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You fucked up.

You were once a respected figure, you had devoted fans, you were a big name in your field. For some people, you were a living God, a "one in a million". But you are still a mere mortal, with weaknesses and sore spots; one day, you started doing stupid things for your own pleasure, or for the sake of money. And that's when things went wrong.

99% of the people who do what you did are never found out. And even when they are spotted by someone, the media doesn't report it. And even when the media does report it, most of the time the story dissipates into the news stream within a few days. Unfortunately, you were in the wrong place at the wrong time. The media talked about you, a few people were scandalized by your actions, and the next ones were influenced by the first ones. A national scandal, of which you are the main protagonist, followed very quickly.

Here you are, alone in front of several dozen journalists from all over the country, in a large room set up for the occasion. This is your first public appearance since the beginning of the scandal. There is no doubt that you have done wrong; you can no longer prove that you are innocent. However, you can limit the damage and save your reputation. Those journalists will be the pawns in the media chess game you are about to play.

Welcome to the most important press conference of your life.

[Cont.]
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(
A little warning before I start:

My posting schedule is likely to be somewhat irregular. Expect to see me somewhere between 10am and 6pm (NY time). I don't set any rules for myself, if I have a few votes and they are enough to guess a general trend, I write the next post. If two options have the same number of votes, I will roll a die to decide.

This quest will most likely be a one-shot. You will only have to roll the dice on very rare occasions, and when you do, the rule is HIGHER IS BETTER (and I take the average of all the values).

The only rule I have for you is this: if you vote for an option that requires a roll of the dice, you MUST roll the dice (no "supporting" on this kind of vote).

On that note, have fun
)

[Cont.]
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By the way...who are you, and what have you done?

> Enter a name

Then

> NFL star
You are a major player in a big football team. To overcome the pain of an injury on the eve of a Super Bowl, you take some powerful painkillers, with the help of one of your teammates, despite your coach's warnings. But there's a problem: the exact substance you chose to take is banned in the NFL. So you bribed a league doctor to hide your blood test. The operation was perfect and you actually won the Super Bowl...until a mysterious stranger leaked your WhatsApp conversations.
> The Hollywood actor
You're a rising star in Hollywood. At only 30 years old, you have become a household name in American cinema. Your wealth and fame make you popular with women, which you take full advantage of. But by sleeping with wives of powerful men, or dating women dangerously younger than you, you build up a reputation as a sex maniac. Moreover, by dint of seeing a new woman every 2 days, you get tired of sex and only get pleasure from being brutal with your partners. One day, a major newspaper, owned by a billionaire who hates you, decides to drop a bombshell, publishing a dossier presenting you as the worst sexual abuser in Hollywood history.
> The politician
You are an important figure in the Republican Party. Popular within the party and respected by your opponents, you had a good chance of winning the Republican Party primaries. But underneath your friendly looks lies a secret: your campaign is financed by a powerful Mexican drug trafficker, with whom you had an unhealthy pact. One day, your ally became intrusive and you tried to betray him. You failed, and the Mexican got his revenge by revealing your secrets to American newspapers. You are now called "the most corrupt man in the USA".
> The NASCAR driver
You are a promising but unpopular NASCAR driver. Your underhanded tactics and false friendliness make you unbearable. NASCAR was already suffering from a gradual loss of interest; with people like you, the problem only gets worse. So the Association makes a deal with you: they pay you good money to stage your death at the next Daytona 500. You agree and the plan works perfectly: the tragedy of your "death" gives the media the opportunity to take an interest in stock car racing again; meanwhile, you rebuild your life under a new identity. Until the day when a newspaper reveals the whole hoax...
> The musician
You are the singer of an electro-pop band that has had worldwide success. This sudden fame goes to your head: afraid that your natural shyness may prevent you from enjoying life, you drink a lot of alcohol. Because of this, the other members of the band appreciate you less and less and tensions arise. The situation reaches its climax at the Grammy Awards ceremony where, as you are completely drunk, you start a fight on stage. Also something something racial slurs and antisemitic comments
> All of the above, somehow
> Other [Suggest]
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>>5431189
>Ace Amaze
>All of the above, somehow

If we are going to be a fuckup, might as well be the biggest.
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>>5431189
> Name
Andrew Hussie

> Other
Former Author and Creative Lead of Homestuck
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>What have you done
You said the N-Word
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>>5431189
>The politician
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>>5431196
Yep, this is the guy. That's who I wanna be playing as
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>>5431189
Epstein
The professor
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>>5431196
This
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>>5431189
>>5431196
+1 to this. This is 'YOU FUCKED UP' Quest, not 'u did a wittle oopsie :^)' Quest--go big or go home. We WILL be ashamed of our words and deeds or DIE TRYING
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>>5431196
+1
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>>5431196
+1 for History's Greatest Multitasker
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>>5431189
>> All of the above, somehow
>>5431196
+1

Also add Twitch streamer/Yootuba

We said a popular anime was trash.
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>>5431189
>> Enter a name
Donald Trump
> Other [Suggest]
They found the pee tapes
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God, the more I look at all the options, the more the all above option seems chaotic. Doping at the Super Bowl, sex abuse, ties to the Mexican Cartels, faking a death, and yelling expletives at the Grammy Awards ceremony. Downright the most interesting man in the world and a supremely multitalented bastard. We will have everybody shaking their heads at the conference because of our track record.
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>>5431654
I'm imagining that he was keeping everything separate, with multiple false identities and fictional aliases, and it all unraveled more or less at once.
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>>5431663
Something like: Have you ever seen these guys in the same room?
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>>5431654
>>5431663
inb4 we reveal ourselves to be Batman too
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>>5431189
>> The politician
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>>5431196
This. Nickelodeon child star, used, abused, developmental problems, the works. They forced those kids into so much bullshit
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>>5431200
wew slow down, i only want you to play as a criminal

>>5431196
>>5431202
>>5431203
>>5431222
>>5431236
>>5431245
>>5431281
>>5431333
>>5431364
>>5431486
>>5431499
>>5431654
>>5431663
>>5431672
>>5431677
>>5431786
>>5431838
But what exactly did you do? Well...everything, actually.

It all started when you were a Wide Receiver for the Idaho Falls Skunks. Your parents insisted that you devote your life to football, since you were good at it and had no other talents. You did, and you got lucky: you became a major NFL player and got to play in your first Super Bowl at age 22 (breaking Ben Roethlisberger's precocity record in the process).

But a knee injury almost kept you from that big game, so, with the help of a teammate, you got yourself some powerful painkillers. The drug was banned in the NFL: you had to offer money to a National League official to tamper with your medical records. The operation was a great success: you played in the Super Bowl and won.

However, new injuries (indirectly aggravated by the painkillers) ended your career prematurely. So you turned to your other passion: stock car racing. You become a promising new driver, and quickly win some prestigious races. However, you are nothing like a new Earnhardt; your sneakiness and shit-eating grin make you look more like a Joey Logano, which the fans hate.

At the same time, you start to work in films and become an actor. You are given important roles in big budget movies. You quickly become a popular actor, and your fame allows you to hang out with influential people...especially their wives. Little by little, you become addicted to sex, violent with your partners, and you don't hesitate to sleep with dangerously young girls. You just don't care as long as it feels good.

Realizing that you are a natural seducer, you enter politics, with the help of a Mexican businessman who turns out to be the head of a cocaine trafficking network. You make a deal with him: he finances your political campaign and you pass laws that will facilitate his activity in the United States. It is during this period that you start to drink.

But the Mexican becomes intrusive and starts giving you orders. Upset at being treated like a puppet, you invite him to Idaho Falls to set a trap for him, and have him arrested by the American police. But the Mexican has officially no reason to be arrested on American soil, and he understands that you have been trying to betray him.

This is the beginning of your downfall. With the help of NASCAR, you stage your death at the upcoming Daytona 500; thus, NASCAR gets rid of an unpopular (though talented) driver, stock car racing gets back on the front pages, and you escape the Mexican. The plan works, and you get your life back under a new identity.

[cont.]
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>>5431888
But...going without painkillers, sex and alcohol is hard for you. You miss the fame, so with some friends from the local pool club, you start an electro-pop band, which quickly becomes a big success. Like Slipknot or The Residents, you play anonymously behind a mask. But alcohol makes you the most annoying member of the band, and also the one who attracts the most media attention. The other members want to get rid of you.

The whole thing culminates in the Grammy Awards ceremony. Heavily intoxicated and offended by the unflattering rumors about you, you start a fight just as your band is about to take the stage to win a Grammy. As if that wasn't enough, you make racist insults towards Steve Harvey. The public realizes your true identity, understands that you are Ace Amaze, and from there...everything falls apart.

The media tells the whole story: your fake death, your pact with the Mexican, your betrayal, your unhealthy sexual habits with young Hollywood actresses, your addiction to drugs, your conflicts with billionaires and other members of the band...the media presents you as an unreasonable, vicious and viscerally evil man. It's obvious that several people conspired for YEARS to build this big, incriminating file on you, but at the same time...you kind of deserve to take a beating.

Is that all?

> No wait, there's also the time I abused the trust of a millionaire friend to support my gambling addiction in Las Vegas. And also the time I hit a child on a TV show, but he deserved it. And also the time I left my brother to die alone in hospital because I didn't love him. And also the time I got a childhood friend out of rehab, fucked her, then got her back on drugs and she died of an overdose in a planetarium. I could have saved her but I hesitated to call 911.
> I still have some qualities. I've funded an organization that helps homeless veterans, saved the life of a drowning man in Savannah, Georgia, and donated half my fortune to Greenpeace.
> Okay okay, that's enough
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>>5431896
>> I still have some qualities. I've funded an organization that helps homeless veterans, saved the life of a drowning man in Savannah, Georgia, and donated half my fortune to Greenpeace.

Let’s not get too wild here.
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>>5431896
> No wait, there's also the time I abused the trust of a millionaire friend to support my gambling addiction in Las Vegas. And also the time I hit a child on a TV show, but he deserved it. And also the time I left my brother to die alone in hospital because I didn't love him. And also the time I got a childhood friend out of rehab, fucked her, then got her back on drugs and she died of an overdose in a planetarium. I could have saved her but I hesitated to call 911.

DIG A DEEPER HOLE, DIG THE DEEPEST HOLE IN THE WORLD AND CLIMB THE FUCK OUT OF IT
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>>5431896
This guy sounds too based to keep alive. For the sake of sanity, he has to die in a fashion as ridiculous as his life.
We gotta get his ass flattened by a nuke or something.
> I still have some qualities. I've funded an organization that helps homeless veterans, saved the life of a drowning man in Savannah, Georgia, and donated half my fortune to Greenpeace.
AND
> No wait, there's also the time I abused the trust of a millionaire friend to support my gambling addiction in Las Vegas. And also the time I hit a child on a TV show, but he deserved it. And also the time I left my brother to die alone in hospital because I didn't love him. And also the time I got a childhood friend out of rehab, fucked her, then got her back on drugs and she died of an overdose in a planetarium. I could have saved her but I hesitated to call 911.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE
>During the height of my music career, I saved a lone woman from a mugger in New York, by drop-kicking him so hard he hit his head and had to be hospitalized. Luckily, he was a serial rapist too, so it all worked out and nobody hunted me down. She was the only one who got a glimpse under the mask, and kept my secret.
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>>5431896
> I still have some qualities. I've funded an organization that helps homeless veterans, saved the life of a drowning man in Savannah, Georgia, and donated half my fortune to Greenpeace.
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>>5431896
>> No wait, there's also the time I abused the trust of a millionaire friend to support my gambling addiction in Las Vegas. And also the time I hit a child on a TV show, but he deserved it. And also the time I left my brother to die alone in hospital because I didn't love him. And also the time I got a childhood friend out of rehab, fucked her, then got her back on drugs and she died of an overdose in a planetarium. I could have saved her but I hesitated to call 911.
>> I still have some qualities. I've funded an organization that helps homeless veterans, saved the life of a drowning man in Savannah, Georgia, and donated half my fortune to Greenpeace.
Why not both?
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>>5431896
>> I still have some qualities. I've funded an organization that helps homeless veterans, saved the life of a drowning man in Savannah, Georgia, and donated half my fortune to Greenpeace.


Not a complete shitter!
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>>5431896
>I still have some qualities. I've funded an organization that helps homeless veterans, saved the life of a drowning man in Savannah, Georgia, and donated half my fortune to Greenpeace.
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>>5432159 >>5432073 >>5432049 >>5431999 >>5431953 >>5431939 >>5431900
At least, in the midst of all the horrible stories, there are some good deeds: you fully funded the creation of an organization that helps the homeless, especially homeless veterans. During your political career, you donated huge sums of money to environmental organizations, including Greenpeace. On one occasion, in Savannah, Georgia, you saw a man drowning and rescued him. Actually, it happened three times, but nobody saw the two other instances.

What a life, right? And you're not even 40 yet. But your whole existence has been defined by your sins. And now it's time to be held accountable for your actions.

You enter the big room, dressed in your nicest shirt. You walk confidently onto the stage, but deep inside, you are at your lowest point. As soon as you appear, the ambient hubbub dissipates and the many journalists grab their pencils to note your every move. Your arrival is a special moment, like a soul arriving in purgatory.

You sit down in front of the microphones, in the middle of a large table covered with a thin black tablecloth. Black, as if to mourn your life as a celebrity...nice coincidence. You take a deep breath and bring your face close to the bunch of microphones to say these words:

"All right, ladies and gentlemen, I'm ready. Ask your questions and I will answer them as honestly as I can."

There is a moment of hesitation now, the atmosphere in the room is really weird. You've done so much crap that there's a divinely creepy aura around you; you're a living legend...for all the wrong reasons.

A man in a red sweater raises his finger. That man is Rob Perkins, and he will be your only ally in this room.

Behind his calm, smiling, soft-spoken intellectual exterior lies one of the greatest provocateurs in the history of American television. Rob Perkins has made a name for himself by consistently going against the dominant narrative. The Lewinsky scandal? Clinton has nothing to be ashamed of. The war in Iraq? It won't help and will only strengthen terrorism. The Epstein case? There would be no supply if there was no demand. And that's just the basic stuff, which everyone can discuss; the guy has sometimes questioned historical facts that few people even dare to talk about. Rob's idea is simple: all media discourse is a form of propaganda, it is necessary to question everything in order to get closer to the Truth.

So why would this man, who defines himself by his contrarian spirit, be on your side? Well, because the prevailing narrative is that YOU are the bad guy in the story, so for troublemakers like Rob, there must be something that clears you in the middle of this mess.

Anyway, let's hear his question.

[cont.]
>>
"Rob Perkins, writer and reporter for the Times. I'm not going to go through your entire life story again, we already know it well. But one thing I have noticed is that in everything you have done in your life, you have never been alone. All this tends to make one think that you have sometimes been the scapegoat of much more powerful people. To what extent do YOU think you have been manipulated by other people?"

> "I have never been manipulated by anyone. Everything I did, I did on my own." [...]
> "I have been influenced by some people, that's true, but I take responsibility for the majority of the things that I have been accused of." [...]
> "Honestly, I don't think that's relevant. It doesn't matter who's behind me, at the end of the day, I'm the one pulling the trigger." [...]
> "I've been influenced many times. When you're immersed in the same circles I was, and you hang out with the same people I did, and you see the atrocities I saw, you lose it too." [...]
> "I'm amazed that anyone would blame me for anything. I was so forced to act at the behest of others that I should be seen as a victim in this story, not a perpetrator." [...]
> "Can you clarify the question? Who do you think manipulated me?"
> Other

NB: The "[...]" after each option means that you are free to elaborate.
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>>5432202
>"Honestly, I don't think that's relevant. It doesn't matter who's behind me, at the end of the day, I'm the one pulling the trigger." [...]
>"Whether I did it for pleasure or to fit with a certain group, my actions still hurt people. I had every opportunity to reject those choices, stop those behaviors, NOT make it a habit, but I pushed that still, small voice away every time. I was selfish, only thinking for myself, not others."
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>>5432202
> "Honestly, I don't think that's relevant. It doesn't matter who's behind me, at the end of the day, I'm the one pulling the trigger." [...]

pretty based quest
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>>5432202
> "I've been influenced many times. When you're immersed in the same circles I was, and you hang out with the same people I did, and you see the atrocities I saw, you lose it too." [...]

Effectively, we 'dindu nuffin'
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>>5432202
> "I've been influenced many times. When you're immersed in the same circles I was, and you hang out with the same people I did, and you see the atrocities I saw, you lose it too." [...]
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>>5432202

> "I've been influenced many times. When you're immersed in the same circles I was, and you hang out with the same people I did, and you see the atrocities I saw, you lose it too." [...]
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>>5432202
> "I have never been manipulated by anyone. Everything I did, I did on my own." [...]

Refuge in audacity
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>>5432202
Can we antagonize Rob, by calling him a smug contrarian faggot or something?
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>>5432219
>>5432244
>>5432276
>>5432291
>>5432293 (duplicate, not counted)
>>5432314
Votes so far :
> "Not relevant " : 2
> "Influenced many times" : 2
> "No manipulation" : 1
I'll let you vote a little longer.

>>5432324
You could
It might not be a good idea since he is on your side. But he may also take it as a compliment
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>>5432202
Rob, you've made a career out of making hills to die on out of ant hills. I appreciate what you're doing here, but at the end of the day, it's not relevant whether or not anyone else was there to influence me. I'm the one pulling the trigger."
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>>5432520 >>5432314 >>5432293 >>5432291 >>5432276 >>5432244 >>5432219
"Rob, you've made a career out of making hills to die on out of ant hills. I appreciate what you're doing here, but at the end of the day, it's not relevant whether or not anyone else was there to influence me. I'm the one pulling the trigger. Whether I did it for pleasure or to fit with a certain group, my actions still hurt people. I had every opportunity to reject those choices, stop those behaviors, NOT make it a habit, but I pushed that still, small voice away every time. I was selfish, only thinking for myself, not others."

Rob nods.

"You acknowledge your responsibilities, that's brave of you. You can be accused of many things, but we must recognize that you know how to admit your wrongdoings. However, don't you think that, if this whole thing has legal repercussions, you will have to recognize that other people have a share of responsibility? It would be a shame if other culprits got off scot-free. To use the example of the financing of your political career...it's still crazy that Raul Gutierrez, your alleged Mexican associate, isn't already being prosecuted."

What Rob isn't saying (but maybe he doesn't know) is that this story ALREADY has legal repercussions. The NFL has filed a lawsuit against you to uncover this corruption case, your NASCAR team's insurance companies are accusing you of fraud, and a few of the women you dated are now accusing you of sexual assault.

And that's only part of the problem; your band is likely to do something about your onstage assault, Steve Harvey will probably talk about the racial slurs, and your music label may hold you accountable. And all of this is NOTHING compared to what awaits you when the police look into your political campaign finances. There are still many, MANY other people who have a right to demand compensation for your actions. You've made so many enemies that it's a miracle people like Rob still dare to make excuses for you.

Speaking of Rob, let's get back to his question. You've admitted that you're the main reason for all your troubles. He accepts this, but asks you if it's not a problem that other people, who played a key role in this case, are not punished for their actions.

> "No, it's not a problem. When a guy steals a car, we arrest the guy, but not his parents who raised him wrong. My former acquaintances don't have to be involved in this." [...]
> "It's impossible to answer that question. It varies from person to person: some people directly encouraged me to break the law, others could never have foreseen that things would end up this way." [...]
> "Yes, even though I recognize my responsibility and was free to end all my problems, I do hope that others will pay as well." [...]
> "This is all in the hands of the law, Rob. It's up to them to decide whether or not the others deserve punishment. I'm only here to explain myself in relation to what concerns ME." [...]
> Other
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>>5432803
> "This is all in the hands of the law, Rob. It's up to them to decide whether or not the others deserve punishment. I'm only here to explain myself in relation to what concerns ME."
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>>5432803
> "Yes, even though I recognize my responsibility and was free to end all my problems, I do hope that others will pay as well." [...]
>Instead of making me a scapegoat, use it as reason to keep others under scrutiny. Clearly, no-one is above the law, because if it was gonna be anyone, that anyone was gonna be me.
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>>5432841
+1
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>>5432803
>>5432841
Supporting.
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>>5432835 >>5432841 >>5432949 >>5432996
"Yes, even though I recognize my responsibility and was free to end all my problems, I do hope that others will pay as well. Instead of making me a scapegoat, use it as reason to keep others under scrutiny. Clearly, no-one is above the law, because if it was gonna be anyone, that anyone was gonna be me."

Your answer seems to have pleased Rob, because you wisely admitted you were wrong, while not contradicting his theory. If you had denied responsibility, it might have been even closer to Rob's theory, but...that would have been a lie. Let's keep it reasonable.

"Next question?"

A mustachioed man stands up. You know him, he's a sportswriter who specializes in auto racing; you've had the opportunity to run into him a few times during your brief NASCAR career. The man is Howard Millington, and he hates you.

Now is when this press conference gets spicy.

"Howard Millington, for Beyong The Flag. You shocked a lot of people by doing what is, in my opinion, the most cynical and disgusting staging I've ever seen in my life. You are aware of that, right?"

This introduction doesn't surprise you. Early in your racing career, Howard was not a fan of your driving style, calling it "unnecessarily dangerous." If there was a criticism to be made of you, he was often the first to make it. On the other hand, he recognized that you had an exceptional sense of timing, and that you definitely belonged in NASCAR.

Until your accident, his criticism was objective and generally shared by NASCAR fans. After your accident, he softened his criticism, and recognized some good qualities in you. But when you accidentally revealed the trickery after the Grammy Awards fight...Howard became your worst enemy.

"I have several questions. First, why did you fake your death? Were there no other ways to deal with the legal problems you were facing? And if faking your death was inevitable, why did you choose to do it at a Daytona 500? Did you know it could damage NASCAR's reputation, shock tens of thousands of spectators and put investors out of business?"

You're wary of Howard's questions. Because this guy is sneaky and often asks questions he already knows the answer to; like a sadistic teacher who makes a dimwitted student do an impossible exercise, Millington wants to humiliate you above all else. He came only to blame you for all the harm you've supposedly done to NASCAR, but he didn't come looking for answers.

If you were to answer honestly, this is what you would say: you faked your death because it was a radically effective way to escape the problems caused by the revelation of your ties to Raul Gutierrez. You also feared for your life, since you had tried to betray a drug lord. As for the Daytona 500...it was a deal with NASCAR: your death would give stock car racing a lot of media exposure, while ridding the sport of an unappreciated driver.

[cont.]
>>
> Be honest and admit everything. [...]
> "Let's just say that I had made a deal with several people. Faking my death was the best thing for everyone, and contrary to what you might think, NASCAR knew exactly what was going to happen. Believe me, it was the right thing to do." [...]
> "There's really nothing to say about that. I was just following orders, and I have nothing to say about the end result." [...]
> "It's true, the whole accident thing was a huge travesty. But I didn't want to do it, I was forced to." [...]
> You accuse me as if I knew what you were talking about. I was as surprised as you were to find out that they tried to make me look dead after my accident." [...]
> One question at a time, please." with a little smile.
> "I'm not going to answer that question, because you already know the answer. And even if what you have in mind is different from reality, you will never want to believe the true version." [...]
> Other

(shit i forgot a [/red] tag)
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>>5432803
Supporting >>5432841
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>>5433093
>> "Let's just say that I had made a deal with several people. Faking my death was the best thing for everyone, and contrary to what you might think, NASCAR knew exactly what was going to happen. Believe me, it was the right thing to do." [...]
It's technically the truth.
>>5433099
D'oh!
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>>5433093
>"You should be thanking me, Howie. You've got me dead to rights. No matter what I say, this is gonna make your career forever."
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>>5433093
> "I wanted out of many things and let's just say that I had made a deal with several people for it to be possible. Faking my death was the best thing everyone could think of, and contrary to what you might think, NASCAR knew exactly what was going to happen. Monkeys off my back and a thorn out of your side." [...]
>>
>>5433099
Considering my publishing pace, it's almost miraculous bad luck lol
>>5433105
>>5433112
>>5433133
"I wanted out of many things and let's just say that I had made a deal with several people for it to be possible. Faking my death was the best thing everyone could think of, and contrary to what you might think, NASCAR knew exactly what was going to happen. Monkeys off my back and a thorn out of your side."

Howard gives a wide-eyed look.

"What do you mean by that? You want to blame NASCAR now?"

> "Absolutely not. In fact, what you're saying here is the exact opposite of what I'm saying. We made a deal, NASCAR is not responsible in any way. It's a favor I did for them."
> "Not really. What I'm saying is that we came up with a unique solution to a lot of very different problems. It was my initiative, and all parties were happy with it."
> "That's what you want to understand. But intelligent people will understand that I am not accusing nor clearing anyone."
> "You say that like it's a problem, but NASCAR acted in their best interest, I don't blame them."
> "Yes. I wouldn't have come up with this idea spontaneously; this deal was the idea of NASCAR officials. And all you're accusing me of is a backlash against the actions of those top officials."
> "How did you EVEN come to this conclusion?!"
> "Stop pretending to be offended. You didn't like drivers like me, I'm sure deep down you were happy not to see me racing anymore."

(There's an implied "[...]" behind each option, but I'm too lazy to put them all in. Keep in mind that from now on, you are, by default, free to craft each answer).
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>>5433164
>> "You say that like it's a problem, but NASCAR acted in their best interest, I don't blame them. And besides, I highly doubt you particularly minded that I wasn't racing anymore."
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>>5433164
> "Yes. I wouldn't have come up with this idea spontaneously; this deal was the idea of NASCAR officials. And all you're accusing me of is a backlash against the actions of those top officials."
>Do you seriously think I had the skills, influence, and initiative to fake my death all on my own? One man can do only so much, myself included. Factor in consideration of what alcohol has done to my cognitive ability, and the idea I could come up with this whole thing is laughable. If you wish to untangle the knot of this entire endeavor, you will have to look low and high, Howard.
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>>5433177
This is solid, take them down with us.
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>>5433164
>"You say that like it's a problem, but NASCAR acted in their best interest, I don't blame them. Dont think I'm shifting blame on anyone, Ive tried to run away from my problems and we can all see where that got me. They only way I'm going to get past all of this is by owning up to it and telling the facts."
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>>5433177
Support, but remove the alcohol part. It weakens the statement a bit and gives NASCAR an out, as they could just dismiss the claims as the ramblings of a drunkard.
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>>5433225
This is a good point, we shouldn't call attention to our alcoholism.
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>>5433275
My IP changed from >>5433203
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>>5433169 >>5433177 >>5433203 >>5433224 >>5433225 >>5433275 >>5433276
"Yes. I wouldn't have come up with this idea spontaneously; this deal was the idea of NASCAR officials. And all you're accusing me of is a backlash against the actions of those top officials. Do you seriously think I had the skills, influence, and initiative to fake my death all on my own? One man can do only so much, myself included. The idea I could come up with this whole thing is laughable. If you wish to untangle the knot of this entire endeavor, you will have to look low and high, Howard."
"Oh, but I know you well, Ace. I know you can't get away with a scam like this by yourself. But knowing what business you've gotten your hands into in the past, I was pretty sure you'd found a way to make money by pretending to be dead...regardless, I know you were motivated by something nasty. That's what I'm trying to find out."


