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Fanfic post # 2. This time with Mikasa at the helm such a lovely bote. Happy Birthday Mikasa, also History lessons

2020.11.15 17:35 JOHNfreedom1234 Fanfic post # 2. This time with Mikasa at the helm such a lovely bote. Happy Birthday Mikasa, also History lessons

Immortal
At the time, she didn’t think she would be destined for greatness.
Called to service, because they needed to change their doctrine. From the philosophy of Ecole to that of Mahan.
She was simply one of six. Named after various things, provinces, temples, even the stanza of a poem.
She herself was named after a mountain.
Alongside six armored cruisers, she was to form the backbone of their new navy.
The six-six fleet. Created with Empery money, and a need for proper warships, with help from the Royals.
At the time, she thought she wouldn’t see too much action.
Then the Northern Parliament attacked.
In the battle for the port that would later become the city of Dalian, two of the six were lost to Northern mines
However, the Sakura were not to be underestimated, within several weeks, Port Arthur had been captured. It seemed that despite their status as a superpower they found themselves losing to an enemy they should have easily crushed.
It wasn’t until late of May, 1905 with the whole world watching that their fates were sealed.
Under the command of the legendary Admiral Togo, She and her fellow battleships Fuji, Shikishima, and Asahi crushed what was left of the Northern fleet. Ensuring their victory in the war.
It was then that the world came to know of the name Mikasa.
The flagship of the fleet that belonged to a nation that defeated a superpower.
Of course, said superpower was on the verge of collapse, but it was still one of the world’s most powerful countries at the time.
Nevertheless, she became a legend, a symbol of Sakura naval prowess.
Of course, what happened afterward wasn’t really smooth sailing, having been sunk in her own port after her crew partied too hard, but it wasn’t all bad.
She served her country, but of course, she knew it wouldn’t last.
Washington, 1922. A treaty to limit the amount of ships in a navy.
With that, two of her friends, and the entirety of her kind that wasn’t already scrapped after Dreadnought’s introduction were sent to the scarpyard.
Asahi thankfully was spared, converted into a repair ship.
And herself. For her actions in the defense of the sakura empire was to be incased in concrete.
To serve as a memorial, a place where the last pre-dreadnought and one of Japan’s greatest vessels to ever sail the seas.
She didn’t mind it. If her country wanted her to be a museum then so be it.
Admittedly, there were times when she wished she was scrapped alongside Fuji and Shikishima, just to spare her from the horrors of what happened.
Nevertheless, she is proud to serve country. Even now as KANSEN.
That said, she does have some last regrets.

“You’re quite the godsend, Mikasa-san.” I said to her as she poured tea for me.
As usual I was in my office at the naval base working my ass off with paperwork and other stuff the admiralty wants me to work on.
At this point, I was desperately hoping for a Siren offensive. At least it wouldn’t be too quiet.
That said, peace and quiet does have its benefits.
“Thank you, Commander.” She replied, placing the teapot on the table.
As one of the oldest KANSEN at 120 years old, she was rather sprightly for her age. Often curious about the new world she has appeared in.
I wouldn’t trust her with any valuable electronics though.
While she was held in renown as a fierce warrior, Mikasa mostly spends her day in the naval base as a teacher, advisor and my secretary.
As much as she wants to fight, her lack of Anti-air, slow speed and overall obsolete…everything meant that she was nothing more than a liability.
Thus, she felt that for the betterment of everyone she would stay here.
Despite that, she works tirelessly to help others. Teaching the younger ships, discussing tactics in the war room or helping me out with my paperwork.
I will admit, I enjoy her presence greatly. Her beautiful visage and formal uniform is something that is quite pleasing to the eye.
“Is there…something wrong, sir?” She asked, her cheeks tinted with red.
It appears that I have been staring at her.
“Oh, sorry.” I say to her. “You’re looking quite lovely this morning.”
The blush on her cheeks deepen as I complement her, but she easily recovers.
“Thank you, Commander. Flattery will get you nowhere, however.” She replied coyly. Smiling all the while.
It’s quite the lovely smile. I can tell she enjoys our talks like this, after all she only smiles like that when she’s elated, or when she’s sailing in the ocean.
It’s sad really.
Mikasa’s situation right now is like a bird whose wings have been clipped. She is a vessel, a ship. Being away from the ocean is definitely taking a toll on her.
Even if she doesn’t show it.
That said, I do have something in the works
“It is the truth though, I won’t deny it.” I tell her. “Anyway, how’s are the others doing.”
“Very well, the mutsukis and the fletchers are quite the fast learners.” She replied.
From there we began our usual banter. We start off with more pressing concerns such as strategy and whatnot, before moving on to some lighthearted smalltalk and at times… flirting.
…to be honest, all this flirting is… tempting really. I have been planning to take her out on a date for some time now, but I haven’t had the time.
Hopefully… soon. Maybe when this base is rotated out of the frontline. No idea when that would be however.
Nevertheless, I enjoy her company very much. Asking her on a date could destabilize what relationship we have.
I doubt that though.

It had been a few hours since then. Just a little over 2100 hours.
Another day done, same day tomorrow…
…Christ, I need a drink. Thankfully, Blucher’s bar is open at the moment. Ever since we summoned the alcohol connoisseur a while a back, she’s been handling all of the base’s alcohol supply ever since. Much to the joy of the Ironblood, Union and other KANSEN.
It was also quite the nice place to unwind and relax. It was simply the perfect combination of the homely décor, cozy atmosphere, slow music, drinks and friends.
Let me tell you, I’ve only been there a few times, but it was amazing.
I’ll probably be more-or-less alone however, since there’s to be a naval exercise tomorrow, meaning everyone went to bed early.
It’s interesting because I’m actually not needed for this. The exercise in question is about what they do in the event of a Siren Decapitation strike.
Meaning what they’re supposed to do when I’m dead.
It’s a pretty interesting exercise. Not only does it demonstrate the leadership skills of some shipgirls of this base, but also Azur Lane chain of command/retaliation contingencies.
Anyway, this means I’m free tomorrow. Not sure about Mikasa though.
Mikasa is a KANSEN meaning she’s supposed to take part in the exercise, Hell considering her leadership skills, she’s my first pick to be interim commander.
…well tomorrow is tomorrow. I’ll worry about that soon.
First… drinks.
To my surprise, however. It turns out that I’m not actually alone in this bar. Seated on one of the stools near the middle of the table was none other than Mikasa the pre-dreadnaught.
She looked like she was drinking some sake and reminiscing about the past.
“Didn’t think I’d see you here.” I say to her as I sat on the stool next to her.
Blucher isn’t here it’s just the two of us. She’s still a combat ship, Admiral Hipper class to be exact. This meant that she went to sleep early too, which usually meant that there would be no drinks.
Despite this, I and Mikasa were still being served but the automated servers Akashi installed at her request. It was supposed to be used when there’s too much patrons, but she gave me a copy of her key in secret in case if wanted to have a drink late at night.
Didn’t know she gave Mikasa a key too, though.
“Ah Commander. Lovely night eh?” She replied, drinking some sake. While I’m partial to the traditional Japanese drink I usually prefer something a bit stronger.
“Rum, on the rocks, please.” I tell the automated server. Within 30 seconds I take my first sip.
Efficient. Impressive were the thoughts in my head as the fiery liquid went down my throat.
“Indeed.” I say to her “Lovely night indeed. Didn’t know she gave you a key.”
“She gave a key to just about everyone that looked like they could drink. Most never use it though.” She confessed.
Not that I mind. Everyone needs a good drink now and then.
I nod in reply while taking another slow sip. “What’s the occasion then?”
She looked at me coyly, as if saying ‘You kidding me?’
“I thought for a self-proclaimed ‘naval enthusiast’ such as you it would be obvious.” She retorted gesturing to a calendar.
May 28.
Ah.
“Forgive me, milady.” I reply half-jokingly “My work has made forget how important this day was for you, perhaps I can make it up to you then.”
She chuckles slightly before an awkward silence set in.
We sat there like rocks for a few minutes, before I decided to speak up.
“Do you… want to talk about it?” I ask her.
She snorts amusedly.
“That’s the first time anyone has asked that of me.” She confessed.
“Really?” I asked incredulously. Considering who Mikasa was, I’m more surprised she wasn’t hounded by her fellow Sakura ships with questions about the Taisho era.
“Yeah, I’m thinking that’s because everyone respects me too much like I’m some sort of kami. Especially the sakura girls.” She says taking another sip of her sake.
“They mean well, but…” she trailed off.
“It gets a little too overwhelming.” I finished for her.
She simply nodded, agreeing with my conclusion.
“That’s why I miss the old days.” She said ruefully. “Back then I wasn’t ‘Mikasa, Sensou no megami’, I was just Mikasa, sixth battleship of the imperial Japanese navy.”
“I suppose I can slightly relate to that.” I say to her while finishing my drink, motioning one of the servers to refill it with more rum.
I can tell she’s interested by the way she perked up at what I said. Perhaps she’s not used to opening up like this.
“How so?” she asked.
“Well, this isn’t exactly my first rodeo.” I reply. “I assume you’ve heard of the ‘Knights of the Round Table’?”
She nodded immediately. Any shipgirl paying attention to the history should have at the very least have passing knowledge of the 13 commanders who initially led the defense against the sirens.
Mikasa was confused on why I brought that up before her eyes widened.
“You’re one of them.” She said. Her jaw dropping in the presence of a legend.
I nodded. “I was about 19. Straight out of the naval academy, when they told me to go to war.”
“Didn’t know it was that bad.” She said incredulously
“It was.” I replied. A thousand yard stare on my face. “We lost so many in the initial attacks, human and shipgirl alike.”
Even we suffered, considering there’s only 6 of us left. Two retired, the other three formed the core admiralty and then there’s me.
“That’s not all though, as you know each of us had nicknames.” I continued.
Black Dragon, Demon Lord, Butcher, Red King and Kraken were just a few examples.
“You know what my nickname was?” I asked her.
She shook her head. “No.”
I smiled, I always liked dropping this bombshell.
“Archangel.”
Somehow, her eyes widened even further, and it looked she was about faint.
I wouldn’t fault her.
After all, among the 13, the commander known as Archangel was the most famous of them all, and quite possibly the most badass, yet tragic as well.
“It all started in the Battle of…” I began as I started to tell her my story.
To put it into perspective, I had been compared by my friends and myself even to one space marine chapter from 40k.
The lamenters.
Indeed, I even adopted their creed which I still use.
For those we cherish. We die in glory.
I was given that nickname because of my actions during the initial stages of the war. When the sirens attacked, I always prioritized the safety of the dimension’s inhabitants.
Even over my own.
I saved millions. Maybe even billions of people from the Sirens, yet I couldn’t save those that were close to me. I had the highest amount of KANSEN casualties of any commander out there
I was always in the thick of battle, fighting using an exosuit alongside my shipgirls.
Yet, I could never save them all.
Not the civilians but rather my shipgirls.
Allies, Friends, Lovers.
I have lost count of how many died in my arms.
I kept apologizing. How I couldn’t save them. How they died because I prioritized the people.
Despite that, my girls never lost faith in me. With their last words, they forgive me. Telling me it’s alright. Those that lived echoed their statement.
They would follow me into hell, to save those whose names even I don’t know, and in return, they would give their lives.
When the attacks finally subsided, very few of my original KANSEN remained. Enterprise, Laffey, Cleveland, and a few others.
They’re still around, acting as my XOs. While we never pursued romantic relationships, I can say that the bond between us is strong.
“Now. Imagine that you were a shipgirl from this dimension, and you found out that the Archangel himself would lead you, how would you feel?” I ask her rhetorically as I finish my tale, while taking a huge drink from my glass.
“I see.” Mikasa said, looking down into her drink, looking pensive.
“How’d you overcome it, then? The whole idol-worship thing.” She asked
“To be honest, I let myself be.” I tell her. “The easiest way to get rid of this is by showing that you’re just like them.”
“Greet them, talk with them, take a bath in the onsen or grab a drink with them. It shows that while we are impressive people in our own right, we are still human. Just like them. We’re not heavenly saviors or goddesses, we’re just like you. We cry, we laugh… we fuck up just like the rest of them.”
“It might take a while, but eventually they’ll start to open up.” I tell her. “Take it from me. Before only Laffey, Enterprise and Cleveland would talk to me. Now that everyone has seen the real me, they’re more comfortable with talking to me. Nowadays, I’m more relaxed, and I’m more open about my issues.”
As I finished saying she nodded her head.
“So… just interact with others more?”
“Yep, don’t worry. I’m sure you’ll be successful.” I reassure her.
“Thanks commander.” She sincerely replied.
Once again a silence descended upon us, but was more comfortable than the last one.
“You know…” She said out of the blue. I simply hummed in response.
“Back in the day, while there was the six of us, I had some other friends as well.” She began as she told of me her experiences in the era.
Kimono, the eccentric pervert of a corvette. Matsushima and her French curves.
“I don’t recall the IJN ordering from France.”
“It’s less about her figure and more about her 13 cm Hotchkiss on her stern.”
Then there was the armored cruiser Asama that acted as her doppelganger. She even talked about some of the early destroyers in the IJN.
As the night went on, she continued her story as the alcohol continued to flow.
She talked about her fellow battleships.
Fuji, the English stalwart.
Yashima, Fuji’s sister who was a tad more partial to Japan.
Shikishima and Hatsuse, the two sisters she never had.
Asahi, the boisterous tomboy of the six.
The six of them were the best of friends. Hell, she considered herself and identifies as a Shikishima class despite being more in common with the Royal Navy Formidable Class pre-dreadnoughts.
She talked about the war, and eventually the Washington Naval Treaty.
“Are you mad at anyone?” I ask her.
She thought deeply for a while before turning to me for an answer.
“… I don’t know. Frankly I should be mad at the Russians. The treaty, Maybe even HMS Dreadnought… yet, I can’t find it in myself to be angry. I understood what had to be done, even”
“Then don’t.” I tell her. “As much as you might hate this, it’s all in the past now. Sometimes it’s better to move on, leave them behind.”
“Except what you have learned, of course.”
I guffawed.
“Yes. Yes.” I tell her “learn from the past, but at the same time don’t dwell on it.” I tell her.
“Indeed.”
Yet again, silence descends into the bar.
“Thank you, commander.” She says to me. “For listening to me.”
“You’re welcome.” I reply genuinely. “Thanks for listening to my story.”
“Anytime, Commander.”
From there we continued drinking and talking about anything under the sun. We exchanged stories until we were too drunk to continue.
After that, it was quite the blur, but considering how were both in my room with nothing but the blanket as our clothing I could guess what happened.
The throbbing headache wasn’t helping either.
Hopefully, she isn’t too angry that we slept together in our drunken state.
Hopefully.

“Isn’t it beautiful, love?” Mikasa asked me as she looked over towards the glistening Tokyo bay.
It had been a year since our talk at the bar and our accident. At first she was rather embarrassed and avoided me for a few days, but she managed to gather the strength to face me.
We began dating soon afterwards.
“It sure is.” I said giving her a light kiss on the lips and admiring the sun with her.
I managed to make a leave request from the admiralty, for both Mikasa and I. At the moment, we found ourselves on Mikasa, as in her actual hull, encased in concrete. Sitting near the bay as if defending it.
“I didn’t expect that you’d end up coming her.” I tell her. “It must be a surreal experience walking on one’s hull.”
“Not really.” She says. “It’s… nice, but I’d rather spend time with you.”
“Besides…” She said carrying some flowers. “I wanted to say goodbye.”
Once again it was the anniversary of that fateful day. This time, however she finally wants some closure.
“Hey guys.” She says in front of the memorial. “It’s me, Mikasa. I hope you’re doing fine, I miss you guys so much…”
Meanwhile, I decided to stand alone, and give her some time with her old friends.
She began to talk about her experiences as a shipgirl. Her times with me, and quite possibly the happiest moment of her life.
Her refit.
It took a while to design and implement but it was a success. From pre-dreadnought she was converted to a Panzerschiff. Similar in concept to Deutschland and her sister.
Some extra 12” guns from Alaska, Type 93 torpedo tubes, 40mm AA and some diesel engines made for an extremely potent ship.
Needless to say, she was so happy she could finally sail the seas with her comrades once more.
Speaking of her comrades, it appears that she took my advice and spent some time with them.
Just as I predicted, everyone began to warm-up to the pre-dreadnought after she began to interact with them more. Even more so, after her refit.
…It probably has something to do with how she has nearly dies rescuing others.
Just as I did in the past.
To be honest, I’m not sure if it’s fate or simple chance, but I think we’re meant for each other.
A goddess of war and an Archangel… truly an interesting pair.

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2020.09.25 20:35 Rsubs33 [Game Preview] Week 3 - Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) at Philadelphia Eagles(0-2)

Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (0-2)
The Eagles are off to their worst start with a real coach since 2003 (I consider 2013-2015 non-existent) when they also dropped their first two games of the season. The team would like a repeat of that season where following a week 3 bye,the team rebounded to defeat the Bills 23-13. The Eagles ripped off 12 wins in their remaining 14 games following their 0-2 start. Maybe the Eagles will be able to do the same, but they will have to shake the injury bug first. The Eagles will be without first round pick Jalen Raegor this week who underwent surgery on his hand to repair a torn UC ligament in his thumb. The Eagles may also be without Fletcher Cox who is dealing with an oblique injury. The Cox injury should be watched closely if he can’t go, Joe Mixon and Joe Burrow will have a much easier day against the struggling defense. Last week against the Rams, the defense was under prepared and unable to stop anyone. The Rams took advantage of Jim Schwartz’s consistently odd decision to have his CBs, play so far off the line of scrimmage, giving a free release to the WRs and allowing easy short passes. If Schwartz does the same this week, it will be another long day for the Eagles defense and a great fantasy day for Tyler Boyd, who Bengals Joe Burrow connected with 7 times last week including 1 for a TD. On the other side of the ball Doug and Carson will both need to be better than the last two weeks. For Carson, he needs to get out of his own head and play with confidence. For Doug, he needs to find some creativity and help his 5th year QB. He would do well to get Carson moving and utilize the RBs more in the flat and screen game. However, if we see more of the same we saw in weeks 1 and 2 from the Eagles coaching staff, we should expect another loss. Hopefully that is not the case and Carson and the coaches can learn from their mistakes in weeks 1-2 and pull our a win this week. Go Birds!
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Date
Sunday, September 27th, 2020
Game Time Game Location
1:00 PM - Eastern Lincoln Financial Field
12:00 PM - Central 1020 Pattison Ave
11:00 AM - Mountain Philadelphia, PA 19148
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Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open Air
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 78°F
Feels Like: 78°F
Forecast: Clear. Partly cloudy throughout the day.
Chance of Precipitation: 1%
Cloud Coverage: 31%
Wind: South Southwest 8 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Eagles -5
OveUnder: 46.5
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 0-2, Cincinnati 1-0-1
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CBS will broadcast Sunday’s game to a regional audience. Spero Dedes will handle the play-by-play duties and Adam Archuleta will provide analysis.
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Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (44th season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
Pottsville, PA WPPA-AM 1360 AM
Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA WEJL-FM 96.1 FM
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Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WEJL-AM 630 AM
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Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo and Bill Kulik will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Bengals Radio
Bengals Radio Dan Hoard will handle play-by-play and Dave Lapham will provide analysis for the game.
National Radio
Compass Media will broadcast the game nationally with Chris Carrino handling the play by play and Brian Baldinger will provide analysis.
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel Bengals Channel
Sirius Radio SIRI 81 (Streaming 825) SIRI 105 (Streaming 806)
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NFC EAST Record PCT Home Road Div Conf PF PA Net Pts Streak
Football Team 1-1 .500 1-0 0-1 1-0 1-1 42 47 -5 1L
Cowboys 1-1 .500 1-0 0-1 0-0 1-1 57 59 -2 1W
Eagles 0-2 .000 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-2 36 64 -28 2L
Giants 0-2 .000 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 39 43 -14 2L
Series Information
The Cincinnati Bengals lead the Philadelphia Eagles(Cincinnati Bengals lead series, 9-3-1)
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
September 19th, 1971 at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, OH . CIncinnati Bengals 37 Philadelphia Eagles 14
Points Leader
Cincinnati Bengals lead Philadelphia Eagles (360-222)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 0-1 against the Bengals
Zac Taylor: 0-0 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Zac Taylor: First meeting between coaches
Quarterback Record
Carson Wentz: Against Rams: 0-1
Joe Burrow: Against Eagles: 0-0
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz vs Joe Burrow: First meeting between QBs.
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Bengals lead Eagles: 2-0
Record @ Paul Brown Stadium: Bengals lead Eagles 1-0-1
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 23 - Bengals No. 28
Record
Eagles: 0-2
Bengals: 0-2
Last Meeting
Sunday, December 4th, 2016
Eagles 32 - Rams 14
Andy Dalton threw a pair of touchdown passes and Cincinnati finally got its depleted offense moving without receiver A.J. Green, and the Bengals sent the Philadelphia Eagles to their most lopsided loss of the season, 32-14 on Sunday.
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Last Meeting at Site
Sunday December 13th, 2012
Bengals 34 - Eagles 13
Andy Dalton threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score, an opportunistic defense forced five turnovers, and Cincinnati beat the Philadelphia Eagles 34-13 on Thursday night. The Eagles offense imploded turning the ball over 4 times with another turnover on a kick off. At one point the Eagles turned the ball over on 3 straight possessions. The Eagles lost double digit games for the first time since 2005, in one of the last games the Eagles were coached by Andy Reid.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
12/4/2016 Bengals Eagles 32-14
12/13/2012 Bengals Eagles 34-13
11/16/2008 Bengals & Eagles 13-13
1/2/2005 Bengals Eagles 38-10
12/24/2000 Eagles Bengals 16-7
11/30/1997 Eagles Bengals 44-42
12/24/1994 Bengals Eagles 33-30
11/17/1991 Eagles Bengals 17-10
9/11/1988 Bengals Eagles 28-24
11/21/1982 Bengals Eagles 18-14
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2020 Team Stats
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Bengals Season Stats
2020 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Wentz 50 85 58.8% 512 2 4 64.4
Burrow 60 97 61.9% 509 3 1 81.5
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Sanders 20 95 95 4.8 1
Mixon 35 115 57.5 3.3 0
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Goedert 12 131 65.5 10.9 1
Boyd 11 105 52.5 9.5 1
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Sweat/Graham 1.0 4
Lawson/Bynes 1.0 2
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Gerry 17 8 9 0.0
Bell/Bynes 16 6/7 10/9 0/1.0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
N/A 0 0
Jackson III 1 1
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
Johnston 7 389 62 55.6 49.1 4 1 0
Huber 8 428 70 53.5 43.5 3 3 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 4 3 75.0% 38 3/3
Bullock 6 5 83.3% 50 4/4
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Scott 3 61 20.3 25 0
Wilson 3 131 43.7 45 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Raegor 2 6 3.0 6 0 2
Erickson 2 29 14.5 29 0 1
League Rankings 2020
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Bengals Stat Bengals Rank
Total Offense 314.0 28th 324.0 26h
Rush Offense 89.0 29th 95.0 26th
Pass Offense 225.0 23rd 229.0 22nd
Points Per Game 18.0 T-27th 21.5 23rd
3rd-Down Offense 46.2% T-11th 43.8 15th
4th-Down Offense 0.0% T-25th 100.0 T-1st
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 60.0% T-14th 40.0% 30th
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Bengals Stat Bengals Rank
Total Defense 344.0 9th 398.0 22nd
Rush Defense 135.5 22nd 185.0 30th
Pass Defense 208.5 5th 213.0 7th
Points Per Game 32.0 26th 25.5 T-16th
3rd-Down Defense 40.0% 10th 45.8% 20th
4th-Down Defense 66.7% T-19th 25.0% T-9th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 77.8% 27th 62.5% 16th
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Bengals Stat Bengals Rank
Turnover Diff. -5 32nd -2 T-25th
Total Penalties 8 5th 11 T-12th
Total Penalty Yards 50 2nd 89 13th
Recap from Last Week’s Games.
Eagles - The Eagles' struggles continued in their home opener against the Los Angeles Rams. An early fumble by Miles Sanders led to a Rams touchdown by Tyler Higbee. After the Eagles cut their deficit to four with a Jake Elliott field goal, Los Angeles responded with a Robert Woods touchdown run followed by a second Higbee touchdown catch. Trailing 21-3, the Eagles closed the deficit to five points by halftime with touchdown runs by Wentz and Sanders. After forcing a three-and-out on the Rams' first possession of the second half, the Eagles would drive to the Los Angeles 21, only for Wentz's first down pass to be picked off by Darious Williams, turning the momentum back in the Rams' favor as they would outscore the Eagles 16-3 the rest of the way. Despite not being sacked once during the game, Wentz finished the day with a 56.5 passer rating, completing 26 of 43 passes for 242 yards and two interceptions. The 37-19 blowout loss dropped Philadelphia to 0-2 for the first time since the 2015 season, and marked the Eagles' first home opener loss since that same season. It was also the first home loss to the Rams franchise since the opener of the 2001 season.
Bengals - After losing their regular season-opening game at home, the Bengals then traveled to Cleveland to face the Browns for Battle of Ohio Round 1. In the first quarter, the Bengals scored first when Randy Bullock kicked a 38-yard field goal to make it 3-0. Though, the Browns took the lead when Nick Chubb ran for an 11-yard TD to make it 7-3. In the second quarter, the Browns went up by double digits when Baker Mayfield found O'dell Beckham Jr. on a 43-yard TD pass to make it 14-3. The Bengals then came within 4 after Joe Burrow found C.J. Uzomah on a 23-yard TD pass to make it 14-10. Mayfield then found Kareem Hunt on a 6-yard TD pass to put the Browns up by double digits, 21-10. The Bengals closed out the half when Randy Bullock kicked a 43-yard field goal to make it 21-13 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Browns went back up by double digits when Chubb ran for a 1-yard TD to make it 28-13. The Bengals drew closer with Bullock's 27-yard field goal to make it 28-16. In the fourth quarter, the Bengals were able to get within 5 when Burrow found Mike Thomas on a 4-yard TD pass to make the score 28-23. Though, the Browns would go back up by double digits yet again when Hunt punched the ball in for a 1-yard TD to make it 35-23. The Bengals wrapped up the scoring when Burrow found Tyler Boyd on a 9-yard TD pass to make the final score 35-30.
Connections
Bengals HC Zac Taylor is the older brother of Eagles QB Press Taylor.
Bengals TE Coach James Casey played two seasons for the Eagles from 2013-2014.
Bengals assistant Special Teams coach Colt Anderson played 4 seasons for the Eagles from 2010-2013.
Eagles Run game coordinatodefensive line coach Matt Burke was the LB coach for the Bengals from 2014-2015.
Eagles DB coach Marquand Manuel played for the Bengals from 2002-2003.
2020 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Bengals
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) DT Geno Atkins
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter)
C Jason Kelce (Starter)
LS Rick Lovato (Starter)
TE Zach Ertz
SS Malcom Jenkings (1st Alt)
OT Lane Johnson (1st Alt
General
Referee: Adrian Hill
Philadelphia hosts Cincinnati at Lincoln Financial Field for just the third time in the all-time series and first time since 2012. Sunday marks the 14th overall meeting between the two teams.
The Eagles are 23-10 (.697) at home in the regular season under head coach Doug Pederson, which is tied for the 6th-best home winning percentage in the NFL since 2016, trailing only New En-gland (.818, 27-6), Baltimore (.758, 25-8), Kansas City (.758, 25-8), New Orleans (.727, 24-9) and Green Bay (.712, 23-9-1).
In Week 2 vs. L.A. Rams, Miles Sanders combined for 131 scrim-mage yards (3rd-most in a single game in his career), including 95 rushing (1 TD) and 36 receiving. In 2019, Sanders led his class with a franchise-rookie-record 1,327 scrimmage yards.
Brandon Graham recorded sack No. 52 of his NFL career against Rams QB Jared Goff in Week 2 vs. L.A. Rams. His 52.0 sacks are the 5th-most in Eagles history, behind Reggie White (124.0, 1985-92), Trent Cole (85.5, 2005-14), Clyde Simmons (76.0, 1986-93) and Hugh Douglas (54.5, 1998-2002, ‘04).
Draft Picks
Eagles Bengals
WR Jalen Raegor QB Joe Burrow
QB Jalen Hurts WR Tee Higgins
LB Davion Taylor LB Logan Wilson
S K’Von Wallace LB Akeem Davis-Gaither
OT Jack Driscoll DE Khalid Kareem
WR John Hightower T Hakeem Adeniji
LB Shaun Bradley LB Marcus Bailey
WR Quez Watkins
OT Prince Tega Wanogho
LB/DE Casey Toohill
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Bengals
S Will Parks NT DJ Reader
DT Javon Hargrave CB Trae Waynes
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman CB Mackensie Alexander
CB Darius Slay G Xavier Su’a-Filo
LB Josh Bynes
WR Mike Thomas
S Vonn Bell
CB Leshaun Sims
RB Jacques Patrick
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Bengals
S Malcom Jenkins QB Andy Dalton
CB Ronald Darby CB Dre Kirkpatrick
RB Jordan Howard G John Miller
WR Nelson Agholor OT Cordy Glenn
OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai TE Tyler Eifert
LB Kamu Grugler-Hill WR Marqise Lee
RB Darren Sproles CB Darqueze Dennard
DT Timmy Jernigan DT Andrew Billings
LB Nigel Bradham S Clayton Fejedelem
Milestones
Eagles QB Carson Wentz (99) needs 1 passing TDs for 100 career passing TDs.
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (6386 needs 79 yards to move up to 3rd on the Eagles all-time receiving yards list all-time passing WR *Mike Quick
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (34) needs 2 TDs to move into a tie for 7th on the Eagles all-time receiving TD list tying WR Jeremy Maclin
Eagles DE Brandon Graham (52) needs 2.5 sacks to move to 4th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DE Hugh Douglas
Eagles DT Fletcher Cox (48) needs 2.5 sacks to move up to 6th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DE Greg Brown
Eagles DE Vinny Curry (27) needs 1 sack to move up to 19th on the Eagles all-time sack list passing DT Darwin Walker
Bengals WR AJ Green (8987) needs 13 yards to reach 9000 receiving yards for his career.
Bengals WR AJ Green (63) needs 3 receiving TDs to move into a tie with Chad Johnson for the most receiving TDs in Bengals history.
Stats to Know
QB Adjusted Completion %
What’s one thing rookie Joe Burrow and 5th-year Carson Wentz have in common? They have not been terribly accurate so far. PFF has an Adjusted Completion % stat that accounts for clear drops, spikes, throw aways, batted passes, and throws made while getting hit. Burrow and Wentz are near the bottom in AC%, with 70.4 and 70.3, respectively. Interesting to note a bit of the distribution within the array of aforementioned stats: while Burrow has had one of the lower rates of on-target passes dropped by the receiver (4.1%), Wentz doubled that at 8.4%, good for 5th-highest. Yes, Wentz has stunk, but...
Matchups to Watch
Rookie versus Veteran, Which QB Has Poise Down 0-2?
With two consecutive weeks of porous defense from both the Eagles and Bengals defensive units, this Sunday's matchup should rest squarely on the shoulders of each offensive unit. Will the Eagles be able to rely on fifth year starter Wentz? Will he be able to shake off two tumultuous weeks and put together a consistent offensive performance? Will the Bengals weapons coalesce around their rookie Burrow? Will he be able to put together his first complete NFL game and demonstrate that this season is the turning point for the franchise? A big piece of Wentz stabilizing his game time performance will be continuing his focus on short-time-to-throw plays. From Week 1 with 8 sacks versus the Washington Football Team to Week 2 and zero sacks versus the Rams with the vaunted Aaron Donald, the Eagles Offensive Line and Wentz’ pocket choices resulted in less lost yards and broken plays. Unfortunately, key turnovers again forced short-yardage scoring situations and massive tempo swings. Wentz needs to take advantage of the cleaner pocket that will likely be available versus the Bengals (2 sacks on the year so far) and finish drives cleanly to put the game away. Without rookie WR Jalen Reagor (placed on IR with a thumb injury after Week 2), Wentz will have to make use of the remainder of his threats, including veteran DeSean Jackson who had 6 catches on 9 targets for 64 yards against the superior Rams’ defensive backfield. Joe Burrow has had the classic introductory NFL QB experience. A high-flying game versus the Browns last week, with 300+ yards passing, 3TDs and zero ints was fantastic bounce back from Week 1 versus the Chargers. 193 yards, 0 TDs, and an int will not win the game for the Bengals versus the Eagles, even if Wentz struggles. A key focus for Burrow will be settling into the routine and relationships he’s formed with his offensive weapons. AJ Green remains one of the best WR threats in the NFL and his slow start to the season (8 catches for 80 yards) could end at any time, in any game with a QB like Burrow. Burrow threw a nearly record setting number of passes during the almost-come-from-behind loss versus the Browns; if the Bengals are able to establish their run-game and abuse the Philadelphia secondary in a similar way to the Rams offensive scheme, then Burrow could have a very big day. If he is forced to drop back 60+ times, and Joe Mixon is again held under 75 yards on the ground, the Bengals and Burrow may have a hard time. Keep an eye on how comfortable each QB is feeling, and whether they can establish good tempo. That will be key to offensive production this weekend.
Coaching Conundrum; Pederson versus Taylor
At the core of the NFL these days is the combat between offensive and defensive schemes. Both coaches come from a background of coaching QB play and offensive schemes, though from different eras and coaching trees. How they go about using that experience to enable their teams to a secure a necessary win this week will make or break their seasons. Doug Pederson, at the helm of a revamped offensive coaching tree with the addition of Quarterbacks Coach Press Taylor as Passing Game Coordinator, has had a rough three year stretch of offensive stumbles. Since the miraculous Super Bowl 52 season (2017), the Eagles have consistently failed to be productive, with a lot of the challenges relating to lack of roster depth and poor player improvement through misaligned coaching. This is the third consecutive year of stuttering offense to begin the season and a big piece of the matchup versus the Bengals will be how well the Eagles can settle in. Coach Pederson has made it clear that the lack of full-speed off-season practice plays a big role in the Eagle’s struggles so far; so it remains to be seen when and if both units can make use of this gametime practice to solidify the small flashes of prior success we’ve seen. Opposite Pederson is Coach Taylor, in his second year of a complete rebuild, now with the (ideally career-long) franchise WB in Burrow. Hailing from the Shanahan line, through the LA Rams McVay, Taylor was brought into Cincinnati to recreate the organization’s coaching structure and form a new core for the team around veteran WR AJ Green. The 2019 season showed marked improvement throughout, particularly in run production and passer protection; the addition of Covid-related practice limitations have also taken their toll on the Bengals’ preparations for this season, as exemplified by the Week 1 drubbing by the Ravens. Taylor returns this season with second-year offensive coordinator Brian Callahan, formerly the QB coach for the Raiders. The cerebral talent in the Bengals organization is clearly arrayed around giving Burrow the best possible chance to shine; and they may just do so against an extremely poorly performing Eagles defense. Being able to establish consistent offensive strength and consistency throughout this season will be a key part of whether this new coaching structure is able to flourish in Cincinnati or if yet more change is needed to remake the franchise. During game day, keep an eye out on how these coaches make use of their star players, now that the very early season yips and stumbles should be behind them. Whoever can appropriately adjust to the flow of the game and take advantage of the others mistakes will win this football game.
The Big Punt: How Special Teams Makes An Impact
Kevin versus Cameron, Huber versus Johnston, two players that may very well decide the nature of this Bengals versus Eagles matchup. These titans of the turf, two punters to rule them all, and two punters to pin them deep; two punters waiting on call, and two punters to make fans weep. In lieu of offensive production, and in hopes of good defensive play, Kevin Huber and Cameron Johnston bring their punting prowess to Lincoln Financial Field this Sunday. Hailing from opposite sides of the Earth, Huber from Cincinnati itself, and Johnston from Geelong Australia, these two are some of the most capable foot-based deliverers of the football to opposing teams. Huber holds nearly all of the Bengals franchise records in punting statistics; and Johnston holds the highest gross and net punting averages in a single Eagles season. The third year Australian punter is known by Eagles fans for his insanely long hang-time and penchant for pinning the NY Giants inside the 20 (20+ times in four games). Huber is loved by the Bengals fanbase as both their longest tenured player and his consistency over the past 13 years. He has missed just 2 of 180 possible games, and has been perennially top 10 at his position. Both players are in the final year of their contracts, so effective performance is a must for maximum salary gains. Keep an eye out on how effective these two are in establishing and keeping good field position. If both teams are struggling for consistency, these swings may be the key to a late drive that puts the game away. Additionally, with every punt comes the magic of a muffed punt return. If you’re a particular connoisseur of special teams play, watch and see if these punters add any special spin or location to their strikes; and key turnover last week in this position kept the Eagles hopeful. Maybe lightning will strike twice for the Eagles Special Teams and the Wizard with the Large Leg, Cam Johnston; maybe the Bengals gunners will scoop up a muff and Huber will be huger than expected. Stay tuned!
Special thanks to belisaurius and abenyishay for their help in creating this Game Preview.
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2020.08.14 16:38 RedWriteBlue Trump Accomplishments link. For discussion and questions?

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ACCOMPLISHMENTS • Saved the NY Times, saved the Washington Post, and saved Cable T.V. The Great American Comeback is already underway: • Added 1.8 million jobs in July, exceeding predictions for the third straight month. • A combined total of over 9 million jobs were created since May - surpassing market expectations by a total of 12 million new jobs. • Over the last three months, we added nearly 4 million leisure and hospitality jobs; 1.47 million retail jobs; 1.17 million education & healthcare jobs; 743,000 service jobs; 623,000 manufacturing jobs; and 639,000 construction jobs. • Half of all new jobs are full time jobs. And wages rose 4.8 percent year over year. • In July, the unemployment rate fell to 10.2% - dropping by over 30% since April. • Jobs held by African-Americans rose by nearly 1 million over the past three months. • Jobs held by Hispanic-Americans increased 2.3 million over the last three months. • Job gains since April represent a recovery of 42% of jobs lost in March and April. • 80% of small businesses are now open, up from just 52% in April. • Retail sales rose 7.5% in June, following a record-setting 18.2% increase in May. • Consumer spending has almost fully recovered from its pandemic-low, with recovery strongest in low-income communities. • The latest ISM manufacturing report increased for the third month in a row to 54.2, the highest reading since March 2019. Since the April low, new orders are up 34 points - the largest increase on record. ISM's measure of production is up 35 points from its April low, the largest three-month gain in nearly 70 years. • Since the March low, vehicle sales are up a stunning 65 percent to 14.5 million units. • In Q2, the Dow Jones rose 18%, the S&P 500 rose 20%, and the NASDAQ rose 30%, all posting the best gains in over 20 years. Enacted over $3 trillion in economic relief, saving many tens of millions of iobs: • Signed $2 Trillion CARES Act, sending direct cash payments to 80 million workers. • Approved $670 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program. To date, we have processed over 5 million small business loans, and saved 50 million American jobs. • Took executive action to give a payroll tax holiday through the end of 2020; to provide an extra $400 dollars per week in additional unemployment benefits; to empower HUD & HHS to extend the freeze on evictions & provide rental support; and to suspend payments on student loans and to extend the 0% interest rates. To vanquish COVID-19, we launched the greatest national mobilization since WWII: • Took early action by implementing travel restrictions from China, Europe, and Iran. • Developed the most advanced testing system on earth - conducted 65 million tests. • U.S. is 5% of the world's population, but we conducted 25% of the world's testing. • Through Operation Warp Speed, three vaccine candidates have now moved into Phase Three trials in record time. Recently approved $1 billion for Johnson & Johnson to manufacture and distribute 100 million doses as soon as one is available. • Reduced mortality by 85% since April, through the use of therapies such as Remdesivir, dexamethasone, and anti-body treatments. We have secured over 4.1 million doses of Remdesivir, enough to treat over 650,000 patients. • Treated 86,000 Americans with convalescent plasma - can reduce mortality by 50%. • Mo're than 230 clinical trials of potential treatments are underway. • We have worked with the private sector to coordinate the delivery of more than 196 million N95 respirators, 815 million surgical masks, 20 billion gloves, 34 million face shields, and 354 million gowns. • We have replenished the long-neglected National Stockpile by tripling the number of N95 masks on hand to over 45 million, tripling the number of gowns to 15 million, and quadrupling the number of ventilators to 75,000. • Through the Defense Production Act, we awarded contracts for 200,000 ventilators. • No American who has needed a ventilator has been denied a ventilator. • Delivered 700 rapid point-of-care testing devices & 300,000 tests to nursing homes. • Signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to purchase all essential medicines from American sources. Taking bold action to reduce the price of prescription drugs for American patients. • Signed a historic executive order requiring drug companies to charge AMERICANS no more than they charge FOREIGN COUNTRIES. • I also signed an executive order stopping middle men from taking advantage of Medicare patients by charging higher prices to them and pocketing the discounts. $30 billion in discounts will now go straight to American Patients. • Signed directive lowering the price of insulin to just pennies a day. • Over the next two weeks, I will take action to require health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions for all customers. We are standing for Law and Order. • We reduced the number of murders in America's major cities by more than 10%. • The nationwide violent crime rate has declined for two straight years. • Signed an executive order that is strong on policing, law & order, and ensuring the peace, dignity, and equality of all Americans. • 156 total arrests since Operation LeGend expanded to Kansas City and other cities including: Chicago, Albuquerque, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, Memphis, St. Louis. • Deployed law enforcement agents to save the courthouse in Portland from rioters. • Using the Veteran's Memorial Preservation Act to protect national monuments. Delivering FAIR and RECIPROCAL trade to defend American jobs and expand exports. • Signed Trade Agreement with China, while keeping many tariffs in place. • Replaced NAFTA disaster with the brand new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. • Withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership my first week in office. • Completely renegotiated trade deal with South Korea, saving U.S. auto industry. • Signed new deal with Japan to slash tariffs on $7 billion of U.S. agricultural products. • Imposed tariffs on foreign steel & aluminum to protect our national security. • Reimposed 10 percent tariffs on Canadian aluminum producers. • Imposed a 50% tariff on foreign-made washing machines, saving Whirlpool jobs. • Secured agreements with Europe, Argentina and Brazil that support more exports of U.S. agricultural products. Invested $2 trillion to completely rebuild the Military, including $738 billion this year. • Established the Space Force as the sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. • We have destroyed the ISIS territorial Caliphate in Syria and Iraq. • AI-Baghdadi, Qassem Soleimani, Hamza bin Laden, and Qassim al-Rimi are all dead. • Secured $130 billion in new defense spending for NATO; and $400 billion by 2024. • Withdrew from the one-sided Iran Deal and imposed the toughest sanctions ever. • Recognized Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, and moved the U.S. Embassy there. • Took historic action to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. We passed the largest package of Tax Cuts and reforms in American history. • Since then, $1.4 trillion dollars has poured back into the U.S. • 40 million American families are benefitting from our child tax credit; $2200 average • Designated nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones in distressed communities. • Saved Family Farms from the Death Tax. • Under our tax cuts, small businesses can now deduct 20% of their business income. • Provided first ever tax credit for employers who provide paid parental leave for employees earning $72,000 or less annually. • Since then, the share of total wealth held by the bottom half of households has increased while the share held by the top 1 percent has decreased. We have cut more job-killing regulations than any other Administration. • For every new regulation we adopted, we have cut nearly eight old regulations. • Our regulatory relief will save Americans $377 billion per year, $3,100 per household • Our regulation cuts are having an especially beneficial impact on low income Americans who pay a much higher share of their incomes for overregulation. Ended the War on American Energy. U.S. is the #1 producer of oil and gas on Earth. • The typical family now saves an average of $2,500 a year on their energy bills. • U.S. is now a net exporter of energy; we have declared Energy Independence. • Opened ANWR and approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines. • Canceled the illegal, anti-coal, so-called Clean Power Plan. • Increased coal exports by more than 54% during my first three years in office. • Announced our withdrawal from the job-killing Paris Climate Accord. Confirmed more than 220 federal judges who will interpret the Constitution AS WRITTEN. • Confirmed Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. • Confirmed 53 circuit judges. Filled all appeals court vacancies for first time in 40 yrs. We are BUILDING THE WALL and support STRONG BORDERS and NO CRIME. • Over 275 miles of wall already built. On pace to build 500 miles by early next year. • Reduced illegal border crossings by a staggering 78% since May 2019. • We have ended Catch-and-Release. • Seized a record amount of drugs and deported a record number of gang members. • Protecting Americans from terrorists with the Travel Ban, upheld by Supreme Court. • Improved vetting for refugees, and switched focus to overseas resettlement. We are taking care of our GREAT VETERANS: • Signed historic VA Choice legislation and the VA Accountability Act. • Expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, same-day urgent primary and mental healthcare, and launched the promised 24-hour Veteran Hotline. • Took executive action to prevent Veteran suicide and eliminate student loan debts for disabled Veterans. • Recently signed bills expanding the eligibility for vets with blindness in both eyes, and requiring the VA to establish a treatment court program for vets who need treatment rather than punishment for certain nonviolent crimes. We are standing up for our great African-American community: • Signed groundbreaking Criminal Justice Reform. • Secured record & permanent funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. • Created Opportunity Zones - $100 billion dollars of new investment have poured in. • We achieved the lowest black unemployment rate in history, and will do it again. • We're fighting for SCHOOL CHOICE - education is the civil rights issue of our time. We are ensuring Great Healthcare with MORE AFFORDABILITY and MORE CHOICE: • Repealed the core of Obamacare - the unpopular individual mandate penalty GONE. • Also eliminated the health insurance tax, medical devices tax, and the Cadillac tax. • New insurance options through association health plans, short-term plans, and health reimbursement arrangements; some are up to 60% less expensive. • Prescription drugs saw their largest annual price decrease in over half a century. • To empower patients to choose the best doctor at the best price, we're giving Americans transparency with the price and quality of services before you buy. We are ensuring PROTECTIONS FOR VULNERABLE PATIENTS: • We are protecting people with preexisting conditions and preexisting physicians. • We are protecting Medicare and Social Security for our great seniors. • We are working with Congress to stop surprise medical billing. • We took executive action to strengthen Medicare and reformed the Medicare program to stop hospitals from overcharging seniors on their drugs. • Medicare Advantage premiums have decreased by 27% and Medicare Part D premiums are the lowest in 7 years. • Made new plans available for individuals with chronic conditions that cover medications like insulin without cost-sharing. We are turning the tide on the crisis of addiction with $6 billion in new funding: • Drug overdose deaths fell nationwide in 2018 for the first time in nearly 30 years. • Many of the hardest hit states have had the biggest drops, including: OH (22.2%),
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2020.08.09 08:39 Grampong Honeybee

