Comic 1091 - House of cards...

21st Oct 2014, 9:00 PM
House of cards...
Average Rating: 5 (18 votes)
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velvetsanity 21st Oct 2014, 9:09 PM edit delete reply

This page is giving me the impression that bringing Julia in isn't any part of the plan...
Dragonrider 21st Oct 2014, 9:14 PM edit delete reply

Reread the last panel.
Centcomm 21st Oct 2014, 9:20 PM edit delete reply

Its a "adjustment"
Sheela 22nd Oct 2014, 7:48 AM edit delete reply

Interestingly, Julia *still* don't know who Mirako works for.

Though she does seem upset about the New Troy bit.
velvetsanity 22nd Oct 2014, 10:29 AM edit delete reply

o/' Miraiko and Julia sittin' in a tree! K-i-s-s-i-n-g! Miraiko's a spy, Julia doesn't know, with her from Roma she wants Julia to go! o/' :D
Stormwind13 22nd Oct 2014, 1:59 PM edit delete reply

LOL. ::Claps at singing:: Very good, velvet. :-D

Oh and yeah velvet, I don't think Julia was in Rose's plans at all. Miraiko has INTRODUCED that little wrinkle I think.
Tokyo Rose 23rd Oct 2014, 3:42 PM edit delete reply

Julia was part of the plan, but she was never supposed to KNOW about it. Plans, however, have a habit of changing due to outside circumstances.
Stormwind13 23rd Oct 2014, 3:48 PM edit delete reply

Or inside... heart-shaped circumstances, maybe? :-D
Sheela 23rd Oct 2014, 4:02 PM edit delete reply

Just when you think you have everything rail-roaded in your story,
it turns out the pilot is either drunk or insane ... or worse, completely absent..
Dragonrider 21st Oct 2014, 9:13 PM edit delete reply

OK now we have more back story and Julia has yet to hear the three words she wants desperately to hear, It is Real, I Wasn't Acting, or I want you.
Centcomm 21st Oct 2014, 9:20 PM edit delete reply

heh .. nothing gets past you.. :D
Dragonrider 21st Oct 2014, 9:46 PM edit delete reply

A lot gets by me, but lets get crazy here. We know Lynn won't leave without Acantha, what if Acantha won't leave unless Aneas is repaired first to protect everyone from her brother and Kali.
Sheela 22nd Oct 2014, 7:47 AM edit delete reply

*bounces by Dragonrider*

.. he won't see me ..
.. he won't see me ..
.. he won't see me ..
.. he won't see me ..

Dragonrider 22nd Oct 2014, 7:58 AM edit delete reply

*Thwaps Sheela with bag of Wal-Mart rotten vegetables.*
Haegan2005 22nd Oct 2014, 5:42 PM edit delete reply

OW Sheela, he went Walmart on you!

Phil 22nd Oct 2014, 10:42 AM edit delete reply
A just-as-important question, is the one she isnt even thinking of asking:

"If I dont go along with you, will you let me live?"

Going by comic #1203, seems like the answer would be "no".
Stormwind13 22nd Oct 2014, 2:05 PM edit delete reply

I think you are right, Phil. From the sounds of it, Miraiko has orders to tie up any loose ends (or silence any loose lips).

That last line, last panel on this comic though makes it sound like Miraiko MIGHT let her live, but I sure have my doubts. And Miraiko is known to lie when the situation calls for it.

I believe if Miraiko has to kill Julia it will be a mercifully quick and painless as she can arrange. She cares too much to want her to suffer.
velvetsanity 22nd Oct 2014, 2:42 PM edit delete reply

If she does, it will really tear her up. Plus if Julia decides against going with her, she'll likely be treated as a conspirator regardless. Guilty until proven guilty, in drekhead's eyes. So there's the possibility of Miraiko doing so as an act of mercy, in that case. Wouldn't make it any easier on Miraiko.
Stormwind13 22nd Oct 2014, 4:23 PM edit delete reply

Absolutely, velvet. I believe that is what Miraiko is concerned about at the top of the page Five Years from 15 October 2014. If Julia has to be silenced, Miraiko is going to tear her own heart out doing it.
Sheela 23rd Oct 2014, 11:04 AM edit delete reply

But she *will* do it!

