with these threads as I'd like, but you've just jacked my memory into remembering that in this Universe the AC super planes are basically each nations 7th Gen fighter.

So who uses the Morgan, I wonder?
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>>3266431
Morgan, eventually
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>>3266434
Think that has anything to do with why ghost picked this particular name?
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>>3266366
Poor sparkly.The Falken is a pretty spooky plane with its enclosed canopy, but I like to call it a feature. *It looks cool.*

>>3266421
>Implying Young doesn't pull something to attempt to fly with us anyways
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>>3266431
The Air Force have a few
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Man, I don't think I'll ever understand the anti-politics Anon. They sound like people who hate fun.

But seriously, Morgan's very existence is a political minefield. He's going to deal with politics at some point so you might all want to chill a bit.

>>3266421
Which is why she was my top pick.

The mayhem, man. The mayhem.
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>>3266400
Cheers! Wrote it up in literally five or six hours when the last thread dropped. I thought I'd ironed all my typos out but evidently I need another set of eyes going over things.

Looking forward to seeing where Ghost goes with the setting and writing more witchstuff. I've missed this a lot.
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>>3266365
>Danielle was a navy pick.
Did you already forget that we skipped the normal selection? None of the witches in that book are navy picks, the reason the matrons were smiling is because we cut the navy out of the process. The navy can still veto the choices we make but they don't have any say in who we pick to fly with.

>>3266378
>The politics that exist so far are so incredibly vague that the worst of it has been nerds like you blowing up at every possible HINT of the shit actually existing, rather than anything that has actually happened. Holy goddamned fuck, take an entire medicine cabinet of chill pills.
If you've already forgotten the depths of bullshit witch/navy politics can sink to, maybe you should go back and reread SWQ69. We are Frank Bishop's only son, with the Mother of Night no less, that should tell you everything you need to know. It if doesn't you haven't been paying attention.
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>>3266387
> What’s starting to piss people off is that every time a fucking vote shows up, the same point gets thrown in that she’s a matron plant, despite massive evidence to the contrary.
We call her a matron plant because, wait for it, she was planted right in front of us.

Consider the selection process, in order we were introduced to Danielle, Wendy and Kyou. Why do you think Danielle was mentioned first? We asked for defensive witches and they didn't even mention Young, which shows obvious bias. Lotus wasn't mentioned either despite having about the same qualifications as Wendy. It really appears like they were trying to get us to pick one of the initial three. This would make the other two fill the 2nd and 3rd slots and let them quietly sweep the binder under the rug had we not asked for it specifically.

Wendy is on the list to give us a safe and familiar option, she also happens to be the easiest witch to disqualify. No matter how well we mesh together in a test flight both the matrons and the navy could use her age to veto her selection, which, because there are no alternates waiting in the wings would make it a two horse race. Her inclusion is likely by design, again they could just as easily have put Young or Lotus in this spot.

Kyou is on there because she is the highest profile name in the book, leaving her out would be insulting both to the japanese matrons and the imperial family. The board would never seriously consider her as a realistic pick, she works in the matrons favour because if it came down to a tie between her and Danielle the navy is obviously going to side against Kyou for a variety of reasons.

This leaves Danielle as (should the other two be disqualified) the only viable option, which was probably their initial plan. From the matron's perspective she is the perfect candidate, a USN witch with a proven if average record. Not only does that make the navy happy but it also gives the matrons maximum influence over her because she isn't foreigner and thus beholden to local covens. Note that Danielle is not necessarily in on this, but if she isn't already in some matrons pocket you can bet they will try their damn best to put her there regardless of how she feels about the matter. That means problems for her down the road and by extension, us.

Now since we already voted her in (in first place no less) no one is arguing that we shouldn't give her a chance. It just needs to be duly noted that her route has TROUBLE written all over it and not just dismissed out of hand as "hurr shadowruns".
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>>3266758
This is pretty similar to what I was thinking and it’s an obvious concern. I would like to say that I don’t plan on ruling anyone out just because they’re a matron plant. Motivations going into this aside, the understanding gained from the bond formed through the wyvern system should help whoever it is sympathize with our point of view. People change. Hell, Ice was... icey at the beginning of ‘89. Call me a paranoid optimist.
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>>3266758
Honestly, it almost feels like it could also be the exact opposite. She made the list without being remarkable (sidebar, this IS the list for the Wyvern, barely getting into the program is still in the top percentiles of the world). If she's not especially distinguished she might not have any magical pedigree that the matrons are fixing to groom her for.

...Also, on a different note: Did you notice the matron told her, specifically, no booze?
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I really don't care about the politics.

I just don't particularly like the picture ghost used to represent her, so I'll pass
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>>3266967
Heretic, how can you deny the cardio bunny?!
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>>3266971
Not a cute, don't salute.
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>>3266934
>...Also, on a different note: Did you notice the matron told her, specifically, no booze?
If we're on flight status we're told the same thing. And pilots tend to get drunk quite often when not on flight status. If you want to start watching more closely, be my guest, but I don't think there should be alarm bells about it quite yet.
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>>3267547
I'm not alarmed about it, per se, she's in great physical shape (and I'm pretty sure most witches aren't physically athletic because they use magic over muscle). I just think it's interesting she'd call that out specifically, girl might be a drinker.
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lol
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>>3266756
I haven't forgotten the "depths" of 89's politics, I'm just not a paranoid sad bitch about it with every goddamned post I make in every single thread like you are.
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>>3266408
I do still have some contact with a few of them, yes!

I'm hoping they'll pick interest back up in the setting, but I can understand them wanting to wait a bit after that last go round.

>>3266570
Worth noting that Morgan has benefited from maman making sure he knew what the game was. Don't think you're walking into this blind, like Frank did.

>>3266756
no, you elected to *include* the ones that asked to fly with you specifically- not remove all the navy selections. Now, yes, that can be seen as coven meddling, but, I mean, think about who Morgan is. Any witch with an eye towards any kind of coven politics is gonna have at least a passing interest.
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>>3269254
>no, you elected to *include* the ones that asked to fly with you specifically- not remove all the navy selections. Now, yes, that can be seen as coven meddling, but, I mean, think about who Morgan is. Any witch with an eye towards any kind of coven politics is gonna have at least a passing interest.
Not even that. I think just about any witch in the Morgan pipeline who knows who he is (almost all of them) would be interested in flying with him.
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>>3269771
>Morgan
Excuse me, Wyvern. Wrong superplane.
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>>3269254
>no, you elected to *include* the ones that asked to fly with you specifically- not remove all the navy selections.
So we did, hmm. Thanks for the correction, I will need to re-evaluate.

>Worth noting that Morgan has benefited from maman making sure he knew what the game was. Don't think you're walking into this blind, like Frank did.
If you don't mind the feedback I think your exposition is somewhat lacking in this regard. For instance you'll mention things like: "Your practiced eye also notes the tell-tale signs of coven politics- certain witches, the favorites, you assume, have extremely glowing personal reports". However you don't actually specify the witches this refers to, which would have been important to know.