Honeybee
Honeybee
Could you imagine where our lives would lead?
While I KNEW I would write this Snippet one day, I NEVER thought my Narrative would unfold like THIS, especially with a truly Soul-ripping twist I NEVER noticed until only minutes before the End over a decade later.
I try to avoid too much of my Life bleeding into my Snippets (some is unavoidable, since I write from my Experience). Not this Time, this Snippet shines the spotlight directly on the single biggest part of my Life (other than myself, of course), my Lifelong Love Honeybee.
A Lifelong Love is a very special type of Love, and each Life has room for only ONE Lifelong Love (but that one is FAR from guaranteed). There can only be ONE Love who meets you as a young adult, and continues with you on your Path for decades as together the two of you learn about each other and Reality, and then blaze a Path together into the Future hand-in-hand through births, deaths, jobs, burnt dinners, drunk relatives, and all the other Joys and Pains that Life brings.
For me, that Lifelong Love is Honeybee, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Our Lifelong Love has been sans pareille. She’s the Bestest Lifelong Love in History.
She was my Honeybee, and I was her Honeybee. What we are now to each other in this Impossible Year, and what we will be going forward, remains to be determined.
One Hundred Magickal Hours
On October 15th, 1987, I was home on leave, playing bridge at the local college when two of my buddies had to go to class, and Honeybee decided to Sit Down Beside Me, began talking, and started a Discussion with me. This was our first Moment together. She was a young beautiful brilliant cultured refined six foot blonde dressed in a true vision of late Reagan America with hairspray, Bass Weejuns, natural fibers, glasses with HUGE frames, shoulder pads, and more hairspray. Her Consciousness was blazing, and our Discussion added subject after subject such as why Bork had to be borked, to the impact of fire on the beginnings of civilization, welfare reform, etc. We were jumping from topic to topic, never losing the other, and both of us were having a great time.
An hour later, she had to go to class, but said she would return afterwards and we could continue our Discussion then if I was still here. My other buddy decided to take off and asked I wanted to come along. I said “Nah, she’s really smart and really cute. It’s worth an hour to see if she comes back.”
It’s obvious what happened an hour later.
Honeybee and I just kept our Discussion going hour after hour, topic after topic getting added, over dinner, driving around, back to her place and we talked until we fell asleep. OK, we did a few things OTHER than talking, but that was really just as offshoot of the talking (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it, ask Honeybee for her side if you want).
DC, the OG Road Trip
Friday evening, Honeybee had a road trip planned with a girlfriend of hers to Washington, DC, so I figured that this was going to be the last day I would spend with Honeybee before I had to return to base Monday. Coincidentally (synchronistically?), the driver had to bail so she drafted me into driving (IMO, more than a fair trade for few extra days with Honeybee).
This Road Trip set the standard for the many hundreds to follow.
Honeybee had her Violent Femmes tape, so we sang Blister in the Sun, Kiss Off, Gone Daddy Gone. The radio added I Got My Mind Set on You – George Harrison, Didn’t We Almost Have It All – Whitney Houston, I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany.
Everyone had a great time popping around DC for a couple days, Honeybee and I keeping that Discussion rolling. I found a treasure, a Magentalane album by Klaatu at a record store which would add many songs to our NEXT Road Trip like Mrs. Toad’s Cookies – Klaatu and our favorite to hear when we are almost Home, Magentalane – Klaatu
Black Monday
Honeybee was back in class Monday, and I needed to leave Monday evening. Honeybee and I realized that we had something Real and something VERY SPECIAL, but we lived 800 miles apart at the time. We agreed that we would try to see each other as much as possible, and when in the same city we were each other’s priorities, but otherwise we would live separate Lives and inform the other if there was “Something they needed to know,” which meant another Relationship which was rising in seriousness and a potential threat.
During our discussion, we noted that the stock market was crashing and had been the end of last week and this day would be called Black Monday. We laughed when we noticed that it started tanking roughly the same time Honeybee sat down to start our Discussion. We joked that us getting together had crashed the stock market.
The Honeybee Team Supreme
Together, Honeybee and I formed a Partnership capable of absolutely ANYTHING. Where I was weak, she was strong, and vice versa (and our strengths overlapped FAR more than they gapped).
My mental condition which Honeybee and I deduced as around the Asperger’s/Dyssemia area of the autism spectrum (we always refer to it as simply “Dyssemia”). My Dyssemia is inextricably linked to so many of my greatest strengths and weaknesses. While I have phenomenal intellectual capabilities, an Exceptional Memory which functions much like “Flashbacks” where I remember by reliving my Experiences with that information (both Good and Bad), and Math as my primary language, these abilities are achieved through a trade-off leaving me always an Individual, unable to join a Group or Consensus, and totally lacking in ANY “common sense”, lol.
Honeybee, OTOH, has her own set of phenomenal intellectual capabilities, her own Exceptional Memory which functions differently than mine (she considers mine “better”), fantastic language skillz, with a strong connection to and understand of the Consensus.
Honeybee can process data and multitask better than anyone, period. Watching her at full speed is an amazing sight. My specialties are pattern recognition, Gnosis, and penetrating focus. As individuals, we were Phenomenal. As the Honeybee Team Supreme, we were Transcendent.
Honeybee was the Yin to my Yang. We made an unbeatable Partnership, and proceeded to start taking Reality by storm.
Honeybee
I can't imagine how my life would be
If all your gravity did not hit me
Oh, don't you see?
Darling, my honeybee
Transplants
After spending a few years finishing college and taking the first few steps into the outside World, Honeybee and I recognized that we were “deadended” in our current location and decided to relocate. I wisely agreed with her when she suggested Central Florida because “If people save for a year or two to spend a week there, it’s GOT to be a good place to live.” And it hasn’t just been been a good place to live, it’s been SPECTACULAR!!! Honeybee made another of her great calls which possibly saved our Lives.
Honeybee and I packed every item we owned (and her cat who had adopted me as his hero) from The Old Apartment into a U-Haul and drove to the horizon to start our new Life without ANY idea where we were going to Live other than “Central Florida”. We were poster candidates for “Fools Rush In”, but Honeybee and I pulled it off yet again. We were truly The Honeybee Team Supreme, and nothing was impossible for us.
It was Just Like Heaven
But here we are
After all the messes and confessions
To the stars
That we never really owned as ours
The Honeybee Team Supreme’s Greatest Hits
Honeybee and I have shared so many truly spectacular Moments over our decades together. Here’s a sample of the highlights.
Travel
Honeybee and I took our first Road Trip the day after we met, and we never stopped until we recently parted.
The Honeybee Team Supreme does Road Trips RIGHT. The vehicle barely stops, bathroom breaks try to fit in gas stops, prepack food, we have it down after MANY hundreds.
Songs are chosen for singalongs, especially to stay awake driving. We started with our playlist from that OG DC trip and have added so many more like Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John, Paradise by the Dashboard Light – Meatloaf, One Headlight – Wallflowers, etc.
The Honeybee Team Supreme has been knocking out “Must Sees” for our Babybees as we enjoy them ourselves. A partial list:
Grand Canyon St Louis Arch NYC Washington DC Monument Valley Pike’s Peak Garden of the Gods Graceland Petroglyph National Monument Monticello Salt Lake City Yellowstone
We watched one of the very final Dreams Come True Fireworks performances from the top of the Contemporary Resort while eating unlimited sushi with an open bar as part of our hundreds of trips to Disneyworld.
Movies
Honeybee and I shared our Love of movies from the very beginning of our Conversation. We were both surprised we shared the same 40 year old black and white movie as our favorite: Holiday Inn. I had discovered it wrapping Christmas presents with my mother, as did Honeybee, so we naturally made this a Honeybee Team Supreme tradition.
We debated the “proper” ending for movies like Pretty in Pink, tossed themes back and forth, and were our own Honeybee Team Supreme version of Siskel and Ebert.
Honeybee and I Loved going to the movies, and 1999 the peak for us. Virtually every time we saw a movie, it was either phenomenal or fun. That was a GREAT year with Honeybee. Look at the movies we saw:
10 Things I Hate About You 13th Warrior American Beauty American Pie Any Given Sunday Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Blair Witch Project Being John Malkovich Boys Don't Cry Cider House Rules Dick Dogma Election Eyes Wide Shut Existenz Fight Club For the Love of the Game Go Green Mile Iron Giant House on Haunted Hill Last Night Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Matrix The Mummy Never Been Kissed Notting Hill Office Space Payback Magnolia Man on the Moon Mystery Men She's All That Sixth Sense Sleepy Hollow South Park Star Wars Episode I Stigmata Summer of Sam Talented Mr. Ripley Tarzan Thomas Crown Affair Topsy-Turvy Toy Story 2 Wild Wild West The World Is Not Enough
And just seeing the movies doesn’t cover the whole “movie experience”, because so many times our friends would add some of the best parts (like “Heavily Implied” taking on new meaning after American Beauty)
We Love Charlie Kaufman, Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, and similar movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Wish You Were Here, Adaptation, etc. We Love classic movies, art movies, animation, etc.
Let’s just say Honeybee and I Love movies a LOT (and have a thousand discs still to watch).
Television
Honeybee and I were First Fandom for Reality TV, watching the OG Real World. While MOST Reality TV is beyond the Pale for us, we have passed this on to our Babybees. As a Hive, we watch Big Brother, Amazing Race, Project Runway, Top Chef, and similar shows and analyze the competitors and the competition (our Babybees are VERY astute).
Theatre
Live theatre has always been a special treat for Honeybee and me, and something we truly savor. Some of our favorites:
A spectacular performance of Fuenteovejuna at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC in one of their rare non-Shakespeare plays.
An incredible college performance of The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Rupert Holmes of Escape (The Pina Colada Song) in the Annie Russell Theatre where the audience selection of the ending gave a lesser player a chance to shine, and boy did he.
So many local and community theatres like Manhattan South Studio Theatre, with productions like The Brady Bunch (The Second Coming of Jan), the Glass Jar, and countless others. Those shows took on additional special meaning when we knew the actors or writers.
The UNFORGETTABLE (unless you were my friend who slept through the whole thing) most self-indulgent FIVE hour Sherlock Holmes play EVER (with two intermissions). The second intermission included a police scene with a dead body in the middle of the road (we concluded the body was someone trying to RUN as fast as possible away from the Play, and that he was in better shape since he wasn’t going back inside for the rest), and ended with the announcement “IF anyone wants to go back in and watch, we will be starting soon.” We ALL rolled at the “IF”.
And, of course, Bandstand on Broadway.
Sports
My family’s relationship with Sports runs very deep and very wide. Honeybee jumped right in and she did a great job.
While I’m not sure she’s EVER understood the point of showing up to a spring training game over an hour early (“Why watch them bat when it doesn’t count?”), Honeybee REALLY enjoyed the one spring training game we NEVER saw. We met a few of my cousins before the game at the team’s hotel bar for a drink. Much like that Lays Potato chip, ONE drink is NOT possible when 1980 American League Rookie of the Year Super Joe Charboneau is buying using the Indian’s team expense account (Go Joe Charboneau for SURE). And when Super Joe is buying the drinks, getting you drunk, and telling story after story of his exploits, you never make it to the game. Those stories start with the famous ones that surfaced his rookie year, like drinking beer through a straw through his NOSE, him fixing that nose when it was broken using pliers and a few shots of Jack Daniel’s, and doing his own dental work, but they don’t end there. Honeybee and I both agree, once in their Life, everyone should have Super Joe get them drunk (it’s not to be missed).
Honeybee and I went to a LOT of sporting events, but my favorite Moment with her concerning sports was a Moment she took the initiative and Planned herself for me.
For Christmas in 2002, Honeybee gave me two tickets for us to see the North Carolina Scholastic Classic on January 20, 2003. That meant I was FINALLY going to get to see Lebron James play in my alma mater’s Green and Gold Irish jersey (Honeybee gave me one of those the next year). So Honeybee and I made another of our patented Road Trips, and I was not disappointed to see in person the phenomenon my brother told me could have jumped to the NBA after his freshman year of high school. LeBron did the IMPOSSIBLE, he successfully DEFENDED a 3 on 1 fast break (no human being should be able to do that). After I saw that, I turned to Honeybee and said “If he doesn’t get hurt and doesn’t lose his head, he can make a run at surpassing Jordan, because LeBron is drawing from the largest skill set I’ve ever seen with a perfect body.” Honeybee agreed and still does.
Concerts
Honeybee and I saw so very many great concerts together, there’s no way to do them justice. The best part for me was ALWAYS that I was sharing the experience with Honeybee (she ALWAYS makes even the most bland Experience wonderful for me).
We watched Crosby, Stills, and Nash open for the Grateful Dead at Three Rivers Stadium after wandering around for hours with the Deadheads (and we still have out tie-dye t-shirts).
Lifehouse, Everclear, and Matchbox Twenty performed a triple bill where a Joyous Art Alexakis who stole the entire show from Rob Thomas’ homecoming by having security chase him and his wireless guitar up and down the stairs of the Orena.
Wang Chung, Flock of Seagulls, Missing Persons, Gene Loves Jezebel rocked the House of Blues
We jammed to Experimental Jazz at the Disney Institute, countless concerts at Disneyworld (we skipped most because they didn’t fit our schedule well), etc.
Ushered in 2000 with Blue Meridian at the Have A Nice Day Cafe.
We stood right in front of the stage on Pleasure Island while Modern English sang Melt With You for food, followed by World Party in the rain.
Honeybee had to drag me away from Steve Kilbey of The Church when he was was too busy talking to me about my business and playing the “Proud Poppa” showing off his daughter’s artwork from college to remember to get ready for the concert in a tiny club.
Roger Daltrey delivered Tommy backed by the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom in a performance Roger KNEW he had in him and had always wanted to give, and he gave that performance of his Life (we were so glad he didn’t “Die Before He Get Old” for Honeybee and I to have yet another of our Moments).
Our LAST concert was March 7, right before concerts went away, when we watched Michael Stanley Strike Up the Band One FINAL Time from the first row of the orchestra pit (if Honeybee and I never see another concert together, that was a Moment I’ll be happy to go out on).
People
The people who have crossed Honeybee’s and my Path, and walked with us for a while, demonstrate some SERIOUS “strength through diversity”.
Honeybee and I have yet to find people we don’t like (other than rude hurtful people, of course), and we have socialized across the entire social spectrum. We’ve gone out to dinner with couples who were having their version of our “smothered chicken”, we’ve joked with billionaires over which loge they watched the baseball team they own, we’ve watched Super Bowls and NBA Finals with hoop friends from pick-up games on the playground, we’ve plot doctored books and had the authors dedicate the book to us in thanks, etc.
Many interrelated circles of friends grew around the Honeybee Team Supreme, we had friends of all sorts. Honeybee and I struggled to figure out if we could fit TWO days at home a week into our social callendar.
Look around
We made a garden of the love we found
So many reasons I would fight to stay
You're the courage when I fade
Take a look at what we've made
Marriage
In 1996, I was working on our finances, and I shared with Honeybee that we would save about $3,000 if we were married, she got one of those looks of hers on her face, and I asked “Do you want to?” Not the most romantic or greatest of proposals, but she accepted anyway.
That great group of friends we assembled came together and threw us a FABULOUS Wedding, a bit Fandango style. We did everything backwards, a formal brunch followed by the ceremony in a beautiful rose garden. The reception was at a friends’ house, and then the after-reception of pizza and beer at yet another friends’ house around the block. Special people who shared a special day with us.
Missing were any rings. Honeybee is VERY particular about jewelry. She doesn’t like men wearing jewelry, so I have NEVER worn a wedding ring, at her request. As for her rings, at the time we could not justify the Engagement Ring she wanted, a 1 ½ carat emerald cut ring. I promised that ring to Honeybee, and she will have it, even if I have to give it to her at the finalization of the divorce as a “Thank you for having BEEN my wife” Ring rather than an Engagement Ring.
That silly ring, it wasn't meant to be
Luckily you saw in me
Something I couldn't see
”My Mind Is Gone, Is It EVER Coming Back!?!”
In late 2003, we succeeded in becoming pregnant with our first Babybee. The Collaboration we had been Planning and Loving toward had reached a new stage. still remember making special note of one of those Moments with Honeybee in early 2004 when we were Pregnant with our son. I brought her breakfast in bed (coffee for decades was standard, with extras like breakfast often added), and found her crying. I asked in a panic what was wrong, and Honeybee sobbed out, “My Mind is gone, is it EVER coming back!?!” All these strange Feelings and Emotions were taking over her Mind and Body, and she could tell that she was changing and becoming different than she had been before we got Pregnant.
I laughed and explained to her that those changes were her Body and Mind changing to give Birth to Babybee and become a Mommybee. I said that those changes were going to be in place until we decided to stop having children and breastfeeding, which was planned after our second child in about 5 years. That brought more tears from Honeybee and more laughter from me.
I NEVER should have been laughing, because I was horribly wrong about her Mind returning in 5 years. That wonderful incredible beautiful Mind she had shared with me for almost 20 years NEVER returned to what she shared with me before getting pregnant.
I NOW see the Moment of which I made that special note was NOT simply one of those tender Husband/Wife Moments that they look back on fondly (as Honeybee and I did so many times with this Moment, each of which now carries a touch of ash to me). No, this was the Honeybee I met in 1987, that incredible brilliant beautiful young woman to whom I instantly Bonded and Loved, with whom I started “officially” cohabiting in 1990, sweated out Midwest winters with windows open on a third floor of a Victorian house turned into a VERY cheap apartment (we did go out to dinner once a week for smothered chicken for under $20 total, tip included), packed every single one of our belongings into the back of a U-Haul to drive a thousand miles without a CLUE of where we were going to Live in 1993 (at once the Greatest and most Foolish thing we EVER did), started a business based on sharing my Love with others, launched her career and proudly watched her climb the corporate ladder saying “Farewell” to me, HER Honeybee
The Honeybee I Knew and Loved was actually saying “Goodbye” to me, and I didn’t Know it. I didn’t realize that my Honeybee I had Known and Loved for 16 years was leaving me, and from then on gradually my Loving Partner Honeybee would being replaced one tiny piece at a time by Mommybee, who does NOT Love me (or even understand I’m human) and sees me only as a resource for our Babybees.
I NEVER should have laughed, I should have been crying right alongside her. Now, I’ll be doing a LOT of crying not by her side waving Goodbye to my wonderful Honeybee in the Past who left me all those many years ago, but I never Knew she had gone. I’ve got a LOT of mourning to catch up on.
I’m giving you a horribly belated Goodbye now, Honeybee.
I’ve missed you so very much, especially these last few years. I’ve been so terribly Lost and Lonely without you (Mommybee abandoned our Discussion years ago, and you’ve only chipped in every so often since). I’m sorry I didn’t give you a proper Goodbye at the Time, but I didn’t Know you were going away Forever. We BOTH thought you were coming back. I didn’t even Know you were still Gone until last month. I really didn’t, Honeybee. Honest.
Such a fool
I took your love and I bent all the rules
You took the blow and didn't let it show
Stuck around to let me know
Built a family of our own
Male Light and Female Void
How could the Honeybee Team Supreme have missed such a crucial element, which eventually derailed their entire Plan? The answer is found in a VERY strange place.
Honeybee and I enjoyed exploring some of the most obscure areas of Reality in hope of finding Art and Artists. One of the most UNIQUE and GREATEST examples of Art we EVER found was the comic series Cerebus done by Dave Sim. IMO, Cerebus is the Finnegan’s Wake of comics and Sim is hands down the greatest living comic Artist. Sim’s 26 years of constant work on Cerebus produced that Artistic Alchemy where the Art and the Artist merge (which Sim later takes religious and visionary, producing an even MORE idiosyncratic work).
For all their magnificence, Sim and Cerebus are marred by what is a fatal flaw in most people’s eyes: Sim does not think or believe the genders are equal, and expresses his views in a strangely ham-fisted way which regularly melts down.
Honeybee and I LOVED extracting those parts which were Outrageous, and those parts which Sim had hit Truth (he has HUGE amounts of BOTH). Sometimes Outrageous and Truth were the same, as often happens in Art.
Here’s a summary of Sim’s system:
The Thinking Reasoning Male Light is Seminal Energy, while the Feeling Emotional Female Void is an Omnivorous Parasite.
The Male Light and Female Void can be combined by marriage into a Merged Permanence, with the components now called Merged Light and Merged Void. When Kids come Merged Light becomes Family Man.
All these Voids can be combined into a “Greater Void Wife and Kids” Omnivorous Engine, which serves the Vaginal Bottom Line. The Omnivorous Engine drives society through Lesser Void of White Collar Make-Work Programs.
The Female Void is essentially a black hole of resource need “For the Kids”, based on an Emotional and Feeling level. The Male Light cannot win on the Thinking and Reason level, as those are higher.
Many people see Sim’s Female Void as an Evil Woman, and dismiss him as a misogynist.
I’ve stripped as much of Sim’s “Simness” out of his system as I can. Here are some original sources for those who wish to read for themselves (insert all trigger warnings here): Male Light and Female Void, Reads, Tangents.
Mommybee
The Honeybee Team Supreme’s mistake is to think we were already a Merged Permanence which had avoided the Female Void issue. Honeybee is a Brilliant and Conscious woman, NOT a Female Void. We had been the Honeybee Team Supreme for almost 20 years, and no Female Void issues. We Knew the Female Void existed, but we thought we had the Female Void beat.
We were wrong. We were messing with Mother Nature, and it’s NOT nice to mess with Mother Nature.
We had not anticipated Mommybee being a Female Void and slowly robbing Honeybee of her Consciousness, leaving only Mommybee the Feeling Female Void.
When I joked with Honeybee when we were pregnant with our first Babybee, I had a general idea of the process, but the parts I missed were crucial. Emotion, Feeling, and Thought are progressive levels of abstraction, and the higher rests on the lower, with Thought supported by Feeling supported by Emotion.
My wonderful Conscious Honeybee had those three perfectly balanced, but when we got pregnant, Mommybee the Female Void which needs to provide for her Babybees ABOVE ALL ELSE disrupted her balance and Mommybee started to take over for Honeybee. As long as Honeybee and Mommybee agreed, all was well, but if they disagreed, Mommybee would win with Feeling and degrade Honeybee’s Consciousness a piece more.
I had NO idea that Mommybee was doing this until last month, so I kept executing the Plan which Honeybee and I had developed over 20 years. When Mommybee would criticize me and overrule me, I thought that was Honeybee, so I would try to Reason with her, explain that I was doing as we had Planned. Mommybee, the Female Void, saw Reason as a THREAT to her Babybees, and fought Honeybee’s Reason, and Honeybee played the rope in a Tug of War between me and Mommybee over her Babybees (a war I had NO CLUE was happening).
I am horrified that I was DESTROYING Honeybee when I was trying to follow the Plan the Honeybee Team Supreme had decided years earlier. But this Tug of War has been going on for 16 years, and Mommybee is clearly in control, with only little glimpses of Honeybee surfacing every so often.
Honeybee has lost her Consciousness, leaving Mommybee in charge until Mommybee can stop worrying so much because the Babybees are fully raised. That’s another five to ten years of Mommybee before there is much chance of Honeybee returning on a regular basis.
MAYBE.
What If?
Neither Honeybee nor I knew that us finally having the children to whom we so looked forward and had planned and worked for 15 years would unleash Mommybee and set in motion a process that eventually stole my Honeybee from me just like Alzheimer’s had taken my mother, one piece of her fabulous Mind disappearing at a Time until that incredible woman I Love so greatly was unrecognizable and GONE.
But if we HAD Known, would we have changed things (I would have changed how much I appreciated those days with just me and Honeybee, and then been prepared to adjust to Mommybee rather than blindsided)?
Other than being forewarned that Honeybee was going to transform into Mommybee, and preparing for that change, I don’t think there’s ANYTHING we would have done differently. Honeybee wanted me for her Love, her Partner, and the Father of her Babybees. She would have been incomplete without her Babybees, and I would NEVER want her incomplete for me to selfishly spend more Time with Honeybee, regardless of the Pain fulfilling our Dream of Babybees has caused me. Neither of us would have wanted anyone else to be the Father of her Babybees.
And I would never trade a Moment I got to spend with Honeybee for all the Pain and Suffering which Mommybee later inflicted upon me.
Soulmates
While Honeybee and I are Lifelong Loves, I thought for certain that we were also Soulmates, Ride together until one Dies, just like my parents with my father adding months to my mother’s Life through sheer force of Will and an eyedropper to feed her (and expert medical and legal skillz). In retrospect, I really should have paid MUCH more attention to how much Honeybee enjoyed For No One by the Beatles (she’s NEVER “needed” me, our Team Supreme was based on “Love” and “want”, NOT “need”) and the precedent of HER parent’s marriage, who separated and divorced when Honeybee and her brother were the same ages as our Babybees.
While Honeybee intended to be my Soulmate, Mommybee is NOT my Soulmate, she is a Female Void who has slowly taken over my Honeybee, one piece at a time.
Mommybee wants all my Resources and me to be happy just handing them over. I disagree, and that provokes Mommybee to attack me as if her Babybees’ Lives depend on it. Our differing POVs on this point DESPERATELY needs to be solved, but no solution is “pretty”.
Babybees
When I look at the Babybees which Honeybee and I Planned, Worked, and Loved so very hard to bring into Reality, I see that our efforts exceeded even our wildest Dreams. Our Babybees are absolutely spectacular, even more beautiful and brilliant than Honeybee and I could have ever Hoped. They are each special in their own ways, taking after Honeybee and I, yet adding their own unique spin. I could not be more proud of myself, Honeybee, Mommybee, and the Babybees in making this Collaboration a such a roaring success.
There will be NO Cat’s in the Cradle for me. I was with my Babybees CONSTANTLY with only a few hours off at a time until Mommybee decided to leave with our Babybees last month. I will always know that I was there during ALL their important formative years, because I’ve changed more diapers, driven to more sporting events, spent fewer days away from the Babybees, etc.
I even added my own new special touch to their education, riffing off Socrates, and taking his method to the next level. Instead of me focusing on pouring information and knowledge into our Babybees Minds by using questions to teach THEM, I let them teach ME their next lesson while I “played dumb”. This allowed me to focus their teaching attention at the exact point they needed to Know next, while giving them great confidence in their abilities to observe Reality and draw proper conclusions. I have helped them assemble models of Reality unlike ANY before them, totally unique and custom fit to THEM in new ways they found for themselves.
I look forward to the great Paths that will unfold before them. Those Paths will be Magickal and Marvelous. These Babybees of Honeybee and mine are truly special.
I just REALLY wish Honeybee and I could celebrate them. Or that I could celebrate them with Mommybee and our Babybees, rather than just watch their magnificent glory from a distance, which is what I anticipate happening.
But here we are
After all the messes and confessions
To the scars
That we never really owned as ours
One First Date
So, what’s next for me?
I’m going to Disneyworld, of course. What else would make any sense?
My Plan is to try and see what, if ANY, health dynamic might begin to be established between Mommybee and myself, now that I realize I am no longer married to Honeybee. Some sort of effective dynamic needs to be established because I’m going to be co-parenting with Mommybee for years, regardless of anything else.
Mommybee has agreed to take a day off her very important job (it really is, I’m very proud of how fantastically Honeybee/Mommybee’s career has progressed and I’m proud of the bits of help I’ve given her here and there, she’s a truly incredible woman) and leave the Babybees at her home so the the two of us can have a CHANCE to spend a day at Disneyworld as a couple like we we used to decades ago (the entire family tried a few weeks ago and didn’t make it long).
But I also have a Hope.
I’ve asked Mommybee to stay at her home with the Babybees this time and let me have the day with Honeybee.
I’m counting this as that “First Date” Honeybee and I always joked about NEVER having. At this point, I just want one day and one date with Honeybee, and this might be the LAST and ONLY chance I ever have.
I’m going to try and have a Moment with Honeybee and tell her how much I Miss her and I Love her. I Know now not to use those Facts and Logic which Honeybee Loves so much, but Mommybee despises when they conflict with her and her Babybees’ desires. I’ll focus on all those great Feeling and Emotions Honeybee and I had in the Past (and there were SO very many, and they were SO very great).
I’ll NEVER be able to fit all I want to say to Honeybee into a single Moment, even if we manage to stretch that Moment the entire day. But there is one thing I ABSOLUTELY WILL tell Honeybee.
“You’re the one. You’re the ONLY one.”
She’s my Honeybee, and I am her Honeybee.
She’s the Bestest Lifelong Love EVER.
For Crying Out Loud, I Love you, Honeybee.
And if our world comes tumbling down
I never could forgive myself for leaving out
You're the one
You are the only one
Won't you decide?
Won't you decide?
I want you to soar
Don't doubt anymore
(Little by little, we meet in the middle)
Won't you decide?
(What's your name?)
Won't you decide?
Snippet Playlist Alone Again, Naturally – Gilbert O’Sullivan Always on Your Side – Sheryl Crow, Sting Breakeven – The Script Circles – Post Malone Don’t Speak – No Doubt Far Away – Nickelback Happier – Marshmallo Here Come Those Tears Again – Jackson Browne Here’s Where the Story Ends – Sundays How’s It Gonna Be – Third Eye Blind In My Life – Beatles It’s All Coming Back to Me – Meatloaf My Immortal – Evanescence Rainy Days and Mondays – Carpenters The Reason – Hoobastank Reelin’ in the Years – Steely Dan She’s Gone – Hall and Oates Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word – Elton John Traces – Classics IV True – Spandau Ballet When We Were Young – Adele Winner Takes It All – ABBA Wonderwall – Oasis
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2020.08.06 14:42 Grampong Honeybee

Honeybee
Honeybee
Could you imagine where our lives would lead?
While I KNEW I would write this Snippet one day, I NEVER thought my Narrative would unfold like THIS, especially with a truly Soul-ripping twist I NEVER noticed until only minutes before the End over a decade later.
I try to avoid too much of my Life bleeding into my Snippets (some is unavoidable, since I write from my Experience). Not this Time, this Snippet shines the spotlight directly on the single biggest part of my Life (other than myself, of course), my Lifelong Love Honeybee.
A Lifelong Love is a very special type of Love, and each Life has room for only ONE Lifelong Love (but that one is FAR from guaranteed). There can only be ONE Love who meets you as a young adult, and continues with you on your Path for decades as together the two of you learn about each other and Reality, and then blaze a Path together into the Future hand-in-hand through births, deaths, jobs, burnt dinners, drunk relatives, and all the other Joys and Pains that Life brings.
For me, that Lifelong Love is Honeybee, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Our Lifelong Love has been sans pareille. She’s the Bestest Lifelong Love in History.
She was my Honeybee, and I was her Honeybee. What we are now to each other in this Impossible Year, and what we will be going forward, remains to be determined.
One Hundred Magickal Hours
On October 15th, 1987, I was home on leave, playing bridge at the local college when two of my buddies had to go to class, and Honeybee decided to Sit Down Beside Me, began talking, and started a Discussion with me. This was our first Moment together. She was a young beautiful brilliant cultured refined six foot blonde dressed in a true vision of late Reagan America with hairspray, Bass Weejuns, natural fibers, glasses with HUGE frames, shoulder pads, and more hairspray. Her Consciousness was blazing, and our Discussion added subject after subject such as why Bork had to be borked, to the impact of fire on the beginnings of civilization, welfare reform, etc. We were jumping from topic to topic, never losing the other, and both of us were having a great time.
An hour later, she had to go to class, but said she would return afterwards and we could continue our Discussion then if I was still here. My other buddy decided to take off and asked I wanted to come along. I said “Nah, she’s really smart and really cute. It’s worth an hour to see if she comes back.”
It’s obvious what happened an hour later.
Honeybee and I just kept our Discussion going hour after hour, topic after topic getting added, over dinner, driving around, back to her place and we talked until we fell asleep. OK, we did a few things OTHER than talking, but that was really just as offshoot of the talking (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it, ask Honeybee for her side if you want).
DC, the OG Road Trip
Friday evening, Honeybee had a road trip planned with a girlfriend of hers to Washington, DC, so I figured that this was going to be the last day I would spend with Honeybee before I had to return to base Monday. Coincidentally (synchronistically?), the driver had to bail so she drafted me into driving (IMO, more than a fair trade for few extra days with Honeybee).
This Road Trip set the standard for the many hundreds to follow.
Honeybee had her Violent Femmes tape, so we sang Blister in the Sun, Kiss Off, Gone Daddy Gone. The radio added I Got My Mind Set on You – George Harrison, Didn’t We Almost Have It All – Whitney Houston, I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany.
Everyone had a great time popping around DC for a couple days, Honeybee and I keeping that Discussion rolling. I found a treasure, a Magentalane album by Klaatu at a record store which would add many songs to our NEXT Road Trip like Mrs. Toad’s Cookies – Klaatu and our favorite to hear when we are almost Home, Magentalane – Klaatu
Black Monday
Honeybee was back in class Monday, and I needed to leave Monday evening. Honeybee and I realized that we had something Real and something VERY SPECIAL, but we lived 800 miles apart at the time. We agreed that we would try to see each other as much as possible, and when in the same city we were each other’s priorities, but otherwise we would live separate Lives and inform the other if there was “Something they needed to know,” which meant another Relationship which was rising in seriousness and a potential threat.
During our discussion, we noted that the stock market was crashing and had been the end of last week and this day would be called Black Monday. We laughed when we noticed that it started tanking roughly the same time Honeybee sat down to start our Discussion. We joked that us getting together had crashed the stock market.
The Honeybee Team Supreme
Together, Honeybee and I formed a Partnership capable of absolutely ANYTHING. Where I was weak, she was strong, and vice versa (and our strengths overlapped FAR more than they gapped).
My mental condition which Honeybee and I deduced as around the Asperger’s/Dyssemia area of the autism spectrum (we always refer to it as simply “Dyssemia”). My Dyssemia is inextricably linked to so many of my greatest strengths and weaknesses. While I have phenomenal intellectual capabilities, an Exceptional Memory which functions much like “Flashbacks” where I remember by reliving my Experiences with that information (both Good and Bad), and Math as my primary language, these abilities are achieved through a trade-off leaving me always an Individual, unable to join a Group or Consensus, and totally lacking in ANY “common sense”, lol.
Honeybee, OTOH, has her own set of phenomenal intellectual capabilities, her own Exceptional Memory which functions differently than mine (she considers mine “better”), fantastic language skillz, with a strong connection to and understand of the Consensus.
Honeybee can process data and multitask better than anyone, period. Watching her at full speed is an amazing sight. My specialties are pattern recognition, Gnosis, and penetrating focus. As individuals, we were Phenomenal. As the Honeybee Team Supreme, we were Transcendent.
Honeybee was the Yin to my Yang. We made an unbeatable Partnership, and proceeded to start taking Reality by storm.
Honeybee
I can't imagine how my life would be
If all your gravity did not hit me
Oh, don't you see?
Darling, my honeybee
Transplants
After spending a few years finishing college and taking the first few steps into the outside World, Honeybee and I recognized that we were “deadended” in our current location and decided to relocate. I wisely agreed with her when she suggested Central Florida because “If people save for a year or two to spend a week there, it’s GOT to be a good place to live.” And it hasn’t just been been a good place to live, it’s been SPECTACULAR!!! Honeybee made another of her great calls which possibly saved our Lives.
Honeybee and I packed every item we owned (and her cat who had adopted me as his hero) from The Old Apartment into a U-Haul and drove to the horizon to start our new Life without ANY idea where we were going to Live other than “Central Florida”. We were poster candidates for “Fools Rush In”, but Honeybee and I pulled it off yet again. We were truly The Honeybee Team Supreme, and nothing was impossible for us.
It was Just Like Heaven
But here we are
After all the messes and confessions
To the stars
That we never really owned as ours
The Honeybee Team Supreme’s Greatest Hits
Honeybee and I have shared so many truly spectacular Moments over our decades together. Here’s a sample of the highlights.
Travel
Honeybee and I took our first Road Trip the day after we met, and we never stopped until we recently parted.
The Honeybee Team Supreme does Road Trips RIGHT. The vehicle barely stops, bathroom breaks try to fit in gas stops, prepack food, we have it down after MANY hundreds.
Songs are chosen for singalongs, especially to stay awake driving. We started with our playlist from that OG DC trip and have added so many more like Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John, Paradise by the Dashboard Light – Meatloaf, One Headlight – Wallflowers, etc.
The Honeybee Team Supreme has been knocking out “Must Sees” for our Babybees as we enjoy them ourselves. A partial list:
Grand Canyon St Louis Arch NYC Washington DC Monument Valley Pike’s Peak Garden of the Gods Graceland Petroglyph National Monument Monticello Salt Lake City Yellowstone
We watched one of the very final Dreams Come True Fireworks performances from the top of the Contemporary Resort while eating unlimited sushi with an open bar as part of our hundreds of trips to Disneyworld.
Movies
Honeybee and I shared our Love of movies from the very beginning of our Conversation. We were both surprised we shared the same 40 year old black and white movie as our favorite: Holiday Inn. I had discovered it wrapping Christmas presents with my mother, as did Honeybee, so we naturally made this a Honeybee Team Supreme tradition.
We debated the “proper” ending for movies like Pretty in Pink, tossed themes back and forth, and were our own Honeybee Team Supreme version of Siskel and Ebert.
Honeybee and I Loved going to the movies, and 1999 the peak for us. Virtually every time we saw a movie, it was either phenomenal or fun. That was a GREAT year with Honeybee. Look at the movies we saw:
10 Things I Hate About You 13th Warrior American Beauty American Pie Any Given Sunday Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Blair Witch Project Being John Malkovich Boys Don't Cry Cider House Rules Dick Dogma Election Eyes Wide Shut Existenz Fight Club For the Love of the Game Go Green Mile Iron Giant House on Haunted Hill Last Night Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Matrix The Mummy Never Been Kissed Notting Hill Office Space Payback Magnolia Man on the Moon Mystery Men She's All That Sixth Sense Sleepy Hollow South Park Star Wars Episode I Stigmata Summer of Sam Talented Mr. Ripley Tarzan Thomas Crown Affair Topsy-Turvy Toy Story 2 Wild Wild West The World Is Not Enough
And just seeing the movies doesn’t cover the whole “movie experience”, because so many times our friends would add some of the best parts (like “Heavily Implied” taking on new meaning after American Beauty)
We Love Charlie Kaufman, Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, and similar movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Wish You Were Here, Adaptation, etc. We Love classic movies, art movies, animation, etc.
Let’s just say Honeybee and I Love movies a LOT (and have a thousand discs still to watch).
Television
Honeybee and I were First Fandom for Reality TV, watching the OG Real World. While MOST Reality TV is beyond the Pale for us, we have passed this on to our Babybees. As a Hive, we watch Big Brother, Amazing Race, Project Runway, Top Chef, and similar shows and analyze the competitors and the competition (our Babybees are VERY astute).
Theatre
Live theatre has always been a special treat for Honeybee and me, and something we truly savor. Some of our favorites:
A spectacular performance of Fuenteovejuna at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC in one of their rare non-Shakespeare plays.
An incredible college performance of The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Rupert Holmes of Escape (The Pina Colada Song) in the Annie Russell Theatre where the audience selection of the ending gave a lesser player a chance to shine, and boy did he.
So many local and community theatres like Manhattan South Studio Theatre, with productions like The Brady Bunch (The Second Coming of Jan), the Glass Jar, and countless others. Those shows took on additional special meaning when we knew the actors or writers.
The UNFORGETTABLE (unless you were my friend who slept through the whole thing) most self-indulgent FIVE hour Sherlock Holmes play EVER (with two intermissions). The second intermission included a police scene with a dead body in the middle of the road (we concluded the body was someone trying to RUN as fast as possible away from the Play, and that he was in better shape since he wasn’t going back inside for the rest), and ended with the announcement “IF anyone wants to go back in and watch, we will be starting soon.” We ALL rolled at the “IF”.
And, of course, Bandstand on Broadway.
Sports
My family’s relationship with Sports runs very deep and very wide. Honeybee jumped right in and she did a great job.
While I’m not sure she’s EVER understood the point of showing up to a spring training game over an hour early (“Why watch them bat when it doesn’t count?”), Honeybee REALLY enjoyed the one spring training game we NEVER saw. We met a few of my cousins before the game at the team’s hotel bar for a drink. Much like that Lays Potato chip, ONE drink is NOT possible when 1980 American League Rookie of the Year Super Joe Charboneau is buying using the Indian’s team expense account (Go Joe Charboneau for SURE). And when Super Joe is buying the drinks, getting you drunk, and telling story after story of his exploits, you never make it to the game. Those stories start with the famous ones that surfaced his rookie year, like drinking beer through a straw through his NOSE, him fixing that nose when it was broken using pliers and a few shots of Jack Daniel’s, and doing his own dental work, but they don’t end there. Honeybee and I both agree, once in their Life, everyone should have Super Joe get them drunk (it’s not to be missed).
Honeybee and I went to a LOT of sporting events, but my favorite Moment with her concerning sports was a Moment she took the initiative and Planned herself for me.
For Christmas in 2002, Honeybee gave me two tickets for us to see the North Carolina Scholastic Classic on January 20, 2003. That meant I was FINALLY going to get to see Lebron James play in my alma mater’s Green and Gold Irish jersey (Honeybee gave me one of those the next year). So Honeybee and I made another of our patented Road Trips, and I was not disappointed to see in person the phenomenon my brother told me could have jumped to the NBA after his freshman year of high school. LeBron did the IMPOSSIBLE, he successfully DEFENDED a 3 on 1 fast break (no human being should be able to do that). After I saw that, I turned to Honeybee and said “If he doesn’t get hurt and doesn’t lose his head, he can make a run at surpassing Jordan, because LeBron is drawing from the largest skill set I’ve ever seen with a perfect body.” Honeybee agreed and still does.
Concerts
Honeybee and I saw so very many great concerts together, there’s no way to do them justice. The best part for me was ALWAYS that I was sharing the experience with Honeybee (she ALWAYS makes even the most bland Experience wonderful for me).
We watched Crosby, Stills, and Nash open for the Grateful Dead at Three Rivers Stadium after wandering around for hours with the Deadheads (and we still have out tie-dye t-shirts).
Lifehouse, Everclear, and Matchbox Twenty performed a triple bill where a Joyous Art Alexakis who stole the entire show from Rob Thomas’ homecoming by having security chase him and his wireless guitar up and down the stairs of the Orena.
Wang Chung, Flock of Seagulls, Missing Persons, Gene Loves Jezebel rocked the House of Blues
We jammed to Experimental Jazz at the Disney Institute, countless concerts at Disneyworld (we skipped most because they didn’t fit our schedule well), etc.
Ushered in 2000 with Blue Meridian at the Have A Nice Day Cafe.
We stood right in front of the stage on Pleasure Island while Modern English sang Melt With You for food, followed by World Party in the rain.
Honeybee had to drag me away from Steve Kilbey of The Church when he was was too busy talking to me about my business and playing the “Proud Poppa” showing off his daughter’s artwork from college to remember to get ready for the concert in a tiny club.
Roger Daltrey delivered Tommy backed by the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom in a performance Roger KNEW he had in him and had always wanted to give, and he gave that performance of his Life (we were so glad he didn’t “Die Before He Get Old” for Honeybee and I to have yet another of our Moments).
Our LAST concert was March 7, right before concerts went away, when we watched Michael Stanley Strike Up the Band One FINAL Time from the first row of the orchestra pit (if Honeybee and I never see another concert together, that was a Moment I’ll be happy to go out on).
People
The people who have crossed Honeybee’s and my Path, and walked with us for a while, demonstrate some SERIOUS “strength through diversity”.
Honeybee and I have yet to find people we don’t like (other than rude hurtful people, of course), and we have socialized across the entire social spectrum. We’ve gone out to dinner with couples who were having their version of our “smothered chicken”, we’ve joked with billionaires over which loge they watched the baseball team they own, we’ve watched Super Bowls and NBA Finals with hoop friends from pick-up games on the playground, we’ve plot doctored books and had the authors dedicate the book to us in thanks, etc.
Many interrelated circles of friends grew around the Honeybee Team Supreme, we had friends of all sorts. Honeybee and I struggled to figure out if we could fit TWO days at home a week into our social callendar.
Look around
We made a garden of the love we found
So many reasons I would fight to stay
You're the courage when I fade
Take a look at what we've made
Marriage
In 1996, I was working on our finances, and I shared with Honeybee that we would save about $3,000 if we were married, she got one of those looks of hers on her face, and I asked “Do you want to?” Not the most romantic or greatest of proposals, but she accepted anyway.
That great group of friends we assembled came together and threw us a FABULOUS Wedding, a bit Fandango style. We did everything backwards, a formal brunch followed by the ceremony in a beautiful rose garden. The reception was at a friends’ house, and then the after-reception of pizza and beer at yet another friends’ house around the block. Special people who shared a special day with us.
Missing were any rings. Honeybee is VERY particular about jewelry. She doesn’t like men wearing jewelry, so I have NEVER worn a wedding ring, at her request. As for her rings, at the time we could not justify the Engagement Ring she wanted, a 1 ½ carat emerald cut ring. I promised that ring to Honeybee, and she will have it, even if I have to give it to her at the finalization of the divorce as a “Thank you for having BEEN my wife” Ring rather than an Engagement Ring.
That silly ring, it wasn't meant to be
Luckily you saw in me
Something I couldn't see
”My Mind Is Gone, Is It EVER Coming Back!?!”
In late 2003, we succeeded in becoming pregnant with our first Babybee. The Collaboration we had been Planning and Loving toward had reached a new stage. still remember making special note of one of those Moments with Honeybee in early 2004 when we were Pregnant with our son. I brought her breakfast in bed (coffee for decades was standard, with extras like breakfast often added), and found her crying. I asked in a panic what was wrong, and Honeybee sobbed out, “My Mind is gone, is it EVER coming back!?!” All these strange Feelings and Emotions were taking over her Mind and Body, and she could tell that she was changing and becoming different than she had been before we got Pregnant.
I laughed and explained to her that those changes were her Body and Mind changing to give Birth to Babybee and become a Mommybee. I said that those changes were going to be in place until we decided to stop having children and breastfeeding, which was planned after our second child in about 5 years. That brought more tears from Honeybee and more laughter from me.
I NEVER should have been laughing, because I was horribly wrong about her Mind returning in 5 years. That wonderful incredible beautiful Mind she had shared with me for almost 20 years NEVER returned to what she shared with me before getting pregnant.
I NOW see the Moment of which I made that special note was NOT simply one of those tender Husband/Wife Moments that they look back on fondly (as Honeybee and I did so many times with this Moment, each of which now carries a touch of ash to me). No, this was the Honeybee I met in 1987, that incredible brilliant beautiful young woman to whom I instantly Bonded and Loved, with whom I started “officially” cohabiting in 1990, sweated out Midwest winters with windows open on a third floor of a Victorian house turned into a VERY cheap apartment (we did go out to dinner once a week for smothered chicken for under $20 total, tip included), packed every single one of our belongings into the back of a U-Haul to drive a thousand miles without a CLUE of where we were going to Live in 1993 (at once the Greatest and most Foolish thing we EVER did), started a business based on sharing my Love with others, launched her career and proudly watched her climb the corporate ladder saying “Farewell” to me, HER Honeybee
The Honeybee I Knew and Loved was actually saying “Goodbye” to me, and I didn’t Know it. I didn’t realize that my Honeybee I had Known and Loved for 16 years was leaving me, and from then on gradually my Loving Partner Honeybee would being replaced one tiny piece at a time by Mommybee, who does NOT Love me (or even understand I’m human) and sees me only as a resource for our Babybees.
I NEVER should have laughed, I should have been crying right alongside her. Now, I’ll be doing a LOT of crying not by her side waving Goodbye to my wonderful Honeybee in the Past who left me all those many years ago, but I never Knew she had gone. I’ve got a LOT of mourning to catch up on.
I’m giving you a horribly belated Goodbye now, Honeybee.
I’ve missed you so very much, especially these last few years. I’ve been so terribly Lost and Lonely without you (Mommybee abandoned our Discussion years ago, and you’ve only chipped in every so often since). I’m sorry I didn’t give you a proper Goodbye at the Time, but I didn’t Know you were going away Forever. We BOTH thought you were coming back. I didn’t even Know you were still Gone until last month. I really didn’t, Honeybee. Honest.
Such a fool
I took your love and I bent all the rules
You took the blow and didn't let it show
Stuck around to let me know
Built a family of our own
Male Light and Female Void
How could the Honeybee Team Supreme have missed such a crucial element, which eventually derailed their entire Plan? The answer is found in a VERY strange place.
Honeybee and I enjoyed exploring some of the most obscure areas of Reality in hope of finding Art and Artists. One of the most UNIQUE and GREATEST examples of Art we EVER found was the comic series Cerebus done by Dave Sim. IMO, Cerebus is the Finnegan’s Wake of comics and Sim is hands down the greatest living comic Artist. Sim’s 26 years of constant work on Cerebus produced that Artistic Alchemy where the Art and the Artist merge (which Sim later takes religious and visionary, producing an even MORE idiosyncratic work).
For all their magnificence, Sim and Cerebus are marred by what is a fatal flaw in most people’s eyes: Sim does not think or believe the genders are equal, and expresses his views in a strangely ham-fisted way which regularly melts down.
Honeybee and I LOVED extracting those parts which were Outrageous, and those parts which Sim had hit Truth (he has HUGE amounts of BOTH). Sometimes Outrageous and Truth were the same, as often happens in Art.
Here’s a summary of Sim’s system:
The Thinking Reasoning Male Light is Seminal Energy, while the Feeling Emotional Female Void is an Omnivorous Parasite.
The Male Light and Female Void can be combined by marriage into a Merged Permanence, with the components now called Merged Light and Merged Void. When Kids come Merged Light becomes Family Man.
All these Voids can be combined into a “Greater Void Wife and Kids” Omnivorous Engine, which serves the Vaginal Bottom Line. The Omnivorous Engine drives society through Lesser Void of White Collar Make-Work Programs.
The Female Void is essentially a black hole of resource need “For the Kids”, based on an Emotional and Feeling level. The Male Light cannot win on the Thinking and Reason level, as those are higher.
Many people see Sim’s Female Void as an Evil Woman, and dismiss him as a misogynist.
I’ve stripped as much of Sim’s “Simness” out of his system as I can. Here are some original sources for those who wish to read for themselves (insert all trigger warnings here): Male Light and Female Void, Reads, Tangents.
Mommybee
The Honeybee Team Supreme’s mistake is to think we were already a Merged Permanence which had avoided the Female Void issue. Honeybee is a Brilliant and Conscious woman, NOT a Female Void. We had been the Honeybee Team Supreme for almost 20 years, and no Female Void issues. We Knew the Female Void existed, but we thought we had the Female Void beat.
We were wrong. We were messing with Mother Nature, and it’s NOT nice to mess with Mother Nature.
We had not anticipated Mommybee being a Female Void and slowly robbing Honeybee of her Consciousness, leaving only Mommybee the Feeling Female Void.
When I joked with Honeybee when we were pregnant with our first Babybee, I had a general idea of the process, but the parts I missed were crucial. Emotion, Feeling, and Thought are progressive levels of abstraction, and the higher rests on the lower, with Thought supported by Feeling supported by Emotion.
My wonderful Conscious Honeybee had those three perfectly balanced, but when we got pregnant, Mommybee the Female Void which needs to provide for her Babybees ABOVE ALL ELSE disrupted her balance and Mommybee started to take over for Honeybee. As long as Honeybee and Mommybee agreed, all was well, but if they disagreed, Mommybee would win with Feeling and degrade Honeybee’s Consciousness a piece more.
I had NO idea that Mommybee was doing this until last month, so I kept executing the Plan which Honeybee and I had developed over 20 years. When Mommybee would criticize me and overrule me, I thought that was Honeybee, so I would try to Reason with her, explain that I was doing as we had Planned. Mommybee, the Female Void, saw Reason as a THREAT to her Babybees, and fought Honeybee’s Reason, and Honeybee played the rope in a Tug of War between me and Mommybee over her Babybees (a war I had NO CLUE was happening).
I am horrified that I was DESTROYING Honeybee when I was trying to follow the Plan the Honeybee Team Supreme had decided years earlier. But this Tug of War has been going on for 16 years, and Mommybee is clearly in control, with only little glimpses of Honeybee surfacing every so often.
Honeybee has lost her Consciousness, leaving Mommybee in charge until Mommybee can stop worrying so much because the Babybees are fully raised. That’s another five to ten years of Mommybee before there is much chance of Honeybee returning on a regular basis.
MAYBE.
What If?
Neither Honeybee nor I knew that us finally having the children to whom we so looked forward and had planned and worked for 15 years would unleash Mommybee and set in motion a process that eventually stole my Honeybee from me just like Alzheimer’s had taken my mother, one piece of her fabulous Mind disappearing at a Time until that incredible woman I Love so greatly was unrecognizable and GONE.
But if we HAD Known, would we have changed things (I would have changed how much I appreciated those days with just me and Honeybee, and then been prepared to adjust to Mommybee rather than blindsided)?
Other than being forewarned that Honeybee was going to transform into Mommybee, and preparing for that change, I don’t think there’s ANYTHING we would have done differently. Honeybee wanted me for her Love, her Partner, and the Father of her Babybees. She would have been incomplete without her Babybees, and I would NEVER want her incomplete for me to selfishly spend more Time with Honeybee, regardless of the Pain fulfilling our Dream of Babybees has caused me. Neither of us would have wanted anyone else to be the Father of her Babybees.
And I would never trade a Moment I got to spend with Honeybee for all the Pain and Suffering which Mommybee later inflicted upon me.
Soulmates
While Honeybee and I are Lifelong Loves, I thought for certain that we were also Soulmates, Ride together until one Dies, just like my parents with my father adding months to my mother’s Life through sheer force of Will and an eyedropper to feed her (and expert medical and legal skillz). In retrospect, I really should have paid MUCH more attention to how much Honeybee enjoyed For No One by the Beatles (she’s NEVER “needed” me, our Team Supreme was based on “Love” and “want”, NOT “need”) and the precedent of HER parent’s marriage, who separated and divorced when Honeybee and her brother were the same ages as our Babybees.
While Honeybee intended to be my Soulmate, Mommybee is NOT my Soulmate, she is a Female Void who has slowly taken over my Honeybee, one piece at a time.
Mommybee wants all my Resources and me to be happy just handing them over. I disagree, and that provokes Mommybee to attack me as if her Babybees’ Lives depend on it. Our differing POVs on this point DESPERATELY needs to be solved, but no solution is “pretty”.
Babybees
When I look at the Babybees which Honeybee and I Planned, Worked, and Loved so very hard to bring into Reality, I see that our efforts exceeded even our wildest Dreams. Our Babybees are absolutely spectacular, even more beautiful and brilliant than Honeybee and I could have ever Hoped. They are each special in their own ways, taking after Honeybee and I, yet adding their own unique spin. I could not be more proud of myself, Honeybee, Mommybee, and the Babybees in making this Collaboration a such a roaring success.
There will be NO Cat’s in the Cradle for me. I was with my Babybees CONSTANTLY with only a few hours off at a time until Mommybee decided to leave with our Babybees last month. I will always know that I was there during ALL their important formative years, because I’ve changed more diapers, driven to more sporting events, spent fewer days away from the Babybees, etc.
I even added my own new special touch to their education, riffing off Socrates, and taking his method to the next level. Instead of me focusing on pouring information and knowledge into our Babybees Minds by using questions to teach THEM, I let them teach ME their next lesson while I “played dumb”. This allowed me to focus their teaching attention at the exact point they needed to Know next, while giving them great confidence in their abilities to observe Reality and draw proper conclusions. I have helped them assemble models of Reality unlike ANY before them, totally unique and custom fit to THEM in new ways they found for themselves.
I look forward to the great Paths that will unfold before them. Those Paths will be Magickal and Marvelous. These Babybees of Honeybee and mine are truly special.
I just REALLY wish Honeybee and I could celebrate them. Or that I could celebrate them with Mommybee and our Babybees, rather than just watch their magnificent glory from a distance, which is what I anticipate happening.
But here we are
After all the messes and confessions
To the scars
That we never really owned as ours
One First Date
So, what’s next for me?
I’m going to Disneyworld, of course. What else would make any sense?
My Plan is to try and see what, if ANY, health dynamic might begin to be established between Mommybee and myself, now that I realize I am no longer married to Honeybee. Some sort of effective dynamic needs to be established because I’m going to be co-parenting with Mommybee for years, regardless of anything else.
Mommybee has agreed to take a day off her very important job (it really is, I’m very proud of how fantastically Honeybee/Mommybee’s career has progressed and I’m proud of the bits of help I’ve given her here and there, she’s a truly incredible woman) and leave the Babybees at her home so the the two of us can have a CHANCE to spend a day at Disneyworld as a couple like we we used to decades ago (the entire family tried a few weeks ago and didn’t make it long).
But I also have a Hope.
I’ve asked Mommybee to stay at her home with the Babybees this time and let me have the day with Honeybee.
I’m counting this as that “First Date” Honeybee and I always joked about NEVER having. At this point, I just want one day and one date with Honeybee, and this might be the LAST and ONLY chance I ever have.
I’m going to try and have a Moment with Honeybee and tell her how much I Miss her and I Love her. I Know now not to use those Facts and Logic which Honeybee Loves so much, but Mommybee despises when they conflict with her and her Babybees’ desires. I’ll focus on all those great Feeling and Emotions Honeybee and I had in the Past (and there were SO very many, and they were SO very great).
I’ll NEVER be able to fit all I want to say to Honeybee into a single Moment, even if we manage to stretch that Moment the entire day. But there is one thing I ABSOLUTELY WILL tell Honeybee.
“You’re the one. You’re the ONLY one.”
She’s my Honeybee, and I am her Honeybee.
She’s the Bestest Lifelong Love EVER.
For Crying Out Loud, I Love you, Honeybee.
And if our world comes tumbling down
I never could forgive myself for leaving out
You're the one
You are the only one
Won't you decide?
Won't you decide?
I want you to soar
Don't doubt anymore
(Little by little, we meet in the middle)
Won't you decide?
(What's your name?)
Won't you decide?
Snippet Playlist Alone Again, Naturally – Gilbert O’Sullivan Always on Your Side – Sheryl Crow, Sting Breakeven – The Script Circles – Post Malone Don’t Speak – No Doubt Far Away – Nickelback Happier – Marshmallo Here Come Those Tears Again – Jackson Browne Here’s Where the Story Ends – Sundays How’s It Gonna Be – Third Eye Blind In My Life – Beatles It’s All Coming Back to Me – Meatloaf My Immortal – Evanescence Rainy Days and Mondays – Carpenters The Reason – Hoobastank Reelin’ in the Years – Steely Dan She’s Gone – Hall and Oates Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word – Elton John Traces – Classics IV True – Spandau Ballet When We Were Young – Adele Winner Takes It All – ABBA Wonderwall – Oasis
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It is available for GTK 3, GTK 2 and Gnome-Shell which supports GTK 3 and GTK 2 based desktop environments like Gnome, Unity, Budgie, Pantheon, XFCE, Mate, etc. I am using Debian Squeeze Testing and I have gdm3 installed. 10. Night Diamond v3. Simply Circles Icons Full Icon Themes. ARMANDO TROVAJOLI - COMMEDIE MUSICALI CANZONI BALLATE E TEMI DA FILM. Gdm allows you to log into your system with the X Window System running and supports running several different X sessions on your local machine at the same time. Ele é suntuosamente adequado ao desktop 8188eu. 10 with Gnome Shell and I didn't notice any issues other than the theme GDM theme not being used, but this is only after about an hour of usage. Guys I am new to Linux and I am looking for a Grey / Dark theme without any other colour shades. At any given time several distinct crawls are running, some for months, and some every day or longer. top 018. 1 2 2015 1682004 246. 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2020.08.01 12:10 jagsfanski Offseason Review Series: Jacksonville Jaguars

Before anything, I just want to preface by saying that I am filling in some huge shoes by following the legendary u/JaguarGator9. I am NOT a typical writer nor do I have any experience in analysis, I just wanted to take a stab at analyzing and writing about my favorite team that has been terrorizing my happiness for 15+ years. So, apologies in advance if there are some incorrect points made.
Also gotta give a shoutout to u/PlatypusOfDeath for continuing to run this series and for the formatting help! Also a thanks to u/flounder19 for directing me towards the thread where half of the info comes from and my bro u/MikeFanto4 for giving me the positive reinforcement through the writing of this. With that being said, hope y'all enjoy!

