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Through Lights and Shadows 4/39

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Dex: Okay, enough!

[YANK]

We’re going to back away slowly. You stay right where you are.

Thorn: Oh, well, if that’s how we’re playing it . . . I don’t say this a lot, but —

Mine’s bigger.

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Alright, now we’re getting somewhere.

So we know Thorn is gonna take Dex down no problem. The problem is getting around the whole hostage issue. Fortunately, K has already shown that he’s got a self-sacrifice thing going, that could give Thorn the leverage he needs. Before everyone jumps on me, I’m talking about his acceptance of a possible death. That takes away a lot of Dex’s leverage when they know any move will mean Thorn takes them down.

This also brings into question what happens after. I’m hoping Thorn calls the cops and breaks this wide open, but that’s not quite the emotional pain the boss goes for. This will more likely involve Pas finding out about Dex’s real life.

“Fortunately, K has already shown that he’s got a self-sacrifice thing going, that could give Thorn the leverage he needs. ”

I can see that going SO many ways depends on Kale’s rating of his own pain tolerance. Just grab the blade directly? Force the blade into a part of his own anatomy that won’t let it go easily?

Hmm. If Dex kills Kale, they can run or they can fight. If they run, they’ll be wanted for murder. If they fight, they might win or they might lose, might live or might die, but Kale will be dead. If they don’t kill Kale, they can run or they can fight. If they run, they’ll be wanted for attempted murder. If they fight, they’ll be hampered by Kale’s presence, and Kale might live anyway.

From the point of view of a spy, I’m not seeing a lot of incentive not to kill Kale immediately.

This isn’t spy business anymore, this is revenge. Apparently poorly-planned revenge at that.

Even more so. Spy tactics, revenge aims.

Not quite. Spy experience, emotion rules. It’s a bit of a different situation, and a lot less predictable, because the sort of logic you’re trying to apply is generally not applied. Dex’s all about the feels right now. And the feeling is trapped animal.

Definitely not logic. Logical thing would be to let Kale go. Sure, Kale might complain, but they might not believe him. Now Thorn knows for sure what’s the situation – and I don’t think Dex would WANT to kill Thorn, not speaking about the fact he’s definitely not able to.

Also, WTF, how is Dex surprised Thorn has heardsword? He really failed at preparations …

Wow, for once I get to point this out, “They”.

Exactly. Actual spy tactics would’ve been stake the house, ID K, track him, confirm the identity, then find a way to off him without this whole song-and-dance. They just can’t accept that their husband pulled the bad card on a mission and that K is the one who caused it.

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