RIght, so, sorry about the delay. Dad's in the hospital- nothing major, something in his lower GI I think they said, got him on antibiotics right now. Hopefully he's not causing too much of a ruckus, haha. We'd have started on time but for traffic throwing my dinner schedule all off... oh well. sorry. archives here:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Strike%20witches%201989++At least the weather today is markedly better than yesterday you think, looking out the hangar doors to the runway beyond. It's not raining and it's only partly overcast- a welcome change of pace for the region, you're told. You tell yourself you'll take the chance to enjoy it when you get back- this flight should only last an hour or two, less if the fight doesn't drag. Of course, after yesterday, it might. At Slider's request, you left Ice alone- and she pointedly avoided you, and has been this morning too. Slider said they talked, of course, and this would blow over, but you're not sure what you should be doing, let alone if you really should be putting in for a transfer out or not. You're reasonably sure you could get a posting to VF-2 or maybe VF-10, both of which are mixed units. Of course, you haven't given serious thought to it, partly because you don't really want to try to work with a new unit- new commanders, new wingmates, the lot of it, partly because you're not sure you can. Other mixed units have taken losses, true, but you've been given the impression you're locked in to your current posting, like it or not. Besides, the other witches- Slider, especially, though Katya and Mav as well, have all made it clear that no one wants either of you to leave. 1/2
That's part of the reason, you tell yourself as you climb up into the Wyvern's cockpit, that you're not actually worried about yesterday's little spat. It happens, and she really is babying you too hard- you're a combat aviator, dammit, a fighter pilot! This shit is what you do! And you'd have thought, by now, that, Tanana notwithstanding, you've proven yourself to be damn good at it. She's overreacting, that's all, and she'll come around like the rest of them have. You shoot a glance over to the striker racks in time to catch her looking your way. She hurriedly looks away, busying herself with her equipment checks and the striker's startup checklist on her wrist MFD. Somehow, that almost makes you feel better- she looked away because she's embarrassed at what she did, not because she's mad at you. At least, that's what Slider's saying. Maybe you'll have to talk with her when you get on the ground. “Nice day, isn't it?” Merlin asks- as usual, her stutter gone and her voice carrying a lot more confidence in the aircraft than it does outside it.  “Yeah. Shame we'll be down south. Any reason the Italians wanted us to use their Mediterranean ranges?”  “Yeah. Think Katya will forgive us for spending it flying against her instead of on the beach?”  “Yeah. Hopefully Slider's familiar gets the better of her and she'd rather sun herself than tangle with us too much.”
>>32108263> “Yeah. Hopefully Slider's familiar gets the better of her and she'd rather sun herself than tangle with us too much.”Slider time!
>>32108263> “Yeah. Shame we'll be down south. Any reason the Italians wanted us to use their Mediterranean ranges?”
 “Yeah. Hopefully Slider's familiar gets the better of her and she'd rather sun herself than tangle with us too much.”A mad Slider is a scary Slider
[x] Lick Slider's soulgem
>>32108263>[x] "Yeah. Think Katya will forgive us for spending it flying against her instead of on the beach?"It's a working date!
>>32108263> “Yeah. Hopefully Slider's familiar gets the better of her and she'd rather sun herself than tangle with us too much.”Oh this should be fun. Let everyone blow off some steam after that little spat. Not much worry on our part but still good to have an outlet for everyone.
>>32108367Fucking hell. The moment I opened that gif an episode of Zero Punctuation started and the opening scribbling sound matched up perfectly.
>>32108329Starting early with the lewds, are we?
>>32108263>[x] “Yeah. Hopefully Slider's familiar gets the better of her and she'd rather sun herself than tangle with us too much.”It's best tail time on the best night of the week! Also ya don't need to apologize about the delay or any delay for that matter, shit happens.
 “Yeah. Shame we'll be down south. Any reason the Italians wanted us to use their Mediterranean ranges?”Time to get one bitch matron out of our hair.
>>32108387Do you not support lewds?
>>32108263[x] “Yeah. Think Katya will forgive us for spending it flying against her instead of on the beach?”
>>32108263[x] “Yeah. Think Katya will forgive us for spending it flying against her instead of on the beach?”Italians pls go
>>32108263>[x] “Yeah. Shame we'll be down south. Any reason the Italians wanted us to use their Mediterranean ranges?”
>>32108263>[X] “Yeah. Hopefully Slider's familiar gets the better of her and she'd rather sun herself than tangle with us too much.”Lets have some more lighthearted conflict to leaven this
>>32108477Sorry man, I'd like to Katyafag as much as you, but business before pleasure as they say.
>>32108443It's just that I think it's still a little early in the thread to start that up. As time goes on, the lewds will naturally flow. Forcing it does no one any favors. At least wait for Ghost to post something that can be easily morphed into a lewd joke!
>>32108263[x] “Yeah. Shame we'll be down south. Any reason the Italians wanted us to use their Mediterranean ranges?”
>>32108443We usually don't start the lewds till 8 o'clock or so, 6 and 7 o'clock are set aside for getting drinks and snacks. It also allows the lewd to build up.
>>32108263> “Yeah. Hopefully Slider's familiar gets the better of her and she'd rather sun herself than tangle with us too much.”Yeah I can agree with >>32108489 reasoning should be fun up there. And after fighting Young well... Shit we could use a cool off match.Did we get those drinks with her? Ha.
>>32108507Let's start early.
>>32108263>[X] “Yeah. Shame we'll be down south. Any reason the Italians wanted us to use their Mediterranean ranges?”
>>32108329>Madoka Mavricka Its scary how well that fits. Right down to the homosex. BEACH VOLLEH BHAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
>>32108507>We usually don't start the lewds till 8 o'clock or so, 6 and 7 o'clock are set aside for getting drinks and snacks. It also allows the lewd to build up....what do youyou mean youyou guysafter every thread*every* threadyou're.
>>32108263> “Yeah. Hopefully Slider's familiar gets the better of her and she'd rather sun herself than tangle with us too much.”>>32108805ssshhhh. It's our secret. You're one of us now...
>>32108263> “Yeah. Shame we'll be down south. Any reason the Italians wanted us to use their Mediterranean ranges?”Can someone remind us who this choice pits us against?
>>32108805Not all of us do, some sleep. How can you resist dat ass.
>>32108764I wonder there's a volleyball court at the castle?
>>32108896I must remain pure for my waifu.
>>32108841>I will never hear the term "invisible hand" the same way againthey should call fap angel dr. frankenstienfor he has unleashed a monster he did not want, and cannot stop
>>32108936>unleashed a monster he did not wantI have difficulty believing this
>>32108935The fuck is that?
>>32109010You talking shit about my tankfu?
>>32108896>Six AIM-54sThe weapon system that was meant to be, but never was. Becuase Navy regs forbid landing with six phoenix missiles because Reasons or something. Despite the entire plane and avionics system being designed to work with six missiles in the air at once.Alas, alack, navy is faggots etc.
>>32109049No, I'm wondering the hell it is.And after reading a bit about it;>Nuclear-powered vapour-cycle power plantI'll go with;>wut
>>32109049I googled it.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysler_TV-8What the FUCK were they smoking in the 50s?
>>32109075The 50s were a hell of a time. Everything important was in the turret, and it supposedly floated because of all the air in it.
>>32108595She doesn't look pregnant enough with Youngspawn
>>32109106I thought planefag said Young was carrying her child.
>>32108894Italy is the Luccini pawn. Think Luccini looks with Shirley personality
[x] “Yeah. Shame we'll be down south. Any reason the Italians wanted us to use their Mediterranean ranges?” You nod, reaching around to thread your vest through to the straps on your ejection seat. “Yeah, shame we'll be down south though. Any reason the Italians wanted us to use their Mediterranean ranges?”“I think they wanted to host, and are still kind of unhappy it went to Barin and the RAF.” Merlin responds. “Hang on, going to intercom.”You shrug, plugging in your helmet's umbilical to the outlet on the side of the seat. Merlin's voice greets you a second later. “Check?” “Yeah, I got you.” You say, settling your left hand on the throttles and the toggles there for your radios. “So they wanted to host?” “Yeah, but it was too close to the front when this came down.” She says. “So here we are. I'm not sure I would have minded though, they're supposed to have really nice beaches down there.”“That they do.” You answer. “But this still seems like an incredible pain in the ass.” You wave through the still open canopy at Powers, taxiing past, her camera pack slung. “Well, we'll have tankers and a French AWACS.” Merlin says. “So it shouldn't be too bad. Plus it's over the Mediterranean, so there's no mountains to worry about.”“We had at least a hundred feet of clearance between us and the tops of those peaks.” You respond. “Plenty of room.” She still hasn't quite forgiven you for getting as close as you did to the terrain yesterday. “Of course.” She says, not sounding totally convinced. “I'm buttoning us up.” The canopy retracts with the muted whine of it's servos, the one-way composite material slightly dimming the light streaming in from outside. “So what do we know about this girl?” You ask- you're well aware of her abilities, of course, but it's good to make sure Merlin is too, since she's in charge of finding her and the better part of your defensive suite. 1/2 I think
>>32109096The souls of Nazis and Japs, with a bit of radiation.