Jacksonville Jaguars

AFCS

2019 Record: 6-10 (4th in Division)

Coaching Changes

Fires:

Tom Coughlin – VP of Football Operations/Dictator: This will be discussed in the news section. Please hold.
Jon DeFilippo – Offensive Coordinator: It never really occurred to me until recently (give me a break Jags fans), that the firing of Flip was most likely directly related to Foles (even more so once he got hired by Chicago as QB coach). Once Foles was gone, Flip wanted out and they ultimately “mutually agreed to part ways”. While according to fans it would’ve been nice to see the other coordinator go, it shows that the front office “admitted” their mistake and decided to move on from the experiment.
Scott Milanovich – QB Coach: Milanovich took a job as the HC of the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL. Before his 3-year stint in Jacksonville, he was the HC of the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL where he won the Grey Cup in 2012 and was also named Coach of the Year.

Hires:

Jay Gruden – Offensive Coordinator – The once HC of the Washington Football Team, Gruden comes into the organization bringing experience in molding younger quarterbacks. A big help is the fact that GM Dave Caldwell brought in a few players familiar with his scheme to assist in adjusting the other players to the playbook. Of all the OC candidates, Gruden is best fit for Minshew’s playstyle due to his West Coast Offense.
Ben McAdoo – Quarterbacks Coach: Brought in to replace Milanovich, McAdoo also brings HC experience to the team. Even though his time in the Giants organization is best left to be forgotten, his experience as an OC and QB coach makes him a prime candidate. He spent two seasons in Green Bay working with Aaron Rodgers and also helped the Giants to the 6th best scoring offense in the NFL in 2015.
Denard Robinson – Offensive Quality Control Coach: Not really a huge hire, but a nice reunion. Former QB turned RB, Denard “Shoelace” Robinson, continues his time in Duval as an assistant. He was drafted in the 5th round of the 2013 draft as an “Offensive Weapon” but played primarily at RB during his time as a player.

Free Agency/Trades

Players Lost/Traded

Player Position New Team Compensation
Nick Foles QB Bears Compensatory 4th round draft pick
Calais Campbell DE Ravens 5th round pick
A.J. Bouye CB Broncos 4th round pick
Marcell Dareus DT Free Agent
Marqise Lee WR Patriots 1 yr / $1,047,500
Jake Ryan ILB Free Agent
Cedric Ogbuehi RT Seahawks 1 yr / $2,300,000

Key Losses:

Nick Foles: After signing him to a MASSIVE 4-year contract worth $88 million, with $51 million guaranteed, the Jaguars thought they had their man in Super Bowl MVP Big Dick Nick. However, that did not live long since Foles broke his left clavicle during a 35-yard touchdown pass to DJ Chark. Once he was replaced by Bomb-Chuckin’ and Mom-Fuckin’ Gardner Minshew II, he was basically left as an afterthought in the Jaguars fanbase…..until the bye week. He was named the starter for the rest of the season and was severely disappointing in his limited time as it, thus resulting in him being benched after 3 games. In his time as a starter, he completed 77 passes for a completion percentage of 65.8%, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, with a passer rating of 84.6. He was largely disappointing in his time here but left the door open for Minshew Mania. Foles was traded to the Bears for a 2020 Compensatory 4th round pick AND took parts of his massive contract and helped us start the return from cap hell. D+ for his play, B for the trade return.
Calais Campbell: I’m like, really upset about this one. I remember exactly where I was when I found out that this glorious human was traded to the Baltimore Ravens for a 5th round pick. Chump change for the 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year award recipient. After being signed to a 4-year deal worth $60 million with $30 million guaranteed in 2017, the man proceeded to become the Mayor of the Defensive Line Formerly Known as Sacksonville. Amassing 31.5 sacks, 77 QB hits and 44 TFL in his 3 years on the team; not only was he a force on the field, he was very much involved in the Phoenix and Jacksonville communities. In 2019, Campbell won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award – given to the NFL player that best demonstrates outstanding community service and excellence on the field. His charity, CRC Foundation, has been helping young people with critical life skills since 2009. Adding to that, he has also hosted many holiday shopping sprees, the JaxPAL Youth Football and STEM Camp and has spent countless hours speaking encouragement to children in area schools. The fact that the Jaguars let him go for a 2020 5th round pick says a lot about what the teams feels about their cap situation. A for play, D- for trade return.
A.J. Bouye: Bouye was signed in 2017 as a free agent from Houston. His final season on the Texans is what attracted the Jaguars the most, landing him a 5-year contract worth $67.5 million with $26 million guaranteed. In his time with the team, he accrued 8 interceptions, 34 passes defended, and allowed just a 64.4 completion percentage when thrown to since 2018. 2017 was by far his best season opposite Jalen Ramsey in which they formed one of the most feared duos that year. He saw significant drop off in the 2 years to follow, leading to the team wanting to move in a different direction. He was traded to the Denver Broncos for a 2020 4th round pick and saving over $11 million from his remaining contract. B for play, C+ for trade return.
Marcell Dareus: Dareus was traded from the Bills to the Jaguars mid-season 2017 for a 2018 6th round pick to help solidify the lone run-defense weakness in what was a near impeccable defense. Although his stats don’t show it, (2.5 sacks, 45 combined tackles, 4 TFL and 5 QB hits) when healthy, he was a stud in the run game. The Jaguars ultimately decided not to pick up his 2020-year option and he remains a free agent. A team struggling in the run game could pick him up for cheap and I’m not 100% sure why he hasn’t been signed by a team yet. Dave Caldwell has said he is open to bringing him back on a separate deal, but hasn't acted on it yet. C

Players Signed

Player Position Old Team Length Salary
Tyler Eifert TE Bengals 2 years $9,500,000
Joe Schobert ILB Browns 5 years $53,750,000
Chris Thompson RB The Washington Football Team 1 year $1,400,000
Al Woods DT Seahawks 1 year $2,500,000
Rashaan Melvin CB Lions 1 year $1,750,000
Mike Glennon QB Raiders 1 year $1,187,500
Rodney Gunter DE Cardinals 3 years $18,000,000
Aaron Lynch OLB Bears 1 year $1,100,000
Cassius Marsh DE Cardinals 1 year $1,047,500
Lerentee McCray OLB Jaguars 1 year $1,047,500
Tyler Shatley C Jaguars 1 year $1,512,500
Keelan Cole WR Jaguars 1 year $3,259,000
Brian Price DT Jaguars 2 year $1,815,000
Yannick Ngakoue DE Jaguars 1 year TAG $17,788,000
Source: Spotrac.com
 
Notes
Tyler Eifert: Going into the offseason, the biggest hole in an already lackluster offense was the Tight End position. The Jaguars drafted Josh Oliver in the 3rd round of the 2019 draft to help with that, but he went down with a hamstring injury in the preseason and a back injury during the regular season which limited him to 3 games. James O’Shaughnessy was one of Minshew’s favorite targets but went down with an ACL injury early on as well. Tyler Eifert comes in already familiar with Jay Gruden’s offense. The Jaguars are taking a risk in signing Eifert if they expect him to play even close to his 2015 production (52 catches for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns). However, if he stays healthy and can play even half as good, that’s a massive upgrade over what our Tight End group has produced over the past 5+ years. A 2-year contract worth $9.5 million filled with incentives should give Eifert the motivation to stay healthy and contribute immediately. But if he doesn’t produce as expected, the team should be able to release him with little cap hit. C+
Joe Schobert: Schobert from the Cleveland Browns could be considered the teams’ “marquee” free agent, signing a 5-year, $53.75 million contract with $21.5 million guaranteed. He comes into a linebacker corps that hasn’t had a true MLB since Posluszny retired. This addition allows Myles Jack to move to weak side and gives the opportunity for competition at strong side. Schobert gives the Jaguars a leadership type figure in an already incredibly young defense. Since Telvin Smith retired and decided to be stupid (more on that later on) and Poz choosing to hang up the cleats as well, there hasn’t been someone that could command the defense; Jack tried previously but had probably his worst year to date. Schobert solidifying the middle also gives Jack the opportunity to use his athleticism on the outside. Schobert is top 10 in pass coverage, but still needs to improve in the run game (which is something the team has struggled in for years). I feel like this is a boom-or-bust signing, but am cautiously optimistic. B+
Chris Thompson: Leonard Fournette is still this team’s workhorse back. Rumors started spreading that he would be traded prior to the draft, which ultimately fell flat. Just because the Jags are going to rely on Fournette even more, doesn’t mean that Minshew doesn’t need as many weapons as possible. This is another signing that works well with Gruden’s offense since he had played for him in Washington. This also gives Minshew another weapon out of the backfield. On the other hand, this is another signing that is based solely on whether he can stay healthy or not. A one year, prove-it deal worth $1.4 million is smart on the teams end because when healthy, Thompson can still have the capability to make plays. B
Rodney Gunter: A Calais Campbell clone? Probably not, but a man can dream right? The DE from Arizona signed a 3-year deal worth $18 million to pretty much help rotate through his old position, though. He hasn’t really shown much as a pass rusher (11 sacks in 5 years) but will probably be a rotational piece mostly used in run downs. C
Rashaan Melvin: With the departure of Bouye, the team looked thin at the position prior to the draft. The Jags also hit a homerun with their previous CB signing from Detroit, DJ Hayden. Melvin comes in on another one-year deal to compete with last years UDFA surprise, Tre Herndon for the CB2 spot opposite CJ Henderson. In his 4 years with Detroit, Oakland and Indianapolis, he posted 4 INT and 41 Passes Defended and 2 FF. This puts some competition in camp (if there is one) with experience vs. potential. B-
Al Woods: Caldwell goes in again on defense and signs the large run-stuffer from Seattle on a 1-year, $2.5 million deal. The loss of Marcel Dareus put a large hole in the already weak run defense and Woods helps plug it back in with a decent resume stuffing the middle. This gives the Jags a nice rotation between him, Abry Jones and Davon Hamilton. B EDIT: As of posting this, Al Woods has opted out of the 2020 season.

Draft

After trading away Jalen Ramsey, Calais Campbell, AJ Bouye and Nick Foles, the Jaguars ended up with a total of 12 draft picks (most in franchise history).
 
Round Number Player Position School
1 9 (9) CJ Henderson CB Florida
1 20 (20) from Rams K’Lavon Chaisson DE/LB LSU
2 10 (42) Laviska Shenault Jr. WR Colorado
3 9 (73) DaVon Hamilton DT Ohio State
4 10 (116) Ben Bartch OL St. Johns (Minn.)
4 31 (137) from Broncos Josiah Scott CB Michigan State
4 34 (140) from Bears Shaquille Quarterman LB Miami
5 12 (157) from Ravens Daniel Thomas S Auburn
5 20 (165) from Rams (Fowler trade) Collin Johnson WR Texas
6 10 (189) Jake Luton QB Oregon State
6 27 (206) Tyler Davis TE Georgia Tech
7 9 (223) Chris Claybrooks CB/Return Specialist Memphis
 

Analysis

C.J. Henderson: There was a lot of speculation as to who Caldwell was going to draft with the first of 2 first round picks. Was it going to be an OL? WR? QB?(for some reason). Dave ultimately went with the heir to the Ramsey throne. Gone are the days of back injuries and in are the days of another Florida school product. This man is 6-foot 204lb and is extremely good in coverage, which is something that the team needs in replacement of Ramsey. One glaring weakness in his game is his tackling, which seems like there is some hesitation and looks to often miss open field tackles. He immediately fills the CB1 role that was previously held by surprise UDFA Tre Herndon. B
K’Lavon Chaisson: Alright, I’ll address the elephant on the team now. Yannick Ngakoue is not playing another down for the Jacksonville Jaguars. I was a believer that they could strike a long-term deal and keep the talented pass rusher but NOOOOO, he just had to beef with the owner’s son and ruin any chance, but I digress. The first of the Rams 1st round picks from the Jalen Ramsey trade yields the replacement for the other man who really wants out. The LSU product brings an incredible motor and raw talent. He has all the physical tools you could need in a DE/LB at 6’3” and 254lbs but has a high ceiling if he works on his technique. A line edged by Josh Allen and K’Lavon Chaisson sounds relentless to me. A-
Laviska Shenault Jr.: There was plenty of WR talent deep in this draft class and I feel like the Jags found a secret weapon in the Colorado prospect. Despite dealing with numerous injuries and not the best quarterback play, he was still able to produce over 2000 scrimmage yards through his SO and JR seasons. If he can stay healthy, he’ll be able to line up all over the field. Gruden will be able to set him up at WR, RB and even Wildcat QB if he’s feeling frisky. At 6-2 220LB, Minshew has versatile target that has the chance to produce really well if he can stay healthy. B+
DaVon Hamilton: The 6-4, 320lb DT was a wall in the center of the Buckeye line. He amassed 6 sacks, 28 tackles (9.5 for a loss) with 1 forced fumble in his redshirt senior season. Hamilton was drafted to help shore up the middle once held up by Dareus, but also now partially manned by Al Woods. His specialty is in the run game, which is something the Jags desperately need. B
Ben Bartch: The Smoothie King comes to Duval. Everyone knows the story of Bartch’s insane smoothie recipe that helped him gain 86lbs. Coming out of DIII St. John’s in Minnesota, he dominated competition enough to earn him a spot at the Senior Bowl. Even though he doesn’t have much experience against NFL caliber competition, Bartch has the tools necessary to grow in the league and become a serviceable backup or eventually challenge current starting RG, AJ Cann. B-
Josiah Scott: On the smaller end of the spectrum (5’9”, 185lbs), Scott has had to overcome his size with speed and knowledge. He’s too small to be anything more than a slot corner; but he can be great depth behind DJ Hayden and helpful in the run game. The Jags lost a lot in the CB department, so I understand the depth pick. C+
Shaquille Quarterman: Quarterman was a 4-year starter and a captain while at Miami. Caldwell really wanted to shore up the run defense this offense and this pick doesn’t stray away from that narrative. He may not be the best in the pass game since he has limited speed, but on running downs he could be very helpful and a leader in the locker room. B
Daniel Thomas: I’m actually a fan of this pick solely for depth purposes. The best backup safety on the team is Andrew Wingard, so any help at the position is good. In his time at Auburn, he notched 5 interceptions, 199 total tackles and forced 3 fumbles. B
Collin Johnson: I feel like Johnson will be an asset in the red zone. His large stature at 6’6”, 220lbs+ will be great for jump-balls. The Jags receiving corp. has almost every kind of receiver you would need except for a big bodied guy to get up after 50/50 balls. While I’m not happy it took Dave this long to get more help for Minshew besides Shenault, this isn’t the worst consolation prize. C+
Jake Luton: Caldwell has had a history of selecting a QB in the 6th round. So, I’m not surprised by this pick. But the question is: will he be another Minshew, or a Tanner Lee? The Oregon State Beaver threw for 42 touchdowns to 11 interception in 3 years there. My money is on him being a camp body or not making the roster at all. D
Tyler Davis: Davis started his career at UConn as a Quarterback but switched to WR as a sophomore and ended up a TE before transferring to Georgia Tech as a TE. His receiving stats leave a lot to be desired but has some strength in run-blocking. In an already crowded position group, he’ll have to really show off to make the final roster. D+
Chris Claybrooks: Caldwell and Marrone both agreed that Claybrooks was drafted for returning purposes. Supposedly running a 4.25s 40 in a video sent to every NFL team, he has the speed to make a difference on special teams. In his time returning kicks at Memphis, he returned 11 for 338 yards for an average of 30.7 – a much higher average than the 24.2 yds/rt the Jaguars did in 2019. B+
 

UDFA

Luq Barcoo, CB, San Diego State; Doug Costin, DT, Miami (OH); Nathan Cottrell, RB, Georgia Tech; Ben Ellefson, TE, North Dakota State; Nate Evans, LB, Central Florida; Tavien Feaster, RB, South Carolina; Josh Hammond, WR, Florida; Amari Henderson, CB, Wake Forest; Ross Matiscik, LS, Baylor; Steven Nielson, OL, Ohio; J.R. Reed, S, Georgia; James Robinson, RB, Illinois State; Marvelle Ross, WR, Notre Dame College; Connor Slomka, FB, Army; Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms, OL, Missouri; Kobe Williams, CB, Arizona State; Brandon Wright, K, Georgia State.

Other Offseason News that Affected the Team

 
Oh my word…..there was so much that happened. I wish I had enough time to go into full detail on everything, but new job has my time extremely limited. I’ll unfortunately have to stick with short synopses on these.
 
Tom Coughlin Fired
The Tom Coughlin era 2.0 is finally over. The Jaguars have had enough of his dictatorship and days after the NFLPA sent a warning letter to players to stay away, they relieved him of his duties. A few of the grievances included:
  • Fining Dante Fowler Jr. $700k for not rehabbing in Jacksonville
  • Nearly forcing Jalen Ramsey and Telvin Smith to participate in voluntary workouts
  • Fining Fournette for sitting while inactive during the 2018 finale
But wait! There’s more! Not only did he have a number of grievances filed against him, he:
  • Gave Blake Bortles a deal averaging $18m a year, only to be released
  • Signed Nick Foles to a deal worth $88m, and wouldn’t let it go when it was proven he wasn’t the guy
  • Other general day-to-day nuances that make him an overall unlikable person
 
Now that he’s gone, the clocks have gone back to normal time and hopefully the morale of the team improves greatly. This is also a final chance for Doug Marrone and Dave Caldwell to show that a major factor in the teams lack of recent success can be directly attributed to the Tom Coughlin culture.
 
Telvin Smith arrested
Oooooh boy……what to say about this one. Former 5th round pick out of Florida State turned top MLB in the NFL arrested and charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor. He retired in 2019 stating that he needed to focus on his family and health. Smith first met the girl in the summer of 2019, recently after she turned 17; and in their 2-month time together, they had sex multiple times in Smith’s car and home. Adding onto that, Smith offered the underage girl $200 to keep quiet, $100 of which she ultimately took. He was released on $50,003 bond. DON’T.FUCK.KIDS.OR.TEENS.PEOPLE.
 
Yannick Ngakoue
I don’t really know where to start this since so much has happened. Yannick Ngakoue is trying to pull a Jalen Ramsey and tweet himself out of Duval County. Ngakoue has been (and still is) very open about his displeasure towards the organization. Since late 2019, he has tweeted numerous times about wanting to be traded, even calling out Tony Khan (son of owner Shahid Khan) on the site. The team franchise tagged him and tried shopping around. Their asking price was a MINIMUM of a first round pick, but the Twitter tirade ruined basically any chance of that return. There was an offer that included a Pro Bowl player recently, which was declined since the player “didn’t fit their system”. People are split between whether he plays if he doesn’t get traded or sitting out the season, which I guess we’ll see once (if) the season commences.
 
No 5th year option for Fournette
Just like Ngakoue, the former 4th overall picks’ relationship with the front office has not been the most ideal. He was one of the many players that filed a grievance against the team for the fine for sitting on the bench in 2018 while inactive, which he got back. The Jaguars decided not to pick up his 5th year option, which would’ve netted Fournette $8.43 million. This means that, unless an extension is made, he will be an unrestricted free agent in 2021. The team will most likely not extend him beyond this season since they were even trying to get rid of him this offseason. They had discussions with teams about moving him, but no deal was done. Caldwell ultimately decided that Fournette will stick around and be the RB1 for the 2020 season but has not made any mention of beyond that. This is a contract year for him, and he wants to prove that he was worth the 4th overall selection.
 
COVID-19
As most of you may know, the Jacksonville Jaguars have another name: The London Jaguars
But in all seriousness, it’s been seeming to the general public that the team will move to London; especially after this year when Khan moved a second home game to Wembley Stadium. The reasoning behind the move is to increase local revenue. The front office believed that the reasoning behind the low revenue was the local market, not the product on the field. No one, not a single fan took this piece of news positively. It seemed like it was doomed from the start, something that could only be slowed down by say a…..pandemic? (un)Luckily so, one such pandemic happened. Creating an international travel restriction and preventing any NFL teams from playing in London. When the season does start, the home games, which would’ve been vs. the Lions and Browns in non-consecutive weeks, will actually be played at home. In other COVID news, former Jaguar great Tony Boselli contracted the Coronavirus and was admitted to the ICU for five days. Things got so bad that he was hooked up to two IVs and needed oxygen to help his breathing. Luckily, he was able to recover mostly and was released on March 30.

Projected Starting Lineup with Camp Battles

Positions won in a camp battle italicized
QB- Gardner Minshew: This is Gardner Minshew’s team in 2020. After a promising rookie season, added weapons and a more workable scheme, Minshew should solidify himself as the quarterback of the future - given he slows down on the turnovers.
RB- Leonard Fournette: In a contract year after his 5th year option was declined, he will be running with a chip on his shoulder. The team looks to run him as much as possible before he leaves.
TE- Tyler Eifert, James O’Shaughnessy: Free agent signing Eifert will fill the starting role as long as he is healthy. I think O’Shaughnessy beats out Josh Oliver for the TE2 spot due to last years chemistry with Minshew.
WR- D.J. Chark Jr., Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley, Laviska Shenault Jr.: This group is easily the strength of this offense. Chark looks to build on a really nice 2019 season, Westbrook and Conley weren’t bad as WR2 and 3, but they weren’t spectacular either. I added Shenault as well because he will be put in at a bunch of different positions.
LT- Cam Robinson: Robinson battled through an ACL injury in 2018 which basically sent his development back over a year. He’s been inconsistent in his time playing, playing well during some games but slacking big time in others.
LG- Andrew Norwell: The coaching staff is still sticking by the second highest paid guard in the NFL, even though he hasn’t been playing like it at all. He missed time in 2018 with a foot injury and has been battling through that since. But ultimately needs to play even remotely like the former 1st team all-pro in order to provide some return on his contract. He has been arguably the worst lineman on an already weak line.
C- Brandon Linder: One of the more underrated lineman in the league. Linder has been a consistent leader on the offense since being drafted in the 3rd round in 2014.
RG- A.J. Cann: Cann is just one of those guys where you kinda forget about him until he has a terrible game and then you remember that he’s actually not good. I’m considering this one a battle because I feel like rookie Bartch can snag a start or two during the season.
RT- Jawaan Taylor: After dropping to the Jags in the second round of last years’ draft, Taylor has lived up to expectations. While having the typical rookie growing pains, he was extremely solid playing against pro-level talent.
DL- Josh Allen, Abry Jones, Taven Bryan/Rodney Gunter, K’Lavon Chaisson: A group that is primed to surprise people. The Good Josh Allen is already a forced to be reckoned with, Abry Jones is a solid piece with some rotational help, Taven Bryan is only getting better at the run while Gunter will help with the pass rush. Finally, 1st round pick K’Lavon Chaisson comes in with an incredible motor to help with the loss of Ngakoue.
LB- Myles Jack, Joe Schobert, Quincy Williams: Myles Jack is on his 3rd position, so hopefully this will unlock his full athletic potential. Schobert will command the defense up the middle and drop into coverage. Quincy did not play well last year as a rookie. I hope he is able to progress this season or we might be in trouble there.
CB- C.J. Henderson, Rashaan Melvin, D.J. Hayden: 9th overall pick Henderson gets the start at the CB1 position. Melvin and Tre Herndon are going to be battling for the CB2 spot, but I give the nod to Melvin solely because he has more experience. D.J. Hayden is another underrated player in the NFL and is quietly one of the top Nickel corners.
S- Ronnie Harrison, Jarrod Wilson: Ronnie Harrison has been really coming into his own over the past season and will only get better. Jarrod Wilson played fairly well in 2019 and was exercised his option during the offseason.
K- Josh Lambo: Lambo is one of the most consistent kickers in the NFL today. Hitting over 94% of his kicks since coming to Jacksonville (while also leading the NFL in 2019 with 97.1% FG made).
P- Logan Cooke: Cooke is top 10 in yards/punt and has no need to worry about losing his job.
KR- Chris Claybrooks: The 7th rounder from Memphis was drafted specifically to return kicks, hopefully he brings the spark that the team desperately needs on ST.
PR- Dede Westbrook: Westbrook was 14th in the NFL in punt returns, he hasn’t been great in the field, but he also hasn’t been terrible.

Schedule Predictions

Week 1: IND (L) – Philip Rivers has had our number over the years (7-2, 24 touchdowns to 5 interceptions); and a team that’s a QB shy from competing now has the Jaguars literal kryptonite. I have my faith in the young defense, but Rivers will probably have a field day. 0-1
Week 2: @TEN (W) – Huh, no annual TNF Titans-Jaguars trash bowl? 2020 is really a weird year and I don’t like it. Here’s hoping that at least one trend sort of-continues: a split in games. The Jags revamped run defense slows down Derrick Henry for a game and CJ Henderson gets his first career pick off of Tannehill. Minshew is going to be the deciding factor in this game. 1-1
Week 3: MIA (W) – If it’s Fitzpatrick, it’s a loss. But I believe Tua takes the job early in the season(maybe?) and has his typical rookie growing pains. One of which is losing to a bad team that you shouldn’t lose to. 2-1
Week 4: @CIN (W) – Just like Tua, Burrow is set to have his growing pains. But this isn’t one of those games. The first overall pick goes into a shootout with The Man, The Myth, The Legend but comes up short due to a questionable play call in the final seconds. 3-1
Week 5: @HOU (L) – Even though Houston no longer has DeAndre Hopkins, Deshaun Watson is still able to work through the Jags D to come up with the win. 3-2
Week 6: DET (L) – Matthew Stafford has a really good week and Jeff Okudah outmatches his top 10 counterpart in another close game that comes down to game management experience. 3-3
Week 7: BYE
Week 8: @LAC (W) – Even though Jacksonville isn’t typically good on the west coast, they’re facing a team manned either by Tyrod Taylor or Justin Herbert. If they’re facing the latter (I’m sticking with a first round rookie start), then they’ll pull off a win they shouldn’t have. 4-3
Week 9: HOU (L) - Just like week 5, Watson goes off again while Brandon Cooks has 150+ yards receiving. Minshew attempts a 4th quarter comeback and brings it close, but ultimately falls short. 4-4
Week 10: @GB (L) - Aaron Rodgers is obviously unhappy with the drafting of Jordan Love and is on a mission to prove that he’s still got it in the league. Even though the rest of the roster is lacking pieces, you can never count out Rodgers. Especially when it’s against lower competition. 4-5
Week 11: PIT (L) – I feel like this could be the start (or continuation) of a decent non-divisional/former divisional rivalry. Big Ben is back and has a good back in James Conner. Besides JuJu Smith-Schuster and Eric Ebron, there isn’t anyone that inflicts fear in secondaries. This game could go either way, but I’m giving the nod to Pittsburgh in a close match. Their defense has enough to slow down our offense, but our defense lacks the “star-power” against their offense to really make up for it. 4-6
Week 12: @CLE (L) – Chubb is good, Beckham is good, Landry is good, Hooper is good. Unfortunately I don’t see us being close in this one. 4-7
Week 13: @MIN (L) – Minnesota, at this point, is looking towards the postseason and will not hold back. Thielen and Cook will carry their offense to 3 touchdowns while the Jags offense falls flat this week. 4-8
Week 14: TEN (L) – The split game. Again….WHY NO TNF?! The Jaguars come into the game tired and eliminated, while the Tacks come into the contest nearing a berth and are hungry for a win. Derrick Henry is Derrick Henry and just runs train. 4-9
Week 15: @BAL (L) - I may be biased but I’m not delusional. 4-10
Week 16: CHI (W) – I’m basing this off my prediction that Foles will outplay Trubisky and stays healthy. Foles plays better than Trubisky, but that’s not saying much. Henderson is able to keep Allen Robinson at bay; and while Khalil Mack will be effective, his impact will be kept to a best-case scenario. 5-10
Week 17: IND (W) – Indianapolis already clinched a playoff spot and is resting their starters for their inevitable 1st round elimination. So, the Jags will win in semi-convincing fashion against a team starting backups. 6-10
Final Record: 6-10. I genuinely believe this team has improved overall despite the major losses throughout the defense. There are going to be a lot of close games, especially if more players opt-out of the season. I feel like many of these games could steer in either direction. Besides Baltimore, Minnesota, Houston and Green Bay, of course. The ceiling of this team could push .500, but the floor could really bottom out at 1 or 2 wins. This team is extremely young and still needs to mesh. Depending on next years draft picks (looking at you, Rams. Please suck, thanks), this team is poised for a huge jump in the near future. This isn’t a full rebuild, it’s a partial one. I do not see this team making the postseason this year, but they could definitely play party-pooper to a couple of teams.

Schemes

Jay Gruden – Gruden utilizes a West Coast Offensive scheme. This scheme was created by Bill Walsh in the 60’s when he worked for the Cincinnati Bengals as the QB coach. This offense relies heavily on shorter throws spread out throughout the field, eventually opening the top up for the occasional long ball. The use of a mobile QB and a variety of receivers can really help spread out the defense as well and easier for him to make throws.
Todd Wash – Although there have been rumors of a scheme change, and the signing of certain players seem to suggest the same, Todd Wash is still sticking a base 4-3 defense. One of the more common schemes, it involves four down linemen consisting of a nose tackle, a defensive tackle and two ends. Behind the linemen are 3 linebackers: The Mike, Will and Sam linebackers. The Mike, or middle, will line up behind the nose tackle and covers the A gap. The Will, or weak, lines up on the side not containing the TE and covers the B gap on that side. The Sam, or strong, lines up on the side of the Tight End and will contain the C gap on that side. The secondary will always have two CB’s, a SS and FS; the CB’s will cover the receivers, the FS will line up deep on the side of the weakside linebacker and the SS will do the same on the opposite side.
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2020.07.24 17:47 Vaexa Buyers Beware: weeb boats (Azur Lane)

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I did, in fact, fat-finger post this right after finishing the Yukikaze bit.
Spoiler warning: long-but-important foreword.
You don't need me to tell you, again, that the way WG sells the cosmetic stuff (commanders, camos) is pretty much targeted towards whales and that asking more for the camo set than what I paid for Death Stranding last weekend is completely ridiculous. Other people on this subreddit have told you about that already and they're completely right. It is ridiculous.
I remember buying the Hood commander (I am a card carrying member of the HMS Hood Association so I sort of had to) for about a tenner during the first collab. This being a gateway drug into AL itself aside, I felt like that was a fair price. Unless you're this invested in AL and also drowning in money, I wouldn't recommend getting the whole set of commanders and/or camos.
THAT SAID, other people have laid out why this monetisation scheme is silly already. WG is selling the ships and new camos separately this time around, and we're here for the ships. The title says weeb ships. Talking about the actual ships here, not the girls.
This is going to be closer to my short form reviews I did with the French destroyer event because I'm still trying to get my head back into the review game a bit. I should've put this into the afterword.
If you're just going to bitch about how much you hate anime, find a different thread. Let people enjoy the stuff they like. I implore you.
Without further ado-

BOATS

Including the two ships from the last event in this because like... why not, I guess.

Tier VIII - Yukikaze

Full disclosure that I played this thing only a handful of times after the live testing period ended, nanoda. She really confronted me with the fact my torpedo marksmanship fizzled to dust and blew away in the wind in the last year or so, nanoda.
I'm not doing this speech quirk bullshit for much longer. Nanoda.

The good stuff

  • I think I'm traditionally supposed to start with the main battery. That would usually spell rather bad news for an IJN DD, but they got buffed a while ago...
  • Which means that Yukikaze's 6-gun 12.7cm broadside hits pretty hard! 2.1k (and change) HE alpha is more than German 15cm guns get (lol) and if you use these in an ''ambush predator'' sort of way instead of a ''close range knife fighting HE DPM face melt'' sort of way, they can do work.
  • We're long past the days of an IJN DD being able to strip mounts off USN DDs on the first salvo though, unfortunately.
  • Like her shells, her torpedoes also hit really hard. The high torpedo alpha is a crown that IJN destroyers mostly still haven't relinquished, and with the current FOTM destroyer line launching warp speed pool noodles, this is a real niche they still sort of have.
  • Seriously, approximately 21k torpedo damage before saturation/TDS modifiers is nothing to sneer at, and being able to put 8 of these on target gives Yukikaze a wallop that's... matched by essentially the entire IJN torpedo destroyer line from tier 8 and up...
  • I'm trying so hard to find good things to say about Yukikaze nanoda
  • IJN destroyers do keep their concealment crown, and 5.4km surface concealment and 2.5km air concealment (when you turn your AA off, as you really should do) are very respectable even in this day and age. It at the very least gives Yukikaze a good buffer for launching torpedoes when she does actually find a victim.
  • The camouflage looks really, really nice, with a nice set of colours and a cute bow on the... bow. Do you get it?

The bad stuff

  • Boy oh boy.
  • Nanoda.
  • IJN main battery alpha comes with the huge caveat of ''their rof is fucking garbage''. There are more destroyers that don't have 3-4s rof in the game by now, but 6.3 seconds(!) at tier 8 is just really, really slow. You're not going to be winning knife fights with these rather lethargic guns.
  • They also turn really slowly, and with four of your six guns being sat on your ass, getting guns on target can be a somewhat awkward proposal.
  • Her maneuvrability is perfectly middling, with a perfectly middling 35 knot speed (which is in cruiser and some BB realms nowadays) and a perfectly middling 640m turning radius all adding up to something... really average. Average is not a good thing to be for Yukikaze, nanoda.
  • There was a time where having 76 knot-speedy torpedoes would qualify this ship as a cruise missile launcher. With European destroyers showing up with their equally fast (and sometimes even faster) torpedoes, Yukikaze's F3s have lost some of their shine.
  • What really hurts them more than some Swedish dweeb sticking hyperdrives to pool noodles, though, is that setting up torpedo runs within 8km from your target is not something that can be consistently done in current year.
  • This is compounded by Yukikaze having really shitty AA to dislodge planes that latch on to her with (to the point you should really, really, really just keep it turned off unless a plane squad is almost directly over you already, anyway)...
  • ... and her rather paltry HP pool of 15.1k meaning she'll wither away rather quickly under fire.
  • I guess in this sense she is true to her AL counterpart (except her AL counterpart gets some really good skills and evasion to make up for it, which will not save her here).
In conclusion, Yukikaze is basically a Kagero with F3s. That's the tl;dr. Unless you think the girl (and her accompanying camo) are just that cute, I can't recommend getting her, simply because it's furiously difficult to get mileage out of F3s nowadays.

Tier VIII - Montpelier

The worst Cleveland, especially in a world where Biloxi and Birmingham exist. Fight me.

The good stuff

  • There isn't any.
  • What do you mean I can't make this review solely about how much Montpelier sucks?
  • Okay then.
  • Montpelier is a Cleveland, and with this comes all the boons of having a Cleveland's main battery.
  • What I mean by that is the IFHE nerf did very little to stop tier 8+ light cruisers being the absolute DPM monsters they've been for the last few years, and merely made them rather less burny. I still firmly believe in IFHE for cruisers at tier 8 and over, and Montpelier is no exception.
  • 12 USN 6'' guns capable of penning 37mm of HE plating (and thus the all-important 32mm threshold) with a 7s reload time adds up to fairly devastating amounts of HE DPM and will absolutely melt poorly plated battleships and everything else into slag before long.
  • Even if you don't believe in IFHE anymore (which is perfectly valid, given there are a great many ships that have decent plating, too) Montpelier still boasts enough HE pen to melt any lower-tiered battleships and pretty much every cruiser short of Russian supercruisers, with a 12% base fire chance to make angled battleships regret every choice that has led them to this point.
  • All of this compounded to trebuchet arcs that make it childishly easy to sit behind an island and absolutely fucking ruin someone's day. Like Cleveland, Montpelier is nasty (not in that sense though, stop).
  • wowsft and gm3d tell me she has .15 better sigma than Cleveland. Wow!
  • One of the funny bits of USN cruiser protection schemes is that there's a very notable ''step'' in their already fairly low citadels, which puts roughly half their citadel volume firmly below the waterline. While broadsiding stuff isn't quite as legit a strategy as with like, Smolensk (Monty is rather fat for a CL), battleships will sometimes struggle to make damage stick on you.
  • The AA is... alright, I guess...? Same and lower-tier carriers are likely not going to want to stick in your AA for a long time, and if some nerd in a carrier does smack into your flak you can really rip some decent chunks out of squads. You're just not really a no-fly zone.
  • The 660m turning circle radius is nice, I guess?????
  • 11.5km base concealment (you get a free permoflage with this, I'm considering it base) is really, really good for a CL. With all the bells and whistles, Montpelier's concealment drops down to a very, very respectable 9.3km surface concealment and an okay 5.8km air concealment (which actually means you can kind of AA trap planes).
  • Montpelier is a little fatter than her older sister (get fucked), with a 37.5k HP pool. Neat!
  • She also has the usual US CL toolbox at her disposal; 9km half-a-minute radar, hydro, DFAA, the works.
  • As much as I dislike Montpelier, the special camo looks kind of nice. It's flashy (more flashy than the Yukikaze one), but the colour palette is good and the angry vein thing on the bow is a fun touch. Too bad Montpelier still sucks.

The bad stuff

  • It's Montpelier, which we've firmly established is the worst Cleveland.
  • As punchy as the main battery still is in current year, she actually punches a little less hard than Cleveland, with her guns taking half a second longer to reload than her big sister's guns. Poor Monty, forever in the better Clevelands' shadows.
  • The trebuchet arcs are a fantastic boon for firing from the safety of islands, but also make it furiously difficult to nail fast, small ships (like destroyers) at longer ranges.
  • She has a big ol DP secondary battery that is completely useless for doing another other than making pretty fireworks. I figured I should at least discuss the smattering of 5''/38 guns once, but they're really not very useful against ships.
  • Apart from their tendency to let battleship shells right through, Cleveland hulls are super flimsy. The lack of citadel armour coverage means the vast majority of these ships consists of 25mm plating, which gets absolutely fucking melted by most 6'' HE and up, and heavens forbid a battleship gets a good salvo against your angled ship. You will die. Hard.
  • I tried making a Die Hard reference since I love those movies but my brain was not cooperating. Sucks.
  • 32.5 knots base speed is really pretty bleh for a cruiser, especially now that even some battleships can outrun you. Montpelier isn't a particularly good kiting ship as a consequence, and will very likely suffer in open water.
  • Montpelier sucks. I will not budge. If you're a Montpelier fan, fuck you. That's rude but also I don't care. How can you prefer Montpelier when Biloxi exists???
In conclusion, she's a Cleveland with slightly more HP, slightly better accuracy, and slightly less DPM. This doesn't add up to anything particularly flashy, but Cleveland herself isn't a particularly bad ship, and I'd actually recommend Montpelier even to the non-weeb; she's basically a premium Cleveland, which isn't a bad thing to be.

Tier VIII - Littorio

Lord forgive me, for I'm about to thirst.
I'm going to do a bit less bullet point recap here because I already wrote a Roma review that you should really just read instead of a shitty tl;dr. It's old and a bit dated, but most of it still rings true.
Littorio is, rather disappointingly, a Roma clone. There was a version in testing I'm not sure I'm allowed to discuss, but we all know about it and how much more interesting it would've been than a Roma clone.
Thirst time: AL Littorio is hot. I love how they shoved the ''chauvinistic, womanising Italian'' stereotype into her (I get to say this, since half my family is Italian) and I really, really, really like her base design.
The camouflage they put together for her is really good, too, being a lot more lowkey than the Yukikaze and Montpelier camos, with some tasteful touches and references to Littorio herself. The problem is, though, that she's just a Roma clone to the point they didn't fucking bother to model the different bow.
I can't recommend her if you already have Roma, as a consequence. Maybe if she was... different and interesting, but as it stands, no. Just no. What a disappointment.
If you don't have Roma and wanna pick her up, and you like AL, well, why not? The camo is cool and Littorio could break my spine over her knee if she wanted to. Awooga.

Tier IX - Sovetskaya Rossiya

Tall ice mage battleship mommy. Soyuz hull. Mmmmmmmmm.

The good stuff

  • It's a Soyuz with regular battleship accuracy.
  • Alright, alright, since you're twisting my arm here, a more detailed recap of tall ice mage battleship mommy...
  • A well-known feature of Russian ships in general is, well, railguns. This has a whole host of implications for Rossiya.
  • For one, with AP alpha being a function of muzzle velocity (MV) and shell weight, Rossiya has really punchy shells, lagging only slightly behind USN superheavy AP with 13250hp worth of dick punching potential.
  • High muzzle velocity also means higher penetration. USN AP actually outpens Rossiya until about 6km or so (surprisingly), but after that she massively overtakes her American counterpart. Rossiya retains enough pen to smash any battleship's belt out to pretty much her max range.
  • And, finally, high muzzle velocity has the rather natural boon of being quicker to get on target, which makes it substantially easier for tall battleship mommy to push some kiting dweeb's shit in in hopefully spectacular fashion.
  • This is both a plus and a minus, but Rossiya uses regular battleship dispersion and not the good-at-short-range-but-less-good-at-long-range Soviet dispersion curve. She plays more like a traditional battleship as a consequence, with a playstyle that takes after sluggish, large battleships like Izumo as a consequence.
  • The true star attraction with Rossiya (as it kind of is with Soyuz as well) is just how durable she is.
  • This is gonna need some EXTRA BULLET POINTS. Rossiya is drowning in protected volume, with a tall incremental belt more than thick enough to keep out lesser battleship guns at sufficient range, and a 60mm upper hull and midships weather deck... which is just enough to shatter all cruiser HE, except some really specific IFHE builds that nobody runs anymore.
  • There's a 220mm belt extension to make her ends a little tougher to HE spam, too. The Soyuz hull is deviously HE-resistant as a consequence of all this, and overmatching AP only really has the bow and stern to go through.
  • The superstructure would ordinarily be a ripe target for HE spam, but Rossiya's superstructure is a lot narrower than the actual profiel would have you suspect, with a significant chunk of it being taken up by the secondary battery and directors.
  • The TDS backs up all this durability, with 35% damage reduction, which is really funny because Soyuz actual had the Pugliese system (bad) except inserted backwards (worse).
  • Rossiya does get the Soviet flavour damage control, which reloads faster at the expense of being limited in usage.
  • Once again, the camo looks really good. As with Littorio's, it's a lot more lowkey than the second collab's camo colours, dominated by greys and whites, with stark white and light grey turrets and some glowy blue bits on the bow. It's a really snazzy, slick looking scheme and I like it a lot.

The bad stuff

  • You may have noticed the good stuff list was dominated by all the cardinal elements of a battleship; firepower and durability.
  • Yeah that's because that's the main things Rossiya offers.
  • The turrets are sluggish (unlike Soyuz actual's). They're not the slowest in the game by any stretch, but 4deg/s base rotation speed is just... not very good.
  • The dispersion curve means she actually has worse dispersion at short and middling ranges, which... yeah.
  • For all her tankiness, Rossiya does share one (frustratingly uncommon) trait with her line comrades: her citadel rises up above the water. It isn't as tall as her belt suggests, and there's a Bullshit Void of Slightly Less Bullshit behind it, but she is not citadel-proof by any stretch. Any prolonged periods of showing broadside are liable to be followed by some battleship feeding you shit by the spoonful.
  • The ship itself is insanely sluggish. 28 knots is on the low end of battleship speed (she's not one of the battleships that's going to outrun Montpelier) these days, and the turning circle is enormous.
  • Bonus: you get the as-designed hull without the gimped rudder shift. Downside to this bonus: your AA is pretty shocking for the tier, and for some reason Rossiya gets the base hull HP (80.9k).
  • Unlike what the shipgirl suggests (tall majestic ice mage), Sovetskaya Rossiya the ship is a big brute, with little in the way of subtlety, nuance or agility, and some decent firepower and a lotta durability to compensate. Sort of. She tries.
  • She is such a big brute that she has atrocious base concealment, sitting at 16.2km. With all the bells and whistles, this bottoms out at 13.1km, which is not very good for a slow battleship with something of a tendency to fall apart when showing broadside.
In conclusion, Sovetskaya Rossiya is essentially an A-hull Soyuz that loads slower, has regular dispersion, and doesn't have the gimpy rudder shift.
Does this all add up to a worthwhile variant of Soyuz herself? Well... No. The camouflage looks good, but Rossiya feels awkward and clumsy, and while her playstyle is oriented to that, she isn't really going to set the world on fire. She's not bad, but unless you're really invested in the girl (can't blame you), she is not worth the hefty pricetag she carries.
This was a fun little writing exercise. I've been a bit out of it, with... a lot... happening after I wrote the Warspite thing for Horsey's birthday. I didn't feel it was right writing reviews after that, but here we are. I want to move on from all of that and get back to enjoying writing (as I was planning to do with the Warspite review) and trying to enjoy a game I still love dearly. I've had more than enough negativity this year to last me the rest of the decade, and I want to refocus on the things that I enjoy, that make me happy. Writing is still one of them, and it's about time I found a rhythm in it again.
This review may have been a bit of a mess, I realise, but that's all part of the Vaexa Review Experience:tm:; inconsistent messes that I write more-or-less without any sort of plan, totally on a whim. Wouldn't be me if it wasn't a clusterfuck.
If you've read the whole thing, congrats. I hope you enjoyed it. If you don't like anime and still enjoyed it, congrats for having an open mind. If you like Montpelier and didn't enjoy it, good. That's a joke, I shouldn't be too harsh. It's all just friendly ribbing.
As a final footnote, please don't shit up my review with ''anime sucks'' or ''wg's monetisation sucks''. People are allowed to enjoy whatever media they like, even if that's weeb shit like Azur Lane. It's fucking obnoxious to shit up threads with how much you hate weeb shit.
As for the second bit, we know WG's monetisation sucks. I fully agree with that sentiment, and I really wish they'd go back to offering items individually, but alas, just blow me down. Fuck.
As always, thanks for reading! If there's any funny markup, grammar or spelling errors, let me know and I'll fix it. <3
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2020.07.18 17:04 Army_Bot Summary For: Weekly Question Thread (3/23 to 3/29)

