Comic 1278 - The Fire

8th Dec 2015, 9:00 PM
The Fire
Average Rating: 5 (21 votes)

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Tokyo Rose 8th Dec 2015, 10:17 PM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
(Repeating this, since I dopily put it on Tuesday's page like 3 hours before this page posted.)


The tissue removed from Ben's leg is a granuloma, a mass formed by immune cells to enclose and wall off a foreign object or infectious organism (like fungus or bacteria) so as to protect the rest of the body. The pathology lab needs to do a series of special stain tests to try to identify what the actual cause is, which will take a few more days, but IT'S NOT CANCER.
Centcomm 9th Dec 2015, 7:33 PM edit delete
The total needed is now down to 672.00

YAY I love you guys! thank you one and all!

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Dragonrider 8th Dec 2015, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

And now TeeDee gets to let out all her rage, frustration and anger. GO TEEDEE GO
Centcomm 8th Dec 2015, 9:41 PM edit delete reply

That isnt rage . thats panic in Teedee's voice. her shield is taking a real beating in this scene.
T1-G3R2501 9th Dec 2015, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
PTSD is one hell of a condition.....
Stormwind13 9th Dec 2015, 9:01 AM edit delete reply

Untreated (or at least not fully treated ) PTSD is a real bitch T1-G3R. TeeDee is likely to be completely off balance for the next few moments. See if she can survive them.
xpacetrue 8th Dec 2015, 9:08 PM edit delete reply

No one can accuse this Cassian of not being dutiful. Regardless of how she might feel about the Prince, she's determined to protect the palace at all costs.

Poor Teedee. I hope the fire flashback doesn't bring back trauma that could distract her from defending herself.
Sheela 8th Dec 2015, 9:22 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, TeeDee has had enough of fire.
Anyone who bring fire to the fight, is gonna have to handle one enraged TeeDee.
HiFranc 8th Dec 2015, 9:34 PM edit delete reply

I fear that the trauma of the memory would be too much for her right now.
Centcomm 8th Dec 2015, 9:39 PM edit delete reply

Samata is doing her duty as charged to her. She does not see this as serving the prince .. take careful note of her last line. " For the Honor of Rome. " Is the rough translation.
Alexia Olympia 8th Dec 2015, 11:53 PM edit delete reply
Actually Cent, you were spot on with the translation this time.
Sheela 8th Dec 2015, 9:23 PM edit delete reply

Bloody hell, just how much of your mouth is being taken out?

And yay for Not-Cancer. :)
Centcomm 8th Dec 2015, 9:26 PM edit delete reply

11 extractions and clean up. pain.. lots of it.
Tango Xray Actual 8th Dec 2015, 9:46 PM edit delete reply
Holy Hell.... 11; a third your teeth?? How much reconstruction will be attempted? And that bill doesn't even cover the required appliances/replacements will it? WHoo boy - Sorry to hear this.

(Glad Ben is getting better)

Lighting candles for you both.
Centcomm 8th Dec 2015, 9:54 PM edit delete reply

none. im going with full replacement ' dental plate its actually cheaper than several hundred thousand dollars of work.

and the costs i listed actually cover everything.. appliances surgery and dentist. and full sedation.
Tokyo Rose 8th Dec 2015, 10:29 PM edit delete reply

A lot of people don't like going to the dentist or are nervous about it, but Cent has an actual phobia, a full-blown irrational terror. Combined with financial concerns, this has led to DECADES of missed exams and cleanings, to the severe detriment and deterioration of Cent's teeth. Complete removal is the only option at this point, and I will have to be there for every visit to the dentist and the oral surgeon, in the role of moral support--or, rather, in the role of merciless bully, pushing to get this shit done.
Centcomm 9th Dec 2015, 12:27 AM edit delete reply

.. yeah if it wasn't for rose .. She found the dentist and put up with me and my phobia during the consult with the oarl surgeon I could barely sit in the chair. actually i don't think I sat down hardly at all.