What Howard is trying to do is get you to admit that your "death" was a ruse to avoid the investigation into your relationship with Raul Gutierrez. Yet your relationship with the Mexican is an open secret; it's common knowledge that drug money was used to finance your political campaign, even though the courts haven't had time to rule on the matter.

Where Howard seems to have gone wrong is that he didn't think NASCAR would be your main accomplice in evading justice. When you look at your life history, it would have made more sense for all of this to be done with the complicity of another criminal. That's certainly what he was thinking.

"So, if an investigation takes place with NASCAR, we'll have evidence that they're in on it and they knew you were alive all along, right?"
"Not all of NASCAR knows about it. Only a few top officials and a few race stewards. But otherwise yes, there will be evidence of our secret deal."
"And you agreed to the deal, with all the negative repercussions it could have had? Why? Just to get out of the competition?"


He's being silly, he knows exactly what he wants you to answer.

> "To get away from a drug lord who may have been after me, and a criminal investigation into where the money for my political campaign came from. Are you happy now?"
> "Like I said: I wanted to get a few things over with, NASCAR wanted me out, we worked it out."
> "Because they paid me to fake my own death. As far as motivations go, you'll have to go to NASCAR for those." (This is a lie: your motivations for accepting were much clearer and more obvious than the Association's.)
> "I can't talk about it. Because the truth is, I don't know much about it. But I know that if I talk, I'll get in trouble."
> "Yeah, right. Like Bobby Isaac, I heard a voice telling me to stop, so I stopped."
> "You're a journalist, not a cop. Know your place." (1d100 with a success threshold at 70, higher is better, at least two different rolls needed)
> Other
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>>5433164
>>5433177
support without alcoholism
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>>5433297
>"I can't talk about it. Because the truth is, I don't know much about it. But I know that if I talk, I'll get in trouble."
Maybe imply something about how going into details goes against some NDA or legal mumbo-jumbo. I mean, I assume that even this was an under-the-table sort of deal, there was some sort of legality towards it. Even if there isn't, the burden of proof falls on NASCAR, and we dodged the question.
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>>5433297
>> "Like I said: I wanted to get a few things over with, NASCAR wanted me out, we worked it out."
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>>5433297
> "You're a journalist, not a cop. Know your place."
Let's see if arrogance works as a shield.
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>>5433297
>"I can't talk about it. Because the truth is, I don't know much about it. But I know that if I talk, I'll get in trouble."
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>>5433297
Seconding >>5433350
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>>5433350 >>5433367 >>5433462 >>5433471 >>5433595
"I can't talk about it. Because the truth is, I don't know much about it. But I know that if I talk, I'll get in trouble."
"You don't know why you agreed to this pact? You don't even know YOUR own reasons?"


In Howard's mouth, that always sounds a lot stupider than it does in your mind. You think back to what you said earlier to Rob Perkins; you admitted your wrongdoing, but now you imply that you can't talk about the underlying reasons why you staged your death.

For an audience that would get to know you through this press conference, there are two possibilities: either you're an idiot who stupidly follows orders whenever it suits him, and who takes responsibility for the mistakes of others because "I'm the one who pulls the trigger"...or you're under threat from people so much more influential than you that you're compelled to keep your real reasons quiet so as not to get shot 3 times in the back.

And since the general public is aware of the rumors about your relationship with a Mexican drug lord, the second option will probably be the most popular. For once, the conspiracists and the general public will agree. But for Howard, it's also a satisfying theory to say you're an idiot who doesn't ask enough questions.

"Of course I know my reasons. Look, I told you I wanted to get rid of some responsibilities. That's what I meant by 'I wanted out of many things.' But the bulk of the justification is on the Association's side, not on my side. Next question."

Howard sits back, clearly satisfied that he has something to twist the official story and make you look like a fool. Good for him, he'll say whatever he wants, as long as he doesn't bother you again.

A young redheaded woman in a thick green sweater raises her arm. She looks...dead inside, and tired of being here.

[Cont.]
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"Yes, ma'am?" you say, pointing your chin at the reporter.
"Kate Seals, for The Feminine Way. Many women are accusing you of sexual violence, what do you have to say about these allegations?"

She is clearly not here to seek explanations, unlike Rob and Howard. She was sent to ask neutral questions and write down the answers, nothing more. From Kate's monotone voice, you can tell she's not passionate about this case. And that's good, because this story of sexual abuse is perhaps the most complicated and inexcusable part of your life.

By the time you got into acting, you were already famous because of your NFL career. So, to capitalize on your reputation, you were given major roles in big budget movies. Pretty soon, you were hanging out with world-renowned actors and wealthy producers. And when you are part of this "privileged among the privileged" elite...you get all the girls you want.

You couldn't even tell how many women you've had sex with. It's in the hundreds, easily. Girls had become an addiction, and as with any addiction, you went further and further to keep feeling pleasure: the sex was more and more violent, you were more and more selfish, the seduction phase was shorter and shorter and your partner was younger and younger. In addition, you did not hesitate to hit on married women.

Inevitably, some people didn't like that. Some of your former partners have bad memories of you. Some husbands vowed to get even with you. Some influential feminists feel that you have no respect for women. And some of your relationships would probably have been illegal in another state. Even though your partners were all consensual, you enjoyed having power over women.

Shortly after the Grammy Awards ceremony, actresses claimed that this is not the first time you have been violent. Dozens of accusations have come in overnight; the timing is so perfect that you're sure influential people have been secretly building a compromising case against you for years, waiting for the perfect moment to reveal everything...

Anyway, you have to answer Kate.

> "I'm sorry. I've been selfish and I've hurt women who sincerely love me. I have nothing else to say, if I have to go to jail to make up for the trauma I put these girls through, I will go."
> "I'm not proud of myself. I got caught up in an environment full of depravity. If I had it to do over again, I would be much more respectful of my partners."
> "I don't know what to say. At the time, it didn't shock anyone. I don't know why we're talking about it now, years after it happened."
> "I'm surprised that the media is only coming out with testimonials now. That period of my life is long gone, and at the time, no one was complaining about my behavior."
> "It's a huge web of lies, constructed by people who want to hurt me. These girls were happy to date me, and unlike many other influential men in Hollywood, I never raped anyone."
> Other
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>>5433648
> "It's a huge web of lies, constructed by people who want to hurt me. These girls were happy to date me, and unlike many other influential men in Hollywood, I never raped anyone."
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>>5433648
>> "I'm sorry. I've hurt women who sincerely loved me and who believed it was reciprocal, but my behavior then was not out of love it was selfishness and I have nothing else to say. If I have to go to jail to make up for the trauma I put these girls through, I will go. I am aware it will not bring them closure, but it's what I can do."
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>>5433648
> "I'm not proud of myself. I got caught up in an environment full of depravity. If I had it to do over again, I would be much more respectful of my partners."
> "I'm surprised that the media is only coming out with testimonials now. That period of my life is long gone."
Cutting out the last part, since there could easily have been some fringe news outlet that talked about it.
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>>5433757
+1
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>>5433787 >>5433757 >>5433752 >>5433746
"I'm not proud of myself. I got caught up in an environment full of depravity. If I had it to do over again, I would be much more respectful of my partners. But I'm surprised that the media is only coming out with testimonials now. That period of my life is long gone."
"Speaking of 'long gone', what have you done, over all these years, to fix your mistakes?"


The answer is simple: nothing.

When you began your political career, your affiliation with the Republican Party made you slightly less interesting to the major movie studios, so you began to move away from that social environment. It's ironic, because the celebrities you knew in Hollywood were living the perfect Republican life, sheltered in gated communities full of rich white people, living a lifestyle that was anything but frugal. But you are in no position to judge the moral compass of Hollywood's most powerful men.

Your political ambition has progressively replaced your libido, even if you were not against a little sleepless night with such and such a press agent, or the wife of such and such a business lawyer. So, what happened to all those girls you treated as one-time girlfriends? Well...you forgot about them.

This doesn't paint you in the best light, but it's the truth. Besides, what could you have done, anyway? Apologize?

> "I didn't do anything. I didn't realize I had hurt those girls, because I saw people doing much worse things at parties in LA."
> "I didn't do much. I wasn't sure if these girls wanted to hear from me again anyway."
> "I hesitated to apologize to some of them whose phone numbers I still had. But I refrained, I was afraid of doing more harm than good."
> "I contacted several girls again to apologize. That's all I could do, anyway. It was cathartic for many of them." (1d100, threshold at 65, higher is better and two rolls minimum)
> Other
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>>5433904
>> "I hesitated to apologize to some of them whose phone numbers I still had. But I refrained, I was afraid of doing more harm than good. I do not believe that mistakes can be fixed. I can't rewind time and stop my actions. I can only move forward being different, refraining from engaging in the behavior that resulting in those mistakes."
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>>5433904
> "I didn't do anything. I didn't realize I had hurt those girls, because I saw people doing much worse things at parties in LA."
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>>5433909
I fucked hundreds of women wives girlfriends of people who i can barely remember anymore, i was involved in cheating on these womens husbands and wives who are actors, directors, bankers, lawyers, judges, politicians, racers, actresses, doctors, journalists, models even partners who where these things, what good would it do, nothing i could say could undo the harm i did all i could do is make it worse i always fear i would be the cause of a OJ simson situation if i tried contacting them even then many knew and swore vengance on me be it the spouced or my former partners, i was as careless with hearts as i was with cars and my football carrier
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>>5433904
> "I contacted several girls again to apologize. That's all I could do, anyway. It was cathartic for many of them." (1d100, threshold at 65, higher is
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On the pull the trigger thing we where a man WE ARE a man who was told he was only only good for thing one thing only that he was useless for anything else his whole life then we lost that crippled losing our purpose and meaning in life barely not a teen starting our journey of substance abuse chasing a high a need for speed and purpose even our second passion we where hated we drove like we had a deathwish perhaps beacuse we do where only the results mattered just like our first passion a pattern of substance abuse and tearing at the limits is the way we treat women a reflection on how we feel against our mother? Us love even a thing with all the cheating we have seen is fame the only thing that matters to them is love that shallow and empty?
The only way our life would have ended realistically is a car crash sucide by any other name
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>>5434001
supporting this rambling too
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>>5433969
>>5434001
"I fucked hundreds of women, wives, girlsfriends...i tried contacting them...all those moments will be lost in a car crash suicide..."

>>5433909
>>5433960
>>5433984
Need a 4th vote to break the tie :
> "I hesitated"
> "I didn't do anything"
> "I contacted several girls"
(at least 2 rolls needed for the last option, I'm rolling the 1st die just in case)
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NEVERMIND the tie is broken
I'm writing the next post
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>>5434048
Please dont its not a vote ots my rambling thoughts on ace
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>>5434064
i'm kinda confused now
i'll let you all vote for a few extra hours
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>>5434070
Use it if you want just refine it PLEASE refine it if you use it make it a rant and say something like "now it will not be suicide that kills me" so none can claim we killed ourself as our hand is now off the trigger but we are biting down on the gun someone else holds.
Atleast our fake death would have given life to a sport we had some positive emotion too.
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>>5434086
Also here have some music https://youtu.be/5GF_1UWwYUA
https://youtu.be/7VeIdo3anqQ
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>>5434058
What sort of feeling did i conway that smile what does it mean?
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>>5433909
Seconding
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>>5433904
> "I didn't do anything. I didn't realize I had hurt those girls, because I saw people doing much worse things at parties in LA."
Goes well with what we were saying earlier I think.
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>>5434094
I'll ride this train to the very end
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>>5434094
I just thought it kinda reads like the tears in rain monologue
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4WIuL4dxRc

>>5434095
>>5434112
The tie is now between these two options :
> "I hesitated"
> "I didn't do anything"
Few more hours of voting
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Bit confused but I'll throw my hat to the rambling.
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>>5434137
Oh thank you thats really nice of you to say
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K you know what, let's go with the rambling
Technically several options have an equal number of votes but this will allow us to move forward

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"I hesitated to apologize to some of them whose phone numbers I still had. But I refrained, I was afraid of doing more harm than good. I do not believe that mistakes can be fixed. I can't rewind time and stop my actions. I can only move forward being different, refraining from engaging in the behavior that resulting in those mistakes."

You begin to explain many details about your life. The importance of your upbringing, your internal conflicts, your idea of love, what those hundreds of sexual partners mean to you, your pessimism about "what could have been," your needs, your desires, your broken dreams, why you staged your death...

Kate was taking notes, but quickly stopped when she saw that your soliloquy lasted much longer than she had anticipated. Kate seems to have tuned out, which is not the case with the other reporters; the audience seems suddenly interested in this avalanche of details about your internal philosophy. The interest may be ironic, but it is real.

And just as you were concluding your speech to a Kate who didn't know how to respond, an unknown speaker breaks the silence.

"You don't have to feel guilty about anything!"

A male voice with stereotypical redneck inflections is suddenly heard. It is obviously not Kate who uttered these words; all the reporters in the room, all of whom are as confused as you are, turn to the man who just spoke up.

You recognize the man. In fact, he is famous, but for the wrong reasons...
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(hold on i'll be away for a few hours
posting when i come back)
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Fuck yeah Charlie Sheen coming to our aid
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This man is Brett Djordjevic, a blogger known for his weird positions on many political and societal issues. Like Rob Perkins, Brett is on your side, and thinks you don't deserve such degrading treatment. But like Howard, he thinks you actually did what you are accused of, and will try to get you to admit it out loud. Why? Because Brett believes that what you are accused of should not be punishable, and that there is nothing morally wrong with what you have done.

His thought pattern goes something like this:

- The whole "banned substances" thing in the NFL? If everyone dopes, eventually, it evens out. No more injustice. And a doped athlete produces much more impressive performances anyway. And everybody already does it, anyway! So everyone's freedom is respected.

- The questionable financing of your political campaign? It's not about rigging elections, it's about advertising yourself. It doesn't matter if the money comes from a criminal or a carpet merchant; for the voter, it makes no difference. Everyone's freedom is respected. If anything, Raul is the one who should be prosecuted.

- Your relations with women? You did not rape anyone, they were free to refuse. If they didn't complain until years later, it's definitely a set-up. But when it happened, everyone's freedom was respected.

- Staging your death? The only person who actually suffers from such a charade is you, and maybe the insurance companies who already have too much money and power anyway. Feigning your death does not infringe on anyone's freedoms.

That's where Brett's danger lies: he can make you TOO comfortable and say things that would not do you any favors. If Rob Perkins is the kind of guy who would wonder if Bush did 9/11, Brett would applaud Bush for his organizational skills.

"Mr. Amaze, you talk like these girls are right. But you have nothing to blame yourself for, they wanted you, the Hollywood jet set LOVED you. If the girls kept coming back, it's because the "violence" in question didn't bother them that much. Don't you think it's weird that these accusations are resurfacing NOW when you're at your lowest point?"
"What do you mean?"
"What I mean is that you haven't done anything wrong in Hollywood. If it's a scandal NOW, it's because someone powerful turned the whole story INTO a scandal. What do you think?"


> "It's just a conspiracy theory. I know what I did wrong, to me it's not weird that things turned out this way."
> "It's possible that some people wanted me to end up paying for what I did, but I think I deserve what's happening to me."
> "That's an interesting theory, but I can't comment on that."
> "Now that you mention it, it is possible. Some of the women I dated were married to powerful men, who could get their revenge easily."
> "I've always kind of believed that, deep down. My ambition, right now, is to find out who told my life story in the media. And most importantly, who has been peddling these lies?"
> Other
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>>5434423
>"Sir, just as I was years ago you are depraved and need to change. That aside, it's possible that some people wanted me to end up paying for what I did, but I think I deserve what's happening to me."
a little ad hominem to keep this news conference alive
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>>5434519
supporting, we haven't insulted anyone yet that needs to change!
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>>5434519 >>5434539
"Sir, just as I was years ago, you are depraved and need to change. That aside, it's possible that some people wanted me to end up paying for what I did, but I think I deserve what's happening to me."

Surprised by your insulting but somewhat subtle remark, Brett lets out a loud laugh. You don't know if it's a genuine laugh or a way to defuse some tension there might be between you and the audience of journalists, but it doesn't go unnoticed.

"Hahaha! Come on, don't make me think you're in a better position to talk about morality than I am. I may be depraved yes, but that's not the point. I'm just asking if you don't think some powerful, untouchable men have jumped at the chance to create a controversy out of nothing."
"I already told you everything. The controversy didn't come out of nowhere. I really hurt some of my partners, but it took me a while to realize it. Why are you so adamant about blaming someone else? I'm willing to acknowledge my responsibility."


You notice that Howard (the sportswriter who doesn't like you), with his nose down on his notebook, raises his eyebrows and sighs as he takes notes. Rob, on the other hand, nods slightly, like a football coach watching his players implement his plans to perfection.

"Let's just say...we know that the 'elites' tend to make a mockery of the laws and promote a morality they don't even respect. The Epstein case has shown us that some powerful people are even capable of ganging up on each other to cover up atrocities committed by their close friends."
"Okay...and your point is?"
"I was thinking that perhaps you could tell us more about the unhealthy relationships between powerful beings within Hollywood. That you could offer us a little insight into what the common people don't know, and what you are being victimized by. To me, that's the only rational explanation for why you, who have done nothing wrong, are suddenly being targeted by every media outlet in the country. Are you being threatened?"


> "Yes, there are networks of evil people who are overriding the laws, and they have a stranglehold on the entire American cultural industry. And those are the people I'm thinking of when I say that some people wanted to get back at me."
> "Yeah, maybe there are. But it doesn't have much to do with me."
> "I don't care about any of that. There may be something like a Deep State governing the media in secret, or maybe there isn't one at all, but either way, it won't change my involvement in the case."
> "No, I don't think there is such a thing."
> "I did something wrong, I'm paying the consequences, period. If you absolutely want to convince yourself that it's okay to slap and choke your partners during sex until they cry, when they CLEARLY tell you to stop, fine. But I don't see any conspiracy there."
> "I'm tired of talking about this. Next question."
> Other
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>>5434701
>Are you being threatened?
Shit I should not have ended the dialog with this question, because now it sounds like the options are answers to THIS question and not to the previous sentence, which sounds super awkward
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>>5434701
> "Yes, there are networks of evil people who are overriding the laws, and they have a stranglehold on the entire American cultural industry. And those are the people I'm thinking of when I say that some people wanted to get back at me."

this is were we go off the rails and go on a lengthy rant with subtle antisemitic undertones.
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>>5434735
He is not wrong about people being after us even if not really threatening us directly with the husbands/wives of the women we fucked and our former partner that was part of the cartel
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>>5434701
> "I don't care about any of that. There may be something like a Deep State governing the media in secret, or maybe there isn't one at all, but either way, it won't change my involvement in the case."

If we engage in this man's craziness, I do not think we will be able to dig ourselves out. He isn't wrong about people behind the scenes baying for our blood.

We can probably attract all the crazies, can't we?
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>>5434701
> "Yes, there are networks of evil people who are overriding the laws, and they have a stranglehold on the entire American cultural industry."
> "But still, I did something wrong, and I'm paying the consequences for it. If you absolutely want to convince yourself that it's okay to slap and choke your partners during sex until they cry, when they CLEARLY tell you to stop, fine."
We can do both of these here I think, the latter part might give more leverage to the former.
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>>5434701
>> "Yes, there are networks of evil people who are overriding the laws, and they have a stranglehold on the entire American cultural industry. And those are the people I'm thinking of when I say that some people wanted to get back at me."
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>>5434701
>> "I don't care about any of that. There may be something like a Deep State governing the media in secret, or maybe there isn't one at all, but either way, it won't change my involvement in the case."
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>>5434701
> "I don't care about any of that. There may be something like a Deep State governing the media in secret, or maybe there isn't one at all, but either way, it won't change my involvement in the case."
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>>5434735 >>5434814 >>5434840 >>5434841 >>5434854 >>5434855 >>5434961
Kinda confused about whether this >>5434814 counts as a vote or if this >>5434841 should be counted alongside other votes for the same option
You know what, I don't want to slow you down any longer, I'll roll.
1 = we admit the existence of evil networks, 2 = we don't care
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>>5435408
"Yes, there are networks of evil people who are overriding the laws, and they have a stranglehold on the entire American cultural industry. And those are the people I'm thinking of when I say that some people wanted to get back at me."
"Thank you for your answer."
simply replies Brett before sitting back down, looking strangely pleased. You are very, very afraid of how he will interpret this part of the interview, but it is an answer that seems to have pleased him. You turn your gaze to Rob, who also seems perplexed by what you have just said. In front of him, you had assumed your responsibilities, without saying more about possible outside influences...now he knows a little more.

A young blond man with a 50's look lifts his pen to get your attention. You nod your head in his direction.

"Yes, next question?"
"Hello, nice to meet you, I'm Leopold Blomqvist, a journalist for Dagens Nyheter."


This rather handsome (no homo) man speaks with great politeness and a Nordic accent. He is not from here, and you don't know him.

"Your electro-pop band was quite popular back home in Sweden. Since the discovery of your identity and all the scandals in your life, people are a bit divided. Some people think that it shouldn't influence the opinion of your music, others think that releasing your work is like morally supporting everything you have done. What's your opinion on that, do you think we should separate the art from the artist?"

What? This guy wants you to have a philosophical debate in a press conference where you're trying to save your reputation.

> "Yes, we have to separate the art from the artist. If you judge art by the man behind it, you are judging art for something that has nothing to do with it."
> "No, because to love a work is to approve the actions of its artist."
> "This question is off-topic. Do you have another question that is a bit more relevant?"
> "...Why?"
> Other
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>>5435423
>I want to point out that the music we made was a group effort, and it would be unfair to the other band members if their great work was disregarded because of my actions.
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>>5435423
>>5435435
Supporting.
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>>5435435
+1
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>>5435435 >>5435457 >>5435458
"I want to point out that the music we made was a group effort, and it would be unfair to the other band members if their great work was disregarded because of my actions."
"Do you feel sorry for the other members of the band? What do you think your former bandmates should do to stop the general public from associating your music with all this scandal?"


As you prepare your answer, you feel your cell phone vibrate in your pocket. With the conference being broadcast live on several web radios, it's possible that this is intentional, although you have no idea WHO might be calling you right now. Maybe it's the Mexican?

But it would be rude to pull out your cell phone now, so you ignore it and consider checking it out later.

> "I don't think they should erase me from the band's history. In a few years, this whole scandal will be part of their legend, and fans of our music will be telling this story at every gig. We have to let time do its thing, but I assure you that I will do them more good than harm."
> "I'd like them to remember the few good times I was able to give to this band, at a time when they thought I was just "our buddy who looks a lot like Ace Amaze". But if they don't want to associate my name with theirs, I'll understand."
> "Honestly, that band and I are done. I have nothing to say about them, it's not my job to tell them what to do."
> "They should just stop talking about me and replace me with someone else. The fans will get used to the new line-up, and the band will peak with this new member. I'll be forgotten, and that's for the best."
> "It would be nice if they explained to the fans that I had not been wanted in the band for a long time. I wouldn't want the general public to think that the band was trying to hide my actions or something like that. If they don't want the media to turn their backs on them, they're going to have to disown me completely."
> Other
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>>5435476
>"It would be nice if they explained to the fans that I had not been wanted in the band for a long time. I wouldn't want the general public to think that the band was trying to hide my actions or something like that. So, I'll do some explaining myself. I was hated by the rest of the band in spite of whatever talent I brought to the table. They suffered my presence and antics every day, and unlike myself, they're a great group of people. So, if they don't want the media to turn their backs on them, they're going to have to disown me completely. Burn my songbook, delete unreleased things, if need be. whatever is deemed fit."
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>>5435476
> "I'd like them to remember the few good times I was able to give to this band, at a time when they thought I was just "our buddy who looks a lot like Ace Amaze". But if they don't want to associate my name with theirs, I'll understand."
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>>5435476
> "I'd like them to remember the few good times I was able to give to this band, at a time when they thought I was just "our buddy who looks a lot like Ace Amaze". But if they don't want to associate my name with theirs, I'll understand."
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>>5435476
> "I'd like them to remember the few good times I was able to give to this band, at a time when they thought I was just "our buddy who looks a lot like Ace Amaze". But if they don't want to associate my name with theirs, I'll understand."
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>>5435492 >>5435494 >>5435567 >>5435641
"I'd like them to remember the few good times I was able to give to this band, at a time when they thought I was just "our buddy who looks a lot like Ace Amaze". But if they don't want to associate my name with theirs, I'll understand."
"Thank you for your answer."


Leopold sits back down, not letting any particular emotion show. He wasn't interested in gossip, he just wanted to know about the future of your band.

Immediately after you finish answering Leopold's question, Howard raises his hand again. You don't like this, because you know he will try to get you to admit things that would tarnish your public image. Without waiting for your approval, he asks you a question.

"This band was founded AFTER your accident in Daytona, wasn't it? Why did you get into music if you had to keep a low profile?"

The honest answer would be this: adrenaline. By going back to being a nobody, you deprived yourself of everything you had become addicted to: the girls, the pain pills, the notoriety. Of course, you had huge amounts of money on hand, but you could no longer hang out in rich and decadent circles...unless you wanted to be spotted by the Mexican in a matter of days...

So you launched your music career: you lost weight, changed your facial hair, gathered some acquaintances from the local pool club who could play an instrument, learned to sing, practiced writing and started a band. To further decrease your chances of being recognized, you convinced the other members of the band to wear a mask on stage, and you made the few people who could see your face believe that you only bore a resemblance to Ace Amaze.

It was a risky plan, but you got what you wanted: a dynamic lifestyle and young, pretty fans after every show. This is also, unfortunately, the time of your life when you developed a taste for alcohol. You know the rest of the story: the band goes mainstream, your alcoholism ruins your relationship with the other members, there are arguments, and at the Grammy Awards, you start a fight. You are arrested by the police, your mask is removed, and after literally one night of investigation, you are discovered to be Ace Amaze.

Your cell phone keeps vibrating in your pocket, which makes you nervous. Focus on Howard's question: why did you start a music career when you were only supposed to keep a low profile?

