01/06/20 – Personal Phone Call

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, January 6, 2020.




Emotions are not always very well behaved, are they.


  1. Coyoty

    “Someone’s parents were abducted, so we’re in pursuit with two homeless people and a talking coyote.”


    “I’m on a vacation.”

    “No, I believe you. Tell Nogg he still owes me 50 kingbucks when you catch up to him.”

  2. Rikard

    Apart from the spitting at old ladies, I don’t see a problem with Emily’s list of actions and responsible parenting?

    I do see a problem with Pierrot’s attitude. A big problem. Showing a kid that and how you resent the other parent is a surefire way of teaching it is okay to denigrate and look down on others, and there is no age where a child doesn’t pick this up, in essence if not in words.

    Pierrot, this pie? It is called ‘humble’, I think you should maybe try eating it?

    1. jr

      I love my kid but if I had to take care of her all by myself because my wife was emotionally cold and hired people to kidnap me instead of just telling me to lay low for a bit, and also was a danger to me and my kid, I’d be resentful too. Maybe not great but certainly human

  3. KnicholasG

    Pierrot is really not helping things. Hard to show emotional attachment if the other person is hitting you over the head.

    He might have reason to be aggrieved, but it’s Emily reaching out to her. I wish he could give her an opening.

  4. Buck

    Yeah, instead of making some sparks fly, one can simply unlimber the flamethrower and torch the ground thoroughly, ensuring nothing will ever grow there again. This is known as the ” scorched earth” strategy.

  5. Pete Rogan

    Oh, Emily. You want to play this game for Pierrot, but it’s you that it affects the most. You don’t want him to know you’re on an unwilling mission of mercy he might actually approve of… at the same time correctly pointing out how poorly prepared you are for it. Being right doesn’t give him the right to cut your feet out from under you. So you don’t give that chance.

    And so you hide your need for someone behind you who knows you and knows what you’re going through, and could offer sympathy. Because you don’t want his sympathy if you haven’t earned it. And you don’t know yet how to earn it. This whole mission is getting in the way of you sitting in the desert and figuring it out on your own. You still need to learn, like a child, that sometimes having help really helps.

    You’re going to have to learn that from your crew of discards. Whatever they have to offer. Whenever they do. And you’re going to need it by then. Guar-an-teed.

  6. Muzhik

    Riding her motorcycle in the rain isn’t so much of a problem. I mean, she IS wearing leathers. But for dog’s sake, PLEASE wear a helmet. My dad had to make far too many late night visits to family (and in one case, a fiancee — that one really got to him) all because people thought, “It’s not that far and I’m a good driver; I don’t need it.”

  7. Night-Gaunt49

    A broken family is sad to see. And its Emily who can’t seem to curb her style. When my father felt the same way he just left mom and the 3 children he fathered. Since I was the oldest I had conscious memory of it and never forgave him his weakness. Brother number 2 was curious and seeked him out and found him. I was cordial but distant. He was the “stranger with a familiar fact” to me. So I can relate some to this part of the story. Lucky that the child is too young to really notice this exchange. But once they start walking and talking be careful. They are recorders with no off switch and you have no idea when they will hit playback.

  8. Jude

    You definitely did well to add an animal to each crew formed, Christopher. Bikkie before and now Ruddock. They improve the mood since they’re not restrained in what’s considered reasonably polite human behaviour and add great comedic relief. I love them both! I can just imagine the two of them meeting.

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