hell this might be the only one of these i do

I’ve recently been on a binge of new podcasts, since I’m caught up on almost everything currently subscribe to, and one of the podcasts I found is ars PARADOXICA @arsparadoxica. I sprinted the two full two seasons in, like, a week because holy SHIT it’s so good!

Do you like time travel? Best damn time travel plot I’ve ever seen. It’s so beautifully complicated without being confusing, and the stakes just keep getting higher. (Like… the Cold War, but with time travel on top of nukes.)

Do you like conspiracies? Hell yeah, me too! Honestly like very first thing that hooked me about this show was the fact that it starts with the Philadelphia Experiment–and each episode ends with a numbers station-style coded message and just?? My little conspiracy-loving heart was fully invested in this.

Do you like big, diverse, incredibly engaging casts with equally awesome voice talent? This podcast has you covered. Queer characters, characters of color, a metric fuckton of fantastic women, actual honest-to-god non-negotiable asexual representation. asdfjkl; Seriously. I love virtually everyone, and everyone has so much depth. The heroes get to have flaws and make mistakes, and the antagonists are still surprisingly human. (Though that doesn’t mean I don’t want to punch [spoiler] in the face.)

Also just, like, all around, the writing and production value is phenomenal. Season one was great, and season two absolutely blew me away. New characters (all of whom I love), bigger plot, a couple great twists, and ugh, that season finale killed me. I honest to god cried.

tl;dr: ars PARADOXICA is my absolute favorite podcast right now, and anyone who is even remotely interested in audio entertainment should give it a try right now. (And then go find their Patreon because these people deserve ALL the love and support.)

Trigger warnings for the podcast: gun violence (later episodes have a heads-up when necessary, which makes me really happy), emetophobia (it’s an audio drama and, well, time travel makes people nauseous), and gaslighting in a couple episodes in season 2. (Feel free to ask for more details on any of these.)

In stream the other day, we started talking about an Avengers Mall AU, and now I can’t stop thinking about it, because I have so many years of bad retail stories built up in my head and non-powered AUs usually don’t work for me, but the longer I think about it, the funnier this gets.

Steve and Sam are two guys who retired from their military branches and teamed up to run an artesian bespoke candy shop.  Steve has no idea half of their sales comes from the fact that Sam put the candy pulling hook in the front window and teenage girls just stand there, drooling.  Sam is totally aware of this, and uses it to ALL his advantage when he’s doing the sugar work.  

Bucky took a part time job at the Hot Topic across the way because hell, he was spending all his time hanging out with Sam and Steve, might as well get paid.  He was the only reliable employee over the age of seventeen; he is now the manager and he’s FURIOUS about it.  His staff is made up of Nico, Kamala and Sam Alexander and various people who get hired and then don’t make it through the training because Bucky glaring at you while you take register training is just SO HARD TO HANDLE.  No one is sure if he’s after Sam or Steve or both.

The SHIELD crew runs a pretty decent mall restaurant, but yeah, used to be a Golden Corral and Fury reserves the right to yell “Do you see a buffet here?” at anyone dumb enough to think it still is.  He doesn’t actually do it, because most of the people who are confused enough to ask are retirees who remind him of his grandma, but still.  He reserves the right.  Nat is a truly terrifying line cook, Maria’s front of house, and Phil’s the head waiter.  Clint doesn’t actually work there, but he’ll put on an apron and belt out an impressive rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ in exchange for free food, and no one else on staff wants to do it, so he eats there A LOT.

Clint is always in the mall.  In the back corridors.  Hanging out in the food court.  Wandering up and down the anchor store escalators.  Everyone thinks he works somewhere else.  No one knows where he actually works.  There is a betting pool.  It has been building for YEARS.

Jan runs the sort of high end boutique that has like, four outfits in two sizes on six gigantic racks.  There are no prices.  You do not ask how much it is. You know if you can afford it.  If she likes you, you can afford it.

