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Hmmm… I wonder what Jeff is going to have for lunch…

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  • classic_bear

     Ahh ahh ah!! Is that bonding im seeing! I think it is!!!

    • Is it bonding?  This comes too quick and on the heels of Deacon showing extreme vulnerability.  I suspect Jeff’s working him!

      • D D

        Oh, I really hope so! I wanted to believe this comic was too good for the silly pitfalls I see in a lot of BL work. That would make much more sense.

  • I love this comic ♥ 

  • I love the expressions in this one.

  • Shouldn’t that be ‘captor audience’? 

    And Deacon?  Jeff is playing you.  He saw a weak chink in your armor and he’s zeroing in on it.  Watch out.  Well, not so much that you don’t get to play ‘hide the unnecessary android part in the crazy human’ game but do not let your guard down.  Basically pretend you’re dating Perez Hilton…

  • WandNCritic

    First, Jeff’s the sexist he’s been so far. Second, quoting fans “godammit, just make out already!” Seriously though, that is some serious flirting. And like I mentioned last time, it seems Jeff’s in the lead, teaching Deacon the ropes.

  • D D

    Is he in shock or something? It’s actually making me kind of uncomfortable how casual he suddenly is about the fact that he’s probably going to be killed soon and this dude is his enemy, holding him there against his will. Up until about now, I’ve found his reactions to be fitting, but it just seems like… a weird time to start flirting with a guy who just murdered everyone you knew, even if they were jerks to you. Please assure me that I’m just misinterpreting! 

    • 333

      Well, this is Yaoi. Consistency takes a back seat to romance.

      • ithilloke

        I dunno…I suspect this one isn’t typical!

        • SteveMcSheffrey

          This is my first yaoi experience.  I gather other examples devolve into X rated sex rather than plot?  I can’t honestly see Artifice doing that.  Yes, I believe we’ll see Jeff’s head on a pillow sometime with his hair spread out like a Collen Doran character but I’m expecting the sex to be ‘kiss, kiss, hug, hug, shot of the stars at night, then them smoking cigarettes in a very messed up bed’!

          • You might see a little bit more than that in this comic, Steve, but you’re right, it’s not going to simply devolve into X-rated sex (and in fact, there won’t be X-rated sex at all). Yes, this is a yaoi story so the romance and erotic parts are important, but as I’ve said before, it’s meant to be a good yarn first. That means there are (hopefully!) greater questions of plotting and character well beyond “what part goes where” that readers will want answered. And it is in answering these larger questions that the real fun resides. 🙂

          • ithilloke

            I am ALL about the character development!

      • D D

        Well yeah, that’s the reason I even said anything. I was afraid it *was* going into a typical “yaoi” direction. I mean, of course it’s obviously guy on guy with some heavy romantic implications, but just because the main couple is m/m doesn’t mean it’ll be sheer smut or pointless romance. It’s true that usage of the word “yaoi” in the url suggests it might not be more than that, but it seemed like it was going in a more complex direction. I was sad to see a hint of that fading.

        • You’ll have to let me know what you think when it’s all over, DD. I certainly hope you’ll enjoy the ride. 🙂

    • I agree.  Only a couple of pages back, he was really irritated with Deacon for being too close to him as he took a piss. And now, a few subjective minutes later, he’s flirting?  I hope this is, at least right now, some desperate scheme of
      Jeff’s to escape or something.  The pacing seems wrong if this is
      simple romantic flirting, but if he’s trying to manipulate Deacon, then it seem

    • typhonblue

      I think Jeff has just realized he has some power over Deacon. Which he is now thinking to cultivate and hopefully exploit in the future. 

      At this point the greatest danger Jeff is facing isn’t Deacon but the Company. 

      • I think you might be on to something, Alison. 🙂

  • … I feel like Jeff is plotting something evil…. but I’m to tired and distracted by the 3rd panel to make a coherent thought. *dies* Insomnia bleh

  • Sandra Virgínia

    Hmm, these two are very cordial, this is very suspect. Jeff’s expression in the third panel, I felt a certain irony there. It seems that Jeff isn´t so silly as well.
    An android can have a sense of humor!? Really!? 🙂

    • Deacon seems to think he has one. I suppose you can judge for yourself. 😉

  • T Tran

    lol Jeff you so suss you had to bring out your dimples. Cheeky thing.
    I don’t know about you guys but damn look at those luscious locks of his!

