Today on Quantum Vibe: I shall fear no evil Strip 1095 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Fri 2015-05-15
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Colors: Lea Jean Badelles Sci-Fi Adventure Monday - Wednesday - Friday.
A thousand years in the future, humanity has colonized worlds in nearly
100 galaxies, thanks to Quantum Vibremonic technologies developed five
centuries earlier. Other new technologies have created various
off-shoots of humanity and extended life expectancies five-fold. The
story begins with how a mad scientist and his plucky assistant, along
with their robot friend, brought humanity to the stars, and continues
with the adventures of some unique people in fantastic places.
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We're back at Nicole and Li's mansion on Carme, by the poolside. Nicole, dressed in a terry-cloth robe, is doing something with her personal Screen as Li, swimming-trunked and drying himself with a towel, looks on.
Li: Will we ever give up our fantasy of gods watching over us?
Nicole: Unlikely. It seems to satisfy some deep-seated need in us. Maybe it reassures us, makes us feel more safe.
Li gestures theatrically as he speaks. Nicole shoots him a wry sideways glance.
Li: Yeah, for though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil.
Li: Because I'm the meanest sumbitch in the valley.
Nicole: I guess you could say that.
Li squats down to become eye-level with Nicole.
Li: Hey, you're not turning misanthrope on me, are you?
Nicole: Of course not, darling. I love humanity.
Nicole: It's the people I can't stand.
Nicole begins a rant.
Nicole: I mean, I developed the Oresme Shield and thought I could leave it at that.
Nicole: But no! Shit-head children keep coming up with exploits to defeat it!
Nicole: Don't they realize what they're doing? The potential for annihilation they're playing with?
Nicole: We have to keep coming up with fixes. It's a race with no end!
Li puts his arm across Nicole's shoulders and busses her on the cheek.
Li: Sure. It's the same with cybernetic systems. I started out as a hacker myself once, remember?
Li: But it's a race you don't have to run anymore. Stephanie has put together a great team.
Nicole: Yeah, thank the odd gods we have a genius daughter.
Nicole leans a bit into Li's neck.
Nicole: Her smartest move was hiring Kimberly as her in-house hacker.
Li: Yeah, Kimberly finds exploits faster than anyone, so Steph's team can develop fixes before someone else can do any damage.
Nicole and Li both stand, with Li taking her hand.
Li: Well, the packers should be done by now. Shall we depart?
Nicole: You think I'm going to move half-way across the galaxy dressed like this?
Li: Why not? It will take less than an hour.
Hand in hand, they walk back towards the mansion.
Nicole: I don't go anywhere without my Sun-Shooter jacket, you know that.
Li: That's why I told the packers to leave it out with your anysuit.
Nicole: You're a wise man, Li. That's why I love you.
Li: I love you too, darling.