Thor runs the hardware store.  No one knows why the hardware store is there.  This is not the sort of place one would see a hardware store.  Thor says he inherited it from his father, and it was there before the mall, and no one really wants to look into it.  Mostly, they seem to get by on selling knives..  Big knives.  Little knives.  Knives as long as your arm.  They get by on selling knives, because who’s buying screws at this place?  Oh, right, anyone Sif TELLS to buy screws.  "You need screws.“  "Oh, no, I-”  "You can always use more screws.“  "Y-yes, ma'am.”  She might be domming half of their customers without knowing it.  The Warriors Three run the stock room.  Badly.

Bruce runs the used bookstore down on the lower level where he can’t really afford the rent but the mall management like saying there’s a bookstore, and no one else is going to rent that hole, so he gets to stay, hiding in his piles and piles and piles of used books.  Mostly science and history, but he does a brisk business in romance novels and murder mystery paperbacks.  He likes it down there.  He wishes people would stop trying to get him to come upstairs to socialize.  He also kind of wishes people would stop coming down TO socialize.  His cousin Jennifer runs the register and helps the customers most days, she’s very quiet and very mild mannered and wears very lumpy clothes and giant eighties style glasses, so no one recognizes her when she goes to her second job, as a crossfit instructor for the gym on the top floor.  Jenn is, as they say, RIPPED. Put her in a leotard and her whole personality changes, it’s like she’s a different person.

Carol is a recovering alcoholic ex-pilot who runs the bar at the ‘bad’ chain restaurant down on the far end of the ground floor.  Other than the SHIELD place or the food court, it’s the only place to eat in the mall, and honestly, you’d be better off in the food court.  The food is trash, but she can mix a mean mojito and she knows every secret of every worker in the place, and she’s paid double on Saturdays because she’s her own bouncer.

Jessica Drew runs the arcade on the main floor, one of those stupid ones with 'glow mini-golf’ and games that constantly spit out tickets, you know, legalized gambling for children.  It’s a chain, but the give out far too many prizes and she and her staff (Peter, Miles, Anya) would be fired if they also weren’t the highest grossing location on the eastern seaboard.  They throw the best birthday parties in the state, and have a waiting list that’s like, months long.

Wanda’s shop sells… Something.  No one knows what any of this stuff does.  Or if it’s legal to own.  But when you find something you want, OH GOD YOU REALLY WANT IT.  She mostly sits and reads, and drinks tea from Hank McCoy’s tea shop. 

Stephen Strange quit his job as a surgeon and retired to run a magic and joke shop.  If you ask him why, he just shrugs and said he made some very bad choices.  A relative somewhere oversea, Asia, Clint says it was somewhere in Asia, died and left him some sort of inheritance.  So now he just sells fake rubber vomit and teaches slight of hand.  Buy him a drink, and learn more than you wanted to know about card tricks.  Walk into his shop, and be prepared to sit through at LEAST four card tricks before you can escape.

Greer run’s “Tigra’s Treasure Trove” on the second floor, it’s the anime and manga and gaming and comic shop.  She wears cat ears and a tail.  Every day.  No one’s sure if she does it to bring in the otaku, or if it’s a lifestyle choice.  No one wants to ask.

Tony owns the mall.  Owns like a hundred malls across the country.  No one knows, Obie does the day to day running of the management company, but Tony owns them.  He’s mostly in it for the buying and selling, but he likes this mall.  This one.  He likes it here.

He has a Sharper Image type store on the top floor.  It’s him and Rhodey and Pepper and Pepper will kill them both one of these days but he sells the sort of stuff you do not need but God you want it.  You walk into his store and it’s all apple store chic, white and chrome and gleaming surfaces, collapseable tablets and robots and holographic projectors and all the geek chic that you want and everyone in the mall wants something from him, they’ve all got something on layaway (he only does layaway for other retail workers because he doesn’t want to keep track of this stuff) except Steve and it makes him insane.  He spends far too much time trying to figure out what he can stock or create or build that will get Steve into his shop.

