Sunday, December 02

The Secret of El Arenque Rojo, Chapter 12: Fin

by Jason Toon

Did you buy the Woot 2012 Calendar? If you did, you probably noticed that there's a QR code on every page. Scan the QR code at the beginning of each month for the latest chapter in The Secret of El Arenque Rojo. To recap, in Chapter 1, video store owner Roy Odom found a box of mysterious VHS tapes. In Chapter 2, he started to notice some odd coincidences and symbols in the movies on the tapes. He sought the help of an unusual film professor in Chapter 3; discovered that the implications were bigger than he'd ever imagined in Chapter 4; and had a disquieting dream before being betrayed by a confederate in Chapter 5. The turncoat had a change of heart in Chapter 6... but learned in Chapter 7 that even considering betrayal has its price. Chapter 8 introduced us to a shady new character determined to destroy all evidence. Chapter 9 saw a massive betrayal, leading to to an unlikely joining of forces in Chapter 10. As Roy and Drake cruised to the border in Chapter 11, Roy suddenly remembered what the movies had foretold…

The mammoth wave crested over the roofs and spires, crashed onto the panicked villagers, mocked the folly of human endeavor with its fury. As the churning waters settled into their new level, the detritus of civilization already dissolving below, a single object bobbed atop them: a sombrero.

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