> Be honest: for the sex, the psychotropic drugs and the fact that you have millions of people who adore you.
> "I never wanted to be anonymous again. When I was famous, I had power, and power is the most powerful drug."
> "I don't know. I think I needed something breathtaking in my life."
> "It wasn't really my will. I've always made music, it just happened that I became famous at that time with my songs."
> "I was forced into it, in a way. My death hadn't been profitable enough for the few people who knew I was still alive."
> "Hold on. Phone ringing."
> Other
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>>5435666
>> "Foolish as it sounds, I never wanted to be anonymous again. When I was famous, I had power, and power is the most powerful drug."
I don't trust the phone. No particular reason. Just don't trust it.
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>>5435666
>> "I never wanted to be anonymous again. When I was famous, I had power, and power is the most powerful drug."
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>>5435666
> "It wasn't really my will. I've always made music, it just happened that I became famous at that time with my songs."
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>>5435666
> "Hold on. Phone ringing."
I am curious about the phone, whether it be the Mexican or someone else. Also, I think it might be kind of funny to take a phone call in the middle of this important conference
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>>5435693 >>5435697 >>5435739
"I never wanted to be anonymous again. When I was famous, I had power, and power is the most powerful drug."
"The most powerful drug? Powerful enough to make you forget about the most cynical lie in NASCAR history? Even more powerful than the U.S. justice system, which is investigating you in a case of doping, corruption, illegal financing, sexual abuse and assault? More powerful than the fear of retaliation from Raul Gutierrez?"


You were going to answer, but you notice that Howard is a firm believer in the theory that Raul financed your political campaign in exchange for some of the power that will be conferred upon you. But no one has ever officially ruled on the veracity of this theory, and even you, in this press conference, have not said anything about it. If anything, only Rob brought it up, and even he was cautious in his wording.

I mean...this whole thing is true though. The millions you spent to get airtime in all the major national media were the millions of pesos Raul made selling cocaine. You two were a very effective duo, you were in perfect symbiosis. Unfortunately, as you climbed in the polls before the Republican primary, Raul Gutierrez made more and more daring suggestions. It used to be about inducing very subtle legal loopholes in freight laws...after a few months, Raul wanted to virtually control the U.S. homeland security budget. A budget that...the president himself does not control.

Your phone has stopped vibrating. But you don't notice it right away; you feel like answering Howard Millington.

> "Yes, my desire to have crowds at my feet far outweighs any of this. If you'd had even a little influence in your miserable life, you'd understand."
> "I admit that in the moment, I was a little too carried away by my emotions. If I had given myself more time, I would have done things differently."
> "Let me stop you right there. If you're one of those crazy people who believe in a secret plot between Gutierrez and me, you'd better shut up." (1d100, success threshold is 60, higher is better, at least 2 different rolls needed)
> "So that's what all these questions were about? You wanted to make me talk about Raul?"
> Other
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Rolled 87 (1d100)

>>5435793
> "Let me stop you right there. If you're one of those crazy people who believe in a secret plot between Gutierrez and me, you'd better shut up."

We mustn't confirm the theory about the Mexican, no matter how direct or indirect the question is.
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>>5435793
> "So that's what all these questions were about? You wanted to make me talk about Raul?"
did you roll for it OP?
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Rolled 24 (1d100)

>>5435793
> "Let me stop you right there. If you're one of those crazy people who believe in a secret plot between Gutierrez and me, you'd better shut up."
I have a bad feeling about what will happen if we acknowledge Raul in any way.
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>>5435793
>"So that's what all these questions were about? You wanted to make me talk about Raul?"
I think both denial and acknowledgement have negative consequences. It's just that one will probably lead to a cushy prison time and the other a dog's death
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Y'all think if Ace writes an autobiography, it would be a best seller?
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>>5436001
No question about it. If he were real he'd be one of the most interesting humans alive.
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>>5435793
>> "Let me stop you right there. If you're one of those crazy people who believe in a secret plot between Gutierrez and me, you'd better shut up." (1d100, success threshold is 60, higher is better, at least 2 different rolls needed)
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>>5436001 >>5436094
Unironically if "fake autobiography" is a genre, this quest would be a pretty nice source material.

>>5435820 >>5435836 >>5435898 >>5435918 >>5436175
(87 + 24 + 58) / 3 = 56.333... < 60
You fail, but only by a small margin.

###

"Let me stop you right there. If you're one of those crazy people who believe in a secret plot between Gutierrez and me, you'd better shut up."

With your vehement reply, you are trying to intimidate Howard so that he doesn't dare bring up the subject again. You also let him know that bringing up the subject is like admitting that he has had it on his mind for a while. You can see quite clearly that he didn't anticipate this reaction from you...but he doesn't look distraught.

"No, if there's ever a time to not be quiet, it's now. Everyone knows that you have ties to the drug kingpin Raul Gutierrez. The first investigation could not be concluded, but all the elements were known, it was only a matter of days before the conclusions were made official. You can't declare yourself completely innocent on a technicality like "people thought I was dead."

You have no idea if the general public knows that it was Raul himself who leaked a compromising dossier on you to the American press, in revenge for your attempted treason. Perhaps this too is part of the "open secret" that surrounds this whole story. Although all the evidence points to your guilt, there is still a shadowy part, a part of "unofficial truth", a temporarily accepted innocence, but one that few people really believe in.

"Mr. Amaze, let's settle this matter once and for all: what is your connection with Raul Gutierrez?"

The simple and honest answer would be: you knew him because he was a friend of a friend of a Hollywood producer you knew well. You met him in a strip club in Tijuana, you told him about your political ambitions, he told you about his plans, you got along well: your association was born.

> "He was a close friend with whom I had common hobbies. He helped me get into politics, but the conspiracy theories that say he financed my campaign with dirty money are false."
> "He is someone I knew briefly early in my political career. Our relationship is cordial, but nothing more."
> "I hardly know him in real life. We've only crossed paths on rare occasions."
> "Look, you're barking up the wrong tree. Raul Gutierrez has no role in this case at all." (1d100, threshold at 50, higher is better, 2 rolls min.)
> Other
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Rolled 63 (1d100)

>>5436229
> "Look, you're barking up the wrong tree. Raul Gutierrez has no role in this case at all."

C'mon, you magnificent bastard Ace! Deny! Deny! Deny!
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>>5436229
> "He is someone I knew briefly early in my political career. Our relationship is cordial, but nothing more."
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I entered politics, with the help of a Mexican businessman who you know as Raul Gutierrez perhaps we are close friends or just cordial workfriends after all this i dont know, he turned out to be the head of a cocaine trafficking network as far as i know now. But at the time I did not know, as he finances my political campaign and like any major political financer you pass laws that they suggest or are not against or they cut funding just how the system is set up in america, the things i passed was probably mixed in with laws that will facilitate his activity in the United States. It is during this period that i started to drink heavily my addictions growing deeper, perhaps i was feeling guilty and i did not even know it having gotten people addicted to harder vices then my own.

But Raul started becoming more and more intrusive and starts giving me direct orders. Upset at being treated like a puppet and perhaps growing morals, i invite him to Idaho Falls to set a trap for him, and have him arrested by the American police. But the Mexican has officially no reason to be arrested on American soil, and he likely understands that i have been trying to betray him.
Its what lead to me faking my death other then putting my beloved sport on the frontpage to give it life again and giving me a new lease on life but perhaps i should have actually died in that car instead of betraying the other racers, but old habits die hard even with a new life, Painkillers and Passion for football it started with the only thing i was good at that my parents also knew so i gave it my all and made it to the NFL until i ended it all prematurely with that one last match with my injuries i ignored with painkillers But it allowed me to become a Racer my own passion the only thing thats actually me that none told me to become, the sex from my young acting carrier that consumed me with the culture around me the only control i had , but soon that lust died filled down as i focused on my political ambition until that did also not work out and i turned to the bottle. I ruined my life so i had to give up the only thing in my life i had left racing pethaps giving something back with my 'death', Addiction after addiction i could feed them all my hunger did not matter i no longer had purpose i had no meaning so i turned to music meet amazing people who could grit there teeth and stand to be around me to create something wonderful i think they loathed me but they did not want to tear apart the band and betray our fans like how i berayed everyone i have known.


>not voting but posting unhinged manuscript we can refine or pluck parts from with how the only thing that did not lead to more vices was racing a passion none lead us into and music the Balm to our life giving us purpose

But should we deny? Imagine how good it would look if we got him arrested and how bad it would be if discovered
>>
We need something better then denial its the only thing thats even semi illegal and looks bad if discovered or used as blackmail
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>>5436229
> "Since the first investigation is still underway, i believe that it would be prudent to wait while letting those assigned to it to do their jobs."
>>5436365
effectively tell them to let actual investigators do the investigating. they'll think we believe it is an open and shut case in our favor when in reality we are just as int he dark as the public and the reporters are.
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>>5436229
>>5436412
Supporting this.
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>>5436365
I'm pretty sure insurance fraud is a serious crime anon
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>>5436229
>>5436412
Support perfect
> "Since the first investigation is still underway, i believe that it would be prudent to wait while letting those assigned to it to do their jobs."
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>>5436237 >>5436246 >>5436361 >>5436412 >>5436417 >>5436464
"Since the first investigation is still underway, i believe that it would be prudent to wait while letting those assigned to it to do their jobs."
"What do you mean? I'm asking about your relationship with Raul Gutierrez, we don't need to wait for the outcome of the investigation to know how close you were to him."
"Well, we do, actually. You didn't ask the question in order to know my personal relationship with Raul, you are asking the question in the context of the illegal financing case, within a very specific legal framework. That is why I can tell you that anything I say will be useless. It's up to the investigators to determine what is relevant and interesting, and what is just gossip for people who have too much hate to spill."
"Yes, I understood that the justice system was still looking into this case. But some things can certainly be explained by the human factor. And if we learn a little more about the man behind Raul Gutierrez, it will help the public get a clearer picture of this story."


This guy is not giving up, he clearly has an agenda. A few reporters start to sigh in the room, probably annoyed to hear you argue for so long about a piece of information you're so reluctant to share.

You need to end this dialogue, before the audience's weariness turns against you.

> "I'm a close friend of this guy, there you go, is that OK?"
> "I know Gutierrez well, but we don't have more affinity than that."
> "I hardly know him at all."
> "This information won't do you any good, except to make you speculate needlessly on information that isn't even relevant. Believe me, it's in your best interest to stop trying to figure out what Raul stands for in this case."
> "So here it is, I met Raul at...oh wait, my phone is ringing!" (1d100, threshold at 40, 2 dice rolls minimum)
> Other
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>>5436555
> "This information won't do you any good, except to make you speculate needlessly on information that isn't even relevant. Believe me, it's in your best interest to stop trying to figure out what Raul stands for in this case."
>>
>>5436555
>> Other
"Next question!"
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>>5436563
+1
>"In the event of a trial, i would prefer as few biased jurors as possible, as would anyone who stands the chance of standing trial. Just like... everyone in this room."
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>>5436555
> "So here it is, I met Raul at...oh wait, my phone is ringing!" (1d100, threshold at 40, 2 dice rolls minimum)
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Rolled 31 (1d100)

>>5436627
"believe me it's in your best interest" sounds like a threat.
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>>5436630
Well its a warning not a threat about people with more power then us
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>>5436563 >>5436583 >>5436617 >>5436627 >>5436630
"This information won't do you any good, except to make you speculate needlessly on information that isn't even relevant. Believe me, it's in your best interest to stop trying to figure out what Raul stands for in this case."

This little statement seems to have had a rather strange effect on Howard. His passive aggressiveness suddenly vaporized and gave way to unhealthy curiosity. The same kind of curiosity that motivates a 14-year-old to visit gore websites, for example.

"Why? Are we in danger if we look into this too closely?"
"No...no."
you say as you pinch the bridge of your nose, a gesture that shows your dismay. "Stop focusing on this, you're going to be very disappointed. If you want something interesting to say about this, you're going to have to make up a story. I don't have anything to give you."

Howard finally seems to get it and doesn't respond to you. But he seems increasingly paranoid about what you are hiding from him. To him, you are not only a crook, but a crook who persists in lying by omission.

Rob Perkins raises his hand. Finally, a little benevolence.

"Ace, what's going to happen to your homeless veterans' shelter?"

Damn! With all the scandals, you'd almost forget that you've done some good deeds. As it happens, this homeless war vet shelter owes 40% of its budget to your donations. Other contributors participate, of course, but if the courts freeze your accounts, then...the survival of this association will be difficult to ensure.

> "I'm going to throw all the money I have left into this. It will be a very large sum and I may suffer, but it's for the common good."
> "I'll see if I can't create a fund that would allow the association to operate for several years...before I find another sponsor."
> "No idea, I never thought of that. I'm going to have to pass this on to someone else."
> "Honestly, I don't think I need to do anything. With the donations, we have more than enough to survive."
> "It's better for the association to cut ties with me, change its name and move to another mode of financing. Personally, I won't be able to take care of it anymore."
> Other
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>>5436769
>"I'll see if I can't create a fund that would allow the association to operate for several years...before I find another sponsor. If push comes to shove and there is no sponsor, it'll be a trust and the shelter will have to be scaled down, but then it would last for a long time."
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>>5436769
>"I'll see if I can't create a fund that would allow the association to operate for several years...before I find another sponsor. If push comes to shove and there is no sponsor, it'll be a trust and the shelter will have to be scaled down, but then it would last for a long time."

Wonder if, while in prison, Ace can write an autobiography and donate all proceeds to his veterans' shelter.
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>>5436769
> "I'll see if I can't create a fund that would allow the association to operate for several years...before I find another sponsor."
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>>5436769
>>"I'll see if I can't create a fund that would allow the association to operate for several years...before I find another sponsor. If push comes to shove and there is no sponsor, it'll be a trust and the shelter will have to be scaled down, but then it would last for a long time."
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Its horrible how people are forced to fight and die then just to be dumped to the side when there country is done with them and none has empathy for them there are so few shelters for homeless people but even fewer for Veterans and men and the goverments money is spent on not solving the homeless crisis instead on making the homeless not noticed in cities with cement and metal spikes, speakers playing highpitched sounds and bad music, dumping water on them when it rains making them sick with pneumonia killing them even a Church of all places did this! its as if becoming homeless suddenly no longer makes you a human? I understand just a fraction of there pain in my rich but illspent life but people only care beacuse of my fame, The horrible pain they are in a world that does not care so you do anything to dampen the pain
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fixing a typo i made
>>5436776 >>5436928 >>5436946 >>5437015 >>5437065
"I'll see if I can create a fund that would allow the association to operate for several years...before I find another sponsor. If push comes to shove and there is no sponsor, it'll be a trust and the shelter will have to be scaled down, but then it would last for a long time."
"Do you have any idea how to find a buyer? Any names in mind?"
"That's not for me to decide, I want to see if people are interested first. And as I said, my priority right now is to make sure the association has enough resources to last a few years."
"Thank you for your response. Maybe talking about it in the media will help you find a successor. That's all I wish for you, anyway."


Good old Rob, always there to find nice things to say about society's most despicable beings. Back when you didn't have problems with the law, you would have hated this kind of guy, with his smart-alecky look, that always contradicts others for the sake of it. But today, you are glad that a man like him is here.

A girl with pink dyed hair and hippie clothes raises her hand. Her look reminds you of the hysterical girls you used to avoid like the plague, back when you were in Hollywood. But since your whole frame of reference is inverted, in this world where you are the villain in the dominant narrative...maybe she'll be on your side, oddly enough. If she's a feminist, she'll hate you. If she's a green vegan, maybe she'll like you.

[cont.]
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"Riley McMillan, for Mother Gaia Magazine. A few years ago, you gave $2 million to Greenpeace, to support them during the Nunavut pipeline scandal."

You almost forgot that too! (NB: I didn't just make that up, we decided it happened at the beginning of the game >>5432197 )

A very long time ago, the government of Canada "forced" the province of Nunavut to accept a project to exploit its oil resources. The story is a bit more complicated than that, and the scandal isn't just about the environmental impact of such a project or the negligence of the Canadian government; still, Greenpeace activists lobbied to have the project cancelled.

At the time, you had just won the Super Bowl, and you were concerned about what was going on in Canada...for some reason. So you donated your SB victory bonus to Greenpeace. That story made you the favorite sportsman of people who knew nothing about football. Unfortunately, Greenpeace's action didn't stop the project from happening; but people remembered your generosity.

"Soon after, you got into auto racing, a polluting and oil-intensive business. Don't you think this sends mixed signals?"

> "Not at all. Modern cars use much less fuel than those of the previous decade. The restrictor plates greatly limit fuel consumption. The asphalt in the tracks is constantly being reused. NASCAR's carbon footprint is ridiculously small, you'd be surprised!" (1d100, threshold at 50, two rolls minimum)
> "Not really. NASCAR consists of a few dozen cars that only run about 40 times in a year. I don't think it's that polluting."
> "I never asked myself that question. Honestly, I don't know enough about ecology to know if it's that bad."
> "That's true. I'm not very proud of it, but I figured that, at my scale, my impact would be minimal."
> "Yes, completely. I knew that one day I'd be noticed. In fact, I made a donation to Greenpeace to offset the pollution I would emit during my racing career."
> Other
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>>5437132
forgot to "illustrate" lel
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>>5437132
>"Never thought about it that way. I mean, the cars aren't driven most of the year, asphalt is repurposed, and the cars are modified and spec'd to be increasingly fuel efficient. Was it perfect? No. Then again, most forms of entertainment are not.
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>>5437132
>"A bit actually, i never asked myself that question seriously if i am being honest, I don't know enough about ecology to know if it's that bad. But I do know some tidbits and facts about my passion such as Modern cars use much less fuel then those of the previous decades as just a sideffect of technology progressing and economic incentive as fuel effichency means more money saved and being milder on the cars components. Things such as The restrictor plates greatly limit fuel consumption in commercial available modern cars being more gentle with the engine force for increased fuel economy. NASCAR has the largest recycling program in sports keeping last time i checked one and a half BILLION pounds of rubber out of landfills to be used in other things. The asphalt in the NASCAR tracks as far as i know is constantly being reused same with tires grinded up too be used in new tires or as rubberized asphalt that was used to repave racetracks and parking lots at NASCAR's Home Track racetracks, or as a type of mulch with The rubber mulch lasting longer than its wood mulch counterpart and prevents soil from washing away.There is also Ethanol suplimented fuels or is mainly composed of ethanol such as E85 being 85% while ethanol is corrosive to rubber, plastic and aluminium but they get so much more power, more speed out of the engine on such things as booster cars then standard diesel fuels, but dont go pouring ethanol into cars not built for it, anyways this limits the enviromental impact by using mostly using a renewable resource for fuel to decrease alot of the enviromentally impact. Then the cars are spec built and modified to be as fuel effichent and light as humanly possible making them much faster to even be suitible for racing. NASCAR's carbon footprint is ridiculously small even without considering NASCAR consists of a few dozen cars that only run about 40 times in a year. And not idling for hours on a highway wasting fuel in traffic gridlock or airplanes but even then the smallest thing ads up even if we are doing our best and even cars Not race cars are a necessity in society with pedestrian hostile city designs designed for cars and not people that even makes driving slower and less effichent with public transport being deeply neglected.

If anyone comes up with anything i could ad it too this
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>>5437132
>Never thought about it that way. NASCAR does a lot to repurpose material and reduce waste, and I just thought I should be doing something myself instead of hiding behind them.
>Greenpeace was a good place to do good as any, so I did it.
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>>5437194
+1
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oops I had written the next post and then a new vote came in

So it's
>>5437157
>>5437213
or
>>5437194
>>5437343

One of those two, voting is still open for a few hours.
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>>5437132
>> "That's true. I'm not very proud of it, but I figured that, at my scale, my impact would be minimal."
>> "Yes, completely. I knew that one day I'd be noticed. In fact, I made a donation to Greenpeace to offset the pollution I would emit during my racing career."
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>>5437132
>> "I never asked myself that question. Honestly, I don't know enough about ecology to know if it's that bad."
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Rolled 1 (1d2)

>>5437363
>>5437380
lol i'm confused now
okay i'll roll, 1 is >>5437213 & >>5437213, 2 is >>5437194.
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>>5437957 >>5437157 >>5437194 >>5437213
You moderate your answer by acknowledging that you had never thought about it, that the solutions implemented are probably not perfect, and that you were already aware of the environmental problems, regardless of your experience in NASCAR.

"So...it was just a one-time thing? Why did you choose THAT cause?"

With the way Riley phrases her questions, you can tell that she's gotten caught up in the media trend that wants to portray you as a villain, and that she is trying to be part of it by turning her questions into implied criticism. Sure, ecology is not your main concern (even less so today), but in Riley's mouth, it sounds as if you only wanted to clear your conscience.

Yet, you can tell from her non-aggressive intonations and almost smiling face that she doesn't really believe in her own criticism. Deep down, you are still "that wide receiver who gave millions of dollars to Greenpeace", and if she wasn't influenced by the big media machine, she would have a nuanced opinion of you.

> "In fact, I'm involved in the fight against pollution full time. I can think about my environmental impact every day...but I can't give away two million dollars every day."
> "I wouldn't say that. I think about protecting nature, and in particularly outrageous cases like Nunavut, I have to intervene, within the limits of my ability. But I rarely discuss this topic, as it remains a scientific field in its own right."
> "Honestly, I don't know. I think it was more about helping others, and less about ecology per se."
> "You're not wrong, I'm not a model citizen in this regard. If I intervened for Nunavut, it was because I was revolted by the political aspect of this case. That's really the only place where I and Greenpeace agree."
> "It's true, I don't care much about ecology, and I think there's too much paranoia about this global warming stuff. To tell you the truth, if I gave money to Greenpeace at the time, it was only so I could f*ck a pretty Canadian environmental activist. And I don't regret it, she was the best p*ssy I've ever known."
> Other
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>>5437960
>I don't know much about ecology, but I do know a thing or two about politics. So I chose the best place according to my ability to verify, and Nunavut was that place.
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>>5438072
+1
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>>5438072
+1
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>>5438072 >>5438289 >>5438293
"I don't know much about ecology, but I do know a thing or two about politics. So I chose the best place according to my ability to verify, and Nunavut was that place."
"So...what shocked you about the pipeline affair?"
"The same thing that everyone else was outraged about: the fact that the Canadian government forced one of its territories to bow to the demands of a big oil company, that the opinion of the local population was not taken into account, that Canada spent so much time boasting about being ahead of the curve in terms of ecology, while at the same time validating projects that are destructive to Nature... And then all the lies to make people believe that it wasn't that bad. On this case, the government of Canada acted as if nothing they did had any consequences."


Riley nods with a "mh mh" that universally means "I agree." You realize that while you were honest in admitting to knowing nothing about ecology, there is a bit of compassion for the environmental cause in what you are explaining. So...without really satisfying the environmentalists, you avoid alienating them.

Suddenly...

"Come on, cut the shit! Nunavut is an open-pit gold mine, the project is creating thousands of jobs in the region. I'm sick of these stupid, naive tree-huggers going crazy every time we dig a hole."

That's Brett, the man who acknowledges your responsibility while saying you shouldn't be convicted for it. It doesn't really surprise you that he's indifferent to pollution control.

"Tens of thousands of jobs? What's the point? Do you know how much crap is going to be released into the atmosphere?"
"Yes, I do: not enough to give a shit. There's no point in defending Nature if we're going to continue living in the Middle Ages. We deserve some comfort in life, dammit!"
"Nature counts for comfort too. When you can't go outside without a gas mask, you'll regret being neglectful!"


Riley argues with Brett, and they don't involve you in the argument at all. The tone is rising, everyone's back is now turned. Still, it's pretty funny that with all the horrendous things you've done, the only thing that caused an actual argument is...something that isn't even about you.

> Calm down Brett and Riley (1d100, threshold at 50, at least two rolls)
> Use the distraction to see who was calling you earlier
> Do nothing
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>>5438400
> Calm down Brett and Riley
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>>5438400
>Calm down Brett and Riley (1d100, threshold at 50, at least two rolls)
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>>5438400
> Use the distraction to see who was calling you earlier
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>>5438400
>> Calm down Brett and Riley (1d100, threshold at 50, at least two rolls)
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>>5438400
>Use the distraction to see who was calling you earlier
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> Use the distraction to see who was calling you earlier
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>>5438400
>Use the distraction to see who was calling you earlier
this argument really has nothing to do with us, better to let them duke it out amongst themselves
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>>5438639
also it is time to finally figure out who was phone
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>>5438409 >>5438427 >>5438432 >>5438525 >>5438550 >>5438601 >>5438639
You let the two weirdos get mad at each other. If the drama gets worse, it won't be your problem; in fact, it might even make you look reasonable by comparison. It's better that way than trying to be a hero and causing an awkward moment.

You reach into your jeans pocket with your right hand and discreetly pull out your cell phone to see who was calling. You were expecting either Raul Gutierrez or an anonymous number (which has a 9 in 10 chance of being Raul Gutierrez). But to your surprise, it's not; the person who tried to contact you is...

> Trent Fitzpatrick, your teammate at Idaho Falls Skunks, who helped you get the drugs
> Maria Zukowska, a famous actress with whom you spent some wild nights
> Glenn Horvath, the producer of your electro-pop band
> All of the above, somehow
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>>5438751
> Maria Zukowska, a famous actress with whom you spent some wild nights
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>>5438751
>Glenn Horvath, the producer of your electro-pop band
the first two options are probably gonna want us to keep names out of mouths. i hope our go-to producer was chill.
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>>5438751
>> Glenn Horvath, the producer of your electro-pop band
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>Glenn Horvath, the producer of your electro-pop band
This is a good quest OP, novel concept, I like it
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>>5438751
>Trent Fitzpatrick, your teammate at Idaho Falls Skunks, who helped you get the drugs
I dunno, maybe he actually wants help since his name is about to come up, and MC kinda has to make it up to him.
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>>5438751
> All of the above, somehow

I cannot resist.
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aw thanks
>>5438753 >>5438754 >>5438757 >>5438762 >>5438776
You look at the number; it's Glenn, your producer. A rather pretentious 50-year-old man, whose reasoning is often difficult to understand, but who is generally quite indifferent to drama. You weren't particularly close, but you're not on bad terms either; in fact, since the Grammy fight, you haven't heard from him. On the other hand, you have no idea why he would try to call you.

> Search your memory for an explanation (1d100, threshold at 40, 2 rolls minimum)
> Send a text message: "Why are you calling me?"
> Pretend you need to go to the bathroom to call him
> Other
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>>5438790
> Send a text message: "If you text me what you need now, I might be able to work it into the interview."
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>>5438790
>> Pretend you need to go to the bathroom to call him
This but actually use the bathroom.
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>>5438790
> Search your memory for an explanation (1d100, threshold at 40, 2 rolls minimum)

Think, you drug-addled retard!
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>>5438790
>Send a text message: "Why are you calling me?"
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>>5438790
>> Pretend you need to go to the bathroom to call him
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>>5438813 >>5438819 >>5438827 >>5438850 >>5438888 nice quads bro

While Riley and Brett are still having a "heated discussion" and other people are joining the debate, you inform the journalists sitting in the front row that you will have to use the bathroom. You don't wait for them to respond, as the hustle and bustle in the room is becoming annoying: you get up, walk out of the large, noisy room and quietly go to the restroom, which is directly adjacent to the conference room.

After making sure you are alone, you call Glenn back. He picks up the phone very quickly, possibly because he was expecting you.