She is a true friend.
Tokyo Rose 9th Dec 2015, 2:02 AM edit delete reply

You sat down like once, when the surgeon asked to take a look around in your mouth. Technically, I suppose, it was twice, since you got up to pull your plate and then sat down again so he could see the fragment that's stuck in your upper jaw.

True friend? Aww. :)
Mark_L_A 9th Dec 2015, 5:15 AM edit delete reply

Do you need to borrow my leg irons and handcuffs?
Sheela 9th Dec 2015, 8:29 AM edit delete reply

My mom is much like that as well, not quite a phobia, but a lot of neglect.
So she had all the teeth in her upper mouth removed, and a dental made.
She said that the modern needle thingies was a lot gentler than the old ones
I don't really have a frame of reference, but I'll take her word for it.

She also had a lower jaw infection and a couple of bad teeth there.
I think she ended up with a bill of around US$4-5k.
I don't know precisely how much it was, but dental work is expensive here in Denmark.
One of the very few things that is not covered by universal healthcare.

She complained a lot about the dental thingy for a while, until she had a "re-basing" I think it was?
Something about having to wait three months before it could be done.
Listening to her complain during that period was annoying.
Centcomm 9th Dec 2015, 1:15 PM edit delete reply

Actually I paid a 100.00to the first dentist that covers a full year of exams and xrays they also offer a 20% discount on other services and the surgeon is honoring the discount plus setting all the extractions as "simple extractions" that makes it cheaper as well. So this is the best chance ilk have to get back a pain free and normal life.

I would make this a longer explanation but I'm on my tablet.

Also its called a "re-line" here in the states. :)
Sheela 9th Dec 2015, 3:49 PM edit delete reply

Oh, a re-line .. well, I learned something then. :)
We call it something in Danish, ofcourse, so I was translating a bit loosely.

And also, ouch, 10k !
Centcomm 9th Dec 2015, 9:43 PM edit delete reply

10k ???? No I only had to pay 100 for a full year of exams and stuff from the regular dentist
Speedy Marsh 29th Mar 2017, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
Ouch! I feel your pain. I've had to have 12 extractions, several fillings and a couple of crowns, in the last few months.

Fibromyalgia and some other health conditions, plus infections and complications have been making the process quite challenging.
ProfEtheric 8th Dec 2015, 9:24 PM edit delete reply

I am so sorry to hear that, Centy. I wish I could contribute. Well, more than thoughts and prayers, anyway.

The page is amazing, as usual.
Centcomm 8th Dec 2015, 9:38 PM edit delete reply

Hey those help too! and thank you ! I did these on painkillers so im glad they turned out okay! :D
Mark_L_A 8th Dec 2015, 9:37 PM edit delete reply

I think TeeDee has a bit of PTSD from her earlier experience and those cannons brought it out. I just hope TeeDee can snap back before Samanta gets there.

Cent, if I can rearrange a few things I"ll try to send an additional donation or bump up the Patreon.
Centcomm 8th Dec 2015, 9:40 PM edit delete reply

anything would help .. you can always send via paypal its actually quicker and they dont get a cut :D
HiFranc 8th Dec 2015, 9:50 PM edit delete reply

I'm sending you hugs.
Centcomm 8th Dec 2015, 9:54 PM edit delete reply

Hugs are good too!
Sheela 9th Dec 2015, 8:32 AM edit delete reply

Hugs from me tooooo! :D

Edit :
Lol, according to the timestamp, I replied to your comment before you made the comment - Ninja-Doggie ! :D
Centcomm 9th Dec 2015, 10:56 AM edit delete reply

ok thats funny :D
Sheela 9th Dec 2015, 11:22 AM edit delete reply

Also, your dentist seems to become cheaper and cheaper .. reverse inflation ? >_<
Tokyo Rose 9th Dec 2015, 2:43 PM edit delete reply

Not reverse inflation, just that funds are coming in and Cent's trying to keep a sort of running tally. :D
Sheela 9th Dec 2015, 3:50 PM edit delete reply

Ooohh .. well, that went fast then. :)
Lukkai 9th Dec 2015, 7:08 PM edit delete reply

Not the first time that has happened. We've wondered about those timestamps before.