Pepper calls them “Steve-Grabbers,” Like 'grandma grabbers’ but designed to attract the most sincere hipster she’s ever met and she’d kill Tony over adding this stuff to stock without telling her, but it all sells.  It all sells.  In his desperate attempt to attract Steve, Tony misses and attracts EVERYONE ELSE.

PSA #2 for all Yuri on Ice Cosplayers

I said it once and I’ll say it again, DO NOT BRING OR WEAR FIGURE SKATES TO A CON.

I was at a con in the US this weekend and I saw not one, not two, not three, but FOUR people carrying around or wearing skates. One didn’t even have guards on the skates. DO YOU PEOPLE NOT REALIZE THE RISK YOU POSE NOT ONLY TO OTHERS BUT ALSO TO YOURSELF AND YOUR ENVIRONMENT? YOU WILL WEAR THROUGH YOUR GUARDS IF YOURE WALKING AROUND IN SKATES ALL DAY AND COULD CAUSE DAMAGE TO ANY HARDWOOD OR TILE FLOORING. YOURE ALSO DESTROYING YOUR KNEES AND ANKLES. SKATES ARE NOT MEANT TO BE WALKED AROUND IN. WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU EVEN THINKING?!?

I DONT CARE IF YOU SKATE OR USED TO SKATE OR WHATEVER EXCUSE YOU MIGHT COME UP WITH. LEAVE YOUR SKATES AT HOME OR AT THE RINK.

I have and will not hesitate to report anyone I see with or wearing skates at a con. Several cons are already in the process of outright specifically banning them.

JUST. DONT. DO. IT.

While Viktor and Yuuri skated together during the gala night
  • Yurio: urgh these two gross lovebirds disgust me to no end *takes the 154th picture of them* these pictures are for practice purpose only
  • Otabek: *thumbs up every time Viktor/Yuuri nails their jumps*
  • JJ: I bet I myself can perform this better than them both
  • Phichit: I know they're not gonna get married unless Yuuri wins a gold medal but who knows life is full of surprise so here my opinions on how the wedding should be organized *shows a notebook filled with ideas and sketches and illustrations*
  • Christophe: Oh dear I guess Viktor wouldn't let Yurri do another pole dance with me at the banquet this year but what if I get them both drunk off their balls hell yeah maybe that'll distract Viktor for some minutes
  • Yakov: one Yuri was already too much to handle now I might get TWO YURI'S AND ONE VIKTOR NIKIFOROV
  • Michele: they look so adorable skating side by side I wish Sara and I would get to skate like that one day
  • Sara: brother I know you love me but you need to stop, like, right now
  • Emil: *sweats nervously* Yuuri hugged me once and I freaking hugged him back passionately Viktor gonna slay my ass
  • Georgi: awwww young love *sends the 99th message about the meaning of love to Anya*
  • Leo: Guang-Hong you shouldn't be watching this I'm afraid some NC-18 might happen between them-
  • Guang-Hong: Leo, it won't happen because 1) they're performing in public and 2) with my own eyes I have witnessed Viktor taking off his clothes while embracing Yuuri and survived so nothing in the world scares me anymore
  • Minami: *writes down furiously* life goal: pair skate with Yuuri the idol of his entire existence
  • Yuuko: *ready to be taken to hospital due to blood loss from intense nose-bleeding*

I like that whenever you battle a Team Skull Grunt, the battle takes place right by the stairs, like…

”This is where we throw down.”

I can only imagine Grunts taking bets in the background and just cheering on for whoever it was they bet on. And the fact that this doesn’t bring any attention from Guzma makes me feel that this might be a common occurrence, like…it’s happened more than once.

And it sure as hell isn’t going to stop soon.

