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  • Nightsbridge

    ‘Sort of,’ he’s going to play on Ben’s envy.

    • Maria Gerasimova

      In seems, Ben’s as well as Sidney’s… And perhaps Verity’s too.
      All three, they are exposed to Envy now.

    • svartalf

      It’s Envy…this would be natural for it to do. Child’s play in most cases.

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    So, hm. Turning off the lights ? But if that one’s magical… uuh.

  • Awlwren

    Where’s Kokko when you need her?

  • Ghostdanser

    Hrrrm…this does not bode well for Ben. If Sid is the “dashing magician”, and Verity the “lovely assistant”, then that probably makes Ben the “brave volunteer”. Hopefully they won’t be doing the sawing the person in half routine.

    • non_canon

      Between the audience member yelling “again?”, the strings and spotlight, and the way they both just flop over exhausted I have to wonder if the performers currently on stage were volunteered as well.

  • Ivresse

    Did anyone else half expect Envy to suddenly say, ‘…in the mountains!’ there?

    • Shee Soon Theng

      This is in reference to Thorim, a demigod-like figure inspired by Thor, in World of Warcraft.

      The storyline, as it’s supposed to play out, is that the player first meets Thorim at his temple on one of the highest mountain peaks inside a mountain range. Later on, he becomes a boss in a raid, mind controlled and confused by evil forces. He momentarily regains his senses and says in a deep voice, “I remember you… in the mountains…”

  • Haven

    Oh, Envy.

    The hair toussling is a nice touch.

  • Wyvern

    He certainly knows how to pull their strings.

  • KaReN

    If Wolfe listens to Voss and they stay hidden, they will be able to rescue the group from Envy. My guess.

  • The Old Hack

    I get that the brackets are there to indicate that Voss is having trouble with English but I am still amused by the concept of him shushing Wolfe in German. And now wondering what the difference is between ‘Shhhh!’ in English and in German. o.o

    • MissNavigator

      It would probably be ‘Psssst’ in German, but ‘Schhhh’ also works.

    • Tilly Jackson

      I had a German violin teacher/conductor and everytime he shushed us he hissed instead. So as far as I can tell it’s ‘SSSSSSSSSSSSS!’

    • Amy

      I have vivid memories of watching Netflix’s Daredevil with captions on and after a woman stopped speaking in Spanish seeing the captions say “(in English) No” with no other text.

  • “And a lovely assistant to boot!”
    “You must be joking.”
    “I’m sorry, was I talking to you?”

    • When I was rough-drafting this part, I was flipping between any one of them being the lovely assistant. I picked Vee for reasons that’ll become clear, but any answer to that one could be very entertaining.

      • Mujaki

        Of all the possible assistants to boot, she can probably withstand being booted harder than most.

        • non_canon

          On the other hand, she’s also the one most likely to be insulted at the idea of being named Sidney’s assistant.

      • Sanjay Merchant

        If nothing else, she definitely prefers to be the lead in her endeavors. That’s probably a big part of the reason she and Harriet didn’t work well together. Even if it’s not something she’s especially interested in (e.g. performing on the stage), some part of her will probably resent being forced to be “that other one”.

  • Brother Nightmare

    Well Sid, be careful what you wish for.

  • Kactus

    When Envy last saw Ben, Ben still had the sight. Did Envy notice when it zapped back?

    • Shee Soon Theng

      It didn’t know he’d received it in the first place. All that mattered to it was that the Sight was gone from O’Malley.

  • Sanjay Merchant

    Voss knowing about a thing… I know we saw him gain experience in this first-hand, but it still feels strange.

  • Sanjay Merchant

    The dancer and the pianist just dropping unconscious once they’re released just reminds me of that scene from the end of Beetlejuice: “I think [the Maitlands] have had a enough fun for tonight.” :gestures, the Maitlands abrputbly collapse on the table in a heap:

  • Sanjay Merchant

    Oi! You there, shouting “Encore!” This place is for Envy, Gluttony’s over at the hotel!

  • Ocean Burning.

    I… I don’t know what to say… just… COME ON GUYS THINK OF A PLAN GAAAH

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