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[Unichat log --]
(22:43)SonjaOfTheMoon: Gods, we should have gotten over our respective neuroses regarding each other years ago.
(22:44)EntropicPhantom: Y'think?
(22:44)SonjaOfTheMoon: Pretty sure I wouldn't have said so otherwise. ;)
(22:45)EntropicPhantom: Ah, gosh
(22:45)EntropicPhantom: all those years of denying it over
(22:46)SonjaOfTheMoon: Gosh, how do you think I feel?
(22:46)EntropicPhantom: Probably the same way I do :D
(22:46)SonjaOfTheMoon: Hey, you've got- one sec-
(22:47)EntropicPhantom: ?
(22:49)SonjaOfTheMoon: You've got, and I quote, a "smoking hot roommate", so there is that.
(22:50)EntropicPhantom: I am 97% sure I never said that.
(22:50)SonjaOfTheMoon: Hey man, it's in quotation marks and your chat color, you know what that means.
(22:51)EntropicPhantom: Hey, Luke's figured out how to do fake text colors, and I'm preeeeeeeeeety sure you know more about computers than him.
(22:52)SonjaOfTheMoon: Ah, I must confess to negligence on looking that one up. Regardless, no, that was a quotation. Do you want me to send you more of the log?
/message pwnz0rz Quick, fill me on that trick you use to change your chat color mid-message.
(22:53)EntropicPhantom: Hehe, nah, I believe you! But h- hey, look, I've gotta tell you something.
(22:54)SonjaOfTheMoon: You can't possibly be having an affair already.
(22:54)EntropicPhantom: Or am I?!
System: Incoming private message from user pwnz0rz:
(22:54)pwnz0rz: notnow psl
(22:55)SonjaOfTheMoon: Now that would be a twist of fate, wouldn't it?
(22:56)EntropicPhantom: Nah, but Felicity and I are getting together for coffee this weekend. It's nothing serious and obviously I had no idea about, uh, us when I arranged it, and I'll update her, unless you'd rather I not, but- yeah.
System: Incoming private message from user pwnz0rz:
(22:56)pwnz0rz: pls*
(22:56)SonjaOfTheMoon: You get to hang out with your friends, Alex. Gods, I'm not going to be that controlling helicopter girlfriend.
(22:57)EntropicPhantom: > "girlfriend"
*(22:57)EntropicPhantom swoon*
*(22:57)SonjaOfTheMoon administers smelling salts.*
(22:58)EntropicPhantom: ?
(22:58)SonjaOfTheMoon: It's an old remedy for fainting. You're a Victorian lady in a corset, remember?
(23:00)EntropicPhantom: Ah, right. A time-traveling one, at that.
(23:00)EntropicPhantom: How did that not tip us off?
*(23:00)SonjaOfTheMoon shrugs.*
(23:02)EntropicPhantom: Hey, now that we're officially a couple and all, can I ask you something?
(23:02)SonjaOfTheMoon: You already could, but sure.
(23:03)EntropicPhantom: Well, it's not really any of my business :/
(23:03)SonjaOfTheMoon: I'm officially giving you permission to be curious. Go ahead.
(23:04)EntropicPhantom: Hehe, alright. Well- why do you say "gods" so much?
(23:05)SonjaOfTheMoon: Ah, gods, I can say far too much about this topic. The short version is- well, I do actually have a spiritual side.
(23:05)EntropicPhantom: Yup, I've noticed. I mean, it's not super-obvious, but you've worried enough about the metaphysical state of humanity enough times.
(23:07)SonjaOfTheMoon: I suppose I have. "Gods" started as a shorthand for "whatever powers may exist, if they happen to be interested in the prayers of a confused teenager". I... don't exactly pray anymore, but the habit persisted.
(23:07)EntropicPhantom: Aww, why not?
(23:08)SonjaOfTheMoon: Frank answer: I got the sense that there is something out there, and that its interests don't exactly line up with ours. Laugh if you want, but that's how it is.
(23:09)EntropicPhantom: Nah, I getcha.
*(23:09)EntropicPhantom sigh*
(23:10)EntropicPhantom: Frankly, I get the same feeling sometimes.
(23:11)SonjaOfTheMoon: Oh?
(23:11)EntropicPhantom: Yyyyyyyyyyyeah. I get this feeling of... overwhelming antipathy related to certain ideas, sometimes, like something's trying to change my mind. And succeeding, too. I dunno, that's probably symptomatic of seven kinds of pathologies right there...
(23:11)SonjaOfTheMoon: Holy [censored]! Alright, tell me more. As much as you can. I don't think you're crazy, FYI.
(23:13)EntropicPhantom: W- well, it stopped me from flunking a bio exam, and from confessing to you, and further back it's indirectly responsible for my change of major. Okay, it's not unusual to feel weird telling a girl you like her, especially 'cause I thought I was gay at the time, but it was more than that and I'm not sure I can explain it any better.