  • Trent Wilson

    I think Jeff is finally getting the sexy vibes from Deacon!

    A romantic candle-light dinner for two? Yes please!

  • feeling flirty eh Jason?

  • Trust factor on Jeff…still at an all time low. Love factor for Deacon, through the roof as always XD Loved it! Great job guys (As usual!) ♥ Mandy

  • eleutherios

    For the first time, I’m not sneering at Jeff.  Is there a cool guy under the dorky angst?

  • Oh man… dimples. Be still my beating heart.

  • Hmm….they are getting along? Phase one complete…now to continue to Phase two: remove the pants…lol. Excellent as usual. 😀 Saturdays NEED TO COME FASTER. And I just realized I say that EVERY week lol.

    • Thank you, Thomas! Great to have you hear every week. 🙂

  • Dex X.


  • Is it just me or does Jeff get more and more pretty?

  • I would not have felt like “does this rag smell like chloroform to you?” would have been out of place in panel 3.

  • Holy crap that fanart was adorable! X3 Also digging the coquettish behavior on Jeffy’s part!

  • Cause the alternative is bad. Jeff is thinking. “Hey, I’ve got only a
    couple of weeks before I’m going to be killed and I’m a virgin, let’s
    see if this lethal killing machine is anatomically correct?” Uhhh. No.

    • I’ll Word of God this and say, no, that is not what Jeff is thinking.

  • Dot Kinyon

    “I am not going down in the fetal position.” This…seems to be Jeff’s rationale right now. ‘If you’re gonna go down anyways, go down smiling’ right? Also, d’aww, Jeff’s hair is too pretty! It’s too pretty, I can’t stand it! And he has dimples!

    • What you’re saying is definitely in line with who Jeff is.

      Glad you like the pretty. 🙂

  • Michele M.

    I like this one. But I still wanna see some making out. XD  lol

    Oh and thank you for the dimples! They are soooo freakin cute! I love u Winona!!

    • W Nelson

      You’re welcome 😀  It’s cool that we had to wait so long for them to come out, it makes them like a present, hehe!

  • singerblooming

    This page had me smiling. Still smiling. 😀

  • Reign

    OMG Jeff 🙂 This page made me melt!!! Jeff has a very sexy smile! As always guys can’t thank you enough for the awesome page! Oh and Alex this is Brandy from facebook AKA yaoiloverforlife. My account got hacked had to change my password and for some reason it has my rp characters name 🙂

    • Hey Brandy! Thanks for letting me know about the name change. (It seems like another regular commenter here with a FB ID also is showing up with a different name. Weirdness.)

      Glad to make you melt! 🙂

  • *melts*  Jeff is so darned cute when he smiles~!

  • I like that both of them are smiling in this page. 

  • KBatty

    I feel like Jeff is going to try to earn his trust and then attack when his guard is down. Dun, dun, dun.

    • It’s a thought…

      • KBatty

        Perhaps more interestingly, I just tried to wipe one of Jeff’s dimples off my screen because I didn’t have my glasses on. >_>

        • LOL That’s hysterical. 🙂

        • W Nelson

          Hahah!  Don’t do that, he needs them!

  • iamlingy

    Oh my god you guys, stop flirting and just make out already!  I mean really! >:T 

  • sexy much, jeff?

  • Christian Harrison

    Okay … I love the comic, and I’m loving the unfolding story … but this page is really frustrating. There’s no way in hell we go from the last page to this one. None — unless we’ve just time travelled. The emotional transition is completely incongruous.

    Let’s hope this page gets a little love and attention before the book.

  • melinda stumpf

    ok Deacon when Jeff gets close to a table bend him over and fuck him

  • Eliz Nassiff

    I reeealy loved the comic! Really promising, although in this page seems like Jeff has stockholm syndrome xD

  • Lorescien

    Hahahaha, Jeff won again on this page… His expressions are so hot! Just another fictional boy I wish was straight, lol. Such an awesome webcomic, btw, and a really good present for my last night at home. This comic should keep me sane in my first year of college, guaranteed. 😀

    • Yay! Glad you liked it, Lorescien! Good luck with your first year! 😀

  • Ryn

    wow, talk about a 180 on the attitude; Jeff’s mood swings make my head spin. Stockholm make sense but i truthfully don’t know much about it to say(just what i heard on Die Hard). Will have to do some research, and see if i can’t draw some lines to Jeff’s behavior.  But i suppose some of it could be stress. his blood pressure must be off the charts!