“She's fast.” She answers, simply. “Claims to have pushed mach three in her starfighters before, but they're not rated to go that fast, maybe in the mid two range. If she did, she probably wrecked her strikers doing it.”“But if it's true, we can't disengage with speed.” You say. “So we'll have to think something else up. Ready to start 'em?” “Yeah. Number one's coming up now.” Merlin sounds slightly distracted, your number one turbine spooling up with it's rising whine, the number two starting shortly after. “Ok, we're all green.”“Anything else about her?” You ask. “Nothing major. She's a combat vet, of course, but she hasn't got the same time up on the front as Young has. Favors a Machine gun, so that could be a problem. Her mom fought in the war, was stationed here at Barin, but speed isn't their family talent. Ice said she studied with Charlotte Yeager.”“No shit? Well, that'd explain speed, anyway.” You respond. “Well, the MG could be interesting, but we can counter it. Let's go.” You let off the brakes, the wyvern rolling forward- you'll be airborne first, since you'll have to tank probably twice in flight, while the witches will just stretch. Worst case, most of them have planned alternates in France.The weather over the range complex is supposed to be clear and a million, so you won't be sensor dependent, but at the same time, neither will she. With her speed, she can pin you in an engagement, but if she's not as good as young, she might not know enough to, or you might still be able to handle her if she tries. There's an energy advantage in going in high, then- it could give you the speed you need for an early pass or to at least adjust from a bad situation, but going in low could mean you get the drop on her.  Go in high- the extra energy should counteract if we get spotted first-hand go in low- you can't terrain mask, but she probably won't expect you down there.
>>32109096The same thing the Russians were
Not that I'm complaining, but what's got Merlin's confidence up today?
>>32109065>Alas, alack, navy is faggots etc.Whelp, I just found out that my little bro's going to Navy flight school lol>>32109157> Go in high- the extra energy should counteract if we get spotted first-handMuch as it's boring: second verse same as the first. She might be fast, but I doubt she can match us in a dive
>>32109157> go in low- you can't terrain mask, but she probably won't expect you down there.Assume she'll have the energy advantage. Also, she'll probably crash because starfighter
>>32109157> go in low- you can't terrain mask, but she probably won't expect you down there.We can't afford to play at her game.Luchinispawn? Awwww yissss.
>>32109157>[X] go in low- you can't terrain mask, but she probably won't expect you down there.We tried Bouncing Young already and it's probably better if we mix it up a little.
>>32109157> Go in high- the extra energy should counteract if we get spotted first-handaltitude is our friend and always will be.
>>32109181Kenji and her did... l...l-lewd things.
>>32109157>[x] Go in low- you can't terrain mask, but she probably won't expect you down there.
>>32109157> go in low- you can't terrain mask, but she probably won't expect you down there.>>32109176wasnt the 50's when the cia started with their shroom stuff?
>>32109157>eye-talian>zuuchinni spawn>STARFIGHTERSShe's already dead. She just doesn't know it yet.
>>32109157> Go in high- the extra energy should counteract if we get spotted first-handHigher the better.>>32109181She's inside a plane. Somewhere she knows and is fully familiar with.
>>32109157>[x] go in low- you can't terrain mask, but she probably won't expect you down there.>>32109181Kenji's cooking skills are getting better.
>>32109211*Merlin is drummed out of the Navy for unclean acts- sex in the missionary position with the lights out*
>>32109262>Kenji's cooking skills are getting better.I call bull on that.
>>32109223But seriously, they were smoking nukes. Both the TV-2 (First pic) and the Objekt 279 (Second pic) were designed to fight in wars using tactical nuclear weapons. They're shaped weird to deflect the shockwave from the nuke, and avoid flipping over.
>>32109157[X] go in low- you can't terrain mask, but she probably won't expect you down there.Oh please, please, please, please engage us on the deck ma'am, where cruel, hard terra firma forces you to make a long level bounce or attack with a shallow angle, drastically increasing the odds of stuffing cannon shells or a heat-seeker up your tailpipe as you try to extend away from the initial attack. Or alternately, please, please, please start a stall fight near the deck, with the wonderful departure stall characteristics of starfighters. WOOT
>>32109157> Go in high- the extra energy should counteract if we get spotted first-handGo with the tried and true. Because it didn't work on one doesn't mean it won't work on the rest.
>>32109157[x] Go in high- the extra energy should counteract if we get spotted first-handMy flight experience is confined to war thunder, but that experience tells me that higher is always better.
 go in low- you can't terrain mask, but she probably won't expect you down there.Can't write something witty. Might as well have flipped a coin here.
>>32109157> Go in high- the extra energy should counteract if we get spotted first-hand
>>32109157> go in low- you can't terrain mask, but she probably won't expect you down there.
>>32109385Remember that the next time you meet a TA-152. Or take your P-40 above 12k and listen to the engine whining like an athesmatic Magic player chasing a rolling Arby's sammich.
>>32109157>Claims to have pushed mach three in her starfighters before, but they're not rated to go that fast, maybe in the mid two range.ZUCCHINI AND SHIRLY MAGICALLY HAD BABIES
>>32109266>sex in the missionary position with the lights outNot even the Army would be so despicable>>32109473Taking a P-40 that high and trying to fight is asking for trouble. Using that height for a dive, however...
>>32109157> go in low- you can't terrain mask, but she probably won't expect you down there.We're changing it up on the Zucchini spawn.
>>32109790>Taking a P-40 that high and trying to fight is asking for trouble. Using that height for a dive, however...NOW you're thinking. Throw in a zoom climb at the bottom and you transition to a modest energy advantage against poor-zooming foes, down in the weeds where your crate's got superior performance.
Some tips on fighting the steelwing F-104 Starfighter, which may carry over.>The F-104 is fast as anything.>Optimum performance at mach 1.4>It has a wide turning radius due to speed>It doesn't like going slow, and can easily be turnfighted.>Its bounce is a good one, staying close to the ground will minimize angles she can attack from due to potentially hitting the ground>It can fly smoothly above the ground when going FAST.>It doesn't like going slow at all. Try and bait it into slowing down, but we must wait for the right time.>It can easily go into a spin if the angle of attack is too high.>It REALLY doesn't do well when slow.
>>32109961So barrel-roll defense for the guns/missiles defense, allowing us to dodge without moving our direction/of-travel out-of-synch with the bandit - giving us a lovely shot at her ass as she tries to extend away.
>>32109961How much do you want to bet that none of that matters? Because magic. And the fact she's a vet she's not going to be doing anything with those strikers she's not confident in doing.
>>32109961And when he says "Doesn't like going slow", he means "Literally falls out of sky when going slow".
>>32109993That's one way. Turning inside her turn would work too. You start turning one way and get her to start to follow, before cutting back around. This is looking to force overshoots. In general, lead her on, let her get greedy, and bait her to slow down, before using our maneuverability to get behind it, but we're talking about witches, not planes, so that might not work as well.
>>32110006I'd wager it does matter, to an extent.
Don't think I don't know you're in here.
>>32110073RIP hand. Also, nice teacupping. You suck.
>>32110056>bait over-eager bandit into burning energy for angles until they've squandered the advantage and are locked in the flat scissorsLooks like someone's read Shaw!
[x] go in low- you can't terrain mask, but she probably won't expect you down there. The french, perhaps somewhat for show, have generously cleared you at all altitudes for all flight regimes over the southern beaches- they want you to show off for tourists, you think. Not that you're not happy to oblige. Pulling away from your last tanker hit, you dive, Topping out at a few thousand feet above the ground below- this part of the alps fortunately not nearly as large as the more central part, but a mountain is still a mountain, and a hell of a lot more sturdy than even your fighter. Still, you cross feet wet above the sun-soaked beaches of nice at a mere fifteen hundred feet up, closing in on mach, your fighter's wings pivoting in and her tails streamlining down for high speed flight. “Giving the tourists a show, Frank?” Merlin asks, placidly. “Well, you never know when there's going to be a gorgeous movie starlet down there who wants to meet the pilot that just knocked her off her feet.” You respond, laughing. 1/2
>>32110073You know not what you attempt to summon!>>32110056I just have my doubts about trying to turn fight a witch, even one with F-104 strikers
>>32110096I actually never have. Taught myself tactics in years of Falcon.
“Literally, probably.” Merlin says, somewhat dryly. “Range to target is two hundred miles. At this speed we'll be there in a few minutes.”You cross into the range complex with a greeting from the Italian AWACS- one of the Avro Shackeltons they bought from the UK's boneyards when the war started. Hurriedly refurbished and equipped with Napier Nomads, you've never worked with them, but the Italians are getting a bit of a mixed reputation. They fight well enough, but they're hot headed and somewhat disorganized. Remembering the hot-headed part you elect to not start calling the AWACS controller 'mario'- you can't see it going over well. “Alright, we're in the range.” Merlin says, flipping over your computers to training mode and establishing an uplink with the twins and the spellcaster chase witches in the area. “Should I turn on the set? I don't think she'll be able to detect it, but I'm not sure.” Leave it off, we'll just use your magic sensor. Yeah, fire up the suite, see how fast we can find her.
>>32110127>[X] Yeah, fire up the suite, see how fast we can find her.Show them what we can do.
>>32110127> Yeah, fire up the suite, see how fast we can find her.
>>32110127> Yeah, fire up the suite, see how fast we can find her.We want to bait her anyways.
