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Chateau Grief 209

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Xander you're losing.

characters: Xander, Kore, Di

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Aging telepath Evil Overlord Xander has traded his youthful dream of joining the US military and using his superpowers to benefit humanity for over-the-hill cynicism, self-imposed exile on his private zoo-for-crazy-people Eynhallow Island, and a serious case of May-December midlife crisis.  And technically it's only kidnapping if she tries to leave.  or the fun version

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It seems like Kore is still upset at Xander. If only there was a word which one could say as part of a phrase to signify remorse and a desire to change for the better, such as "I am …" then followed by that word. Alas, it is the sorry case that no such word exists. 
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well...he's not sorry, that's just the point.  Kore's upset, but not for the reason you may think...she's upset because Xander's demonstrated that he knows all her secrets.  We're gonna get to those
This nose is very comfortable if you wear glasses
chateaugrief's avatar
what are those ones that Woodrow Wilson used to wear that don't have anything going back to your ears?  pince-nez I think.  That nose could turn any pair of glasses into pince nez. just clamp on the honker. XD
What's a name of player on first base?
scorpionlover42's avatar
Lordy, Xander looks so carnivorous in that last panel... and I wouldn't mind flirty Di being focused on me. :) (Smile) 
chateaugrief's avatar
Di's a spicy little thing isn't she?  *cough*  Xander is still old enough to be her father.  Grant needs to give him a stern lecture.  Right after he finishes walking the multiple mile trek back to Eynhallow on foot. 
scorpionlover42's avatar
Yes, I'm sure that lecture would be especially stern. Flirting with young girls while he's hoofing across miles of pavement... honestly... ;) (Wink) 
mimbreyn's avatar
Nothing like a good game of "hard to get".
chateaugrief's avatar
I don't think she's quite over last night's 'knife to the face' incident 
Gnoll-El's avatar
Well, spring has sprung.
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this is what happens when you don't wear your retainer
outbackpianist's avatar
Ouch! No amount of power can repair a jilted heart! :) (Smile)  
chateaugrief's avatar
indeed.  and his is rather prominently strapped to his sleeve.
outbackpianist's avatar
So complicated! :| (Blank Stare) 
mrcrozier's avatar
Would personally also love to hear Xander's thoughts on Bitcoin XD
chateaugrief's avatar
haha wonder if he could crunch those equations fast enough to cheat at it or if he'd be relegated to just supercooling a rack of processors to get better mining performance... 
xenon132's avatar
Not sure what's going on, but I'm in.
chateaugrief's avatar
there's a lot going on, but right now everyone's just hungry :)
Telian24's avatar
So, there's obviously two who know well how to play a game.
Or maybe even three or four. We'll see who'll join in from the side.

You know what - after the frequent mentions of Thanos, I started wondering if what we saw last time was really Thanos ... as we know, Xander can polymorph quite well. Could have been him acting as Thanos just as well. Could have been him all the time just as well ... Who knows if he's always there, brooding in his castle, and not taking time off occasionally, mingling with the bayside crowd in disguise and building up a second life?

Plus - I'm wondering why Kore and Xander are talking at all, when they have such different and much more direct means of communication. I'm wondering if we just see a facade for Di, and something completely different is going on behind the scenes - just as with Grant a while ago.
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I like to think of it as part of the inherent distrust and paranoia that xander's powers generate.  How do you know who is or is not him at any given time, or who's 'under the influence' or not.  I think Xander's making sure Kore's asking herself all those questions too, he's been very deliberate &  brutal in his actions, and the mind-game is of supreme interest to him.  Why do they talk and not just communicate mind-to-mind, for the show of it, sure, but also Kore's not used to this yet, xander said a while back that it felt like being in a hall of mirrors. xander does a lot of things the regular way.  they're walking back to the palace instead of him (or Kore cause she did it before) teleporting everyone.  I think he enjoys the process, doing things the normal way, taking the scenic route. 
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