"Glenn? You tried to call me, what's going on?"
"Hello Ace. Don't panic, I'm here to help you. Well...to help both of us."
"What do you mean?"
"I was watching your press conference live on the Internet, hearing you talk about your music career. I realized that there was something very important that I didn't have a chance to tell you about, and from the way you answered the Swedish reporter, I concluded that no one had told you about it."
"What are you talking about?"
"Are you alone? Is someone listening in on our conversations?"

You take a look around you, once again. You are indeed alone.

"There's nobody else here. Why, what's the problem?"
"I think...that we are both in the middle of a plot that has been devised to harm me, and perhaps to harm you as well. Listen to me: when the cops arrested you after the fight at the Grammy Awards, they made you take a drug test, right?"
"Yeah, obviously. I mean...I had so many problems with alcohol during that time, it was only natural to test me. Alcohol could have been an aggravating factor. But I didn't get a chance to read the test results, I've had other problems since then."
"That's what I thought. Tell me, Ace...you don't use anabolic steroids anymore, do you?"
"No, I don't use those anym..."

You have a sudden realization. Those were painkillers you were using, not steroids. Besides, you hadn't fallen back into your addiction to painkillers after your fake death at the Daytona 500. The only psychoactive substance the police should have detected was alcohol, and that night, you weren't even that drunk.

Knowing Glenn, that's probably not a slip of the tongue.

[cont]
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"Well, no, actually. If we're talking about steroids, then I can tell you that I've NEVER taken any."
"Oh? Then it's a good thing I called you. Because your blood test detected the presence of several types of steroids, when I'm pretty sure that's not your thing. I had my doubts when the police sent us the results, but I can now confirm it: I think you have been unknowingly drugged. And judging by the amounts, it wasn't from your NFL career. It was much more recent than that..."

This announcement makes you feel very strange. You were already having too many problems remembering everything, and now here's ANOTHER conundrum on top of everything else. But this time, you seem to be on the victim's side.

"I don't understand, how is this a problem? I was a musician, not a bodybuilder."
"Steroids make you aggressive. It's most likely because of them that you became violent with the other band members. Someone deliberately tried to fry your brain with powerful substances, playing on the fact that your alcoholism had already made you vulnerable."

> "Are you sure about that? Do you have any evidence of the conspiracy against me, or did you extrapolate all of this from the results of the drug test?"
> "No, I was already suffering from excessive violence before I got into music."
> "Who would have an interest in drugging me with steroids?"
> "No, I think you're being paranoid. How could I NOT realize I was being drugged?"
> "How do you know that the analysis itself wasn't tampered with?"
> "Okay, I'll take your word for it. Explain to me what I should do now."
> "You said that this plot was intended to hurt us both, but I don't see how you're suffering in the story."
> Other
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>>5439030
> "Okay, I'll take your word for it. Explain to me what I should do now."
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>>5439030
>> "Okay, I'll take your word for it. Explain to me what I should do now."
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>>5439030
>> "Okay, I'll take your word for it. Explain to me what I should do now."
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>>5439030
>For now, it doesn't really matter. I'm right in their trap, with neither proof nor public opinion.
>If you can hook me up with those drug tests and figure out who and how they were hitting me after all this time, that's already plenty. You're better off keeping your own ass clean.
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>>5439030
>For now, it doesn't really matter. I'm right in their trap, with neither proof nor public opinion.
>If you can hook me up with those drug tests and figure out who and how they were hitting me after all this time, that's already plenty. You're better off keeping your own ass clean.
>What do you need from my end?
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reformatting, forget last post
>>5439085 >>5439155 >>5439176 >>5439288 >>5439302
"Okay, I'll take your word for it. Explain to me what I should do now."
"I think I know who's behind this, and in order for him not to get away with it, you're going to have to talk to reporters about this man. You have to draw attention to him. The difficulty is that it's not going to be an easy subject to talk about in a 'natural' and believable way."
"Why? Who is the person who might have dosed me?"
"Daryl J. Schmidt, our sound engineer."

Oh, Daryl. You'd briefly rubbed shoulders with him two years ago, when your band was recording the album that made you famous. He's an overexcited guy, always wanting to interfere with everything and give his opinion on every little detail. He is good at his job, but working with him is very tiresome.

"Why him?"
"There are a couple of reasons for that. First, Daryl and I have many artistic disagreements, and those differences of opinion have slowly converged into a personal rivalry. Second, Daryl feels that producers and labels make too much money compared to musicians who don't get paid enough; to him, this is unfair. Finally, Daryl is upset that he is paid a fixed salary, even when the label is making record profits. He feels that he should be getting bonuses in this kind of situation."
"So...he hates the music production business, and gets revenge by sabotaging the band that makes the most money, right?"
"That's the theory I have in mind, yes. I think he sabotaged your band by going after the most psychologically unstable member, because he knew that your antics would eventually cause a scandal and taint our reputation...sorry, I didn't mean to insult you."
"That's okay, I'm used to it."
"So, are you okay with talking to reporters about Daryl Schmidt?"

> "Okay, I will."
> "What if it's not him?"
> "No, that story is far too far-fetched and implausible."
> "No, even if everything you say is true, I don't think he deserves to be harassed by journalists like I was."
> "For now, this whole steroid thing doesn't really matter. I'm right in the journalists' trap, with neither proof nor public opinion. If you can hook me up with those drug tests, that's already plenty. You're better off keeping your own ass clean."
> "I need evidence against him, not just 'oh, that sounds like something he might do'. Otherwise, we're both in for a libel lawsuit."
> Other
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>>5439427
bruh

>>5439433
> "I need evidence against him, not just 'oh, that sounds like something he might do'. Otherwise, we're both in for a libel lawsuit."
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>>5439433
> "I need evidence against him, not just 'oh, that sounds like something he might do'. Otherwise, we're both in for a libel lawsuit."
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>>5439433
> "I need evidence against him, not just 'oh, that sounds like something he might do'. Otherwise, we're both in for a libel lawsuit."
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>>5439443 >>5439445 >>5439510
"I need evidence against him, not just 'oh, that sounds like something he might do'. Otherwise, we're both in for a libel lawsuit."
"I think I can find that for you. First of all, there's the toxicology results, which will show that you did have steroids in your blood at the time of your arrest. And since everyone will see that you haven't worked out since your NFL career ended...they'll know you didn't take that stuff for fun. Then there's the fact that Daryl had access to your break room, where you stored your drinks, your personal stuff, your lunch. And he does have a reason to target you and your band. Not to mention the fact that Schmidt has been a cannabis smoker since before decriminalization in this state; he definitely has contacts who can provide him with any kind of regulated substance."
"Okay, but that's not evidence. At best, those are...'absences of restraints'. Isn't there something like video recordings or studio access card usage histories?"
"Not at this time, no. I mean...I don't have that with me right now, but maybe I COULD find something."

> "Well...that's okay. Send me the results of my toxicology test, that'll be enough to get attention."
> "Well...that's okay. I'll phrase my sentence so that it doesn't sound like an accusation. Something like "I was drugged, it was Daryl Schmidt's responsibility to watch my food but someone managed to get around his vigilance."
> "In this case, I'm not going to be able to mention his name. But I can say that someone got me on steroids without me noticing..."
> "In that case, I'd rather not say anything at all. The media will think I'm making something up, and if no one double-checks my explanations, I'll just lose credibility."
> "I'm not doing anything until you bring me much stronger evidence."
> Other
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>>5439511
> "In that case, I'd rather not say anything at all. The media will think I'm making something up, and if no one double-checks my explanations, I'll just lose credibility."

The fact it was a disgruntled sound techie mad at the music industry, which caused the lid to blow on Ace's situation and not someone out of Ace's sordid past, is hilarious.
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>>5439511
>dont alot of people have acess to my food and drinks due to the fact i drink so much? Actually is not steroids supposed to be injected or have someone been dosing me with asthma medicine or ointment?
>how did you get that toxicology report should we get a investigation going or should i go out and say "just got a toxicology report apparently someone has been dosing me with steroids?"
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>>5439513
Can always been hired by someone or likely its not him
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>>5439511
>"Well...that's okay. Send me the results of my toxicology test."
>I don't strictly have to mention it just yet, though. If I pretend I don't know, I have a bit more time before someone tries messing with those tests.
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>>5439433
> "No, that story is far too far-fetched and implausible."

We're gonna make an ass of ourselves with this
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>>5439511
> "I'm not doing anything until you bring me much stronger evidence."
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>>5439513
>>5439572
>>5439596
>>5439624
>>5439628
Well that was a confusing vote lel
Votes open for a few more hours
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>>5439511
>> "In this case, I'm not going to be able to mention his name. But I can say that someone got me on steroids without me noticing..."
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I'll just mix every answer...somehow
>>5439866 >>5439628 >>5439624 >>5439596 >>5439572 >>5439513
"I'm not comfortable with any of this, Glenn. Put yourself in my shoes: I'm going to stand in front of reporters, and blame my violent outbursts on a sound engineer that nobody knows, telling everyone that the fight at the Grammy Awards was his fault because he put Proviron in my Coke can. And as the only proof of my accusation, I have...the fact that Daryl Schmidt is anti-capitalist, or something like that. Even if that story is true, the media will botch their job of verifying it, because they already know I'm guilty and will only keep the evidence that points in that direction."
"So you'd rather not say anything?"
"Send me a picture of the toxicology tests and MAYBE I can use that to say that someone had me on substances that made me aggressive. But I'm not going to talk about Daryl until I have much stronger evidence."

You hear Glenn sigh through the phone.

"All right. I'll send you a picture of the document. You can go back to the press conference, I think the fight has died down."

You hang up and return to the reporters. In the big room, the atmosphere is very awkward: Brett and Riley are gone, a few reporters have switched seats, and you feel like there is a silent tension in the air. For once, your arrival seems to calm down everyone.

Before you speak again, you look at the pictures Glenn sent you. These are your blood tests, and they do show a heavy overdose of various hormones and products associated with anabolic steroids. Nothing wrong with that. However, something shocks you...

> The tests indicate that you are positive for a large number of other drugs
> The document is attributed to "Ace Amaze" while your identity had not yet been discovered at the time
> The document is not dated correctly
> The document is in Spanish
> Someone wrote something by hand on the document and circled some lines
> A "Confidential Document" stamp was put on it, how could Glenn have had access to it?
> Nothing shocks you, in fact. You go on with the press conference.
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>>5440317
>The list is long. Way too long. Nobody would intentionally take 5 pages of different stimulants and hallucinogens from all across the world. Half of these names are in other languages!
>There's a note that someone wants to seriously investigate your immune system to see how exactly you're still alive.
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>>5440317
>> The document is attributed to "Ace Amaze" while your identity had not yet been discovered at the time
>> The document is not dated correctly
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>>5440317
> The document is in Spanish

donde esta la farmacia
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>>5440320
+1
Ace just built different
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>>5440320
+1 as well
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Glenn had told you about steroids, but that's not the weirdest thing you notice in this document. In fact, the list of substances found in your blood is incredibly long; there are 5 pages of complicated names written in Calibri 12, and some of these molecules are so obscure and unfamiliar you'd swear someone forgot to translate their names into English. At the bottom of the last page, a handwritten note says that there must be something wrong with the blood sample, because it's highly unlikely that someone with that much junk in his or her body would still be alive after two hours.

Immediately, several hypotheses come to your mind: maybe someone mishandled your blood sample, or the results were tampered with by someone with bad intentions. Or maybe these results are representative of what's flowing through your veinsnow, but years of shooting up painkillers and alcohol have increased your tolerance to certain drugs and altered your blood composition. It's definitely possible, it happened to Lemmy Kilmister...you think.

After a small instant of inner panic, you return to the real world.

"All right, I'm ready, you can ask me questions."

A man raises his hand ; you recognize him immediately. It's Douglas Janssen, a former NFL star with whom you have a lot in common. He, too, was very popular among the fans, he, too, had problems with banned substances, he, too, caused a sex scandal when people found out about his cheating nature. But Douglas, unlike you, had time for redemption: he joined the Tennessee Titans at a time when the team was not doing well at all, agreed to play for a fraction of the salary he had on his former teams, and helped get the Titans back into the playoffs. Today, he is a sports consultant.

"Ace, I have a few questions about your NFL career, including the whole painkiller-and-bribing-a-medical-official thing. I understand why you felt the need to take banned substances, the thrill of playing a Super Bowl is something most players never experience, or only experience once. But weren't you afraid that people would one day find out the truth?"

> "Yes. I was prepared for that from the beginning. That's why I tried to bribe a medical official. Like you said, it was worth a Super Bowl."
> "A little. Some get caught, some don't. I attempted a double-or-nothing by giving money to an NFL medical official, but another person chose to reveal everything several years later. I played a dangerous game and I lost."
> "Honestly, that question never crossed my mind."
> "No, it's pretty common to take performance-enhancing drugs in professional sports, it's very well organized actually. I knew it was forbidden, but I didn't think I would be punished for it."
> "To be honest, I didn't even know I was doing anything wrong. I was acting under the influence of those around me, even when I gave money to a League doctor. To me, all of this was normal."
> Other
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>>5441357
>"I couldn't take the pain. I was so focused on getting back to The Plan that I didn't even consider sitting out."
>"After the fact, things were going great. So great that I pushed the fear farther and farther with whatever I could get my hands on."
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>>5441373
+1
Maybe adding something along the lines of, "Now I am here." in a somber tone of voice.
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>>5441373
>>5441407
+1
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>>5441373 >>5441407 >>5441514
"I couldn't take the pain. I was so focused on getting back to The Plan that I didn't even consider sitting out. After the fact, things were going great. So great that I pushed the fear farther and farther with whatever I could get my hands on."
"Does that include the corruption of some of the major officials in the National League?"
"Like I told you: whatever I could get my hands on."
"I understand that mindset, that perpetual pursuit of all-or-nothing. You've gone to dangerous extremes to achieve your dream, which is unfortunately common when ambition takes over reason. But there are still grey areas around this case. Reporters are wondering how you were able to convince an NFL official to take part in the scam, knowing the risks you both faced."


> "Don't believe these people are saints. To be in his position requires a certain amount of cynicism and unhealthy ambition. In a case like this, he was the easiest to corrupt."
> "I knew this man well, he is a close friend of the team doctor. Obviously, it's a lot easier to make a deal when the person likes you, in the first place."
> "Honestly, I don't know. He must have his reasons, but you'll have to ask him about it."
> "I made it clear to him that he was taking much greater risks if he tried to refuse my suggestions."
> "Money. That's it. This man is in the least desirable position: he has big responsibilities but little recognition. With money, he is given the one thing that makes him love his job."
> "Maybe I haven't convinced him. The more time passes, the more I think that maybe he is the one who leaked this doping and corruption affair."
> Other
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>>5441555
> "Don't believe these people are saints. To be in his position requires a certain amount of cynicism and unhealthy ambition. In a case like this, he was the easiest to corrupt."
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>>5441555
>"I knew this man well, he is a close friend of the team doctor. Obviously, it's a lot easier to make a deal when the person likes you, in the first place."
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>>5441555

> "Don't believe these people are saints. To be in his position requires a certain amount of cynicism and unhealthy ambition. In a case like this, he was the easiest to corrupt."
Maybe he was just as blindly ambitious. Gotta say that no other year in the NFL was as memorable, exciting and just plain profitable than that one. Heck, they're still chasing another one like it.
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>>5441555
"Don't believe these people are saints. To be in his position requires a certain amount of cynicism and unhealthy ambition. In a case like this, perhaps he was the easiest to corrupt."
Maybe he was just as blindly ambitious as i am. Gotta say that no other year in the NFL was as memorable, exciting and just plain profitable than that one. Heck, they're still chasing another one like it, but The more time passes, the more I think that maybe he is the one who leaked this doping and corruption affair."
But also i wanted to do it was my purpose my meaning of my life at that time i could not lay down and miss the one moment my life has built up for
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>>5441555
> "Don't believe these people are saints. To be in his position requires a certain amount of cynicism and unhealthy ambition. In a case like this, he was the easiest to corrupt."
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>>5441588 >>5441599 >>5441697 >>5441742 >>5441830
"Don't believe these people are saints. To be in his position requires a certain amount of cynicism and unhealthy ambition. In a case like this, he was the easiest to corrupt."
"Really? That's crazy! Back in my day, the top officials in the NFL were untouchable. Most of the scandals involved franchise employees who only conspired with each other, who didn't involve other teams...and especially not members of the National League administration!"
"Yes, but this guy wasn't in the spotlight, he could get away with a lot of things. Maybe he was just as blindly ambitious as me. Gotta say that no other year in the NFL was as memorable, exciting and just plain profitable as that one. Heck, they're still chasing another one like it."
"So you think rigging your doping tests was his way of getting decision-making power during what is perhaps one of the most intense seasons in NFL history?"
"I'm not making any claims, but from my perspective, it makes sense. That and the fact that I gave him a shit load of money."
"Ace, one last question. As you know, this doping and corruption thing has surfaced recently, along with...everything else, actually. We don't know who leaked it, but we think it was, precisely, this medical official. What do you think?"


> "That's what I've always thought. If I'm ever betrayed, it can only be his fault."
> "That makes sense. But again, I'm not asserting anything."
> "What's done is done, it's up to the NFL investigators now."
> "No, I don't think so. The story was known only to a few people, he had no interest in talking about it today."
> "I think, on the contrary, that it is thanks to him and his discretion that the story only emerged now. But as you know, everything comes out, sooner or later."
> Other
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>>5441833
> "I think, on the contrary, that it is thanks to him and his discretion that the story only emerged now. But as you know, everything comes out, sooner or later."

It's never the scandal that breaks into the news cycle. It's always the cover up!
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>>5441854
+1
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>>5441833
> "That makes sense. But again, I'm not asserting anything."
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>>5441833
>"I think, on the contrary, that it is thanks to him and his discretion that the story only emerged now. But as you know, everything comes out, sooner or later."
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"I think, on the contrary, that it is thanks to him and his discretion that the story only emerged now. But as you know, everything comes out, sooner or later."
"So this all has to come from someone else?"
"Let's just say this guy knows how to keep a secret. During the three or four years that everyone thought I was dead, he could have taken advantage of my absence to leak everything to the press, but he didn't. So I don't think the leak came from him."
"Or maybe he did reveal this secret, and the media just decided not to talk about it, out of respect for a deceased person."
"Yes, that's possible too. But as far as I'm concerned, he did what I asked...next question?"


A curly-haired man, who had seemed agitated for the past few minutes, raises his hand.

"Hello. David Mizrahi, reviewer for Billboard. Over the course of your acting career, you've often starred in high-profile, big-budget, commercially successful action films that were shunned by industry critics for their simplistic, manichean storylines. Looking back, are you proud of your filmography?"

Ah, great...an autist. Like Leopold Blomqvist, David seems interested in something that has NOTHING to do with the scandal. This could be an opportunity to discuss something else, for once...or it could be a waste of time.

> "There is an audience for everything, including films that are a little less thoughtful and a little more cathartic. I'm proud to have been in those movies and to have given millions of viewers pleasure, because most actors don't get to appear in such popular works."
> "Honestly, I've taken the roles I've been offered without much questioning. Not all my films are masterpieces, but I'm not ashamed of them."
> "If I had it to do over again, I wouldn't act in these movies. All this bullshit about superheroes having to defeat super-villains is boring, it has no artistic value. I played in those movies because it paid well, nothing more."
> "Sorry, I only wish to answer questions about the recent revelations about me."
> Other
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>>5442149
>"To be honest, I don't think I would make the cut for a more thoughtful, deeper film. I could make use of my athletics for some of the stunts, but I already caught flak for how my face looked."
>"In the very unlikely chance that someone offers me a job again, maybe my time doing music will give me an edge."
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>>5442149
>I'm happy I got the chance to be a part of something people could enjoy, even if it wasn't deep or thought provoking. Perhaps my presence in them now could leave a bad taste in viewers mouths, but hopefully they can look past that. I doubt I will ever act again for it, although with my background in music maybe I could compose a film score with a more daring director with an interest in the art, not the artist, or even ghost write it if they don't want my name attached. However I would prefer a more relevant questions.
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>>5442149
> "There is an audience for everything, including films that are a little less thoughtful and a little more cathartic. I'm proud to have been in those movies and to have given millions of viewers pleasure, because most actors don't get to appear in such popular works."
>Other
I still wish I acted in more monster movies. I manage to do the vampire movie Last Night, zombie movie Groaning, werewolf movie Deadly Claws but in a dinosaur movie or a kaijuu movie like Gojira.
Missed opportunities... (look genuinely disappointed because you really are disappointed.)
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>>5442511
Oops typo
*but not a dinosaur---*
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>>5442172
>>5442511
I can support something like this and yeah it would have fun to be in more movies even if we got into as many movies that stumbled on us
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>>5442511
+1
Ace can sing, can seduce, and has an athletic edge. He might actually make a good 007, all things considered.
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>>5442156 >>5442172 >>5442511 >>5442513 >>5442549 >>5442743
"There is an audience for everything, including films that are a little less thoughtful and a little more cathartic. I'm proud to have been in those movies and to have given millions of viewers pleasure, because most actors don't get to appear in such popular works. I still wish I acted in more monster movies. I manage to do the vampire movie Last Night, zombie movie Groaning, werewolf movie Deadly Claws but not in a dinosaur movie or a kaijuu movie like Gojira. Missed opportunities..."

You raise your eyebrows and turn your palms to the ceiling, as if to say "too bad for me". This disappointed expression leaves most of the reporters in the audience indifferent; however, a few people who don't like you (like Howard) give an ostentatious sigh and roll their eyes. They probably don't appreciate the way you talk about yourself without acknowledging a mistake or admitting a wrongdoing. This is not unusual: these people have come to taste your blood; nothing will upset them more than to have you talk about the more innocent aspects of your life.

"What do you like about monster movies? Why do you have this particular regret towards kaiju movies?"

> "For me, it's the ultimate purpose of cinema itself. We push the limits of imagination and technological capabilities to their absolute limits to give the world an emotionally powerful film."
> "I just really like these movies, I don't really have any other explanation."
> "They're kind of silly and not very believable movies; my acting is much freer, I have a lot of fun with it."
> "That would be a bit long to explain. Next question?"
> Other
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>>5442846
>"That would be a bit long to explain. Next question?"
We humored him, but dragging this out will actually piss off the others.
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>> "Well, besides just being a fan of the genre, they're kind of silly and not very believable movies; my acting is much freer, I have a lot of fun with it. But I could go on about this for a while- next question?"
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>>5442846
>> "That would be a bit long to explain. Next question?"
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>>5442851 >>5442871 >>5442911
"That would be a bit long to explain. Next question?"
"No no!"
shouts the young reporter in a voice far too loud and high-pitched compared to the "seriousness" of the question, "please answer: what do you like about monster movies?"

This sudden and disproportionate reaction makes you think that David Mizrahi might actually be on the spectrum. The few reporters sitting near him make a repulsed face at David's stubborn behavior. It's time to cut the discussion short.

"I like...a lot of things. The stories, the special effects, the not-always-serious script... But I don't want to go into detail, believe me, it's only a question of personal taste, it would be long and you wouldn't retain anything interesting. Next question? Anyone want to talk about something other than movies?"
"What is the subject YOU would like to talk about?"
said Rob Perkins. He didn't wait for your permission to speak, but you forgive him, because...well, that's good old Rob.

> "I forgot to explain a few details about the NFL doping case."
> "I forgot to explain a few details about my NASCAR driving career."
> "I forgot to explain a few details about my Hollywood acting career."
> "I forgot to explain a few details about my time in the Republican Party."
> "I forgot to explain a few details about my music career."
> "I've been informed of a strange discovery in my blood work on the night of the Grammy Awards, I need to tell you about it..."
> "No, I'll let you ask any questions you want."
> Other
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>>5442964
>I'll clarify a few details about my vices.
>I took painkillers for sports, sex during my acting and political career, then alcohol in the band. I always focused on just one vice, which in retrospect might have been a bad idea.
>Every time, I went clean, every time, I lost to the pull and picked up something different.
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>>5442964
> "I forgot to explain a few details about my time in the Republican Party."

I'm just curious what will happen here
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>>5443076
+1
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Should we tell them about the bloodwork? I sortof am tempted
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>>5443320
I wouldn't be opposed to such an idea. Mainly to see the wtf on the reporters' faces.
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>>5442964
>> "I forgot to explain a few details about my time in the Republican Party."
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>>5443320
+1 to telling them about the bloodwork.
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>>5443007
+1
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>>5443007 >>5443076 >>5443208 >>5443320 >>5443629 >>5443634 >>5443760 >>5443796
Several ideas cross your mind. The whole thing is so complex that you wish you could explain at least 5 or 6 different periods of your life at once. However, there are still two subjects you haven't talked about much so far: your political career and the mysterious results of your blood test.

Regarding your political career, journalists may ask you questions spontaneously, because they already know some details about this story. On the other hand, no one knows about the strange chemicals that were found in your blood; this is the perfect time to tell the media.

"I would like to talk about politics, there are a number of rumors circulating about me that I would like to clarify. But first, I need to talk about the Grammy Awards, and more specifically, the results of my blood test on the night of the ceremony."

Unsurprisingly, this little sentence gets the attention of reporters. You are confident in what you are saying: thanks to Glenn, you now have the documents that will allow you to prove your claims.

"As you know, that evening I got into a fight with one of my band members, as we were about to go on stage to receive a Grammy Award. The fight quickly escalated, dozens of people got involved, and it resulted in the biggest scandal in Grammy Awards history. Since my alcohol problems were already well known, the police took a blood test. They found out I had numerous psychoactive substances in my blood, including anabolic steroids. According to the doctors, I nearly overdosed on several drugs at once...with substances I don't normally use. All of this leads me to believe that there is someone out there with bad intentions, who have taken advantage of my vulnerability and past foolishness to play with my health."

The room is perfectly silent now, everyone is focused on what you are talking about and only the sounds of a few pencils scratching on notebooks can be heard. Leopold Blomqvist, the Swedish guy talking about music, holds up his finger.

"Is that what the fight at the Grammy Awards is about?"

> "Yes, these psychoactive substances are known to make you aggressive. I've never hit anyone before that night."
> "A lot of factors can explain that fight. The drugs I was unknowingly given are one of them."
> "It's hard to say at this point."
> "No, the fight is the converging point of a lot of other little problems, which culminated at the same time. But it's important to point out that someone in my close circle was drugging me without my knowledge."
> Other
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>>5443855
>> "Yes, these psychoactive substances are known to make you aggressive. I've never hit anyone before that night."

Make sure to also use the line, directly: "I was poisoned." It's a powerful statement to make.
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>>5443871
+1
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>>5443855
>"A lot of little problems went into that fight. But being poisoned certainly changes how I feel about it."
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>>5443871
Support, though, wasn't Ace quite violent with partners in the past?
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>>5443871
... also we could state after going through the very long list of drugs that you're surprised you are alive. You should be dead, so maybe 'attempted murder' is a better descriptor after 'I was poisoned'
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>>5443871 >>5443898 >>5443902 >>5444094 >>5444271
"Yes, these psychoactive substances are known to make you aggressive. I've never hit anyone before that night."

