Waking to Another Sky Ch4 bit – Sympathy

That wasn’t a guilty flinch, so Kazuto wasn’t part of a mob. Given mobs don’t leave bystanders – that means target.

Man, no wonder the kid looked spooked. Anyone who’d survived a mob tended to be traumatized for life.

Funny thing is, he looks like he’s trying to get over it. He wants to believe it won’t happen here.

Wanted to, even though the careful neutrality of the kid’s face said he didn’t believe a word of it. Which was just wrong. No teenager should automatically assume adults were lying-

Players, a voice gloated in Jack’s memory, welcome to my world.

-Except Kayaba had pulled them into the biggest lie of all: that Sword Art Online was just a game.

And then it killed them.

Jack still couldn’t wrap his mind around it. He wasn’t sure anyone could, even the general. That something meant to be a training aid had turned into a two-year-long murder spree – it didn’t seem real.

Yet Silica hadn’t said a word when Kazuto had mentioned player-killers. She was just standing there, cuddling her purring dragon, as if she thought anything she might say could only make things worse.

And that means… damn. She knows people killed each other.

But she still trusts him. Heck, she thinks he’s the nicest guy in the room.

Which implied the girl was either hopelessly blind, or too scarily perceptive for her own good. He and Teal’c were good guys. Nice? Not so much.


12 thoughts on “Waking to Another Sky Ch4 bit – Sympathy

  1. Today is good. Wonderful bit of story with characters learning, I have vegetables, and the present I’m making for my twin is closer to being done. I really do like to see characters learning. It makes me feel better about life.

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      1. I’m one of those strange people who likes Brussels sprouts. My twin doesn’t, though. She also hates peppers. Says they taste like poison. Its bizarre.

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      2. Try peeling off the outer leaves – that’s where most of the chemical is concentrated – and frying them in butter. 🙂 Of course, if you taste the chemical in question, it might be that nothing will make it taste good.

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      3. Ref the “taste like poison” – I found out something about tastebuds and veggies a little while ago.

        Children can taste “bitter” better than adults, because “bitter” tended to imply poison (therefore children who could identify bitterness were more likely to survive and breed, and so evolution worked). Vegetables are more bitter than fruits, by a long shot. It’s one reason why parents are advised to introduce veggies to children before they introduce fruit, because otherwise the bitterness they taste in veggies can lead to total rejection.

        This is also why a child that can’t stand certain veggies might change as they pass through adolescence. I did that with broccoli florets – until I was around 15, I couldn’t stand them. Now I like them. (The stems, on the other hand – those make me literally nauseous, and always have.)

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      4. Bitter and ‘tastes like poison’ aren’t necessarily false positives either.

        I’ve heard that 99% of plants are toxic to humans, and 99% of animals are not.

        Humans have a generalist digestive system. Ours can handle smaller amounts of a wider range of plant toxins than those with a more specialized digestive system. That we’ve domesticated a plant for consumption does not mean that we’ve bred the toxins out. It means that our systems can handle the toxins, or we know how to process it, or it is fine as long as we don’t eat too much, or that most people are fine with it, or that we are stupid dumbasses in some cases.

        Kids generally have a smaller mass than adults, so dosage. Plus kids are perhaps less likely to have learned not to load up on a specific plant.

        If you think about bell peppers (mild for peppers, but still peppers), pumpkin, broccoli, and brussels sprouts, you can imagine why they might want to produce pesticide there.

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