>>32110127> Yeah, fire up the suite, see how fast we can find her.When we fly against the IJN witch, we need to challenge her to a noble sky duel
>>32110073You've never actually held a gun before, have you?
>>32110167He might be self taught. And by self I mean by hollywood. Teacuppers generally are novices.
>>32110095>>32110167>Put BOTH hands on the death device and blow them BOTH off!
>>32110205I don't know about you, but I'd like some bitching metal hands.
>>32110205Unless your gun's of very poor quality, hasn't been taken care of properly or there's something very wrong with the ammunition, it's not going to fucking explode.
>>32110127> Leave it off, we'll just use your magic sensor.Also, French aggressor when?
>>32110127[X] Yeah, fire up the suite, see how fast we can find her.We might as well use every advantage we have.
>>32110246>"gun"That's a bit generous a description: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_94_Nambu_pistol
>>32110127>[x] Leave it off, we'll just use your magic sensor.>>32110073Mein Gott, congrats on being alive. So wheres the rest of the ritual?
>>32110249In a few threads, I wonder if we can vote for GD to write out ALL these tests, its awesome to see these spawns and what can be gleaned from their upbringing.
>>32110127> Yeah, fire up the suite, see how fast we can find her.She might be terrain hugging.
>>32110127>[X] Leave it off, we'll just use your magic sensor.Why not try stealth?
>>32110372Do we look like a stealth fighter? Play to our strengths.
>>32110372Merlin reckons she wouldn't be able to detect us even with our set on.
>>32110127[X] Yeah, fire up the suite, see how fast we can find her.
>>32110127> Yeah, fire up the suite, see how fast we can find her.Light'em up
What is her theoretical mom's/mother's/dad'sspecial ability?
>>32110693Being an annoying little eye-tie and the builder of various forts that are soon destroyed.
>>32110755RIP in peace pillow fort
>>32110693Apparently super strong shields and heat rays.
 Yeah, fire up the suite, see how fast we can find her.She knows we are around, so hiding is useless.
>>32110848For Ice, yes. Best squire/secretary ever!
>>32110848That's not Ghost.
>>32110848Slider best. Wendy second best.
>>32110873>Not Ice.I'll fight you.
>>32110931Where and when, mate?
>>32110848Janice is bestwitch. Even Ghost thinks so.
>>32110941Pic related, at high noon. Bring your jet.
>>32110280Got the Mosin Nagant.
>>32111423All I have is a Russian Mak in .380
>>32111423The problem is the Nabu.
>>32110127At 15k feet mach speed would very roughly be 600 knots, there is no way you're getting through 200 miles in a few minutes.
>>32110127>[x] Leave it off, we'll just use your magic sensor.Isn't this half of the point of these exercises, to be in effect the aggressor gnome, to force witches to learn new things about combat not just of this lightly playing type such as this war amongst humans, but to prepare for a looming Martian war?
>>32111468what about the Shaw's book?
>>32111499It exists. Thus its possible. unlike the Type 94 being fireable.
>>32111495It's the other way around, but it does help the witches, indirectly.
>>32111524That picture up above is from a youtube video of one being fired, those exist too.
>>32111495I still hold that it's the Venusians this time, not the Martians.
>>32111499Wasn't a hard copy of FATAL going to stand in for that?
>>32111604They tried that, it... it didn't summon what they intended.
>>32111619>FATALYeeeeaaaaah, I'm not surprised.
>>32111619Those poor souls.
>>32110127Attempting to summon Ghost with Ghost ass.
[x] Yeah, fire up the suite, see how fast we can find her. “Yeah, fire it up.” you order, swiveling your head around- you're not sure how much the starfighter striker takes from it's steelwing counterpart, but the F-104 wasn't exactly noted for it's low altitude, low speed dog fighting capability, being more of a dedicated high speed interceptor than anything else. The powerful sensor suite starts to overlay it's picture with your helmet mounted display- the target markers of friendly or non-target items flashing up in the airspace over the witches and, further out, the Shackleton AWACS. “No joy, where is she?” You ask, half to your self, looking around- hoping merlin's sensor will paint her before she shows up. Unfortunately, it doesn't. 1/2
She comes in from your twelve o'clock, in a shallow dive, her weapon held out in front of her, her strikers kicking up huge plumes of water behind her as she cuts in. “Closure rate is twenty five hundred knots!” Merlin calls out, far more calmly than she should feel, announcing a closure rate of over mach three- and climbing. You only briefly get a look at the witch as she whips past your fighter's right wing, her weapon flashing a few rounds into Merlin's shield as she flies past. You slam the fighter into a brutal turn, grunting as the G force pushes you back into the all too thin padding of your ejection seat. Gabriella has mirrored you, banking hard to her own right- flashing past in a pair of flat scissors at speed approaching mach two- you're having to fight ground effect to keep the fighter in the air. You wait for the scissors to close before kicking in rudder and using the thrust vectoring nozzles to skid your fighter sideways, lighting off a cannon burst at the witch- impacting nothing but shield. You see her eyes go wide as you do so, and she swings her legs around- before disappearing in a cloud of superheated steam as her afterburners scream to life, flash boiling a few hundred pounds of seawater in an eyebling and she rockets skyward, Clawing for altitude. Good the wyvern may be, but it'll never match a pair of F-104S strikers in a climbing race- though you could easily force her out of it, you think.  Stay on her- she's panicking in a dogfight, trying to separate and re-engage.  I'm not going vertical with a witch, let's keep it down here. Hell, we could even make a shark joke.
>>32111800[x] I'm not going vertical with a witch, let's keep it down here. Hell, we could even make a shark joke.
>>32111800>[X] Stay on her- she's panicking in a dogfight, trying to separate and re-engage.Stay on target.
>>32111800>you're having to fight ground effect to keep the fighter in the air.I'm not the most well-versed in planes, but that terrifies me more than 30 fishbeds>[x] Stay on her- she's panicking in a dogfight, trying to separate and re-engage.
>>32111800> I'm not going vertical with a witch, let's keep it down here. Hell, we could even make a shark joke.We need to drag her down, get her frustrated, and low on energy. THINK, people.
>>32111800> Stay on her- she's panicking in a dogfight, trying to separate and re-engage.Lets see how the new stuff does in a climb. And I wanna try out new stuff instead of the tried and true anti-witch doctrine.
>>32111800she's panicking? Good. Turn off radar, use the magic sensor, and get some distance. Climb enough that we don't leave a trail, and all of a sudden she can't find us, giving us more than enough time to screw with her.
>>32111800>[x] I'm not going vertical with a witch, let's keep it down here. Hell, we could even make a shark joke.
>>32111800 Stay on her- she's panicking in a dogfight, trying to separate and re-engage.
>>32111800> I'm not going vertical with a witch, let's keep it down here. Hell, we could even make a shark joke.We just told everyone that witches have phenomenal climbing capabilities that far outstrip a fighters.
>>32111800>[x] Stay on her- she's panicking in a dogfight, trying to separate and re-engage.
>>32111800>[x] Stay on her- she's panicking in a dogfight, trying to separate and re-engage.-[x] Make polite conversation over an open channel, the weather is nice, the beaches are beautiful and The F-104 is a shit plane and we are going to tell her why it's a shit plane while fighting her
>>32111800>[x] I'm not going vertical with a witch, let's keep it down here. Hell, we could even make a shark joke.>[x]Snark with the Twins.
>>32111800> I'm not going vertical with a witch, let's keep it down here. Hell, we could even make a shark joke.
>>32111800> I'm not going vertical with a witch, let's keep it down here. Hell, we could even make a shark joke.REMEMBER MY TRAINING.
>>32111800[X] Stay on her- she's panicking in a dogfight, trying to separate and re-engage.
Why is anyone considering chasing a climbing lawn dart?
>>32112251Excellent question. The answer: No foresight or reading explanations of how to fight these sorts of foes.
>>32112251Because we climb faster.
>>32112300I don't think you fully understand the F-104.
>>32112300Did you even read the post? It clearly says we don't climb as fast.
>>32112300Except we don't.
>>32112300It states it right there in the post you dipshit.Like, I didn't even vote and this stupidity is staggering.
>>32112300Except for where it is explicitly stated THAT WE DON'T.Fuck me you're retarded.
>>32112251I'm just scared of the water
>>32111800> Stay on her- she's panicking in a dogfight, trying to separate and re-engage.
>>32112300It is explicitly stated repeatedly in the thread, the quest overall, and in the lore (for lack of a better term) that there is no such thing as a jet that can outclimb a Striker. We can climb higher, yeah, and last longer at higher altitude, yeah, but climb faster? Hell no. Never.
>>32112300Anon, a missile that would be going 3000 knots at high altitude would barely get to 2000 knots at ground level from air resistance if going straight down. She's overpowered.