Currently an Armor LT looking at his career outlook. How is life inside the special operations community; mainly Civil Affairs and Psyop? Is it better or worse than conventional army? Any insight would be great!
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Hey, I got separated with an RE-3 JGA back in February, long story short I made a massive mistake during infantry OSUT that led to me getting a chapter 11. It was not a safety violation. Do I have a snowflakes chance in hell of ever making it back into the army? I can pm details but I’d rather remain anonymous as I’m sure there are some guys from my OSUT unit on here.
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Ok. Odd one. Been in 2 1/2 years. Left RASP for mental health reasons in my 8th month. I keep having dreams of going back that I made a crucial mistake, love of my life since 9th grade says not to go back and ets. My question is
How do you married folk make it work in Regiment, were your spouses on board?
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I have a medical question: I sustained a broken ankle about 3 years ago. Fully healed now, full range of motion, no complications or anything I’m perfectly fine. Although I had surgery and have a plate and 3 screws. Will this completely disqualify me from joining? I’ve read as long as I don’t need special accommodations in footwear I should be fine. I’ve had no issues with this injury since it healed.
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I figure the answer is no, but I wanted to ask anyway just to be certain. I'm currently in the process of enlisting, and I wanted to know if the army offers educational bonuses? The go army website doesn't indicate anything about college credits giving bonuses, nor do any external sites. I figure its probably just a navy only deal, but I wanted to doublecheck. Currently sitting at 69 credits. My second question is how do quick ship bonuses work? Is it for choosing an MOS with a shipdate in less than 30 days, or is it shipping for any MOS but signing and leaving within 30 days? I'm currently trying to get 68a (ye i know long shot) with my recruiter, so if its the former i assume i wouldn't qualify.
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I’m wondering if I can get a waiver for not being able to duck walk. I have a bone impingement in my ankle that does not allow me to duck walk at all. I’m 100% sure I can not do it. Is the Army lenient on stuff like that or am I fucked.
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Is there any way to do SSD/DLC prior to Basic? Or ways other than college credits/recruiting to promote past e1 before basic?
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Any 15T or in the 15 series that made crewchief?
What is a good way to make crewchief to a flight battalion as a 15T? I finally settled on going as a 15T since I can get my A&P certification and my dad can land me a job at United Airways as an airplane mechanic once I'm out.
Crewchief seems like the coolest aspect of the job but I know that only a very few get picked.
I honestly want to at least take my best shot to make it as crewchief. What should I do? Excel in AIT? Get good recommendations/reviews from my unit?
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Is it possible to reclass during your first enlistment? A recruiter told me that you can reclass after 2 years and that it’s not that hard. I just want to confirm if this is true or feasible.
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Currently 33 years old with a bachelor degree in Finance. Prior service Navy with 5 years AD as enlisted. I’m considering the reserve route, however I’ve noticed that my age will be a large factor. Has anyone had any experience with age waivers?
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Is the Coronavirus really creating hangups with recruiters? I've been waiting on news from my recruiter concerning a medical waiver, but I haven't heard from my recruiter since last week. I've texted and called twice, but I don't want to annoy the guy. Should I call the recruitment office?
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I wear glasses. Any job/role/specialty/ whatever that I would be disqualified for?
How would using night vision work?
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I asked on the ask a recruiter thread as well but I’m just wondering being prior service Navy is there a way to know what MOS’s are undermanned, if so how or which are undermanned? Or do I absolutely have to go to meps for the ROC to tell me? Also if that’s the case anyway the ROC puts stuff out about it? And last thing would going at the beginning of a fiscal year be helpful or not matter to the ROC?
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I'm 18yrs old in high school shipping a couple weeks after graduation as a 25s. I have been having a hard time finding any information about this mos. All I know is that people who I talk to from the army always assume that I am super smart and it makes me doubt myself every time. If there is any information anyone could give me, that would be awesome. I would also like to get a head start on anything I would be learning like what math they do or any skills... etc. Also, how smart do I have to be?
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Hello Redditors - 23-year-old male here contemplating enlisting as 56M, but wanted to learn more about what I'd be doing on a day-to-day basis.
From the threads and articles I've already read, I've gathered that the Chaplain Assistant does a lot of admin work for the Chaplain, but I've also read that the Chaplain Assistant does some soldiering stuff too. What exactly does this mean? Does this mean i'd be doing week-long field training exercises with the infantry? If I get deployed, will I be going on patrols to fight ISIS and the like? Not opposed to / trying to avoid doing that stuff, but just want to make sure that I know what i'm signing up for.
Also, if there's a current or previous 56M reading this, could I please pm you?
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Where do Junior (11A) Infantry Officers work in the BCT?
  • How does it differ across the IBCT, SBCT, and ABCT?
  • My understanding is they are usually Platoon Leaders or Staff Officers. Other than the Rifle PLT, what kind of Platoons can they lead? Other than the S3 Shop, what kind of Staff can they be a part of?
  • Do 11A's always get assigned to an Infantry CO, or can they can they work in the BSB FSC? Anywhere else?
I know that sometimes a 1LT can be a CXO as well, and that LTs can have JOBAs within the BCT. Is there any other assignments Infantry LTs can have?
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Planning to enlist in the Army soon with a degree. Told by recruiter I'm able to get Airborne in my contract (and won't sign otherwise). Eventually, I want to be a Civil Affairs Specialist, but need to put in 1 year TIS before dropping a packet. In the meantime, I need to choose an MOS that I would enjoy with -or without- being selected. I'm between 12B and 35N.
I want to use my brain to solve problems, do high speed/special stuff (if possible), am physically fit, create a brotherhood among my peers, and want to learn skills that will help in life (building stuff/working with hands from engineering, TS from sigint). I DONT want to be behind a desk all day, so I've heard 35N w/ Airborne COULD be a sweet spot, and I want to limit time spent in garrison painting rocks, which I've heard applies to 12Bs. Which do yall think I should go for? Also, please correct any ignorance I may have shown.
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Working out for my OCS application- I need to get a good score on the APFT as part of my application. Everything else is pretty solid.
Since all the gyms are closed due to quarantine, are there any specific at home programs that can be helpful for scoring well? I do workout (push ups, sit ups, ab wheels, running) in a weighted vest (10lbs-40lbs) and I’m a 21 year old, female, 5 feet tall, 112lbs.
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I signed my contract and swore in a couple weeks ago. I will be ship to basic training on June 22, 2020. When I was at MEP, they didn't have any of the mos that I want. Most of the mos that I want do not have the training school for it so I was force to pick the mos that my recruiter recommended to me (89B Ammunition Specialist). I been thinking about it for awhile now, I don't really like that mos and I wanted to change it to the mos that I like instead. I'm really interested in 35P, 68W, other 68 series and other 35 series. Is it possible for me to wait until one of the mos that I like have training school open for it and change to it? I'm not in rush in joining and I'm fine with waiting for it.
I checked my scores and I know I'm qualify for the mos that I'm interested in.
GT: 111 CL: 115 CO: 111 EL: 111 FA: 113 GM: 110 MM: 107 OF: 110 SC: 113 ST: 112
AFQT: 70
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If this questions been asked before.. my apologies. I’m currently waiting to ship out with an 11x opt 40 contract. The Rona has pushed my ship date from 3/30 to 5/4 so there’s that. My question... what does the pipeline look like? I’ve recently found out that OSUT is 22 weeks and now it’s RASP 1 before airborne. Completely different than my recruiter though haha
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I'm due to leave for Air Force BMT soon with a 2A5X1 contract. I've only signed the DEP contract thingy (not sure of the official terminology) and done the swear in for it so far. I'm having serious second thoughts about the branch I choose and the job contract I got. I originally wanted to go Army as 11b but was convinced otherwise by friends and family and as I get closer I'm slowly becoming more and more unsure. I'm hoping to find out whether it's even a possibilty to swtich branches while in DEP and if so how difficult? Cheers.
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Any further guidance on General McConville's comments about paying recruits before they arrive at BCT if their ship date was delayed?
I was supposed to leave April 20th, but I just checked the futuresoldier.com website and it is now saying June 29th. I just put in my 2 weeks notice yesterday for my job, and they kinda made a big deal of it, so I'm not sure if going back to them and telling them I can continue working for another 2 months is an option.
I asked my recruiter, but he said he has not received any guidance on the matter, and wasn't even aware my ship date had changed. I'm still waiting to hear back, but I figured I would ask here as well.
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Joining post college?
I will complete my bachelors degree this May, with a degree in forestry and a minor in GIS. unfortunately, I am also exiting college with $86,000 in loans. 26k federal and 60k private.
I have been considering joining the army and enlisting in officer school, as it would allow me to quickly repay my loans and provide a leg up when applying for federal jobs in the future.
Would this be considered a smart move? Is my degree useful in any way to the army? What have been your experiences?
For reference I am a 22M in good physical health with a good gpa.
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Thanks for the input. My main draw was the potential repayment plan on the federal loans, and then putting most of the salary towards the loan balance.
With all the COVID-19 turmoil going on many of my job prospects have implemented hiring freezes.
Would any of you know what makes one eligible for federal loan repayment?
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160th SOAR question
For non aviation MOS's do you have to be a SSG to apply. I might be dumb and misinterpreted the recruiting site.
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2LT Question: I am commissioning in May and was slated to be a 2LT in support of Cadet Summer Training until IBOLC in last August. That assignment was just cancelled, and my school has already filled its two Gold Bar Recruiting slots. Are there other assignments that are available to 2LT's pre-Branch Qualification, or am I stuck working an hourly gig until BOLC?
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Unrecognized payment from DFAS question: I just got $450 in my bank account from DFAS Cleveland and the transaction is titled "TRAVEL PAY". The thing is I haven't done any travel nor have a filed any vouchers in DTS for this amount. Obviously I'm not touching this money until I figure out if I just forgot about travel pay from the past or if DFAS screwed up as usual. Does anyone know who I can call to find out more info about this payment? I assume if I call DFAS they might just say "oh we were told to give you that money, we know nothing more". Should I call DFAS and ask?
Adding: no voucher in DTS, no sign of payment anywhere in myPay including Travel AOP section...
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Anybody stationed in Belgium? Didn't find too much info in the duty station thread.
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I'm looking at joining either as enlisted or OCS. I have a meeting with a recruiter set up soon but had a random question about MEPS/drug use. I have used pot about 4 times and tried shrooms (1/2 of a normal "dose") once. All of these experiences were between 5-10 years ago. I was trying to find information about waivers/disqualifications and what are the odds of being disqualified for this?
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Leaving for basic in 1 month-ish
So my ship date is June 1st and i’m a senior in highschool. I just wanted to know what kind of tips or heads up would u recommend for me since imma leave for basic soon. I have a list of all the things i need for when i leave for basic (they gave me that list in MEPS). The only thing that i’m not quite sure about is “shower shoes” wtf is a pair of shower shoes. Anyways i would like to hear some tips and heads up before i ship out. Thank you in advance
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I signed for the army a while back and my ship date is in late June. With COVID-19, is there a chance that I could lose my MOS contract if the ship date gets pushed back or would the contract just get pushed back while I would still have my job in writing.
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Hey y'all
Looking to join the army
Currently weigh 210, and based on my height, online it says I have to weigh no more than 186.. Is there any way around this?
I was watching a video on bootcamp and saw this dude.. looks unsat af to me, how did he get in?
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Trying to save my OER as a PDF so I can email it to future units. However, they only options I have are export to Excel or OneNote. Whenever I print and save as a PDF it yields an error. Anyone have any tips?
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I'm a single E4 barracks goblin. Therefore I do not receive BAS (you can probably tell where this is going). Does anyone have experience with people in my situation successfully getting a 4187 approved to receive my full BAS? AFAIK, it requires a CO signature, but I'm not sure what else? Do I tell them I'm a vegetarian muslim with gluten intolerance?
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OK, I'm 35 and prior service Air Force, got out in 2015 at E-5 after 10 years. Got out with the intention of going reserve, but got talked out of it and now regret it. Talking to a recruiter now about going reserve but also considering AD. Former Arabic linguist, had a TS. Really torn between staying in the intel field, or maybe something medical. I have AD friends that say 35P field is overmanned and I should stay away, same with most other intel fields except cyber related jobs. Anyone have any advice? I'm in for the long haul and want a career field with good promotion and advancement rates.
Also, what kind of hell am I getting into for going to basic at 35?
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Hi guys, first time here! I am on iPhone so sorry is formatting is weird. Also english isn't my first language so sorry for any mistakes!
So I am 15 yr old and planning to join the army, any tips and tricks you guys can give where I can work on or to give to the new cadets?
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Hello All! My brother is currently in US Army basic training. He got his phone for 10 minutes for Easter and asked for moreno wool socks, but stated they had to be a specific color for the Army. Can someone give me an example so that we get him the right kind of compliant socks? Thank you!
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Hey guys! I’m heading to Ft Lewis and I’ll be assigned to 502 MI BN Expeditionary in 2021, possibly as the new BN S1? Anyone assigned there or can give me more informations about the BN?
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Hey guys, I have finished up preliminary paperwork and am picking an MOS with my recruiter. The two Jobs I’m most interested in out of what was listed as available are 35p “cryptologic linguist” and 35w “military intelligence linguist”. I have qualifying asvab and DLab for either MOS. It’s weird tho that the 35w MOS is listed as “Human Intelligence Collector Recruit” on goarmy.com even tho 35m is still available right now too. Is 35w just 35m with DLI? Goarmy also mentions 35w “preparing maps and charts”, so is does this new MOS also include 35g skills? If anyone has insight and is allowed to share, that insight is appreciated!
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15W shipping to basic in like 2 months, what bases should I pick for my top three? I’m thinking Hood, Drum, Carson or Stewart. Lmk what y’all think.
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Am I able to do split option during college?
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Any tips or advise for new 13F? Going to bct and AIT Soon.
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Hi I'm currently an E-3 in the national guard and I'm looking to re-class from being a 68W to a 68Q as that is what I actually want to do in life. Will I have to wait for my contract to end before I can go active and re-class? How exactly does re-classing work and what should I do myself to make it happen?
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Can anyone walk me through the steps for reclassing as an officer in the reserves?
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How long is the training for 11Bravo? The army website sat it’s all 14 weeks but several news sources and people I have talked to says it has been extended to 22week.
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How much will the corona virus effect enlisting in a year or so?. I plan on enlisting after I finish my associates in late 2021. Will enlistment opportunities then be effected by the increase in enlistments now?
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Hi everyone, quick question about military lingo. A navy friend said that the phrase "re-attack" (to shelve and later return to a topic) was common in his circles. Is this a wide spread term?
Example sentence "let's re-attack that later when we have time."
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If you enlist with a two year contract are you required to reenlist for another year or go into the Active Guard Reserve? I hoping that if I enlisted with the two year contract I would be able to enlist into the Army National Guard and have them pay for college, afterwards. My state pays 100% tuition for those in the ARNG going to a state college.
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2020.07.06 17:54 sonofabutch The All-I Team!

Recently I put together an All-Q Team -- the 25 best of the 51 players in MLB history who have last names starting with Q. (And that followed my post as to which last name has the most players (M, 2,040) and which has the least (X, 0). Q has the second-fewest, with 51.)
The Q team's performance would be... shall we say... Questionable. Basically it's starting pitchers Jack Quinn and Jose Quintana, relievers Dan Quisenberry and Paul Quantrill, and one hitter -- slugger Carlos Quentin. Everyone else had career bWAR in the single digits, or negative.
The letter with the next fewest players is I, with 59. I thought it would be Interesting to look at the All-I Team. Would it be as Inadequate as the All-Q team, or would a pool of just eight more names be a big Improvement?
Of the 59 players, six are still active, according to baseball-reference.com; five played in MLB in 2019. (The active player who didn't appear in MLB last year was pitcher Gregory Infante, who had been signed by the Orioles but released before the season started; earlier this year they again invited him to spring training, but he's not on the 60-man roster.)
One odd thing I noticed is a fair number of these I-guys would become minor league managers, just as it seemed a disproportionate number of Q'ers died relatively young. I guess baseball teams think if your last name starts with I, you must be Intelligent enough to be a manager!
Batters: The I's have much more Impressive hitters than the Q's. The leading hitter on the Q-team is OF Carlos Quentin, with 10.5 bWAR; he'd rank 11th on the I-team! The Q-team's starting nine had just 27.1 career bWAR; the I-team's lineup has 152.3!
C Chris Iannetta - 15.0 bWAR, .230/.345/.406 (98 OPS+), 3,563 AB (2006-2019). "Sponge" consistently posts an OBP a hundred points higher than his batting average -- even in 2010, when he hit .197 but still got on base nearly 32% of the time. Casual fans look at a walk as something negative the pitcher did, not something positive the batter did -- a mistake by the pitcher rather than an accomplishment by the batter. But it's absolutely a skill and Iannetta proves it every year. Pitchers don't want to walk a guy with a career .230 BA, yet he gets walks.
1B Frank Isbell - 14.6 bWAR, .250/.289/.326 (89 OPS+), 4,219 AB (1898-1909). Nicknames in the Deadball Era were notoriously cruel. Hazen Cuyler was a stutterer who had trouble with his own last name; he's immortalized as Kiki Cuyler, mocking the way he pronounced it. William Hoy, who was deaf, was known as "Dummy." Charles Briody's round face and growing waistline earned him the nickname "Fatty." As for Frank, who was sensitive about losing his hair early in his 20s, his teammates dubbed him "The Bald Eagle." Frank's career slash-line of .250/.289/.326 isn't impressive, but he did have a tremendous year for the 1905 Chicago White Sox (.296/.335/.440, a 149 OPS+). Isbell played most of his games at first base, but he played all over the field -- literally, as he's one of the few men in MLB history to have multiple games at every position. He even pitched in 17 games, posting a 3.46 ERA in 88.1 innings!
2B Omar Infante - 16.9 bWAR, .271/.308/.387 (87 OPS+), 5,271 AB (2002-2016). Omar is the first of many players born in Venezuela; are last names starting with I more common there? Infante was primarily a utility man for the first half of his career, playing second, third, short, and all three outfield positions; it wasn't until 2010, at the age of 28, the Braves gave him 500+ plate appearances for just the second time in his career. He responded with his best season, hitting .321/.359/.416 and making his one and only All-Star appearance. He would spend the rest of his career as a starting second baseman. A tragic note: Omar's older brother, Asdrubal Infante, was a promising pitching prospect with the Tigers -- he posted a 1.09 ERA with 51 K in 33 IP in rookie ball in 1999 -- but was murdered that same year in a robbery in Venezuela. He was just 17 years old.
3B Brandon Inge - 19.2 bWAR, .233/.301/.384 (82 OPS+), 5,014 AB (2001-2013). Inge was a shortstop and pitcher at Virginia Commonwealth University, but the Tigers drafted him in the 2nd round in 1998 with the intention of converting him to a catcher. After three seasons in the bigs, he was moved to third base, where both his offense and his defense greatly improved. (Inge would hit .199/.260/.330 in 1,271 PA as a catcher, and .243/.315/.402 in 4,102 PA as a third baseman!) In 2008, Inge went on the disabled list when he strained a muscle trying to position a pillow under the head of his sleeping son.
SS Arthur Irwin - 15.2 bWAR, .241/.299/.305 (81 OPS+), 3,871 AB (1880-1894). The Q-Team had a lot of Quinns -- 13 of the 51 Q's in MLB history, or 25%, have the last name Quinn. For the I's, it's Irwin. Eight of the 59 I's are Irwins, or 13.5%. The first in both alphabetical order and by most bWAR is Arthur Irwin, a 19th century infielder who was later a manager, umpire, scout, and part-owner of a minor league team. At the age of 63, Irwin -- who during his playing days was known by the nicknames Doc, Foxy, and Sandy -- took ill and was hospitalized. His son came to visit him... and was surprised to discover another son visiting him as well. It turned out Irwin had married two women and had two families, one in New York and another in Boston. Soon after, Irwin boarded a ship and was never seen again. It was ruled a suicide, but who knows... maybe he settled down with a third family!
LF Raúl Ibañez - 20.9 bWAR, .272/.335/.465 (111 OPS+), 7,471 AB (1996-2014). Ibañez, the son of Cuban refugees, hit .272/.347/.572 and set career highs in OPS and HR (34) in his lone All-Star season... at the age of 37! Over his 19-year career, Ibañez had an OPS+ over 100 twelve times. His career bWAR was dinged by his defense -- 28.7 oWAR, but -17.3 dWAR. CF Ender Inciarte - 18.9 bWAR, .286/.338/.398 (95 OPS+), 2,922 AB (2014-2019). A 2017 All-Star and three-time Gold Glove award winner, Inciarte was signed out of Venezuela as a 18-year-old amateur by the Diamondbacks in 2008, but he would spend the next six years in the minors; the Phillies claimed him via the Rule V draft prior to the 2013 season, but had to return him after just one game (in which he didn't play) when they claimed Ezequiel Carrera off waivers. The D'Backs finally gave Inciarte a chance in 2014, and he would hit .292 for them over the next two seasons. Arizona then traded him to the Braves (with former #1 overall pick Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair) for Shelby Miller and Gabe Speier, one of the moves that doomed Arizona GM Dave Stewart.
RF Monte Irvin - 21.3 bWAR, .293/.383/.475 (125 OPS+), 2,499 AB (1949-1956). "Mr. Murder" was a Negro Leagues star whose career was cut short by segregation and military service. Most believed he was the best player in the Negro Leagues, but it was Jackie Robinson, not Irvin, who first crossed the color line. Irvin was 30 years old when he finally got the chance, two years after Jackie, to play in the bigs. His best year was 1951, when he hit .312/.415/.514 with 24 HR and 121 RBI, finishing third in the MVP race. "As great as he was in 1951," said Roy Campanella, who won the MVP that year, "he was twice that good 10 years earlier." Irvin was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973.
DH Pete Incaviglia - 10.3 bWAR, .246/.310/.448 (104 OPS+), 4,233 AB (1986-1998). "Inky" was one of the best college players of his generation, setting an NCAA record with 100 home runs in 213 games at Oklahoma State. He told teams interested in drafting him that he wouldn't sign unless they allowed him to skip the minors; the Expos took him 8th overall but immediately traded him to the Rangers. (MLB later adopted a rule prohibiting trades of newly drafted players, informally dubbed "The Pete Incaviglia Rule.") Incaviglia would then hit 30 home runs as a 22-year-old rookie... which would turn out to be his single-season career high. A low-average, high-strikeout player, Incaviglia played for six teams in 12 seasons -- not counting the Expos or the Diamondbacks, who signed him to a minor league deal in his final season -- plus one season in Japan. He would later be a hitting coach and manager in the minors.
Bench: There were an extraordinary amount of Infielders whose last names start with I; some good ones couldn't make the cut. The five guys on the bench total 45.3 bWAR... Q's bench was -1.5.
UT Maicer Izturis - 11.3 bWAR, .269/.331/.372 (90 OPS+), 3,013 AB (2004-2014). "Mighty Mouse" nearly evenly split his career between third base (2,552 innings) and second base (2,456 innings), but he also played nearly 1,700 innings at shorstop. Though his career OPS+ was below average, he did have some good offensive years -- .293/.365/.412 in 2006 and .300/.359/.434 in 2009. A series of injuries ended the Venezuelan's career after the 2014 season.
SS José Iglesias - 11.1 bWAR, .273/.315/.371 (84 OPS+), 2,706 AB (2011-2019). The 18-year-old Iglesias defected from Cuba during the 2008 World Junior Championship and signed with the Red Sox, immediately becoming one of the team's top prospects. He bounced up and down between Boston and the minors in 2011 and 2012, but in 2013 he won the starting job and after a tremendous start (.330/.376/.409 in 63 games) was included in a three-team deal for Jake Peavy. He would spend five seasons with the Tigers, hitting .268/.312/.364; last year he signed with the Reds and hit .288/.318/.407. Now 30, this off-season he signed a one-year deal with the Orioles.
3B Charlie Irwin - 9.2 bWAR, .268/.331/.345 (82 OPS+), 3,685 AB (1893-1902). Primarily known for his glove -- he ranked 1st or 2nd in 3B fielding percentage in five of his 10 seasons -- Irwin hit a respectable .273/.346/.317 (105 OPS+) with the Brooklyn Superbas in 1902, his final season in the bigs, then would go on to play several more seasons in the Pacific Coast League, and like so many others on this team would later be a manager.
1B/3B/OF Mike Ivie - 7.3 bWAR, .269/.324/.421 (110 OPS+), 2,694 AB (1971-1983). The first overall pick of the 1970 draft by the San Diego Padres, Ivie made his debut as a September call-up at the tender age of 18, going 8-for-17 with 3 RBIs in six games as a catcher. He'd return to the bigs in 1974, now a first baseman; they'd later try him at third and in the outfield, too. (His best position was probably DH.) A right-handed hitter good at mashing lefties (.693 OPS vsR, .846 OPS vsL), Ivie would top 400 ABs just three times in 11 seasons. He retired at the age of 30.
2B Tadahito Iguchi - 6.4 bWAR, .268/.338/.401 (93 OPS+), 1,841 AB (2005-2008). A star player in Japan, Iguchi came to MLB as a 30-year-old in 2005, signing with the White Sox. He would hit .278/.342/.438 and finish fourth in the ROY voting, and became the first Japanese-born position player to win a World Series. He returned to Japan in 2009 and would finally retire in 2017 at the age of 42. Iguchi has four rings -- one with the White Sox and three from Japan -- and since 2018 has been manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines.
Starting Pitchers: So it's going to be great hitting vs great pitching. The I-team has the bats, but the Q-team has the arms: The I's best pitcher would be #3 on the Q's, and after that... it's not pretty. The I-team has just 21.4 bWAR from its rotation, compared to 77.9 for the Q-team.
SP Hisashi Iwakuma - 16.9 bWAR, 63-39, 3.42 ERA, 1.143 WHIP, 883.2 IP (2012-2017). One advantage the I-team has over the Q-team is Japanese players, who represent three-fifths of the starting rotation. The ace is Kuma, who went 107-69 with a 3.25 ERA in Japan and then came to the United States where he had six pretty good seasons, all with the Mariners and all after his 30th birthday. His best year was 2013, when he was an All-Star and finished third in the Cy Young Award voting, going 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA and 1.006 WHIP.
SP Hideki Irabu - 3.4 bWAR, 34-35, 5.15 ERA, 1.405 WHIP, 514.0 IP (1997-2002). Irabu was a star in Japan with the Chiba Lotte Marines who wanted to pitch in MLB... specifically with the Yankees. Under an existing arrangement with the Padres, Chiba sold Irabu's rights to San Diego in 1997 and then traded him to New York for Ruben Rivera, Rafael Medina, and $3 million in cash. The first season of Irabu's four-year, $12.8 million deal was a disaster (5-4, 7.09 ERA, 1.669 WHIP), but he wasn't bad in 1998-1999 (24-16, 4.44 ERA, 1.315 WHIP). But Boss Steinbrenner didn't like him and he was traded to the Expos, where he went a disappointing 2-7 with a 6.69 ERA in two seasons. In 2002 he was used as a reliever with the Rangers, going 3-8 with 16 saves. He would then return to Japan, pitching two seasons before retiring in 2005. He briefly came out of retirement in 2009 to pitch in independent leagues in both the United States and Japan. In 2011, Irabu apparently hanged himself in his California home. He was just 42.
SP Mike Ignasiak - 0.9 BWAR, 10-4, 4.80 EARA, 1.504 WHIP, 137.0 IP (1991-1995). A teammate of Barry Larkin, Jim Abbott, and Scott Kamieniecki at the University of Michigan, Ignasiak went 47-25 with a 3.23 ERA in eight minor league seasons -- including a 55.2 scoreless inning streak between 1993 and 1994 -- then went 10-4 with a 4.80 ERA over four seasons with the Brewers. In 1996, he signed with the Red Sox but suffered a back injury that ended his career. He took up golf in his mid-30s and became one of the top amateur players in the country.
SP Bert Inks - 0.5 bWAR, 27-46, 5.52 ERA, 1.733 WHIP in 603.2 IP (1891-1896). A 6'3" lefty, Inks and his brother Will both played for Notre Dame. Will and a third brother, Fred, also played a little pro ball but only Bert made it to the bigs. He pitched for six teams in just five seasons, most of them bad.
SP Kazuhisa Ishii - -0.3 bWAR, 39-34, 4.44 ERA, 1.528 WHIP, 564.0 IP (2002-2005). Walks were Kaz's downfall, with 5.6 BB/9 over his four-year MLB career. After leaving the bigs, the lefty returned to Japan where he'd pitch until the age of 40 for a total of 18 seasons. In Japan, Ishii went 143-103 with a 3.63 ERA and 1.307 WHIP (and 3.9 BB/9, 8.8 K/9).
Relief Pitchers: Once again, the Q-team comes out on top. Team Q had 54.4 bWAR from its relievers; the I-team, less than half that at 25.3 (and most of that coming from their closer).
RP Jason Isringhausen - 13.0 bWAR, 51-55, 300 SV, 3.64 ERA, 1.328 WHIP, 1007.2 IP (1995-2012). One of the first players I think of when it comes to I-names, Izzy finished fourth in the NL ROY voting after an impressive debut season (9-2, 2.81 ERA, 1.280 WHIP) with the New York Mets at the age of 22. But injuries, ineffectiveness, and a bout with tuberculosis caused his Mets career to fizzle, and in 1999 he was traded to the Oakland A's where he would become a top closer. He was named to two All-Star teams and recorded 11 post-season saves.
RP Raisel Iglesias - 8.3 bWAR, 14-29, 98 SV, 3.17 ERA, 1.135 WHIP, 388.2 IP (2015-2019). Raisel Iglesias apparently isn't related to Jose Iglesias, but were born in, and fled from, Cuba. Raisel signed with the Reds, who converted him to a starter (he had been a reliever with the Cuban national team), but after going 4-8 with a 3.88 ERA in 21 starts, they switched him back to a reliever. In 231 relief appearances, he's posted a 2.85 ERA with 98 saves; overall, he's struck out 448 batters in 388.2 IP.
RP Jeff Innis - 4.6 bWAR, 10-20, 5 SV, 3.05 ERA, 1.272 WHIP, 360.0 IP (1987-1993). Jeff pitched all seven seasons of his MLB career with the New York Mets. A side-arming sinkerballer, "the I-Man" was known for his impressions of players and staff, including GM Frank Cashen. Maybe that's why the Mets declined to offer Innis a contract after the 1993 season. He signed with the Twins, and that spring training had the distinction of giving up the first professional base hit to a 31-year-old rookie named Michael Jordan. Jeff would stick around in the minors for a few more seasons, even working on a knuckleball, but never made it back to the bigs.
RP Gregory Infante - 1.0 bWAR, 3-2, 0 SV, 3.56 ERA, 1.332 WHIP, 68.1 IP (2010-2018). Infante was a baby -- ha, ha -- when he came up the first time in 2010, as a 22-year-old reliever with the White Sox. He pitched in five games without allowing a run and struck out five batters, though he did give up two hits and four walks in 4.2 innings. He would then spend the next eight seasons bouncing between organizations in the minors before finally returning to the bigs in 2017 with... the White Sox. So in nine years, he's pitched in 67 games, all with Chicago. Infante, now 30, signed with the Orioles last year but was released before the season started; the Venezuelan spent this off-season pitching in the Venezuelan Winter League.
RP Cole Irvin - -0.2 bWAR, 2-1, 1 SV, 5.83 ERA, 1.392 WHIP, 41.2 IP (2019). A 5th round pick by the Phillies in the 2016 draft, Swirvin Irvin went 6-1 with a 3.94 ERA in 16 starts and one relief appearance in Triple-A, then was promoted to the bigs where he had three starts and 13 relief appearances. The lefty was named the 2018 International League Pitcher of the Year after going 14-4 with a 2.57 ERA for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
RP Ryota Igarashi - -1.4 bWAR, 5-2, 0 SV, 6.41 ERA, 1.808 WHIP, 73.0 IP (2010-2012). Once renowned as one of the hardest throwers in Japan -- he struck out 97 batters in 78 innings in 2002 -- the New York Mets signed the 31-year-old reliever in 2010 but he struggled, giving up 24 runs, 29 hits, and 18 walks in 30.1 IP (but he did strike out 25 batters). The following year he gave up 20 runs on 43 hits and 28 walks in 38.2 IP (with 42 Ks), and the Mets released him. He signed with the Pirates, but was traded to the Blue Jays; they released him after two disastrous outings and the Yankees signed him, and they gave up on him after two more ugly appearances. Igarashi returned to Japan, where he's still pitching at age 41!
The I's who were... Ignored:
Here are the remaining 34 players whose last name starts with I. Some were fairly Impressive, others were Inferior.
Reliever Edgar Ibarra pitched in two games with the Angels in 2015, giving up one run on four hits and three walks while striking out three in four innings. The lefty has spent the last few seasons pitching winter ball in his native Venezuela.
Ham Iburg's real name was Herman; I don't know why they called him Ham. A San Francisco native who started and ended his career in the Pacific Coast League, Iburg had just one season in the bigs, going 11-18 with the 1902 Philadelphia Phillies; he was under contract to return in 1903, but he went back to California instead. The Pacific Coast League of that era offered better weather, easier travel, and sometimes better salaries than MLB, and many players like Iburg simply preferred playing on the west coast than in the Show.
Kei Igawa was a fading Japanese ace -- he even was briefly sent to the minors in 2005, and had become unpopular with fans -- but the Yankees needed an answer to the Red Sox signing Daisuke Matsuzaka two weeks earlier. After going 2-1 (with a 7.63 ERA) in his first six games, Igawa was sent to the minors; he'd return in June, get sent down again, and then be back in September. He'd end the year 2-3 with a 6.25 ERA. He would get bombed in two more appearances the following year, giving up six runs on 13 hits in just 4 innings, and would never resurface in MLB, despite posting adequate numbers in Triple-A (33-22, 3.81 ERA, 1.297 WHIP). After his release in 2011, Igawa returned to Japan, where he would pitch several more seasons with the Orix Buffaloes.
Gary Ignasiak is the big brother -- by 18 years! -- of pitcher Mike Ignasiak. Gary got into three games with the Tigers in 1973, striking out 4 batters in 4.2 innings but also giving up five hits and three walks. They sent him back to the minors but he never mastered his control, walking 647 batters in 825.0 minor league innings, and was out of pro baseball by the age of 25.
Reliever Blaise Ilsley made 10 appearances with the Cubs in 1994, giving up 13 runs on 25 hits and nine walks in 15.0 innings. Not surprisingly, the Cubs didn't bring him back. But he did have a long minor league career, and was later a pitching coach in the minors and a bullpen coach with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Doc Imlay had nine appearances for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1913, giving up 13 runs on 19 hits and seven walks in 13.2 innings. Imlay would then have a more successful career as a dentist in New Jersey.
Infielder Alexis Infante went 5-for-27 with the Blue Jays between 1987 and 1989, and 1-for-28 with the Braves in 1990. He would later be a manager in the Dominican Republic. The three Infantes in MLB history -- Alexis, Gregory, and Omar -- do not appear to be closely related, though all are from Venezuela.
Bob Ingersoll was a 31-year-old reliever who made four appearances with the Reds in 1914, giving up two runs on five hits and five walks in six innings.
A utilityman with the 1911 Boston Rustlers -- they wouldn't become the Braves until the following year -- Scotty Ingerton would get 521 AB while playing six different positions, hitting .250/.304/.340. After baseball, the former Rustler would become a deputy in Ohio.
A century later, another utilityman named Joe Inglett would play six positions (and pitch an inning!) across six seasons with the Indians, Blue Jays, Brewers, and Astros. Inglett would hit a respectable .283/.342/.392 in 808 career AB, but didn't get to the majors until he was 28 years old and never really got a chance; his best season was 2008, when he would hit .297/.355/.407 in 344 AB.
Charlie Ingraham caught one game for the Baltimore Orioles in 1883, going 1-for-4.
Utilityman Garey Ingram got into 82 games for the Dodgers between 1994 and 1997, going 37-for-142 (.261 BA). He played second, third, and outfield. He'd later be a coach in the minor leagues.
Mel Ingram -- apparently no relation to Garey -- had a "Moonlight Graham" MLB career, playing in MLB but never getting a plate appearance. He appeared in three games, all as a pinch runner, and scored a run for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1929.
The third man with this last name, Ricardo Ingram, played in 12 games with the Tigers in 1994 and four with the Twins in 1995, going a combined total of 6-for-31 (.194). He would later be a minor league coach and manager, but tragically developed brain cancer and died in 2015 at the age of 48.
Brothers Dane Iorg and Garth Iorg played in the 1970s and 80s. Dane was a 1st round pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1971, but he didn't make it to the Show until 1977; then, after just 12 games, was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for Bake McBride. A left-handed hitter, Dane was platooned throughout his career, hitting .284/.326/.387 in 1,502 AB vsR but just .200/.220/.276 in 145 AB vsL. Given his lack of power (14 career HR), speed (5 career SB), and defense (-3.1 career dWAR), it's surprising he had a 10-year MLB career. But he did win World Series rings with the '82 Cardinals and '85 Royals, going 12-for-23 (.522) with five doubles and a triple when it mattered most! Big brother Garth was originally drafted by the Yankees, but the Blue Jays took him in the 1976 expansion draft and he'd play his entire career as a utilityman for Toronto. After his MLB career ended, he would play in the short-lived Senior Professional Baseball Association, then would be a coach with the Brewers as well as a minor league manager. His sons Isaac, Eli, and Cale all played in the minors but never made the Show.
Happy Iott played in three games with the 1903 Cleveland Naps, going 2-for-10. A Maine native, the outfielder would later play in minor league and semipro teams in his home state.
Apparently no relation, Hooks Iott pitched in two games as a 21-year-old rookie with the St. Louis Browns in 1941, then in 24 games with the Browns and Giants in 1947... something must have happened in the middle... oh right, World War II. The lefty served in the U.S. Army Air Force during the war. He went 3-9 with a 7.05 ERA in 81.2 IP in his bifurcated MLB career, then would pitch into the late 1950s in the minors, including going 24-9 with a 1.83 ERA in 260.0 IP with the St. Petersburg Saints of the Florida International League in 1952.
Switch-hitting infielder Hal Irelan played just one season in the bigs, hitting .236 in 67 games with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1914. He would have a much longer career in the minors, still playing for Decatur in the, appropriately enough, Three-I League in 1926. He'd later be a minor league manager.
Another switch-hitting infielder came along in the early 1980s, Tim Ireland. He would go 1-for-7 in 11 games with the Royals scattered between 1981 and 1982. After a long career in the minors, Ireland would spend two seasons with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, hitting .275 with 18 HR in 585 AB. Like many others on this list, he would later be a manager in the minors.
Venezuelan Hernan Iribarren hit .185 in 27 AB for the Brewers between 2008 and 2009; he returned to the majors in 2016 at the age of 32 and hit .311 in 45 AB for the Reds. A utilityman, Iribarren saw time first, second, third, and all three outfield positions.
A highly prized prospect at Ferrum Junior College, Daryl Irvine was selected in three different drafts -- in the 3rd round, in the 2nd round, and finally in the 1st round -- before signing with the Red Sox in 1985. He posted a 3.34 ERA in nine minor league seasons, but never mastered his control, with 291 walks in 711.2 minor league innings. In the bigs, he posted a 5.68 ERA and an unsightly 4.7 BB/9 (with just 3.8 K/9).
Bill Irwin somehow acquired the nickname Phil. He pitched in two games for the Cincinnati Red Stockings late in the 1886 season, giving up 19 runs (11 earned) on 18 hits and eight walks. Each was a complete game loss!
Third baseman Ed Irwin played in one game with the Detroit Tigers in 1912, going 2-for-3 -- and both hits were triples! How he came to play in one and only game is a tale in and of itself. Ty Cobb had been suspended indefinitely for one of his more infamous incidents -- he'd jumped into the stands to beat up a man who had no hands -- and Tiger players refused to take the field until he was reinstated, or at least given a punishment with an end date. Rather than forfeit the game, the Tigers recruited some local college and semipro players, including Irwin. They were crushed 24-2 by the A's. League President Ban Johnson then told the Tigers that he'd kick all of them out of baseball if they refused to play again, and the strike ended. Cobb was reinstated on May 26. As for Irwin, he was killed in a bar brawl four years later. It's believed he still has the record for "most triples by a player without another base hit."
The brother of Arthur Irwin, infielder John Irwin hit .246 in 1,269 career at-bats. It's said he owed at least some of those at-bats to the fact that big brother Arthur was his manager with the 1889 Washington Nationals and 1891 Boston Reds.
Phil Irwin had two starts in the bigs, one with the Pirates in 2013 and another with the Rangers in 2014; he gave up eight runs (seven earned) on 12 hits and six walks in 8.2 innings. In 2015, he pitched in the Korean League, going 1-7 with a 8.68 ERA.
Shortstop Tommy Irwin got into three games with the Cleveland Indians late in the 1938 season; he went 1-for-9. Later in life he'd be a scout for Cleveland.
The last of the Irwins is Walt Irwin, who got into four games as a pinch runner and pinch hitter for the 1921 St. Louis Cardinals; he struck out in his only at-bat.
Orlando Isales started his pro career at the tender age of 15. By the time he reached the bigs in 1980, he was a veteran... at the age of 20. He played in three games for the Phillies in 1980; he went 2-for-5 with a triple, a walk, and three RBIs (.400/.500/.800!). But he never got another chance; he was in Triple-A for a few more years, then left for the Mexican League.
Travis Ishikawa is best remembered for his walk-off home run off Michael Wacha in the 2014 NLCS to send the Giants to the World Series for the third time in five seasons. "Smoky" only topped 200 AB once in his career, and accumulated just 1.1 career bWAR, but Giant fans won't ever forget him. He would later be a hitting coach for the Giants in the Arizona Fall League.
Akinori Iwamura was a top performer for the Yakult Swallows, topping .300 BA/30 HR in three straight seasons prior to signing with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2007. He hit a respectable .281/.354/.393 with the Rays over his first three MLB seasons, but cratered in 2010, hitting .182 with the Pirates and then .129 with the A's. After his release, the infielder would return to play in Japan for four more seasons.
Cuban-born catcher Hank Izquierdo went 7-for-26 in his only MLB season of 1967, playing for the Minnesota Twins. A lifer in the minor leagues, he didn't get the Call until he was 36 years old; his pro career started as a 20-year-old with Galveston in the Gulf Coast League in 1951, and ended with Veracruz in the Mexican League in 1974. He had 1,870 games in professional baseball, but only 16 in the bigs. He was later a minor league coach, a Mexican League manager, and a scout with the Minnesota Twins.
Another Cuban-born player, Hansel Izquierdo, defected when he was a teenager on the Cuban national junior team. He pitched in 20 games for the Florida Marlins in 2002, giving up 17 runs (15 earned) on 33 hits and 21 walks in 29.2 innings. He never resurfaced in the bigs, but he would pitch for 11 years in the minors, including stints with the White Sox, Expos, Yankees, and Pirates.
Cesar Izturis, Maicer's half-brother, played 13 years and accumulated 4,350 AB despite a career 64 OPS+, a testament to his glove. Over his career, the Venezuelan was 64 runs better than the average shortstop. Although his only All-Star selection came in 2005, his best year was the year before that, when he hit .288/.330/.381 in 670 AB, set career highs in nearly everything, and won a Gold Glove. His son, Cesar Izturis Jr., is a 20-year-old prospect in the Seattle Mariners system.
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2020.06.29 15:47 WallStreetBitch WKHS DD Thread - ALL ABOARD THE PONY EXPRESS!!! 🐴🦄🐴🦄🐴🦄🐴🦄

What is WKHS? What do they do?

Workhorse is based in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was founded in 1998, but didn’t take its current from until 2015. It manufactures electric delivery vans, intended to be used in city for last-mile delivery service. It’s a business-to-business play, not business-to-consumer. The company also owns a 10% stake in Lordstown Motors Corporation, which focuses more on consumer electric vehicles, and Lordstown revealed its electric pickup last week. That 10% stake alone could be worth $1B+ in the future. Details of the contract between WorkHorse and LordsTown are explained in their Q4 2019 ER. It was just added to Russell 3000 index today.

So it’s just all the electric cars hype bubble right?

Yes, and no. The hype in electric cars definitely helps with the stock price surge, and the recent addition of SHLL adds to that. But unlike NKLA, WKHS has been making and selling products for a while. It initially delivered vans to UPS back in 2015, and has been receiving orders and delivering vans since then. It currently has pending orders for 1000+ vans from UPS, with plan to deliver 300-400 vans in 2020. The recent surge in stock price was the run-up and result of its vans passing the federal safety tests. So the company actually has proven products, selling to customers in growing field of delivery as a byproduct of e-commerce boom. They also actually had positive earning for last quarter.

What about competition from TSLA, NKLA, and self-driving?

Unlike long-haul semi’s, last-mile delivery is the hardest to automate due to city driving and the need for dropping off package. They are also working on the one method that could somewhat automate the task, which is drone delivery. So WKHS is less vulnerable from competition of automation, because it will be the last part of the delivery process to be automated, and it’s working on its own automation solution.

Anyone else doing this?

Yeah, Rivian is also in the electric van business, and has an order from Amazon for 100,000 vans. It’s unfortunate that WKHS won’t be getting Amazon business, but Amazon going electric last-mile also proves the business model and advantage of all electric last-mile delivery.

Without Amazon, who else is WKHS going to sell to???

US-motherfucking-PS. USPS is looking to replace its aging fleet of mail trucks. There is a $6.3 billion contract up for grab, for 180,000 vans to be supplied over the span of 5 to 7 years. There are currently four teams bidding for the contract (Ford & Oshkosh, Karsan & Morgan Olsen, Mahindra, and Workhorse) and USPS has finished test driving their prototypes. USPS may award the contract to a single company, or split it up. Workhorse is one of the two teams offering full electric solution. With Amazon and UPS going full electric, USPS would be wise to go that way as well. Economically, full electric would make the most sense, but if politics comes into play, that may favor the traditional ICE’s offering by Ford. The bid deadline is July 14th, and result on who is/are winning the contract is expected in fall.

It has ran up so much. I missed the boat!

Well, maybe. WKHS is still under $1 billion in market cap. If it wins the $6.3 billion contract, it will easily be worth multi-billion right away. Rivian is valued at $5 to $7 billion with the Amazon contract under its belt, plus a consumer play. If Workhorse wins the full, or even partial USPS contract, the stock could easily be at $20.

What’s the play then?!?

I see two approaches. July and August calls for the current hype, and potential run up to July 14th, or Oct and Jan calls to hold through the USPS decision. Or shares would work too. The company has huge long term growth potential beyond the current hype.

So it’s free money? Tits up it cannot go?

Well, with the shorter term play, if you bought in at a run-up with high IV, you could get IV crushed, or the hype could die down for electric cars. The longer term play to hold through USPS decision could potentially be very profitable, but there is also risk of them not getting the contract. Personally I have July and August calls, but will add to Oct and Jan calls, and also looking to roll the July and August calls over to Oct and Jan.
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Update 7/1/2020: BTIG upgraded the price target from $10 to $26.

Analyst Gregory Lewis at BTIG reiterated his buy rating on the electric van maker’s stock but boosted his price target to $26, which is 77% above current levels, from $10. Lewis said a key takeaway from a call he hosted with management on Tuesday was that the company has “first-mover” advantage, which was solidified when the Series C van received final regulatory safety approvals, giving the company a 1-to-2-year head start on other electric vehicle (EV) last-mile delivery competitors. He said this should allow the company to secure a revolving credit facility, which would allow it to scale up operations. Lewis said a major potential catalyst could be a $6 billion to $8 billion contract from the U.S. Postal Service, in which bids are due later this month, and an announcement of the winner is expected later this year. He said another bullish factor is the optionality around the company’s 10% equity stake in Lordstown Motors Corp., which unveiled its EV Endurance pickup truck last week.

Update 8/3/2020:

Lordstown Motor is going public through SPAC with $DPHC, at valuation of $1.6 billion. This puts the 10% stake WKHS has in Lordstown at $160 million. WKHS is up 23.6% today. USPS decision is still due in fall.

Update 8/6/2020:

Earning report will be on 8/10/2020 10 AM Eastern time. So any changes in position you'd like to do needs to be done tomorrow. I will reduce the number of my 8/21 calls if we get a good pop tomorrow. I personally don't expect ER to be a big factor in volatility, because whatever amount they may or may not earn will be small in comparison to the impact of the USPS contract, or whatever news and progress they may decide to report. So I expect IV crush on options to be less compare to a regular company. But that doesn't mean the stock can't fall if people aren't impressed with lack of new progress.
They had positive earnings for the past two quarters. Income from Q4 2019 was mostly from technology licensing to Lordstown and (partial?) divestiture of their drone technology. Net income was $655k for Q4 2019. For Q1 of 2020, they had $13 million income from interest due to warrants and change in value in convertible note (due to stock price change). So even though they had positive earnings, not much was from actual sales ($84K in Q1 2020). I think they've delivered just a couple of vehicles so far, with bulk of the delivery of 300-400 goal for this year due in Q4. So I don't expect to see much income from sales for Q2 2020 either. The expected EPS for Q2 2020 is -0.11.
Today on CNBC, the CEO mention that the USPS decision was originally outlined be about 90 days after the bid submission. So if all goes well, the decision shouldn't be later than the 10/16 option date. It could come sooner of course. Oh yeah, if they don't get the USPS contract, the stock will probably take a huge hit, so be warned about the risk.

Update 8/7/2020:

USPS is not in a great financial shape. They'll probably get funding increase, unless Trump throws a fit about mail-in ballots and try to get in the way of that, but this may delay the decision on granting the contract or reduce size of the contract. It may be a good idea to reduce position size and roll options out to Jan 20201 and beyond. This doesn't change potential of WorkHorse as a company, but options right now priced in a potential vast increase in the stock price from winning the contract, so the IV and theta bleed of near term options may not be worth it anymore.

Update 8/12/2020:

This article suggests that there isn't any interruption with the USPS project and it's being worked on. It may take longer than I initially thought, maybe up to October, for any resolution.

Update 8/25/2020:

LordsTown Motors made appearance on both DNC and RNC. The RNC appearance was a whole short segment specifically on how Trump is creating jobs in LordsTown. Now WKHS isn't the same as LordsTown Motors, but they are also in Ohio, and if they were to get a big part of the USPS contract, they would likely contract out LordsTown for part of the production, since LordsTown has the larger plant. Initially I was afraid of Ford's political connections and maybe the current administration isn't EV friendly. But these recent events eased some of that worry, because it confirmed the theory that WKHS and LordsTown may even be politically favored, due to the spotlight on Ohio.
If they're going to use the USPS contract as a political tool to "buy" Ohio, they would want to do it early enough so that it can affect people who vote early, so likely it wouldn't be dragged out to end of October. The October 16th options have a good chance. Jan ones would be the safest though.

Update 8/28/2020:

Someone on Twitter looked into announcement dates on past USPS contracts. The ones they listed all were made public in September. I don't know what portion those are, compare to all past USPS contracts awarded, so it's not a sure thing. But it does suggest good chance of the decision being announced in September. September will be the end of fiscal year, and timing would work for political boost mentioned in the previous update. A good point he made is that the delay of the project last year was also announced in September, because they knew they couldn't accommodate it by end of 2019 fiscal year. There could also be another announcement of delay this September as well, and that would send the stock down. I'm hoping the administration will push it through in an attempt to win Ohio. Likely whether win, lose, or delay, we'll find out in September. I'm going to start buying up puts to cover my call losses as well, in case lose or delay happens. The upside on the calls is enough to justify a good amount of put insurance.
There was a negative article about its drone today. The stock was trying to break out of a local wedge before the article came out. The drone program currently doesn't have too much weight in the company operations and valuation, but it was just another momentum breaker. The chart is in a big pennant since the initial July pop. I made good profit trading that bounce on the 24th where the local wedge met bottom of the pennant. I have a lot of 9/4 calls on top of my longer calls going into Monday, hoping for another bounce there, or maybe a small chance of the decision being announced at the start of September.

Update 8/31/2020:

I got that bounce I was looking for from the news about partnering with Hitachi. This bounce took us out of the upper bound of the pennant, and it found support there during the day. It remains to be seen whether this bounce sticks.

Update 9/8/2020:

We finally reached new ATH today after two months. There have been positive news scattered throughout the past week or so that I haven't been bothered to update the thread on. Oppenheimer began a coverage with buy rating with price target of $23, a couple of positive articles, and etc. No groundbreaking news yet. Today's big surge was partly due to NKLA's news of GM buying 10% (11%?) stake. It probably helps that we broke out from the big pennant and found solid support at the upper bound of pennant. People that have been watching on the side are stepping in to buy. Trading with the chart has been pretty successful for me. Of those past 3 reaction points circled in red, I've been able to get in with weekly calls and making a lot of profit on the bounce. I took a lot of profit around $22 today, then at $23, since I didn't expect that price to stick. It bounced pretty convincingly off the previous early Aug price of 20.66, even with the heavy general selling of the market. It has usually faded pretty hard after runs like this, so we'll see if the $20+ price holds.

Update 9/16/2020

There has been consistent insiders selling stocks in the past months. It could be that the value of the company has been so low for years that they’re taking this chance to reap some reward and don’t want to weather the risk of the contract decision. But it’s not a good visual. I will be limiting my exposure going forward.

Update 9/18/2020

We're still running, on hype alone.The recent breakout is in a giant rising wedge, and there would potentially be profit taking at $30, if we get there before USPS decision.
More thoughts on the insiders selling. Other than Benjamin's 24% sale, others selling around single digit to low double digit percentage of their shares is probably understandable. They know the company isn't worth $3 billion currently, without the USPS contract, and they're millionaires on paper, so they're taking some money for their years of work to take care of their family. I think the % of shares they sold is quite acceptable, and I would have probably done the same in their position.

Update 9/22/2020

Profit taking did start at $30 as I mentioned in the last update. What I didn’t realize was that the TSLA battery day probably was a factor for the run in the past few days. After all, if there was battery breakthrough, that’s good for all EV. But seems like the battery day did not meet expectation. We had general EV sell off today after Elon Tweeted last night to temper expectations. Judging by TSLA’s drop AH, we’ll probably get more EV sell off tomorrow. During the day, it broke the previous resistance turned support of $28, and we broke out of the big rising wedge we’ve been in, so it’s pretty bearish.
As bearish as the technicals are, a contract reward will rocket the stock back up regardless. I did pick up some calls at $27.5 that I’ll be down on tomorrow, as what I’ll hold through for rest of September for a potential decision, along with similar amount in puts. If there’s no announcement by end of month next week, there will be some serious selling, since many are expecting the decision to be made by end of September, the fiscal year.

