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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 5—Page 13

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Guard your mind, young waterbender.

So! Kyle has gained a new empathic ability! (And people say demons lack empathy… Pah!) Will Kyle use his new gift for good or evil? Will Commander be able to convince him that he’s still a team player? Or will the innermost thoughts of his friends convince him to switch sides?

Tune in this Saturday to find out! Hope to see you there! 😀

 

  • Snap

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Nice work, DanishWolf!

      • If I counted correct, I’m only 5 away from my big milestone now 🙂 Got surprised when I finally did, a couple weeks ago, that I was that close.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Go you!!

        • Saxon_Brenton

          Paging Dokidoki and the amazing spreadsheet of doom. We need a count confirmation in aisle 1…

          • Doki is a bit behind, but she will try to have the numbers later today maybe.

          • Saxon_Brenton

            Take your time. It hardly has to be straight away. If Danish’s count is even halfway on-target, there’s at least one, probably two weeks lead time.

          • Well I do know she passed her 69th V a long time ago. I was kind of wondering which milestone came after that one….

        • 96

          • Wee, so 4. Did you count the one I made on a chapter front page? I think I decided not to count that one, which is why I’m one less 🙂

          • Doki counts ALL the pages.

  • davefragments

    feelings, nothing more than feelings, .. .. .. can get you in deep, deep trouble

  • Librarican

    Uh oh….

    • stickfigurefairytales

      My thoughts exactly.

  • Mariona

    Say something Tsunami! Something nice would be preferable.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Something HELPFUL!

      • Saxon_Brenton

        An important qualifier, that.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          It’s important to be specific with this guy.

      • davefragments

        Think happy thoughts

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Gordon, you are not invited to the office party this year if you don’t improve your attitude.

  • Don’t worry Kyle, Spooky and Mitch will love and support you twice as much to cover for Tsu-Tsu!

  • Cecilie Muldkjær Bredesen

    Oh shit….. it’s about to hit the fan, isn’t it?

    • davefragments

      And there ain’t no place to duck and hide, either!

  • Sapfo

    Empathy you say… that would be a great pick up line XD

    • Sapfo

      would that be good or evil?

    • morning Sapfo Berry!

      • Sapfo

        Morning Doki dear ^^

  • Cecilie Muldkjær Bredesen

    Spooky… we really need you now…. please snap out of whatever thing you are in……

    • Saxon_Brenton

      You know, it occurs to me that this is the second time that Spooky – one of the Young Protectors’ most powerful and certainly most versatile members – has sidelined himself through overreach. He has to at least try and save everybody. A habit/quirk/compulsion that a villain could use against him.

      Now, normally I’d look at the story elements taking place and say that the writer has deliberately sidelined the mage so that the team don’t have a potential deus ex machina to fall back on. I’ve learned the hard way that Alex is more subtle than that, but I strongly suspect that the solution will be the others talking Red Hot down.

  • Zephyr10101

    So he’s an empath now?

    • Zephyr10101

      That funny considering he’s a hell spawn haha

    • I think Laampy can feel the fear, maybe rage, in people, and enjoy it. Maybe he can smell it too. Whether he/they can feel more than that emotion/emotions, not sure about that yet.

  • Pietro7

    Please, Alex, please please give Kyle back his eyes . . . .

  • Saxon_Brenton

    I suspect that what Red Hot is sensing is being manipulated by Laampros. But it’ll take a while for me to decide whether its a real ability of Red’s that he’s just developed that happens to have the limitation ‘can only detect negative emotions’, or whether the ability is entirely Laampros and Red is simply on the receiving end.

    • I am also thinking it might only be the negative/darker emotions/thoughts he can read

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Makes sense to me.

  • Pietro7

    More than ever I wonder about Kyle’s mother now. Is this gift from her?

  • Mariona

    Well, I’ll comment more in a few hours. I really need to sleep some more now. Have a nice day everyone!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Sleep well, Mariona!

    • davefragments

      have a good rest

    • sweet dreams!