On a similar note you said "Wendy’s the first entry- listed as being one of the witches explicitly interested in flying with you specifically." which implies that the other personal requests are similarly marked. But again you forgot to say which ones those were.
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>>3266331
dude, fuck off jesus the constant shadowruns are annoying

>>3266336
seconding this

>>3266338
>full of herself

She's confident and knows what she wants. More, she's got the experience to back it up, having flown SEAD (which is not an easy job even in Iraq) and in support of combat search and rescue. She's an aviator and capable, and she knows it. She's not a demure waifu that's gonna go "uguu sempai~~~" as soon as we open our goddamn mouths.


The fact of the matter is that she's an "average" candidate on paper-- when the other candidates are in the top 5%, if not top 2%, of witches in the USA and allied nations that we allow to have RIOs as exchange officers fly with American pilots.

If, and this is a huge fucking if, she's a """matron plant""", she's also a career Navy officer with actual combat experience and deserves no less than our full and due consideration. Quit looking for shadowruns where there aren't any.
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>>3271778
> She's not a demure waifu that's gonna go "uguu sempai~~~" as soon as we open our goddamn mouths.
Dropped.
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>>3271778
>She's confident and knows what she wants.
She's a bit cocky and I love that. It's not overmuch, but she knows she's dangerous and attractive. She's good and she knows it.
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>>3272044
>and I love it
It always surprises me how different tastes can be. I detest cockiness and muscle girls. I much prefer quiet confidence and a little softness.
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>>3272218
Look, too much cockiness can be a bad thing, but she's not crossed that boundary yet. And she's not even muscle girl status. She's fit, yeah, but that's different from muscle girls.
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Speaking of SEAD in the Iraq Wars, Ghost, have you ever read the book Viper Pilot by Dan Hampton? F-16 SEAD pilot in both 91 and 03. Has some interesting anecdotes that you might find useful. If you wanna know more, give me a heads up and I'll send you something on irc.
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>>3272218
>a little softness

We already had Ice, Slider, and Katya. Ice was an overbearing worrywart whose most interesting gimmick was being into S&M. Katya only thing was that she was a Russian, and Slider spent most of her time telling us that she wasn't good enough for us (or anyone for some fucking reason).

I hope none of the girls we fly with come with that pack of issues this quest because holy goddamn, no. NO.
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>>3272463
Softness in that context was body type only.
I too would rather fly planes, but considering most witches are teenage girls thrust into special academies, then military service at a very young age, are valued much more than any other personnel, are encouraged to walk around without pants (why not boys shorts), are literal one in a million, and have *actual magical powers*, it's frankly shocking the ones we know are even remotely coherent.
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>>3272463
You forget, Ghostdivision is into girls with issues. It's unlikely.
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>>3272463
>>3272535
Bundles of neurosis aren't fun, but an important part of the setting via planefag's take is how the effects of sending teenage girls into combat manifests through character development. If not carefully managed it can bog things down, but dealt with correctly it can lead to some great character development.
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Had to restart my computer, so this is an ID reset, I think?

>>3269859
You're right, and I'll start accounting for that. Still kinda finding my feet again, but I apologize for the screw up.

>>3272351
I have not! I've been on a big battle of Britain kick lately, managed to find a copy of Duel of Eagles a while ago that I've only just sat down to read.

>>3272543
I mean, Witches are literal child soldiers. Or were, anyway, most of the ones here will be older- but consider, Merlin was in her mid teens during the war. There's guys that are in their mid 20s and 30s that get fucked up by the things they see, so it kinda stands to reason that witches would have issues. That said, I probably didn't handle them all that well, which is a failing on my part, and one I am trying to improve on. That said, I'm sorry I didn't to a good job with it in the past.
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>>3272463
>We already had Ice, Slider, and Katya. Ice was an overbearing worrywart whose most interesting gimmick was being into S&M. Katya only thing was that she was a Russian, and Slider spent most of her time telling us that she wasn't good enough for us (or anyone for some fucking reason).
>I hope none of the girls we fly with come with that pack of issues this quest because holy goddamn, no. NO.


its very unfair to compare anyone with spellcaster squadron. that squadron was probably the most psychologically dysfunctional in the navy, even taking into account that its members were literal child soldiers.
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>>3272569
Oh yeah, I'm not saying I want a bunch of perfect goddesses without any problems at all, I just don't want to see the same notes get hit again in a different quest. I don't want a kid RIO that some creepy fuck in the thread wants to bed. I don't want another Slider, Ice, or Katya. I think Ghost can write different characters with different issues, and the quest would absolutely be better off for it.

And while it is A Thing in the setting that sending kids into combat is fucked up and leads to fucked up people, I think the point has been hammered into the ground well enough. Since we know, for a fact, that witches don't just stop being witches once they become legal or whatever other anime horseshit they try to explain it with, there is pretty much no reason why, after decades of relative peace, we wouldn't have veterans and older witches with their own brand of problems to deal with.

>>3273098
Honestly, you handled 89 about as well as could be expected. Things did start getting shaky around the time ship girls started taking up your time. I think if your only distractions this time around are work, or the search for work, you've got it made in the shade.

>>3273241
Spellcaster is basically the perfect excuse for why witches in this quest ought to be no fuckin younger than 18-20. Sure, get 'em trained when their younger, give 'em witch ROTC or some shit. Keeping them kids is a defect with the setting/the nip shit that created the original concept in the first place. Since witches don't stop being effective when they get old/become christmas cake, there's even less excuse for it, except to say that pretty much every country that sends out witch kids to fight in modern war probably needs people sent to the fucking Hague.
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>>3273252
>Spellcaster is basically the perfect excuse for why witches in this quest ought to be no fuckin younger than 18-20. Sure, get 'em trained when their younger, give 'em witch ROTC or some shit. Keeping them kids is a defect with the setting/the nip shit that created the original concept in the first place. Since witches don't stop being effective when they get old/become christmas cake, there's even less excuse for it, except to say that pretty much every country that sends out witch kids to fight in modern war probably needs people sent to the fucking Hague.

you have to remember, the only reason why the players see witches this young was because both SWQ and SW89 was set in a total war setting (WW2/Martian war for SWQ and Cold war/WW3 for SW89). in peacetime they probably have standards for age. in wartime? straight outta the window
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>>3273272
This still reinforces to me that we shouldn't get a single Merlin in the squadron unless we have fucked up so bad that we're getting kids for replacements, and that should come with consequences to Morgan and any of the survivors.

89 didn't start off with total war, 89 was explicitly "peacetime" until the Reds got antsy. But we still had child soldiers for witches as a thing.

It's a defect of the setting, and while we can't go back and change what has been written, we don't have to repeat that crap now.
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>>3273289
>89 didn't start off with total war, 89 was explicitly "peacetime" until the Reds got antsy. But we still had child soldiers for witches as a thing.

actually, IRL the cold war was not really "peacetime" for the military. the US and USSR were both in a war footing for the most part. was it sustainable? who knows. I assume its the same here in SW.

also why does my id keep changing? these >>3273272
>>3273241
were both me.
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>>3273292
>also why does my id keep changing?
Are you on a phone? The ID changes every time you get a new IP address.
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Had another computer reset- long story short updating WoT broke my graphics software, so I had to reinstall the drivers. Technology! haha.