.. if nothing else, then to save Julia from the prince's torture, once he finds out.
Stormwind13 23rd Oct 2014, 2:05 PM edit delete reply

Absolutely, Sheela. Her honor will drive her to complete the mission, regardless of who gets hurt. I just don't know if Miraiko would survive doing it. Or if she would be a hollowed out shell afterward. Only human-shaped, nothing living inside.
jamie59 21st Oct 2014, 9:17 PM edit delete reply

Nice info on Julia. Hard position to be in.
Centcomm 21st Oct 2014, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

your welcome .. and yeah Julia is throwing her entire hand at Miriako.. She is actually angry at this.
plymayer 21st Oct 2014, 9:18 PM edit delete reply

Cards on the table.
Centcomm 21st Oct 2014, 9:22 PM edit delete reply

Yep Julia has called .. what will Miriako do..
DLKmusic 21st Oct 2014, 9:38 PM edit delete reply
Miriako will do whatever she has to... unfortunately. What she does do though, now depends on Julia...
Sux for Miriako too....
Sheela 22nd Oct 2014, 7:46 AM edit delete reply

Unfortunately, Dolly has all the cards.
Meanwhile, Mirako plays chinese chess !
Stormwind13 22nd Oct 2014, 2:13 PM edit delete reply

Well of course Dolly has all the cards, Sheela. She IS playing with a full deck for sure! :-D
cattservant 21st Oct 2014, 9:19 PM edit delete reply

Masters and slaves...
Centcomm 21st Oct 2014, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

cattservant 21st Oct 2014, 9:23 PM edit delete reply

And the places between...
Sheela 22nd Oct 2014, 7:49 AM edit delete reply

.. are full of scars and chains.
Haegan2005 21st Oct 2014, 9:38 PM edit delete reply

Its funny how offering to kill the torment of your existence can make you start to listen...

Ladies, very well done. A very thought out argument and counter for the last 2 pages.

Julia's emotional balance in regard to the prince is likely precarious. She would fold quickly at this point under ANY of his threats or even the real chance of him discovering what is happening. But once she understands what is stepping up to face her nightmare, I think it will strengthen her backbone considerable.

I think they need ice cream. It makes everything better!
velvetsanity 21st Oct 2014, 10:05 PM edit delete reply

Darnit, now I want a mint Oreo blizzard
DLKmusic 21st Oct 2014, 10:16 PM edit delete reply
I'd settle for a Haagendas Rum-Raisin (2 pints though, one won't be enough I don't think).
Centcomm 21st Oct 2014, 11:14 PM edit delete reply

To Haegan, Thank you - Rose did a fantastic job with what I gave her. This is going to be one of the hardest moments for both of them..

And I dont think Julia would turn down a whole Gallon of Ice Cream .. she likes Chocolate..
Sheela 22nd Oct 2014, 7:45 AM edit delete reply

Not only did the mention of Drekheads possible future demise make her listen, she also didn't throw it away as an absurd notion or anything.

Instead she simply asked : "how?"

♪♫ Someone would like to kill the prince a whoooole lot ♫♪

... yes Julia, I'm looking at you!

Stormwind13 22nd Oct 2014, 2:07 PM edit delete reply

::Hands Sheela the world census from Data Chasers, minus one:: Here are the people that would like Douchebag dead!

Edit: Alright, minus TWO... Katya MIGHT not want to do him in. He feeds her after all. Of course, he also keeps her chained up, but she might not understand why she should do him in.
Sheela 23rd Oct 2014, 11:05 AM edit delete reply

Oh, I'm sure there are plenty more who don't want to kill him.

We just haven't meat them yet.
Stormwind13 23rd Oct 2014, 3:39 PM edit delete reply

I wasn't counting the Murder Turds, Sheela. They probably don't want him dead either. He sends them 'gifts' from time to time. Enemies he wants to suffer the feeling of being hunted.
Draginbeard 21st Oct 2014, 11:08 PM edit delete reply

I dont know if Julia is going to be able to do much more than keep quiet. And even that might be asking alot.