  • stickfigurefairytales

    I think I’ll head off to bed myself now too. Got work in the morning. Good night/morning/afternoon, everyone!

  • So, Kyle can sense fear, but how specific? Just the feeling or actual thoughts? I think it’s the fear itself, but that is hurtful enough when you are in a stage of rage and panic, and get the emotional impact from others as well.

    That Laampros, and now Kyle, are powerful enough to sense emotions, explains why Amanda’s powers doesn’t work on Laampros and perhaps Kyle now.

    Happy thoughts, Tsu-Tsu, happy thoughts.

  • camelotcrusade

    In his defense, the demon-part was never properly recruited.

  • davefragments

    Laampros is trying to steamroll Kyle because he knows that Kyle is vulnerable. Kyle is a jumble of emotions just having been betrayed and misused by Duncan, fondled by Laampros, and now, being turned into a demon — none of that willing. It’s kind of like the magical version of tripartite rape.

    Tsunami, on the other hand, is kind of a blockhead and a nag. He’s going to need to grow some to get through this.

    • Curt Clark

      I hope he lives long enough to :p

  • Say, Tsu, what’s the matter? Is it about being not fully human, fraternising with the enemy or fraternising with same-sex enemy?

  • fujoshifanatic

    Damn Gordon, now is not the time to be having those judgy thoughts! Focus on the water wall you’re holding up! Though truth be told, if it were me, I’d have probably dropped a couple of bricks in that water at the site of Kyle’s transformation. Still, his dialogue is encouraging me to think he’s still in there (albeit in the struggle of his life!), and that Amanda can still convince him to stay in control. *crosses fingers*

  • Kate G

    Positive thinking, Tsu, positive thoughts! Now is not the time to be showing your prejudices.

    Could someone send some heat my way? I have a horse lesson tomorrow and it’s supposed to be a bone-chilling 25 degrees fahrenheit with a wind chill of 10 degrees (aka real feel of 15 degrees!) *cries* I wanna stay inside! I don’t think my new ear piercing (I got a daith on Friday!) will like being outside in the cold! Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

    • Juliette Leroux

      Ah well, I can send you warm thouhgts, but I’m not sure your ear piercings will feel the difference…

    • Curt Clark

      *sing-songy oice* Oh, Kyyyyylllllllleee….

      • Kate G

        If only. It was a balmy 19 degrees for my lesson. I ran inside and helped tack up my horse (Vince) which happened to be right under a blessed heater. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Bless those barn heaters.

        • davefragments

          All I can say is long-underwear of the thermal kind.
          😉

  • I had disqus issues since the page is up… And I finally got my comment through! So I’ll make a nap before my real day begins!

    Good day boys, Good night girls, Good afternoon there, and be nice‼

    • davefragments

      have a good sleep

    • have a nice nap ^_^

  • Airboy Obsessed

    Someone’s horny.

    *bad pun bad pun, whatcha gonna do when they come for you…*

  • Ian Corral

    I think it will work out in the end, like all these stories tend to do

    • Adam Black

      Alex has said very clearly what redlines the story has. And what its about.
      Perhaps you should read that post.

      That’s no reason to claim its stereotypical.

      Alex has already proven hes willing to violate reader assumptions.

      • Ian Corral

        I don’t think so. The story has so far gone as I expected it to.

        • Klaus

          It didn’t go as I expected. But then again, I didn’t expect it to.

          • timemonkey

            I’ve been able to predict the general direction of the plot, but the little things keep surprising me.

        • Curt Clark

          Is that good or bad?

    • firechild

      Don’t tempt the gods of Joss Whedon….I like stories where the characters don’t randomly die 🙂

      • Curt Clark

        I concur wholeheartedly.

  • Jeldenil

    Oh dear

  • Snorlaxation

    Damn it. It’s the ‘Stay Puffed Marsh mellow Man’ debacle all over again. EMPTY YOUR MINDS
    just kidding.