>>3273252
I appreciate it. 89 has a lot of spots that cause me to go "Damn, I screwed the pooch on that"

>>3273289
I'd think it's in character to know that around the same time we saw the post cold war drawdowns in military spending, the witching world saw a bunch of reforms pass, due in no small part to the various veterans disorders they saw post-war, especially in witches. One of the more major points was changing how the military dealt with witches. As of 2016, No witch on combat status is below the age of 18. There are some younger ones out on apprenticeship cruises, but they're limited to strictly to flights where contact with hostile forces isn't expected, and for the most part they're kept out of regions where hostilities could break out. If war were to be declared, they're to be removed from the ship or base and returned stateside as soon as possible. Not every nation had similar reforms, but most NATO ones applied the same broad rules. There was a later set of reforms in the early aughts that also expanded mental health care for witches and troops in witch units.
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>>3274284
I am even more glad we didn't touch Merlin's daughter for RIO. 13 years old. We would have had to ditch her (when) the war starts, or sit it out.

I'm also glad to see the mental health being dealt with for vets. It can always use more attention.
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>>3274284
>No witch on combat status is below the age of 18

Thank fucking christ
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>>3277674
>sexy
>bullpup
Pick 1.
Nobody ever sat down to design a good rifle, and came out with a bullpup by accident.
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>>3278333

I've honestly been eyeballing an MDR as my next rifle... though I do really want an M1A or a shotgun too, so I'm not sure.

But man, I just got a thing for bullpups. Things are sexy as hell.
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>>3279020
MDR's are apparently working reliably now, though its still a fucking expensive gun.
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>>3279020
Gearheadworks made a bolt action pistol. That’s my next buy.
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So the interview went... well? I guess? Spent an hour and a half in their shop, didn't have to do much paperwork, but met just about everyone in there. Hopefully that's a good sign, but they said don't expect to hear back from them for about three weeks- they've got interviews up over that whole period. Kinda funny, considering they called me back a few hours after I put in, but hey, no big deal.

This, of course, means that we're good this week for the usual three day run, so that's what this will be, barring some odd catastrophe.

Anyway, that's all the news I have!

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The sun isn’t quite up yet, with sunrise scheduled around 06 this morning. The briefing, such as it was, was fairly simple- you’re to follow an instructor aircraft to the NTTR, where you’ll be put through some slow paces, just to test your ability to link with the aircraft. Of course, that will be well after sunrise- there’s other startup procedures to do, including bringing the AI online. Danielle, for her part, looks... slightly uncomfortable in the tight, form-fitting witch’s flight suit, the hard panels hardly doing anything to mask the shape of her body. She’s adopted a flight jacket, which at least covers her torso, at least.

“Maaaan.” She says from her spot next to you in the blue crew van that’s probably been here since sometime in the 1950s. “Why’d they have to make this thing so... ?” She says, gesturing down. “I don’t mind being bareleg, but this thing is, like, perfectly designed to show everything off, ya know? feel like the base doesn’t need to know it’s a tit bit nipply out.”

The funny part is you do actually know why- Merlin explained it all to you, once upon a time, while doing work on her own flight suit. A great deal of it has to do with the mesh layer, which allows the witch to interface with the magical energy systems of the wyvern much better- push power to it faster and more smoothly than just the striker-derived leg interfaces. According to what she told you, it also allows for a degree of self-healing by the witch, should she be wounded.

You’d asked why pilots don’t have anything like that- your flight suit is still mostly just Nomex and good old fire retardant Kevlar, and she couldn’t really answer.

[] Maybe it is designed to show off everything?
[] More complete magic interface. They kept the legs bare because the existing interface there works better than the suit material.
[] Just shrug- no reason to bore her, afterall.
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>>3280875
>[] More complete magic interface. They kept the legs bare because the existing interface there works better than the suit material.
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>>3280875
[] More complete magic interface. They kept the legs bare because the existing interface there works better than the suit material.
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>>3280875
>[] More complete magic interface. They kept the legs bare because the existing interface there works better than the suit material.
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>>3280875
>[x] More complete magic interface. They kept the legs bare because the existing interface there works better than the suit material.
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>>3280875
>[x] More complete magic interface. They kept the legs bare because the existing interface there works better than the suit material.
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>>3280875
>[x] Just shrug- no reason to bore her, afterall.

Woo! Back again for witchy fun times. Let's get on with flying with Danielle!
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>>3280875
>[] More complete magic interface. They kept the legs bare because the existing interface there works better than the suit material.
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>>3280875
>[x] More complete magic interface. They kept the legs bare because the existing interface there works better than the suit material.
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>>3280875
[] More complete magic interface. They kept the legs bare because the existing interface there works better than the suit material.
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>>3280875
>[x] More complete magic interface. They kept the legs bare because the existing interface there works better than the suit material.
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>>3280875
>[] Just shrug- no reason to bore her, afterall.
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>>3280875
>[x] More complete magic interface. They kept the legs bare because the existing interface there works better than the suit material.
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>[] More complete magic interface. They kept the legs bare because the existing interface there works better than the suit material.
Maybe if they made the pilot's suit conductive too the witch could channel magic through it and shield them from the g forces or something. Just seems odd that suits haven't evolved much compared to everything else, just look at our helmet for instance.
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>>3279020
Go shotgun. I say that with a personal bias. I love my Ithaca to death.
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Ok, voting closed!
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[x] More complete magic interface. They kept the legs bare because the existing interface there works better than the suit material.

“More complete magic interface.” You say, indicating her legs. “They kept the legs bare because the existing striker interface in the Wyvern works better than the suit material.”

She nods. “Makes sense. Can’t they have included the striker interface to incorporate more of the body, though?” She asks. “I mean, not like you need much mobility in the aircraft, right?”

“They thought about it, but it was deemed too dangerous. You’ve heard about witches losing limbs to striker failures, imagine if it’s more than that.”

She frowns. “She frowns. “Yeah, guess I can see that. So what about you? How come we don’t get to enjoy a view? I mean, you get to see Daddy and Issues,” She says, gesturing down at the left and right of her chest.

“No point to it.” You say. “I don’t need a magical interface, and the existing flight suit works just fine. Any major overhauls wouldn’t really add any functionality over what I already have.”

“Didn’t the wartime suit have a trauma harness though?” She asks.

You nod again. “The wartime gear went through a lot of variations. This one was settled on in the 90s when they did the last major VDNI redesign. So far it’s been working.”

“Huh.” She says. “So you’re pretty into the Wyvern, then?”

[] I grew up with it, yeah.
[] Just learned to take really good notes.
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>>3281036
>[] I grew up with it, yeah.
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>>3281036
>[x] I grew up with it, yeah.
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>>3281036
>[x] Just learned to take really good notes.

We're a mamma's boy.

Although I'm not particularly comfortable with calling a boob "daddy"
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>>3281036
>[] Just learned to take really good notes.
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>>3281036
>[x] I grew up with it, yeah.
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>>3281036
>[x] I grew up with it, yeah.
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>>3281036
>[X] I grew up with it, yeah.

