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[ Institute Safe House Zeta ]

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Nora 

I need your Courser unit. Is she ready for another mission?

Doc Quinn

Yes Director, of course

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Nora

Good, it's a simple retrieval mission but with the Commonwealth in such a bad state these days it's dangerous even for our coursers to go up there and all our main units are on the surface dealing with other matters. Now, as you know The Railroad stole a great deal of Synths before they were eliminated, very few remain on the surface or in the commonwealth. Thats about to change Doctor

Doc Quinn

Where am I sending the unit?

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Nora

That I can't tell you, because we don't yet have a solid lead... yet

Doc Quinn

I understand Director

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Nora

But what we do know is that she, the unit I mean was last seen in Gunner captivity a few days ago near Gunner's Plaza

Doc Quinn

Gunners? You mean those horrible mercenaries?

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Nora

Yes, I've had the pleasure of encountering them a few times. They're not to be messed with but they only care about caps and we have a lot of caps to use as we see fit so they wont be an issue

Doc Quinn

Alright, X1 can deal with them no problem, where should she start looking though?

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Nora

We have a unit on the inside the Gunners, its been gathering intel for months now. Have X1 meet him at the train station just behind the Gunner base for debriefing

Doc Quinn

Yes Ma'am

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Nora

Alright well good luck Doctor, you and your synth unit have performed well this past year. I'll keep and eye on your progress you might be in for a promotion soon

Keep it up

Doc Quinn

I will Ma'am

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Nora

Have X1 ready to leave as soon as possible, she has a lot ahead of her

Doc Quinn

Yes Director

 

 

 

 

[ The Combat ZONE ]

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Tommy

Alright folks, looks like my little bird just beat the last brain cell out of that fool, anyone else wanna try their fists or any other blunt weapon they can find at her?

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Vengeful Violet

You! Give me a beer

Beer Trip

Uh... yeah sure, one second lady

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Vengeful Violet

I said.... GIVE ME A FUCKING BEER!

Beer Trip

Alright alright geez

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Vengeful Violet

Whose the woman in the cage?

Beer Trip

You mean Cait? Shes a junkie fighter

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Vengeful Violet

She any good in a fight?

Beer Trip

Uh, yeah shes good in a fight alright. In fact my boy West-Coast is about to test his luck with her right now, why don't you place a little bet on my boy earn yourself some easy caps?

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Vengeful Violet

Heh, alright put me down for 5 caps on West-Coast

Beer Trip

Yeah yeah, that will be 3 caps for the beer too

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Vengeful Violet

Here

Beer Trip

Thanks, fight is about to start

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Vengeful Violet

Alright, lets see if your guy is any good

Beer Trip

Trust me you'll make a lot of caps Sister

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Vengeful Violet

KILL HER!!!

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Tommy

Well... there goes West coast's brains all over the floor...  and Cait remains undefeated

Vengeful Violet

Shit!

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Tommy

Lets give her a round of applause folks she put on a good show tonight

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Tommy

Thats all folks, Cait is--

Vengeful Violet

I WANNA FIGHT HER!

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Tommy

Fine.... Looks like we have another contender... and you are miss?

Vengeful Violet

Vengeful Violet

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Tommy

Vengeful Violet? Hah not good with names are we? Alright, looks like you''ll last longer then that guy whose brains are spattered across my floor.

Vengeful Violet

Yeah

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Tommy

Well folk, we got another fighter lets give it for VEEEENGEFUUULLL VIOLET! Quick last chance to place your bet folks, who will win?

Vengeful Violet

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Vengeful Violet

Your going down little bird!

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Tommy

Let the fighting begin!

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Doc Quinn

Come on come on, ah there we are

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Doc Quinn

Override central processing

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Doc Quinn

Hold on X1, your still in there I know it

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Doc Quinn

And.... oh god please work

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Doc Quinn

Oh thank God, yes!

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Doc Quinn

X1? How are you feeling?

X1-73

(Like I got stung by a bunch of bees) Doctor Quinn whats going on?

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Doc Quinn

Uh, seems some of your hardware got damaged while out on your last mission. I had to do a total wipe and loop you back 6 months. Get changed we have a mission X1

X1-73

Yes Doctor

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Doc Quinn

You'll be retrieving a Synth unit, one that Gunners captured

X1-73

Of course, Doctor

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Doc Quinn

X1... its, uh its good to have you back. Thought I'd lost you there for a moment

X1-73

Oh Doctor dont worry, you'll never be rid of me

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X1-73

(My head.... why does my head hurt so much?)