By the way, I see that fallen chandelier in the background and I bet you a Max Revive that some random Grunt did that while singing Sia’s Chandelier. Assuming Guzma wasn’t the one to do that (if he wasn’t, he’d probably be annoyed because HE wanted to do that).

Aaaaaayyyy, I found Team Skull’s makeup supply AND WHY CAN’T I TAKE SOME?!?!

That awkward moment when you walk in on two Skull Grunts arguing over one wearing the other’s identical Team Skull tank. This probably happens a lot more often than I would think it already does (laundry day must be quite the riot).

WELL THAT ESCALATED.

lmao this is probably the one time a dropped memo with passwords in a base makes so much sense because this is TEAM SKULL.

I think a lot about the fact that Guzma raised a Wimpod. Like so much.

(and for today’s lesson, we learn the TRUE meaning of READING THE FINE PRINT)

I like that Guzma’s favorite drink is Tapu Cocoa. That’s kind of cute. He probably shares that with his Wimpod/Golisopod.

It’s late October, 2015. Midterms have been survived, and the hockey season’s only just getting started. Lardo and Chowder have figured out that they can, in fact, stand sharing a bathroom with each other (which is really good because they were both a little worried about it; not worried enough to be having second thoughts about moving into the Haus, not by a long shot. But. When the bathroom is between your rooms and doesn’t have a door to the hall, you can’t exactly decide a month in that one of you is sharing with Bitty now because everyone will be happier that way), and are currently in what are rapidly becoming their respective spots on the green couch.

The haus is otherwise empty (Bitty’s in Providence, Ransom and Holster said they were going to the library), and they’re both doing homework. It’s 2:33 on a Sunday afternoon. After an hour or so of companionable silence, Chowder says, without looking up, “some days I wish my parents hadn’t let me quit Chinese school.”

Lardo replies, also without looking up, “yeah?”

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its just that so many people forget how powerful Nico is like a lot of the fandom and even a bunch of the book’s characters like he’s so powerful  he took the Ghost King title from King Midas, he phased someone out of existence, he shadow traveled across Europe and the Atlantic ocean, he led an army of the undead against Kronos, HE SURVIVED TARTARUS ALL. ON. HIS. OWN.

 he’s literally powerful as hell not to mention he’s a child of the Big Three like there’s a reason they had a pact to not have more children(not that Zeus and Poseidon kept it up) their kids are THAT powerful bit Nico’s so unappreciated like he’s only 15 but might just be more powerful than Percy like why is no one talking about this Italian powerhouse why do i never see more Nico appreciation posts hes so bamf

If you’re reviewing an assignment and you volunteer to give one of the first answers, later on when the teacher has run out of volunteers and says “okay, who haven’t we heard from yet?” you won’t get cold-called to provide an answer you aren’t mentally prepared to give. This also works in class discussions, if you volunteer early on and speak to the topic you’ve been mentally preparing for, the teacher probably won’t put you on the spot for other stuff, they’ll usually only refer back to you if that topic comes up again. This is a good way to nip classroom anxiety in the bud as well as building goodwill with your professor, which will likely be rewarded with a good participation grade and a little more leeway on assignments. I know getting the courage to Speak Up in class might be difficult for other people with classroom anxiety, but, it’s a hell of a lot LESS difficult than being put on the spot unprepared, so trust me on this and do yourself a favor by participating voluntarily at the beginning of class. It’ll more or less guarantee you can just quietly listen for the rest of the session

Relapse

This goes beyond any mistake that I’ve made,
And it turns peaceful nights into chaotic days,
I’ve awoken the beast that has slept for so long,
And now I’m back singing that same old sad song.

I’m hungry and broke and I just need a fix,
I fell off the ladder despite knowing the risks,
I guess I got cocky or maybe I’m weak,
But I’m writing to you cause I’m too scared to speak.

This was where I never wanted to return,
I know now there’s space in hell for me to burn,
But it feels like I just might already be there,
Doesn’t feel much like anybody here still cares.

