Maybe I’m easily amused, but I have to admit I found today’s update of General Protection Fault to be inordinately amusing. It’s been several years since the last GPF mega-storyline along the lines of Surreptitious Machinations and To Thine Own Self, so it’s easy to forget some of the insanity the GPF crew have been up to. Fortunately, GPF Software founder Dwayne Duncan does remember… which makes his warning to Ki, Nick and Trudy to work out their past history before he sends Nick and Trudy off for a week of meetings so amusing for me.
What makes this situation even more twisted is the fact Trudy is currently living a lie, pretending to be her alternative dimensional self (after alt-Trudy knocked her out and sent her back home with the others while pretending to be her); it’s inevitable that she’ll be admitting to Nick the truth at some point. The kicker will be Nick’s reaction; Trudy did screw with his life something fierce back in Surreptitious Machinations (and does seem to still have some feelings for Nick that she’s been keeping in check, seeing that he’s married now). Of course, it being Nick, he will forgive her; he’s entirely too nice a person not to (while Ki is more likely to be suspicious of her).
But I must admit… it would be interesting to see Nick react adversely to her… and maybe for Ki to help Nick come to terms with the knowledge that this Trudy isn’t a dimensional doppelganger but is instead his old adversary… who is trying hard to prove to herself that she deserves redemption. What’s more, by having Nick reject her even as a friend could be a crisis of faith of sorts. She isn’t sure she deserves a second chance. By having Nick push her away, this would affirm her inner fears that she can’t be forgiven. Ultimately, it could take Nick and Ki putting aside their old fears and anxieties about Trudy before she finally starts to heal… which would make a far more involved and interesting story than a blanket approval with no real conflict involved.