 

 

 

 

 

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X1-73

(Synth retrieval missions are the worst, I hate them above all else)

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X1-73

(Doctor Quinn knows I hate them)

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X1-73

(Yet shes still sending me on this one)

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X1-73

(Its... strange, to have moments of your existence wiped away, no memory of what or who you were. I hate it when she does that, and Doctor Quinn knows that as well)

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X1-73

(Which brings me to suspect something is going on here, something even Doctor Quinn is unsure of fully. I've had mind wipes before but never like this)

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X1-73

(Curious. Shes locked herself away, forbid me from entering her quarters shes never done that before, which means this is big and Doctor Quinn is my friend)

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X1-73

(Strange, this object this.... tag)

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X1-73

(Who was this Sarah T. Grey and why do I wear her Dog Tags? Why do I fell like I can't remove them even if I wanted to. What are they to me?)

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X1-73

(Something is happening to me, or has already happened.)

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X1-73

(The Mission is my priority right now, it will give me time to think)

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X1-73

(Accessing file on Gunners.)

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X1-73

("The Best Mercenary Group in the Commonwealth" Let us see if this is true)

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X1-73

(I stand corrected, dead Gunner. Curious, data states that the Raiders have attacked the Plaza before but not on this level of carnage. Their leader really must be one power hungry woman if she dares take on the Gunners, their only real threat left in the commonwealth well other then--)

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X1-73

(Wait... whats that? Scanning)

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X1-73

(Pack Brahmin, dead)

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X1-73

(Poor creature)

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X1-73

(Back on task, watch tower reached, meet Synth unit and lean location of escaped Synth unit)

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X1-73

(I'm not looking forward to this, I never look forward to this)

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X1-73

Identify yourself unit

Gunner Synth

Tazer... uhh, I mean C5-71

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X1-73

Nice to meet you C5, I'm X1

Gunner Synth

I have the intel requested Ma'am

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X1-73

Well?

Gunner Synth

Sorry, not used to talking to... fellow units. Right, the mission. Unit F8-11 was captured by Gunner company B8 when they ambushed a Raider party, they were held capture for questioning but she escaped somehow.

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X1-73

Why is this unit in a Raider Gang?

Gunner Synth

From what I have gathered, she was mind wiped by the Railroad. She took on life as a Raider sooner after and became a feared one too, she quickly gathered others to her cause and then her Raider Gang were born.

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X1-73

And this Gang were an interest to the Gunners because?

Gunner Synth

They had recently raided a former Brotherhood of Steel outpost, got there hands on some nice power armor and energy weapons. The Gunners knew of this outpost but it was abandoned by the Brotherhood and was full of Feral Ghouls

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X1-73

I hate Feral Ghouls

Gunner Synth

Yes, as do many of the people of the Commonwealth it seems

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X1-73

You were saying unit?

Gunner Synth

Yes, she managed to escape Gunner captivity, though I saw her before she fled. The Railroad did there tricks, changed her face and voice.

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X1-73

And what does she look like now?

Gunner Synth

Shes dyed her hair as typical raiders do. Dirty, foul attitude and--

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X1-73

So she looks like your typical raider?

Gunner Synth

Yes, but I know where she was going, well atleast I think I do

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X1-73

And where is that Unit?

Gunner Synth

HUH! What are doing X1?

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X1-73

Where can I find the unit, C5?

Gunner Synth

Uh, uh yes yes. Shes likey, well based on reports there is only one safe place she could have done to in the area she was headed. The Combat Zone

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X1-73

The Combat Zone? (Accessing file: Raider Stronghold, Fighting Arena. Location marked)

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X1-73

Thank you unit. (I'm... I'm sorry C5, it was mercy, trust me)

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X1-73

(Why, why did I have to do that? Damn it! Alright moving onto target)

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Nora

Doctor Quinn, I need to speak to you

Doctor Quinn

Yes Director?

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Nora

X1-73, tell me about her?

Doctor Quinn

Her files are located on your Terminal Director, Father--

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Nora

I don't have time to read an essay, give me the quick notes version Doctor

Doctor Quinn

Very well. X1-73 is an Elite Courser unit, as you know. Shes a one of a kind unit.

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Nora

What makes her so special though?

Doctor Quinn

Well you know the test all Synths go though to become Coursers? They're results are compared to X1's on wither or not they become coursers. She set the record and has held it for many years infact.