Relapse relapse relapse,
Guess that’s all I’ll ever do,
But I can promise this one thing,
And that’s the honest truth.

I never meant to hurt you,
It was never my intent,
If only I could find my way,
I promise I’d repent.

And just like that, Emma was gone. Again.

He wanted to rail at the gods and scream into the empty places where she should be, but wasn’t. He wanted to go after that lamp instead of Regina and get himself to Emma’s side, not caring where that might be.  She’d marched into hell for him, and he would do at least that for her.

It was the boy’s eyes that stopped him, their deep brown, much like his father’s, now filled with fear and something that Killian could only interpret as shock. One mother was gone and the other was leaving; his grandmother was under a curse and his grandfather was currently out of his mind with frustrated worry.  Killian dropped an arm across the lad’s shoulders. “She’s coming back, Henry. She always does.”

“Aren’t you going, too?” His voice was flat, accepting.

“I’m staying where I’m needed, and that’s with you.”

He felt Henry’s shoulders drop as a bit of tension uncoiled there, but the boy refused to give in to his fear. “I’m okay.”

Killian forced a grin and lifted a brow. “When your mum gets back, she’ll have my hide if I leave you here. Emma in a lather frightens me more than Hades.”

Henry grinned back. “Liar.”

Yeah, the boy saw right through him. He had that in common with his mother.

“Pirate,” Killian replied.

This parenthood thing wasn’t easy, but he’d never gone for what was easy.

My gripe here is that I took third place out of four kids, one of whom was my computer lab partner. The organizers knew about these projects a couple of months in advance, and there’s no reason they couldn’t have just punted us Computer Science kids over to the “Engineering” category and saved us the embarrassment of having to receive first, second, third, and honorable mention medals in front of a crowd who could see in their event programs that we were the only four kids in that category. Hell, that audience probably started the trend of dissing millennials for their supposed trophies. “All four won? Out of four participants? This doesn’t sit right with me at all! I’m gonna read a lot of blog posts about capitalism and alienate MOST of my friends!”

Kicking me over to the “Engineering” category also might have saved me from getting grilled by a computer science-y person who clearly didn’t want anything to do with this science fair. After I’d given my rehearsed presentation about my project, she looked up from her binder and said, “I’m pretty sure my son has an app on his phone that could teach him how to write this.”

I stuck with engineering for about a year and a half in college, but if I’m being perfectly honest with myself (and I guess with my parents), the moment I decided to switch majors was right then and there at the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair, and all I have to show for it are two participation ribbons, a participation medal, and freshly cooked plate of hindsight.

The Dangerous Myth Of Participation Trophies: My Story

There is so much panic here right now. Guys… was I the only one who read the whole Irene thing as John basically indirectly confessing to Sherlock? I mean… “go for it while you still can because the love of your life might do something stupid like jump off the rooftop and shit”. And the conversation with himself where he gave himself a permission to ‘get the hell on with it”? Beautiful. That’s what I saw. It’s gonna be ok :D

I’m loving the positive feedback about Lúcio in the fandom that he’s a cinnamon roll and a precious, but please also consider:

•The hell he went through when his home was taken over by Vishkar. One of his quotes he says to Symmetra is “That’s for my family back at home”. It’s more than just him freeing his country, it might even be personal

• Lúcio realizing that he’s a dead man walking everywhere he goes. A huge corporation like Vishkar might rather have his head for disrupting their process in Rio, and on top of that a “street rufftin” like Lúcio steal their weapon which can tarnish their name and everything they’ve worked for

•People hating him for wanting to bring Omnics and humans together not only because they hate Omnics, but because they believe that he’s betraying his own kind or is on the side of the Omnics. Imagine the propaganda and fake headlines they’ve made up for him:
-“Is The Brazilian DJ Dating An Omnic?”
- “Brazilian DJ Goes Into Surgery to Become Part Machine! The Shocking Details”
-“Rio’s Beloved DJ is Wearing Metal Pants! He’s One Step Closer to Becoming An Omnic!”
They won’t even mention him by name

•Lúcio knowing that it’s useless to talk to someone like Symmetra to explain what the people she’s working for is wrong. He knows that it’s like talking to a brick wall; no matter how many times he explains she won’t get it until she finds out herself. she was practically raised by them and was basically gaslighted by Vishkar, believing their lies, failing to see the damage they’ve done even if it was in plain sight.