>I mean, you get to see Daddy and Issues,
>gesturing down at the left and right of her chest

Whyboner powers, activate!
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>>3281036
>[] Just learned to take really good notes but I'm into it.
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>>3281036
>[x] I grew up with it, yeah.

Let’s not display our power level too much, now. She’s applied and been accepted to the wyvern program; she probably knows a good bit about the plane, herself.
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>>3281036
>[x] Just learned to take really good notes.

"There was a quiz later"
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>>3281036
>[] I grew up with it, yeah.

THIS METHOD OF WYVERN PILOTING HAS BEEN PASSED THROUGH THE BISHOP CLAN FOR GENERATIONS!
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>>3281036
>I mean, you get to see Daddy and Issues,” She says, gesturing down at the left and right of her chest.

Muh

>[] I grew up with it, yeah.
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>>3281036
>[x] I grew up with it, yeah.
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>>3281036
>[x] I grew up with it, yeah.
"I practically grew up in it. Mostly due to growing up so close to mer-, I mean aunt Wells."
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>>3281036
[] I grew up with it, yeah.
Wyvern best waifu
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>>3281036
>[X] I grew up with it, yeah.
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>>3281036
> [] I grew up with it, yeah.
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Whoa, I just randomly checked Twitter and the witches are back! What a sweet surprise! Now it's time to catch up...

Back then during the first SWQ'16 run I created ebook versions of the original SWQ and '89. The old dropbox link is still alive, so feel free to grab them: https://www.dropbox.com/s/kvj1uyx7dibch2e/SWQ.20180109.zip
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Ok guys, sorry about the delay. Had pretty a pretty monster sudden headache go shooting through my skull, but a trifecta knocked it back, so we're good!

votes closed!
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[x] I grew up with it, yeah.

You nod. “I grew up with it, yeah.”

“Yeah, that makes sense.” She responds. “So you’re pretty up to speed on the actual engineering and everything?”

You shrug. “As much as I can be. Aunt Wells has a doctorate in this, I don’t even have a masters.”

“Samantha Wells?” She asks, and you nod. “She’s your aunt?”

“Not biologically, but we’re still close.” You respond.

“So when you say you grew up around the jet, you mean it, huh? That’s pretty awesome, actually.” She says, after a minute.

[] What about you? what made you go for it?
[] I got lucky. I try not to let it go to my head.
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>>3281239
>[x] What about you? what made you go for it?
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>>3281239
>[x] What about you? what made you go for it?

Ooh, motive question. Wishful thinking that this may calm the shadowruns if she answers right?
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>>3281239
>[x] What about you? what made you go for it?

>first time in the cockpit was Nixon's F-14 just before he died
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>>3281239
>[] I got lucky. I try not to let it go to my head.
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>>3281239
>[] I got lucky. I try not to let it go to my head.
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>>3281239
>[x] What about you? what made you go for it?
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>>3281239
[] What about you? what made you go for it?
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>>3281239
>[X] What about you? what made you go for it?
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>>3281239
>[] I got lucky. I try not to let it go to my head.
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>>3281239
>[x] What about you? what made you go for it?
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>>3281239
>[x] What about you? what made you go for it?
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>>3281239
>[X] I got lucky. I try not to let it go to my head.
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>>3281239
>[X] What about you? what made you go for it?
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>>3281239
>[] What about you? what made you go for it?
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>>3281239
>[x] What about you? what made you go for it?
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>>3281239
[x] What about you? what made you go for it?
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>[] What about you? what made you go for it?
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[x] What about you? what made you go for it?

You nod. “What about you?” You ask. “What made you go for the program?”

She frowns, her eyes focusing out somewhere far away as she does so. “A lot of things, really.” She says. “I’ve always tried to do better than I was, and the wyvern seemed like the next step up from strikers. I qualified for the program, and figured that it was one of those things I kept telling myself I should really do, ya know? After Iraq they told me I qualified, so I said worst they can do is say no, and put in.”

You nod as she continues.

“There’s more than that, I just got out of a shitty situation with my family- don’t ask- and was riding pretty high on the success.” She grins, still looking out past the window of the van. “Got even higher when I got the acceptance notification.”

She’s about to say something else when you hear her suck in a breath. Turning to look, you see what she does- your Wyvern, lit by portable flood lights, being prepped for initial startup and it’s first flight.

Of course, your practiced eye spots your aunt almost immediately, bareleg again and her familiar out, as she stands on the fighter’s back, helping a crew in the armored engine bays.

“So, that’s it, huh?” She asks. “Never actually seen one up close before.”

[] There were none aboard?
[] Yeah, they’re impressive.
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>>3281442
>[X] Yeah, they’re impressive.
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>>3281442
>[x] Yeah, they’re impressive.
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>>3281442
>[x] Yeah, they’re impressive.

That's a pretty damn good answer. Seems kind of personal. Definitely wondering what "Family reasons" are, but now is not the right time or place. All I do know is that it's far too sincere to be a matron thing.
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>>3281442
>[Z] There were none aboard?
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>>3281442
>[x] Yeah, they’re impressive.
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>[x] Yeah, they’re impressive.
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>>3281442
[] Yeah, they’re impressive
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>>3281442
>[] Yeah, they’re impressive.

>and the wyvern seemed like the next step up from strikers.
Aren't Wyvern striker a thing? I seem to remember Ice running a set in '89.
Doesn't that also imply she ran strikers before this? Flying strikers and sitting shotgun in a steelwing are completely different skill sets.
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>>3281442
>[X] Yeah, they’re impressive.
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>>3281442
>[x] Yeah, they’re impressive.
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>>3281442
[x] Yeah, they’re impressive.
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>>3281442
>[X] There were none aboard?
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>>3281442
>[x] Yeah, they’re impressive.
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ok, votes called!
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[x] Yeah, they’re impressive.

“Yeah.” you say with a slight smile as the van pulls to a stop. “They’re pretty impressive.”

Grabbing your flight bag off the floor of the van, you turn around to help Danielle out- she thanks you, but jumps down without accepting the help anyway. “So it’s time to meet Merlin, I guess.” She says, using your aunt’s callsign and well-known nickname.

“She’s pretty easy to get along with.” you respond.

Danielle grins. “I just hope I don’t embarrass myself.” She says.

You laugh, approaching the aircraft with Danielle following just behind you to your left. Merlin’s head pops almost immediately, swiveling around to find you- she smiles after a second, patting the tech next to her on the back and saying something before hopping down, cushioning her landing with a blue shield.

“Morgan.” She says, greeting you with a hug again, then letting go and looking up at you. “You ready to get started?”

[] Are you?
[] Of course, aunt M.
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>>3281658
>[x] Of course, aunt M.
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>>3281658
>[x] Of course, aunt M.
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>>3281658
>[x] Of course, aunt M.
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>>3281658
>[X] Of course, aunt M.
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>>3281658
>[] Are you?
don't be overly formal.
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>>3281658
>[x] Of course, aunt M.
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>>3281658
>[x] Of course, aunt M.
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>>3281658
>[x] Of course, aunt M. But first, I’d like you to meet Danielle...

