10/09/23 – Suggested Tea

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, October 9, 2023.




There shall be a reckoning! Maybe.

And hey, this weekend I did a 24-Hour Comic with the local indie comic group 7000 BC overnight at the library. You can read it HERE.



  1. Pyre Light

    I am not sure unraveled is the word to use in panel 3, but I am not sure I understand the intent of the sentence either, so I could be wrong. My brain wants to make it about Choan being unrivaled evil but that doesn’t fit with the sentence structure?

    1. Dr. Moosen McMoose, Chief Spymooster of the Moosad

      It’s correct. Unraveled is the past tense of unravel, which means to take something whole and deconstruct it until only its pieces are left, like taking woven cloth and pulling out the individual threads. For a good mental image, think of Weezer’s The Sweater Song.

      So, as used in this sentence, it means that Choan, by her actions, unmade her own people’s history (implying she also unmade everything else), and, as a result, the person to whom Choan is speaking considers Choan to be the worst person ever.

      1. Totematika

        Isn’t unravel also mean to explore or present in details?

        In that meaning the sentence above would mean the finer details of their dark history is defined by the action of Choan to which no persons past can compare.

        1. Dr. Moosen McMoose, Chief Spymooster of the Moosad

          It can have those positive connotations, when not used in the pejorative sense. Someone can, e.g., unravel a mystery.

          In this case, I think it’s pretty clear that the pejorative is in use.

  2. Pete Rogan

    World criminal, meet devastated survivor. And the only thing you can say is “So how’s it going?” World failure, too.

    Now we get into the meat of it. Choan has just displayed a moment of guilty awareness. Not guilt itself — she’s quite beyond such petty-ass concerns as feeling sorry she hurt her entire species. But it looks as if it might have finally penetrated her remarkably-shielded skull that her impulses, thoughtless or not, had far greater and more tragic consequences than those she may or may not have considered before killing the princess and her thirty bodyguards. In the many years since then, she’s become quite refined in the application of events that drive particular desired consequences. In fact, she displays uncommon foresight. Foresight not present for her youthful jealous regicidal killing spree.

    So does she contemplate that now? Review the plan in retrospect, come up with an alternative not quite so wedded to colloquial damage? Does this make her consider that aside from 10,000 Drak-Sim rotations wasted, she might actually have a home to come back to now that DIDN’T curse her name? Dear oh dear, how does that make her feel? DOES it make her feel?

    I’ve little hope it does, or will. And she has yet to stumble onto that previously-mentioned idle idea that might give her an idea of what she could do in her now-emptied hometown. If this is a Bupillion test, I know what grade I would give her. Oh, and I’d make sure the pothole coordinate system remained forever beyond her comprehension.

    But the test isn’t over. It continues with the most important question the survivor must answer: Does Choan get her tea, or no?

    Mm. Tea sounds good. Tea. Irish Breakfast. Hot.

    1. Pete Rogan

      Oh! And Christopher: Read and loved your 24-Hour Comic. It’s brilliant, and better than that. It is an object of contemplation. I must find more people to bring this cartoon to. We will all be better for it.

  3. Griffin

    Gotta give it to her that she admits it out right instead of some ridiculous charade of hiding it. I’m generally something of a late comer But my previous experience with Choan’s behavior suggests that this is already unusually introspective of her. What I got was enlightened self interest but still Self interest. Helping with the various protagonist’s problems and foibles because she was getting paid or otherwise benefiting from it.

    Maybe she will grow from this… Or maybe she’ll shrug with the thought that everything that’s happened can’t be undone and move on.

    Definitely getting a running theme that the Bupillions want her to see the consequences of her actions. The first world giving her temptations and immediate consequences, the second being her homeworld and that sordid tale.

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