•Him wanting to do as much good and having as much fun as he can, knowing that someone out there may want to kill him for whatever reason; for Vishkar, for his message & movement, or even for working for Overwatch

He might have anxiety, depression, or even panic attacks and nightmares over these things. (Also I know neither Symmetra nor Lúcio wanna kill each other, but I know Vishkar expects her to do it and Lúcio doesn’t know, so there’s that)

Lucifer and Vegas Part II

So now we know why Lucifer is going to Vegas. But before we criticize him let’s recap:

Lucifer feels violated by the truth about Chloe because Chloe was truely the only person he’s ever loved. The one person he felt like he could trust, the one who loved him, betrayed him.

Lucifer goes to Vegas because maybe, just maybe, in a small part of his heart he believes his and Chloe’s love IS real and that she might come and save him from whatever hell he’s putting himself through with Candy.

Lucifer doesn’t love Candy. Candy is just another name for another distraction. A physical distraction that can take his mind off of the woman he really loves. Just like Vegas is a distraction.

Mentally, Lucifer can’t handle losing the only love he’s ever felt and so he runs to something that will handle it for him: strippers, drugs, and the framiliar emptiness of sin.

Late at night when the stripper shifts change and when there’s a lull in his next high, Lucifer will remember why he’s in Vegas. He’ll see Candy’s blonde hair and wish it was someone else’s. Or hear her playfully call his name and think of a dark haired child instead.

Is Lucifer running? Yes. And no, that’s not great. But he will always make his way back to LA because that’s where his peace is. Uriel told him “peace is here”. Lucifer’s peace is Chloe. And without her, Lucifer will keep running.

And eventually Lucifer will run to her.

It’s a confusing time
being in your twenty- somethings
You think you know a lot,
almost everything
But you don’t kiddo,
You’ll need some advice

That’s where it starts,
you might have met someone
who has broken your heart
It may feel as if there is a
a grand canyon splitting you open
but time will act as glue inside of you

Be nice to your parents
they aren’t excited about birthdays
however, they are excited about cards
You can make them feel special
in a variety of other ways
call them, love them, share time with them.

Listen to people
And I mean actually listen
not that one ear out of the other,
I’m not really here type of bull shit
look someone in the eyes,
don’t just listen to reply

Take care of your body
It is the only home you’ll ever have
Respect your soul
Treat it well
burgers and booze are a tasty combo
but inside of you they’ll wreak hell

You probably have no idea
 who you are or what you want to do
 that’s okay, we have all felt that way
 Life is about falling down
 and getting back up.

 Don’t stay on the ground for too long.

This is my advice to you,
 always display kindness and integrity
 extend your arm to those in need
 cry more, love more,
 and most importantly
 act out of love instead of greed

—  J.DeLissio, Day 124, “Advice for Twenty-Somethings”
I would do anything if I knew that it would make me happy.
I cut my hair off and bleached it white because I thought it might make me happy.
I dropped out of school in a desperate but stupid attempt to feel better.
I picked up painting, singing and dancing all in vain because I still feel the same.
I got rid of almost all my friends just in case they were toxic and for the hell of it.
I fell in love and out of love and back in love just to see if that was what is missing in my body.
I spent all my money on beautiful but expensive pieces of clothing, but the outside of me I’m still loathing.
I let random men feel me up in hope that one of them could fill the emptiness inside my chest.
I got a therapist and he gave me a bottle with pills but they didn’t help, they only made me more depressed.
—  // materialistic stuff will never be enough
And a boys touch really isn’t much. //
Excerpt from a book I’ll never write #12

anonymous asked:

Is it alright if I ask for one about austism?

absolutely! ♡

disability au’s: autism!