    • firechild

      lol this made me laugh 🙂 good analogy 🙂

  • Adam Black

    My Prediction: Flyboys admiration for kyle will overwhelm him.

    That or Spooky will share erotic thoughts with Kyle.

    • Klaus

      Does Spooky even have thought? And are they all his own?

      • Adam Black

        Spooky ones

  • James Belnap

    Well he’s not wrong.

  • SuperChouna

    And this is why homophobia will screw the world…

  • Juliette Leroux

    For me there is nothing wrong here to feel fear. Fear of Lamproos, fear for Kyle but also fear of Kyle, of what he might do if he flips to the wrong side and follow his father, or he completely lose his shits while having tremendous powers. It is a normal, human emotion. I have, like everybody I think, very petty and selfish feels and thoughts, but I don’t (or I try not to) act on them because I know better. What is important is not what you feel, it’s the way you acknowledge them, and it’s what you do and what you say. So now is the time Tsu has to say and do the right things. Go on, Tsu, we all believe in you!

    • Klaus

      However much you know that everybody has such thoughts, actually sensing them in your friends would take some getting used to.

      • Juliette Leroux

        Indeed. I would just curl in a ball and wheep, I guess.

  • Aitsuki

    I think the one most harmed by his new empath ability is Kyle…. he’s picking up on the darkest thoughts of the most closed-minded member of their group, and can’t hear the ones who support him unfailingly… Maybe Flyboy should swoop down so Kyle can pick up that they’re not so different….

    • Juliette Leroux

      Flyboy to the rescue! (Again). And Spooky’s help would so damned precious right now…

      • Airboy Obsessed

        Especially since Spooky’s first kiss card involved a demon…so he definitely would have no issues with Kyle

  • Geneva150

    Uh oh 🙁

  • bronakopdin

    oh noes >////////////<

  • John

    Kyle doesn’t have a good track record at avoiding manipulation, to be fair. Though the sample size is too small to draw immutable conclusions from.

  • Arthur

    gullible, gullible, gullible. When is he going to learn not to be manipulated?

    • firechild

      Probably when he’s no longer a teen. Lord knows we were all gullible then, and that was without long lost demon fathers manipulating us 🙂

  • Nate

    Dammit Gordon! Didn’t I say “Don’t be you”?

  • Dennis Grace

    Well played, Alex. Truly, what LGBTQ youth has not felt himself or herself an alien among peers—a monster among heroes?

  • jreed3842

    …… Uh-oh.

  • Jason Moon

    I’ll bet Tsunami never imagined his reaction from earlier coming back to bite him in the ass like this when he said(Hmmm, now THERE’S a mental image…). To be fair, he probably would have at least TRIED to tolerate Kyle if he’d had more time to do so. Bad guys are so impatient and inconsiderate, aren’t they?

    And Laampros continues to borrow phrasing from the Palpatine/Vader 12-step program; two guys who you should NEVER listen to. Now, all he needs to do is rub his hands together, tell everyone his plan to conquer the world in enough detail to give them a chance to beat him, and twirl his mus– wait a minute, you made a villain without a mustache? Next thing you’re going to tell me that he’s not going to tie the Commander to some railroad tracks. There’s no tracks? Seriously?

    Sigh. Kids these days. No respect for tradition. 🙂

  • SchalaRenee

    I knew Tsunami would make Kyle actually think about what Laampros said about him being a monster. Tsunami really needs to THINK before…uhm…thinking. LOL. Man, demon Kyle is hot. I really hope he retains some of these demonic changes when/if he turns back to human form. Or at least I hope he retains the ability to go demon when extra power is needed.

    • Curt Clark

      Demon!Kyle reminds me of the X-Men’s Nightcrawler in some of his facial features. I don’t disapprove.

  • Hikaru Takemori

    I wonder what Duncan/The Annihilator would say to a rampaging demonified Kyle after he wakes up. Would he question his resolve again to proceede with the plan (because summoning Laampros is suposed to be step 1)? Would there be an attempt at a conversation? If there were a conversation I can see it going either way to calm (because as unrealistic as it currently is I want an ending with somekind of positivly tinged relationship between Duncan and Kyle) or further enrage Kyle.