Update 10/10/2020

September came and went with no USPS decision made. Many thought the decision would have been announced before end of the fiscal year, but that wasn't the case. Now people are pointing to October 13th, or 90 days since the contract submission deadline, as the date the decision might be reveal. This would line up with a source I saw which said it may take a couple of weeks after fiscal year ends for budget allocation.
There has been a lot of developments non-the-less. I'm going to be referring to u/vol_arb comments a lot, as he has done much more research than I have. He pointed out an Office of Inspector General's report made back in August on the progress of the USPS project. In essence, he has decoded the suppler lettering in the report, which showed WKHS and Mahindra had many issues with prototype failures during the test. Although the report did mention that USPS did not give participants enough time to design and build the prototypes, so I guess failures in hastily assembled prototypes are understandable. Other participants had less failures probably due to using mostly proven existing designs, and more experience in general. Also, the criteria for evaluating suitability of the suppliers put WKHS at a disadvantage:
Specifically, production proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria: (1) Design Quality and Technical Approach, (2) Supplier Capability, and (3) Past Performance. Total cost of ownership, technical evaluation results, and risk will be weighed.
A short seller, FuzzyPanda, has published a hit piece on WKHS on October 8th. I thought the stock might get hit hard, considered what happened with NKLA, but it dove to about $22 pre-market then recovered. Here is vol_arb's thoughts on why the stock shrugged off the report.
On October 9th, the stock started running on what I assume is Roth Capital's positive view on WKHS's chance at the USPS contract. The story broke pre-market and the stock was moving up slowly until about noon. At first I thought other factor or news might be at play, but seems like it just took a while for that story to circulate. Another article came out AH essentially repeating the same thing, and that drove up the stock price even more in AH.
In summary, we may see a decision next Tuesday. While these findings with WKHS prototype issues and potential valid points in the short seller report reduces the chance of WKHS getting majority of the contract, they're probably not out of the running. I have 30x 10/16 $30 calls and 20x $20 puts.
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2020.06.09 16:04 DidoXSirius The Head Maid's Enterprise (Enterprise/Belfast)

Ao3 Link, please kudos if you enjoyed: https://archiveofourown.org/works/24618949
Note: Based on the anime canon
Fire and smoke. Blood and oil. The only sounds the roar of flames and her own haggard breaths. On one side ships burned with crimson flame, on the other they burned with a flame of sickly green. Bodies—both kansen and Siren—with blood of red and green floated among the debris. One figure moved among the destruction, lifting the ashen-colored Siren, tossing them into the flames. The flames rising as they fed on the bodies.
“Who are you? What happened here?” She recognized some of the ships, some of the bodies, but the one moving amongst them was alien to her. She felt like this was someone she should never have met, that their paths crossing was a mistake. The figure looked towards her, her face disguised by soot and oil, but her pale hair reflected the flames. Her hair was short and ragged, as if it was cut short with no care for appearance.
“Who am I?” The figure’s voice was hoarse, a rasp from breathing in the smoke of the battle, yet its timber rung inside her, a recognition that refused to register. “Why can’t you tell, I’m-”
“-prise.” Another voice. “Enterprise.” She wavered in the realm between asleep and awake, the voices pulling her in either direction. A rustle of cloth was followed shortly by bright light falling across her face, pulling her fully into the realm of the living, away from the nightmare of that battlefield. “You slept in your clothes again I see.” This new voice had the tone of a disappointed parent. Not scolding, but with a tinge of resignation. Enterprise squinted through the light, raising one hand to try to shade her eyes.
“I was tired, the sortie ran longer than expected.” She sat up in bed, pushing aside the thin sheet that covered part of her body.
“That’s no reason not to properly prepare for bed.” The voice chided. “Perhaps I need to see you off at night as well from now on.” The voice’s owner moved into view. Her white hair and dark blue eyes matched the white and blue of her sleeveless maid’s uniform. Most striking perhaps was her ample cleavage, which Enterprise found herself struggling to not look at as the maid bent over to look her in the eyes. Dammit she didn’t have this problem with any other kansen. She shoved herself out of bed and put the maid behind her, moving towards the room’s mirror to fix herself up.
“I never asked for you to do any of this, Belfast.” She ran her hands through her own long hair, a little more silver in color compared to Belfast’s pure white. She felt Belfast’s hands reach around and begin unbuttoning her shirt. “I can undress myself!” She pulled away, turning to look at the almost unreasonably nonplussed maid.
“If you say so.” Belfast made a barely noticeable curtsy, which Enterprise felt, somehow, was mocking her. “Please undress, I will prepare your clothes.” Belfast smiled and turned towards the armoire. Enterprise wanted her to leave but was unable to make herself say so. She knew Belfast would if she ordered it, but something was holding her back. As she unbuttoned her own clothing, she glanced over to see Belfast rummaging through drawers she knew for a fact did not contain her extra uniforms.
“What are you doing? I’m just going to wear another uniform.” Enterprise, like most kansen, had multiples of her usual outfit. It just made things easier. Belfast had laid one out almost every day since she’d started working as Enterprise’s maid. Though sometimes Enterprise really did wonder who was in charge here. The thought made the corner of her mouth twitch slightly. Having finished changing into a fresh pair of underwear, matching in black, she turned to find out what Belfast was doing.
“Ah, here we go! She said it would be here, but you must not have touched it since your transfer.” Belfast pulled a stack of folded clothes from one of the drawers. Down near the bottom. Enterprise couldn’t remember the last time she’d looked in that drawer, she wasn’t even sure what was in there. Her luggage had been unpacked by Vestal, several months before. Belfast stood up and let the white fabric in her hands fall open. It showed itself to be a wide-necked white t-shirt, with a large “6” emblazoned on it. Enterprise recognized that shirt. Belfast held it out to her. “Put it on!” She said cheerily. Enterprise wasn’t exactly thrilled with the idea but arguing about it seemed unlikely to go her way. She pulled the shirt over her head, and it settled just off her shoulders, revealing her bra straps. “These too.” Belfast handed her a pair of shorts, a dark brown almost black, with white trim along the cuffs.
“Why these clothes?” Enterprise asked after pulling them on. She probably could have just not listened to Belfast and worn her normal uniform, but again she couldn’t bring herself to do that. A line she just could not cross with the somewhat meddlesome maid.
“You’ll see. Finish getting dressed, I believe you know the rest of what goes with that outfit?” It wasn’t really a question. “I’ll be back shortly; I need to change myself.” She smiled and gave another curtsy, then left the room. Leaving Enterprise feeling rather bewildered by it all.
“Did these always show this much leg?” She looked at herself in the mirror, the shorts left almost her entire legs bare, which somehow was more embarrassing than her regular uniform skirt. She decided against wearing her normal thigh socks, instead going for an ankle-length white pair and a set of black high-topped sneakers. Why had Vestal packed these clothes of all things? Maybe this should be a lesson to not let others take care of things like that. Though Vestal was about as easy to control as Belfast, come to think of it. Leaning against the small desk facing the window, Enterprise wondered why she didn’t just change into her uniform and leave. She could, after all. Belfast had no authority over her. What was it exactly that kept her listening to this maid who wasn’t even part of her own navy? Enterprise pondered this for a while, until the door opened once more.
“Excellent, you’re ready.” Enterprise looked up and her jaw dropped slightly. She realized belatedly that this was her first-time seeing Belfast wearing anything but the maid uniform, and she was not at all prepared for this. A black pencil miniskirt over pantyhose, with a beige off-the-shoulder knit top that beyond all reason managed to emphasize her breasts even more than her maid outfit. A red beret-style hat was perched on her head, with her hair reaching down nearly to her feet, tied off with a black ribbon matching one decorating the side of her head. A red shawl with golden embroidery around the edges was draped over her arms and behind her back. “How do I look?” She spun around in the doorway, giving Enterprise a good look.
“You look good.” Enterprise’s throat suddenly felt dry. And Belfast did look good. Better than she could have imagined. She probably wasn’t ready to deal with just how good she thought Belfast looks right now.
“Thank you!” Belfast giggled, a sound Enterprise had assuredly not heard from her before and went right to the part of her brain screaming about how hot Belfast was right now. “You look wonderful as well, Enterprise.” She walked into the room, making Enterprise realize she’d just been staring at her from the desk this entire time. She moved to meet Belfast in the middle of the room. “Now, lets get going.” Belfast hooked her left arm into Enterprise’s right. Enterprise felt the press of the maid’s breasts against her arm. She was not going to let this get to her.
“Where are we going?” Belfast had started walking towards the door and Enterprise almost stumbled over her feet to keep from getting dragged by the surprisingly strong maid.
“You’ll see! But first we need to make a stop by the mess hall.”
“You didn’t arrange all this just for breakfast, right?” Enterprise looked over at Belfast, and quickly jerked her head back when she realized she had a perfect view right down the maid’s sweater.
Belfast laughed and patted Enterprise on the arm. “You’ll see, now come along.” Belfast led Enterprise out of the room and down the hallway of the Eagle Union wing of the dorms. Enterprise very quickly realized what it would look like if someone saw her walking arm-in-arm with Belfast like this. Unfortunately for her, before she could even begin to think of a way of extricating herself that wouldn’t seem extremely rude, a door just a few steps up the hallway opened.
“I should be done with my classes by the time your sortie returns, so-” the voice cut off as its owner turned around to actually leave and found herself face to chest with the arm-linked kansen. “Oh!” Her exclamation seemed louder than it probably was, but it was enough to alert the person she’d been talking to. Enterprise looked down at the green-haired carrier, trying to not let dismay show on her face.
“Langley what is going on?” Another figure emerged from the door, much taller, of a height with Enterprise and towering over the first one. “Why hello Enterprise and…Belfast.” It took her a moment to connect who it was standing arm in arm with her fleet’s senior carrier. “I don’t believe we’ve met, I’m Ranger.” She started to extend her hand but seeing how Enterprise and Belfast were linked, changed it to a slightly jaunty salute. She then put her own hands on her shorter companion’s shoulders.
The short, green haired kansen narrowed her eyes slightly, looking directly at Enterprise. “I see.” She turned her gaze onto Belfast. “I’m Langley, Ranger and I run the base’s school.”
“The famous Light Carrier couple, some of the young ones have mentioned you.” Langley’s eyes narrowed even more. “Only to say how much they love your classes, of course.” Belfast smiled serenely. “In fact, young Lady Unicorn was just telling me how much she had learned about proper use of fighters from you, Miss Langley. And that Miss Ranger had shown her an excellent trick involving torpedo bombers.” Ranger laughed in response.
“She’s got you there, Langley!” She ruffled her partner’s hair a bit, prompting Langley to turn her head and glare at her. “Unicorn has been a delight; she really is quite talented. Anyway, I believe Langley forgot something, so we’ll let you get on your way, since you are clearly on important…business.” The redheaded carrier gave Enterprise an exaggerated wink, then drug Langley back into the room, closing the door behind them.
“What a lovely couple!” Belfast exclaimed. “Its always nice to see kansen who clearly care for each other so much.” Enterprise hoped her face wasn’t showing how much heat she was feeling right at that moment. “Let us continue on.”
There were no more unexpected encounters on the way to the dorm elevator, but once they were inside and descending, Enterprise realized that it was the middle of breakfast. Half the base at least was going to be in the mess hall. Everyone was going to see her arm-in-arm with Belfast! What was worse, she wasn’t certain how much she disliked the idea. What had barely half-an-hour ago seemed inconceivable had rapidly turned into reality. Belfast started to hum softly to herself as they rode the elevator, tilting her head back and forth with the melody. Whatever it was she was planning it was going off perfectly and she was clearly delighted with herself. Enterprise completely forgot about trying to disentangle their arms. With the ring of a bell, the elevator announced their arrival on the ground floor of the dorms. The mess hall was conveniently located just off the intersection where both wings of the dorms connected to the lobby, so just a few strides off the elevator led them right to it.
The mess hall was, as predicted, absolutely packed with kansen. The roiling commotion of a packed mess cut off with alarming abruptness as it seemed everyone noticed their entrance at the same time. Belfast pulled her arm out of Enterprise’s. “Wait right here.” As Belfast walked towards the kitchen, Enterprise found herself entranced by the roll of her hips. Certainly she hadn’t always walked like that, right? She had to be imagining it. She shook her head slightly and moved out of the doorway, leaning against one wall and scanning the room. Conversation had started back up, but much more subdued. Several kansen kept shooting glances her way and then turning to their companions. Enterprise had a very sinking feeling about what those discussions were about.
A few groups of kansen caught her eye. Two from the Royal Navy, sharing breakfast at a small table. Lady Illustrious and her younger sister, Unicorn. Unicorn was turned around in her seat and when she saw Enterprise looking at her, she waved and smiled. Enterprise smiled and waved in return. Oddly seeing the young carrier made her feel a bit more relaxed. When she’d first met the light carrier she’d been painfully shy, constantly hiding behind Illustrious’s legs. But she’d stepped up during the Sakura Empire attack, despite taking some significant damage. She seemed to see Enterprise as another older sister, something that Enterprise found herself liking the thought of a lot. As for Illustrious, the somewhat top-heavy carrier was sipping her tea serenely. She glanced briefly towards the kitchen door Belfast had vanished into, then back at Enterprise with no other reaction. As expected of one of the Royal Navy’s noble ladies.
The next group she saw was not nearly so reassuring. This group was from the Eagle Union and she knew them very well. Her younger sister Hornet, the overly cheeky light cruiser Cleveland and the repair ship Vestal. Hornet and Cleveland were leaning towards each other, talking and glancing at Enterprise. Hornet looked over at the kitchen door, then back at Enterprise and mimed a catcall with her hand and mouth. Cleveland nearly lost her composure at that, while Enterprise shot her sister a dirty look, which just caused Hornet to nearly choke trying not to burst out laughing. Vestal on the other hand just looked Enterprise square in the eyes and smiled. Enterprise was surprised at just how much better she felt knowing that Vestal was ok with what was going on. Not that there was anything going on! Right?
Finally, she spotted a trio that had become surprisingly well known around the base. The incorrigible duo of destroyers Laffey and Javelin, and their new friend and maybe prisoner Ayanami, from the Sakura Empire. Laffey was busy shoveling pancakes into her mouth, as far Enterprise could remember she’d only ever seen the bunny-eared destroyer eating or sleeping. On the other hand, Javelin was just staring at Enterprise wide-eyed, clearly having figured out something was going on. Ayanami clearly did not understand at all, looking back and forth between Javelin and Enterprise with a puzzled look on her face.
A moment later the kitchen door swung open, Belfast emerging back into the mess hall. Enterprise could see that she was still talking to someone beyond the door. She couldn’t quite make out who it was but it seemed to be one of the other royal maids. Hooked over her right arm was a generously sized wicker basket. Belfast gestured to whoever it was in the kitchen and returned to Enterprise’s side. “Apologies for the delay, Enterprise.” She somehow did not sound particularly apologetic. “But they had not quite finished the preparations.” She patted the basket hanging from her arm. “Now, shall we depart?”
“Depart where?” Enterprise asked. Belfast smiled and looped her arm back around Enterprise’s.
“Why on our picnic date of course!” She said it cheerfully and more than loud enough to be heard by everyone in the mess hall. This, distressingly, prompted a resounding cheer from everyone in the hall, and more than a few whistles. Enterprise writhed in her head with a combination of deep embarrassment and anticipation.
Belfast led the way outside, leading to the next surprise of Enterprise’s morning. A motorcycle was sitting right at the steps, with another of the Royal Maids, Sheffield, standing next to it. The strait-laced maid gave the most meticulously perfect curtsy. “Lady Enterprise, Head Maid.” She greeted them both. “I have prepared what you requested.” She gestured towards the motorcycle. It was an ordinary Royal Navy motorcycle; Enterprise had never ridden the exact model, but she recognized it. Belfast handed Sheffield the picnic basket, which she efficiently strapped to a cargo tiedown on the back of the bike.
“I heard you enjoyed riding.” Belfast’s voice seemed to twinkle with excitement. “Unfortunately, we were unable to obtain your personal bike.” Enterprise wasn’t sure if she was more surprised that they had tried, or that they’d failed to pull it off. The Royal Maids were frighteningly efficient. “But I hope this suffices.” Belfast laid one hand on the handlebars. “Though I must say I have never been on one myself, but I’m sure you can take care of me.” She smiled at Enterprise and the carrier felt like she’d been struck by a torpedo. She needed to get a grip.
“Yes, I’ve ridden a few motorcycles in my time.” She walked up and examined the bike. It wasn’t much to look at but seemed well taken care of. Swinging her leg over the bike she settled onto the seat. She probably wouldn’t want to take a trip down route 66 on it, but for a short period it was comfortable enough. She looked up to Belfast, who seemed to be waiting for her to make the first move. “Sit sideways on that little seat behind me, then wrap your arms around my waist.” Belfast was going to have to ride side-saddle with that tight skirt. She felt Belfast’s breasts press against her back, as her arms circled her waist.
“This good?” Belfast spoke almost directly into Enterprise’s ear, which combined with the feel of her breasts on her back, was not doing the carrier’s composure any good.
“A little tighter.” Belfast squeezed more. “You can put your feet on the little rail down there, that should help you stay steady.” She could feel Belfast’s breath on her neck. Firmly telling herself to get a grip and not act like a hormonal teenager, she opened the throttle. “I’m starting it up.” With a smooth motion she kicked the motorcycle to life. The engine roared, prompting Belfast to squeeze a little tighter. Enterprise listened for a moment, making sure everything sounded in order. With a smooth motion she lifted the kickstand and twisted the throttle, sending her and Belfast shooting down the drive leading away from the base.
She hadn’t asked Belfast where to go, but the construction of the island didn’t leave much choice. From the base entrance she turned onto the main circle road. It did a full circle around the island, and then the only other road split off and did a gentle spiral into the interior of the island, ascending a gentle slope along the way. Enterprise accelerated, taking them beyond the regulation speed limit. She knew the road would be essentially empty. The feel of Belfast’s arms around her waist, and the press of her breasts and head on her back combined with the wind whipping through her hair. Feelings from years ago, before the war started. Halfway around the island they reached the spiral road. Turning on to it they began to ascend the gentle slope.
Unlike the long highways of the Eagle Union, the roads of this small island had to come to an end, and almost before she realized it, Enterprise reached the end of the road. Not quite the middle of the island, it ended in a large cul-de-sac to turn around. Breaking to a gentle stop near the edge of the blacktop, she kicked the stand down and put her a hand on Belfast’s. “We’re here.” The maid released her grip and sat up. Enterprise for a moment missed the pressure on her back. “Was the ride ok?”
“It was exhilarating!” Belfast gently hopped down from the bike. “It was like being out at sea, but different. I’ve never felt anything quite like it!” She smiled at Enterprise, who found herself blushing slightly.
“It’s a lot of fun. I used to go out riding with my sisters.” She trailed off. “Maybe someday I can show you Route 66.” She started when Belfast grabbed her hand and held it up.
“I’d love that.” Enterprise found herself staring right into Belfast’s eyes, but glanced away a moment later.
“This is where you wanted to go, right?” Belfast nodded in response and grabbed the basket off the bike.
“You read my mind, Enterprise.” She giggled and grabbed Enterprise by the hand, pulling her off into the grassy hills that made up the island’s interior. A gentle breeze brought the scent of the ocean with them as the two women made their way up the highest hill on the island. At the very top a lone tree stood. Its branches shading the grass below. The hill provided a vantage to look down at the port itself, and particularly the glistening blue bay filled with ships.
Enterprise’s eyes were drawn, of course, to her own ship. One of the largest in the bay, only matched by her sister, of the ones in port right now. Nestled up to her side she saw Belfast’s ship, which caused her eyes to widen slightly. Belfast had been anchored with the Royal Navy’s group earlier. “I moved her last night.” Belfast had sat the basket down under the tree, once again she took Enterprise’s hand. “Its beautiful, isn’t it?” Belfast gazed down at the port. “Look over there.” She pointed. Enterprise laughed a little when she saw it. A trio of destroyers were hiding off in a little cove, looking like they were huddling together. The rigging on the one in the center being distinctively that of a Sakura Empire ship. “Maybe someday we can be like them, they made friends despite being enemies.”
Belfast was now pressed against Enterprise’s side, just like their ships. Enterprise looked over at the maid. “Why?” She asked.
“Why what?” Belfast’s voice had a tone of knowing innocence.
Enterprise opened her mouth but stopped before she spoke. What did she want to ask? Why Belfast had come to act as her maid? She’d asked that before, asking it again was meaningless. Why bring her here? At this point asking that was absurd. She knew why they were here. The depths of her denial were laid bare before her, as she stood over the port like this and looked into Belfast’s eyes.
Enterprise had always sought battle, for years it had been her only escape. Battles against the Siren, where she fought for the world, and battles against Red Axis, where she fought for her country. The former had ended with her nearly losing the person she treasured most, who to this day remained in bed, unable to sail the seas again. The latter had cast her against other kansen, fighting and killing for national pride, even as the Siren still lurked in the shadows. But now, for the first time since she nearly lost Yorktown, she’d found something else to live for. Someone else to live for. A meddlesome royal maid somehow had wormed herself into Enterprise’s heart without her even noticing. “You are going to make me say it aren’t you? You are the most infuriating woman I’ve ever met.” Enterprise smiled as she spoke, and Belfast’s eyes seemed to twinkle slightly as their gaze met. “I love you.” Belfast broke into a wide grin.
“And I love you too.” Belfast responded. She reached up and pulled Enterprise’s head down, their lips meeting for a moment, then connecting in earnest. Wrapping their arms around each other, they pressed close together, their bodies connecting as they kissed.
They broke the kiss, their eyes still locked on each other, their faces lit. “Why didn’t I just admit this before?” Enterprise said softly. “To think we could have been doing this already.”
“Well, far be it for a maid to say her mistress is a little dense, but…” Belfast trailed off. Then touched her lips with her fingers. “I didn’t expect it to be so…pleasant.” Enterprise barely managed to contain an outburst at that revelation. “Come on, let’s eat then maybe we can…continue?” Belfast’s voice lilted to a question at the end, and Enterprise could not agree quickly enough.
Taking Belfast’s hand, she intertwined their fingers. “That sounds wonderful.”
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2020.02.25 14:22 BrotherFluffy Broken Wings, Chapter Three

Hello again! We're back with Chapter Three, as always you can also read it here and you can see more of my works on fanfiction.net
“Yes.”
I let out the breath I hadn’t realized I had been holding, and Yorktown giggled at the relieved look on my face. I felt the blush creep across my cheeks and I glanced down at the floor and shrugged. “It’s been a while, and I’m always nervous the first time.”
“I’ll keep that in mind,” she teased, and my cheeks got hotter.
“S-so, anyway,” I said, moving past that as quickly as I could, “When do you want to do this again? I think I could have everything set up by next weekend.”
“S-set up?” Yorktown stammered. “What did you have in mind for our date?”
“Dinner, dancing, a night under the stars, that sort of thing. I kinda figured we wouldn’t have time during the week and I don’t want to rush everything for tonight.” I shrugged. “I just want to make sure if we do it again, we do it right.”
A warm smile crossed her face and she closed the distance between us to take my hand in hers. “That’s awfully sweet of you, Commander. Thank you.” Without any further warning, she leaned over and gave me a gentle kiss on the cheek. My heart fluttered at the simple gesture, and I leaned back to plant a gentle kiss on her own cheek in return. Her eyes lit up and her cheeks grew even redder, and at this point, I was beginning to wonder if the blush would become permanent on both of us.
“By the way,” she continued, “How bad was I?”
“Not that bad,” I reassured her as I leaned back against the kitchen counter, “You didn’t try and start fights with anyone, or cause any sort of international incident. You just seemed a bit tipsy, and when you started showing signs of being really drunk, we decided to head home. I think the biggest thing was that you were looking everywhere for Hamman. Never ran into her.”
“Until this morning. I’m sorry about that, by the way.”
I chuckled and shook my head. “It’s alright. I’d rather you have friends who cared about you getting home safely than ones who didn’t, even if she’s a tad overprotective.”
“She has a hard time expressing herself, but we’ve been working on it.” She smirked softly and peered into her coffee. “...I guess it’s something we could both work on a bit.”
“Something we could all work on, I think. Well, maybe Akagi could work on it a bit less…”
Yorktown giggled and leaned up against me. “Oh, I don’t know, sometimes I admire her honesty. Although her tact could use work.”
I chuckled and took a sip of my coffee. “Putting it mildly,” I quipped. We stood there, sipping our coffee and enjoying the feeling of holding one another until Yorktown broke the silence.
“Commander?”
“Hmm?”
“What are you doing today?”
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As it turns out, what I had planned and what my secretary had on my docket(or so she claims, she coyly hid the planner when I asked to see it) was radically different. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. Any time I get to fly is preferable to being cooped up in a stuffy office filing reports, and when that time is spent with Yorktown, well, it becomes that much more enjoyable.
So a few hours after finishing our coffee and saying our goodbyes, I found myself back at the old airstrip, decked out in my flight gear, waiting by Yorktown’s summoned SBD. As I waited, I idly wondered what she had me standing by for, what surprise she had planned in store for me today.
That question was answered as soon as she stepped out of the hangar. Instead of her usual blue and white dress, she was wearing a form-fitting flight suit that did a wonderful job of accentuating her curves. Her hair was tucked beneath a flight helmet, with only a few errant strands of silver hair peeking out from around the sides and bottom. “Ready, Commander?” she asked as she approached.
It took my brain a few seconds to realize she had asked me a question, and when I managed to shut my jaw all I could do was nod enthusiastically. She giggled in response and asked. “You do remember what you said last time you flew, right? That the next time I’d go up there with you?”
“R-right!” I exclaimed, finding my voice. “Yeah, yeah, I remember that, I just didn’t realize you’d change into something so...flattering.”
Yorktown smirked and raised an eyebrow. “Commander, if I didn’t know any better, I think you’d say I look good in anything…” she whispered as she brushed by me and climbed aboard the dive bomber. Looking over her shoulder, she grinned at me. “You coming?”
She didn’t need to ask twice. I quickly hopped up after her and climbed into the cockpit. We strapped ourselves in and I began the preflight startup sequence…
Much like last time, it was a relatively smooth take-off and climb to our operational altitude. As soon as we were at ten thousand feet and leveled off, I slid the cockpit canopy back, enjoying the wind on my face. Once again, the view from such heights is breathtaking, and we had a commanding view over the whole base, the surrounding hillside, and the vast blue ocean beyond. I glanced behind me to see Yorktown peering over the side, taking in the sights as they slowly crawled by beneath us.
“I’d forgotten how much I missed this view,” her voice crackled in my ear and I smiled.
“Glad I could help you get reacquainted with it,” I replied, and began to bank slowly over the green hills and rocky outcroppings that surrounded headquarters. “Anywhere you’d like to go in particular.”
“Go? No, but I want to practice something with you if that’s okay.”
I raised an eyebrow, curious as to what she had in mind. “Shoot.”
“Would you like to try some formation flying?”
“If you think I’m ready.”
“I wouldn’t ask if I didn’t think you were.” The raised eyebrow went even higher. Coming from Yorktown, that was a surprisingly confident statement.
“Alright, then,” I said, checking the straps on my harness and straightening myself in the pilot’s seat. “What do I need to do?”
“Just sit tight and give me a moment.” There was a momentary pause, and then the space just off to my left began to shimmer and glow, coalescing into a pair of SBDs exactly like the one we were in. “Okay, I want you to go ahead and maneuver into formation, just off the lead plane’s right wing.”
“Copy that,” I answered, and gingerly eased the plane to just behind and to the right of the center plane, and parallel to the other wingman just off his left side. From there, we practiced flying in formation, staying with your wing leader, and maintaining proper distance. It was a little rough at first, and there was a lot of overcorrection, but eventually, I began to get the hang of it. We hadn’t started any combat maneuvers, but I was feeling more and more confident banking, diving, and climbing through the skies on someone’s wing.
We had just leveled out of one of those said climbs when I noticed several specks in the sky. At first, I thought they may have been birds, but I noticed them growing larger and larger and heading directly for us.
“Uh, you seeing this Yorktown?” I asked her, gesturing towards the incoming dots. “Got a group of unknowns closing on us, three o’clock.”
“I see them,” Yorktown replied, her voice hard. “Take the lead, safeties off. I’m going to try and ping their IFF.”
“Copy that.” I complied with her orders and nudged the throttle forward, watching the other two SBDs drop back on either side of me. “Weapons hot.”
“Come right to zero five five.”
“Zero five five, aye.” I pulled the bomber into a tight turn until the unknown dots, now clearly planes of some type, were directly ahead of us. “Any ID yet?”
“Waiting for the return…” there was a pause, and when her voice came back, the relief was evident. “It’s Hornet.”
I let out a sigh and toggled the safeties back on, slumping back in my seat a bit. “What’s she doing out here? Wasn’t she supposed to be doing that training with the Royal Navy?”
“Probably wondering what we’re doing out here. I don’t think she got the updated flight plan before she left for training.”
“Ah.” The quartet of planes ahead of us sharply banked left, giving us a good view of their barrel-shaped fuselages and stubby wings, allowing us to clearly identify them as F4F Wildcats. The four fighters matched our heading, and then reduced speed until we were only a dozen yards behind them. The lead fighter waggled its wings, and I returned the gesture, wondering if this was just Hornet saying hello or if she was trying to get our attention. The fighter wing banked to the left, and when I didn’t follow, the formation lined up in front of me again and repeated the gesture.
“I think they want us to follow them.”
“Might as well, I’ll see if I can get Hornet on the radio.”
“Roger that,” I acknowledged, and followed the Wildcats this time, allowing them to lead us out over the harbor and towards the ocean. I did a quick check of the map board and noted they were leading us out towards the training area.
“I’ve got a hold of Hornet, patching her through,” Yorktown announced. “Go ahead Hornet, we’re both listening.”
“Hey, lovebirds!” Hornet’s voice echoed in my ears. “Kinda glad you guys wandered our way. Belfast brought Illustrious along without telling me, and I sure could use a hand. I’ll clear the skies and you go for the target. Whaddaya say?”
“Uhhh...I’m gonna go ahead and defer to my flight instructor on this one,” I demurred, not entirely sure I wanted to drag Yorktown into a combat scenario just yet.
“If you can keep the fighters off of us, I think I can guide the Commander in. But just one run.”
“One run’s all we’ll need, sis! We’ll be over the target in five minutes, so you two might want to get ready. Good luck, and good hunting. Hornet out.”
Once we’d heard Hornet disconnect, Yorktown asked, “Are you sure about this?”
“You wouldn’t have said yes if you didn’t think I was ready, right?”
I thought I heard her laugh, but the wind and the crackle of the radio swallowed most of it up. Her verbal reply was loud and clear, however. “Absolutely.”
“Then let’s do this.”
The next five minutes seemed to last forever and be gone in a second at the same time. Yorktown gave me a crash course in the finer points of dive-bombing, mostly how to arm the payload and how to deliver said bomb. It seemed like a lot of information that we covered, but before we knew it, we were over the target.
In this case, the target was a mass-produced Ark Royal, her maneuvering controlled remotely by Sheffield. Since she was mass-produced, the bombs we would be using were live ammunition, and as such, we had to take extra precautions not to injure anyone. We also had to take care not to crash into anyone. The sky was about to get awfully crowded, and if we weren’t careful, we could blunder into someone with a live bomb strapped to our underside. While the loss of a few drone planes would be unfortunate, I’m much more vulnerable to being blown to bits and not being reconstituted. With all that said, I felt more than a little excitement when I saw the carrier on the ocean, surrounded by her kansen escort.
“Target in sight,” I announced and no sooner had the words left my lips than a hail of AA fire filled the sky. Tracer shells and flak bursts seemed to fill the sky, causing the SBD to shudder and shake violently. I kept the plane on-course, however, still scanning the sky for any sign of Illustrious’ fighter complement.
Right on cue, Yorktown called out, “Bandits, nine o’clock high!” and I glanced up to see a group of Sea Hurricanes diving down on us. I banked hard left, the training rounds ripping through the space we had just occupied as I continued my evasive maneuvers, still heading towards the target. Yorktown opened up with the rear turret, scoring a hit on one of the Hurricanes, the fighter billowing black smoke and falling away. My drone wingmen fired on the enemy with their rear turrets as well, the massed gunfire temporarily driving the Hurricanes off, but not for long. The four remaining fighters regrouped, and then as one, pounced on me.
“Where the hell is Hornet?” I howled as I put the Dauntless through loops, hard turns, and small dives to try and throw off my pursuers. But even with Yorktown’s skill on the rear guns, they were relentless. Just when I thought they were going to shoot us down, Hornet’s voice came over the radio.
“I gotcha, Commander, don’t worry!” Her Wildcats soon put her words into actions, diving out of the sun, guns blazing. Two Hurricanes exploded into flame and tumbled out of the sky almost immediately, and the other two broke off their attack, turning to engage Hornet’s planes in a dogfight. I used the opportunity to open the throttle and gain some distance from the swirling melee.
Of course, as soon as Illustrious’ fighters were no longer nearby, the Royal Navy opened up with everything they had again. I have to admit, even knowing these were training rounds that wouldn’t blow me out of the sky, it was still a nerve-wracking experience. With every shudder and shake, I was worried we’d be declared “dead” and that would be the end of this exercise. Still, the carrier grew closer and closer now, and I knew it wouldn’t be long before I began my run.
“Into the attack,” Yorktown’s voice whispered over the radio, and I nodded. I pushed the Dauntless into her dive and the engine begin to scream as the altimeter rapidly spun down. I opened the dive brakes and focused my attention on the bombing scope, keeping it aimed directly on the Ark Royal’s flight deck. The entire airframe shuddered and bounced, and I was pressed back against the seat. All the while, Yorktown was cooly calling out the altitude and giving me last-second instructions. “Roll ten degrees to port. Three thousand. Keep the nose up. Two thousand. Right there. Fifteen hundred. Keep it right there.” When the carrier nearly filled my vision, she cried out, “Now!”
Without hesitation, I yanked hard on the bomb release lever and felt the Dauntless lift up as the thousand-pound explosive left the aircraft’s belly. “Bombs away!” I yelled as I yanked back hard on the stick with both hands. The g-forces felt like they were crushing me as I fought to keep consciousness, tunnel vision setting in as the plane pulled out of its steep dive. As the plane leveled out, the darkness surrounding my vision cleared, and I tried to glance behind me to assess the damage.
“It’s a hit!” Yorktown shouted in answer to my unasked question. “Direct hit! And it looks like our wingmen made hits as well. Great job, Commander!”
I slumped back in my seat, catching my breath and smiling from ear to ear as I began to circle around to see the damage for myself. “Couldn’t have done it without you, Yorktown,” I panted. “You’re a hell of a teacher. And a damn good gunner. Now I see why they call you the Fighting Lady.”
Before Yorktown could make her usual humble comments, the radio crackled to life and a tinny horn sounded. “This exercise is now concluded. Having met its objectives, the winner is the Eagle Union. All ships...and Commanders...are to return to port for debriefing.”
Hornet cut in on the private frequency we had been sharing, laughing and whooping. “We did it! Thanks a bunch, you two! I owe you a huge favor!”
“I’ll hold you to that, Hornet,” I grinned and steered us back towards home.
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Compared with the events of that Sunday, the rest of the week was quiet and uneventful. There was some simmering resentment with the Royal Navy that Hornet roped Yorktown and me into the exercise, but considering that they had done the same by making Illustrious a last-minute addition, it was dismissed fairly quickly.
And in a way, it was an added blessing in disguise, as any talk of Yorktown’s tipsy behavior at the party was quickly swallowed up by the stories of her and the Commander’s daring dive bomber assault. Not many had known about our flying lessons, and now that it was out, the rumor mill was working overtime to guess how long we had been an item. Normally, I would take pains to squash those, but considering we had our first proper date in less than a week, it’d do more harm than good to try and debunk them. So instead, we buried ourselves in work, speeding the week along whilst eagerly awaiting the weekend.
Before we knew it, Friday night was upon us and we each hurried back to our respective quarters to get ready. After making a phone call to make sure everything was in place, I hopped into the shower, then quickly shaved and got dressed. While I went with my dress blues again, I idly wondered if Yorktown would wear the same outfit as well. After a quick inspection in the mirror to make sure that everything was in place, I headed out the door to the Eagle Union dorms.
Tonight was much quieter, with fewer shipgirls out and about than last weekend. I also didn’t wait as long for Yorktown to come outside, and she was wearing a different dress, to boot. A dark, navy blue satin evening gown with a matching bolero that had been embroidered with silver stars. Her hair was back up in her ponytail from last weekend, however, and she still wore the silver anchor necklace over a satin choker, although this one matched her dress. And like last time, I couldn’t help but stare at how breathtakingly beautiful she was.
“Good evening, Commander,” she smiled, “You’re looking at me like you haven’t seen me in a week.”
I cleared my throat and smiled sheepishly. “Sorry. Every time I see you all dressed up like that, it just...it takes my breath away. You look beautiful.”
Her cheeks reddened, and she smiled back, entwining her arm with my own. “Thank you. You look quite dashing yourself.”
“Heh. Must be from all those high-flying adventures we’ve been having recently.”
She giggled and shook her head. “Silly. So where are we going?”
“Down to the market. I’ve got us a reservation at a very exclusive restaurant…” I hope, I added silently. “Shall we?”
“Of course.”
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I had called in Hornet’s favor, and she came through for me with flying colors. Enlisting Hammann, Enterprise, Cleveland, and a few of the Royal Navy and Iris Libre girls, they had transformed the public dining area to a romantic little bistro for two. Lights had been strung between the buildings, and the only table remaining was covered in a tablecloth and moved to the water’s edge, where we would have a beautiful view of the lighthouse and the ocean beyond.
Yorktown audibly gasped, her hand covering her mouth as she tried to take in the startling transformation. “How did...when did you…?”
“Hornet,” I answered helpfully. “Called in that favor she owed me, and once I told her my idea, she enlisted a few other girls and got this put together. I couldn’t have done this without her. At least, not without you finding out, and I wanted this to be a surprise.”
“You succeeded at that, Commander,” she said softly, still awestruck at the effort put into this. “I can’t believe you did all this for me…”
“You are absolutely worth it,” I replied, taking her hand in mine and giving it a squeeze. “Regardless of what you’ve been through, or what you feel you do or don’t deserve, you are worth every ounce of effort we’ve put into this and a thousand times more.”
Yorktown threw her arms around me and buried her face in my neck, holding on to me tightly. Once I’d recovered from the sudden surprise hug, I wrapped my arms around her gently, not quite sure what had just happened. Only when I felt her shuddering softly in my arms, and the moisture against my cheek did I put it all together. “...Yorktown?”
“Thank you,” she sniffled. “Thank you so much. Thank you for always being here for me.”
“And I always will,” I whispered and kissed the top of her head. “I promise.”
“I know,” she nodded and squeezed me tighter, almost uncomfortably so before she released me and took a step back. Despite the tears in her eyes and on her cheeks, her smile was as broad and as warm as I’d ever seen it. She quickly fished out a handkerchief from her clutch and began to dab her eyes. “We should probably head to see if we can get that last table,” she joked.
“Right,” I chuckled, playing along as I held out my arm for her to take. Once she did, I led her down the short staircase and over to the table. Standing close by, waiting patiently, were Hornet and Cleveland, dressed as chef and maitre d respectively.
“Good evening, sir and madam,” Cleveland began in an overly formal, but clearly amused voice, a big grin on her face. “Welcome to Chez Waterline. How many are in your party?”
“Two,” I answered, trying to keep a straight face as best as possible. Yorktown was barely stifling her giggles and Hornet was grinning like the proverbial cat that ate the canary.
“Excellent. We have one table available. Right this way, sir,” Cleveland bowed slightly, then executed an about-face with an air of military precision I rarely see and “guided” us to our table. After seating Yorktown, I took a seat across from her and we both looked over at Cleveland, wondering what would come next.
“Here at Chez Waterline, our menu is preplanned, so I will tell you that your appetizer will be scallop risotto, which we will have out to you shortly.”
I nodded approvingly, and then I realized something. “Wait. Risotto requires constant stirring, shouldn’t you be in the kitchen, Hornet?”
Hornet just shook her head and waved a hand dismissively. “Nah. King George V’s running the kitchen tonight, I’m just helping her and Cleveland out a little bit. I’m just wearing this because I didn’t wanna wear a suit.”
My jaw hit the table at the bombshell she just dropped. “You got King George V to cook for us? How did you manage that?”
“They lost a bet, so I decided to call it in when you told me your plan. Which, by the way, you owe me a favor now, Commander.”
I could only nod in agreement at that. She’d already gone well above and beyond what I’d asked of her, doing her a favor is the least I could do. “Done and done.”
“I’ll hold you to that!” she grinned. “I’ll be right back with your drinks.”
Yorktown waited until Cleveland and Hornet had moved out of earshot before leaning in and asking “Did you plan all of this?”
I looked around and shook my head. “When I called in the favor, I told her I wanted a quiet little table by the water for dinner and dancing, some strings of lights to set the mood. Didn’t think she’d go and grab KGV to make dinner. Although, now that I think about it, she’s a good choice, considering the menu…”
“Oh? What’s on the menu?”
“You’ll see,” I winked playfully at her.
“Ooh, a bit of mystery,” she teased and winked back. Before our playful flirtation could continue, Cleveland returned with what looked suspiciously like a champagne bottle. Both Yorktown and I started to object, but the cruiser quickly cut us off.
“Don’t worry, guys, it’s sparkling cider. Completely non-alcoholic.” With our fears allayed, she set down a pair of champagne flutes and filled them with the bubbly liquid. With another dramatic bow, she set the bottle down on the table and retreated back to one of the shops that they had occupied to use as a kitchen.
Yorktown picked her glass up first, giving it a sniff just to make sure it was really non-alcoholic before holding it up to me in a toast. “To a beautiful night under the stars.”
“To a beautiful night with a beautiful lady,” I replied and tapped my glass against hers.
A/N-And another chapter is done! Almost done with Yorktown's story, stay tuned for the next chapter, and thanks for reading this far!
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2020.02.11 23:41 sto_sa The list so far for RSD 2020 (an ongoing project...)

