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You’re racked by indecision. Do you just pass, and try to throw her off? Do you go for rank, the likelier loss, to give her a nine and make her think one of your nines is on the bottom? Do you go for suit, which has more chances of a match?

You just can’t decide. And then it strikes you – why are you even playing this game? You’ve got no idea where that damned greatrat is, or what it’s doing while you’re sitting here playing cards.

You shove your whole stack aside. You’ve just been distracting yourself, and it’s not doing any good. The rat’s not going to stop running around waiting for you to finish your game.

“I can’t handle this right now,” you say. “I’ve got a problem and I’m just running from it. I need help, and I don’t know who I can turn to. I thought… well, I don’t know what I was thinking, really. Look, I’ll make this quick. Will you help me?”

You’re Lisa now. What are you going to say?

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ok but make it quick i would like to sleep



We all have things going on. This game was a chance to clear your mind but you’re a little miffed Clancy would try and leave it. However it does look like he’s genuinely concerned about something…

It’s too bad too. You were going to get him back for last time by stacking the deck in your favor. It’s hard for someone to guess “Scholar of Blades” if you split all the Blades and Scholars between the top and bottom of the deck.

you’re tired, and you don’t want to help but…something though…that Tom Third had said, one of the last times you had talked to him. You were pissed at the rookie for cheating at your game, but Tom calmed you down, in that way only he could. You were much more hotheaded then. It was Tom that taught you to focus though playing games. He had a gift for seeing the best in a person. He saw more in Clancy back then. It frustrated you to no end seeing Clancy get mixed up with Squib Squad – Like he was thumbbing his nose at what Tom saw in him…but now…maybe Tom was right.

“If you forfeit the game, I’ll listen. That was what we agreed on right?”

Author’s Note:

Often when an update ends with a simple choice, I go by whatever gets suggested the most, and if there’s a tie I look for a tiebreaker.

In this case, I didn’t, so instead I just turned it into total indecision on Clancy’s part. Which gave me an excuse to pull things back to the main plot of this segment.

For the record, I was still randomly picking all the cards used in the game.