A few people in the audience (especially women) tilt their heads and put on a confused face in response to what you just said. "I've never hit anyone" sounds pretty strange, a few dozen minutes after you acknowledge that you like to slap and choke your sexual partners, even when they tell you to stop.

"But what really started the fight? Did you have a sudden urge for violence because of the drugs, or were there warning signs that tensions would eventually erupt?"

The answer to that question is that there was tension, and for many reasons.

First: your terrible lack of modesty. As a former celebrity who had rubbed shoulders with the people who were making the global successes of tomorrow, you perceived your bandmates as your employees. But because you couldn't say you were famous (something something fake identity), the other members didn't perceive you as "a man who knows the entertainment industry," but as an asshole who came out of nowhere and wanted to rule.

Secondly: your natural charisma had turned into an absolutely annoying shameless behavior. You had no tact, no diplomacy, no discretion. You had become intrusive and tried to impose your artistic vision as if it was the only one of value.

Third: your alcoholism made you generally unpleasant to be around. The media was amused by "that singer with the extravagant behavior", but the other musicians didn't want you to be the face of the band, because to them you were an embarrassment. This was probably the worst of your flaws.

Finally, let's talk about your own jealousy: for months, you were the only one to write the songs of the band, and you refused to leave that creative freedom to someone else. Finally, under pressure from Glenn, you let the bassist come up with a song he wrote...and it became the band's biggest hit. Since then, the bass player has taken great pleasure in reminding you that everything YOU wrote didn't have half the success of that one song.

In short: arguments had become common and the other members were not comfortable with you. The fight wasn't justified by any of that, but if you add drugs that make you aggressive to the mix...you get the picture.

> "There was tension, we never really got to bond as friends. If it hadn't been for that miraculous success, we would have split up a long time ago."
> "We disagreed on artistic issues. Unfortunately, these disagreements plagued our interpersonal relationships, to the point of coming to blows."
> "We had some disagreements, but nothing that justified violence. Not without the intervention of drugs, anyway..."
> "You don't need to know anything about our past; just remember that, if I hadn't been drugged, there wouldn't have been a fight."
> Other
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>>5444346
>"I was kind of an asshole. Even if we left out the drugs, they would've kicked me out if we weren't so successful."
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>>5444346
>"We had some disagreements, but nothing that justified violence. Not without the intervention of drugs, anyway..."

We are primarily addressing why the violence broke out, not whether or not they would have kicked us out of the group. Also, someone tried to kill us by pumping us full of drugs, which we should bring attention to.
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>>5444562
Yeah. This one.
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>>5444562
>"We had some disagreements, but nothing that justified violence. Not without the intervention of drugs, anyway..."
>"Besides, I don't know why you're asking me that. Seeing as I was under the influence, I'm hardly the most reliable witness for what happened."
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>>5444535 >>5444562 >>5444640 >>5444645
"We had some disagreements, but nothing that justified violence. Not without the intervention of drugs, anyway..."
"Okay, so it was the drugs you're talking about that pushed you over the edge?"
"Stop making excuses for him!"


An unusually deep female voice suddenly speaks up. A visibly angry woman stands up.

"Hannah Sorrentino, executive editor for Jezebel. I didn't come to ask you questions, I only came to take notes, but I think you deny your violent nature a little too much. Because I think you are a violent man, Mr. Amaze. There is no excuse for you, there are no mitigating circumstances or anything. You are a brutal man by nature, and once we understand that, we understand everything about you. Are you willing to admit that?"

"Jezebel"...you know that name. It's a feminist magazine whose main subject is women's sexuality. When you were an actor, this magazine often talked about you as the most obvious example of a man with a successful "love life"; some articles criticized you for your lack of attachment and loyalty, others praised you for being the ultimate hookup culture fantasy and a symbol of "sexual freedom." But since the scandal around you was born, this kind of media has instead portrayed you as a thick bully whose addiction to orgasm has made him disrespectful to women. The media brought you down from your pedestal, and Hannah came to finish the job.

You understand that Hannah is a sort of female version of Brett Djordjevic: she wants to make you admit your wrongdoings to validate her politically extreme theories. The theory being: men are naturally violent and dangerous.

> "Yes, I recognize that. Violence is the common denominator of all the problems in my life."
> "I can't argue with you. Like in Fight Club, being violent makes me feel alive again. Especially when I was trying to kick my addiction to painkillers, which made me depressed."
> "That's one way to look at it."
> "I don't think so. I think there are REALLY circumstances that made me who I am today."
> "It's only to humiliate me, isn't it? No, I'm not a violent man. I lost my way with women because I got tired of "normal" love, but normally I avoid brutality."
> "What allows you to assert that?"
> Other
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>>5444705
forgot to "illustrate"
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>>5444705
>"Stupid, I'm willing to admit. But brutal? Much of what I've done has avoided violent confrontation. The only person I've managed to kill is myself."
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>>5444705
> "What allows you to assert that?"
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>>5444705
>"If you didn't come here to ask questions, then you must misunderstand what the point of a press conference is. I've got no problem explaining myself but if all you're looking to do is just throw me under the bus then just say it and we can move forward once I start ignoring you."
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>>5444776 >>5445046 >>5445357
"If you didn't come here to ask questions, then you must misunderstand what the point of a press conference is. I've got no problem explaining myself but if all you're looking to do is just throw me under the bus then just say it and we can move forward once I start ignoring you."
"All right, so here's my question: don't you think that all the wrongs you've done are the result of your masculine temper, that is, your naturally violent character?"
"I'm willing to admit that what I did was stupid and inconsiderate. But 'naturally violent'? Most of my problems are a consequence of my avoidance of direct confrontation. The only person I've managed to kill is myself. Anyway, what gives you the right to assert such a thing with such confidence?"
"Ah ah ah! You DARE to ask me that question? You're a former football player, you love brutal physical contact. You race stock cars because they are big, heavy, fast cars that you can take hits with and throw a few. You've acted in action movies full of explosions and fights. Even under a false identity, you couldn't help but beat up the members of your band. And that's not to mention your beastly sexual practices that left some women with bruises and strangulation marks. You like to hurt people, Mr. Amaze, and I'm very glad your political career was cut short, because I don't know what America would have looked like if you had been given power. But admit that you've always had a problem with violence."


> "Wide receivers don't get hit that much, intentional collisions are severely punished by NASCAR, an actor's filmography has nothing to do with his actual personality, and as for the rest, I've already explained it all."
> "I like hobbies that involve physically outdoing yourself. You interpret that overachievement as violence, I interpret it as an effective way to get my daily dose of adrenaline."
> "That's one way of looking at it, but what you just mentioned is just cherry picking to me."
> "I understand what you're trying to say, now that you've given examples. But you are overdramatizing the situation."
> "Okay, I admit it, maybe it's in my nature. What am I supposed to do now?"
> Other
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>>5445506
> "Wide receivers don't get hit that much, intentional collisions are severely punished by NASCAR, an actor's filmography has nothing to do with his actual personality, and as for the rest, I've already explained it all."
is it okay to let that "beat up your band" comment go?
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>>5445506
"Let's be honest here, you're not interested in making this a discussion, are you? Whether I say yes or no isn't going to change an iota of your article but I'm still gonna humor you with a response: it doesn't matter.
Why's that? Because you're picking at the single most common denominator in me - beyond the fact that I'm human - but also at one of the only things I CAN'T change about myself. And beyond that, what does it matter what I think about this?! I'm not a philosopher, why are you asking me about this?"
*sigh*
"See, you could have asked any kind of interesting question where I could add something to the conversation, like if society rewards the kind of persons like me who get to the top. That's journalism! Take Howard over there, it's clear he doesn't like me but at least he's giving me something to work with."
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>>5445506
> "Wide receivers don't get hit that much, intentional collisions are severely punished by NASCAR, an actor's filmography has nothing to do with his actual personality, and as for the rest, I've already explained it all."

Despite knowing about us being drugged to the point of basically overdosing, she has accused us of being unable to help but beat up members of our band.
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>>5445523 >>5445528 >>5445583
"Wide receivers don't get hit that much, intentional collisions are severely punished by NASCAR, an actor's filmography has nothing to do with his actual personality, and as for the rest, I've already explained it all."

You hope that Hannah knows nothing about football, because the truth is that wide receivers are among the most injury-prone players, second only to running backs. Luckily for you, she does not question it.

"Maybe the violence wasn't encouraged, but it was there and you participated in it."
"If that's what you want to remember, then good for you. But I know how things work, and believe me, it wasn't all about the violence. Unfortunately, I won't be able to change your mind, because you already have a conclusion and you've tied your theory to traits about me that I can't change. Howard, at least, was giving me the opportunity to answer his questions, even if he had an agenda in mind when he asked them."


Hannah is a little offended, but she doesn't push it. Howard seems surprised that you would say something not completely negative about him; you get the impression that he wants to talk.

"All right, so be it" Hannah says, sitting back down.
"We'll be able to talk politics, now, as I was saying earlier. But before we do..."

> "...I'd like to make it clear that the conspiracy theory that Raul Gutierrez funded my political campaign is false. That's all there is to it. So don't even try to ask me about it." (this is a blatant lie: roll 1d100 with a success threshold of 65, two rolls minimum. If successful, this could have very positive consequences).
> "...I remind you that I have already talked about my links with Raul Gutierrez, and that there is no point in trying to dig into the subject." (you did mention it, but you didn't say anything about the veracity of the rumor: 1d100, two rolls minimum, threshold at 55)
> "...you should know that not everything that has been said about me is false, and the reason I choose not to talk about it is because I am legally prohibited from saying anything. It is very easy to commit perjury without even realizing it." (Conspiracy theories become believable, but journalists will be a little more forgiving, especially those who don't like you)
> "Let me dive into a flashback, so I can build myself a backstory." (and we dive into a flashback)
> "Nevermind. Ask your questions."
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>>5445709
> "Let me dive into a flashback, so I can build myself a backstory." (and we dive into a flashback)
Should be interesting.
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>>5445709
> "Let me dive into a flashback, so I can build myself a backstory."

I'm always tempted to try the dice, but going into a flashback about our political career seems very interesting.
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>>5445709
>> "Let me dive into a flashback, so I can build myself a backstory." (and we dive into a flashback)
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>>5445709
> "Let me dive into a flashback, so I can build myself a backstory." (and we dive into a flashback)
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>>5445741 >>5445756 >>5445760 >>5446073
You go back in time to a key moment in your political life. Everything that happened on that day shaped the way you managed your career in the years that followed. We are talking, of course, about the day when...

> ...you first spoke to billionaire Damian Brilz about your political ambition. He convinced you to enter politics for good, and it was him who told you about Raul Gutierrez.
> ...you met Raul Gutierrez for the first time. You told him about your project, he told you about his project, and you thought it would be good to work together.
> ...you participated in your first political debate with two other Republican Party figures, Judith Fowler and Peter Turnbull-Brilz (Damian's nephew).
> ...Raul crossed the line and you decided to betray him in secret.
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>>5446170
>> ...Raul crossed the line and you decided to betray him in secret.
I'm really curious as to what a guy like us, hardly a model of morality, considers "too far".
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>>5446170
>> ...you first spoke to billionaire Damian Brilz about your political ambition. He convinced you to enter politics for good, and it was him who told you about Raul Gutierrez.
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>>5446170
>...Raul crossed the line and you decided to betray him in secret.
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>>5446170
> ...Raul crossed the line and you decided to betray him in secret.
This one! This one!
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>>5446170
> ...you first spoke to billionaire Damian Brilz about your political ambition. He convinced you to enter politics for good, and it was him who told you about Raul Gutierrez.
I think we should try to remember more about Damian. What exactly is his angle? Might our fall from grace actually be part of a grand conspiracy?
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>>5446170
> ...you first spoke to billionaire Damian Brilz about your political ambition. He convinced you to enter politics for good, and it was him who told you about Raul Gutierrez.

if he's a fucking billionaire why didn't he pay for the campaign?
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>>5446170
> ...you first spoke to billionaire Damian Brilz about your political ambition. He convinced you to enter politics for good, and it was him who told you about Raul Gutierrez.
Start the story from the beginning.
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>>5446191 >>5446230 >>5446250 >>5446265 >>5446395 >>5446461 >>5446639
Talking politics will help you remember one of the most important events in your life: the day you met billionaire Damian Brilz.

It all started one night in February, at a big dinner party attended by Hollywood influencers. The movie studio that employed you at the time had finalized a big deal to fund the production of a sequel to one of your most profitable movies; naturally, the studio hosted a party at a rented Pasadena villa to celebrate the end of the negotiations.

It was at this party that you met Damian Brilz, a wealthy real estate entrepreneur who owns large buildings in Los Angeles that are regularly rented by the film studios. Damian belongs to the wealthy Brilz family, a dynasty of investors of Austrian origin, settled in the USA since the end of World War II, and whose almost every member has made a fortune in his lifetime. The Brilzes are a sort of Kennedy family, just as successful, but with less media exposure. By the way, Damian is a great admirer of JFK, and a great supporter of the theory that he was killed by the CIA.

It's late evening. You and Damian are talking about what's going on in the country, leaning on the railing of the large elevated terrace, with a breathtaking view of the Los Angeles skyline. You are not drunk (at least...not that drunk) but the fatigue and the ambient noise cloud your mind.. You are forced to speak loudly to understand each other.

"...but it's not perfect in Europe, I know that very well. In our countries, politicians are a little afraid of the people, because without the people, nothing runs. You see, that's why countries with big natural resources are disastrous for human rights: you can exploit diamond mines with unskilled workers, and if they die, you can easily replace them. But agriculture? It has become very technologically advanced, you can't allow 1000 farmers to die accidentally. You're forced to take care of them."
"Yeah, okay, that makes sense. But it's inevitable. We need resources to keep a high standard of living and produce cars, televisions, cell phones. Some country is bound to have to extract these resources, and if it's a disaster for human freedom...it's unfortunately inevitable. You are part of this yourself: you and your family own several billions of dollars...this money comes from somewhere! For someone to become rich, someone else has to suffer, and if everyone strives to remain equal, we become like the USSR."
"That's right! Tell me, if you were president of the USA, what would you do? You told me you would be interested in a political career, I think?"

[cont]
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In retrospect, you chose the Republican Party. But perhaps at the time you had something else in mind, and events have changed your views since then...

> "I would be a nationalist. We are the guardians of the Free World, the West would collapse if we weren't there to protect everyone, so we deserve to have these ungrateful countries at our feet."
> "I would be a Republican. We need to protect the institutions that have made the United States a great country."
> "I would be a Democrat. Our system is not sustainable for the American people, it's time to take care of the average American and force the powerful to be lenient on the weak."
> "I would be a communist. I've read all of Marx, for me, humans will only be happy if we strive not to envy each other."
> Other
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>>5447544
>> "I would be a communist. I've read all of Marx, for me, humans will only be happy if we strive not to envy each other."
Amaze is a man of many confusing, somewhat contradicting roles
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>>5447544
This is at the height of his acting career and still known as a sports retiree. I don't expect him to care about equality of class, safe to say. He COULD, however, aim for equality of wealth.

>I've read Marx, and while I like the idea of a minimum standard of living for everyone, I think we still need competition.
>I would be a Republican, but I'd put in a few things that would make the communists happy.
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>>5447544
>"Yeah but hell if I know what I'd do. There's gotta be a way to find the optimal path though, and if it's anything like what I've been doing so far I'd say I got a fair chance fo finding it."

Amaze is too much of a wildcard to go anything but Independant. A kind of Donald Trump bis, if you will.
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>>5447544
> "I would be a communist. I've read all of Marx, for me, humans will only be happy if we strive not to envy each other."
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>>5447544
>> "I would be a communist. I've read all of Marx, for me, humans will only be happy if we strive not to envy each other."
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actually I'd prefer him to be more of a Maoist, but pure Marxist is OK as well.
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>>5447559 >>5447566 >>5447755 >>5447806 >>5447814 >>5447821
"I would be a communist. I've read all of Marx, for me, humans will only be happy if we strive not to envy each other."
"What, really? It surprises me to hear that kind of thing from an American. And especially from you, you've always had an exceptional and privileged lifestyle, you don't have the status of someone who would implement Marxist ideas. I admire your altruism, but you have access to pleasures that most people don't, you wouldn't take any pleasure in depriving yourself of all that."
"Strangely enough, I think I would. To get into the NFL, I had to make a lot of sacrifices. Even on vacation, even in the cold Idaho winter, I did two or three hours of split jogging every morning when I woke up. I suffered a lot more than you'd think, and even though my luck allowed me to win a Super Bowl and then become an actor in successful movies, I now have a better understanding of the suffering and mishaps of those who were left 'down there,' if you know what I mean."
"So...now that you have the power to change things, you think this country needs communism?"


You take a sip of champagne and nod.

"Yes. I want to spare others some of the unnecessary suffering I've experienced. And to let a few very specific people experience some necessary suffering."

Damien looks out at the horizon with a benign smile, like someone pleasantly surprised.

"All my life, when I heard an American talk about communism, it was to say something bad about it. And on the rare occasion when an American says something good about it, the American in question is a completely out-of-touch outsider. This is the first time I've seen a rich, sane American who sincerely defends the idea of communism. What do you like about it?"

> "It's the only system that has a purpose for the entire Nation, not just the privileged few who have made it. How can we expect to have a happy society if the happiness of 95% of the people is not taken into account?"
> "It's less a love of communism than a growing aversion to the excesses of our economic model. The US survives on a system that only works well by creating inequality."
> "I saw what the USSR looked like during the Brezhnev years. At that time, Russia embodied the American Way of Life much better than the US itself, plus there was no misery."
> "I just want to get back at powerful men who seek to use their position of power to make petty attacks on the working class."
> Other
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>>5447992
>Capitalism turns human beings into commodities. A factory worker is destroying his physical and mental capabilities in mind-numbing work everyday to make a rich pig even richer. Anyone who's moral compass has not been totally shaded can see that this is not right. We are no farm animals Damien!
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>>5448008
+1
The fact that Ace eventually becomes corrupt later on in his political career makes choosing to have high-minded ideals at the beginning impossible to pass up.
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>>5447992
>>5448008
>Capitalism turns human beings into commodities. A factory worker is destroying his physical and mental capabilities in mind-numbing work everyday to make a rich pig even richer.
+1
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>>5447992
> "It's less a love of communism than a growing aversion to the excesses of our economic model. You can achieve success without taking more money than you can reasonably spend.
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>>5448008 >>5448090 >>5448210 >>5448467
"Capitalism turns human beings into commodities. A factory worker is destroying his physical and mental capabilities in mind-numbing work everyday to make a rich pig even richer. Anyone who's moral compass has not been totally shaded can see that this is not right. We are no farm animals Damian!"
"So it's to preserve human dignity?"
"More or less. I want everyone to get some humanity back and stop maintaining this self-destructive system for the majority of workers. We've never consumed so many antidepressants in the United States; in a functional society, it's not normal for the average human to need to take drugs to perform basic social functions."


It's Damian's turn to take a sip of champagne now. He ponders.

"And what is your ambition? To get into the House of Representatives for Idaho?"
"You know me, the sky's the limit for me. I want to do good around me, I want to shape the world according to an ideal where everyone has their dignity preserved. And that kind of thing is only possible if I am entrusted with very great powers."
"...Governor of Idaho?"
"As high as I can go. I want to take over the leadership of the Democratic Party, and get into the race for the White House."


Damian doesn't know what to answer. He takes another sip of champagne, and realizes his glass is empty.

"You know, it's not going to be easy at all. As soon as you say the words 'social welfare' or 'workers' unions', people will think you want to create a nation of welfare recipients. It goes completely against the fantasy of the American Dream. You start with a disadvantage."
"Maybe. Or maybe not. I have a lot of media attention and the general public thinks well of me. I'm popular among Republicans precisely because I lived the American Dream. And I'm popular among Democrats because I'm very much in the left-wing media. Rednecks like me because I grew up in the country, urbanites like me because I'm young and have lots of plans. I already have the media attention, people know me, I have the support of a significant portion of the population."
"That's all I wish for you...but it won't be enough."
"What do you mean?"


[cont]
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"You're not a politician, you're coming up with ideas that have very little support from the average American, and a political campaign costs a lot of money to finance. You have to do rallies all over the country, rent infrastructure, rent equipment, move it several thousand miles, pay to promote yourself in the media...and even that doesn't build name recognition. You have to give the general public time to associate your face with that of a credible politician. You can pull out all the stops like Trump did, to make up for the brevity of your political career with even more media exposure...but it will cost even more, you can't afford it, and your political ideas won't help you be loved."

Damian's response was strangely demoralizing. But you don't let it get you down.

"I don't want to wait 20 years rambling on CNN waiting for people to take me seriously. I'm going to bring out the big guns. I know other politicians are getting funded by big industry or powerful lobbies...like yours. How would you like to be one of them?"

The Austrian immediately responds by shaking his head "no."

"I can't help you. My nephew Peter Turnbull-Brilz is in politics, in the Republican Party. Funding you would be funding one of his rivals and betraying a member of my family. Plus, it wouldn't make sense to the lobby that's funding you: the guys are rich, powerful, and fiercely defend their interests, why would they fund a candidate who wants to take away their privileges?"
"So...it's a lose-lose?"
"You can always take advantage of the public's love to influence the media machine and, indirectly, the political world they won't let you in. Or you can wisely climb the ladder for ten, fifteen, twenty years. Or...you can change political sides to convince investors, and once in power, you do the exact opposite of what you promised. Or you can find a lobby crazy enough to put billions into an inexperienced politician whose beliefs have a 99% chance of being the opposite of theirs."


> "I'll stay out of the political world. It's far too obscure for me."
> "I'm going to enter through the back door and work my way up."
> "I'll lie about my ideological beliefs. Just long enough to get some powerful men behind me."
> "You're trying to discourage me, aren't you? If I join forces with your nephew, there's a chance it could work?"
> "What if I bring in some foreign money? Like...a Chinese industrial group or a British billionaire? Do you know anyone like that?"
> "If you were me, what would YOU do?"
> Other
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>>5448622
>"You're trying to discourage me, aren't you? If I join forces with your nephew, there's a chance it could work?"
Then it turns out the nephew gets killed by the drug lord, and Ace has to pretend he was in it for a different kind of betrayal to keep on his good side
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>>5448622
> "What if I bring in some foreign money? Like...a Chinese industrial group or a British billionaire? Do you know anyone like that?"

yes get in bed with the Chinese, smart move Ace!
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>>5448622
> "What if I bring in some foreign money? Like...a Chinese industrial group or a British billionaire? Do you know anyone like that?"

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.
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>>5448637 >>5448756 >>5448775
"What if I bring in some foreign money? Like...a Chinese industrial group or a British billionaire? Do you know anyone like that?"
"That's not a good idea either. What interest would a foreigner have in investing in an American politician? Unless it's a guy who's planning to make money in the US, and needs a free pass to make his job easier. But that kind of collaboration gets you nowhere, it only creates puppets for rich industrialists."


You don't know what to say anymore. You thought that your popularity, your ease in giving speeches and your ability to seduce a crowd would be enough to make you a beloved politician, who would bring all the right solutions and take care of his people. But the reality is much more boring than that, and the immobility of the political world seems more and more understandable to you.

"But if that's really what you want to do, I think I know someone."
"Excuse me?"
"My brother Steve is a superintendent of the Border Patrol in Arizona. He's often heard about a Mexican businessman who funded his own private police force to guard the border on the Mexican side. This private police force is objectively doing a good job of blocking illegal migration, but several "officers" have been caught concealing large amounts of cocaine and smuggling it into the U.S."
"So what?"
"We think the Mexican is not a businessman, but most likely a drug dealer. His private police force is not only used to make the work of the US police easier, it diverts the attention of our officers to bring goods into the territory, illegally. But there's no evidence that the drug concealment is the will of the big boss...as far as we know, officially, it's the officers themselves who are smuggling the packages of cocaine."
"And what does any of this have to do with my political career?"
"The Border Patrol eventually reported this man's actions to the DEA, and he is now being closely monitored. His business has been made much more complicated since the intelligence agencies are on the case...but if a powerful politician could convince the CIA to expunge the files they have on him..."


Ideas link together in your mind.

"What's this guy's name?"
"Raul Alejandro Gutierrez Estrada. My brother can help you contact him, if that's what you want. He has the means to fund your campaign, he has the means to make you a familiar face in the American political landscape. All he'll ask in return is that you allow him to "police our borders" for years to come."


> "Sounds good, give me his phone number right away."
> "I feel like I'm on the verge of making a deal with the devil. But politics is full of demons, so I'm willing to meet Raul."
> "I don't know, this man's activity is not compatible with my Marxist ideals."
> "Why would I agree to be funded by a criminal?"
> "No way."
> Other
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>>5449336
>"I feel like I'm on the verge of making a deal with the devil. But politics is full of demons, so I'm willing to meet Raul."
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>>5449336
> "I don't know, this man's activity is not compatible with my Marxist ideals."
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>>5449336
> "I feel like I'm on the verge of making a deal with the devil. But politics is full of demons, so I'm willing to meet Raul."
>"I'm planning to legalize drugs anyway "
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>>5449336
> "I feel like I'm on the verge of making a deal with the devil. But politics is full of demons, so I'm willing to meet Raul."
>"I'm planning to legalize drugs anyway "
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>>5449599
legalizing drugs is very much against the interests of the cartels anon
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>>5449604
Ace thinks ahead about double-crossing.
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>>5449346 >>5449380 >>5449488 >>5449599 >>5449604 >>5449605
"I feel like I'm on the verge of making a deal with the devil. But politics is full of demons, so I'm willing to meet Raul. I mean, I'm considering legalizing several drugs to maximize individual freedoms, anyway."

Damian smiles.

"Be careful with this legalization and decriminalization thing. Raul is an outlaw, he got rich exploiting what's forbidden. If it's no longer forbidden...the competition will have free rein and Raul could lose a lot. You'd be surprised at the number of people who actually benefit from the restrictions we impose on them. If you are as serious about a political career as you claim to be, then you will quickly understand what I am talking about."

You let out a breath from your nose, like the beginning of a laugh. True to his temperament, Damian couldn't help but contradict you, to force you to think twice before making a decision. A true running joke.

"I'll see if I can work something out with my brother. As for the rest, you're on your own."

> "That's great, thanks." and come back to the present.
> "Wait, I have one last question." [write]
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>>5450255
>"Wait, I have one last question." [write]
>Your nephew's not gonna contact him, right? If he gets multiple buyers, that just gives more bargaining power to him.
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>>5450257
+1
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>>5450257
+1
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>>5450257 >>5450488 >>5450515
Damian gets up from the railing he was leaning on, and starts to walk away from you. You hold him back.