We introduce the commander, if it wasn’t already naturally implied by the option.
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>>3281658
>[] Of course, aunt M.
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>>3281658
>[X] Of course, aunt M.
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>>3281658
> [] Of course, aunt M.
She’s the best option by far. It hurts lads.
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>>3281658
>[z] Are you?
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>>3281714
She's the only option we've seen so far. Don't write the others off before we even see them. Don't fall prey to first girl syndrome.
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>>3281735
Oh, I meant Merlin.
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ok, votes called!

>>3281714
Is she though? you haven't even met everyone yet!
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>>3281751
MIGHT I REMIND YOU SIR THAT MERLIN IS NOT FOR LEWDS?
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>>3281789
Good point, but it’s going to be a very high bar.
>>3281793
> Is no longer underage.
> Has kids now so must be for lewds.
> Still sweet.
> Turns heads.
Anon, she’s the innocent scientist MILF option that we’ve always admired.
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[x] Of course, aunt M.

You nod, looking up at the jet. “Of course, aunt M.” you say.

“Glad to hear it.” She says, turning to look at Danielle. “You must be Commander Peterson.” She says. “It’s good to meet you.”

“It’s good to meet you too, ma’am. An honor.” Danielle responds, sounding kind of awestruck- it’s easy to forget that your aunt is often known as ‘the mother of air combat’’ just for everything she’s done to revolutionize it- her work on strikers has kept them entirely relevant in the modern age, and she’s effectively the driving force behind the wyvern program.

Your aunt blushes lightly- she does so often, so it’s nothing you really think of as notable anymore. “T-thank you.” She says. “A-are you ready, commander? I’ll help walk you through startup.”

“Yes, ma’am.” Danielle says.

“Ok. up the ladder then. You first- SIO always enters the aircraft before the pilot, you have more to do.” Merlin says. “I’ll be right behind you. Morgan?”

You nod. “I’ll wait till you’re up.” You say, and she shakes her head.

“Th-that wasn’t what I was thinking.” She says. “Stay down here, and I’ll do your walkaround inspection with you. Either that or we can have John go over it with you, he said he’d be fine showing you how to do it.”

[] I can wait
[] Better that you help the commander, I can go with the chief.
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>>3281845
>[x] Better that you help the commander, I can go with the chief.
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>>3281845
>[] Better that you help the commander, I can go with the chief.
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>>3281845
>[x] Better that you help the commander, I can go with the chief.
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>>3281845
>[] Better that you help the commander, I can go with the chief.
multitasking

>pic
That... looks really power intensive.
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>>3281845
>[x] Better that you help the commander, I can go with the chief.

It's not being hasty. We gotta be in good with Chief or we ain't going nowhere
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>>3281845
>[x] Better that you help the commander, I can go with the chief.
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>>3281845
>[X] Better that you help the commander, I can go with the chief.
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>>3281845
> [] I can wait
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>>3281793
Imagine the look on the matron's faces if we rejected all of their pet witches. Then shacked up with Merlin and had a son.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8yW5cyXXRc
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>>3281845
>[X] Better that you help the commander, I can go with the chief.
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>>3281891
Goals.
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Ok, votes closed!
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>>3281845
>[x] Better that you help the commander, I can go with the chief.

If merlin sets up CDR Peterson properly, pretty sure the wyvern will be the safest place in the world.
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[x] Better that you help the commander, I can go with the chief.

“I’ll do the walkaround with the chief.” You say, looking over to see him approaching. “Better that you help the commander.”

She nods. “John knows the Wyvern almost as well as I do.” She says- which is a pretty good endorsement in his favor, though your aunt usually talks pretty well of people, and the worst you’ve ever heard her say about someone is ‘they need work’.

“Morning, sir.” The chief says, a tin cup from a thermos lid in one hand- full of very, very strong coffee, by the smell of it. “Let’s go.”

You nod, following behind him. “Most of the time, the big stuff will be done by me. Or my counterpart with the fleet. Still, you need to look around. Like up there-” He gestures with his mug at the jet intakes. “You’re not gonna crawl up in there, but you need to get a flashlight and take a look anyway. These engines can eat some small FOD, but you still wanna avoid it as much as possible.” He nods as you fish a light from your shoulder pocket and look in the intakes- they’re clear, of course.

“Your bays are all empty,” He says, stopping next to the nacelle missile bays. “and there’s no conformal pack fitted, so there’s nothing to check there. Still, you’re going to want to take a look up in there and make sure the trays are secure, or that the missiles are attached to the rotary launchers. Go ahead up in and give that tray a couple pulls, see if it wiggles.” He nods when it doesn’t. “A loose tray is bad news, especially in the fleet. We don’t tell Miss Wells this, but a lot of crews just take them out and use a modified system from the lightning 2s.”

“There’s no pylons fitted, so all you can really do is make sure that the panel covers are in place correctly. You should only just be able to see the joint, there and there, see?” He says, pointing them out. “Shouldn’t be any indication of anything leaking or loose, if there is, you’ve got problems. Same with the wing pivot there and the flaps. You can’t go up and check them from down here, but any traces of fluid indicate a bad enough issue that you need to get your chief. Do not, I’ll repeat it, do NOT attempt to fly with evidence of a fluid leak from either the wing pivot point or the flaps.”

1/2
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You nod, though you don’t think he sees it. “Gear, mostly the same thing. Check for evidence of fluid where there shouldn’t be, and check the damn tires. You got cords showing in there, you need to let your chief know. You’re ok to operate with up to three showing, but more than that you need to get it changed out. Tailhook should be rolled and stowed on the ground, so just take a look at the door to make sure it’s lined up and secured correctly.”

Following him back to the exhaust he looks up and frowns, then nods. “Right. So you don’t have modules fitted yet, Miss Wells said you’d discuss that later. You’d just check them to make sure they were fit correctly, you shouldn’t see a joint. Your exhausts are three-d thrust vectoring nozzles, you need to look for anything there that looks out of place, unusual heat discoloration, heat discoloration in unusual places, evidence of heat damage, that kind of thing. Keep in mind running WEP on this bastard will burn these things up and pretty quickly, so be sure to tell the crew if you had to use it for more than a couple seconds.” You nod, following still as he crosses under the center bays.

“Your bays are empty, and even if they weren’t, not much you could do but do a visual inspection.” He says, pointing up. “But it’s the same as it is on the nacelles, anything looks loose or missing, you need to grab your chief. He’ll be around before you take off anyway. Your guns, all you need to do over there is make sure the ammo loading hatches are closed. You are loaded guns, so go over and take a look, they on the underside of the wing root, just behind the intakes.”

You look around, eventually finding the hatches, both of which are closed and locked. “Normally you’d check them when you check the intakes on that side.” He continues to walk forward. “The enhanced sensor cluster here under the nose you can’t do much but look for obvious damage- scarring or pitting of the exterior, cracks, that kind of thing. Same with the radome up front, you’re just looking to make sure it’s closed up and locked.”

He stops again by the cockpit ladder, looking at you. “That’s it. We’ll do this again a couple times, and you’ll do walks with Miss Wells too. She knows this bird better than god hisself, so listen to her if she tells you something looks out of place or wrong. Now, do you need help getting strapped in up top?”