    D’s making with the creepy smiles again. sorry to say, whenever he does that i wanna scratch him just to get him to stop. :/

    • Jeff has been definitely been very stressed, nearly 24-7, for a number of days now. And smiling is not something Deacon has had to do very often. 😉

    • W Nelson

      Haha I kind of imagined D’s early smiles like that scene in Terminator 2 when Arnie’s trying to smile.

    • crimsonkiss22

      It’s possible Jeff is only trying to confuse Deacon with his sudden behavioral change. Deacon isn’t familiar with human interaction, apparently, but it’s also possible that he doesn’t trust Jeff at all. Given his character, I’d say it’s definitely possible he doesn’t trust *humans*, period.

      It’s also possible that Jeff is being flirty just to be flirty. We don’t know his character yet, and it’s hard to say at this point what’s going on in that cute little head of his.

      I don’t think he’s given up, though. Just my two cents. He doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy who’s willing to just lie down and die.

      • You’re right, Liz. Jeff isn’t the kind of guy who is willing to just lie down and die.

  • Hey, I just found your comic last night linked from another comic I read (Though I can’t honestly remember which one) and I have to just say how much I love this comic!  I look forward to reading much more of it in the future!

    • Thank you, Derek! I’m really glad to hear you’re enjoying it. I look forward to seeing you here again! 🙂

  • Yukiness

    Nice to see that things are leveled enough for them to crack jokes like decade old friends. I’m itching to see how things are going to escelate ( and Dr. Maven’s thoughts, that closeted fangirl)

    • Heh. It tickles me that y’all see Maven as a closeted fangirl. 🙂

      • Yukiness

        I got the impression after her whole lament to deacon about being outcasted. She was being very sincere; I could tell that those words came from a very tender place. It was her way of relating to Deacon’s situation, although I think he kinda missed it. But Deacon did the dumb thing of being snarky and reluctant to spill the beans, something that you shouldn’t do with a fangirl.

  • I dunno why but I feel tempted to run my fingers through Jeff’s hair. I just know that it’s soft and silky to the touch. Anyway! Great page as usual. Can’t wait for that bonus page~ ♡

    • Thank you, Doomy! Looks like that bonus page might be coming soon.

      And just for the record: Jeff’s hair is soft, silky and spectacular.

  • Jeff is going to have a hot dog for lunch, which he will luxuriously lick the mustard off of, and then for desert he will have a red popsicle. 8D

    a;sjdf;lakjsd;lfjkasd thank you for posting about my dick doodle. <3

    • LOL!

      Thank you for answering my question. And for the dick doodle. 🙂

  • T B

    …….Was Jeff FLIRTING with Deacon!?!

    • There are definitely those who seem to think so. 🙂

      But there are other explanations.

  • SholtoMaru

    Alright, I have to admit I agree with a few of the comments I’ve seen here. I don’t trust Jeff right now. His shift was too sudden to be genuine, I think. And I don’t really buy that Deacon is buying it, honestly. I mean, yes, he’s new to this whole ‘playful human interaction’ thing, but he isn’t stupid.

    Also, I must say that Jeff’s panel three face is the first time I’ve ever really felt like, “Hello, sexy Jeff.” What a cutie. ANYway. As always, ya’ll rock my brain hard. Keep doing so, please very much.

    • It’s a secret :3

      Hmmm… I don’t think it was too too sudden. Maybe a little quick; but then again from what I can see, it looked like Jeff started to have a crush on Deacon since Deacon sympathized with him. When some people have a crush, sometimes they’ll try and make it obvious  quick. But that’s just my opinion. 😛 

    • Very happy to rock your brain. And I’m glad to hear that Jeff is slowly winning you over. (He does seem to be an acquired taste for most…)

    • W Nelson

      I love that Jeff too 😀  That was one of the times I drew the super cartoony little 1mm tall face in the layout stage and was like “Woh, nailed that, now let’s see if I can keep it in the fullsize 0_0”  One of the few times it’s just worked from the outset 🙂

  • Jeff has dimples! 8D
    Smiley, snarky Jeff in panel three just warms my heart all the way down to the cockles. Maybe, perhaps, in the sub-cockle region in fact.
    Maybe in the liver, maybe in the kidneys.
    Maybe even in the colon.