"Wait Damian, I have one last question. Your nephew who is in politics, isn't he in contact with Raul? I mean... If he gets multiple buyers, that just gives more bargaining power to him. And my plan might be too risky in Raul's eyes to consider going for it."
"I can't promise you that you won't be competing with a lot of other aspiring politicians, but you won't have any problems with Peter. To put it politely, let's just say that Peter's opinion of someone is heavily influenced by their ethnicity, if you know what I mean. So if there is one young man who is not going to grovel before a Mexican criminal, it's my nephew! He doesn't need the funds anyway, he's already financially supported by some of the Brilz."


> "How can I trust you?" (1d100, threshold at 50, higher is better)
> "Okay, that makes me feel better."
> "When millions of dollars are at stake, I don't think you let the nationality of your collaborator deter you. I don't believe you."
> "What do you mean, 'some of the Brilz'? Are the Brilz siblings in trouble?"
> Other
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Rolled 49 (1d100)

>>5450558
> "How can I trust you?"

This man has been really forthcoming with info.
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>>5450558
> "Okay, that makes me feel better."

let's just end the flashback here. If we challenge him he'll just shrug it off and say something like take it or leave it.
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>>5450558
> "Okay, that makes me feel better."
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>>5450558
>> "Okay, that makes me feel better."
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>>5450571 >>5450597 >>5450619 >>5451262
"Okay, that makes me feel better."

That's how your political career began: you told Damian Brilz about your desire to change the world, to implement an ideal American society according to your socialist beliefs, and Damian responded by directing you to a Mexican criminal. But since that night, a lot has changed, including the ideas you stand for. The reality is...

> No one but Damian knows you were a communist.
> The general public knew you were a communist, but you changed your mind and only your career as a Republican was remembered.
> People always knew you were a leftist; your choice to become a Republican is incomprehensible to many people.

But you're going to have to explain all that to reporters in a way that doesn't tarnish your reputation too much.

You're back in the present, and a woman in her 40s wants to ask you a question. This woman is not a random person; in fact, she is probably the second most famous individual in the room after you. It's Tammie Alston, a TV anchor known for her political shows, and whose face is now inseparable from election time.

"Mr. Amaze, you started your career as a football player, then retired prematurely to pursue acting and stock car racing. Your life was already pretty full, why did you choose to go into politics?"

> "The society around me seemed deeply unfair. I felt that the powerful were completely blind to the most obvious problems in America. Now that I had the power to change things, I didn't want to stand still."
> "By funding a center to help homeless war veterans, I got a taste for responsibility. Giving back to the nation was something very rewarding to me."
> "Honestly, I don't know. I think the lust for power is universal and natural, and I just went with my gut."
> "I knew I was liked, I knew I could get a crowd pumped up. I had a magnetic charisma. I wanted to see how far that seductive power would take me."
> "Power, plain and simple. All my life I've been under someone elses orders. I wanted to become that someone else."
> Other
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> No one but Damian knows you were a communist.
> "The society around me seemed deeply unfair. I felt that the powerful were completely blind to the most obvious problems in America. Now that I had the power to change things, I didn't want to stand still."
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>>5451285
supporting
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>>5451282
> No one but Damian knows you were a communist.
> "The society around me seemed deeply unfair. I felt that the powerful were completely blind to the most obvious problems in America. Now that I had the power to change things, I didn't want to stand still."
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>>5451282
> "The society around me seemed deeply unfair. I felt that the powerful were completely blind to the most obvious problems in America. Now that I had the power to change things, I didn't want to stand still."
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>>5451282
Supporting >>5451285
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>>5451285 >>5451305 >>5451322 >>5451406 >>5451431
The journalists in front of you know many things, but they don't know about your past support for communist ideology. In their minds, you're still a Republican, and you'd rather not know how the world would react if it were discovered that you entered politics with the ambition of becoming the new Lenin. But there's a non-zero probability that no one gives a damn. So you're going to pretend nothing happened.

"The society around me seemed deeply unfair. I felt that the powerful were completely blind to the most obvious problems in America. Now that I had the power to change things, I didn't want to stand still."
"Did you feel you had the qualities to be a good politician?"
"It depends on what you perceive to be a 'quality' for a politician. I know how to speak to a crowd, I know how to be presentable in public, I know how to be compliant when necessary, but I also know how to defend my point of view. For the rest, it is more a matter of conviction than of objective qualities. As I said, my goal was to change things for the better."
"So that explains the donations to Greenpeace and your charity?"
"Yes, in part. But those actions were just responses to aberrations in society. If the government took care of its veterans and if Canadians hadn't disrespected Nunavut, I wouldn't have needed to do that. I wanted to fix the problem at the root."
"You seem determined to help the needy rather than defend large state institutions. Why did you choose the Republican Party?"


So you remember the event that changed your mind...what was that event?

> The government at the time was Democratic and you felt that it was not being run well. You were determined to present yourself as an opponent of the current government, so you joined the other side, which was soaring in the polls.
> You realized that, as a wealthy and popular man, you had far more potential support among Republicans than Democrats.
> Starting your own party would have been too complicated and the Democrats didn't want you.
> Your background as an NFL player and NASCAR driver made you very popular among white conservative America. You were much more likely to succeed if you used that popularity advantage, rather than trying to appeal to a new audience.
> Raul Gutierrez was the one who urged you to do this. For some obscure reason, he preferred it when the US had conservative policies, and only agreed to fund you if you changed your political affiliation.
> Republican girls are much hotter than Democrat girls. You didn't want a nation that normalized ugly, overweight girls.
> All of the above, somehow
> Other
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>>5451503
> All of the above, somehow
I choose funny chaos option.
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>>5451503
>> The government at the time was Democratic and you felt that it was not being run well..
Which led to a lot of stress and sleeping around, and it just so happened that
>The women you were sleeping with at the time were Republican
and when you got down to who were listening, it became clear that
> Your background as an NFL player and NASCAR driver made you very popular among white conservative America. You were much more likely to succeed if you used that popularity advantage, rather than trying to appeal to a new audience.

So not ALL of the above, but quite a mess.
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>>5451503
>> All of the above, somehow
ehheheehehhehehehheheh
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>>5451503
>> All of the above, somehow
Full send, motherfuckers.
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>>5451504 >>5451515 >>5451549 >>5451610
What motivated you to join the Republican Party, whose ideas are the opposite of yours? Well...everything, really. In retrospect, it couldn't have been any other way: your only gateway to the political world was the Elephant Party.

First of all, it is important to know that conservative white America has been very fond of you for the past few years. You're a former NFL player, a former NASCAR driver, you're Caucasian, and you're from a remote town in rural Idaho: the audience in the countryside has seen your face on TV, and they recognize themselves in you. Moreover, as a citizen who came from nothing and acquired great wealth through hard work, you ideally represent the American Dream; your life story is a perfect glorification of America, which pleases the great patriots of this country. So you have a popularity advantage among Republicans, and that background can make up for your lack of experience.

On the other hand, you were not on the best of terms with the other political party. At a moviegoers' convention in San Diego, you took the stage and made some criticisms of the then Democratic president's management; people thought you were criticizing the party's ideological line, and your relationship with the Dems was ruined before you even had the idea of entering politics.

Besides, Raul made it clear that he would rather fund a conservative than a progressive, probably because the public is less suspicious of a Republican collaborating with a Mexican criminal. He certainly has other reasons, but you haven't looked into them.

And then there's one last detail that matters: you always form an opinion of a group of people based on the beauty of the girls in it. And over the course of your acting career, you've developed a pretty clear preference for the daughters and wives of the Republicans.

In short, although your ideal world is very much to the left politically, you couldn't align yourself with anything other than the Republican Party. The question, now, is what to say to Tammie?

"Why did you choose the Republican Party?"

> Tell her all of this, honestly
> Distort the truth, or even make something up, because the real version would not give you a good reputation
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>>5452013
>> Tell her all of this, honestly
...although maybe we don't want to mention the women.
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>>5452013
>> Tell her all of this, honestly
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>>5452013
>Leave out the part where you slept with all these Republican women. They'll figure it out on their own, but it's not like saying it will be any better.
what about the Raul part tho?
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>>5452042
Oh yeah, I forgot that we might die via double suicide if we do that.
We probably want to leave out that too then.
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>>5452042
yeah leave out the fucking and the cartel guy, rest is fine.
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>>5452013
>Leave out the part where you slept with all these Republican women. They'll figure it out on their own, but it's not like saying it will be any better.
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>>5452013
> Tell her all of this, but leave out the part where you slept with all these Republican women and Raul. They'll figure it out on their own, but it's not like saying it will be any better.
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>>5452169
The phrasing of 'Republic Women and Raul' sounds like Ace slept with Raul, which is pretty funny. Imagine Raul as the jilted lover of Ace, who has now been betrayed by him. It might be a suitable telenovela.
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>>5452175
>Imagine Raul as the jilted lover of Ace
my god, you could run 5 seasons of Ace's life as a telenovela
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>>5452202 >>5452175
>my god, you could run 5 seasons of Ace's life as a telenovela
Unironically, Ace's life is even more messed up than Bojack Horseman's, and the scriptwriters of BJ were able to do 6 seasons with this character. Ace Amaze's story would be enough for 8 seasons and a movie.

>>5452019 >>5452032 >>5452042 >>5452052 >>5452074 >>5452160 >>5452169
"For several reasons, actually. First, I knew that I had a certain amount of goodwill from the more patriotic and traditional Americans because I tended to appear in the media consumed by that demographic. Whether they were farmers or businessmen, I had their sympathy, and I knew that those people would listen to me. As for the democrats...they didn't like me very much, especially after the criticism I made of the former president. One half of the government antagonized me very quickly. The choice of the Republican Party was the most logical one."

You purposely leave out Raul Gutierrez (a good idea, given that you tried to debunk theories about him earlier in the conference), and you obviously don't talk about your love for the republicanussy, which would have solidified your reputation as a sex maniac. But Tammie doesn't seem convinced.

"So...you only joined the Republican Party because you were already popular there? Not out of conviction?"

> "My first ambition was to be in a position where my views would be listened to, to speak out against the injustices that plague our nation. The Republicans were the only ones willing to give me that platform, and that's good enough for me."
> "I would not have chosen to run as a Republican if I didn't have a minimum of chemistry with them. But I do, indeed, recognize that they have been more welcoming and that has influenced me at least as much as the party's plans."
> "Honestly, I think this question is not even relevant. What kind of "conviction" do you think would have swayed me the other way?"
> "Yes, I did choose them out of conviction. Only in this party do I see people who are outraged by the same aberrations I am. But it seemed a little too obvious to need reminding."
> Other
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>>5452250
> "My first ambition was to be in a position where my views would be listened to, to speak out against the injustices that plague our nation. The Republicans were the only ones willing to give me that platform, and that's good enough for me."

honestly in a 2 party system you don't have much of a choice anyway
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>>5452250
> "My first ambition was to be in a position where my views would be listened to, to speak out against the injustices that plague our nation. The Republicans were the only ones willing to give me that platform, and that's good enough for me."
What were we gonna do, run as an independent?
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>>5452250
> "My first ambition was to be in a position where my views would be listened to, to speak out against the injustices that plague our nation. The Republicans were the only ones willing to give me that platform, and that's good enough for me."
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>>5452250
>> "My first ambition was to be in a position where my views would be listened to, to speak out against the injustices that plague our nation. The Republicans were the only ones willing to give me that platform, and that's good enough for me."
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>>5452175
>Imagine Raul as the jilted lover of Ace, who has now been betrayed by him. It might be a suitable telenovela.
Oh my god that's perfect.
>>5452250
>> "My first ambition was to be in a position where my views would be listened to, to speak out against the injustices that plague our nation. The Republicans were the only ones willing to give me that platform, and that's good enough for me."
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>>5452255 >>5452259 >>5452365 >>5452488 >>5452518
"My first ambition was to be in a position where my views would be listened to, to speak out against the injustices that plague our nation. The Republicans were the only ones willing to give me that platform, and that's good enough for me."
"But don't you acknowledge that this could have caused problems? For example, disagreements with other important members? Or a sense that you don't belong, that your legitimacy is based on a reputation that has no relevance to political life?"
"Maybe, but that's true for everyone. I preferred to focus on the significance of my ideology rather than the strict application of Republican Party doctrine. I didn't want to be liked by lying about my differences, but to be liked by being honest about what makes us similar."


Kate Seals, the girl in the green sweater, chimes in. So far, she didn't seem passionate about this press conference; her sudden intervention can be interpreted as a kind of click, as if you were addressing a topic that interests her.

"Can I ask you a question? How did you get into politics?"

What an odd question. It's not very well formulated either.

> "Like everyone else: you contact the major media, you announce your desire to enter politics, you organize meetings, you give interviews, you make friends with those who are already there, you occupy positions of lesser importance while waiting to rise in the hierarchy..."
> "My sponsors put my foot in the door. They took care of all that for me. I just had to answer interviews."
> "I had good contacts in the upper echelons of the party."
> "Why do you ask? Do you want to try a career change?"
> Other
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>>5452833
>"I had good contacts in the upper echelons of the party."
>I met a lot of very important people during the various sports and acting celebrations.
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>>5452839
+1
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>>5452833
> "Why do you ask? Do you want to try a career change?"
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>>5452839 >>5453176 >>5453804
"I had good contacts in the upper echelons of the party. I met a lot of very important people during the various sports and acting celebrations."
"It's string-pulling, is that what you mean?"
"No, not really. The essence of this job is human relationships. You have to meet people and gain influence, you benefit from it and the person you associate with benefits from it too. A politician, all alone, cannot do anything: it is the influence he has on others that allows him to apply his orders. In this context, the line between "string-pulling" and "good relations" is thin, but I assure you that it is quite normal and even expected."
"So what have been YOUR good connections?"


The honest answer would be Raul Gutierrez, but obviously it wouldn't be the best idea to say the name of a guy you explicitly disowned. Even though, technically, it's not really a secret anymore, and the only people still denying this theory are redditors who don't believe a sentence that doesn't start with "scientific experts say that...".

However, Raul is not the only person to whom you owe your political career. When you began running for the Republican primary, your opponents discredited you for your lack of experience, but the support of a few allies helped you maintain credibility. These allies included high-profile party figures like Ronnie Rush (a leading rural advocate) and Judith Fowler (an anti-interventionist activist).

And let's not forget the Brilz family; even though Peter Turnbull-Brilz never sought to associate with you (or to confront you) and half of the Brilz siblings are not pro-Republican, you have maintained good relations with Damian and Steve. However, their role in the story is minor: Steve put you in touch with Raul, Damian sometimes helped you rent a place to hold meetings, and their contribution ends there. The fact that Damian and Steve are Peter's uncles, who is a potential competitor, probably discouraged them from supporting you further.

Anyway, what to tell Kate?

> Talk about the Brilzes
> Talk about Raul but distort the truth
> Talk about Rush & Fowler
> "Everyone is my good relationship. I had a very high approval rating, I didn't have to scheme with one or two powerful guys."
> "The tradition in politics is not to talk about your allies."
> "I prefer to keep quiet about the names of the people who helped me become a popular figure in the party. Given the scandal I caused, it would be bad publicity for them, and I don't want to hurt innocent people."
> Other
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>>5454014
>"The tradition in politics is not to talk about your allies."
Reprisal from these political figures by mentioning them in league with us is something I do not want.
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>>5454014
> "The tradition in politics is not to talk about your allies."

honestly I don't think there is any politician who would give a straight answer to this kind of question.
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>>5454014
>"The tradition in politics is not to talk about your allies."
>"I don't blame anyone for not wanting anything to do with me."
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>>5454310 >>5454379 >>5455181
"The tradition in politics is not to talk about your allies."
"Really? Why? Are there any real reasons for that, or is it really just an old habit you're perpetuating?"
"Both. It doesn't do anyone any good to say publicly who helps you in private. It only gives your detractors food for thought...and even they don't like to know that their rivals have many allies to defend them. So we very quickly get into the habit of keeping our mouths shut on certain subjects, including this one."


Is what you just said true? It doesn't matter. It makes sense, anyway. Kate, who was pretty inexpressive up to this point (even when you were addressing topics that seemed to interest her), seems disappointed; perhaps she expected you to give names to add to the list of characters in this incredible media scandal.

A burly man pushes open the large creaking doors of the room and approaches you. You recognize him: he is the manager of the Whitley Hotel, where the conference room is located. So there's nothing strange about his presence, but his behavior draws everyone's attention. Without saying a word, he climbs onto the stage, comes right next to you, and turns one of the microphones toward him.

"Hello, everyone. I'm Frank Whitley, the hotel manager. I wanted to let you know that the press conference has been going on for a little over an hour now, and the Whitley Hotel would like to invite you to take a break to freshen up. Drinks are available in the hotel minibar and smoking is allowed on the balconies. See you soon."

As if this random guy had any authority over the crowd, a few reporters stand up and walk out of the room. The majority remain seated and pull out their cell phones. The man's intervention is rude, but this insignificant announcement is not the only reason he is here. Frank steps away from the microphone and whispers into your ear:

"Someone wants to see you."
"What do you mean?"
"Someone important came to talk to me and said they want to see you urgently."
"Yes, I understood that. But why? What does he want from me?"
"I don't know. This person is waiting for you in the lobby, just outside the first floor restroom."

Now that's unusual. Was it Raul who came to shoot you before you said too much? Or Glenn who drove down here to talk to you about your blood test? Or...someone else, perhaps?

> "I'm not getting up from this chair until you tell me who it is."
> "If this person wants to talk to me, let them come into the room, sit there, and ask me their question."
> "I don't trust you. I'll only go if you come with me."
> "Okay, I'll go."
> Other
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>>5455592
>"I'm not getting up from this chair until you tell me who it is."
>You just said it's someone important
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>>5455592
> "Okay, I'll go."
>>
>>5455592
> "Okay, I'll go."
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>>5455592
> "Okay, I'll go."
I wish to see what fate has in store for Ace.
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>>5455722 >>5455874 >>5455881 >>5455893
Once again, you quietly exit the room. This doesn't alert anyone in the audience; most of the reporters just assume you're going on a break. Frank walks ahead of you, as if to guide you, but he quickly stops when he sees that the person who was waiting for you was just behind the back door at the end of the room.

"Oh, well...there she is. I'll leave you two to talk."

Frank walks away. You are now alone facing a stern-looking woman you don't know. Her features are quite "exotic," she looks Native American or Vietnamese. Or maybe it's just a Latin American girl with slanted eyes. Under her arm, she holds a thick red folder.

"Hello Mr. Amaze. I'm Victoria, investigator for the federal government. Victoria is not my real name, it's an alias, but I demand that you call me that, from now on."
"Okay...nice to meet you. When you say 'investigator for the federal government', you mean...FBI agent, right?"
"Yes, okay, if that pleases you,"
Victoria replies coldly. "Our organization has been investigating you in secret for the past few years as part of a major investigation to dismantle the largest money laundering scheme in history."

Things escalated quickly.

"Wait, wait...what are you talking about?"
"We are talking about the criminal activities of Mr. Gutierrez. You were close to him, weren't you? You and he were almost friends, you could say. We know he was financially supporting your campaign for the Republican Party primaries, but were you aware that the money he was loaning you came from cocaine sales, and that he was using you to hide this huge fortune?"


> "Uh...that sounds obvious, doesn't it? Where do YOU think a drug lord's wealth comes from? You don't have to be a professional spy to know that."
> "I never asked myself that question. It was none of my business, it was Raul's business."
> "He didn't need to hide his wealth, he was powerful enough to never worry about it."
> "Why come here to talk to me about all this? Isn't it risky FOR YOU?"
> "How do I know you're really an FBI agent?"
> Other
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>>5456114
>"You choose NOW to ask me that? When there's a horde of reporters just a couple steps away and yet your identity needs to be kept secret?"
>"You can prove your identity, or you can forget the song and dance and force me however you were planning to."
>>
>>5456152
Supporting
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>>5456152
+1
>>
>>5456114
> "How do I know you're really an FBI agent?"
>> "Uh...that sounds obvious, doesn't it? Where do YOU think a drug lord's wealth comes from? You don't have to be a professional spy to know that."
>> "I never asked myself that question. It was none of my business, it was Raul's business."
fuck the feds
> scream about there being a federal agent
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>>5456152 >>5456204 >>5456391 >>5456746
"You choose NOW to ask me that? When there's a horde of reporters just a couple steps away and yet your identity needs to be kept secret?"
"I know, the Bureau is taking big risks despite the need for discretion. But there's a reason for that: urgency."
"Urgency? Instead of waiting until I get home to contact me privately, you choose to come here, now, in the middle of an overhyped event? What kind of emergency requires you to act in such an unnecessarily stupid way?"


Victoria was about to cut you off to answer, but she chokes on her words.

"We need to...Hold on, do you just call me 'stupid'? Believe me, what you have done is far more stupid than what we are doing right now. You tried to lead Raul Gutierrez into a trap, to have him arrested by the American police without even knowing why, when you had nothing to gain. No matter how much you deny it, the story is now well known and few people doubt the true version, even if it is not official. Whatever he did, we were on the front lines. Gutierrez was in our sights, his phone conversations were tapped, and when we heard about you, it was as a suspect in the money laundering case we were working on."
"I had very good reasons for wanting to keep Gutierrez away from me. If you were really spying on his conversations, you should have realized that. And how can I believe you, anyway? How do I know you're really an FBI agent?"


Victoria pulls her badge out of the back pocket of her pants. Her fingers cover her name (this is probably intentional), but you see that her real first name starts with a J. The badge is very well done, so it's possible that this is real.

"Here. Does that suit you?"
"...Yeah, okay. I can't be sure it's real, but I'll pretend it is. Anyway, whether you're from the FBI or you're a hitwoman sent to take me down, I guess I can't really run away now. So explain why you're interested in me, and more importantly, why it's urgent."
"We're interested in you for many reasons, but it always comes down to the same idea: you're an exceptional witness."


[cont]
>>
That may be the strangest compliment you've ever received in your life.

"What do you mean by that?"
"You've been close, one might even say friends, with Raul Gutierrez. We have been watching this man for years, and you know more about him than any police operation has ever uncovered. Through our spying on Gutierrez, we know that you have also been in contact with Steve Brilz, the Arizona Border Patrol superintendent who is now suspected of colluding with drug traffickers in Mexico. And you're also living proof that some people, in NASCAR or the NFL, are willing to allow themselves to be bribed, to scam insurance companies, or to artificially alter the outcome of a competition for financial gain...not to mention all the decadent circles you've frequented, and whose most horrific secrets you know."


Even if Victoria is an imposter, she still knows a lot about you, as very few people knew that the Brilz family was involved in this. Even you wouldn't have mentioned Steve's name.

"And so...you came in a hurry to protect me, because I'm a valuable witness, right?"
"Almost. The reality is that you are, right now, in an extremely vulnerable position. Killing you would be in the interest of many white-collar criminals, and we believe that, as we speak, people are on their way to get their revenge. Yet, you alone can save the entire FBI 10 years of investigation. So we need to get you out of here quietly."


> "Okay. How do you plan to do that?"
> "I'm sorry, but it's going to take more than that for me to trust you. If someone wanted to kill me...it would have already been done."
> "If I am to be killed, then so be it, I deserve it. It's even long overdue."
> "No, wait. You know a lot more than you're letting on. You don't THINK someone is coming to kill me, you KNOW. You need to tell me more."
> "Let me guess. The person who wants to kill me is you?"
> "This story is way too complicated. I don't believe you."
> "Since you know everything...do you know who released the story to the media? You know...it all leaked out overnight, clearly, someone had been building a compromising file on me for all these years!"
> Other
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>>5456762
>"If I am to be killed, then so be it, I deserve it. It's even long overdue."
>"No, wait. You know a lot more than you're letting on. You don't THINK someone is coming to kill me, you KNOW. You need to tell me more."
>"Out of curisoity, how do you plan to do that?"

We cannot take this easy way out. As stated by Anon earlier, Ace Amaze is too based to not go out ridiculously, i.e., a hand-to-hand fight with a hitman. Plus, considering all the shit he's done, even though it was enabled by others, he deserves some form of punishment, maybe not death tho.

Perhaps, Ace has kept a journal or something that we can give to this 'investigator.' It wouldn't serve Ace anyways, considering where he is going, whether a jail cell or a shallow grave.
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>>5456762
>"No, wait. You know a lot more than you're letting on. You don't THINK someone is coming to kill me, you KNOW."
> "So how do you plan to get me out? Another fake death to implicate my NASCAR friends?"
>"By the way, you guys need to check out my bloodwork, there's apparently been some crazy shit in there for god knows how long."
>>
>>5456762
>> "This story is way too complicated. I don't believe you."
> "If I am to be killed, then so be it, I deserve it. It's even long overdue."
no fuck going with the FEDS nothing good ever comes out of it.
>>
>>5456796
supporting
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>>5456782 >>5456796 >>5456983 >>5457156
"No, wait. You know a lot more than you're letting on. You don't THINK someone is coming to kill me, you KNOW."
"We always speak in euphemisms. Of course we know you're in danger."
"Okay, but because of whom? And why?"
"We think, and I'm sure this won't surprise you, that Mr. Gutierrez solicited the services of a local criminal gang to come and get you, when he knew you were going to give a press conference in this city, at this very specific time...you must not be predictable in your travels, and you must not stay isolated for too long, if you don't want trouble to come your way."


You bring your hand to your chin in a gesture of incomprehension.

"I don't understand. I can't stay exposed, or people will know exactly where I am, but I can't be hidden either, or the people who want me dead can kill me without being discovered. Doesn't that seem contradictory to you?"
"Not at all, because there is a third solution, the one I am proposing: come with me to be hidden...but under FBI protection."
"But how? How do you plan to get me out? You're not going to fake my death again! No one will believe it, everyone already knows about the Daytona 500 accident."
"No need to do anything impressive. We don't need to draw attention. We're just going to walk out of here. Literally. But away from the CCTV cameras, of course."
"And after that, what? I'm going to live in the woods, in a cabin that serves as an FBI hideout?"
"No. You'll be housed, you'll have a new identity, and you'll be able to escape justice. On the other hand, you will have to start a new life in a country where you are not well known. Tell me, do you speak Czech?"


You take a step back. The more the discussion goes on, the less you want to follow this unknown woman.

"I know there are people who are mad at me. The question is: am I in less danger with you? You, who know everything about me, can you tell me who poisoned me at the Grammy ceremony?"
"What are you talking about?"
"Look."


You pull out your phone with the photograph of your blood work, and hold it up in front of Victoria.

"I don't get it."
"After the fight at the Grammys, I had my blood drawn to see if I had been drinking alcohol, which would have been an aggravating factor. Turns out I had a lot of substances in my body, and my blood work was so bad that the doctors felt I should have died. I ESPECIALLY have a high concentration of anabolic steroids in my blood, even though I know full well I've never taken them."
"It's probably leftover from the stuff they used to make you eat when you were a football player. Follow me, now, we have work to do."