[x] I'm not going vertical with a witch, let's keep it down here. Hell, we could even make a shark joke. You open your throttles- climbing enough that you're not having to battle with ground effect. She wants to climb out, you think, that's fine. Let her. Meanwhile, you can get horizontal separation and maybe get her on the next pass- she seems to be favoring energy tactics, though you'd heard young did too, and she proved to be more than capable as a knife fighter. While you'd dearly love to make a shark joke, channeling your inner twins results in nothing. You do, however, briefly hum the theme to jaws over an open channel. “She's coming back down, Frank.” Merlin warns, craned around. “She's a few miles back though.” “Impatient, isn't she?” You respond quietly, making a wide, sweeping turn to the left, going head-to-head with the witch again, as her striker's vapor trail curls around in a vortex behind her while she descends, her speed building, along with your collective closure rate. The two of you pass closely again- though you note she's still got her afterburners wide open as she flashes past, her LMG still hanging by it's sling. “Stay on her Merlin!” you order, slamming the fighter around again, opening your jets all the way back up. She begins her own turn as you come around, twisting around her waist as she does so, her MG coming up to track. Merlin's shield flashes to life briefly, though no shots were fired- precautionary on her part, though seconds later, she does fire. 1/2
Forced defensive, you roll away, the computer generated tracers passing down your left side as you cross over the top of the witch. Merlin's shields light again, though totally unnecessarily. “She's closing back into gun range!” Merlin calls from behind you. “Break right!” You respond without a word, hauling the fighter into a hard right hand turn, chopping the throttle back in an attempt to make her overshoot. At these speeds, her reaction time, even amped up by magic, isn't up to par, and she overshoots as you slam the fighter back, gaining her tail. Your afterburners roar, as if in challenge to hers. She rolls around, spraying fire at you, her LMG laid down the length of her body, the muzzle terminating just above where her knee should be, the ejected brass twinkling in the light as it drops away from her the few hundred feet down to the surface of the ocean.“Damnit! Can't get a shot!” You curse, trying for a shot- the hail of lead is preventing you from getting gunsights on her, and while an agile shot would do the job, you don't have any 'loaded'- the matrons specified guns only. “We could try my sheild.” Merlin says. “But you'd have to be fast. Or she'll have to reload soon, but she could reverse on us if we wait too long.” Trust Merlin- she's never let you down before.  We'll wait for a reload- she's burning ammo too fast to keep this up.
>>32112480> Trust Merlin- she's never let you down before.Although this is set up so it won't work, probably.
>>32112480>[x] Trust Merlin- she's never let you down before.TRUST IN THE MERLIN
>>32112480>[X] Trust Merlin- she's never let you down before.
>>32112480> We'll wait for a reload- she's burning ammo too fast to keep this up.
>>32112480 Trust Merlin- she's never let you down before. Trust the Merlin! Believe in the Merlin!
>>32112480> Trust Merlin- she's never let you down before."How long can you keep it up for?"
>>32112480>the matrons specified guns only.Bitches. Give us our agile dammit.> Trust Merlin- she's never let you down before.I'll go with this but I get a feeling this may very well backfire.
>>32112480[X] Trust Merlin- she's never let you down before.
>>32112480>[x] Trust Merlin- she's never let you down before.
>>32112452>You open your throttles- climbing enough that you're not having to battle with ground effect.What do you mean by this Ghostdivision? I thought ground effect pushes you UP, not down.
>>32112480> Trust Merlin- she's never let you down before.TRUST IN THE LEW- LITTLE SISTER
>>32112617Try keeping level when you have a constant force pushing you up.
>>32112653but the point is it happens equally on all your airfoils. And this is over the sea so it's flat.
>>32112480> Trust Merlin- she's never let you down before.>But you'd have to be fastGOTTA GO FAST
>>32112720Not if you have any roll. Then your wingtip vortices are unbounded on one side, and interrupted on the other, which makes for both weird handling (though that /should/ be on a stable node) and center-of-pressure changes. Basically, plane does not respond like it usually is expected to, and acrobatic training at low altitude is a big no no. See CFIT: 25% of aircraft losses.
> Trust Merlin- she's never let you down before.I have no idea what is going on in air combat so I am just going with the MAGIC~
>[x] Trust Merlin- she's never let you down before.In Merlin we trust.
There's an easy solution to the spat with Ice. Fronk just has to...
>>32113162I thought we were going to lick her?
>>32113172I thought that was Slider.
>>32113172>>32113183>>32113109Gentlemen... why not all of the above?
>>32113211FUCK ALL THE WITCHES
>>32113211>>32113183So we lick Slider and Ice....then we touch Konstantina's hands with ours to keep her from interfering.
>>32113162Were it so easy.
Ice x Fronk x Slider OT3
>>32113263Process is simple.Place Fronk in large bed.Place Ice & Slider on one sidePlace DoubleRussians on other sideAll problems solved
>>32113300I miss Nixon.When is he going to show up and drag Frank back to the Pacific?
>>32113333But what about Wendy?
>>32113349She is standing at ready by bed with tray of lube and condoms
>>32113349Can ride too
>>32113349Wendy I feel is Merlin status, we don't lewd the little sister
>>32113265You, sir, are a gentleman of good and refined taste>>32112480> Trust Merlin- she's never let you down before. I BELIEVE
>>32113300You know he's got to test Frank out, first. See what he can do before he puts him to stud. So, he'll probably call on an old friend.
>>32113396What about Cuddles?ORHandholding?
>>32113396I don't think Wendy would let herself get lewded by Frank. Something probably about not being good enough or whatever.
>>32113420NO ANON NOthey are reserved for the one we love, head pats is all Wendy gets
>>32113413>implying that Mack would ever allow thatWhy would you even want to NTR that badass?!
>>32113396Merlin status to Ice. Ice finally got the little sister she deserves.
>>32113428How about a hug?
>>32113443>Kenji finished remaking Wendy's strikers>Wendy give a passionate hug to Kenji>Merlin vs. Wendy on pay-per-view!
>>32113443Hugs are also fine.
>>32113440True....but you don't lewd another person's sister do you? >>32113428I'm sorry anon, but that joke is really getting old
>>32113469>Merlin x Wendy x Kenji OT3 #2
[x] Trust Merlin- she's never let you down before. “Shields up number one.” you order in your best Jean-luc Picard impression, pulling the fighter up as they flash to life in front of you and the witch, understanding what's coming, starts skipping around the sky, trying to keep your gunsight off her. “Damnit!” You curse again as a few of her rounds impact the shield in front of you, while your own cannons only register one hit on hers- an even trade, nearabouts. “Merlin! Wait, where's she goin?” The witch twists away, and you watch the canister-like magazine fall away from her weapon as a bay pops open on her left hand striker, a magazine waiting inside. Merlin's shield dissipates as you redouble your attack, slashing in and sending a longer burst her way- again, her shield intercepts it, though she's forced to use both hands to control her weapon as she jinks away from your guns, her reload momentarily forgotten. She kicks sideways, one of those almost ninety degree direction changes witches are so famous for- though you know that most of them hate to do that, especially at speeds like this, because of how hard it is to do it, and how hard on them it is. “Frank-” Merlin says, her voice carrying a note of warning that instantly causes you to take notice “She's- “ You see her level out and her afterburners flash to life again, Her insane acceleration pushing her beyond gun range in an eyeblink. You're astonished when Merlin- Merlin! Calls out on an a general frequency- “Knock it off! Knock it off!”- a general call by any aircraft in the exercise commanding all of them to reduce speed and roll wings-level. It's reserved entirely for emergencies- like near misses or catastrophic equipment failure. And you see why she did it. 1/2
Guys GUYS!I just thought of something.>We've been knighted>We have Merlin>We live in a castleDoes this make us Arthur? And can we name out plane Excalibur?
Gabriella's portside striker is trailing smoke. She notices it a split second before it goes, jettisoning both units. Their magical energy suddenly cut off, the starboard striker sputters out. The portside unit, though cuts a split second too late, exploding behind the witch. Her shield eats most of it, and her velocity carries her away from the worst of the rest. “Mayday mayday mayday. One witch in the drink.” you call, throttling back and circling lower. “Shit, Merlin, what's her name anyway? Zucchini?” “Lu- maybe I'd better work relay.” Merlin responds. “You just focus on keeping her in sight.”You're relieved when she waves as you wing past- she deployed a massive shield before impacting the water, decelerating to more human levels. “Alright, there's an Italian jolly green on the way.” Merlin says over the intercom, a minute later. “They're asking us to keep her in sight till they get here.”“how are we fixed on fuel?” You ask, throwing the fighter into a broad left turn. “We're fine for now.” She responds. “We'll have to tank on the way back to Barin.”“no problem. What about the rest of them.”“Your call.” Merlin says. “We could fly back alone, no problem, and if they stay they might have to land in France to overnight there. But they might want to wait around to see if Lucchini is ok.” Tell them we can relay, they need to head back to the barn.  I don't care if they stay or not, France doesn't seem like a bad place to overnight.
>>32113523> Tell them we can relay, they need to head back to the barn.
>>32113523> I don't care if they stay or not, France doesn't seem like a bad place to overnight.Beats going back to the castle.
>>32113523> I don't care if they stay or not, France doesn't seem like a bad place to overnight.But make sure to let them know that she's okay
>>32113523 I don't care if they stay or not, France doesn't seem like a bad place to overnight.
>>32113523Let them stay if they want to.
>>32113523> I don't care if they stay or not, France doesn't seem like a bad place to overnight.French adventures, wheeeee!
Rolled 5 + 10>>32113523> I don't care if they stay or not, France doesn't seem like a bad place to overnight.Not leaving allies down like that
>>32113523> Tell them we can relay, they need to head back to the barn.Let them know Zucchini's okay, obviously, but it'd probably be for the best for them to get back to base.