Dropped you a handful of bucks by donation. Hope it helps, because the sooner you get this done, the better. Seriously!
Stormwind13 9th Dec 2015, 9:53 PM edit delete reply

::Adds to the hugs:: :-)
Timotheus 8th Dec 2015, 10:03 PM edit delete reply

I've got one full tooth left on my lower jaw, so I know where of you speak. I've needed the surgery and dentures, but just can't afford it. So far I've been lucky on beating the infections.
Centcomm 8th Dec 2015, 10:10 PM edit delete reply

Sadly my luck totally ran out...
Centcomm 9th Dec 2015, 11:03 AM edit delete reply

yeah ive already had the uppers out over 25 years ago that actually went exceedingly easy. with as skilled a doctor as he seems to be - this should be a cake walk. once i have the funds.
The Old Scribe 8th Dec 2015, 10:39 PM edit delete reply

My sympathies, Cent. Having had my share of dental surgeries, I can relate. I'll see what i can do on PayPal.

So Samanta's going full kamikaze on the attackers of her homeland. Even if she's the enemy, she's a good soldier and I like her. TeeDee better stop having flashbacks and focus on who's coming at her with blood in her eye.

Also: Yay! Kitty's cancer free!
Centcomm 9th Dec 2015, 10:57 AM edit delete reply

thats the horrible thing here .. samata is not a "evil" person :D

and seriously thank you old scribe HUGS!
cattservant 9th Dec 2015, 12:42 AM edit delete reply

Teedee is going to be complexly hot in a few seconds!
Sheela 9th Dec 2015, 8:34 AM edit delete reply

Well, someone just set her on fire .. AGAIN ... time to give the ol' rage-meter a workout!
Centcomm 9th Dec 2015, 11:04 AM edit delete reply

Teedee is going to have issues with fire for a while yet. She needs actual counseling .. and hopfully she lives long enough to get it.
Sheela 9th Dec 2015, 11:24 AM edit delete reply

Well, true ... but if Dr Silver turns off the turrets, the fire goes away .. and then ... <RAWR> !!
Mark_L_A 9th Dec 2015, 3:27 PM edit delete reply

Not Quite, I'm quite sure TeeDee is having an Android Equivalent to an emotional adrenaline rush and having to try to deal with those feelings.

It may take her a few moments she doesn't have, to get herself reoriented.
Sheela 9th Dec 2015, 3:52 PM edit delete reply

Except that Androids are very good at multitasking, så that moment might be a lot shorter than what a regular human might need.

Plus, she's a combat veteran, she's used to quick decisions under pressure.
Matt Knab 9th Dec 2015, 3:24 AM edit delete reply

Gah, looks like it's blaze of glory time.
Centcomm 9th Dec 2015, 10:57 AM edit delete reply

yep blaze of glory indeed.
revzet 9th Dec 2015, 5:45 AM edit delete reply

Ah! I'm sorry your teeth got bad, take care of yourself! Thoughts and prayers over here as well for a smooth recovery for you, but I'm glad your cat is doing better at the least.
Centcomm 9th Dec 2015, 10:58 AM edit delete reply

well its roses kitty that was sick and I did see him the other day other than a rather unsettling wound from the surgery he seems to be doing just fine :D

and thank you for the sympathy it helps a lot
mjkj 9th Dec 2015, 7:48 AM edit delete reply

Well, it is strange they are fighting each other to begin with...

Both the cassians and the rebels fight for the honor of roma and Princess Acantha.

Why do they not unite?