> "No."
> "Okay."
> "Hold on, I want to know more about you, FBI. Particularly about the investigations you're interested in."
> "If you can't answer that question, I have no interest in following you."
> Other
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>>5457574
> "No."

she's the assassin
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>>5457574
>> "No."
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>>5457574
>> "No."
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You look Victoria straight in the eye as she takes a few steps to urge you to follow her.

"So? Are you joining me?"

Voluntarily, you let two, three seconds of silence pass to get Victoria's full attention.

"No."
"What do you mean, no?"
"None of this makes any sense. You want to contact me discreetly, but you choose to come at a time when I am most exposed. It's supposedly an urgent threat, but it's been over a week since everyone has known about my business, I haven't tried to hide, and no one has tried to kill me. YOU are supposed to contact me in a hurry, but YOU chose to come in DURING the press conference, not in the last few days."
"What's your point?"
"You are lying. I'm willing to believe some things...hell, I'm even willing to believe that you really are an FBI agent. But I don't believe there's a mysterious threat out there. I think you're the threat, and your intentions are not to protect me but to silence me."


Victoria doesn't move. She doesn't seem annoyed, disappointed, or happy.

"You are wrong on many points, although I understand your concern. If you don't want to follow me, fine. But end the press conference as soon as possible."
"Why?"
"You wouldn't believe me if I told you, but go announce that the conference is over."


> "Okay."
> "Is that all?"
> "I'm willing to do that, but I need you to explain to me why you want that."
> "Tell me the whole truth and maybe, MAYBE, I'll listen more carefully."
> "I still have a lot of explaining to do to reporters. The conference will last as long as I decide, and I certainly don't plan to end it now."
> Other
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>>5457758
> "I still have a lot of explaining to do to reporters. The conference will last as long as I decide, and I certainly don't plan to end it now."
>>
>>5457758
> "I still have a lot of explaining to do to reporters. The conference will last as long as I decide, and I certainly don't plan to end it now."

Bruh, this line right here sells me on her being stupid or a plant:
>"It's probably leftover from the stuff they used to make you eat when you were a football player. Follow me, now, we have work to do."

Can we also acknowledge how wrong Ace's parents were:
>Your parents insisted that you devote your life to football, since you were good at it and had no other talents
Wonder what Ma and Pa think now.
>>
>>5457758
> "Tell me the whole truth and maybe, MAYBE, I'll listen more carefully."
>>
>>5457758
> "Tell me the whole truth and maybe, MAYBE, I'll listen more carefully."

I don't trust this bitch, she doesn't even reek of Glowie.
>>
>>5457758
>"I still have a lot of explaining to do to reporters. The conference will last as long as I decide, and I certainly don't plan to end it now."
Even if she's legit, that comment about the bloodwork is enough to conclude that she lacks either the competence or flexibility to deal with the magnitude that is Ace's life.
>>
>>5458308
>lacks either the competence or flexibility to deal with the magnitude that is Ace's life
Who would have the capabilities to deal with Ace's life? You would need another Ace Amaze to help Ace out of his situation. Though, heaven forbid, if there were two Ace Amaze types around working in tandem, they would end up causing WWIII or propelling the world to Utopia.
>>
>>5458323
Ace is neither a savior nor the antichrist, he is the trial sent by god to test the limits of humanity's capacity for bullshit plotwists in life.
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>>5458325
>the trial sent by god
That's one hell of a description for Ace. I like it.
>>
>>5458335 >>5458325 >>5458323 >>5458308 >>5458214 >>5457885 >>5457861 >>5457793
"I still have a lot of explaining to do to reporters. The conference will last as long as I decide, and I certainly don't plan to end it now."
"So what? You're going to go back to the conference room like nothing serious is going on? Despite what I just told you?"
"The only threatening person I met today was you. I would have taken you seriously if you were telling me the truth, but I have more than one reason to think there's some bullshit in what you're telling me."


Victoria stares at you, visibly annoyed.

"All right. Go back to your press conference, if you feel so strongly about it. But keep in mind...that I have warned you."
"Yeah yeah, right. Off you go."


You step back towards the door you had come out of, not taking your eyes off Victoria. You never know, maybe she's the killer Raul employed to put a bullet in your skull. But it's apparently not the case; she walks with long strides towards the large emergency exit at the end of the corridor and never looks back.

You return to your seat, relieved not to have to talk to this strange girl anymore, but curious to know what she really wanted. Who knows? Maybe you'll hear from her again, very soon. The reporters come back one after the other. When the crowd seems full, you put your hand on one of the microphones on the table and make your announcement.

"All right, break's over, we can resume the interview. Does anyone have a question?"

Rob Perkins raises his hand and speaks immediately, without waiting for your approval. Such rudeness is not in his nature, but you can forgive him.

"I propose that we make a summary of what has been said so far, if you don't mind. I've taken some notes."
"All right, go ahead."
"It all started in the NFL: you took painkillers to play in the Super Bowl, and you gave money to a League official to hide your doping test results because you were surrounded by people who were easy to bribe. For the sexual assaults, you acknowledged that it was true and expressed regret, while admitting that you were hanging out with degenerate people who made you feel that this was normal. As for the financing of your political career, you refuted theories that you benefited from the contribution of a drug lord, but you did not say who your patron was. For the accident at Daytona, it was partly NASCAR's idea to get rid of you. Finally, you admit that you had relationship problems with the other members of your music band, but you told us about a story...of drugs? Something that would explain your violent excesses?...Anyway, is this correct?"


> "It's all true. We can continue the interview."
> "Wait, there are some things that are a little misleading in what you wrote down..."
> Other
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>>5458811
i really like to write "all right" btw
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>>5458811
>That last part will get more details later, I just found out myself.
Won't the NASCAR bit sound like they wanted Ace dead dead?
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>>5458811
>For the sexual assaults, you acknowledged that it was true and expressed regret
Were we admitting to sexual assault earlier, or just violent sex? I'm not 100% sure how to interpret what happened.
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>>5459070
I think sexual assault because continuing despite the partner saying no or asking to stop would fall within that boundary, I believe.
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>>5459074
Oh, I didn't know that's what we admitted to earlier.
Yeah, I don't see any problems with it then.
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>>5459013 >>5459070 >>5459074 >>5459114
Any other vote or do we go with
> That last part will get more details later, I just found out myself.
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>>5459806
Works for me.
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>>5459806
I'm fine with that vote going ahead.
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>>5459823 >>5459826
"That last part will get more details later, I just found out myself."
"Okay. So I'll let you carry on..."


As Rob speaks, a familiar face appears between the two large entrance doors of the conference room. It's Brett Djordjevic, the independent blogger who thinks you're guilty, but at the same time says you have nothing to be ashamed of. If there's one man on earth who will say you're "based & redpilled", it's him...but not right now, because he looks pretty beat up.

Even though his entrance is discreet, you notice something that is impossible NOT to see: Brett is bleeding from his nose and has bruises on his face. He has just been in a fight. It's unlikely that this was the work of the frail environmental activist who was sitting in front of you a few minutes ago; it looks more like a bunch of them went at it and beat the crap out of Brett.

"So...you want to talk about this poisoning thing? Someone slipped you some dangerous drugs right before the Grammy ceremony, is that the story? Can you tell us more about that?" Rob says, hesitantly.

> "Yes. According to my producer, the man behind it is a sound engineer named Daryl Schmidt, and he would have sought to poison me to get back at the music industry as a whole."
> "I have my doubts about WHO might have wanted me dead, and WHY, but I can't say for sure. I just know that I was put in danger."
> "Unfortunately, no. Everything I told you earlier is already all I know about the case. The culprit is unknown and I was just hoping to bring this case to your attention."
> Other
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>>5460123
>> "I have my doubts about WHO might have wanted me dead, and WHY, but I can't say for sure. I just know that I was put in danger."
>>
>>5460123
>"I have doubts about WHO wanted to poison me, or if they even wanted me dead. I just know that I was put in danger."
>"By the way, do you mind if I call the police? Judging from Brett, it looks like we have some decidedly unkind company outside this building."
Brett being beaten up sounds like he walked into one of the parties waiting to ambush Ace.
>>
>>5460123
>"I have doubts about WHO wanted to poison me, or if they even wanted me dead. I just know that I was put in danger."
>"By the way, do you mind if I call the police? Judging from Brett, it looks like we have some decidedly unkind company outside this building."

It might lead to the meeting getting canceled early, but having guys beaten up outside does not sound good.
>>
>>5460164
>>5460361
+1. Since we're throwing in this interruption anyway, I propose we also ask:

>Brett, what happened to you?
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>>5460123
> "Unfortunately, no. Everything I told you earlier is already all I know about the case. The culprit is unknown and I was just hoping to bring this case to your attention."
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>>5460373
I agree with this suggestion. Adding it to my vote here: >>5460361
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>>5460124 >>5460164 >>5460361 >>5460373 >>5460434 >>5460436
"I have doubts about WHO wanted to poison me, or if they even wanted me dead. I just know that I was put in danger."

You stop speaking to look at Brett's bruised face at the back of the room. The other reporters don't notice, but you do, and you can't look anywhere else. Was he beaten up by people who are dangerous to you? Is this a message being sent to you? Is "Victoria" behind it all?

"By the way, do you mind if I call the police? Judging from Brett, it looks like we have some decidedly unkind company outside this building."

At these words, the whole crowd turns to look at Brett, sitting in the back row. But he doesn't seem to want the attention you're giving him.

"No no, it's okay!" growls Brett.
"What happened to you, Mr. Djordjevic?"
"Nothing! I slipped on the stairs. It doesn't even hurt, anyway. Don't mind me."


This sounds more like something humiliating than something threatening.

> "Come on, there's nothing to be ashamed of. I just want to make sure there's nothing wrong with you." (1d100, minimum threshold at 55)
> "I don't know what you're up to, but it doesn't make me feel any better. Tell me what happened to you, or get out of here" (1d100, minimum threshold at 50)
> "Look, I'm in danger myself, I need to know if this is all about me." (1d100, minimum threshold at 45)
> "Okay, whatever."
> Other
>>
Rolled 24 (1d100)

>>5460627
>> "Come on, there's nothing to be ashamed of. I just want to make sure there's nothing wrong with you." (1d100, minimum threshold at 55)
>>
Rolled 29 (1d100)

>>5460627
>> "Come on, there's nothing to be ashamed of. I just want to make sure there's nothing wrong with you." (1d100, minimum threshold at 55)
>>
>>5460627
> "Come on, there's nothing to be ashamed of. I just want to make sure there's nothing wrong with you." (1d100, minimum threshold at 55)
>>
Rolled 8 (1d100)

>>5460627
>> "Come on, there's nothing to be ashamed of. I just want to make sure there's nothing wrong with you." (1d100, minimum threshold at 55)
>>
>>5460636 >>5460641 >>5460667 >>5460911
(24 + 29 + 8) / 2 = 20.333... < 55, failure

"Come on, there's nothing to be ashamed of. I just want to make sure there's nothing wrong with you."
"NOTHING is wrong with me, okay?"


Brett won't tell you a word about what happened to him. Part of you is reassured, because if it was any of your business, he might have told you; while posing as a victim of the "powerful bad guys."

But then again: if this is all the work of someone who has a grudge against you, this press conference could lead to something sinister.

> Insist (1d100, threshold at 50, bad consequences if failed)
> "Fine, I won't insist. Does anyone have a question?"
> Other
>>
Is it wrong that I'm imagining our MC voiced the guy who does Harvey Birdman?
>>
Rolled 74 (1d100)

>>5461130
>Insist
C'mon Brett, I need at least one successful dice roll in this story.
>>
>>5461130
>> "Fine, I won't insist. Does anyone have a question?"
>>
Rolled 4 (1d100)

>>5461206
I mean there are some similarities between Harvey's job and what Ace is doing in front of the reporters, so I see where the comparison is coming from (also Harvey and we are both chads)

>>5461218 >>5461629
Adding at least a second roll for 1st option, if i fail I'll pick the second option
>>
>>5462254
well well well
(74 + 4) / 2 = 39 < 50, failure

"Fine, I won't insist. Does anyone have a question?"

You see Tammie Alston's skinny arm rise.

"Now that we've got everything summarized, I remembered what you said at the very beginning of the press conference. You were hoping that 'others would pay for what they did,' and now that you've answered several questions to shed light on the lesser-known aspects of your life, I understand a little better what kind of influence 'others' may have had. But now I have a question: who do you resent the most? Who do you think deserves to be punished more than anyone else?"

> "Trent Fitzpatrick, my teammate at the Idaho Skunks who helped me get painkillers. He should have held me back, that was the start of my descent into hell."
> "NASCAR. I ran into a lot of problems during my stock car driving career, and NASCAR handled them very poorly, with very bad timing."
> "Hollywood. This devil's industry gives far too much fame and power to people who don't necessarily deserve it."
> "The jet set as a whole. It's a decadent environment where aberrant behavior is completely commonplace."
> "The Democratic Party. My political mistakes stem from the fact that they wouldn't give me a chance to express myself."
> "The other members of my music group. They should have seen that something was wrong with me, rather than continuing to tour as if nothing was wrong. I guess criticizing is easier than fixing."
> "Whoever leaked this story to the media. It didn't do anyone any favors."
> "The freemasons, somehow. I'll find a reason later."
> Other
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>>5462298
>there are things that I am only beginning understand now, a bigger picture... I will have an answer to this question, but I don't have it yet.
>>
>>5462298
>there are things that I am only beginning understand now, a bigger picture... I will have an answer to this question, but I don't have it yet.
>>
>>5462298
>> Other
"the secret societies such as the freemasons, Illuminati, and the Jews."
>>
>>5462298
> "The jet set as a whole. It's a decadent environment where aberrant behavior is completely commonplace."
>light Communistic rambling about the bourgeois
>>
>>5462298
>"Humanity itself. Honestly, how we managed to get this far is both amazing and shocking, but clearly we have overstayed our welcome on this planet; we should have been wiped out long ago."

NGL, this is most likely a horrible optional suggestion, but the others are likely to bring down heat on our ass one way or another; might as well go all out on the burn, though I wager other anons will find this suggestion edgy and cringe as fuck, not that I would blame them.
>>
>>5462548
kek this definitely fits the character

>>5462509 >>5462517 >>5462543 >>5462839
"There are things that I am only beginning to understand now, a bigger picture...I will have an answer to this question, but I don't have it yet."
"Is it because there are too many people to blame?"
says Tammie with a big smile, almost the beginnings of a giggle.
"Ahah, no...well, not completely. It's hard to pinpoint responsibility, it's going to take a little while longer to identify the people who actually did wrong. But I do know that some of my acquaintances and former collaborators have a selfish way of thinking, that they are only driven by hate or greed. When I've had time to think about it, when I've had a chance to cross-check everything I know, and learn a little bit more about the people involved in this whole thing, then I can come up with names."
"That really sounds like you're part of a conspiracy."


It wasn't Tammie who said that, but Brett.

"I beg your pardon?"
"You're not naming anyone, you're muddying the waters, you don't want to blame anyone when it's obvious you're being scapegoated by some powerful people. I understand what you are playing at."
"Uh...it's...normal? Have you ever heard of something called libel? You can be fined a lot of money for it, sometimes you even go to jail."
"Libel is when you lie. You, on the other hand, are hiding the truth. Someone supposedly have tried to poison you, but strangely enough, your life has always been full of success. Doesn't that seem strange to you? You're hiding something, it's obvious. This whole scandal is a diversion."


A few reporters, sitting right in front of Brett, sigh to express their fatigue with the man. He is in a bad mood, which may be the reason why he turns on you so suddenly.

> "Yes, that's exactly it. Next question?"
> "You're going to have to say more if you want us to take you seriously. This is a diversion from what?"
> "What you are implying is objectively false. Welcome to the real world: there are no villains, no heroes, just morally ambiguous people who all think they're on the good side."
> "Look, there's a reason I don't mention any names, and if you'd make the effort to think for five minutes, you'd understand why."
> Other
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>>5463178
> "You're going to have to say more if you want us to take you seriously. This is a diversion from what?"
>>
I have a feeling Brett is about to go Kanye lol
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>>5463178
> "Look, there's a reason I don't mention any names, and if you'd make the effort to think for five minutes, you'd understand why."
He's starting to think Ace is a part of the conspiracy. Good. Let's fuel those thoughts.
>>
>>5463229 >>5463232 >>5463268
"You're going to have to say more if you want us to take you seriously. This is a diversion from what?"
"I don't know, but there's no way you're not colluding with some of the people accusing you. All those girls you brutalized for years...did no one notice the red flags in your behavior? All those people at NASCAR who set up your death...no one revealed the secret, even though the insurance companies probably investigated for weeks, even months? And after that, no one was surprised by your mysterious similarities with a guy who disappeared almost at the same time you appeared? Dozens of associates saw your face, and NO ONE noticed anything odd about it?"
"So what? What do you think this all proves?"
"All the people who have assisted you in your lifetime had, in fact, a vested interest in this scandal. Everyone knew...a lil bit of something. And YOU have something to gain from it, too. I can't find out more at this point, but it is ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE that you are not conspiring with a network made up of many, many people. When you compare the scale of the scandal to the actual severity of your actions, you can't help but think that something is wrong, that someone made it happen. None of this is natural, and you are part of the plot."


It's going to be hard to convince him that he's wrong. Might as well give him what he wants, while keeping some mystery.

"Look, there's a reason I don't mention any names, and if you'd make the effort to think for five minutes, you'd understand why."
"Uh..."


Brett is caught off guard and seems at a loss for words. A normal person wouldn't see anything weird behind what you said, and would just assume you don't want to make any false accusations, but a lunatic and paranoid guy like Brett will immediately guess that you're under pressure from powerful and dangerous people. He sits back down quietly, as if he's finally heard what he wants you to say.

"Okay, does anyone have a question, or can we start wrapping up this press conference?"

It's Douglas Janssen, the former NFL player, who asks the next question. Of all the people here, he is the one whose life has been most like yours.

"Ace, what do you plan to do in the near future?"

> "I have a lot of plans. A solo music career, I'm considering directing my own movies...I want to grow up, and make this scandal just a small part of me."
> "I'm going to focus on the few good things in my life. Like thinking about how to run my homeless shelter, for example. Or how to fix some of my mistakes."
> "I don't know. I'm going to let events take their course, this whole thing is completely out of my control today."
> "I'm getting the best lawyer in this state so that justice doesn't turn me into the monster the media has been talking about."
> "Staying cooped up at home waiting for this story to be over. There are people out there who are pissed at me..."
> Other
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>>5464293
>> "I'm going to focus on the few good things in my life. Like thinking about how to run my homeless shelter, for example. Or how to fix some of my mistakes."
>>
>>5464293
> "I'm going to focus on the few good things in my life. Like thinking about how to run my homeless shelter, for example. Or how to fix some of my mistakes."
>>
>>5464308 >>5464324
"I'm going to focus on the few good things in my life. Like thinking about how to run my homeless shelter, for example. Or how to fix some of my mistakes."
"Fix your mistakes? How do you plan to do that?"
"Well...I haven't thought it all through yet, although I've already answered a few questions on the subject. I can't go back in time, but I can, for example, sell my Super Bowl ring and give the money to charity."
"Or use it to pay for the criminal fines the courts are going to impose on you."
"Yeah, maybe, but I'd rather use my remaining resources to do good. I've already made a lot of money in my life anyway; I can decide to make a positive impact for once."


Howard Millington, the sportswriter who hates you, speaks up. Unexpectedly, his tone is not aggressive, and his question is not loaded with accusatory undertone; he wants to ask a real question this time.

"What do you plan to do about the other cases? How are you going to fix your mistakes at NASCAR, for example?"

> "I will apologize, pay back what I cost the insurance companies, and make sure NASCAR's reputation doesn't suffer because of my actions."
> "If anyone was harmed by the staging of my death, I will personally arrange with those people to offer compensation commensurate with the harm."
> "I don't know yet, because I am not the only person to blame. I think that will be for the courts to decide."
> "I don't have any plans. To tell you the truth, I'm convinced that NASCAR is more to blame than I am. It was the Association's idea, not mine."
> Other
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>>5465255
> "I don't have any plans. To tell you the truth, I'm convinced that NASCAR is more to blame than I am. It was the Association's idea, not mine. They should have been prepared for the fallout if it was ever found out."
>>
>>5465255
>"If anyone was harmed by the staging of my death, I will personally arrange with those people to offer compensation commensurate with the harm."
I don't think blaming or helping NASCAR is necessary
>>
>>5465489
It sounds like Howard has beef because of someone RELATED to NASCAR, but since he was at it even before any scandals, kinda hard to tell who this is about.
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>>5465255
>> "I don't have any plans. To tell you the truth, I'm convinced that NASCAR is more to blame than I am. It was the Association's idea, not mine."
>>
>>5465255
> "I don't know yet, because I am not the only person to blame. I think that will be for the courts to decide."
I agree that's it's probably a bad idea to blame NASCAR explicitly, an "it's complicated" should suffice.
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>>5465255
> "I don't know yet, because I am not the only person to blame. I think that will be for the courts to decide."
Feels that answering this question in a specific way can screw Ace over
>>
>>5465255
> "If anyone was harmed by the staging of my death, I will personally arrange with those people to offer compensation commensurate with the harm."
>>
>>5465308 >>5465489 >>5465490 >>5465546 >>5465665 >>5465838 >>5465876
We have a tie between
> "I don't know yet, because I am not the only person to blame. I think that will be for the courts to decide."
and
> "If anyone was harmed by the staging of my death, I will personally arrange with those people to offer compensation commensurate with the harm."
Votes remain open for a little while longer
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>>5466049
I like the second choice because it implies that insurance fraud is a victimless crime. Which is probably what a communist would think.
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>>5466049
I'll switch to
>that will be for the courts to decide
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>>5466062 >>5466147
"I don't know yet, because I am not the only person to blame. I think that will be for the courts to decide."
"Do you deny your responsibilities?"
"No, on the contrary, I am ready to shoulder all that will be blamed on me. But the idea of staging my death does not come from me alone, I am not the only one at fault in this story, and before doing anything, I would rather let justice take an official decision. After that, we'll see."


Other journalists are trying to ask you the same question, but in relation to the other scandals. How are you going to heal the trauma you put these hundreds of women through? What are you going to do to make amends after the fight at the Grammys? And this story about drug money, how will you explain it if it's true? The questions about your future are piling up, the journalists are cutting each other off, as if they feel that this conference is coming to an end. You can't even answer anymore.

All this fuss proves one thing: that Ace Amaze character is one of the most fascinating media creatures America has ever produced. Your life, your antics, your scandals and your failures have made for the most exciting and incredible drama in recent years; even though you're the villain of this story, you inspire a kind of fascination that has people waiting for just one thing: what comes next. The next episode. Your future. This press conference, even if it cleared up some of the mystery, helped to keep that excitement alive.

"Come on, not all at once! As I explained to Douglas, I haven't had time to think about everything. The courts have yet to rule on several cases, so I can't say anything about the future yet. I know what I WANT to do, but not what I CAN do. There, do you have any other questions?"
"Do you?"


This odd remark comes from David Mizrahi, the slightly autistic film critic.

"What do you mean?"
"Well...maybe you want to know something that the general public knows, but you don't. So...do you have a question?"


> "No, but thanks for suggesting it."
> "Can you tell me WHO leaked the story to the media? It all came out overnight, that's not normal. Clearly, someone built up a dossier on me and waited for the right moment."
> "Do you know, or have you seen, an Asian-type girl who goes by the name Victoria, and hangs around right now?"
> "Are people aware that I was poisoned at the Grammy ceremony? It's not a lie, I have proof, and I find it infuriating that the culprit got away with it."
> "Are there people out there rooting for me? I mean...I've caused so much scandal, I think everyone should hate me by now."
> "Does anyone know enough about American law to know what I'm facing, judicially?"
> "So...did I make a good impression on you?"
> Other
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>>5466364
>> "Can you tell me WHO leaked the story to the media? It all came out overnight, that's not normal. Clearly, someone built up a dossier on me and waited for the right moment."
>>
>>5466364
> "Does anyone know enough about American law to know what I'm facing, judicially?"
>>
>>5466364
>> "Can you tell me WHO leaked the story to the media? It all came out overnight, that's not normal. Clearly, someone built up a dossier on me and waited for the right moment."
>>
>>5466364
> "Do you know, or have you seen, an Asian-type girl who goes by the name Victoria, and hangs around right now?"
>>
>>5466364
>"Can you tell me WHO leaked the story to the media? It all came out overnight, that's not normal. Clearly, someone built up a dossier on me and waited for the right moment."
>>
>>5466364
>>> "Can you tell me WHO leaked the story to the media? It all came out overnight, that's not normal. Clearly, someone built up a dossier on me and waited for the right moment."
>>
>>5466369 >>5466370 >>5466407 >>5466523 >>5466539 >>5466759
"Can you tell me WHO leaked the story to the media? It all came out overnight, that's not normal. Clearly, someone built up a dossier on me and waited for the right moment."

David is oblivious to your question; he sits back down quietly as if his work is done, without showing any emotion. The other reporters, meanwhile, seem uncomfortable.

"Why do you need this information?" asks a reporter who had not spoken until now, reluctantly.
"I told you. There's no way one person could have found out everything there is to know about me in such a short time. It has to be the work of an enemy who has sworn to ruin my reputation, and has been investigating for years. I won't have a clear conscience until I know who this person is."

A few people in the audience exchange awkward looks.

"You know, it's pretty dangerous, for a journalist, to give out the names of his informants," says another journalist who had been quiet until now. "Some of these people are taking huge risks to bring back important information, so we're putting them in danger if we give their names."
"This is Jill Shearer."

A few sudden gasps are heard. It was Hannah Sorrentino, the radical feminist, who announced the name without the slightest hesitation.

"Can you repeat that?"

Hannah sighs, pinching the bridge of her nose.

"It wasn't an anonymous informant or a secret agent who broke the story. All you had to do was read the very first article TMZ published about Ace Amaze to see that the original source was a freelance journalist named Jill Shearer. No one said anything about it, but it was our job to cite our sources...and very few people here do their jobs well. Or maybe you guys didn't want to take on the responsibility of being the one to 'expose' Jill...well, if that's the reason, you guys don't have balls."

You repeat the name "Jill Shearer" in your head, but it doesn't ring a bell. Is this Victoria's real name? Her first name started with a "J"...but if so, her being here makes no sense, because she already knows everything about you.

"What do you plan to do, now that you know this information?" asks David with his usual innocence.