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Nora

Go on

Doctor Quinn

Yes, well I'm sure you've met a few... interesting Synths in your time since you left the Vault.

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Nora

I have a child synth living in my quarters Doctor

Doctor Quinn

A... child synth? Amazing, I had-- Yes. I understand. X1 is... adept to say the least. Shes been on the surface countless times even with the mind wipes her programming is still as sharp as ever.

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Nora

And how old is she? I mean if Shaun was still young when he learned of her, then shes gotta be 50 years old atleast?

Doctor Quinn

Older then that infact, X1 was created by Director Mathews many decades ago. He was a interesting man, maybe you should read his entry in--

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Nora

Doctor, I have an institute to run. Reading is something I do all the time, now tell me X1, why is she so secret?

Doctor Quinn

Shes, well we are not on any record. This location is top secret, no living person comes here, say for yourself or when it's time to pass on the torch onto the next handler

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Nora

What makes you say that?

Doctor Quinn

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Nora

I see, and your personal feelings towards X1 are?

Doctor Quinn

Shes... a Synth and I'm a human. I'm alive shes not

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Nora

Come on tell me what you really think of X1? [Persuade]

Doctor Quinn

[Successful!] Very well, no sense in hiding it anymore. But Director please understand.  I am on my own down here, no one visits me but the supply unit that comes once a month. X1, shes the only per... thing I can talk to down here that reply to me.

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Nora

Explain yourself!

Doctor Quinn

X1 and me.... are, were, I mean wore friends. I know I know its against the rules but X1 is different to the synths of the Institute, shes the only person I know. I can't leave this place Director, X1 was all I had

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Nora

Meaning what?

Doctor Quinn

Shes.... my friend, or was my friend. I.... developed feelings for her, real feelings. I think I loved her, or I still do its just... I know its wrong but she makes me feel happy and I think I make her happy

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Nora

Have you... had sex with X1?

Doctor Quinn

Director!

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Nora

Have you? I need to know the truth

Doctor Quinn

No!

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Nora

You've not had sex with X1 Doctor Quinn?

Doctor Quinn

I....

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Nora

Gather your things Doctor Quinn, your being relocated stat

Doctor Quinn

But... Director?

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Nora

Your lucky I dont have you kicked out of the Institute for what you've done here

Doctor Quinn

Yes... Director

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X1-73

(Destination reached: Combat Zone, Raider territory. Objective: Find synth unit)

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X1-73

(Yuck, when was the last time she took a bath?)

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X1-73

(Kind of cute though, in a I'll murder you way)

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X1-73

(The Combat Zone, where Raiders watch each other fight to the death over bottle caps)

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X1-73

(I need a drink, to... blend in of course)

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X1-73

(The unit came here, I'm sure of it. The amount of Raiders here offers protection like the unit said, heck even the Minutemen did not dare attack this place)UNNNjMEZ_o.png

X1-73

Give me a.... beer

Rusty

Yeah whatever

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X1-73

Whose the woman in the cage?

Rusty

Thats Cait, you wanna place a bet sweetheart?

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X1-73

Bet?

Rusty

Yeah you know, you place a bet on a fighter and if they win you win

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X1-73

No thank you. But, I am looking for someone

Rusty

Yeah?

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X1-73

A woman, a Raider. Shes tanned and has purple hair

Rusty

Yeah think I saw someone who looked like her

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X1-73

I was not done

Rusty

Look girl, you want information you gotta give me something

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X1-73

Like some bottle caps?

Rusty

Yeah, that or we go out back and you blow me?

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X1-73

I beg your pardon?

Rusty

You heard me, what you got girl?

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X1-73

You'd not understand

Rusty

Yeah, try me?

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X1-73

You maybe out number me but I'd wager I could still take you all on with one hand tied behind my back if it came to it

Rusty

Heh, why dont we test your theory?

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X1-73

Very well....

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X1-73

Huh? Doctor... Doctor Quinn?

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Doc Quinn

X1 internalize protocol B12 dash C. I command you to escort me out of the Commonwealth this instant

X1-73

Command unrecognized by user, uh Doctor what is going on?

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Doc Quinn

Damn it! We, we are whats going on. We're leaving

X1-73

Leaving, where to?

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Doc Quinn

The Capital Wasteland

X1-73

The Capital Wasteland? Why?

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Doc Quinn

X1 I'm tired of hiding my feelings, I was wrong to... wipe you so you'd forget about us

X1-73

Doctor your not making sense?

