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1st Nov 2019, 3:00 PM in Interlude: Doctor Doctor!!
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Sketch_Armstrong 1st Nov 2019, 3:00 PM edit delete
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This took me way too long to do, and it's not even because the page was hard. This was honestly one of the easier pages in the entire interlude, it's just that I kept having long busy days at work, and procrastinating, but it's done now!

Anyway, panel 2 was something someone suggested to me a while back, but it was in an inappropriate place. They critiqued the second time Sally is shaking Max, and said I should've done it like that. The entire point of that page was to act as a gag over Sally's motormouth, but over here it makes perfect sense to use. Because speaking of that panel, Claire's thoughts are acting as hints for the you, to deduce Max's Afterburn. She just has a hunch though, and she also knows the process of finding yours, so she's not about to tell Max, on the offchance she's wrong, and he gets into an even further hole, shooting for an abilty he'll never have.
As for the hints? His heart rate and blood pressure, as well as the "time" there. You can use those three to put together what he does, but I guarantee it's not gonna make sense for a bit. Not until Max actually uses it himself.

Though Claire does imply something here. "You might be liable for fraud, now." This is in reference to his days as The Scarlett Tiger. You can infer it, but what I'm implying here is that Max has been inadvertently using his Afterburn a lot throughout his life, he just never thought of its effects as being Burning, and nobody else did either, so he got away with using it in matches which claimed he was akin to Gearless Joe (Megalobox).

But then we get into this last bit in panels 5 and 6. This is what I said earlier in this blurb. Claire knows how an Afterburn is understood by the user, and in turn she knows Max will eventually light his, so she's not that concerned. But in turn, this is foreshadowing, going to say it right now. And it's sooner than you think, "a big event" that unlocks Max's potential, (which is paying off of the bit I showed you in chapter one.)

Though I was tempted to say Max's Burning was about to get a "Kickstart real soon" but that felt a bit, on the nose, so to speak. Let's just say I felt it in my heart, that it'd be too much to just foreshadow it that blatantly.

As for the ending of this? Thanks to https://twitter.com/DDD_DeeDs for helping me with Claire's lines.
And since I probably never credited him during the chapters she's prominent in, thanks to https://twitter.com/ciircuit1 for helping me with Sally's lines.


Anyway, that's it for now. I think I'll have chapter six done and out by the end of March 2020.
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