General Protection Fault: Scylla and Charybdis

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[Comic for Monday, July 27, 2015]


[[Nick has started to recover from his weeping. He's holding his glasses in one hand and wiping his face with the heel of his other hand. Patty is still with him, seated on a chair next to him and patting his shoulder sympathetically, although with enough distance to make it obvious that she's uncomfortable with the situation.]]
Nick: [wiping his eyes] I'm... sorry...
Patty: It's... OK. After the first five minutes, I didn't know if I should stay or leave.

Nick: [still looking down, tears still streaming] It's just... my family... Ki's family... Dwayne, Tim, Scott... All I wanted was to save them, to protect them. I would move Earth to hide it, then move it right back...

[[Patty watches as we focus on Nick's hand, still clutching the temples of his glasses and clenching as he continues.]]
Nick: I knew it was a risk... The MUTEX was designed to use helmets, to latch onto a single person's brain wave signature... But there was no time, and billions of targets...

Nick: [eyes squeezed shut, jaw clenched] I could have dropped it into empty space, or the heart of a star, or in orbit of a black hole... Or it could be lost, like "Nega-Nick" was, in the empty voids between universes...

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