Chapter 17 comes with delays and possibly some spelling errors I overlooked in its vastness, but hey, didn't you hear? That's okay. Everything is broken
. (Here's a live version from 1989
. I know, the song wasn't technically released until a couple years later, but cut me some slack, okay?)Broken hands on broken ploughs,
Broken treaties, broken vows,
Broken pipes, broken tools,
People bending broken rules.
Hound dog howling, bull frog croaking,
Everything is broken
I do hope this sheds some light at what happened to Boris, even if it is still qualified with being speculation. Honestly, I believe most of this could be inferred from previous chapters, but I gotta put my foot down here and say: that's as good as it gets. The characters just don't have any better intel, and part of their story is seeing what they're working with.
I shudder to say it, but hot chocolate may be a "theme" in my writings. Official warm comfort beverage of the Ultimatesverse!
At that point, the Ingues cartel is probably rather technologically advanced, not only procuring cell phones for its members but using them to guarantee that they're reachable. Of course, that requires people to actually carry their phones...which would be why they worked so hard to shrink those down from the first bricks.
Dollar is waaaaay too much fun to write. Horribly cliche, but fun.
After this massive dose of low-level schemeing and talking, it's time to inject some action into the story. Look forward to Chapter 18 - The Trooper soonish! (Yes, the Iron Maiden song. Watch it on YouTube here
. You'll get it.)