Far as swallowing Kat... This is a cartoony setting, so all that nasty stuff not even gonna be a factor. XP
Hmmm … maybe THAT is why I’m picturing a fluffy bed of live sheep lining the stomach. Either way, that idea is now on my “to draw” list, because it sounds too cute to pass up.
But Amanda isn't psychotic... At least, don't call her that or she'll eat you.
From what I can tell, this ISN’T kidding, and if ever caught in a situation where Amanda could eat me with no repercussions, social or otherwise, she would do so without any hesitation and a smile on her face. Acting the part of a monster for the sake of appearances is one thing, but when you act like a monster when there isn’t any reason to, then you simply /are/ a monster. I seem to remember reading that Amanda would murder her own allies while growing up in the military. Or rather, it was written that a number of soldiers would ‘disappear’ mysteriously and left it up to the reader to imagine their fate. Sort of makes me wonder just what happens to Kali’s friends if and when they ever /stop/ being friends. And would that ‘dedicated mother’ bit turn to a rather sour note if Kali got into a bad argument with someone and they showed up at the house to apologize, only to find Amanda answering the door instead.
I like where this idea is going.
On one hand it’s great fetish material, on the other hand I’m supposed to sympathize with Amanda in other works and actually laugh when the murders are treated as a joke. It’s not really a joke if she WOULD kill you, it feels more like lulling you into a false sense of security so she can strike when you least expect it.
I would love to see some downtrodden criminal, mob boss, serial rapist, ect … end up captured by Kat and gifted to Amanda as a delectable present. But realistically those are the type of people who would PAY an assassin, and the most common victim of a professional hit-man(girl?) would be the rape victims or eye-witnesses who were brave enough to testify, because someone with money wants them dead before they can get to the trial. Political assassinations are a possibility, and the only thing I’ve actually seen of Kat’s work, but anyone who would pay to have the competition eliminated in such a way is more likely to cause mass harm then prevent it. Kat has been /described/ before as doing pseudo-vigilante work, but it hasn’t been shown anywhere I can see, and it’d be very hard to actually make money unless she worked for some really weird, top secret government branch that outsources to keep their hands clean.
It would be very, VERY hard for me to enjoy the thought of some battered rape victim standing up for herself and deciding to go to court despite the danger, only to end up captured and killed in a gruesome manner by the people we’re supposed to find silly and charming. Which has probably already happened a few times, considering the nature of how people usually end up in slave trafficking in the real world, and the many parallels to this cartoonish one.
The idea is interesting... But honestly speaking, I just wouldn't want to put them through that.
Yeah, your revisal sort of takes away the whole point as Kali wouldn’t /discover/ anything, she’d just almost discover and then be too gullible to follow through. And unless this is after some dramatic character shift, it seems more than a little out of character for Amanda, and all the while painting everyone in an absolutely terrible light. Amanda would come across as selfish, conniving, and cruel for the fact she’ll actively support letting the children of other parents die in a horrible manner, yet the moment her own child is at stake she’s out for revenge. Kali would come across as dimwitted and naive to the point of lethal repercussions, seeing as Amanda would more than likely keep supplying funds to that slave trade and keep murdering more random people without a care.
In Case Studies it was made abundantly clear, multiple times, that Amanda didn’t care who was in the box and wouldn’t pay attention to any of them. It’s rather hard to notice white fur and odd eye color when you are so adamant against paying attention to your victims that you can barely remember what species you just swallowed. It was also made clear that Amanda’s background had absolutely nothing to do with her bloodlust, she does this because she /likes it/ and for no other underlying reason. It doesn’t really matter how infrequent the murders are when she isn’t selective about who she goes after, and her focus is more on a reason why NOT to kill you, because the fact she already wants to is where you start out in her mind.
To make Amanda kill someone she already knows and deeply cares for, all you’d need to do is cut off their voice and disguise their appearance. Smash Kali (or one of her friends) in the face a few times until their jaw is too broken to speak clearly and the face isn’t recognizable (I can find a few pictures of what happens to the eyes if you hit them hard enough, they won’t stay blue for long) if you were willing to be crude and cheap. But then we’ve seen the sort of amazing disguises Kat has access to if someone has the funds and access, and there’s tech in this world for controlling a person’s size against their will. It wouldn’t really be that difficult to keep someone in Amanda’s box from being recognized, even if she was paying attention.
In those days, yes, she would have little problem indulging if she knew she could get away with it.
Gang members disappear off the streets all the time. As do runaways, abuse victims, prostitutes (a particular favorite for psychopaths because they have no legal protection) people who wore the wrong shirt, people who wore the wrong hat, people who walked down the wrong street at an inopportune moment, people who weren’t looking behind them and didn’t notice anything until chloroform was shoved in their face, pretty much anyone, anywhere, who happens to be an easy target at the wrong moment. Easy target usually means the exact OPOSITE of gang members, as those people are more paranoid, more willing to fight, and won’t be taken off-guard if someone tries to mess with them. If she’s still an active serial killer and still cares so little for any of the victims, then it doesn’t seem like she’s actually CHANGED.
Being a role model for Kali isn’t her having some miraculous change of heart, it’s simply a new potential consequence for murderous actions that she would like to avoid. Unless you’re telling me that if Amanda could eat some random person with NO possibility of any of her friends or family finding out, that she would hold off just on principle? Or would she jump at the treat that much more eagerly, because it’s now a rarity that she still heartily enjoys.
I can fully respect not wanting to put the characters through that sort of ordeal, but it seems more like you’d rather Kali live her entire life without ever discovering the truth. And the idea that someone like her could live for so long being lied to and deceived so readily by the two people she trusts most is just heart-breaking.
Taking a side-note so it doesn’t seem like I’m overly criticizing things, I’d like to make it clear that I really did like this update, and I can’t help but notice a little bunny down next to the dinosaur. Is that one of the Jennys? Or someone else.
Yeah, I think I’m accidentally ruining everyone’s fun by overthinking things. Sorry.