(23:13)SonjaOfTheMoon: Oh my gods. Hang on.
(23:13)EntropicPhantom: ?
/status away; mood Programming.
System: Setting status to AWAY.
System: Mood message set.
(23:15)EntropicPhantom: ???
(23:15)SonjaOfTheMoon: I am currently unavailable. If you send me a PM, I will respond at the earliest opportunity.
(23:19)System: User SonjaOfTheMoon is now ACTIVE.
(23:19)SonjaOfTheMoon: Your hardware's @hena-capable, right?
(23:19)EntropicPhantom: The vaccum perturbation language? I think so
(23:19)EntropicPhantom: vacuum*
(23:19)SonjaOfTheMoon: Cool.
/status away
[Unichat log --]
(23:46)System: User SonjaOfTheMoon is now ACTIVE.
/message --file="cthulhu-scanner.ath" EntropicPhantom
(23:47)EntropicPhantom: What's this?
(23:47)SonjaOfTheMoon: Hard to explain and I probably made the filename a liiiiiittle over the top, but in theory it should detect any inbound nonlocal communication. How's your quantum mechanics?
(23:48)EntropicPhantom: Middling to I don't know [censored], depending on who you ask. What's up?
(23:48)SonjaOfTheMoon: I think there's something to this, and if so, there should be a distinctive probability perturbations. Which @hena can detect. I don't think I can explain it any better than that.
(23:49)EntropicPhantom: I'm not sure how much stake to put into this weird feeling of mine, Sonj.
(23:50)SonjaOfTheMoon: Well, you could run it anyway to humor your girlfriend~
(23:51)EntropicPhantom: Ah, the things I do for you...
System: EntropicPhantom accepted file transfer "cthulhu-scanner.ath".
(23:51)SonjaOfTheMoon: Thanks, Alex. I mean that.
(23:51)SonjaOfTheMoon: <3
(23:52)EntropicPhantom: Not sure I understand, but <3 you too. :)
*(23:52)SonjaOfTheMoon 's heart melts.*
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[Unichat auxiliary records --]
Xenocartographer (Official Note): Fun fact: this is one of my least favorite tropes ever, so I try to avert it where I can. I'm curious if anyone can find that in this page!~?

Yes, I just linked TvTropes. Bite me.
Seabiscuit: Foreshadowing? Dem feelings...
And that Pwnz PM? Hm?... edit delete reply
Laon: I think there's a case to be made for characters having a more exacting approach to their diction when using an online chat client. I know I do, because meaning is tough to get across without all of the little non-verbal tics that allow us to get by in real life conversation. edit delete reply
Xenocartographer: Granted. Here, though, it's just EP using "enough" twice in the same sentence. :) edit delete reply
Arbiter: I couldn't help but notice that the file extension on that file that Sonja sent Alex was '.ath'. Was that by any chance a reference to the ~ATH programming language from Homestuck? I mean, it seems unlikely that cthulhu_scanner.ath is an Alienware AlienFX Theme File or an Alphacam Lathe Thread file, which is what Google tells me that file extension stands for in real life. And given the similarities between @hena and ~ATH...
...Or maybe it's just a coincidence. Maybe these two sci-fi webcomics about time travel, computer games, coding, and a set of four kids communicating through a chat program that assigns everyone a unique text colour have absolutely nothing to do with each other, and I'm just reading too much into it. Either way, I really enjoy your comic, and the fact that it reminds me of Homestuck is a good thing. Let's hope that Unichat's plot doesn't get as confusing, though!
P.S. I wonder what colour my comment will be? edit delete reply
Arbiter: Indigo, apparently. Nice. edit delete reply
Xenocartographer: Hehe, I'm certainly not going to deny that Andrew Hussie is a major influence on my writing, but this particular correlation is just coincidence. See my reply to Sample_Text below. edit delete reply
Arbiter: Oh. Well now I feel a bit silly, having written the James Joyce's Ulysses of comments only to discover that I was barking up the wrong tree the whole time. Oh well, at least my text colour's nice! Thanks for responding, by the way. edit delete reply
KittenLicks: Heya, I got bored and took a gander at the colour code. Who is "Seeen" and why are they orange? ;) edit delete reply
Xenocartographer: Hehe, Seeen is a ComicFury user who is heavily associated with the color orange, and enough of a nerd to get a kick out of the color assignment. Also, gosh, your username is amazing. edit delete reply
Sample_Text: .ATH files? Hmmmmmm.... edit delete reply
Xenocartographer: @hena -> Athena -> .ath, that's all. edit delete reply
SansOfTheUnderground: soooo... would the chat wipe from 2 logs ago also have wiped everything after the 5th line here? pwnz -1 wiping the chat just after ep logs off would conveniently erase sonja and ep talking about weird mind-control shenanigans... edit delete reply
Xenocartographer: Nope, EP and Sonja went into a private channel (that's /query, for the record) before that, and /log wipe only affects the current channel. See the ending of page 49. edit delete reply