> "I'm going to find this woman and ask her for an explanation. I want to know why she's focused on me."
> "Is Jill Shearer her real name, or a pseudonym? Does anyone know ANYTHING about her?"
> "Nothing. Just knowing the person who has a grudge against me is already a huge relief."
> "Find her and congratulate her on her work. Even if she ruined my reputation, it's important to have people to remind us that no crime should go unpunished."
> Other (write)
>>
>>5467313
>> "Is Jill Shearer her real name, or a pseudonym? Does anyone know ANYTHING about her?"
>>
>>5467313
> "Is Jill Shearer her real name, or a pseudonym? Does anyone know ANYTHING about her?"
>>
>>5467313
> "Find her and congratulate her on her work. Even if she ruined my reputation, it's important to have people to remind us that no crime should go unpunished."
doesn't mean we really have to do it lol
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>>5467313
>> "I'm going to find this woman and ask her for an explanation. I want to know why she's focused on me."
>>
>>5467313
>"Glad to see it wasn't a friend, I suppose."
>"Ask her what she knows about my bloodwork. She found out everything else, maybe she knows things about me that I don't know."
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>>5467484
>>5467513
>>5467614
>>5467790
>>5467839
(currently experiencing a power outage, I'll write the next post as soon as the power comes back on, but this godforsaken place tends to go back to the Middle Ages a little too often)
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>>5468408
(Im QM btw, posting from my phone)
>>
"Is Jill Shearer her real name, or a pseudonym? Does anyone know ANYTHING about her?"

Another moment of silence ensues. No one knows who should speak, and probably no one knows what to say anyway. Except Douglas, who is definitely the voice of reason.

"You know, given everything she's revealed, there's no way the police aren't investigating her right now. Maybe she'll be in a witness protection program, for that matter. Either way, she can't remain perfectly anonymous forever, and if this case is taken to court, she'll probably be there...to testify against you."

> "Okay, that sounds fair. I don't have any more questions."
> "Wait...I have one more question..." [write]
> Other
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>>5469639
>"Okay, that sounds fair. I don't have any more questions."
>>
>>5469639
> "Wait...I have one more question..."
> "Do you know, or have you seen, an Asian-type girl who goes by the name Victoria, and hangs around right now?"
I primarily want to see if Brett has any reaction this name or description
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>>5469639
> "Okay, that sounds fair. I don't have any more questions."

I don't want to draw attention to the glowie.
>>
>>5469639
>> "Okay, that sounds fair. I don't have any more questions."
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>>5469639
>"Okay, that sounds fair. I don't have any more questions."
>>
>>5469646 >>5470141 >>5470399 >>5470600 >>5470751
"Okay, that sounds fair. I don't have any more questions."

This answer seems to relieve the journalists, who were not comfortable talking about one of their colleagues with a man who has reasons to hate her. Appeasement gives way to a moment of silent hesitation; you realize that everyone is starting to run out of questions.

"So...are we good? Does anyone have anything to add?"

No one speaks up. Some people in the room are slowly shaking their heads from right to left, unconsciously, as if nodding "no." In everyone's mind, it's time to conclude this interview. Rob Perkins, the first journalist to speak, will be the one to ask the final question. That's it, we've come full circle.

"Ace, any last words?"

> Write a final sentence
> "No, that's fine."
>>
>>5470897
>I fucked up.

This has been a pleasure to read.
>>
>>5470897
>> Write a final sentence
Take this time to stop at your local Whataburger and get some good ole fries and a patty melt!
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>>5470897
>"I hope this has been an.....enlightening experience."
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>>5470897
>It was a pleasure speaking with you all, I fucked up, and I have absolutely no thoughts of suicide at the moment.
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>>5470897
>>5470901
This, title drop time
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>>5470897
>I fucked up.
It's been a fun ride, QM. Good job.
>>
reformatting

>>5470901 >>5470904 >>5470923 >>5471217 >>5471358 >>5471459
"Yeah..."

You swallow your saliva, which makes a small noise that the microphones on the table pick up. The dramatic tension in the room rises to a new level: this is your last line, your final firework. Your conclusion.

"I fucked up."

---

You raise your glass to your mouth and savor the distinctive taste of your Scotch whisky. You'd spent so many years drinking quickly, getting drunk as fast as possible, that you didn't even bother to check if you liked the taste. In this case...you're not a fan, but it could be worse.

The taste of alcohol is one of those little pleasures you've always ignored, one of those little side quests that have been part of the big story of your life, but that you've never bothered to look at closely. How many pleasures like that have you grossly ignored? How different would your life have been if you had just taken the time? Well...no need to answer that question. Because you have the time, now, and since it's one of the last things the scandal left you, you're enjoying it.

Of course, time was also sacrificed, as there were consequences to your actions. There was justice, trials, sanctions, prison. If your life was a TV show, that's when the credits would have rolled. But the game wasn't over, and despite the lack of a clear goal...you kept playing. Even after the end of the end of the end.

So where are you now?

> On the beach in Tijuana with Raul
> In a hospital in Idaho Falls, dying, with a nurse by your side
> Outside the big Florida state prison with Trent Fitzpatrick, your Idaho Skunks teammate
> In your Fort Lauterdale condominium, with two beautiful young women
> In a tiny house near Portland, with your children, and your grandchildren
> In a small apartment in Berlin, where you live under a false identity, with your wife Lena
> On the set of the Ella Brilz show, a talk show hosted by Damian Brilz' daughter
> On top of a bridge in some city, with a homeless man who doesn't know you're there to throw yourself in the river
> Other? Suggest.

(the quest will end soon, this won't be long)
>>
>>5471529
>On the beach in Tijuana with Raul
I can't refuse the scene of Ace and Raul drinking before one of them is killed, and we don't know who.
>>
>>5471529
>> Other? Suggest.
All of the above....
...somehow.
>>
>>5471529
>> On the beach in Tijuana with Raul
>>
>>5471529
>On the beach in Tijuana with Raul, reminiscing our life after the scandal
>>
>>5471529
>> In a small apartment in Berlin, where you live under a false identity, with your wife Lena
>>
>>5471529
I support this >>5471542
> Other? Suggest.
All of the above....
...somehow.
>>
>>5471529
> In a small apartment in Berlin, where you live under a false identity, with your wife Lena
>>
>>5471529
These all are great choices, either representing Ace overcoming his vices, embracing them, accepting his notoriety, or trying to hide from them.

I have to see the drug leader's plot thread come to an end; it's too good to pass up. Greet death like an old friend.
>On the beach in Tijuana with Raul
>>
>>5471529
>>> Other? Suggest.
>All of the above....
>...somehow.

I'm sorry, QM, I know this is a bitch of an option to write if you do agree to go along with it. But I can't pass that vote up.
>>
>>5471529
>All of the above... somehow
You did a damn good job
>>
There's a draw between Raul and "all of the above", but this is too good an opportunity.

>>5471539 >>5471587 >>5471634 >>5471807 >>5471962 >>5471720 >>5471542 >>5472067 >>5471679 >>5471804
True to your adventurous character, you had some incredibly eventful years after the scandal. Some of those years you spent in prison...and the rest you spent roaming the world, looking for a new Satan to pact with.

But before that, there were the consequences of the press conference. You admitted that you sometimes acted on impulse and then regretted your actions; as a result, you came across as emotional, thoughtless, and easily manipulated. People do not hate the "Ace Amaze monster", but rather have a strong disdain for the simpleton that you are. On the other hand, some of your more ambiguous answers have awakened conspiracy paranoia, including the assertion that "others must pay." A significant portion of the American population now believes that you were merely a pawn in a chess game guided by powerful and discreet people.

And it is in this context that your life has taken its course.

To escape justice, you tried to flee to Germany, where very few people have even heard your name. You met a humanitarian activist named Lena with whom you had a brief relationship...before the german justice system, in collaboration with the CIA, spotted you and forcibly brought you home.

You then attempted to stage your death a second time, by jumping off a bridge in North Carolina, while a homeless man who was supposed to be your accomplice watched. The operation didn't turn out so well, as you broke your legs and ended up in hospital. While there, you seduced a nurse who was a fan of your movies...just before you were to appear in court.

For your misdeeds, you were incarcerated in the Florida State Prison; the punishment didn't last long, and your time behind bars brought you across the path of Trent Fitzpatrick, your Idaho Skunks teammate, convicted of drug trafficking (no relation to you). When you got out of prison, no one forgot about Ace Amaze and his crazy life, but many are confused about what you were actually accused of. So...you got a new life.

At first, you stayed in Florida to live a life of lust and luxury: in your condominium overlooking the beach of Fort Lauderdale (which cost you almost EVERYTHING you had left), you organized decadent parties full of alcohol and girls. But you had to put an end to your bad habits when you found out one day that Lena AND the nurse were both pregnant and you were running out of money...

[cont.]
>>
So you pulled out all the stops. With the help of Ella Brilz, Damian's daughter, you wrote an autobiography, the sales of which launched Ella's career as a journalist and saved you from bankruptcy. The money raised allowed you to move near Portland to have some semblance of stability...and a place to meet your future family, too.

A few days before your 50th birthday, a stranger invited you to join him in Tijuana because he wanted to talk to you. The stranger in question is Raul Gutierrez, and contrary to what you thought, he no longer holds a grudge against you for your attempted betrayal. On the contrary, by trying to have your partner arrested for nothing, you have discredited the American police in the eyes of the Mexican government, which is no longer willing to cooperate with the United States intelligence services. This diplomatic misunderstanding has greatly facilitated Raul's work...

So there you are on the beach in Tijuana, glass of whiskey in hand, slumped in a deckchair talking with the man who had terrified you so much in the past. The sunny weather and the pretty girls walking by make up for the relative ugliness of Tijuana beach.

"Only six years in the slammer... You can count yourself lucky." he says in his Hispanic accent that hasn't changed a bit.
"Not really. I didn't do much jail time, but everyone tried to siphon off some of my wealth with shady settlements, sweetheart deals..."
"Money is the best lawyer. I know that."


Raul doesn't drink anything, he doesn't talk much, and he seems more appeased than you remember. You don't even know why he brought you in, other than to "talk." You agreed because you thought it was important, but it's not even that.

"So, do you have any regrets?"

> "None. If I had to start my life over tomorrow, I'd do the exact same thing again, if not worse."
> "A little, but I'd rather have lived that life than the one my parents wanted me to have."
> "Honestly, I don't know. There are things I could have done without. Others I'm very grateful for."
> "Yes. My life has been one long string of mistakes that have caused other mistakes, and that I could have stopped very easily if I had had the courage."
> "What kind of question is that? Why are you geh?"
> Other
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>>5473548
> "What kind of question is that? Why are you geh?"
>> "None. If I had to start my life over tomorrow, I'd do the exact same thing again, if not worse."
>>
>>5473548
woah that was a big timeskip

>My bloodtest. What the FUCK was pumped into me? WHY me, after I was already dead to the world?
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>>5473548
>> "Yes. My life has been one long string of mistakes that have caused other mistakes, and that I could have stopped very easily if I had had the courage. ...But at the same time I know I wouldn't have been satisfied with a normal life. Maybe acting like that is just in my DNA.."
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>>5473548
> "A little, but I'd rather have lived that life than the one my parents wanted me to have."
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>>5473548
> "Honestly, I don't know. There are things I could have done without. Others I'm very grateful for."
>>
>>5473548
> "A little, but I'd rather have lived that life than the one my parents wanted me to have."
>>
>>5473548
>> "A little, but I'd rather have lived that life than the one my parents wanted me to have."
Also seconding >>5473574 . What on earth were we doped with?
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>>5473578
I'd also like to add this question to my vote: >>5474146
Maybe the drug dealer will have insight into how we survived.
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>>5473578
Ace has been a busy man ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

>>5474411 >>5474405 >>5474146 >>5473983 >>5473952 >>5473849 >>5473574
"A little, but I'd rather have lived that life than the one my parents wanted me to have."

Raul stares at the horizon, seemingly not understanding.

"Why?"
"They wanted me to become a football player. They thought I was good at it, that it would help us get out of..."
"You already explained all that to me. What I want to know is why you wouldn't have liked that life. You would have had money, fame, girls...and then you wouldn't have met the people who set you on the wrong path. All the perks of the celebrity life you had, but with a lot less chance of it ending up in jail."


> "I have an adventurous soul. There's so much to do in such a short life. It would be a slow suicide to stay in your own little world and not experience anything."
> "I wanted it all, but taken to the extreme. I made more money, knew more women, and had more fame than 99% of the NFL players I've ever met. I wanted my life to be statistically exceptional."
> "I don't know. I just went with the flow. As long as I liked it, I let it happen."
> "I didn't think about it at the time, but what you're saying is true. I guess I didn't really believe in my chances of becoming a great wide receiver, and that the Super Bowl was just a fluke."
> Other (write)
>>
>>5474869
>> "I have an adventurous soul. There's so much to do in such a short life. It would be a slow suicide to stay in your own little world and not experience anything."
>>
>>5474869
>"With a name like Ace Amaze, I had to live up to it and amaze like no other. I'd say I have done so and couldn't have been contented with anything less."
>>
>>5474869
>> "I have an adventurous soul. There's so much to do in such a short life. It would be a slow suicide to stay in your own little world and not experience anything."
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>>5474869
> "I have an adventurous soul. There's so much to do in such a short life. It would be a slow suicide to stay in your own little world and not experience anything."
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>>5474869
>"I have an adventurous soul. There's so much to do in such a short life. It would be a slow suicide to stay in your own little world and not experience anything."
>>
>>5474960 >>5474963 >>5475058 >>5475286 >>5475384
"I have an adventurous soul. There's so much to do in such a short life. It would be a slow suicide to stay in your own little world and not experience anything."
"Fuck, man...just a tenth of what you have experienced is more than enough to satisfy a normal human being. It's not an experience, it's decadence. But for you, it still wasn't enough, you had to have even more, and ruin everything behind it by doing a lot of dumb shit. You're crazy."
"...What are you talking about? You've been living in debauchery too. I've always known you surrounded by drug whores and violent mobsters. I remember clearly that every time I needed to see you, you'd meet me in a strip club or a casino. If there's one person here who had an even crazier youth than I did, it was you."


Raul chuckles, shaking his head from side to side.

"No no no, it has nothing to do with that. It's my job that wants that. When you're the head of a network that moves millions of dollars every day, when dozens of guys, all as rich and powerful as you are, dream of having you shot, and when your position of power depends on the loyalty of only two or three thugs, you need to chill. You DESERVE to chill out."
"So to you it's okay, but to me it's decadence?"


With his smug look and a big blissful smile, Raul simply replies:

"Yeah yeah. I didn't have a choice, if I wasn't in that business, I wasn't hanging out with people who made me money. YOU had a choice. And you chose to go further."
"Hey...I would have been a fool not to take advantage of it."
"You're damn right. You're still depraved, but you're damn right."


You stop to listen to the sound of the waves and look at the girls walking by.

"It's just too bad...I don't know everything."
"What do you mean? What do you want to know? Maybe I know."


(2 possible choices from the 4 options)
> Who is Victoria
> Who is behind the poisoning
> If Raul really tried to kill Ace
> Who is really Jill Shearer
> Why did he bring us here

> All of the above (1d100, success if >60, 2 votes minimum)
>>
Rolled 10 (1d100)

>>5475461
> Who is Victoria
> Who is behind the poisoning
>>
Rolled 56 (1d100)

>>5475461
> All of the above (1d100, success if >60, 2 votes minimum)

We've come all this way. Thanks for writing, OP.
>>
Rolled 59 (1d100)

>>5475461
>>
Rolled 6 (1d100)

>>5475461
This is the one.
>>
Rolled 5 (1d100)

>>5475461
> All of the above (1d100, success if >60, 2 votes minimum)
>>
Rolled 38 (1d100)

>>5475461
>All of the above (1d100, success if >60, 2 votes minimum)
>>
Rolled 33 (1d100)

>>5475461
> All of the above (1d100, success if >60, 2 votes minimum)
>>
man our rolling sucks
>>
Rolled 87 (1d100)

>>5475461
you fools, choosing to rely on the dice gods!

not that I can outvote it at this point.
>>
>>5475461
>> Who is Victoria
> Who is really Jill Shearer
>>
(I just realized that I forgot to take into account the cases where this vote would fail. Besides, I noticed that the results of the dice rolls were abnormally low since the beginning of this game. Anyway let's go with the one option that got 2 votes >>5475642 >>5475464 )

>>5475471 >>5475474 >>5475477 >>5475484 >>5475489 >>5475510 >>5475536 >>5475642
(10 + 56 + 59 + 6 + 5 + 38 + 33 + 87) / 8 = 36.75

"Listen...at the press conference, there was a woman who approached me privately to tell me that I was in danger, that the CIA was investigating me, and that she needed to get me out of the hotel as soon as possible. She introduced herself under a false identity and said it was an emergency..."
"Yes...that's...possible, I guess? What's the problem?"
"It was a lie. I refused to go with her despite her insistence and the risks I faced if her story was true. But no one tried to kill me, and the CIA never tried to contact me again. I'm sure this girl was not a secret agent, but at the same time, I don't know what she wanted. I thought for a while she was a hitwoman YOU had sent."


Raul looks at you funny.

"Sending a hitwoman to take you down, when the law was already doing its job? Risk being guilty of homicide on American soil, and have the US police after me? No, I had no interest in doing that."

He pauses and thinks for a second.

"I think it was a reporter who posed as a CIA agent, to get you to reveal things to her that you wouldn't have dared to reveal to the media. Just to get the juicy scoop that other journalists wouldn't have. Your scandal sold a lot of newspapers, it was VERY profitable to get new information before anyone else."
"Does that sound like a realistic explanation to you?"
"Well...I've worked with people posing as addicts before, to get into rehabs and find potential new clients...it makes sense to me. The girl was ballsy, but her idea didn't work."


You're staring into the void. Since Victoria didn't show up after that, and you know she lied...Raul's explanation makes sense. You'll settle for that.

> "What about the poisoning?"
> "What do we know about Jill Shearer?"
>>
>>5475727
>> "What do we know about Jill Shearer?"
>>
>>5475727
> "What do we know about Jill Shearer?"
RNG Jesus clearly hates Ace.

Is Raul even here to kill Ace? It could make sense considering Ace betrayed his trust, and no one likes a rat in the drug business. But at the same time, Ace's actions ended up helping him, and they were close for a time. There's also something distinctly funny about a drug lord calling Ace depraved and crazy.
>>
>>5475730 >>5475930
"What do we know about Jill Shearer?"
"You haven't heard about her yet? Did you just get out of prison or...oh wait, you did. Jill Shearer became somewhat famous while you were in jail. She was quiet but her name was known to everyone, even here in Mexico. She was known as "the girl who discovered the Amaze case." In terms of reputation, she's kind of the female version of Ronan Farrow. For the rest...check out Wikipedia."


You're chuckling, but Raul is completely serious. Jill Shearer is now famous enough to have her own Wikipedia page. So you pull out your cell phone and look online. Without knowing it, you're in for a little surprise...

"Jill Shearer, full name Gillian Shearer-Brilz, born December 3, 1989 in Tucson, Arizona, is an American journalist and writer known for her involvement in the Ace Amaze scandal. She is the granddaughter of Hans Brilz, Austrian investor and patriarch of the Brilz family. She is also the cousin of Ella Brilz, also a journalist, and of Peter Turnbull, politician and former candidate for governor of Colorado..."

What? What the hell does that mean? You keep reading.

"Gillian Shearer-Brilz was born on Dec. 3, 1989, at St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson. She is the daughter of Eric Paul Shearer, a University of Arizona professor, and Ashlynn Brilz, the youngest daughter of Hans Brilz."

Things get very weird. You look at Raul and your cell phone screen alternately, wondering how this is all possible. It seems too far-fetched to be true.

"Raul, did you know that this reporter was Steve Brilz's niece?"
"Who?"
"Steve Brilz, a guy who worked at the Arizona border patrol. You know him, you were in contact with him, he's the guy who let me meet you."
"Oh, right... I know him a little, but I'm not his friend. I haven't spoken to that man in years. Why should I care?"
"I mean...it's a member of the Brilz family that helped me contact you, it's a member of the Brilz family who exposed the whole thing to the media...there's something to find out there, right?"
"There's nothing to find out. This girl wanted to be famous, she heard that her uncle was in contact with the great Ace Amaze, NFL player, actor and NASCAR driver...she's been following you for years, that's all."

> "Are you kidding me? How did she know about the doping? About the girls I slept with? Clearly, there's something going on behind my back."
> "You're hiding things from me. Tell me what YOU know about this girl."
> "Yeah, okay, that makes sense. What a small world we live in!"
> Other
>>
>>5476997
>"I don't believe you, but fine. That makes complete and utter sense."
>>
>>5476997
>"I don't know, Raul. But I'll keep what you're saying in mind."
>>
>>5477017
+1
>>
>>5477017
+1
>>
>>5477008 >>5477017 >>5477039 >>5477101
"I don't know, Raul. But I'll keep what you're saying in mind."
"Think about it...ask yourself if there have been people who have talked a little too much in your close circle."


You think for a few seconds, but the thoughts that run through your mind are uncomfortable. Raul knew nothing about doping, so you know that, on THIS subject, he wasn't the one who served as Jill's informant. But as for the rest...it's a vast yet dense mystery that you don't want to think about, right here and now, in the sweltering heat of Tijuana.

You take another sip of whiskey. Maybe not the most hydrating drink, but the strong smell of this alcohol intoxicates you just enough to forget what's bothering you.

"Tell me...what did they send you to prison for? Specifically?"
"Sexual abuse. Nothing else."
"Really? After EVERYTHING you did, they ONLY sentenced you for that?"
"No, no. I was convicted of everything, but the rest didn't get me jail time."
"Go ahead and explain it all to me."
"For the doping case, the NFL settled for internal and purely symbolic sanctions. Apparently, there were rumors about me because of my unusually short recovery, and the league overlooked those rumors. It wasn't in their best interest to draw attention to it, more than 15 years after the fact, so they did nothing and just publicly announced that I was suspended for life from all competition."
"...After you retired?"
"Right. I guess they figured it wasn't worth taking the case to court, or the statute of limitations was up, something like that. It's kind of the same reason I only got six years in prison for the sexual abuse: the cases were a decade old, few of the accusations could be proven, but since I had publicly admitted to wrongdoing...the investigators tried hard to get corroborating testimony or physical evidence. Despite the circumstances, a few of the accusers had a strong case."
"What about your accident in Daytona?"
"Guess what? It's not illegal to stage your death. On the other hand...my screw-up cost insurance companies money. Me, NASCAR and the insurance companies had to settle. It cost me $8 million."


Raul lets out a "Wow!" of surprise after hearing the amount.

(cont.)
>>
"Also, I was not convicted of...being financed by drug money. There was an investigation that determined that YES, you did fund my election campaign...but there was "nothing illegal there and it was up to the Mexican justice system to decide if the funds came from criminal activity", quote unquote. It's something extremely irresponsible that is totally unlike what American justice would normally do...but I think I know why they let it happen."
"It's your fault, isn't it? By trying to bust me in Idaho, you caused a diplomatic incident between the US and Mexico. We're in the middle of an international discord, I've never felt so important!"
"Are you proud of that, too? Anyway...in the end, I wasn't convicted for the Grammy fight either, but I did issue a public apology and made a financial settlement with my label to forget the moral damage. Cost a shitton of money too. It turns out I did the right thing by speaking out about the poisoning...because it uncovered a problem with the tests the police used."
"Yes, I heard about that. The Mexican police were concerned by this story. Apparently, if you mix certain types of laxatives with alcohol, it causes such a reaction that the drug tests go completely off the rails and announce lots of false positives. Bottom line...someone's been trying to give you the shits. Do you have any idea who's behind this?"


> "The only name I've heard is Daryl Schmidt, but I don't have any concrete evidence."
> "Since I didn't get along with the other members of my band, I think it was a revenge move on their part."
> "I thought, for a while, that YOU were behind it somehow."
> "My producer contacted me to immediately accuse other guys...I wouldn't have found out about this if he hadn't called me, but I think it's weird that he already had names of suspects in mind."
> "No idea, that's in the past now."
> Other
>>
>>5477356
> "The only name I've heard is Daryl Schmidt, but I don't have any concrete evidence."
>>
>>5477356
> "My producer contacted me to immediately accuse other guys...I wouldn't have found out about this if he hadn't called me, but I think it's weird that he already had names of suspects in mind."

even if we suspect that the laxatives thing is false, no good will of random paranoia
>>
Okay, let's wrap this up quickly.

>>5477367 >>5477463
"My producer contacted me to immediately accuse other guys...I wouldn't have found out about this if he hadn't called me, but I think it's weird that he already had names of suspects in mind."
"Like who?"
"He told me about a recording engineer named Daryl Schmidt, who was very angry at the music industry as a whole. He implied that he had very strong motives for wanting to ruin our label's reputation with this kind of scandal, but I don't know if I should believe him. I have no proof, I barely know the guy."
"So you don't know who poisoned you?"
"No. Even though bringing it up was the right thing to do, it didn't advance my knowledge on the subject. So...it's a mystery."


Your voice cracks a little at the end of the sentence, as if you've remembered that someone threatened your life, and that person is still out there, somewhere. This will be one of the many unsolved mysteries that surround Ace Amaze's crazy life.

"Tell me, Raul, why did you bring me here? I understand that you were willing to forgive me after I tried to send you to prison, but a normal person would have cut ties..."
"You're wrong. I haven't really forgiven you, but I have a proposal for you, and if you accept it, I'll consider us even."


He straightens his back and approaches you.

"Tell me, does it still work down there?"
"What are you talking about?"
"There."
he repeats, pointing to your belt. "You're 50 years old, but you can still get it hard, right?"
"Why the hell would he want to know that? What's on your mind?"
"I recently started investing in cinema. Well...in a particular kind of cinema. I've already set up a studio and bought the equipment, now it's just a matter of recruiting a few not-too-shy people. It's not very romantic, but at least it's legal, and I can use this business to hide some money. But to justify the huge earnings of my new studio...I need a very famous actor. Don't pretend you wouldn't like it, I know that..."


He turns his head toward some women sunbathing nearby.

"I know you like the local girls, and that you're not the prudish type."
"Wait, wait. Let's get this straight. You founded an adult film studio, and you want me to star in a movie you produced, right?"
"That's right. You owe me that."


> "No way. I have a family now, and I don't want to be in the news anymore."
> "You should have told me sooner! I've always dreamed of banging Mexican girls on camera. I'm in."
> Other
>>
>>5478241
>"Your proposal is intriguing. You think it'll be believable that it'll make that much money with a 50 year old horse in the limelight? Or am I playing the 'villain'?"
>"No kinks. I don't think you want that kind of attention any more than I do."
>"I'll wear a mask, too. Nothing that can't be figured out immediately, but I can turn my image into a collection of masks than my own face."
Ace Amaze will become a prolific artist of masks, jumpstarting their popularity by being advertised in adult films. Also it's a safeguard to keep Ace alive if the art community checks for updates.
>>
>>5478259
+1, too good to pass up. Way to pay for familial expenses.
>>
>>5478241
>I'm tempted. Very tempted. Let me run it past my partners first.



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