The trauma she's been through leaves some deep scars, and could easily cause her to react unpredictably. Just the idea of this kind of risk might be too much to bear.
Centcomm 21st Oct 2014, 11:16 PM edit delete reply

No one really probably noticed the items on Julia's desk .. :/ - and yes Julia has literally been dragged though hell due to Deck.. He was very good at not leaving physical scars.. But the mental ones.. hoo boy.
Stormwind13 22nd Oct 2014, 2:55 AM edit delete reply

Went back and looked. I'm thinking you mean the medicine in the panel 3 (and panel 4 too) of Five Years from 15 October 2014. Something helping hold Julia together from all the damage that has been done.
Centcomm 22nd Oct 2014, 5:50 PM edit delete reply

Yep .. I do :D
mjkj 22nd Oct 2014, 3:00 AM edit delete reply

Poor Julia...

Stever 22nd Oct 2014, 6:46 AM edit delete reply

I think you better go with her, but I can understand the price of failure is high.
Centcomm 22nd Oct 2014, 5:49 PM edit delete reply

Oh so very very high..
DizzasterJuice 22nd Oct 2014, 5:43 PM edit delete reply

Raping her? How terrible. What page was that on? just kidding.... um, what page though? lol
Centcomm 22nd Oct 2014, 5:49 PM edit delete reply

That was before the comic *wap*
velvetsanity 22nd Oct 2014, 7:20 PM edit delete reply

Wasn't it mentioned in the comic (or comments) at some point, or am I remembering it from one of our umpteen billion conversations?
Stormwind13 22nd Oct 2014, 7:26 PM edit delete reply

I know it was mentioned that Douchebag had owned her as a slave, velvet. And at another point that she had gotten FLOGGED after she became the Doctor for failing to follow his orders EXACTLY. I don't remember it being spelled out this starkly though what he had done while owning her.
Centcomm 22nd Oct 2014, 7:26 PM edit delete reply

it was slightly touched on Acantha Alluded to Julias treatment of her at Decks hand saying " she was once Decks "toy" and hes hard on his toys. "
DLKmusic 22nd Oct 2014, 10:20 PM edit delete reply
It was also rather strongly alluded to in her profile on the "Cast" page: "Her experiences with the prince led her to strongly prefer the company of women over men."
Although not spelled out like it was here, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out from that.
Rashala 22nd Oct 2014, 11:23 PM edit delete reply

I wonder......

Is there a lottery in place to see who ACTAULLY gets to Kill that SOB Deci or is it a first come first served thing..

Also.....I have a feeling Mirako and Julia's relationship coming to ann end....I mean discovering a breach of trust this deep...even if she can overcome it to help her.....well.....PArt of her probally will always be asking . Does she really care for me or is it all part of some cover or plan she is a part of and not telling me........
Sheela 23rd Oct 2014, 11:07 AM edit delete reply

Oh, that one's simple .. he gets to kill himself.
Rashala 23rd Oct 2014, 1:29 PM edit delete reply

Where the *Bleep* is the fun in THAT?!?!?!??
Stormwind13 23rd Oct 2014, 2:03 PM edit delete reply

You might be right about their relationship, Rash. There is a LOT of pain there right now. It could end, even if both of them survive.

Still I'm thinking that Miraiko doesn't want it to end. She is taking considerable risk here, exposing herself to Julia this way. Not something lightly or frivolously done.

I also think Julia really doesn't want the relationship to end. At least judging by how she is still talking, like calling Miraiko babe on the last page.

Now the deception and the pain may be too much for the relationship, and it may end. It may still happen, Rash. You are certainly right that Julia might be plagued by doubts. Those doubts could corrode the relationship until it is no more. I just don't think either of them WANT it to end, despite the pain they are both in right now.
Rashala 23rd Oct 2014, 2:48 PM edit delete reply

Time will tell.
velvetsanity 23rd Oct 2014, 3:54 PM edit delete reply

If they both want badly enough for it to not end, then they'll find a way to work through things and stay together
Stormwind13 23rd Oct 2014, 6:45 PM edit delete reply

Rose, I have to say great job on the dialogue. I love Miraiko's come back to Julia there. "If Need Be? Yes." That was just great. Got Julia's attention for sure.
megados 8th Jun 2017, 6:53 AM edit delete reply

Miraiko puts a lot of trust in Julia here. To confide so completely tells me she cares, and knows Julia well enough to be able to imagine her reaction.
nekaz 10th May 2022, 7:31 PM edit delete reply

idk is the prince even that well protected seems like it wouldnt be THAT had to catch him alone
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