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Doc Quinn

Thats right, I lied. But I did it to protect you, to protect us!

X1-73

You... you have feelings for me?

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Doc Quinn

Yes and you for me, God.... please forgive me X1

X1-73

Doctor is this too much, why would you say all this now?

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Doc Quinn

Because... I'm leaving the Institute. I see now that we were wrong, that the Railroad, The Minutemen heck maybe the Brotherhood were right. We created life, and we enslaved it. We made the Commonwealth so much worse then it was before. You saw it up there how it--

X1-73

Your... your...

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Doc Quinn

Are you going to shoot me X1?

X1-73

I.... can't let you leave Doctor

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Doc Quinn

X1 please, fight it. Your more human then you know, trust me

X1-73

Human? I'm a Synth!

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Doc Quinn

X1, there is much to tell you. So much

X1-73

Tell me what?

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Doc Quinn

Later, when its safe right now we have to go, unless.... your going to kill me?

X1-73

I should Doctor, my programming is telling me to but... I dont want to

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Doc Quinn

Then fight it X1, your not a mindless machine!

X1-73

I'm... I'm

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Doc Quinn

X1?

X1-73

We need to leave, now!

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Doc Quinn

You mean it?

X1-73

I do

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Doc Quinn

Thank you X1, I'll tell you everything once we are safe

X1-73

I'll protect you Doctor

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Doc Quinn

X1? What are you looking at?

X1-73

Myself Doctor

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Doc Quinn

Yourself?

X1-73

Forget it, come on we need to go.Qb5nEnLZ_o.png

Doc Quinn

Thank you X1

X1-73

Your welcome Ma'am

 

 

 

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Doc Quinn

By the grace of God, this place... its so horrible

X1-73

Trust me, its gets worse the further you go south

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Doc Quinn

I never should have wiped your memory, I'm sorry about that

X1-73

You say you did it to protect us, did they find out about us?

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Doc Quinn

Yes

X1-73

How so?

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Doc Quinn

They....

X1-73

Hold on

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Doc Quinn

What is it, more Raiders?

X1-73

No, I'm picking up movement

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Doc Quinn

Where?

X1-73

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X1-73

TAKE OVER!

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Doc Quinn

X1!

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Doc Quinn

Shit... this hurts like hell

X1-73

Doctor... hold still

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Doc Quinn

They were tracking us... all the way out of the Commonwealth, bastards!

X1-73

(Her wounds are bad, shes... not gonna make it)

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Doc Quinn

X1, X1.... please... I.... listen to me. I... need to.... tell you something

X1-73

Doctor? Doctor stay with me I'm taking you back to the Safehouse to--

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Doc Quinn

Your....

X1-73

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X1-73

I know.....

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X1-73

They.... killed my only friend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Weeks later....

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Stranger

Uh, excuse me miss, are you okay?

X1-73

No, I do not think I am

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Stranger

I mean you no harm, okay. Can I come over?

X1-73

Why not?

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Stranger

Whats your name friend?

X1-73

X1

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Stranger

X1?

X1-73

Yes, my name is X1

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Stranger

Ohhhh Your... one of them Synths, ant ya?

X1-73

I.... don't really know, maybe

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Stranger

You don't know if your a Synth?

X1-73

I'm.... afraid

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Stranger

Of what?

X1-73

I dont know

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Stranger

How can you be afraid of something if you dont know what it is?

X1-73

Because thats what scares me

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Stranger

That you don't know who you are?

X1-73

Correct

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Stranger

Well I'm Alicia, its nice to meet you X1

X1-73

Greetings Alicia

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Alicia

You wanna maybe get out of this chair and travel together maybe?

X1-73

Where to?

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Alicia

Somewhere, well anywhere but here really

X1-73

Your uniform, your a--

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Alicia

Minuteman?  Yes I am, though I prefer Minutewoman because you know

X1-73

I see

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Alicia

Come on X1, lets get you out of this hell whole. I know a place where we can rest and chat a little

X1-73

Very well, lead on Alicia.

 

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My criticism would be mostly similar to the first part. Some things do not completely make sense (she had no reason to kill their contact with the Gunners), and the transition from the Gunners back to the institute is lacking, but nice drama twists around the doctor Quinn and X1.

 

Malicia : « That story is very nice, but it's very lacking nice guys, you see ? All the guys are either very ugly or very meany. :classic_exclamation: »

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I really like this!

Also, it's good to see that even after nuclear apocalypse, the further south you go, the worse it gets ?

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