>>32113523> I don't care if they stay or not, France doesn't seem like a bad place to overnight....she is not a spawn? Or did she became a Jr.?
>>32113523> I don't care if they stay or not, France doesn't seem like a bad place to overnight.We could meet up with Katya and go on that date
>>32113523>[x] I don't care if they stay or not, France doesn't seem like a bad place to overnight.
>>32113519Nope, no kingdom, regalia (crown, throne, sword) nor knights/round table. Sorry, not king arthur.
>>32113523>[X] Tell them we can relay, they need to head back to the barn.
Overnight in France?Well, we did have a deito planned with best Russia...
Rolled 17 + 10>>32113523> I don't care if they stay or not, France doesn't seem like a bad place to overnight.Radio the Zucchini, see if shes ok.
>>32113523 Tell them we can relay, they need to head back to the barn.
>>32113631I dunno if Konstantina'd appreciate the sights of gay Paris
>>32113523[X] Tell them we can relay, they need to head back to the barn.
>>32113631Nah, we already had Ice date, remember?
>>32113523 Tell them we can relay, they need to head back to the barn. But after sticking around to clean up, of course.Remember, we still have Issues to deal with and Fun Talks to have with squad. Not a good time to go gallivanting off for a day.
>>32113631But we left Balalaika with Putin...
>>32113523> I don't care if they stay or not, France doesn't seem like a bad place to overnight.My decision is in no way biased.
>>32113683Ice is Worst Russia
I wonder who might be in France...
>>32113683thats not how you spell Katya
>>32113839goddamnit when is Mouse gonna run TW89 again
>>32113719Not to mention she's already in a relationship.
>franceBEACH EPISODE CONFIRMED.
>>32113869When he gets back from Bumfuckistan.
>>32113874if we ever had to face a roberta tier witch we would DIE.
>>32113832you best be joking
>>32113873With who?No seriously.
>>32113886no shit have you see the gun she uses in the ova?
>>32113869>tfw we will never have delicious brown witches ever again.
>>32113908One-handing a .50 with an underslung grenade launcher right?
>>32113839I honestly think we overreacted with her, sure she played a dick move but if she is sincere and wanted to apologize, I think we should give her a second chance
Rolled 10 + 10>>32113910Especially since we elected to go back to the Europe Front.Not going to see the Princess Lt again.
>>32113932yep... she is a monster maid and goes NUTS in the ova
>>32113937>I think we should give her a second chance>thinking we'll ever get the chance and TW89 will actually resumePFTHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
>>32113949Face it, Merc is probably your best bet for Tank Witches now.
>>32114059...I'd run tank witches. But I'm not that good yet.
>>32113883...when did he leave and when will his tour cycle ends? I hope he is alright.
>>32114059Well, Merc does have an empty slot on Sunday now that MGHQ is done.
>>32114050The funny thing is that IIRC MoePirates did have a beach episode later in the show. That show started off great but went downhill quick
>>32114101Probably soon after the last tank witches, where he got called off despite saying he had all the time in the world to run. And then dunno. Maybe ask Ghost.
>>32114127I'm not even sure whether Ghost'd be at liberty to disclose that
>>32114142I don't know either. It was all I had.
>>32114119Mary Sues in plot armor all over the place. Damn shame it could have been a good show with out the bad writing and unneeded /u/-boating in that show.
>>32114329Is that Russia Ice?
>>32114342they cloned her muahahah
>>32114342That's a German witch
[x] I don't care if they stay or not, France doesn't seem like a bad place to overnight. “I don't care if they stay or not, France doesn't seem like a bad place to overnight.” You respond, maintaining a broad racetrack pattern. “Go ahead and relay that she's ok and responsive, she waved.” “Her rescue beacon is up too.” Merlin says, sounding slightly relieved. “Wonder what happened?” “You'll have to ask.” you tell her, nodding to Maverick, who forms up on your wing. “This seems familiar.” She quips. “Only slightly. I don't have a hole in my fighter this time.” You observe. “So you really are improving!” She says, laughing. “Well, she's just as cute, too. Good job, you get all the cute ones we-”“Not in front of Merlin, thank you.” You bark, overriding her transmission. “Besides, not too sure I'd be into Italians.” “Oh come on, Frank. Pasta and pizza and they're catholic, you know what that means. Biiiig families.”“I'll pass, thanks.” you say, somewhat dryly. “I'm sure she's heartbroken.” Mav responds, still laughing. The Italian jolly green fishes the witch out of the drink quickly enough, the big chopper thudding north towards the French coast. “They're not taking her back?” You ask, surprised. “Fuel, probably.” Merlin says. “Plus she's headed back to barin with us either way. I wonder if they'll want a rematch?” “Probably.” you're suddenly less happy than you were. “Oh well. They can wait, I bet none of the other matrons want to let them get one right away.”“Right.” Merlin says. “Ok, we're headed for Salon de-province air base, take heading three three zero, I'll set up our transponders. It's an ADA training base, north of Marseille.”1/2
You gently turn your fighter onto it's heading, looking at the fuel levels. “We good to make it?” “We'll be fine, yeah.” Merlin says. “I'm talking to Ice now, she says they're flying the SEALs down and Kenji's coming!” “How long do we think we're staying?” You ask, twisting your head around to look back at the formation above you- Goose has joined on Mav, but no one else has. “Just overnight, but the SEALs have to be there, and Kenji's in charge of our ground crew, so he's got to come down.” “I'm sure.” you say, trying to keep the sarcasm out of your voice- Merlin deserves better.You overfly the beaches again- this time higher up, and have to rely on Rosalie to translate, but you eventually land ok, along with the pair of Hawks and Powers, the first four down. “welcome to France, Merlin.” you say as your wheels kiss the ground. “One of us has to stay with the plane before Brigette gets here.” She responds. “I figured as much.” You say, wheeling into an empty hangar, following the marshal on the ground. He directs you to shut down the fighter, as you watch the witches dismounting their strikers on portable stands. Popping the canopy open, you're greeted by warm, humid air and the scent of jet fuel- and Konstantina's voice. “That was amazing my love! Truly, she was struggling so hard to defeat you, she destroyed her own equipment!” She says, beaming up at you as she unlocks the ladder from the nose. “But tell me, darling, I have never felt that pressured by you, have I been unworthy of your full attention?” Well, there went the hope this would be an enjoyable break.
>>32114393Giver her head pats!
>>32114393Konstantina why are you so adorable?
And that's it for the night! I'm actually cutting a bit earlier than I wanted to leave room for hornet to post, though we didn't really have much left to do- just some banter. Banter we can do next thread. Before the paranoia agents kick in, no, this does not and will not count as fulfilling your promise to Katya, should you elect to spend time with her. I'm not that jacked up. Anyway, Sorry for starting late- the old man's in the hospital (not, thankfully, for anything major, though he's making everyone in there below the rank of Colonel hate life right now. Grumpy old cuss), we'd have been on time but for that. We should be back to completely normal next week. Should be. Anyway, guys, hope you had fun, and till next week, Cheers!
>>32114454Also, don't forget, this Sunday is the continuation of Fallschirmjager WItches due to some technically difficulties last week. Hope to see you guys there!And possible PJW continuation at some point in the near future!
>>32114454>we'd have been on time but for thatYou have no need to apologize for medical stuff, man. Thanks for the run!
>>32114477I miss Red...
>>32114454Lurking newcomer who finally caught up, here. I've been enjoying these threads. Thanks for running, Ghost. Glad to hear that it's nothing "major."
>>32114454Hornet and Ice feelz?I remember last week Hornet said rollarcoster will come next week. Dammit, I like Konstantina and Katya...But Ice and Slider are my favorite. It makes things so hard!
>>32114574>It makes things so hard!I'll bet.
>>32114439>"Maybe I've just been teasing you. But don't worry, one of these days I'll be sure to leave you a breathless wreck after you're done screaming my name as I empty my weapon's magazine into you."
>>32114574> makes things hardSingular, you mean
>>32114393>she was hiding in front of the powerful radarWelp, I hope the cancer was worth it, darlin'.
>>32114574Sure why not-I'm Lieutenant Rachel “Slider” Kerner, and the guy I kinda sorta like just made my best friend cry. I am understandably mad at him. In his defense, this isn't the first time he's done this to her—but this is the first time when the asshole did it on purpose. I am starting to believe that might actually be his special talent, y'know? “Making Women Who Are Concerned For His Safety Cry Their Eyes Out.” Patty suggested it, and at first we all laughed, but maybe she's the most observant of us all. Kind of a long name for it but it is what it is, and it is what he's done a few times now. Tanana, I think, was the worst. I've never seen Tabby so upset about anything, and I've known her like... forever, by my reckoning. Little Miss Cross-Knot has always been a bit of a perfectionist; she hated screwing up in the academy, but after Tanana... Goddamnit. I don't think any of us are over it; we've all compartmentalized it in some way. If Tabby flat out didn't exist in the world, I think it'd be a toss-up between Patty and Katya for the “Witch Most Affected By The Sacrifice of Frank Bishop” award. I was pretty bad off too, but Ice...Well, she never really got over it. Worse so than the rest of us.That's the whole problem isn't it?