Stormwind13 9th Dec 2015, 8:04 AM edit delete reply

Because Douchimus holds their leashes, mjkj. If they were free to choose, I imagine they very well might get together.
Sheela 9th Dec 2015, 8:35 AM edit delete reply

Not having free will is a bad thing!
chk 9th Dec 2015, 8:35 AM edit delete reply

It's also possible the cassians don't know what the rebels are up to. All they see at this time is an attack (I think. I could have missed something).
Sheela 9th Dec 2015, 8:45 AM edit delete reply

It's possible, though the cassians generally seems well informed.
I think she has a pretty good idea as to what is happening.

However, that doesn't mean that she wants to be friends with them.
DLKmusic 9th Dec 2015, 9:58 AM edit delete reply

Imagine an attack on the white house by an armed para-military group, which is being backed by foreign operatives. Regardless of your politics, that's gotta make your blood run cold, and that is exactly what Samanta is dealing with here.
Centcomm 9th Dec 2015, 10:59 AM edit delete reply

that is exactly how Samata and the reds are looking at it. think of it this way if this was new troy and roma was the rescuers would you still see the cassians as bad guys?
chk 9th Dec 2015, 5:21 PM edit delete reply

Not bad guys, just (unfortunately for them) in the way.
Stever 9th Dec 2015, 7:55 AM edit delete reply

Holy smokes. Sorry to hear about your teeth. What we need is some Hollywood types to start optioning the rights to some webcomics here. That would be some much needed cash.

Looks like she's a woman on a mission. Good luck. I'm sure she'll need it.k

Stormwind13 9th Dec 2015, 9:14 AM edit delete reply

If you know any Stever, please give them the link to the comic! Unfortunately I do not.

Though I plan on nominating Luna Star for the Hugo . I'm hoping that will give it some more exposure.
chk 9th Dec 2015, 3:15 PM edit delete reply

Let me know about the Hugo. I'd like to participate however I can.
Centcomm 9th Dec 2015, 11:01 AM edit delete reply

yeah i would love it if someone were to drive a boat laod of money to me to make a animated film - Mind you I would never sell the IP rights but let someone make a movie yes.. esp if they gave me money.
DLKmusic 9th Dec 2015, 10:02 AM edit delete reply

I'm sorry to hear about your teeth, Cent... but as a silver lining, that is actually a great price he gave you.

I should be able to help some after Monday.

Also. great news about Ben, Rose! I'm glad he's ok.

P.S. "Hugs" for both of you!!!!
Centcomm 9th Dec 2015, 11:01 AM edit delete reply

it IS a great price far better than ive heard in a long long time and it includes the lower plate too!
KarToon12 9th Dec 2015, 3:55 PM edit delete reply

Light 'em up, up, up! I'M ON FIIYAAAH! XD

In all seriousness, though, I'm so sorry about your dental work. ): I hope things are able to look up for you! <3

Glad to hear the good news about Ben, though. <3
Centcomm 9th Dec 2015, 7:34 PM edit delete reply

hehe oh they are lighting her up thats to be sure!
Lukkai 9th Dec 2015, 7:13 PM edit delete reply

Samanta is treating the reds better than the blues, isn't she. And actually likes them, I think. She was rather polite to this one, considering the situation. If you compare it to how she talks or at least thinks about the blues.

Of course that might, among other things, have a little to do with how members of the respective groups are treating her. Emphasised here again by the red guy.
Centcomm 9th Dec 2015, 7:34 PM edit delete reply

Samata is actually trying to save the reds lives in this scene. it may or may not be clear
Lukkai 13th Dec 2015, 6:29 PM edit delete reply

It's perfectly clear to me. Well done!
highlander55 9th Dec 2015, 8:26 PM edit delete reply

Samantha doesn't know Teedee and Ada are androids too. That will be a BIG surprise for her when she does.
Speedy Marsh 29th Mar 2017, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
It looks like this time it'll be Ada pulling TeeDee's backside out of the fire.

Ada was already so angry over the unknown noncombatant getting caught in the crossfire, that I'm almost scared to see what she'll do, when she sees the person she loves most being crippled by fiery flashbacks.
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