[] I think I’m good chief, thanks.
[] Probably, a couple of them get kinda tough to do.
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>>3282009
>[x] I think I’m good chief, thanks.
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>>3282009
>[X] I think I’m good chief, thanks.
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>>3282008
>[x] Probably, a couple of them get kinda tough to do.

This is what we call 'male bonding.'
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>>3282009
>[x] I think I’m good chief, thanks.
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>>3282009
>[x] I think I’m good chief, thanks.
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>>3282009
>[x] I think I’m good chief, thanks.
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>>3282009
>[X] I think I’m good chief, thanks.
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>>3282008
>[] I think I’m good chief, thanks.
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>>3282009
>[] I think I’m good chief, thanks.
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Ok, votes called!
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[x] I think I’m good chief, thanks.

“I’m good chief, thanks.” You say. “Is there anything else I need to check out?”

He shakes his head. “Just don’t bust your ass falling off the ladder.” He says, grinning. “The holds can get kinda slick at sea.”

You nod. “Thanks, chief.”

He raises his mug of coffee to you, and then turns to walk off, stalking towards one of the floodlights as two sailors start to bring it down. Others are clearing the pad around the wyvern, while a few remain, topping off the tanks and wheeling a standard APU cart into position.

Merlin’s sitting along the canopy rail, reaching down into the backseat position to help Danielle with her straps. While she’s already figured out the interface- you can see the tail of her familiar poking out from between her legs on the seat- she’s still working on the seat straps. Merlin looks up as you step into the cockpit. “I’ll be over in a second if you have trouble, Morgan.” She says.

You nod, hanging your helmet off of the small hook on the side of the ejection seat as you sit down, fidgeting around to get the straps all pulled out from under and behind you. There’s not many, honestly- they’ve got more in common with a four point racing harness than anything else- though there’s not a lot of slack, even before you’ve got it hooked up to your survival vest.

You manage too get it threaded in properly, though you have to leave it all loose to do so, before you go in to tighten the straps down. You get them tight, just as Merlin appears at the side of the cockpit. “Oh, good, you got them.” She says, looking down. “They should be really tight, almost uncomfortable. You’ll get used to it, but you don’t want leave room for yourself to get thrown around in them if you can help it. Here, let me check.”

It only takes her a second to reach down, pulling on the strap tabs that stick out, then tucking them up under themselves. “There, that’ll keep them from floating in negative G” She says. “I’ve got to get down so you can do startup.” She looks down over her shoulder at the ground crew. “They’ve got a cart down there, so I’ll be able to hook into the intercom.” She smiles, indicating your helmet. “Nervous?”

[] Not at all.
[] A little, yeah.
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ok guys, there's our overnight vote up! I'll be back in the morning for the next part of the thread, but till then, I've got to find something to eat, haha! I may be around for some questions if you have them, but no promises.
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>>3282152
>[x] A little, yeah.

No lying to Merlin, and I have a feeling Danielle isn’t a fan of bullshit either.
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>>3282152
>[X] Not at all.
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>>3282152
>[X] Not at all.
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>>3282152
>[] A little, yeah.
but only just a little.
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>>3282155
>[X] A little, yeah.

Thanks for the run again chief. Danielle is looking great. And her personality is excellent too!

As it happens, I have a question. What's the verdict on multi-engine strikers... Like a Boeing E-3 striker, or an AC-130 striker.... Y'know, as completely non-specific random hypothetical examples.
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>>3282152
>[] A little, yeah.
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>>3282152
>[x] A little, yeah.
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>>3282152
>[] A little, yeah

Also i need to check again if Ghost has posted reference art for Danielle.
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>>3282175
It's further up in this thread friendo.
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>>3282152
>[] Not at all.
Does Morgan have his callsign yet? If not I can see him getting one close to Frank's
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>>3282179
I think i see it, danke.
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>>3282152
>[x] A little, yeah.
I mean, we still need to wake the AI up, and I get the feeling it'll be... Eccentric.

>>3282155
Thanks for the run, boss. Are you sure you aren't channeling Long Caster every run?
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>>3282152
>[x] Nervous and excited
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>>3282164

Tests and prototypes. Though a spooky wouldn't make much sense to me, in as far as it goes, since you couldn't pack nearly the same firepower on one.
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>>3282197
Not to nitpick the art (but who am I kidding) she really should have the claw emblem and not the sin lines at that point in the game.
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>>3282233
Supposing they had an ability which made up for it....their personal magic. I'll say the idea is still rolling around in my head. Obviously I have to wait for WWIV to kick off before they can fly missions though....

An alternate suggestion that passed through my mind was witches in spookies as aircrew, manually augmenting the guns.
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>>3282152
>[x] A little, yeah.
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>>3282152
>[] A little, yeah.

Danielle is pretty top tier, I'm hoping she stays that way in the air.
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>>3281817
"Ara ara ma ma..."
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>>3282152
>[] Not at all.
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>>3282197
Sin lines ? What was the meaning of those again ?
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>>3259941
>no job offers yet, sadly. ah well.
If I had a business near you I'd hire you instantly. Sadly I'm a cheese eater on the other side of the Atlantic.
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>>3282665
Sins, obviously. The more you got, the worse your crime.
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>>3282665
In Trigger's case?
It means you are suspected to have murdered Osean former President Harling.
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Ok guys, gonna start early cos I can't run Friday, so votes called!
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[x] A little, yeah.

You exhale, then nod, unable to lie to your ‘aunt’, even if you’d rather do so to save face. “Yeah.” you nod. “A little.”

She smiles, reaching past you to pull your helmet off the hook and put it in your lap. “You’ll be fine, Morgan.” She says, reassuringly, patting your arm. “You were always meant for this.” She smiles again, then pivots on the canopy rail and hops down, jogging away from the fighter to the cart parked off your nose, about a hundred yards away.

You watch her for a moment, then flop the helmet over and settle it on your head, leaving the visor up and the face mask off as you connect the chin strap and plug your mask into the fighter’s oxygen system and link the backup intercom wires to the panel on your left. You can feel a faint pulling sensation as your helmet’s systems interact with your plugs, retracting the covers and inserting the connectors. It’s an unusual feeling, like being in a very large, empty room, but it’s one you’ve encountered before.

“You on intercom?” Danielle asks a second later as you pull on a pair of gloves and reach up to drop the armored visor in place. You shake your head to get your mask to fall into place so you can respond.

“I’m here.” you say, tightening your gloves down and fastening the velcro straps across their backs.

“Good, was starting to get lonely. Miss Wells said I’d have to get used to the intercom, but it shouldn’t affect our communications too bad. I’ve already retracted the ladder and I’m good for startup. She said we’d have to bring up the AI and computers first on the aux cart and then get flight systems. You good for initial checklist up there?”

She sounds a little more businesslike, though you can still pick up on her excitement, even over the intercom.

