Chapter: Part of the Circle
Page: Tangible Threat

14th Aug 2021, 10:45 AM

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14th Aug 2021, 10:45 AM Oh…shoot.╰[ ⁰﹏⁰ ]╯I think Kairo’s flipped the conversation back to his side!

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14th Aug 2021, 11:10 AM Ah, Evan's heart is in the right place, even if his minds and hands aren't.

And is Kat literally drinking sugar?
14th Aug 2021, 11:16 AM Yeah, that’s so true! (இ﹏இ`。)

Nah, she’s just drinking chocolate milk straight from the carton—something I do but it grosses some of my siblings out lol.
15th Aug 2021, 9:49 PM If I remember correctly, does Evan learn his moves + responses from observing? Otherwise, something to be said about him unwittingly being the danger to the one he wants to protect. Yay, Anakin Skywalker or someon from a Greek story.

Chocolate milk is a lot less DIABEETUS than straight up sugar at least. I'm guessing Derek and siblings are grossed out if they have to drink from that same jug.
16th Aug 2021, 5:17 AM Yes he does! But he’s not conscious of his movements when he’s in that weird trance.

Haha X’D Some of my own siblings just don’t like it even if they have no intentions of sharing. It’s the same if I eat a carrot without rinsing it first “Sharon, we don’t eat unwashed carrots, we’re not barbarians.” That’s actually where that line comes from, now that I think of it.
16th Aug 2021, 12:29 PM Assuming Kat's experiences (of this type) are based on your experiences, this gives a thought to why she's colored the way she is; she "eats her vegetables." Yellow carrots exist:
This is now how I'll imagine her.
17th Aug 2021, 10:23 AM Haha sort of? A lot of the characters’ experiences are loosely based off my own. And haha Kat doesn’t need to eat to survive, but she probably tries eating all kinds of things just for fun! I guess you can see it however you like lmao
18th Aug 2021, 12:17 PM Do all mutants not need food to survive? If so, I have a thought...
18th Aug 2021, 12:43 PM No, just Kat as far as we know :) she lives mostly off the solar energy she absorbs!
19th Aug 2021, 8:09 PM Could she gain weight if she moved somewhere really sunny? Or get gaunt if she stayed in the dark? Her metabolism is CLEARLY weird, even aside from the solar thing, since she seems to store energy taken in as muscle instead of fat, despite not much working out. *nerd hat on*
20th Aug 2021, 5:36 AM Hah this made me laugh so hard, but also challenged me to think!! It’s a little more complicated and we’ll get into it more in the story, and it’s not necessarily set in stone since I need to sort it out more—but let me give you a basic idea based off where my brain is right now:

I’ve always thought of her body/metabolism working more like an electronic device if that makes sense? If she moved to a sunny place—no, she wouldn’t get fat lol, but she would get overheated and sluggish—maybe have to lie down a lot and fight off fevers (sunstroke?) until her body became used to the new climate. It’s possible that hotter climates might increase her power level over time, but I’m not sure yet. Kat wouldn’t like hot climates though, it actually gets kinda hot in some places in Canada already which annoys her enough.

If Kat was in the dark for a long time—no, she wouldn’t get gaunt—but she would rapidly deteriorate. Not from the dark itself, this would happen over time anyway if she did not have a way to recharge (at the moment her only method involves the machine, which is currently stationed at her home, but eventually I want to give her a portable option) basically, Kat’s skin would lose colour and she would become cold and weak. Her light would go out and she would eventually die.

Kat’s metabolism is somewhat convenient I’m sure, like I don’t see the sun making her fat even though she gets her life energy from it (you don’t see plants that are fat, right? It’s sort of like that). I think if Kat got fat it would be from eating too much. It’s also possible that Kat does need to eat at least a little bit for some things like vitamins and like you said, fats, but I haven’t exactly figured it all out yet(;^ω^)Just keep in mind it’s not really supposed to be realistic so much as cool and fun!
24th Aug 2021, 7:12 PM Oh totally! It's got enough weird science that it's fun to speculate and ask questions about, but it also works kind of poetically/metaphorically, with the sun being associated with life and cheer and also danger (heatstroke, sunburn, at least one sun god also being a plague god) but being generally a Good Thing, which all fits Kat very well.
25th Aug 2021, 9:57 AM Hey that is so cool—and you’re right! :D
22nd Aug 2021, 3:59 PM Oh yeah, I remember talking about how Kat might be a plant (or Kryptonian). In this case where she's drinking chocolate milk, does it mean she's watering herself? If only all our houseplants learned how to water themselves.
22nd Aug 2021, 4:20 PM Haha maybe X’-)
14th Aug 2021, 11:39 AM Whooooops Evan and I both conveniently forgot about that.

(Drinking straight from a carton is efficient! And not gross unless multiple people use the same one or if the carton has gerrrrrmmmzz)
14th Aug 2021, 11:50 AM I sort of almost forgot about that too heheh XD but when I remembered, it totally made this all make more sense I think.

14th Aug 2021, 2:23 PM Oh I love when that happens, when different pieces just happen to fit together all smooth and convenient
14th Aug 2021, 3:50 PM YES!!
14th Aug 2021, 1:17 PM Mind games. Kairo's playing mind games. Here's where the difference between Evan's 14 years and Kairo's 137 (or however many) years will show.

And drinking from the carton will get your amoebas in it. Ewww.
14th Aug 2021, 2:02 PM Kairo’s 137 made me laugh so hard(≧y≦*)
It’s true though, Kairo really is playing mind games. I don’t think he’s trying to hurt Evan, but this is the only way Kairo knows how to get stubborn people to listen. Unfortunately, that’s mostly all that’s been modelled for him.

Ohhhh is THAT why it grosses people out (ᗒᗜᗕ)՛̵̖
14th Aug 2021, 10:58 PM Yikes. He’s not totally wrong, but what a setup. Eesh.
15th Aug 2021, 6:27 AM Yeah I guess he could have been a bit more gentle or something (*’へ’*)
15th Aug 2021, 1:39 PM if you're keeping score, that's Evan 1, Kairo....
wait, wait... GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Evan 1, Kairo 1. on to the 2nd half of this exciting game folks!
(still yelling, btw)

you drink milk from the carton? Ewwwww, Girlie cooties!!!! (grin) I'll drink milk from the carton too to be honest, but only because I know that when everyone sees me do that, no one else will drink from it, and it's AAAAALLLLL MINE MINE MINE MINE..... 😈😈
15th Aug 2021, 4:22 PM Now there’s a game I would be interested in watching haha!!

Yeah that’s one of the reasons why I do it too ;p
16th Aug 2021, 10:53 AM That got a huge smile out of me... 😂😂🤣
16th Aug 2021, 11:27 AM Glad to hear it ;D
18th Aug 2021, 5:14 PM The tables have TURNED o_o .

Must be hard having such a potentially deadly power! Panel 2 & 3 are great, Evan's been super expressive lately

I'm the older brother who drank all the milk without a glass too don't feel alone kat XD

18th Aug 2021, 7:23 PM Aw thanks, I’m so glad you think so! Yeah I was literally just thinking about how different the side effects are for Kat and Evan when it comes to using their abilities. I can’t wait to show you all and talk more about this later on!

*older sibling high-five* ⊂(▀¯▀⊂)