02/06/17 Mauricio’s Options





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  1. Erik

    Depressed yes. But suicidal? And that after having found someone he might someday call his brother? Totally did not see that coming.

    I am contemplating over ficticious characters. ….again!

    Chapeau, Christopher. Made my day. Again.

  2. Like Douglas Adams and J. Michael Straczynski, Chris knows how to effectively use spoilers as plot devices. We know that Mauricio dies, but the journey is all about how he dies when he shouldn’t be able to.

  3. Tobias

    It cracks me up that Jabby apparently has a grappling hook installed next to the muzzle of his gun, just in case. Either that or it’s able to grow whatever gadget it needs on the fly… or fall.

    And I guess the circle on the end is just a pop-off decorative cap?

  4. Night-Gaunt49

    I feel for Mercurio the very idea of killing is horrible to me. Even for self defense. It is like a Colombo episode. You see who and how, but you stay to watch how Colombo figures it all about to catch the murder. This is all about seeing how it happens and what happens to the characters throughout.

  5. Peter Rogan

    Heh. ‘Mercurio.’ Interesting perspective, that choice of name.

    I may as well state the obvious: Jabby’s given thought to a lot of Mauricio’s ‘options.’ So much so that we can expect most of them to be anticipated. The question is, to whose advantage?

    That’s not an easy question for a murderous weapon that’s symbiotic to a pacific human. This surface turns meromorphic without warning. It will do you no good to watch where you step.

  6. Night-Gaunt49

    Sorry, Mauricio, I’ll use your name properly from now on. I guess now it is too late to cut the weapon off since the nanomachines are all through his body anyway. One day he won’t be able to attempt it or even think about doing it once that part of his brain is altered by it.

  7. Muzhik

    The most horrifying thought to me? The nanobots are soooo tuned to him and repairing his body and keeping him fit, etc., that if his head gets blown off or he gets hit with an incendiary device, the remaining nanobots will be able to scavenge enough organic material (say, by having the remains dumped into a compost pile) that they will be able to rebuild Mauricio, albeit without that pesky conscience.

    “We can make him better than he was. Better, stronger, faster. More willing to make full use of us!” (cue evil laugh)

    1. Peter Rogan

      Which only begs the ultimate question: Under what circumstances can’t Jabby save Mauricio? Chris has left a significant clue here, one you don’t need to be a Shakespearean scholar to appreciate. The only question is: How aware do you need to be of the necessity of death to not be able to prevent it? There’s more to the answer to that question than I have here allowed.

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