Today on Quantum Vibe: A classic model Strip 408 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Mon 2012-07-30
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Sci-Fi Adventure Monday & Thursday.
A thousand years in the future, humanity has colonized worlds in nearly
100 galaxies, thanks to Quantum Vibremonic technologies developed five
centuries earlier. Other new technologies have created various
off-shoots of humanity and extended life expectancies five-fold. The
story begins with how a mad scientist and his plucky assistant, along
with their robot friend, brought humanity to the stars, and continues
with the adventures of some unique people in fantastic places.
Updates delayed by Thundersnow [ Feb 21, 2021 ]
Scott's home and studio were without electric power for three days after the freak winter ice/snow storm hit Texas last week. That plus needing a day to recover and recuperate has eaten up his buffer of strips and put him a week behind schedule. We regret that a one-week pause in uploads is unfortunately necessary.
A stand-up display case for androids. We see three 'sleeping' androids – on the left, a butler-type; on the right, a repairman type. In the center is Veronica, who we met in Book 1. She is dressed like a stripper, in bustier, lacy bra and panties. There are traces of cobwebs about, indicating this case is little-used.
Nicole (OP): Hey Seamus, look over here!
From Veronica's POV, we see the Shopkeeper (a middle-aged-looking Asian), Seamus, and Nicole.
Shopkeeper: Ah, yes, these are some of our older models, not so much interest in these.
Seamus: What can you tell me about this one?
Nicole: Hey Buford, check this out!
Third-person view: Seamus is looking over Veronica very closely. The shopkeeper is looking hopeful. Nicole is looking off-panel right with a disappointed expression.
Shopkeeper: This V-287 model is around a century old, one owner. She was brought in three decadays ago – that's all I know.
Buford (OP): I'd rather not be a part of this.
Two-shot the shopkeeper and Seamus.
Shopkeeper: A classic model, for sophisticated tastes …
Seamus: Is that why there's 'not much interest?'
Now Nicole is looking at Veronica closely. The shopkeeper stands by.
Nicole: Does she have a name?
Shopkeeper: Her memory of her previous owner has been erased, per standard procedure.
Shopkeeper: If you rent her you can assign whatever name suits you.
Three-shot Seamus, the shopkeeper, and Nicole. Seamus and the shopkeeper are dickering, Nicole looks thoughtfully at the android.
Seamus: I'll pay 30 keyin* for three days' rental.
Shopkeeper: I cannot accept less than 60 keyin for this, with a 200 keyin damage deposit.
Caption: * 1 keyin = one silver gram
Two-shot Seamus and the shopkeeper.
Seamus: I'll agree to your deposit but no more than 40 for the rental.
Shopkeeper: 50 keyin and that is my bottom line.
Four-shot of the Shopkeeper, Seamus, Nicole, and the still inert Veronica. Nicole looks at Veronica dubiously.
Shopkeeper: You drive a hard bargain, sir.
Shopkeeper: If you will wait in the lobby I will get her prepared and bring her out to you in a few minutes.
Nicole: I have a weird feeling about this.