List Updated to include RSD UK titles as confirmed in Long Live Vinyl Magazine.
These titles may not necessarily all be included on the US list, and further US-exclusive titles will be announced.
The 3 Pieces - Iwishcan William - 12” (Rogue Cat)
Ace of Base - The Sign - 7” picture disc (IK7 Records)
Acid Mothers Temple - Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo E - 2LP (Space Age Recordings)
Namja Akhtar - Five Rivers - 12” (Last Minute Productions)
The Alarm - Electric Folklore Live ‘88 - 2LP (21st Century Recordings)
Lee Alfred - Rockin’/Poppin’ Full Tilting - 7” (Cancer Records)
Alessandro Alessandroni - Ritmo dell’industria n. 2 - LP (BTF)
Alpha & Omega Meets the Disciples - Sacred Art of Dub, Vol. 1 - LP (Mania Dub)
Alphaville - Sounds Like a Melody - 12” (Warner Music Germany)
The Amorphous Androgynous - A Monster Psychedelic Bubble - LP (FSOL Digital)
Andy & The Odd Socks - Happy Birthday/Remember You’re An Odd Sock - 7” picture disc (CMG)
Annihilator - Triple Threat Unplugged - 12” (Neverland Music Inc.)
Archers of Loaf - Raleigh Days/Street Fighting Man - 7” (Merge Records)
Louis Armstrong - Armstrong in France LP (Dot Time Records)
Art Brut - Modern Art - 7” (Alcopop!)
Ed Askew ft. Trembling Bells - London - 12” (Tin Angel Records)
Asking Alexandria - Stand Up and Scream - LP (Sumerian Records)
B-Fax - B-Fax - LP (Disco-Ordination)
Badflower - The Jester Acoustic - 12” (Big Machine UK)
Chet Baker Trio - Mr. B - LP (Tidal Waves Music)
The Bamboos - Twenty Years 2000-2020 - 2x7” (Tru Thoughts)
Band of Pain - A Clockwork Orange - 12” (Dirter Promotions)
Bardo Pond - On the Ellipse - 2LP (Fire Records)
Robbie Basho - Selections from The Sounds of Avatars - LP (Tompkins Square)
Bastille - All This Blood - 2LP (Virgin EMI)
Batmobile - Big Bat A Go-Go - 7” (Music on Vinyl)
Jessie Baylin - Pleasure Center - 12” EP black and white marbled (New West Records)
Beck/St. Vincent - No Distraction/Uneventful Days - 7” (Capitol)
Gerry Beckley - Discovering America - 10” (Morgan Blue Town)
The Bevis Frond - Valedictory Songs - 2LP (Fire Records)
The Bevis Frond - What Did For the Dinosaurs - 2LP (Fire Records)
Joan Bibiloni - Selected Works: 1982-1989 - 12” (NuNorthern Soul)
Biffy Clyro - The Modern LepeModern Love - 7” (Warner)
Black Honey - Corrine - 12” (Black Honey)
The Black Keys - Let’s Rock - 2LP (Nonesuch/Warner)
Black Lips ft. Kesha - They’s a Person of the World - 7” (Fire Records)
Black Sabbath - Evil Woman, Don't Play Your Games with Me / Wicked World / Paranoid / The Wizard 2x7” (WarneBMG)
Tim Blake - Crystal Machine (blue vinyl) (LMLCulture Factory)
Blanck Mass - Blanck Mass - 2LP (Sacred Bones)
BMX Bandits - C86 - LP (Glass Modern)
Marc Bolan & T. Rex - Shadowhead: 1972-1976 - LP (Demon)
Bombs of Hades - Phantom Bell (2LP) (red vinyl, etched side) (Black Lodge)
David Bowie - ChangesNowBowie (LP or CD) (Warner)
David Bowie - I’m Only Dancing (Soul Tour 74) - 2LP or 2CD (Warner)
Boys Next Door - Door, Door: 40th Anniversary (red vinyl) (Rhino Australia)
Broken Bones - Dem Bones - LP (Fall Out/Jungle)
Peter Bruntnell - Normal For Bridgwater
Jake Bugg - Saviours of the City - 7” (RCA)
Sam Burton - Nothing Touches Me - 7” (Tomkins Square)
Canned Heat & John Lee Hooker - Hooker 'n Heat (yellow/brown vinyl) (LMLR)
Caribou - Swim: 10th Anniversary Edition - 2LP (City Slang)
Brandi Carlile - Black Hole Sun/Searching With My Good Eye Closed - 12” (Elektra)
Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes - End of Suffering Live to Vinyl - 10” (International Death Cult)
Ron Carter - Foursight Stockholm - 2LP (IN+OUT Records)
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine - 1992: The Love Album - LP (Chrysalis)
Neal Casal - Fade Away Diamond Time - 2LP (Not Fade Away)
Johnny Cash - Classic Cash: Early Mixes [early mix of 1988 album] - 2LP (Mercury/UMe)
Michael Chapman - Americana - LP (Mooncrest)
The Charlatans - The Charlatans UK vs. The Chemical Brothers - LP (Beggars Banquet)
The Charlatans - Live It Like You Love It - 2LP (UMC/Island)
Charli XCX - Vroom Vroom - 12” color (Atlantic)
Cheap Trick - Out To Get You [live 1977] - 2LP (Legacy/CMG)
The Chemical Brothers - Surrender to Love - 12” (Virgin EMI)
Don Cherry - Cherry Jam - 10” (Gearbox)
Cherry Ghost - Beneath This Burning Shoreline - 12” (Heavenly Recordings)
Cherry Ghost - Live at the Trades Club - 12” (Heavenly Recordings)
Christine and the Queens - La Vita Nuova: Sequences 2 et 3 - 7” gatefold (Because Music)
Chromeo - Needy Girl: Zdar Dub / Paper Faces Remix /Album Version // Lifelike Remix / Bloc Party Remix / Instrumental (eOne Music)
The Church - Gold Afternoon Fix (gold vinyl) (Real Gone Music)
Gary Clark, Jr ft. Andra Day - Pearl Cadillac - 12”/etching (Warner)
The Claude Diallo Situation - I Found A New Home - LP (Dot Time Records)
Clearlight Symphony - Clear Light Symphony (pink vinyl) (LMLCulture Factory)
Clutch - The Obelisk - 17LP box w/mat and signed litho (Weathermakers)
MJ Cole - Madrugada Remixes - 12” (Classics & Jazz UK)
Shirley Collins and Davy Graham - Folk Roots, New Routes - LP (Universal/Decca)
Michel Colombier - Capot Pointu - LP (PlayTime)
The Comet Is Coming - Imminent - 12” (Decca)
Charly Coombes - All in the End Is Harvest - LP (Finyl Vinyl)
Alice Cooper - Live at the Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, 19-02-82 (Rhino/Warner)
Ivan Conti - Poison Fruit (LP+7”) (green vinyl) (Far Out Recordings) (UK)
Corporation of One - So Where Are You/The Real Life - 12” (Smokin’)
Nev Cottee - Stations - LP (Wonderful Sound)
Cradle - The History - LP (Modern Harmonic)
Mikal Cronin - Switched-On Seeker - LP (Merge)
Keith Cross and Peter Ross - Bored Civilians (Universal/Decca)
The Cure - Bloodflowers: 20th Anniversary - 2LP (UMe/Polydor)
The Cure - Seventeen Seconds: 40th Anniversary - LP picture disc (UMe/Polydor)
Denzel Curry - Bulls on Parade/I Against - 7” (Loma Vista)
Cybotron - Colossus - LP (Dual Planet)
Czarface - Czarface & The Return of Metal Face - LP (Silver Age)
Holgr Czukay, Jaki Liebzeit, Jah Wobble - A Full Circle - 2x10” (Gronland)
D-Mob - We Call It Acieeed Remixes - 12” (London Records)
Etienne Daho - Surf - 12” (Warner Music France)
Dalvanius and The Fascinations/Golden Harvest - Voodoo Lady/I Need Your Love - 7” (Warm)
Damaged Bug - Bug On Yonkers - LP (Castle Face)
The Damned - Fiendish Shadows: 40th Anniversary - LP color vinyl (Cleopatra)
Dave Davies - Rock Bottom: Live at The Bottom Line - 2LP (Green Amp/Red River)
Miles Davis - Double Image: Directions in Music (Selections from The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions) - 2LP (CMG/Legacy)
Divina De Campo - Decoded - 12” (PEG Records)
Def Leppard ft. Brian May and Ian Hunter - Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame - LP (UMe/Virgin EMI)
Mac DeMarco - Other Here Comes The Cowboy Demos - LP purple (Macs Record Label)
Devil's Witches - Guns, Drugs, and Filthy Pictures 10" (Majestic Mountain)
Destiny’s Child - Say My Name - 12” picture disc (CMG/Legacy)
The Detroit Cobras - Feel Good/etching - 7” (Wild Honey)
The Dickies - Banana Splits: The Tra La La Song 7" (Cleopatra)
Dinosaur Jr. - Swedish Fist: Live in Stockholm - LP (Cherry Red)
Dio - Annica - 12” picture disc (BMG/Niji Entertainment)
Dissection - Somberlain (2LP) (blue vinyl, etched side) (Black Lodge)
DJ Cam Quartet - The Essential - LP (Attytude Records)
Doctors of Madness - Dark Times - LP (Molecular Scream)
The Doors - The Soft Parade: Doors-Only Mix - LP (Rhino/Elektra)
Down N Outz - The Music Box - 12” (UMe)
Dr. John - Remedies - LP color vinyl (Get On Down)
Barry Dransfield - Barry Dransfield - LP (Glass Modern)
The Durutti Column - Idiot Savants (white vinyl) (180gr) (Demon)
The Durutti Column - Vini Reilly/WomadLive - 2LP + 7” (Factory Benelux)
Steve Earle - Times Like These/It’s About Blood - 7” (New West Records)
Clint Eastwood & General Saint - Stop That Train - 7” glow -in-the-dark (Greensleeves)
Luiz Eca y Familia Sagrada - La nueva onda del Brasil - LP (Vinilissimo)
Eddie & The Hot Rods - Get Your Rocks Off (2LP) (Jungle/Skydog)
Terry Edwards - Stop Trying to Sell Me Back My Past - 2LP (Sartorial Records)
Embryo - Embryos Rache - LP color vinyl (Loneos)
Embryo - Opal - LP color vinyl (Loneos)
Emerald Web - Valley of the Birds - LP (Trading Places)
Emerson, Lake, and Palmer - Live At Waterloo Field, Stanhope, New Jersey, US, 31st July 1992
Eminem - My Name Is/Bad Guys Always Die - 7” (Universal)
Brian Eno - Rams - LP (UMe)
Erasure - Blue Savannah - 12” (Mute)
Esplendor Geometrico - Necrosis en la playa - 7” (Geometrik)
Bill Evans - Some Other Time: The Lost Session from The Black Forest - 2LP (Resonance Records)
The Ex - All Corpses Smell the Same - 7” (Superior Viaduct)
Exit North - Book of Romance and Dust - 2LP (Exit North Records)
Ezra Collective - Clash of the Galazies - 12” (Enter the Jungle)
The Fall - Austurbæjarbíó Reykjavik Live 1983 - 2LP (Cherry Red)
The Fall - Cerebral Caustic: 25th Anniversary - LP color vinyl (Demon)
Fallen Angels - Paradise Lost - 2LP + poster + book (Sunbeam)
Fatboy Slim - Sunset (Bird Of Prey) 20th Anniversary Edition - 12" (SKINT)
Feeder - Feeling a Moment / Pushing the Senses - 12" (Echo)
The Feminine Complex - Livin’ Love - LP or CD (Modern Harmonic)
Field Music - Measure - 2LP (Memphis Industries)
Lee Fields - Let’s Get a Groove On - LP (Daptone)
Fight - A Small Deadly Space (gatefold) (red and black marble vinyl) (Real Gone Music)
Craig Finn - All These Perfect Crosses - 2LP (Partisan)
Kelly Finnigan - The Tales People Tell - LP (Colemine Records)
Flamin’ Groovies - Live at the Whiskey A Go-Go ‘79 - LP (Revenge Records)
Flawes - Highlights - LP (Red Bull Records)
Fleetwood Mac - Before The Beginning Vol 2 (3LP) (4/17 release date)
Fleetwood Mac - The Alternate Rumours - LP (Rhino/Warner)
The Fleshtones - Face of the Screaming Werewolf - LP or CD (Yep Roc Records)
Blaze Foley - Live at the Austin Outhouse - LP + 7” (End of an EaLost Art)
Josephine Foster - This Coming Gladness - LP (Fire Records)
Fraternity - Livestock - LP (Reel Music)
The Frumpies - Frumpie One Piece/Frumpies Forever - LP + 7” (Kill Roc Stars)
Future Sound of London - Cascade 2020 - LP (FSOL London)
Fuzztones - Lysergic Emanations - LP picture disc (Easy Action)
Serge Gainsbourg - Ces Petit Riens - LP (Ina)
Galaxie 500 - Copenhagen - 2LP/etching (202020 Records)
Rory Gallagher - Cleveland Calling LP - LP (Chess/UMC)
The Game - Born 2 Rap - 3LP (eOne Music)
Taana Gardner - Taana Gardner & Kenton Nix’s West End Works: Expanded - 2LP (Salsoul)
Gaston - My Queen - LP (Soul Brother Records)
Gemma Ray - Lights Out Zoltar! - LP pink (Bronzerat)
Gene - Rising for Sunset: 20th Anniversary - 2LP (Demon)
Giant Sand - Ramp - 2LP (Fire Records)
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Pinata - LP (Madlib Invazion)
Girl Band - Vicar Street Live - 2LP (Rough Trade Records)
Philip Glass - The Essential - 4LP (Music On Vinyl)
Glass Animals w/ Denzel Curry - Tokyo Drifting - 12” picture disc (Wolf Tone)
Goblin - Greatest Hits Vol. 1 - 2LP (AMS)
Golden Earring - Radar Love (original UK/Mootan LP version) - 7” (Music On Vinyl)
Goldie Lookin Chain - Original Pyrite Material - LP gold (1983 Records)
Gong - Live! At Sheffield 1974 - 2LP (LMLR)
Gorgan City - Realm - 12” (Virgin EMI)
Gorillaz - D-Sides (3LP) (WarneParlophone)
Gorillaz - G-Sides (2LP) (WarneParlophone)
Ellie Goulding - Lights: 10th Anniversary - LP (Polydor)
Davy Graham - The Holly Kaleidoscope (Universal/Decca)
Grateful Dead - Buffalo 5/9/77 - 5LP (Warner)
Gray - Never Gonna Leave New York City - 12” (Anasyrma)
David Gray - Please Forgive Me - 12” pink (IHT Records)
Juliette Greco - Jolie Mome: La muse de Saint Germain des Pres - 2LP (Poppydisc)
Al Green - Green Is Blues - LP, green and blue (Fat Possum)
Tom Grennan - This is the Place - 7” (Insanity)
The Grid - Floatation - 12” clear (Chemical Alley)
The Groundhogs - Split - 2LP red (Fire Records)
Grouplove - Broken Angel (Warner)
Guided By Voices - Hold On Hope - 10” clear (TVT)
Guided By Voices - Vampire on Titus - LP yellow/gold (Scat Records)
Marika Hackman - Any Human Friend - 10” (Virgin EMI)
Terry Hall - Home - 12” (Heavenly Recordings)
Johnny Hallyday - Le Plus Grands Succes - LP five-color vinyl (LMLR)
Halo - Let Me Do It/Life - 12” (Expansion)
Hanterhir - Schizophrenia/Dancing Out in Space - 7” (Easy Action)
Paul Hardcastle - 19: The Mixes (35th Anniversary Edition) - LP (Chrysalis)
Vladimir Harkonnen - Vlad Smash (Power It Up)
Hatchie & The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Sometimes Always - 7” (Heavenly Records)
Hawkwind - At the BBC 1972 (September 28 1972) - 2LP (Rhino)
Hawkwind - Quark, Strangeness & Charm - 2LP clear (Atomhenge)
Kuumba-Toudie Heath - Kwaida - LP (Reel Music)
The Heptones - Back on Top - LP red (Burning Sounds)
The High - Martin Hannett Sessions (Unreleased Martin Hannett Sessions for Somewhere Soon) - LP (Vinyl Revival)
High Frequency - Summertime - 7” (Nia)
Aashid Himons - The Gods and I - 12” (Music for Dream/Fyraften Musik)
Hiss Golden Messenger - Let the Light of the World Open Your Eyes - 7” (Merge)
Loleatta Holloway - Cry To Me - LP (Tidal Waves Music)
Hope In High Water - Bonfire and Pine - LP (Fish Records)
Hugh Hopper - 1984 (red vinyl)(LMLCulture Factory)
Hootie and the Blowfish - Live at Nick's Fat City 1995 2LP (Warner)
The Hotrats - Turn Ons: 10th Anniversary Edition - 10" color vinyl [100 with signed print] (Demon)
Human Race - Human Race/Grey Boy - 7” (Gem Records)
Humble Pie - Official Bootleg Collection, Vol. 2 - 2LP (HNE)
Hunny - Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. - LP blue (Epitaph)
Ike Yard - Night After Night - 12” red (Superior Viaduct)
Implosion - 2020 - 2LP (Trading Places)
Inhaler - It Won’t Always Be Like This/Oklahoma (Late Night Edition) - 7” (Polydor)
Inhaler - We Have To Move On/Ice Cream Sundae - 7” (Polydor)
Inhaler - My Honest Face (45rpm)/There’s No Other Place (33rpm) - 10” (Polydor)
The Inn House Crew - Something Special - LP (Room in the Sky Records)
Ken Ishii ft. Pac-Man - Join the Pac - 7” (iam8bit)
J Hus - Big Conspiracy - 2LP (Black Butter)
Bob James - Once Upon A Time: The Lost 1965 New York Studio Sessions - LP (Resonance Records)
Bert Jansch - Live in Italy - 2LP (Earth Recordings)
Jansen/Barbieri/Karn - Playing in a Room With People - 2LP (Medium Productions)
The Jazz Butcher - Big Planet Scary Planet - LP (Fire Records)
The Jazz Butcher - Condition Blue - LP (Fire Records)
The Jazz Butcher - Cult of th eBasement - LP (Fire Records)
The Jazz Butcher - Fishcoteque - LP (Fire Records)
Jethro Tull - Stormwatch 2 (Warner)
Elton John - Elton John: 50th Anniversary Edition - 2LP purple (UMe/Mercury)
J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding - J&K: Stonebone (UMe)
Linton Swesi Johnson - Bass Culture/LKJ In Dub - 2LP (UMC/Island)
Daniel Johnston - The End is Never Really Over - 2LP (Feraltone) [features Artistic Vice and 1990]
Samantha Jones - A Girl Named Sam - LP (Trading Places)
Wizz Jones - Wizz Jones: Mono and Stereo Mixes - LP (Sunbeam)
Judas Priest - British Steel - 2LP picture disc (CMG/Legacy)
June of 44 - Engine Takes to the Water - LP (Touch & Go)
June of 44 - Tropics and Meridians - LP (Touch & Go)
Jungle Brothers - Because I Got It Like That - 7” (Idlers)
Damien Jurado - Birds Tricked Into the Trees/From Devils To Davis - 7” (Loose)
David Keenan - Alchemy & Prose: Live Recordings - 12” (Rubyworks)
Dermot Kennedy - Without Fear - LP (Island)
Tim Key - Tim Key’s Late Night Poetry Programme - 2LP color vinyl (Demon)
Phoebe Killdeer - Fade Out Lines - LP (Kwaidan)
Killing Joke - Laugh at Your Peril: Live in Berlin - 3LP black and pink (Killing Joke Records)
Killing Joke - Turn to Red - 12” red (Turn to Red Records)
The King James Version - He’s Forever (Amen) - 7” (Soul Kitchen)
The Kinks - The Kink Kronikles - 2LP red vinyl (Warner)
Klaxons - Surfing the Void: 10th Anniversary Edition - 2LP (UMC/Polydor)
Knight Area - D-Day - 2LP black and white (Butler)
Sarathy Korwar - Otherland - 12” transparent green (The Leaf Label)
Kraftwerk - 1 (50th Anniversary Edition) - LP (True Choice Recordings)
Kraftwerk - 2 - LP (True Choice Recordings)
Fela Ransome Kuti and His Highlife Rakers - Fela’s First: The Complete 1959 Melodisc Session - 10” (Cadillac Records)
Wolfgang Lackerschmid and Chet Baker - Ballads for Two - LP (Dot Time Records)
Laneous - Elsewhere/Flawless - 7” (Soul Has No Tempo)
kd lang - Angel with a Lariat - LP red (Warner)
kd lang - Drag - 2LP color vinyl (Warner)
Larkins - Hit and Run - 10” EP (Good Soldier Records)
Jamie Lawson - Last Night Stars - LP (Lookout Mountain)
The Leaf Library - About Minerals - LP (Where Its At is Where You Are)
Jenny Lee - I’m So Tired/Some Things Last a Longtime - 12” (Caroline)
Thomas Leer - Emotional Hardware - CD (Smitten Kitten)
Michel Legrand - Jazz on Film - LP (Moochin’ About)
John Lennon - Instant Karma 2020 Ultimate Remix - 7” (UMe)
Lil' Kim - 9 (Deluxe LP) (Ltd)
Alison Limerick - Where Love Lives/Frankie Knuckles remix - 12” (Arista)
Alfredo Linares y su Sonora - Yo traigo boogaloo - LP (Vampisoul)
The Live Band - A Cance for Hope - 7” (The Sound of Brooklyn)
Local Natives/Overcoats - When Am I Gonna Lose You - 7” (Loma Vista Recordings)
The London Suede - London Suede - LP (Demon)
Loop - Sevens - 3x7” (Reactor)
Loose Joints - Is It All Over My Face: 40th Anniversary Edition - 2x12” (West End)
Los Amigos Invisibles - Arepa 3000 - 2LP (Luaka Bop)
Lothar & The Hand People - Machines: Amherst 1969 - LP + CD (Modern Harmonic)
The Lottery Winners - Love Will Keep Us Together - 7” (Modern Sky)
Love Frame Tragedy - Five Songs to Briefly Fill the Void - 10” EP (Good Soldier Records)
The Lovely Eggs - I Am A ***** - LP picture disc (Egg Records)
Marcy Luarks and Classic Touch - Electric Murder - LP (Kalita Records)
Corb Lund - Cover Your Tracks EP - 12” EP (New West Records)
Kenny Lynch - Half the Day’s Gone and We Haven’t Earned a Penny / Ashley Beedle Remix - 7” (Satril)
Kirsty MacColl - Other People's Hearts: B-Sides 1988-1989 - LP clear (Demon)
Madness - Work, Rest, and Play - 2x7” (Union Square/BMG)
Magic in Threes - Stay in Your Lane - 7” (King Underground)
Magnetic System - Godzilla/Escape - 7” (AMS)
Magnum - Fully Loaded - LP (Phoenix)
Manic Street Preachers - Done & Dusted - 12” (CMG/Legacy)
Mansun - The Dead Flowers Reject - LP (Kscope)
The Mar-Keys - Last Night EP - 10” EP (Vinyl Revival)
Bob Marley - Redemption Song - 12” clear vinyl (UMe)
Nick Mason - See Emily Play/Vegetable Man - 12” (Legacy)
Sammy Massamba - 1990: Beni Soit Ton Nom - LP (SM Productions)
John Massoni & Sonic Boom - The Sundowner Sessions - LP (Space Age Recordings)
Paul McCartney - McCartney: 50th Anniversary Edition - LP (180g, half-speed mastered) (UMe/Capitol)
Tommy McGee - Now That I Have You - 12” (TMG Records)
Declan McKenna - Beautiful Faces/The Key to Life on Earth - 7” (Columbia)
Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell - 2LP picture disc (UMe/Virgin EMI)
The Meat Puppets - The Meat Puppets - 10” (Megaforce)
Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs (Universal)
Melt Yourself Down - Born in the ManoIt Is What It Is (IDLES Remix) - 7” (Decca)
Membranes - Kiss Ass Godhead - LP pink (Glass Modern)
Menswear - Nuisance: 25th Anniversary Edition - LP (Demon)
The Menzingers - Chamberlain Waits - LP color vinyl (Red Scare Industries)
Metal Mirror - English Booze/Rock ‘n’ Roll Ain’t Never Gonna Leave You - 7” (On the Dole Records)
The Meteors - Teenage Heart - LP color vinyl (Music On Vinyl)
Metronomy - Metronomy Forever Remixes - 12” (Because Music)
Metronomy & Clara Luciani - La Baie/La Grenade - 7” (Because Music)
Mew - And the Glass Handed Kites: 15th Anniversary Edition - 2LP (Music On Vinyl)
Mickey and The Soul Generation - Iron Leg/Chocolate - 7” (GCP)
Mickey and The Soul Generation - How Good is Good/Get Down Brother - 7” (Mr. G)
Mickey and Them - U.F.O./Hey, Brother Man (GCP)
Midland - Live at the Palomino - LP (Big Machine)
Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um Redux - 2LP (Get On Down)
Thelonious Monk - Palais Des Beaux-Arts (Tidal Waves Music)
Moonchild - The Truth/Run Away - 7” red/blue splatter (Tru Thoughts)
Moonspell - Memorial (red vinyl) (Rastilho Records)
Bobby Moore/Sweet Music - (Call Me Your) Anything/I Get Lifted - LP (Soul Brother Records)
Christy Moore - Prosperous - LP (Tara Music)
Kip Moore - Slowheart/Underground - LP + 10” (Snakefarm Records)
Kevin Morby - Oh Mon Dieu:1 Live a Paris - 2LP (Dead Oceans)
Giorgio Moroder ft. Kylie Minogue - Right Here Right Now remixes - 12” grey (Good For You Records)
Morrissey - Honey, You Know Where To Find Me/Fantastic Bird/You Should Have Been Nice to Me - 12" picture disc (BMG)
Chuck Mosley - First Hellos and Last Goodbyes - LP (blocGLOBAL)
Motorhead - Ace of Spades/Dirty Love - 7" shaped picture disc (Warner)
Mott the Hoople - Golden Age of Rock n Roll (blue vinyl) (Madfish)
Bob Mould - Circle Of Friends - 2LP clear vinyl) (Demon)
Mouth Congress - Ahhh The Pollution - 7” (Captured Tracks)
Mungo’s Hi Fi ft. Marina P, Dennis Alcapone & Tippa Irie - The Beat Goes SKA! - 7” (Scotch Bonnet Records)
The Murder Capital - Love, Love, Love/On Twisted Ground - 12” (Human Season Records)
Roisin Murphy - Incapable - 12” picture disc (Skint)
Mush - Great Artisanal Formats - 7” (Memphis Industries)
My Chemical Romance - Life on the Murder Scene - 12” (Reprise)
My Life Story - The Rose The Sea - 12” (Exilophone Records)
Nahko and Medicine for the People - Take Your Power Back (Live) - 10” (Side One Dummy Records)
Qasim Naqvi - Beta - LP (Erased Tapes
Nas - God’s Son - 2LP color vinyl (Get On Down)
Milton Nascimento - Ultimo Trem - 2LP red (Far Out Recordings
Nazareth - Love Hurts/This Flight Tonight - 10” (Salvo)
Fred Neil - 38 MacDougal - LP green (Delmore)
The New Clarence Reid - Cadillac Annie/Tired Blood - 7” (Phil-LA of Soul)
New Order - Peel Sessions - 12” (Rhino)
Nihilist - Carnal Leftovers (white vinyl) (Black Lodge)
Nite People - P.M. - LP (Trading Places)
North Sea Radio Orchestra - I A Moon - LP (The Household Mark)
Notorious BIG - It Was All A Dream - 9LP box (Rhino)
Gary Numan with Skaparis Orchestra - When the Sky Came Down Live - 3LP (BMG)
The Obsessed - Incarnate (Ultimate Edition) - LP gatefold or CD (Blues Funeral)
Ocean Colour Scene - One from the Modern - 2LP (UMC/Island)
Oh-Ok - The Complete Reissue - LP (white vinyl) (Hhbtm Records)
OHL - Oktoberrevolution (Power It Up)
Ol’ Dirty Bastard - Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version - 9x7” (Rhino/Elektra)
Operation Ivy - Energy - LP (Epitaph)
OST - A Haunting Strip of Marshland: OST for Ness (Drew Mulholland) (Castles In Space)
OST - Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me - LP (Maverick)
OST - Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery - 2LP (Disney)
OST - Austin Powers In Goldmember - 2LP (Maverick)
OST - Black Mirror: Smithereens (Ryuichi Sakamoto) - LP (Music On Vinyl)
OST - C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D. - LP (Terror Vision)
OST - The Cinematic Orchestra/London Met Orchestra - The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingoes - 2LP pink (Disney)
OST - Henri Crolla & Andre Hodeir - Jazz on Film… - LP (Moochin’ About)
OST- Dennis Hopper’s The Last Movie - LP (Earth Recordings)
OST - Doctor Who - Massacre - 2LP “Parisian Blaze Orange” (Demon)
OST - Dracula/The Curse of Frankenstein (James Bernard) - 2LP
OST - Fistful of Dollars (Ennio Morricone) - 10” (BTF)
OST - For a Few Dollars More (Ennio Morricone) - 10” (AMS)
OST - Francis Lai - Made in France - LP (PlayTime)
OST - Fuktronic (Jimmy Urine and Serj Tankian) - LP (Music On Vinyl)
OST - The Godfather (Nino Rota) - 7” white (Silva Screen)
OST - The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (Ennio Morricone) - LP (AMS)
OST - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Original (Demon Records UK)
OST - La Planete Sauvage (Alain Goraguer 1973) - LP yellow (Superior Viaduct)
OST - The Last Porno Show - LP (Country Club)
OST - Last Tango in Paris (Gato Barbieri) - LP rose (AMS)
OST - Metroland (Mark Knopfler) - LP (UMC-Mercury)
OST - Monty Python and the Holy Grail - LP picture disc (UMC/Virgin EMI)
OST - The Musical Anthology of His Dark Materials (Lorne Balfe) - 2LP (Silva Screen)
OST - Once Upon a Time in the West (Ennio Morricone) - LP (BTF)
OST - Paw Patrol - 7” EP dog bone white (Enjoy the Ride)
OST - Peur Sur la Ville (Ennio Morricone 1975) - 2LP (WeWantSounds/Modulor)
OST - Phenomenon - 2LP (Warner)
Piero Piccioni, Armando Trovaioli, Carlo Rustichelli, Nino Rota - Jazz On Film… - 2LP (Moochin’ About)
OST - Serpico (Mikis Theodorakis 1973) (WeWantSounds/Modulor)
OST - Shaft in Africa (Johnny Pate) - 2x7” (Dynamite Cuts)
OST - Synecdoche New York (Jon Brion) - LP (Fire Soundtracks)
OST - Terrahawks - LP (Gerry Anderson)
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2019.12.28 00:49 SabatonBabylon [OC] Chronicles of the Siren War [Chapter 40]

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Aboard the bridge of the Pennsylvania, Ooshio could not discern whether she was in the presence of a man or a demon. Her sisters, Shiratsuyu, and a tender-faced Ironblood destroyer named Z23 were allowed free reign of the space to care for Michishio, for which she was grateful, but they all remained in the back huddled around the cot. The front of the bridge was war, or perhaps slaughter. Against the deep purple curtain of night outside the windows, bright orange light flickered across the commander's face as black smoke billowed into the sky from the direction of the airfield. His brow was furrowed and his mouth contorted into an angry frown. The tall, elegant woman who commanded the ship had left the bridge minutes prior, just after the bombardment had begun. Ooshio's attention shifted as Asashio spoke.
"Sister, don't strain yourself!"
"I'm alright, thank you," Michishio replied as Arashio helped her to sit up and accept another spoonful of rice and chicken broth from Shiratsuyu. "Oh dear, where are we?"
"Tha Shikikan sailed his fleet ta Bali. They're...tha airfield is lost nee-chan. It's burnin', just like Makassar," Ooshio told her. Michishio looked past the equipment in the bridge to the man who was their mortal enemy, yet had saved her life. He stood rigid with his hands clasped behind his back, his broad shoulders shadowed by the low light of the flames.
"He seems rather sad, doesn't he?" Michishio asked. Arashio and Asashio sent evil looks his way but Zed answered quietly.
"I don't think he likes killing."
"He's doing it," Arashio pointed out acidly.
"Of course, it's his duty," Zed acknowledged. "Saving me and the four of you wasn't his duty and he did it anyway. I think that says more about him but...I'm still learning what kind of man Andrew Thorson is."
Silence fell over the six ships as the occasional blast of a main battery rang out across the ocean. Ooshio made her decision and stood.
"Onee-san!" Arashio hissed as Ooshio stretched her legs and brushed off her kimono. "What are you doing?!"
"I'm gonna go talk ta him. If he's as good a man as the Ironblood says, maybe he'll let us go or treat us good? I don' really know, but if I can help all of us, I'm gonna do it." Though her words were brave, Ooshio felt great fear by the time she drew level with Thorson. The sound of her wooden sandals on the metal of the bridge was more than sufficient to herald her arrival. He turned his head slightly. Her ears barely came up to his shoulders.
"Stand on my other side. Don't go for my weapon and we won't have problems. Reach into your kimono and I'll draw my gun," he said evenly. "You're Ooshio, right?"
"T-tha's right Shikikan. I uh...I don' know what I was gonna say. That's...that's a mighty dreadful sight there."
"It is," Thorson agreed, watching through his binoculars as the last, bravely stupid soldiers gave up trying to fight fires or fire back and fled to the north or south of the airfield. "Your sister is stable?"
"Yeah, she is. Thank ya kindly."
"Good."
Another long silence pervaded the bridge as Ooshio's attempt at conversation was stymied by Thorson's terse nature. She eventually tried again. "So ah...where did tha raven haired beauty from earlier go?"
That comment got her Thorson's full attention as he cocked a brow at her. She raised her sleeves to her chin in embarrassment but he didn't say anything untoward. "One of my ships claimed that fighting from the bow allows for better target acquisition. Given the force imbalance, I requested Pennsylvania confirm this. She's down there."
Ooshio accepted Thorson's binoculars and stood on tiptoe, looking first at the bow of the ship she was on. Penny's blue uniform fluttered in a nighttime breeze as Ooshio shifted focus to the burning tarmac and then to the left as one of Thorson's battleships fired again, adding a couple more craters to the airstrip. Ooshio's mouth dropped open. "Who in the name of tha gods is that angel over there?!"
"You like women?" Thorson countered, seeing where Ooshio's gaze was directed. Tennessee stood proudly on the bow of her ship. Her jacket billowed behind her like some conquering hero as her crossed arms rested on her chest. Her frown matched Thorson's to the letter, the golden rigging attached to her temples glinting in the firelight.
"It don' matter ta me," Ooshio squeaked, wondering why she was even conversing with him. "I just think beautiful things are beautiful. Look at her, that flaxen hair turnin' red in the fire, her caramel skin an' those legs. Whatever man lands her is gonna be a lucky man indeed. Though I hope he's got himself a spine o' steel. Her frown is almost scary as yours, Shikikan."
To Ooshio's great surprise Thorson smiled. "Don't let her hear you say that, but I think she'd appreciate the sentiment, both about her body and her intimidating presence. She puts a lot of effort into her health, even more than most ships of the Union."
"It shows," Ooshio whispered. They were interrupted by the radio and Fusou's voice.
"Tono-sama, I believe we are done here?" She asked.
"Looks that way," Thorson agreed darkly.
"I can hear it in your voice, tono-sama. I feared this. Please, might I perform a ceremony for the dead?" Fusou requested. Ooshio and her sisters perked their ears, curious as to how a Union Commander would react to such a request.
"How long will it take?"
"A few minutes is all," Fusou promised.
"Go ahead, do what you need to do."
"Thank you, tono-sama. Are the young ones there with you?"
"They are. Ooshio is next to me," Thorson confirmed.
"I see. Can she hear me?"
Thorson handed the receiver to Ooshio. "Ah, I'm here Fusou-sama!" She said nervously.
"Hello, Ooshio. I know we are still likely enemies at this point, but you and your sisters are servants of the gods and so I entreat you now. Many sons of Japan have lost their lives today...some at my own hand. If you could find it in your hearts to do so, I would ask you to pray for their souls with me. I hope that we can set them at ease as they travel on to their final rest."
The young shrine maiden nodded. "Yeah, we can do tha' for sure, Fusou-sama."
"Good, thank you. Tono-sama, would you please escort them onto deck? I believe the rest of your ships may find comfort in this as well," Fusou offered serenely, effortlessly fulfilling her role as spiritual guardian and priestess within his fleet. With no threats apparent on radar, sonar, or visual, Thorson considered it an acceptable risk. He turned and walked over to the gathering of ships on his bridge while Fusou used the radio network to communicate her intentions to the Union and Royal ships in the fleet.
"Are you feeling better Michishio? Can you walk?" Thorson requested as kindly as he could manage. With her sisters' help she rose to her feet.
"Yes, I can," she confirmed. "Where are we going?"
"To honor the dead," Thorson informed her simply. Asashio and Arashio looked at one another cautiously, but Shiratsuyu and Zed seemed to have expected such a thing from Thorson. Moving at a slow pace for Michishio, they eventually emerged onto the deck to find Penny waiting for them. She pointed to the ocean between them and the airfield. There, silhouetted by the fires and smoke, the Fusou floated proudly. Her rigging was covered in paper charms and talismans, with Sakura flags and banners flying from every spare spot on her mast and other equipment.
"Commander, what's the deal?" Pennsylvania requested as he joined her.
"Fusou is sending the dead on to the afterlife. I don't know much about the Sakura traditions," he admitted, gesturing to Ooshio and the others that they should feel free to behave as they saw fit. "You and the others don't need to participate."
"I know, Commander, but maybe we should do for them what we did for that cruiser you sunk?" Penny offered, more than able to see the stress on Thorson's face. Ever since spending the night with him she'd enjoyed that little game, studying the minute movements of his cheeks and eyes and mouth. It didn't feel like a game anymore. The four captured shrine maidens walked silently past them before standing near the railing and bowing their heads. Shiratsuyu joined them. Thorson offered a hand to Zed. Penny had already taken his left. God felt very far away and so he knelt. They did the same. Penny remembered the prayer. Zed listened respectfully.
We hereby commit these lives to the deep, to be turned into corruption. Looking for the resurrection, when the sea shall give up her dead, and the life of the world to come, through our Lord.
"Amen."
"Amen."
"Amen," Zed finished as they stood, finding that the various tags, charms, and seals on the Fusou had caught fire, detaching and floating into the sky to symbolize the lives they'd taken that day in Makassar and Bali. "It's hauntingly beautiful," the Ironblood whispered, removing her cap and feeling just a bit at ease.
"It is," Thorson agreed, wondering if the rest of his fleet had chosen to participate. Unbeknownst to him Tennessee had taken a knee on her bow along with Warspite, the latter resting her forehead against the crossguard of her sword. Arizona and the rest of the Union and Royals bowed respectfully, and Laffey poured some of her bourbon into the Badung Strait. For many of them such a gesture was new and foreign, but the mismatch in power between men and shipgirls was more than apparent. There was no pride in the duty they'd fulfilled, but they'd seen it through and saw fit to join their commander in acknowledging those they'd fought against. When it was over, Thorson rested a hand on Penny's shoulder.
"Radio the fleet, it's time to move."
"Destination, sir?"
"The Sakura have attacked from the north and the east. If there's anything left in this area it'll be in Surabaya. We can be there around dawn. I'm counting on you to make contact before anyone starts shooting."
"We haven't seen a single Union boat since arriving here, sir," Pennsylvania replied. "What do you think happened to them?"
"Given the Sakura took Makassar and Bali, they retreated or were sunk. We know too little about this theater. We need to find whoever is in command of the ABDA forces here."
"Agreed. I'll return to the bridge, sir. Girls!" Penny called. "Form up and move out. We're heading for Surabaya, bearing northwest."
A chorus of affirmations reached Penny as she headed inside. Zed and Shiratsuyu joined her, the latter making for the kitchens to ensure all was prepared for the morning meal. That left Thorson to watch over his new prisoners. The blue and purple maidens supported the red one when they finally headed back to the door that led to the ship, with the plump green one tottering behind them.
"You missed one," Asashio informed him, pointing to the barracks and troop quarters next to the airfield. Thorson shook his head.
"My fleet destroyed everything they were ordered to destroy," he replied simply before opening the door for them. Michishio threw him a confused but grateful look as she passed him. Ooshio didn't follow. "Is there a problem?"
"Can I ask ya somethin' else, Shikikan?"
"Why do you keep calling me Shikikan?"
"Ah, well I considered yer name but that's not real appropriate is it? And Union devil is probably doin' ya a disservice. Don't think I really have any choice but ta follow yer orders anyway so...is that not alright with ye?"
"It's fine," he replied as softly as he could. She did not deserve his anger and self loathing. "What do you want to ask me?"
"Why do Fusou-sama and her sister follow ya?" Ooshio requested. Thorson sighed and shook his head, gazing out over the railing and contemplating what he'd wrought.
"You'd be better off asking them."
"Ah will be doin' that, Shikikan. But I would like ta hear from you as well."
"I saved Yamashiro's and Fusou's lives the night they came to me. They were pursued by one of your spies, Kirishima, and a host of drone ships, cruisers, and destroyers. The sirens had infected them. I suppose they figured they owed me a life debt and that we both have a common enemy in the those aliens. As for what's happened since then...you will have to ask them if their conviction has waxed or waned."
Ooshio glanced up at him, remembering how Fusou had behaved in his presence after Michishio had been stabilized. "It may not be mah place ta say anythin', Shikikan, but I couldn't help watchin' the way Fusou-sama was actin' around ya. I'm a simple country girl, and that looked like she believes in ya for real. Maybe she feels more than just belief in ya. It's been makin' me question things, about what the Sakura are fightin' for if she's fightin' for you."
Thorson could only nod his head, pleased that at least one of his prisoners seemed amenable to conversation. "I think they'll be happy to have more women who serve their gods on the base. We're trying to build a shrine. Maybe you can help."
"Yer...buildin' a what?"
"Shinto is your religion, yes? One with many gods?" Thorson queried. That was about the extent of his knowledge regarding Sakura religious practices.
"Yes, Shikikan."
"So yeah, a Shinto shrine I guess. Hopefully Akashi's managed to lay a foundation without blowing up half the island. Sounds like something she'd do."
"Wait, yer with Akashi too?!" Ooshio exclaimed.
"Found her the first day on the base," Thorson replied wistfully. "Things were simple back then."
"I...I should go be with my sisters but it's been nice talking to ya, Shikikan. Do...do ya expect us to be fightin' for ya?"
"No. I'll hold you prisoner until the end of the war if you choose not to fight. You will not be harmed or killed, but you will not be free. I have enough guns on my side to enforce that now. Should you choose to serve alongside your sisters...you will take rigging and pledge yourself to my fleet. We will rebuild your ships, and that will be that."
"I think I like you just a bit, Shikikan."
"Why's that? I destroyed your ships, bombarded your ports of call, and undid weeks’ worth of military successes by the Sakura in a single day," Thorson enumerated as the Pennsylvania reached cruising speed and sliced through the waters of the tropical seas. Ooshio nodded.
"Well yeah that's all true an' such," she agreed. "But you were jus' doin' yer job, right? Ya also chose ta spare me, Arashio, an' Asashio. Ya saved Michishio. Ya spared the crews of those transports. Ya left the barracks standin' in Denpassar...and ya let Fusou-sama honor the dead. I don' much like this talk of the Creator an' how he desires souls of the strong an' brave. I'm a simple lass. I don' overthink things cause I really can't. That's more for Jintsuu-sama an' the others. I don' think yer a bad man, Shikikan. Just that fate put ya on the other side." With those words Ooshio bowed and left him. He didn't follow her, knowing that if they went anywhere they shouldn't, Penny would know immediately. Instead he gazed out into the inky black night and wondered if God would tell him the same as Ooshio when his number finally came up.
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Rear Admiral Doorman was at his wits end. A combination of bad luck, outdated ships, incompetence, and Sakura airpower had driven the ABDA to the brink. With Bali falling to the Sakura not two days prior, it was all hands on deck just getting Surabaya ready for the inevitable twin engine bomber raids. When an ensign ran to him calling that a fleet of fourteen ships had been spotted sailing into the harbor his heart almost stopped. That was until he was able to see the colors they flew.
"God zij geprezen," he muttered, making the sign of the cross over his body before grabbing his cap and heading onto the docks. The scene that greeted him and his sailors there would have been comedic were it not for the fact that they were down to a handful of cruisers and destroyers, many of which had taken battle damage. A single Union Commander stepped into the docks from a battleship, a glorious behemoth of steel. At his side was a proud, beautiful, and seductive woman whose uniform was only exceeded in visual appeal by the twelve gun barrels that seemed to float at her side. She would have looked most at home on the fuselage of an American bomber. Behind them walked a procession of four Sakura maidens, an Ironblood girl, and a young woman with dog ears and a tail.
On either side of him, many shipgirls were skating over the waters of the bay to join him from where they'd dropped anchor. A slim, short, commanding woman with a broadsword almost as tall as her own body, flowing blonde hair, and rigging at least thrice her size led a group of five women of royal caliber, one of whom was exceedingly pale and carried an open parasol. The rest of the Union forces strode forward behind an intimidating woman, tall, blonde, and tan, with terrifying guns, a terrifying frown, and alluring leggings. With them walked a woman more elegant, reserved, and plush than the rest, though her eight gun barrels and command tower were no less imposing. There was no stopping the chatter among his men.
"I reckon they got more guns than we do."
"Where did they even come from? I thought we were cut off!"
"The hell are Sakura doing here?"
"Are you looking at the rack on that one?"
"The rack? Did you miss the tail and ears?"
Rear Admiral Doorman shook his head and stepped forward. The Commander, young enough to be his son, brought his heels together and saluted. The majority of his force did the same, with the ships of the Union fashioning similar salutes. The Royals and the one Sakura with weaponry bowed to him, while the Ironblood brought her hand across her chest. "I'm Rear Admiral Doorman, commander of the ABDA forces in the Dutch East Indies...or what's left of them. I was told not to expect reinforcement."
"Commander Andrew Thorson of the Eagle Union and Azur Lane. Officially I'm not here to reinforce you, but we sure don't mind, sir. There are some things you should know and some things we'd like to know."
"You're rather young to command a fleet of that size."
"I've got plenty of help," Thorson replied, gesture to his shipgirls who all bore confident or smug expressions at his display of faith. Doorman nodded curtly.
"I've had to pull the entire crew off the Houston to replace loses on other ships. I hope your...girls…are better in combat than that pink haired airhead. She can't even keep up with Jupiter and Exeter."
"Does she have rigging?" Thorson inquired.
"No."
"Well there's your problem."
"Can you fix that?"
"Only if you turn her over to my command."
"Not happening, young buck."
"Then let's talk about how your forces surrendered Makassar and Bali and how up until last night you were under constant threat from enemy air raids," Thorson suggested in a friendly tone with cold eyes. He saw Tennessee's turrets shift slightly out of the corner of his eye.
"And what happened last night?" Doorman demanded with furrowed brow.
"My fleet destroyed those airfields beyond repair and torched Makassar harbor. We have no ground forces to hold territory."
"Nor do I...we should talk, Commander Thorson. If you would?"
"Happily, Admiral. Just give me a moment," Thorson requested before turning to his fleet. "First priority is resupply and repair. When that's done, you're free to explore the port and Surabaya at large. Any of these guys give you trouble, bash their heads in."
"Hell yeah!" Downes cheered from his right. Thorson winked at her.
"Now listen up. I want two armed ships with the four prisoners at all times and one armed ship with Z23 as well as Shiratsuyu. Protect your friends and fellow soldiers. You never know what can happen in wartime. We will meet after sundown aboard the Pennsylvania for debrief and dinner. Understood?"
"Yes sir!"
"Of course, Knight Commander."
"Hai, tono-sama."
"Ja, Kommandant."
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Two hours later, Thorson departed Doorman's office with a friendly handshake. The two men had pledged to engage the Sakura fleets around Borneo together during the inevitable coming offensive, though Thorson had not been able to secure the transfer of Houston, Jupiter, or Exeter to his command. Penny, who had accompanied him to the meeting, requested leave and headed off to find her sister, leaving Thorson to travel the docks alone. His presence seemed to be of little interest to the locals, who were already quite familiar with men of fair skin and hair. He suspected he only mattered if he planned to spend money.
It was the streets of Surabaya that proved more interesting, with street vendors, crowded thoroughfares, and the occasional chicken all providing a surfeit of stimulation. He was reviewing the stall of an older man selling spices by the literal basket load when a young native girl called out to him from a nearby alley in broken English. The look in her eyes and the crook of her finger made it more than apparent that she was offering her own body as a service. Thorson had never been propositioned in such a way before, and he was sure it showed on his face as his feet remained rooted to the spot and his jaw went slack. He was saved from having to work his own way out of the situation when a young woman took his hand, then the other, stood on tiptoe, and gave him a blistering kiss on the lips.
"Downes?!" He spluttered. His rowdy destroyer threw a wink over her shoulder before leading him off through the milling crowds.
"You know, for a guy who's slept with Cleveland and Penny, I'd figure you'd be a little less intimidated by some poor island girl," Downes informed him. "But perhaps that's part of your charm."
"Penny told you all then?" Thorson asked evenly.
"Are you kidding? We all knew the moment she was at the radio fifteen minutes late sounding like the happiest little battleship in the fleet!" Downes laughed delightedly.
"Must have missed that," Thorson grumbled.
"Oh I'm sure you were there. Just a girl thing, you know?" She asked as the two of them found an ancient looking wall to sit on that overlooked the docks.
"Then I suppose I should risk my neck and ask if things are still alright in the fleet," the commander decided. Downes swung her legs about as she considered the question.
"Yeah well, everyone's going to react differently, right? I think the royals are more confused than anything. Fusou and Arizona are happy for you and basically just waiting their turn which they're more than confident will come. Tennessee is mad as hell," Downes sniggered, ticking girls off on her fingers. "But when is she not? Cleveland's cool about it, Laffey cares about Zed, not you at the moment, and Indy and her sister…they're a bit opaque."
"How so?"
"Well you know Portland. If she's thinking about anything other than Indy you'd never know. As for Indy herself, well she's just a very reserved girl."
"I see. Thank you, Downes. And you?"
"Oh come on Commander, you can't ask me that!"
"Oh?"
"Nah I'm just kidding with you. I guess I'm a little bit of everything. It's scary and exciting to think about. I wonder if it'll be as good as Cleveland and Penny seem to think it was. I wonder if you'll ever want to do it with me. I won't really be your flagship ever so…"
"Sorry...maybe that was too much prying," Thorson admitted, resting a hand on her knee to show her he didn't dislike her body. "Maybe we can take that up again back home. Care to give me your thoughts on the operation so far instead?"
"Blowing those bases up was a blast!" Downes declared instantly. "But yeah, then that set in."
"What's that?"
"That glum look on your face. Whatever that feels like on the inside, I'm pretty sure we were all feeling it by the end. It's one thing going up against the other Sakura, you know? This wasn't even a fight."
"How are your limbs holding up?"
"I'm fine, thanks Commander. See?" She asked, taking his hand in hers and rolling up her sleeve so he could see her whole right arm, including where she'd lost her limb at Pearl Harbor. "It's alright, touch me!"
Thorson smiled warmly at her, running his fingers up her arm from her hand. She smiled right back as a healthy flush developed on her cheeks, followed by a cute, rushed intake of breath as he passed over her scars. "You alright?"
"Just a little sensitive, Commander. But what did I tell you? Good as new! Real talk though, about the op…I'm glad Fusou's with us."
"Why's that?" Thorson asked quietly, knowing already that he had his own answer.
"We had to do what we did, yeah? But it's nice having her to keep us grounded, give us the illusion that everything will be fine in the next life."
"War is hell," Thorson agreed. "I'm glad we have her too."
"I can think of a few other reasons you'd be happy about that," Downes replied slyly. "Don't give me that look, Commander. I'm not disrespecting the dead. It's just that if you're focused on them and not Fusou's ridiculous butt, I don't like our chances when we go up against that jinsoo or whatever her name is."
"You don't have any filter, do you?" Thorson asked as he tried to tamp down a chuckle.
"That a problem, Commander?" She leaned towards him. He threw a casual arm around her shoulders.
"Nah. Don't need my ships walking on eggshells around me. I prefer it this way even if it means learning you've been scoping out Fusou's rear."
Downes laughed boisterously and slapped her knee. "Commander, the girls might jump me for this but I'll let you in on a little secret. We look at each other just as much as we look at you. Maybe not in a 'goddamn I want to sex Arizona into the mattress just like Andrew probably does' way."
"That's oddly specific."
"You know it's true and she'd go right along with you, savior. The point I was trying to make before you started feeling awkward is that we're all checking each other out, if only because it's incredible to see the sort of forms we all took. Like look at me! I'm a destroyer but I got an ass! Maybe a bit of a rack too!"
"On the curiosity we're definitely in agreement, though I hate to inform you that the short stack in the green kimono is also a destroyer."
"No fucking way!" Downes gasped. "I only got a small glance on the docks this morning but she's like a mini Yamashiro! That's not fair!"
"And how are your abs coming along?" Thorson demanded playfully. He immediately regretted his decision as Downes carelessly lifted her shirt to the point he could just barely glimpse her tiny areolae. She pointed at her stomach and flexed. It was rock solid and he could see every muscle. She was like a cream colored, pint sized Tennessee, showing off almost two weeks of constant workouts. "Do you have any idea how long it would take a man to get abs like that? Months."
"You're pulling my leg!"
"I'll pull your leg off, you little liar. Most women will never look like you!" Thorson insisted. That gave Downes pause.
"In...a good way?" She questioned with sudden apprehension. "I've only got this body."
"Come here," Thorson assured her, hauling her into his lap as he caught a glimpse of her crimson underwear's waistband. Downes needed little encouragement, getting comfortable and throwing her arms around his neck. "Yes, in a good way, Downes."
"Promise?" She pleaded like a happy retriever.
"Promise. Long as a girl has the right kind of body, she'll look like Ooshio if she eats enough. You? I guess the cubes are very good to your metabolism. You've got a body men would kill for, to say nothing of women. I might send you in hand to hand if things get real."
"You mean it? I could go fight those bitches on their ships!?" Downes gasped.
"Don't see why not if the situation called for it. Just wait for orders, yeah? And keep yourself in top form."
"Oh you bet I will, Commander! God that would be too cool. I'd give them a left, then a right, then feed them a torpedo straight from my rigging!" She insisted, punching Thorson in the gut. He was able to flex in time.
"Save it for the enemy! Speaking of the enemy, any thoughts on the new girls?" He asked.
"Haven't had a chance to talk to them, just took a few looks as I said. The one in red is a real angel, I can tell. She practically radiates gentleness. The green one seems outgoing enough and damn thick, as we discussed. Might chat her up sometime. Other two are still closed off, but I don't blame them. We'll see. Overall it could be a lot worse, sir."
"This is the first time I've had to convince girls that weren't in dire straits to join us."
"Let that be for when we have the cubes to build more ships. Besides, not like you can force someone into battle. They'll come around just like the rest of us. In the meantime, care to go for a walk with me Commander? Hopefully one that doesn't involve you running from a street whore half your size? Don't worry, I'll protect you!"
"My maiden in shining armor," Thorson said with a smile.
"I think I prefer number one explosion girl for now. Save that woman stuff for if I ever grow up like Laffey did. Having a teen's body has its perks!"
Thorson had a sneaking suspicion that among those perks were her impossibly firm, budding chest and her well-toned posterior, to say nothing of her muscular frame. Before he knew it they were strolling along the port.
"By the way, Commander?" Downes got his attention, swinging their joined hands back and forth like a teen on her first date.
"Yeah?"
"This is shaping up to be one heck of a vacation. Thanks for taking us!"
Thorson considered the utter defeat that had clearly awaited the allied naval forces along the Malay barrier without their intervention. He nodded. "Happy to have you along, Downes."
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2019.12.18 04:08 toomanytissues Fiction Looking for criticism on the first chapter of my book. 2088 Words

The Deaths of Mortimer Livingston
Chapter 1
Mort burst into the tidy health store nearly knocking the old fashioned doorbell from its hinges and panicked out, “Gage, I’m dying!”
Mort died three days ago so they knew it would happen again today, they just hadn’t known when, until moments ago. As Mort had stood in front of the post office listening to a street violinist create music from the friction of bow on string, he noticed the local Catholic priest leering at him from across the crowd, mouthing an incantation he didn’t think was holy. The priest's eyes narrowed and Mort’s body went rigid. The sleeves on his black t-shirt fluttered in sync with the pounding of his heart and one of his feet edged in the direction of away, when a strong scent wound its way up his nose and dragged talons down his throat, forcing Mort’s usually incapacitated sense of smell into overdrive.
Ambushed by the ferocity of the scent, he sucked in a lifetime’s supply of fresh air, then coughed so hard he doubled over his tall body, hands on his knees for support. He coughed until rainbows arced from his lips illuminating the trajectory of his spittle. But the scent stood its ground. At that point, Mort knew well enough to motor his ass over to the ‘Gage Your Health Store’ and force his panic on the clerk there.
When Mort busted in, Gage, who had been arranging, measuring, and rearranging perfectly spaced vitamin bottles on the glass shelves, glanced up through his brown rimmed glasses and smiled. “Hey buddy! You’re dying? I guess you won’t be leveling the shelves today then?”
Mort shoved his hands deep in his pockets and tried to catch his breath. Leveling the shelves was an unnecessary job and they both knew it. But they also knew that tools in Mort’s hands made him feel like his life was normal. When fixing something, he could be counted among the everyday, living society carrying on around him. At least for a little while.
Gage clapped him on the back. “I should remind you that you’re eight minutes late but we’ll talk about that another time because I’m happy to see you!”
From underneath the tattered bill of his ancient baseball cap, Mort’s haggard face drilled a glare into Gage. The deep crinkles around Mort’s eyes betrayed his life experiences, not his age.
Gage, who dressed in shades of white and khaki under his green work apron, snapped to attention. “Ok, ok, ok. Let’s stay calm and positive.” He took a deep breath in, then exhaled, expecting Mort to mirror the actions.
Instead Mort strengthened his glare, his shoulders hunching up to his ears.
“You seem more anxious than usual today.” Gage squeezed Mort’s shoulder.
“Father West was out there I saw him, I saw Father West.”
“Oh Father West is downtown?” Gage leaned around Mort, peering out the windows that looked onto downtown Edinboro’s Main Street. Edinboro, PA was a city people drove through without realizing they’d been there until twenty minutes later when the hazy memory of a town in the middle of corn fields, Christmas tree farms, and open green space would nudge them like a dog with a wet nose. It was a place outsiders might catch out of the corner of their eye and suspect it to be a balance of county fair pie baking contests and basement meth lab explosions. Edinboro was the length of a song on the radio, the height of a two-story building, and the width of a teenager’s foresight. Within this dwindling town, Main Street was the hub that held all of the shops and businesses the residents relied on. All were locally owned, locally run, and most were locally broke. Even with the influx of college students nine months out of the year, the town residents barely made ends meet. The resulting economic stress fractures forked like lightning through the quaint architecture, cracking exterior faces and browning weather beaten facades. Some shop windows were empty but the good natured spirit of the town was left intact, thanks to the congenial residents. The comfort of good neighbors, serene evenings, and the light breeze off the lake gave them a sense that life was paused at the perfect moment. Deep in their hearts, they all felt they were right to forge their lives in Edinboro.
All except Mort. “Gage focus!” he yelled. “I’m dying, remember?”
“Ok, ok, ok. How long have you been experiencing this smell?”
“A minute, I think, maybe, yeah. A minute,” replied Mort, his palms rubbing circles on the sides of his head.
“Hmm. What is it this time?”
Mort took a deep breath and thought about it. A plasticy, chemical, proud scent flooded his sinuses. His brain filled up with memories of decades past. The scent was important to him, yes, but it was ancient history. It swelled his chest and ignited his senses. His hands curled, clutching nothing, clutching the solid scent, turning the wheel to the right, speeding faster and faster. It was new car smell. It was his brand new, just off the line, black 1995 Mustang GT. Which was odd because he has not owned that car in decades. Mortimer Livingston was not permitted a vehicle, legally and permanently. Yet new car smell consumed him, engulfing his lungs, enveloping him from the inside out.
Mort’s words shot out like bullets at the target Gage. “Remember how my Mustang smelled that first day I got it and we drove to Cleveland?”
“No, no, no. We drove to Pittsburgh the first day you got your Mustang.”
“Uh no, we went to Cleveland. I remember it clearly.”
“No, no, no. We didn’t go to Cleveland until after you started dating Sara which was two months after you got your Mustang. The first day you had it, we drove to Pittsburgh.”
Mort sighed. Sara. His high school girlfriend. A dancer who could spin the day into night. He thought they’d get married, have kids, build a life, be normal together. But then the accident happened, causing the traumatic brain injury that scrapped his future and filled his life with deaths. Sara had left town soon after it happened.
Mort dragged a hand across his heart then plunged it back into his pocket. Sara was history as ancient as his car. “Wait. Why would we go to Pittsburgh? I hate Pittsburgh.”
“Glenn said he had a friend with tickets to see some some band and you wanted to go,” said Gage.
“Did we get the tickets?” Mort’s shoulder twitched rapidly then relaxed.
“No, no, no. We drove all around but we couldn’t find the right house. You complained about the steep Pittsburgh hills the whole time.”
Thoroughly distracted, Mort spoke slower now. “I don’t remember that.”
“With your terrible memory, that makes sense. So the smell is your old Mustang?” Gage’s head nodded as he frowned at the floor.
“Yeah and this smell is stronger than any smell I’ve ever had. I can feel the shifter in my palm and how the motor would snag when the gears connected.” Left hand on the wheel, right hand shifting, foot on the clutch, Mort acted the motions as though surrounded by the grey interior and V8 engine. His thin lips loudly vibrated the motor noises before descending into sad nostalgia. “My mom always said it was the most impractical car for a place that gets as much snow as Edinboro.”
Gage hung his ruler on the labelled hook behind the counter. “Your mom was right. How many times did we get that car stuck?”
“Yeah,” Mort chuckled. “But I still wish she hadn’t sold it. If my stupid head injury hadn’t derailed my life, I’d still have it.”
“Selling your car was absolutely necessary. And it was completely worth it, right? Your car bought you three extra weeks in rehab. Who knows what your brain would be like if you hadn’t had that extra time with the doctors.”
“Yeah. I guess.” Mort’s bottom lip jutted out. His knee involuntarily popped forward then back.
“I’ll close up shop then we can get started. Take off your shoes.” Gage went to the door and flipped around a sign that said “Closed for Mort’s Death” then he flipped the sign around again, then flipped the sign around again, and again, and again.
Mort watched the sign flip back and forth wishing Gage would finish, but he was caught in a loop. Mort went over to the door, pushed Gage’s hands away, and completed the task.
“Thanks buddy!” said Gage before disappearing behind the counter to the storage room.
Mort bent down into a hunched cube to untie his sneakers then yanked them off, tossing them to the side. “I still don’t understand why I have to take my shoes off.”
“It grounds you. Connects you to the living world,” Gage yelled from the storeroom. “I tell you this every time.”
“The tiles are making my feet colder,” Mort complained as he stood up, knocking his head against one of the shelves. The bottles rattled but after a quick scan he realized that thankfully, none were out of place.
“Don’t be impatient. This can’t be rushed.” Gage re-emerged to find the pile of Mort’s carelessly flung sneakers. He immediately corrected them, lining them up heel next to heel and toe next to toe perfectly and exactly, then nudged them into line with a floor tile. He fussed with the shoelaces, loosening tightening loosening tightening until equivalent lengths remained on both shoes. “Where are your socks?”
“I didn’t wear socks.”
Gage produced a measuring tape from his apron and reached behind Mort to the mussed shelf. He measured an exact one and a half inch between the bottles, nudging them into place with the tip of his finger. “You constantly complain that your feet are cold, that they haven’t been warm in years, but you don’t wear socks?”
“I couldn’t find any socks.”
“You didn’t look.” Gage picked a minuscule piece of fuzz from Mort’s shirt and walked it around to the wastebasket behind the counter. He opened a drawer and removed a lint roller which he dragged up and down his pants.
“I perused. But you reorganized my stuff again, you Feng shui-hole.” Mort secretly savored the rare moments Gage would bicker with him. It made him feel as though they were equals and life was normal.
“Feng shui is healthy for the soul. I thought you’d be happier!”
“Did you ever think that maybe I didn’t want you going through my stuff?”
“Why? Are you trying to hide something from me? I already know where you keep your old drawings of ‘Return of the Jedi’ Leia,” teased Gage, now lint rolling his chest.
“See? This is about having privacy. My own area. Just because we’re roommates doesn’t mean we have to be in each other’s space all the time.” A minor convulsion erupted in his left leg. He kicked it out, shaking away the spasm.
“But it’s a better system now. Your clothes are in harmony with your environment. You should be thrilled!” Gage’s hands spread wide as he spoke, the lint roller jostling in his enthusiasm.
“But I don’t know where my socks are now.” Mort stood still while Gage swept the lint roller across his shoulders. He knew better than to complain. It would do him no good.
“You’re always telling me you want your life to change, so now you have change! Excited?”
“No.” Mort’s shoulder involuntarily pulsed, smacking him in the ear.
“Well, well, well I don’t know what to tell you except that your shoes are gonna smell.”
“So what? I can’t smell them. All I smell is the car.” Mort inhaled deeply. “I loved that car. It was the first thing I ever owned and it went so fast. If I didn’t wear a seat belt it felt like flying.”
“How would you know? You always wore your seat belt and you yelled at anyone who didn’t wear theirs.” Gage placed the lint roller back in its labelled slot in the drawer.
“Little good it did to be safe in the car,” Mort grumbled. A shudder racked his spine and his torso reverberated, the tingly feedback spreading throughout his back.
Standing eyes to nose, Gage lifted his hand onto Mort’s shoulder and squeezed. “Are your ready?”
“This doesn’t make a difference you know,” said Mort.
“Yes, yes, yes it does. Now shut up while I bless you.”
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2019.12.10 22:13 QuackNate Missing Persons Case 3102015-14, re-opened. Investigation Report 9-11-2019 - Section 10

Transcription of Episode 9

Investigation into Missing Persons Case 3102015-14
Missing Person: Cole Jackson, Cleveland, OH. Reported missing 3-03-2015. Missing Persons Case opened 3-10-2015

Summary:

Case went unsolved due to no evidence, and has remained untouched for just over three years when it was officially closed. New evidence was found recently that has led to the case being re-opened, and will be entered into this report.

