That developement was nice. Smooth. That wine part though, what a freak out! Looked like she had been poisoned
Also I think the blushing tag would be appropriate for chapter 3. A lot of blood flow this chapter ;)
Huh. I was surprised to see that Marie is taller than Alice. There hasn't been a good comparative shot of their heights up until now, and all this time I was under the impression it was the other way around.
I'm still trying to work out if this is some bizarro Animal Crossing Doujin or not. Very well done with the world building though. Birds as drug-smuggling reprobates makes way too much sense for anyone who's ever had to work with the nasty little dinosaurs.
Also kids, always wear your seatbelts, especially in a death chase. Not everybody is gonna have polite chompy missiles to shoot at you.
It took me a second reading to realize the missiles were giving greetings after being launched.
It's interesting how much attention there is to detail, but the author gives certain bits little veneers of cartoonishness to make them fit in the world of the story.
A weaponized hacking tool designed to cause fatal car crashes and make them look like accidents misses the point when the delivery system is a giant missile that sticks to the victim's vehicle. Even if it detaches or self-destructs, the giant dent left by the clamp is a pretty dead giveaway.
But the underlying idea of electronically hijacking a computerized vehicle is a very real concept. In the world of Animal Crossing-esque humans and anthropomorphic animals embroiled in international espionage and mortal danger, it's rather fitting that such a weapon would be wrapped up in a cute, cartoon fish face that says 'Hello' before trying to kill you.
Also: Holy shit. I thought Alice was just playing into that old character trope of disliking birds, but it turns out she's actually a huge racist. That took me for a loop.
Also also: I had to look up the definition of twock to make sure I was reading it right.