Приманка 000

Прекрасная девушка встречает смерть в глубине моря.

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COVER: Same Fabulae Atroces Fausti logo as appeared on “She’s the Ransom,” over another bit of neo-pulp, in this case a young woman swimmer in a 1940s-style swimsuit and hairstyle being menaced underwater by tentacles coming up from the deep. There some be if feasible some bubbles to emphasize the underwater.

CAPTION (title) (1): “Bait”

Translation (1): «Приманка»

CAPTION (author) (2): Written and produced by Iago Faustus

Comment (2): “Produced” in this context means that Faustus paid an artist’s commission to Erosarts for his services in doing the illustration and also arranged for the publication of the webcomic.

Translation (2): Автор и продюсер – Яго Фауст

CAPTION (artist) (3): Illustrated by Erosarts

Translation (3): Иллюстрации – Erosarts


 Приманка (русский язык/Версия с длинной страницей)
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Dr. Lal on the phone with Rosalie.

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INT. ROSALIE’S APARTMENT – NIGHT


INTERCUT – PHONE CONVERSATION


(Note: This conversation takes place between Rosalie and Harry. Harry is calling from the study in his home, which should be the study of a successful and scholarly man, if not (yet) a very rich one. Harry has a drink of some kind.)


ROSALIE


Hello?


HARRY


Rosalie? Hi, it’s Harry. I’m sorry to call so late. Is now an good time to talk?>


ROSALIE


Sure, Harry. I’m not doing anything.


HARRY


Listen, Rosalie, I’m sort of troubled and wanted your advice. About this Creature Wi-Fi business…


ROSALIE


You want my opinion on whether we should let it connect.


HARRY


Yes. I mean, there’s an ethical issue here. It might seem weird to wonder, but what if it wants to take over the world?


ROSALIE


Seriously, Harry?


HARRY


Well, there’s that. But also I get the sense that the investors are beginning to get a little restless with how much time and money we’ve spent on this Creature project.


ROSALIE


Yes?


HARRY


It’s not really part our remit to discover new intelligences. Our continuing mission is to seek out strange new drugs and then charge people for them.


ROSALIE


If you ask me Harry, if you discover any intelligence here at all you’ll be on the road to incredible discoveries. Maybe it’s just my intuition…


HARRY


I trust your intuition. Someone’s going to have monitor this thing’s communications, though.


ROSALIE


If you want a volunteer for the job, I’ll say yes.


HARRY


It might mean a lot of extra hours.


ROSALIE


So I’ll move into the lab if I have to. It will be just like graduate school.


HARRY


Alright. See you there tomorrow then.


ROSALIE


Bye, Harry.


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Köder 100

Und auf dem Grund des Ganzen der sexuelle Fetisch eines reichen Mannes.

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PAGE 100 (Two panels)

Panel 1: A larger panel comprising most of the page. A man sitting on a simple chain on the floor of the Marine Institute, watching the very special show. He is wearing a suit, and we can see through his suit pants that he has a massive erection.

Panel 2: Smaller, inset, showing light on the face of the man, who we can now see (due to the prominence of his Distinguishing Feature) is Barron Petrobux, Jr. The face shows a blissed-out expression.

CAPTION (1): The end.

Translation (1): Ende.

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Rosalie Quisp leads a lonely life.

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INT. ROSALIE’S APARTMENT – NIGHT


Sound of a lock TURNING. Rosalie enters her apartment and turns on the light. She is dressed as she was in the previous scene.


The apartment is an efficiency, neat and spare almost to the point of being monastic. That the apartment is on a high floor can be seen by a nighttime cityscape stretching far away through the uncurtained windows.


TWEEDLING from Rosalie’s handbag. Rosalie pulls out a phone and looks at the screen.


ROSALIE


Spam.


(shakes her head)


Always, always spam.


Rosalie puts her bag and phone down on the kitchen alcove’s counter, goes to the freezer and takes out a single-serving reduced-calorie meal which she puts in a microwave. She then puts on a tea-kettle.


Rosalie’s phone RINGS. She picks it up quickly, almost lunging for it.


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Miranda and Toozie find a way to enjoy each other's company and even get a little food on Thanksgiving night.

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INT. MIRANDA’S DORM ROOM – NIGHT


Miranda sits on her bed, Toozie sits at the desk.


TOOZIE


Thanksgiving sorta sucks when you have to stay at college.