    I don’t know. XD
    Hey! D:< Alex! You stole my top-commenter thunder! Are you even ALLOWED to be listed as a commenter on your own comic?

    • Hey Enkidu! Glad to hear that Jeff’s smile warms your colon. I know that was something Winona was going for with this page. 😉

      And yes—I’m also surprised to see myself listed up there. I think Disqus might be going through some revisions or something. I’ll have to check in on it. In the meantime, you can just leave 1030 more comments and you’ll be able to wrestle that top spot back.

      • SteveMcSheffrey

        I keep trying for that list but with bouncing between browsers I think I comment under four different accounts altogether!

        • I was wondering about that! I do think I see your name under different accounts here..

    • W Nelson

      I think that one is my favorite Jeff panel.  I’m glad it hits you where it counts 😀

  • It’s a secret :3

    Jeff!!!! Just jump him already!!!!! XD  I love the comic so far, and I can’t wait to see things build up more. Jeff is definitely a cutie when he gets flirty. 😉

  • i wonder how their first time would be XD

  • I’ve been reading this comic for a while now, and am always eagerly checking back for updates.  Jeff in panel 2 forced me to comment.  WOW is he good-looking!  Keep up the great art and story… I continue to be on the edge of my seat over here!

    • W Nelson

      This one’s my favorite page as far as Jeff’s face.  I just loved getting to draw him warming up and flirting a little 🙂

    • Thank you, UT! I’m with you and Winona about Jeff on this page. He’s looking good here. 😉

  • Deacon’s posture is dead sexy!

  • -Cries- I have been waiting….SO long…for the seduction to start…..I feel like a mother welcoming a child home from sea…

    • LOL I like that metaphor. 🙂

    • W Nelson

      Hahaha!  I’ve been waiting for this page to drop, I knew people were going to dig it 😀

  • Does Deacon eat, or is he just going to sit at the table and tell Jeff to eat his vegetables?

    • Deacon does not eat. He is going to sit at the table and watch Jeff chew very, very closely.

      • how uncomfortable is that going to be? lol

        • I imagine no more uncomfortable than Deacon watching Jeff sleep at night. 😉

          • SteveMcSheffrey

            I just pictured a page where every panel has Deacon silently sitting and staring at Jeff doing various daily activities…

          • That would be the cutest thing!

          • Welcome to Jeff’s world. 😉

          • LG

            Oh, that was worth a good giggle. Poor Jeff, the first night is going to be very awkward. 🙂

  • SteveMcSheffrey

    Any chance of Winona posting reactions to comments some week?  I’d be fascinated to see her thoughts.  What else is out there of her work.  With her elegant cross of Eaglesham and Kitson, she is a superstar already even if not everyone knows it yet…

    • W Nelson

      I do read all the comments, I’m just a little more shy about replying I guess.  I should do it more 🙂  I really love reading everyone’s reactions, I guess when it’s more about the story I just felt like that was Alex’s territory. I’m going to make a point of replying more now!

      You can check out more of my work on my website, I’m not a superstar; my illustration work is better known than my comics and is how I make a living.  I’m easy to find on facebook too if you’re interested in more news from me 🙂

  • i find it interesting that no matter how many times i read this comic, i could never fully read Deacon’s move. is his concern genuine? is it an act? it drives me crazy (in a good way) and that’s what keeps me coming back to this wonderful comic.

    • That makes me happy to hear. It’s one of the central questions of the story, so keeping you guessing about that at this point is definitely something we want.  So, thank you! 🙂

  • CK

    Oh things are finally starting to happen between them! I adore this page!

  • Shinashi

    Second panel Jeff is quite the looker, but what is he scheming? I feel like he is scheming something because his dialogue screams scheming!

    Hm… We all scream for scheming… Yes!

  • All I can say is… YAY! ♥_♥

  • Okay, so it’s official: this is my favorite yaoi web comic. By far.

    • Wow. Really? That’s awesome. Thank you! 😀

    • W Nelson

      Awesome 😀  That makes me dance.

  • Now that he is no longer in immediate mortal danger, Jeff is a Mister Sassypants. Heehee.

  • I loove the second last panel~ “Maybe I just needed a captive audience” Ooooooooh be still my heart!!! <3

    And his face… NOM! Jeff should be an edible food- he is that delish! ;D

  • hahaha! Love this. these two are soo flirting in this page. =P And I must say, I enjoy both of their dry senses of humor. xD

  • These two. OH I love them. I say it on like every page. I CAN’T GET OVER IT THOUGH!