>>32114543Thanks anon, glad to hear it. And thanks again- I mean, I'm kinda mad cos i think this will make his medical records longer than mine (again, the cheating fuck) but at this point I'm happy it's not major, cos that's always the fear with my family. >>32114477there better be more PJW. You keep keeping us Janice, you monster. Monster!
>>32114477>And possible PJW continuation at some point in the near future!Ah Yea!
>>32114650We're witches. We do things that steelwings normally can't. We don't look at Frank Bishop doing the impossible and coming home to drop into a coma and think 'Oh wow that is the most awesome shit ever,' we think 'Oh God our pilot is dying!' Because he is! He keeps trying to play this like it's not a big deal but it is! I know he does his “I'm a pilot derp derp” act because he doesn't want us to worry, but we can't help it. I can't help it. I really, really can't help it, and Tabby's... Tabby is way worse off than I am. "You were with him, right? He's not hurt is he?" The Kraut witch that Frank TOTALLY FUCKING SMOKED is trying to get my attention. Hauptmann Young getting beat like a dishrag is some of the craziest, hottest flying I've seen our loveable dunce of an aviator pull off. I don't have a clue how Frank does it, but he's... got this way with steelwings. Nobody flies like he does. The Reds have got that cute little super fighter of theirs and Stalinka was pretty crazy when we first ran into her, but they ain't got shit on our Frank Bishop. Young talked a good game, but... You know when you see someone decide to win a fight or a game after they've been losing? I saw it happen again with Frank today. He did it over Japan, over Berlin, and he did it again against one of the most skilled witches in service today. He just decided to win, so he did. Yeah, he was bleeding out of his nose and looked ready to keel over. Tabby was worked up into a panic and almost picked a fight with a SpecOps witch over it and I think my heart actually did stop when I watched him turn on the juice, but he won. He's alive, and that's what counts. Right? I think Ms. Young here is as impressed and frightened by how he did it as we all are, but she's not gonna let it show. I've seen that act before. Hell, I'm in the middle of it myself. She's gonna be a sour Kraut for a while, but she won't mind it all that much after a bit. Frank's kinda got that way about him.
>>32114730I want to use 'sour Kraut' in an actual conversation some time. "Yeah, I was with him." I try to be a little respectful. Young here's got a list of kills longer than I am tall, tail included. Not for lack of effort on my part mind you, but Young's got pedigree and skill to boot. "He's tired, but fine." "I owe smalltime a drink. And he owes me an explanation." "Smalltime?" I have to fight the urge to comment on what I've seen in the showers at Miramar, so I grin like a idiot at her. "Oh hoooo~, not so smalltime, I see?" She's remarkably perceptive. Goddamnit. "Obviously not. He did win, didn't he?" My grin grows larger. She grumbles something in German at me. "You can go drag him to the lounge or whatever; just promise me you won't do anything retarded with him." I don my 'Slider Is Serious' mask for this next bit. "He's probably worse off than he's letting on. If he doesn't look well, let him rest." Young looks at me like I'm not serious at first, but after my hand grips onto her shoulder tight enough for her to wince, I think she gets the point. "I understand." She brushes my hand aside. "Smalltime- Bishop's pretty lucky, I guess. His whole squadron fawns over him like you do?" "Wait till you meet Litvyak." She says something in German again. The glare I shoot her convinces her to translate without me asking. "I said 'You're all holding him back,'" she explains. "I saw your commander's reaction to seeing him after our little dance. You can't baby talent like his. You would do better trying to help him and understand how he does what he does. More importantly, why he does it." Okay. This *bitch*... ... is absolutely right. I'm still mad at her—she doesn't have a clue what it's like to see Frank do this to himself from our perspective—but she's right.
>>32114777"You should be grateful to fly alongside someone like that. None of the steelwing pilots I have fought has given me as much to think about." Young looks almost sad all the sudden. "There are a lot of good men and women who could benefit from what we learn here." "I think we'd prefer it if it didn't come at the cost of him." "Let's hope it can be that easy." Young brushes past me and all but kicks the door to the medical shop open. I can hear her call Frank smalltime again, and it kinda pisses me off. I know she's doing it on purpose. He absolutely is not smalltime! - So I guess I should really start admitting this to myself more often, because it's true: I'm a... fan of Frank Bishop. I mean, I don't think I'm the right girl for him, a-and I don't know what I'd even do if his cutely awkward flirting was genuine but- No. It's not even worth thinking about. Happens more often these days, though. The point is, my best friend is upset, Bishop is responsible for it, and I'm actually mad at the both of them. I'd been hoping they used their recent 'vacation' together as a chance to finally work out their personal issues. Maybe bond with each other—Tabby's all but prayed for a chance to be alone with him and to let him know how much she cares for him. In bed. Horizontally and repeatedly. Maybe not in bed, maybe involving creative use of rope. I dunno, But I've seen the books she reads. So has Frank. That's my fault, actually, eheh.I really *don't* want to have this chat with Tabby. I'm starving, and I told Frank I was gonna grab chow, and I even kinda suggested that maybe I wouldn't mind the company but hey it's his bag if he wants to wrap a German witch around his- No, he's not going to be doing that. Not on purpose. He's dumber than bricks when it comes to that sort of thing.
>>32114824As I stand in front of the door to Tabby's room, I can feel myself getting more upset. Young's absolutely right. We don't understand a thing about Frank's talents beyond a basic grasp of how pilots operate jets. Frank is absolutely right. We're too worried about him. Too protective. I mean, it's in his job description to be in danger! It's in his *nature* to take risks, to be protective of us- Oh. We're kinda not alright in the head, are we? My hand's on the door now. I'm starting to open it. I'll try my best Frank, but I don't think she's going to understand. Because she's more afraid than I am that one day, you'll fly your heart out—literally. That you'll be gone forever and you'll take Merlin with you. And... - And I walk inside the room. Tabby's lying on her bed, staring at me, through me. She's been crying, silently, probably since the moment she sprinted out of the hangar. She knows she screwed up. I heard the whole thing. It's why I'm upset with both of them. I really ought to be more pissed at Frank... but I guess I'm a little more forgiving of him than I should be. She's just worried for you, Frank. I wish you could actually see what you do to her. I know if I just tell you how she feels right now, you wouldn't care nearly as much as you would if you could see it. If you could be in the room next to me and watch a pretty 18-year-old girl hugging a pillow to herself in the bed, look up at me and say: "I know I fucked up, Rachel. Can the lecture wait a while?" If you could see that, maybe you'd understand how we feel. It wouldn't make how Tabby handled herself right, but you might understand that this girl is getting closer to finally admitting that she loves you.
>>32114824>Slider feelsI have work in the morning you glorious fiend
>>32114730>You know when you see someone decide to win a fight or a game after they've been losing?>It was actually noticeable when we decided to try
>>32114862I sit next to her on the bed, and for a few long minutes she just keeps sniffling away. She tries to say something to me but she's incoherent. She stops trying to talk after a while. Eventually—I think maybe a half hour later—the tears stop and she sits up, leaning against me back to back. "I guess the last week musta been pretty good if you're that upset," I say carefully. She laughs even as one of her elbows digs into my back, so that's a good start I think- "H-here to run interference for him again?" she asks. So it's gonna be like that. I guess I fired first. We've had chats like this before. When Frank crashed his the Tomcat with Katya... again, none of us really handled it well. Tabby managed to pull off being somewhat collected around him at the time. When it was just me and her in private, she was almost as bad as she was after Tanana. After Berlin, when Frank dropped almost-but-not-quite-dead, she- we- It was bad. "We've talked about this before, Tabby." I lean back against her. "I know..." "But you keep doing it. You keep freaking out every time he puts himself in danger." "I know..." "And you also know he hates that. He hates seeing you worry like that!" "And you're not much better than me, Rachel." "Yeah..." My stomach grumbles along with my voice. Gotta try a different tack. "So he's your Guardian now, huh?" I cringe inwardly. I don't think I could make a more awkward change of subject if I tried. "Uh-huh. I guess I really didn't tell you all about that.""Because you're trying to hide," I start to raise my voice now, "that you *didn't* relax all week like I specifically told you to!" I think I understand how she feels about Frank because I'm always worried about Tabby not getting enough sleep, not getting enough to eat, not getting enough downtime where she's not working her ass to exhaustion."I told you," she said, sniffling again. "H-he did all the heavy lifting for me on this!"
>>32114862>Oh.>We're kinda not alright in the head, are we?No, you all anit.
>>32114910"Look me in the eyes and tell me that." It's hard to believe her, especially when she *insists* in not trying to look at my face. I'm actually surprised when she leaves the bed to stand in front of me. "He flew to the US with our new witch, personally pissed off one Matron Longstreet, and retrieved something that's..." Tabby looks away, trying to hide the fact that she looks ready to cry again, "something incredibly precious to me." She plops down to the floor, her voice falling almost to a whisper. "He does all this for me, and I..." "He really pissed off Longstreet?" "S-says she almost lost her shit right in front of him." She sniffles, and then smiles when I offer her a fist bump. "Our pilot's a pretty awesome guy." "Yeah... just to the wrong witch." Any happiness I saw in Tabby melts away from her face as her shoulders slump. "He was so angry. I j-just saw the blood, and... well, I was me about the whole thing... I don't know why this bothers me so much-" "H-hey now..." I know where this is going. I know what she's going to say. Honestly, I'm kinda tired of this part of our little song and dance. She's going to tell me that Frank should be looking to the girl who always backed him when she wanted him out of our squadron. The girl who always goes to bat for him when Tabby overreacts to every little thing he does that puts him in danger. She'll tell me I have an understanding of Frank Bishop that she could never have and this is why I'm more suitable for Frank Bishop. And then I tell her that it's obvious he's not as interested in me as she thinks he is. I'll remind her of all the times I've seen them together talking casually, making sure I don't show even a hint of envy. And I'm not envious at all. I'll remind her about how one time, he took her out to dinner. He's never done that for me. She'll probably try to deny it and I'll just remind her that I always have been a helluva lot more observant than she ever gives me credit for.