Evidence:

3102015-14-A: Hard drive recovered during a raid in Case 9012019-3. Once the drive was accessed there were a series of video files showing what might have been the final days of Cole Jackson, and two others who are also the subject of Missing Persons Cases.
Lydia Poole: Subject of Missing Persons Case 3072015-8. Known friend of Cole Jackson, cases were never officially linked due to lack of evidence.
John Beck: Subject of Missing Persons Case 3122015-17. Known friend of Cole Jackson, cases were never officially linked due to lack of evidence.
Hard drive contained various graphics assets for a show they appeared to be making together called “Ghost Bros”. There were also a series of raw video recordings, and 10 finished episodes.
There was a fourth person credited as the editor, Alexandra Ellis, who was the subject of the raid in Case 9012019-3. She was questioned, but only confirms that after they dropped the drive off with her she never heard from them again.

Suspect Interview: Alexandra Ellis – 10-25-2019

Suspect (referred to going forward as Ellis) interviewed by Detective Gene Moss (referred going forward as D. Moss) regarding the content on the tapes recovered during the raid.
D. Moss: Beginning interview of suspect, Alexandra Ellis. Date, October twenty-fifth, twenty nineteen. Interview will be in regards to the content of the tenth episode of a show Ms. Ellis was tasked with editing called Ghost Bros. Ms. Ellis, you have once again waived your right to have an attorney present, is that correct?
Ellis: Yeah, just get to it.
D. Moss: This interview in in regards to episode ten of Ghost Bros, which we’ve just received from Transcription. Beyond being credited as their editor, what was your relationship with the three subjects; Cole Jackson, Lydia…
Ellis: Yeah, I know who you’re talking about. I was good friends with Di’s older sister.
D. Moss: Di being Lydia Poole.
Ellis: Yes, is that not established by now?
D. Moss: We prefer to use legal names on official records, ma’am.
Ellis: Whatever, so you saw episode ten.
D. Moss: We did. So you knew Lydia’s older sister, Rebecca Dixon Poole?
Ellis: Yeah, we grew up together.
D. Moss: Did you interact with Lydia much during that time?
Ellis: As much as anyone interacts with their friend’s younger sister, I guess. I mean, there was a twelve year age difference. We didn’t have a lot in common.
D. Moss: Rebecca died… ten years ago? Is that right?
Ellis: Yeah, car crash.
D. Moss: So who put you in touch with Cole Jackson?
Ellis: No one, Cole just rang me up one day. You’d have to ask him where he got my number. I’d never met him. As we’ve established, I didn’t hang out with Di much. Didn’t know her friends.
D. Moss: But you referred him to Drew Meadows.
Ellis: Yeah, Drew and I go way back. She used to lead séances with me and Liz. Now she’s a real deal psychic.
D. Moss: Ah, Liz. Last time you told us to watch the rest of the tapes, but it’s pretty obvious everyone involved knows who she is.
Alexandra looks away and huffs.
Ellis: Valiztathod.
D. Moss: Excuse me?
Ellis: Yeah, I guess if you’ve gotten through the tenth episode that’s probably getting pretty confusing, huh?
D. Moss: Liz is mentioned extensively in…
Ellis: Yeah yeah, fine. Rebecca had an imaginary friend growing up. Had a real weird fuckin name, Valiztathod. She talked about him a lot, and we shortened it to Liz because that’s not a batshit crazy thing to try to say all the time and it kind of became Rebecca’s nick-name. She never liked being called Becky or Becca or Reba or any of that, so I was thirsty for a something shorter to call her. Di called her Liz once during a shouting match and it kind of stuck. She never really seemed to mind, and I finally had something shorter to call her so I wasn’t complaining.
D. Moss: That doesn’t answer the question of who this Liz is.
Ellis: How do you figure?
D. Moss: Well first of all, Rebecca is dead.
Ellis: That’s what I thought too. You ever seen a picture of ol’ Liz?
D. Moss: You’re referring to Rebecca Poole? No.
Ellis: Yeah, Rebecca. Well, Di looks almost exactly fucking like her. So when she showed up with all the tapes I thought, Oh, how nice of Lydia Erin Poole to drop those tapes off and went on about my well paid business of editing those episodes together.
D. Moss: But now you believe that was Rebecca?
Ellis: I do. And if your transcription guys would ever finish you’d know why.
D. Moss: Or, you could just tell me.
Ellis: Why bother? You aren’t gonna believe me, and everything you want to know is in those tapes. Just, do me a favor.
D. Moss: No promises, but…
Ellis: Just make sure your forensic crew verifies the video files are unedited. They should have ways of checking, right?
D. Moss: Probably, I’d have to…
Ellis: Because if you can be reasonably sure those videos are legit, then you can stop asking me all these stupid fucking questions, and maybe I can go home before Christmas.
D. Moss: I wouldn’t count on…
Ellis: I’m here because you guys got an anonymous tip that I was selling drugs or some stupid bullshit. You came into my home with a warrant to search the exact spot I’d hidden those tapes. And now I’m being held for, what? A completely different investigation regarding their missing persons cases, right?
D. Moss: The drug related charges have been dropped, so…
Ellis: So when you finish watching all the tapes, and the boys in forensics tell you they’re legit, and you see I had nothing to do with them vanishing off the face of the earth, you’ll let me go. And this case will go where all these weird ass cases go.
D. Moss: And where’s that?
Ellis: How the fuck should I know? Sure as shit isn’t public record though, is it?
D. Moss: Look, this is…
Ellis: Don’t even try to fucking tell me this is a special circumstance like you know what the fuck is going on. You probably watched those episodes like it was Scooby Doo or some shit. Take me back to my god damned cell and leave me the fuck alone until you’ve seen all the videos.
Detective Moss sighs loudly.
D. Moss: Alright then.
He gestures to the camera and the interview ends.

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3102015-14-A-02: Ghost Bros Episode 10
Episode opens on Drew Meadows recording herself vertically with her phone.
Drew Meadows: Hello! My name is Drew Meadows. I’m a professional Psychic from the Cleveland area. Cole wanted me to do a run through of the house before they get here, see what I can pick up, and give you guys a quick intro.
She steps out of her car and looks over the house.
Drew: I’ve always had a kind of, I guess you’d call it a connection to the supernatural side. People often ask me if I find folks’ long dead relatives or stuff like that, but in my experience a cognitive human spirit is probably not a thing. In most cases a haunting is… Well. In most cases a haunting is just regular house noises freaking people out at night when everything is quiet. But most of the legit supernatural cases are just latent psychic energy.
She approaches the door and tries the handle, finding it locked. She starts to look around the porch.
Drew: You see, the gift I use to see that side of things is just another sense we all have in some capacity. A very, very small percentage of people can actually focus that sense into something useable, but that’s more about natural talent than anything you can practice or work out. But regardless, that part of our being does exist in all people to some capacity.
She finds key lock box and puts down the phone. It looks up at her face as she works on the combination.
Drew: So when people die in very emotionally charged ways, it sometimes riles up those latent psychic energies and can leave a kind of emotional scar on a place.
The box opens and she picks back up her phone.
Drew: Dying via murder or some kind of crazy accident tends to be pretty emotional, so that often leaves some trace. But extreme cases leave psychic echoes so powerful even people who normally can’t harness their paranormal senses can experience them as they break into the physical realm of energies.
She unlocks the door and walks in, closing the door behind her. She flicks the screen causing the camera to switch sides, showing the interior of the home.
Drew: All that to say, I can sense even the very small echoes left on places. Those and…
She stops talking and pans the camera around the house.
Drew: That doesn’t feel right.
She takes a few steps into the foyer and stops with the camera pointing into the living room. The camera switches back to her face, which is now drenched in sweat and locked in a worried expression.
Drew: We’ll pick this back up outside.
The clip cuts and picks back up outside the house. Drew is wiping her forehead off with her sleeve.
Drew: So, the other things I was about to talk about. One of them is demons. Now, most people associate demons with the bible, and that’s fair I guess. But let me tell you what I know about them from experience. They are intelligent and certainly cognitive. They are individual, with unique motives and methods. And most importantly, they are hatred in its purest form. A lot of people would call them evil, but it’s more than that. They just seem to despise humanity.
She turns back over her shoulder and looks at the house, then stands up and starts walking across the yard away from it.
Drew: Most of the time you find them holed up in homes like a lair. But they don’t just attach themselves to places. They latch on to people. So if you enter a house with a demon squirreled away inside of it you’re kind of walking into a mine field. It’s not a sure bet it will latch onto you just from proximity. Otherwise I’d be loaded with them. They tend to seek the vulnerable, those who don’t know how to protect themselves from demons or even know they’re being attacked.
She turns stops at the curb and looks back at the house.
Drew: That said, they can manifest themselves emotionally, visually, audibly, and physically in extremely powerful ways. Humans, even psychically gifted ones like myself, have no way to really combat them outside of, reportedly, exorcism. And to be honest I’ve never witnessed one and the church doesn’t like talking about that side of their faith, so who knows if that’s even a real option. But just so you know, there is definitely a demon spidered away somewhere in that house. It’s moving from room to room, doing whatever demons do to pass time until some dumb human walks into its web.
She shudders.
Drew: It definitely felt me in there. Sensing the attention of something like that, being well stuck in the teeth of its trap… It didn’t pursue me. But I’ve had encounters like that before, and something about them cracks open that sense. Like my paranormal fight or flight is on high alert. I’ll be extra sensitive to that side of things for a few days. For the record, I’m going to recommend Cole and the gang do not enter that house.
Footage cuts to a stationary shot Cole Jackson, Lydia Poole, and John beck starting to set up equipment in the home.
Cole: One more night in a haunted house. What’s the worst that could happen?
Cuts to a short intro sequence. Footage picks back up in the car. Lydia is filming from the front passenger seat, John is in the back, and Cole is driving.
Cole: This is it.
Lydia: Is that Drew? She’s pretty. What’s she doing outside?
John: All the ghosts we’re about to meet probably ran her out of the house.
Cole: I have a good feeling, guys. Let’s see what she knows.
Cole pulls up to the curb and rolls down the passenger window.
Cole: Drew Meadows?
Drew: That’s me, you must be Cole.
Cole: Guilty.
They step out of the car and approach Drew.
Drew: So real quick I just wanted to warn you about… What the fuck?
Cole: What?
Drew: What… What have you guys… How…
John: What!?
Drew: There’s just… Cognitive human apparitions…
Lydia: So… ghosts? Yeah. We’re familiar.
Drew: No, well yes. I guess. But I didn’t think they were… real…
John: I thought you talked to dead grandmas for a living.
Drew shoots John an annoyed look.
Drew: No, what I do is pick up on paranormal energies, or beings. It’s mostly known as a sixth sense. But hauntings as people understand them aren’t cognitive spirits, it’s just left over psychic energy, usually magnified by trauma.
John: And by cognitive you mean aware? Like conscience? That’s rare?
Drew: I didn’t think it was real at all, but here we are. You’ve got something like 50 actual ghosts following you guys around in different capacities. Ghosts and…
Lydia: Not loving that and
Drew: It’s just… There are shadows, a kind of parasitic being. Not rare, but they don’t latch on very often.
Cole: Can you… un-latch them?
Drew: That’s the thing, they aren’t latched. They’re following. They seem to be… waiting? I’ve never seen them do that.
John: What else?
Drew: You’ve all got a strange energy on you. It’s like the other cognitive spirits but… Thicker? It’s hard to explain. It’s like there’s just more there.
Cole: Do you know which one it is?
Drew: No, but it’s attached to all of you. The others have all picked favorites, so to speak. Lydia, there is something… not attached, but aware of you. Something I’m unfamiliar with.
John: Probably that fuckin axe man.
Drew: Axe man?
Cole: Kept counting to six. Seemed to get mad if the potential body count didn’t add up.
Drew: Guys, I… I don’t even know where to start.
Cole: You said you could help…
Drew: This is far beyond anything I’ve seen. Beyond what anyone has seen, I’d guess. I’m not saying I can’t help, but it’s going to take time. There’s a lot of layers to unravel. A lot of research to do. Precautions to take.
Cole: So you can’t help tonight, is what you’re saying. There’s nothing you can do now.
Drew: There are some very powerful and dangerous energies woven throughout you three. Getting it all untangled…
John: I guess we’re going in the house then.
Drew: What? You can’t go in that house.
Cole: No choice.
Drew: No, you don’t understand. What’s in there… As bad as it is for you now, you cannot afford to add that to the list.
Cole: It’s a… It’s hard to explain…
John: We’re on a path and if we don’t stay on it one of the ghosts will possess Di and kill Cole.
Cole: I guess it’s not that hard to explain…
Drew: Ghosts shouldn’t be able to possess people. That’s only…
Lydia: We’ve got it on tape. It’s real. I wasn’t happy about it either.
Drew: Listen, if you go in that house, I can’t help you. There is an actual demon in there. Do you know how dangerous that is? Especially for you.
She points at Lydia.
Cole: How’s it worse for us?
Drew: Demons attack your weaknesses. Exploit what is already afflicting you. It will empower everything that’s already at your heel, and throw in its own flavor of torment on top. If that thing attaches to you, it will kill you.
Cole: If we don’t go in there, Di will kill me. Not Di, but… I don’t know what will happen then. To Beck and Di. What I do know is that we’re surviving. It doesn’t matter what’s in that house…
John: It kind of sounds like it does, though…
Cole: Because it’s just one more thing on a big list of shit we’re already dealing with. This is the last stop. We make it through this, and I think most of the shit on our back falls off.
Drew: That is… very optimistic. What gave you that idea?
John: The ghost that possessed Di, told us we had to complete the path, then they could rest.
Drew: You know that likely means you die, right? All of you?
Cole: Listen, this is very simple. If you can’t help us, we need to go into that house. Tonight.
Drew: I can’t stop you. I don’t even want to be around… all of this. But please, I’m begging you. Just… come to my studio. We’ll figure something out. We’ll…
Cole: We’ll step off the path and probably get killed.
Drew: Fine, fine. Just get the…
Drew stops and looks at Lydia’s belly. She approaches, starting to cry.
Drew: How… how far along are you?
Lydia: three months or so. You can tell?
Drew: I can tell…
Drew wipes a tear from her eye.
Drew: She has a kind energy.
Lydia covers her mouth and begins to sob.
Drew: Okay, look.
Drew exhales deeply.
Drew: I’m going to look some stuff up, at my studio. It’s pretty close. If I can find something to help you tonight, I’ll call. Can you give me until midnight?
Cole: I’ll give you until it starts getting spooky.
Drew: That’s… that’s fair. I’ll do what I can. Just…
Cole: What?
Drew: Nothing, I guess. Good luck.
Cole: You too. And, you know. Thanks. I know it got…
Drew: You’re welcome, and times wasting.
Drew runs to her car and speeds off.
John: Well, shit.
Lydia: Yeah… A demon? Cole, I… I don’t know…
Cole turns and looks at the house.
Cole: Yeah. I guess we wait.
Footage cuts to nighttime in front of the house.
Cole: Well, it’s eleven thirty and Drew hasn’t called back. The temp outside has dropped probably twenty degrees, and a weird storm is kicking up all of a sudden.
John: Yeah, it’s getting pretty spooky.
Lydia: Should we try to call Drew?
Cole: Yeah, I’ll…
Cole’s phone starts to ring.
Cole: Oh thank god, it’s… It’s not her. What’s this number? You know this area code?
John peeks at the phone.
John: No, but I’m not exactly an area code repository.
Cole: Fair.
Cole puts the phone to his ear.
Cole: Hello? Yes, Cole Jackson. Who’s this? Oh, great. Did she… Yes. Yes. Uh huh. Right. Okay, uh… So we should… Okay. Thank you so much for following back up with us. We just… Yeah. Okay, I’ll call you after.
Cole hangs up and pockets the phone.
Cole: Okay, that was Brother Thurston. Drew called him, told him about our predicament, says he can help. He’s associated with the church, so…
John: Which church?
Cole: He uh… didn’t say. But this is good news! We do our night in the house, then tomorrow night we meet up at his building and he says he can help.
Lydia: You trust him?
John: I mean, what have we got to lose at this point?
Cole: Yeah, but Drew referred him. And Alex referred Drew. I trust them, so…
John: Alright, well let’s get in this fucking house and get this dumb shit over with.
Lydia: Yes, let’s.
Footage cuts as they approach the house. It picks back up as they’re setting up equipment in the foyer.
John: It’s weird, I expected the house to feel different.
Cole: How do you mean?
John: Like, everywhere we’ve gone had this… feeling. Like just under the surface, you know?
Lydia: Yeah, I felt it too.
John: But this place is just… It just feels like a house.
Cole: Yeah…
John: And there’s supposed to be a demon in here somewhere, which is supposed to be more powerful than what we’ve seen so far… so…
Cole: So why can’t we feel it.
John: Exactly.
Lydia: It is weird. We should definitely all stay together tonight. No splitting up, agreed?
Cole: Agreed.
John: Agreed, except I have to take a shit, so…
Cole: Just… Be quick.
John: We just put Mexican food on top of a solid week of gas station diet. I don’t think quick is on the menu.
Lydia: Groooooooooss.
Cole: Just…
John: Yeah, I know.
John waves at them and walks down the hall. Footage cuts to a grainy shot of a bedroom. Camera is setup overlooking the room from the corner. A woman is standing at the door looking into the hallway.
John: (from the hallway) Man, where the fuck is this bathroom?
Unknown female: (whispering) John.
John: Di?
Unknown female: In here, John.
John enters the room.
John: What the fuck are you doing walking around? You should be with Cole. What are you…
The woman puts a hand on John’s chest.
John: Look, Di. This isn’t… Wait, what the fuck?
John pushes her hand away and turns on the light.
John: No. No no no. Liz?
The woman starts laughing.
Liz: Surprise!
John: No, can’t be you’re… Jesus, you look just like her…
Liz approaches John in a sultry manner.
Liz: How convenient. Isn’t that your type, John?
John backs away from her.
John: It ain’t like that. Di is like a sister to...
Liz: She is a sister to me.
John: Look…
Liz continues to move towards him slowly.
Liz: And as her actual sister I find myself compelled to… protect her…
John continues to back away, but backs into a corner.
John: I feel that, I also…
Liz: From whatever the fuck you guys are doing now, from the things you’ve done before, from you…
John: From me? What the fuck are you…
Liz: Oh, are we going to pretend you didn’t kill me?
John: You died in a fucking car crash. I didn’t even have a license, how the fuck do you figure…
Liz: YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID! WHO YOU PRAYED TO THAT NIGHT!
John: Oh, so we’re putting that on me now? We gonna ignore how you’ve always been a huge fuckin bitch to me for no fucking reason? We not gonna talk about all the ways you hurt me? What you did to me that night?
Liz: You asked him to kill me! You BEGGED him to!
John: After you told your boy toy Bruce to kick the shit out of me! You know how bad he hurt me!?
Liz: Don’t even get me started on Bruce…
John: Why? Afraid you’d never stop sucking his dick?
Liz: How fucking DARE…
John: Oh please. He was one of a dozen dudes you fucked into obedience. I didn’t really get it back then, but it’s pretty clear looking back.
Liz: Well maybe if you’d…
John: If I’d what? Stop being fucking black? You think I didn’t hear those hard Rs you kept dropping on your phone calls? You were always a weak, stupid, racist bitch.
Liz: You were…
John: I WAS LYDIA’S FUCKING BROTHER. I was more kin to her than you ever were!
Liz: You’re a fucking plague, John! You’re not good for anyone! You’re a filthy…
John: So is that what all this shit is? You getting back at me with all these fucking ghosts cause I asked your imaginary friend to kill you after your cock puppet put me in the hospital?
Liz starts laughing.
John: What’s so fucking funny? You know this shit is gonna kill Lydia right along with me, right? And you think I’m bad for her?
Liz: You have no idea, you stupid…
John: Man, shut the fuck up! If your beef is with me, fine. Kill me. Get your fucking ghost dogs off Di and Cole and do whatever the fuck you want to me.
Liz: Would that I could, John. Would that I could.
John: Don’t get all alliterative on me now, you dumb bitch. What’s the hold up, huh? You just so pissed off at me you don’t care if your own blood gets caught in the crossfire?
Liz: I’m doing everything I can to keep Lydia clear of the giant fucking mess you’re in.
John: Yeah, whatever. Get the fuck out of my way.
Liz steps aside.
Liz: Bathroom’s right through there.
John: You gonna watch me shit?
Liz: You know what? Good luck tonight. You’re gonna fucking need it.
Liz huffs and walks out of the room. Footage cuts and picks back up in the living room where Lydia and Cole are setting up the last of the equipment.
John: Guys, we need to talk. Di, you might want to sit down.
Lydia: I… am sitting down?
John: I mean, like, mentally. I think Liz is back.
Cole: Yeah, we’ve seen her.
Lydia: We’ve seen her?
Cole: Yeah, me and you. You saw her on Scripp’s Road, I saw her when I got home.
John: You didn’t think to mention that?
Cole: Didn’t I? I could have sworn I…
Lydia: First I’m hearing about it.
John: Whatever, she was in the house. Pretty sure she just left.
Lydia: Here?
John: Yeah, we just had a real heart to heart and I think… Sorry, Di. I think she’s the reason this is happening to us.
Lydia: That doesn’t make sense. She helped us when…
John: She blames me for her death. I don’t know how much of it you were aware of, but she hated me. She was always doing mean shit, and I tried to let it die with her cause I didn’t want to upset you, but she basically confirmed it. She’s coming after me.
Lydia: I knew she picked on you… John I’m… I’m so sorry, I didn’t know… She was…
John: She was… It doesn’t matter. She’s the problem. Or I am, I don’t know. I’m sorry guys. I got you crossed up in…
Cole: It’s not your fault. It’s… Don’t put it on yourself. It doesn’t even matter. We’re getting through the night, and tomorrow we’re meeting Brother Thurston and getting it sorted.
Lydia: Liz… I can’t believe it.
John: Me either. She’s mad as hell, though.
Cole: For what it’s worth, she made it pretty clear I wasn’t her favorite person the other day as well.
Lydia: So… what does that mean? What are we gonna do?
John: Nothing changes, far as I see it. We’re still just as fucked as we were. We just gotta ride out tonight, then meet this, uh… Thurston?
Cole: Yeah. One more night in a haunted house. What’s the worst that could happen?
Lydia: Wait, you said she left? Like just recently?
John: Yeah, why?
Lydia: Stop and listen. I’m getting that feeling now. Like always, but…
Cole: Yeah…
John: Shit. This is gonna be bad, huh?
Footage cuts to 3:15am. The three of them are in the living room, Lydia is asleep.
Cole: About that time.
John: Yep. Stupid-ass witching hour.
Cole: Can’t argue with results.
John: I can, and will. Because doesn’t shit happen to people during the witching hour on those other shows, but we meet every god damned ghost we go looking for regardless of the time of day.
Cole: Really, Beck. This isn’t on you.
John: Di still asleep? Good, listen man. The night Liz died I was laid up in the hospital.
Cole: I remember that. Got jumped, right?
John: More or less. She had one of her dumb ass friends beat the shit out of me. He told me to keep away from Di, like it was a message from Liz.
Cole: Liz did that?
John: Yeah. So there I am all alone in the hospital, beat to shit, and that stupid fucking name pops into my head.
Cole: Valiztathod.
John: Exactly. If we’re being honest, I didn’t even know how to pronounce than name at the time. But that night, it was crystal clear. I felt a… I don’t know, a kind of… connection…
Cole: Yeah, since this started I’ve begun to get the notion that Liz's make believe friend was probably real.
John: I asked him to… To stop Liz. To make her stop hurting me, threatening to cut my ties to Di.
Cole: And then the car wreck.
John: It was minutes after I spoke the words.
Cole: Did you ask him to kill her?
John: No, man. I’m not a fuckin psychopath.
Cole: Then even if Mr. Liz did kill her because of your conversation, it’s still not on you.
John: How you figure?
Cole: Because if Mr. Liz is real, it’s her own fucking fault for associating with a…
John: Yeah, what the fuck would he even be?
Cole: Demon, probably.
John: Ha, so tonight is old hat for us, technically.
Cole: I guess so.
Lydia wakes up screaming frantically. Cole grabs her legs as John holds her shoulders and tries to talk her down.
John: Di! Hey! It’s John! We got you, you’re safe! It was just a dream, girl!
Lydia: Beck?
John: Yeah, it’s us, we’re good.
Lydia: I… Was I asleep?
Cole: Yeah, for about two hours now.
Lydia: It was so real.
There is a very deep thump from the back of the house.
Cole: What was…
Lydia: Don’t go looking. Please don’t go. It’s not safe.
John: What’d you dream about, Di?
Another loud thump is heard, it sounds closer.
Lydia: This. There was a thump and Cole led us through the house. We got closer and closer and then we got to the pantry and… It was there.
Cole: What was?
Tears start streaming down Lydia’s face.
Lydia: Cole… It was horrible… It was…
Another loud thump, sounds like it’s from the next room.
Lydia: It knows we’re not going to look for it… It’s coming to us…
Cole: It’s okay, sit tight.
Cole gets up and walks towards the door leading to the next room.
Lydia: Cole! No! You don’t know what…
Cole holds up a hand puts an ear to the door.
John: Cole, man… I think we fulfilled the path shit. Let’s just get the fuck out of here.
Cole turns back around, but as his face should be entering the shot the image distorts and blurs. John and Lydia begin screaming and run for the front door. Cole picks up a camera and turns it on, footage picks up from that feed. The edges are extremely distorted. The shot centers on John and Lydia as they get to the front door and turn back around.
John: Oh fuck! Fuck! What the fuck is that!?
Lydia is pressed hard against John’s back.
Lydia: That’s him!
The footage starts rushing towards John and Lydia who appear to panic and throw open the front door. They rush through, but beyond the door frame is the inside of a different house. As Cole closes the distance the distorted edges begin to correct themselves.
Cole: Uh… guys?
John turns on him, fist raised.
John: Cole!? What the fuck, man!?
Cole: Where are we?
The feed pans behind him showing the door slam shut. It then pans around the room. It’s a completely different house. Lydia falls to the ground crying. John kneels beside her and tries to comfort her.
Cole: This is…
John: Is this the axe murder house?
Cole: I… I think…
John: Because that house doesn’t exist, Cole. How the fuck are we here?
Cole tries the door handle and finds it unlocked. He turns to John who shrugs.
Cole: Alright then.
Cole pulls the door open and the entire image distorts. There is an unnatural, very deep roar and several minutes of the sounds of the three of them screaming. Footage picks back up as Cole kicks in a door.
Cole: WHAT THE FUCK!?
John: Okay, that was clearly a fucking demon, Cole! How are you holding up, Di?
Lydia has a hand over her mouth, her eyes tightly shut, and her face is red and tear-soaked.
John: Cole, we need to get the fuck out of here. Away from that…
John is slammed to the ground as the image around Lydia’s face distorts.
Lydia: (very deep voice) AWAY FROM WHAT, JOHN?
John: Oh fuck! Cole!
Cole tackles Lydia off of John, but the image around her face stabilizes right before he hits her. She grabs her stomach, screaming.
Cole: Oh shit, no no no…
John: Oh fuck…
The right edge of the image distorts. Cole turns towards it, causing the entire image to blur into static. Another loud roar is heard.
Cole: The door behind us, go.
John: No fucking way! Not without…
Cole: Get Di and get the fuck out of here!
John: God damn it! Come on, Di!
The image goes haywire as you hear the sounds of John struggling with Lydia, then a door opening and closing.
Cole: Alright, you got me! Is this what you wanted!? Fine, I give up! Come on, take your prize!
The roaring sound intensifies as the screen starts to go pure white.
Cole: But you leave… Aah…AHHHHHHHH!
The screen goes dark as the camera seems to break. But Cole is heard screaming for almost another minute before the feed cuts completely. It picks back up from the stationary camera in the original living room. John bursts into the front door, the image behind him distorting the shot severely. The distortion increases until the door slams shut as Cole is heard screaming. The image stabilizes and there is silence.
John: What? WHAT!?
Lydia is curled up on the floor holding he stomach as John rushes the door.
John: Cole!
He throws it open and sees the front yard of the house.
John: Cole? COLE!
He shuts and reopens the door several times, revealing the front yard each time.
John: No no no… Oh shit, Di?
He turns and kneels beside Lydia, putting a hand on her to comfort her as he pulls out his phone and calls 911. Footage cuts and picks back up in John’s bedroom.
John: So, Lydia is gonna be okay. So’s the baby.
John sniffs.
John: That was all…
He looks over his shoulder at a clock.
John: Seven hours ago. Jesus. I don’t know what…
There is a loud roar, same as the one from the other house, then a deep thud from the hallway outside of John’s room.
John: Oh shit, no no no… not here…
John gets up and tentatively moves towards the door, then opens it slowly.
John: Oh shit! Cole!
He rushes out the door, Footage cuts and picks up in the car. John is driving and Cole is filming with his phone. The camera is turned towards his face, which is covered in deep scars. He seems extremely emaciated and his hair is going grey around the edges.
Cole: So, Beck here tells me I’ve been gone about seven hours. It felt… much longer to me.
John: Long enough for those deep-ass cuts to scar up.
Cole: Yeah… He worked me over for… I don’t know how long. Then he just… left me… In perfect darkness. No matter how hungry or thirsty I got, I never actually… I just…
John: It’s alright, you’re safe now. We’re gonna get you checked out, and tonight we’ll get this solved. Right?
Cole: Right. John, it was…
John: You don’t have to talk about if you don’t…
Cole: It was Valiztathod.
John: No shit?
Cole: Yeah…
John: It doesn’t matter. We end it tonight. We just gotta get you… Get you checked out…
Cole: It doesn’t matter…
John: Home stretch, man. We’re close. Di is okay, you’re gonna be okay. We getting it solved tonight. Thurston, he’s gonna...
Cole: It doesn’t matter.
John: Come on, don’t do that, man. Don’t give up, not now.
Cole drops the phone and starts crying. Cuts to a short credits sequence. Footage resumes moving down a hospital hallway. John is filming, Lydia is walking beside him.
John: Again, he looks real rough. They said nothing permanent was…
They turn into a room. Cole is in a bed.
Lydia: Oh my god, Cole…
Cole: Di, are you okay? The baby…
Lydia: Yeah, we’re both okay. Cole, what happened?
Cole: A lot. For a long time. But it doesn’t matter.
John: Because tonight we end it. Right?
Cole: Yeah…
Lydia: We’re going to figure it out, we are.
Cole: Tonight it ends.
Cole begins to cry again. Episode ends.

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2019.11.22 21:04 QuackNate Missing Persons Case 3102015-14, re-opened. Investigation Report 9-11-2019 - Section 7

Transcription of Episode 6

Investigation into Missing Persons Case 3102015-14
Missing Person: Cole Jackson, Cleveland, OH. Reported missing 3-03-2015. Missing Persons Case opened 3-10-2015

Summary:

Case went unsolved due to no evidence, and has remained untouched for just over three years when it was officially closed. New evidence was found recently that has led to the case being re-opened, and will be entered into this report.

Evidence:

3102015-14-A: Hard drive recovered during a raid in Case 9012019-3. Once the drive was accessed there were a series of video files showing what might have been the final days of Cole Jackson, and two others who are also the subject of Missing Persons Cases.
Lydia Poole: Subject of Missing Persons Case 3072015-8. Known friend of Cole Jackson, cases were never officially linked due to lack of evidence.
John Beck: Subject of Missing Persons Case 3122015-17. Known friend of Cole Jackson, cases were never officially linked due to lack of evidence.
Hard drive contained various graphics assets for a show they appeared to be making together called “Ghost Bros”. There were also a series of raw video recordings, and 10 finished episodes.
There was a fourth person credited as the editor, Alexandra Ellis, who was the subject of the raid in Case 9012019-3. She was questioned, but only confirms that after they dropped the drive off with her she never heard from them again.

Transcript:

The following will be a written transcript of the episodes as they are processed.
3102015-14-A-02: Ghost Bros Episode 7
Episode opens showing Cole outside of a hotel on his phone. Footage is grainy, apparently filmed with an old camera. Appears to be a continuation of the footage from Episode 6.
Cole: Thanks, I’ll see you sometime around then, yeah.
Unknown female behind camera: Another caught up in your lies.
Cole hangs up and starts walking back towards the room. The camera pushes through some plants and starts to follow him. The pace quickens and the feed gets real shaky and blurry as it rushes towards Cole, then grabs him by the back of the neck. Cole stiffens instantly. The camera slides around him until his face is centered. Only the whites of his eyes are showing.
Unknown female: Take it.
Her other hand enters the shot holding what appears to be an ornate ceremonial dagger. Cole accepts it.
Unknown female: Keep it hidden until the sky sings.
The camera pans down, showing Cole stow the blade in a pocket.
Unknown female: There will be a man and a woman with you when it happens. Kill them both.
Cole nods, then the camera slides back behind him. The hand releases his neck.
Unknown female: Go.
Cole walks away, appearing oblivious to what just happened. Cuts to a short intro sequence. Footage resumes outside a clinic. Cole is filming himself.
Cole: Hey guys, welcome back to Ghost Bros! You’re probably wondering why I’m outside this clinic. Well I’ll show you!
Cuts to the footage of John Beck stumbling out of the bathroom coughing and vomiting, then back to Cole.
Cole: Turns out he’s probably fine, they’re just doing some checks to make sure.
Lydia steps out of the clinic behind him and walks out of the shot. Cole doesn’t seem to notice.
Cole: If you’ve been watching you know we’ve run into far more than our share of spooky encounters. Tomorrow night we’ll be checking out one of the creepier ones I researched, so today we’re just going to take it easy.
Cole appears to check a text.
Cole: Okay, that’s them. No cameras inside, so, I’ll see you guys in a bit.
Footage cuts and picks up in a restaurant. Camera is mounted so they are all in the frame.
Lydia: So what’d they say it was, Beck?
John: Stress, probably. All things considered, that makes sense.
Cole: Well, I sprung for a nice suite for tonight and tomorrow. Turns out Lake Orion has a good bit of touristy things we can get into. A lot of water sports stuff. You guys bring your swim suits?
John: Hell yeah I did.
Lydia: Never leave home without it.
Cole: Alright, well let’s finish breakfast and get to it.
Cuts to a montage of the three of them doing various things around Lake Orion. There are several shots of them out on the lake, then eating a nice looking lunch. Footage picks back up as they are getting massages. They are all lying on beds, mid massage.
Lydia: Why don’t we do this all the time forever?
Cole: Because it’s prohibitively expensive.
John: Well let’s rob some banks or something ‘cause I did not know what I was missing out on, and this is what I’m about now. Oh my god, yes. Right there.
Lydia: Did Beck pay extra? What’s going on over there?
John: Hey, do that same thing to her, with your elbow.
Lydia’s masseuse uses his elbow on her back
Lydia: Oh my gooooooooooooooood.
John: Cole, I had my doubts. But this was the best idea you’ve ever had.
Cole: I aim to pleeeaaaa-oooooh my god
John: Ya’ll need to patent that move, for real.
Footage cuts to a montage of the three of them running around town shopping in various stores. It picks up in a clothing store as Lydia is flipping through swim suits.
Lydia: Oooh, I love this! I’m gonna try it on.
Cole: Why do you need a bathing suit? You’re wearing one right now.
John: Dammit, Cole, let the woman get her shopping on!
Lydia: I know you boys would just throw on any old pair of shorts to hit the water, but for girls it’s also about looking good. And this looks good.
Cole: I mean, I don’t disagree.
John: Holy shit. Was that a compliment?
Cole: I compliment! I’m very complimentary!
Lydia: Just wait till you see me in it.
Lydia runs off.
John: This is real nice, man. More in line with what I was expecting from this road trip. Feels like it’s been forever since we just hung out.
Cole: That’s life, I guess.
John: Listen man, I hate that we drifted apart after high school.
Cole: No one’s fault. You had that internship taking up all your time. Di had all those family issues. I had my own stuff going on.
John: It was a lot harder getting that adult life started than I anticipated.
Cole: Same here. I can’t even imagine having to deal with all that stuff on Di’s plate.
John: Speak of the devil. Damn, girl!
Lydia: You guys like it?
Cole: Kev’s gonna wish he came with us for sure.
Lydia: Aww, you do know what a compliment is!
Cole: Do I not compliment you guys enough?
John: I mean, not really. Like, it’d be nice to know I was appreciated some time.
Cole: Well go try on one of those bikinis.
John: Oh, uh. I’m good with our current dynamic, I guess.
Cuts to a montage of the three of them back out on the lake. Footage picks up as they’re drying off next to some kind of storefront. John is filming using a head mounted camera. Lydia wraps a towel around her hair and picks up her bag.
Lydia: I’m gonna get changed, see you guys inside.
Cole and John nod, then Lydia walks around the corner. Footage cuts to grainy footage, apparently being shot from inside a women’s changing room. Lydia walks in and the camera approaches her rapidly. She looks up at the last moment before a hand reaches out and grabs her throat, pushing her back out of the room into the alley. She immediately goes stiff and drops everything she’s holding. Her pupils roll up leaving only the whites of her eyes visible. For a moment there is only heavy breathing from behind the camera.
Unknown female: Leave them. Go home.
Lydia doesn’t seem to react for a moment, then a tear runs down her face.
Lydia: I can’t.
The hand tightens on her throat.
Unknown female: Leave them.
Lydia: No.
The woman behind the camera grunts as she drags Lydia by the throat across the alley and slams her into a wall. Lydia doesn’t appear to react.
Unknown female, sounds desperate: LEAVE THEM!
Lydia, while struggling to breath: I won’t.
The hand on her throat relaxes.
Unknown female, almost sounds like she’s crying: Please…
Lydia doesn’t react.
Unknown male: Hey! What are you doing?
The feed pans left to see a man entering the alley walking towards them, then turns back to Lydia. The hand releases her throat and Lydia drops to the ground, completely limp. The camera lowers, and the hand caresses her face.
Unknown male: Get away from her!
The camera snaps back to the man and an inhuman scream is heard, which distorts badly in the low quality of the recording. The unknown man stops dead in his tracks and almost falls backwards. The camera rushes towards him, then footage cuts back to John’s camera. It snaps towards the alley as the scream is heard much more clearly.
John: Okay what the fuck was that?
Cole: Di’s back there.
They both get up and run toward the alley, Cole taking lead. A man stumbles backwards out of the alley holding his chest. Cole rushes to him.
Cole: Find DI!
Footage shows Cole catch the man as he falls, then swings right and settles on Lydia laying against a wall. Footage cuts back to the grainy camera watching John approach Lydia.
John: Di! Di, you okay!?
He leans over her and checks her over. The camera starts moving towards them.
John: Come on, Di…
Lydia seems to wake up at this point and grabs the back of her head.
Lydia: Ah… Beck? What happened?
John: You okay?
Lydia: I think I hit my head.
The camera settles right behind John and a hand starts reaching out.
Cole: This guy isn’t looking good.
The camera backs up as Lydia and John look over toward Cole. It backs down the alley. Cole has started CPR on the man. Footage cuts and picks back up in the suite. John and Cole are sitting at a table.
John: Well that was a fucked up day.
Cole: Just to quickly bring you guys up to speed, the man from the alley died. He’d been stabbed, right through the heart apparently. Nothing anyone could have done.
John: Except not stab his ass, maybe.
Cole: Di was attacked, we think the man was trying to help, but she doesn’t remember anything until John was with her. Apparently she took a blow to the back of the head. She was checked out and is apparently fine, but she’s shaken up pretty bad.
John: Oh. Hey Di. We didn’t know if you wanted to be in this one.
Lydia walks into the shot and sits down between them.
Lydia: It’s fine. Listen, about the attack…
John: You don’t have to go through it now. You can…
Lydia: It’s alright, really. But… I think I saw Liz.
Cole: That’s… I don’t think…
Lydia: It was before I was attacked. Or… I don’t know. It was right when I walked into the changing room. For a split second I saw… It was her.
John: It’s kinda fucked up, but wouldn’t be the weirdest thing that happened to us.
Cole: Di, I don’t… I’m sorry. For all of this.
Lydia: It’s okay. It was… Somehow it’s comforting. Even just the thought of it, you know?
John: I get that.
Cole: Well tomorrow I was planning on doing some more vacation stuff before heading out to Scripp’s Road at night. If you guys don’t want to...
Lydia: We stay on the path, Cole. I’ll need to rest, but we’re going to the… whatever it is tomorrow night.
John: If Di’s good I’m there.
Cole: Alright. Well let’s get some rest.
John: Speaking of that; Cole, man. I’m digging this suite. We got three beds, baby!
Lydia: Yeah, can we just stay in suite for the rest of the trip?
Cole: My life’s savings only goes so far, guys.
Footage cuts and picks up in the car at night. Cole is filming with a head mounted camera while driving. Lydia and John are wearing them as well.
John: So you got us two more GoPros.
Cole: I just figured we get split up a lot. It’d be nice to have footage from everyone’s perspective.
Lydia: Well obviously I’m in favor of not splitting up.
John: That’s always the plan. So, tell us about these nuns.
Cole: Well, Scripp’s Mansion is a historical site. The mansion was used to help rehabilitate nuns who struggled with alcoholism.
John: Uh… is that a thing?
Cole: Apparently.
Lydia: So when does it get ghosty?
Cole: Well apparently people see shadowy figures along Scripp’s Road. There’s sightings of them appearing to stand vigil at the gates of Scripp’s Mansion as well. I figure we’ll just park on the far end of the wooded section, walk to the mansion gate, then back to the car. See what we get then go back to the suite.
John: For real, I can’t wait to get back to that suite, though.
Lydia: I think I’m going to move into the suite. That is going to be my life now.
John: Yeah, and have those massage guys come by every day.
Cole: Here we are.
They pull over to the side of the road get out of the car. The street is wooded and not well lit.
Lydia: So, this is straight up a spooky ass dirt road.
John: Well, it doesn’t really help the spook factor that this tiny stretch of wooded road is bookended by two neighborhoods.
Cole: Just be careful. There’s no street lights until we get to the main gate of the mansion, and this road is still pretty well used.
The three of them start walking down the road in silence. Footage switches to low light as they leave the street light, then cuts to Lydia’s camera.
Lydia: So, how are we supposed to be able to see shadowy figures out here? It’s basically pitch black.
John: Yeah, man. My eyes have barely adjusted enough to be able to see the road.
There is an audible splashing noise causing Lydia to turn and scream.
Lydia: You guys have to have heard that. Guys?
Lydia turns and Cole and John are gone.
Lydia: Guys?
There is another splashing noise from behind Lydia. She spins and there is a silhouette that appears to be female in the middle of the road. Lydia appears unable to see it in the low light.
Lydia: Who’s there?
The figure moves closer to Lydia. Loud wet footsteps can be heard.
Lydia: Cole? John?
The figure breaks into a sprint. Lydia appears to react to the sound and starts running as well, but she runs directly into the tree line.
Lydia: Ow, shit!
Footage shows her push through the brush. The wet footsteps sound like they’re getting closer and closer.
Lydia: JOHN!
Footage switches to John’s camera. He is alone in the middle of the road.
John: Cole? Di? Man, what the fuck.
He turns and there is a woman wearing all white floating in the middle of the street. She starts moving towards him.
John: This is some bullshit.
Footage switches to Cole’s camera.
Cole: I don’t know. Maybe they’ll be darker than everything else? Di?
Cole turns and finds himself alone on the road. A pair of headlights pops up at the end of the road, so he steps back towards the brush.
Cole: Guys! Car coming! Watch out! Man, where the fuck’d you guys go?
There is a sound like children giggling behind him and he snaps around.
Cole: Hello?
Cole pushes into the brush a little bit. There is a barely audible sound of whispering.
Cole: Okay, ha ha.
He pushes a little further in and finds himself face to face with a child.
Unknown Child: I don’t like it here.
Cole gasps and jumps back. He looks right to see a truck baring down on him. He seems to panic and spins, then falls backwards into the brush. He turns to look behind him but there is no sign of the child. He turns to see the truck silently passing him. It’s an extremely old model. The man in the passenger seat locks eyes on him.
Cole: Oh shit.
Footage cuts to Lydia running through the woods.
Lydia: Get back!
There is a kind of gurgling scream from behind her.
Lydia: I’m sorry! I didn’t mean anything!
Lydia falls and the camera pops off her head and rolls a bit before resting against a foot. A woman picks it up, the footage panning up her body as she lifts it, but it turns before getting to her face. The camera turns to see Lydia lying on the ground holding her ankle.
Lydia: I’m sorry! Please!
There is another woman standing over her, soaking wet. She starts to reach down towards Lydia. Footage cuts to John looking at the lady in white as she approaches him.
John: Okay, first of all. Why are you coming after me? I didn’t even wanna be in that house.
She moves right up to him without a sound.
John: That was all Cole’s idea. Not that I think you should necessarily go haunt him or anything.
The woman in white looks over John’s shoulder. He follows her stare to find another woman in the road.
Unknown woman: Hello? Where am I? Oh God…
John: Hey, you alright?
Unknown woman: Who’s there?
She backs away from John, terrified.
John: It’s okay, I don’t know what’s going on either.
She continues to back away.
Unknown woman: Just.. just..
John stops.
John: Okay, it’s alright. I’m not gonna come any closer. Oh shit, hold on.
John looks back over his shoulder and the woman in white is gone.
John: Alright, look, if you walk away from me you’ll get to a street light. Our car is parked there. Doors are unlocked, but feel to get in and lock yourself up. My phones in there, you can unlock it and call the cops. There’s not a code or anything.
The woman turns and starts to run. As she does the woman in white speeds by John towards her.
John: Shit! RUN LADY!
The woman turns and sees the woman in white. And falls backwards. The woman in white grabs her by the throat and turns to John.
John: Hey what the fuck! Let her go!
He runs up to her as the woman in white snakes a hand into the other woman’s pocket. She pulls out a slip of paper.
John: I said let her go!
The woman in white releases the other woman, then moves up to John and hands him the note.
John: This is… my phone number… Oh shit…
Feed cuts to Cole’s camera as he runs through the woods. The sound of a very loud engine can be heard behind him.
Cole: Fuck fuck fuck!
He breaks into a clearing and finds himself surround by children.
Unknown child: You said I could come.
Can I come too?
Where are we?
It’s dark, I don’t like it.
Who’s that behind you?
They’re scary.
I want to go home.
Where is my mommy?
The children begin talking over one another as Cole backs away. There is a sound of someone breaking into the clearing behind Cole, and he spins around to see Lydia and John.
John: Hey man, where have you been?
Lydia: We’ve been looking for you!
John: Come on, hurry.
John grabs Cole’s hand and pulls him back into the woods.
Cole: You guys okay? What’s going on? Where’d you go?
Lydia: You just vanished suddenly. We’ve been looking for you.
Cole pulls his hand away from John.
Cole: Seriously, guys. What’s happening?
John: We’re running out of time, we need to hurry.
Cole: Hurry for what? To the car?
Lydia: Just follow us, come on! There isn’t much time!
Cole: Alright, just… You guys are okay, though?
John: Come on, man!
There is suddenly a very bright flash of light, the feed goes pure white for a couple of seconds.
Cole: What the…
Suddenly a sound erupts from all around them, almost like a chorus.
John: It’s too late. It’s happening.
Lydia: We tried.
Lydia turns to Cole.
Lydia: What are you doing?
The feed pans down and shows Cole digging through his pocket. He retrieves the ornate dagger.
John: Where did you get that?
Cole tears the sheath off and moves towards John.
John: Hey, whoa! Whoa!
Cole grabs his shoulder and thrusts the knife into his abdomen. John doubles over as Cole pulls it out, then he slams it into John’s back over and over. Lydia begins to scream.
Lydia: No! No no no! Why are you!?...
Cole turns on her and lunges.
Lydia: No! Get back!
He misses the grab for her arm, but she stumbles backwards.
Lydia: Get away! No! Don’t, please!
Cole drops a knee into her gut and grabs her by the throat, then stabs her over and over until she lies still.
Cole: What…
He stands up looking at the dagger in his hand.
Cole: What did I…
He looks down at Lydia.
Cole: Di… Di?
Her body starts to twist and shift, and disolves into black smoke. He turns to see John’s body doing the same.
Cole: What… John? Di?
Footage cuts to John helping a woman stand up.
Unknown woman: I thought she was gonna kill me…
John: It’s Candice, right?
Candice: How…
John: We exchanged numbers back in Cleveland, at that diner you work at.
Candice: I… I remember you. John?
Lydia bursts from the tree line.
John: Di!
Lydia: John! Thank God!
She runs up and hugs him.
John: Candice, this is Di. You remember her?
Candice: Yeah. There was one more with you, right?
John: Yeah, where the fuck is Cole.
Cole: John?
John turns to see Cole standing behind him.
John: Oh man, thank God. Listen, this shit is getting crazy. We need to get back to the car and get the fuck out of here.
Cole: Is it really you?
Cole lifts up a dagger.
John: Of course it’s me? What's with the blade, man? You okay?
Cole: Di? That you?
Lydia: Of course it is.
Cole: I don’t…
John takes a step towards Cole.
John: It’s alright, man, just.
Cole jumps back and points the dagger at John.
Cole: STAY THE FUCK BACK!
John: Whoa, whoa. It’s alright buddy. We all just went through some scary shit. I don’t know what you saw, but it’s okay now.
Lydia: We need to get out of here.
Cole: That’s what the other one said. Just…
John walks up to Cole.
John: It’s okay, man. It’s okay. I know you aren’t gonna stab me.
Cole, breaking down: You don’t know… You don’t…
John: It’s alright, man.
John gets within arm’s reach. The dagger pokes into his chest a little.
John: It’s alright man, it’s me.
Cole drops the dagger and collapses. John drops down and puts an arm around him.
John: Let’s get back to the car, man. It’s alright.
Footage cuts and picks back up in the suite.
John: Welcome to our home away from home, Candice. You can take my bed.
Candice: I don’t want to impose…
John: It’s alright. Don’t worry about it. The couch here is better than my bed at home.
Cole walks into the room.
Cole: Alright, I got a cab to drive you back to Cleveland in the morning.
Candice: You’re… not coming back? After all that?
John: We got one more thing to do. It’s hard to explain. Maybe someday we’ll talk about it. Over dinner?
John holds out the slip of paper with his number. Candice looks at it, and back at him, then takes the note and folds it into her pocket.
Candice: Yeah, maybe.
Lydia walks into the room.
Lydia: Alright, shower’s all yours. I left you some clothes.
Candice: Thanks, Di.
Candice heads into the bathroom.
John: Okay so what the fuck happened tonight.
Cole: After we got separated I got chased by that fucking ghost truck from Sabina, then ran into all those kids again. Right after that I ran into what I thought was you two. They dragged me into the woods telling me we had to hurry, that we were running out of time. I don’t know what they meant, but suddenly there was this burst of light, then a sound like… Like singing. In church. Next thing I know I’m stabbing the fuck out of both of you. It was like someone else was doing it in my body. I couldn’t stop, even though I could see it all happening… I…
John: That explains why you freaked out when you saw us. Where’d that freaky knife come from?
Cole: I don’t know. I just pulled it out of my pocket. I don’t know how it got in there, or how long it’s been there.
Lydia: About the light…
John: Yeah, that shit saved me and Candice’s asses. That fuckin lady in white from the Stone house showed up and was about to strangle her to death. I couldn’t do a damn thing, then that burst of light happened and the white bitch was gone.
Cole: How’d Candice get here?
John: I don’t know. She was as confused as I was when we found each other. We can try to talk with her about it when she’s out of the shower, I guess. But I’m thinking it was some ghost bullshit.
Lydia: The light. That was Liz.
Cole: No shit?
John: The fuck?
Lydia: That water lady or whatever from Euclid was chasing me. I tripped and my camera popped off. Suddenly that thing… Grabbed my leg. I looked up and saw… Liz. She was standing there holding my GoPro. She held up her hand and boom. Light. I couldn’t see or hear anything for like ten minutes. I ended up stumbling out of the tree line right in front of John.
John: That’s… fuckin wild. You sure it was Liz?
Lydia: ‘Course I do. I can’t help feeling like she’s watching out for us, somehow.
John and Cole look at each other worriedly.
Cole: Alright, I know it’s getting intense, but we only got one more site to look at before heading home. Then we can get some professional help.
Lydia: Dare I even ask what we got coming up.
Cole: I murder house…
John: A what!?
Cole: A murder house. A house some people were murdered in.
John: By who?
Cole: No one knows.
John: Oh that’s… that’s just fuckin great, Cole.
Lydia: Just one more…
Cole: Yeah. One more…
Cuts to a quick credits sequence. Footage picks back up from the grainy camera outside a house. A cab pulls up and Candice gets out of the car. She starts walking towards her house when an inhuman scream blasts out from behind the camera. It is heavily distorted. Candice turns holding her ears and looks right into the camera. She screams and starts to run, but the cameraman catches up to her extremely quickly. Footage cuts out, episode ends.
Supplemental: Candice Hines is also the subject of a missing persons case, one slightly pre-dating Cole Jackson’s. The woman in the video matches the photo of Candice Hines supplied to the investigators by her parents. Upon discovering it was her on the tape, her case was reopened as well. They’re investigation who “Liz” could be, but so far there isn’t anything officially listed.