  • “I speak really slow and I hate how I sound, so whenever I have a question in class you’ll ask it out loud for me no matter how stupid and people kinda laugh at you but you don’t mind and idk I might be in love with you”
  • “I have an intense interest in this one thing, I can’t help it, but I see you everyday practicing this thing and someday I swear I’m gonna compliment you on it" 
    • “looks like this day is today because oh shit here you come—turns out you noticed me practicing it too oops”
  • “everyone kind of made in known in the class/office that your autistic but it doesn’t mean shit because you’re the only one here who knows what the hell we’re doing so cmon u gotta help me out man”
  • “you’re usually quiet around here but turns out that you have a thing for helping teach people things and you get all chatty and excited and I think that’s really fucken cute idk”
  • “you’re not that great at understanding certain feelings but you know what, I’m not really in the mood for anyone trying to understand what I’m feeling right now so take a seat bud you’re cool”
  • “I like being a superhero because I can really connect and bond with people without actually talking to them and having them think im weird”
  • “emotions really aren’t your thing but are definitely mine so we have a good black/white, opposites attract relationship here I like it”
  • “you’re fascinated with my roller coaster of emotions and I like having you around to chill me out bc I’m a lil bit of a drama queen”
  • “your routine runs into mine on the way to work/school every day and i wasn’t there one day so you got a little upset at not seeing me as it turns out, and so the next day you waited for me just to make sure you didnt do anything wrong and idk thats super frickin cute to me—nono you totally didnt mess up, i thought i saw ice cube the other day so i totally had to get an autograph”

anonymous asked:

"Good news sir, we managed to bug one of the Fake AH Crew's cars" "Really? that's excellent! What evidence have we recovered so far?" "At the minute all we've revealed is that they would do some odd things for a million dollars and none of them know the words to any pop songs, also they might have banged" ".../might/ have?" "We've got a team looking into it"

Operation Sprunk sounds exciting to all the officers assigned to it. They don’t know what it entails, but they know it involves snooping on the Fake AH Crew, so it’s got to be important.
The recruits are less than thrilled, and more confused than anything, to find out that their first and only objective is to find out if the members are banging each other. Second objective: if they aren’t banging, what the hell does sprunk mean

3

The Big Lie

Sure, protect your kids and yourself against a deadly pandemic, what parent in their right mind would turn down a free immunization for their kids and themselves? I mean if you and your kids survived “The Big One” why risk getting sick?  The only problem was the whole thing was one big stinkin’ lie. 

See the government knew there was no cure for the contagion, and sides, kids were only carriers till they hit puberty anyways.  They never developed any symptoms. It was the adults who got sick. The way that bug worked was you were either immune or you weren’t.  You either went on with your life as normal, turned into something horrible like a ghoul,  or you just outright died. Pretty simple really.

Bottom line was the government didn’t really know what the hell they were doing. I knew that long before  I built my personal bunker. The whole “Immunization Initiative” was just a conspiracy to get folks who thought they might be sick to come down to one of the government internment camps. The government actually thought they could contain it somehow. Stupid bureaucrats! Eventually the places just became prisons for anyone who showed up, whether they were sick or not. The Brotherhood saw to that. Most folks who did show up never made it out alive.

As for me, I missed the whole brouhaha.  I was safe and sound in my bunker waiting it all out.  I only heard the whole story later from John Paul Jones,  the leader of the Ghouls.  He was around for the entire debacle, one of the first to be infected and survive so he says.  He saw to it that the camps eventually got shut down.

Funny thing is, I was one of the Immune all along.  According to John Paul my bunker would have never protected me from the bug.  Better to be lucky than good I guess.