LIAB Epilogue 02
|Inside the Dirtamancy fort in the Magic Kingdom, Wanda leans over a newly Decrypted Jack who is laying on a rock, Arkenpliers in hand. Jack is wearing red and black livery and his complexion and eye color have changed from pink and ashen to blue and pink post decryption. He looks around confused.|||
Jack sprang up. His head snapped around to focus on scene after scene, eyes darting everywhere. He ate up the room in visual nibbles, absorbing the set before recalling the names of actors, before beginning his part in the play.
For a long time, he'd been alive. Then, it seemed briefly, not.
Now he was something like alive again, but realigned on a plane just beneath the visual. He was Jack Snipe. He was Decrypted. And that meant...
He found the Lady Firebaugh among his snapshots and turned. Just beside him, she was. Of all her new flock, a hundred new ones in her loyal service, t'was Jack himself who commanded her attention. Her eyes!
"Can you speak?" she whispered to him.She'd come to Faq as a challenger. All these turns, they'd nipped and snipped as rivals, sometimes quite bitterly and with abiding contempt. Now, on this opposite side of the end, she still seemed like a sister to him. Had he...had he actually loved her as such all along?
|Closeup of Jack's face in profile. Jack smirks and talk to Wanda off panel. A group of decrypted infantry gaze on in the background.|||
"Of course, I can," he said. "What...would you have me call you?"
She wrinkled her nose with irritation. Behind her, Chief Parson was issuing some whispered orders. "Call me what you please. But can you speak? Of...what we forswore to?" She clutched his upper arm and looked at him urgently.
He blinked, thinking far, far back in time. A version of her, not so lovely or so whole. A day when lifelong oaths were sworn. "Of Charlie," he said, nodding as he remembered. "Yes. His contract ended with my life."
"Tell him as soon as you can," she ordered, yielding him a rare and conspiratorial smile.
For the illustrated audiobook of this comic, please follow this external link to youtube: Epilogue 02 - Jack Decrypted