Aug. 28th, 2017

solarbird: (tracer)

[AO3 link]


Mercy sat, shaking, alone, at her desk, her composure collapsing the moment Lena Oxton had walked out the door.

Mein gott, had I not known, and had I needed to revive her...

She shuddered, and swallowed, hard. She did not like thinking about what might've happened. Not to anyone. Particularly not to Lena.

But now, I do know.

Lena Oxton never really did really read medical documents she signed. In this case - as far as Dr. Ziegler was concerned - that was a very, very good thing, and she pulled up files from the deep scan which had been triggered as soon as Venom acknowledged that the previous documents still applied.

Now, thought the doctor, let's see how you are made...

Her hand stopped, just above the console surface, just above the file. ...No, she thought.

She blinked, surprised at herself. I've done this with everyone else, she thought. Why not her?

No, her mind insisted, again, at war with herself. This is different.

God, she wanted to. So much. So very, desperately much. It was all right there, flagged, sorted, available, ready to open, ready to be known. But...

She would be so angry.

Angela Ziegler leaned against her desk, hands over her eyes. Do not be foolish, doctor, she told herself. She's a patient. She can not be anything else. Your job as a combat medic is to keep her alive, whatever it takes.

And yet. No.

If the not knowing ached - and it did, viciously - the unreadiness for disaster ached even more. Losing Lena, or Tracer, or Venom, or whatever she called herself today? She shook her head, firmly. I can't. I won't. It is unacceptable.

And so, she took a deep breath, and compromised with herself. She pulled the dataset off the scanner, onto a small card, securely deleting the original. Then, she physically moved the card over to the nanosurgeon programmer for her Caduceus staff, and inserted that card into a small slot, compiling the deep-scan data set into the knowledge base for the Overwatch agent known as Mockingbird.

Compilation completed, she looked at the card, now removed, sitting in her hand. The original data, the raw scan, not the abstracted assemblage merged into so much other data, unrecoverable - or essentially so - from the nanosurgeons, and even then not comprehensibly, at least not to human minds - available, intact, only here, in one tiny chip.

So much I could learn, she thought. They'd done impossible things at Talon, and the key to it lay in her hand.

She slid the small protect tab along the edge of the medical data card, and firmly pressed her fingers against the centre. The chip briefly glowed, hot, as it destroyed itself, and then, she threw it away.

As long as they know, she thought, putting her hand gratefully on the nanosurgeon farm, watching as it built a special nanite cluster just for the Talon sniper, that is... good enough. For now.

solarbird: (widow)
Widowmaker has a blowing-a-kiss emote. It made me irrationally happy to not just be flirted with but to get that kiss pre-game tonight. Yeah.

Had a quintuple kill as Pharah that did not get Play of the Game yesterday, somehow. But today, had an announced quadruple-kill followed immediately by getting D.va as she popped out of her mech, so really, a second quintuple, and that was mostly solo work. (All five kills, including the D.va, showed up in Play of the Game footage. And yeah, that one was POTG, and I knew it would be as soon as I did it.)

I may have been kind of inspired. That Widowmaker stuck with me for a while.

Also, yesterday, I got off a couple of quick headshots as Wids, and our team's Tracer said, "You can be my wingman anytime!" and I'm all like "a spring wedding would be good is that good would a spring wedding be good?" XD

(tracemaker trash 5eva APPARENTLY)

Hm, what else? One-on-one killed Genji as Widowmaker today - he was trying to flank us again, and was patterning pretty hard - which completed a Team Kill. 90% of the damage with a not-quite-critical headshot, the rest machine gun fire. (Defence, Temple of Anubus.) That was fun.

Also, a few days ago, as Widowmaker, on defence again, at Hanamura, three quick solo kills, all scoped, all single shots, triple kill notification - and it also wasn't play of the game. Damn, that felt nice. At least it made my highlights reel.

I'm noticing I will do a lot of flanker-killing on defence with Widowmaker. It's a good role. Doesn't tend to get you the most medals - though sometimes it will - but it's a good role from a strategy standpoint for sure. Paul has said that while I don't always get the highest kill count as Widowmaker, I'm getting all strategically important kills.

On the downside, I think I go into Widow 76 mode a little too quickly. This is where I'm basically playing her as Soldier 76, with machine-gun fire and poison grenades. It's much more effective than people expect it to be, partly because nobody expects Widowmaker on the point, much less her shooting you in the face with machine-gun fire at a full run, much much less for her to be throwing poison grenades in your face. As a result, I do a lot of golding in kills until they they go WILL SOMEBODY STOP THAT FUCKING WIDOWMAKER?! at which point I start getting triple-teamed all the time. And that's not something I know how to handle well enough yet.

But I'll get there.

I'm thinking I'll play her in competitive mode in Season VI. Not full time, of course, that's silly - but in appropriate situations. We'll see.

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