[] Let’s get started, at least on the first couple steps.
[] Prolly ought to wait for Merlin before we even get started.
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>>3283716
>[] Let’s get started, at least on the first couple steps.
We're not helpless, but she's around if we have issues.
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>>3283716
>[x] Let’s get started, at least on the first couple steps.
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>>3283716
>[x] Prolly ought to wait for Merlin before we even get started.
There is no point in rushing into it and messing up. The wyvern is Merlin's baby, and she will help lead us and Danielle through it.
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>>3283716
>[x] Let’s get started, at least on the first couple steps.
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>>3283716
>[X] Let’s get started, at least on the first couple steps.
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>>3283716
>[X] Prolly ought to wait for Merlin before we even get started.
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>>3283716
>[x] Let’s get started, at least on the first couple steps.
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>>3283716
>[] Let’s get started, at least on the first couple steps.
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>>3283716
>[x] Prolly ought to wait for Merlin before we even get started.
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>>3283716
>[x] Let’s get started, at least on the first couple steps.
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>>3283716
>[x] Let’s get started, at least on the first couple steps.
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>>3283716
>[] Let’s get started, at least on the first couple steps.
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>>3283716
[] Prolly ought to wait for Merlin before we even get started.
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>>3283716
>[x] Let’s get started, at least on the first couple steps.
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Ok, votes called!
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Pretty slow update.
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>>3284036
It’s probably dinner time.
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[x] Let’s get started, at least on the first couple steps.

“Yeah, let’s get started.” You respond, flipping open the top cover of the notes on your thigh board.

“Ok, page one, pre initialization start. Item one.” She says, giving you a second to get to the same page and line item.

The checks- at least the half-dozen or so items you can actually do- are all simple- check switch settings, make sure you’re off battery and on exterior power, make sure everything that’s supposed to light up does and that the boards are all green. You’re just finishing the last item before you have to stop when your intercom pops and Merlin comes on.

“Are you both on?” She asks, looking over at the chief, still drinking his coffee and watching the screens on the computer cart.

“We’re here, ma’am.” Danielle responds. “Pre-initilization is done up to line item six.”

“Ok, good.” Merlin says. “Danielle, you’ll need to continue ahead. Morgan..” She pauses, and you turn to see her looking over at the screen, nodding. “Morgan, sit tight for a minute.”

You can hear the wyvern waking up around you- a pump activates somewhere behind you and the MFDs on your console flicker to life. They cycle through their settings before all returning to a blank input screen.

You follow along for a minute or three, listening in. “Ok, Morgan? Activate your VDNI uplink, please.” Merlin orders. You look over out of the canopy, then reach down to hit the uplink toggle, watching as the safety cover snaps back in place over it as you settle back in the ejection seat, closing your eyes.

You almost don’t notice the transition- probably wouldn’t have, if not for the sudden alphanumerics sliding across the inside of your helmet’s visor. “VDNI link looks good, Morgan.” Merlin says, sounding as if she’s right next to you, her voice right in your ear. “Ok, Danielle, proceed to twelve.”

You blink again as you detect another presence, as if someone’s in the cockpit with you. “XF-02D (mod) Wyvern, BuNo 169290” it intones, the words appearing soundlessly in your head, like in a dream. “Generator online, Sensors Online. Weapons online.”

“Danielle, Morgan?” Merlin calls, causing you to turn and look- blinking when you remember again you’re alone up front. “The AI’s coming online now, but it’ll take about ten minutes to do it’s self-diagnostics. I’m going to get in the instructor chase aircraft, I’ll be flying with them to the NTTR. Begin your engine start checklist and taxi out when the chief clears you.”

1/2
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You’d nod, but you’re distracted- the startup is fascinating. Reticules flare lazily in front of you before disappearing seconds later, and the data stream seems overwhelming at first- atmospherics, radar uplink, combat network link- the fighter almost seems confused by the lack of a network for a minute. You almost miss the chief's call a minute later as you start to adapt, shutting off some of the extraneous data and sorting other feeds.

“We’re hot.” Danielle says, a second later. “Jets coming up.”

The turbines start behind you with a rising whine, and you can sense- if not see- the crew pulling the exterior power and computer feeds from their respective ports and closing them up. You can almost feel the slight tugs as they do so, like someone picking at your clothes.

“We’re clear to roll.” Danielle says, a moment later- you don’t have to look over to see the ground crew hustling away, hunched over, carrying the wheel chocks. “Runway 24R, north turn on climbout.”

“This is crazy, isn’t it?” She asks you on the private interplane channel a second later. “How you doing up there? You ok?”

[] Good so far.
[] It’s... interesting.
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>>3284069
>[x] It’s... interesting.
The data overload is real. But we should get used to it.
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>>3284069
>[x] It’s... interesting.
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>>3284069
>[x] It’s... interesting.
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>>3284069
>[x] Good so far.
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>>3284069
>[X] It’s... interesting.
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>>3284069
>[x] It’s... interesting.
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>>3284069
>[x] It’s... interesting.
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>>3284069
>[X] It’s... interesting.
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>>3284069
>[] It’s... interesting.
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>>3284069
>[x] It’s... interesting
Better take a moment to adjust while we are still on the ground
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>>3284067
>[X] It’s... interesting.
>Generator online, Sensors Online. Weapons online.”
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>>3284069
>[] It’s... interesting.
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>>3284069
>[x] It’s... interesting.
HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHWAY! TO! THE! DANGERZONE!
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>>3284069
>[x] Good so far.
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>>3284117
Eh, I'm thinking more "Information High"
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>>3284069
>[] Good so far.
little busy dealing with information overload to chat.
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>>3284112
>Danielle's magic ability is Phantom Mech
>We get ENHANCED IMAGING via VDNI
IT'S ALL COMING TOGETHER
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>>3284127
Damnit! I will have my beach volleyball scene!
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>>3284067
>[] It’s... interesting.
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>>3284133
Later, anon.
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Ok, votes closed!
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>>3284133
Nah man now we get singing mind-controlling AIs.
Ok shit is there gonna be a Macross Project about to appear somewhere in the story?
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>>3284112
But is it a MAD, or a CAT?
Make up your mind!
>>3284132
They invaded MY HOME PLANET!
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>>3284184
I'm waiting for the Matrix to start. from the sounds of things, the only reason the AI don't replace the crew is they need power from a witch. I could easily see them staging a revolt and taking witches for litteral batteries.
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>>3284197
I've seen that doujin
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[x] It’s... interesting.

“It’s... interesting.” You respond, still blinking away feeds. “Rolling.”

The wyvern bumps away from it’s spot in front of the hangars, rolling under it’s own power for the first time. Mentally, it’s similar to walking- almost as automatic after a second. “We’ll have site-wide radar coverage over the NTTR.” Danielle says, as you notice the two-place F-16 chase plane begin rolling behind you. “We’ll be mostly alone up there, though we’ll be sticking to the northern part of the range. R4808N and the NTS are restricted airspace, we’ll need to avoid them.”

“Got it.” You say, lining up on the center of the runway- the chase plane will be up after you on a minimum peacetime interval, but won’t roll with you, leaving you the entire span of concrete to yourself.

“Takeoff clearance granted. Climb to angels ten and turn north off the runway.” Danielle says from the back, right as a suggested flight path appears as a dotted green line down the runway- the AI assisting, though it’s still working through it’s diagnostics.

