Part 47: No Going BackPart 47: No Going Back
Hell! Aliens are destroying Kansas! Team, move out!
Aww, man, theyre destroying Supermans hometown?
Superman lives in Smallville, not Kansas City.
God, you nerds just stay focused!
Oh, I hope everyones going to be okay
Probably not. Minimizing casualties is our goal, but eliminating them? Good luck.
Hey, be nice!
Look, theyre fearsome, but those little grey guys still die when you shoot them. Were the best of the best, or at least, I am. (And if you all die during the mission, whatever. Im just here for the tech.)
Yugh. I hope I dont step in any alien blood this time. It took me a week to get the last of it out of my boot cracks.
Oh, Im getting nervous again.
Just stay frosty. Youll be alright.
Nobody says stay frosty in real life!
Ugh you jokers
Now, lets go!
Remember, get the civilians out of here first!
Fine. Just hope they stay out of my way.
Gag the stench so much burning crap!
Right, two dumbasses secured. Get ready to breach on the right while I pull to the left!
Uh, on it!
What the fuck?! Two big ones over in the courthouse!
SHIT! Two armored legless floating cyborg things!
Aaah, hell bad idea, bad idea! Taking a shot!
You barely scratched it! EEEEEE!
Calm down! Use your rocket on that fucker!
Well, that didnt do anything, either!
FINE, Ill do it, Ill get gunpowder residue all over me AGAIN
Da FUCK! Why arent they dying?!
Blasting that fucker! Grenade out!
Thanks, Allen. Youre always there to save the day.
I am awesome, thank you.
Wounded one of the big green guys, its just pissing him off. And that just pisses ME off!
Hey! You almost blew my head off! You asshole!
Its coming right for me! I cant outrun it! I AIEEEEEEEggggggg
W what? BASTAAAARRRRRDS!
Motherfucking fucking fucking damned FUUCKERS! I I I DAMN YOU!
Hildas dead? Thats not that doesnt make sense. Naomi why didnt you save her?
Youre supposed to keep your cool! Youre the professional one! And you never miss.
AAAA! Horrible bug-freaks!
Its right in my face!
Our guns are worthless against them! HELP! AAAAUGH! AT LEAST LET ME DIE PRETTY!
She couldnt see them coming. If she could have seen through walls, maybe, but AIIIEEE!
FUCK! The big red one It blasted right through the wall to crush Allen!
EVA! What why!? Your armor destroyed in ONE hit?! But
Im pinned down under suppressing fire! Help!
Why are you even pinned down? You should be a super-cyborg that fears nothing and protects everyone!
What? FUCK THAT SHIT! Why the hell would I want to chop off my limbs for someone else, you nincompoop!? Im outta here!
Theyre all dead but no. This isnt us. This isnt ME.
Starting to get the picture? This is what happens when you try to keep everything the same. The world keeps on turning, with or without you. You get left behind. You never grow. You die.
Since you cant keep everything the same, you have to make a choice. You choose what you want to keep, what you want to give up. Do you understand?
Allen! Is that you?
Is it? Good question. Right back at ya. Is that YOU, Cam?
I its no. This isnt who or what I am. Hasnt been for a long while. Feels like a lifetime ago
I was a pathetic college dropout turned equally pathetic soldier. Thats thats who I was. Then I took a chance or two. Things happened some expected, some very unexpected.
More than I could keep track of. The old me isnt really gone, but Ive kept adding on to myself since then.
And not just genetically, right? I mean, I did give you those legs, but youre the one who decided to run with them.
I learned to stop hating myself to stop thinking of myself as a loser by default. I didnt try to impress anyone anymore didnt need to.
And the others?
Mimis mission was to spy on XCOM and steal their technology, but she gave up her body, her face, and even her original mission, just to save us.
I wont let anything happen to you. And Ive lost nothing that was worth a damn.
Leroys still vain, sure, but she learned everything she could to be a good medic, to keep Mimi alive, and us too. She gives a shit about everyone else.
Its just an extension of helping my friends look good. Nobody looks good when theyre bleeding, heh.
Evas still sensitive, but shes brave. Not even afraid of her own face anymore. And theres more to Hilda than being the quintessential soldier. Shes got a great sense of humor. Shes not afraid of smiling anymore.
Youre starting to get it. The experience youve gained has made you better. The technology too. The gene mods are reversible, of course, but youd be a fool to undo it. And you could all get your old faces and bodies back, no problem well, maybe not Bar-Lev, except the face, but she could get a civilian body. Would you, though?
Still havent decided if I would get my old DNA back. Have to discuss it with Hilda. But yeah weve all gained way more than we lost. And we wouldnt want to get rid of this technology. Its a miracle weve gotten as much as we have.
Ive got one other point to make, though.
See that? The city is burning. The toughest troops available to the aliens are running amok. They had these guys working for them all along.
Yeah. They did. So ?
So, if they had sent the toughest troops first, you never would have developed the tech. The skills. The genetic modifications. Youd have all died on your first mission as rookies, just like the first part of this dream. But the aliens didnt send their toughest troops. Why?
are you saying what I think youre saying?
Youre the game developer here, Cam. Why are the aliens playing games? Why are they letting you level up?
They want us to be stronger so they can use our strength, somehow.
Heh. Maybe. Im sure youll figure the rest out on your own, buddy.
Allen! Wait, dont go!
Sorry, Cam. These angel wings are pullin me back to heaven. Just make sure to treasure what youve got while youve got it. Now time to wake up.
Bad dreams, hon?
Every since I became psychic my dreams got all symbolic. Its annoying. Say
If I ever got my old DNA back for whatever reason, would you still love me?
Dont be silly. Of course Id love you. No, the real question is, what if I got male DNA?
Would you have a badass mustache like your dad? Because, if so heh heh.
Ha ha! Good answer.
The hyperwave decoder! Its MOVING!
Next time: BIG TROUBLE