Programming note: Next week we take a holiday-induced break from the chapter — instead, you’ll get five solid days of bonus strips, Monday through Friday. Regular pages resume on the 30th!

Jany: It does read awfully apocalypse-y, I’ll give her that. The bits I understood, anyway.

Kara Lynn: Do you believe it?

Jany: Well . . . it’s too much to be fake, especially since she had the file all ready . . . I don’t know! Maybe she’s right about everything! I mean, she could just be mental, but if she was having delusions you’d think someone would have stopped her running a company.

Wish I had someone’s opinion other than hers, though. Do Dr. Lin and the other scientists in the Being research lab even know what their work is being used towards?

Dr. Gaillard has studied these documents directly — but if she’s worried about paying for her son at uni, she can’t think the world is ending all that soon.

And I can’t just ask. We said we’d keep Lightning confidential. We promised.

What do you think I should do, Kara Lynn? And don’t say “whatever you want to do, Master.” That’s such a cop-out.