  • D. G.

    I’m a bit concerned here. If kyle feels fear from all of the crew, it might make it too tempting to ally with his father. He would feel as though he has no one. He might just flee to give himself time to think. I kind of hope he does.

    • Hikaru Takemori

      It would certainly be intresting to see where a tutelage by Laampros could get Kyle, though the part where he becomes the greatest champion would have to be delayed for it.

    • Keneu

      Nah, don’t think so. I think he’ll still do the right thing, but maybe he’ll have a harder time trusting people after all this.

  • Mary Klemzak

    Please please please be ok.

    And Tsunami, control your thoughts RIGHT NOW. I have a feeling that the next panel or so will be dramatic.

    *wrings hands in despair*

  • Curt Clark

    I’m not wild about Tsunami, but he doesn’t deserve to be barbecued.

  • You know, looking at Tsu-Tsu in that last panel…Does he look a little sad to anyone else?

    • Saxon_Brenton

      I’ve been wondering on that, actually. Laampros (last page) and the script say he looks horrified. There’s certainly been horror in some panels, but in panel 4 he looks a bit sad and sheepish. I’m not going to rule out the possibility that Tsunami is having the same worries about ‘needing to think positive thoughts’ that a lot of the readers have.

  • Pikinanou

    Noope… still not falling for it! *hugs her (imaginary) Kyle plushie*

  • Baylien Brown

    I think we’re going to see a revisit to this quote from Duncan on page 24 of the Prologue…

    “You keep caring what the whole world thinks, there won’t be anything left of you to save anyone.”

  • Falconfly

    Time for him to summon Te Ka.

  • Shiny Gwilly

    UHHHHH, GOOD THOUGHTS NOW, GOOD THOUGHTS
    i have a feeling Kyle will at least lash out in some way, i’m sure being overwhelmed with this new power isn’t, well, good
    it’s what the rest of the team now does is important, and Kyle getting control of himself again

  • Stephen Hutchison

    Oh dear. Demon Empathy. Not a good thing because it only really shows you BAD feelings.

  • Megan Staples

    Well, Tsunami IS a world-class shit…

  • Stephen Hutchison

    I know I’m maybe not expressing a popular feeling, but those horns and claws do NOTHING for me … the pointy ears and fangs and fire eyes are wonderful, but he needs to have visibly red skin to really bring it off.

    • Squishy

      Well he’s horny enough, of course he should get some tail.

      • Squishy

        But then, it’s Kyle not getting any tail and then horrible things happening when he finally does sort of the main theme of this comic?

  • Adam Black

    I think this song is playing in the background…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7VsoxT_FUY

  • SchalaRenee

    Sorry, but I REALLY want Kyle to keep the demon transformation going until he gets some wings. He would look awesome with a big pair of wings sprouting out. Then he and Mitch can both be “sky gods”. One just a little hornier than the other… XD

    • El Chupacabre

      That pun was super fly

      • SchalaRenee

        Haha. It was punny, yes.

  • Ansel

    Well I mean, at least she got it through to him enough for Kyle to realize it’s just (or mostly) Tsunami

  • Toli Bera

    Kyle. can we put a tack in the ‘Tsu’s not comfortable with the gay thing’ until after the world is saved? Priorities.

    • Squishy

      I think this is a Tsu’s not comfortable with the half-demon-prince-of-hell thing.

      • Honestly, I don’t think there is much about Kyle that Tsu-Tsu is comfortable with…

  • Jeff Baker

    Yeow! (as if Kyle didn’t have enough going on!)

  • Larkle

    *Votes for Kyle getting a tail*

  • stickfigurefairytales

    I’m heading to bed early tonight since I’m really tired, but I hope you guys have a great time camping!

  • davefragments

    Hi Campers.
    I hope y’all are keeping warm.

