We're Getting Mutants in the MCU - The Loop
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|Outside the small thicket of apple trees, the phrase "tended to by John Chapman" is carved into a fencepost. Nearby, a hound lies on its side, perfectly still. Flies buzz aroundits ears, but a grizzled man pauses at his digging to shoo them off.|
|WATCH FROM THE SHADE||HELP HIM DIG|
|You settle in beneath a fence post and brush a couple of flies from the dog's face. The man nods. "Much obliged. He kept me company when I moved from orchard to orchard, but—" He breaks off. For a while, the only sound is the shnk of the shovel in the dirt.||There's an extra shovel. With it, the two of you make short work of the grave. He tells you about his beliefs: why he's raising apple orchards in the middle of the country. "It's a sin to graft," he tells you. "It hurts the tree." Eventually, the hole is deep enough.|
|ASK HIM ABOUT THE ORCHARD||ASK HIM ABOUT HIS DOG||BEAR WITNESS|
|"It isn't mine. I come through the country, find a homesteader who needs a crop to turn out. Plant some seeds. It's a sin to graft, you know. It hurts the apple trees. God's creatures shouldn't suffer." Tears cut neat patterns through the grime on his cheeks.||"He was a stray. I gave him some scraps one day while I was selling trees, and he just followed me after that." He tells you stories as he digs, about his travels, about planting apple trees. Every so often, he turns to look at the still figure lying by the fence.||He stoops to the ground and lowers the pup into the earth. Tears flow freely. "I'll see him again in heaven," he tells you. "Our souls are bound by love." He wipes his eyes. "I don't think I can bear to stay here, though. Maybe I'll set out again."|
|ASK TO HELP|
|He shakes his head. "Nearly there." When the hole is deep enough, he lowers the dog reverently into the ground. "I'll see him again in heaven," he tells you. "Our souls are bound by love. I don't think I can bear to stay here, though. Maybe I'll set out again."|
- First Progression: The apple-orchard planter who planted ten thousand trees
- Final Progression: Johnny Appleseed, who roamed the country planting trees beneath his feet
The story is based on the tales of Johnny Appleseed, real name John Chapman.