>>32114925I'll point out to her that he chose to go through with becoming her Guardian; he sacrificed his leave for her. I know he cares for her! So we do this. Except today, for whatever reason, every response I have to her usual crap hurts to say. When she tells me that I'm clearly more suitable for Frank, I feel a lump in my throat. My eyes start to sting so much that I'm blinking rapidly, because I know what comes next, and I can't believe that it's actually happening. It hurts so much and I'm angrier than I expected to be at my best friend. I'm also angry at myself. I'm supposed to be making her feel better, right? - "Tabby, why do you keep telling me that I'm more suitable for Frank?" My teeth are clenched; it's all reflex. I don't mean to be this mad with her, much less show it. I vent in private. Tabby might be as stupid as Frank is when it comes to this sort of thing, but she doesn't deserve my anger. Not over this. "What?" she asks, her eyes wide with shock. "I've b-been telling you why, where is this-" "Tabby, why don't you just be fucking honest with him, and with me?" I spit these words at her. "I know why you freak out worse than everyone else every time he comes close to dying. You owe it to him, to me, and to yourself most of all!" I think I now know what it looks like for words to hit someone in the stomach.
All these feels.Best girls.
>>32114957"You always, always tell me how I'm the one for Frank. You always tell me how you just have a small crush and it doesn't matter and that you know nothing is going to happen between you two, but I see the look on your face every time you spend more than five minutes with him." I'm on a roll now, snarling at her. "Frank's the only person in the entire squadron who can make you relax, even for a little bit. I've watched you smile just before he walks into your office on the Sara, before he walks in, and I've watched you scramble to keep that hidden from him. I know exactly why you freak out worse than everyone else whenever he goes up to fly, whenever he gets hurt. I know why it bothers you so much when he gets upset at you." I'm standing up now, invading her personal space. She tries to scramble back from me, her face bright red. She ends up backing into the bookshelf across from her bed. She tries to slip past me and retreat to the other side of the room but I don't let her, pinning one of her hands against the bookshelves. When she tries to look away, I pull her chin to make sure her eyes are looking right into mine. "Not this time kiddo," I growl. "R-Rachel, I get what you're-" "You don't want to lose him before you tell him how much he means to you. That's why you wanted to ground him after Berlin. That's why you've even considered finding a way to get him and Merlin sent stateside. And you can't *do that to him* no matter how much you love him because he's *not* yours to protect." I really think this is hurting me as much as it's hurting her.
>>32115005"He doesn't believe me," I say, blinking rapidly again from all the damned dust in the air, "whenever I tell him that Tabitha Kazanski cares for him. He acts confused when I say you care for him, because all you're letting him see is a bossy little girl who wants to take his wings away from him, the ones that let him fly with us." I give her hand a squeeze. "With you. And after he's done so much *for you*. Honestly, you're such an idiot." I think I'm getting through to her. "If it's coming from you, he'll understand. I'm sure he will." I let go of her hand and push myself away from her. Deep breath. I'm shaking for some reason and I'm hoping she can't see that. I start pacing around the room, holding the side of my head like I'm trying to prevent it from bursting. "He still won't like it if you try to keep treating him like a helpless kid but I think he'll understand. Maybe he'll listen to you if you ask him to control himself, so he doesn't leak his stupid brains out of his nose and ears. H-he doesn't listen to me, hasn't listened to me when I've asked him to do that for us- for you- m-maybe it's gotta come straight from the source." Tabby slowly sinks to the ground, watching me pace like a madwoman. "I'm sorry," she whispers. "Don't apologize to *me*, apologize to Frank! I'm used to being driven up the wall standing between the two of you!" When I realize that I'm shouting, I stop pacing. She looks like I've slapped her at least twice now, and that kinda makes me feel like a bitch. I sit down next to her, and wrap an arm around her shoulder to pull her in nice and close. "I'm not so good with these pep talks, huh?" "Pretty good, actually." She does her best to give me the sort of hug I'm known for amongst the Spellcasters. Six out of ten, Tabby. That's the best I can do for you. "You're j-just demonstrating honesty to me."
>>32115031"Honesty kinda hurts, y'know." She can't see me wipe at my face the way she is right now, which is good because I'm realizing that my whole rant just now makes me a hypocrite of sorts, and that's upsetting; but this moment is pretty nice and I don't wanna spoil it. Honesty, huh? We sit against the bookshelves for awhile—I don't know how long really. I thought I was about to make her cry again... but maybe she's had enough of that for the day. Part of me hopes it's not for too long. I'm still hoping to catch Frank—to tell him that I think I've smoothed things over with Tabby. "I just don't know how to tell him-" She says, breaking the silence. "H-how to apologize to him." "You've got rope somewhere I'm sure." I try to joke. I wanna start laughing. The serious talk between us has been a long time coming, sure but- The hug upgrades to a nine on my scale. I had it coming. Not bad, Icelady, not bad. I almost consider bringing the familiar into it, but that's cheating, isn't it? "Don't even joke about that," she sniffles and laughs. "I- I might need a couple days..." "Just... tell him, Tabby. Please." I shift slightly so I can breath a little easier. "Tell him you're sorry that you acted like a bossy little snot to him, that it's hard for you to see him like that. You're just worried for him. We all are." "Yeah." "Don't expect him to stop being a pilot for you, though. He won't, not for me, for you, for anyone." I feel wistful as I look out the window of Tabby's room. "He wants to be up there. Can't blame him, flying is freakin' awesome." "Y-yeah..." She finally lets go of me, thank God. "Y'know, I kinda wish he'd picked me to fly with him that one time..." "Even if it ended with you having a broken leg?" "...We have heal witches." "Such an M." "Hey." She clonks me on the head, I deserved that too. I also deserve feeling like the room is positively on fire when she asks me "Have *you* been honest with Frank?"
>>32115052Months ago, I kissed Frank Bishop in Alaska. Spur of the moment thing. I slapped him first. I really didn't think I'd get to see him again. - When he came back the first time, I didn't want to believe it. I watched him make the decision to fly into superior numbers of Soviet fighters. His fighter was ripped apart and I could do nothing for him. He didn't think a moment for himself. His first concern was Merlin, then the rest of us. I don't think he was even on his own list. He should have died. He should have never come back to us. And then he did and everything was cool. I kinda didn't believe it the moment he climbed out of his fighter and I spend that whole night still not believing it. It was too Disney, too sappy. Maybe I kissed him because I wanted to make sure that my friend was actually alive. He didn't seem to mind it at the time! And then he did it again after Berlin, and I was there to watch him come back to life. He's *really* got to cut out this habit of his. Back when Tabby and Frank were at each other's throats and pissed off at each other all the time, when Patty was having her way with his old RIO, I played gatekeeper for the both of them. I'm not entirely sure when I started to feel anything other than amusement towards Frank. Definitely before I started trying to sneak into the men's showers with flashbangs. I can't deny that I liked what I saw in there, but come on. He wouldn't show up on one of Tabby's novels, but who cares about that. I know she doesn't.Actually, now that I think about it, I've always thought well of Frank. I did like that he could drive poor Tabby up the wall without really even trying, but he was always friendly around me. He was always a bit of a dunce. For a while he couldn't fight back against any of my pranks. I'd do my usual flirty crap, and he'd kinda be all like "hurrrrrrrr" and I'd laugh because it was funny.
>>32115103He never thought less of me for it. In fact, he learned to fight back. And that was fun too. When he picked up that one bimbo for a short time, I made fun of him endlessly and he never got angry. He deserved it too, the asshat! When Merlin became his RIO, that's when he changed the most. As much fun as he was, I always thought he was on the fast track to a very short career. He was reckless. He was going to get himself killed or court martialed. I warned him, but like always he never took my advice. With Merlin, he seemed to finally 'get' the responsibility of being a pilot in a mixed squadron which gave Tabby many fewer headaches, to my relief. It also gave him a mean protective streak. You never, ever wanted to mess with Merlin, much less any of us. That's something that holds true to this day. And I liked that. Spellcaster's more or less my family now, so it was nice to have, y'know, a 'battle buddy' on that front. Even if he's a wuss outside of his plane and didn't wanna go whole hog on righteous vengeance against the bitches who messed with Goose that one time. He's always been a pretty cool guy. I don't think there's a moment I can point to where I 'started' liking him. But I do like him. A lot. I don't know when or how I can tell him, but I do. Tabby's wanting that answer... - "Not honest enough," I say to her. "And you're telling *me* to be honest..." she elbows me, still trying to wipe her face clean. "I should take my own advice," I stand up, pulling her up to her feet with me. "Sorry I yelled at ya.""Maybe that's what I needed..." She's still sniffling a bit. I can tell exactly when she remembers what happened in the hangar. Her eyes water up just slightly."You okay for now?" "I'm getting better..." she lies. "Thanks for being here for me, Rachel.""You couldn't possibly get rid of me." I point to the door she's still obviously so afraid of stepping through. "I'm hungry. Wanna grab something to eat?"