    • It was actually a bit temperate today. O.o

      • davefragments

        Below freezing almost all day
        It’s a polar vortex thing the weathermen say.
        Personally, I would be glad to castrate all weathermen so they cannot reproduce their kind

        wink, wink, wink

        • Mariona

          Hello campers. It’s actually rather warm for the time of the year where I am.

        • Ha!

          We were in the 40’s during the day for several days earlier and I was swearing at the cold. (Shhh, weenie here) Even with the heater on in the house my room is the coldest and so I need to use a floor heater to supplement. I’m just glad my pup is a furnace and helps keep me warm at night.

          • davefragments

            tonight a low of 21F

          • Ugh. Those are never fun.

    • Pietro7

      Warm shading to feverish. I’m coming down with a cold, I recognize the symptoms. Yuck. I brought some mint tea but I’m afraid it might spread the cold. 🙁

      • davefragments

        Not to me, I hope.
        Stay warm and have a bowl of chicken soup.

      • I hope your cold doesn’t last long!

    • Doki was having an okay day, and then….IT came and Doki was all “f*ck da*nit all to hell” as IT came so late in the day that the cramps are probably going to start when I want to go to bed. -_- Came home (Grandmother had a drs app and then we had to get cookie making things) and Doki let herself have a consolation candy cane only for the candy came to at some point cut her tongue. -_-

      • davefragments

        oh… I’m not sure what to say. I hope you feel better quickly.

      • Mariona

        Feel beter soon! I know that that can really suck.

        • Even more so since I cannot take Midol anymore. -_- *sigh*

          • Squishy

            Oh god, I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t take Midol. Is it all pain killers or just Acetaminophen?

          • Just any pain pills that have caffeine in them. Caffeine makes my heart very uncomfortable until it is out of my system.

          • Squishy

            They have a caffeine free Midol. Which is just a pain killer and diuretic, but that’s better then just a pain killer.

          • I haven’t seen them. 🙁

          • davefragments

            It’s on Amazon in a green box

      • 🙁 Hugs for the Doki. I have oatmeal cookies with chocolate and peanut butter chips in them.

        • I like oatmeal cookies…I just had a battle with the milk jug which I half won. First the lid wouldn’t come off and then I couldn’t get that seal thing off. -_-

          • I hate those seals.

            Cookies are fresh out of the oven!

          • mmmm

          • Mariona

            I also have homemade macarons this time if you want some.

          • Doki will not say no. ^_^

          • Mariona

            I have plenty., so please take some. ^_^
            Baking is just something I enjoy so I often have homemade stuff in my house.

      • Squishy

        Sorry 🙁 got mine too the other day. Had to stay home from work yesterday because I was bouncing between headaches and nausea. Since I learned that potassium can help with menstral cramps as well as normal muscle cramps I started eating bananas during that time of month. It helps.

        • Mariona

          Bananas. That’s actually good to know. Thanks!

          • Squishy

            Glad I could help 🙂

          • I just wish I liked bananas more…unless they’re chocolate covered frozen one. Now that I could do. 😀

          • Squishy

            Apparently salt can also help… that just sounds less appetizing to me. But marathon runners will actually carry salt packets with them and down them on the course when they get a muscle cramp.

          • Ah! No wonder I was craving potato chips (Kettle Brand Jalapeño) last time. All that lovely salty goodness. 😀

          • Squishy

            He, this reminds me of a treat I get at Ren Faire. Frozen chocolate covered bananas that they call monkey tails. I’ll never forget the time I walked up to the vender and proclaimed with much gusto “I’d like some tail please”

          • I was at Disneyland with a friend years and years ago. I think she and I spent most of our free cash on them. Every little vender we found we bought one. Usually the ones covered in nuts. Okay that just sounded bad.

          • davefragments

            Eating Chip and Dale’s secret stash of nuts…

            wink, wink

          • 😛

          • Mariona

            I’m sure those count too. And if not, at least they’re tasty. ^_^

          • I know right!!