Holding the brakes, you open the throttles, cracking them right into the afterburner range. The roar behind you seems part of you- the excitement of the instant before the center snaps the ball back to you, right before the starting gun goes off. It doesn’t last long- as soon as the A/B light blinks on on the console, and the chime sounds in your head, you release the brakes and are forced back into your seat by the Gs. Lightly loaded, the monstrously powerful jet turbines force your nose up less than a quarter of the way down the runway, and you pull into the sky, retracting your gear and dropping back out of the afterburner range as you turn north.

“Proceed to the NTTR, Morgan.” Merlin calls up- you look down to see the F-16 just now lining up on the runway. “We’ll join you there. We’ll start a standard workup procedure... unless you and Danielle are willing to try something more advanced?”

“Advanced?” Danielle asks, sounding confused- it takes you a second to realize it’s on the intercom “What does she mean?”

[] She’d never backseat for anyone but dad, and he wouldn’t be caught dead in an F-16, so it’s not that. Probably wants to push us harder than she would another pilot.
[] Probably something they save for later in the cycle, skip the basic acrobatics and control.
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>>3284245
>[x] She’d never backseat for anyone but dad, and he wouldn’t be caught dead in an F-16, so it’s not that. Probably wants to push us harder than she would another pilot.
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>>3284245
>[] She’d never backseat for anyone but dad, and he wouldn’t be caught dead in an F-16, so it’s not that. Probably wants to push us harder than she would another pilot.

As long as we don't go full FRONK and do what maman said not to do.
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>>3284245

[] She’d never backseat for anyone but dad, and he wouldn’t be caught dead in an F-16, so it’s not that. Probably wants to push us harder than she would another pilot.
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>>3284245
>[x] She’d never backseat for anyone but dad, and he wouldn’t be caught dead in an F-16, so it’s not that. Probably wants to push us harder than she would another pilot.
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>>3284245
>[X] She’d never backseat for anyone but dad, and he wouldn’t be caught dead in an F-16, so it’s not that. Probably wants to push us harder than she would another pilot.
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>>3284245
>[x] She’d never backseat for anyone but dad, and he wouldn’t be caught dead in an F-16, so it’s not that. Probably wants to push us harder than she would another pilot.
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>>3284245
>[] Probably something they save for later in the cycle, skip the basic acrobatics and control.
Let's try to get to grips with the aircraft itself before trying anything too crazy. We can screw around once we understand how the plane flys.
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>>3284245
>[x] She’d never backseat for anyone but dad, and he wouldn’t be caught dead in an F-16, so it’s not that. Probably wants to push us harder than she would another pilot.
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>>3284245
>[x] Probably something they save for later in the cycle, skip the basic acrobatics and control.
Let's take it easy for now.
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>>3284245
>[x] She’d never backseat for anyone but dad, and he wouldn’t be caught dead in an F-16, so it’s not that. Probably wants to push us harder than she would another pilot.
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>>3284245
>[x] Probably something they save for later in the cycle, skip the basic acrobatics and control.
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>>3284245
>[x] She’d never backseat for anyone but dad, and he wouldn’t be caught dead in an F-16, so it’s not that. Probably wants to push us harder than she would another pilot.
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>>3284245
>[x] She’d never backseat for anyone but dad, and he wouldn’t be caught dead in an F-16, so it’s not that. Probably wants to push us harder than she would another pilot.

>caught dead
Probably literally, given what happened during Fronk's last attempt to fly a non-Wyvern plane
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>>3284245
>[] Probably something they save for later in the cycle, skip the basic acrobatics and control.

having flashbacks to when Young nearly killed himself in that race with the new engines.
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>>3284245
>[x] She’d never backseat for anyone but dad, and he wouldn’t be caught dead in an F-16, so it’s not that. Probably wants to push us harder than she would another pilot.
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ok, voting over!
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[x] She’d never backseat for anyone but dad, and he wouldn’t be caught dead in an F-16, so it’s not that. Probably wants to push us harder than she would another pilot.

“Well, she’d never backseat for anyone but dad, and he wouldn’t be caught dead in an F-16, so it’s not that.” You say, thinking. “Probably just wants to push us harder than she would another crew.”

“Huh.” Danielle says. “I got the impression she’d fly with you if you asked.” She says. “But not my business. I think we ougghta. Hell, If she thinks you can hack it, that’s gotta be a vote of confidence, right?”

“She tends to overestimate what I’m capable of.” You say, shaking your head.

“Either way, what do you say? I think we ougghta push it.”

[] Probably not smart, not yet anyway.
[] Yeah, let’s see what we can do.
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>>3284350
>[X] Yeah, let’s see what we can do.
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>>3284350
>[x] Yeah, let’s see what we can do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9CYH2BpheM
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>>3284350
>[x] Yeah, let’s see what we can do.
She thinks she can do it, let's not let her down.
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>>3284360
Cos I mean you know Danielle talking the good shit right now, but then we're gonna do some space age ninja shit in this Wyvern and her reactions ought to be GREAT.
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>>3284350
>[x] Yeah, let’s see what we can do.
It's time
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>>3284350
>[x] Yeah, let’s see what we can do.

Maman will be mad.

So we don’t tell Maman.
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>>3284350
>>[X] Yeah, let’s see what we can do.
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>>3284350
>[] Probably not smart, not yet anyway.
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>>3284350
>[] Probably not smart, not yet anyway.
First time flying with the plugs, first time in a new aircraft. Let's at least get the basics down first.
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>>3284350
>[] Probably not smart, not yet anyway.
Mother said not to push ourself too hard, Don't wanna make her mad
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>[x] Yeah, let’s see what we can do.
In defense of pushing to the limit, like I said earlier. Brigitte was worried about us dying, but unlike Fronk we -

>Don't have shrapnel stuck in us
>Actually have VDNI unlike Frank at that time
>Don't have people trying to ACTUALLY kill us at the moment
>Don't even know if we're a gnome Though we probably are...

Let's FLY.
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>>3284367
That's assuming she's doesn't learn herself. Knowing her, she'll definitely know regardless of if we tell her
>>3284381
We still promised.
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>>3284381
You might want to keep in mind this is the first time we've actually flown in this bird, with its AI.

We gotta walk before we run, otherwise we could fuck up best girl (wyvern) and second best girl (Danielle).
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>>3284350
>[x] Yeah, let’s see what we can do.
Press [X] to push it to the limit.
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>>3284350
>[x] Yeah, let’s see what we can do.

*Eurobeat intensifies*
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>>3284388
Going back, I don't see where we promised. All she said was to be careful. That said, I don't expect us to pull out second-coming of Fronk maneuvers just yet, as it's our first time in the plane. And on that topic...
>>3284389
Unless I read wrong, we're out here to get a feel for it before we start with the aggressors. Assuming anything goes wrong in this check, we should be at a high enough altitude to level out or bail if necessary. Considering Merlin and Chief along with their assistants have been all over the Wyvern with a fine-tooth comb, we should be fine.
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>>3284421
I seem to recall the Wyvern can be tricky to handle, somewhat slippery and a little unstable.
We're also booting up an AI in the back. That thing has the potential to be a wildcard.
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