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2019.11.06 21:42 WastedFrog Frog's mid-season review

Well nobody saw this coming. The 49ers are 8-0 and the last remaining undefeated team this season. The defense is a million miles ahead of where it was this time last year and Jimmy G has done his best to assuage the anxiety that built up in his absence since his ACL injury. Saleh went from "Does he need to be replaced?" to "Can we easily replace him when he leaves for a HC job?" in the blink of an eye and Kyle Shanahan is on the short list for COY.
I'm going to give my mid season report cards on the entire roster, highlight positions of need, look through the pending free agents, identify potential cap cuts and try to determine a priority list for extensions.
In this section I'm going to go through our first 8 games and give a small recap. I'll also hand out a game ball for each W.
8-0
Week 1: @ Tampa Bay W 31-17
This was an ugly game for the offense. Jimmy got baited for a pick 6 early on. The run game never really got going. They ended up with 98 total yards rushing on 32 attempts. Given what we know now about how great Tampa's run D is, it's a little less painful than it was at the time. The team had 11 penalties. The high for this season so far.
The defense kicked ass. Two pick 6s, one from each outside CB and a 3rd INT to beat their team total from last year in 1 game.
Game Ball: Ahkello Witherspoon. 1 INT, 1 TD, 3 passes defended
Week 2: @ Cincinnati W 41-17
That score is seriously lopsided and does not get across just how lopsided this game was. The last time the 49ers had beat a team down this badly was in 2012 when they put up over 300 yards rushing and 300 yards passing vs the Bills. If not for a garbage time TD against mostly backups where a 49er fell over the score would look more like the game.
Both the offense and defense played a damn near perfect game. Not much else to say about this one.
Game Ball: Kwon Alexander 1 INT, 6 tackles, 3 passes defended
Week 3: Vs Pittsburgh W 24-20
This was not a perfect game. Not even close. However this is the game that convinced be about the 2019 49ers. It is extremely difficult to win a game where you give the ball up 5 times. Even if it's a top team taking on a bottom feeder. The defense was exceptional in this game. Except for two big plays for TDs. One on a bad Jason Verrett coverage, The Steelers did not manage to complete any passes more than 1 yard beyond the line of scrimmage. In 27 passing attempts. On offense Jimmy G had his best game as a 49er to date, even if his statline didn't show it. His two INT were both on tip balls that should have been caught. He came up clutch and got the 49ers in position to score every time he needed to.
Game Ball: Jimmy Garoppolo 277 yards, 1TD
Week 4: Bye
Week 5: Vs Cleveland W 31-3
Another beatdown of a game. The Browns had nothing. Their offense, especially the OL, couldn't handle the 49ers defense. Nick Bosa had his coming out game. Literally planting his flag on Monday Night Football. The CBs Sherman and Moseley pretty much erased Landry and OBJ from the game. Baker Mayfield would have had a better passer rating if he threw the ball away on every play. Matt Breida set the tone by scoring an 83 yard TD on the first offensive snap of the game.
Game Ball: Nick Bosa 2 sacks (3 really but one was mistakenly called an incomplete pass), 1 flag plant.
Week 6 @ Los Angeles Rams W 20-7
The Rams drove right down the field with ease and scored a TD on their opening drive. Ran all over the 49ers defense. That was the last noteworthy thing they would do all game. The Defense absolutely mauled the Rams after that. Of their 11 drives 5 went for negative yardage. They were 0-9 on 3rd down and 0-4 on 4th.
Game Ball: Robert Saleh
Week 7 @ Washington W 9-0
Boy was this game ugly. I look forward to forgetting it ever happened.
Game Ball: Robbie Gould for somehow hitting 3/4 FGs in that mess
Week 8 Vs Carolina W 51-13
Kyle Shanahan really showed off his play calling ability on this one. A masterpiece from start to finish. His entire plan was to get around Luke Keuchly and he did it perfectly. Still gave up an INT to him because Keuchly is just a freak. Tevin Coleman in particular had a great day on offense, scoring 4 TDs. The Defense managed to hand Kyle Allen the first 3 interceptions of his career. They did a great job shutting down Christian McCaffrey. Still gave up a long TD to him because McCaffrey is just a freak.
Game Ball: George Kittle. Sorry TeCo. It was national TE day.
Week 9 @ Arizona W 28-25
Jimmy Garoppolo's best game of his career came on prime time last Thursday. Spectacularly clutch on 3rd downs especially. Converted multiple 3rd and longs. Newly acquired WR Emmanuel Sanders had a breakout game. Scoring a TD and putting up over 100 yards receiving. The Defense on the other hand struggled. A Lot. Kyler Murray is a little squirrel, according to DeForest Buckner, and this was the problem. He was able to keep plays going and make plays with his feet, which left the defense a bit exposed. Was this just Thursday night fatigue or something more concerning? we'll find out with the Niners playing Russel Wilson this week and Kyler again the week after.
Game Ball: Emmanuel Sanders, but only because I already gave Jimmy one.
The Roster
Quarterbacks
  • Jimmy Garoppolo: B+
  • Nick Mullens: N/A
  • CJ Beathard: N/A
Jimmy G has had his share of questionable throws this year, hence only getting a B grade from me. He has also proven he's a starting and, most importantly, winning QB in the NFL. He's one of the only QB's I've ever seen who is better on 3rd down with pressure in his face than with a clean pocket on 1st down. That gets me excited for the future. Great QBs all have that little spark of football magic to them. They get it done when it counts most. Jimmy has that. He isn't there yet. He has barely started a seasons worth of games after all.
Not much to note about the backups. Beathard has been inactive all year showing a clear preference for Mullens, but thats about it. Contracts don't really play into any decisions here either. Mullens can be kept incredibly easily as an exclusive rights free agent. Beathard's cap hit is pretty minimal. My best guess is they are both still here in camp next year.
The team may opt to re-work Jimmy G's deal. Convert some to signing bonus to free up money short term for other extensions. Jimmy has very little dead money left on his deal and I'm sure the team isn't hesitant to commit further to him at this point.
Offensive Line
  • LT Joe Staley: B
  • LG Laken Tomlinson: B
  • C Weston Richburg: B
  • RG Mike Person: B-
  • RT Mike McGlinchey: C
  • OT Justin Skule: C
  • OL Daniel Brunskill: B
  • OL Ben Garland: N/A
  • OT: Shon Coleman: N/A (IR)
It looks right now like the 49ers will go into 2020 with the same starting OL as the previous two seasons. Staley and McGlinchey's injuries were unfortunate, but thankfully neither will be out much longer. Both slated to return as early as Monday night vs the Seahawks. McGlinchey wasn't having a great season before his injury, but he's still young. Staley was Staley. The backup tackles stepped up big. Losing both of your starting OTs is a death sentence in the NFL. Yet the 49ers are undefeated. Skule and Brunskill have played at a level far beyond their status as the teams 4th and 5th tackles. Skule has started to struggle a bit in the last couple weeks. Though to be fair to him nobody can really stop Chandler Jones. Brunskill on the other hand keeps getting better. Brunskill may have even played well enough to have another team considering him for a starting role. He is an exclusive rights FA so his fate is entirely up to the 49ers. Potential trade candidate? Shon Coleman is a free agent and the team likely wont be interested.
Weston Richburg has been every bit the player they paid big for last season. You can really see how much his injury was holding him back. Laken Tomlinson and Mike Person have been as good as you can ask for a starting G duo. Ben Garland hasn't played, but seems to be a capable backup IOL.
Running Backs
  • Matt Breida: B
  • Tevin Coleman: B
  • Raheem Mostert: C
  • Jeff Wilson Jr: C
  • Jerick McKinnon: N/A
Under contract through: 2021
2020 Cap hit: 8.5m
Dead Money: 4m
Tevin Coleman has proven a smart pickup by Shanahan. With McKinnon having to miss the season again, signing TeCo has come up big. He is guaranteed to be one of the 49ers top two backs next season. The rest is more questionable. The 49ers will definitely tender restricted FA Matt Breida, but other teams will have a shot at him. The upside of this is that the 49ers can put a 2nd round tender on him. If someone offers him more, and the 49ers choose not to match it, they would get a 2nd round pick in compensation. Most likely this means Breida will be back with the 49ers next year. Mostert isn't going anywhere. Too valuable both on ST and in the run game. Needs to work on his ball security. Wilson has been a good goal line back but hasn't looked great in the middle of the field.
McKinnon is as good as gone. There aren't a lot of places to create cap space for this team right now, so a high paid player who hasn't seen the field is pretty obvious. The only way I see him sticking around is if the 49ers do lose Breida and he agrees to a restructured deal that limits the risk to the team.
Overall this group has been fantastic. Breida and Coleman are an excellent duo. Both well rounded backs who don't need to be rotated out mid drive. Mostert and Wilson offer the extremes. Mostert is on the speed and explosiveness end. Wilson on the other end with power and balance. As a group they function exceptionally well.
Tight End and Fullback
  • George Kittle: A+
  • Kyle Juszczyk: A
  • Ross Dwelley: C+
  • Levine Toilolo: C
  • Garrett Celek: N/A (PUP)
Kittle is still the best TE in the NFL. No surprises there. He should be on the short list for a new deal. Kyle Juszczyk is going to need a new contract as well. Toilolo and Celek are both FA next year. Celek is likely done with the 49ers at least. Toilolo could easily stick around next year or be replaced. Dwelley has played pretty well as Juszczyk's backup. He's consistently getting better at playing FB. Should be a no-brainer to keep him around next year as an ERFA.
Wide Receiver
  • Emanuel Sanders: A (very small sample size)
  • Dante Pettis: C-
  • Marquise Goodwin: C
Under contract through: 2021
2020 Cap hit: 5.12m
Dead Money: 1.25m
  • Deebo Samuel C+
  • Kendrick Bourne: C
  • Richie James: D
  • Trent Taylor: N/A (IR)
  • Jalen Hurd: N/A (IR)
Emmanuel Sanders is either going to sign for a couple years with the 49ers or hit FA and get the 49ers a 2021 3rd round comp pick. My guess is they sign him to a 2 year deal almost immediately after the season ends. Deebo and Pettis have both had their moments, but neither has really stepped up as a starter. Deebo does seem to be getting closer though. Marquise Goodwin is probably going to end up a cut after the season. His release would save quite a bit over the next 2 years. He may have eyes on the 2020 Olympics anyway. Bourne is similarly inconsistent as the rest of the unit. James has been ok as a PR this year and hasn't really done much on offense. The fact that he hasn't carved out a bigger role for himself with how much the WRs have been struggling is telling.
Jalen Hurd is a big question mark. We have no idea what he is still and likely won't find out until next year. Trent Taylor has a chance to return this season, but we'll see. What the team has in these two will dictate what else happens in the receiver room this coming off-season.
This group has been pretty disappointing. Like every other year, WR is looking like a major need position for the 49ers. This position group is among the worst performing on the team.
Defensive Line
  • DeForest Buckner: B-
  • Arik Armstead: A
  • Dee Ford: A-
  • Nick Bosa: A+
  • DJ Jones: B
  • Ronald Blair: B
  • Solomon Thomas: C
Under contract through: 2020+ 5th year option
2020 Cap hit: 8.9m
Dead Money: 8.9m
  • Sheldon Day: C
  • Julian Taylor: C-
  • Kentavius Street: N/A (IR)
Nobody has a better starting DL. That is why it's about to get really expensive. Arik Armstead is a FA after the season. So is depth DE Ronald Blair. Those are two guys they really don't want to lose. Sure they'd get some comp picks back but that isn't good enough. Ideally they should be looking to re-sign Armstead ASAP. Buckner is the other big contract coming up. The team has a little longer with him. He hits FA after next season and there is a franchise tag to give them more time if they need it. Bosa is at the start of his rookie deal, Ford has already been paid. Buckner and Armstead both need to be paid. We'll see if Armstead has played his way into that being impossible for the 49ers.
Solomon Thomas has been a disappointment. He has improved over last year but not enough. The team HAS to trade him this off-season if they want any chance of keeping guys like Armstead. If they trade him they get about 4m in cap space back. If they don't they owe him all 9m and can't get out of it.
Jones and Taylor should be back next year. Day is a free agent and I can't see him being a priority. Depends how expensive he gets. Street has spent the year on IR, but is a candidate to return. the team has had no serious injuries to the DL group so it's hard to imagine him being activated, though the team may prefer to have him active over someone like Julian Taylor. They need to know what they have in Street before they can make a decision on someone like Ronald Blair.
This group has over performed expectations which is almost unbelievable. Nick Bosa might be the best DE in the NFL right now. Armstead is the best run defender on the edge. Buckner is almost constantly double teamed, making things way easier for everyone else. Dee Ford, despite being used less than the others, has made a huge impact.
Linebackers
  • Fred Warner: B-
  • Kwon Alexander: A (IR)
  • Dre Greenlaw: B-
  • Azeez Al Shaair: B-
  • Mark Nzeocha: C
  • Elijah Lee: N/A
Warner hasn't been perfect this year, but he's held his own. Kwon Alexander was playing very well before being lost to IR. Greenlaw and Al Shaair haven't been asked to do much but haven't disappointed either. My grades for them are probably a bit generous but they haven't shown much good or bad. For a depth LB that's a b-. In their new more prominent roles? We'll see. Nzeocha is pretty much special teams only at this point. Elijah Lee went from starting last season, to the practice squad, and now back on the roster. He should stay inactive unless someone else struggles or gets injured.
The Linebackers have played well, but aren't the strength of our defense. A lot of the struggles in run D this season have been on the linebackers. Going from Kwon to Greenlaw at WLB sacrifices speed for some strength, which may help clear up some of the gap between their ability. The LBs need to play stronger.
Cornerbacks
  • Richard Sherman: A
  • Ahkello Witherspoon: A
  • Emmanuel Moseley: B-
  • K'Wuan Williams: B
  • DJ Reed: N/A
  • Dontae Johnson: N/A
  • Jason Verrett: F
Sherman looks more like his old self than he did last year. Witherspoon looked nothing like his old self at the start of the season. He outplayed all expectations. Moseley started out strong in relief but has struggled a bit these past couple games. He gave up a TD to Andy Isabella with an awful attempt to undercut a route. Hopefully he learns from that one. K'wuan has had moments of elite play and some not so great moments, but he's been mostly good. DJ Reed has played ok as his backup but to be honest I didn't want to go hunt out his plays and grade them right now. Johnson hasn't had to do anything really. Verrett was a failed experiment. Got burnt hard twice in a row and hit IR again. Oh well.
I don't think there are any big change ups coming in this group. I suppose you could make the argument for moving on from Sherman who is gonna be owed 10m next year. The good play from Witherspoon and Moseley may have made him slightly expendable. Personally I think he's worth the money, but it depends how you're viewing the roster. If it's a question of the gap between Sherman and his backup vs the gap between Armstead and his backup, you may see the need to clear the cap room.
Safeties
  • Jimmie Ward: B
  • Jaquiski Tartt: B-
  • Tarvarius Moore: C+
  • Marcell Harris: C-
If you told me after the end of last season that the 49ers would re-sign Ward, Make no significant additions to the position group and end up with a top end pass defense I'd have told you to switch to softer drugs. But here we are. Ward has been very good this season. He was hurt to start the year, what else is new, but since returning has been outstanding. Tartt is playing pretty well too. He's always been a solid safety. Moore looked decent in relief of Ward to start the season, but clearly had some struggles too. Most of Harris' work has been on special teams, where he has shown up a few times. Solid backup option. Not sure why the team went with Exum early on instead of Harris.
I still think this is one of the weaker positions groups on the team. Tartt is a solid starter but he is upgrade-able. Ward was only signed to a 1 year deal, so now the team has to decide whether to commit long term or try to replace him. I'd go with the latter. The availability just hasn't been good enough. I view Moore as a long term backup FS with the potential to eventually start.
Special Teams
  • K Robbie Gould: C-
  • P Mitch Wishnowsky: B
  • LS Kyle Nelson: N/A yet
The 49ers have struggled in several areas on special teams this year. Long snapper was a huge problem in the first half of the season. Nelson was suspended for the first 6 games. They started out with Colin Holba, who replaced Nelson late last season when his suspension started, and he was ok. For some reason they thought they needed to replace him, which led to one game for 38 year old Jon Condo, who was terrible. They then moved on to Garrison Sandborn for a few games and he too struggled. Nelson has been back for a week, but has already had some errant snaps. Hopefully sticking with Nelson long term will correct that.
Robbie Gould has missed a bunch of kicks this year. However it's not as bad as it seems. of his 7 misses, one was from 55 (I don't really expect Gould to hit those), one was in a monsoon, one was a bad snap, and one was blocked. Still, 3 bad misses with no excuse isn't great and ideally you want him to hit the long ones too. Gould is still a good kicker and I'm glad the team hasn't started the process of looking for another. He can still save his season.
Wishowsky hasn't been stellar, but to me at least he has proven he was worth drafting. His hang time paired with an elite gunner tandem of Mostert and Moore has been impossible for punt returners. Before AZ managed a 9 yard punt return last week, the rookie had given up exactly 2 punt return yards all season. That is a bonkers unsustainable stat. He's done pretty well pinning opponents inside the 20. A couple very unlucky bounces have made his stat line look more mediocre than he has been. One thing he really needs to work on is holding for kicks. He messed up an extra point try against the Cardinals and has struggled to get some of the slightly inaccurate snaps down in time. He had never been asked to hold before though, so I'm confident he'll get better.
Coaching
Staff Changes
  • DBs coach Jeff Hafley replaced by Joe Woods
  • DL coach Jeff Zgonina replaced by Kris Kocurek
  • Hired Wes Welker as WR coach
  • Hired Shane Day as QB coach
  • Re-built the entire Medical and Strength and conditioning staffs.
Three of these moves really stand out. Kocurek, Woods and conditioning.
The 49ers injury problems over the last few seasons had really gotten out of hand. To my eyes there was way too much of a "play through it" or "get back in there" attitude that did a lot of harm. Arik Armstead played 2 seasons with a torn labrum in his shoulder instead of just dealing with it. Matt Breida was rushed back without properly healing his ankle repeatedly last year. In a 4 win season. There is no need for that. Since making the change to a new staff the 49ers have incurred a similar amount of injuries, but the attitude has been to take their time and get guys to 100%. More rest days for guys like Dee Ford instead of just telling him to tough it out through practice. The result has been guys coming back on schedule and not one instance of a repeated injury through half a season.
Joe Woods might have been the 49ers best hire this offseason. Hafley had to go. He spent 3 years as the 49ers DB coach. During that time not a single DB on the roster had two good years in a row. Not one. His ability to develop players was suspect at best. He took another job at Ohio State, but I'm fairly sure he'd have been fired had he not chosen to move on. Woods is a damn good DB coach. He's been doing it a long time and has had results everywhere he has gone. The difference between the secondary this year and last year, despite it mostly being the same players, is shocking. I fear I may have put too much of the blame on Saleh last year when it seems Hafley deserved it.
Kocurek, whose name I still struggle to spell no matter how many times I type it, has also been an excellent addition. His presence has helped the team move away from the Seattle style 4-3 undecover 3 defense. They play a lot more wide nine now, which fits the personnel a lot better since the team added two elite DEs. I think the additions of Bosa and Ford have more to do with the jump in performance of the DL than Kocurek does, but his additions are visible as well. Arik Armstead's big leap forward isn't just because it's a contract year or the talent around him. You can line him up with guys we had last year next to him and he is still much better. Some credit must go to his coach. Every player on that DL is playing above average at the least and truly elite at best. That doesn't happen without competent DL coaching.
Shanahan and Saleh
What can I possibly say about the performances from these two this year? I'll start with an apology. I had previously said that I didn't think Saleh was a good enough coach to ever field a top 5 defense even with a better roster. I'm sorry I doubted you Saleh. He went and put up a top 5 all time defense in the first half of the season. Big oof from me on that one. He has gone from being someone many fans wanted replaced to someone that we have no idea how to replace when he takes his place as a HC.
Shanahan has decided to use this season to cement his status as the best playcaller in the NFL. I guarantee you all the offensive minds in the NFL watch their next opponent and then turn on the Niners game to see what they can steal from Shanahan. He has gone from "well some guys are just coordinators and don't work as HCs" to a favorite for coach of the year. He WILL win the 49ers a super bowl. I have no doubts about that.
Potential hits to the staff
The unfortunate thing about being a good team is having to replace your coaches when they get pilfered. Shanahan has tried to combat this by making up as many coaching positions he can and filling them with the brightest minds he can find. For example we have a "pass rush specialist" just so we have somewhere to put Chris Kiffin.
  • DC Robert Saleh
He is going to get HC interviews next cycle. In fact given he's a hot candidate and satisfies the Rooney rule he might lead the league in interviews. Whether he lands a gig is up in the air. He has only had one good year so far after all. However the 49ers need to be prepared for this eventuality. If his defenses keep producing he will be hired as a HC. As far as an in house replacement I'm not sure what they'd do. Kocurek, DeMeco Ryans and Joe Woods would be the obvious choices. I'd prefer to leave Kocurek and Woods where they are. They're more helpful working hands on with their groups. Ryans is still very young as a coach, but seems to be on that HC track that could mean an early DC job. I would consider someone like Chris Kiffin, with the rest of the staff staying the same. He is very much an Xs and Os mind who would do well play calling and moving him from his current job wouldn't hurt the team.
  • Potential OCs Mike McDaniel, Mike LaFleur, and Shane Day
Shanahan's offense is among the most sought after in the NFL and his assistants are going to be pilfered fairly regularly. Last year they lost QB coach Scangarello to the Broncos. Luckily all the other interview requests were lateral moves without play calling duties so the 49ers had no trouble blocking them because they weren't really advancements.
McDaniel seems most likely to get an OC job this year. The man with the title "run game coordinator" in this offense is gonna get some serious looks. LaFleur was almost lured away by his brother in Green Bay last year. Day is the least likely, but anyone connected to Shanahan is going to be interviewed. At this point I'm expecting to lose McDaniel and maybe LaFleur.
Upcoming roster decisions
It's a bit early for this stuff, but I like writing about it. There are some big decisions to be made after this season and now that we have a better idea about some of the players on the roster we can look at how we expect the off-season to go. I'm going to make a couple assumptions. The 49ers are not going to be buyers in free agency and that the goal is going to be to keep this team as intact as they can. It's an undefeated team after all. I don't think they want big changes.
Upcoming free agents
I'll start with the key players
  • DL Arik Armstead
  • WR Emmanuel Sanders
  • FS Jimmie Ward
  • DT Sheldon Day
  • DL Ronald Blair
Minor players
  • CB Jason Verrett
  • OT Sam Young
  • TE Garrett Celek
  • OT Shon Coleman
  • TE Levine Toilolo
  • CB Dontae Johnson
  • IOL Ben Garland
Restricted and Exclusive rights free agents
  • RB Matt Breida (RFA)
  • LB Elijah Lee (RFA)
  • WR Kendrick Bourne (RFA)
  • CB Emmanuel Moseley (ERFA)
  • QB Nick Mullens (ERFA)
  • TE Ross Dwelley (ERFA)
  • RB Jeff Wilson (ERFA)
  • G Daniel Brunskill (ERFA)
  • OT Andrew Lauderdale (ERFA)
Let's start with the last group. Nearly all of these players will be kept. ERFA contracts are pretty simple. You always tender them unless you have no intention of the player even being there for camp. They're cheap contracts. Moseley, Mullens, Dwelley, Wilson and Brunskill are no-brainers. The RFAs will likely also be kept. These can be as cheap or as expensive as you want to make them, or someone else makes them for you. Breida should get a good payday out of his tender. Bourne and Lee will probably get original round tenders, and not be very expensive.
The middle group are mostly players who won't be returning. Jason Verrett is done. Sam Young and Shon Coleman are made irrelevant by Skule and Brunskill. Dontae Johnson might not make it through the season. Toilolo or Celek could be kept, but given Celek's back problems I'm not sure they'd commit to him. Toilolo is more likely, but the team has to have something to target in the draft and backup TE seems like a good spot. It's not like it's hard to find a blocking TE last minute if they need to. Garland is a decent backup OL. they could keep him or fill his spot with a rookie. Either way would be fine.
The first group is a difficult conversation. Realistically you can't keep all of these guys. Good players like Sheldon Day may find themselves hitting the market simply because they are a luxury the team can't afford. Arik Armstead is clearly the best player on this list, but does the team think they can get along without him? he's an expense that can make the math hard to work out. Bosa, Jones, Buckner and Ford is still a better DL than most teams have after all. The Franchise tag for a year is a possibility, but the DE tag is huge and it would probably be cheaper to sign him long term. Very tough choice. Sanders depends entirely on how well he plays the rest of this year and how much they think he has left in the tank. Do they take the comp pick they'd get from letting him walk or do they risk giving good money to an aging WR? Ronald Blair may also be a casualty of cap space. If they do re-sign Armstead he's as good as gone. Players like Shaq Barrett breaking out on new teams might have the league willing to pay more for someone good but not great like Blair. Jimmie Ward is another tough one. The team clearly love him and his play has proven them right, but the time lost to injury can't be ignored. The upside with this one is he's probably not very valuable because of that injury history and might be a little easier to keep because of it.
Players who need new deals
  • DT DeForest Buckner
  • TE George Kittle
  • FB Kyle Juszczyk
All three of these players contracts will run out after 2020. All three need to be kept. Juszczyk is probably the easiest of these to accomplish. His current salary is still miles ahead of what other FB make so they can just keep paying him the same money most likely.
The other two are more problematic. DeFo is going to get somewhere nearing 20m a year. The current top TE contracts are around the 11m per year mark so Kittle will be somewhere in the 12-13m range. as of right now the 49ers cap space in 2020 is expected to be around 17-18m. This means some of these guys may need to wait a bit to get new deals. Especially if the team keeps Armstead. Kittle or Juice may end up playing out 2020 and then playing 2021 under the franchise tag. Extending these guys is doable, but not easy. The team will definitely have to clear some cap space to keep this core team around. So....
Potential Cap Cuts
  • RB Jerrick McKinnon
    Cap Savings: 4.5m
  • WR Marquise Goodwin
Cap Savings: 3.875m
  • RB Tevin Coleman
Cap Savings: 4.9m
  • CB Richard Sherman
Cap Savings: 9m
  • SS Jaquiski Tartt
Cap Savings: 4.9m
  • DL Solomon Thomas
Cap Savings: 4.3m (only if traded)
I think the first two on this list are pretty much guaranteed. Jet never worked out here and Goodwin hasn't been good enough to ignore the savings of cutting him. The team HAS to trade Thomas. They need that money more than they need him and if they cut him they get nothing. They may end up even having to lose on the trade value just to ship out his cap space.
Tartt, Coleman and Sherman are not likely, but can't be ignored either. All three are possible extensions that push money into the future. However the idea can't be dismissed outright. There are multiple good CB on the roster behind Sherman and 9m is nearly enough to extend Kittle alone. It is enough to re-sign Sanders. Same goes for Coleman. The price tag on him isn't bad at all, but in this scheme and with the other depth on the roster is it necessary? Tartt is more of a long shot than the others, but the Safety group is one of the more likely to be tinkered with this off season so they may choose to get cheaper there with a rookie.
Prioritizing extensions
This is the difficult part. There is a way to make all of this work and keep the important players. It's not without complication though. I'm going to assume they can make the cap work for this stuff without getting into the details of making it happen, but I won't get so far out of range that it needs explaining.
1. Re-sign Emmanuel Sanders to a 2 year deal
Sanders, assuming health and continued success this season, should be the priority. Nobody else who could potentially leave in 2020 leaves as big a hole in the roster. Plus it's a new relationship. Treat him right and get it done quickly.
2. Re-sign Arik Armstead
This is borderline insanity, but it has to happen. He is just too good to let him go for what will amount to a 3rd round 2021 comp pick. I think as things are right now they could probably manage to lock him down for about 14m a year. Maybe even mix in some Paraag magic that gives the team some options down the line.
3. Extend DeForest Buckner
DeFo is having a "down" year in terms of production and his silly PFF grade, but he's still a monster and there is no way he wont be expensive. Grady Jarrett's 17m per year deal is probably around where we're looking for a DeFo extension. This one is going to take maximum creativity to pull off.
4. Extend George Kittle
Kittle comes in behind DeFo in priority for one reason. The Franchise tag for a TE is much more palatable. Worst case scenario they have to tag Kittle and he gets his big payday on a one year deal and they worry about making it permanent the next year. As crazy as the amounts of money we're talking about in these 4 deals are, I think it's possible they do all of them in one season.
5. Franchise Tag Kyle Juszczyk for 2021
The tag for a fullback will be very cheap and I don't think he'll put up a fight against it. The team needs the breathing room.
All in we're looking at about 55-60m APY for these players. That seems insane and impossible, but 2020 is looking like the teams tightest year against the cap. the 20m expected cap space right now + however much more it increases than expected + cap cuts of around 15m gets us around the 40m mark. Some creative bookkeeping by extending or restructuring players like Sherman, Jimmy G, Dee Ford, Tartt and Coleman can get them to the finish line. It's a crazy thing to even attempt, but when your team is undefeated you do what you can to keep that rolling.
It's been an amazing season so far. Even my homer ass never thought they'd be heading into week 10 without a single loss. I've rarely had more fun watching the 49ers play. This team reminds me of my childhood watching Montana and Rice and Young and Lott. That is heavy praise, even for an undefeated team, but it's true. It's not just the winning. It's how much they're enjoying playing. This is both the best and most fun team in the NFL. Thats a recipe for championships.
I'd like to apologize for not writing more during this season. Consider this my attempt to fight against this sub only being low quality memes (seriously guys, memes are fine but ya'll are terrible) You guys are always so kind to me and actually listen to my armchair GMing. IDK why anyone would take my opinion seriously, but I appreciate it nonetheless. Reading the comments on these posts and talking about my Niners with you all is a lot of fun. Hopefully I'll have more reasons to write the rest of this regular season and into the postseason.
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2019.11.06 06:14 SabatonBabylon [OC] Chronicles of the Siren War [Chapter 30]

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"Commander, look at all the shiny!" Laffey pointed excitedly as she led the Royal fleet into dock. The young destroyer was still soaring high after being reunited with her friend. Shimmering atop the deep azure sea were points of light, wisdom shards from the defeated siren craft. Thorson headed onto deck with her to get a closer look.
"Well I'll be damned...the sirens are also based on cube tech," he whispered. "Why don't you gather those up with Javelin? I'll let the others know."
"Laffey with return shortly. Thank you for more playtime, Commander." Laffey closed her eyes as her lids began to flutter, sending a message to her friend. Thorson watched as a serene smile came over her face before she jumped into the water below. He headed for the radio.
"Commander, you mind explaining why Javelin has taken off again?" Warspite asked with some frustration in her voice.
"The enemy has made a grave mistake, Warspite. I'm ensuring we don't waste an opportunity," Thorson replied.
"Hmph. As you say then, Commander. The rest of my fleet will continue to dock. Javelin is more than capable of catching up over this sort distance."
"Understood, Warspite. Please use the berths to your starboard side. We are all repairing battle damage from our latest combat near the large structures to port."
"Not a problem. Clearly there is much to discuss. Warspite out." With that there was nothing for Thorson to do but head back onto the deck and watch Laffey and Javey skate around. They were plucking the shards from the water at great speeds, their dainty fingers kicking up a small amount of spray every time they snatched the ethereal blue crystals from the water.
"Well Arizona, you may get your chance a lot sooner than we thought," Thorson remarked quietly.
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When Ark Royal stepped onto the concrete docks of the base she took a moment to glance around. “What a curious facility,” she whispered to herself, seeing a handful of civilian structures to her left, past cranes, oil drums, vehicles, and tools. Not all of the buildings appeared to be in use, but the fountain at the center of the square was operational and she was sure the mess hall would be getting even more traffic now that they were there. To her right she saw the rest of the royal shipgirls, minus Vampire, as well as Commander Thorson and his bunny destroyer. He was speaking to a young looking shipgirl with mint green cat ears and a tail, who was listening to his words with unconcealed excitement in her eyes. After taking a deep breath, Ark approached them all.
“Akashi has just the thing, nyaa! Please wait Shikikan!”
“Take your time!” Thorson called after the kitty as she scurried off up a stairway built into the slope of the island.
“Who was that?” Ark addressed the commander. He pointed to a Sakura repair ship docked further down the way from the royal ships.
“Her name is Akashi, one of the original Sakura defectors that I found at this facility. She’s responsible for our maintenance team and various avenues of wisdom cube research here,” Thorson explained. Warspite frowned and made a coughing sound.
“Warspite, this isn’t our base to run,” Ark cautioned. The battleship girl hefted her sword.
“Be that as it may, I still don’t like it.”
“Not my problem. I need them more than I need another set of big guns,” Thorson said casually, rendering them all quite mute before he turned to Ark Royal. The look in his eye bordered on desirous. “You, however...I could really use you, Ark Royal. You as well, Leander. I find my fleet lacking in airstrike and concealment options.”
Javelin, Laffey, and Leander all tried to present as small a profile as possible as Warspite glared venom at Thorson,her hand clenching around the grip of her sword. Ark, on the other hand, rested a gloved palm on the hilt of her saber and cocked a brow at the tall, Union leader. “Then I ask you treat Warspite as you would a visiting dignitary. Perhaps we can come to an arrangement,” she said noncommittally. He bowed slightly at the waist, the corner of his mouth curling ever so slightly.
“Well spoken. I apologize, Warspite, but I would ask you to give them a chance, as I did. Can I give you a tour of the base before we get down to brass tacks, a sign of good faith?” Thorson suggested.
“Hmph, I suppose that would be called for. Please lead on then, Commander.” The tour was forestalled momentarily as Akashi returned.
“Hai, Shikikan! Akashi did have one! The Union Captain Stevens’ first shipment had a lot of civilian goodies,” she explained, holding out a beautiful, white parasol. Thorson opened it awkwardly, finding that the bamboo struts of the object supported a pale, paper canvas of Sakura blossoms on a branch.
“I think she’ll like this a lot, Akashi. Thanks,” Thorson replied, kneeling down and petting her between the ears. The royal girls flinched in shock as Akashi beamed at the praise and left Throson a quick kiss on his cheek. Laffey, never to be outdone, swooped in at a speed most counter to her demeanor and stole a kiss on the other. To the continued surprise of the HMS girls he just smiled at little devils.
“Do you think the two of you could keep it to yourselves when I’m hosting new guests?” He asked. Laffey shook her head.
“No no, Commander. Laffey never knows if a battle will be her last. Laffey will spend as much time with Javey and with Commander as possible. That is that.”
“Mmm, mmm! Laffey is very wise, nyaa! Akashi feels the same! Siren ships could have killed us all,” the minty kitty stated, her tail wagging happily behind her. Thorson gave an apologetic look to the four royals.
“They’re good in a scrap, what can I say?” He asked rhetorically before begging their patience and heading to the Vampire’s dock. He scaled the gangway and knocked at the door to the ship’s interior. It opened.
“Thou hast returned and yet it is still light, Commander. Mine request was to wait until…” Vampire trailed off as Thorson extended the parasol to her.
“I’d like you to be there for our negotiations and to see the base. Will this do?”
“I...thou art most chivalrous, Commander. I bid ye, giveth a moment.” With that Vampire retreated into the darkness of her hold and closed the door, leaving Thorson a mite confused. He didn’t have to wait long, however, before Vampire rejoined him on the deck, sheltering herself from the sun with the parasol. She had somehow changed the object to feature black cloth instead of white paper, and he could see the edges were trimmed with white lace. To his further surprise, Vampire had kept the design of the Sakura blossom. He asked her about it, figuring he could chalk up the transmutation to wisdom cubes and Vampire’s will to maintain a gothic allure. She gave him a wan smile from beneath the shelter and twirled the parasol, her anchor tail swaying back and forth contentedly.
“T’was a gift willingly given from one of your Sakura compatriots, no? T’would be most rude of me to deny its origins. A royal lady doth not refuse such generosity.”
"Well then, my ‘royal lady’, may I escort you and your fellows around my base?" Thorson offered with a playful tone.
"I shall allow it," Vampire declared after placing a thin finger against her lips in thought, taking him by the arm and allowing him to walk her down the ramp off her ship and onto the docks. Ark nudged Javelin.
"Well I'll be damned," the carrier whispered.
"He's a grade A ship wrangler! I can understand why Laffey likes him so much," Javelin agreed, noticing a thin smile on Vampire's face as she was finally released to join them. Thorson cleared his throat.
"So over there behind you is our mess hall and several other civilian facilities. The next scheduled meal on this base will be in...about two hours," Thorson reported as he checked his watch. When none of the royals protested, he beckoned them to follow him to the labs. Akashi and Laffey tagged along. As they reached the door, Thorson addressed Laffey.
"Hey you, think you could go and take those shards up to the dorms? Tell all the girls who fought today, as well as Arizona and Yamashiro, that they should absorb any shards that call to them, alright?"
"Mmm, Laffey remembers her first battle with Commander. It was good to grow stronger, felt satisfying and warm. What should Laffey do with the rest?"
"If there are any spares, bring them back to the labs. I know we have a lot," Thorson ordered. "Akashi, can you assemble a cube from shards or is it a one way process?"
"Mmm," the repair ship considered, cocking her head to the side. "Akashi has never tried, nyaa, but there is no reason ships couldn't be made from many shards. Just might need more, nyaa? Yamashiro-san, Fusou-san, or Arizona-san could test this theory!"
"Understood. Dismissed and thank you," Thorson replied. Akashi giggled and had great fun rendering a salute with her large sleeves before she went off after Laffey, leaving Thorson to shepherd the royal girls inside the labs.
"Woah, talk about firepower! Those would fit your guns, right Warspite?" Javelin asked, pointing to a large rack of shells that were almost as large as she was. The battleship nodded.
"And they have torpedoes my Swordfish could use too. You're well stocked, Commander," Ark gave her evaluation. Thorson hummed in agreement.
"Most of this we found unused from before the war, which would explain why some of the ammunition would work with great war tech. Since then, Shiranui and Akashi have been managing our supply lines along with the Union merchant marine convoy that I assigned Brooklyn too, as well as a destroyer by the name of Cassin. Here, let me show you the conductive matrix." Thorson led them all to the back where the area with the matrix was experiencing a period of relative calm with no cubes on the base and the bulin crews charged with maintenance. The light from outside filtered in through the windows high above, lending the machine an old and almost unimportant look. "You know, it really sells itself short when it’s just sitting there," Thorson conceded.
"The Royal Navy is in possession of two such machines, location classified of course," Warspite reported. "But tell us, Commander, how did you return Arizona to life? That is another matter entirely."
Thorson turned as the light clack of heels approached them, heralding Arizona's arrival. She looked prim and professional as always, the chain that hung between each of her jacket’s collars jingling softly. It drew attention to the bronze ornament that rested just below her neckline. "Well speak of the devil," he whispered as the royal boats parted to allow her through. She took a small satchel from her belt and handed it to him.
"Everyone who fought today absorbed at least a couple, most of us far more," she reported. He took the bag with thanks, grateful to find many shards still inside. They had downed close to a hundred aircraft.
"Thank you. How did you fare, Arizona?"
"I…" she blushed.” I wanted more but stopped at ten. Something inside me, my cubes just kept wanting to absorb them but I thought-"
"Hey, it's alright. I think I know what to do, yeah?" Thorson's reassurance had Arizona smiling shyly at him. He motioned to the others. "Arizona, allow me to introduce Warspite, Ark Royal, Leander, Javelin, and Vampire of the Royal Navy."
"It's a pleasure to meet you all," she said with a polite bow. They returned it. Warspite looked ready to demand answers but Thorson held out a hand.
"Arizona, I'd like you to try something for me," he said, dumping the entire bag of shards into the hopper of the matrix. "You said you took ten already? I don't care how many you use. Build me...build us the ideal Arizona, one that can fight against the Sakura and the sirens." She beamed at his order, saluting before stepping well into his personal space and straightening his lapels. He could just feel the warmth of her hands through the fabric of her gloves and his uniform.
"I will build you a mighty warship," she whispered before turning and stepping into the machine without fear. Thorson activated the dockside portions of the matrix and opened the conduits to the dry dock outside. While his back was turned, Javelin and Leander whispered excitedly to one another.
"She's so daring, saying such things to him! It brings a flush to the cheeks!”
"And she was touching him too like...like maybe we've been missing out! How exciting to watch," the destroyer declared as Thorson turned back to them. He winked at the two before addressing Warspite.
"That’s for you to decide on your own, not me. For the record, Warspite, I didn't bring Arizona back. Her sister, Pennsylvania, she was the one. I was there when Arizona died," Thorson recalled, looking back at the matrix where the ship who'd captured his emotions floated serenely. "Something about the circumstances of her death, perhaps my own proximity, caused her cubes to turn a deep purple when her body could no longer remain. Shiranui, a ship who survived death at the hands of her own fleet, confirmed her spirit was somehow still on this side. I don't know what the formula is. I just know that with Pennsylvania's help we had enough...willpower? Maybe that's the right word. Enough willpower to bring her back to us, someone who could reach out and give her enough reason to live again. She believed herself to still be there on the docks, bleeding out. It was a difficult night."
"I had thought…" Warspite began sadly.
"I'm sure they were fine ships," Thorson tried to reassure her. "Hood, Wales, Repulse…"
"But none of them had someone like you, Commander," Ark declared. "They may have shared their ships with crew at times, but we command ourselves. To my knowledge there was nothing remarkable ever found about their cubes after they were sunk." The royal girls seemed to deflate, a reminder to Thorson that unlike his girls, who were talking their first careful and exciting steps into war, the Royal Navy had been scrapping with the axis powers for years. He recalled Nachi’s death.
"That would corroborate things my fleet and I have seen in the field. I wish I could tell you more, but so much of this has been touch and go. My girls...my fleet, they all have needs. They're all unique. I'm just trying to keep them alive...and happy when I can," Thorson said absently, perhaps more for himself than any of them. Vampire was looking at her sisters with a most persuasive look on her face, but none spoke up. Instead they waited patiently for Arizona to finish, which she did a few minutes later. By Thorson's rough estimate they had enough shards left for one battleship, maybe one and a half. He collected the unused shards as Arizona left the matrix on her own power. She seemed agitated.
"What's wrong?" He asked worriedly.
"Something itches, Commander. My neck." Thorson felt relief flow through him as he approached her, wrapping an arm around her waist. Rigging was something he could handle. Arizona took a sharp breath but didn't push him away, instead looking him in the eye and allowing him to fall into her inviting teal orbs. He didn’t bother denying how much he enjoyed being close to her, to see her pale and perfect face unmarred by distress and fear.
"Gotta make sure you don't hit your head," he explained. "Prepare for combat, Arizona."
At Thorson's order the young woman swooned and went limp in his arms for just a moment. Once her eyes fluttered open she regained her feet and he stepped away, allowing her to focus and bring her rigging into being. Like her sister’s, it consisted of turrets and her hull, though unlike Pennsylvania, it seemed Arizona could merge the two halves of her rigging's bow together. It formed a seat of sorts that allowed her to curl her legs under her and float like Indianapolis. She tested her guns' range of motion before deactivating the structures and stepping lightly back onto the floor. "I'm...really happy," she whispered, taking Thorson into an embrace and holding his shoulders tightly. "I can fight now." He returned it willingly.
"And when the time comes I won't hesitate to call on you. Just remember to live while you aren’t. Why don't you go get Penny and show her your ship? Maybe she'll like some of your ideas if we ever get around to retrofitting her old USN hull," Thorson suggested. Arizona smiled radiantly before saluting him. With a quick bow to the royals she trotted off with an excited spring in her step. Behind her the small fleet was left well and truly intrigued.
"Now then, shall we find somewhere to discuss your orders?" Thorson suggested. Warspite nodded seriously.
"Yes, yes I believe we should. This base is...most unorthodox."
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"You know...you might have been right, Brooklyn," Thorson admitted to himself. He and the royal detachment had reached the command office, and while there was no peeling wallpaper, broken lights or funky smell to deal with, it still resembled a cement bunker more than anywhere one would entertain a group of foreign dignitaries. He turned to them. "Perhaps we should meet elsewhere. Unless your orders are of a classified nature," he suggested.
"That would be fine," Warspite agreed. Her permission given, Thorson turned about and led them toward the Sakura dormitory.
"What a lovely building," Leander said, gazing at the facade. "I feel like I've been transported to 18th century Kyoto."
"Akashi has definitely outdone herself," Thorson agreed, holding out a hand to forestall them as they reached the wooden step just before the entrance proper. "Could I ask you to remove your shoes, please? House rules."
Yet again the group of five seemed a bit surprised, but Vampire, Javelin and Leander had no qualms, sitting on the sanded maple bench designed for the purpose and kicking off their footwear. Ark and Warspite followed suit before Thorson escorted them all into the building and the courtyard beyond. There he found the majority of his ships, recently energized and recuperated thanks to the shards, assisting Akashi with the final elements of construction in place of the bulin crews who were still down at the docks. One by one the girls seemed to realize that they were no longer alone, stopping their work and looking at Thorson and his accompaniment.
"Suddenly I feel a bit on the spot. Hi Laffey!" Javelin called, breaking the ice. The bunny destroyer sleepily walked over and hugged Javelin as Vampire twirled her parasol and turned her hips in place.
"Perhaps they are instead admiring the unholy beauty of the forbidden?" She suggested. Leander laughed politely as even the Sakura ships eventually gathered around. Warspite looked a bit uncomfortable and Ark Royal continued to survey the scene with a stern expression.
"Can Akashi do anything for Shikikan, nyaa?" She asked, curious as to why he'd brought the royals to the dorm. He nodded.
"Is there anywhere we could conduct a meeting?" He asked. Akashi's eyes lit with excitement.
"The annex, nyaa!"
"Excuse me?"
"Akashi is nowhere near finished, has too many plans, but a room with a kotatsu for fun and feast was easy! Right this way, nyaa!"
"What would I do without that ship?" Thorson asked the wind, waving to Cleveland and his other cruisers. "Everything alright here?"
"Just fine, Commander," Indianapolis answered. "Cleveland wants to build us a dorm too, so we're learning."
"Oh Indy, is there anything you can't do?" Portland cooed, hugging the girl around her shoulders. Indy and Thorson met eyes. He nodded as if to say 'I see you, too.' She smiled and rested a hand over Portland's arms.
"I can't fly planes."
"Be that as it may, thank you all for assisting Akashi. When this dorm is completed I'll authorize whatever you need. Speaking of which," he recalled as they walked slowly along the stone path that led through the courtyard. "What about you, Fusou?"
The shrine maiden and her sister were standing a short distance away from the path itself, maintaining a respectful posture as the young children hid behind them, nervous about new interlopers in their home. Fusou and Yamashiro bowed. "I have a location in mind, tono-sama, but another time. This building should be our priority now. The gods will not begrudge us a home."
"Understood. Glad to see your eye's looking better." With that Thorson made to carry on, only to be stopped by a squeak from the strawberry kitty.
"Fusou-sama, why is the pretty lady with the guns glaring at Kisaragi?" She asked innocently, tugging on the shrine maiden's tight fitting kimono. Mikazuki and Mutsuki used Yamashiro for cover instead while Fusou knelt and addressed their sister.
"Now now, Kisaragi. It's not polite to say such things about people. They are our guests today. They need to speak with tono-sama," she explained. Kisaragi, however, was much more occupied with the fact that Ark Royal had stepped from the stone path, crunching across white pebbles to approach the five of them. She adjusted her weapons so she could take a knee, reaching into a pocket and procuring a handful of sweets. She looked at Fusou.
"Will they be too crazy for you after a bit of sugar?" The carrier asked in a level, serious voice. Fusou shook her head and smiled at Ark.
"I think they would be very grateful."
True to her words, Mutsuki and Mikazuki had poked their heads around Yamashiro's stockinged legs, their eyes wide as they spied sweets they'd never seen before. Ark glanced their way and they retreated slightly, but Mutsuki eventually led the charge, waddling up to the royal and reaching for the woman's outstretched palm.
"What's your name, little one? Your tail is very cute," she said with a small smile
"I'm Mutsuki! Sakura destroyer!"
A shade of horror flitted across Ark's eyes as she glanced up at Fusou and Yamashiro. The elder Sakura nodded, confirming that the cubes had, indeed, chosen children as shipgirls.
"And do you fight?" Ark asked as Mikazuki and Kisaragi marshalled their bravery and approached as well.
"No, not really! We tried once and it was really scary, but now Shikikan lets us stay here! The sirens came today but the big girls beat them back. We hid in the school. Can I have a candy now please?" Mutsuki asked, her tail waving a mile a minute. Ark indulged her, allocating one bright yellow sweet to each of them.
"My chocolate melted in Panama, had to share it with some soldiers, but the lemon drops did just fine. Here you go, Mutsuki, Kisaragi. Sorry I scared you earlier. My name is Ark Royal."
"Miss Royal is maybe not so scary," Kisaragi declared as she fiddled with the plastic wrapping of the candy.
"And who are you, young one?" Ark asked of the blueberry kitten.
"Mikazuki. Do you have any more? I'm hungry."
Ark laughed and shook her head. "Not right now. Besides, you'll spoil your dinner. Now run along you three, just not too fast alright?" The three kittens were stopped only by Yamashiro's cheerful voice.
"What do you say when someone does something nice for you?"
"Thank you Miss Ark!" The three of them said, bowing their heads and wiggling their ears before scampering off to sit down and enjoy their treasures. Ark laughed with Fusou and Yamashiro as the young ones’ cheeks puckered.
"So sweet, so sour! What should I do? This is the best!" Mutsuki managed as Ark returned to her comrades.
"Never took you for a mother figure," Warspite said. Ark threw a hard look at her.
"You should know better than I." When Warspite said nothing in reply, Thorson cleared his throat.
"Thanks, Ark Royal. They've been through...more than a bit," Thorson affirmed. The carrier nodded and they followed Akashi the rest of the way to the back of the courtyard and through a hallway similar to that at the entrance. This one was longer though. While it didn't lead anywhere just yet, there was one operational door on the left side of the hallway that opened into a large room that could have easily held four or more kotatsus. For the moment it only featured one in the center.
"Is Commander needing anything else, nyaa?" Akashi asked, clearly proud of her creation. She received another pat on the head in return.
"This is perfect, thank you," Thorson replied, motioning for the royals to be seated as Akashi departed. "So Warspite, at long last. What brings you to my base?"
The battleship laid her blade across her lap and fixed him with a calculating look. "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has sent me as her right hand to evaluate the potential benefit of an alliance between us."
"Forgive me," Thorson interrupted, scratching his chin. "But I was under the impression that the Union and Royals were already allied."
"Oh they are, Commander Thorson. But that cruiser of yours, Brooklyn, delivered a far more compelling message than what we've seen from the Union Navy to date." Warspite declared, not making it a secret what she thought of the Union's standard shipgirl protocols. "I will be blunt, Commander. Elizabeth has tasked us with evaluating you as an independent entity. Against my own better judgement...she seeks an alliance with Azur Lane, and you, personally."
The pregnant pause that pervaded the room was broken as the shogi door slid open and a cheerful shrine maiden with short hair made her presence known. "Tono-sama, tono-sama! I've brought tea!"
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