MIRANDA


Everyone goes home and the dining halls close, as does everything else.


TOOZIE


And I was hungry and lonely and thought you might be as well, so I came by and brought what food I could.


Toozie reaches into her sweatshirt pocket and pulls out two sardine cans, which she hands to Miranda to inspect.


MIRANDA


What is this, Toozie?


TOOZIE


Fish of some kind, beyond that I don’t know.


MIRANDA


What language is this label printed in?


TOOZIE


I’m afraid I don’t know that either.


Miranda LAUGHS.


MIRANDA


Well, it’s protein anyway. Look…


Miranda takes down a can of some kind and a hot pot from a shelf.


MIRANDA


I have one can of soup, and I have some crackers which I hope aren’t too stale, and we can pool our resources and have our own little thanksgiving dinner.


TOOZIE


Sounds good to me.


MIRANDA


I’ll fetch what’s necessary.


The women speak as the action goes on: Miranda fetches two bowels and spoons and a box of crackers. She plugs in the hot pot, pops the lid off the can of soup, and pour it in to heat.


TOOZIE


So why didn’t you go home like everyone else?


MIRANDA


Scholarship student. My financial aid only pays for two trips home a year, and I’d rather go home at Christmas. You?


TOOZIE


Well, I…


(contemplates for a moment)


I don’t have parents to go home to. They died in a car accident when I was twelve.


Miranda stops her preparations, shocked, genuinely sympathetic.


MIRANDA


Oh, Toozie, I didn’t know! I’m so sorry…


TOOZIE


It was hard, but for me it’s just something I’ve grown to accept. And I suppose at least now the loss of my parents is over. It’s not something I ever have to spend time dreading.


MIRANDA


Still, that’s terrible.


TOOZIE


I get to spend my Thanksgiving with you.


Miranda looks deeply moved, and almost as if she is about to cry.


TOOZIE


After Mama and Baba died I was brought up by an aunt and uncle who I don’t think liked me very much. Enough was left from my parents’ estate to pay for my schooling, so aunt and uncle packed me off to boarding school and I didn’t see very much of them.


MIRANDA


That’s really sad.


TOOZIE


The point is, I guess, that I don’t really feel like going “home.” I have plenty of studying to do.


Toozie pulls a lid off one of the cans of fish, sniffs it.


TOOZIE


It is…fish?


(looks up at Miranda)


Do you want to know something, Miranda?


MIRANDA


Yes, sure.


TOOZIE


This might be a very meager and humble meal, had by us in this big empty lonely dorm on a dark November night and yet…this is the first Thanksgiving in a long time when I’ve actually felt thankful for something.


MIRANDA


Oh, Toozie.


Miranda gives Toozie a big hug.


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On a lonely Thanksgiving Day, Toozie stops by to visit Miranda.

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INT. DORMITORY HALLWAY – NIGHT


The hallway is empty and quiet. Toozie, in stocking feet and wearing a big oversize sweatshirt with pockets, pads down the hallway and KNOCKS on one of the doors.


The door opens. It is Miranda, who breaks into a smile on seeing Toozie.


MIRANDA


Oh, hi!


TOOZIE


Mind if I come in?


MIRANDA


I’d love to have you come in.


Toozie goes in.


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Köder 097

Und so taucht Chiba ein.

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PAGE 97 (Three panels)

Panel 1: Underwater robot removing the cuff from the Creature’s feeding siphon.

CAPTION (1): And so, within a few days…

Translation (1): Und nach wenigen Tagen…

Panel 2: Chiba standing naked on a diving platform over the tank.

Panel 3: Chiba in mid-air in her dive into the tank, just about to break the surface of the water.

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Dr. Eddie explains the creature's strange desire.

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INT. WAREHOUSE CONFERENCE ROOM – DAY


Ernie gets up and takes the place of Rosalie as well as her pointer ticker. Rosalie sits down. Ernie clicks to an animation of flashing and throbbing tissues inside the creature.


ERNIE


The thing is, the creature is generating a frequently repeated signal consisting of what analysis shows to be packets of binary information conveyed via a modulating and demodulating carrier wave at a consistent frequency of two-point-four gigahertz. Do you realize what this means?


HARRY


I’m a doctor, Ernie, not an electrical engineer.


ERNIE


Well, I’m not sure exactly how to say this, Dr. Lal, so I guess I’ll just say it.


(looks at his shoes for a second)


The Creature is trying to connect to WiFi.


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