  • “Maybe I just needed a captive audience.”

    I came back just to stare. Are those dimples? …. I may have to attempt a fanart of him at some point to get this out of my system. … Actually I think It might be good practice. *looks at fanart page* XD It will be the first bad one lol!

    • Thos are indeed dimples. 🙂 And I’d love to see some fanart from you!

      • …. *muffles a fangirl squeal* 0.0 …. <__> …. You heard nothing! =o  Ok I have an idea I got from a really weird dream I’ll try and do that then.

  • Vyktorya

    I think Jeff is absolutely adorable. Is that bad? ^-^

  • geneticsgirl

    Jeff’s hair is so sexy, reminds me of a guy I used to date. I can imagine running my fingers through his hair. I cannot wait to see what happens next!

    • Glad to hear it, geneticsgirl! (And yes, Jeff does have the sexy hair…)

    • palindrome15

      Thats my natural hair when it’s short. WHY IS IT SO HOT ON HIM AND NOT ME??

  • I just want to say that i ADORE the drawing style. I myself am an artist, and a pretty good one if i do say so myself, but i’m nowhere near as good as Ms. Nelson. Kudos.

    <3 also love the writing. i love this webcomic ^-^

    • Hey thank you, Kelsie! Glad to hear it! Always great to get props from other creators. 🙂

  • Laymanterms303

    Ack! I can’t believe I didn’t comment before now!

    I gonna have to agree that it seems like Jeff is trying to play Deacon. Not that you can blame him. But if Deacon finds out I can see it seriously getting really bad really fast.

    I’m also pondering Deacon’s “hundred comedians” line. Is that android humor? Because I really don’t get it. ..Maybe I’m just overthinking it.

    • Kayla

      It’s just a joke referring back to the comment Jeff made about Deacon on page 29. Having the “tactical smarts of a hundred generals” in his brain.

      • Laymanterms303

        Oh! Thanks. Now I can have a belated chuckle.

  • I love how this story is progressing! I think i’m hooked!! 
    Keep up the great work! (^o^)/

    • Thank you, Zara! I hope to see you back here again! 😀

  • crimsonkiss22

    I like the way Deacon smiles. He looks maniacal. 😀 I don’t think he was taught not to show all of his teeth…

    It’s to be expected though. Then again, I’m not sure he trusts Jeff right now. You know, this comic reminds me somewhat of Blade Runner; not in the plot, of course, but in the human engineering. I wonder if Deacon is like a Replicant, in that he and his kind develop their own emotions over time. Then again, I could just be inferring too much…

    Sorry! 😀

    • Hey Liz! Nothing to be sorry about. It’s interesting that you mention Blade Runner. While that wasn’t really an inspiration for Deacon’s character, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, the book Blade Runner was based on, certainly was. 🙂

      • crimsonkiss22

        I’m glad to hear I wasn’t completely off the mark with that comparison. Anyway, looking forward to more. Saturday really doesn’t get here fast enough. I wish I had money to donate… ;A;

  • First word that popped into my head on seeing Jeff’s smile – minx 😀
    Anyway, keep up the good work, this is highly entertaining

  • thisboybroken

    I have just recently come across this and I LOVE it! Deacon is so hot! 

    • Yay! Thank you!

      (And I’m glad you like Deacon. You’re going to get to see a lot more of him in upcoming pages…)

  • yum

  • Jennifer Closen

    What’s Jeff going to have for lunch?

    Deacon, if that rapeface in panel 3 is any indication…

  • aww. they are flirting.  

  • AllyssaC

    I have a distinct voice actor or actor(the voice) in my mind for Jeff, and I can’t think of their name.

    • Patrick Long

       How about Sam Witwer?

  • Jeff’s eyebrows are seriously adorable. Just sayin’. I love that face.

  • Patrick Long

    Panel 3 is one of the most terrifying things ever.

  • Ree

    This is so so cute 😀

  • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

    Lima Syndrome. It is the exact opposite of Stockholm Syndrome. The captor begins to empathize and identify with their hostage.

  • October Brown

    I really enjoy the “100 comedians” line. For some reason, referring back to Jeff’s joke seems like a strategy that an AI might use in a Turing test. Seeing Deacon use complex and subtle conversation techniques makes me wonder if he is ever conscious of trying to sound human, like a human might feel when trying to sound like a native speaker of a foreign language.