35 thoughts on “Chapter 5: Lit, page 115.”

  1. You know who we haven’t seen in a while? Ben’s riot-painted Cook friend…

    I have no idea why I think that’s them off panel but I’m stickin’ to my guns!

      1. Probably not much. They more likely then not like him, remember? And he frankly doesn’t have enough info on them to actually write something endangering about them “Some guy I don’t know with features I can’t be sure are real was in my place.” that’s damning stuff right there.

        Plus, I think her crush is legit. The look of joy a few pages back is not the joy a hunter gets when they found prey to bring down.

          1. He knows what he might look like. Maybe he had another mask on. Maybe that was a fake hair color. There’s a lot of leeway when you know a person is practicing deception. And more then that, since he can disguise himself, even knowing what he really looks like isn’t that useful.

            Maybe if he was pointing him out in a lineup… but good writer or not Ben probably can’t/isn’t going to describe this guy so well it’d be considered a threat to the cooks.

      2. If memory serves (and I am WAY too busy to search the archives looking for confirmation), when Reagan asked how Ben got a copy book out so fast Ben told her the Cook story was mostly already written but rejected by his editor for being “obviously fake”.

    1. It’s because of all of the deception and acrobatics. Probably really Mesmer though. But hee could be of the cooks. He seems to enjoy conflict.

    1. I don’t think it’s the Jakes – they wouldn’t use spies. Not that they’re too dumb for it, just that I don’t think they’d bother with it. The Cooks seem far more likely. Remember, the Cooks do their business in costume, and we’ve only seen one (that we know of) with his costume off.

      There’s one thing, though… Patti’s not looking at whoever she’s talking to like a friend, or a family member, or an equal. If anything, she’s just as star-struck when she saw Ben. She might be working FOR someone, but I don’t think she’s working WITH them, knowaimsayin?

      1. I have the impression (possibly mistaken) that they are largely target-agnostic, just Urban-rooted anarchists stirring shit up *wherever* the opportunity presents itself, like meatspace griefers asserting that _everybody_ needs to get over themselves even IRL. Arguably a more affluent, whimsical, and secretive reflection of the Jakes, in fact. But their philosophy need not constrain pragmatism: The Cooks could well have been performing mercenary services on behalf of the Oarlock…

  2. Obviously it’s the Ben fan Club.
    They even have a secret handshake. Secret password (spoiler!): short, young, asian, glasses.
    OMG, guys! What do i have to do to get in?

  3. Clearly she’s talking to Morgan and they’re plotting to kidnap Ben for a life of sexual servitude —

    No wait, it’s BASH!

    ….. yeah, I got nothing.

  4. Hm, I could be misunderstanding the narrative ambitions here and/or Just How Loooooooooong-Form this is intended to be, but it *feels* like we’ve met everybody so far Just Enough for introduction and character exposition. Like we’re still essentially in Prologue, scrutinizing pieces as they are set out on the board for what I can only hope will eventually result in a multi-faceted freakshow of the same tangled trainwreck, Quite Some Time after it all gets underway… Which raises the possibility that we’re hearing (but not yet seeing) an entirely new player, someone… Serious. But if not that, then based on their search for him via physical description it is prolly either Cooks or parents: Who else would identify him only by what he looks like and need to be so discreet?

  5. I feel like it’s Gordon – the Aboriginal Resistance guy who’s banned from Kingdom Come. Just because that seems like the kind of guy Patti would get all gooey-eyed over.

    She would LOOOOOOOVE him.

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