>>32115152"Just bring me something if you could... I don't think I should-" she cuts herself off. "I'd appreciate it." "I might be a bit," I sigh. Damnit, Frank. "But I'll see what's good, okay?" "A-are you going to see him now?" She's suddenly intensely curious. "He's seeing to massive amounts of sour Kraut right now." I'm glad I got a chance to use that. It sounds funnier when you say that out loud and even Tabby smiles. "Maybe when he's done with her." "Don't be too honest with him." She's got this odd look on her face. She's still sad, but there's something else there. "Who, me?" As I wave to her while walking out the room, I realize that I may have actually issued a challenge. - Young's leaving the lounge as I reach it. She looks at me and raises a finger to her lips. "Smallti-" she shakes her head. "Bishop's really out of it. Fair warning." I can't read her expression as she leaves, but there's a bit of a spring to her step. I find the big asshat conked out on a couch. I'm surprised I don't see Katya or Merlin anywhere nearby. I check the roof for the Stalker, but she seems to be missing as well. In fact, I'm the only other person in the room."Figures. I finally have you all to myself and you're all worn out from playing with other girls." I throw myself onto the couch next to him. He doesn't even move, still as death. My heart races a bit but then he shifts on his own, scratching at his face and yawning as he blinks awake. "Msstuvfallin slep" he groans. He slaps his face to try and wake up, I fight the urge to laugh at him. "Hi Shilder.""Hey aviator." "Hey witch." He's quick to recover from his short nap, a heartening sign I suppose. He looks around for a moment. "Young's gone.""Girls usually don't like it when you fall asleep on them when you're in the middle of something," I grin. "Well, the girl's gotta be interesting..." he yawns again."So am I interesting?" "Very."Isn't the air conditioning ON in this stupid castle?
>>32115203"Need help finding a bed?" "This is comfy enough." He settles back into the couch. "Have you already eaten?" "Not yet, I was gonna see if you wanted to join me." I give him a poke on the ribs. "I don't think you could keep up with me right now, though." "I've had a day and a half today." His eyes flutter shut. "You talk with Ice?" I'm actually a little upset that he asked. "I did." "And?" "She... needs time, Frank. She knows what she did... just give her a couple days, alright?" "Fair enough," he shrugs, and that's when his stomach I think tries to roar at him. "So that's a sign." "No shit!" I'm laughing, and he joins me after a moment. I don't think we've heard a sound like that. Eventually he's mostly awake and alert. "I might be hungry," he says, still chuckling. "Join me for some dinner?" I offer him my hand. "Sure." He reaches towards me. "Help me up, would you?" It's easy to pull him off the couch. There's a funny moment where he stumbles into me and I accuse him of moving way too fast for our own good. We're both kinda embarrassed by it, but we shit-talk our way through it like always. It's nice to have something like that to rely on. I don't like thinking that moments like this could stop actually being a thing.I have to help him to the mess hall. Mrs. Mackintosh once again has cooked a killer meal and I think Frank appreciates the food more than I do. It doesn't seem to energize him though; at one point he almost drops his fork on the ground. He looks so tired while he eats, it's like he could sleep forever. And that thought frightens me. But he's still here, and for the moment he's mostly all mine. And that's good enough for now.
>>32115203I can see it now>Frank passed out on a couch>all of the other witches in a mexican standoff trying to figure who's gonna be the one to take the initiative and snuggle with him
>>32115229And that's it for the night folks. Thanks for reading!
Rolled 7 + 10>>32115324Too many feels.These girls come as a set.
>>32115324I love the Slider feelz and continuing effort to prove that she is best girl but...I see no mug.
>>32115324I didn't even know there was a position above best girl for Slider to hold before reading this. Thanks for writing!
>>32115341To hell with that. I'm turning in my Icefag card.Wyvern end.
>>32115324Needs one from Ice POV
>>32115341If only the OT3 could canonically come to pass
>>32115324Dammit! Slider and Ice Feelz! You go above and beyond don't you? I love it, but where was Katya and Konstantina?What did Young do? She looked a bit 'too' happy?So many questions Hornet?
>>32115384>What did Young do? She looked a bit 'too' happy?I want to know this one so badly.
>>32115384>What did Young do?What do Youngs do?Bounce
I'm really enjoying all these feels and all the girls are great.But shitstorms are a secret horrible vice of mine. If stuff came to a head I'd be in the Silder camp but if I smell blood in the water I don't think I'd be able to help myself.I'm looking forward to how Ghost handles his greatest trial.
>>32115412You and me both.
>>32115384I wonder how Konstantina'd feel if she saw how tore up we get whenever we light the fires
>>32115443Oh right, She doesn't know, Katya's got a glimpse before but Konstintina still has that Superman image of us. This is an interesting aspect to talk about
>>32115443She'd get that funny feeling that Putin won't explain down in her stomach.
>>32115324Is this posted on your pastebin for lazy modo reading? What was your pastebin again?
>>32115496http://pastebin.com/u/HORRUU-NEEEETOOHSorry, I should post this whenever I start dumping text.
>>32115324Frikkin amasing, Hornet. Great writing.
>>32115384>>32115522Hornet, will the answers to these question will ever be revealed?
>>32115324Feelthy, you glorious, glorious bastard. Thank you for those feels.
Imma sleep well dreaming of happy Slider tonight
>>32115553Frank dominated her in a dogfight. That's kinda hot, y'know.Maybe she's one of those types that really likes it when the man's on top. Ghost, any insight?
>>32115645She's a Young. what do you think?You just keep working to justify Ice + Slider as a thing, you quit trying to bring more witches into the mix. Leave that to merc. MERC MORE JANICE WHEN.
>>32115645Oh so like Ice then but less rope? Dammit, Bishop's snagged another one. Also I just realized something about Stalinka?She might be the only one that thinks this might be normal for Frank to bleed (she has not heard about the comas probably) However besides all the shit that happens to Frank, she believes he will rise like the eagle she thinks he is...That is somewhat endearing yet frightening
>>32115693Ghost, She's a Young, She's German.That's like saying asking the very dark cloud to not rain.or Frank to turn in his wings.I think I know why Frank passed out.... :)
>>32115696On a scale of one to "Universal vaporization" how bad does Stalinka freak out when discovering Frank might die and she didn't do it?
>>32115693How does the best girl Wyvern feel about all this drama?
>>32115696Funnily enough, I'd guess that Konstantina in some fashion inherently "trusts" Frank more than any of the other witches. In her mind, it's impossible that there would ever be a time where he pushes too hard. In her mind, he will always come back victorious, and she never has to worry about his mortality
>>32115718Small tactical nuke maybe? Aimed at the person who managed to push him that far.
>>32115722Wyvern is unimpressed with the fleshbags attempts to take her pilot. She's even less impressed with the fragments of that SLUT WHORE F-14 that tried to kill her pilot.
>>32115735>mortalityWe don't have to worry about that if Frank gets augmented.
>>32115755>SLUT WHORE F-14Those are fighting words, bitch.The Cat gave it her all and then some.
>>32115755>SLUT WHORE F-14 that tried to kill her pilotWow. Guess there's 2 yanderes in the quest now
>>32115755Is... Is this canon? Because I really, really want it to be. We've not had much development on the machine spirit of the Wyvern. I think we need to sit down and have a nice, long talk with our girl so we can get an even better feel for her.
>>32115788She's just very very protective of her man.
>>32115791Wyvern sits down and tells Frank exactly how many witches want him to put his fuel hose in their intake ports.
>>32115791If what Ghost just said is canon, I think Merlin'd be a little out of her element translating
>>32114477Any chance of a Merc branded Tank Witches quest?>>32114653>I'm kinda mad cos i think this will make his medical records longer than mine (again, the cheating fuck)I found the solution to making sure mine was longer than all my friends and family, serving and not: Be in charge of rescuing Seals off of mountains after they fuck everything up for 2 and a half years straight, it got me 23 xrays, 7 MRIs and somewhere around 12 surgeries and more to come.Thanks for the thread Ghost.
>>32115791it's semi-canon. the wyvern does have a machine spirit, and it is exceedingly protective of Frank and merlin, and very eager to please them, but it's not quite that developed yet. Of course, all the sparkle fantastic bullcrap that it's exposed to... well. yeah. It's probably easily the largest, most complex machine to have magic energy directly applied to it on a regular basis to date, and no one's real sure what that would do.
>>32115849Sounds like a hell of a job.
>>32115892Kinda remind me to AL from Full Metal Panic.
>>32115905Except Frank+Merlin are the Lambda Driver
>>32115895I don't get the reference and the seal looks ugly as hell
HORNET! HOOOOORRRNEEEEET! DAAAMN YOU HOOOOORRRRRNEEEEEEEET!
>>32115892Damnit Ghost, now I'm picturing the Wyvern falling in love with that ADF-01 that was mentioned before and having glorious plane-babbies.