        • I will try that if they get bad tonight, I don’t want to get up right now

    • Squishy

      I’m staying warm with a glass of wine 🙂

      • davefragments

        I’m under blankets

        • Squishy

          Fluffy blankets?

          • davefragments

            warm and fluffy.

          • Squishy

            Great, now I want to bring out my mermaid tail blanket. It’s so soft!

  • davefragments

    Flashback on Patreon — Hunter and Killer, remember them.

    • Not fondly.

      • davefragments

        yeah, two rowdy bullies with large egos

        • timemonkey

          It was like a trip back to the 90’s! XD

  • Anyone else see the latest Jason Bourne movie?

    • davefragments

      Is it as quickly cut as the one in NYC was? I barely saw the backgrounds in the city.

      • Actually I would rate it right up there with the Jeremy Renner one. The story was just a hodge podge of ideas and never had a cohesive story. It was just … it could have been good, if they had actually thought the story out.

        • davefragments

          Years ago, I lived in Tudor City in New York and that’s where that one Borne was filmed. I had to stop frame the movie to see the buildings. Shame, that’s some of the prettiest sections of NYC.
          I’m still smarting about Batman V Superman and its non-story telling.

          • I’m still convinced Zack Snyder hates Superman.

            There an unnecessary death in Bourne that I’m still annoyed about. And the rehash of the previous Bournes without being as good as. Though you do learn a bit more about his history

          • davefragments

            I’ll wait until Cable. It’s too cold out.

          • Good idea.

          • davefragments

            Food I will go out in the cold to buy but movies… nah!

          • There was a deal that if we downloaded Bourne digitally, they would send the disk when it came out. Hard to pass that up.

            The new Star Trek is pretty good though.

          • davefragments

            I haven’t felt up to seeing the new Star Trek. Hopefully, I’ll feel better…

          • ……why did Chekov’s (drawing a blank on the name and the way my night is going, something bad might happen if I go to look it up, I already had to restart my computer -_-) actor have to pass on?

          • davefragments

            Such questions I cannot answer.

          • Chekov was always the one I wanted to adopt, he was just too adorable (old and new).

          • davefragments

            The new was someone I would love to have.

          • I know. 🙁

            I think it was Anton SomethingorOther

          • There were some really fun scenes in this one. And they brought the Beastie Boys song back around.

          • davefragments

            Over the next few weeks I keep it in mind.

  • Mariona

    Can’t sleep, again, so thinking about what to bake next. Currently considering either éclairs or a forêt noire. Any opinions or suggestions? ^_^

    • davefragments

      I only bake those loaves of bread that are already formed. Baking is an art that I’ve never mastered.

      • Mariona

        My stepdad used to bake his own bread and things like that. So I have an example.

        • davefragments

          I tried baking once.
          It’s better I go to a store and leave that to professionals.

    • Ooooh eclairs. Nom nom nom

      • Mariona

        Noted!

  • Johnny Weir is livetweeting watching Yuri on Ice. ^_^

    • My only problem with YOI is all the skaters various thoughts while they’re skating. Like Mikey’s thoughts about his sister. Or Chris’s thoughts. I really didn’t need to know what those guys were thinking. Or the guy whose girlfriend left him.

    • Mariona

      Really? I need to read that.

      • There aren’t really too many so far, but he said he was only going to watch one episode at a time, and then he “accidentally” started ep 2

        • Mariona

          Ah, the famous accidental watching. It’s something that happens to all of us

  • Ah good. I made it anyway. I overslept, hit off switch instead of snooze on alarm clock.

    Hiya folks *yawns*.

  • davefragments

    Patreon rumbles like nothing you’ve seen before…
    It’s going to be fun, guys and gals…
    It’s going to be spectacular!

    • It’s something!

    • Mariona

      I’m afraid I will have to see that page later, since I really have to go now. Have fun everyone.

      • davefragments

        it’s up

        • Mariona

          Thanks! Just in time.

  • Songbird

    *Sips a cup of my own angst as I wait for the page.*